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Comment: Re:In lost the will to live ... (Score 1) 549

by Racemaniac (#47964481) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

No kidding.
While there are some good points (certainly on the relation between politics & science, and how political & policy decisions get made using questionable science as grounds)
A lot of this article/rant is just terrible 0_o.
Certainly the religion part is just unbelievable. The statistical wizardry & magic is obviously preposterous, but the religious affairs are obviously beyond the realms of science, and are no obstacle in the quest for truth and understanding.

Comment: Re:Very subjective (Score 2) 382

by Racemaniac (#47695385) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

If they post on a proper science website (talking about the age of the earth or not) - Troll. Science sites are not the right place to talk about any deity.

I find this a difficult point. I agree it's annoying and not productive etc... but... is it trolling? They've got a viewpoint, and are trying to get it across to you...

Imo trolling is something bad you do on purpose. Being convinced that you're helping people by telling them about [deity] doesn't sound like trolling to me. But it can be very annoying on a science forum if you keep getting such on your science forum...

I agree that it's probably not their place to be (or very rarely, maybe some theological discussion could from time to time happen on a science forum, why not). But saying they are trolls is going too far imo. And maybe even banning is going too far, don't know...

Just shutting up people you don't agree with and calling them trolls won't make the situation any better (and will just make both sides more determined...)

Comment: Very subjective (Score 5, Interesting) 382

by Racemaniac (#47694397) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

There are ofcourse the obvious trolls, but where does someone end being a troll, and is just someone who has a completely different view?

If someone is convinced the earth is only 5000 years old, and that [insert deity] created all other history to confuse us, is that a troll? How do you prevent just creating a forum where you "discuss" things only with people who think the same way you do, and thus without opposing viewpoints since they'll eventually get removed for "trolling"?

Comment: Re:Barbara Streisand award (Score 4, Insightful) 424

by Racemaniac (#47464599) Attached to: French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

It seems they're going full blown Barbara Streisand. When googling the name of the blogger, i got a google notice that not all search results may be returned since a request was made to make certain information not available.

So probably the people from the restaurant now also made a request to google to make sure this entire thing can't be googled....

Comment: Re:Internet (Score 1) 248

I was thinking the same. The probably most "correct" response would be to make it technically impossible to get the data from Canada, but there is no other way to do that than to just block the data worldwide. Otherwise a simple proxy in another country would circumvent it (or even just imperfect detection of whether the user is in Canada or not).

It seems broad, but unless we've got extremely tightly DRM/Firewall of china kind of restrictions on all data, removing it completely is probably the only way for google to make sure it can no longer be accessed from Canada...

It's still not nice to see such rulings, but unless anyone here has a better idea that isn't trivially circumvented, it's probably also totally legit.

Comment: Re:Units! (Score 1) 176

i guess that's a compliment for my good english, but i'm european :p.
and i know very well how much 27cm is, but i find it hard to translate to screen diagonal. I however know perfectly how big my currently 10" tablets screen is, and i've never looked at it as a 25cm tablet :p, or maybe i'm getting old and will have to face that slowly screens will be measured in cm and not inch.
Knowing how much 27cm is, for me at least, doesn't give a good indication of what you'll exactly have. you have to compare it to similar screens you have experienced, and for me i've always seen them described in inches, so that's the reference for me.

Comment: Re:Units! (Score 2, Informative) 176

well, screens are even in metric countries still mostly measured in inch. a 10.5 inch screen is clearer than a 27cm screen.
It's indeed strange and stupid, but unless there is a sudden movement to get rid of this convention, it's rather convenient to keep it that way. Everybody knows the sizes in inch of the screens they have, so if a new screen then also measures it in inch, it's easy to compare it to what you currently have.

If i read somewhere the screen diagonal measured in cm, it's most of the time a tiny TV they're trying to make it sound bigger than it is...

Comment: Re:Discover is the wrong word (Score 1) 223

by Racemaniac (#47036355) Attached to: Scientists Propose Collider That Could Turn Light Into Matter

I don't know, if they're the first to devise a working setup to achieve that, haven't they discovered how to do it?
It was already discovered that it should be possible, but they might be the first to actually describe a possible apparatus to do so, so i guess it's fair to say that they discovered how to do it?

People are always available for work in the past tense.