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Comment: Re:They WILL FIght Back (Score 1) 498

by TranquilVoid (#48423455) Attached to: Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

Incidentally, it fails from an economics standpoint... That wind farm produced the staggering total of ten permanent jobs.

That's actually a success from an economic standpoint as it indicates efficiency*. You wouldn't say the farming industry was more economically successful if implemented a new procedure that required twice as many people to produce the same output.

* Ignoring your point about the relative power produced of wind vs coal as that's incidental to your reasoning.

Comment: Re:Horribly sexist ! (Score 1) 635

by TranquilVoid (#48408295) Attached to: Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Perhaps you are exaggerating to make a point but that's a very polarised view. Society (us) places quite stringent roles on both men and women in how they relate within their sex and with the other sex. While I'd agree that the roles have changed more for women, they have clearly changed for men too (think being present at birth or being the primary carer). Similarly, a quick survey of your local CBD, nightlife area or Facebook shows that women have hardly escaped the pressure to present themselves as suitable for breeding, and you have overstated how far we are from the 50s ideal.

Comment: Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (Score 1) 635

by TranquilVoid (#48407823) Attached to: Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Good point on European history. Americans are less trusting in general. They distrust their democratic government and even each other (see guns). Possibly this is justified (NSA/murder rates) and possibly it is self-fulfilling. Personally I think a society where the citizens can trust each other is healthier.

That aside, there are cultural differences, where Americans value independence and idealism more than Europeans, and a lack of trust is simply an outworking of that (it doesn't mean maximising trust is the goal). The USA also has a much larger and geographically/ethnically diverse population which makes valuing independence over conformity more of a necessity.

Comment: Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (Score 1) 322

by TranquilVoid (#48399827) Attached to: MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

So they can improve the quality of their dessert --- sometimes significantly -- without as much added price as you'd normally think since the chocolate is diluted by so many other ingredients.

To a degree, but the dilution also works against this, depending on how trained your palette is. When baked in a cake I find very little difference between Lindt, Valrhona, some Italian couverture I bought whose name escapes me, and even Cadbury. It's like chefs saying there is no such thing as cooking wine - true mostly if your life's work is focusing on subtle flavour differences.

For ganache and handmake chocolates, however, it makes a lot more sense. I intend to try Callebaut next, $50/kg for Valrhona is breaking me :)

Comment: Re:Most people don't object to public breast feedi (Score 1) 350

by TranquilVoid (#48383753) Attached to: Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

It's all about context. Nursing a child is not a sexual act. Stop trying to sexualize it, you freak.

If this were true then mothers would have no problems with men staring at them while nursing. Breasts are sexual in Western cultures in the vast majority of situations in which they are exposed, and the mind doesn't immediately ignore that context.

Breastfeeding in public is one of those strange issues that causes a lot of argument but doesn't seem to actually bother many people. It's natural to feel slightly uncomfortable around it, so you politely don't stare, and mothers try to be as discreet as possible.

Comment: Re:Sadly, not surprising. (Score 1) 182

by TranquilVoid (#48315513) Attached to: Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

As of the 1st of September this year, Australian's in the state of Victoria have lost the right to protest.

I don't support them but that's not a fair summary of the laws. They have made it illegal for protesters to threaten violence or create blockades. One example would be abortion protesters creating a barrier around a clinic, but this law is mostly aimed at unions who can physically stop 'scabs' entering a workplace with implied, and sometimes actual, violence.

Comment: Re:You forgot half the effect... (Score 1) 306

by TranquilVoid (#48275793) Attached to: We Are All Confident Idiots

Firstly, it's an impressively mature outlook to think of yourself as fortunate for being intelligent rather than being angry at the majority for being 'idiots'.

Secondly, success within a species as social as humans depends on a lot more than individual intelligence (tests are typically very individual). A lot of success comes from relational ability and if you are below average in this then it can hamper the use of your intellectual abilities. Compounding this, low relational ability doesn't seem correlated with a low need for relationships. Another factor is that the majority will create structures than benefit average people and, if you are exceptionally intelligent or dumb, will not be able to make full use of them.

Comment: Re:Boys are naturally curious... (Score 1) 608

by TranquilVoid (#48249135) Attached to: Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

There may be some innate difference, but no innate difference is going to make a 4 year old declare that girls can't do physics.

I agree, but it's more subtle than that. Children are in hyper-learning mode, and they are constantly on the lookout for what to do and what not to do. You might say they have an innate desire to figure out their 'role', to use a sociological term. Combine this with the fact that all animals quickly distinguish between male and female and you can see how children amplify any inherent gender differences.

Children also tend to have incomplete information, so they may see one physicist depicted who happens to be male. Part of this unbalanced information comes from the home, where parents usually fall into distinct roles.

Comment: Re:Anyone else not bother with the interm releases (Score 1) 110

by TranquilVoid (#48218537) Attached to: Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

However LTS releases periodically update the kernel, I assume for the same driver (as well as security) reasons, or is this different? The main drawback I see with LTS is that many application packages remain old, so you miss out on new features to LibreOffice etc.

Comment: Re:Incompetent Administration (Thanks GWB) (Score 1) 425

by TranquilVoid (#48081001) Attached to: Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

However, I really think if we were going to invade, then yes we should have taken the country and made is US territory.

I disagree. When it works democracy does so because it gives people with different voices a say in the system, alleviating the need to solve differences with violence. You may contend that the Iraqi people are not currently suited to democracy, but for the US to autocratically rule Iraq it would be forced to do so with an even more brutal hand than Saddam Hussein, since you've not only ruled out democracy but must rule as complete outsiders devoid of ethnic glue. Doing so would be for the US to lose a piece of its soul.

Comment: Re:DAESH, not ISIL (Score 1) 478

by TranquilVoid (#47990629) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Exactly. Applying the "No True Scotsman" fallacy is fallacious itself, as being Scottish has a strict definition of being a registered citizen in the internationally-recognised country of Scotland. Most people applying this to ISIL want self-identification as the test of Islamicism, but that makes any discussion on the role of Islam in their behaviour meaningless.

Comment: Re:They need to get their shit together (Score 1) 169

by TranquilVoid (#47990391) Attached to: South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

Well wind farms are an eyesore, and tend to be more distributed than coal mines. Same with solar, I recall a posting of a group of German houses all with panels. From the comment I gathered it was meant to show how pretty it was, but to me it looked horrible. Sure, panels are shiny when new, but after ten years, when the novelty of the technology has worn off, they will be seen as industrial looking - they won't age rustically like shingles or tiles.

Of course in Australia it would be much better to do mass solar rather than vote-buying subsidies for rooftop systems. There's certainly a lack of political will (otherwise called democracy) and we're not going to see any environmental leadership from the current government.

I wouldn't single out SA, since WA, QLD and Tasmania are all the butt of jokes about being backward (NT and Canberra are ignored). So interestingly, the more populous NSW and Victoria are making the jokes, much like city dwellers always mock townfolk.

Comment: Re:International Copyright (Score 1) 172

by TranquilVoid (#47933641) Attached to: Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

Licensing is the direct cause, but greed is the reason there were exclusivity agreements to begin with.

I disagree. Networks seek exclusivity agreements to reduce risk, it's standard business practice for large companies. Without there's a chance their investment will be suddenly worthless as another network shows the same content, so they pay a premium for certainty.

Of course everything in capitalism is greed in some sense, even the salary you as a worker can ask for from your employee. There's a fine line between standard market practices and profiteering.

Comment: Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (Score 1) 324

by TranquilVoid (#47924851) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

It's the government that grants itself permission to take away my property.

The counter-argument would be that property is defined by the government, i.e. society as a whole, not the individual. You may consider the piece of land you sleep on to be yours in some intrinsic way, but there is plenty of debate on whether property is an inalienable right, if such rights exist.

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