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Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 379

by cfalcon (#49555885) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

But if you are comparing noise made by a few bad actors, as you are when pointing out Islamic violence, then yes, the numbers are really relevant. If, for instance, one out of every 10,000 Muslims were some violet nitwit, then you would have an army of 150,000 violent nitwits. Similarly, if one out of every 10,000 Jews is some violent nitwit, then you have a gang of 1,400 violent nitwits. These are very different things, and if you were trying to make some statement about religions, you would hear about the first, and the second you likely would not.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 379

by cfalcon (#49555869) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

First, not in all countries. Second, yes. This over representation is even small part of why "Jewish conspiracies" got traction. If you looked at the tiny Jewish population and the large number of Jewish scientists, mathematicians, etc. it would be fair to draw a conclusion, but much more difficult to pinpoint exactly why (culture, religion, genes, environment).

IMO gefilte fish is nootropic :P

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 4, Insightful) 379

by cfalcon (#49555725) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

I think it's a generality to say that "neither Christians nor Jews do this". Certainly, Christians do this sort of thing at much lower rates.

Jews? It's really ludicrous to even bring up the Jews. Jews don't exist. Numerically, that is.

A third of the world is Christian, roughly. (50% Catholic, 40% Protestant, 10% other, including the Orthodox churches)

A quarter of the world is Muslim, roughly (90% Sunni, 10% Shia)

15% of the world is Hindu, roughly.

Two tenths of a percent of the world is Jewish.

That means for every Jew, there's over a hundred Christians, over a hundred Muslims, around seventy Hindus, thirty five Buddhists,

There's more Sikhs than Jews. The Jews are roughly equal to the number of practitioners of Yoruba, and the Jewish number tends to include more non-religious folks than many of the other groups.

So if all religions were equally likely to incite violence, you'd expect for most violence to be Christian, then you'd expect Muslim, then Hindu, the traditional Chinese practitioners, then Buddhists.... you'd have a long list to get to Jews.

In practice, we hear more about Muslims than anyone, and we do hear about Christians some times. The fact that you don't hear about Jews doesn't mean anything- numerically, they don't exist. If you heard about Jewish violence at the same rate as you hear about Muslim violence, then the Jewish religion would be over a hundred times as violent or something. The fact that there's still some very violent strands of Islam that are extremely active right now is what makes the news, but seriously, Muslims as a group are so massive that it seems hard to make a comparison to billions based on the actions of thousands.

Comment: Mobile versions are awful (Score 2) 355

by cfalcon (#49520463) Attached to: 'Mobilegeddon': Google To Punish Mobile-Hostile Sites Starting Today

Mobile versions are just excuses to stick static bullshit all over your phone, disable the basic UI features that makes the phones usable, and generally shit all over your mouth. Between Atomic and Chrome I mostly work around the fact that Safari will gleefully prevent me from using the few universal UI commands the phone offers, such as pinch-zoom, "yes scroll past the bottom so I can read the thing the ad is covering" and "zoom the fuck out, Jesus".

On my desktop, I certainly don't give a shit about a site offering me a mobile hell, and neither does anyone else. On my phone, I don't view "has a shitfucked mobile version" as a feature, though others may disagree. Is there a way to turn this new "feature" off? Everyone will want it disabled for desktop, and for mobile, well, I'd love to opt out of all of that crap entirely.

That and all the javascript that launches appstore are easily my pet peeves with browsing on my iphone. That can mostly be worked around by using Chrome, Atomic, or Mercury, but still, sheesh.

Comment: Re: Should be rezoned agricultural (Score 5, Interesting) 536

by cfalcon (#49512997) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires

He didn't do it for the wrong reasons. For YEARS he tried to put a studio there, but they wouldn't budge, and insisted on the residential tag on his land. Finally, he said, ok, fine.

So he could have capitulated- which would frankly be ludicrous- or find a way to actually be smart with it, which is what he did.

This, by the way, is like the third coolest thing he's done, with Star Wars at 2 and 2+ billion to charity at 1.

Comment: Re:Tired of this from valve (Score 1) 229

> I am calling attention to your failure.

No, you are calling attention to *yours*.

I said:

"Because Steam accounts can be made in an automated fashion, this will greatly ramp up the effort needed by spammers- they'll have to steal cards or spend money."

This is factual. If each account must spend $5, they must either spend their OWN money, or spend someone ELSE's money.

An AC responded with:

"Also to spend money you have to hand over your personal information such as your full home address."

This is NOT CORRECT. Thus, I responded with:

"This is not correct. You can pay cash."

If you purchase a steam card at best buy, gamestop, etc, you can get money to your account without giving them your actual information. You obviously don't want to actually provide false info if it would change your sales tax, but I doubt that's what AC was talking about. There's also some mainly-euro option to pay as well.

To which, YOU replied:

"Try again."

Quoting only my above, correct, statement.

Deciding that you were probably confused, and apparently have a very tiny upload bandwidth, or maybe a keyboard lined with poison daggers, I asked:

"I seriously don't even understand what you are asking here. Or confused about?"

To which you replied, still not answering what the hell you are confused about, with your little gem about "calling attention to my failure".

So, everything I said has been factual and clear. Everything you have said has been terse and confrontational. I think you've typed three sentences, and all have been incorrect.

Comment: Re:The gold standard for fast, painless executions (Score 4, Insightful) 590

The Nitrogen (or any asphyxiation that doesn't involve the buildup of Carbon Dioxide) method involves turning off the brain's ability to feel pain as prelude to death.

Given the terrible fuckups that we see in executions recently, it's reasonable to assume that almost anything that can be screwed up, will be screwed up, and this one seems a lot simpler than some three needle solution using drugs you can't get made by anonymous compounding pharmacists you can't find with quality you can't test for administered by doctors that aren't trained. No, none of those things HAVE to happen, but they seem to keep happening.

This sort of execution method sidesteps those problems. But, why do we suspect it is painless? Mostly because people who recover from accidental exposure to Nitrogen generally report being utterly surprised.

In practice, it may be more humane to administer a sedative or even anesthesia beforehand. But acquiring those seems to be the problem in the first place: still, more options would likely be available than in the classic "three drug combination" of lethal injection, where an anesthetic (hopefully) dulls the pain, while a paralytic agent stops breathing (which causes pain) and a heart stopping agent stops the heart (which causes pain).

If they don't go this route, you'll likely see a condemned man struggling to hold his breath as long as he can, trying to avoid death, and eventually losing consciousness, inhaling, regaining consciousness for a moment to flail, and then dying. One thing that's missing from all the real life accounts is that almost everyone who gets into trouble with nitrogen or another oxygen displacing agent doesn't realize that they are in danger until it is too late or almost so, and as such the reports of painlessness are definitely flavored by that fact.

Comment: Re:should be higher (Score 1) 229

I mean, I've definitely spent less than 100. I'm not even sure I've spent 50. I'm certainly no heavy user, but GoD Factory: Wingman isn't anywhere else.

Their goal isn't to shit on light users like me, it's to prevent fucking SPAMMERS. At 5 bucks per account, spamming is nowhere near profitable. At 50 bucks per account, they just shit on casuals.

You should never bet against anything in science at odds of more than about 10^12 to 1. -- Ernest Rutherford