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Comment: Re:Same thing in the US (Score 2, Informative) 356

by digitrev (#48350309) Attached to: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again
Truth. My wife's been vegetarian for going on 2 decades now. There have been times in the past when meat has accidentally made its way into her diet, and she's gotten horribly sick from it. She doesn't even have to know she had the meat, so I doubt that it's psychosomatic.

Comment: Re:Wait.. (Score 1) 716

by digitrev (#48332977) Attached to: Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment
Gendered violence is violence that is precipitated primarily by gender. As a guy, if I get mugged, it probably had little to do with my being male. If I go to a hypothetical "feminazi utopia" (as certain MRA types seem to believe we're living in), get the shit kicked out of me, and have "fuck all men" cut into my chest with a knife, that's probably gendered violence.

A good litmus test is: did their gender make the violence worse than it would have been had they been the opposite gender? If yes, the violence was probably gendered. If not, then it probably wasn't. Compare a school shooter that shoots everyone, versus a school shooter that targets only women.

Comment: Re:War of government against people? (Score 1) 875

by digitrev (#47202587) Attached to: America 'Has Become a War Zone'
This only holds if every other variable has been controlled for. I think it's time for a thought experiment.

Let's say that the government of Ontario is interested in reducing health care costs. They have a hypothesis if there are more smokers, there will be more people diagnosed with lung cancer. So they look at the data and find that, while the number of smokers in the province has been decreasing steadily, the number of people diagnosed with lung cancer has been increasing. According to your logic, that means that the number of smokers does not cause an increase in the number of people diagnosed with lung cancer. But what if what actually happened is that people started getting tested more frequently for lung cancer, or that there was an improvement in the tests that detect lung cancer, so the numbers were going to rise anyway? Unless you control for other variables, it's really hard to make a judgment call.

Now, in the hypothetical situation where you only have X (gun control) and Y (violent crime rates) changing, and there are no Z (population), W (economy), A (political climate), D (weather), F (wealth disparity), P (inflation), Q (gun availability in nearby states), or T (number of police in the neighbourhood) factors fluctuating to complicate things, then, and only then, can you say that X and Y are in fact negatively correlated, and that an increase in X does not cause an increase in Y.

The point I'm getting at is that things are more complicated than the simple independent-dependent model that you seem to be pushing.

Comment: Re:These work some of the time, cars all the time (Score 4, Interesting) 144

by digitrev (#46518661) Attached to: Lit Motors, Danny Kim, and Changing How Americans Drive
I actually like this comment, because it brings up one of the major idiosyncrasies of how we buy cars. Specifically, we buy cars that meet all of our needs, as opposed to buying cars that meet our most frequent needs, and we can only really afford one vehicle per driver.

Consider my household growing up (I know, I know, plural of anecdote is not data, but this is just an example). Growing up we always had two vehicles - one minivan, and one smaller sedan. This was mostly fine - my dad took the car to work, and my mom had the van for driving the kids around, doing groceries, etc... The sedan got much more use, and the van mostly stayed in the driveway, except when it needed to be used for something a sedan can't handle. But when my mom went back to work, the van had to be used for the daily commute. And this eats gas like crazy. You shouldn't be driving a minivan with only one person in it, but because we couldn't afford a third car (a sedan to get my mom to and from work) and because we still needed the minivan for groceries & family trips, a huge amount of gas gets wasted hauling one person around.

Comment: Becquerels of particles (Score 4, Interesting) 157

by digitrev (#46305487) Attached to: Safety Measures Fail To Stop Fukushima Plant Leaks
Becquerels of particles? Really? That's like saying (obligatory car analogy incoming) joules of cars. A becquerel is a measure of activity - each litre gives off 2.3e8 electrons per second. While this is a problem, this is a nonsensical way to talk about it. What's that law again? The one that says that "every news article in your field of expertise is utter garbage". I'm pretty sure it holds here.

"Most of us, when all is said and done, like what we like and make up reasons for it afterwards." -- Soren F. Petersen