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Comment Re:Kickstarter Goals? (Score 1) 98 98

Reaching Kickstarter goal is not a good measure by itself. Reaching Kickstarter goal more often could mean that women just put their Kickstarter goals to more modest level than men do. Women tend to ask lower wages than men and it could be that women put their goals on Kickstarter to lower level than men do.

Comment Re:Secret trial to hide evidence of torture? (Score 1) 240 240

Here are some news which mentioned that the reason why UK wanted to have secret trials seems to be mainly because it wants to avoid revealing scandals like involvement in crimes against human rights:

http://www.theguardian.com/law...

http://iengage.org.uk/news/207...

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.u...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

Comment Secret trial to hide evidence of torture? (Score 1) 240 240

Wasn't this whole secret trials system invented in order to hide the scandals that UK was directly involved with the torture of of the prisoners? One of the cases mentioned when this system was planned was the case of Binyam Mohamed, where the torture included making cut to penis and chest with scalpels or razor blades:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...

http://www.theatlantic.com/int...

Comment Russian lies and excuses (Score 1) 313 313

I think it was treaty between countries instead of cabinets. Even if the cabinet changes, that should not affect the treaty in any way. And even if there wouldn't be that treaty, annexing parts of other country like that, is illegal.

Almost anything that you heard from Putin or his followers is a outright lie, bad excuse or distortion. Like the lie that it is not his soldiers operating in unmarked uniforms in Crimea or that they have reduced the the number of soldiers on border, waiting to attack Ukraine.

And there was very little threat against Russians speakers in Ukraine. Protecting them was just another excuse. And now Putin is on purpose causing those troubles in eastern parts of Ukraine. Russia is instruction Russian citizens how to go eastern Ukraine an without causing suspicions and then how to get a weapon there, uniform etc.

Comment Re:diagreeing with same sex marriage != hate (Score 1) 1746 1746

One of the most zealous sets of people we see today (at least in my myopic U.S.-centric personal experience) are homosexuals. Perhaps I'm mistaken, but my observation seems to be that this particular group of people has made homosexuality the defining feature of their life. As such, even minor disagreement with the idea that homosexuality is completely normal results in a strong adverse reaction and accusations of fear and hatred.

IMHO, you are mistaken. Correct if I am wrong, but I don't remember many incidents where gays shoot, bomb or beat with baseball bats their opponents or non-gays, because they are not gays. However, we have many other groups which use that kind of violence towards groups they oppose, including gays. I would call persons who use or just silently support that kind of violence, as zealots.

And if you are not not a member of some group which is facing strong discrimination, violence and persecution, I think it is quite hypocrite to call members of that kind of groups as zealots, when they non-violently oppose their bad treatment.

Comment Majority of Syrians may Support Assad (Score 2) 918 918

If this news is reliable (there have been other polls which show more support for Assad regime than for rebels), it is woth to notice that majority of Syrians seem to support Assad regime instead of the rebels, many of which are foreign islamists:

http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/05/31/nato-data-assad-winning-the-war-for-syrians-hearts-and-minds/

And it was Saddas regime which suggested solving the conflict by having elections, but the rebels refused this offer. I wonder why...

Comment Re:I'm usually against military action. (Score 2) 918 918

Have you considered that it could be a false flag operation and that military action by foreign countries may just cause even more difficult problems and even genocide against minority groups, like Christians by the rebels?:

http://cdn.storyleak.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/yahoo-news-syria-chemical-attack.png

Comment There are valid reasons for recording the sex (Score 1) 814 814

For example, in genetical studies sex is often important information. It is also used as a quality control measure. If the recorded sex doesn't match with the results of genetical testing, it can cause a lot of trouble. There may be a "witch hunt" to check if somebody has mixed up samples or sample information and the results of whole families may have to be thrown out, if there is suspicion that there is some kind of sample/pedigree mix up. However, it is typically possible to have other values than just male or female as the sex. Typically allowed values are "unknown" and "don't want to tell you".

And there are other valid reasons for recording sex, like doing statistics where you want to do comparision between sexes. And I personally wouldn't like to receive advertisements that are targeted for women as I am unlikely to be interested in them and they just waste my time. However, I think it is good to give the option of not giving the sex, if you don't want to give it. Many people oppose saving any unneccesary personal information, including sex, to different databases, web sites etc.

Comment Re:Finnish name correction (Score 1) 35 35

In Finnish there is no tradition of replacing "Ã" with "oe" and it looks very odd. If it is too hard to write YlÃnen, I would prefer Ylonen over Yloenen.

In most cases you are able to understand/guess the Finnish words correctly even if you write "a" instead of "Ã" or "o" instead of "Ã" -- especially if they are in a sentence that has many words giving more context. However, there are (possibly dangerous) exceptions, like "ala" (= begin/start) and "ÃlÃ" (= don't).

Comment Could Twitter stop war propaganda against Iran? (Score 1) 456 456

I wonder how much of the news and comments was more or less direct propaganda work by USA and Israel. And attacking Iraq, had been the plan of Project for the New American Century for several years. Something similar seems to be happening to Iran at the moment.

Comment Jamming/destroying sensors (Score 1) 622 622

In practise, fighter plane has to "see" the enemy plane in order to to attack it. If radar is jammed and optical sensors are blinded by using laser, the drones might lose even against World War II fighter planes. On theory, you could use laser to blind fighter pilot as well, although there is a treaty against deliberately causing permanent blindness using laser.

Comment Re:Linux i like. Linus not so, after seeing a talk (Score 1) 786 786

What is wrong/unpleasant in that video? I didn't watch the entire video as it is so long, I watched only random parts of it, but IMHO he sounded quite pleasant in it.

Maybe this is some kind of cultural thing, because I am Finnish. On the other hand, I find that sometimes he uses a bit too harsh language on mailing lists.

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