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Comment: Re:Can't help plugging Atwood (Score 1) 104

by gurps_npc (#47977397) Attached to: It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...
Non-Fiction vs mainstream Fiction vs. Science-Fiction vs Fantasy. Plus reasons to write, besides money, fame, and a burning need to tell other people your story.

Non-Fiction: purports to be an accurate portray of real life. Reason to write:You know 'what happened' and think other people want to know

mainstream Fiction: purports to be a realistic portray of possible actions in the real world. Reason to write: you do not know what happened, but are reasonably sure about what is possible.

Science-Fiction: purports to be a portrayal of a logically consistent possible reality that strictly abides by rules and laws similar but not identical to the real world. Reason to write: You have a story to tell, can abide by strict rules, but are not sure what is possible, so you make it up and stick to it..

Fantasy: purports to be a portrayal of a consistent possible reality without bothering to strictly abide by any rules. More interested in character relationships than laws of science. Reason to write: You have a story to tell, it requires breaking certain existing, known physical rules, but the story is more important than the rules.

P.S. Stories that involve sword fighting - even if they are 'light sabers' - are never Science Fiction, no matter that they are cloaked in the traditional words of Science Fiction. If they are not historical in nature, they are most likely Fantasy, as they are explicitly breaking known rules - for example the known rule that you DON'T BRING A KNIFE TO A GUNFIGHT.

Comment: Re:Also... (Score 2) 235

by gurps_npc (#47966235) Attached to: Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave
Note, I speak from experience, that youtube video is only ONE of several possibilities. In my case, I had a high powered microwave and had it on high for five minutes.

The liquid inside boiled to steam and the container (glass bottle) was not strong enough to contain it. It burst, sending shards of glass into the microwave. None came out the other side, but it deformed the structure of the microwave and broke it.

Comment: Need two data points (Score 2) 80

by gurps_npc (#47965517) Attached to: Astrophysicists Identify the Habitable Regions of the Entire Universe
to do any extrapolation. With just a single data point (humanity), you are just making wild guesses.

For all we now, dark matter (the most common form of matter), which we have never seen or studied, has variations as significant as normal matter, and therefore can support life, but only inside very radioactive areas, where they can feed.

Not to mention we really need to to take a look at a couple of the ice moons and see if life does well living on moon with a frozen surface and a hot core providing energy. That could very well be the most common form of life sustaining location in the universe, and it could very well survive in places where atmospheric planets like earth could not.

The very best we can do is make an estimate on where DNA based life forms may thrive on atmospheric planets..

Comment: The co-opting is particularly offensive (Score 2) 724

by gurps_npc (#47964585) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything
When they attempt to use science to prove things that real science shows is false.

When they try to use the scientific method to prove intelligent design, global warming is a hoax, or that vaccines cause autism. My favorite "Big Pharma" conspiracy (as offered up by, is that:

Big Pharma has secretly funded Jenny McCarthy to create the anti-vax movement because they make pennies on vaccines, but thousands on treating people that get the actual disease.

Comment: Nobody's neutral because it''s important (Score 4, Interesting) 129

by gurps_npc (#47964031) Attached to: Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate
Similarly, if you ask people any of the following questions, almost everyone will have answer:

Is slavery wrong?

Is the First Amendment a good idea?

Is the Second Amendment a good idea?

Are civil/gay/religious rights a good idea?

Etc. etc. Important things matter and people care about them. That's why we call them 'important'.

Comment: Re:HOw to tell a ridiculous sexual claim. (Score 1) 458

by gurps_npc (#47948181) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem
It's not about me discarding data that doesn't fit, it's about usefulness.

Look, lets say I have a test that determines who who should go to Harvard and who should go to community college. If the test says 41% of people should go to Harvard, that is useless.

If 41% of people are experience activity X, than that means that X is NOT THAT BAD. Otherwise people would take steps to avoid that experience.

Say we were were talking about people getting "Cragled" in Central Park. If 41% of people are getting "Cragled" in Central Park, than one of two possibilities:

Either "Cragled" is a horrible thing, and the newspapers are going to immediately start reporting about it, while cops stake out Central Park, and everyone in the world refusing to go into Central Park. If that does not happen, than that means that "Cragled" is not such a bad thing.

Most importantly, Sexual Assault suffers from psychological issues. The same activity could be called 'flirting" if both people like it, while it is Sexual Assault under other circumstances.

If you are not bothered by the activity, then it is flirting. If you are bothered by it, it becomes sexual assualt.

More importantly, ridiculously paranoid people do not have the right to stop those of us that like to flirt from flirting, simply because you can't tell the difference between flirting and sexual assault. If neither of me nor the girl I am flirting with at work are bothered by the behavior, then let us do it and stop trying to call us nasty names and kill our fun.

Rape is RAPE, Consensual sex is CONSENSUAL SEX, and the same goes for Sexual Harassment and Flirting. The mere fact that you can't tell the difference does not mean the rest of us have to stop doing the things we like to do.

Comment: HOw to tell a ridiculous sexual claim. (Score 3, Insightful) 458

by gurps_npc (#47947231) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem
Step 1) Do the same query on men.

2) If the men have a significant response rate, then just maybe that means the problem is YOUR QUESTION IS TOO VAGUE, rather than both genders experiencing sexual issues.

The mere fact that this article claims that 40+% of men experience 'sexual harassment', proves that their definition of 'sexual harassment' is not reasonable - the kind of thing only a PC fool trying to prove a problem exists would use.

Similarly, 6% of men experience sexual assault seems on the high side, though not as ridiculous as the 41% claiming harassment.

The only thing going on here is idiots using bad definitions for their poll.

Comment: Bioweapons are a real threat (Score 1) 36

by gurps_npc (#47944821) Attached to: The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons
We can create bioweapons. The main problems with creating them are:

1) Total lack of ethics - and the resources to get away with murdering thousands of human test subjects along the way.

2) Suicidal tendencies - not just for individuals, but for the funding group. Because any realistically dangerous weapon will have a good probability of killing it's creators first, and a very high probability of killing it's creators in the long term (either directly, by evolution, or by revenge nuclear attacks.

3) You still need Highly intelligent and highly trained people involved. Most of whom lack Suicidal tendencies.

This armegeddon scenario is actually far more likely than a nuclear war, as that requires far more people to behave far more stupidly and unlike nanite fears, is actually physically reasonable.

Uncertain fortune is thoroughly mastered by the equity of the calculation. - Blaise Pascal