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Comment: Doesn't surprise me (Score 4, Insightful) 347

by ilsaloving (#47873351) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up

We're at a point where there's nothing going for scientists. They have to fight, all simultaneously:
-for funding in a very crowded market
-Politicians trying to control the results of what they do, to the point where the scientific integrity is at risk
-Govt's muzzling you because they don't want pesky things like facts to get in the way of their ideology
-Idiot reporters who completely, constantly, and continually misrepresent your research (should it make the presses)
-umpteen bajillion quacks who don't know their ass from their mouth, yet somehow manage to convince people that they are right and that actual experts are wrong (ie: Jenny McCarthy, or whoever FoodBabe is)

Doing scientific research is hard enough as it is, without having to deal with the current environment of anti-intellectualism.

I'm honestly surprised that scientists arn't yet being marched into concentration camps at gunpoint.

Comment: Doesn't make sense to me (Score 1) 55

by ilsaloving (#47842143) Attached to: Survivors' Blood Holds Promise, But Draws Critics, As Ebola Treatment

I don't see how this would help. The only results of this I can see are:
- receiver develops antibodies to fight against the diners antibodies
- temporary protection against Ebola until the doner antibodies are consumed

Either way, i don't see how this will provide immunity, since the receivers body isn't actually learning what to do to fight Ebola.

Can someone, preferably an actual doctor or immunologist, clarify?

+ - Invasion Of Ukraine Continuing As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling-> 3

Submitted by cold fjord
cold fjord (826450) writes "News.com.au reports, "This morning, Prime Minister Tony Abbott labelled Russia’s escalating and “open” invasion into Ukraine as “war”. But he was not only person using fighting words. ... on Friday, Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threat was simple. “I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is a reality, not just words.” It’s the first time in more than 25 years that Moscow has raised the spectre of nuclear war. The difference this time is that its tanks are already pouring over its western borders. “A great war arrived at our doorstep, the likes of which Europe has not seen since World War II,” Ukraine’s Defence Minister Valeriy Geletey wrote ... warning of “tens of thousands of deaths”. Putin appears to agree. Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports Putin has told the outgoing European Commission President ... : “If I want, I take Kiev in two weeks.” " — CNN reports, "The British government source told CNN on Friday that Russia has moved 4,000 to 5,000 military personnel — a figure far higher than one U.S. official's earlier claim of 1,000 troops. The soldiers are aligned in "formed units" and fighting around Luhansk and Donetsk.... And they may soon have company: Some 20,000 troops are on border and "more may be on the way," ..." — Newsweek reports, "Russia Has Threatened Nuclear Attack, Says Ukraine Defence Minister""
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Comment: Re:why the focus on gender balance? (Score 1) 579

by ilsaloving (#47785033) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Seriously?

Asking "Why?" is the single most important question you can ask in *any* context. Asking why something is, is what leads to understanding.

No, you don't *need* to explain why. You also don't *need* to eat or breath.

Just because you don't *need* to do something, doesn't mean it's not a good idea to do it.

Comment: Failure rate? (Score 1) 316

by ilsaloving (#47764057) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

After having 5 seagate drives fail all within one year, including a momentous xt that died 2 weeks after I got it, it's replacement died a week after that, and THAT replacement died last week (less than 6 months across all three), I will never buy seagate again.

They are peddling crap, and I'm surprised they haven't been hit with a class action lawsuit yet.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 748

by ilsaloving (#47705447) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

....seriously?

If I say a colour is one shade of red and you say it's a different shade, that's a disagreement.

Trying to deny another human being from living in an equal capacity from you for no reason other than their choice in sexual partners, is bigotry. It is hate.

The fact that you can't tell the difference between the two just proves my point.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 748

by ilsaloving (#47705387) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

What do you mean by "wasn't"? The vast majority of the world *still* is not accepting of homosexual behaviour. There are countries that murder homosexuals for no other reason than they are homosexual. Heck, look at what Uganda is doing. And note that it was people from the US that put them down that path.

Racism was supposed to have been extinguished, but it's still rampant. Same with genderism, and countless other isms.

The world we live in is a very scary place, because people are care more about hating each other than working together, and I don't see that ever changing.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 2, Insightful) 748

by ilsaloving (#47702975) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

You can't.

You *can* however, make it very clear that such behaviour is no longer acceptable in civilized society.

The human population on this planet is now well over 8 billion strong. It is virtually impossible for people to not run into each other, and only slightly less impossible to not run into people that you *choose* to despise.

It's well past time that we grow the f__k up, for our own safety. But people being people, I have zero faith in that actually happening.

Comment: *sigh* (Score 2) 181

by ilsaloving (#47695989) Attached to: Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

Why is it that whenever Apple comes up with something, every else has to copy it (although Microsoft may have started this fad of flatness, I can't remember the timeline anymore)?

Apple is not the be all and end all of industrial design. This fad of flatness is really annoying, and IMO counter intuitive. It's no longer clear what widget is a button, for example. The user now has to guess, based on proximity of a given thingy to the other thingies on the screen.

When the gumdrop iMacs came out, I was eeing transluscent plastic micro waves, clothes irons, you name it.

Thank Dog that companies haven't en masse copied Apple mouse designs. Half the continent would have RSI by the end of the month.

Comment: Re:I like... (Score 2) 181

by ilsaloving (#47695893) Attached to: Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

I have to agree. I found Miui significantly more straight forward to use than stock android, and infinitely better than those half-assed UIs that various android manufacturers feel compelled to slap on top.

Is it a rip off of iOS? Maybe. Do I care? Not in the slightest.

Under the hood, a phone may be a full fledged computer with linux, but that doesn't mean I want to use it like one.

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