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Comment Re:Interesting arguments (Score 1) 273

"I find these anti homeopathy arguments interesting, this idea that nothing of value can exists which has not been done better by the medical profession and how it must lack any workability."

Strawman.

"It's not like medicin is money motivated in the least, much like government employees are not a cut above all and never lie, for any motivation."

Pot kettle black. Where does this homeopathy stuff comes from? Answer: (Big) Companies selling essentially water for marked up prices, praying on easily deluded souls. At least pharmaceutical companies have to come up with something that works at least some of the time for some.

Bert

Comment Re:How does it hurt academic research? (Score 1) 101

Academic research does not infringe a patent, so no problem there.

As to funding, the fund providers should realise that if the academic research results in patentable subject matter, still a major benefit can be achieved. The patent (applications) may be dependent on a Google patent, but Google isn't allowed to do what is in that dependent patent (application) too. So, this gives negotiation power and/or results in cooperation.

Bert

Comment Why roaming will stop, for Europe's sake (Score 2) 37

"Notably, this means (if all goes as promised) the elimination of cellphone roaming fees within the EU; however, that's been promised and delayed before."

It will work. First of all, Marietje Schaake rules and will not let go; she is on top of it for years now. Second of all, "Europe/Brussels" has something to prove to European citizens, that it does useful things for them. This is one topic that is highly visible to the common people, so it is hard to ignore by the powers that be.

Bert

Comment Would this not have happened (Score 1) 546

if they hadn't tried to burn the whistleblower? The US government could have let him return to the US safely, instead of making him stay in a country where you have spies running around. Instead we get double standards: Life of the little guy is ruined, the top brass can continue (including lying to congress/senate) or get a mild slap on the wrist (David "Betrayus" Petraeus)

It is is interesting to know if the story is true in the first place: Both China an Russia crack the code, at about the same time. And we know that for both countries. Wow, I'm impressed that this spying business works so well.

Bert

Comment Re:Assertions not based on facts (Score 1) 445

Actually, even if you consider all the cold facts consistent with evolution "no hard evidence", then the soft evidence for it is still infinitely more than for any god.

There are hundreds of religions. If one assumes there is only one true religion divulged by god, the others are made up by humans. So, it is possible for humans to invent a religion. Now, about that "real" one... . Does it really trump the theory of evolution?

Bert

Comment Re:She has a point. (Score 2) 628

His rhetoric question is also a bona fide straw man. I would feel uncomfortable yes and having sex with my mother would make me off the scale uncomfortable (both not just because she's dead). With another woman on the other hand, not so much, but still depending on who she is.

So, different people may have different feelings when it comes to a person or a picture thereof. Someone who only digs blondes or is gay may be like "meh"; no complaints were mentioned, if any. Other people get off on shoes.

Probably it was not too much too ask that the teacher had offered alternatives so as to increase the likelihood that an even greater number in the class like doing their assignment.

You can make a problem of anything. Look for a person. Why is it a man/woman? OK, one of each. Why is it a person of that skin color? Why is it a person of that age? Pffff.

Bert

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