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Comment Re:Germany does have a unique history (Score 1) 712

Nothing unique about Germany's history.Holocaust-like things happened in many other places too, and Lebensraum doctrine was part of German culture long before Hitler and still will be long time after. They just pretend it isn't, so that possible victims won't bug them too much before they're ready to make their move, and childish ultra-nationalists give them away. That's why they outlaw their speech.

Comment Re:Article gives the wrong impression (Score 2) 254

The consequence of "publish and perish" model is that most of scientific papers just aren't very useful. Proper science is still being done, though it's drowned out by scientists who have nothing more useful to add at the moment but have to publish in order to get grants. And there's not much difference here between psychology and "hard" sciences.

Comment Re:These results don't make much sense (Score 1) 96

Anyway I have no idea what's up with this obsession with increasing the number of api calls. You don't need to do a lot of those if you design your rendering pipeline right. One glDrawElements would accomplish a lot of work, especially if you're using vertex and pixel shaders.

Comment Re:A rush to judgement (Score 1) 147

What a stupid strawman argument. It's irrelevant in this context what is legal and what isn't. It's the fact that people of different religion shun or kill each other depending on how close they think their religion is close to "winning". This makes religion definitely a negative social force. I don't advocate ban of religion though because it's not needed. Just prevent shunning and killing via dialogue and diplomacy and eventually humanity will become entirely irreligious. Nobody will join a religion unless some kook like Ron Hubbard tricks them. They won't stay in religion unless peer pressure and threat of loss of property would keep them in.

Comment Re:A rush to judgement (Score 1) 147

Doesn't quite read like the call for the worldwide caliphate you imply.

It's still in line with the stupid idea of religious pluralism. Mahatma Gandhi adopted this stance too, but it was his mistake. In the end he was assassinated by Hindu religious fanatic for looking for compromise with Islam faithful. Learn from mistakes of world's great thinkers! Gandhi should have opposed religions as much as he opposed British colonialism. There is inherently no compromise between religions because existence of other religions will be always a source of butthurt for a particular religion. And they'll always try to weaken and suppress other religions. Thus religious pluralism isn't a path to lasting peace.

Comment Re:Oh, Christ, here we go... (Score 2) 223

Indeed such initiatives seem very one sided. While fighting one kind of stereotypes(men being sex obsessed assholes) they reinforce other stereotypes (women being pathologically nice and insecure). But human character isn't defined by configuration of their genitalia, rather than by sum of their past experiences. Yet stereotypes are part of one's experience and sometimes make one implicitly believe things that are not true.

Comment Re:qmail and Microsoft (Score 1) 85

I think that disallowing forks is a bad idea. True multiple forks might be confusing for users but only one will win in the end. And chance of fork discourages original authors from doing really stupid and selfish stuff. I think chance of fork should always exist, no exceptions.

Comment Re:Feminist vs egalitarian (Score 1) 557

Calling advocation of equal rights "feminism" is absolutely unacceptable to me. Either you end up looking advocating woman supremacy instead which is equally bad since 50% of humanity is still shafted. Or you're using chauvinist terminology which assumes that equal rights benefit women because they're inherently inferior.

Mind you it IS more than possible for a woman to be chauvinist, because lack of rights is always complemented by lack of responsibilities and some of them would prefer it to stay so.

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard