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Comment: Re:I May Not Agree (Score 1) 1112

by martas (#46702079) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law
But haven't you heard? Since there is no commonly accepted definition for what constitutes a "right", we can use it to mean whatever we want. Basically, if you really really want something, call it a right. Then your opposition will be left in the awkward position of either admitting that they're denying you "your rights", or trying to explain why what you're claiming to be a right really isn't (and those explanations typically don't fit in the 30 second intervals between commercials).

Comment: Re:trees have branches (Score 1) 1037

by martas (#46679903) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion
"Even science itself rests upon articles of faith." Only if you regard science as a search for Truth (with a capital T). I don't. I think most scientists don't, either. To me, science is a tool. A tool with a staggeringly good track record of getting things done. That's why I find it expedient to regard scientific consensus as truth (with a lower case t) for all practical intents and purposes. Similarly, I am not an atheist because I believe god doesn't exist. I am an atheist because there are no useful guiding principles which imply belief in god to be sane (let alone belief in a particular god).

Comment: Re:Test Also Measures Confidence (Score 1) 384

by martas (#46454135) Attached to: Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math
I was just thinking that. Perhaps part of the reason for the perceived difference in mathematical ability is that women are more willing to be honest about not understanding something? And being a PhD student in a highly mathematical field, let me assure you, most of the time none of us know what the fuck is going on, so pretending would make a big difference...

Comment: Re:Permenant Beta (Score 1) 295

by martas (#46406335) Attached to: Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs
Well I'm not surprised that you can configure a machine so that under linux you get good performance, but if you pick some decent and otherwise random hardware, chances are much higher that you will have slow/broken 3d performance if you slap on some reasonably popular distro, than if you go with windows. It is irrelevant to most of us that there exists at least 1 person on the planet who has managed to run minecraft well under linux, as long as most of us have a great sense of trepidation every time we run, well, virtually any graphics intensive application.

And before you accuse me of being a windows fanboy or something, I'm posting this from ubuntu.

Comment: Re:Teenagers will do stupid things? (Score 3, Insightful) 387

by martas (#46386307) Attached to: Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000
And then people have the audacity to be surprised when teenagers "rebel" and go off the deep end by resorting to drugs, petty crime, and general disobedience. Here you have a human being whose brain is telling them "you are grown up; time to start doing shit on your own, so you're not a burden to the tribe; your mom has about 8 kids younger than you to feed and look after", but everything around them is designed to deprive them of responsibility and autonomy. School is run by fascists armed with zero tolerance policies, parents are no better because cable news has convinced them that giving a teenager an inch of freedom will result in them doing vodka enemas, and popular culture feeds them the image of the typical teen as an infantile, bumbling idiot, whose greatest possible accomplishment is successfully sneaking out of the house to go to a pool party where they can drink to the point of throwing up and touch a few genitals.

Comment: Re:First blacks, (Score 1) 917

by martas (#46347699) Attached to: Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation
The poorly dressed/shirtless analogy doesn't really work. Businesses that enforce a dress code do so for practical reasons. Legally speaking, it's only discrimination if [you can convince a judge that] the criteria used by the business to refuse service have no direct relevance to their interests as a business.

All this wheeling and dealing around, why, it isn't for money, it's for fun. Money's just the way we keep score. -- Henry Tyroon

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