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Comment: Re:Shocker... (Score 1) 236 236

I don't quite get the point of the survey. There have always been gaps between scientists and the general public and always will be just as there are gaps between any sub group and the whole and ALWAYS will be.

It's an ad populum argument, and appeal to authority in survey form. Rather than waist time trying to construct a valid argument just state a majority of experts believe different than you. You should change to match these experts. Useful of backing up bad arguments, and to inform politicians how to pander to the largest group.

Comment: Re:Pre-ordering (Score 1) 221 221

My Disgea games without DLC have just about the same unlocks on the PS3 as they did on the PS2. They do have lots of meaningless DLC that is easily ignored. I've never once felt I needed to buy any of it. As for Gust they were Merged with their Parent company, and they have continued to do work on their existing franchises, and their latest release Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book has yet to be canceled, and didn't stop Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea which was released after that merger announcement last year so you're doom and gloom is probably just an american misunderstanding Japans weird business structure.

Comment: Re:Pre-ordering (Score 1) 221 221

Cheaper, and the digital version of the Atleir series is spotty at best. I also like the Music tracks on the limited editions when they are available. Also I believe in the Right of First Sale, and like to lend my brothers the games when I'm done if they're interested. Can't really do that with digital legally, but with the physical copy I can legally sell, lend, or give away if I don't like it. Kinda stuck with it if the game is shown to be utter nonsense if it takes over two hours on steam to figure that out. I refuse to buy digital if I'm not absolutely sure I will like it.

Comment: Re:Pre-ordering (Score 1) 221 221

Winners? Pre-Ordering is almost always bad, but the one case where I view it as usually necessary is when I want a physical copy of a game that is in limited release. Nearly all NIS and Gust games are in limited release. Which isn't surprising because they have a small but dedicated fan base. If I wait and don't show up and get one of those limited copies I'll end up having to travel 100 miles to get a copy because I waited for the price drops. Buy digital will be your next claim, but the last time I missed set of 3 titles the first Title was no longer available for digital purchase. Luckily I was able to find that one close by, the second one was still available for digital sale, or I could go 100 miles to go get it so I did go digital in that case because the cost saving of the physical copy was canceled out by the trip. The 3rd title I just got at full new release price because I'm not going to go on a quest for finding a limited release game again just to save a few bucks. Stupid Atelier Fetch Quests suck. Your method only works on Triple A titles that are over produced to kill the used market value.

Comment: Can't Process? (Score 1) 637 637

Sorry, but we seem to be able to get together and panic about the most absurd gravest threats that I don't buy it. You want a large group of humans to work together, and blindly correct everyone else around us look no further than religion. A contrived threat to the whole of humanity can convince many people to get up and do something about it. Maybe it's that your side rejected Religion as a part of social evolution, and can't figure out how it motivates people to leverage it in your arguments.

Comment: Re:That is not the correct statistic (Score 1) 287 287

Unless you'd care to present your genetic research which demonstrates that black women are rendered incapable of understanding math and science by some inherent biological or genetic flaw?

I would only need to present the number of black women taking the courses needed for the field compared to the total. It doesn't matter if they are perfectly capably of doing the job if they were educated in it if they aren't getting the education in the right fields. However, the stats show they avoid engineering degrees like the plague and swarm sociology like it were the second coming.

Comment: Re:It has always been that way (Score 1) 444 444

Hard? Here's an easy way to identify the clear crap. If the N is less than 30 the result, and conclusions should be ignored as more likely a random effect due to small sample size. Sure the actual number is usually much larger depending on what the magic formulas pop out, but the number of studies that I come across that make claims, and draw conclusions when there same size is less than 30 is absurd. That might be ok for a college paper that's not being scored on the result, but whether or not they can actually run a study, and if they had the half a million to do a properly sized study will they do quality work. It's not good for anything other than the pitch for a legitimately sized study.

Comment: Re:Power Creep Unless Proven Otherwise (Score 1) 228 228

If you did the exact same study with Superman, you'd certainly not find his "story power" has been increasing. In the early comics he was the sole hero, so he'd be getting perfect scores for all those.

Perfect score? You really think Superman was the only Golden Age Hero too?

Lets assume you're correct and Superman would have got the Perfect Score of 35 because he was the only hero. This assumes that all the characters were put on a scale, and ranked from best to worst. This would imply that 18 would be the median score meaning that the modern day score of 22.5 implys ether a favoritism towards women, or that it's reached equilibrium, but since the measurement error wasn't given in the article that makes it fairly difficult to ascertain.

However if you had bothered to read the article you'd know that's not what she did, and would still need the male score in order to extract any meaning at all. As for Superman and talking about the abstract "important issues" there is clear power creep between Silver Age stories with Fat Superman to the more serious Modern Area with Infinite Crisis. It's the problem with the Slapstick 60's and the slow methodical March to the age of Miller.

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side. - Han Solo