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Comment Re:The worst humanity has to offer (Score 1) 125

"Serial marriage" isn't being counted as "staying married". It's a very simple concept, let's try and say it slower for you...

1. 50% of marriages end in divorce.
2. >50% of people marry do not get divorced.

This is possible because there are people who marry, get divorced, and then marry again, then get divorced again.

Take the trivial example of a set of 7 people. Two of then call them A and B get married. Two others call them C and D also get married. Two others call them E and F also get married. Then C and D divorce and then C marries the final person call them G. Then C and G divorce. In this world of 7 people 4 people married and never divorced while 3 people married and divorced (at least once). So 57% of people "stayed married". However there were 4 marriages and 2 divorces so 50% of marriages end in divorce.

Whether that is the case in the actual world is another matter of course, I don't care enough to look up the stats.

Comment Re:Easy to explain (Score 1) 418

Why not contrast it with eating a banana? Since it has more relevance to that than beating up refugees.

None-childish asshole businesses withdraw there services in some way that impacts the politics they don't like. This is refusing service to all people with the name "Fred" because someone with the name "Alan" holds a different political view to himself.

Comment Re:Fairly trivial software? (Score 1) 418

Clearly you have not had to deal with software written by biologists. It doesn't matter how trivial it is, it is not going to be an afternoon...

I've seen an awk script that did FASTA searches which, and I'm not making this up, used a subset of regular expressions for the searching and the bulk of the script converted those into strings to match with - completely ignoring that awk already does regular expressions better than they ever will... I'm so glad I don't have to deal with that particular collection of code anymore.

Comment Re:Easy to explain (Score 1) 418

He disagrees with some of the political decisions made by the politicians in some countries.

Thus he is banning the use of his software by non-politician academics who happen to be in those countries. Regardless of the actual views those scientists have - and note it is affecting biologists which isn't exactly a field famous for being politically powerful and driving country level politics.

It's exactly childish - lashing out at something almost but not quite related to the thing you are angry about.

Comment Re:Let the Public Decide (Score 2) 439

... being siphoned away from a local business towards non-taxed multi-national corporations

You must prove this will in general make the community worse off compared to keeping the rent-seeking of local dealers.

That's not usually how it works. The existence of local dealers (and the laws that protect them) is the status quo. Since people tend to be resistant to change the status quo doesn't have to prove anything, instead the proposed changes have the burden of proof.

Sure that's often dumb, but welcome to millions of years of evolution.

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