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Comment: Re:Given the this community's gender troubles... (Score 2) 575

by pdabbadabba (#45692951) Attached to: GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language

Feminist here. I know nobody who believes any of the things you claim to be tenets of "mainstream feminist doctrine." (Though it is often falsely claimed that Catharine MacKinnon has holds that "all sex is rape.") If you go in search of some loonies who think those things, I'm sure you'll find them, but I'd like to see some substantiation that there is anything "mainstream" about them. I'm pretty sure you only think that feminists don't need to be caricatured to be ridiculed because you've already confused the caricature with reality.

Comment: Re:Hangings (Score 3, Informative) 1160

Though the practice is not uniform, many (most?) U.S. states require that, if a death sentence is to be imposed, that it be imposed by a jury. But I agree that this is mostly irrelevant to your point.

Comment: Re:Let's Not Be Jerks (Score 1) 784

by pdabbadabba (#44647119) Attached to: Bradley Manning Wants To Live As a Woman

Read your own definition more carefully: "not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle." This is not just a statistical definition; it's not coincidence that each of those terms has a normative meaning:

Norms are things you should follow (or at least things people think you should follow): "a required standard; a level to be complied with or reached." Same with rules: "one of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct within a particular activity or sphere." Same with principles: "morally correct behavior and attitudes."

If the word "normal" were only a statistical statement, I would (maybe) agree with you. But it isn't -- in exactly the way disclosed by that definition -- and we all know it. When a person is told that she isn't "normal" most people feel the sting (though sometimes, hopefully, the sting is masked or outweighed by pride). It is a statistical word loaded with cultural baggage. (Or perhaps the other way around.)

"Cisgendered" is a funny word. I get it. I would feel goofy writing it, let alone speaking it out loud. But it seems to me that the right thing to do is to suck it up and feel goofy when the stakes are another person's dignity.

Comment: Re:Washington D.C. (Score 3, Insightful) 577

by pdabbadabba (#44105285) Attached to: Obama Reveals Climate Change Plan

True. But if you agree that emitting CO2 is a bad thing -- a bad thing that may be thought of as a cost -- and that the regulation more or less accurately captures that cost, (I appreciate that these are a lot of assumptions, but they're necessary to isolate the issue that we're talking about) then all the regulation does is to capture a previously external cost as an internal economic one. The plants that go out of business in this environment will be the ones that the regulations reveal to have been a net consumer, not a producer, of value all along. I wouldn't lose much sleep about that.

Comment: Re:Ice Age (Score 1) 229

by pdabbadabba (#44096025) Attached to: Obama's Climate Plans Face Long Fight

Uhh...ok. Obviously the subway is, at least in some places, below sea level. I'm happy to agree with you on that much. But I don't see where your other links say that any particular area is below sea level. Yes, of course, much of it is CLOSE to sea level, but close != below. And what do storm surges have to do with whether something is below sea level?

Comment: Re:Innocent until blogged about (Score 4, Insightful) 666

by pdabbadabba (#44080913) Attached to: Security Researcher Attacked While At Conference

She is entitled to tell the truth. Period. If he tried to rape her, then she has a perfect right to tell the world about it. She knows the truth, no matter what the evidence is. It's up to us to weigh the evidence and determine whether we believe her. Whether she wanted to press charges is totally irrelevant -- people decide not to pursue these cases for all sort of reasons (particularly when it happened far from home, for God's sake).

Of course, if she's lying, that is another matter entirely. But everything I've seen and heard, about both this situation and this world, makes me believe her.

Comment: Re:Fourth Amendment (Score 1) 457

by pdabbadabba (#43668455) Attached to: US DOJ Say They Don't Need Warrants For E-Mail, Chats

Yeah. The problem is that, to the extent that DOJ reacts quickly to the emergence of new technologies (and it does) then it has the ability to shape perceptions of what is and is not private through proclamations like this.

If DOJ (and, to be fair, certain private actors) had treated email like private papers in the first place, different expectations might have evolved, no?

Comment: Re:Slippery slope. (Score 2) 604

by pdabbadabba (#43509137) Attached to: Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt

No, leave the suicides in. 90% of people who attempt suicide by firearm die on their first attempt. People who attempt suicide by other means almost always fail (most try yo use drugs; 97% survive). And after a failed attempt, only a small minority of people attempt again. So, no. If those 20,000 people didn't have access to firearms, the very large majority may have tried to kill themselves by another means, would have failed, never tried again )or tried and failed again), and be alive today.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.