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Comment: Re:Child Autonomy (Score 1) 779

by shilly (#48832441) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Well, what also matters is how much one cares about the number of people harmed in the process of growing up (both physically and psychologically). It might be that actually children given lots of freedom are hurt no more often than children who aren't, or it might not. And it might be that a society considers those harms to be a price worth paying.

Comment: Re: Let's ban all guns! (Score 1) 1350

by shilly (#48764849) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

I'm sure you and Charlton are having a lovely time together, but if you could just lift your head up from his lap a moment, and put your hands on the keyboard instead of his nether regions, you could the search for the UK's murder statistics. If you did that, you would learn (I know, you wouldn't really, as learning require openness to data, but bear with my figure of speech anyway) that fewer than 700 UK citizens were murdered last year, which rather gives the lie to your excitable little notion that we are being butchered in our thousands.
The British population is about 60m, so about a fifth of the U.S. population. But the U.S. has about 14,000 murders annually. Now, maths may not be your strong point, but let me give you a hint: that's slightly more than five times the UK murder number. In fact, would you know it, it's actually more than twenty times the UK murder number.

Ok, you can carry on fondling now. Enjoy!

Comment: Jeezus, percentage share cannot indicate a collaps (Score 4, Insightful) 328

by shilly (#48699285) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

Nerval apparently doesn't understand the difference between relative and absolute, or they'd know it's possible to shrink as a percentage while growing in absolute terms. This isn't what's happening here, but iPad sales are certainly not collapsing, and iPads are really quite an important component of the market

Comment: Re:left/right apocalypse (Score 4, Insightful) 495

by shilly (#48269053) Attached to: Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

"People keep saying "the science is settled!", but when has that ever been a mantra in the scientific world before?"

Erm, all the time, actually. The whole point of science is to be able to know something about the world, and act on that knowledge. We know enough about semiconductors to build computers, for example. There's plenty we don't know about semiconductors, but we know enough to act.

The notion that all scientific knowledge is merely conjecture, based on the facts as we know them but continuously open to being disproven, and therefore not a basis for action, is rhetoric gone wrong. The openness of a piece of scientific knowlege to being disproven is not an on/off binary state. If you were to discover some facts that appeared to show that semiconductors don't in fact work the way we thought they did, and have this completely different mechanism of action, we would question whether the facts were real, and if they did ineluctably lead to that conclusion, etc etc. We'd question even harder if you told us that the facts appear to show that computers can't work at all.

The universe is all a spin-off of the Big Bang.