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Comment: Re:Astroturfing for Hillary Clinton (Score 1) 1134

by skine (#47858605) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

During their lifetime, 19.3% of women and 1.7% of men have been raped*.
During the year preceding the study, 1.6% of women and a negligible number of men have been raped*.

During their lifetime, 43.9% of women and 23.4% of men experienced other forms of sexual violence, including being made to penetrate, sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, and non-contact unwanted sexual experiences.
During the year preceding the study, 5.5% of women and 5.1% of men experienced these other forms of sexual violence.

Female victims reported predominantly male perpetrators in all categories.
Male victims reported predominantly male perpetrators for rape, female perpetrators for being made to penetrate and sexual coercion, and a nearly even split for unwanted sexual contact and noncontact unwanted sexual experience.

*The US DOJ definition of rape: “The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

Comment: Re:Regulations a bit premature (Score 1) 1146

by skine (#45698593) Attached to: US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

I keep hearing the argument that CFLs start out dim and are slow to produce full light, and they die quicker.

This argument is just flat out wrong. I've been using General Electric CFL bulbs for years, and I've had zero issues with warmup or dying.

They come on instantly, and I only replace a bulb when one of the incandescent ones that came with the apartment dies.

Comment: Re:The study is about the effects of climate chang (Score 2) 640

by skine (#45255823) Attached to: Nebraska Scientists Refuse To Carry Out Climate Change-Denying Study

So, this is really just an example of what we all (should have) learned when taught logic:

False premises lead to whatever conclusion you want.

In order for the statement "If only cyclical changes influence climate, then the effect on the climate of Nebraska will be ________," to even be worth asking, there has to be a good reason to assume that only cyclical changes influence climate, or a good reason not to assume other influences.

+ - How to Contact Representatives and Senators?

Submitted by skine
skine (1524819) writes "Based on a post from GumphMaster, I believe that a bill such as Section 54 of Australia's Constitution would benefit the US.

The proposed law which appropriates revenue or moneys for the ordinary annual services of the Government shall deal only with such appropriation.

However, any attempt to contact my Senators or Congressman yield only a notice that their offices are closed to email, phone, and mail until the shutdown is ended. Granted, I wouldn't expect my Congressman or Senators to actually read or listen to any email, voicemail message, or letter I send under normal circumstances. So, really, how do I get the attention of my representatives in Congress?"

Comment: Re:GOLD - Asimov (Score 1) 532

by skine (#44989389) Attached to: I'd prefer my money be made of ...

Records! Willard was hesitating. Music, when it was a matter of electronic exchange, meant nothing.
There was no feeling of either wealth or poverty of one's collection above a certain level.
The world was a matter of internet stores and bit torrent and all the world transferred, transferred, transferred.
Records were different. They had a feel. Each album had a weight. Piled together, it had a beauty.
It was music one could appreciate and experience.

Comment: Re:An open system (Score 1) 271

by skine (#44956385) Attached to: Valve Announces Hardware Beta Test For 'Steam Machine'

Also, for people who don't resell their games, it makes no difference.

As someone who has been playing video games since the early 1990s, the only games that have left my collection are ones I've misplaced, and ones that I let someone borrow but never had returned (either because of the friend misplacing it, or losing contact with them).

Plus, I bought Skyrim for $40 on sale a few months after it came out, when the regular price was still $60. If I had bought the game new at $60, then traded it in for MAYBE $20, I would still be out the same $40.

No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.