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Comment: Accusation of Anti-Vaccine Stance (Score 1) 582

by skywire (#46748643) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

>'If you ask a parent of an autistic child if they want the measles or the autism, we will stand in line for the f--king measles.' That missing line rather changes the tone of her position considerably, writes Phil Plait and is a difficult stance to square with someone who is not anti-vaccine.

There is nothing necessarily anti-vaccine about her words here. The devil is in the details -- the relative risks of each choice for the individual child, and the risks to the population from the reduction of herd immunity resulting from an individual child's being opted out.

Comment: Re:Crypto-coin advocates = anarchists or libertari (Score 1) 221

by skywire (#46467853) Attached to: The Future of Cryptocurrencies

You failed to engage the implicit argument of noblebeast that states cannot be trusted to manage a currency that they can create by fiat, and offered no evidence that your criticisms of cryptocurrencies do not apply equally to state currencies. But then, spouting unsupported assertions is characteristic of trolls, so I guess my replying means you can chalk up a success.

Comment: Re:We do -- and don't -- live in a simulation (Score 1) 745

by skywire (#46267753) Attached to: Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

I had exactly the same thoughts upon first encountering Conway's Life Game. You, too, have probably had difficulty persuading others that the seemingly complex relations within a simple mathematical object or function do not need to be derived on a computing device, but just are.

1 Billion dollars of budget deficit = 1 Gramm-Rudman