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Comment: Re:Not malicious but not honest? (Score 1) 445

by spazdor (#46729693) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Medicine is a special case of a profession which is subject to additional consumer protections above and beyond the regular market ones, for reasons relating to safety.

you can, however, sell 'medicine' to the public with no guarantee of its *efficacy* for a particular purpose, merely that it be safe. That's homeopathy.

Comment: Re:shut up you stupid app (Score 1) 299

by spazdor (#45641855) Attached to: Microsoft's New Smart Bra Could Stop You From Over Eating

Yeah, how unreasonable for feminists to want women in charge of beauty standards for women!

It's almost as bad as having black people developing and marketing those African hair straightening products!

Furthermore, I bet feminists have literally nothing to say about this product since women are involved - we all know that they have never ever criticized other women for participating in antifeminist stuff.

Comment: Re:to be expected (Score 1) 322

by spazdor (#43999517) Attached to: Bill Regulating 3D Printed Guns Announced In NYC

Why does this facile and 'truthy' sentiment get reliably upvoted whenever someone posts it? It's neither insightful nor particularly original, and what's worse, it's demonstrably false as a matter of empirical psychology.

"Wants to murder someone" is not a simple, binary, on-or-off property of anyone's mental state, and the man-with-a-mission loading rounds into his gun with cool, icy determination which this argument brings to mind, does not characterize the vast majority of violent crime. In real life, people are subject to psychological influences from myriad sources, and people who are in a state of seriously wanting to kill someone, tend to be in an even more unstable, influenceable state of mind than normal. People's car-buying desisions are demonstrably affected by such minutiae as the physical layout of the showroom, and the order in which the salesperson decides to present them.

What kind of alien to human psychology would you have to be, to imagine that the ready availability of tools to kill someone from far away, without any eye contact or physical proximity, wouldn't make murder psychologically easier to go through with?

Comment: I take issue with FAIL3's premise (Score 1) 768

by spazdor (#43939135) Attached to: Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders

FAIL3 -- the alleged "benefits" of the Fifth Amendment apply equally to the innocent and guilty, or disproportionately favor the guilty.

Whoa whoa whoa, back the truck up. "It helps more than it hurts" is a awfully low bar of justification to set for a constitutional law. Here, have a hypothetical:

You have 3 suspects in custody. For some highly contrived reason too pedantic to relate here, you know for a certainty that two of them are guilty of a crime punishable by death, and one of them is absolutely innocent of any crime, but you haven't any clues as to which one is the innocent one.

By the symmetry argument you'll have to do the same thing to all three of them. If you do anything other than execute them, you "disproportionately favour the guilty". But our justice system needs to adhere to a higher standard than that, because that way despotism lay.

Comment: Re:Florida (Score 1) 1078

by spazdor (#43616019) Attached to: Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

No no no! I learned from a very special episode of Family Matters that racism is what it's called when an individual treats another individual with racial prejudice, and that is all. There is no such thing as systemic or institutional oppression, and there is no such thing as "society" or "culture" which forms rough consensus on all sorts of things including the relative worth of different kinds of people, and which shapes the individual opinions of thousands or millions of people at once. To talk about society, or institutions, or anything collective at all, means thinking about people in terms of groups instead of individuals, which is the very definition of racism!

Sorry, I pooped myself a little bit. What were you saying again?

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