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Comment: Re:More feminist bullshit (Score 1) 728

by thecatt (#48114387) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Actually, the report that article links to lists the figure as 2-8%, not 2-5%. And the problem with that figure, as with all such figures for false accusations, is that that is the percentage of people who get caught making false accusations. It doesn't include the people who successfully get away with it. The actual percentage of false accusations is necessarily going to be higher, since the successful ones are never counted as false accusations.

Similarly, there are "all sorts of clues" when someone does it badly. Those naturally wouldn't be there if someone was doing it well.

+ - Biohackers are engineering yeast to make real vegan cheese. No cows needed!

Submitted by backslashdot
backslashdot writes: A collective of biohackers from the San Francisco Bay Area have joined forces to produce the world's first real vegan cheese in baker’s yeast. The aim of the project is to produce a renewable and sustainable, closed-loop food source that will provide the same nutritional value as non-vegan cheese and taste just as great! No cows, cruelty, or animal products needed. Additionally, the project will provide a real cheese for vegans, the lactose intolerant, and those that have food allergies to certain animal-derived milk proteins. A crowdfunding campaign launched on July 1st (today) has already raised nearly 25% towards the funding goal.

+ - More lack of accountability from Congress->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: Who says they’re conservatives? The House Ethics committee, run by Republicans, has quietly eliminated the requirement that elected officials list any privately sponsored travel they receive in their annual financial-disclosure forms.

The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent. Gifts of free travel to lawmakers have appeared on the yearly financial form dating back its creation in the late 1970s, after the Watergate scandal. National Journal uncovered the deleted disclosure requirement when analyzing the most recent batch of yearly filings. “This is such an obvious effort to avoid accountability,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “There’s no legitimate reason. There’s no good reason for it.”

Once again more evidence that we the voters must replace as many of these crooks, from both parties, as we can.
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Comment: Re:Not causing headaches, preventing companies fro (Score 1) 62

by thecatt (#46922089) Attached to: VHS-Era Privacy Law Still Causing Headaches For Streaming Video
Except that isn't what the issue is here. The issue is that Hulu sends the information to Facebook just by loading the like button on the page, regardless if the user ever clicks on it. The linked article gets it wrong, but the article that article links to explains it better.

Comment: Re:doesn't help people take games seriously either (Score 1) 737

by thecatt (#44032927) Attached to: Sexism Still a Problem At E3
And which one of those two reactions sounds less traumatic for everyone involved?

Perhaps if certain people would stop being so uptight, this whole issue would just go away. If you're not interested in the booth babes then just ignore them. And if someone grabs your ass without permission, just tell them off and walk away.

Comment: Re:Reminds me of Critical Thinking (Score 2) 141

by thecatt (#40948113) Attached to: How Pictures Skew Our Judgment

People who make statements need to provide evidence that they are true. Until they do, you must assume they are false.

Why should I assume they are false? To assume anything is foolish, particularly in the given example where it is more likely the statements are true. The correct answer to the question of whether any of those statements is true is "Probably". Claiming something is false because you don't have all the facts is just as bad as claiming it's true.

This "critical thinking" you espouse sounds more like simple contrariness.

Comment: Re:The 1% are insulated (Score 2) 1799

by thecatt (#37670872) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You View the Wall Street Protests?
The guy who wrote that article is an idiot. As if voting for one of two identical, corporate-owned candidates or a handful of third-party wackos with no chance of being elected is going to make any difference. He chastises the young for not voting and claims "their influence on politics has vast, untapped potential" that could somehow be realized just by voting. He calls the 2010 election "one of the most critical elections in years that tipped the balance of power in Congress." Seriously, just how different do you think our situation would be right now if every election in 2010 had gone the other way? That's why the protesters are protesting instead of voting, because they know that voting accomplishes nothing when the system has already been gamed to make sure the corporations win no matter what happens in the voting booth. In the US, voting is nothing but the opiate of the politically-minded masses.

And yes, I did vote in 2010 for one of the third-party wackos, for all the good it does.

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