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Comment: Re:Particles are baloney (Score 3, Informative) 20

Additional links: A big discussion has taken place on PubPeer following a pre-publication arXiv release of a paper (full disclosure: I'm a co-author on the second version of this paper). The paper is well worth a read, and should be coming out soon in PLoS One.

ArXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1312.6812
Pubpeer: https://pubpeer.com/publicatio...

Comment: Re:And here we go again (Score 1) 519

The solution is to give one island to North Korea, one to South Korea, One to Taiwan and one to Japan. Watch the fireworks for a while, and realise when the smoke has lifted that there are no spots left above the waterline. Everyone has had their opportunity to blow off some steam and very few citizens will get hurt.

Comment: Re:Most of this will be about internal politics (Score 3, Interesting) 519

" It doesn't help that China feels they have still never received a proper apology"

Which is interesting, as there have been a fair few apologies from the Japanese:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan

But somehow, even among the Dutch, there is a persistent belief that Japan never apologised.

Comment: Re:Most of this will be about internal politics (Score 4, Insightful) 519

There was a report the other day saying that China is trying to claim enough islands around the east china sea so that it can claim the entire sea as an "inland sea". Hence the disputes over islands with everyone, from Indonesia to Japan. It seems like they are hoping to claim enough barren rocks to make this dream a reality.

It was said back then that this is necessary for fishing and mining.

Comment: Re:As a mechanical engineer... (Score 1) 152

by toQDuj (#45419407) Attached to: A Makerbot In Every Classroom

"The reason it has been around so long, perhaps is an indicator it has merit."
No, that's an argumentum ad antiquitatem. Just because it is old does not mean it is good. The bible and its ideas are quite old and tenacious, but that does not necessarily mean they have any merit.

Just wanted to point that out, and would like to indicate that if you google "how to win every argument", you'll end up with a PDF of a quite nice book detailing the argumentative fallacies.

I'd rather be led to hell than managed to heavan.

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