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Comment Re:Science is Still Communicated by World of Mouth (Score 1) 72

There's some truth to the grandparent. There are enough papers published now that the ones that I'm most likely to read are ones where someone says 'this was an interesting paper, you should read it', rather than simply reading all of the ones published in relevant journals (on top of the pile of ones that I have to review).

Comment Re:Yes, but that's like (Score 1) 72

2) Running a journal is a lot of work for no extra pay

If you're doing online-only publication, it's not that much harder than being on the programme committee for a conference (actually, less so, because you don't have such hard deadlines) and academics are expected to do that for the good of the subject and for no extra pay.

- An academic who spent a large chunk of his Christmas holiday reviewing a big pile of papers for an ACM conference.

Comment Re:Pretentious (Score 1) 72

You stupid sonofabitch. Who do you think edits the journals?

Mostly? No one. If they were actually doing a reasonable job of copyediting, then I wouldn't have a problem with them. Instead, they'll let poor English through, but just to show that they're doing something worthwhile they'll make some gratuitous changes that alter the meaning. I saw a particularly amusing example of this where someone had cited some of our work and used an acronym. The editor had obviously searched for the acronym and expanded it without considering the context and inserted a blatantly incorrect expansion.

Comment Re:Come out ye Black and Tans (Score 1) 377

Yes, but all that old testament shit is superseded by (a) the Ten Commandments, which is supposed to be a direct order from god and categorically says thou shalt not kill, and thou shalt not commit adultery

Have you read the bible? The Ten Commandments are handed down in exodus, the second book. Immediately after it comes Leviticus, which lists a whole load of reasons why it's acceptable to kill someone (including as punishment for being raped). The remaining books are full of examples, for example Elijah (profit, direct representative of God on Earth) killing people for believing in a different god and the Hebrew God explicitly endorsing this behaviour.

(b) the teachings of Jesus, who is basically Communications From God 2: This Time, In Person, and who also said it's wrong to kill and that if someone smites you, you should turn the other cheek and let them smite that too

That's a better argument, though not one that seemed to stop any of the last two thousand years of crusades and so on in the name of Jesus.

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