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Comment Re:You don't know how hormones work, do you? (Score 2) 397

"There are people who have too much or too little of what makes us one or the other sex. " I think you are confusing transgender and intersex. Basically intersex means you do not fit the exact definition of XX female/XY male, e.g. a female XXY (Klinefelter). Transgender on the other hand , is properly defined by the GP, and people in such case really have gender disphoria, and is a category in the DMS V.

The issue is certainly confused by the fact that in some case, male were operated at birth and had gender reassignment, are sometimes called colloquially transgender, when properly it would be intersex, as they are missing (often) the psychological gender disphoria. One of the most well known example was a kid which had his penis removed at birth (botched circumcision) was tried to be raised as a female, but never felt like it and finally suicided at about 40 (John/Joan case - David Reimer).

Comment actually a good metric (Score 4, Insightful) 285

A language is thriving or dying by the number of inexperienced developper trying to learn it. If no inexperienced cev learn it... it is dying. See the experienced dev of today were the noob of yesterday. If everybody is learning c# or java it is a pretty good indication of what the future of c, c++ will be. For reference see cobol. But rejoice , a dying or less used language means that for us the kldr gen, assured contracts works.

Comment It is the CTer which corrupted the term (Score 1) 124

Who corrupted the term ? CTer and later mass media and culture which forever associated it with UFO==alien, when in reality all skeptic usually point out it just means anything you see in the sky which you cannot identify readily. The acronym does not help either (unknown flying object which indicate something flying e.g. which also indicate usually intelligence and direction, rather than unknown floating/falling object or similar which would not indicate necessarily such - especially knowing that most UFO can be analyzed as weather phenomenon , celestial objects or even hoaxed turkey baster hanging on a line). Basically if you want to point the finger , it is not at "less intelligent" person, but CTer and later culture as a whole.

Comment That is not quite right (Score 1) 732

On regular basis at all election people from both side AND political analyst question the EC as it is now. It is an half backed solution. Either you want people to have a say, contrary to the original EC, then it should be the popular vote, or you don't want to, then it should be back to the original no-vote situation. The half backed situation lead to possible corrupt or demagogue (whatever you may think of Clinton or Trump) being voted in, what the EC was supposed to avoid. So it fails at its original purpose.

Comment Are you sure you are not just seeing inflation ? (Score 1) 502

PPP from what I read in the wiki sounds more like you are measuring inflation and difference of production ,say , between the US and germany, adding confusing factors. PPP is used generally to comapre countries productions/consumptions... In fact there is this sentence in the middle "When PPP comparisons are to be made over some interval of time, proper account needs to be made of inflationary effects". It sounds to me that in constant dollar or constant Euro, inflation removed, the difference is actually not as great as you indicate. Taking the GDP in constant euro ( or whichever currency http://www.tradingeconomics.co...) I get a rise from 500 to 700. Granted this is still good in efficiency, but it is not the meteoric rise you indicate.

Comment to cut off reflex and other inconvenience (Score 1) 445

You can be utterly brain dead, but still have some reflex going in the spinal cord (e.g. lazarus sign : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...). Imagine the doctor cutting skin to harvest an organs, and the body trash. That is why IIRC a paralyticum is given to avoid such inconvenience. And yes if you are brain dead but spinal still working, you are not alive.

Comment Failure of context (Score 1) 370

The context of job previously being replaced , was new white or blue collar job opening up. That was the previous context. What we see now is a new generation of job replacement, lot of automation not being replaced by new blue collar or new white collar job. IF and only IF there is new job replacement you would have a rational basis. But there is not. That is why the GP is spot on, until such replacement job come in.

Comment no double edged sword (Score 2) 164

i don't see any double edged sword : you can get a vehicle to accelerate without braking with a stone and a bit of tape, and "ignore collision" is the default mode without that system. But the problem would not be to accelerate without a driver, the problem would be to drive at all. You would need to remote control the vehicle, a much harder problem. Even if you used a driver-less car you would need to change the software to bypass all securities. Needless to say, it is much easier terror wise to get a cheap drone, attach 500 kg of remotely detonated plastic, and use that, you got remote control together with a camera built in.

Comment You are over complicating this (Score 1) 14

This has no impact of the above, because none of the above you mentioned use patent. Basically Qualcomm license a chipset, chipset normally costing Y to another firm, and that chipset was then used in a phone costing X. The royalty rather than being calculated on Y, which you normally expect, was calculated on the price of the final product X in which it was used. SK Regulator took offense of this. Again, royalty has nothing to do with the case of offering differentely priced service, as royalty are often regulated.

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