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by greengiant
Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment
Replies: 594
Views: 54063

Re: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment

I guess we might get some insight into pro-lifers motivations in the not too distant future. If embryonic stem cell treatments end up being as effective as the hype has suggested, being pro life will finally have consequences for men (obviously the pro-life/choice debate will still affect women much...
by greengiant
Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Resolution of Russell's and Cantor's paradoxes
Replies: 64
Views: 10744

Re: Resolution of Russell's and Cantor's paradoxes

This sort of logical fallacy is usually referred as “contradictory premises” (one of so-called “material fallacies” - the class of logical fallacies which also includes a well-known “novice” type of logical mistake in mathematical reasoning – “circular reasoning”). Conclusions are drawn from the in...
by greengiant
Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: 503 errors.
Replies: 15
Views: 4695

Re: 503 errors.

I got 503s today too. When it came back up I looked on the 'new posts' page and there were no posts between 10:11 am UTC and 1:02 pm UTC so I'm guessing it was down for roughly that period.
by greengiant
Wed Sep 07, 2011 8:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2667476

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I've actually been on the other end of this, weirdly. I've spent a long time working on a footpath for a nature reserve only to have someone drive down it because they wanted to go off-roading in their 4x4. In honesty, I thought it was a bit funny. The reserve is basically a marsh and their 4x4 was ...
by greengiant
Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical force in schools makes a comeback
Replies: 67
Views: 10523

Re: Corporal punishment in schools makes a comeback

Whether this legislation will change that I do not know. To be honest I don't think Michael Gove has even altered the rules on contact. Here's a story with Ed Balls(the Education Minister from the previous government for those not in the UK) saying pretty much the same thing that Gove is saying now...
by greengiant
Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical force in schools makes a comeback
Replies: 67
Views: 10523

Re: Corporal punishment in schools makes a comeback

Except, if you no longer have to record it, then what oversight is there to stop corporal punishment from coming back? I think the recording was just a case of writing a few details in a logbook. I don't really see how it makes much difference. If there is a complaint and the pupil and teacher have...
by greengiant
Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical force in schools makes a comeback
Replies: 67
Views: 10523

Re: Corporal punishment in schools makes a comeback

They are already allowed to I believe, but there's a very pervasive myth that they aren't. It's a fairly common theme over here. Parents complain about teachers using force (some reasonably, some unreasonably) and some schools introduce policies to try and protect themselves. Some have 'no-touch' po...
by greengiant
Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical force in schools makes a comeback
Replies: 67
Views: 10523

Re: Corporal punishment in schools makes a comeback

Am I going mad or did the article have no mention of corporal punishment? I enjoy a look-what-the-evil-tories-are-doing story as much as the next man but I seriously doubt they're trying to reintroduce corporal punishment to schools. Michael Gove just made it clear that a teacher using physical forc...
by greengiant
Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Resolution of Russell's and Cantor's paradoxes
Replies: 64
Views: 10744

Re: Resolution of Russell's and Cantor's paradoxes

Okay, I've had read through the paper (and this thread) and I have to agree with the others that it's pretty hard to follow what you're trying to say. To be honest I'm not that sure whether it's supposed to be a maths paper or a philosophy of maths paper. Maybe you can clarify some things. In the se...
by greengiant
Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape
Replies: 610
Views: 54930

Re: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape

Yeah, I even pointed out that possibility earlier on in the discussion. But reading gmalivuk's snarky dismissal sucked me back into the argument. I wasn't even trying to defend DSK in the first place, I just thought Ulc's claims about his friends condemning him were bit over the top.
by greengiant
Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape
Replies: 610
Views: 54930

Re: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape

Good job. You can copy and paste from a number of online dictionary sites. But how is the word actually used most of the time now? Because dictionaries are actually pretty slow to adapt to changing connotations. And the fact that by far the most common adjective* used in conjunction with "woma...
by greengiant
Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape
Replies: 610
Views: 54930

Re: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape

I completely disagree, the term for someone that just happens to like sex is "likes sex" - womaniser in pretty much any context I've seen means "someone that will stop at pretty much nothing except for direct forcible rape, but who is definetely willing to use position, lies and fear...
by greengiant
Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape
Replies: 610
Views: 54930

Re: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape

The issue of what 'womaniser' means was discussed earlier in this thread. To womanise is to indulge in lots of casual sex with women, a womaniser is someone who does this. Not that I want to defend DSK's actions, I just dislike people using womaniser as an insult. There's nothing morally wrong with ...
by greengiant
Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care
Replies: 63
Views: 7985

Re: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care

This sounds fairly positive - help people in need, hopefully prevent some horrible crimes. It's quite weird that people would object to it really. That said, I wouldn't fancy being one of the counsellors. You'd have a very fine line to walk when it comes to confidentiality. As soon as a crime is com...
by greengiant
Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tottenham Riots
Replies: 261
Views: 32725

Re: Tottenham Riots

I still don't really get why you see this as example-making. They were given nowhere near the maximum sentence for their crimes. They pleaded guilty, so the court has to assume that they were honestly intending to incite a riot - you can't plead guilty while simultaneously saying you were joking aro...
by greengiant
Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tottenham Riots
Replies: 261
Views: 32725

Re: Tottenham Riots

I'm not too sure that's an example of increased punishment, the article says that the maximum sentence for their crimes was 10 years. To be honest I don't really see anything exceptional about this at all. You say "Four years in jail for making a Facebook page", but I don't really see how ...
by greengiant
Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Child Labor in Washington
Replies: 84
Views: 9785

Re: Child Labor in Washington

I don't know what you mean, she's still looking very youthful.

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by greengiant
Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Child Labor in Washington
Replies: 84
Views: 9785

Re: Child Labor in Washington

The UK is a different beast altogether. I mean, hell, most of their businesses are government owned (hence the word "socialist" in the description field for their economy type). Not only that, but just because minimum wage doesn't damn the economy doesn't mean it doesn't hurt it or destro...
by greengiant
Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Child Labor in Washington
Replies: 84
Views: 9785

Re: Child Labor in Washington

gavin, why theorise about market factors and supply/demand when there's a lot of information around regarding countries who have successfully introduced a minimum wage? This is a very brief look at what happened in the UK. Despite dire warnings, basically nothing bad happened.
by greengiant
Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Child Labor in Washington
Replies: 84
Views: 9785

Re: Child Labor in Washington

If society is going to claim that people need at least X to live on, which is the better scenario? 1) Person/family A's labor is only worth $4/hr, but no employer is allowed to pay that low, so A is unemployed and receives X through welfare. 2) Person/family A's labor is only worth $4/hr, and is hi...
by greengiant
Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How many sets of five integers add up to 26?
Replies: 18
Views: 3541

Re: Combinatorics Question

5280 isn't the answer to the question you asked. There aren't even that many subset of {0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9} let alone ones that fit the conditions of having five elements and summing to 26. Not sure whether you've mis-phrased the question or just got the wrong answer. Are you thinking {3,4,5,6,8} a...
by greengiant
Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tottenham Riots
Replies: 261
Views: 32725

Re: Tottenham Riots

India is the most populated place on earth. They do not have riots. Why not? Is it the Religion? I do understand that people would want to stand up and say, "No." To the idea that we suffer now because we deserve it. I say, "No." to that idea, also. They do. http://en.wikipedia....
by greengiant
Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Homework question - probability
Replies: 4
Views: 1142

Re: Homework question - probability

So, if I understand correctly you have a password of the form Letter-Number-Letter-Number-Letter-Number-Letter-Number where each letter/number is chosen uniformly at random. You want the probability that no letter or number is repeated within the password. I always find it hard to gauge how much hel...
by greengiant
Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks
Replies: 394
Views: 37645

Re: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks

I may have missed something (this thread's pretty long) but everyone seems to be labouring under the misapprehension that if the NHS refuses you a specific treatment then you cannot pay for it yourself. There are private healthcare providers in the UK (the biggest being BUPA which is still a non-pro...
by greengiant
Sun Aug 07, 2011 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Radians and calculus
Replies: 15
Views: 3329

Re: Radians and calculus

themandotcom wrote:It's because radians are "dimensionless", whereas degrees have a unit.

That's not what dimensionless means, angles are dimensionless whether you measure them in radians or in degrees.
by greengiant
Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Stalemate in Senate Leaves 4,000 Out of Work at F.A.A.
Replies: 31
Views: 4722

Re: Stalemate in Senate Leaves 4,000 Out of Work at F.A.A.

How are airports supposed to make money if they have to deal with these meddlesome federal inspectors? If an airline has enough fatal accidents, market forces will drive people to choose different carriers, solving the problem. There's no need for big-government forcing the regulatory will of a cen...
by greengiant
Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs
Replies: 732
Views: 48665

Re: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs

Another issue with this thread is that the study was taken of U.K. doctors, not U.S. doctors. This is why I asked about the status of U.K. doctors as private business or government employee early on. My understanding is that -all- doctors in the U.K. work for the Government-held company that is the...
by greengiant
Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The Batman equation
Replies: 27
Views: 34537

Re: The Batman equation

It's 6 terms, multiplied together, and called equal to zero... you might have better luck plotting it as 6 separate curves, one for each term, equal to zero. Might make life a bit easier for the plotting tool... That works to an extent, however the problem is when you set one of the six terms equal...
by greengiant
Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2667476

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Thanks, that makes sense. I guess I was thinking of much more informal set-ups than that but you're probably right that most wedding photographers would require some sort of written contract/agreement.
by greengiant
Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs
Replies: 732
Views: 48665

Re: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs

On a more positive note than most of this thread, the welfare state rules. Not saying the UK has it totally nailed or anything, but it's pretty cool that you don't have to pay for your abortion (which is pretty readily available here - 185,415 were performed in 2004), you have a right to full pay wh...
by greengiant
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs
Replies: 732
Views: 48665

Re: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs

Yes, yes there are. Maybe not where you are, but definitely here in the UK. http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Employees/Sicknessabsence/DG_10027238
by greengiant
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2667476

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

And how does that fit in with the wedding photographer thing? Surely you're paying someone to create the work (as in the wedding photos)? It's not like they just happened to be there and took some photos, you hired them to come do it.
by greengiant
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2667476

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Yeah that seemed a bit weird to me too. I know that if you hire a wedding photographer they will normally retain the copyright for the photos of your wedding. Based on this, I would have assumed that when you hire someone for a creative task, they retain copyright unless you explicitly buy it from t...
by greengiant
Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs
Replies: 732
Views: 48665

Re: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs

Yeah, but (unsurprisingly) most of the discussion focused on the US health system despite the original article being UK based. The situation here is quite a bit different and I think a referral is a much more viable option here. I'm not going to make some ridiculous statement that a referral is a ma...
by greengiant
Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs
Replies: 732
Views: 48665

Re: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs

Fair enough, looks like I'm in the minority. I guess we just disagree. Not about abortion, specifically, but about the general question of whether a doctor can refuse to perform a procedure. For the record, I'd say in certain circumstances it would be ok for a doctor to refuse (although I would expe...
by greengiant
Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs
Replies: 732
Views: 48665

Re: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs

DSenette, you seem to be arguing that a doctor should never be able to refuse a recognised, legal procedure on moral grounds. That's a pretty strong claim. Do you really believe this or do you just believe abortion, specifically, should not be refusable? There are lots of ways medicine might change ...
by greengiant
Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs
Replies: 732
Views: 48665

Re: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs

That's not what I asked about. I asked about someone who believes in "no abortions for anyone", but for other, balancing ethical reasons, does not believe they have the authority to hold anyone else to that standard. What you're suggesting is like saying that no one who ever tolerates ste...
by greengiant
Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs
Replies: 732
Views: 48665

Re: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs

Another facetious argument for you Wombat. Suppose someone reads your post where you say certain pro-life activists are responsible for murder. Said person goes out and kills one of these activists because they agree with you that the activist is effectively a murderer. Oh no, now you're basically a...
by greengiant
Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs
Replies: 732
Views: 48665

Re: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs

No, but insofar as it pertains to being a doctor who refuses to do part of your job, you better make sure you take steps to ensure the job gets done. I.e., if you think someone is going to kill themselves if you break up with them, you don't not break up with them, you make sure they get the help t...
by greengiant
Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs
Replies: 732
Views: 48665

Re: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs

We are responsible for the predictable consequences of our actions. Abortion debate aside (because I mostly agree with you), surely you don't really believe this. Here's a somewhat facetious example. If my partner says they'll kill themselves if I leave them, does that mean that when I leave I'm re...

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