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by Ari
Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Argggh! Irritating Coworker
Replies: 29
Views: 3399

Re: Argggh! Irritating Coworker

It would seem to me that he's essentially plagiarised a good part of your research, even if not all of it. Take it to the higher-ups/his peers, would be my advice. Plagiarism is serious freaking business.
by Ari
Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Apathetic Scientists Hurt Science
Replies: 302
Views: 23350

Re: Apathetic Scientists Hurt Science

Hey, I was just giving him a "crisp response" like the OP advocates giving to people who we feel are "totally irrational to believe in such poorly evidenced drivel." Assuming you're talking about God, then yes, belief in anything supernatural has to be irrational in the sense th...
by Ari
Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Degrees of Normality
Replies: 22
Views: 2359

Re: Degrees of Normality

This idea has been knocking about in my head for a few weeks, and I have finally decided to hear what some other people think. <...> What I'm envisioning here is some sort of Total Normality Index. You would take this thing, which would asses everything about you personality, behavior, and attitude...
by Ari
Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Media Self Censorship Surrounding sensitive issues
Replies: 19
Views: 3089

Re: Media Self Censorship Surrounding sensitive issues

I think the media gets way too much information about sensitive issues anyways. How can the military allow journalists working for someone else to get sensitive military information in the first place? the issue shouldn't be about keeping the cat in the bag... it should be about keeping the whole t...
by Ari
Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting methods: Approval and Condorcet
Replies: 24
Views: 4198

Re: Voting methods: Approval and Condorcet

You're speaking of the participation criterion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Participation_criterion), and I believe that's one of those criteria that all ranked methods fail - so this is an argument for approval or range against all ranked methods, not necessarily just Condorcet voting. I'm aware ...
by Ari
Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Honesty
Replies: 79
Views: 12365

Re: Honesty

I have strong moral feelings about honesty, and as a result I generally don't lie, even when it's advantageous. I most _definitely_ do not believe in 'little white lies'. There may be lies which do less harm and lies which do more harm, but having a false impression of the world around us is not be...
by Ari
Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Media Self Censorship Surrounding sensitive issues
Replies: 19
Views: 3089

Re: Media Self Censorship Surrounding sensitive issues

And on the other hand, we have media bias surrounding sensitive issues. They DID seek clearance, 8 weeks later they got no response even after chasing it up, so they deemed it to be okay to publish. Did they go through the proper channels? If so, I guess we can't blame them... Regardless though, I ...
by Ari
Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I feel like my friend is joining a cult (homeopathy)
Replies: 61
Views: 12954

Re: I feel like my friend is joining a cult (homeopathy)

My best friend, an otherwise intelligent, observant person, believes this stuff works- sorry, but there is NO evidence...it is QUACK science. I'd sooner believe she had been abducted by aliens. The founder of it was a quack scientist from Germany who had no understanding whatsoever of virology or b...
by Ari
Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 50284

Re: Genders and Gender roles

I'd certainly say that biological factors determine a lot of our initial gender-perception of someone, as they permit us to judge quickly, wheras social factors or someone's identity of themselves are a bit more subtle to assimilate and take some time- that's purely from an analytical standpoint, of...
by Ari
Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting methods: Approval and Condorcet
Replies: 24
Views: 4198

Re: Voting methods: Approval and Condorcet

The really great thing about Bayesian Regret is that you can simulate it with differing degrees of correlation between expected political utility and the actual strategy used to vote- it returns surprisingly different results for various election systems, even when people vote completely randomly. A...
by Ari
Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Ways to improve your grammar and spelling?
Replies: 30
Views: 5103

Re: Ways to improve your grammar and spelling?

You could just be normally obsessive, you know. It's not always pathological :) Or you could just be a grammar nazi with difficulty writing. :D In-line spellcheckers That can be a trap, though - because whenever you're not sure of a word you may tend to just type randomly, and only if you get it wro...
by Ari
Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: New Zealand Pronunciation
Replies: 51
Views: 9231

Re: New Zealand Pronunciation

because Americans pronounce the "r" in "or" differently. Fixed to remove redundancy. :-) Pfft, non-rhotic "r"s are pronounced, just as a modifier! ;) I think that the reason you cant find the right sound listed has a lot to do with the way people learn the IPA. Short o...
by Ari
Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Plain Vs. Academic or Regular English?
Replies: 16
Views: 3213

Re: Plain Vs. Academic or Regular English?

I was hoping to gather opinions on this. I'm currently taking a technical writing course and my prof keeps emphazing the use of plain English, saying that companies are pushing plain English and that it's the way of communication. Even my friend's history prof asked her to stop using big words. Now...
by Ari
Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: To have to ~ Must, Got? what's up here?
Replies: 22
Views: 3608

Re: To have to ~ Must, Got? what's up here?

"I've got to" isn't really different from "I have to", since "have got" means the same thing as "have". Uh, negative on that. "Have to" can stand in for either "must" or "got to", in my experience, but the other two tend to have ...
by Ari
Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Subjunctive Mood is DYING in English!
Replies: 94
Views: 19293

Re: The Subjunctive Mood is DYING in English!

Yeah, different languages classify what fits into what grammatical mood, tense, etc... differently. :) Sounds like Spanish has a very highly-developed subjunctive compared to the languages I've studied- at best it's been used widely in reported speech and for hypothetical situations. :)
by Ari
Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 50284

Re: Genders and Gender roles

Poorly applied ones, yes. It's more likely that a well-used standardized test will get people to drop subjects they won't do very well in- pushing individuals towards their specific talents. But, for that to be useful, you need to have a standardized test which is worthwhile before students begin t...
by Ari
Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: REPUBLICANS: Primary question.
Replies: 64
Views: 7052

Re: REPUBLICANS: Primary question.

Actually knowing some right-libertarians, I have to say that the Ronpaul does make some of them look bad by association. Most right-libertarians are a lot more moderate and won't aspire to try and demolish their target government departments in one term, understanding that chaos is even worse than b...
by Ari
Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Starving the beast
Replies: 10
Views: 2503

Re: Starving the beast

If the opponent is incredibly good/lucky, though, that was going to happen anyway. Yes, but it also makes them look even better than they were, because they overcame a cheap blow, and because the human brain is rather over-active about preventing/punishing cheaters, it's likely to increase support ...
by Ari
Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Honesty
Replies: 79
Views: 12365

Re:

iop wrote:IMO, the best policy is to be diplomatic. Don't tell lies, but don't tell all, either.


Bingo.

Some people really can't handle the truth, even if you want to tell it.
by Ari
Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting methods: Approval and Condorcet
Replies: 24
Views: 4198

Re: Voting methods: Approval and Condorcet

I really like most range voting advocates. They have by FAR the best mathematical chops of voting method advocates. IRV people remind me of Clinton people, always talking about "experience" but never getting down to brass tacks. Just look at rangevoting.org - it'd take days to parse throu...
by Ari
Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ZOMG you've broken the Internet!
Replies: 23
Views: 3363

Re: ZOMG you've broken the Internet!

I'm a little disappointed the cable provider is actually adding pakistan back to the internet. It should clearly disclude them for being so censorious. :)
by Ari
Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cellphone law that I'd love to see get through
Replies: 17
Views: 2815

Re: Cellphone law that I'd love to see get through

You can buy contract-free phones, you just need a contract to actually use it unless you get a pay as you go phone. The fact of the matter is that most people would rather get a phone for a negligable (or zero) cost and be stuck in a two year contract than pony up the cash for the phone AND the con...
by Ari
Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Prince Harry in Afghanistan
Replies: 26
Views: 3017

Re: Prince Harry in Afghanistan

The problem is not that he's an inherent danger. The problem is that he's a danger as long as people know he is there . Taking on a support role under a media blackout makes sense, and I think it's a good morale-booster for the armed forces that princes can still join the fight even in today's comba...
by Ari
Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Intellectual property" is a silly euphemism
Replies: 101
Views: 9586

Re: "Intellectual property" is a silly euphemism

I don't want ISPs to improve the performance of P2P applications, I want them to stop strangling them. There's a huge difference. I do want ISPs to mitigate the negative impact of P2P use by some of their customers on the rest of their customers. THIS. IS. IMPOSSIBLE. How do you expect them to miti...
by Ari
Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Starving the beast
Replies: 10
Views: 2503

Re: Starving the beast

2. As a ploy to undermine your opponents politically. It's rather effective, don't you think? Should a Democrat become president in 2009, that person will have three choices: raise taxes, cut programs, or increase the deficit. All of these are not popular choices. Therefore, Republicans win. Please...
by Ari
Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 50284

Re: Genders and Gender roles

Didn't mean to imply a monopoly, my mistake ^^;. ENDA is dead until 2009, and the future of the hate crimes bill is still indefinite. Don't Ask, Don't Tell hasn't even been tackled. I don't expect DOMA to be gone before at least 10-15 years pass. Don't worry, I was more being pro-active. Those of u...
by Ari
Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Kosovo?
Replies: 72
Views: 7852

Re: Kosovo?

Serbia might not, but Russia is in a similar position. I don't think you could really call Russia a superpower at the moment. It's pretty significant, but it's not one of the top dogs, and it fell quite badly behind under its totalitarian regime and is still recovering from that. Russia could certa...
by Ari
Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Apathetic Scientists Hurt Science
Replies: 302
Views: 23350

Re: Apathetic Scientists Hurt Science

I would rather have philosophy than organized religion, because religion wields a much greater power over a much larger number of people. Mob mentality and holy wars we can do without. I think the problem is always going to be that there are people who just aren't original, versatile thinkers who w...
by Ari
Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RNC sets up focus groups, polls to test attacks
Replies: 8
Views: 1251

Re: RNC sets up focus groups, polls to test attacks

It's just political nonsense. If you have something legitimate with which to attack Obama or Clinton, then by all means use it. If it's not legitimate, don't use it, plain and simple. All of this junk about determining "boundaries" means nothing. Irrelevant attacks (like the "dressed...
by Ari
Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Intellectual property" is a silly euphemism
Replies: 101
Views: 9586

Re: "Intellectual property" is a silly euphemism

Firstly: I don't think any of us disagree that coming up with an idea gives you the controlling interest in it, and the right to licence it or sell it as you see fit. One thing I do object to is selling people a physical product that contains an entire book, piece(s) of music, or software package an...
by Ari
Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nader Enters U.S. Presidential Race
Replies: 84
Views: 9721

Re: Nader Enters U.S. Presidential Race

aleflamedyud wrote:Fuck Ralph Nader. He should go back to consumer advocacy.

Oh, but we had better Be Prepared.


ROFL, that was great.

But yeah, seriously? Even as someone who mostly votes Green, I'd much rather see Obama as president than Nader.
by Ari
Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Responsibility of Science and Technology
Replies: 39
Views: 4444

Re: Responsibility of Science and Technology

When we have mind-reading technology, the best way to control it is to crack down on its' producers. Have the UN rule it to be illegal and send UN troops around to shoot anyone who tries to build one, and other measures like that. ROFL... oh my, thank you for that. Because this approach worked so w...
by Ari
Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Kosovo?
Replies: 72
Views: 7852

Re: Kosovo?

Well written, Ari. I wasn't (and, I guess, I'm still not) familiar with the nuances of the US one-China policy. But I still think it's too soon to say Kosovo will get more support than Taiwan (or, more accurately, that the balance of support and opposition will be more favorable to Kosovo than to T...
by Ari
Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Apathetic Scientists Hurt Science
Replies: 302
Views: 23350

Re: Apathetic Scientists Hurt Science

Yeah, I don't see religion totally disappearing. There are, and I feel will always be, some unprovable questions that people will have to resort to humanism, philosophy, or religion to satisfy themselves about. It's just that as we spread the love of Science to the masses, it displaces some of that ...
by Ari
Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 50284

Re: Genders and Gender roles

<snipped my own quote> I'm aware of that and looked up Individualism before I posted. And Oh My! What do we have here but references at the end of the article to: Rand, Ayn (1964). The Virtue of Selfishness. Objectivism (Ayn Rand) The Ayn Rand Institute How can this be? Well, objectivism is a cult ...
by Ari
Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 97720

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

Fixed, for great justice. Kiwi is now the standard by which all fruit is judged. http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/chewybaba/kiwistandard.png There's also a 4th dimensional W axis, with the data for "Name Hilarity" but I could'nt accurately graph on a tesseractic plane in Photoshop. C...
by Ari
Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 97720

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

Nono, the Z-axis would be better used to distinguish between sweetness and texture, imo, and cause less problems with this "tasty" stuff ;) Also, I am a little bit disappointed that capsicums are omitted, as they'd fill out tasty but difficult nicely. Let's not even get into assuming you'v...
by Ari
Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 97720

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

I'm totally betting this will go to like seven pages of people saying "Randall's taste in fruit is weird! " Any graph made that accounts for personal tastes is gonna have very large error bars on that axis. Deal with it, discussing the tastiness of fruit is like talking about when the cold...
by Ari
Sat Feb 23, 2008 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: New Zealand Pronunciation
Replies: 51
Views: 9231

Re: New Zealand Pronunciation

gmalivuk wrote:Not in New Zealand it isn't.


Quite, here they are generally synonyms, except when people try to import various types of blasphemy.

zomgmouse wrote:I know a very common 'New Zealand' phrase is "fush and chups".


Are you an Australian, or do you just like to incite racial violence? ;)
by Ari
Sat Feb 23, 2008 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 50284

Re: Genders and Gender roles

Individualism, by looking at the word itself, cannot be objective by definition. (It also sounds to me like a transparent effort to rehabilitate objectivism by renaming it and loping off the truly crazy bits.)


I'm pretty sure individualism was around before "Objectivism".

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