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by johnny_7713
Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch court case to stop 13 year old's solo yacht trip
Replies: 169
Views: 20208

Re: Dutch court case to stop 13 year old's solo yacht trip

Fair enough. Although there's a distinct lack of rescue swimmers and PJs (para-jumpers?) in the middle of the ocean. I guess I was singling you out unfairly but there seemed to be a general impression that sailing around the world on your own in a small boat is either a) not more dangerous than cros...
by johnny_7713
Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man to lose inheritance to mother of child that isn't his
Replies: 199
Views: 21261

Re: Man to lose inheritance to mother of child that isn't hi

I claim a shop sold me a faulty product. The shop ignores the claim. Does that mean they don't have to pay? After all, they might have proof that I broke the product myself. In this case, a better analogy would be: You claim a shop sold you a faulty product, when you never actually bought anything ...
by johnny_7713
Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: favorite lines/quotes from books
Replies: 286
Views: 115028

Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

From Nation by Terry Pratchett, Locaha, the god of Death addresses Mau (the hero of the story): 'I recall no arrangement, Mau, no bargain, covenant, agreement or promise. There is what happens, and what does not happen. There is no 'should'.' from Hogfather: No. Humans need fantasy to be human. To b...
by johnny_7713
Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: best fantasy author working
Replies: 89
Views: 14552

Re: best fantasy author working

Pratchett and Robin Hobb for me as well. Haven't read anything by Mieville yet, but Perdido Street Station is the book I'm going to read once I've finished my current book, so who knows...
by johnny_7713
Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Bartimaeus Trilogy
Replies: 27
Views: 6579

Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

I remember liking them, although the plot is pretty fuzzy now so I'll have to reread them all. I love the footnotes and Bartimaeus's cheekiness, though. By the way, how do you pronounce Bartimaeus? ae - is pronounced as eye, the u is pronounced as the oo in 'ook' or 'hoo-man' (as in the Ferengi deg...
by johnny_7713
Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Female disinterest in STEM
Replies: 86
Views: 10138

Re: Female disinterest in STEM

I could just as easily draw the conclusion that, of the women who choose to go into engineering, there is a societal pressure within the engineering community for them to choose the more constructive, less "boys' toys" fields like civil and chemical. It's an interesting question, why cert...
by johnny_7713
Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch court case to stop 13 year old's solo yacht trip
Replies: 169
Views: 20208

Re: Dutch court case to stop 13 year old's solo yacht trip

I think the court did express a reluctance. They were not convinced there was no risk for Laura's social and psychological development, but because of the parent's unwillingness to cooperate a continuation of the evaluations while Laura was a ward of the court was pointless. Also they seemed to mak...
by johnny_7713
Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man to lose inheritance to mother of child that isn't his
Replies: 199
Views: 21261

Re: Man to lose inheritance to mother of child that isn't hi

My point is, "biological father" is not a reasonable argument. The question is whether he was served/notified of the original verdict. There seems to be conflicting claims to this, and therein lies the whole issue. Either he was served, and he doesn't have a case, or he wasn't and he has ...
by johnny_7713
Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Female disinterest in STEM
Replies: 86
Views: 10138

Re: Female disinterest in STEM

Probably because females have been encouraged to be interested in animals and biology for much longer. If we go even further back, girls were taught to ride and handle animals, but wasn't taught math beyond elementary arithmetic. While to a lesser extent, some of this still lingers in today's socie...
by johnny_7713
Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch court case to stop 13 year old's solo yacht trip
Replies: 169
Views: 20208

Re: Dutch court case to stop 13 year old's solo yacht trip

I don´t think this is an issue about her not learning, surely there will be enough time in the day for her to do some studying. She will probably do more than a lot of her peers!!! She will have less interuptions (minus the pirates) and essentially will be working harder. I think the sense of adven...
by johnny_7713
Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Female disinterest in STEM
Replies: 86
Views: 10138

Re: Female disinterest in STEM

Four generations ago there was very few women in universities at all, but as time went on, that changed. Naturally women selected the fields that they felt fit them the best, either for social reasons (physics being very much a boys club, was less attractive) or for professional reasons. So these f...
by johnny_7713
Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch court case to stop 13 year old's solo yacht trip
Replies: 169
Views: 20208

Re: Dutch court case to stop 13 year old's solo yacht trip

For those who are interested in the outcome of this case: Last week the court ruled that Laura Dekker should no longer be placed under the supervision of child protection, i.e. she's free to start her trip. Child protection has announced they will not appeal the ruling. I've read that Laura was foun...
by johnny_7713
Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man to lose inheritance to mother of child that isn't his
Replies: 199
Views: 21261

Re: Man to lose inheritance to mother of child that isn't hi

So the lesson we're supposed to take from this is simple: Don't trust women. </sarcasm> Ok, seriously. You trust your wife. You think the world of her. Why get a paternity test, (may as well call her a whore in doing so because she's going to take it SO well) the child is DEFINITELY yours. But wait...
by johnny_7713
Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:10 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Female disinterest in STEM
Replies: 86
Views: 10138

Re: Female disinterest in STEM

Yes I have considered it and it is, in fact, the crux of this whole discussion. Because given the data and incorporating your statement, it seems women are more likely to want less math than men. Except that there are more women (relatively speakign) in applied math than in electrical, mechanical o...
by johnny_7713
Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School Choice: But what about the poor kids?
Replies: 25
Views: 3642

Re: School Choice: But what about the poor kids?

There also exist private and parochial schools, which are alternatives to public schools, but generally charge significant tuition. School choice would make it so parents, instead of getting free entry to the local government school for their child, would get a voucher usable at any accredited scho...
by johnny_7713
Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another neat invention coming out of China
Replies: 38
Views: 8914

Re: Another neat invention coming out of China

In the video they use a traffic light to stop the other traffic when the thing wants to make a turn. That doesn't seem like a very convenient method to me. Creates congestions. Why not lift the entire thing up and make an overpass? It's on rails, you can simply let the rails make an incline while t...
by johnny_7713
Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:10 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Female disinterest in STEM
Replies: 86
Views: 10138

Re: Female disinterest in STEM

From what I've heard, the job prospects for scientists outside the tenure track aren't nearly so bad. Getting a PhD in a STEM field may not be the best option career-wise, but it does leave you with plenty of opportunities if you don't limit yourself to that one particular path. It depends on what ...
by johnny_7713
Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School Choice: But what about the poor kids?
Replies: 25
Views: 3642

Re: School Choice: But what about the poor kids?

I think the specialty schools are a good idea, I'm just not sure when they should start. I get the feeling that the general consensus currently is at 9th grade, or around 14 years old, but that might be a bit early for many students. I knew I wanted to go into engineering, or at least a STEM field ...
by johnny_7713
Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 0.1 Billion Facebookers made public
Replies: 227
Views: 21250

Re: 0.1 Billion Facebookers made public

Most pictures of me online involve alcohol. I drink maybe once a month. It's just that I'm never around a camera except at parties with friends. And those parties are always on weekends, so they don't have any effect on how hungover I'll be on a work day. The mere fact that my profile is full of dr...
by johnny_7713
Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Female disinterest in STEM
Replies: 86
Views: 10138

Re: Female disinterest in STEM

Some more numbers for you. I study at a University of Technology in the Netherlands. Overall the proportion of students is roughly 80/20 male/female. This runs from almost 50-50 for architecture to about 1-2% female for electrical engineering and computer science. Mechanical engineering and aerospac...
by johnny_7713
Fri Jul 16, 2010 6:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Plastic Soup
Replies: 111
Views: 27140

Re: Plastic Soup

Just a question: sooner or later the plastic would degrade to a point where it is no longer plastic (only problem: it takes a very long time, compared to the lifespan of a human). Would the toxic effects grow faster than the natural (and extremely slow) decomposition of plastics? If I understand th...
by johnny_7713
Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: History books
Replies: 11
Views: 2665

Re: History books

Thanks for the suggestions everyone, I'll look into it. Not that I don't want to read, but some kind of "quick history" book would also be good. And despite not being American, I'm interested in reading about it, but generally looking for world history. I sorta just realised I was woefull...
by johnny_7713
Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Minimalist space suit
Replies: 32
Views: 4175

Re: Minimalist space suit

But why does it take that long? I'm an engineer myself, and I can think of no reason other than chronic under-funding that R&D for a single product should take 40 years. That's almost a person's full working life. I can just imagine an ex-NASA employee proudly explaining that his life's work wa...
by johnny_7713
Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women
Replies: 96
Views: 10001

Re: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women

If saying "Women, be free, you are not inferior to men" is being a Victorian White Knight I am one and I will want to be one. Saying "Women, be free, you are not inferior to men" is fine, and I'd gladly join in. Saying however, "No no, woman you might say you chose to wear ...
by johnny_7713
Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Minimalist space suit
Replies: 32
Views: 4175

Re: Minimalist space suit

Temperature is a bit of an unknown though. On the one hand, vaccum is a great insulator so you might think the astronaut would over-heat. On the other, if the suit is not airtight and does not obstruct sweating (like, say, it's a constricting mesh rather), sweat would boil away in the vaccum, robbi...
by johnny_7713
Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIAA Pays $16M+ in legal fees to collect $391K
Replies: 34
Views: 3579

Re: RIAA Pays $16M+ in legal fees to collect $391K

In comparison, people who short stocks has an equal chance of winning of losing, given a zero sum game (not technically zero sum, but the value increase is near negligible at such a short timeframe). It is still a fairly comfy job if you do it right (and/or is lucky). Now compare it to the lawyer s...
by johnny_7713
Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women
Replies: 96
Views: 10001

Re: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women

Taking the ban at face value: Would it help stop oppression of women? I highly doubt it. The only thing that will change is that French society will be able to ignore the problem, at the cost of the freedom of every woman who wears a headscarf/veil voluntarily and alienating the French Islamic comm...
by johnny_7713
Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIAA Pays $16M+ in legal fees to collect $391K
Replies: 34
Views: 3579

Re: RIAA Pays $16M+ in legal fees to collect $391K

I want to know what happens if the RIAA lays an injunction on me and I simply refuse to pay. Do they just put a lien on your house/car and that's it? Can they garnish wages? Is THAT it? I mean, you can't get blood from a stone. And sending people to jail for refusing to pay an injunction when they ...
by johnny_7713
Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women
Replies: 96
Views: 10001

Re: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women

And to be quite honest I'm not sure if there even is any bad. I can't imagine anyone sound of mind who would permanently wear a burka voluntarily. I can't imagine anyone of sound mind would take up smoking voluntarily, but apparently it happens. I can't imagine anyone on Jackass did those stunts vo...
by johnny_7713
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reconciliation between Religion and Science
Replies: 92
Views: 9964

Re: Reconciliation between Religion and Science

Just a quick comment on the (quite popular) claim that science does the "how" and religion does the "why"... it's such a flawed notion. For starters it's not even clear that the "why?" questions are meaningful to begin with. Just like questions of purpose and meaning, ...
by johnny_7713
Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intel's Black Box for cars
Replies: 71
Views: 7687

Re: Intel's Black Box for cars

The idea of computer-controlled, networked cars terrifies me. Can you imagine the chaos which would ensue if someone managed to hack that network and remote-control every car fitted with this black box? As I recall, someone already did that with the OneStar system (or something similar). Then I hav...
by johnny_7713
Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wave of burka and niqab bans in Spain
Replies: 62
Views: 7084

Re: Wave of burka and niqab bans in Spain

A step we can take is to ban the facial covering so that atleast these literally faceless women are not being subjugated in that way outside of the home. We just can't have people walking around with their faces covered, removed from society. If it's ever going to really change, they've got to be c...
by johnny_7713
Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Calculators
Replies: 15
Views: 1932

Re: Calculators

I've had a TI-89 since I started university. The only thing I use it for that I couldn't do on a 'ordinary' scientific calculator is check that the correct numbers ended up in the numerator or the denominator and that the brackets are placed correctly when doing large calculations in one shot. Prett...
by johnny_7713
Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Solar sail successfully deployed
Replies: 28
Views: 3178

Re: Solar sail successfully deployed

The name sounds slightly akin to Icarus . I wonder if that might be tempting fate slightly, given the solar link. Considering all the space missions (both real and fictional) that have been named after a famous sea-voyage that took 9.5 years too long and had approximately a 99.9% casualty rate, tem...
by johnny_7713
Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jones Act Delaying Gulf Cleanup
Replies: 12
Views: 1784

Re: Jones Act Delaying Gulf Cleanup

To further expand on the Belgian article,the first paragraph (the italicised text) indeed claims that the Jones act forbids Dutch & Belgian dredgers from operating in US waters. The only claim made in the article text itself is that the Jones Act is responsible for US dredging ships being techno...

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