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  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    I recall that the matter of sexism in orchestra auditions came up years ago, and resulted in some studies. This is about all I can find so far, makes interesting reading: http://public.econ.duke.edu/~hf14/teaching/povertydisc/readings/goldin-rouse99.pdf Of course it is easier to make musical...
  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    Yup, that's right, but is not the point of the discussion re. treatment of women, unless you wish to argue that men and women of the same social status had it equally good in those times....
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    But the women as rulers thing was tied in with high status and being of the correct descent. Normal everyday women had no such opportunities, except in some countries when their husband died and left them as widows they had...
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    Well that's the problem, people don't always define what sort of dowsing looking for what, they just say 'dowsing' and expect us to know what they mean. And yes, my own knowledge is that for several decades dowsing has meant...
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    That sounds more useful, although I recall being taught to dowse by a retired nuclear engineer in Stirling who was convinced that you could tell how old something was when you held it in one hand and the dowsing rod...
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    But that's the point, it isn't even AUTHORITY, it's just somewhat old fashioned assuming that the other expert knows what they are talking about, they have the right credentials etc. And it's a bit quicker to not check up on...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Well no, I can't, because I don't know the maths. This being the place it is, I expect someone else will come along and give their verdict. However it appears that your argument for a deity boils down to the...
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    Realllyyy.......
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    Re. academia - actually, at least in history, and I think also in the sciences, basically everywhere, the issue is that a significant number of academics give others from different specialties the benefit of the doubt. Thus in books aimed...
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    I would have thought that the numbers are the universe. Simple as that. The way Dirk has been writing, he's suggesting a split between the universe of matter and that of form, whereas in reality the form is in matter,...
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    That's funny, I was just complaining about that last week. How to bore and annoy a class full of teenagers- make them read something that has no relevance whatsoever to them and their lives. Sure, it will in 20 or...
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    Other people would disagree. Having it turn out that a long distance capitalist food chain with many weak links could actually break down in terms of responsibility and quality, even if for something reasonably safe like a bit of horsemeat,...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    They're fine with generic nastiness, the point is that, IIRC, a lot of Mail readers are women, and even the men have daughters and sisters and wives and can see the obvious issues with the approach to life of said...
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    Except in people's heads, which is part of the point they are trying to make....
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    That's bonkers. I guess it would work against a swarm of attacking aircraft who resolutely kept on coming in a straight line, but otherwise, well, it might be good for doing weird things to cities and shore bombardments....
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    Sure, why not. I don't think many of the previously mentioned parties would agree with it though. Graydon #184 - I think the comments are more about how to shoot down drones, not pigeons, but I suspect that the same...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    You couldn't call them christians, anyway, because dumping the bible and merely 'liking the idea of the Christian God' isn't exactly a faithful adherence to the teachings of Christ. Heretics is a perfectly good answer, from the pov of an...
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    I appreciate you are probbaly joking, but have you tried training cats to do things, especially repetitive things?...
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    Yup. Plus do we really want more organic creatures that require feeding, when we're rapidly heading towards a likely situation where humans will have enough trouble getting food, let alone robot replacements. Also what if they rebel?...
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    I cavil at your use of the word 'technical'. Literate, educated and even scientific, for the medieval meaning of the word 'science', but technical is a bit modern. Also most of the more technical engineering types I know of from...
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    Hah, I was wondering yesterday if they used voting machines in the primaries, and if so, who supplied them and which way would they want the result to be. Naturally, the talking head on the radio was saying the fewer...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    I would have thought a combination of control frequency jamming and extra-large drones with some sort of dragnet thingy or sticky patches to stick onto bad drones would work. However it means even more people employed to do stuff that...
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    That's a bit unfair, linking the German losses with their style of machine gun use. Surely taking on 2 or 3 times their number whilst not having decent raw material access was the real problem. I mean you might as...
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    Did someone say wrong but useful? I think it was at university when I heard the 3rd and final version of what benzene is and how it works with the aromatic stuff. THe previous 2 had been learnt at school...
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    The ODD definition would surely fit a number of people in politics, especially say Donald Trump....
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    That's the fun thing about the scientific revolution - pretty much everything they came up with was horribly wrong, but importantly the approach to understanding how the world worked changed slightly and became more focused and better and better supported....
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    OKay, fair enough. The photo in that link is tricky because I think there's some normal hogweed at the front, with the giant stuff behind. Also it defintely grows to more than 3m high, often 4 or 5. Maybe the...
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    The link doesn't work. As for local monocultures, it depends on what you mean by local, but your 'no threat to any established ecology' suggested to me that you meant locally. Of course it isn't going to take over the...
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    Giant hogweed is no threat to an established ecology? I beg to differ. The patch I chopped down had central stems 5m high and had spread to a good 20 metres wide at the widest. Its offspring were spreading slowly...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    Ah, I see. The thing is, I don't expect there to be such a bounty of water in the US south west the way you apparently do, because the weather is already so weird and variable that it just won't...
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