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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

BenSchuarmer Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (765 comments)

I think you're missing the point of the story (and so is whoever wrote the summary).

There was less of a gender gap before home PCs became popular. Nobody had much exposure to computers before college, everybody competed on a level playing field, and women did fine.

After home PCs were introduced, most female Computer Science students felt intimidated because their backgrounds weren't as strong as the male students who were more likely to have a home PC and more likely to have geeked out on a home PC.

3 days ago
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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

BenSchuarmer Re:Clippy! (209 comments)

not just Clippy, break dancing Clippy!!!

4 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

BenSchuarmer Meanwhile in North Korea... (274 comments)

there's not much going on (unless you count the conspicuous absence of the young leader in recent weeks).

5 days ago
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Designing Tomorrow's Air Traffic Control Systems

BenSchuarmer Re:what about (72 comments)

I was gonna say that. Maybe also track planes outside of national boundaries, so that we won't have situations like the Malaysian airliner that disappeared and we don't have any idea where to look for it.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

BenSchuarmer Oh Noes!!! (124 comments)

Why do they hate our freedom?

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

BenSchuarmer Re:Illusion (478 comments)

Just wondering how many times you've made this prediction before. How many of those times were you right?

about two weeks ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

BenSchuarmer She was a minor (274 comments)

Minors have less responsibility for their actions and aren't usually charged with adult crimes.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

BenSchuarmer Re:Advantages of non-10 based systems (942 comments)

I saw a little boy almost die from a heroin overdose because a resident made a power of ten mistake that the nurse did not catch.

Well, I once saw a heavy metal performance ruined because the size of a stage element was specified in inches instead of feet.

Last time I checked in the US most medical doses are given in metric (milligrams, milliliters, etc.), and it doesn't seem to cause too many problems.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

BenSchuarmer Re:Math, not Science! (942 comments)

The metric system is a crutch for people who can't do any math except moving decimal points...

Power tools are a crutch for people who can't work with hand tools.

Hand tools are a crutch for people who can't work with their teeth and finger nails.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

BenSchuarmer Re:Metric (942 comments)

Laziness is a virtue (paraphrasing Larry Wall)

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

BenSchuarmer Re:Neil deGrasse Tyson? (460 comments)

Tyson's decision was based on the IAU's 2006 decision that to be defined as a planet, an object must have cleared its orbit (which Pluto has not done).

This definition was prompted by the discovery of other objects like Eris and Sedna and the likelihood that there were many more objects like them. If Pluto is a planet, then these objects must also be planets.

The asteroid Ceres had also originally been declared a planet, but they decided to reclassify it as an asteroid when other asteroids were discovered.

I think the IAU wanted to avoid having a long and ever increasing list of planets that third-grade teachers would ask their students to memorize.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

BenSchuarmer They don't trust me, huh? (460 comments)

Well, then they shall learn to FEAR me!!! Mwah ha ha! HA HA HA!! HaHaHaHaHa!

about three weeks ago
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

BenSchuarmer Older than Dirt (173 comments)

Literally

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

BenSchuarmer A couple things... (907 comments)

For safety reasons I don't think they should be able to disable a car while it's running. Worst case, it'll be delayed several hours (they have to stop for gas sooner or later).

Disabling a car without warning when the payment is three days late doesn't seem right. They should be required to give notice and wait a few days for the driver to arrange payment, work out glitches with their bank, etc.

about a month ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

BenSchuarmer Re: OK (268 comments)

No, which is why most power poles in the United States are filled with bullet holes.

about 1 month ago

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