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German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

Chalnoth Re:No, wait, do-over! (94 comments)

That doesn't make it not an anti-trust issue. It's an anti-trust issue because Amazon has outsized power in the e-book market, and if Amazon were able to negotiate a discount from Hachette, then that would likely be a discount that other vendors could not get, making it harder for other e-book vendors to compete with Amazon.

yesterday
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German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

Chalnoth Re:No, wait, do-over! (94 comments)

The Amazon-Hachette deal is a completely different situation. Amazon is using its market power to strong-arm Hachette into providing lower prices to Amazon than Hachette offers to other resellers. This is a classic case of collusion, and should be stopped on anti-trust grounds.

yesterday
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

Chalnoth Re:So... (248 comments)

1. The disparity remains even after correcting for career differences. Women within the same career make substantially less, in virtually every career.

2. The differences in careers between men and women are also a result of sexism. So the headline number of 70 cents on the dollar is the correct one to use.

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

Chalnoth Re:Corporate Malfeasance (293 comments)

That article states explicitly that women are the majority of domestic violence victims. It's just trying to state that men are more common victims than is frequently believed. Which makes sense. But women still make up a very disproportionate fraction of injuries and murders in domestic violence.

See here for some less-skewed statistics: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

In particular: "A Canadian study showed that 7% of women and 6% of men were abused by their current or former partners, but female victims of spousal violence were more than twice as likely to be injured as male victims, three times more likely to fear for their life, twice as likely to be stalked, and twice as likely to experience more than ten incidents of violence."

So yeah, you can twist the numbers to make it look as if men are the victims here. While some are, most are not.

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

Chalnoth Re:Corporate Malfeasance (293 comments)

What is your evidence for this truly absurd claim?

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

Chalnoth Re:Corporate Malfeasance (293 comments)

If there was actual harm caused by failing to hire white men, then sure, it would make sense for the government to get involved. If, say, the white men who were hired were harassed or had their careers stunted, that would be a different matter. But if we're just talking about hiring practices, then there is precisely zero harm caused, because said white men have a much higher chance of getting hired in general.

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

Chalnoth Re:Corporate Malfeasance (293 comments)

I don't really see why. If Infosys is being discriminatory, the non-Indian workers should console themselves that they have significantly better prospects at 99+% of American companies than Indians do. The US government should be focused on claims made by marginalized groups, not worrying about the tiny fraction of cases where white men are discriminated against.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

Chalnoth Re:Good luck with that. (652 comments)

Right. This is a truly ridiculous conclusion. It's also completely at odds with the current data which suggest that transforming developed economies to renewable energy won't be very expensive at all: if it won't be that expensive to transition developed economies, then it's probably going to be cheaper for developing economies to expand their energy footprint through renewable resources than it would be for them to try to just use fossil fuels.

about three weeks ago
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Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

Chalnoth Re:Google's forgoten its obligation to shareholder (134 comments)

It would be pretty trivial for security personnel to give people access who shouldn't have access. They themselves may not know enough to release proprietary information, but they could open the door for somebody else to do so. So yes, it is important that the security be decently-paid and have good job satisfaction. Otherwise they become an easy avenue for access for anybody that wants it.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Chalnoth Encryption is a security issue. (354 comments)

This isn't just about the government invading peoples' rights. This is also about basic data security.

These days, people often carry quite a lot of sensitive information on their phones (e.g. sensitive pictures). If the contents of the phone are not encrypted, then anybody who gets their hands on the phone can access that information. This is extremely unsafe. I could easily imagine somebody building small, hand-held device which will plug into an iOS or Android phone and download its contents within a minute or two (such devices may already exist, I don't know, I haven't looked). All you'd need is for somebody to leave their phone unattended for a short time, and all of their data could be lost.

So what the FBI is really asking here is for people to never be safe with their data. They're not just asking for the ability to look at your information, if they were to be listened to, your information wouldn't be safe from anybody else either.

about a month ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Chalnoth Re:Wisdom (354 comments)

His statements really have nothing to do with communism. His statements were authoritarian, which is a different beast.

about a month ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

Chalnoth Good. Should help fight spam. (159 comments)

Looks like the plaintiff in the case is one David Elliott, who owns the domains "googleDonaldTrump.com" and "googlegaycruises.com" (maybe others as well? I don't know...). Getting rid of spam URL's like these should improve the overall Internet.

about a month ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

Chalnoth Re:Jezebel? (299 comments)

1. Rapes in prisons hardly factor into the daily lives of people outside of prisons. Women in prisons face a far, far higher chance of being raped than men in prisons.

2. Women are approximately three times more likely to be on the receiving end of intimate partner violence, according to this link.

3. Black people are far, far more likely to be convicted of the same crime than white people, so it isn't at all clear that they are more violent in actuality.

about 2 months ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

Chalnoth Re:Jezebel? (299 comments)

How about, "More than their percent in the population," which in this case would be about 50%. Women face injury and death in far, far higher numbers at the hands of men than the reverse. They also face rape at the hands of men in far, far higher numbers than the reverse. And when they post online, they face threats of rape in far, far higher numbers than men do.

about 2 months ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

Chalnoth Re:Jezebel? (299 comments)

So, you think it's extreme to suggest that women are people who deserve fair treatment? Who shouldn't have to deal disproportionately with violence and rape, and threats of the same?

about 2 months ago
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Open Source Pioneer Michael Tiemann On Open Source Business Success

Chalnoth Re:Tiemann = Messiah (41 comments)

Indeed. The tone of the article was seriously grating. Open source is, I think, good for the industry as a whole. It's also good for consumers. But it is not unambiguously good for every individual software company.

I'd really like it if we could get some government regulation to promote more open source software, but saying, "This one guy I know was really really successful using open source!" in no way means that every business will be similarly successful.

about 3 months ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Chalnoth Re:What about existing evidence? (227 comments)

Obtaining observations that are close enough to the event horizon for this theoretical model to make a difference are really really difficult to perform. For instance, our current best estimates for the radius of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy are only able to nail it down to smaller than five and a half times the Schwarzschild radius. So I'm pretty sure that this model is well within current observational limits.

It probably won't be long, however, before we have observations that can distinguish between a Schwarzschild-radius black hole and this new model of a black hole.

about 3 months ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

Chalnoth Re:Carbon impact is misleading (156 comments)

Electrolysis isn't economically feasible. It just takes too much energy.

about 3 months ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

Chalnoth Re:Carbon impact is misleading (156 comments)

In principle, this is possible. In practice? I have no faith that it will actually be done.

about 3 months ago

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