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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

DrLang21 Re:Discrimination (573 comments)

Also why is it that WP should do more to appeal to females but FB doesn't need to do more to appeal to males?

Uhh, because 64/36 female/male user ratio isn't that far out of line. That aside, I'm sure there are top men in Facebook working to pull in a greater number of men while not pushing out their female user base. Top men.

Wikimedia Foundation doesn't neccessarily need to do more to appeal to women and they are not suggesting that they do. But it is certainly in their interest to understand why such an extreme gap exists.

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

DrLang21 Re: Her work (1238 comments)

You make me laugh. I was on the Internet when the BBS was the most happening thing going on. Clearly you do not understand that the rules of polite society do not go out the window just because you are posting something on the Internet, at least not in the eyes of the law and not in the eyes of the vast majority of society. Threats of bodily harm are the same whether made on the Internet, in the newspaper, in a hand written letter, or to your face.

5 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

DrLang21 Re: Her work (1238 comments)

Last I heard, we didn't threats of bodily harm as "insults".

5 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

DrLang21 Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (523 comments)

First of all, I was not proposing a categorical imperitive. Obviously everyone matures at different rates. I've met 15 year olds who were more mature than some 40 year olds. In general though, high school aged people in the United States lack the maturity neccessary for serious study of philosophy.

As to the age of the bulk of Aristotle's and Plato's students, interesting. Do you have a source for this? Aristotle did not study with Plato until he was 18, and the Platonic Academy was a highly selective group for discussing philosophical problems. It does not appear to me that it was a place for the young. Either way, different cultures result in different levels of maturity at different ages. My statement is only appropriate to the United States as I do not understand any other culture well enough to claim I know how mature people tend to be at different ages.

about a week ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

DrLang21 Re:5e: Best D&D, MHO (202 comments)

What d20 took away was the shear impossibility of some characters being able to hit other characters, short of 1 in 100 if the DM allows. A 1 in 20 chance of a level 1 player hitting and damaging a dragon just isn't right. It should be next to impossible and certain death.

about two weeks ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

DrLang21 Re:5e: Best D&D, MHO (202 comments)

There are all kinds of examples of decreasing values being more desirable. It shouldn't be that difficult a concept.

about two weeks ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

DrLang21 Re:Database? (371 comments)

Yeah, like calculate the square root of -1!

That's the joke.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

DrLang21 Re:Or don't be... (561 comments)

This is short sighted. Personally I don't see how the proportion of white's would be concerning, but it has been demonstrated before (no, I don't have specific citations for you) that having a team composed of people with very diverse backgrounds is good for innovation.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

DrLang21 Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

I wasn't aware that liturature and history were equivalent to underwater wasket weaving. College is not a trade school. If you want a trade, go to a trade school. College is continued higher education that usually is not directly tailored to a career. Not even most engineers come out ready to go.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

DrLang21 Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

That teaching degrees are bullshit is fully demonstrated by the hundreds of thousands of college professors who've never taken a day of courses meant to create teachers.

To be fair, this lack of training for college professors often shows. And I also think you too easily dismiss the time spent by many graduate students being teaching assistants.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

DrLang21 Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

As it is, teachers are paid far less than other professionals with a similar level of education and similar amount of work.

Are you sure about this? Last I checked it seemed like half of the low end service jobs these days are filled by college educated people/.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

DrLang21 Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

I don't disagree, but 3 months is a bit much. One month in the summer and one in the winter with maybe a one or two week vacation mid semester would be more appropriate. It's hard to get back into the swing of things after 3 months. The idea of a 3 month straight vacation was always so that kids could help with the farm, not so that they could be kids.

about three weeks ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

DrLang21 Re:The only good thing (511 comments)

Did you seriously just compare prozac to alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine????

about a month ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

DrLang21 Re:Now thats incentive (564 comments)

I'm pretty sure it was the gay marriage that did this.

about 2 months ago
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Kim Dotcom Offers $5 Million Bounty To Defeat Extradition

DrLang21 Re:US Government is Corrupt by Inspection (253 comments)

Wait what? It's corrupt to expose illegal activities commited by US officials and being hidden by the US government?

about 3 months ago
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Science Moneyball: The Secret to a Successful Academic Career

DrLang21 Re:Chicken or Egg (42 comments)

In larger research institutions employing several researchers, it is common for the head of the institute to be put as the last author on all papers, whether they had much of anything to do with the research or not. This is how you get "top researchers" claiming authorship to hundreds of papers. Honestly at that point they aren't doing much research anymore.

about 2 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

DrLang21 Re:Buggy whips? (769 comments)

They will just have to find another job.

I don't really disagree with your points, but this is an extremely naive statement. Many of these people are too old to make a radical career shift that will keep them in the middle class. When ever there is a radical shift in a large employment industry, there is economic devistation for a lot fo families. The steel industry is a good example of this. Yes most of them found new jobs, but the shift in economic buying power was dramatic and lasted for generations.

about 4 months ago
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Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust

DrLang21 Re:Oh please, Indeed. (331 comments)

There are a finite amount of houses in the world, and a greater number of people who want a house.

Scarcity is the economic concept that there is insufficient productive resources to meet all human wants and needs. I think we agree on that. I think your contention here is the "want" rather than the "need".

Of course there is a finite number of houses in the world. There is a finite amount of eveything. However, according to the Cenus Bureau, as of Q4 of 2013, the rental unit vacancy rate was 8.2% and more than 300,000 homes are foreclosed and unoccupied according to RealtyTrac. That's 8.2% of rental units that would be making more money than they are now if the rent on them was $10/month and 300,000 homes that are wasted livable space. There is no real shortage of housing in terms of need. People might want bigger and better, but there is no excuse for there to not exist housing that eveyone can afford.

There is no scarcity of food. We throw tons of it away constantly. The only thing holding us back from supplying as much food (with current production levels) as the world could ever need is a societal problem where we cannot bring ourselves to help eachother out. Current food needs are fully funded (by the people who are throwing away food). The only expense that should exist in providing food to low income families is logistics.

The only thing stopping us from solving the human population's basic needs is greed. Our society has been taking great pride in this greed for the last several hundred years and I don't expect the problem to be solved within my lifetime. But humanity should at least admit its problem and lower its head in shame rather than taking pride in climbing on top of other people.

about 4 months ago
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Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust

DrLang21 Re:tl;dr (331 comments)

This particular strategy has been twice under Obama and once under Bush.

The pocket change they threw at us was hardely enough to make a serious effort. Between QE1, QE2, and QE3, the Fed pumped upwards of $2 trillion into the monetary system (and rising). That's on the order of $6500 for every man woman and child in the country. If that money was alocated for debt forgiveness rather than creating new debt, it's enough money to make a meaningful dent in personal liabilities to free up cash for consumer spending. $200 one year $400 the next does nothing to this end. It helps (as was shown), but it does not seriously entertain freeing up regular cash for consumer spending.

about 4 months ago
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Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust

DrLang21 Re:Oh please, Indeed. (331 comments)

Ahh yes. The Neoclassical model presently being used to oppose minimum wage increases. There has been a lot of academic criticism of this model without good answer. Academics aside, it fails to account for the fact that supply and demand is driven by resource scarcity, which has largely been eliminated for basic human needs. The main scarcity still driving these factors is money. Housing, food, water, and even modern utilities are all available in abundance within the developed world. They are simply being wasted in the interest of money.

about 4 months ago

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Time Warner Cable Internet Under Attack in Los Ang

DrLang21 DrLang21 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DrLang21 (900992) writes "

For the last three nights, my Time Warner Cable Internet connection in Los Angeles County has suddenly gotten sluggish and at times came to a full stop for the remainder of the evening. Finally fed up with the service interruption, I called Time Warner Cable last night to find out what was going on. After spending 50 minutes on hold, a customer service representative informed me that Time Warner's servers have been under attack from an unknown assailant. No news articles about this event seem to be popping up yet, but one blogger managed to acquire a written statement from Time Warner describing the attackers as zombie computers.

However, this particular series of attacks has been larger and more difficult to contain than similar attacks in the past. We suspect that the attackers are using "zombie computers," or hijacking unsuspecting subscribers' machines to perpetuate the attack without its owner's knowledge.

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