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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

JimFive Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (286 comments)

That's easy. The stoplight is above you. [...] plus the stoplight is not on the side of the road

There are places where the stop lights are on posts at the side of the road and only slightly above you, about the height of the lights on a Semi trailer. If the road is divided there may be a light on each side of the road indicating instructions for particular lanes. I saw this most often in Paris, but I've also seen it in Chicago.
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JimFive

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

JimFive Re:Enough with the concern trolling (766 comments)

for whatever reason

Since this is the entire point, I find it suspicious that you gloss over it.

If the reason that women don't want to go into tech is due to social systems (education, media, etc) that discourage women by treating women is a biased way then those social systems should be changed to eliminate that bias. Why should they be changed? Because social systems are supposed to provide equal opportunity and treating people in a gender biased way fails at that. That failure means that society is not getting the best value from its populace.

Alternatively, if the reason is that the "culture" of technical workplaces is hostile to women, then that culture should be named and shamed until it changes because it is morally reprehensible to treat people badly, even if the current members of that culture don't think they're doing anything wrong.
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JimFive

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

JimFive Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (766 comments)

Can you now spout off some more righteous anger about that fact that male veterinarians are rapidly becoming extinct?

Are they?

Are young men being kept away from the field by social pressure and estrogen fueled sexual harassing female vets?

I haven't heard of any men proclaiming that they had left a large veterinary project due to rampant sexism and harassment. I have heard that from women on programming projects.

Or is that just the way it needs to be because women are better than men?

Or is there some other professional area(s) that men are moving to which they see as a better field than veterinary medicine that for some reason women aren't pursuing?

Equate the two situations, is your challenge.

Red herrings and false dichotomies are red herrings and false dichotomies.

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

JimFive Re:1..2..3 before SJW (766 comments)

I just listened to this story and one of the key points was that male college freshman had been given computers as toys and already had several years of tinkering with them before college while the profiled women had not had that experience. They posit that this disparity was due to computers being advertised as toys for boys in the early 80s. The one woman also implied that the college professors were expecting that the students would have that computer experience before entering the program.
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JimFive

3 days ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

JimFive Re:Another way to beat the paid/delivery issue. (341 comments)

I don't think this works out. People would buy all the tokens they think they'll need for the event up front and then just turn in the tokens to get ice as they need it. That way they only have to wait in the money line once. If the delay is in the money handling then tokens and separate lines are probably a good idea, but if the delay is in the actual transfer of the ice then having money separate from delivery doesn't really change anything.
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JimFive

4 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

JimFive Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

Those would be per item rates. And sure, buying parts instead of assembled goods would remove some of the "progressiveness" of that system, but would only be reasonable if the cost of assembly was less than the additional tax.

Again, I'm not endorsing this type of system, but if someone wanted to create a progressive consumption tax, they probably could.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

JimFive Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

How do you implement a progressive consumption tax?

The easy way would be to have different tax rates depending on the cost and/or type of the good.
An example rate schedule might include:
Groceries: Exempt
$0-50: 2%
$50-100: 4%
$100-1000: 6%
$1000-10000: 10%
Automobile < $30000: 6%
Automobile 30,000-100,000: 10%
Housing: < $200,000: 5%
etc

This is not an endorsement, I don't like the idea of replacing income taxes with consumption taxes, but this is a way to make a progressive consumption tax. The problem is, however, that once someone is wealthy enough, they don't have to buy their goods within your borders. They'll buy the $500,000 yacht somewhere that won't tax them for it.
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JimFive

about a week ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

JimFive Re: So... (250 comments)

But it's simply not $0.70 on the dollar when comparing apples to apples.

This is true.

You cannot complain about wage discrepancies between different professions

But you can try to figure out why professions that attract women pay less than professions that attract men. Are the professions attractive to women really "worth less" than the ones that attract men or is there a bias in society that leads to the discrepancy?

The data seems to show that there are at least two distinct issues involved in gender wage discrepancies. One being the overall lower value placed on jobs that are primarily held by women while the other is the approximately 7% discrepancy when you "compare apples to apples". You can't address gender wage discrepancies without at least investigating these things. Now, it may be that professions that attract women really are less valuable over all than those that attract men. However, it's possible that women are being actively discouraged from more valuable professions.

Denying the discrepancy is unhelpful.
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JimFive

about two weeks ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

JimFive Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (335 comments)

In order to rent the vehicle it would have to be registered (have a license plate) and would no longer be able to be sold as new. The real issue with the "test drive" event is that in Iowa only dealers can have unregistered vehicles on the road. I suspect this is true in many/most states.

about a month ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

JimFive Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (385 comments)

Saves $40/mo for as little as they have to do at my bit of the street.

You might want to check on if they have a "per bag" rate (probably unadvertised). My parents switched after they found out about it and save quite a bit every month.
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JimFive

about a month ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

JimFive Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

The thing that bugs me the most is when the driver in front of me stops at the yield before the roundabout because someone is approaching (not in) the roundabout from the left or just got in the roundabout from the right. The whole point is that you can get on the roundabout AND the person to the left can get on the roundabout at the same time. It's not a one car at a time thing.
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JimFive

about a month and a half ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

JimFive Re:Obviously. (291 comments)

Isn't the entire point of this article, and nutrition research in general, that we don't have a clue what constitutes "a well balanced diet". It's all very cute and snarky to say "eat right and exercise" but when the topic is "What does it mean to eat right?" it isn't a very useful response.
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JimFive

about a month and a half ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

JimFive Re:Gibbs Free Energy (211 comments)

The point that confuses me is: the energy on the outside lens surface can't light a fire, but the energy produced by the glass can. What work was done on the outside energy? It was redirected inside the lens, but how is that work? Doesn't work in thermodynamics reduce to the lifting of a mass in a gravitational field? How is the lens doing any work, in that sense?

There is (approximately) the same amount of energy on both sides of the lens (presumably a small loss into the lens itself). If you measure that energy directly off of the lens on both sides there won't be much difference (you can touch both sides of the lens without getting burnt), but because the direction of the energy has changed, the density of the energy at the focal point is higher than at the lens. So, there is more energy per square mm at the focal point, and presumably less energy per square mm in the area around the focused light than in the ambient area unaffected by the lens shadow (I wonder if that is measurable).
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JimFive

about a month and a half ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

JimFive Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

Walkers can stop instantly, Cyclists take a bit longer. In addition, there is a much longer time window for the car and pedestrian to see and avoid each other at a driveway than there is for a car and a cyclist.

Cyclists are, generally, safer on the road than on sidewalks. Drivers see and stop for road traffic, not for sidewalks. By being in the road, a cyclist is where the drivers are looking. In addition, sidewalks have many more crossing intersections than roads do. Every driveway crosses the sidewalk, but none of them cross the road.

It should also be noted that in many places bicycles are forbidden from being ridden on the sidewalks.

The truly important thing is for everyone to follow the rules. Cyclists on the road must stop at stop signs, not pass on the shoulder, signal turns and stops, etc. And the cars around them should treat them respectfully, move over to pass, don't pass and turn, don't honk, etc. Cyclists on the sidewalk are pedestrians and should act as such, ride more slowly, cross in crosswalks, wait for cross signals and traffic, etc. Additionally, cyclists transition from sidewalk to road (pedestrian to vehicle) should do so safely and should not do so for convenience (don't pop up on the sidewalk to avoid traffic and then pop back onto the road).

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JimFive

about a month and a half ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

JimFive Re:Please stop spreading such drivel (588 comments)

The healthiest diet is what your body needs, and what your body needs depends on your individual body chemistry, your environment, your lifestyle, and probably a half a dozen other factors.

You seem to be implying that we can never know anything about diet because each specific case differs from the general case. That seems to be a fairly pessimistic attitude regarding the ability of experimental science to tease out commonalities and processes in human biology.
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JimFive

about 2 months ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

JimFive Re:Personal mistakes vs. governmental ones (588 comments)

it also leaves millions directly controlled by the government — such as pupils in government schools [nytimes.com] — without choices at all.
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and parents, rather than the Federal government, be allowed to control the children's nutrition

You realize that the existence of school lunch standards does not preclude the parent from packing a lunch for their children, right? The school lunch program is not shoving food down the kids' throats. If you want your kid to have whole fat, white milk, then pack it for them.

I do agree that the standards are wrong in places, maybe in lots of places, but the existence of those standards doesn't take away parental choice and responsibility.
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JimFive

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

JimFive Re:so adjust the rules (643 comments)

That should give officers incentive to ensure their cameras are in working order.

And encourage miscreants to find ways to remotely disable the camera.

I actually agree with your statement, missing camera footage should be treated as destroyed evidence (which, as I understand it, is treated as if it would support the other side). But there is potential for abuse on the other side, also.
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JimFive

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

JimFive Re:Also, this is silly: (299 comments)

And as in real life, the only way to deal with those people is to physically remove them from the conversation. That is, have a moderator whose job it is to delete the posts and evict the poster, even if it is a throwaway account.

Threading helps, too. It is a huge pain to try to follow a conversation on an unthreaded comment system.
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JimFive

about 2 months ago

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Flying Cars

JimFive JimFive writes  |  more than 4 years ago

JimFive (1064958) writes "For years we've been waiting for the flying car to arrive. The FAA has made an exemption that moves this one step closer to reality. Terrafugia has been granted a weight limit exemption for a "Roadable Airplane". Next up is passing the federal highway safety tests. The press release is here.."
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