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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Killing us with rent (475 comments)

If it is your hometown, you have probably owned your house there for decades and rising rents don't affect you. In fact the rising housing prices (50% in 3 years for the author of the article) are very good. You can sell for a huge profit, pay your taxes to the government to fund mass transit infrastructure and move to somewhere less desirable (Detroit) where you can buy a depressed house in a largely minority owned neighborhood and pocket the difference to live off of. What is the problem again?

2 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Bullshit Stats. (475 comments)

So people who are artists and nurses are stupid?

No - people that are artists and nurses just choose a more emotionally rewarding career than people that choose to be engineers and doctors that make more. Yes, it is easier to be a starving artist rather than have to struggle through calculus and get an engineering degree - but the engineer usually gets a significantly larger paycheck. Same for a nurse that can become a nurse with an associates degree, vs. having to struggle through organic chemistry and anatomy to become a doctor. It isn't fair to say that the primarily female dominated nursing profession is at fault here.

At a previous company the admin for our team was a male. He was the only male admin in a worker population of many thousands (with at least many dozens of admins in the organization). I was told by my previous groups admin to be nice to him, he didn't fit in with the engineers - as he was an outsider, and he didn't fit in with the admins - because he was a male. Last I heard from him he got his MBA and is now managing a rather large group. He move up and out - others can as well.

2 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Math is hard (534 comments)

Misogyny is so much easier, we'll just go with that instead.

I always hated this particular hatred of "Math is hard"... Math is hard - I always tell my daughter that. Not telling girls that math is hard because we are afraid they won't like it isn't going to help them. They are going to struggle with it like all of the boys - not understand why it is hard for them and fear that it is because they are a girl. I always tell my daughter math is hard - she has to struggle with it like everyone else, but in the end that is what she will need to get the good jobs when she is older. And yes - she is actually very good in Math as an honor student in pre-calc as a sophomore.

Get off your high horse saying that is is Misogyny telling a girl that math is hard... If it isn't you aren't doing it right, take the next class up until it is.

2 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

MerlynEmrys67 Re:So close, so far (534 comments)

So, for birthday gifts, we give chemistry lab play sets, National Geographic books on space and dinosaurs, and actual educational stuff.

Where do you find actual chemistry sets with actual chemicals in them that can actually make interesting things? I have been trying to find something like I had as a kid for 10 years - with no luck. 1/2 the time the "Chemistry" sets don't actually have any chemicals in them, the other 1/2 they are all salts, sugars, and simple things that you can't make turn colors and explode (What is the fun of chemistry without a few explosions and fire?)

2 days ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

MerlynEmrys67 Re:More power to you (99 comments)

Where your link to moringa is interesting - Looking at the production of it, it sure doesn't seem like you get a lot of density in a given acre of production. For example, lets compare the nutrients produced from one acre of muringa vs. one acre of spinach (rice/wheat/corn). How many pounds of leaves can you get out of an acre of moringa, and how intense is the labor to get that acre harvested vs. one acre of spinach?
There is a reason that we grow the crops that we do - they can be grown very densely, with the least amount of fertilizer, insecticide, water as possible as those things all take money to provide. There is also a need for the minimum amount of labor to plant, maintain and harvest the crops.

4 days ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Story I heard as a kid (99 comments)

Only someone who has never understood economics would get the moral of this story.
In a competitive world you are competing against your fellow producers. If you have a competitive advantage you can produce more chickens/vegetables/cows/whatever - leaving the price of grain alone. You end up with more money. If everyone has this advantage - either the price of grain goes down (in which case everyone is back to making the same amount of money) or everyone lowers their grain production - starts to grow vegetables, chickens, cows, and those prices go down - causing everyone to make less money.
That said - there is the rule about being an asshat, causing your neighbors to burn your crops to the ground at night, making your profit go to zero... so if you do something like this... Do it quietly (and don't brag about the stupidity of the average American voter)

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

MerlynEmrys67 Second problem with Comcast in a day (100 comments)

First one was not being able to deliver e-mail, now Comcast has someone else in the wrong country. Is it a bad day to work for Comcast?

about a week ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

MerlynEmrys67 Quit buying games on day one (473 comments)

For that matter, quit buying them the first month or two. Let someone else debug them and when the game is worth actually playing, get it. Heck by then 1/2 the time the game has dropped in price 10-25% anyway.
I have given up on buying games before the first major patch, for that matter the first few if I am really interested and the reviews are that bad.

about a week ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Government ISP's? (306 comments)

Good idea. Lets see:
  New ToS- All packets will flow into a government data center to be analyzed before being forwarded onto their ultimate destination. Seems like a good idea to me.

And even better when our politicians get in a bitchy mood they can shut down the government mandated monopoly to get us to pay them more money. No thank you

about two weeks ago
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333 Km/h Rocket-Powered Bicycle Sets New Speed Record

MerlynEmrys67 Re:bike? (51 comments)

Have to agree with you on this one. It has an engine - it isn't a bicycle that is human powered. I hate these new "Eco-Electric" bikes... not sure they should count all though at least they do have pedals and you can power a crappy bike with human power.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Reliable servers don't just crash (928 comments)

No - this only happens in Windoze(C)(TM) boxes - never in a highly engineered server. Oh wait - with memory densities as high as they are in the large systems, maybe it does. These are once in a decade kind of problems. I remember hearing about Sun's early research on this problem... Defect started with Sunfire 25K servers crashing frequently in Denver (frequently was defined as more than once a month).

about three weeks ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

MerlynEmrys67 Who wants to bet (286 comments)

There will be about 40,000 dollars in unpaid overtime being worked in India over the next few months to make this all back. At this point the workers are back in India where the US Department of Labor can't do anything about it...
Outsourcing companies are almost the definition of evil.

about a month ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

MerlynEmrys67 You have slashdotted an inbox (173 comments)

The error that the other server returned was:
550-5.2.1 The user you are trying to contact is receiving mail at a rate that
550-5.2.1 prevents additional messages from being delivered. For more
550-5.2.1 information, please visit
550 5.2.1 http://support.google.com/mail... dy7si138331wib.0 - gsmtp

And at google's scale - impressive

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

MerlynEmrys67 I thought this was the advantage of open source (286 comments)

You have the source Luke,
Use it and just make it do what you want... Why are you bitching to us. If you want the system to just work - install Windows.
+1 Informative, -1 Flamebait... Take your pick

about a month ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

MerlynEmrys67 Re:We already have a tax on consumption (839 comments)

Funny,
I am not aware of any sales tax at the national level. Several states have them, but that is quite different.

about a month ago
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World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

MerlynEmrys67 Smallest area??? (118 comments)

Quick Google search for 3G shows Intel has a chip that is 300 mm^2 which is about 17.33 sq mm which is a lot smaller than this chip which measures over 400 mm^2.
I guess it all depends on how you define a 3G modem (maybe Intel's doesn't have a feature), or how you define area (maybe it matters how small the one dimension is). Who knows - either way this appears to be some unsubstantiated marketing fluff that was republished on Slashdot as normal.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

MerlynEmrys67 2/3 of the power based on counting turbines (260 comments)

So 1800 of the 2900 MWh of power is based on the ability to count the number of wind turbines shown in the marking picture of the factory? And we are taking this as truth of the number that are deploy-able in the area. This based on the fact that they are building the building Magnetic north aligned to help with GPS? Wow - lets grab Tesla's marketing materials and just swallow what comes out.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Illegal (182 comments)

I do not believe that "bork" is a legal term with any validity.

I guess you missed the legal origin of the term "To Bork" Bork as a Verb
If it happened to a Judge - it is a legal term.
(Not properly used here though)

about 3 months ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Tax them anyway (316 comments)

Please have congress pass a law that says they have to pay taxes on money kept overseas. Then have the president sign it. The second that you do that - the company will comply with the law as it is written as opposed to complying with the law as you wish it had been written.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Is this all necessary? (98 comments)

This is hilarious. So was in College several decades ago. Large computer labs and lots of SSH/X forwarding to do work. The only time I remember getting in "trouble" was when we were on a LISP module as a freshman. Their resource management only allowed a few LISP interpreters on the machine - otherwise it would deny them for resource reasons. I quickly got sick of typing $lisp and waiting for my session to actually start - so I created a shell script that ran an infinite loop asking for a lisp interpreter...
15 minutes later, someone tapped on my shoulder and asked me what I was doing - I had taken the full processing capabilities for a while. I showed my script - gasp horror, and a 1 second pause was added to the script and I was good to go. Learned a lesson too.
The year before I got there - enough people were learning how to hack the system to crash it that they were having trouble keeping the system up. Their solution - install a button next to each keyboard that when pushed would crash the system. No work was accomplished for a week - then it didn't go down again. We were told about the button, it was rough for a couple days - and then the systems were rock solid.
Kids will be kids - good kids will create a nightmare for you - work to focus that energy in a positive way and good things will result.

about 3 months ago

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