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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Ol Olsoc Re:Razor Edge (282 comments)

Nonsense. Let's say your men need 3000 kCal/d and your women need 2000 kCal/d. You can afford to send three women for every two men you eliminate from the crew. It's a no brainer.

Because there is a space calorie limit or something? Go beyond 2000 calorie a day requirement and the whole universe does a divide by zero function and disappears?

Fist off, the caloric requirements are likely to be quite diverse between flight and time on Mars. If physical exertion is needed, even tiny women can burn a lot of calories. Which beings up the second issue.

On a trip where failure of food sources means starving to death between here and Mars, there had better be a lot of redundancy. And each step of redundancy dilutes that 1000 calorie a day difference.

The psychological aspects are interesting also. The most competent females I know, my wife and a some co-workers, are wildly hated by their female co-workers. These are all professional, job first, females, who are the equal of any man in the office doing the same work.

But the other women in the offices hate them with a passion. "Who'd she screw to get that job?" "She's such a bitch!" My wife was tall and slender, and battled years of bulimia/anorixic comments, and one of the others was into lifinting weights, and the other a very outdoorsy person, so they were called "dykes". All are physically attractive, which just made things worse for them. All were completely accepted by the men they work with, and ostracised by the other females. And each one is a very nice person to boot.

Now I won't be so bold as to declare that the problem is a normal state, but imagine if that situation erupted on board a female-only Mars mission.

The unfortunate thing is that since such a mission if undertaken, would have to select for women who were hated by many other women.

Who might then complain regardless, as the psychological requirements kept them out of the job.

7 hours ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Ol Olsoc Re:Since the sexisim card has been brought up.... (282 comments)

I can list a whole lot of reasons why sending only women would be problematic. Worked in all female environments, when things go bad, they really go bad. Its like living in a non-stop soap opera.

You speak wisdom AC. I know it isn't fashionable, but my experience in the workplace is that a mix of the sexes would work much better than an all female crew.

Over 30+ years, we had a lot of differnet ratios of gender mix. When we got too many females, it could get very interesting, as there would be a lot of fighting. We had three separate women at three separate times that bitched up the department big time.

When near equal, the men would tend to clean up their act, the women would bring a different perspective, and everything was a lot more harmonious.

We have to remember that while it is fashionable to blame every inter-gender problem on the male of the species, it would be unrealistic that assume that the female of the species has no faults. Put them together, and you can get synergy. And one thing you really really need, millions of miles away from home, is synergy.

8 hours ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Ol Olsoc Re:There are limits to freedom of speach (460 comments)

Calling in a bomb threat usually mobilizes police and emergency responders. If we let people who were "just joking" off, then we need to become a lot more thick skinned about when we dispatch those responders. And then when someone dies because there was a real issue and the sensitivity level had to be reduced because the rest of them were "just joking",

Think of the children godamn it!!

The problem with these scenarios lies in the following:

Some years back, AOL had a feature to allow people to click on messages as spam. Say a post is spam, and boom, whoever you called the spammer couldn't post to anyone on AOL again.

And you know what some people considered spam and checked on? Simple disagreement. Simple things like my reply to you. Some people in groups became spam police, and you didn't even have to be conversing with them.

Hell, even today, there are some religiuos folks in some groups who will turn you in for TOS violations based on disagreement.

So while it sounds all very well to talk about all the threats of violence or bomb threats (which should be simple terroristic threats not as trolling), the idea of criminalizing trolling leads to a nasty world where you can be the subject of a police investigation for simple disagreement.

And I don't know how it is in Great Britain, but here in America, a DA trying to prove he is tough on crime will be happy to send your sorry patoot to prison to prove he doesn't put up with any crap.

It would be a slippery slope if there weren't examples of it already happening.

8 hours ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Ol Olsoc I can see it now... (460 comments)

Sitting around the prison yard...... What did you do man?

I raped a woman.

What did you do?

I murderd my little sister

Hey new guy! What did you do?

I typed "You mad bro?" to someone.

Holy fuck, man - you're hardcore!

yesterday
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Ol Olsoc Re:waste of effort (246 comments)

Don't these fools know that everything is either 3D printed on site or sent by delivery drone these days?

If it can't be done with a Smartphone, it isn't worth doing

yesterday
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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

Ol Olsoc Re:The essence of enterprise (147 comments)

Lest somebody misunderstand, the very essence of an enterprise (any enterprise) is that it is a bundle of labour and capital whose essential structure and identity is independent of and more persistent than the labour it employs. The identity behind its labour component is no more important than the identity of its capital component. It is for this reason that any contemporary HR policy is aimed at (and this is important) divorcing the work from specific individuals.

Lest anyone misunderstand, We might as well try to crap gold bricks.

The problem is that the pluggable employee simply doesn't exist. And it never will for almost any position on the planet above the completely menial.

Where I worked, we had three employees with the exact same job description as my own, and they all had the appropriate education.

But through the situation, I had lots of other education due to a longer career. an ability to think fast on my feet, and willingness to do whatever it took to get the job done. The other two performed adequately according to the job description. I could go into my customers, do my job as defined, plus fix their computers, even troubleshoot the electronics they were working on. And I'd stay all night to get any of those done.

The others performed just fine in their respective fields, but anything I would just step in and fix would take several more people, therefore despite my making a lot more money, a lot of folks were requesting my services rather than my less expensive but fully qualified (in the job description) co workers. Who were not at all pluggable into what I could do

It was hilarious to watch HR try to quantify my job tasks. They gave up in the end.

So until all humans have the same outlook, the same abilities, the same career paths, and the same attitude, Plug-in people won't work.

2 days ago
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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

Ol Olsoc Re:All the good talent leaves. (147 comments)

Anyone who can get another job elsewhere leaves. Anyone who is really good gets head hunted or starts their own business. What are you left with?

You?

2 days ago
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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

Ol Olsoc Re:Engineers have no future. (147 comments)

(Hey, someone has to put a MS spin on every story - now can I get a prize?)

Netcraft confims, you win a Beowulf cluster of internets.

2 days ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

Ol Olsoc And now... (186 comments)

What is new? They've been whoring remakes for years now, to the extent that shitty movies are being remade into even shittier remakes.

A DC comic movie or two makes some money, then they inundate us with more and more. Ain't going ot end pretty folks.

Movies seriously suck these days, makes me yearn for the days of serious actors, like Jar Jar Binks.

4 days ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

Ol Olsoc Re:Why is the school involved? (319 comments)

Be...cause the kid's parents are negligent?

Are they always? Or now do we get another layer of lawyers involved?

I've known bad seed children who were raised by very good parents. Seems like you would have ot prove the parents are negligent.

Or in anther case, I worked with a guy who had raised several foster children, and adopted some special needs children. He's a great guy, and loves these kids as his own.

I know it isn't popular among the "punish as many people as possible" set, but most of those children turned out wonderfully - a couple are highly paid professionals, and just great people, and one in particular is, sad to say, a criminal.

So in your world, this guy is a criminal? Despite completely consistent raising methods and serious success with everyone else? You know nowt about people and how they turn out.

4 days ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

Ol Olsoc Re:Facebook needs to be like Slashdot (319 comments)

You can't say anything on Slashdot without everyones approval. Mod away bitches.

What? I'm called an idiot, and other nasty names by a lot of people.

That just shows that I'm very often right.

4 days ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

Ol Olsoc Re:About time...... (319 comments)

If my kid shatters my neighbors window with a bad swing I'm liable, why shouldn't I be liable for wrongdoing of my kid in cyberspace?

Ar eyou willing to lose your job, your livlihood over something your underage child did? There are two major porponents of this sort of things:

Peopl ewho demand as much vendetta as possible.It's not enough to punish a child - let's throw th eparent's in jail too!. Might be cool to throw a few relatives in the hoosgow while we're at it. Thes bad parents are probably form bad extended families.

People without children

Because it is impossible to control what an underage child does at all times, and the best of people can have a bad seed offspring.

It does however, sound like an excellent method of getting people to decide that having children on the whole is a bad thing. Having children as a liability. Kind of like court enabled birth control by fear. You cant go to jail for something your child did if you don't have any children.

4 days ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

Ol Olsoc Re:That works fine if you manage to nip it in the (381 comments)

Also, we really need to look into exactly Why this person was released. A person of African descent shows up with ebola symptoms, and is sent home. Ill enough to be throwing up in the parking lot is pretty ill.

Totally agree. This nigger should have been sold as someones slave, right?

NO you silly shit. If ebola broke out in any place, people who very likely came form that place should be considered carefully. If it was Sweden, we might look at people who came over from there too.

Trying to save people's lives becomes profiling now? That's simply nucking futs. If you see a black guy running away from a bunch of white guys in white bedsheets, is it profiling him to stop and say "Those people might want to hurt you, hop in and I'll get you away from here."

I don't know if that dude form Liberia would still be alive now or not, but he was certainly condemned to death by what they did with him.

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

Ol Olsoc Re:Let me get this right (831 comments)

I'd go for that, and it would be somewhat "progressive" too...in that rich people tend to buy MUCH more expensive items, and more of them.

Whoah! We need to go back ot the drawing board here. This is supposed to end up with me paying less taxes,

4 days ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

Ol Olsoc Re:That works fine if you manage to nip it in the (381 comments)

That is if the nurse(s) knew anything about Liberia. My experience is that people of the United States do not know the difference between Liberia and Belgium.

That's silly. Liberia is where they get books, and Belgium is the place to go for waffles.

But seriously, even Fox news watchers seem to know it's in that country where "Those colored people live" and that it's Obama's fault.

4 days ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

Ol Olsoc Re:That works fine if you manage to nip it in the (381 comments)

You are forgetting Texas is a third world country.

Oh, wait ...

But they have the best faith healers you've ever seen, you betchya.

Don't worry - Rick Perry is in charge.

4 days ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

Ol Olsoc Re:That works fine if you manage to nip it in the (381 comments)

Nigeria was more than lucky; they were prepared. Texas Health Presbyterian was not.

This is the strange thing. It isn't like no one knew of the ebola threat, unless you didn't watch television, listen to the news, or use the internet. In addition, terrorist issues include biological warfare, a situation where similar isolation and contamination issues exist. Why didn't a hospital in Dallas Texas have materials on hand to provide a proper response - if it didn't have them.

Maybe we should spend a little less time and money militarizing our police forces, and more time and money getting hospitals to say, 2002 readyness?

Also, we really need to look into exactly Why this person was released. A person of African descent shows up with ebola symptoms, and is sent home. Ill enough to be throwing up in the parking lot is pretty ill.

4 days ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

Ol Olsoc Re:US,Nigeria (381 comments)

No, the US is hoping that it will be able to handle the situation as well as Nigeria did.

So far it isn't.

If we would only learn to allow the free market to decide.

4 days ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

Ol Olsoc Just think (183 comments)

If this was Microsoft instead of Google, the fanbois would be out yelling at the people who complained, telling them what idiots they were, and that no one in their right mind would ever want an external drive on their Chromebook.

Then Google would have completely ignored the complaints claiming that their research showed absolutely everyone just loved elimination of support for external drives.

We talked, they listened.

Sitting here at breakfast, happily using my little Chromebook that boots into Linux when I need it.

4 days ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

Ol Olsoc Re:I installed it (138 comments)

Coming from the other perspective I could make the same claim about Linux...

And OSX as well.

And CP/M

5 days ago

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Tesla S Breaks Testing Gear

Ol Olsoc Ol Olsoc writes  |  about a month ago

Ol Olsoc (1175323) writes "The Tesla S, may be the safest vehicle ever tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning 5 stars across the board, the highest possible marking. The biggest problem was that the testing machinery failed at 4G during the roof crush test.

In addition, the lithium-ion battery handled it all perfectly, with no leakage or fire."

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