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Stem Cells Grown From Patient's Arm Used To Replace Retina

Ol Olsoc Re:One thing missing (50 comments)

The purpose of this round of tests is to assess the safety and viability of the procedure. There is no expectation that she will substantially improve her sight. That's a major reason they selected a volunteer her 70's for this, not somebody young.

So is the answer "No" she cannot see? And where did you get the safety and viability quote from?

My point, which apparently I need to make over and over again is that It is awesome they are trying this. But the article referenced is very, very poor.

An article about a retinal transplant, where restored vision isn't even noted.

9 hours ago
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Stem Cells Grown From Patient's Arm Used To Replace Retina

Ol Olsoc Re:One thing missing (50 comments)

It's a first step. Were you one of those ones who complained "Big deal, so they launched someone into orbit. Call me when they get to the moon."

Why no, I wasn't. I was making the apparently stupid and asinine observation that maybe in an article about a homegrown retina replacement from stem cells, that someone somewhere might just be interested in if the thing actually accomplished anything.

My comment is that the FA was a serious piece of shit.

Tell me - are you interested at all, in any way shape or form, if the replacement did anything? After all if you have a retina replacement from stem cells, it might be a matter of at least passing interest if the lady had any restored vision.

9 hours ago
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Stem Cells Grown From Patient's Arm Used To Replace Retina

Ol Olsoc One thing missing (50 comments)

:I didn't see anything in the article saying the woman could actually see again. The article noted she was " fine"

13 hours ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

Ol Olsoc Re:not until (159 comments)

Could you even point to the UK on a map, or are you crap at geography too?

They tend to get goatse when they look for a map of the UK.

2 days ago
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Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

Ol Olsoc Re:Computer vision... (144 comments)

Vehicles are unable to differentiate between pedestrian and policeman or between crumpled up paper and a rock."

Stupid damn things are always choosing scissors.

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

Ol Olsoc Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (764 comments)

Not just veterinarians, also medical doctors, dentists, judges and lawyers are now more often female than male, even though all of those professions were dominated by men fifty years ago. Apparently women simply make different choices.

Bingo. The elephant in the room about women not choosing tech jobs is that no one seems to notice that the young ladies are making a choice of careers. No one (broadly speaking) is refusing to allow them in tech careers. And the concept of the nerds being so sexist and aggressive that they keep out of the field is silly, because the comparisons to fields where they choose careers include some pretty sex fueled environments.

In fact, in the academic environment where I was, a female in a tech field was actively groomed for rapid advancement. It still came down to how much she wanted to do the work, though. It's supposed to be all about choices.

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

Ol Olsoc Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (764 comments)

If that's true then yeah, it's a problem. Even bigger is the lack of male teachers in schools, particularly primary level. Young children need male role models, but very few men want to each the 4-7 year old range. Many more used to, but over the last couple of decades endless paedophile witch hunts have put them off.

There's probably some gender stereotyping going on too. Men really need to get liberated like women did in the 60s.

I don't know that it is possible. Don't know if you read the other links I posted in this thread, but the hatred of males is so part of our social fabric now that an ostensibly normal woman can post that she feels uncomfortable "allowing" her husband to bathe their daughter or that they just don't like the idea of males being teachers, or a junior high school girl is concerned because there are men teachers at her junior high school, and we accept it as normal.

I fear the end game here is if we allow it, our society will be segregated between male and female just as some others are. Only difference is they use religion as an excuse, ours will be segregated by hate.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

Ol Olsoc Re:It's great to see so much community feedback (112 comments)

Hopefully all this community feedback translates into functional changes in the operating system. They made a huge mistake with Windows 8 by relying on the standard Windows 7 feedback mechanism (that seemingly most people turned off) so this looks like a much better solution with much broader participation.

Because Microsoft has a great track record of paying atterntion to feedback.

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

Ol Olsoc Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (764 comments)

The problem is that men are intimidated by the presence of women, according to the article. But in my experience, men are afraid to be in a "women's profession" because it makes them look feminine. Those are different issues, but it happened with nurses and teachers before.

Any male who is foolish enough to be a teacher today is considered a pedophile. You mean that kind of scaring away? These are not the male pigs saying this stuff: http://www.mamapedia.com/artic...

Read this stuff, including the links. These are women who are pre-declaring all males to be pedophiles Ther are women who are really concerned that their babysitter has teenage sons. And you say its because Men, find aspects of jobs too feminine? This is just as bigoted, as declaring you down't want to leave any white women around black males because you know, they'll all be raped. Bigotry knows no specific gender.

But oddly enough, this blatant in your face hatred of men and assumption that all males are pedos is just "smart mommying". We've been trained that way.

http://online.wsj.com/articles...

Dude was attacked by a women for rescuing two children from a burning car. A guy who was stalked and acosted by a woman for restocking little girls underwear. A guy who won't have contact with children not his own because of the presumption he is a pedo.

http://www.boston.com/communit... Just for general reading of the bigoted stereotyping and hatred directed towards males.

Once women are "allowed" in large numbers, the men run off.

Reading the above links perhaps it is not "feminine" jobs they are concerned about.. Who wants a job where so many women assume without any good reason, that you are a criminal? I suspect before too long that many women will be just as concerned about taking their dog to a male veternarian because.... well.... you know.

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

Ol Olsoc Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (764 comments)

I read where the vets are about 50/50 now, but with more women than men in vet schools. Used to be 80% male. Large animal specialties are still male. But is there a disproportionate number of female vets now?

Ermagherd! Finding this in my research. http://avetsguidetolife.blogsp...

It turns out that even the disparity between women and male veterinarians in female's favor is also because men are pigs!

But yes, there are a lot more female veternarians in school at the moment. Certainly in my area, they outnumber men by a large margin. After this group graduates, we'll see how the ratio ends up. Our Vet's office is around 15 females (not all vets), and one male, a technician.

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

Ol Olsoc Re:1..2..3 before SJW (764 comments)

Now it appears, that we must change. We must adapt our requirements toward people who are easily swayed out of this carreer path. We must, in the name of equal representation, educate and employ people who are highly susceptable to social approval by others.

The problem with memory is that we often see the past not as it was, but as we want it to be.

I actively worked in recruitment and retention of female tech workers, up to the time I retired, a couple years back. Perhaps 2012 is recent enogh to pass your validity test? What have you done to support women in Technology, and retention of women in Technology?

If I might go so far down the line as the "Take your Son's and Daughters to Work" days, almost none of the young ladies ever expressed an interest in Technical field or engineering. The young ladies were tending toward lawyers, and MBA', and those of a more science based career tended toward Medical doctors or Veternarian fields.

These were young ladies who were largely daughters of Engineers and Tech workers.

Now if you just figure I'm some senile old dotard, you can stop here. I'm going to give you my assessment of why the situation exists. It might just conflict with your worldview.

In the mid 70's, the first large group of women entered the professional workforce. They came into it in many fields, and there was a mix of professions.

Then over time, they sorted things out, Many found reasons to gravitate towards some professions over others. .

And quite frankly, how is being a coder or other computer science worker, going to compare ot being an MBA, or a Veterinarian, or even a lawyer?

If you want to be a coder, you had better be prepared to work a lot of extra time, and not extra time like say, the MBA's do. Veterinarians have irregular hours, but in most cases there is one on call at any particular time. I certainly worked more than my share of 80 hour weeks, and some number of 100 hour weeks, and seldom ever less than 55 hours. My better half deserved a medal for putting up with that, or at least bringing me in achange of clothing If I got a 5 O'clock surprise. Plus, I was paid very well, but that reflects on the time I was willing to put in. Those who couldn't be bothered, made a lot less.

Same with Engineers, and scientists.

Point in fact, it is not all that desirable a profession, unless you really want to do that as a profession.

Finally, a person who gets into coding today doesn't have much of a job outlook in the US.

So other jobs with better pay, less hours, and more respect, versus long hours, little respect, and a future of diminshed earning potential - and people are saying it's because guys in Tech are pigs? Tempting, I suppose, if you want a sound bite answer, but I'd bet that if the work situations were similar between Tech jobs and the more popular careers for women, we would see a lot more women in tech jobs.

After all, I trust that youre not so naive to suggest that there is no sexism in the Law,, Veterinarian, or Business environment do you?

If sexism kept women out of fields, you wouldn't see one female MBA..

3 days ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Ol Olsoc Let me get this straight (397 comments)

Speeding is essential to running city government.

Rev em up, race 'em out, and don't stop for any red lights. It's your civic duty.

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

Ol Olsoc Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (764 comments)

The social and political changes I'm trying to make is to let people make their choices, and avoid the nonsensical social engineering to reach some arbitrary number.

And yes, 50-50 is arbitrary.

Sad to say, there are other people, with other axes to grind.

And I suspect some of those folks really don't want equality, they just want that axe to grind.

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

Ol Olsoc Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (764 comments)

It's a problem because it's clearly fucking systemic, and caused by social factors.

Can you now spout off some more righteous anger about that fact that male veterinarians are rapidly becoming extinct? I'll wait for your answer. Are young men being kept away from the field by social pressure and estrogen fueled sexual harassing female vets? Or is that just the way it needs to be because women are better than men?

Equate the two situations, is your challenge.

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

Ol Olsoc Re:1..2..3 before SJW (764 comments)

I find the idea that nerds would ever chase off women particularly amusing. Hell, most of us would KILL to have women around. If women are electing to not pursue the field, it's certainly not because they're unwelcome. On every team that I've ever been on with women, the guys went out of their way to be nice to them.

My experience exactly. Some female representation is a good addition to the workforce. But they do need to be aligned toward a Tech outlook. And no, that is not the stereotype of the ass grabbing testosterone fueled Techie, becaue maybe 99.9 percent of Techs are painfully shy.

No, as I recall, it takes a lot of hours, a lot of caffeine, and junk food sitting at a computer screen.

And unless we change that little bit of ground truth, we are not going to attract the young women who are more interested in other careers at the present..

Instead of the increasingly vicious attacks on geeks, perhaps the young ladies need to adapt just a little?

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

Ol Olsoc Re:1..2..3 before SJW (764 comments)

That might be the same article that mentioned that Cosmo used to push the idea of women programmers. Do they still do that or did they stop doing that in the 80's.

It's the SJW ninnies that are trying to pretend that nerds are the perpetrators here when they are generally powerless and denigrated.

Nerds are the tail end of the problem. You're expecting them to wag the dog when it's the greeks and the jocks that control all of the really relevant media outlets.

I wonder what this portends for the future of programming.

Because if young women are turned away, indeed discouraged by anything not completely positive, it means that Programming and all of the other Tch type careers will have to be completely revamped.

Case in point, I went for a tech career. I wanted it, and I gave not a flying fig what anyone thought about whether it was cool, socially uplifting, or fashionable. I was not in any way shape or form discouraged by my meekness, nor the portrayals of tech people on Television

All of the females I worked felt exactly the same way.

All of the males I worked with felt exactly the same way.

And we worked hard, put in a lot of hours because that is what we wanted to do. And we did it.

Now it appears, that we must change. We must adapt our requirements toward people who are easily swayed out of this carreer path. We must, in the name of equal representation, educate and employ people who are highly susceptable to social approval by others.

Hey - we'll need good luck with that. I've always said that the only way to get gender balance will be to force young women into Tech jobs.

Or perhaps Tech isn't a job for everyone?

3 days ago
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Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

Ol Olsoc Re:Most hated character flaw (123 comments)

..how about beer with ice?

(thailand, everyone puts ice in beer. even if it is 15 C outside and they're wearing eskimo clothing.)

I've done it. Wasn't half bad.

3 days ago
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Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

Ol Olsoc Re:Most hated character flaw (123 comments)

There is nothing wrong with cold coffee. Warm beer on the other hand should be considered a crime against humanity.

Depends on the beer

If you drink BuMilCoors, the colder the better, or just get the same effect by putting toothache medicine on your tongue first.

3 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

Ol Olsoc Ermagherd! (239 comments)

Next thing you know, all of those hot 13 year old girls looking for a nice older guy in chat rooms will turn out to be the police

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

Ol Olsoc Re:Razor Edge (396 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.

4 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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