top Science By Democracy Doesn't Work
It may seem odd, but most people in last election voted for Democrats, who have
climate change as part of their platform.
In 2012, the first congressional election after the last round of gerrymandering, Democratic House candidates won 50.59 percent of the vote — or 1.37 million more votes than Republican candidates — yet secured only 201 seats in Congress, compared to 234 seats for Republicans. The House of Representatives, the “people’s house,” no longer requires the most votes for power.
So blaming "democracy" seems a little odd -- especially since we're a Republic.
top Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford
Just once I'd like to see a discussion on
/. where women's experiences aren't discounted.
Maybe women have experiences men don't have and that we can't understand? Maybe us men shouldn't poo poo statistics just because they haven't "seen" discriminatory actions in the same way I shouldn't don't say there's no "racial bias" in policing just because I haven't experienced it personally (and probably won't).
But maybe I'm hoping for too much. Has
/. even had a female on staff ever?
top Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
Crackers are white people who brag. As William Shakespeare wrote: "What cracker is this same that deafs our ears with this abundance of superfluous breath?" [from King John]
In that sense, I suppose, given the demographics of the hacker community and its outsize ego, maybe "cracker" is appropriate?
top Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End
"I wish I could point you to another site that does similar work, but alas, I know of none."
You mean you haven't read Bennett's high-quality journalism?
top James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him
measurable intelligence between sub-Saharan Black Africans and Ashkenazi Jews
Can anyone name me a black sub-suharan psychologist? Now, let's try the same with Ashkenazi Jews. (Freud comes to mind immediately for me -- but he's not the only brilliant mind)
I find it simpler to explain the differences in the tests with the differences of the people who created them.
about a month and a half ago
top Interviews: Malcolm Gladwell Answers Your Questions
There's you clickbait headline, Gawker, et al.
top Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart
After all, when your employer pays you terribly, why do you care? Reject the idea, customer complains to your manager. Who is also, may not be the brightest star in the constellation, who may discipline/fire you.
Also? Average wage at WalMart: $8/hr (weekly: 8*8=64 * 5 days=$320). Which means, pulling this once and reselling the console is almost a week's pay. Taking $300 from WalMart, whose family owns more money
than the bottom 42% of the US combined to feed your family doesn't seem like the most heartless crime in the world.
top "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon
This Barbie actually does sound like some computer "engineers" I've known.
Does that mean we need a "Police Officer Ken" book where he shoots an unarmed teen of color because that sounds like some police officers we know?
top Blowing On Money To Tell If It Is Counterfeit
Why blow on money when there's already
blow on money?
top Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77
Slashdot Editing: Dead At 0.
top Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism
Despite not being able to find anything of "significance" (there is actually a 7% difference in his own data!), Bennett starts not with the neutral headline "Do Black Women Experience Discrimination Breastfeeding", but with "Debunking" -- which assumes is patently false. This assumption is probably because of the amount of experience he has breastfeeding. Or being black.
I'm a white male as well, but sheesh, white priviledge much sir?
top Microsoft To Open Source
.NET and Take It Cross-Platform
The framework must provide for platform-independent ways to do things so that it is easier/shorter to do it the right way than using a naive but non-portable approach.
You're totally right. Otherwise, it flies in the face of the
virtue of laziness. If the easiest way to do something is cross-platform, you'll write all your code to be cross-platform whether the project requires it or not. Requirements, after all, always change;)
top 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name
After the terrible new trilogy, I'm cautiously excited by the new movie written by
Lawrence Kasdan, who had zero involvement with the episodes 1-4, but did write such films as The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
They'll be plenty of eye candy (to be sure -- so did the originals!), but maybe having a good writer (who made almost all the Star Wars films you love -- and none of the ones you hate) means you'll have a good story?
top The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said
I have an ASCII diagram here describing a technical interview.
O -- You
At what speed does it have to travel in order to make a pleasant "wooshing" sound (2 m/s total velocity) assuming it must also travel at least 2 meters high vertically? (Assume gravity is 10 m/s 2 and air resistance is negligible for purposes of this exercise).
top Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out
allowing gay marriage will mean fewer "traditional" marriages.
To play devil's advocate, if bisexuality exists, then yes, it very well may.
Not that it's a reason against it. To me, a traditional marriage is where the partners stay together until death parts them -- gay/straight/otherwise.
top Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic
Why not reform the way election laws work, so elected representitives of both state and federal government reflect the will of the people?
There's a certain nerd (Lawrence Lessig) who used to work for the EFF
who's working on precisely that.
top Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants
What corporation owns Senator
Bernie Sanders (I VT)?
I guess those nasty "unions" who hold "elections" to "represent" their largely blue-collar workforce to ask for things like "fair pay" and "increases in the minimum wage"? Oh yeah, those little guys.
...but let's pretend all politicians are equal -- because cynacism is easy. That will surely change the system.
top Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"
I think a better "ethical principle" would be to maximize "life for everyone" -- meaning "years of life remaining".
If the 4 occupants are hospice patients, saving the child would make more sense from an ethical perspective -- but that's just me.
top The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows
Airplanes are the only thing with Windows that don't crash (often).
top How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor
That's a pretty big premium for what seems like an intangible benefit.
Mac OSX 10.10 (Yosemite -- or 10.9 if you don't like the new UI) is free on any Mac. Windows "upgrades" (like 8 or 10) cost ~$100.
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top M$ vs MS and My Sig
The M$ vs MS joke was funny the first time I saw it. The second time, not so much. The 3rd time. By now, it's really old and neither witty nor funny. What this spelling does do is remove any hint of journalistic integrity from the poster. Would it be any different if MS spelled Linux "Lunix" every time?
Though I may disagree with some MS business practices and dislike some of their products (*cough* Windows Me *cough*), I think if the OSS community wants respect, it begins with their respecting other people. To respect those who respect you is expected; only by respecting those who disrespect are you truly respectful.