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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Prien715 Surprise: Most People Voted Otherwise (438 comments)

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. source

So blaming "democracy" seems a little odd -- especially since we're a Republic.

4 days ago
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Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

Prien715 *Sigh* (224 comments)

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?

about a month ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Prien715 Re:News at 11.. (719 comments)

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?

about a month ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

Prien715 I know one.... (156 comments)

"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?

about a month ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Prien715 Re:Watson is a scientist (235 comments)

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
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

Prien715 I don't blame WalMart Employees (287 comments)

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.

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

Prien715 Re:Well, to be fair... (561 comments)

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?

about 2 months ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Prien715 Creato (186 comments)

Slashdot Editing: Dead At 0.

about 2 months ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Prien715 Bias much? (350 comments)

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?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

Prien715 Re:Real cross-platform is HARD (525 comments)

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;)

about 2 months ago
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

Prien715 I'm optimistic... (267 comments)

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?

about 3 months ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

Prien715 Re:Hiring managers perspective (574 comments)

I have an ASCII diagram here describing a technical interview.

Post

  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).

about 3 months ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

Prien715 Re:Terrible (430 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago
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Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

Prien715 Re:Political science (265 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

Prien715 Re:Was pretty obvious (284 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Prien715 Re:Why is he worried (583 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

Prien715 It has Windows? (286 comments)

Airplanes are the only thing with Windows that don't crash (often).

about 3 months ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

Prien715 Re: It helps to actually use the thing. (296 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

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M$ vs MS and My Sig

Prien715 Prien715 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

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.

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