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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Pseudonymus Bosch Bias (579 comments)

Wikipedia actively tries to avoid bias, including systemic bias. If the majority of the contributors are from certain countries, professions, social classes, genders, ideologies, religions, then it is probably that even unconsciously some subjects are covered with a bias or undercovered.
As an example, it could be very possible that a certain bar in Oxford has a very good article because several editors are patrons, but whole regions of Africa could be scarcely covered because no Wikipedia editor lives there.

about 3 months ago

Why Bhutan Might Get Drone Delivery Copters Before Seattle Does

Pseudonymus Bosch Airships (102 comments)

Couldn't this be served better with small airships? They would have greater autonomy and I don't think there would be big differences in speed.

about 4 months ago

US Should Use Trampolines To Get Astronauts To the ISS Suggests Russian Official

Pseudonymus Bosch Re:Space stations for peace (272 comments)

Not really, big countries can feed and house "the poor" or at least their preferred section of "the poor" on their own, or even use it to criticize the other powers. A space station has to be a joint project. Nobody is ready to do it on their own.

about 7 months ago

US Should Use Trampolines To Get Astronauts To the ISS Suggests Russian Official

Pseudonymus Bosch Space stations for peace (272 comments)

I remember an article (by Carl Sagan?) that argued that, even if a US-Soviet space station or mission to Mars were not justifiable from a scientific point of view, they worked as an example that peaceful collaboration among the superpowers was possible.
If both countries can't coordinate on keeping human presence in orbit, that's sad.

about 7 months ago

Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras Win Truth-Telling Award

Pseudonymus Bosch Obama (123 comments)

It would be more embarrassing if they gave Obama the award after he did anything.

about 8 months ago

US Geneticist Discusses North Korea Trip With Dennis Rodman

Pseudonymus Bosch Visiting Hitler (101 comments)

21 teams went to Berlin in 1936 to play basketball. The US team got the gold medal. 7 of the nations playing were invaded by Germany in the following war. Spain withdrew before and saw Luftwaffe action that same year.

about 10 months ago

Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Legalize Sale of Human Organs

Pseudonymus Bosch The Spanish model (518 comments)

Meanwhile, you could study the Spanish National Transplant Organization that achieves the highest rate of transplants/inhabitants in the world. Its model requires:

  • Universal health insurance coverage
  • Money (not a lot, actually)
  • A high rate of doctors/inhabitants
  • Nurses/ICU bed
  • Mechanical ventilation for ICU beds
  • The right demographic pyramid

about 10 months ago

Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Legalize Sale of Human Organs

Pseudonymus Bosch Mismatch (518 comments)

People who most need organs (sick people) cannot be donors. People better suited to donate (healthy people) do not need organs.

about 10 months ago

A Data Scientist Visits The Magic Kingdom, Sans Privacy

Pseudonymus Bosch DHMO (124 comments)

A lot of coffee is decaffeinated by water (Swiss water process).

Check it out, it is actually dihydrogen monoxide, a chemical known for causing thousands of deaths worldwide.

about 10 months ago

UK Men Arrested For Anti-Semitic Tweets After Football Game

Pseudonymus Bosch And others (598 comments)

[Decadent, Gay, Romany, Mentally and physically handicapped, and Jewish]

Just to remind you that many of them were Socialists, Communists, Jehovah's Witnesses or common criminals. It's strange to see an enumeration that leaves them out.

about a year ago

Google Maps, Lasers Reveal Vatican Catacombs

Pseudonymus Bosch The obelisk (84 comments)

And the obelisk in Saint Peter's Square was "acquired" in Egypt by the Romans to decorate the spina. Later some pope decided that it would suit very well his new square.

1 year,6 days

Edward Snowden's New Job: Tech Support

Pseudonymus Bosch Address (328 comments)

Can't he provide his lawyer address or some Russian address that is not where he actually lives at? Taxes would be the same in one or another Moscow neighborhood.
If he ends up legal, giving a false address while still paying doesn't seem a serious charge (IANAUS&ATANAL).
If he ends up illegal, he should avoid being arrested anyway (do you get extradited for tax evasion? Even if you are acknowledged a refugee?)

1 year,26 days

Why Small-Scale Biomass Energy Projects Aren't a Solution To Climate Change

Pseudonymus Bosch Dependence (178 comments)

And there is also the issue of dependence from imports.

about a year ago

Anti-Chemical Weapon Group Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Pseudonymus Bosch There is some haste (61 comments)

She can get it when she turns 18 or 21.

Part of her merit is that several Talibans have decided she shouldn't turn 18. And the Nobel prizes are not posthumous.

about a year ago

Fight Bicycle Theft With the Open Source Bike Registry

Pseudonymus Bosch Indelible paint (135 comments)

If I remember correctly, you can also get your postal code (which in the UK has a detailed granularity) painted "indelibly" on your bike.

about a year ago

Lavabit Case Unsealed: FBI Demands Companies Secretly Turn Over Crypto Keys

Pseudonymus Bosch Big and small (527 comments)

There's a big difference between the legal firepower available to a small service provider like Lavabit and someone like Yahoo or Google

But, while Lavabit apparently can afford to close down before yielding, can you imagine GMail or Yahoo or Facebook choosing to close? I can't.

about a year ago

400 Million Chinese Cannot Speak Mandarin

Pseudonymus Bosch Esperanto (562 comments)

The linguist Qian Xuantong proposed the substitution of Chinese with Esperanto.

about a year ago


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