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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

PvtVoid Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (518 comments)

It's okay for a school to spend extra time and money on slow students, but getting extra resources for top performers is discrimination.

Please substantiate this claim. There are lots of allegations out there of gifted programs in schools being applied in discriminatory ways (i.e. disproportionately available to white, upper-income students), but I can't find a single example of a gifted/talented program being shut down or even criticized because its existence was considered discriminatory against the non-gifted.

yesterday
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

PvtVoid Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (518 comments)

Compulsory public education is a mass violation of individual rights (those of the students compelled to attend).

It's finally happened: whackjob libertarians have come full circle and are nicely in alignment with the Taliban.

Education is a civil right, which is why girls in fundamentalist Muslim societies are risking their lives to access it. Compulsory education doesn't violate children's civil rights, it ensures those rights, even if it is parents who want to deprive their own children of the right to an education. You have a right to be an ignorant asshole if you like. You do not have the right to force your own ignorance onto your children.

yesterday
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

PvtVoid Re:Semantics (546 comments)

So, you are not allowed to do something central to most human behavior in the place you spend most of your awake-time at? That does make a lot of sense.

You're not allowed to crap on your desk, either.

2 days ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

PvtVoid Re: Semantics (546 comments)

How was she dressed? How was she behaving? What does "like that" mean?

If somebody asks you to stop doing something that makes them uncomfortable, the polite thing to do is stop doing it. It's pretty fucking simple.

2 days ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

PvtVoid Re: Semantics (546 comments)

If she was modestly dressed, no guy would be staring at her tits like that. The only case they would stare is if she was wearing a low cut shirt that DRAWS ATTENTION TO HER TITS (and don't tell me there's any other reason for her to be wearing that). Same as when men go shirtless, before you call me sexist. If you're INVITING ATTENTION, DONT COMPLAIN WHEN YOU GET IT.

Ah, ok. You pick "(b)" then.

2 days ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

PvtVoid Re: Semantics (546 comments)

How about this: women (and men) get to wear whatever they like. And men (and women) are allowed to look at each other (in public, not talking about peeping toms here) as much as they like. It's your body, you get to put what you want on it. They're my eyeballs, I get to point them whatever direction I want.

Here's a quiz:

Q: An attractive young woman at your workplace tells you to quit staring at her like that, because it makes her uncomfortable. What is the correct response?

(a) Continue to stare at her tits until she complains to the boss and you get fired.
(b) Sulk back to your cube and post to the internet about how she deserved it because she was dressed like a whore.
(c) Spread rumors that she's been sleeping with one of her clients.
(d) Make a sincere effort to understand her point of view and treat her like a human being instead of a piece of meat.

Only one answer fully qualifies you as a human being instead of an entitled man-child who needs a good slap upside the head.

2 days ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

PvtVoid Re: Semantics (546 comments)

Its the feminist definition. They can go around dressed like whores, but if you dare look and make them even the slightest bit uncomfortable, that's harrasment.

And I guess you're the person who gets to decide what's "dressing like a whore" and what isn't, right? Because what the world truly needs is you telling women how they are and are not allowed to dress.

2 days ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

PvtVoid Re:Semantics (546 comments)

The definition of harassment, at least where I live, is "unwanted sexual advances", meaning the distinction between flirting and harassment is purely based on subjective experience. Good luck trying to find a girlfriend without "harassing" anyone!

Here's a hint: don't do it at work. Definitely don't do it at work if you are in a position of authority over the recipient.

See? It wasn't that hard, was it?

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

PvtVoid Compelling reasons for an all-woman crew (396 comments)

Kate Greene, who wrote the linked article, took part in the first HI-SEAS experiment in Martian-style living, and has some compelling reasons for an all-women crew, energy efficiency chief among them:

Week in and week out, the three female crew members expended less than half the calories of the three male crew members.

Also, they stopped an asked for directions when they got lost.

5 days ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

PvtVoid Re:Ebola threat (478 comments)

in some places they have customs like washing the body of the deceased, then having the wife drink the water to prove she didn't try to kill him.

OK. My bullshit detector is on 10. This one needs a reference of some sort.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

PvtVoid So? (774 comments)

As long as I can still run vi in it, I'm good.

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

PvtVoid Re:Close the supply taps (283 comments)

Historically university posts were open to people with a BA (e.g. John Wesley and John Newman at Oxford in the 18th and 19th century) That it now takes a PhD and post doctoral work to get the same post means that we are training too many. Therefore the only solution is to row back on the PhDs being generated; given that governments are looking for money saving measures, this would seem an obvious starting point.

That's a really wonderful idea, except that the universities who train those PhDs have a huge financial incentive to crank them out in the highest volume possible. Try saying, "Fromunda Science has too many PhDs and not enough jobs, so we should accept fewer grad students into our PhD program" to a Dean or a Provost. They don't want to hear it.

about three weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

PvtVoid Re:Don't pay them and they'll go away (283 comments)

If they had to pay their own way, the number of PhD students would drop tremendously and all the postdocs would leave to get jobs in the real world. Problem solved!

... aaaand, watch all the basic science they do dry up and blow away.

It's really easy to type on the internet on your transistor-based computational thing with the flashing blue LEDs and pass judgement on lazy academics who are of no use to society, isn't it?

about three weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

PvtVoid Re:Critics should take positive action (993 comments)

losing Debian too was a hard blow, and it's understandable that systemd opponents are feeling a sense of desperation.

Really? You get "a sense of desperation" about a piece of software being different than you would like it to be? And you think this is a normal emotional reaction for a well-adjusted person?

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

PvtVoid Re:can relate (724 comments)

I'm sick and tired of getting feminism shoved down my throat absolutely everywhere.

You mean just like women are sick and tired of old white men telling them when and how they can access birth control, abortion, child care, and job opportunities? I'm sure they feel really sorry for you.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

PvtVoid Dear Intel (724 comments)

Read this article five times, and then promptly fire the brain-dead fuckwit who decided to pull your ads because of complaints from a mob of psychos.

"These obtuse shitslingers, these wailing hyper-consumers, these childish internet-arguers -- they are not my audience. They don’t have to be yours. There is no ‘side’ to be on, there is no ‘debate’ to be had. "

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

PvtVoid Re:That's one way to summarize it... (724 comments)

Another would be that video game players(intel's customer) are kind of sick of feminist extremists posting articles about about how all gamers are a bunch of basement dwelling woman haters.

Way to conform to the stereotype there, bro.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

PvtVoid Re:Time to... (475 comments)

Also, somebody on this thread ignored the word from. Banning flights from infected countries still allows personnel to get there.

You're going to end up with a fuck of a lot of doctors and airliners in Liberia then.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

PvtVoid Re:Time to... (475 comments)

You stop the unsecured flights from coming out.
You allow secured flights going into and coming out of secured areas.
You then transfer supplies to the workers securing and treating other areas.


You forgot a step: you budget and pay the many tens of billions of dollars that this will cost. Good luck.

about three weeks ago

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Chris Kluwe Posts Epic Takedown of #Gamergate

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  4 days ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Call it a troll submission if you wish. Fuck that. This is a must-read.

Thus, when I see an article titled “Gamers are dead,” referring to the death of the popular trope of a pasty young man in a dimly lit room, it fills me with joy, because it means WE FUCKING WON. So many people are playing games now that they are popular culture. They are not going away. All sorts of cool things, that I like, are now things that a whole bunch of other people like! There’s enough space now for people to make games that are strange and disturbing and maybe highlight a different perspective of the world, because gaming is no longer a niche activity, it’s something that everybody does. There is room for art in video games. That’s awesome!

You slopebrowed weaseldicks with zero reading comprehension and even less critical thinking skills who think an article claiming “Gamers are dead” is something bad? Fuck me sideways with a sandblaster.

Read on for more that ain't from Bennett."
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iPhone 6 rollout makes $23 billion in Apple market cap evaporate

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about a month ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Apple's stock has now dropped below $100 per share, wiping out more than $23 billion dollars in market capitalization since the botched release of the iPhone 6.

'Despite the iOS 8 bugs and bent iPhones that have cost Apple approximately $23 billion, the company’s stocks are still up this year by over 20 percent, leading the race ahead of Standard & Poor’s 500’s general gain of seven percent. But a market slump just days after a crucial new product release is a major blow for any company. The iPhone, Apple’s most widely recognized and critical product, accounts for over half its stock value. With such serious problems hovering over its new release, this drastic change in stocks comes as little surprise.'

Does it make sense that a messy software update and some bent cases should be responsible for that much value disappearing? Is there too much market cap tied to a single consumer product to begin with?"

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Washington Post covers #gamergate

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about a month ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Rape threats. A hacking attempt on her Web site. The online publication of personal information, including her phone number and home address. Countless comments on her Tumblr calling her a “slut” and worse, including one that read: “Are you reading this? Of course you are. I will kill you.”

This is what indie video game developer Zoe Quinn has been dealing with for the past month, ever since an ex-boyfriend wrote a blog post implying that she had traded sex for positive reviews. The post sparked a virulent campaign against Quinn and an all-out online war about the future of the video-game industry."

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WSJ Reports Boeing to beat SpaceX for manned taxi to ISS

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about a month ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "The Wall Street Journal reports (paywalled) that NASA is poised to award a key contract for manned transport to the International Space Station to Boeing over rival SpaceX:

Recent signals from the Obama administration, according to the officials, indicate that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's leadership has concluded on a preliminary basis that Boeing's proposed capsule offers the least risky option, as well as the one most likely to be ready to transport U.S. crews to the international space station within three years. The officials cautioned that a last-minute shift by NASA chief Charles Bolden, who must vet the decision, could change the result of the closely watched competition.

Here is a non-paywalled link to an article at CNET"
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The National Review has had it with nerd chic.

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 3 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "One part insecure hipsterism, one part unwarranted condescension, the two defining characteristics of self-professed nerds are (a) the belief that one can discover all of the secrets of human experience through differential equations and (b) the unlovely tendency to presume themselves to be smarter than everybody else in the world. Prominent examples include MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, Rachel Maddow, Steve Kornacki, and Chris Hayes; Vox’s Ezra Klein, Dylan Matthews, and Matt Yglesias; the sabermetrician Nate Silver; the economist Paul Krugman; the atheist Richard Dawkins; former vice president Al Gore; celebrity scientist Bill Nye; and, really, anybody who conforms to the Left’s social and moral precepts while wearing glasses and babbling about statistics.

The pose is, of course, little more than a ruse — our professional “nerds” being, like Mrs. Doubtfire, stereotypical facsimiles of the real thing. They have the patois but not the passion; the clothes but not the style; the posture but not the imprimatur. Theirs is the nerd-dom of Star Wars, not Star Trek; of Mario Kart and not World of Warcraft; of the latest X-Men movie rather than the comics themselves."

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Gofor: Uber for Drones

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 3 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Gofor claims to be developing an app that summons a drone on demand using your smartphone or tablet. From the web site: "Drones are summoned much like taxis in other popular service apps. Your desired task is either noted at the outset using presets, or customized using voice commands. Once the drone arrives, your phone's flashlight is used to pair your device with the drone. From there, it depends on the task, the object-based UI is very easy to understand. ""
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NSF Researcher Suspended for Mining Bitcoin

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 5 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "In the semiannual report to Congress by the NSF Office of Inspector General, the organization said it received reports of a researcher who was using NSF-funded supercomputers at two universities to mine bitcoin. The computationally intensive mining took up about $150,000 worth of NSF-supported computer use at the two universities to generate bitcoins worth about $8,000 to $10,000, according to the report. It did not name the researcher or the universities."
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Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 5 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Jeopardy champion Arthur Chu pens a heartfelt takedown of misogyny in nerd culture:

What the fuck is wrong with us?

How much longer are we going to be in denial that there’s a thing called “rape culture” and we ought to do something about it?

[...]

To paraphrase the great John Oliver, listen up, fellow self-pitying nerd boys—we are not the victims here. We are not the underdogs. We are not the ones who have our ownership over our bodies and our emotions stepped on constantly by other people’s entitlement. We’re not the ones where one out of six of us will have someone violently attempt to take control of our bodies in our lifetimes.

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Julie Ann Horvath Quits GitHub, Citing Harrassment

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 7 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "From TechCrunch: The exit of engineer Julie Ann Horvath from programming network GitHub has sparked yet another conversation concerning women in technology and startups. Her claims that she faced a sexist internal culture at GitHub came as a surprise to some, given her former defense of the startup and her internal work at the company to promote women in technology."
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Biologist fits sharks with lasers

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Marine biologist Luke Tipple mounts 50 milliwatt S3 Krypton lasers to lemon sharks to study shark movements in the water. "Tipple said that clipping the laser onto the dorsal fin and flipping on the laser was easy, although the shark didn’t like it when Tipple first attached the clamp. He said a few seconds later 'it returned to normal behavior.'""
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