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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

SecurityTheatre Re:It had better be reliable! (158 comments)

Very few cars made since 1988 do not rely on a single computer (or a group of computers) to run properly.

If you have a problem with computer-controlled cars, you need to keep your 1944 Ford running.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

SecurityTheatre Re:Value (158 comments)

I suspect that will be addressed in the near future.

In the short term, I am OK with gas cars subsidizing electric cars if it encourages more EV powertrain development.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

SecurityTheatre Re:Value (158 comments)

Wait, what?

The entire body is built in a different way. The primary body components are a "sled" with the powertrain and battery packs. This rigid sled makes the vehicle's center of gravity substantially lower than any other vehicle and makes the passenger compartment substantially more rigid. Both of these things result in a much higher safety than any other vehicle on the road.

Second, the vehicle is entirely drive-by-wire, which may scare the luddites, but is really the future of automotive technology.

Third, it's not only the fastest accelerating production care EVER built for under $1 million (and it only costs $95k in that config), but it also had the single highest rating ever given out by "Consumer Reports", last year, beating every single Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Ferrari, Cadillac, etc in their metrics (drivability, comfort, quality, performance, style).

http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/0...

It also received the highest rating ever given to any car by Car & Driver magazine.

It beats the 7-series BMW and the Jaguar S-Type and the Audi A8 on a level playing field.

"a Ford Fusion"

LOL

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

SecurityTheatre Re: More feminist bullshit (728 comments)

If you can identify a KKK-like group that is systematically threatening women, by all means, lets go stop them.

If not, i'm confused what the analogy is.

about three weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

SecurityTheatre Re:More feminist bullshit (728 comments)

I don't even know anything about the case you're talking about and I don't care to read about it, but I will say that I address all unsupported accusations, whether from a man, woman, child, monkey, dolphin or all-knowing sky fairy... with a grain of salt and a query to show me the evidence.

A large chunk of crimes reported are false reports. It's not a majority, but it's enough to be scary and justify investigating all accusations carefully.

about three weeks ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

SecurityTheatre Re:Something More Modest (269 comments)

giant blocks of ice lying around

Just making sure you're aware that the ice caps are dry ice (CO2), not water.

about three weeks ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

SecurityTheatre Re:Practice colony in Antarctica first? (269 comments)

enty of water and CO2 on Mars

Citation needed. What is the partial pressure of CO2 on Mars? I'm under the impression it's around 0.05% of Earth. A large gas extraction facility would be required to collect enough CO2 to provide for a modest greenhouse.

I also am under the impression that our best guess is that water is a trace element on Mars. Sure, large scale industrial mining operations could turn up a measurable quantity of water, but I don't think that it's as simple as melting some snow.

about three weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

SecurityTheatre Re:That's a problem we have (561 comments)

That's the thing about IT. Almost all of the best IT people and technologists are self-taught, usually beginning in their teens.

So, if there is a gender diversity issue here, it comes even before finishing University. Possibly even before STARTING University.

I applaud efforts to balance opportunities for everyone, honestly. But I shy away from those efforts that take the form of "giving special treatment to xx group".

It's disheartening to see that approaching 65% of University applicants are now female. IT is an isolated area where there is a huge disparity, but it isn't too much different from other fields, such as education, where it is 80% female. That certainly is a field where there is active discrimination going on, in the other direction.

But placing the blame on IT shops and their hiring managers is misguided and wrong. There are fundamental demographic issues that can't be addressed by short-term fixes and "diversity hiring" programs.

about 3 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

SecurityTheatre Re:How about some real number? (561 comments)

I'm someone who really dislikes affirmative action and "gender equalization", but I wholly support Google's approach here. It's rational and sane, and totally reasonable.

about 3 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

SecurityTheatre Re:55% White (561 comments)

The bulk of Apple's employees are outside California. Apple has almost 80,000 employees, only 10,000 or so are at the corporate headquarters.

Also, Palo Alto and Cupertino are approximately 60% white. You have to drive 2-6 hours to get to many of the areas that are predominately latino.

But regardless of this, more than 70% of Apple's workforce is distributed around the US (outside California) and Western Europe. About 5% are in Asia.

about 3 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

SecurityTheatre Re: nothing to see here (561 comments)

Why is this about minorities? Whites represent almost 70% of the population, when you exclude the deep south. How does 55% white (when the population is 70% white) represent favoritism?

about 3 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

SecurityTheatre Re:Why the backlash? (561 comments)

You are clearly good at your job, then.

It's only white males in the bottom quarter of the pile who would really be affected. The most qualified people (regardless of gender or race) will always have opportunities.

about 3 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

SecurityTheatre Re:It's easy to fix (561 comments)

If I'm only half Dutch, do I only get half a job?

about 3 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

SecurityTheatre Re: Now it's unfair.... (561 comments)

I chuckled. I ran a business with a black friend years ago, and I had to do the opposite. If I gave him my share outright and we made him a 100% owner, we got all sorts of grants and preferential treatment for RFP responses, bonus points on scoring metrics, tax breaks, the works. We opted not to do that, because we wanted to protest the unfair business practice, but we went out of business. You learn. :-(

about 3 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

SecurityTheatre Re:Stupid (561 comments)

How ironic that you chose to try and prove your point by showing a field where men are under-represented and failed to realize the main REASON they are under-represented is because of the sexism of other men !

I don't think this explains much. But of course, it is probably some component. It might also explain why women don't become IT workers, too, no? Other girls look down at those who are loners and spend their evenings tinkering...

Obviously, this is anecdote, but I had two friends who were elementary school teachers who eventually felt SO uncomfortable in their positions that they quit to pursue another career.

The cause what, absolutely NOT, other men. It was the recent social stereotype of "men=predators". Female teachers would play board games with kids during lunch, and have students in their classroom after school, but the men were advised, both through "unspoken" rules, as well as format advice from administrators, that they were not to see kids after class and should never engage in any friendly activities with students.

This attitude of "men=evil" is pervasive in western culture, to the point that men aren't allowed to sit next to unrelated children on many airlines, despite the prevalence of "airplane molestation" being exactly ZERO.

about 3 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

SecurityTheatre Re:That's a problem we have (561 comments)

I'm not the OP, but I wanted to point out a few things.

Unpaid internships are illegal where I live. Also, IT workers can't be "trained from nothing" in a year.

But I've had "entry level" job postings up for several months, requiring nothing but a basic background in computers. You should know what TCP is and how IP packets are routed, at a high level. All other experience is entirely optional.

I have 116 male resumes and 1 female.

70 of the males have extensive experience in the field. 30 are extremely qualified.

What exactly compels me to throw away 116 of the resumes, hire that single poorly qualified female sight-unseen and then spend a year training her, only to have a candidate that is paid the same and still has way less experience than half of my original applicants did?

I don't think you have ANY idea how unequal the experience level is in the field. It's wild.

And for your information, I did hire a woman in our last round. She was very qualified and we're happy to have her. She is one of the higher paid techs, because she's damn good at her job.

But I won't hire some random person with no qualifications, while tossing out 30 qualified applicants, simply because of their gender. That's just a silly business decision.

Also, according to my reading of anti-discrimination laws, I simply CANNOT hire someone unqualified, based solely on their gender. That's illegal. The law is very clear that I cannot "discriminate based on gender", and I could potentially have 30 qualified applicants filing a lawsuit if I trash their applications and hire a completely untrained person instead, based solely on their gender.

Just imagine if it were the opposite and I trashed 30 qualified female applications so that I could hire the sole, unqualified, male? Shitstorm....

about 3 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

SecurityTheatre Re:not just hiring (561 comments)

In my employment, it's strongly prohibited, in some cases, you can be terminated for discussing this.

I make about 30% more than my boss, and 50% more than one of my co-workers with the same job title (who is the same gender and race as I am). It really depends on your value to the business, but it doesn't benefit the business very much to reveal those numbers to everyone.

about 3 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

SecurityTheatre Re:Stupid (561 comments)

The "study" makes this claim:

Given an equal number of candidates of each gender, who are all roughly similar qualifications, when using a strictly competitive process men may be favored, but if women are given a slight inherent advantage and/or competition is not emphasized, it does not appear harm group cooperation in subsequent testing.

Be careful not to go too much further than this with the data given. There is absolutely no performance metric for the outcome, there is no thought of unequal pools of applicants, there is no reference to the relative levels of qualifications. There is no data to support really much of anything, except that "if women are given favor in assessments of an equal-input application process, it doesn't necessarily harm cooperative nature of the resulting team".

The real trick is that in fields like very specialized areas of IT, the applicant pool is 90-95% men (in my last round of hiring. I have 117 resumes, 116 male, 1 female). It really doesn't matter what kind of selection criteria I use, up to and including "hire all women with a pulse", I will still end up with an unequal gender balance.

What kind of changes to the 'competitive process' do you propose?

about 3 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

SecurityTheatre Re:Stupid (561 comments)

Sorry... but... what?

Scientific proof that if you have an equal pool of men and women, that the group "behaves cooperatively", regardless of whether or not women are given a *slight* preference in selection.

Go try hiring in IT. Applicants are 99.95% men. In order to hire even 40% women, you have to hire EVERY SINGLE ONE who applies, sight unseen. And then you get to select the 0.05% of men who are qualified.

If you want to gripe and moan, go train some female IT workers. Seriously. Until then, don't place the blame on corporate HR departments and hiring managers. That's just asinine.

about 3 months ago

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Questions Over Manufactured Votes for European Copyright Reform

SecurityTheatre SecurityTheatre writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SecurityTheatre (2427858) writes "In the European Parliament, important copyright monopoly reforms, that would allow so-called orphaned works to move to the public domain, were voted down 14-against-12 in a committee that should have only 23 possible votes.

That means 26 votes were counted, but only 23 MPs were eligible to vote. With 12 MPs voting in favour of the reforms, that leaves only 11 opposed. Where did the other 3 votes come from?"

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