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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Shortguy881 Re:Boy toy (727 comments)

The hormones testosterone and estrogen have a direct effect on cognitive behavior. Countless studies have been performed around this, and it just seems to be common knowledge men and women think differently. One study of note, marked the differences between genetic abnormalities XXX and YY chromosomes. People with either of these have a substantial increase in estrogen and testosterone, respectively.Those with excess testosterone tend to be more aggressive and overtly hostile while those with excess estrogen, more nurturing and empathetic.

Now neither of these play into cognitive ability, but they are a clear difference in the way these two groups think. There are always outliers to a group so this doesn't fit 100% of people, but my point is a push to have a 50/50 split of the workforce in any industry is idiotic and counter productive. As you said, all people are different and they will find their own calling. We have no need as a society to push people into a category to meet a quota.

yesterday
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Shortguy881 Re:Boy toy (727 comments)

There are obvious cognitive differences between men and women but we as a culture refuse to acknowledge these differences. This stems from decades of civil rights movements toting that everyone is exactly the same. That just isn't true. People are different, but different isn't bad. We should've focused focused on that decades ago and celebrated our differences.

Unfortunately, we've backed ourselves into a corner where even the suggestion that one group of people is different than another is politically incorrect and even taboo.

yesterday
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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

Shortguy881 Re:Why a government site? (119 comments)

I didn't actually reread my post, so before anyone says it (you're*)

2 days ago
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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

Shortguy881 Re:Why a government site? (119 comments)

Your an idiot. Foremost where do you think the government gets money? The people, so its really about saving the tax payers money. If we mandate each car company create their own recall infrastructure and website and support staff, that will drive up the price of automobiles, costing the tax payers money. In this instance, a centralized source of information managed by one group makes more sense instead of duplicating the work over every car manufacturer. Laws that increase costs to tax payers, ie stupid regulations, are a form of taxation.

2 days ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

Shortguy881 Re:'Bout time (173 comments)

Private business? The cable industry is a government backed monopoly.

2 days ago
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3-D Printed "Iron Man" Prosthetic Hands Now Available For Kids

Shortguy881 Re:Intellectual Property (64 comments)

Do you realize Mickey Mouse should have hit the public domain decades ago. The reason we have such shit trademark laws is because of Disney. Every time Mickey comes close to entering the public domain, Disney's lobbyists push to have IP rights extended.

2 days ago
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Companies Genetically Engineer Spider Silk

Shortguy881 Re:Everlasting lingerie products? (82 comments)

Don't hold your breath. Spider Goat was created 4 years ago. Really this whole article is out of date. Angela Shah must've been sleeping the last decade.

Whats worse and not even mentioned in the article is that only a handful of spiders produce silk stronger than steel. The ones whose genes were spliced into the goat and silk worm produce a weaker silk. Maybe it was the easiest set of genes to isolate but it was useless as the silk only had a fraction of the strength of steel.

about a week ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

Shortguy881 Re:oil discovery = terraforming (219 comments)

I laughed when I saw this. Then I laughed harder when I saw it was modded +5 informative. All those martian plants are a pain to keep alive, and I thought roses were bad.

about a week ago
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Genes Don't Just Predict Intelligence, But Also How Well You Do In School

Shortguy881 Re:Genes don't just (154 comments)

Better than the current system of letting them bread as much as they want and then paying them for it. We are actually incentivizing the poor and uneducated to have more babies.

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

Shortguy881 Re:His Peace Prize will solve everything (425 comments)

On the first point, he should have flat out declined the award. He did nothing to earn it. He could have given a very moving speech on how he was going to earn it over the next four years and at that time, he would accept it. I think his acceptance of the award shows his level of naivety; that his mere presence in the white house would fix the worlds problems.

On the second point, he has kept every policy of Bush except health care and that went smashingly. The increased debt over his two terms, the increased number of military engagements overseas, the totalitarian police state that has formed in the US, the more broken healthcare system, are this mans legacy.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re: I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (981 comments)

That is correct except when Im not looking solely at the GDP for the manufacturing industry. My original comment is that we as a nation are shifting away from manufacturing. That means it is comparative to all other industries in the US. For comparing things that are pieces of a whole, statistics dictates we use percentages. Thus, compared to all other industries in the US, manufacturing has gone down.

Showing this another way, the manufacturing workforce has halved from 1953 to today, while the population has doubled. That means fare fewer people total, and as a percentage of jobs per industry, are working in manufacturing.

about three weeks ago
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My toy collection is ...

Shortguy881 Re:Non-existent. I'm not a child. (209 comments)

I used to play with matchbox cars as a kid. Now my sports car is my biggest toy.

No matter what the poll says, Im still counting it as a toy.

about three weeks ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

Shortguy881 Re:Gladwell (192 comments)

His work can be considered thought provoking at best, and I'd attribute that to his excellent writing ability. However, he seems to have a high schoolers grasp on the subjects he writes about. None of his bold creative ideas are at all founded in fact. He seems to come in with a preconceived notion of the world and then finds anecdotes to support it.

I was fairly disappointed after reading several of his books when I did follow up research. Every time, I came up empty handed for hard, scientific evidence of his claims.

As a side note, this idea of 10,000 hours is different. There are studies on its successfulness to some degree. Its also worth noting Gladwell didn't come up with this idea. Its attributed to a 1993 paper written by Anders Ericsson, Professor at the University of Colorado, called "The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance."

about three weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Shortguy881 Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

You seem to be hung up on Dawkins and Russell almost with religious conviction. By definition agnosticism and atheism are two different things. Just because a few philosophers make an opposing argument doesn't make it an infallible point of view.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Shortguy881 Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

Ah, I see you must be an avid Dawkins fan. Did I step on your toes there? Seems I may have with all the name calling.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Shortguy881 Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

The talk is labeled Militant Atheism. Militant - combative and aggressive in support of a political or social cause, and typically favoring extreme, violent, or confrontational methods.His fervor seems to fit that definition.

All of those examples are ludicrous and have no baring in an intellectual discussion. Saying that because I'm agnostic I have to believe a tea pot is floating around mars is childish. Let me use some quick little logic on that. Through empirical evidence of explored planets, tea pots seem to be a uniquely human invention, ie nature doesn't tend to make tea pots on its own. As people have yet to go to mars or send tea pots to it, we can safely conclude there isn't a tea pot in orbit there.

That being said, you are considering modern religions in your argument for atheism. Something like the bible has no chance of being real, just like our tea pot. I like to think about God in a more philosophical/abstract way. For example, what came before the big bang? What set time and space into motion? Deism lends itself to the idea of something beyond our current comprehension set everything in motion. They call it god. I think of it as a nice thought experiment.

As a final note, Atheism uses the absence of evidence as proof where as Agnosticism does not. Logically, that makes Agnosticism a nobler pursuit.

about 1 month ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

Shortguy881 Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (392 comments)

Why yes I do. I also seem to be in the small minority of people with intelligence and common sense. First of all, universal health insurance is a scam. Insurance is a shared risk pool so putting people with preexisting conditions into that pool to be covered just hurts everyone else. If you want the government to treat people with preexisting conditions go ahead and do so, but don't bring in an additional layer of bureaucracy for no good reason.

Furthermore, people seem to not understand healthcare is a scarce resource. That means not everyone can be treated for everything. The resources need to be divided amongst the population. Socialized medicine puts control of this decision into the hands of politicians. I'll tell you how that plays out: first, politicians get the best healthcare because "good of the country" or some such excuse; second, constituents of the loudest politicians get the next best care, because they need their supporters to live long healthy lives.

Our system is already corrupt and in need of a good overhaul. Unfortunately, socialized medicine was the wrong move as it will just lead to more corruption.

about 1 month ago

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