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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

Market efficiency isn't the only factor that controls markets. Animal spirits, remember?

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

The latest recession was never called the mancession.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re: Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

Actually I think you'll find that I didn't weigh in on average, hourly, or per-capita wages. In brief:

1/2) Women are variously underemployed and underpaid (this is observational) due to a complex web of social, cultural, economic, and other factors, including but not limited to normative gender roles and opportunities for childcare (the accepted concensus)
3) Is my hypothesis to explain the exceptions, local as they are in time and space. There does seem to be a surge in female employment when traditionally patriarchal societies become capitalistic; indeed, I've heard it argued that the garment factories of Asia are inadvertently driving female emancipation because they're hoovering up all of the cheap female labour that couldn't get into stereotypically male jobs, and those women are then becoming independent.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma watson's speech (590 comments)

Wouldn't the logical inference from that be that men in technologically advanced, socially developed Western societies deserve at least some proportion of feminist women?

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

1) I wasn't aware that Emma Watson was blaming men.
2) There's no logical path from "both sides are at fault" to "one side needs to do this first before the other side needs to address it".
3) You've not actually substantiated your premise, but I'm going to let that slide because the downstream arguments are more interesting.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

I'm sorry you clearly can't tell I'm taking the piss out of a position that you advanced earlier.

Yes, the "women first" bias in the UK court system's awards of custody certainly needs to be addressed. If people who claimed to stand up for men's rights spent their time addressing these issues and not nit-picking feminists we'd probably have that licked by now.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

No doubt. I'm talking in very, very broad strokes here.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

Yes, and? 98% and 99% are both vast majorities, but that's the difference between 200 million people getting the short end of the stick and 100 million people getting the short end of the stick.

You might as well say "the vast majority of people live past reproductive age" and say that we can pack in modern medicine.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

Yes, and that's one of the ideas that keeps coming up: it's not a men-vs-women issue, anyone can hold these problematic preconceptions about women's roles in society.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

I don't know. I will say that men have exactly the same opportunities when it comes to being convicted of sexual assault, so what is there to complain about? The law's perfectly even-handed, and it'd be churlish to ask for special treatment because of one's gender. :)

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

There's a difference between men who believe in men's rights, and the Men's Rights Movement. Unfortunately it's the latter who are allowed to control the issues.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

Oh, I'm not female. I do, however, work in an environment where I'm having to think carefully about how childcare needs can be balanced with future career prospects. People drop out all the time and it's not because they choose to.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

The logical answer is that gender-biased hiring patterns are overriding the market's inherent rational balancing mechanisms. I mean, clearly it's not the free hand of the market making the call if you have an inequality that disadvantages both one group and market efficiency, while acting to the advantage of another group.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

Inequality that disfavours men is because of a set of social norms and conventions around gender that need to be challenged by men and women alike. That's what the modern feminist movement is about, no?

As opposed to the whole Men's Rights movement which seems to be dedicated to opposing introspection and protecting established norms at all costs.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

Yes, nobody has ever thought to adjust for hours worked and wonder if the issue was underemployment of women. It's not like that's one of the major issues that employment equality is concerned with right now.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

If only there was some sort of cultural moment dedicated to changing the perception and social role of women. We could call it "feminism".

(Improved childcare opportunities are one of the great equality demands in the sciences right now. You're on a different side than you realise.)

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

Well, yes. That's what you tend to see in societies where one group or another is underpaid - in economic crises, they're more heavily employed because they're cheaper. In the US it's illegal immigrants due to a reluctance to establish wage laws for migrant workers; in the UK it's young workers because our minimum wage adjusts with age; I guess in Romania there's enough of a wage discrepancy that businesses could cash in.

In crystallography circles, there's a slightly higher percentage of women than in other chemistry fields. The story is that one of the early pioneers needed to stretch his research budget and he was allowed to pay women less, so he hired more.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Sockatume Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

I'm sorry but you clearly don't have even the first bit of experience in the field if that's what you believe.

about a week ago

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New, large iPhones showing propensity to bend under pressure

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about a week ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "Apple's new thin-but-wide iPhones 6 require more space in users' pockets. Perhaps more space than is available, as owners are reporting that their phones are subtly but permanently bending after several hours of ordinary sitting, even when stored in a front rather than back pocket. The issue was noted occasionally on the previous aluminium models, the iPhone 5 and 5S; earlier handsets and most competitors' models are made of steel or plastic. Apple commentator John Gruber proffers that affected owners "need looser pants"."
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Apple tastefully edits iPhone 6's protruding camera out of official photos

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about two weeks ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "If you've been browsing Apple's site, eagerly awaiting the iPhone 6 launch, you might've noticed something a little odd. Apple has edited the handset's protruding camera out of every single side-on view of the handset. (The camera is, necessarily, retained for images showing the back of the device.) The absence is particularly conspicuous given the number of side views Apple uses to emphasise the device's thin-ness; perhaps they felt that the camera was an unslightly blemish upon the device's clean, elegant lines."
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Minecraft developers Mojang sold to Microsoft for $2.5 Bn, founders to depart

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about two weeks ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "Mojang, the developers of the extraordinarily popular Minecraft game, have confirmed rumours that they will be bought by Microsoft. Minecraft creator Marcus Persson will be leaving the company, along with co-founders Jakob Porser and Carl Manneh. The sale was motivated in part by the pressure and responsibility placed upon Persson by the game's unexpected success. The details of the deal have yet to be settled, but Microsoft has agreed that the game will not become an exclusive to their platforms and will continue to be developed and supported on other formats."
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How Shark Weeks screws scientists

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "The Verge has an article on Discovery's hugely successful Shark Week, discussing how the increasing sensationalist special event misrepresents science and exploits nature and local history for shock value. Scientists who appeared in and were misrepresented by the channel's programming are beginning to encourage their peers to stay away from the Discovery network, which stands by the programming's viewing figures."
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Outlook grim for orbiting Russian zero-G sex geckos

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about 2 months ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "Lee Hutchison at Ars Technica reports with sadness that a mission which would study the effects of freefall on lizard reproduction has gone awry. Due to control failures, it not be possible to return the capsule and its menagerie of experimental life forms to Earth. Data collection is still possible, meaning that the creatures' sacrifice will not be in vain."
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Google confirms indie musicians must join streaming service or be removed

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about 3 months ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "In a statement to the Financial Times and reported by the BBC, Google has confirmed that it will remove the music videos of independent artists unless they sign up to its upcoming subscription music service. Many independent musicians and labels have refused to do so, claiming that the contracts offer significantly worse deals than the likes of Spotify and Pandora, and that Google is unwilling to negotiate on the rates it offers artists. A Google spokesperson indicated that the company could start removing videos within days."
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Google using Youtube threat as leverage for cheaper streaming rights

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about 4 months ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "According to a press release issued by WIN, a group representing independent musicians, Google is threatening to de-list musicians' videos from YouTube if they do not agree to the terms for its unannounced streaming music service. The template contracts issued to musicians are described as "undervalued" relative to other streaming services, and are not open for negotiation. The press release was issued by WIN but rescinded when Google agreed to further discussions; The Associated Free Press and The Guardian have published stories based on that original release."
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Climate scientist distances himself from "suppression" story

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about 4 months ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "Prof Lennart Bengtsson of the University of Reading, who made waves last week by comparing the environment in climate research to McCarthy-era America, has distanced himself from the Times story that popularised his remarks. In a statement, Prof. Bengtsson explains: "I do not believe there is any systematic 'cover-up' of scientific evidence on climate change or that academics' work is being 'deliberately suppressed', as the Times front page suggests. I am worried by a wider trend that science is gradually being influenced by political views. Policy decisions need to be based on solid fact. I was concerned that the Environmental Research Letters reviewer's comments suggested his or her opinion was not objective or based on an unbiased assessment of the scientific evidence.""
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Climate journal publishes referees' report in response to "witch-hunt" claims

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about 4 months ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "The resignation of Prof. Lennart Bengtsson from an anti-global-warming think tank has triggered widespread outrage in the British tabloids, with the University of Bristol Professor blaming his departure on a "witch-hunt" environment amongst climate scientists and the rejection of one of his papers. The UK's Times quotes a passage from the reviewer comments in support of this, in which it is claimed that the paper was rejected for being "unhelpful to their cause". In response, that journal's publisher has taken the rare step of publishing the referees' report in full. The report describes Bengtsson's paper as a "simplistic comparison of ranges from AR4, AR5, and Otto et al [data sets], combined with the statement they they are inconsistent", "where no consistency was to be expected in the first place" and therefore is not publishable research. The referee adds a number of possible areas of discussion which would allow Bengtsson to make the same data into a publishable paper, but warns that publishing it in its current state "opens the door for oversimplified claims of errors and worse from the climate sceptics media "."
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Skepticism grows over claims that MH370 lies in the Bay of Bengal

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about 5 months ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "The latest episode of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Mediawatch program addresses GeoResonance's claims to have found the lost Malasia Airlines MH370 in the Bay of Bengal. They attribute the company's sudden prominence to increasing desperation amongst the press. Meanwhile, the Metabunk web site has been digging into the people and technology behind GeoResonance and its international siblings, finding noted pseudoscientist Vitaly Gokh and a dubious variation on Kirlian photography."
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Did GeoResonance locate MH370 using "spirit photography"?

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about 5 months ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "GeoResonance has leapt into the papers this week having claimed to have found missing flight MH370 in the Bay of Bengal. The Australian company claims to perform prospecting and munitions searches using secret Russian technology, with a web site boasting that they can "carry out a search for any substance". A recent press release clarifies that their technique "analyses super-weak electromagnetic fields captured by airborne multispectral images". However if you search for the patents listed on the company's site, Ukranian no. 35122 and 86496, you'll find the research described as a "method of radiation and chemical processing of analogue aerospace photographs" which closely resembles old-fashioned Kirlian photography. This process is well-known in the paranormal community, where it is used to take images of spirits and auras. Look up the writer on that second piece and you'll find him explicitly selling the technology as Kirlian-derived. You'll also find other companies in Eastern Europe selling technology ostensibly based on the same patents or other Kirlian techniques."
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Indie Game Jam show collapses due to interference from "Pepsi Consultant"

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about 5 months ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "Would you like to see a half-million-dollar TV show in which four teams of indie developers and Youtube personalities compete to create amazing videogames? Tough luck, because GAME_JAM from Maker Studios has spectacularly imploded. Although a lot could go wrong with this kind of show, the blame isn't being levelled at game developer egos or project mismanagement but the heroic efforts of one Matti Leshem, a branding consultant brought in for Pepsi. After imposing Mountain Dew branding rules that even banned coffee from the set, his efforts to build a gender divide amongst the teams culminated in the competitors downing their tools and the projection collapsing. Accounts from Adriel Wallick, Zoe Quinn, and Robin Arnott are also available."
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Italian researchers demonstrate "powerloader" suit

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about 7 months ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "Researchers in Italy have demonstrated a powered exoskeleton that can lift 50kg with each hand, as demonstrated in video with the BBC. The "body extender" from the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa has been developed for applications like disaster relief, and is just one of many strength-augmenting systems being developed for use in rescue, military, and medical applications. While neither the researchers nor the BBC make the comparison to the Powerloader in the movie "Aliens", I mean come on, look at it."
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MtGox files for bankruptcy protection, confirms rumours

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about 7 months ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "The beleaguered MtGox bitcoin exchange has officially filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo, as reported in various news sources via AFP. According to the Wall Street Journal (paywalled; see The Verge for re-reporting) Bitcoin held an impromptu press conference that addressed recent rumours. They state that they have over $60m in liabilities against just $30m in assets, and confirm the loss of over $500m worth of Bitcoins, split between customers' balances (750,000 BTC) and company assets (100,000 BTC)."
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Google Apps licence unsurprisingly forbids forking, promotes Google services

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about 8 months ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "If you want to ship a phone with Google's apps on it, you need to licence them. A copy of the OEM licencing agreement from 2011 was recently leaked, and Ars Technica provides a summary. Amongst the rules: a company licencing Google Apps can't act in a way that would fragment Android, but must also maintain the platform's open-ness; most of Google's services must be included; Google apps must be defaults, and placed within a couple of clicks of the default home screen. No surprises but it's interesting to see the details laid out."
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Zynga purchases mobile game/animation tech firm NaturalMotion

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about 8 months ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "Zynga, the controversial Facebook and mobile games firm, have announced that they are to acquire NaturalMotion for $527m in cash and equity. Zynga hope that their acquisition's successful brands and development software will reverse their own post-Facebook decline, announcing 15% job losses within Zynga in the same statement. UK-based NaturalMotion made its name in animation technology (used in Grand Theft Auto 4 and Bioshock Infinite), and published sports and horse-related iPhone games until it acquired CSR Racing developer Boss Alien in 2012. Despite the acquisition, the company will continue to publish games under its own name."
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Great Firewall of UK blocks game patch because of substring matches

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about 8 months ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "Remember the fun of spurious substring matches, AKA the Scunthorpe problem? The UK's advanced "intelligent" internet filters do. Supposedly the country's great new filtering regime has been blocking a patch for League of Legends because some of the filenames within it include the substring "sex". Add one to the list of embarrassing failures for the nation's new mosaic of opt-out censorship systems, which have proven themselves incapable of distinguishing between abusive sites and sites for abuse victims, or sites for pornography versus sites for sexual and gender minorities."
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Obama's NSA snooping changes will transfer oversight to FISA courts

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about 8 months ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "President Obama will announce later today that although the NSA's data collection operations will continue, the actual information will be moved to a new "private entity". The NSA and other security agencies will then need permission from the FISC, also known as the "FISA Court", to access it. That body, which famously snooped upon Verizon's entire call database, will then evaluate whether access should be granted."
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NSA collects full text of 200m SMS messages per day

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about 8 months ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "Leaked documents from GCHQ, the British intelligence agency, indicate that the NSA has been accumulating a database of the full text of SMS messages, so that they can be mined for personally identifying information, travel plans, bank information, and the like. The archive targets the population in general rather than known suspects, a feature that GCHQ highlights as a major advantage."
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Secret Italian stem-cell treatment protocol leaked; concerns raised about safety

Sockatume Sockatume writes  |  about 9 months ago

Sockatume (732728) writes "Secret documents evaluating the stem-cell treatment offered by Italy's Stamina Foundation have been leaked to the journal Nature. The reports raise concerns about the failure to screen for pathogens, that the procedure disagrees with fundamental stem-cell science, and that parts of the clinical protocol were copied directly from Wikipedia. The leak also includes the extensive gagging clauses placed upon those evaluating the treatment's efficacy."

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