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

ceoyoyo Re:Women prefer male bosses (387 comments)

I'm not the AC that replied to you. I'm really not a fan of your discussion style so I wasn't going to reply, but I'm also not a fan of the AC's post and I don't really want to be given credit for it.

You'll note that what I said in my post is that single sex groups, of BOTH persuasions, are probably suboptimal. I DID provide you with a NASA review of quite a few scientific studies that suggest that. I recall a study that looked at long term isolated group cohesiveness that found that all-female groups had some significant long term drawbacks. I don't have time to look it up for your pleasure, so yes, it's an anecdote as far as this discussion is concerned.

There are very real differences between sexes besides the obvious physical ones. The politically correct argument is that they are the result of cultural conditioning. It seems unlikely that all differences are due to the environment, although natural tendencies might be exaggerated that way. The majority of the differences are fairly small, smaller than person to person variability. Trying to evaluate individuals based on subtle group-level differences is a pretty stupid thing to do.

If you read carefully, that report I linked for you reviews several studies that suggest men and women approach problems, and generally work, in slightly different ways, and that those differences tend to complement each other. That agrees with the increases in cohesiveness, productivity and performance that is typically found in mixed versus single sex groups, despite the drawbacks.

11 hours ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

ceoyoyo Re:Women prefer male bosses (387 comments)

I don't have it at hand unfortunately, thus the "IIRC". If you find it, please post it so I can write it down though. As a starting point, I'm pretty sure it was posted on Slashdot a few years ago, possibly around the time that astronaut went nuts and road tripped across the US in a diaper to confront another astronaut she had a thing with.

This (http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4411.pdf) report suggests that mixed groups are likely more productive and cohesive than all-male groups. It doesn't mention all female groups though.

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

ceoyoyo Re:Food is not the limiting factor (387 comments)

I'd worry about the unfinished sentence, lack of punctuation and random capitalization before ambiguities that are quite adequately resolved by context.

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

ceoyoyo Re:Women prefer male bosses (387 comments)

NASA has done long duration studies of groups with various sex compositions. IIRC, all male groups work well. Not surprisingly, since most militaries and NASA itself has lots of experience with those. Mixed groups do even better, although there can be problems with sex and jealousy. All female groups were unstable long term.

2 days ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

ceoyoyo Re:Wow (429 comments)

Excuses. They are inconsiderately using a large amount of a particular resource.

This guy is DOSing other people using a vulnerability in a routing protocol to impersonate people he doesn't like and intercept their traffic. I hope you can see the difference between those two things.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

ceoyoyo Re:bandwidth isn't the problem (429 comments)

The issue is that this guy is using a security weakness in a network protocol to redirect the traffic of users he doesn't like to himself. I'm sure you've heard the idea that the ends don't justify the means?

Should hotels, coffee shops and other "public" wifi providers use better APs? Probably. Should APs in general be made better? Likely. Should bittorrent users be more considerate? Yes. Is this guy an asshole committing crimes on other people's networks in his own self-interest? Absolutely.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

ceoyoyo Wow (429 comments)

Other people are using a *public* wifi connection you're connected to, using some of the bandwidth you feel you're entitled to, so you attack them with a cache poisoning exploit?

Hopefully you do this to someone who can hit back. Or just get arrested.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

ceoyoyo Re:Not BASIC (547 comments)

How is a high level interpreted language "basics"?

We'll all eventually decide assembly programming is best.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

ceoyoyo Re:Scripting language du jour (547 comments)

The best thing about Python is Cython. You can use all the nice bits of Python and then when you want something to run fast you can write some C code and just use it.

I often use Python to help write C where standard debuggers don't cut it. Need to graph something or display an image to debug your algorithm? No problem. And when you're done, you have Python wrappers as a bonus.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

ceoyoyo Re:Scripting language du jour (547 comments)

R is going strong because there isn't really an alternative. It's a pretty horrible language, but that part is copied from something else (SPlus).

Python is much the same. R evolved to replace things like SAS, which are expensive, proprietary and clunky for research. Python got adopted to replace MatLab, which is expensive, proprietary and can be clunky for many kinds of research. In both cases, there's a lot of ancillary stuff that needs to work well - plotting, signal and image processing, interfaces to peripherals, databases, etc. In science, whatever most people choose is going to become dominant and stay that way until there's a good reason to switch.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

ceoyoyo Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (547 comments)

So, here's my problem with whitespace being syntactically significant ... everybody likes to see code with different levels of indent. There isn't one "naturally readable" way which everybody agrees on. And then suddenly you have a language which says "we're all stuck with whatever the whiniest coder wants".

Use tabs. Set your tab stop to however many spaces you like. There you go. As a bonus, I can read your code with my preferred level of indent as well.

One of the few things that irritates me about Python is the PEP that suggests you should use spaces for whitespace.

about two weeks ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

ceoyoyo Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

Well, Holonyak just made a red version of existing IR LEDs, so giving him the prize would be doing the same thing to the IR LED inventors.

about two weeks ago
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Artificial General Intelligence That Plays Video Games: How Did DeepMind Do It?

ceoyoyo Re:machine learning is optimization (93 comments)

I'm not sure what acceptable support is, which is one of the reasons I'd like to hear whether you have any actual foundation for your argument.

There are a few learning strategies that animals, including humans, have been observed to use. One is mimicry, which has been demonstrated in primates (just recently for the first time by macaques in the wild), where one animal watches another perform a task then imitates it. Another is reinforcement learning, where an animal becomes more likely to demonstrate a given behaviour due to a positive outcome, or less likely due to a negative one. The general theme is learning through repetition and some form of positive and negative feedback.

Both of those learning strategies have been demonstrated by programs.

You seem to be implying that humans somehow learn differently than programs because the program is "programmed" and we're not. Do you have anything to support that assertion, besides "it's blatantly obvious to anyone with technical experience?" There's fairly good evidence that we've been "programmed" very effectively, and quite beyond what most of us would like to believe, by evolution.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

ceoyoyo Re:Doesn't really matter! (316 comments)

He said modern language.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

ceoyoyo Re:Ars Technica speculates? (208 comments)

The GPL v4:

You may not modify, distribute, publish, compile, share, view or in any other way make use of this source code without the express written permission of Richard M. Stallman. This is for the protection of your freedoms, comrade!

about three weeks ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

ceoyoyo Re:Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

Open source is pretty IRRELEVANT to the average user. They want something that lets them run Word and look at Facebook. To anybody with the technical ability to make use of the source, the open parts of OS X are the important ones. Not having the source code to your window manager isn't the end of the world. For example, this situation - the vulnerability is in the open source part, so you can go ahead and patch it yourself.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

ceoyoyo Re:Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

It's a stupid statement anyway. OS X is partly open source and partly closed. The bug is in the open source bit. So just download a patched version of bash, compile it, and install. Problem solved, just like you could do with any open source OS. People have even written a bunch of scripts to do the whole thing for you.

about three weeks ago
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How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

ceoyoyo Re:I am no dr. but come on! (107 comments)

That's what the giant samurai robot was for.

about three weeks ago

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Martian Volcanoes May Not Be Extinct

ceoyoyo ceoyoyo writes  |  about 7 years ago

ceoyoyo writes "The Tharsis volcanoes on Mars show evidence they may have erupted within the last two million years and may still be dormant, not extinct. The three volcanoes also show evidence of erupting in a chain, much like the Hawaiian islands, with the southernmost showing the oldest lava flows and the northernmost the youngest. On Earth chains of volcanoes are produced when the crust moves over a magma plume in the mantle. On Mars, since there is no tectonic activity, the researchers theorized that the magma plumes themselves move under the fixed crust."
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