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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

germansausage Re:Open Source Integrated email/calendar/phones/et (572 comments)

Alas, no. I hate M$ as much as the next geek, but I have to admit there is nothing like that. There are all sorts of open source mail clients and some calendar tools and IM clients, and some will connect to an Exchange server, but sadly, nothing open source can touch MS Outlook + Lync. Individual products have some of the functionality, but nothing has it all, and nothing has it integrated like MS. Doesn't seem like an itch that the open source devs want to scratch.

4 days ago

Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)

germansausage Re:The new and improved buggy whip (109 comments)

All broadcast TV in North America must be captioned. Pre-recorded shows can be captioned in advance. Anything live, news, sports, award shows, current events shows etc are all captioned live and in real-time using steno. While you are watching the show, someone with a steno machine is watching the same broadcast and transcribing it live. The steno goes to a computer that translates it to English, and then by modem or vpn to the studio's caption encoder and on to the tv. A small but thriving industry.

about two weeks ago

Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

germansausage Re:Ingrates (261 comments)

Rent control? No wonder there is a shortage of affordable housing.

about two weeks ago

Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

germansausage Re:SF Rents (261 comments)

Do what my friends did. (not SF but another city where single family homes can cost over $1 mil). Three of them pooled their savings, put 10% down on an older larger house. It's at the fringes of a gentrifying area, not far from downtown. They live in the basement, and rent out the upstairs. The rent pays over half the mortgage. In a year or two they will have enough equity to put a down payment on another house. Moral of the story - pay yourself rent, not a landlord.

about two weeks ago

Injecting Liquid Metal Into Blood Vessels Could Help Kill Tumors

germansausage Re:Coley's Toxins? (111 comments)

Liquid Metal --- Cyanide.
One of these things is not like the other.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

germansausage Re:I guess they won't need any more foreign Visas? (383 comments)

Are programmers willing to work for $45/hr? Then that is what they are worth. Did you think the laws of supply and demand don't apply to you (you precious thing)?

about a month ago

Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

germansausage Buy some? (159 comments)

Or, you could just go to the store and buy some.
Guy from Seattle

about a month ago

NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever

germansausage Re:Amen man (146 comments)

Nasa 2014 - about $18 billion
Iraq + Afghanistan - $4 to $6 trillion
So about 200 to 300 times more for the war than what NASA gets this year.

about a month and a half ago

Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

germansausage Re:Good? (273 comments)

What Taxi owners enjoy is a system of "Supply Management". It artificially creates scarcity, eliminates competition and keeps prices high. The owners of the medallions make a fortune, the taxi drivers make less than minimum wage, and the consumer gets a bunch of problems including waiting far too long for cabs at peak times (bars close or cruise ships arrive). As with many things done with good intentions and counter to market forces it has the opposite effect of what you claim is intended.

about 2 months ago

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

germansausage Re:The central tenet of atheism (1330 comments)

No. Wrong.
Not believing in a deity (because perhaps you see no convincing evidence of one) means that one possible explanation - "God made everything" is rejected. There are any number of other possible explanations of how the universe came into existence, and you might choose one based on observation and evidence rather than faith. Or do you think that belief and faith are the same thing?

about 2 months ago

Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

germansausage Re:Burn the heretics! (567 comments)

Anthropocentric global warming is being forced down our throats. But not in the way you meant.

about 2 months ago

Expedia To Accept Bitcoin

germansausage Re:bitcoin has to much fluctuation for them to hol (87 comments)

1. "bitcoin has too much fluctuation for them to hold it" - correct
2. Do you want to show up at the hotel and be told you have to pay more to make up the short fall - What shortfall? See #1.

about 2 months ago

Brownsville SpaceX Space Port Faces More Regulatory Hurdles

germansausage Re:Non News (78 comments)

Mod the hell up and close the thread. Not much left to say.

about 2 months ago

Solar Impulse 2 Makes First Flight

germansausage Re:Bravo! (34 comments)

Windmills do not work that way. Good night.

about 3 months ago

Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

germansausage Re:I call bullshit: "No such thing as 'rape cultur (1198 comments)

"When women are paid less then men for the same work" - Where are these women? I want to hire them. If they will do the same work as men for less money, I am going to replace all the men that work for me with these women. Any sensible employer would do the same.

about 3 months ago

Mental Illness Reduces Lifespan As Much as Smoking

germansausage Re:so true :| (192 comments)

Mod way up. I have a relative who has moderately severe schizophrenia. Unable to make good decisions is exactly what this condition causes. Add in some paranoid delusions and you have a person who seems perfectly ok (on a good day) but is utterly incapable of functioning in society.

about 3 months ago

China May Build an Undersea Train To America

germansausage Re:What an idea (348 comments)

You just listed the long term goal. The immediate goals of a terrorist act is to cause terror and to provoke a disproportionate reprisal. The reprisals helps further radicalize people and help recruit more members. I think they succeed on all 3 short term goals. As for the long term goals, the war isn't over yet.

about 3 months ago

An MIT Dean's Defense of the Humanities

germansausage Re:I started with a Humanities Degree (264 comments)

The problem is Engineers can read and write but Artsies can't do math.
My engineering degree required 5 full-year Arts courses along with all the math science and engineering. These were the same courses that students in the faculty of Arts took. Writing a coherent essay is something anybody should be able to do,
On the other hand, how do you teach even beginning level engineering classes to someone who last took math and science in the 10th grade. Even if you dumbed it down for the Artsies, first year physics for example, without trig and calculus would be impossible. Chem 100 without Chem 11 and 12?

about 4 months ago



Math Gender Gap is Cultural Not Biological

germansausage germansausage writes  |  more than 2 years ago

germansausage (682057) writes "A new study was published today in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, looking at data from 86 countries, to test the "greater male variability hypothesis" as the primary reason for the scarcity of outstanding women mathematicians. It concludes that cultural and not biological factors are the chief causes of the gap in math skills between men and women"
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