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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

germansausage Re:Good news, actually (561 comments)

The Big Bang is highly questionable and politicized? How so?

2 days ago

Java 8 Officially Released

germansausage Bundled Crapware? (302 comments)

Does it still come bundled with Crapware? Why can't Oracle just put a bullet into whoever signed the deal with Ask.com, and start behaving like a big software company again?

about a month ago

All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

germansausage All the same here (427 comments)

I have 2 junior engineers and 2 engineers-in-training working for me. One of each sex (like Noah's Ark really) and men and women in each job class are paid the same. I have one senior guy who is paid more, but he has 25 years in the field and a lot more knowledge and skills.

about 1 month ago

Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution

germansausage Re:N95 (156 comments)

Get a good mask. I use something like this https://www.acklandsgrainger.c... . It has big cartridges, silicone rubber face mask and a decent exhaust port. The right cartridges will protect you from just about anything and you can wear it all day.

On the other hand, it's probably not "Medically approved".

about 2 months ago

Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution

germansausage Professionally fitted??WTF (156 comments)

The author has never worn a mask or they wouldn't be spouting such nonsense. Professionally fitted? They usually come in small, medium and large. Pick the right one. They need to make a good seal on your face, so lose the beard if you really need a good seal.Other than that, keep them snug enough so that when you inhale, the air enters through the filter cartridges and not through leaks around the mask. Because the filters slightly restrict airflow the mask tends to pull in tighter as you inhale. Uncomfortable? I guess comfort is a personal thing, but I've worn a half mask with N95 cartridges all damn day without too much discomfort. It sure beats hacking up drywall dust for the next 3 days.

about 2 months ago

US War Machine Downsizing?

germansausage Re:Makes sense. Its just the Army. (506 comments)

When I heard the joke it was a Marine telling it. It ended with " ...and the Marine just sat quietly, stirring the ashes with his dick."

about 2 months ago

Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

germansausage Re:What's wrong with young? (357 comments)

You always want what you don't have. People never change.

about 2 months ago

Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

germansausage Re:well i'm reassured! (393 comments)

"beards and turbans for Muslims". ??? Beards and turbans are a fashion accessory for Muslims. For Sikhs, however, they are a religious necessity; part of the Khalsa. Are you mixing up Moslems and Sikhs? Americans often do that. FWIW Sikhs, with turbans,have a long military history and fought with distinction in the British, Indian and Canadian armies. See - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

about 3 months ago

California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

germansausage Re:Dangerous... (399 comments)

In other unionized workplaces they don't call it tenure, they call it seniority, but it amounts to the same thing.

about 3 months ago

California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

germansausage Re:This is a scam (399 comments)

There is no teacher shortage around here. The boomer's kids are all done high school and enrollments have been dropping for a decade. Because of the downturn in 2008 older teachers are working longer or coming back after retirement. New teachers can be on the spare board (1 or 2 days a month) for 3 to 5 years before getting a full time shift. And the universities keep cranking out teachers at the same pace as always.

about 3 months ago

Ball Lightning Caught On Video and Spectrograph

germansausage Re: Error in summary (120 comments)

Interesting theory on the origin of the word gyp, but around here gyp no longer has any trace of that connotation, and is in no way associated with any racial or ethnic slur.

about 3 months ago

Solar Lull Could Cause Colder Winters In Europe

germansausage Re:hard to understand (320 comments)

You forgot the part about the 4 day time cube.

about 3 months ago

Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

germansausage Re: Hello Women. What do you say? (489 comments)

Thanks. I always like to hear actual experiences rather than assume I know what other people are thinking. My daughter got best in school marks in math and science, as well as in fine arts (drawing and painting). I would have been happy if she had decided to go into engineering like me, but I tried to not pressure her in any way. She ended up choosing to study urban planning, which has both hard science and creative and design aspects.

about 3 months ago

Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

germansausage Hello Women. What do you say? (489 comments)

Why don't we ask the women? Survey young women at different stages oh high school and university. Ask them what they would like to have a career in. Maybe ask the smart ones why they chose not to go into CS.

Any women reading slashdot right now who didn't go into CS care to tell us why?

about 3 months ago

How Chris Christie Could Use the NSA Playbook

germansausage Christie in 2016 - how will this play out. (266 comments)

As a non-USA-citizen, I don't have any stake in the outcome, but I'm really curious to see how this affects Christie's run for the White House. Is this a big enough problem to derail his carefully crafted "Pragmatic, bi-partisan, get stuff done" persona, or will it blow over?

My personal take, FWIW, is that he either knew and is lying, or he didn't and is a schmuck because his whole team leadership lied to him for months and he didn't catch on. If I was a voter I would be asking myself, "What if this guy is elected president, and then one day gets mad at me?"

about 3 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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