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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

hawk Re:Bullshit Stats. (495 comments)

There are lots of reasons, ranging from education requited, ease of rentry/exit, flexibility, working conditions, schedule, and many more.

But when you actually control for choices made by worker, experience, education and specialization, and so forth, something like 99% of the difference is explained.

But that makes for boring press releases . . .

hawk, economics professor

5 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

hawk Wrong real question (495 comments)

Speaking as an economic professor . . .

It's not hard to explain why Amazon or any other employer would pay women (or greens, or redheads, or . . ) less. Of course they want to pay less.

What we cannot explain is why on earth they would pay white males more than a purple woman with green hair . . .

doc hawk

5 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

hawk Re:So close, so far (555 comments)

I'm certainly not going to go read a Barbie book (I've had enough after four daughters!).

But it's easy to make a tilted description to feed a story like this.

I once saw a listing for the Wizard of Oz as something to the effect of "A white girl goes to a foreign land, kills the first person she meets, and sets off to kill again." . . .

hawk

about a week ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

hawk Re:The answer is...virtual credit cards (307 comments)

No, they didn't.

Bankamericard didn't change its name to Visa until 1975, when you would have turned 12 or so.

hawk, who remembers the old commercials set to Beethoven

about a week ago
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It's Time To Revive Hypercard

hawk Re:Uh... haven't you heard of LiveCode? (299 comments)

>People quickly grasped how to make a picture or
>button show up on every card or just one. Now, if
>you google "livecode background layers," you're
>likely to get instructions to add a background to a
>single card.

You open the group inspector, and click the "backgroundBehavior" box.

That's it. Done.

hawk

about three weeks ago
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It's Time To Revive Hypercard

hawk Re:For the rest of us (299 comments)

Uhm, how is this different since any other microsoft product since MBASIC 5???

hawk

about three weeks ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

hawk Re:It's the OS, Stupid (252 comments)

Hey, I drive a convertible, you insensitive clod!

hawk

about a month ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

hawk Re:Yosemite (370 comments)

>What really bothers me though is the removal of old
>SMB support (I don't know if it was Mavericks or ML)

That happened because Samba went to gpl3--and Apple holds patents.

Apple would have to fork Samba to keep gpl2.

(yes, I know that the High Church of EMACS insists that there is no risk, but that's for another thread).

hawk

about a month ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

hawk Re:Was this ever anything but a slogan for sheep ? (376 comments)

Saddam thought he had a nuclear weapons program, and paid to support it. The scientists were mostly just bilking him (thus the stuff in the garden, and the refrigerator, and . . . ).

Also, we had a source in his inner circle relaying everything on this. The reason we thought he had a nuclear program is that we knew what he knew, and he thought he had one . . .

I'm waiting for the new slogan of "'Bush Lied People Died' People Lied, People Died" :)

hawk

about a month and a half ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

hawk Re:Oxy-what? (216 comments)

Apparently, the oxy-stuff gets female mice interested in lego! :)

hawk

about a month and a half ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

hawk Re:FP? (942 comments)

Take a look at a Black and Tan.

Which is on the top: the Irish or the British. :)

hawk

about 2 months ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

hawk Re:Simple answer (942 comments)

perhaps the rest of the Common Market would have gone back to the old Roman measure?

A pound (livre/whatever) of silver being divided into 20 units, each of which was divided into 12 pennies was hardly a British development.

hawk

about 2 months ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

hawk Re:FP? (942 comments)

>We have a certain failed Mars probe to prove the case.

You mean the one that slammed into the ground because some idiot used metric units instead of real ones and miscalculated the thrust? :_)

hawk

about 2 months ago
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Earth Gets Another Quasi-Moon

hawk Re:This sounds familar... (54 comments)

Nah, it's just inflation.

Kind of like how a buck used to get you a great burger, but now only the dregs of the menu.

Two enormous rocky-ice things in orbit around one another used to be enough to get you a planet, but no longer . . .

hawk, pretty sure that it's not about a disney trademark . . .

about 2 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

hawk Re:LEDs (602 comments)

The ballast in a CFL can't handle the dimmer.

Its not that you replace the dimmer,but that you need to use "cold cathode" florescent bulbs with them--andin the smaller sizes (candelabra mount), you can't get these (or LED) that are very strong.

My house has been almost completely devoid of incandescent for about ten years--more initially for heat (broken AC in the Vegas desert!) than power.

The only place they're left are in the refrigerator (don't want mercury there if it breaks . . .) and oven (heat). But the socket is bad in the refrigerator, and the oven is dead an needs replacing, leaving only the halogens in the stove hood. Inadequate LEDs in the ceiling fans family & dining room (3 25 watt equiv, all I can find), and just about everythign ese is CFL (and will slowly swap out to LED as they fail)

hawk

about 2 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

hawk Re:Oh good (907 comments)

And even you are understating the matter.

I once represented the general manager of the biggest one of those in town on another matter.

Breakeven is on sale: the down payment is set to what they paid at auction. They sell, collect a few payments, repo, sell again . . .

Their idea of a good car is one they get to sell 3 or 4 times.

hawk, esq.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

hawk Re:Leave the PhD off your CV for a couple of years (479 comments)

>Relatively few people pick up a masters on their way to a doctorate.

Highly dependent upon field. In mine (economics), the masters is a sidestep. In others, its the norm.

And at some schools, there is a payment to the school for each master's awarded, so they're handed out along the way . . /

hawk

about 2 months ago

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hawk hawk writes  |  more than 9 years ago

>(This will go down on your permanent record)

So? I'm a professor--I can make change them!

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