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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

just_common_sense Start with the CEO (561 comments)

According to CEO Tim Cook, he's unhappy with Apple's diversity numbers and says Apple is working to improve them

Simple solution, Mr. Cook... Just suggest to the Apple board that they replace the CEO with a more "diverse" choice. That way you could be a good example instead of putting other people at a disadvantage because of their race or gender.

about three weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

just_common_sense Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (280 comments)

2.X requires Mono if you want to run it on Linux or OSX.

KeePassX 2.0 (only alpha releases so far) uses the 2.X database format and has a native Linux/OS X version. I'm using it myself and don't have mono installed. It does have some nuisances, though... The big one for me is that when you save the database, it changes the file's user/group. Also, I don't think there's browser support yet.

about a month and a half ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

just_common_sense Re:Disable player chat (704 comments)

If you have a "phobia", that generally means you have irrational fear of something. There are plenty of things that I believe are wrong that I don't fear. The belief that smoking is wrong, for instance, doesn't at all imply fumiphobia.

about 5 months ago
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The Cloud: Convenient Until a Stranger Nukes Your Files

just_common_sense Re:Learned to mistrust the cloud with Steam (262 comments)

Sounds like a local problem with your computer, and not some issue with the "cloud". What OS are you running?

about 10 months ago
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SSD Annual Failure Rates Around 1.5%, HDDs About 5%

just_common_sense Re:Hard drives warranty (512 comments)

Make sure you have redundancy and/or backup so that you don't lose your data. Your hard drive will eventually die, so if it lives a long time that simply means that you're going to lose more stuff when it eventually does bite the rust.

about a year ago
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Research Reveals Low Exposure of Excellent Work By Female Scientists

just_common_sense Re:Work is not the most important thing (245 comments)

Well, fellow terrible person, at least you can manage to say something without drawing ire. ;-) This really isn't the best place to have a rational discussion.

about a year ago
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Research Reveals Low Exposure of Excellent Work By Female Scientists

just_common_sense Re:Work is not the most important thing (245 comments)

If it's not nature, then why is the maternal care for young children universal? Not only that, but gender roles occur throughout the animal kingdom, not just in homo sapiens. I don't think it's reasonable to hold the position that gender has zero impact here.

about a year ago
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Research Reveals Low Exposure of Excellent Work By Female Scientists

just_common_sense Re:Work is not the most important thing (245 comments)

OK, I'll clear things up. I agree that it would have been better to say "mothers and fathers", but this discussion is specifically about women, so it wasn't really me who singled out the gender. Now, that being said, I do think that mothers are better caretakers for young children, as I said in my other reply. It's just the way nature has set things up. My overall point is that we should appreciate what women are doing for society, instead of putting so much emphasis on fields of secondary importance.

about a year ago
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Research Reveals Low Exposure of Excellent Work By Female Scientists

just_common_sense Re:Work is not the most important thing (245 comments)

Someone needs to raise the next generation. Young children need lots of attention, and women are more naturally inclined toward caring for them. That's not to say that fathers can't also do a good job, but it's not as instinctual for them as it is for mothers. Also, I do think that everyone should work for the good of society. Hopefully, this will make you happier as an individual, too.

about a year ago
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Research Reveals Low Exposure of Excellent Work By Female Scientists

just_common_sense Work is not the most important thing (245 comments)

Unfortunately, the effort to equally represent women in science usually ends up devaluing the other, more important work that they do... raising a good family. Society has a greater need for mothers than scientists.

about a year ago
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The Free State Project, One Decade Later

just_common_sense Re:Taxation wrong? Sorry, don't get it. Foreign. (701 comments)

The problem with this is that when the government takes on welfare projects, individuals effectively lose their ability to help these people. This, in turn, makes people more selfish: The people who receive welfare checks don't see the personal sacrifice that is made on their behalf and the people who are taxed do not experience the fulfillment of lending a helping hand.

Another big problem with social welfare programs here in the U.S. is that they often result in able-bodied people refusing to work because they will lose their benefits. It's really terrible to see people become dependent on the government for no good reason, and I've seen this first-hand.

about a year ago
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When Will My Computer Understand Me?

just_common_sense Re:Backwards to the Future (143 comments)

It's amazing how age can affect a person's voice. ;-)

about a year ago
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Does Scientific Literacy Make People More Ethical?

just_common_sense Re:11 Kids (315 comments)

Sounds like an awesome family! Of course, the farther they get from their roots, the more likely they are (statistically speaking) to become criminals. Speaking of which... What are you doing hanging around a trashy site like SD? ;-)

about a year and a half ago
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US Gives $120M For Lab To Tackle Rare Earth Shortages

just_common_sense Re:US-centric much? (170 comments)

Note that I said "also". Your original statement seems to imply that you think it's OK for a country to abuse monopoly power, and I was wondering how far you would go with that. I don't think it's ever right to abuse monopoly power. In any case, the article isn't really about China, so I'm not sure why you're so critical of it.

about a year and a half ago
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US Gives $120M For Lab To Tackle Rare Earth Shortages

just_common_sense Re:US-centric much? (170 comments)

So do you also think it's OK for a company to abuse its monopoly power?

about a year and a half ago
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EFF Announces New Patent Reform Project

just_common_sense Re:Gobs of Money (93 comments)

I agree with what you said, but you haven't fully explained how politics work.

Your kinder and more accurate self FTFY. ;-)

more than 2 years ago
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EFF Announces New Patent Reform Project

just_common_sense Re:Gobs of Money (93 comments)

Yes, but some politicians are better than others. Giving money to the most corrupt politicians is worse than doing nothing.

more than 2 years ago
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EFF Announces New Patent Reform Project

just_common_sense Re:Gobs of Money (93 comments)

That's bribery. If you've got money to spend, use it to help candidates who will do the right thing without receiving kickbacks.

more than 2 years ago
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What Struck Earth in 775?

just_common_sense Re:Effect on Carbon dating? (344 comments)

Could you clarify which of my statements are "bold claims"? You are claiming that the Shroud is a forgery from the 13th century, but the origin and dating of the Shroud is still a subject of intense debate in the scientific community. This Wikipedia article has some good information on the subject, including much of the "evidence" that I mentioned earlier.

It's funny, I was reading through some of the "Skeptical sites" linked at the bottom of the Wikipedia page, and was surprised to find this summary in "the Skeptic's Dictionary":

Of course, the cloth might be 3,000 or 2,000 years old, as Rogers speculates, but the image on the cloth could date from a much later period. No matter what date is correct for either the cloth or the image, the date cannot prove to any degree of reasonable probability that the cloth is the shroud Jesus was wrapped in and that the image is somehow miraculous. To believe that will always be a matter of faith, not scientific proof.

So yes, the age of the cloth and image is still very much in question.

more than 2 years ago
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What Struck Earth in 775?

just_common_sense Re:Effect on Carbon dating? (344 comments)

That's a straw man. You're forming a mental picture of how the "real thing" would look like and then disproving it. The fact is, nobody really knows how the image on the Shroud was formed.

What surprises me is that there isn't any reasonable explanation (that I know of) for how such a fake could be produced, even though the Shroud is perhaps the most studied artifact in our history. There's pretty good evidence that the image isn't painted. (For instance, the VP-8 image analysis shows a "3D" quality and the image only exists on the surface of the fibers.) So how was it made? If you know of any theories that account for everything, I'd be glad to hear them.

From what I've heard, the recreations fail in major ways, even though our technology is far, far better than what they had in the middle ages. ;-) If I'm wrong about that, please provide an example. I'd also like to point out that in the middle ages, they didn't have the types of analysis we have today, and would have had no reason, for instance, to fake aspects that can only be seen on the microscopic level.

I honestly don't know whether the Shroud is a forgery or not, but I've always been quite overwhelmed by the amount of evidence that suggests it is not.

more than 2 years ago

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