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### Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Re:A felon with misdemeanor convictions (720 comments)

We have a distinction between summary and indictable offences here, the cutoff being two years maximum in gaol.

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### Tech Workers Oppose Settlement They Reached In Silicon Valley Hiring Case

Re:Systemic abuse can only be handled one way (54 comments)

The issue was that because people weren't getting headhunted the companies didn't need to compete as heavily on wages. If I recall correctly, when one of the deals fell through, Google compensated with a substantial payrise, which was used to justify the scale of the loss.

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### Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

Re:I thought they loved it! (406 comments)

I recall reading that when Emirates started putting in mobile phone facilities, the staff on the plane reported that they didn't hear anyone using them, whereas the logs showed lots of calls being made. The engine noise was such that the phone calls are essentially unnoticable.

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### Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

The hijacking that you were thinking of (Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961) had survivors. According to that article, a significant number of the dead were those who didn't wait until leaving the plane before inflating their lifejackets, and as a result were trapped inside the plane when it flooded. 125 out of 175 died, with only 60 to 80 still in their seats.

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### Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

Re:Submitter has never applied to a real Universit (389 comments)

It's also not done in Australia either. The process here is that everyone puts their university/course preferences into a website. Then, at the end of the year after exams are marked (identical across the state), students are ranked and the system goes down the list and assigns people to university places. No wishy-washy essays or personality assessments, you get a number based on your marks and that determines what you get.

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### Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

Re:This wont work because... (482 comments)

Very interesting—thanks for the insight. I've kind of steered off-topic a bit, but it seems to me that how people behave in dance classes is interesting as a model because the approaches happen again and again and again, while the anxiety is for me quite similar in nature, and because what the girls have told me about their experiences sounds quite similar to my feelings trying to make approaches in spite of shy quiet geek boy tendencies.

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### Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

Re:This wont work because... (482 comments)

Interesting, I didn't expect the difference in local culture to be anywhere near that much. Perhaps we Australians are just oddballs. I can understand beginners being a bit squeamish about it, since it takes a while for it to become more sexually neutral; especially with Tango, since my understanding is that it isn't terribly forgiving of those with any real sense of personal space. Here though there is a tendency for women to lead more than you describe, as Australian men in general aren't terribly interested in dancing and so occasionally the imbalance can be truly catastrophic.

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### Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

Re:This wont work because... (482 comments)

I think there's more to it than that, though. Perhaps the reasons that you state cause the inhibitions that you mention, however it is not a rational "I must not do so because people will think this of me..." etc. etc., in my opinion, or at least if so it is more deeply ingrained, since the same phenomenon occurs in other areas. My anecdotal evidence: I dance as a hobby, and of all of the groups with which I have taken lessons, it has been invariant that essentially all beginning women, and even the majority of experienced ones, will never ask for a dance, and will quite happily (or not) sit on the sidelines all night waiting for someone to come to them.

When a friend of mine visited a club of a different style, she found herself in this situation again; no longer being able to offer years of experience, she suddenly had to start asking for herself, and to put it mildly found the experience freakishly traumatic. Another confided that in well over a year she had been able to bring herself to ask a dance of someone perhaps ten times. All this in a context where refusal without reason is viewed about as fondly as spitting in someone's face.

That's not to say that I (Australian male) don't find it difficult at times, and in the early days I felt the same utter terror that they did, but I knew perfectly well that I had to bite the bullet and do it anyway, because no-one was going to come to me. This is not the same as making romantic advances, but I find it interesting because to me the anxiety of rejection is similar, and the behaviour of the two sexes is similar, despite the fact that rational factors other than fear of rejection are not present—on the contrary, being preemptive is greatly endearing. It makes me wonder whether there really is a difference, or whether we're just stuck in this situation because for men there is no alternative to making the first move, and without that pressure most women lack any reason to put themselves through it.

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### Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

The problem as I understand it is that when prices go up, so do property taxes, and that people on low incomes get forced out of the area.

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### A MathML Progress Report: More Light Than Shadow

Things are changing a little bit. Elsevier offer HTML+MathJax at least for the journals that I've used. MathJax (a JS library) makes things quite a bit easier in that you can use LaTeX and have it automatically rendered to MathML, picking up \begin{align}\end{align}s and such in your HTML.

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### Google Sparking Interest To Quantum Mechanics With Minecraft

Re:can "do quantum mechanics" at school (71 comments)

You use a very highly attenuated light source, preferably pulsed.

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### Google Sparking Interest To Quantum Mechanics With Minecraft

Re:can "do quantum mechanics" at school (71 comments)

One runs the experiment in the dark with a photographic film or movable photomultiplier behind the slits, allowing the observation of single photons. The density of the photons exhibits an interference pattern.

I've not done this experiment myself, but remember being told that it was possible using film during high school.

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### Valve Announces Steam Controller

It doesn't work, because you can only share the library in its entirety. It therefore makes no difference if you would otherwise share passwords.

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### CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken

IIRC, toner has graphite in it, which is probably what makes this work.

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### Conflict Minerals and Cell Phones

The main problem with tantalum capacitors is that they tend to be low-voltage and will catch fire if you put a reverse voltage on them.

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### Yahoo and Facebook Join Google In FISC Petition After Government Talks Fail

Re:No redactions, so why the scanned PDF? (114 comments)

I recall reading at one point that many law firms will print and scan documents to make sure that nothing else is in the file unintentionally (undo data, etc.).

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### Obama Seeks New System For Rating Colleges

As far as I know, most Commonwealth countries will run their universities that way. If you spend time on other things, you get a separate degree. I studied EEE and pure maths, which turned it into a five-year degree as in the US. I was originally unsure as to whether you meant that or that the education was more practical than theoretical.

The need for residential accommodation in the US is always going to be there because of the population distribution. Things are a bit different here in that most of the population live in the capital cities; I've only known one person who has done an undergraduate degree outside of Adelaide.

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### Obama Seeks New System For Rating Colleges

A degree here is nominally three years, but honours requires an extra year and a substantial project, which most people take up (this might not be the case outside of maths). Engineering is always four years; essentially one has to do the same work whether or not they receive honours.

I can't speak for the trade-oriented claim, as I study in a research-heavy university. However, one isn't forced to take courses unrelated to their degree as in the US, which might be what you allude to. There isn't anything stopping you from spending an extra year to get a second degree mixed in, though.

Personally, I like the fact that our system is more egalitarian---unless one chooses to move interstate and so cannot live at home, cost is not a factor. The reality is that everyone puts the top universities in their state first, so the better universities can pick off the top students. But then again, in the US those at the very top will end up in a big university with large amounts of funding, so one might argue either way.

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Heard that the next Space Shuttle is supposed to carry several Guernsey cows? It's gonna be the herd shot 'round the world.