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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

mjm1231 Re:Boy toy (765 comments)

There are cognitive differences between any two men you might select too. To what grouping will you attribute those?

There are also many cognitive tasks where the range of difference within a gender is greater than the range of difference between genders. Given that, in what way is it useful to attribute difference to gender (or other grouping, for that matter)?

3 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

mjm1231 Re:Prison population (407 comments)

Because "white" isn't an ethnicity, it's the lack of one. You are probably confused because you think color = race.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

mjm1231 Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (838 comments)

I'm having trouble following this argument, but since it's been rated as "+5 Insightful" I suppose there's supposed to be some truth here.

Hahaha, it's funny that you think there is a correlation between "Insightful" and "factually true" on Slashdot. Or for conservatives in general, who these days seem to rarely be swayed by mere facts.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

mjm1231 Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (838 comments)

I'm tired of this phony either or dichotomy. Capitalism is a tool. Socialism is a tool. The false dichotomy leads to people allowing the tools to dictate how they are used, instead of the other way around. Add too the old adage about the man whose only tool is a hammer.

about a week ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

mjm1231 Re:In short... (232 comments)

Yep, that's the current system. Of course, since 1% of the people have 90% of the money, most likely your vote doesn't count for much.

about two weeks ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

mjm1231 Re:Not a good solution (549 comments)

Would you believe that not everyone has, or even wants, a data plan on their phone?

I'm not worried about cloud storage, but rather about how a cloud client would work in environments where you have no ability to install a client, browser plugin, or other software. Or have any control over what version of java is on the system you are using. Or any of the other things that could contribute to such a system just not being able to work where you happen to be at the moment.

about two weeks ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

mjm1231 Not a good solution (549 comments)

Password manager tools are only useful when you are logging in from your own device. What do you do when you need to hop on a friend's computer, or the one at the public library? Or are there cloud based password managers out there (and if so... that just raises further questions).

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

mjm1231 Re:Circular reasoning (385 comments)

You are completely right that this is a complex issue with more questions than answers, but making IQ the qualifier for which organisms (and just to add to the complexity, collection of organisms would be more accurate) are "persons" would remove that designation from a large number who currently hold it.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

mjm1231 Re:Can you marry one? (385 comments)

There are lots of humans you can't legally marry. They pretty much all have one thing in common: they can't legally give consent.

Also, you really shouldn't look at your sister that way.

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

mjm1231 timtowdi (152 comments)

One of these days, we are going to figure out that intelligence != human intelligence. Who knows, maybe it'll be before the alien overlords who haven't learned their equivalent show up?

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

mjm1231 Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (652 comments)

Actually you only need to pear the population down by about 20 million. The top 2% of the world's population consume something like 90-95% of the resources, they are extremely expensive to have around. Remove them and everyone's standard of living jumps significantly.
 

Except standard of living = energy consumption (or nearly so). So removing the top 2% to increase someone else's standard of living doesn't solve the problem, it just changes who is causing it.

about three weeks ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

mjm1231 Re:please no (423 comments)

Go to weather.com or accuweather.com and check the hourly forecast. For me, it is almost always spot on. Forecast for tomorrow? I'd say accuracy is much better than 80%. Forecast further out than that? Usually pretty good, again seems better than 80% accurate from what I can tell.

Not sure what year you are living in that weather forecasts are still so poor.

about three weeks ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

mjm1231 Re:Oh lord (342 comments)

I don't know your personal situation, but most likely you aren't obligated to read every article on Slashdot. Don't like this topic? Go read a different one.

about three weeks ago
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

mjm1231 Re:Imagine the punishment it it killed millions (209 comments)

Not only that, but you do know how they decided what would be considered a war crime and what would not be considered a war crime, right? (Hint: it was "If we (i.e., the winning side) did it, it wasn't a war crime")

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

mjm1231 Re:Way to be offensive in the apology (280 comments)

You're an asshole. Oh, wait, let me apologize. I'm sorry you're an asshole.

There, everything is better now, right?

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

mjm1231 There are no real names (280 comments)

What the fuck is a "real" name? All names are made up... or were, at some point in time.

about three weeks ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

mjm1231 Re: Goldman Sachs All Throughout the Obama Admin (201 comments)

I guess it's the operative question, if, for some bizarre reason, the only person whose behavior you wish to review is Obama's. Why is this about him exactly?

about a month ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

mjm1231 Re: Goldman Sachs All Throughout the Obama Admin (201 comments)

The Fed guy at Goldman was right. Reality doesn't matter. In spite of the numerous replies pointing to the large number of inaccuracies, the post is still modded +5 Informative. In a world where the majority of people find false information "informative", what good is a moderation system?

about a month ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

mjm1231 Re:Goldman Sachs All Throughout the Obama Admin (201 comments)

It is a well known fact that Bush's Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulsen, who railroaded the wall street bailout through congress, was a former Goldman Sachs CEO. It is unfortunate that very little changed under Obama, but the article is primarily discussing conditions prior to and during the 2008 financial collapse, before Obama was even elected.

about a month ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

mjm1231 Re:Funny how this works ... (184 comments)

I've been watching Trailer Park Boys on Netfilx, so I assume Netflix is contributing something back to the pot.

about a month ago

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