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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

prefec2 Women and STEM Topics (142 comments)

There have been a lot of talk and even initiatives to improve the number of women in the STEM field. While I myself participated in assessments for young women to encourage them to choose STEM topics, I am less and less convinced that these initiatives are working. The main problem is that we do not really know why women choose other topics. True they have been asked what they want and why they have chosen this instead of STEM. However, this does not give us the root cause which pushed them in that particular direction.
The lack of female "nerds" cannot be the root cause, as they tend to study pharmacy or accounting. Therefore, it must be something else and we should start resarching to uncover the truth. However, I doubt that this will ever been done, because getting to the bottom of things is much more pain then fooling around and starting ineffective programs.

yesterday
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

prefec2 Re: 510kph is airliner speed? (418 comments)

This might have something to do with the fact that the two Hokkaido and Tokyo are on two different islands.

In addition you can fly in Germany from Hamburg to Berlin and Munich. But still most people use the train. For two reasons. Hamburg Berlin is 1.5 hours by train you cannot reach the plane in that time and definitely not fly. Munich req. 6 hours by train so a plane might be faster, but you can jump on a train every hour without planning for a specific hour. You cannot do that with a plane.

5 days ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

prefec2 Maglev is expensive (418 comments)

Germany developed similar technology, but was unable to sell it to the public for two reasons. First, it is expensive compared to normal tracks. This includes maintenance and construction. Second, it must run on a bridge like thing. A ground based solution is still 2 m above the ground.

The Chinese tried out that German solution. They built a small line but skipped the extension.

The French TGV can go 500 km/h but normally runs 300 or 350 km/h.

In Germany the next generation of trains will be even slower which makes perfect sense, as Germany is densly populated and there are many stops. So hhigh speed would not result in a big time savings
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5 days ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

prefec2 Cameron is ruining Britain (316 comments)

He almost lost the Scotland gamble. And of course there will be a second Referendum in a couple of years which will end in a divorce. He leads the UK out of the EU sinking the British finance sector. He also wants to cancel the European human rights treaty. And he censors the internet and spies on everyone.

He mostly acts like a child. He is angry or has tears in his eyes. And then he lies to the British and then the EU is the cause of all problems according to Cameron. He is an upper class classisist with a big ego and no intellect. And I am very sorry for the UK, but he will ruin it for most of them.

about a week ago
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Does Watson Have the Answer To Big Blue's Uncertain Future?

prefec2 Re:Japan tried this with the 5th Generation Comput (67 comments)

The problem is that we know what syntax is. And we know what semantic is. However, we do not know what real pragmatics are. All we do in modeling of information is inserting human "knowledge" and understanding into a computer system. Then the system is able to reason about that, but it cannot go beyond it.

about two weeks ago
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Does Watson Have the Answer To Big Blue's Uncertain Future?

prefec2 No question and no answer (67 comments)

Watson is too small to deliver the answer. Thankfully we already know the answer is 42. Maybe "he" is able to determine the question, as "he" is quite good at jeopardy.

about two weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

prefec2 What an election (551 comments)

Primarily it is an "election" between a right wing party and a horde of crazy people (at least form an EU perspective). And there will be no real difference in things like CO2 reduction, healthcare, immigration or any other field where there is a progressive and a reactionary position. The US will got for the latter. True our governments suck too, but that is no excuse to suck as well.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Wants You To Vote Tuesday

prefec2 Re:Facebook: vote, because tech salaries are too h (165 comments)

For software development they can outsource it to another country which would make no big difference to having all those foreigners move to the USA. For administration the labor cost is already low.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Wants You To Vote Tuesday

prefec2 Re:Lucky for Democrats (165 comments)

First, I doubt that it makes any real difference if you vote for "Democrats" or "Republicans". In a real democracy you would be able to vote for more than one party. From a European point of view you have only the choice between conservative and neo-liberal party and a strong right wing party. Second, the mobilizing effect within AARP might be bigger than in the FB domain.

about three weeks ago
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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

prefec2 Re: Breaking the stranglehold of other countries (332 comments)

Norway has a lot of Walter power which can also be used to store Wind energy surplus. As Norway is just around the corner, this is a nobrainer. Also in Kiel north Germany they build a "heat sink" which converts wind energy surplus in heat for community heating. There system s designed to also store heat. As plus, in winter when we have a lot if wind we also need more community heating.

about three weeks ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

prefec2 Re: Boys are naturally curious... (608 comments)

This only so in our culture. There are a couple oft countries where this is totally different and CS is dominated by women.

about three weeks ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

prefec2 Hungary is becoming a totalitarian state (324 comments)

The prime minister of Hungary wants to transform Hungary into a "un liberal" state. In short he wants to play Putin in his country. His primary goal right now is to push out any foreign investment. This new law targets that and in addition may help to control the opposition. The normal media is already under his control.
A yes and in addition Hungary is becoming more and more racist.

about a month ago
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The Future of Stamps

prefec2 Startup money must be cheap these days (131 comments)

There are four types of stamp uses and realizations mostly used in public. For adverts, they print a tag on the advert. For business letters with these little windows, they print it in the address field. For parcels you can print out a sheet and glue it in a parcel. And for the personal letter or postcard you mostly use lovely designed stamps. As I already have a printer, why shall I buy a device for stamps? And by the way I can even send an email to the post office and they will make a letter out of it including stamps. What is now the correct advantage of this new device?

about a month ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

prefec2 Re: Is anyone buying this? (213 comments)

In Germany this is called FachkrÃftemangel. It is happening here for decades. However, the income of skilled workers (FachkrÃfte) has gone side ways. Therefore either all IT workers love their boss and hate money or they are idiots. It could NEVER ever be the case that there is no shortage.

On a side note: Skilled worker is a completely imprecise term.

about a month ago
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Only 100 Cybercrime Brains Worldwide, Says Europol Boss

prefec2 Re:Lennart Poettering - the Poetterized versions o (104 comments)

It looks like, you have all the solid logical arguments to explain that Poetterings work is pointing in the wrong way. I especially love your way of clear argumentation. However, I would recommend to be more precise next time and please try to avoid using the word fuck, body parts and relations to family members.

Thanks

about a month ago
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Infinite Browser Universe Manyland Hits 8 Million Placed Blocks

prefec2 Re: how to run Manyland server? (67 comments)

Hey jerk. If you want one write your own. Maybe you can also ask them if they share the code. However, the idea behind such universes is that you do not split things up.

about a month ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

prefec2 Re: grow your own (236 comments)

For capitalism humans are required not only for labor but also as consumers. Therefore the elites require to find a way to distribute money to the rest otherwise their system will collapse. However, I have the distinct impression that they do not know that.

about a month and a half ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

prefec2 I have no garage you insensitive clod (151 comments)

And I have no car. So this is presently no problem. Furthermore, were I life there is not enough space and distance to make use out of a flying car. I rather would have an autonomous Android. So it can go shopping while I work or sleep. And it could do the dishes (true there are special machines for that task, but there is no space in the kitchen).

about a month and a half ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

prefec2 Would be illegal in Germany (742 comments)

In Germany his employer would not be able to fire him on the grounds of a letter from another company discussing private behavior. Especially not without having the chance of defending yourself.

It would also been illegal to summarize communication and send that to a third party. They could however sued him in court. To do so they would not need his present address, the state would have handled this.

about a month and a half ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

prefec2 So what? (203 comments)

Someone proposes a flying car every now and then. As they are all only interpretation of past concepts, which did not work or were impractical. There was recently an article on why there will never be an practical realization. I hoped that will be the end of it. But obviously /. still did not get the message and now another lame story on the topic appeared.

about a month and a half ago

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Ubuntu switching to systemd

prefec2 prefec2 writes  |  about 9 months ago

prefec2 (875483) writes "Mark Shuttleworth postet recently that Ubuntu will switch over to systemd. While there have been movement towards systemd for Ubuntu long time, that was never offical. However, now we can assume that they will switch eventually, but not for 14.04."
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Security App for the new German Personal ID hacked

prefec2 prefec2 writes  |  about 4 years ago

prefec2 (875483) writes "At Nov. 1st the Germany started to issue new personal Id cards which include a security chip. In combination with a reading device and an application on a PC@home, secure transactions can be made. However, the required application can be compromized using DNS spoofing and a wrong SSL certificate as reported by http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Neuer-Personalausweis-AusweisApp-mit-Luecken-2-Update-1133376.html"
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Open Access Petition

prefec2 prefec2 writes  |  about 5 years ago

prefec2 (875483) writes "I know Slashdot is just a site, read mostly in the US and other English spoken countries. However, this might be still interesting for readers of Slashdot and may be some Germans read it too. In Germany it is possible to send and sign e-petitions to the parliament (Bundestag). And I want to point out that there is a petition on Open Access waiting to be signed from you guys. If more then 50 000 people sign it, the initiators can make a public appearance before the Committee of Petitions, which will give the topic more publicity. So please go and sign it. The e-petition site is available here: https://epetitionen.bundestag.de/index.php?action=petition;sa=details;petition=7922 [translated version of the petition] The German parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) may enact, that scientific publications, which where funded buy the public, shall be accessible to all citizens without any fees. Institutions, which manage public research fund autonomously, shall be requested by the Bundestag to release appropriate directives and provide the technical means to publish results for free (as in beer and as in speech). Rationale The public sector finances research and development with 12 billion Euros every year (according to the ministry of education and research). However, the results of this research are mostly published in journals which are available only for a fee. It is not appropriate that the text payers have to pay again for research results they financed. Research results are only available in a few libraries, because of the high costs and the multiplicity of journals and other publications. The access of research results funded by the public is therefore hindered and even made impossible for normal citizens. To exclude citizens from the sciences is not only destructive, it is also unnecessary. Other countries already implemented similar rules. The US American agency National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires, that all publications funded by NIH have to be made available to the public at a centralized location in 12 month. The basic structure of the scientific publication system is by such actions not changed."
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Censorship Law passed Parliament in Germany

prefec2 prefec2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

prefec2 writes "After a long debate in Germany, a bill for Internet censorship passed the Bundestag (federal parliament). The politicians say that they only use the new censorship infrastructure to hide child pornography form accidental access. However, it is easy for criminals to circumvent this blockade. For news sites, like Slashdot, the Times, or Wikileaks, the censorship technology is harmful. After the implementation of this new filter, the censorship can easily be expanded to other areas. Some politicians are already lobbying for blocking file-sharing sites, "killer game sites", and other security threats. More information can be found on heise http://www.heise.de/newsticker/Bundestag-verabschiedet-Gesetz-fuer-Web-Sperren--/meldung/140746 (german) and the law draft http://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/16/128/1612850.pdf (german).

We all grieve for our constitution, which has been ripped by our own parliament."

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