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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

savi Re:Tales of Asgard... (590 comments)

Actually, in Norse myth, it was Loki who was fairly transgender, often taking on female form in order to have sex with male creatures (such as an enormous stallion). He gave birth to monstrous demons from these encounters, including Sleipnir, Odin's eight-legged horse.

about 2 months ago
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Forbes 2013 Career List Flamed By University Professors

savi Re:Choice (370 comments)

That sounds right. I work at least 5 hours every Saturday and Sunday. I get to my job between 8-9 each day and leave around 5. I then do about 3-4 hours of work at home each evening, except Fridays.

about a year and a half ago
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Forbes 2013 Career List Flamed By University Professors

savi Re:Choice (370 comments)

We don't have deadlines? Hahahahahahaha. Oh my.

about a year and a half ago
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Forbes 2013 Career List Flamed By University Professors

savi Re:Professors (370 comments)

Speaking as a professor in the humanities, you have no idea how awful the job market is. In my discipline (history), you can expect 6-10 decent jobs per year to come open in each subfield. There will be 100-350 applicants for each of these. Getting to the point where life as a professor is "easy" requires either very low standards (you don't care how much you're paid) or going through a few decades of grueling, underpaid, 60+ hour work weeks. It's a great job, but anyone who declares that, as a profession, being a professor is "easy" and not stressful has zero understanding of academia.

about a year and a half ago
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Forbes 2013 Career List Flamed By University Professors

savi Re:Bullshit. (370 comments)

Good luck getting a decent job in academia with that attitude. If you want to qualify "being a professor" as "being a lazy professor with a low salary at a crappy school that doesn't care about teaching or research," then sure, it's easy. But couldn't that be said for any career? "Being a lazy programmer at some low level company that doesn't realize how shitty you is really not stressful at all. Therefore, being a Programmer is one of the least stressful jobs possible."

about a year and a half ago
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Forbes 2013 Career List Flamed By University Professors

savi Re:As a college professor... (370 comments)

There's a difference between knowing about a topic and delivering 30-45 detailed lectures on it, tailoring it to the learning needs of students, etc. It IS easy to be a bad professor, but it's easy being bad at anything. "Programming is easy. You just learn a few programming languages and then it's all just retyping stuff you already know. Pretty easy way to make good money."

Further, "good money" is a questionable statement. Putting aside the 70% of faculty who are contingent (making $2k-$3k per course), you'll find that most faculty are making in the $40s-$50s. Doesn't sound so bad for a starting job, but then you have to remember that they've been earning nothing for most of their 20s. Keep in mind, they're also working most evenings and weekends (endless grading for some fields), not to mention required service on university committees, being a reviewer for journals, etc.

I love being a professor, but it is not easy money and it's usually extremely stressful until your 40s (at which point it begins to be more like a "normal" job). So yes, a lazy, tenured professor at the "peak" of his or her career may have it really good. But that's not representative of the field and, even then, it usually requires immense sacrifice and stress to get to that point. One might as well say that CEO of start-ups have jobs that aren't stressful because "they're rich and get to order employees around and set their own schedule." Sure ... but that doesn't describe most CEOs and it doesn't give any sense of what it takes to get to the "easy" stage.

about a year and a half ago
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Forbes 2013 Career List Flamed By University Professors

savi Re:Choice (370 comments)

Ridiculous. Around 70% of all college courses are now taught by contingent faculty. These faculty have no offices, no long term contracts, and no support. The average pay for these courses is $2k to $2.5k. Speaking from a humanities viewpoint, a majority of the phds we produce will never land a job as a professor. In my particular discipline, it is common for there to be 6-10 jobs per year in any given subfield with 100-300 applicants per job. "Chances are you will succeed" is not the phrase that should describe the situation. Chances are very grim indeed. I advise all of my undergraduates not to go into academia and I give dire warnings to those that do.

Once an academic has a job, they can then expect to work 60-80 hours per week for the first five to six years. This will decrease over their career if they get tenure and take their foot of the gas, but with budget cuts and cut-throat competition for funding, that's not a wise idea. Quite simply, you have no idea what an academic job entails.

about a year and a half ago
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Fires Sparked By Utah Target Shooters Prompt Evacuations

savi Re:Has nothing to do with "trumping" anything (709 comments)

So, regulation = hanging?

And you are implying that there are NO regulations about when, where, and how firefighters do controlled burns?

more than 2 years ago
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Soda Ban May Hit the Big Apple

savi Re:Get a refill.. (1141 comments)

Who is the government?

We the people. We the people, as a community, have identified a behavior in the community that is unhealthy and expensive due to healthcare costs. Since, in this case, the community is not a small community in which members can exert direct pressure on each other through personal relationships, the community is exerting pressure in another way. If you think this is new or somehow restricted to governments, then you're not paying attention to all of human history. If you want to be free from the pressures of your community and have no responsibility to other people, you're free to live in the wilderness. This has nothing to do with government. It's fine to disagree with this, but framing it as a "nanny state" issue is misleading. Ever since humans evolved culture (and probably before that), we've developed ways to curb the detrimental behaviors of our fellow community members. People are idiots and they're addicted to sugar. It places a cost on the rest of us. I see no reason why your right to be a lardass trumps the community's need to keep healthcare costs down.

People CAN buy two drinks, but I think quite a few people won't. Humans eat/drink what is set before them without noticing. They won't be trained to desire so much soda if they aren't handed so much to begin with.

more than 2 years ago
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New Doctor Who Companion Announced

savi Re:Male companion (255 comments)

This makes me suspicious. A friend of mine supposedly has a friend whose friend dated Matt Smith and revealed that he shouted this during sex. I'm now wondering if this has entered internet myth territory. Do we have any first-hand sources for this? Or is it always a friend?

more than 2 years ago
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TVShack Creator's US Extradition Approved

savi Re:WTF (253 comments)

"The Free Market" is a bit like "Communism" - you never actually find either of them in practice. They only exist in theory. The market is and never will be "free." And yes, iIt so happens that those who bleat the loudest about "free markets" tend to be those who IN PRACTICE support the private power of corporations.

The AC above actually put the words free market in quotation marks, signaling that his comment was more about discourse than actual economic theory. The idea that this is an issue of "government interference" is laughable. This is corporations using the government as a weapon against individuals. I bet you support gun rights, too, yeah? Guns don't kill people, people kill people? Amirite? In this instance, the government is the gun and the corporation is the one pulling the trigger while shouting "free markets!" It's sad that you identify the government as THE problem. Though yes, its susceptibility to corporate influence is A problem.

more than 2 years ago
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Rep. Darrell Issa Requests Public Comments On ACTA

savi Re:Obama SIGNED ACTA... WTF? (186 comments)

Because those two certainly won't uphold corporate interests? If you hold your nose and vote for either of them, it won't be taken as a sign that the American people oppose ACTA. It will be taken as a sign that people want more government intrusion in their bedrooms and more rights for corporations. If you want to give more power to the women-are-sluts-and-corporations-are-heroic-people party, don't come crying when the obvious results.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Hypertext Literature Dead?

savi Re:Pet Food (208 comments)

Good point. If I want a text based computer game, I'll play http://armageddon.org/ (such a cool game).

more than 2 years ago
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Teacher Union Tries To Block Online Courses

savi Re:Ummm (608 comments)

Oh look, you spouted a trite cliché. Try thinking for yourself. (Maybe a better college education would help you on that front).

In the humanities, there is no alternative to academia. Take a professional historian of modern France who writes books and teaches. What exactly would they be doing if they had more "intellectual horsepower?" That's the peak of the field. There's nowhere up from there. Of course, I'm sure you think the humanities are useless, so most likely my point will fly right by you.

more than 2 years ago
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Teacher Union Tries To Block Online Courses

savi Re:Professors, not high school teachers (608 comments)

Actually, that's not true that they haven't spoken up. Professors regularly speak out on these issues. It's one of the reasons why the right-wing loathes and hates professors so much and demonizes them at every opportunity.

There are plenty of cases of lousy researchers who are excellent teachers and excellent researchers who are lousy teachers. However, if you think dividing research and teaching will result in long term benefit, you don't understand academia.

What we're actually seeing here is an "education bubble." Poor people have been told that if spend lots of money and get a degree, they will have access to good jobs. It isn't true.

more than 2 years ago
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"Wi-Fi Refugees" Shelter in West Virginia Mountains

savi Re:It's contagious, all right (627 comments)

Be careful. Some allergies, like food allergies or poison ivy, get WORSE with each exposure. Some people just have itchy throat from nuts until one day they stop breathing after eating some.

about 3 years ago
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Marking 10 Years Since 9/11/2001

savi I was reading slashdot that morning... (804 comments)

For some reason, this is the only place that it doesn't bother me to see the 10-year anniversary stuff. I can very clearly remember reading slashdot in an office when news of this began to spread.

What a terrible tragedy the event was.

And what a terrible tragedy the last ten years of response to it has been.

about 3 years ago
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The Science of Lightsabers

savi Re:Noise (232 comments)

Yes, but if we have to account for lightsaber sounds, then we have to account for noise and fiery explosions in space.

more than 3 years ago
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North Korea Training "Cyberwarriors" Abroad

savi "Act of War" (128 comments)

except when such cyber warfare is directed at Iran by a join Israel/U.S. operation. Then it's just ... uh. Definitely not war.

more than 3 years ago
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Robots Successfully Invent Their Own Language

savi Let me know ... (159 comments)

When they invent the subjunctive.

Also, it's not inventing a language if they're programmed to do it. Let me know when the robots building cars on an assembly line start unexpectedly communicating with each other in ways that communicate concepts/ideas that were not hardcoded into them.

more than 3 years ago

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