Link to a news story? Come on people, anecdotes are worthless but it's easy to grab a link and turn them into something useful.
I don't agree with your quoted cost for Fukushima cleanup.
The cost includes all the compensation and benefits that have to be paid. People who were made unemployed when their jobs disappeared had to go onto welfare. Just today TEPCO agreed to pay the full cost of a load more homes and all the possessions in them that were lost. Even if they could be decontaminated in a reasonable amount of time much of it has decayed over the years, the property and land is worthless and many people have already moved on and can't go back because of work.
The same argument can be made that the Fukushima exclusion zone is much larger than necessary and that nuclear power plant remediation procedures are far more costly than necessary. Should we accept that the LNT model is wrong, the real procedures that will have to be undertaken would be reduced by about 75%.
The problem is that we don't know. Very clearly a lot of the money America spent after 9/11 was wasted, and it was obvious to everyone even at the time. In the case of Fukushima a disaster of unknown magnitude and severity was taking place, with unknown amounts of radioactive material being released into the atmosphere. Even now what happened and what clean-up will entail is not fully understood. The health consequences won't be known for years either. As it happens dangerous levels of radiation have been found near the edges of the exclusion zone, so it looks to have been as minimal as possible anyway.
Besides which most of the cost is unavoidable. The plant must stop leaking dangerous material. It must be cleaned up and made safe. Areas with high levels of radiation must be decontaminated. Compensation must be paid. Evacuation was the predetermined and only sensible option at the time.
Women don't need separate-but-equal facilities to excel - there is no functional difference between a man and a woman in an IT role. Telling them they need a special venue is telling them they're not good enough for the "men's lecture". It's an insidious form of sexism.
You missed the point of doing it. There is an imbalance and part of it is because there does not appear to be equal respect for women's views. There should be, of course, no-one is arguing that women are inferior and need special help. So how do we get to a point where there is more equal respect? Well, one obvious way is to give women a platform to showcase their lecturing skills and knowledge.
I really don't get what people who object to this sort of thing are thinking. If I find a part of my car is broken I don't say to myself "well that shouldn't be broken, so why should I take any action to fix it?" and then expect some kind of universal karma to put it right. I do something about it and then it is fixed so I stop.
our culture favors quiet little mermaids, not bold warrior princesses.
Actually part of the problem is that we don't value quiet women enough. They shouldn't have to become warriors just to get on in IT. Of course the same applies to quiet men, but it's a more common issue for women.
Particularly in IT assertiveness is often required to get your voice heard. I know a lot of guys who are like that, and after I get back from an extended stay in Japan I always have trouble with it for a while because I'm not used it. You have to push a bit and speak loudly and quickly just to get a word in edge ways, and for the sake of everyone it shouldn't be like that. Most people don't even realize they are doing it, and I get caught up in it myself at times. It's not really anyone's fault, it's just the culture and we can change it.
The problem is, as I already stated in another comment, we don't know what happened. What I'm saying is that I can imagine a scenario where I would feel it was inappropriate, not that I know for certain that is what happened.
It's not about people who behave like dicks, it's about a normal and generally good manager being called bossy because they are female. You have to remember that in the 50s the ideal woman was subservient to her husband and not too strong willed. We are well past that now, fortunately, but there are still some underlying issues around particular words.
Asshole is gender neutral, bitch is a pejorative used exclusively for women. More over it has a history of being used in a sexist way, much like "nigger" has a history of being used in a racist way.
I can't believe anyone mods this shit up.
Being stationary installations well designed datacenters could often use more efficient and environmentally friendly options, like flywheels or thermal storage.
Recycling used batteries that would otherwise be discarded or broken down is pretty environmentally friendly. Also flywheels can be very dangerous are not simply plug-in devices that ordinary data-centre techs can order and install. Most datacentres are trying hard to get rid of heat rather than keep a large amount of it around.
You can already buy home battery packs that use recycled lithium ion cells from laptops and cars. They are usually sold as part of a solar power system. In the event of a power failure your fridge will keep running and you will be able to keep your mobile phone charged and the radio on to hear emergency messages. After the Tohoku earthquake people have become more interested in that sort of thing.
It's not *impossible* to be able to survive providing free culture, but honestly, I hope you don't have anyone depending upon you for income, because the odds are not in your favor. Best of luck, anyway.
Have you heard of YouTube? Lots of people give away high quality content for free on there. Music, movies, tutorials, video blogs etc. Some of them are big commercial companies, others are individuals. Some have adverts on their channels, some don't. There is no copy protection of their work and ripping is very, very easy. Other sides can even embed their videos on their own. Yet, somehow they still make plenty of money.
It's actually not that surprising. Free content has always been a very successful business model. Record labels love to give away music for free on the radio and TV. What annoys them is that now anyone can get in on this act, because they don't control YouTube in the same way they were able to control radio and TV. It's wonderful if you are not associated with a record label though, because you can promote yourself and gain fans (who generate revenue) without having to take out massive loans and sign away your copyrights.
Free doesn't mean no revenue, it just means no cost to access the basic content in a reasonably convenient format.
It's doubtful that while in tour they are put in any real harms way like the average low ranking officer. Certainly never made to ride in a poorly armoured vehicle. Considering that he had the best education money can buy he did pretty poorly at GCSE and A Level too.
That only works if the population has a certain minimum level of education. That is why when countries that have been dictatorships for a very long time suddenly become democracies they often just elect extremists on the orders of religious leaders anyway. Unfortunately politicians in the UK have been working tirelessly to polarize people and stamp out any kind of reasoned political or philosophical thinking, preferring people to vote based on gut feelings they get from listening to soundbites and seeing attack ads.
The way to change society and make us more free is to educate people, preferably at school, in subjects like critical thinking and modern philosophy. Instead we teach religion and doublethink.
They are find if you just remember that everything, and I mean everything, is fake. Anything with a brand name is a knock off, but you pay 1/10th the normal price for it if you can put up with that. Anything without a brand name on it is also a knock-off, they just didn't put the fake brand sticker on it.
You can get some good stuff. Cheap electronics modules for hobby use. Surplus equipment, including rare stuff like nuclear batteries or old satellite equipment. I have a bladeless fan that looks exactly like a Dyson but isn't, and while being a bit loud it also cost 1/10th the price (Â£30 instead of Â£300) so I'm quite happy with it.
I guess you are referring to the recent call not to label girls who take charge as "bossy". IMHO they have a point - men who take charge as seen as leaders, women are often derided as bossy for doing exactly the same thing. It's not just men saying it either, women call each other bossy just as much if not more.
But hay, a feminist said it so there must be some underlying man-hatred motive, right?
That's just a variation of the "no true Scotsman" argument. Of course there is variation, but there are a lot of common problems too.