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Comment: Re:Leave then (Score 1) 858

These same people also pay for police and military (some 50% of the federal budget goes to the military, last I looked). The military is presently actively engaged in killing people, but at all times at least engaged in thinking about how to do it, that is a strong violation of judeo-christian values. Additionally soldiers have been known to rape and murder innocents. You can't take responsibility of what someone else does with your tax money, it stops being yours when you fork it over. You vote for the person who will best represent your morality, and hope for the best. Jesus set that precedent in the bible ("Render unto Caesar...") over very similar concerns brought up by Jews.

Rational Christians would not have any issue with this. Rational Christians would has a more sensible view on abortion (i.e. the unfunded mandate that all children must suffer in poverty? that children born with detectable birth defects must be born, and left without medical care?). They may not support abortion, but they certainly would not allow an innocent to suffer through apathy. In any event, that's not the group doing the talking. Rational Christians, I could probably find a middle ground with, even if I don't believe in their magic.

However when you put the decision in their own hands, yes, some will not want to fund abortions, and will not want to fund contraception, etc. In this case you're asking them to actively pay for what they don't like, but not giving them the tools to properly rectify the problem. I still think they're wrong, you can't chop logic morality, but it's in the defensible region of "things I can control, and things I can leave to God". As far as I'm concerned the rhetoric of "You are all sinners" is less a condemnation of mankind, and more a statement of fact: we cannot help but sin, we lack the tools. We can however choose how to sin and try to manage the consequences. But not being religious, I am not sure how that matches the various world-views of all sects. It seems like choosing not to commit the sin of murder may be the greater sin when the victim was about to walk in to a school with an assault rifle, for example. Not paying for the abortion may be the greater sin then bringing children in to the world who will suffer, and who will spawn more children who will suffer.

Comment: Re:Leave then (Score 1) 858

The laws vary by state, but generally speaking those libertarians do not have to do any of the things the poster mentions. Various interactions withe the government ARE protected (by the civil rights act, and others), but when it pertains to private businesses in many, possibly most cases, they are free to be as biggotted and shitty as they want. And I personally agree that they should retain that liberty.

Provided they understand the consequences to their actions, and understand that governments won't interact with them, many public businesses won't interact with them, and generally a lot of people are going to legally, correctly, call them out on their BS.

The only mess worth talking about is when "christian" values interfere with employee well being, and our decision to leave health care in the hands of corporations. In this case now we're in to the land where government is obligated to step in: the overall health and well being of its population. If we had chosen to provide health care at the government level, and relieve corporations of something they don't entirely seem to want to provide properly, then this mess would all be cleaner. As it stands its' confusing and things like this make it all worse.

Comment: Re:Not always clever. (Score 2) 68

by Austerity Empowers (#49328959) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happened To Semantic Publishing?

Or it's "related" in some obscure way, but entirely unhelpful. When a journalist writes a science/tech related article, the "infobox" should contain the references consulted. When the journalist is writing about an incident that occurred, I'd like to see transcripts, reports from investigators, etc. that the journalist drew from to write the story.

More often than not it seems like they make stuff up or attempt to assemble things they don't understand into a narrative that "seems" plausible but may not be supported by the facts. What I never want then is a link to another article with another faulty narrative that is even more confusing.

Comment: Re:The dumbest thing (Score 4, Insightful) 515

by Austerity Empowers (#49328887) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

Seriously, this is the dumbest thing ever. Just make the code work. I don't care at all if women wrote it. There are so many issues that actually matter, and this isn't one of them.

Moreover, it's probably sexist. We have established that there is a gender imbalance issue in the workplace. If the requirement is that two women are in close collusion on the project, that's statistically less likely than two men (which may number 5:1 in some fields, including mine). The mathematical proof is left to the reader, but select 2 from N where N is a collection of one of three genders with a skewed distribution: Male, Female & No Interaction where No Interaction defines tasks that are purely self-contained and represents the greatest part of the distribution. The way to pass this test then is to force your women to work together and isolate them, functionally, from the men. The odds of those two interacting increases dramatically (but as much of our work is solitary, it's not a definite). To get definite interaction you need to have a woman work on the user facing portions of the code (i.e. "outside" the engine) and another who is a user. Either way this doesn't strike me as good for anybody, and certainly doesn't seem very equal opportunity/diverse/ideal or even rational.

It has to be much, much worse on the kinds of software projects I see a lot these days. Someone buys/acquires some code written elsewhere by persons gender unknown but almost certainly male (more so as the software approaches the OS/hardware level). You can have an entire company of women tying their code into this codebase and they may never write a function for each other, each tackling this big hairball independently for her own module. They may not have cause to interact, and your all-woman company fails the test.

Bad idea. In any event I don't think it solves any issues I see affecting women in the workplace in a helpful way, it just seems to be more distracting data-points leading away from the cause of the actual problem that should be examined.

Comment: Re:Quantum Computing Required? (Score 1) 291

by Austerity Empowers (#49328107) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk

For at least 15 years people have been making noise about quantum computing and how it's right around the corner and they just need some funding. That said it's been worked on for 15 years and has been funded and like some other technologies, has remained in research, not development. This is just a marketing pitch shifted.

I have no idea if quantum computing will ever be a thing we want to use, but I know we're going to keep talking about it like we talk about nuclear fusion being humanities salvation.

Comment: Re:Move more, eat less (Score 4, Insightful) 487

by Austerity Empowers (#49327923) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

As far as I'm concerned this is the real problem. Most meals come with way, way more calories than you should have, particularly if you're eating any form of take-out. To the point where you may be eating two days of food in one sitting, and not really even realize it. I looked at one meal at a restaurant my wife likes, and calculated 4500 calories. We like to laugh at the imgur photos with the fat person and 5 buckets of KFC, but this particular meal did not look nearly so gluttonous.

Eat slowly, take drinks, but if you clean your plate like mom asked then you just ate 2 days worth of food in one sitting and probably didn't even realize it (and will be hungry in a few hours, depending on how starchy it all was). I've lost 50 lbs by just packing my own food 19/21 meals a week (and actually eating 3x a day, which goes to OPs point about spacing things out a bit, which does help). Not only does it save a ton of money, it takes the pounds off.

Take-out has a dilemma, in that labor and rent is a high cost to them, so they tend to give you too much food which is relatively cheap in the US to make you feel like you got your money's worth. But what we really need is half that amount of food, spaced better through the day.

Comment: Re:Normal women... (Score 2) 759

I understand, and those people are playing politics, and anyone with a brain realizes that they've set themselves up to lose badly. The question is whether going for the kill really benefits anyone. The best possible resolution is for the project leads to just change the name already, before further drama ensues.

The rational outcomes of this effort are this:
- Github would sensibly decide it is not going to be the censor police for project names, content, comments, submissions etc. This isn't misogyny, something of this size can't possibly be expected to play censor for everything. They will take unnecessary heat for this because of allegations of misogyny, but if they have a brain they will have to choose to do nothing or else invest infinite time in idiocy. Because of this, 10000 new projects with idiotic names will arise based on GIFT ( The perpetrators of the politics will have been "beaten" to the collective benefit of precisely no one.
- The project maintainer, having been incensed by various "feminist" trolls will likely keep the project name in spite of common sense.

The ideal outcome is for the project maintainer to simply take the high-road and change his project to something less silly, because it IS funny but it's a needless distraction for his project, and a good project leader tries to avoid those. Is DICSS about fighting "feminist" trolls, or is it about...whatever it is actually about, I can't be bothered to look. Further, he ostensibly made his project open source and on GitHub to attract developers, and possibly corporate ($$$) support, and anything that detracts from that is actively hurting him.

It has been formally researched, the best way to combat trolls is just to remove the wind from their sails. Certainly in this case it will remove ad revenue from what will almost certainly become a set of circular click-bait links about the phallic male patriarchy of open source that will cause worldwide vomiting.

Comment: Re:Normal women... (Score 1) 759

Quite a lot of open source is worked on by for profit companies. Their contributions are no less than the average guy, and it gets the job done and moves us forward. For profit companies though, have lawsuit concerns that the average anon troll on the internet does not usually have to worry about (provided finding $$$ > potential damages returned). It seems like creating names that might alienate such contributors is not a good idea, and even if you don't think you need/want them, that precluding them from the get-go is just not smart.

Comment: Re:Normal women... (Score 2) 759

While i agree that the world should not have to make itself safe for overly sensitive people, does anyone really think a project named "DICSS" is remotely professional? Do you really want to be associated with DICSS? I understand it's open source, not for pay, etc. but maybe it can have a socially acceptable name, and everyone can just call it DICSS.

I'd hate to go on an interview and someone asks me for a cde sample or something, and I tell them to go look at DICSS, that my contribution to DICSS is quite substantial, and that as a result DICSS has grown quite substantial and is very popular with its userbase.

In fact the only purpose I can see to this name is to make bad jokes.

Comment: Re:What kind of person did they study? (Score 4, Insightful) 79

What is the purpose of security alerts if not to warn people who don't know any better? For the crowd that gets it, you could flash a brief icon featuring a guy fawkes mask and that'd be sufficient. I also wonder how many of them would click "proceed anyway" if the pr0ns were there...

Comment: Re:fathers (Score 1) 299

That's what kills me about this article. Scientists worrying about non-science smells fishy. Murder isn't "wrong" any more than having black hair is wrong. We have a social agreement that we don't kill each other under most conditions, the end. Editing our genome isn't wrong at all, but there are social issues that need to be dealt with, and it's definitely not a matter for science.

It's going to devolve in to class warfare with teh equivalent of environmentalism (i.e. our gene pool may be changed permanently, and the original diversity lost). There will be corporate interest selling "needful mods" that in some cases may be dangerous and unhealthy. Basically it's headed for the same mess we already know about and enjoy.

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser