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Comment: Re:Congrats to the school, and mostly to the kids (Score 1) 248

So (aside from being anonymous, so you don't have to stand by what you say), you must then believe firmly that 'counteractive' discrimination is better than no discrimination?

Please let me know the quantitative metric at which we decide that 'counteractive' discrimination has reached a point of overcorrection at which we can then apply counter-counteractive discrimination? Because discrimination is apparently what we want to keep doing, as long as it's the "right" discrimination?

Comment: Except... (Score 2) 80

...that actual astronomers DO constantly use the equipment mounted in the southern hemisphere for observing.

Perhaps the article would have made more sense if instead of astronomers, she'd said 'stargazers' - people who just enjoy looking at stars as opposed to actual astronomers?

Comment: Why link to Gawker instead of the original article (Score 2) 78

Why is this linking to a Gawker site (IO9) instead of the actual original article at:
http://www.universetoday.com/117615/making-the-trip-to-mars-cheaper-and-easier-the-case-for-ballistic-capture/

The Gawker site merely copies/pastes what the original article states plus ad LOADS of additional advertising.
How does this get past the Slashdot editors? Was this an intentional Promo or has Slashdot declined just this much these days :(

Comment: WTF? (Score 1) 59

by argStyopa (#48672583) Attached to: How Target's Mobile App Uses Location Tech To Track You

1) The /. article is titled: "How Target's Mobile App Uses Location Tech To Track You" (highlight mine).
Yet the article and the conclusion is that this app doesn't track you because of hyper sensitivity to privacy, even though their experience and most surveyed users WANT that feature. So, clickbait headline or didn't you even RTFA yourselves?

2) "I have an aversion to shopping in general, and large-format retail in particular. While I think I have a strong sense of direction most of the time, put me inside of a big box store with its scores of aisles and the sometimes impenetrable logic of its layout, and I get turned around and frustrated right quick. I tend to avoid this kind of shopping, opting instead for the convenience of online purchases or smaller bricks-and-mortar stores that Iâ(TM)m familiar with or that offer a more curated experience." OK, we know you're a condescending douche, got it. We understand that you don't go to these sorts of places, probably because you're tragically hip. Editors at Xconomy: asleep at the switch? Maybe cull out this sort of patronizing crap from reviews?

Comment: Bias in titling (Score 1) 361

by argStyopa (#48670975) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

"During the 12-month Rialto experiment, use-of-force by officers wearing cameras fell by 59% and reports against officers dropped by 87% against the previous year's figures"

From that, you determine that the title of the article should be that it "reduces police use of force"?

Clearly, the MAIN result is that it reduces BS claims of "police brutality" more than anything.

I'd be curious to understand why the submitter and editor so-titled the article.

Comment: Slashdot is exceeding itself lately... (Score 1) 224

by argStyopa (#48664273) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

...in vapid, stupid conclusions based on flawed initial premises.

First I noticed was that "coding" is a superpower.
Second is that tech's gender gap began in 1994? Seriously?

So before 1994, women were nearly equally represented in computing? HAHAHAHA.

It's not even worth refuting, it's such an asinine premise.

Hint to the author: the world began before you.

Comment: Official Transcript of Drill (Score 4, Funny) 69

by argStyopa (#48657981) Attached to: ESA Carries Out Asteroid Impact Drill

Moderator: OK folks, drill is beginning.
Breathless Lacky: Attention important people! Deep space radar shows that a major asteroid strike is due in less than a week! It is likely to have global damage potential, scouring the seas and filling the skies with fire. All human life, in fact all life on earth is potentially at risk.
VIP1: Thank you. Do we have a spaceship that we can use to get away?
VIP2: No, sir. ... ... ...
VIP1: OK, well then, let's call this one complete. Drill ended after 0 minutes, 28 seconds:, Asteroid 1, Earth 0. Thank you all for your participation. Please join us next year, we're shooting for 30 seconds.

Comment: pain works (Score 1) 323

by argStyopa (#48653799) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

Pain is possibly the oldest, most effective stimulus to changing behavior in the history of, well, life.
To suggest that human behavior isn't modified by pain is to imply that humans are somehow intrinsically different than every other kind of life on this planet.

I doubt that is true.

Now we can talk all day about the long term effects of pain on spent beings, and the concomitant damage that can be done emotionally, socially, or in terms of relationships. But if I'm going to take you seriously as a real scientist (and not just a flake with an agenda) you need to concede that pain CAN change behavior, and that in some cases the behavior change may conceivably be worth the effects.

Comment: Re:Marketing? (Score 5, Insightful) 239

by TechnoGrl (#48648097) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves
Considering that the obvious consequence of doing such a thing (and what actually happened) is a detailed review of the hack by our various national security agencies, and considering that the obvious result of such a review would be finding out that Sony itself was responsible - only the most ill-informed, tin foil wearing conspiracy nut would believe that a huge corporation would expose themselves to such a risk.

Also the release of internal emails and salaries .... seriously? How could you possibly believe that Sony would release that themselves?
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