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Comment Re:Bigotry Shmigotry (Score 1) 536

You're right, it is about power. Sexbots would empower men and give them choice on a level never before seen in history. That scares the hell out of people, mainly women, many of whom would for the first time in their lives have to offer more to a man than their looks/sex. There's a good discussion of this topic right here:

Comment Re:All bullshit (Score 2) 265

Actual studies on the subject have found upwards of half of all rape claims in the US are false.

"According to a nine-year study conducted by former Purdue sociologist Eugene J. Kanin, in over 40 percent of the cases reviewed, the complainants eventually admitted that no rape had occurred (Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 23, No. 1, 1994). Kanin also studied rape allegations in two large Midwestern universities and found that 50 percent of the allegations were recanted by the accuser. ...

Kanin's findings are hardly unique. In 1985 the Air Force conducted a study of 556 rape accusations. Over one quarter of the accusers admitted, either just before they took a lie detector test of after they had failed it, that no rape occurred. A further investigation by independent reviewers found that 60 percent of the original rape allegations were false. ...

According to a 1996 Department of Justice Report, of the roughly 10,000 sexual assault cases analyzed with DNA evidence over the previous seven years, 2,000 excluded the primary suspect, and another 2,000 were inconclusive. The report notes that these figures mirror an informal National Institute of Justice survey of private laboratories, and suggests that there exists "some strong, underlying systemic problems that generate erroneous accusations and convictions." (that's 40% for those not counting) ...

That false allegations are a major problem has been confirmed by several prominent prosecutors, including Linda Fairstein, who heads the New York County District Attorney's Sex Crimes Unit. Fairstein, the author of Sexual Violence: Our War Against Rape, says, "there are about 4,000 reports of rape each year in Manhattan. Of these, about half simply did not happen.""

The 2% figure feminists often cite is a good example of the Woozle Effect:

Comment Re:All bullshit (Score 1) 265

This. The girl was quoted in texts that it was consensual and enjoyed their activities and everything was fine. Then her sister, who the boy had a relationship with, found out about them having sex and dragged the girl in front of her parents and police and made her accuse him. This is all by people who know them personally as the sister walked in on the girl in a party talking to her friends about having hooked up with him.

Comment Re:They'll do it wrong. Let's buy the rights. (Score 1) 210

You forgot about DragonLance. I do believe those predate Forgotten Realms and were the first books based on D&D. They grew out of gaming sessions the writers had as players and most, if not all of the companions were characters various people actually played.

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Submission Baby, I'm Worth It: 13% of CompSci Grads Have Starting Salaries Over $100K->

itwbennett writes: That was one of the findings of a survey of 50,000 U.S. college students and recent graduates by Looksharp, a marketplace for internships and entry-level jobs. For general findings across all majors, check out Looksharp's State of College Hiring Report 2015. But the company shared some more computer science-specific findings with ITworld's Phil Johnson. Among them: 'Of all majors, students studying in CS had the highest average starting salary, $66,161.' And, what's more, they know the value of their degree: 'On average, they expected a starting salary of $68,120, slightly above the actual average starting salary of $66,161.'
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