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Comment Wait, Are you saying we shouldn't eat children? (Score 4, Interesting) 113

I'm a devoted follower of Dr. Johnathan Swift and I was persuaded by his logical essay "For preventing the children of poor people in Ireland,
from being a burden on their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the publick.". I was in fact arguing with my google car the other day about running over some filthy budernsome tyke and the google car AI was pretty darn adamant but eventually came around to seeing it my way after I instructued to parse some Swift. Sadly by then the succulent 28 pounder had wander off and no meal was to be had.

Comment Michelson-Morley were wrong. Ether exists (Score 4, Interesting) 323

What's sort of amusing here is that the Michelson-Morley experiment, which is EXACTLY what this experiment is, failed to detect Ether. Yet this experiment is actually detecting ether! it's not the ether distortion MM were looking for which is differences in some vaccum substance that supports electromagnetic wave propagation. Instead it is detecting gravity wiggles in in real matter. Yet those gravity wiggles traveled through vacuum too. And according to general relativity my understanding is that should have distorted the vaccuum too. Thus if MM had had a sufficiently sensitive interferometer they would have detected these and attributed them to Ether fluctuations!

Comment What they really discovered (Score 0, Offtopic) 323

The real announcement is that they studying gravity waves using a device intended to electromagnetically reduce the weight of a suspended object. IN the process they discovered a strange mold that normally takes 1 year to grow a layer had completely covered their apparatus overnight. They built a larger machine and crawled inside of it with a tank of oxygen and found themselves at next thursday. Thus they could not actually make the announcement until time catches up with them. They could not go back in time to announce it since this was the first time abe turned on the machine (aaron secretly could but then their current selves might got to the same meeting and this might change the time line destroying the future Thursday.) So they have to wait till time catches up to them. Fortunately Aaron started a failsafe before he left so no worries.

1. gravity waves
2. time travel
3. ?????
4. Primer

Comment Bimodal distributions (Score 3, Insightful) 274

The magnitude of the bias reported isn't alarmingly high so some of the things you suggest and others might be reasonable to consider as origins of the difference.

However, the change of the acceptance rate histogram from uni-modal to bi-modal when the gender is known for a woman seems to be much stronger evidence of gender bias.

The bottom axis of the histogram is rate of code rejections for an individual, and the left axis is the number of individuals with that rejection rate. When gender is not known both men and women have dominantly high acceptance rates tailing off towards low accpetance rates. However when gender is know a sharp second peak at the 90% rejection rate shows up on the women's histogram but not the men.

Thus I think what this study shows is that for the most part women work on code in ways that produces code more likely to be accepted. The fact that it tends to be longer and not something on the bug list may make their submissions different (more substantial infrastructure not defect fixes might be one interpretation). So I'm not inclined to conclude much from that. But the bimodality seems to be evidence of a strong gender bias among a small number of open source projects.

Comment Solar energy Spills (Score 2, Interesting) 278

Nuclear waste and Accidents remain a problem, perhaps even an increasing one in the days of terrorists and unstable gov't. Sure maybe in the US this is a lower problem, not negligible, but where does a small country park its waste?

When there's a huge solar energy spill it's called "a good day."

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 560

That said, it might confuse people who've driven cars with shifter stalks, but those haven't been on the market in something like 40 years and haven't been common for at least 30

"Not common for at least 30 years?" Pretty much every truck uses column shift if it has an automatic. My first new vehicle out of college was an '02 S-10; it was a column-shift automatic. So were all of the U-Hauls I've ever driven, ranging from 10' to 26'.

Comment Re:Gratis but not free (Score 2) 56

You're right, we should definitely not engage with any technology or solution whose availability isn't guaranteed to exist until the end of time, and offer us 150% of the features we need. After all, if I'm building sandcastles in the sky, I can't let my dreams of creating a game that makes me a billionaire be threatened by even the most unlikely of hypothetical scenarios.

Comment Why they have to delay the announcement till Thurs (Score 1) 120

The real announcement is that they studying gravity waves using a device intended to electromagnetically reduce the weight of a suspended object. IN the process they discovered a strange mold that normally takes 1 year to grow a layer had completely covered their apparatus overnight. They built a larger machine and crawled inside of it with a tank of oxygen and found themselves at next thursday. Thus they can't actually make the announcement until time catches up with them. They could go back in time to announce it now but then their current selves might got to the same meeting and this might change the time line destroying the future Thursday. So they have to wait till time catches up to them. Fortunately Aaron started a failsafe before he left so no worries.

1. gravity waves
2. time travel
3. ?????
4. Primer

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