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Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 1) 334

by Dragon Bait (#48442215) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Laws actually effectively dictate they have to, as they have to run the business in such a way as to try to maximise the profits of their shareholders.

Actually, no. There is no law that a corporation needs to maximize profits for their shareholders. Take Tim Cook's statements regarding Apple trying to be green when a shareholder insisted that wouldn't maximize profit.

Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 1) 334

by Dragon Bait (#48442201) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

What's being "shoved down member states throats" are almost all laws that the national politicians wanted, but couldn't get through locally because of popular resistance and the media eating them alive. So they push it up to the EU, it comes back a few year later, thanks to short public memory they now claim they have no choice, it's an EU mandate, and they get the laws they wanted.

I'm confused. It seems like you're supporting his argument versus opposing it. It seems like you're saying the local politicians try something. People revolt. The locals politicians get the EU to shove it down the people's throats and all is good. Isn't the EU shoving it down the people's throats what the person was arguing?

Comment: Re:No, you're not crazy (Score 1) 441

by Dragon Bait (#48392327) Attached to: The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

I'm still trying to figure out what my comment about Joan -- white Joan -- had anything to do with Kelly. Yes, I walked on egg shells around Kelly from then on.

If you're so ill educated as to not know what "integration" means with regards to race, and so blitheringly stupid as to not be able to Google it... you should walk on egg shells around Kathy - so as not to be a future cause of problems.

You're right. I guess I wasn't enough of a racist to look at her skin and realize I need to treat black women differently from white people. Thanks for the education.

Comment: Re:No, you're not crazy (Score 1) 441

by Dragon Bait (#48324201) Attached to: The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

So is this how it works? I come up with an anecdote, unverifiable of course, about what a racist douchebag someone as a counter-argument?

I was responding to someone else having to walk on eggshells -- so it was still on topic.

Just because some (possibly ficticious) people are morons does not invalidate the argument.

So, someone writes a blog about some (possible ficiticious [sic]) people are morons and that's supposed to create a sound argument?

Comment: Re:No, you're not crazy (Score 4, Interesting) 441

by Dragon Bait (#48316275) Attached to: The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

And she wonders why she feels like people walk on eggshells around her and why she feels like she makes people uncomfortable.

Our group brought a white woman (race only matters based on what comes later), let's call her Joan. Joan had a closed door office downstairs from the group. Once she joined the group, we had her move into cube-land with the rest of us.

Enter Joan's friend, let's call her Kelly. Kelly happens to be black. One day Joan, Kelly, and I were having lunch in the break room. Kelly asked Joan why she moved out of her nice, closed-door office into cube-land. Here's where I step in it. I replied "We wanted to integrate Joan into the group." Kelly goes absolutely berserk on me. "What do you mean integrate?!? I'm integrated!!"

I'm still trying to figure out what my comment about Joan -- white Joan -- had anything to do with Kelly. Yes, I walked on egg shells around Kelly from then on.

Comment: Tech Up Bringing? (Score 2, Insightful) 441

by Dragon Bait (#48316255) Attached to: The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

I feel like I've lost my entire cultural identity in effort to be part of the culture I've spent the majority of the last decade in.

Translation: I want to impose my culture on my team mates.

Frankly, I'm tired of hearing people bitch about diversity in the tech field and then blaming employers. Out of the 200 people in my freshman CS class, two were black. By my senior year, one of them was left in the program -- and his major semester project failed all tests (the test being automated were completely color blind).

Let's ignore race for a moment. What's the percentage of people in tech who came from a single parent home? Ditto for the population at large? How many people in tech had welfare crack whores for mothers? The population at large? What's the percentage of people in tech where education was a priority for the family? The population at large?

If you want to bring race into it, turn around and ask the same questions and throw racial demographics into it. Perhaps the problem isn't with the tech companies, nor institutions of higher learning,nor primary or secondary education. Perhaps the problem lies with the family dynamics.

Comment: Re:nobody was in charge (Score 1) 58

by Dragon Bait (#48236585) Attached to: Identity As the Great Enabler

In my opinion, failed so miserably primarily because nobody at HHS was in charge of the project, ....

How many lines of legalize was the Affordable Care Act? Just translating the ACA into requirements would take longer than the time allotted to getting the web site up and working --- and then you need at least one individual who completely understands the sometimes conflicting requirements.

No. The web site was doomed before it even began.

+ - Detritus from cancer cells may infect healthy cells->

Submitted by bmahersciwriter
bmahersciwriter (2955569) writes "Tiny bubbles of cell membrane — called exosomes — are shed by most cells. Long thought to be mere trash, researchers had recently noticed that they often contain short, regulatory RNA molecules, suggesting that exosomes may be one way that cells communicate with one another. Now, it appears that RNA in the exosomes shed by tumor cells can get into healthy cells and 'transform' them, putting them on the path to becoming cancerous themselves."
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+ - WSO2 Starts War Over Who Owns API Chaining 1

Submitted by Foofoobar
Foofoobar (318279) writes "WSO2 is refusing to budge saying (in the words of the CEO): 'API Chaining is not a set of words trade marked by you. We are free to use it any way we want' after creator of API Chaining, Owen Rubel, asked them to stop promoting their work as his own. This has led to an exchange on public forums with their CTO Paul Fremantle publicly stating they will not honor the Apache License that the works is released and copyrighted under."

Comment: Re:Technology might not help. (Score 1) 87

by Dragon Bait (#48181047) Attached to: Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

This is controversial but it should be said. but the biggest problem, religion, cant be solved with technology because religious zealots dont operate logically.

History doesn't bear this out. During the black plague in Europe, the Jews fared much better than others because of a ritual of cleanliness. Islam also has numerous cleansing/washing rituals. At best, lumping all religions together is ignorant.

+ - Torvalds: I Made A "Metric Sh--load" Of Mistakes With The Linux Community->

Submitted by electronic convict
electronic convict (3600551) writes "In a Q&A at LinuxCon Europe, Linux creator Linus Torvalds — no stranger to strong language and blunt opinions — acknowledged a "metric shitload" of interpersonal mistakes that unnecessarily antagonized others within the Linux community. In response to Intel's Dirk Hohndel, who asked him which decision he regretted most over the past 23 years, Torvalds replied:

From a technical standpoint, no single decision has ever been that important... The problems tend to be around alienating users or developers and I'm pretty good at that. I use strong language. But again there's not a single instance I'd like to fix. There's a metric shitload of those.

It's probably not a coincidence that Torvalds said this just a few weeks after critics like Lennart Poettering started drawing attention to the abusive nature of some commentary within the open-source community. Poettering explicitly called out Torvalds for some of his most intemperate remarks and described open source as "quite a sick place to be in." Still, Torvalds doesn't sound like he's about to start making an apology tour. "One of the reasons we have this culture of strong language, that admittedly many people find off-putting, is that when it comes to technical people with strong opinions and with a strong drive to do something technically superior, you end up having these opinions show up as sometimes pretty strong language," he said. "On the Internet, nobody can hear you being subtle.""
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Comment: Re:Divergence (Score 1) 154

by Dragon Bait (#48160907) Attached to: Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

...mice and rats diverged somewhere between 12 and 24 million years ago.


What does this even mean?

Part of the problem is that we want clear and distinctive buckets (labels) to put things into: this a rat, this is a mouse, ... Evolution, slow, gradual changes over time, doesn't work that neatly. 12 to 24 million years ago there was some animal with some its descendants became today's rats and some other of its descendants became mice. That animal could interbreed with others of its kind. At some point its descendants branch that eventually became rats and its descendants branch that eventually mice could no longer interbreed. But it wasn't a "Gee, we could interbreed last night but not this morning" kind of deal.

Physician: One upon whom we set our hopes when ill and our dogs when well. -- Ambrose Bierce