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Comment Quiz to check your implicit bias (Score 2, Insightful) 398

One of the big problems with discrimination is that many people have an implicit (unconscious) bias but little explicit (conscious) bias. This results in everyone saying they are color-blind, but acting differently. I challenge the Slashdot readers to gauge their own implicit bias by taking the implicit bias test at http://www.lookdifferent.org/w... . I found my own results to be surprising, and I suspect that yours may be surprising as well.

Comment Practices (Score 1) 261

If you have an on-call rotation, then put a dev and an op guy on call at the same time. Have your ops+devops guys rotate on 1-2 week shifts between support and writing tools for the ops and dev teams to improve things. Include your ops guys at the meetings at the beginning of any project.

Comment legacy platforms and software subscriptions (Score 1) 166

This has already happened to some university researchers who used proprietary software for research that required yearly licensing or platforms that are no longer supported by university IT staff. Even better, the company may have gone out of business or the software has been discontinued.

Comment Example of U.S. Gerrymandering (Score 1) 413

Here is a prime example of gerrymandering. It's the 12th congressional district of North Carolina:

The district was deliberately drawn to increase the odds of getting a minority congressman. The district follows the Interstate 85 highway.

Comment Re:So that's what the model is based on (Score 1) 228

What? What planet are you living on? There is no insurance requirement to get a drivers license, and no requirement for a drivers license for that matter. Most states will require you to have insurance in order to register your car, but that is not the same thing as having Drivers License or State ID.

Care to retract your fabrication and start over?

Insurance requirements vary by state.

You are required to have liability insurance to get a driver's license in the state of North Carolina, USA. This is a requirement even if you don't own a vehicle. You may get a state ID card without insurance. The liability insurance follows the person, not the car. For example, if person A drives persons B's car into person C's car, then person A's liability insurance covers C's car, but not B's. Person A & B's insurance companies would have to figure out who covers the damage on person B's car.

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard