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Comment: Re:The mention of Valentina Tereshkova is ridiculo (Score 1) 73

by FhnuZoag (#48185095) Attached to: The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Right, exactly. What the USSR and the US chose to do in the space race was to symbolize those aspects of their national character that they wished to promote. That the Soviets sent the first woman, made a pretty clear message - that at that time at least, the USSR was ahead of the US in terms of gender relations.

Comment: Re: All about perception (Score 1) 73

by FhnuZoag (#48185077) Attached to: The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Those factors ceased to be relevant when military operations stopped being about people walking a hundred miles on foot and then clubbing each other in the head with heavy bits of metal.

Smaller? Well that means they are a smaller target, you can fit more of them into a transport, they have more room to move around the interior of a fighting vehicle. Strength matters somewhat but smaller people also eat less, and so are a reduced logistical burden.

In terms of speed and endurance, it is far from clear that women are inferior men:

Besides, armies are not composed of average men - and they would not be replaced with average women. Differences between men and women *on average* are meaningless. The average soldier can be easily replaced with exceptional women.

Comment: Re:Emma Watson is full of it (Score 1) 590

by FhnuZoag (#47992085) Attached to: Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

What about explanation 3: Recruitment processes are hugely inefficient at choosing the correct candidate based on the benefit they will bring to the company?

It is trivially easy for companies to be *both* greedy and incompetent, as recent incidents will again and again suggest.

Comment: Re:What are you afraid of? (Score 5, Insightful) 191

by FhnuZoag (#47992013) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

I think you are totally right here. The phrasing of this question as being about 'security' is actually totally off base. From the student's perspective, there is no advantage to security. Only the textbook publishers actually benefit from security - they don't want people who haven't paid for the textbooks to read them.

For the student, what he or she actually cares about is being able to easily access he or her school stuff. The worst case scenario is not someone stealing his or her password, it's not being able to recall his or her password and thus being unable to participate in class. Lastpass etc is overthinking it. Just set the password to something simple and easy to remember, and write it down just in case they forget.

Comment: A cautionary tale? (Score 5, Insightful) 189

by FhnuZoag (#47565929) Attached to: An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

This is not a cautionary tale about the fundamental unreliability of wikipedia. This is a cautionary tale about the fundamental unreliability of human knowledge. That Taiwanese English professor, those "innumerable blog posts and book reports", that book on Jews and Jesus - all of them accepted the account as given. That makes them *also* unreliable, together with the plethora of tertiary sources that might cite them. The fact that the untruth was initially added to wikipedia and not some other location is irrelevant. The real problem is the tendency of mankind to accept things as given without checking up on it.

Comment: Re:Protip: (Score 1) 667

by FhnuZoag (#47499773) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

What does the US and England have to do with anything?

It's the Netherlands and Malaysia that are most directly harmed, and the US is merely voicing opinions on the matter. It's people from the Netherlands who are being kept from the bodies of their relatives. I don't recall the dutch shooting down any airliners.

All this focus on Iran Air is just blatant deflection.

Comment: Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 2) 533

by FhnuZoag (#47465903) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

You can vote for a different government. The fact that people aren't coming to bulldoze your house right now, is because people have voted for a government that does not allow it. It's not because of your personal fighting prowess.

Power is always gonna exist. All you are actually asking for is a change from one person, one vote, to one dollar, one vote.

Reference the NULL within NULL, it is the gateway to all wizardry.