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Comment Re:Regeneration (Score 1) 217

Oh please, you're trying to imply that higher gas prices would somehow lead to a famine, which is ridiculous. Higher fuel prices would simply increase the cost of transport, which would result in some higher prices as that cost would be passed to the consumer. But they'd have more money to pay for it because their taxes could be reduced, since they wouldn't be subsidizing road costs through non-road-related taxes any more. (Of course, politicians never seem to reduce taxes like that, and once the original justification is gone for a tax they find another one, but that's another argument.)

Comment Re:Regeneration (Score 1) 217

The reason you're able to live outside the city right now is because fuel prices are insanely cheap, and the cost of transportation is subsidized. If road users were forced to pay for both the entire cost of road construction and upkeep, as well as the pollution problems caused by their fuel usage, transport costs would be much, much higher. Raise gas prices to $10-15/gallon and see how many people continue to live out in the sticks. On top of that, enact strict anti-pollution laws which make it very difficult or even impossible to keep older cars on the road (meaning you'll have to buy a newer car, which means a car payment plus the high fuel costs, though at least you'll get higher mpgs so it'll offset things a little bit), and everyone will be living in the city (or at least a very built-up suburb) except a few rich people who can afford to drive their Ferrari to work from their 100-acre estate.

Comment Re:And we care because...why? (Score 2) 215

Bad example with the nail salon thing. How many men have you seen with fingernail polish? There might be a few gay men interested in breathing those fumes all day, but they're likely employed in nail salons (or more likely own them). That field likely is almost-all-female naturally.

The child-care example is quite valid, however. Lots of men like being with small children, but our culture discourages that as they're seen as potential molesters. Another example is primary education: how many kindergarten or grade 1-4 teachers are male? There's simply no evidence that 95% of men have zero interest in being around small children, absent social stigma.

Anyway, I know you're joking about the cartel thing, but there's definitely a stigma about having men around small kids without female supervision, and this really is an inefficiency that's bad for society. Personally I think it results in a lot of women being around kids (because they fill the void basically) who really shouldn't be. As a society, we seem to have this idea that women are all wonderful, caring people when around small children, and it simply isn't true. A lot of them are nasty, heartless bitches and shouldn't be around any kids or have their own. Assuming men are generally bad and women are generally great with kids is bound to result in a bunch of these women taking jobs with children.

Comment Re:Abandon IT (Score 3, Interesting) 215

They're not going to be tossed out as obsolete. As another poster above noted, women are a majority, not a minority. Just not in actual coding; they're a majority in places in management, project management, testing, and UI design. So the women are concentrating (smartly, I'll add) in things which will be the last things to be outsourced, if ever, and aren't as subject to age discrimination. As usual, this shows that women in general are more social than men, and move into jobs which require more socializing and less of just keeping your nose stuck to a monitor all day, even when it involves working with men who do exactly this.

Comment Re:Regeneration (Score 1) 217

That's fine when you have an area that is set aside to be a forest. Even if it burns down, no problem, just wait a couple decades and it'll grow back, so all the lost trees are replaced. But this was at Yellowstone National Park, a place that's specifically off-limits to human development (aside from a handful of NPS-owned buildings for tourists and such).

The problem is with places which aren't protected this way: humans decide to take land that used to be a forest, and then turn it into a subdivision or a shopping mall (oh sorry, those are out of vogue now; it'll be a "lifestyle center"). Those trees aren't coming back. With too many humans using too much land, there's not enough space for the number of trees we used to have. It doesn't have to be that way; if more land was set aside for forests, and more humans lived in more dense environments (cities), and there was more recycling of wood products (esp. paper), everything would be fine. Also, for wood products, they could switch to using bamboo for more stuff, since bamboo grows so quickly and usually works just as well if not better, depending on the application.

Comment Re: Programming (Score 2) 584

My pet peeves with modern society are with the morons who revel in their own ignorance.

Today ignorance is celebrated.

Ignorance should never be treated as a virtue. And yet that is what is happening and this original post proves that this attitude is still alive.

Welcome to American society.

Comment Re:Most people hate their job (Score 1) 444

Doctors don't have those problems. They have to deal with annoying insurance issues, but they have staff for that. I should hope they actually enjoy the doctoring part of their jobs. How many tech workers really enjoy dealing with all the shitty technologies they work with (it's not like they get to pick them)? And doctors don't have bosses usually; they run their own offices, frequently as partners in a small group with other doctors.

A lot of accountants run their own independent businesses.

A lot of lawyers, likewise, are partners in a small firm, or have their own firm.

How many engineers have their own small firm? Almost none.

Comment Re: To be expected (Score 1) 242

How's that useful when the dozens of commercial apps you install don't use it or work with it? That's nice for the open-source stuff that does work with it, but be realistic: most Windows users use little to no open-source stuff, and a bunch of proprietary crapware from McAfee, Adobe, their printer vendor or other hardware makers, etc.

Comment Re:Great--humans getting back into space (i know I (Score 1) 54

Not a problem, they can partner with the Russians for all that stuff. America can't even launch anything any more without buying engines from the Russians, and the Russians have a much more successful military. America spends trillions and gets nothing for it, Russia sends in some Spetznaz and a few armored divisions and gets Crimea and other territory. Meanwhile, ISIS is destroying 2000-year-old Roman-era UN-protected temples and the US military, for all its "operational experience and force projection", is completely powerless to stop a handful of guys with some dynamite in their backpacks. What a joke.

Comment Re:Heh (Score 1) 444

Yep. Although one thing seems to have changed since your kids were subject to you spending too much time at work: the stability. At least 20+ years ago it was a stable career (esp. 30+ years ago, it seemed to start having a lot of problems in the early 90s). So it's even less attractive as a job prospect now. Yeah, it's a better career than flipping burgers I guess, and maybe law (I hear law kinda sucks these days), but being a veterinarian sounds like a much more interesting and rewarding career to me for many reasons, so I can certainly see why girls would be drawn to that: you get to work with cute animals, people actually appreciate you, you don't have some shitty boss telling you to work 90 hours/week to meet some arbitrary deadline for some shitty project that's not going to sell anyway (like a Windows Phone) and which no one will care about, ...

"I have not the slightest confidence in 'spiritual manifestations.'" -- Robert G. Ingersoll