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Comment: Re:Meh... (Score 1) 247

by Headw1nd (#49756103) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads
The density of the microbeads is actually slightly less than the water, though that can change if they attract dirt. As for settling out, yes hypothetically if you put them in an isothermic tank of completely still water then maybe over the course of a couple months they would all float to the top. However, there is no time for that. In actual treatment processes there are always currents, both from the flow through the system and from thermal gradients, that will keep them mixed in the water column. The treatment process is just not designed to remove them.

Comment: Thought Slashdot was better than this (Score 1, Insightful) 190

by Headw1nd (#49710431) Attached to: Arab Mars Probe Planned For 2020
So another country wants to develop space capability, and this is what Slashdot has to say about it? A bunch of half-assed racist remarks? It's not just shameful, it's lame. Of all places, here we should be celebrating people choosing to take part in scientific progress, not getting involved in ethnic or regional pissing contests.

Comment: Why are we suddenly beholden to test scores? (Score 1) 529

by Headw1nd (#49708721) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

So the main complaint seems to be that admitted Asians have significantly higher test scores than their counterparts. This would be slam-dunk evidence if really good SAT scores were all it took to get into Harvard, but they aren't and never have been. They are going to have to go into a lot more in-depth with their analysis to prove their point.

Also, to echo a point made on Reddit, haven't we been saying for years that standardized test scores are not good indicators of performance? Why in this case are we suddenly acting like they are the only criteria that matter?

Comment: Re:Give up "popular music" != calcify. (Score 1) 361

by Headw1nd (#49695591) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?
Finally someone picking up on this. The study has nothing to do with "calcification", it has to do with how popular the bands you listen to are. If I had a bare interest in music and just listened to whatever top 40 radio played, I would rate "Younger" by their metrics than if I took up a sudden musical interest in exploring Vaporwave, Noise, and Witch House and listened to a dozen new albums a week.

Comment: Re:Ungreatful Cunt (Score 1) 214

by Headw1nd (#49695485) Attached to: Harry Shearer Walks Away From "The Simpsons," and $14 Million

If you could cure cancer, tomorrow, by yourself, you would be a billionaire. Not any piddly millionaire, a billionaire. Genentech, the leading cancer drug company, makes north of 10 billion annually. The US alone pays 120 billion a year to treat cancer. If you have a cure, walk your ass to the patent office, then call up the world at large and name your price.

But you can't cure cancer, anymore than you can fly to the moon yourself. The previously mentioned Genentech has 13,000 employees, and it is one of dozens of companies just like it. Doing big things, like curing an entire class of diseases, require the work of thousands of people, most of whom are surprisingly well paid.

As for the rest of your "argument", if you are paid very little, it may be because someone has outright tricked you, but more likely than not it's because you are replaceable. Maybe you work a cash register, or do yardwork, or move objects from one place to another, but the theme is that just about anyone can do your job. So when your company makes money from your work, it doesn't have to share much with you. You don't like it? You get replaced. Sometimes people can't be replaced, though, and then they have the power to demand a bigger share of the pie. Harry Shearer is one of these people.

I have no love for income inequality. It is an incredibly serious, timely issue. But there are different types of income, and when you start whining about entertainers or athletes it tells me that you don't understand economics and can't even grasp the real roots of income inequality.

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