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Comment: Re:So she can do to the US... (Score 1) 287

by serviscope_minor (#49368913) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid

I'm a rabid left-wing radical, and apparently a fiscal conservative as well.

This is why I can't stand the fake left-right divide, it's trying to project a high dimensional thing down onto a one dimensional space and it's just too coarse.

Furtunately some people are taking a stand against it. For the UK bigots/xenophobes tended to the conservatives so it was always seen as a right wing thing. Now we have the UKIP which is the bigot's leftie party.

While I jest, I'm seriously hoping we end up with a multiparty government. We've already got 4 (juuuuuust---though the Green's one MP barely counts), but more parties is a better opportunity to represent the political spectrum. It's likely we might end up with Consrevative, Labour, Lib Dem, Green, UKIP and SNP this time round, which will be historic.

A Libertarian wants a government that doesn't defend rights, but defends contracts.

Depends which libertarian. The internet is infested with internet-libertarians who think all govenment==evil, and you should enforce contracts via a private army.

Comment: Re:Simplr math ... (Score 1) 287

by serviscope_minor (#49368881) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid

You come off like misogynist assholes to regular people if you try.

Her gender has nothing to do with it: the mental obsession with outsourcing, offshoring, mergers and splits is what caused the problem. This is a non gender specific disease which has infected a large number of professional CEOs.

Comment: Re:And why not? (Score 2) 113

by tp1024 (#49367785) Attached to: Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

The Three Gorges Dam isn't primarily a hydroelectric scheme. It's primary purpose is to protect the lower parts of the Jangtze river from flooding, which has regularly affected some 10-20 mio people.

But you could say the same about lignite or other coal strip-mines. Lignite mining in Germany has stripped some 1500km^2 so far and is still ongoing.

Comment: Re:Complete article (Score 2) 272

by Kohath (#49367107) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

Plagues are natural. Eradicating them is artificial. Saying "changes are not natural" is like saying "warmth in the winter is not natural" and then breaking all the windows in your house on the coldest day of the year. I realize you think "natural" is synonymous with perfect holiness and righteousness, but this is a science topic, so please keep your arguments rational.

Comment: Re:Simplr math ... (Score 1) 287

by sumdumass (#49366337) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid

I doubt that. She seems like less of a bitch than Hillary, is more media and business friendly in ways Hillary simply tries to put on a show about, and not too many people outside the tech world actually hate her.

Outside of her name sounding foreign, I would think she has just as much chance as any other woman running. I bet she would be picked as a vice president candidate too- if the primaries don't get too ugly.

Comment: Re:Seems unlikely to work (Score 1) 55

by sumdumass (#49366231) Attached to: Australian Government Outlines Website-Blocking Scheme

I don't know why it should be easier to get a conviction, the laws were either broken and there is proof of it or there isn't. I would hate to be in a court system that decides you were warned 3 times by means outside the court so you are more likely guilty on the same evidence.

Now I can see where the modus operandi is used to determine Mes Rea but I'm not sure the type of copyright laws being addressed need that level of detail. Displaying the willingness to subvert a blocking mechanism would show intent to violate the copyright.

Comment: Re:This whole issue needs to be buried (Score 1) 313

We're told all the time about how hard it is for women to get ahead in STEM. One would think that women if anything would look out for the interests of other women and try to help them out knowing that it is harder for them? Right?

[citation needed]

You're just speculating about psychology here. Since you love providing alternative exoanations to me, I shall provide one to you: if there is a systematic societial bias, one would expect both genders to pick up on it.

Besides, there's a whole field of study called unconscious bias.

The study itself is likely suspect. I don't know how but it doesn't make any sense.

You appear to not like the results on an emotional level. I can't argue against that because you're not bringing anything of substance ot the table.

As to difference in wages? I only concede that the Academic Gender Wage Hire Gap appears to be real. Your study is highly contextual and you can't associate that study with the wider society absent those variables.

Yes you can because academia is part of the wider world. For instance, it disproves your claim that the ONLY reason for wage gaps is the number of years served on the job. Next time you make that claim, be sure to exclude academia from your claim, and allow for the possibility that the results from academia may apply more widely.

It is only referring to what people are paid at hire. And it does not in any way reflect what anyone is paid even a week after they take the job.

Ok so in magic Karmashock land, wages are renegotiated within the first week of employment, because that's a good way to "debunk" the study. Back in the real world, I've never met anyone in academia who renegotiated salary week into a job.

Regardless, I'm happy to cite the statistics if you like.

Sure, but only if your statistics meet the same rigorous auditing that you're demanding from mine, otherwise you are showing very strong double standards.

Comment: Re:This whole issue needs to be buried (Score 1) 313

what male AND FEMALE managers

Why do you keep bringing that up? What has that got to do with anything? Or do you believe that women are incapable of holding biases?

Okay, I'll give that to you for the sake of argument. You win that.

Ah so you do conceed then that the difference in wages is not solely due to time served on the job? I'll bookmark this so I can point to your admission next time you make the claim.

I can't parse your meaning here. I can't tell whether I'm just not getting your criteria or if you're being a jackass

I'm being a jackass in that I'm requiring that you meet your own standards.

Comment: Re:This whole issue needs to be buried (Score 1) 313

This whole "equally skilled women are being paid less than equally skilled men" doesn't take into consideration years worked on the job.

You said exactly that. I've provided you a nice example where years worked on the job was controlled for.

You are citing a different study which is unrelated to what I was saying.


That study, just as any study, is going to have to be audited using the contextually relevant factors relevant to that specific study.

Unlike your claims which require no auditing, nor any evidence at all!

As to my claim being crap? Which claim?

Your memory is short. The one you made in this thread.

Do you want me to show you wage gap statistics that are filtered for child birth?

Only if they've been "audited using contextually relevant factors".

Comment: Re: Best buy (Score 1) 187

by sumdumass (#49365027) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

I expect either a level of competency in looking the answers up or level of humility and just saying "I don't know" when they do not know. But I'm not sure where the difference is in lieing to your face to sell something and ignorantly lieing just to up sell something.

Here is another great example of an experience I had with Best Buy. I was looking for a specific US robotics hardware modem and their website said they had one in stock. This was for an old linux box that served as a fax server using hylafax and was a direct replacement for existing hardware (spec'd because of local availability). After three people suggesting I use a win modem and looking completely blank like a deer staring into headlights when I explained the difference between a hardware modem and winmodem and told them I needed raw serial communications, they got someone from the geeksquad to assist. After giving him a model number and explaining why I needed that specific model, he told me not only was there nothing like that which they carried, but that modems use the PCI bus and would be incapable of serial communication. He said I would need to order one from a vendor specific channel. I called a coworker and asked him if he could find another locally on line so I could pick on up. Turns out best buy was the only one he could find so my coworker ordered it online for in store pick up. I went to the counter right next to where we were and said I was there to pick up an order for XXXX. They said it was still being pulled but would be there in about 5 minutes. 5 minutes passed and I walked out the door with what I originally came in to get an hour ago only to be accosted by some idiot at the door wanting to match my receipt to the product in the bag.

I've got lots of stories about best buy. I prefer to purchase local when possible but have such a hatred for their idiocy that I will buy online if I don't need something right now and cannot find it at one of the other stores that dabble in electronics. How others put up with it is beyond me.

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