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Comment: This thread is telling (Score 1) 604

by JebusIsLord (#49700809) Attached to: A Plan On How To Stop Sexism In Science

The answers in this thread are telling, and they don't paint a pretty picture.

Here's my hypothesis: Geeks (myself included!) tend to be lone wolves. We like autonomy, and hence have a strong belief in personal responsibility, often at the detriment of shared responsibility. See how many libertarians are on /.?

Geeks also tend to have girl problems. They're often intimidated by them, but also want and can't have them. This leads to resentment. Women seem incredibly powerful and unattainable, so when they claim disinfranchisement, we are incredulous.

In the sciences, geeks rule. Women who enter this field have to be fun, approachable and totally geeky too. Not many women fit that description. But many who don't are otherwise fantastically gifted, intelligent women. And we're missing out.

Comment: Re:"The Ego" (Score 1) 553

by JebusIsLord (#49616693) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

The whole "run government like a business" mantra always drives me nuts. Government is not like a business. If your business isn't profitable, cutting jobs can make sense. If your economy is in recession, cutting jobs will make the recession worse. Things like mergers, aquisitions, etc are equally poor analogies for how a nation state operates.

Comment: Re: Yes - Facebook quit too soon (Score 1) 161

by JebusIsLord (#49563137) Attached to: Has the Native Vs. HTML5 Mobile Debate Changed?

C# has actually evolved into a wonderful language. The async stuff, lambdas and especially Linq are great.

Xamarin-wise, there is a lot of code sharing possible using portable class libraries, and Xamarin.Forms shows promise, if immature. The project in working on has probably 95% shared code and appears completely native.

Comment: Re:Krugman is not an economist. (Score 1) 601

by JebusIsLord (#37355736) Attached to: Krugman On Bitcoin and the Gold Standard

nothing mysterious - there is no conspiracy here. Economists moved to "core inflation" because things like energy and food are extremely volatile. Inflation should refer to sticky prices, ie things that tend to resist going down again once they go up (or vice versa). Wages are extremely sticky, then things like cars and houses.

Wages are currently flat or even decreasing, while housing prices have clearly decreased. Car prices are pretty flat. There is no significant inflation going on here.

Comment: Re:Krugman is not an economist. (Score 1) 601

by JebusIsLord (#37346628) Attached to: Krugman On Bitcoin and the Gold Standard

the government doesn't lie about the inflation rate. It is caculated by a multitude of different organizations, both private and public. The reason prices haven't risen despite a 300% rise in monetary base is that we're stuck in a liquidity trap. A bit of inflation would actually be a good thing, because the current malaise is a result of debt (both private and public), and inflation lowers the value of said debt, prompting people and corporations to spend again.

Comment: Re:BMI Is not a Good Measure (Score 1) 383

by JebusIsLord (#28520031) Attached to: Being Slightly Overweight May Lead To Longer Life

*sigh* BMI is not "broken". It just measures something other than what you are personally interested in. For a populational average, it is an excellent and accurage measure of relative weight. This study examined mortality in slightly overWEIGHT people. These people will however on average also be over-fat (edge cases cancelling eachother out), so the results are applicable.

Comment: Re:BMI Is not a Good Measure (Score 1) 383

by JebusIsLord (#28519817) Attached to: Being Slightly Overweight May Lead To Longer Life

Exactly. BMI is a perfectly acceptable measure for the purposes of this study. On average, persons with a large BMI are "overweight" (have a high body fat percentage). There are always edge cases (bodybuilders, weaklings) but the result is valid and useful information: Those with a BMI between 25 and 30 live longer.

Those afformentioned body builders and weaklings may want additional research into specifically body fat percentage and mortality rates. This study was only interested in relative weight.

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