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Comment: Re:Affirmative Action (Score 1) 527

by Jiro (#49715781) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

That is not accurate. The Washington Post has a better article which links to the complaint, at http://chronicle.com/items/biz...

Even in the area of extracurricular activities, contrary to the stereotype, there are no data to
indicate that Asian-American students are doing less. As cited by Students for Fair Admissions
Inc. in their complaint against Harvard University, xv "Studies also have shown that high-
achieving Asian-American students are equally, if not more, qualified than other racial groups
with regard to non-academic criteria. At the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), over
several years, undergraduate admissions readers assigned each applicant three types of scores:
`academic achievement' (principally high school grades, AP courses, and standardized test
scores); `life challenges' (mainly socioeconomic background); and `personal achievement' (such
as leadership, musical ability, and community service). These three scores jointly determined
virtually all admissions decisions. ... The data cover over 100,000 undergraduate applicants to
UCLA over three years and show absolutely no correlation between race and `personal
achievement.'"

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action (Score 1) 527

by Jiro (#49715773) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

RTFA. That is not accurate.

http://chronicle.com/items/biz...

Even in the area of extracurricular activities, contrary to the stereotype, there are no data to
indicate that Asian-American students are doing less. As cited by Students for Fair Admissions
Inc. in their complaint against Harvard University, xv "Studies also have shown that high-
achieving Asian-American students are equally, if not more, qualified than other racial groups
with regard to non-academic criteria. At the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), over
several years, undergraduate admissions readers assigned each applicant three types of scores:
`academic achievement' (principally high school grades, AP courses, and standardized test
scores); `life challenges' (mainly socioeconomic background); and `personal achievement' (such
as leadership, musical ability, and community service). These three scores jointly determined
virtually all admissions decisions. ... The data cover over 100,000 undergraduate applicants to
UCLA over three years and show absolutely no correlation between race and `personal
achievement.'"

Comment: Re:Men's Rights morons (Score 1, Insightful) 769

But even though he's a moron, when it comes time for clickbait sites to start posting about them, guess who they're going to pick. Right--they're always going to pick the morons, because picking the morons is social justice clickbait and picking men who have problems with child custody isn't, thus making any movement that opposes social justice look like morons simply by choosing who to focus on.

(And Slashdot seems to have a gradually increasing number of clickbait social justice stories lately.)

Comment: Re:That last sentence... (Score 2) 527

by Jiro (#49709665) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

It's a tradeoff. It's not "good for them" to get enough "exposure" to other races. But on the other hand, it's pretty good for them all by itself that they went to Caltech. If I had to trade off between those two things, I know I'd pick going to Caltech (or to Harvard) and I'm pretty sure you would too.

Claiming that it's good for someone to discriminate against them would never be acceptable in any other context.

Comment: Re:Sadly I don't think it's going to help (Score 4, Insightful) 55

by Jiro (#49705651) Attached to: MAME Changing License To Fully Libre One

It's not the wood or the TV. It's that home consoles are so good that arcade games are not superior to them. That was what finally killed the arcade.

That's why most surviving arcade games are sit-down driving and racing games, DDR clones, or other types of games with big pieces of hardware that you probably won't have at home. You're also not going to have ticket games at home.

Comment: Re:I can see this running afoul of.... (Score 1) 544

by Jiro (#49695937) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill

By that reasoning, the government can force you to become Christian to use public schools. "Nobody is required by law to become Christian; they just can't use the public schools."

The unconstitutional conditions doctrie prohibits the government from conditioning a benefit on giving up a constitutional right.

 

Comment: Re:Same stuff, different day (Score 2, Insightful) 296

by Jiro (#49648479) Attached to: A Visual Walk Through Amazon's Impact On One Seattle Neighborhood

The reference to "brogrammer" indicates that this is a social justice complaint. They tend to treat tech companies as part of the capitalist enemy, and that transforms "different people use different architecture" into "people with the wrong architecture are disruptive".

Comment: Re:HIPPA is healthcare's "classified" (Score 0) 532

by Jiro (#49629401) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

While HIPPA has good parts and bad parts, one of the things it is routinely used for is to provide "privacy" as an excuse for anything a healthcare organization doesn't feel like talking about, in the same way that "privileged" or "classified" is used by governments.

She called them up on the phone to ask what the codes mean.

Not telling this to someone over the phone really is a measure to take to protect privacy. How do they know who's calling them over the phone? Anyone can say "I'm the patient, tell me".

Comment: Re:No mention of iPad in the summary? (Score 1) 160

by Jiro (#49562289) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

Finding the information you need to do it takes less time the more you understand. You have successfully taken an hour to find enough information to install it with your level of knowledge, but not with everyone's level of knowledge. Furthermore, even an hour really sucks when we're talking about a consumer product.

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