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Analysis Reveals Almost No Real Women On Ashley Madison 449

gurps_npc writes: Ashley Madison claimed to have about 31 million men and 5.5 million woman enrolled. Those odds are not good for the men, 6:1. But unfortunately, most of those 'women' were fake. This researcher analyzed the data and found only 12,000 actual, real women using Ashley Madison. That means for every 7750 men, there were 3 women. There are reports that Ashley Madison paid people to create fake female profiles. Their website admits that 'some of the users may be there for "entertainment purposes."' The article itself is well written, including a description of the analysis. A charitable person would say that Ashley Madison was selling a fantasy, not reality. But a realist would say Ashley Madison is just a thief stealing money from lonely, unhappy men.

Comment Re:Upstart? Scarebus? Comparison to Concorde? (Score 1) 345

No, the major reason the B-70 program was cancelled was the increasing range (altitude) of SAMs.

Exactly. If your bombers are going to be shot down by SAMs anyway, it makes no economic sense to use supersonic ones. You'd just be wasting fuel and limiting payload. Instead, you stick with subsonic (or barely supersonic, if you want to count the B1).

Comment Re:Upstart? Scarebus? Comparison to Concorde? (Score -1, Troll) 345

Flying higher and faster was always the right thing to be doing.

Says who?

Not if it takes an order of magnitude more fuel in an era where the airlines are nickel-and-diming you for each goddamned bag of peanuts.

If you think that supersonic airliners are so lucrative, why haven't you started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new startup? You're sure to make buckets of coin.

Comment Re:Yep, aviation is still safe (Score 2) 345

In one day, the Concorde went from the statistically safest aircraft per passenger-mile to the statistically most dangerous aircraft per passenger-mile. Kind of similar to the Space Shuttle: They both worked until they didn't, and comparatively few people ever flew on either vehicle.

Comment Re:Upstart? Scarebus? Comparison to Concorde? (Score 1) 345

Even towards the end of its career it made money and for a lot of people in the world

Only if you ignore the astronomical sunken costs that had already been shouldered by British and French taxpayers.

The US experience with the XB-70 led us to realize that extreme supersonic speeds don't make economic sense even for waging thermonuclear war. So we wisely avoided this supersonic transport boondoggle.

Comment Re:Huh (Score 5, Funny) 135

I never knew people were made of lead and cadmium.

People are really high on the food chain. Similar to swordfish and sharks, humans tend to accumulate high concentrations of heavy metals.

The FDA recommends that pregnant women avoid eating people at all, and most others should limit themselves to one or two servings per week.

Comment Re:Interesting conflict (Score 1) 519

This seems like a non-issue to me? How did they come to trust the New York Times or Des Moines' hot rock 104.5 or Sports Illustrated when they were selling ad space in 1975?

They ran surveys, demographic groups, advertised their circulation, right? They were using perfect invasive metrics that tracked every impression and conversion, and yet, the ad space sold and the world kept turning.

They should just go back to doing that. Why is it that they will trust Sports Illustrated's circulation numbers but not ESPN.COMs?

Comment Re:The reason they're doing better than others... (Score 1) 111

The reason they're doing better than taxi and limousine industries is because they're not involved with unions and tons of bureaucracy. Simple as that. Been proven time and time again, unions and red tape kills productivity and innovation. SOLVED. You're welcome.

...and you don't think that it has anything to do at all with the fact that the new business involves a convenient app connected to an efficient centralized planning service, whereas the old business usually involves things like trying to wave down any empty yellow cars that might happen to pass by? Either approach could be implemented with or without unions.

The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude.