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Comment: Re:But why? (Score 1) 634

by Kythe (#49572127) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers
This is a good comment.

Really, people who go into coding, engineering, etc., and who stay in it tend to do so because they love doing what the day-in, day-out jobs in engineering, etc. actually entail: solving the abstract problems right in front of you. That goes for the best engineers (male and female) I've known.

Current engineering courses don't generally go into social impact because an awful lot of engineering doesn't involve much social impact, at least from what you see every day.

I have no problem whatsoever with trying to attract more women into the subsets of engineering, etc. in which they're under-represented (just as I have no problem trying to attract more men into biomed, psychology, education, etc. and other fields in which men are equally under-represented, though you usually don't see a lot of effort devoted to these things.). I'm just not sure this amounts to accurate representation of what being an engineer really is like, and while it may work to get more women to sign up, keeping them in the field may be a very different story.

Comment: OK, so, a technical question... (Score 1) 199

by Kythe (#48979559) Attached to: British MPs Approve 3-Parent Babies
To any biomed folks who might know this, I'd be interested in the details.

There doesn't seem to be much about "donor matching" in the article. Obviously, you don't want outright defective mitochondria used. HOWEVER, it also seems to me that the mitochondrial genome works in conjunction with the nuclear genome (especially since most mitochondrial genes have, over the millennia, migrated to the nucleus), and that matching between the two is relevant. In fact, there are prominent theorists who believe part of the reason we have mitochondria passed mainly from only one parent is to make sure of a mitochondria-nuclear genome match (at least, for half of the genome), and that this match is so critical that it helps to explain why females, who start off with several million potential eggs, wind up with a "top 200" for their reproductive lives.

What work has been done on this?

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 1) 218

by Kythe (#48616245) Attached to: Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions
Taxes are at historical lows, especially among those most able to pay (the wealthiest, who have seen their wealth skyrocket while incomes of pretty much everyone else languishes).

Also, inflation is generally responsive to unemployment rates, rather than tax rates.

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 1) 218

by Kythe (#48616231) Attached to: Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions
"the state never has to answer to the market" The parallels between a free market of companies, and a free market of candidates in a liberal democracy, are actually quite strong. When the former contaminates the latter, however (also known as "right wing utopia"), you can have serious problems.

The Force is what holds everything together. It has its dark side, and it has its light side. It's sort of like cosmic duct tape.

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