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Comment: Re:I think the thing being missed here (Score 2) 300

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48741683) Attached to: Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners
Really, My company requires me to book the LUF (Lowest Usable Fair) +10%. I had to argue when the darn computer put me on a flight that included an overnight in Phoenix, that would have included a 100 dollar a night airfare because it was going to save them 50 bucks in airfare. My boss bought that argument and I got to come home a day earlier.

Airfare is driven off of the cheapest flight between two places - saving a couple hours isn't going to be a commercial success, look at the example of the Concorde.

Comment: Re:Slashdot sociopaths... (Score 1) 187

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48654341) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"
The funny thing is most animals in captivity live 1.5-2x as long as their peers in the wild. I am going to love this, ape goes back into the wild without any real survival skills and either dies of starvation, or gets hunted by the first Jaguar that comes close to it.

Once an animal is taken out of the wild and held in captivity it is almost impossible to put them back into the wild - they just can't survive. This is why you are very careful with taking animals out of the wild - it is a one way street.

Comment: Re:As a non-native speaker (Score 1) 100

Could it be a take on Kim Jong-un I don't get that reference - I agree he should have used Ralph Wiggum instead. That said - it shouldn't be based on the names in the title (I would hate for any Maggie Simpsons out there being denied publication) but rather the fact that it was a completely junk paper.

Comment: Lawyers are the first to abuse new technologies (Score 2) 99

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48548835) Attached to: Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud
Divorce lawyer's best friend is Facebook. The amount of really stupid stuff that gets posted on Facebook during divorce proceedings is amazing. Imagine your ex calling the judge a child abuser - and having them have to defend that in court. Well - it happens. This is just the next step in this. We gather all kinds of data about ourselves and then get surprised when it is retrieved and brought out in open court. The rule is - control your own data, and don't have anything out there that you don't want opposing council to see.

Yes, this especially covers HIPAA covered health records, anything can be found under discovery

Comment: Re: I'm SURE Obama would sign such a bill (Score 1) 109

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48532473) Attached to: Ron Wyden Introduces Bill To Ban FBI 'Backdoors' In Tech Products
Since when do you "try" enemy soldiers in civilian courts during war?

Do you think we tried all of the Japanese/Italian/German soldiers during WW II?
Do you think we tried any of the central soldiers during WW I
Do you think we tried any Korean soldiers during the Korean War?
This is a silly fallacy that we have that these people deserve a trial, and if convicted get to stay in prison. I am sorry - that is not how our international treaties work, enemy combatants are kept until the war is over (remember that we actually did declare war here, this isn't a police action). When the war is over we release the prisoners back to their home countries.

To be quite honest here, many of the remaining prisoners at Gitmo can't be released because their home countries aren't stupid enough to take them back... We tried and they don't want them either. What should we do?

Comment: Re:News? (Score 4, Interesting) 109

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48500511) Attached to: Workers On Autism Spectrum Finding Careers In Software Testing
Very true. I worked with a very highly placed software engineer that I swear was deep into the Autism spectrum. He was a fanatic about coffee, hot sauces - and could code around any other two people I knew. He also had no ability to comprehend sarcasm - so don't even try it on him, it wouldn't work. Yes, I agree there are MANY people in the IT field that fall into the Autism spectrum. They can be successful here.

Comment: Re:Modernizing Lifer Govt Employees? (Score 1) 74

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48499993) Attached to: How the FCC CIO Plans To Modernize 207 Legacy IT Systems
Funny being that as recently as 4 years ago the federal government was completely controlled by democrats that didn't even have to listen to a single republican to get anything passed, and as recently as next January 1/2 of the federal congress was controlled by those same democrats...

What were you saying again?

Comment: Re:Killing us with rent (Score 1) 496

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48428393) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines
If it is your hometown, you have probably owned your house there for decades and rising rents don't affect you. In fact the rising housing prices (50% in 3 years for the author of the article) are very good. You can sell for a huge profit, pay your taxes to the government to fund mass transit infrastructure and move to somewhere less desirable (Detroit) where you can buy a depressed house in a largely minority owned neighborhood and pocket the difference to live off of. What is the problem again?

Comment: Re:Bullshit Stats. (Score 1) 496

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48428229) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

So people who are artists and nurses are stupid?

No - people that are artists and nurses just choose a more emotionally rewarding career than people that choose to be engineers and doctors that make more. Yes, it is easier to be a starving artist rather than have to struggle through calculus and get an engineering degree - but the engineer usually gets a significantly larger paycheck. Same for a nurse that can become a nurse with an associates degree, vs. having to struggle through organic chemistry and anatomy to become a doctor. It isn't fair to say that the primarily female dominated nursing profession is at fault here.

At a previous company the admin for our team was a male. He was the only male admin in a worker population of many thousands (with at least many dozens of admins in the organization). I was told by my previous groups admin to be nice to him, he didn't fit in with the engineers - as he was an outsider, and he didn't fit in with the admins - because he was a male. Last I heard from him he got his MBA and is now managing a rather large group. He move up and out - others can as well.

Comment: Re:Math is hard (Score 2) 561

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48426711) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Misogyny is so much easier, we'll just go with that instead.

I always hated this particular hatred of "Math is hard"... Math is hard - I always tell my daughter that. Not telling girls that math is hard because we are afraid they won't like it isn't going to help them. They are going to struggle with it like all of the boys - not understand why it is hard for them and fear that it is because they are a girl. I always tell my daughter math is hard - she has to struggle with it like everyone else, but in the end that is what she will need to get the good jobs when she is older. And yes - she is actually very good in Math as an honor student in pre-calc as a sophomore.

Get off your high horse saying that is is Misogyny telling a girl that math is hard... If it isn't you aren't doing it right, take the next class up until it is.

Comment: Re:So close, so far (Score 2) 561

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48426667) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

So, for birthday gifts, we give chemistry lab play sets, National Geographic books on space and dinosaurs, and actual educational stuff.

Where do you find actual chemistry sets with actual chemicals in them that can actually make interesting things? I have been trying to find something like I had as a kid for 10 years - with no luck. 1/2 the time the "Chemistry" sets don't actually have any chemicals in them, the other 1/2 they are all salts, sugars, and simple things that you can't make turn colors and explode (What is the fun of chemistry without a few explosions and fire?)

Comment: Re:More power to you (Score 2) 100

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48404213) Attached to: Group Tries To Open Source Seeds
Where your link to moringa is interesting - Looking at the production of it, it sure doesn't seem like you get a lot of density in a given acre of production. For example, lets compare the nutrients produced from one acre of muringa vs. one acre of spinach (rice/wheat/corn). How many pounds of leaves can you get out of an acre of moringa, and how intense is the labor to get that acre harvested vs. one acre of spinach?
There is a reason that we grow the crops that we do - they can be grown very densely, with the least amount of fertilizer, insecticide, water as possible as those things all take money to provide. There is also a need for the minimum amount of labor to plant, maintain and harvest the crops.

Comment: Re:Story I heard as a kid (Score 1) 100

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48404013) Attached to: Group Tries To Open Source Seeds
Only someone who has never understood economics would get the moral of this story.
In a competitive world you are competing against your fellow producers. If you have a competitive advantage you can produce more chickens/vegetables/cows/whatever - leaving the price of grain alone. You end up with more money. If everyone has this advantage - either the price of grain goes down (in which case everyone is back to making the same amount of money) or everyone lowers their grain production - starts to grow vegetables, chickens, cows, and those prices go down - causing everyone to make less money.
That said - there is the rule about being an asshat, causing your neighbors to burn your crops to the ground at night, making your profit go to zero... so if you do something like this... Do it quietly (and don't brag about the stupidity of the average American voter)

"It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, and I'm wearing Milkbone underware." -- Norm, from _Cheers_