Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:show me the cold hard facts (Score 1) 496

by Poorcku (#48427131) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines
It is not even that! I would be happy to see some correlations here and there, but they are comparing means FFS. If they would only TRY to control for other variables like, hours worked, education and so on, they would find NO differences, but that would make feminist lady in the corner sad.

Comment: Wow (Score 5, Insightful) 1198

by Poorcku (#47111507) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
"No, not the straw man that all men are constantly plotting rape, but that we live in an entitlement culture where guys think they need to be having sex with girls in order to be happy and fulfilled." I really don't know where to begin and which line of thought should i follow when answering this idiotic sentence. From the meta-level fact that we as a species need to have sex in order to survive? From the evolutionary point of view, where lust is a mechanism of encouraging and rewarding intercourse? From the psychological point of view where the need for intimacy self-fulfillment and for high self-esteem is highly entangled with need of finding a partner? So "what the fuck is wrong with us?". Maybe the correct question is: "what the fuck is wrong with him?"

Comment: Re:Not so easy to do (Score 1) 126

by Poorcku (#46531971) Attached to: Scientists Publish Letter Saying, "We Need More Scientific Mavericks"

Absolutely true, but it does not explain everything. Talking as a psychologist, I can unfortunately report that this letter has some merit to it, and I can back it up with at least an example: Zimbardo's prison experiment regarding the psychological effects of being a prisoner and a prison guard have deeply changed the way we perceive group dynamics, in-group vs out-group processes and so on.

It is however impossible to replicate it, or do derivative work because the ethics guide of the APA forbid such treatment of individuals (except when torturing them for the "good of the country" - then APA has no problem sending psychologists to Guantanamo). Milgrams work on conformity would be another perfect example. The ironic part is that APA recently had a posting on their webpage celebrating 50 or so years since the groundbreaking experiment.

Many other experimental designs are also not possible due to strict ethic codes, though this was not the case before the 70-80s.

A bit of freedom is badly, badly needed and it does not involve financial aspects.

Comment: Re:Don't worry guys (Score 1) 346

by Poorcku (#45402503) Attached to: Chinese Bitcoin Exchange Vanishes, Taking £2.5m of Coins With It
I logged in just to answer this knee-jerk reaction that i see so often pretty much where I am: at the workplace, with friends etc. Assuming we are not talking Anarchism (which we are hopefully not):

1. A regulated currency does not protect from theft.

2. You are implying that because of Free-Market ideas or rules and regulations, we as a society should not follow and punish theft. This idea is so false I really hope I don't have to underline the obvious, or do i?

The customer should be free and invest in whatever place and idea he chooses to. Being the Wild West in currency terms as it is, Bitcoin exchanges are notoriously unsafe. This fact is and the associated risks/rewards are also known. Why do you want to interfere?

And to your point - The Government in a Liberal (European perspective) - Libertarian (American one) has the RIGHT and is EXPECTED TO provide courts of LAW in which corporation /entities that deliberately conceal information may be sued for fraud. Individuals are NOT exempt from this obligation of a FREE society.

May I ask you, in this big government orgy that protects us from theft, how much time has the HSBC management have done? Than at least i will take the small government, thank you.And why do some people always leave out the part where the desired small government is not a weak government?

And yes, that is as a Liberal (as I live in Europe) what I wish for.

"Take that, you hostile sons-of-bitches!" -- James Coburn, in the finale of _The_President's_Analyst_