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Comment: Surprise: Most People Voted Otherwise (Score 1) 497

by Prien715 (#48875121) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

It may seem odd, but most people in last election voted for Democrats, who have climate change as part of their platform.

In 2012, the first congressional election after the last round of gerrymandering, Democratic House candidates won 50.59 percent of the vote — or 1.37 million more votes than Republican candidates — yet secured only 201 seats in Congress, compared to 234 seats for Republicans. The House of Representatives, the “people’s house,” no longer requires the most votes for power. source

So blaming "democracy" seems a little odd -- especially since we're a Republic.

Comment: *Sigh* (Score 0) 224

by Prien715 (#48664823) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

Just once I'd like to see a discussion on /. where women's experiences aren't discounted.

Maybe women have experiences men don't have and that we can't understand? Maybe us men shouldn't poo poo statistics just because they haven't "seen" discriminatory actions in the same way I shouldn't don't say there's no "racial bias" in policing just because I haven't experienced it personally (and probably won't).

But maybe I'm hoping for too much. Has /. even had a female on staff ever?

Comment: Re:News at 11.. (Score 1) 719

by Prien715 (#48637235) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Crackers are white people who brag. As William Shakespeare wrote:
"What cracker is this same that deafs our ears with this abundance of superfluous breath?" [from King John]

In that sense, I suppose, given the demographics of the hacker community and its outsize ego, maybe "cracker" is appropriate?

Comment: Re:Watson is a scientist (Score 1) 235

by Prien715 (#48567241) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

measurable intelligence between sub-Saharan Black Africans and Ashkenazi Jews

Can anyone name me a black sub-suharan psychologist? Now, let's try the same with Ashkenazi Jews. (Freud comes to mind immediately for me -- but he's not the only brilliant mind)

I find it simpler to explain the differences in the tests with the differences of the people who created them.

Comment: I don't blame WalMart Employees (Score 4, Insightful) 287

by Prien715 (#48430911) Attached to: Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

After all, when your employer pays you terribly, why do you care? Reject the idea, customer complains to your manager. Who is also, may not be the brightest star in the constellation, who may discipline/fire you.

Also? Average wage at WalMart: $8/hr (weekly: 8*8=64 * 5 days=$320). Which means, pulling this once and reselling the console is almost a week's pay. Taking $300 from WalMart, whose family owns more money than the bottom 42% of the US combined to feed your family doesn't seem like the most heartless crime in the world.

Comment: Bias much? (Score 1) 350

by Prien715 (#48380951) Attached to: Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Despite not being able to find anything of "significance" (there is actually a 7% difference in his own data!), Bennett starts not with the neutral headline "Do Black Women Experience Discrimination Breastfeeding", but with "Debunking" -- which assumes is patently false. This assumption is probably because of the amount of experience he has breastfeeding. Or being black.

I'm a white male as well, but sheesh, white priviledge much sir?

Comment: Re:Real cross-platform is HARD (Score 1) 525

by Prien715 (#48373729) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform

The framework must provide for platform-independent ways to do things so that it is easier/shorter to do it the right way than using a naive but non-portable approach.

You're totally right. Otherwise, it flies in the face of the virtue of laziness. If the easiest way to do something is cross-platform, you'll write all your code to be cross-platform whether the project requires it or not. Requirements, after all, always change;)

Comment: I'm optimistic... (Score 5, Interesting) 267

by Prien715 (#48329235) Attached to: 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

After the terrible new trilogy, I'm cautiously excited by the new movie written by Lawrence Kasdan, who had zero involvement with the episodes 1-4, but did write such films as The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

They'll be plenty of eye candy (to be sure -- so did the originals!), but maybe having a good writer (who made almost all the Star Wars films you love -- and none of the ones you hate) means you'll have a good story?

Comment: Re:Hiring managers perspective (Score 4, Funny) 574

by Prien715 (#48307601) Attached to: The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

I have an ASCII diagram here describing a technical interview.


  O -- You
  | |

At what speed does it have to travel in order to make a pleasant "wooshing" sound (2 m/s total velocity) assuming it must also travel at least 2 meters high vertically? (Assume gravity is 10 m/s 2 and air resistance is negligible for purposes of this exercise).

Comment: Re:Terrible (Score 3, Interesting) 430

by Prien715 (#48305553) Attached to: Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

allowing gay marriage will mean fewer "traditional" marriages.

To play devil's advocate, if bisexuality exists, then yes, it very well may.

Not that it's a reason against it. To me, a traditional marriage is where the partners stay together until death parts them -- gay/straight/otherwise.

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