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Comment: Re:n/t (Score 2, Insightful) 278

by Princeofcups (#47467611) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..

Newton is a good example. We know for a fact that his 'laws' (or more accurately, models) of motion are wrong. We've known that for a very long time (that is why relativity was needed, Newton's model, for example, failed to predict the orbits of the planets accurately).

That statement is one of the problems. Scientific laws are never right or wrong. That implies an absolute truth. Physics is just looking for math to accurately describe repeatable physical phenomena. Measurement is never absolute, so there is always an implied N decimal points of accuracy. And Newtons laws work 100% in the realm in which the experiments are performed. That's why we call them laws. If you want to set up experiments in other realms, e.g. high speed atomic particles, of course you might need different math to describe it.

Comment: Re:more leisure time for humans! (Score 1) 530

by Princeofcups (#47408551) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Apple doesn't need the money at all, while the poor starve to death. That makes Apple and other companies like Apple the most despicable group of people on Earth. It isn't just Tim Cook or Jeff Bezos or Larry Page. Companies are made by people and every single person working at Apple is contributing to the problem.

Google is bigger than Apple now, so you can throw your hate that way. Or are you just another irrational Apple hater? Rhetorical.

Comment: Re:Sudden outbreak of common sense (Score 1) 276

by Princeofcups (#47311077) Attached to: Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

The U.S. Constitution, as designed, granted powers from the people to the government. The compromise found within the Bill of Rights essentially listed a number of prohibitions so the new government absolutely knew that they could in no way interfere with this core set of rights.

Unfortunately, we've reached a point where many people believe that the U.S. Constitution confers rights from the government to the citizens rather than it's original purpose of conferring powers to the government from the people.

And this gets modded up I guess because that's what we'd like it to be. No the Bill or Rights are just that, rights that people have in the US. Nothing, be it person, corporation, government, or church can take these rights away from you. It has NOTHING to do with limiting the powers of the Federal government. This is just a cleverly disguised states rights post, or something. I knew there was something underhanded going on when you snuck that "right to bear arms" in there and forgetting about the militia bit.

Comment: Sports (Score 2) 538

by Princeofcups (#47291495) Attached to: Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

Sports. That is all there really is to it. The idiocracy of America values sports infinitely higher than academics. University of Chicago, one of the schools with the least emphasis on sports, has 81% full time instructors, the majority tenure or on the tenure track, and a student to teacher ratio of 6:1. Yes it's expensive to go there, but at least you know where the money is going. It's not paying $5 million a year for a name football coach.

Comment: Re:This is what happens (Score 3, Interesting) 101

This is what happens when you have a single point of failure like a stupid, technically illiterate secretary added to the mix.

Misogyny much? Secretaries are usually well versed in things like email, since it's a major part of their job. Managers are the ones who think they know everything, and make these kinds of mistakes.

Comment: Re:Sexism (Score 3, Interesting) 435

by Princeofcups (#47262843) Attached to: Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

Men, particularly blue collar men, have been disproportionately impacted by the bad economy. Where is the same level of enthusiasm about training blue collar men for an "exciting career as a nurse, nurse practitioner, etc.?" Those are high paying, skilled, wildly disproportionately female-dominated positions. They could easily accommodate an influx of men. There is also a true shortage of qualified people, unlike in computer-related fields. Why no interest? Because if we suddenly gave men the opportunity and incentive (ex aggressive recruiting, preferential college admission, etc. ) to pursue those fields, a lot of women might be pushed out and that'd be "sexist."

No, because men in general do not want to be caretakers. Do you want to spend the rest of your life changing bed pans? I thought not. Women take these positions because they were taught to do so, instead of pursuing more lucrative medical technician or heaven forbid MD positions. I have several female friends and relatives who are MDs, and they will tell you about the obstacles put in their way since they weren't white males.

Comment: Re:Just Maybe... (Score 1) 435

by Princeofcups (#47262789) Attached to: Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

Just maybe this has nothing to do with race or sexism and they just hired the best people they could find.

Like a lot of people at Slashdot, I work in the IT industry too. Most of our people are male, and either Caucasian or Indian. Does that mean that the company I work for is part of some evil conspiracy to keep aphroditic purple martians out of the IT work force? Nope.

And back to the geek perspective. You don't think that your IT society is doing anything wrong, but looked at from the OUTSIDE, it is very skewed against non-white males, especially if they are not young. When the geeks can accurately look in the mirror and say, "yes, I AM one of the problems," things might start changing.

Comment: Re:Sensationalist summary (Score 3, Informative) 435

by Princeofcups (#47262759) Attached to: Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

According to this page:
At the very best, females make up 30.4% of IT graduates.
The workforce is 35% female, so on average females are more likely to be hired for IT positions than men.

At lower paying positions with less potential growth. That kind of skewed those figures.

Comment: Re:Sensationalist summary (Score 1) 435

by Princeofcups (#47262747) Attached to: Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

That is it.

Insinuating that female workers "fare worse" at Yahoo is akin to insinuating that there is rampant sexism and a glass ceiling going on there, which is most likely simply untrue.

Except the opposite. I guarantee that it IS true. It has been at every firm that I've ever worked for. The only way that women get hired, especially for competitive executive positions, is to accept a lower salary than their male counterparts. On top of that, they have to "fit in" and "be one of the guys." It's like putting on an artificial penis, so they forget you have breasts.

Nothing succeeds like success. -- Alexandre Dumas