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Comment: Re:Value (Score 1) 157

Wait, what?

The entire body is built in a different way. The primary body components are a "sled" with the powertrain and battery packs. This rigid sled makes the vehicle's center of gravity substantially lower than any other vehicle and makes the passenger compartment substantially more rigid. Both of these things result in a much higher safety than any other vehicle on the road.

Second, the vehicle is entirely drive-by-wire, which may scare the luddites, but is really the future of automotive technology.

Third, it's not only the fastest accelerating production care EVER built for under $1 million (and it only costs $95k in that config), but it also had the single highest rating ever given out by "Consumer Reports", last year, beating every single Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Ferrari, Cadillac, etc in their metrics (drivability, comfort, quality, performance, style).

http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/0...

It also received the highest rating ever given to any car by Car & Driver magazine.

It beats the 7-series BMW and the Jaguar S-Type and the Audi A8 on a level playing field.

"a Ford Fusion"

LOL

Comment: Re:More feminist bullshit (Score 1) 718

by SecurityTheatre (#48114947) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win

I don't even know anything about the case you're talking about and I don't care to read about it, but I will say that I address all unsupported accusations, whether from a man, woman, child, monkey, dolphin or all-knowing sky fairy... with a grain of salt and a query to show me the evidence.

A large chunk of crimes reported are false reports. It's not a majority, but it's enough to be scary and justify investigating all accusations carefully.

Comment: Re:Practice colony in Antarctica first? (Score 1) 269

by SecurityTheatre (#48106659) Attached to: MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

enty of water and CO2 on Mars

Citation needed. What is the partial pressure of CO2 on Mars? I'm under the impression it's around 0.05% of Earth. A large gas extraction facility would be required to collect enough CO2 to provide for a modest greenhouse.

I also am under the impression that our best guess is that water is a trace element on Mars. Sure, large scale industrial mining operations could turn up a measurable quantity of water, but I don't think that it's as simple as melting some snow.

Comment: Re:That's a problem we have (Score 1) 561

by SecurityTheatre (#47664819) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

That's the thing about IT. Almost all of the best IT people and technologists are self-taught, usually beginning in their teens.

So, if there is a gender diversity issue here, it comes even before finishing University. Possibly even before STARTING University.

I applaud efforts to balance opportunities for everyone, honestly. But I shy away from those efforts that take the form of "giving special treatment to xx group".

It's disheartening to see that approaching 65% of University applicants are now female. IT is an isolated area where there is a huge disparity, but it isn't too much different from other fields, such as education, where it is 80% female. That certainly is a field where there is active discrimination going on, in the other direction.

But placing the blame on IT shops and their hiring managers is misguided and wrong. There are fundamental demographic issues that can't be addressed by short-term fixes and "diversity hiring" programs.

Comment: Re:55% White (Score 1) 561

by SecurityTheatre (#47664649) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

The bulk of Apple's employees are outside California. Apple has almost 80,000 employees, only 10,000 or so are at the corporate headquarters.

Also, Palo Alto and Cupertino are approximately 60% white. You have to drive 2-6 hours to get to many of the areas that are predominately latino.

But regardless of this, more than 70% of Apple's workforce is distributed around the US (outside California) and Western Europe. About 5% are in Asia.

Comment: Re: Now it's unfair.... (Score 1) 561

by SecurityTheatre (#47664325) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

I chuckled. I ran a business with a black friend years ago, and I had to do the opposite. If I gave him my share outright and we made him a 100% owner, we got all sorts of grants and preferential treatment for RFP responses, bonus points on scoring metrics, tax breaks, the works. We opted not to do that, because we wanted to protest the unfair business practice, but we went out of business. You learn. :-(

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