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Comment: Re:Yep. (Score 1) 64

by fractoid (#47398011) Attached to: Study: Whales Are Ecosystem "Engineers"
Beavers making dams is (I would argue) 'engineering'. Although maybe more 'crafting' in the sense that they build things to manipulate their environment, but their designs aren't based on any kind of rigorous understanding of the structures they use.

What annoys me is that humans are the only species on the planet that are denied the right to change their environment in this way. When we do it it's "unnatural" and "destroying our environment" when any other species a "marvel of nature".

Comment: Re:This means nothing without context (Score 1) 265

by fractoid (#47329469) Attached to: Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo
This is what shits me about 'affirmative action'. Companies shouldn't have to be "serious about building a workplace that reflects a broad range of experience, thought, geography, age, background, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture and many other characteristics". They should be serious about building a workplace that reflects excellence in achieving the company's purpose. All of the things listed above are supposed to be irrelevant and most certainly shouldn't be used to screen applicants.

Comment: Re:SO (Score 1) 265

by fractoid (#47329429) Attached to: Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo
It's interesting that, as you say, no-one focuses on these minorities.

Wanna know why? It's because (in general) they have a culture of working fucking hard and achieving things. If you have that, you don't need 'affirmative action' or any other kind of hand-me-down or pick-me-up. You get there under your own goddamn steam.

Comment: Re:Not the data I was looking for... (Score 1) 148

by fractoid (#47322911) Attached to: What's Your STEM Degree Worth?
You need to separately classify people who dropped out in order to pursue more lucrative opportunities, and people who dropped out for other reasons.

Bill Gates didn't drop out of college to bum around and smoke weed, he did it because he and Paul Allen had just scored a supply contract for Altair BASIC.

Comment: Re: My phd? (Score 2) 148

by fractoid (#47322889) Attached to: What's Your STEM Degree Worth?
You're going to spend your 20s doing something, the postgrad lifestyle isn't all that bad, neither's the workforce assuming you studied something that someone somewhere actually wants to pay you for.

Getting a PhD does pidgeon-hole you as a bit of an academic, though. It's not always necessarily an asset when applying for a job.

Comment: Re:Ummm (Score 1) 347

by Andy_R (#47311557) Attached to: Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

That all makes sense, but it doesn't seem to match up to the observations.

The article says neutrons were observed arriving hours before optical photons, but what you are saying is that photons of high enough energy to become temporary particle pairs should arrive later than lower energy ones, which don't get slowed down by temporarily dropping below c.

If the chance to become a particle pair varies with energy, we ought to see the supernova change colour, starting off shining brightly in the visible spectrum only, then gradually becoming bright at higher and higher energies, as higher energy photons emitted at the same time as lower energy ones arrive progressively later on.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie