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Comment Re:i feel sorry for the poor guy. (Score 1) 461

Yes, they blew it up. With their own explosives. That doesn't mean the device was explosive before the bomb squad showed up.

If you leave your backpack unattended at the airport, the bomb squad will take it away and detonate it. Your backpack will blow up even if it only had clothes and a vibrating dildo in it.

Comment Re: You are quoting losers, so yeah. (Score 1) 950

If you think only 10% of men are shallow, I encourage you to ask a female friend about her online dating inbox.

If you think 90% of women are shallow, I encourage you to try meeting different women in different places with different strategies.

Or choose porn and video games. Those choices are available, and easy. I choose them often myself. Might choose one or the other a couple minutes from now. Yet even at my most transcendent, I find fapping toward a screen ultimately... disappointing.

I am an adventurer and a skilled professional craftsman. I experience and create amazing things by myself. My experiences and creations die with me if I don't share them with anyone. When I get together with other people to experience and create things, those things are even more frequently excellent than what I can access and accomplish alone.

Comment Re:Feminist bullshit (Score 1) 950

Basically, your post blames men for the whole situation, which is a typical refrain these days.

I hear it a lot from people who want to blame women instead. I don't hear it a lot from places like the post you're responding to, which talked a lot about treating people kindly and thinking about your relationship with the world, and taking responsibility for your own actions. It sounds like you heard in that "it's your fault."
I heard "it's your choice."

Comment Re:I am a Republican voting Conservative. (Score 1) 347

In what arena is AGW contentious?

My mother-in-law's house. Blog comments and forum threads, including this one. Talking head shows on channels with "News" in their names. Interview shows on other channels. Congress. The city bus, rarely. AGW is contentious in basically any arena where groups of people from mildly dissimilar circumstances get together and talk about our environment and our strategies for resource allocation.

In what arenas is AGW not contentious?

My group of friends and I all agree that humans are individually and collectively fucking up our environment, and we ought to take individual and collective action to fuck it up less and steward it better. But even we get contentious sometimes talking about our environment and our strategies for resource allocation. Even more so when we talk about or to the fools with "wrong" opinions that disagree with us.

Comment Re:Am I Missing Something? (Score 1) 493

So, do women have lower expectations of female students?

Everyone has lower expectations of female students. This is not a gender war men vs. women. It's a matter of cultural inertia vs. women. Oh hey, by the way men are harmed by this inertia too. Nobody benefits from anyone having their potential artificially capped.

It's not about blame. It's about understanding the problems, finding solutions, being open to other viewpoints, and making our world and our society better.

Comment Re:Boys and Girls are different (Score 1) 493

So my entire grade of 7th graders spent an entire semester programming in BASIC. Every boy, every girl - all of us. We always worked in teams of two (mostly boys paired up and girls paired up, as is typical at that age). Further, this was commonplace in most schools of the era.

So here is what we *should* have seen. Since we had boys and girls all being equally submersed in the writing of software for hundreds of thousands of children, if boys and girls equally relate to, identify with, and enjoy programming, then we should have seen a surge of that generation of girls also becoming computer scientists.

That is what we should have seen if that quality of education had been present in the majority of elementary and middle schools, and continued throughout high school and college. I assure you, it was not and it did not.

Men and women are not different in their innate capacity or interest for math and science. The biases that push women away from technology fields are small, but they accrete.

Men and women are different in the way that they perceive and process information. I believe that my industry sees a lot benefit from having access to diverse viewpoints and novel perspectives. I benefit personally. So I am attempting to correct for the biases that push women away from technology.

Comment Re:You have got to be fucking kidding me (Score 1) 493

In my experience, anytime someone starts giving attributes to a label and talking about what "they" want and how "they" operate, several things tend to be true:

The speaker has had very little actual physical contact or dialogue with specific people fitting that label. The speaker appears to believe that the label is well and narrowly defined. But on closer examination, the label is vaguely defined, and the specific people it applies to are difficult to identify at all. If specific people are identified, those people often would not apply the label in question to themselves. If those specific people do personally identify with the label, they define the label very differently than the speaker. Any discrepancies in label definitions will be waved away by "No True Scotsman". Yet usually the labelled party is made out to be an overwhelming force on the brink of obliterating the speaker's very way of life. Very little data is presented, and confirmation bias is significant.

In other words, you are participating in identity politics. Identity politics is entirely populated by straw men.

Yes, supremacists are bad. Female supremacists are incredibly rare, and you probably vastly misunderstand anyone that you think is one.

Comment Re: Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (Score 2) 825

When did it become "greedy" to keep your own money, and "justice" to take someone else's?

When clever accountants figured out that they can just make up inter-company fees in order to make it look like the company is making money in Ireland when all their actual customers live in the US. Seriously, the title of this thread is "Double Irish" - look it up.

Your own mileage may vary.