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Comment: Having a hard time distinguishing from eugenics (Score 2) 199

by ashpool7 (#48982131) Attached to: British MPs Approve 3-Parent Babies

If you are going to manually select for better mitochondrial DNA, what's the difference between that and manually selecting every other bit of DNA.

Sure, we select DNA when we choose a mate, but when you're twiddling with it below the cellular level what's keeping people from custom babies? Allowing *just* this will permit for a race of super men, bred for their superior metabolism by simply selecting better mitochondria.

"But this is for fixing a specific disease." Sure, but that doesn't make the results any different. You engineered a "better" baby. Why can't anyone else do that. What makes you and your broken DNA special? I want to engineer out acne & BRCA mutations. Oh, too bad for you, can't pay for custom baby fixing and now your baby is stuck with Alzheimer's. If we're just "fixing" things with babies, red hair is a "defect", let's remove that and replace it with blonde...

IMO, allowing this is a slippery slope.

Comment: Amusingly, this also got posted today (Score 1) 175

by ashpool7 (#48943605) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Engage 5th-8th Graders In Computing?
Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

"Students who gain access to a home computer between the 5th and 8th grades tend to witness a persistent decline in reading and math scores," the economists wrote, adding that license to surf the Internet was also linked to lower grades in younger children.

Comment: Do you even want their WiFi if it was free? (Score 1) 129

by ashpool7 (#48924247) Attached to: FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots

I mean, if the WiFi was "good", free, and there were multiple APs with plenty of antennas and bandwidth... would you use it? Especially at a convention?

Even if it's encrypted, people are just going to sniff out your traffic, because they know the key too. The benefit cellular hotspots confer is that only YOU know the WPA2 key.

Comment: Re:Honest question. (Score 1) 479

by ashpool7 (#48845621) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

It's not like women currently in the profession are going to get paid more in this situation. Increasing the talent pool drives wages down. If you do this via H-1B or attempting to reduce barriers to women, you get the same results.

The OP wanted to know why everybody is making a giant fuss about it. It's not because companies suddenly developed a moral compass, but rather they figured out how to dovetail a "win-win" by adopting the cause. They get good PR, diversity increases, talent pool increases... but most importantly: costs go down.

There's no way to fight against this sort of wage suppression other than unionization, so if sexists want to use this as an argument, they'll just look like... sexists?

Comment: Re:Honest question. (Score 3, Insightful) 479

by ashpool7 (#48833053) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

I can give you the most politically incorrect reason that companies are falling over themselves to push this.

It's the same reason they fall over themselves for H-1B and other immigration reform.

They want cheaper labor because tech skills are rare. If there are equal numbers of women that are smart enough to program, but being held back by invisible barriers, it's in their financial interest to remove those, because that will create a larger supply pool and push down wages.

Bla bla bla other factors about how it's a good idea anyway, but we all know what really drives capitalism.

Computers will not be perfected until they can compute how much more than the estimate the job will cost.