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Comment Re:News for Facebook employees (Score 1) 128

It makes a nice change hearing something like this from the US, especially after that whole thing with Marissa Mayer. She did new parents no favours whatsoever. Americans generally have a shit deal when it comes to things like this, and it's a little funny saying that this is a global company policy for this reason.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 128

From the Government source you linked to:

The statutory weekly rate of Paternity Pay and Additional Paternity Pay is £139.58, or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).

This a pittance, especially for those of us who live in London. We couldn't afford to live off this if I wanted to take off more than the two weeks that I'd get at full pay. This whole 52 weeks paid leave is BS as far as I can tell, but made some good publicity for the last government.

Comment Cluster Headaches????? (Score 1) 443

Is there something special about Silicon Valley professionals that cause the incidence of cluster headaches to be much higher than than in the general population (to the point it's mentioned in the story)? According to Wikipedia at least, 0.2% of people suffer from cluster headaches, which seems pretty infrequent. Compare with migraines for instance, which affect 15% (19% of men), which I don't see too many people getting on a daily basis (my wife suffers, and at one migraine every 1-2 months it's difficult to remember when one caused serious disruption, but then again she's Aussie and thus tougher than most Silicon Valley professional :P ).

Comment Re:End of open and honest? I'll disagree. (Score 1) 246

I'm pretty sure I can post open and honest comments while not being anonymous.

If you're white, middle-class, cisgendered, belong to a mainstream religion, have political views within the mainstream, and live in a cosmopolitan community, yes.

If you're a closeted gay atheist anarcho-communist in a small town in "flyover country", maybe not so much.

Comment Re:Just stop now (Score 2) 114

Uber isn't pre-set. They'll give you an estimate, but the actual charge depends on factors like traffic, distance traveled (you might have to re-route around blockages, etc.). One driver told me if his speed drops below some figure (7 maybe?) a time charge starts accumulating. For those reasons, the Uber price isn't fixed at the time you start the trip.

Comment Re:Electric motors have max torque at zero rpm (Score 0) 184

So your argument is rubbish. ALL modern locomotives have electric traction motors whether powered by an onboard diesel engine or from overhead wires.

What, like these:, used by Chiltern Railways and built in the 1990's (fairly modern by rail standards). They appear to be using:

Comment Re:Two reasons (Score 1) 222

I prefer FiveThirtyEight to Real Clear Politics. As they point out frequently, national polls mean little or nothing in the primary race because primary elections don't work the way polls do. The rules are also malleable right up to the moment before the actual selection takes place at the convention.

FiveThirtyEight places a great deal of weight on what it calls the Endorsement Primary. This is a points system where each endorsement of a candidate by a member of the House of Representatives is worth one point, each Senator's endorsement is worth five points, and each governor's is worth 10 points. By this scale, there are theoretically up to 1435 points to award, though members of one party are unlikely to endorse someone from another party. In any case, Clinton leads the Endorsement Primary for Democrats by 447 to Sanders's mere 2 points (and O'Malley has one point). Republicans are a much more mixed bag with Bush at 41, Rubio at 29, Christie at 25, and Huckabee at 24. Everyone else is at 15 or fewer points (Trump and Carson have zero), and only 168 points worth of endorsements have even been made among candidates still in the race, so there's still a lot of wait-and-see going on.

I expect the party will push for some of the others to drop out to make the Iowa slate a little cleaner, but Iowa and New Hampshire are worthless as predictors of the nation, doing little better than chance at predicting the actual nominee. They act as filters: if you can't make a halfway decent showing there, you're probably not going to do it elsewhere. But ultimately, the party has a great deal of control by pushing superdelegates to vote in a certain way, and even a seemingly close match-up going into the convention could turn out to be a nearly runaway victory for whomever the Establishment prefers.

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