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Comment Horrible and misguided (Score 1) 449

I, along with anyone from the 21st century, should have a strong distaste for anything like this where if you swap out the groups it becomes incredibly distasteful. It's like having women only gyms but look what happens when you try to have a men only gym.
What they should do instead is accept anyone but make it more comfortable for everyone. What about the Hispanic and black males that are even more under represented than women in CS? Why is it ok to throw them under the bus based solely on thier genitals and the perception some women dont want to associate with them (as was stated in the article)?

I can only hope at some point people realize two things - That there really are gender differences and women in general may not be interested as much in computer science as men until the social aspect changes and that's perfectly OK - That the time to expose people to computers and technology starts as soon as they can start to talk/think. If you wait until people are already in grade school or higher the natural interests they may develop can be more easily displaced by other interests influenced by societal pressures.

Comment Re:War, not war (Score 2) 241

With respect to the remote weapons operators, using drones and unmanned vehicles to "fight" a war doesn't count as warfare. The reason is that the country persuing this route has no skin in the fight. It is not risking its own people (while putting the population: military and civilian, of the target state at risk).

Tell that to the civilians who were too close to or were mistaken for military targets and killed. By employing these methods you are putting considerable resources into an actual war. Left unchecked these devices could easily kill thousands or millions - after all why couldn't the drones carry nuclear weapons? The people who these are being used on have skin in the fight and the skin does not have to be symmetrical for it to be war.

The other aspect of proper warfare is occupation. Without that, an attack is merely destruction of either people or property. It might achieve a certain, intended, goal - especially for a domestic audience baying for blood. But as a long term, inter-country conflict, without an occupation to produce long-term changes in the mindset of the "enemy" population, it fails.

Thankfully this is true today, provided you dont just slaughter them all and move in. But I have a feeling we are about half a century and a decade or two away from automated occupation. We will have drones and unmanned vehicles and many fully autonomous robots of war making 24/7/365 never ending occupation cheap easy affordable and without possible loss of life to the dominating side. What could be more humiliating than living under the rule of automated machinery that is just itching to kill you at any second for little or no reason?

Comment 18 billion dollars, good luck with that (Score 4, Insightful) 301

This will be reduced to some completely unimportant sum like 18 million. Further its hilarious how the CEO is blaming rogue American engineers when it's clearly a upper management decision. Reading 'they launched an independent investigation' actually made me spit up my coffee it was so hilarious.

Comment Re:This was a dangerous project (Score 1) 193

Danger is what makes electrical projects fun! I learned how much energy capacitors store when i discharged a 220uF one charged to about 300V through my chest. Knocked me down and I went into mild shock, taught me plenty as a youngster.

Same with the energy stored in flywheels, i wondered why the metal cylinder i was spinning was deforming so badly then calculated it was because the g-force of acceleration exceeded 2 thousand gravities. Luckily no one was killed in the second one. It sure gave me some excitement and drove my early desire to learn engineering.

Comment Re:Study of stings was flawed (Score 1) 30

Women were not included in the study design, and it was not race insensitive.

For all we know, there could be different reactions, based on pain response, just as people from some regions can't tolerate milk or alcohol, while others can.

Sounds to me like you want to be stung on the penis. Go ahead and let us all know how that turns out for you.

Comment Re:Yay, government! (Score 1) 956

Not a single person at the government school or the government police force who mistreated this kid will ever face even a mild consequence. No one will apologize for their role.

Not true at all. Obviously some promotions are in order and that's not a mild consequence.

Comment Re:Aussie cops get sportscars for community outrea (Score 1) 122

If US cops want something like a Porsche or Lamborghini for their DARE propaganda vehicle, they simply start an asset forfeiture against the local coke dealer....

Since when did you have to break the law to get your assets forfeited? Here in America you can have your Porsche stolen by the cops just because they don't like you, no actual crime or evidence needed. Good luck getting it back too.

Comment Identity theft? Try blackmail mitigation instead.. (Score 3, Insightful) 71

Given this opm hack along with Ashley Madison and other cross correlating data that's been hacked, id assume the bigger threat is blackmail here. Sadly data security, even on sensitive military databases, is neglected and not even up to the crappy standards of many businesses.

Comment False dichotomy (Score 5, Interesting) 442

We spend next to nothing on space exploration. The tons of waste and needless pork projects in government needs to go first. If trump is half as capable at business as he claims then there should be plenty of surplus to do both without cutting funding or raising taxes.

It's not hard to admit errors that are [only] cosmetically wrong. -- J.K. Galbraith