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Comment I'm much more productive standing (Score 1) 340 340

I don't know what it is, but my productivity leaped when I got a standing desk.

Now I send out dozens of slashdot comments a day!

But I kid.

Really. Much more productive doing actual work.

Anytime I need to do real thinking, I've historically gotten the urge to walk around. Much like the Sundance Kid, "I'm better when I move." Or that's what I thought. Now I think maybe standing with minimal movement is enough.

Comment Re: Good for greece (Score 3, Insightful) 1307 1307

The Fed right now has $1.7 trillion in "toxic assets" on its balance sheet. In return, primary dealers got $1.7 trillion in deposit accounts at the Fed. No one else was going to lend to those dealers; they were tapped out, couldn't roll over their funding. But the Fed extended its unlimited safety net to them. Why not give Greece the same courtesy?

One bit of crony capitalism justifies the next? Some of us were against the Fed's bailouts too.

Comment Re:Citizen of Belgium here (Score 1) 1307 1307

Yes everyone is to blame but what is the solution?

The solution is starting to play out. A few more defaults, and governments will have a much harder time getting loans in the first place.

Everyone knows these sovereign debts, based on the indentured servitude of future generations, are never going to be repaid. At some point, there will be a rush for the exits.

Comment Repubs Liberals (Score 1) 278 278

", with clear differences between Republicans and Democrats, and between conservatives and liberals. For example, while 98% of AAAS members agree with the statement that "Human beings and other living things have evolved over time", only 21% of conservatives agree, compared with 54% of liberals. "

I hope PEW wasn't equally sloppy about conflating the republican/democrat axis with the conservatives/liberal axis.

Comment Re: It's an algorithm (Score 4, Insightful) 352 352

One could point out that there are fewer instances of white males being miscategorized. I suspect this has less to do with any actual racism and more to do with the fact that the people who developed the algorithm are likely predominantly white males and they tend to first test the algorithm on their own collection of photos or those in their circle.

This is an argument for a more diverse workforce...

Yeah, because I bet that's how Google develops their image recognition algorithms - white guys walk around taking pictures of themselves.

As is more likely the case, there are few pictures of Albino gorillas in their machine learning corpus (racist against Albino gorillas!), and hence less data for white folks to more easily match gorillas based on macro level color characteristics.

Comment Re:Fairly clear (Score 4, Interesting) 144 144

Or did they try to say "voluntarily" in the tone of voice used by Mafia dons and IRS agents, but their voice cracked?

I believe what they did was send the gag order *directly* to the Reason editors, instead of their legal counsel, which is considered a huge and threatening breach of process in the legal world.

Comment Re:Fairly clear (Score 1) 144 144

It is likely to have the exact opposite effect. The readers of Reason are mostly libertarian kooks that are already highly prone to conspiracy theories. Actions like this are just throwing gasoline on the flames.

Disclaimer: I am somewhat of a libertarian kook myself.

Yes, the readers are of course generally provoked. Many have changed their names to incorporate variations on the wood chipper theme.

Wouldn't you like to be a Chipper too?

If graphics hackers are so smart, why can't they get the bugs out of fresh paint?

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