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Comment: Re:EEO bullshit (Score 1) 487

by dywolf (#49620347) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

The intent is not stupid. Discrimination is wrong. Laws to prevent discrimination in hiring are absolutely a good thing.

It is however difficult to write such a law in a way that also precludes or prevents you (as the person doing the hiring) from lying.

Age discrimination is especially important to prohibit in a society that seems to be intent on forcing its old people to work until they day they die, especially as they keep trying to gut/eliminate/move-back-eligibility-age-of Social Security.

If you could actually live of Social Security alone, and begin collecting it at (let's just say) age 55, then I would be ok with companies not hiring anyone over 55, as we have then as a society deemed that persons over 55 are no longer required or expected to work, and can enjoy their older years without worrying about employment.

But currently we have no legally defined "senior citizen" status, only "minor citizen" (18yo). Anyone born after 1960 has to wait to collect Social Security until age 67. However Social Security is very rarely enough to live on, even for those who also receive the "survivor benefit", so even those individuals still effectively have to work until the day they due (since the majority of people since the 1970s have no retirement plans/funds in place, due to the collapse of most pension systems, reduction/stagnation in effective wages and all the other changes in worker compensation during the past 40 years of "trickledown" corporate-favoring nonsense that has screwed workers). long as people are expected to work until death, age discrimination laws will be important.

Comment: Re:Omissions are not discrimination (Score 1) 388

by dywolf (#49619557) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

Sorry mods, but pointing out someone's history of troll posts is not itself trolling.

Mi has a history of posting science misinformation, as well as calling actual scientists (including climate scientists) who come here liars. Somehow he apparently thinks he knows more than actual researchers in the field.

Mi also has a history of bigoted and discriminatory statements, against women, ethnic and religious groups, and LGBT persons.

These are facts. You don't have to read very far into his post history to find examples, as he provides new examples daily, which is what I said. Pointing this out is not trolling.


Led By Zuckerberg, Billionaires Give $100M To Fund Private Elementary Schools 98

Posted by samzenpus
from the price-of-an-education dept.
theodp writes: AltSchool, a 2-year-old software-fueled private elementary school initiative started by an ex-Googler, announced Monday a $100 million Series B round led by established VC firms and high-profile tech investors including Mark Zuckerberg, Laurene Powell Jobs, John Doerr, and Pierre Omidyar. AltSchool uses proprietary software that provides students with a personalized playlist lesson that teachers can keep close tabs on. Currently, a few hundred students in four Bay Area classrooms use AltSchool tech. Three more California classrooms, plus one in Brooklyn, are expected to come online this fall, plus one in Brooklyn. "We believe that every child should have access to an exceptional, personalized education that enables them to be happy and successful in an ever-changing world," reads AltSchool's mission statement. For $28,750-a-year, your kid can be one of them right now. Eventually, the plan is for the billionaire-bankrolled education magic to trickle down. AltSchool's pitch to investors, according to NPR, is that one day, charter schools or even regular public schools could outsource many basic functions to its software platform.
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House Panel Holds Hearing On "Politically Driven Science" - Without Scientists 283

Posted by samzenpus
from the you-got-politics-in-my-science dept.
sciencehabit writes: Representative Louie Gohmert (R–TX) is worried that scientists employed by the U.S. government have been running roughshod over the rights of Americans in pursuit of their personal political goals. So this week Gohmert, the chair of the oversight and investigations subpanel of the U.S. House of Representatives' Natural Resources Committee, held a hearing to explore "the consequences of politically driven science." Notably absent, however, were any scientists, including those alleged to have gone astray.

AI Experts In High Demand 71

Posted by Soulskill
from the skynet-attempting-to-bootstrap-itself dept.
An anonymous reader writes: The field of artificial intelligence is getting hotter by the moment as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and other tech companies snap up experts and pour funding into university research. Commercial uses for AI are still limited. Predictive text and Siri, the iPhone's voice-recognition feature, are early manifestations. But AI's potential has exploded as the cost of computing power drops and as the ability to collect and process data soars. Big tech companies like Facebook and Google now vacuum up the huge amount of data that needs to be processed to help machines make "intelligent" decisions. The relationship between tech giants and academia can be difficult to navigate. Some faculty members complain tech companies aren't doing enough in the many collaborative efforts now under way. One big gripe: Companies aren't willing to share the vast data they are able to collect.

Comment: Re:Please! Stop lying like that!!! (Score 1) 993

by dywolf (#49611599) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

So your reply to someone stating that "the shooters in the Netherlands aren't muslim" is to google for "muslims in morocco" ?

See, this is why you're a useless bigot.

They be ethnically Moroccan or Muslim in the ethnic sense, but that isn't the same thing as being a Muslim in the religious sense.
That's like blaming Catholicism for the Irish and Italian mafias in the US.


Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas 993

Posted by timothy
from the unspeakable-acts-undrawable-subjects dept.
cosm writes: ABC news reports that two armed gunman were shot and killed outside a "Draw the Prophet" event hosted in Garland Texas. From the article: "The event, sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, featured cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, and scheduled speakers included Dutch MP Geert Wilders, who has campaigned to have the Quran banned in the Netherlands. The winner of the contest was to receive $10,000." In light of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks, the Lars Vilks Muhammad drawing controversies, and the American show South Park's satirical depiction of the state of Muhammad phobia in the US and elsewhere, is there an end in sight to the madness associated with the representation of this religious figure?

Facebook Wants to Skip the Off-Site Links, Host News Content Directly 50

Posted by timothy
from the a-few-seconds-a-few-seconds-there dept.
The Wall Street Journal, in a report also cited by The Next Web and others, reports that Facebook is to soon begin acting not just as a conduit for news links pasted onto users' timelines (and leading to articles hosted elsewhere) but also as a host for the articles themselves. From the WSJ article: To woo publishers, Facebook is offering to change its traditional revenue-sharing model. In one of the models under consideration, publishers would keep all of the revenue from ads they sell on Facebook-hosted news sites, the people familiar with the matter said. If Facebook sells the advertisement, it would keep roughly 30% of the revenue, as it does in many other cases. Another motivation for Facebook to give up some revenue: It hopes the faster-loading content will encourage users to spend more time on its network. It is unclear what format the ads might take, or if publishers will be able to place or measure the ads they sell within Facebook. It seems likely Facebook would want publishers to use its own advertising-technology products, such as Atlas and LiveRail, as opposed to those offered by rivals such as Google Inc.

The decision doesn't have to be logical; it was unanimous.