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Comment: Re:The Curve on Academic Courses (Score 2) 371

by grantsellis (#49620929) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth
As someone who was briefly an art major, drawing is largely a matter of practice and having the proper foundation (which is gained by practice). Classes increase the rate that practice helps. If you practice, art education teachers have already figured out how to help you improve. What you see in high school art classes is the division between people who care and people who don't. People who don't care don't practice and consequently don't have the foundation to practice further. Because there's no future in art, in college the only people who take art classes are the ones who care and who have the proper foundation, so (allowing for the typical small class size) there is a much more normal distribution in skill.

Comment: Re:A useful link for all of ya ... (Score 1) 1035

by Pfhorrest (#49613727) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

How's this for an idea: some form of visual media (video or drawings, whatever) depicting Muhammad and Islam in a very positive light, marketed and clearly honestly intended to educate westerners about the positive elements of the Muslim community and their history.

Then see if the kind of people who try to shoot people for drawing Muhammad throw a fit over even something like that.

Comment: Re:Flip it around and... (Score 0) 300

Please note that I didn't say anything at all about men not getting a fair shake.

I said that people would be rightly skeptical of an article that was written entirely by men claiming men were not getting a fair shake, regardless of the rest of the article's merits. The fact that it's coming from an all-male source would raise some eyebrows, and quite understandably. Now apply gender equality to that and ask why it's wrong that that should be true with all the genders reversed, as is the case here.

I also suggested that if a reviewer said, of such a hypothetical gender-swapped scenario, "maybe the reason why men aren't apparently aren't getting a fair shake isn't due to bias against them but just because men generally don't measure up in this area" -- suggesting an alternative hypothesis, as academic reviewers frequently do -- that would (and I think should) be considered a sound critique, something that at least should be addressed in the paper. Now flip the genders again and you get the second part of this story, and suddenly that's an atrocity?

Comment: Flip it around and... (Score 5, Insightful) 300

I'm sure if a paper with the opposite conclusion authored only by men was submitted for review, women (both reviewers and others) would be decrying that fact, implicitly because of the assumed tacit bias of the all-male authors (a plausible concern to be fair, but in both directions), and, if it was in fact the case that women had more articles published than men, suggesting that perhaps an alternative conclusion to systematic bias could be that women just are better in that respect would be a perfectly acceptable critique of the paper.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 2) 700

by Pfhorrest (#49578607) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

As an American who agrees that the American view of the political possibilities is myopic, there is still a difference. To put it figuratively: one side thinks all kittens should be fed to vicious ravenous dogs to be maimed and devoured as the dogs see fit; the other side thinks there should be some limits on how much the dogs can maim most kittens and how many can be devoured in what circumstances, and further special protections for certain classes of kitten.

What do you mean, lets not feed kittens to the dogs in the first place? What are you, some kind of communist?

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 2) 700

by Pfhorrest (#49578529) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

given science really cannot explain what happened before the Big Bang, or what's outside the universe

Yeah, it really is quite hard to explain answers to incoherent questions. Science can't even answer a simple math question like what do you get when you multiply 37 times the square root of giraffes?

Comment: Re:Well done! (Score 1) 540

by Pfhorrest (#49516941) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires

This so much!

I am always ranting on the injustices of how we do housing in the world today and so many people reply that poor people should just move somewhere cheaper if they ever want to escape the cycle of working their asses off and not keeping a cent of it because it all goes to paying for rental housing because they can't save to buy because all their money goes to paying for rental housing ad nauseum.

I like to retort that if all the poor people really should move out of nice places, then the rich people living in nice places had better get used to waiting each other's tables and bagging each other's groceries. Of course, if they did have to do that, then they would either not be rich for long, or else those jobs would have to pay enough to afford to live there, in which case the poor people who left could come back to work them and then afford to live there again.

Either wages go up or prices come down, either way, the people working the shit jobs no rich person wants to work have to be able to afford to live where they're needed otherwise those jobs just won't get done.

Comment: Re:and people say unions are bad this is what happ (Score 1) 294

by Pfhorrest (#49489865) Attached to: IT Worker's Lawsuit Accuses Tata of Discrimination

Oh and I guess I forgot to tie it back in to the topic at hand: the average person only needed to work two hours a day to live a comfortable lifestyle, there'd be a lot more need for more people working the rest of the day to keep up productivity, labor would be more in demand, and more people would be employed for the few hours a day they'd need to get by, so there wouldn't really be the need to worry about either a right to employment or a right to welfare because work would be plentiful and easily cover one's own needs.

Comment: Re:and people say unions are bad this is what happ (Score 1) 294

by Pfhorrest (#49489833) Attached to: IT Worker's Lawsuit Accuses Tata of Discrimination

Or we could stop charging people to live. (read: stop allowing those who hold all the cards to charge others to live, or at least, stop enabling their ability to do so).

I make about the mean US wage and consume very comfortably, and if it weren't for rents I have to pay and money I have to save as quickly as possible if I ever want to stop paying those rents, I could continue consuming at that level for around a full time minimum wage, or working half days at the median wage, or two hours a day at my wage.

An average (mean) American like me has to work about four times as much as I need to just to pay for quite comfortable consumption, just because so few people control all the assets and the rest of us have to spend our income renting those assets and struggling (if we're lucky) to stop renting them.

It's just adding insult to injury that about half of Americans make half or less of that average. (The median is about half the mean).

Fix both of those problems (make mean and median income coincide, and get the assets like housing distributed so that the people who actually use them actually own them and don't have to borrow them from others at a fee) and we could all be living very comfortable lives of luxury very easily.

Entropy requires no maintenance. -- Markoff Chaney