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Comment: Re: Demographics (Score 1) 247 247

by ewibble (#50007713) Attached to: FB Reveals Woeful Diversity Numbers

Although I mostly agree, I would say just because treat people differently based on their race doesn't make you a racist (ok it does), but it is all about degrees, it is totally natural for people to affiliate more with there family, then social group, ...

How long do first impressions take? According to this article http://www.psychologicalscienc... 1/10 of a second. There is not much you can do about that, the key is to realize that you are doing it and attempt not to let it influence you too much.

I also think that blacks face greater challenges because these stereotypes, but I do not think providing positive discrimination help them in the long run. For the following reasons:

1. It builds resentment whether it founded or not in the dominant class. Too many times have I seen schemes that probably return only minor benefit to a minority get overblown ire from people.
2. It diminishes the achievement of those who do succeed, since they will have been seen to have not achieved on there own.
3. I think this is the most important. It builds a sense of being a victim, oh poor me, I can't do it. You start believing that you are entitled to a hand out. Once you give up your chances of success reduced to almost zero. I believe black people are just as smart and capable as any other race, I think it is time they started believing it too.

Don't get me wrong I think we should help poor people (not based on race), with supplying education, health care, food, shelter, otherwise the obstacles can become insurmountable, but we should not be forcing employers to hire people based on race, or sex.

Comment: Re:What about low-income boys? (Score 2) 471 471

by ewibble (#49982369) Attached to: Learn-to-Code Program For 10,000 Low-Income Girls

Well you could state the good reasons, could be stated, but all we get is its like having shared changing rooms which it clearly is not. There is quite a big social taboo about the opposite sex seeing each other naked.

The other reason is poor girls somehow get less opportunity to learn programming than poor boys, where really they just show less interest, if you live in a free society then you should be free to choose what you want to do, not have it rammed down your throat.

Boys show less interest in ballet, sorry, have inherently less opportunities in ballet, does it mean we should be providing free ballet lessons for them?

Comment: Re:Mythbusters Tested a Polygraph (Score 1) 246 246

First how exactly do you test a lie detector? If and you don't actually feel guilty, since the crime is fake, or if you are accused of a crime which you know is fake, you are not going to feel anxious. If a normal person is accused of murder they may feel anxious even if they didn't do it.

They also probably did the standard myth busters test, we tried and can't do it so nobody can.

As for betting speed cameras, I have an idea beating at least the new infra red cameras, put lots of really bright infra red LEDs around your license plate to "blind" the camera.

Comment: Re:Pledge innocent and demand polygraph for himsel (Score 1) 246 246

He probably couldn't have passed the test, since the test is so subjective, the examiner knows he can cheat the test, they would just say that the detected him cheating, therefore he has something to hide, therefore he must be lying.

Part of his technique (if you are going to lie) is to not tell the examiner that you know how to bet the test

Comment: Re:The trick... (Score 1) 246 246

according to this: http://www.differencebetween.n... it is far more likely that they are psychopaths.

For better or worse, there are few differences between psychopaths and sociopaths. Some medical dictionaries even consider them to be synonymous

however the differences it does list basically say, a psychopath is an organized, successful sociopath.

Comment: Re:The trick... (Score 1) 246 246

I think being a psychopath (or having some of those traits) makes you more likely to be a leader because more likely to manipulate your way to the top. Whether you are better leader is questionable.

Captain Kirk was a bad leader, he would risk the entire ship, go down on way missions, but this was not because he was a not a psychopath, it was because it made a more interesting show. A psychopath will do what is in their best interest, not the crews, maybe go on way missions so you can get the hot alien chick, not thinking that you may leave your entire crew captain less. If you care about others, you will also care about the other members of your crew as well, and not put there lives in jeopardy just to save a mate.

TV shows and movies tend place very little value on lives extras, you may have a show where hundreds of people die, nobody cares but if part of the main cast dies, everything is so sad. Everyone's life is valuable. Yes I don't morn every death in the world, but if am responsible for their lives, I would take into consideration their lives as well my mates.

Comment: Re:The trick... (Score 1) 246 246

That's not really how you cheat a lie detector you do math in your head (or other technique) on the calibration lie questions, e.g. did you ever cheat in school? The questions you are really trying to hide do nothing. So your physiological response is higher on them so they don't think you are lying on the actual questions.

Maybe what I just said, is illegal then again I am not in the US.

Also his book is/was available for free, I assume he charged for actual lessons with actual polygraphs, which actually used his time. So probably not mail order fraud, but probably still illegal.

Comment: Re:What about the law (Score 1) 114 114

by ewibble (#49633823) Attached to: Europe Vows To Get Rid of Geo-Blocking

Of course it will stop companies making more money that is why they do it. And they are much more likely to sell the content closer to the lower price because each copy costs 0 to produce.

The question is, is it far to charge a higher price to someone just because they can afford it? How would you like it if you went into mcdonalds, and they said nice rollex, and charged you $100 per burger. Or maybe because you are white, they charged you more. What is the difference?

No one has a right to profit and practices should be fair, if you can't succeed with fair rules, well perhaps you should fail.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 2) 247 247

by ewibble (#49572937) Attached to: Breakthough Makes Transparent Aluminum Affordable

Of course you can take resources from the poor. Take water from a lake? or pollute the air, oil from there ground, why does this resource belong to anyone in particular. In this case an innovation developed by the government, paid by tax dollars, so it should be communal property.

You are also naive to believe the main reason people get underpaid is because they are stupid, it is because they have little choice, either through force, or they have so little, that they need to take an offer or die, lack of food, ...

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination -- but the combination is locked up in the safe. -- Peter DeVries