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Comment: Re:Why would anyone start there? (Score 3, Insightful) 109

Well it's not like this is all a recent development. The Bay Area has been more expensive than Texas for about 150 years now, and yet SV is the big time, while Austin is a regional hub. "Land is cheaper! Employees will settle for less money!" is true pretty much everywhere except for NYC, and yet I don't see many companies moving to flyover country.

And of course, if a number of large employers all suddenly congregated in Austin, of course land prices would go up, salaries go up, etc...this doesn't all happen in a vacuum.

Comment: This reveals a need for blind review (Score 5, Insightful) 297

Just as they have blind auditions for musicians.

It's possible this paper (which was on gender differences) is a piece of crap.

It's also possible the reviewer is sexist.

It may even be that the females who wrote the paper are sexist and the paper is a pile of crap AND the reviewer is sexist.

Hard to say without seeing the paper and the data it was drawn from.

In a gender blind society, we can't assume the females or the males are always right or wrong. It may even be from different points of view that different people will feel one or the other was right or wrong.

Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 1) 141

by Maxo-Texas (#49596809) Attached to: Can Riots Be Predicted By Social Media?

While there is a long history of "productive" riots in the u.s. going all the way back to the 1700s, I agree with your point that these riots are ill targeted. There is no easy focal point for the rage because the entire way society is setup is against this group.

I think the drug war has a lot to do with it. One arrest and few businesses will hire you for a good job so you can't get money legally to buy products so you are mad at everyone for not hiring you and for carrying things you can't afford to buy but which TV shows you "should" have. On top of that instead of having a neutral police force, you have a police force that actively enforces the law unequally-- calling the white kids parents (no record) while arresting the black kids (so now they have a record) and telling them "trash goes in back."

Comment: Can you predict cops executing a minority? (Score 0) 141

by Maxo-Texas (#49590411) Attached to: Can Riots Be Predicted By Social Media?

If so.. yes.

Look- I donate to the police survivors fund each year, but the drug war, militarization of police, and grossly racially imbalanced police forces lead to these events.

Freddie Gray's record was minor drug infractions which wouldn't even be a problem in three states any more.

Once he was arrested the first time, he had no hope of ever getting a good job with an arrest record. Once he had a conviction, it was over.

Comment: Re:Technology allows (Score 1) 629

by Maxo-Texas (#49587527) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

Most do. Some groups still have large families.

Once we are all well educated and not poor, population growth will come to be dominated by those groups.

You should consider human culture as a bacterial culture and "wealth and education" as penicillin. It's a good holding action but it isn't the solution everyone thinks it is.

Comment: Re:Technology allows (Score 1) 629

by Maxo-Texas (#49584283) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

We have the resources to support 9 to 10 billion people for a while (and there's good reasons why they think it will top out there) but the quality of life for many will be much lower.

I don't think population will top out there. I think the part of the population which has a high breeding rate will come to dominate the population and population growth will resume.

So yea-- I think we are pretty much doomed to a multi-billion die off event sometime in the next 100 years.

Comment: Re:It wasn't the tweet (Score 2) 181

by kamapuaa (#49581303) Attached to: How One Tweet Wiped $8bn Off Twitter's Value

What the fuck? You know nothing about stocks, why are you talking about it?

The company effectively did change. Investors were expecting $470-485 million sales, and it actually came out to $435 million, and revenue went down 9%. Really shitty news. Naturally, it drove the price down. If news on twitter had been great, the stock would have jumped.

This is a non-story. The stock would have done the exact same thing if they had released the information at the proper time. It just would have done it a day later.

If you think I'm wrong, then BUY EVERYTHING YOU FUCKING CAN IN THIS STOCK. If it sank due to a non-issue, then it should snap up 20% tomorrow.

Comment: Re:a scientific approach in the land of personhood (Score 1) 370

by moeinvt (#49578843) Attached to: Who Owns Pre-Embryos?

"What the fuck is a pre-embryo."

In the article, they stated that a "pre-embryo" is "an embryo that has not yet been implanted".

Something wrong with that? I think it suffices for the purposes of a magazine article. As long as they define their terms, I find it highly unlikely that they are using linguistic subterfuge to further some weird political agenda.

"If the biomatter belongs to a specific person, then it is their biomatter."

OK, so according to you, the sperm belong to the guy and the eggs to the woman, right?
Well, given the fact that they have no way of removing the man's biomatter from the pre-embryo without destroying the woman's biomatter, can you see why the issue is "hotly contested"?

Comment: Why so much focus on terminology? (Score 0) 216

by moeinvt (#49575587) Attached to: How Google Searches Are Promoting Genocide Denial

Why is the "genocide" label so important? There was undoubtedly mass murder and mass relocation/"ethnic cleansing".
Do the Armenians get some special prize, or extended privileges because their dead ancestors were victims of "genocide"? Do they get to extort present day Turkey for "reparations" or something?

Furthermore, why doesn't anyone seem to give a damn about the Ukrainian genocide (The "Holodomor") of the 1920s and 1930s? We hear about the Armenians and we hear a lot about the Jews, but even with Ukraine being a focal point for recent news, the genocide of the Ukrainians by the Bolsheviks is skipped over like it never happened.

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"

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