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Comment: Re:Bullshit Stats. (Score 1) 495

by hawk (#48442705) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

There are lots of reasons, ranging from education requited, ease of rentry/exit, flexibility, working conditions, schedule, and many more.

But when you actually control for choices made by worker, experience, education and specialization, and so forth, something like 99% of the difference is explained.

But that makes for boring press releases . . .

hawk, economics professor

Comment: Wrong real question (Score 1) 495

by hawk (#48442697) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Speaking as an economic professor . . .

It's not hard to explain why Amazon or any other employer would pay women (or greens, or redheads, or . . ) less. Of course they want to pay less.

What we cannot explain is why on earth they would pay white males more than a purple woman with green hair . . .

doc hawk

Comment: Re:So close, so far (Score 2) 555

by hawk (#48427089) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

I'm certainly not going to go read a Barbie book (I've had enough after four daughters!).

But it's easy to make a tilted description to feed a story like this.

I once saw a listing for the Wizard of Oz as something to the effect of "A white girl goes to a foreign land, kills the first person she meets, and sets off to kill again." . . .


Comment: Re:Uh... haven't you heard of LiveCode? (Score 1) 299

by hawk (#48307047) Attached to: It's Time To Revive Hypercard

>People quickly grasped how to make a picture or
>button show up on every card or just one. Now, if
>you google "livecode background layers," you're
>likely to get instructions to add a background to a
>single card.

You open the group inspector, and click the "backgroundBehavior" box.

That's it. Done.


Comment: Re:Yosemite (Score 1) 370

by hawk (#48182391) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

>What really bothers me though is the removal of old
>SMB support (I don't know if it was Mavericks or ML)

That happened because Samba went to gpl3--and Apple holds patents.

Apple would have to fork Samba to keep gpl2.

(yes, I know that the High Church of EMACS insists that there is no risk, but that's for another thread).


Comment: Re:Was this ever anything but a slogan for sheep ? (Score 1) 376

by hawk (#48155767) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Saddam thought he had a nuclear weapons program, and paid to support it. The scientists were mostly just bilking him (thus the stuff in the garden, and the refrigerator, and . . . ).

Also, we had a source in his inner circle relaying everything on this. The reason we thought he had a nuclear program is that we knew what he knew, and he thought he had one . . .

I'm waiting for the new slogan of "'Bush Lied People Died' People Lied, People Died" :)


There is no royal road to geometry. -- Euclid