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Comment: The roads are designed for flooding in Iceland (Score 4, Informative) 69

by joe545 (#47703529) Attached to: Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

South of Vatnajokull is an area of gravel desert with little to no inhabitants. As there are frequent floods and ever changing "river" estuaries, all of the many small bridges in the region are specifically designed to be washed away easily. It's simply cheaper to build them new ones after every serious flood. The Icelanders know what they are doing!

Comment: Interesting comparison (Score 4, Interesting) 113

by joe545 (#47573571) Attached to: Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

The UK courts generate a lot of uproar in the US (and rightly so) about them overstepping their jurisdiction with regards to libel laws. There seems to be a complete lack of self-awareness when lawsuits such as these come up. The plaintiffs in this case are trying to collect their award of $109 million (from a default judgement in Rubin et al v. Islamic Republic of Iran et al,) in retribution to injuries caused by a Hamas bombing they claim was funded by Iran. Using the American courts in this way rides roughshod over other the independence of other countries.

They also tried to sue the EU for giving aid to the "terrorist sponsoring" Palestinian Authority (they lost due to diplomatic immunity). Using the courts in this way seems to have very little to do with justice and more to do with politics.

Comment: Re:she's a nutcase (Score 4, Informative) 710

by joe545 (#46504049) Attached to: Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

Julie Horvath complained and had removed a rug at GitHub which she objected to because of the word "meritocracy". As that would imply that the fact there were so few women in IT and in GitHub in general was because women were not as good as men.

She also headed-up a female-only lecture project within GitHub.

Take these facts into consideration when considering her claims of hula-hoop-sexism.


Comment: Sexism? (Score 1) 710

by joe545 (#46504005) Attached to: Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

I don't understand the clamour to define this as sexism when 90% of the alleged harassment was from the founder's wife. Simply watching someone hula-hoop in public at a works party is not harassment and paints "Julie" in a bad light when she compares it to a strip-club and that she felt "unsafe".

Comment: Re:a pittance in ayn rands america. (Score 4, Informative) 111

by joe545 (#46046209) Attached to: Facebook's Biggest Bounty Yet To Hacker Who Found "Keys To the Kingdom"

That is complete and utter rubbish. One of the examples you mention, the Hoover dam, had intolerable conditions for the workers on it. They were promised modern homes to live in with their families whilst they worked in a desert in the middle of nowhere. What they got was a shanty town, nicknamed Ragtown, with little to no amenities and very little protection from the heat with vague promises of that the buildings were coming - that lasted years! 16 people died on one day alone from the heat. Can you imagine what the conditions were like on the work site if people were dying in the town? Imagine carrying heavy loads, working in tunnels with no air and no respite from the heat for months on end. The workers went on strike for better conditions, in response they had their meagre pay cut and when they weren't happy with that they were fired en-masse. There were further strikes by their replacements. 112 people died in total on the dam, 42 of which died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning from working in tunnels with no ventilation which were conveniently listed as pneumonia.

Your description that they "paid a living wage and considered the welfare of their employees sacrosanct" could not be further from the truth.

Comment: Re:Why not? (Score 1, Insightful) 398

by joe545 (#44485167) Attached to: Administration Seeks To Make Unauthorized Streaming A Felony

The Swedes don't want to question him, they want to charge him and that can only happen on Swedish soil. In order to charge someone they need to do that as part of a formal interview. So by volunteering to be interviewed in a place where he cannot be charged and wouldn't agree to leave with them if he could be, Assange is playing to the crowd by offering terms he knows cannot be accepted.

In any formula, constants (especially those obtained from handbooks) are to be treated as variables.