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Comment Re:Diversity? (Score 1) 280

Imagine a typical PGA par-4 hole that's 520 yards. The very best woman may hit 270 with the driver off the tee. That's barely halfway to the hole; there's 250 yards to go. Assuming a fairway shot, she can use a 3 wood and get another 200, 220 yards with a good strike. That leaves her 30 yards to the hole, meaning she'll be using a wedge to approach and then a possible putt for par.

The top 25 men on the PGA tour mostly average 300+ off the tee, with the best averaging over 310. Hit 300 off the tee on the 520 and you've got 220 to the hole, which a man can do with a 5 wood or a hybrid (or possibly a long iron). That can put him on the green in 2, putting for birdie.

So in this hypothetical average hole, the woman has basically zero chance for a birdie, whereas a man can be on the green putting for birdie in two strokes.

Now for a real world comparison: the 2014 US Open. The men's course was 7,562 yards and the winner (Martin Kaymer) finished in 271 strokes. The women's course was 6,649 yards (almost 100 yards shorter) and the winner (Michelle Wie) finished in 278 strokes. The women's course had par-4s as short as 330 yards, while the shorters par-4 on the men's course was 402.

The average hole on the men's tour is probably around 410 yards. The average on the women's tour is probably around 350.

Comment Re:Diversity? (Score 1) 280

There aren't many average men in the NFL or PGA tour. There are no shortage of women that would fare far, far better in the NFL or PGA than an average man. The issue here is at the extremes: there are really no women who will be able to compete with the *best* men in the NFL or PGA tour.

Chances are there will never be a woman who could play in the NFL. The PGA tour is another matter, though.

Comment Re: Like the nazi used to say (Score 1) 431

People love to complain about the authorities, but think about it for a minute... It costs money to enforce regulations. Departments are only given limited budgets. They're not going to add to their regulatory duties things that don't matter for no good reason

Oh yes they are. You're right they're only given a limited budget... but agencies are always desperate to increase that budget year-to-year. They certainly don't do that by saving money and not spending their allocation. They make sure to spend it all. They buy equipment they don't need, they institute programs that aren't necessary, etc. They expand their scope and claim they don't have enough money to do all the things that they do, so they're underfunded and need more money next FY.

I worked in state government for a long time. This is SOP.

Comment Re:Both sides of the coin? (Score 1) 256

In 2015 do we really believe that some Snidely-Whiplash HR person is rubbing their hands together and cackling while they shred all the valid applications from blacks and other minorities?

No, which is part of the problem. It's a lot more subtle than that. People often don't even realize they're doing it. Look at the experiment where people with "black-sounding" names got passed over while those with "white-sounding" names got interviews, despite identical resumes and cover letters.

Comment Re: How is the virus even still around? (Score 1) 254

I don't think it survives in the environment, and it doesn't seem to have any animal hosts. There are places in the world where it's endemic and somewhat common, and it can live in the pharynx of vaccinated or asymptomatic humans. So it probably comes into a country from an immigrant or traveler with some frequency, it just doesn't spread because of vaccination.

Then there's this kid.

Comment Re:Sooooo...... (Score 1) 776

Have you actually seen the movie? I was thinking, from the trailers, that it would be a dumb movie. But the IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes scores are about as high as I've seen for a movie, particularly such a big budget action movie. I'm open the possibility that it's good.

Comment Re:That last sentence... (Score 1) 529

Admission to Harvard isn't a prize or reward for having good test scores and a high GPA.

There's inherent value - both to the institution itself and to the educational community - in an institution of higher education having a student body that is highly diverse in many dimensions. Those dimensions include things like ethnicity, economic background, activism, political beliefs, religion, etc. Harvard has so many incredibly well-qualified applicants that it can afford to curate its student body as it sees fit.

Medical schools are well-known for this. Underrepresented minorities tend to get accepted with significantly lower stats than whites or overrepresented minorities such as east Asians. There are good reasons for this. One, it's rather easy to do since only about 45% of people who apply to medical school get in. The schools are flooded with exceptionally well-qualified students who simply don't get in anywhere. Two, since the population of physicians is so tightly controlled, it takes this kind of coordinated, deliberate action to make sure the national pool of physicians is properly diverse (which it isn't).

Removing race and ethnicity indicators from the applications may help make admissions more race-blind, yes. My point is that isn't necessarily a good thing. Neither Harvard nor our nation are well-served by making the campus more homogeneous.

Comment Re:Mod parent up (Score 1) 649

There will be a market for vehicles with tunable performance characteristics. It may be a small market but it will exist, even if it's limited to track-only vehicles like Atoms. And, frankly, if you're modding your vehicle for performance to the point where you need to tweak valve timing yourself, you should be using that car on a track anyway.

Comment Mod parent up (Score 1) 649

Came here to say this. This has nothing to do with replacing your spark plugs or ball joints. This is about modding your ECU. That said, I think that if a manufacturer ships an ECU that can be modded to such a degree that it causes the brakes to fail, the manufacturer bears a lot of that fault. However, in general, cars aren't cell phones or PCs. It's no big deal if you load up Cyanogenmod and your phone crashes. It's a pretty big deal if you flash your ECU and you lose traction through a turn thanks to some modified vehicle dynamics and kill someone.

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