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Comment Re:Just a thought... (Score 1) 291

- Women in open-source are more competent than men? This is the hypothesis that the authors support the most. They suggest it somes about due to survivorship bias and/or self-selection and/or higher implicit performance-standards in the female population of open-source coders.

In my experience, this is not limited to open-source. Survivorship bias seems the most obvious explanation, given the bias against women when their gender is identified causes many to leave the industry, or stay away to start with.

Comment Re:User error (Score 1) 564

However, if you are doing highway driving, the manual wins, every time.

Are you sure? My CVT sits below 2000rpm at 70mph. I don't think I've seen a manual gearbox with a low enough ratio to acheive that. Highway driving is where the fuel economy is best with a CVT, as city driving uses a lot of acceleration and idling, where the CVT loses its advantage of keeping the engine in its most efficient range.

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 564

From the looks of it, the shifter is basically an up/down switch feeding into a computer that is doing the actual shifting. Since the computer is doing the shifting anyway, a better design might be to automatically shift into PARK when the engine is shut off by default, unless an override button is pressed for those rare cases where you need to have the car in neutral with the engine shut off.

Comment Re: On paper, this is a good decision (Score 1) 133

we actually "know" exactly what they're providing and it IS basic internet service. All of the internet.

That would make this page rather redundant then. "Optimise for feature phones" - what they are offering actually seems more like WAP. It might still work for Africa, but India is already well served by LTE networks and cheap Chinese smartphones.

Comment Re:On paper, this is a good decision (Score 3, Interesting) 133

Why should the government be in the business of protecting local food sellers (and telling me what I can and can't eat)?

Because the government is the one who gets to pick up the tab when your local food industry has been destroyed by the multinational companies that are dumping their product, and for the health effects (even if the government doesn't pay directly for health, they pay indirectly through the effect poor health has on the economy). The government is the one who gets to pick up the tab when the local internet industry is destroyed because they don't fit into Facebook's internet.org ecosystem so there is no longer a market for their services, and for the long-term effect on education of being able to access only a limited sandbox instead of the Internet.

Comment Re:On paper, this is a good decision (Score 1) 133

But when you're starving, do you really want the government telling McDonalds that they can't give you free food because that wouldn't be fair to Burger King?

No, but I do want the government telling McDonalds that they can't give me free food because of the effect it will have on my health, and the livelihoods of local food sellers.

Comment Re:Hurts Japanese expats the most (Score 1) 105

Most of the Japanese expats I know are watching live TV via streaming sites in China, usually via a set-top-box they bought either in China themselves for $100 or from a local expat that acts as a distributor for around $300. I don't see this hurting them at all, given that it only blocks legal copying.

Comment Re:Celebrate? Lets mourn our privacy. (Score 1) 153

To clarify, Facebook is posting the videos (visible initially only to the account holder). The behaviour I was suggesting they are promoting is "mourning our collective privacy" etc, vs Facebook's stated intention of "celebration". I was not suggesting that Facebook is promoting relationship breakups etc, though I do believe they may be culpable in some case.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 0) 131

They are talking about taking a container which is commonly used for implementing the 'cloud' buzzword and using it to implement the 'IoT' buzzword. Someone pointed out that 'things' generally are a lot more resource constrained than servers, so they've slimmed down their 644MB container to 29MB. Good luck fitting that into the 128kB of flash in the typical microcontroller running your consumer electronics.

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