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Comment Bimodal distributions (Score 3, Insightful) 249

The magnitude of the bias reported isn't alarmingly high so some of the things you suggest and others might be reasonable to consider as origins of the difference.

However, the change of the acceptance rate histogram from uni-modal to bi-modal when the gender is known for a woman seems to be much stronger evidence of gender bias.

The bottom axis of the histogram is rate of code rejections for an individual, and the left axis is the number of individuals with that rejection rate. When gender is not known both men and women have dominantly high acceptance rates tailing off towards low accpetance rates. However when gender is know a sharp second peak at the 90% rejection rate shows up on the women's histogram but not the men.

Thus I think what this study shows is that for the most part women work on code in ways that produces code more likely to be accepted. The fact that it tends to be longer and not something on the bug list may make their submissions different (more substantial infrastructure not defect fixes might be one interpretation). So I'm not inclined to conclude much from that. But the bimodality seems to be evidence of a strong gender bias among a small number of open source projects.

Submission + - Busting the obsolete baseload myth (nuclear-news.net)

mdsolar writes: As Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Lisa Nandy, re-iterates the myth that nuclear power is an “important as part of the energy mix [if] we’re going to meet the commitments we made in Paris” we investigate how the UK could move to a 100% renewable energy system. Although Nandy says she is not happy with the Hinkley deal she says “we know we will need nuclear power as part of the mix”, but is she right? (1)

The argument seems to be that renewables are fine up to a point, but they can’t provide baseload power and so we can never move to a system based on 100% renewables – this couldn’t reliably power a modern industrial society. Since we need to phase out the use of fossil fuels to combat climate change we need nuclear power to provide some baseload.
The reality is that baseload power as a concept is obsolete. And a system powered 100% by renewables supported by a backbone of electricity storage, smart grid technology and management, energy efficiency, and 21st century technology is feasible now. In fact, not only is it feasible, but strong market and social forces mean that such a system is increasingly the only kind of system that makes any sense.

Comment Re:Night time? (Score 1) 238

This is not the only power plant in the country. The article states that their goal is to generate 42% of their energy from renewables. Considering that these plants run throughout the day and 3 hours after the sun sets (the peak time for power consumption), they will still be relying on traditional plants for the off-peak hour production. Of course a deduction like that would mean that you would actually have to have read the article and not simply jump to the comments to troll.

Comment Solar energy Spills (Score 2, Interesting) 238

Nuclear waste and Accidents remain a problem, perhaps even an increasing one in the days of terrorists and unstable gov't. Sure maybe in the US this is a lower problem, not negligible, but where does a small country park its waste?

When there's a huge solar energy spill it's called "a good day."

Comment It was dead anyway (Score 1) 113

Opera already was on its way into a death spiral. They decided they couldn't keep up with the pace development of other rendering engines with Presto, so they said they were going to clean-sheet remake Opera using Blink.

Well, what they really did was make a crappy Chromealike skin for Blink and give the middle finger to their loyal users. Why would you download or use this instead of Chrome/Chromium? It doesn't make sense.

Luckily, some of the original people have been actually working on a real "Opera on Blink" browser in the form of Vivaldi, which I'm really liking. Interface customization is getting better with every release, and it gives you lots of options to twiddle with (and can use some Chrome extensions). Highly recommended. I don't really know what anyone's use case for Opera would be, even on mobile it's basically just a barely modified Chrome. Maybe Opera Mini or something?



NHTSA Gives Green Light To Self-Driving Cars 202

New submitter tyme writes: Reuters reports that the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told Google that it would recognize the artificial intelligence in a self-driving car as the "driver" (rather than any of the occupants). The letter also says that NHTSA will write safety rules for self-driving cars in the next six months, paving the way for deployment of self-driving cars in large numbers.

Chinese Tech Group Offers To Buy Opera; Board Endorses 113

jones_supa writes: There's been plenty of speculation around the future of web browser maker Opera, and now that looks like it will soon be resolved. Today the Norway-headquartered company confirmed that it has received a $1.2 billion acquisition offer from a group fronted by Chinese consumer tech companies Kunlun Tech and Qihoo 360. The deal is for 100% of the company, and it represents a 53% premium on the company's valuation based on its most recent trading price. Opera's board said in a statement (PDF) that it has "unanimously decided to recommend" its shareholders to accept the bid. The final deal is subject to government and shareholders' approvals.
The Military

North Korea's Satellite Tumbling In Orbit 212

schwit1 writes: U.S. Defense officials stated Tuesday that the satellite that North Korea launched on Sunday is now tumbling in orbit and is useless. Do not take comfort from this failure. North Korea has demonstrated that it can put payloads in orbit. From this achievement it is a very short leap to aiming those payloads to impact any continent on Earth. They might not be able to aim that impact very accurately, but if you want to ignite an atomic bomb somewhere, you don't have to be very accurate.

Submission + - Obama Targets $110B Nuclear 'Boondoggle' (usnews.com)

mdsolar writes: The president hopes to pull the plug on the MOX facility in South Carolina, where scientists hoped to blend fuel from nuclear weapons.

One of the most radioactive federal projects in recent memory is finally getting a thumbs-down from the Obama administration.

After spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year to prop-up the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility in South Carolina, where the Energy Department once hoped to turn weapons-grade plutonium into civilian nuclear fuel, the White House would "terminate" the troubled program and replace it with a less-expensive alternative in its final budget request to Congress.

Open Source

SourceForge Eliminates DevShare Program (sourceforge.net) 372

SourceForge has officially eliminated its DevShare program. The DevShare program delivered installer bundles as part of the download for participating projects. We want to restore our reputation as a trusted home for open source software, and this was a clear first step towards that. We are more interested in doing the right thing than making extra short-term profit. This is just the first step in a number of improvements we will outline in the coming weeks. SourceForge and Slashdot were acquired in late January by BIZX.

Uborne Children's Books Release For Free Computer Books From the '80s (usborne.com) 115

martiniturbide writes: To promote some new computer coding books for kids, Uborne Children's Books has put online 15 of its children books from the '80s to learn how to code games. The books are available for free in PDF format and has samples to create your game for Commodore 64, VIC 20, Apple, TRS 80, Spectrum and other. Maybe you read some of them like "Machine Code for Beginners" or "Write your own Adventure Program for MicroComputers." Should other publishers also start to make their '80s and '90s computer books available for free?

Comment Why they have to delay the announcement till Thurs (Score 1) 116

The real announcement is that they studying gravity waves using a device intended to electromagnetically reduce the weight of a suspended object. IN the process they discovered a strange mold that normally takes 1 year to grow a layer had completely covered their apparatus overnight. They built a larger machine and crawled inside of it with a tank of oxygen and found themselves at next thursday. Thus they can't actually make the announcement until time catches up with them. They could go back in time to announce it now but then their current selves might got to the same meeting and this might change the time line destroying the future Thursday. So they have to wait till time catches up to them. Fortunately Aaron started a failsafe before he left so no worries.

1. gravity waves
2. time travel
3. ?????
4. Primer

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