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Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 1) 463

by minstrelmike (#48154621) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker
I think the Texas hospital caused the infection _because_ we used First World thinking.
1. They did NOT spray the hazmat clothing down with bleach before taking it off--something they do in Africa
2. They suspect the nurses became infected performing intubation or dialysis, neither of which are done for patients in Africa.

Everything, even advanced medical technology, comes with pros and cons, benefits AND costs.

Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 1) 463

by minstrelmike (#48154519) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker
Last I read, they are suspecting the nurse(s) got infected performing dialysis and intubation, neither of which are ever done for Ebola patients in Africa. There's a lot more possible exposure while doing stuff like that. And it may have been a simple unprotected neck or perhaps an error when taking the infection protection stuff off.

Comment: Re:Take the money and run (Score 4, Insightful) 54

The lawyers have the same disincentive for getting the best price that a Realtor does.
As soon as a Realtor has _any_ reasonable offer for your $300,000 house, even if it is 30K less than what you want, the Realtor is looking at a decent 6% commission. S/he isn't too concerned with trying to get 6% of an additional $10-$30,000 AT THE RISK of losing 6% of the $270,000 already in hand. S/he'll honestly tell you it's a good deal because for her, it is a good deal.
For you, maybe not so much.

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Submitted by minstrelmike
minstrelmike (1602771) writes "If we give up all our privacy on-line for contextual ads, then how come so many of them are so far off the mark? Personal data harvesting for contextual ads and content should be a beautiful thing. They do it privately and securely, and it's all automated so that no human being actually learns anything about you. And then the online world becomes customized, just for you. The real problem with this scenario is that is we're paying for contextual ads and content with our personal data, but we're not getting what we pay for.

Facebook advertising is off target and almost completely irrelevant.

The question is: Why? Facebook has a database of our explicitly stated interests, which many users fill out voluntarily. Facebook sees what we post about. It knows who we interact with. It counts our likes, monitors our comments and even follows us around the Web. Yet, while the degree of personal data collection is extreme, the advertising seems totally random."

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Comment: Re:Not where *I* work. (Score 1) 342

by minstrelmike (#48068657) Attached to: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline
That's how social change starts.
The ones who want it to occur faster ignore the inertia of society.
imo, we (most folks) have accepted Global Warming/Human-Caused Climate Change fairly quickly. The ones who think we haven't done it quickly enough probably don't recognize their own input which delayed acceptance. We've kinda, sorta known about it since 1990 so that's a fairly quick change in attitude. And the ones who want it quicker want it to go on their time schedule. It's like a religion almost. If they were convinced (converted) in 1996, then _everybody_ who still doesn't believe is part of the problem. Yet they don't consider themselves being part of the problem in 1993.
I think acceptance of women as actual equals will occur fairly quickly in American technology. It takes awhile. The Bab was the first religious prophet to declare men and women are equal and need equal access to education. That didn't occur until 1844. We're moving ahead.

Comment: Re:You're funny (Score 1) 232

by minstrelmike (#47927303) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?
And some projects should not be done Agiley/
Management consultant Bob Lewis pointed out that Obamacare would not have been fixed by an agile development path (one of the myriad suggestions). In fact, it was a prime candidate for straight up waterfall methodology. The requirements were right there in The Affordable Care Act passed by Congress.

Comment: Re:Obvious Reason (Score 1) 579

by minstrelmike (#47791235) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Equal opportunity for the sexes rarely leads to equal outcome.

imo, the "problem" is that people who complain about the issue only look at a small subset of the problem.
If it is a social issue, then look at all of society, or at least see if you can find any counter-examples.
If you look at prisons, men are severely over-represented. If you look at _all_ the school classrooms, you quickly realize that both the top-end AP classes AND the bottom-end remedial classes are mostly male.

I think men as a group have a wider range of behaviors than women as a group (which makes sense if you just look at the sizes of the X and Y chromosomes).
What that means, if true, is that a completely gender-neutral society will probably still end up with 67% male and 33% females in any of the "outlier" skills which seems to include advanced mathematics and crime. i.e., men will tend to dominate in both the "smartest" and "dumbest" ends of the Bell curve.

Comment: Re:Obvious Reason (Score 1) 579

by minstrelmike (#47791143) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia
I suspect wikipedia isn't that attractive to normal men either. Perhaps someone needs to do an analysis on the differences between the average editor on wikipedia and the average male who uses the internet. The way the editing process works reminds me more of folks fighting each other in a first-person shooter game than it reminds me of folks trying to arrange information into a useful site.

You know that feeling when you're leaning back on a stool and it starts to tip over? Well, that's how I feel all the time. -- Steven Wright