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Comment Re:Just a thought... (Score 1) 274

Rejected, per the observation that there is evidence of discrimination against women when gender is identified.

Not so sure that it is evidence of discrimination to say At the same time, when the gender of the women is identifiable (as opposed to hidden), their pull requests are accepted less often than men's.

Look at the graph in the paper.... we're talking about a less than 5% difference; actually, the confidence intervals may be very close to overlapping: a bit hard to see on the graph.

You would think they would include a statistical analysis for that result in the paper as well, but I suspect it could be more of an afterthought.

Comment Re:The science is not settled (Score 1) 551

Science is settled, up until new measurements or better data or new models mean that the science needs to be revisited.

Settled does not mean 'dormant' or 'waiting for better data'; settled implies beyond reproach. If it's capable of being revisited, then obviously it was not really settled in the first place....

Settlements, at least in court, reflect a permanent condition. e.g. You paid such and such debt and agree to never speak of the matter again.

They occur when all potential claimants or opponents sign in blood to other side's view. But the work involved with science is multi-generational, so in 20 years, some new guy could always come up with a new idea, and disprove the earlier theory with an experiment.

Comment Re: The science is not settled (Score 1) 551

We evolved from apes. The science is settled.

I think you just proved my point by quoting a fact that the science does not support. Humans did not evolve from apes or any currently living species of primate.

If by settled, you mean that no new evidence can ever arrive to replace those theories, then also false.

The Earth goes around the Sun. The science is settled. Anthropogenic Warming is happening. The science is settled.

The Earth goes around the Sun can be plainly observed. ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS

Note that your description is not very precise though, which also tends to limit its usefulness in terms of making predictions.

Also, there is a great deal more reasonable doubt regarding Anthropogenic Warming. Both in the Science.... and see Stefan Molyneux on reasons to doubt the work-product of climate scientists. The problem is both accidental/unintentional and intentional political manipulation of the outcome of Scientific results on a broad scale.

And, we as a civilization have need for much more truly independent work on the subject of environmental issues, with no incentives or disincentives (including fame/popularity) of scientists to come up with specific answers........

Comment Re:The science is not settled (Score 1) 551

What's unscientific about it? It's not a mathematically perfect sphere, but it is absolutely round.

The gist of the shape is understood, and detailed measurement calculations and topological information are available regarding much of earth's surface.

Describing the observation shape in detail has become more of a mathematical classification question than a scientific problem.

Of course, we know that locally, the planet is not very round over short distances... it is not tightly curved at a scale which humans can ordinarily imagine on a daily basis.

Comment Re:The science is not settled (Score 1) 551

You'll never get 100 percent on any subject. If that's your standard nothing will ever be settled.

Newtons laws of motion were ironclad seeming truth for hundreds of years, until Maxwell and Einstein's work demonstrated they were wrong, and provided new frameworks.

If you think you are 100 percent about any subject in basic science, Then you probably have almost certainly have errors or flaws in what you think on that subject.

And for the record, the Flat Earth Society is extremely skeptical of claims of anthropogenic global warming.

The Flat Earth Society is not a scientific organization.... they are not taking observations or performing any experiments that could be used to prove their own society wrong or revise their beliefs to make them more accurate. If they do prove themselves wrong, they are not prepared to listen to the result. Their organization should have dissolved itself by now if they were scientific..... so there is something strangely religious and dogmatic about them; Flat Earth Society is more like a cult than a legitimate scientific or academic entity.

Comment Re:The science is not settled (Score 1) 551

Space time can be curved.

This is not settled science. Scientists are generally in agreement with it. However, there are times in the past in which things everyone generally agreed with, turned out to be incorrect, or requiring revision.

The possibility that 'space time can be curved' relies on predictions from complicated models regarding what space time is. It is possible that new experiments, observations, and evidence, will require later changes to those models. The necessary revisions might eliminate the possibility that space time can be curved; a phenomenon we have observed may have another better explanation which is more-predictive of important things observed in reality and not currently understood.

The earth orbiting the sun.

Again, practicing scientists have come to a general agreement in principle that the earth orbits the Sun, there are plenty of observations and evidence to support this, and it is generally accepted. However, it is possible that some point in the future, new evidence will come to light, showing that the earth actually is not in perfect orbit around the sun, and it is also in loose orbit around some other object, or has movement varying between orbiting the sun and following a different path at different times.

The earth being round.

The general public and practicing scientists generally are all in agreement that the earth's shape is roundish.

That does not mean the science is settled however. It is possible that new work will be done and new evidence will come to light regarding earth's shape that will give an alternative to it being round.... perhaps semi-round.

Comment The science is not settled (Score 5, Insightful) 551

Anyone that tells you the science is settled is not a scientist.... they are a politician wanting to shutdown inquiry on an issue and install dogma in its place.

Science is not dogma, and if someone who is a scientist tells you that "The science is settled"; that is really just their personal opinion on the topic, And it should be taken to assume that the research results they produce might be accidentally (or maliciously) biased to reflect results consistent to the bit of science they would claim to be "settled".

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 592

I'm leaning towards B.... also, when doing the repainting, at one of the intersections, they caused great confusion by painting big White "Stop Lines" on all sides of two of the intersections.

Then about 12 months later, they changed them both from "No stop on the main road" by adding stop signs.

I believe their confusing brand new White Stop lines with no stop signs caused some accidents.....

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 592

When you see passing dashes for one direction, that is because it is safe for them to do so.

Except they change them arbitrarily at the time the lines have been repainted. I have seen an entire road go from what was a single line of dashes for the past 30 years down the center to a Double Yellow during the entire length of the road, over the course of a couple of days.

And now suddenly there is all this traffic congestion, and it takes 35 minutes to 45 to get down that road from end-to-end, whereas it used to take about 15 minutes.

Comment Re:depends on what you're looking for (Score 1) 267

Bitcoin is not only a good hope; it's perfectly viable for many transactions.

I would not necessarily suggest that you hold onto much BTC, however.

Problem is BTC has some volatility --- so it is best to keep only the small amount you need onhand to complete transactions in the near future; Replenish by purchasing more, as needed, for additional trading, but don't keep your life savings or a significant percentage of your monthly pay held as BTC.

Comment Re:Missed the Boat? (Score 2) 267

Why are you calling Bitcoin a pyramid scheme? I think it's a perfectly viable way of making electronic payments.

Why, just the other day I purchased around 1/4 a bitcoin, and used it to buy something.

I used Bitcoin for this transaction, because I tried Paypal first, and Paypal hung at a "Logging in... screen"

Something I am seeing more and more often.... I want to buy something on eBay, or from other source, they accept Paypal..... I try to checkout using PayPal, and PayPal's website hangs in Chrome After I enter my Login and Password, It just sits at "Logging in...." forever, Instead of coming up with the screen, where I am supposed to enter the One Time Password from my Keyfob.

And thus I cannot complete the transaction, Because PayPal's website is So broken, So then I am forced to use a Credit Card, which is Less secure, and paying by Bitcoin is a good alternative.

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