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Comment: Re:Occams Scalpel (Score 1) 297

by TubeSteak (#47511777) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

I have worked with/under/and above women and the only time I have ever seen anyone get this kind of reaction, male or female is when it is provoked or the people perpetrating it were a few punch cards short of a program.

The headline and opening doesn't make it clear, but they're specifically talking about online harassment.

Trolls will target anything and everything about you.
Gender just gives them extra ammunition.

Comment: Re:costly concentration (Score 1) 95

So, mirrors are costly now -

Mirrors are cheap, it's the several acres of tracking mechanisms which the mirrors are mounted to that are expensive.

The idea is, if the steam generator requires less concentrated light, you can save money on the solar tracking mechanisms, which lowers the final cost of each solar array.

Comment: Re:Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (Score 1) 368

by PopeRatzo (#47506593) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Except the ANC "won", and they were still labeled as terrorists afterwards.

You may have noticed how with the death of Nelson Mandela, the only mention of "terrorist" came in the form, "I can't believe that monster Margaret Thatcher called Mandela a terrorist way back in the bad old days".

Today, "terrorist" is what you call the other guy. It has no meaning any more.

Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 5, Insightful) 379

by TubeSteak (#47505729) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

second, Hamas are the aggressor. This is not particularly complicated.

Israel bulldozes Palestinian homes and builds settlements, Hamas fires rockets into Israel.
"Both sides" is usually a shitty argument to make, but in this case, both sides have been aggressors for decades.

If it wasn't complicated, we'd have peace by now.

Comment: Re:Why oppose this? (Score 2) 81

A few States tried it too. And they succeeded

Indiana: I couldn't find a decent article specifically about Indiana, but it's the same story.

The good news is that by shooting themselves in the foot, Georgia, Arizona, Alabama, and Indiana provided a wonderful example of what not to do. All the other States that were thinking about passing similar laws... didn't. Or they exempted farm and maid labor, which more or less undercuts the core purpose of such laws.

Comment: Re:As a FiOS customer, this would matter to me ... (Score 3, Interesting) 228

by TubeSteak (#47502879) Attached to: Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

As a not-FiOS customer this would matter to me if Verizon was ever planning to expand their build-out past its current boundaries.

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo recently [March 2014] told folks at a Deutsche Bank conference on telecom services that âoeI am not going to build beyond the current LSAs (local service acquistions) that we have built out.â

Comment: Re:Crazy (Score 1) 769

by PopeRatzo (#47496283) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

It had nothing to do with the invention of self-service pumps.


Economic data is historical data. It can produce correlations, never, ever Cause and Effect. Someone please design for me a control system based on correlational data.

In other words, "I can't produce any data showing where job growth slowed or people lost jobs because of a higher minimum wage, thus all data is garbage".

Which is why the economic growth rate is, over the last 100 years, inversely correlated with the power of economists and our government.

You think it's economists who are behind the movements to raise the minimum wage? You think government wants this and working people are against it? Maybe you should look at this:

"On minimum wage, voters support raising the federally mandated minimum, 72 percent to 27 percent, including a majority of Republicans, who support it 52 percent to 45 percent"

And surprisingly, even 61% of small business owners support raising the minimum wage. Now why would that be?

Your argument that a raise in the minimum wage is something thought up by economists and government is just provably wrong.

Which is why the economic growth rate is, over the last 100 years, inversely correlated with the power of economists and our government.

You complain about "correlations not being causation" and then come up with THAT argument, which is based on a spurious correlation? Every rise in the minimum wage has been not the result of eggheads in government, but because of a groundswell of demand from the people who are, you know, actually doing the work.

There's not a single person in national elected office, House, Senate, or White House who has a PhD in Economics. Not one. There are people with other kinds of PhDs and professional doctorates, but not one single economist. But, you argue, economists control everything. Here's a correlation for you, "People who espouse neoliberal economic theories are highly likely to throw any kind of argument at the wall, based on no data or even any kind of provable theory." If anything, if you want spurious arguments and assertions based on nothing but feelings and doctrine, go to an Austrian School economist or someone who believes that crap.

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington