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Comment: Re:Age old story of outsourcing (Score 1) 121

by russotto (#49500047) Attached to: Incorrectly Built SLS Welding Machine To Be Rebuilt

Simple. There probably weren't many who knew both
1) The floor needed reinforcing and
2) It hadn't been done.

Occam's Razor says communications error.

Everyone actually in charge of building the thing would have believed the floor would be adequate. Whoever was in charge overall dropped the ball (maybe misread a statement to the effect "floor shall be reinforced to such-and-such-a-spec" as "floor has been reinforced to such-and-such-a-spec".

Comment: This has all been done before (Score 1) 564

and it will all be done again. To no avail. At least since I was in 7th grade (that's about 30 years ago) there have been special sections, schools, what have you for getting girls into mathematics and technical subjects. Usually they flop big-time. Sometimes they appear to have some success for a year or two and then flop. The sensible person would look at these failures and think that whatever the cause for the difference, it cannot be solved with this sort of segregated schooling. The politically motivated educator just keeps doing the same thing over and over again.

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action is not the same as sexism (Score 2) 495

Yes, this. At some point in the past, women were better represented in the math and sciences. Decades ago, more women were doing technical stuff

Not all that many more. NPR misrepresents the situation. For as long as the US Department of Labor has kept records, men have been prevalent in computing.

And then at some point engineering and technology became a "bro" field and pushed a lot of women out

Engineering has been male dominated throughout history.

The whole "men pushed women out" narrative doesn't hold water.

Comment: Re:Double tassel ... (Score 2) 216

But if you think I'm pulling it out of my ass or because I want to feel special ... you're a moron.

There's a group of people who for some reason claim that _there is no such thing as ability_. This is an obviously insane belief, but they will hold it nevertheless.

But what is a "double tassel" distribution?

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 4, Insightful) 892

Except being "pushy" and being "assertive" are the same thing. The only difference is the gender of the person doing it. If a man sticks up for himself, he is respected. If a woman sticks up for herself, she's a bitch.

So you say. I say that doing the things that would get a woman called "pushy" are typically things that would get a man called "pushy", and doing things that get a woman called "bitchy" would generally get a man called an "jerk" or an "asshole".

Comment: Yeah, this is going to work well (Score 4, Interesting) 892

How does this work? Does Reddit give the same offer to all employees for a given job title? If so, and they make a single offer better than the market initial offer, they'll be paying non-negotiators more than they have to, and losing the best negotiators. This is likely to be costly.

If they make the same offers they made before this policy, they'll lose negotiators to other companies. If negotiation is correlated with skill this is a loss; otherwise, it could be a loss or a win.

If they make an individualized offer to each employee, negotiation will happen anyway; it'll just happen without explicit haggling. Candidates will try to signal that they'd require a lot to accept, in order to get a higher offer. I'd bet that candidates who would negotiate are probably better at that kind of signaling.

Comment: Re:Yeah good luck with that... (Score 1) 587

by russotto (#49419031) Attached to: Hugo Awards Turn (Even More) Political

"Nobody can take anything away from anybody who earned it by virtue of their privileged status, and use it to help the under-privileged minorities achieve equal footing, if you do that, you're a tyrant." Right, that sounds like a nice, pat Objectivist answer, and is clearly showing how "tyrannical" it is to take something away from someone!

The alternative that Social Justice offers is
1) It's OK to take anything away from anyone who earned it by virtue of their privileged status.
2) Anything white males have earned, as been earned by virtue of their privileged status
3) Therefore it is OK to take anything away from white males.

Comment: Re:What would you recommend by Tom Kratman? (Score 2) 587

by russotto (#49418833) Attached to: Hugo Awards Turn (Even More) Political

Yeah, Kratman's out there in terms of politics, and lays it on to the point of ridiculousness in his work (though I haven't read his Hugo nominee). I find his novels are still mostly a fun read (especially because I can laugh at the heavy-handed politics), but I wouldn't vote for them for an award.

Weber, though. How is it that NONE of his Honor Harrington novels were nominated for the major SF awards?

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