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Comment Window seats first surprisingly not optimal (Score 1) 394

Whatever downsides it has, if such a design is adopted, I hope it leads to a stronger adoption of a convention that those with window seats board first.

Someone did studies on this and found that window seats first isn't significantly better than the current system. The most efficient method they found was to board odd rows first, then evens (or vice versa), the theory being that it gave people enough elbow room to get their luggage into the overheads without interfering with each other.

Comment Evolutionary pressure? (Score 1) 109

Imagine a world where we've got people living their whole lives, or something close to it, in space. Over time the people who are least affected by these kinds of problems would presumably have an evolutionary advantage. Long term, a whole new race of humans adapted to life in space develops.

Comment Re:The death of College Hiring (Score 1) 341

Here's the thing I don't understand whenever the H-1B thing comes up. In 2012 the US issued about 134,000 H-1B visas, which are good for three to six years. Meanwhile the total US labor force is about 150 million. So that's about 0.3% to 0.5% of US jobs filled by people here on H-1B visas. Unemployment is what, 7% right now? Take away the H-1Bs and that drops to... still 7% if we're being honest about sig figs?

It just seems like the rhetoric around H-1B visas is totally out of proportion to its actual impact. Am I missing something?

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