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Comment: Raise your hand... (Score 1) 572

by theghost (#39044123) Attached to: Female Passengers Say They Were Targeted For TSA Body Scanners

Raise your hand if you are surprised by this news? What? Nobody? I didn't think so.

Entry level requirement is a GED. An hour-long training session on "professionalism" isn't going to turn a bunch of HS dropouts into ethical, responsible people if they weren't already there.

(Which is to say that i don't mean to paint every TSA employee with the same brush - it's just that the bad apples have more power to "make a difference" than the good ones do. Some of these people are just good folks who are trying to keep people safe and earn a decent living. It's not their fault the entire premise of their agency is flawed and their leadership is more interested in CYA than in actual safety.)

Comment: Re:Pure nonsense (Score 1) 58

But this doesn't seem to shed any new light on things. Does it give us new insight into what we should be doing or avoiding? Does it provide us with any new ways to deal with problems? Nothing is obvious to me off the bat, but time will tell if some novel application of this observation will bear fruit. Right now, it's just an interesting phenomenon.

Comment: Re:It's more than just marketing (Score 1) 692

by theghost (#37799056) Attached to: Apple's Siri As Revolutionary As the Mac?

Cable yoinking has been going on for as long as there have been cables. It's not about the superiority or inferiority of the type of connector - it's about the structural integrity of cable itself. Or, to put it bluntly, if Apple's can't stand up to a decent amount of yoinking, especially given the ease with which the magnetic connector can be yoinked, then that is a flaw in the product. To put it more bluntly, Apple sacrificed durability for a aesthetics.

Comment: Re:Politically correct bias, maybe? (Score 1) 464

by theghost (#37162360) Attached to: American Grant Writing: Race Matters

Are you trying to use sarcasm here or just woefully misinformed about sports? Either way, your point is unclear.

Racial trends in sports are very obviously tied to cultural factors. For example, the equipment cost per person in basketball is much lower than other sports, as is the amount of space and upkeep required for a basketball court vs other sports' facilities. It is therefore an ideal sport for a poor urban populations, which happens to be the demographic most African Americans fall into.

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