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Comment Re:What's the problem? (Score 2) 108

I think the whole case is pointless. It simply makes no sense to convict anyone for something they didn't do. There was no crime, there was no possibility of crime happening.

that doesn't make sense. Just because a crime didn't happen doesn't mean a crime wouldn't have happened. By that logic every crime stopped prematurely lacks the fruit for conviction because it didn't happen

It only proves that he could trigger the detonation of a bomb to kill people if manipulated by someone. But being such a person is clearly not a crime. Maybe this could be a reason for supervision and psychological support, but 30 years in prison is ridiculous.

This is the core of the argument. That anyone could be manipulated into pushing the button. But was he going to push the button or was he manipulated into it. That's the difference between a criminal who was stopped before he did something horrific and a guy who got caught up. The courts have thus far decided on the former and the article attempts to present that it's more likely he was manipulated. And they do this by showing all the ways he was manipulated. All the missing evidence that was claimed to have proven he was already a danger.

Comment But is it really that bad? (Score 1) 154

While I have no interest in going to Mississippi for a number of reasons. I question whether there might be value in having places that aren't as connected.

It will drain your town of young people and leave your business in the dust.

while i can imagine this is a real concern. Being untapped in doesn't necessarily have to be the be all end all. It's not necessarily as bad as we the tapped in make it seem.

Comment Re: Work for free!! (Score 1) 124

worth doing to establish contacts

I think the point of contention is whether such a $1 coder would actually establish contacts and whether those contacts would be worthwhile in any immediacy. Worthwhile meaning things like leading to more high paying jobs in the future because if they're being called back for bottom of the barrel prices again then this was a waste of her time.

Comment Re:Youth who fail their social responsibilities. (Score 1) 167

Consider though, through a combination of nagative actions and inactions, these youth have had it made perfectly clear that they will never be accepted into society as full and equal members. Is it surprising that they formed their own society that doesn't really give a rats ass about the society that marginalized them?

It seems like a fairly rational response.

wow chicken and egg much?

these youth have had it made perfectly clear that they will never be accepted into society as full and equal members

Or maybe society has made it very clear that they will never be accepted into society as full and equal members so they stop trying. Considering that's the message of hip hop maybe we outta listen to what they're saying.

Comment Re:Using your advertised space != Abuse (Score 2) 330

I dunno, it's hardly false advertising to say "this policy isn't working for us, we're changing it going forward, but you can keep that extra storage for 12 months as compensation". Because that's what they're doing. Is it false advertising to ever change what plans you choose to offer?

I kinda think it is unfair to advertise this platform as a backup and they severely limit it's abilities to be that backup. People will switch to one drive for that amount of space. that's some switchable space and then to reduce unlimited back up to 1TB with 12 months to find an alternative solution.. that's almost cruel. With the era of home videos getting bigger and bigger. More and more legitimate people are using that large amount of space. This isn't just a crew of nerds storing their DC++ porn on OneDrive but people who are photographers and videographers both of both professional and amateur status. These limits are deciding factors for them. It can save you a bunch of money on storage and then suddenly it's gone.

Comment Re:Slashdot, what have we become? (Score 1) 444

I'm not sure you read the article. It wasn't about being cluelessly wealthy or how wealth causes it's own problems. that would have made sense as Scalzi suggested. Instead the article was about how the poor keep blaming the rich. How the poor will single out the rich. How things like Occupy Wall Street make the rich feel nervous. Like how dare those poor people single out a Wal-mart Walton to make into their puppet. LIke what kind of sense does that make ehh? This isn't about affecting lottery winners.

The article made maybe two relatable points. One of which was how rich people problems are often money related and there's no way for them to talk about their problems and avoid the social taboo of talking about money. it's nothing nearly as serious as the complains of the black community or the homosexual community both of whom were used as analogies.

Comment Re:"Whatever", indeed. (Score 4, Insightful) 444

"she directly makes a comparison by encouraging people to replace the word "rich" with "black" to see the problem with how she says people speak of the rich."

Sorry, John, but if you don't "like" the implications of replacing group X with group Y in a sentence, the problem exists in your own wetware, not with the underlying premise. You don't get to discriminate against "the right" groups with impunity just because it happens to better fit your world-view. Nor does the whiteness of that cohort have any relevance to the analogy (and in fact, your mentioning it actually commits the offense you accuse Kasperkevic of)

Kasperkevic didn't intend to literally equate the struggles of the rich with those of blacks (something you, as a professional author, should have grasped); rather, she used it as a literary device to highlight the fact that calling for lynching any group, whether black or Jewish or rich, should offend us as a violation of basic human dignity.

What are you talking about? discriminating against black people is NOTHING like the discrimination against the rich. First of all the rich as a group can do a whole lot more against discrimination against them then black people as a community. The rich have gotten away with MUCH MUCH more grievous harm and the black community has been punished for much less reason than the rich.

Which isn't to say that every rich person deserves to get their hands cut off or anything but their "struggle" is nothing like a racial struggle and bringing up the struggle of a racial minority like the black community only serves to make the black struggle seem disingenuous. The point of the comparison was not about literal lynching. No one thinks it's ok to literally lynch the rich. Which is the only way such a comparison might not be wildly offensive. The comparison was about how the rich are perceived and treated which is NOTHING like how a racial minority is treated or perceived.

Comment I'm gonna let you finish your thought but... (Score 1) 100

..I don't use a single app that my mobile phone didn't ship with. I rarely, if ever, browse whilst using my mobile phone. I text and email, that's about it.

Don't get me wrong. I'm happy for you. But that's a hugely hugely fragment of a fragment of the population. there are entire countries where the phone is the primary computer device. I'm in North America and right now that's me. Because my laptop and tablet's screens are currently dead to me. I'm glad that option's open to you. Blackberry was fine in it's day and heaven knows I miss actual physical keyboards you can type without staring like an idiot. But it's far from a practical alternative the most anyone.

Comment Whew.. that's good to hear (Score 1) 100

now they can spy on me together. I hate to think of them wasting time spying on me separately and comparing notes. The inefficiencies affect my engineering sensibilities. Any decent futurecaster see this as the snowball that will blow up into the one cookie. The one cookie to rule them all.

Comment "Accidentally" why not intentionally (Score 1) 150

The cables, which are sometimes accidentally used in datacenters, feature a protective boot that sticks out over the top to ensure the release tab isn’t accidentally pressed or broken off, rendering the cable useless.

I'm not a network engineer but why are those types of cables not supposed to be used? The article seems to imply that using these hooded cables is wrong. I can see why they wouldn't be cost effective or not necessary but why wrong?

Comment Pocket is nice stuff (Score 1) 351

I like Pocket. I use Pocket. It's a nifty way to have a bunch of articles categorized so when people say stupid things like black people loot and white people band together. I can pull together the many articles showing people looking and rioting over pumpkins so regularly it's expected. When someone wants to talk about how scary the rise of false rape allegations is I can pull together the numerous articles I've saved on that subject to explain to them why they're wrong. I think Pocket is great. I use pocket to keep design links that I'll find useful. Videos of people spending hours just creating graphics for games that I find compelling and educational. I keep links to brushes and background and resources for various projects. Pocket is in my opinion pretty awesome even though I use it not as intended most of the time. I still don't want it integrated into my browser.

Comment Re:Error in headline (Score 2, Insightful) 301

> And, although their suggestion about male superiority is pretty unpleasant at multiple levels, it *is* a possible explanation for observational survey results. None of us might like that, but it's possible.

while possible it's also almost completely baseless. It's also possible that these researchers are blonde and the review was actually a subconsious response to blonde hair and odd but true, dark-haired people make the best researchers. No one really wants to admit that blondes are actually stupider but it's something we should be prepared to face when the mountain of evidence in the article reveals this to be a central truth.

It's actually a quite plausible statistical consequence of programs aimed at increasing the number of women in STEM fields.

what?? no not at all. The whole purpose in increasing women in stem was to combat this statistic. It's not a result of trying to get women in. if anything it's a symptom that we still don't have enough women in. that's like saying that increasing the number of minority coders will decrease the overall quality of code produced. It's true in a way that completely ignores causality because all the black and latino kids who are coding now didn't learn to code from their engineering parents on some of the very first personal computing machines. Hey it's 50 years since civil rights and black people still make up the large population of criminals just like [those] organizations told us. Obviously it's a consequence of giving them all those rights and not say a lingering statistic that is a complex result of old cultural norms still be ingrained in the social practices of contemporary society.

The highest performing researchers will be given positions and grants regardless of their gender. If there are then slots or scholarships or grants for women without respect to their performance, it will increase the amount of research done by women but lower its average quality.

Again that's taking some pretty hefty jumps. Why not expect the opposite? With a history of sexual bias that would mean that qualified women have missed out because of their gender, meaning that men have gotten the job who were less qualified which means the overrepresentation of men is what reduces the overall quality of the field. Increasing the amount of women would serve to balance this and actually increase the average.

Let's transpose this to a different time: "Oh well no black person has ever gone to [Insert upper level educational facility named after a vine here] so while we're increasing the number of black students it's actually decreasing our schools overall intelligence. All of our non-black students have 5 generations of attendance and a legacy of expectation and support systems in place and years of grooming and a culture where this is normal, our black students have none of that, and all except the three who earned presidential scholarships are looked upon as tokens anyway (they just have state minority scholarships) but hey maybe the opposition is right that we should ignore when they complain about racial bias. It's their fault."

speaking of idiotic statements

The paper was not rejected because of one reviewer. It's standard to have THREE reviewers, this is one guy out of three. Additionally, it's the editor's call whether to accept or reject it. Typically that's based on the reviewers recommendation. However, the editor could and should have ignored that one reviewer and accepted it anyway. Actually, the AE should have deleted the review and said to the authors "Sorry, the third reviewer never turned in his review, sending it out for a different reviewer." The AE could have accepted it even if all three reviewers had insightful criticisms of the paper and said it was horrible.

In other words, the rejection for publication could have nothing to do with that one review, it was not rejected due to that review, it was rejected by the editor who showed poor judgement in accepting the sexist review.

While i recognize the fact that typically it's a standard of three reviewers, FTFA

A paper on gender bias in academia was recently rejected by an academic journal, whose reviewer told the two female authors to "find one or two male biologists to work with" if they wanted to get their work published.
That work, by the way, was a scientific survey of how and why men in academia tend to publish more papers, and in more prestigious academic journals, than women.

and then later

The PLOS journal rejected their paper with a single, anonymous review.

Perhaps this paper has a nonstandard single reviewer system but neither the source article or the cited twitter account details this, imo, minute and academic point beyond the above quotes

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