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Comment: Re:Sex discrimination. (Score 1) 673

by warrax_666 (#46714041) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

End result: the US with it's huge positive discrimination drive has the situation where men and women appear to compete opn an equal footing.

You really need to find a citation for that because if it's true it would be hugely interesting!

(Btw: I think the gender divide is basically universal. There have even been studies showing that women discriminate against women based on gender -- even when interviewing for positions which the women-doing-the-discriminating were occupying. It sounds absurd, but frankly I think social conditioning goes even further than this!)

Comment: Idiocy (Score 4, Informative) 308

by warrax_666 (#45627509) Attached to: Physicist Peter Higgs: No University Would Employ Me Today

And regardless, how idiotic is it to grade someone based on the number of pages of their notes anyway?

It's unbelievably idiotic and absurd... until you consider human nature.

The people above you are incompetent (cf. "Peter Principle") and will latch onto anything that they can use to judge you to avoid appearing as the incompetents that they are. Even when it makes no sense from an analytical point of view. We humans seem to be hardwired to avoid (being perceived to be, or actually) being wrong. (The book's also pretty good!)

Anyway, hope it wasn't too traumatic :).

Comment: Are you saying... (Score 1) 143

by warrax_666 (#45437355) Attached to: Astronomers Discover Largest Structure In the Universe

Are you saying that gravitational lensing is just an anomaly?

Gravitational lensing seems to be one of the major evidences in favor of dark matter/mass, but it'd be interesting to see you (or anyone for that matter) argue that it's just an anomaly given that it can be observed in multiple distinct locations.

(Now, I think we both agree that dark energy is still just a hypothesis, but I think you'd have to come up with something better than claiming that it's "just an anomaly" to explain the existing evidence.)

Comment: Hah! (Score 1) 362

by warrax_666 (#45216785) Attached to: Firefox's Blocked-By-Default Java Isn't Going Down Well

PDF.js is unbelievably bad at font rendering and rendering in general. (Compared to Okular and whatever backend it uses.)

Hopefully Mozilla have some metrics for the number of users who switched to FF (where PDF.js was added as default) and immediately switched to the system PDF viewer. What a collosal waste of JS code.

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