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Comment Re:Its good they're doing this research (Score 1) 70

Yet Julian Simons won the bet.

You might want to read down a little further in the article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon-Ehrlich_wager#Other_wagers (especially the last sentence of this section)

Simon got lucky once. His track record overall isn't so hot.

Comment Marketing, product managers (Score 2) 473

It's the clueless marketing and product spec types who don't have a clue how computers work, don't have even the most superficial knowledge of how the current systems work, can't decipher what customers say they want, and write product specs which are so devoid of reality as to soak up more time straightening out than everything else combined.

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Journal Journal: Yeah, about that ...

Okay, so there's this quote that never seems to die. It's often attributed to Morgan Freeman, although I believe it actually comes from Henry Rollins; in any case, it doesn't much matter who said it. It just gets posted and reposted as a bit of snarky wisdom. Snarky it certainly is, but wise it's not.

First, the quote: "I hate the word homophobia. It's not a phobia. You are not scared. You are an asshole." There it is. Read it, enjoy it, revel in the snark.

Comment Re:I agree with SciAm, sort of. (Score 1) 254

I'm hoping this is sarcasm.

Yes, it is. I suppose I was getting dangerously close to Poe's Law territory, wasn't I?

Also, as I read it the original insult wasn't about her sex, it was about her decision to go for cheap low hanging fruit, and "whore" as an epithet has been applied to loads of people - it can almost be considered gender neutral.

Maaaaybe. I'm inclined to go with AC: the editor might still have been insulting in dealing with a man, but probably would have used a different insult. And there are gender-neutral uses of "whore," but I don't think this is one of them.

If it was about her sex, then smack them down. If it wasn't, smack them down.

Indeed. It's startlingly unprofessional either way.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 5, Interesting) 699

Yep. I remember one kid who kept asking, "Will it hurt? Will it hurt?" and his mother kept saying, "No, not a bit, honey" and the like, and the kid clearly wasn't buying it. So I looked him in the eye and said, "This is going to hurt worse than anything you've ever felt in your life. It's going to hurt worse than anything you've ever imagined in your life. It's terrible. You'll be screaming. It will feel like your arm is getting chewed off by a wolf ..." While he was giggling, I gave him the shot and he barely even noticed it. I'm willing to bet he was a lot less fearful the next time he went in.

Comment Re:I agree with SciAm, sort of. (Score 3, Insightful) 254

Since the topic of her blog is women in science, this actually seems to be right on topic. Do you think the editor would have used a comparable term for a male blogger?

Of course! Everyone knows there's no such thing as sexism any more (except for sexism directed against men, of course, thanks to the feminazis). This is just yet another example of a woman whining because she's being treated like one of the guys, and if she can't take the heat she should stay out of the kitchen! Or, er, get back into the kitchen. Whatever.

So I've learned by reading the Slashdot comments every time a "women in ___" story comes up, anyway.

Comment Re:Ok (Score 3, Insightful) 150

It is impossible for anything posted to a Twitter feed to be spam, since seeing it requires you to follow that feed.

By that logic, it is impossible for anything posted in a newsgroup to be spam, since seeing it requires you to read that newsgroup. Which is a pretty silly interpretation, given the history involved.

You're not the only person here who "was on the Internet when the term was invented," you know.

Comment Your arithmetic skills are sorry indeed (Score 1) 1

Oh bullshit. Sequestration was only a puny cut in projected spending increases, not an actual cut in year to year spending, and certainly not the 20% budget cut it would have to have been for 20% of scientists to look for greener pastures.

I bet if you asked any group of employees if they were considering looking for another job, 20% would say yes regardless of any external conditions.

Sagging federal research my ass. You are just another chicken little.

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