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Comment Who decides? (Score 1, Interesting) 154

Who gets to decide what qualifies as "fake news" vs "real news"? Thus far the bulk of the stories surrounding the subject are largely just the left-leaning mainstream media outlets being butthurt over Trump's win and Bannon giving Breitbart a huge heaping of credibility. This move by the left to censor various news outlets is largely just a response to them getting their comeuppance for their hubris.

In the end let's call this #fakenews trend what it is: an attack on conservative and right-leaning media outlets not already in the fold of what constitutes the "mainstream media". Even if you don't take a news/media company seriously, that doesn't for a second think they should be excluded from the marketplace of ideas. That includes those on the fringe like Infowars, Hell, even The Inquirer has broken some very real and legitimately big stories over the years.

Comment Re:Show me the guilty verdict (Score 2) 404

I have plenty of things I could complain about with Trump too, but with all the media bullshit there is no way my complaint would ever be viewed as valid. Telling a crowd that maybe they can protect their 2nd amendment rights was turned into "Trump claimed Kill Hillary", and Trump satirically saying "maybe Russia can release those emails she deleted" became "Trump claimed he wanted Russia to hack America", and the Russian influence in the DNC and Clinton foundation are ignored, but "Trump loves Putin".

Don't forget the new instance of the media shilling for Hillary with the Trump PTSD/Veteran thing where Trump said troops see bad shit in war and sometimes can't handle the stress and trauma of it, which he implied can be a factor in the far too high suicide rates our veterans have, and thus he suggested they need our help and support. The media immediately turned around and had the gall to frame that as "Trump calls veterans weak". :smh: What a bunch of assholes. Can you say "Yellow Journalism"?

Comment Re:It's about time... (Score 1) 193

Exactly. If anything this might encourage content producers to embed 3rd party advertisements into their videos thereby doing an end-run around Google's policy. Granted this probably violates their Terms of Service, or maybe it doesn't. I don't know. But if it happens it'd just go to show that advertisers are willing to make it happen and Google would lose out two ways: costs from hosting and lost ad revenue they could have been getting by said advertiser.

Google going full-retard with this SJW nonsense means a 3rd party free-speech solution is ripe for the making.

Comment Allegiant anyone? (Score 1) 101

Someone must have watched the movie Allegiant and thought to themselves "Hey, that's a good idea! Let's make that." Drones that can be tied to an operator and feed visual information back to them from around corners or watch their back INSIDE the same structure would be a huge improvement in situational awareness.

Comment Margin of Error? (Score 1) 455

Once we statistically control for every difference we’re able to observe between men and women—including job title and specific employer names—we still find an “adjusted” gender pay gap internationally, ranging between 3.9 percent in Australia and 6.3 percent in France. This amounts to women earning on average between 94 cents and 96 cents per dollar earned by men.

3.9 to 6.3% is pretty damn small and may very well fall within the researcher's margin of error. And even if it doesn't, is that small of a different really because of discrimination? I highly doubt it. More than likely it traces right back to women's valuing different things from men, like benefits, time off, etc rather than raw pay.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 385

> So far, medical science has done essentially nothing whatsoever to stop ageing from killing us.

That's just not true. There's a lot of longevity research ongoing and has been for years. It's only recently we're starting to see it pay dividends is all. Case in point, a pharmaceutical approach will see the light of day to slow aging with clinical _human trials_ starting next year! They hope a 120 year lifespans will become commonplace with some outliers living as long as 150-160 years old.

Stopping aging outright as the article claims is probably pretty far off, but to say nothing whatsoever is being done to extend human longevity is factually incorrect.

Comment Re:Not another one (Score 1) 696

I suspect the reason for wanting more women in programming is simple: it'll drive down pay rates. The larger one's pool of available labor, the less you can pay people to do said job. It's supply & demand 101.

The #1 reason wages has stagnated, and in many respected regressed, since the 60s (adjusted for inflation) is because women entered the workforce in droves. That drove down rates on a society-wide basis and is largely responsible for why it now takes 2 incomes to provide the lifestyle a single income could have afforded a family of four 40+ years ago.

Comment Re:Maybe it's just who we are... (Score 1) 696

It's well documented women and men have different innate drives. The more free a society becomes, the more we can indulge our natural predispositions. That was the general consensus of this documentary that delved into the "gender equality paradox":

http://rixstep.com/2/20111127,...

https://www.reddit.com/r/TheRe...

"The Nordic Council of Ministers (a regional inter-governmental co-operation consisting of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland) has decided to close down the NIKK Nordic Gender Institute. The NIKK had been the flagship of “Gender Theory”, providing the “scientific” basis for social and educational policies that, from the 1970s onward, had transformed the Nordic countries to become the most “gender sensitive” societies in the world.

The decision was made after the Norwegian State Television had broadcasted a television documentary called “Hjernevask” (the Norwegian word for “brainwash”) in which comedian Harald Eia exposed the hopelessly unscientific character of the NIKK."

Comment Re:Bigotry Shmigotry (Score 1) 536

You're right, it is about power. Sexbots would empower men and give them choice on a level never before seen in history. That scares the hell out of people, mainly women, many of whom would for the first time in their lives have to offer more to a man than their looks/sex. There's a good discussion of this topic right here:

https://www.reddit.com/r/TheRe...

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