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Comment Re:Yeah... (Score 2, Informative) 374

Feels good eh? Being all right and righteous? Because I have a friend who runs a crane with a construction crew. The simple fact she's on the team is a constant issue for the men, they can't seem to get over it. Sexual harassment is a daily issue and she's learned to simply not say anything or make waves. She was no accepted on the team and the standards for her work are twice that of her co-workers because of the constant review. Despite these limitations she's persisted and eventually gained some respect as an operator after 8 years. The fact is women aren't respected in these professions and it takes a great deal of extra effort to make it. This is why many women don't participate - patriarchy. As a woman in the tech industry I face the same discrimination. I've had men ignore me in a room despite the fact I'm the CTO of the company because they assume I'm a secretary.

Comment Illness is a put-down (Score 1) 397

It's really intended as a put down rather than a precise medical term. I was born with a correctable birth defect. It's very simple and easily treated, no need for all the drama. Most birth defects or endocrine disorders are "illnesses", although the word is not commonly applied. I think that's the reason some people respond so powerfully to calling it an illness. I'm transgender and don't give a shit what you call it but calling mentally ill people mentally ill is true but still probably an asshole thing to do. Not that anyone cares anymore. We are in the age of Don't-Care.

Comment Not an illness (Score 1) 397

Unlike blindness transgenderism is not a defect of function, per se. I was born with a correctable birth defect. It's very simple and easily treated, no need for all the drama. Transgenderism, queerness and all of LGBT are normal and natural behaviors that present in nature. They're found in wonderful people and animals of all kinds who live deeply full and beautiful lives. Being transgender is not a limitation in the sense that it's fully treatable.

Comment Re:How to get it in future? Where is it lodged? (Score 2) 397

It's really an endocrine disorder brought about by a birth defect that can be partially surgically corrected. Opinionated assholes on either side don't contribute in any way to ease the suffering in the world. Giving trans-people treatment has been unilaterally found to save lives. Who cares about labels when people's lives are at stake.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 2) 497

Cash pay (where individual people "write the check") is the highest cost healthcare area and has the worst healthcare outcomes. Insurance companies (where someone else is paying) negotiate lower rates and know the value of individual procedures. Your average Joe on the other hand has no idea and will pay many times what an insurance company will for the same procedure.

Comment Parts (Score 5, Informative) 381

TAOCP is a great reference. There are some really important things that are pretty good for someone who wants to be a professional software engineer.... 0) understanding how algorithms execute on a processor. While MIX is behind the times, (and MMIX is ahead of the times in many ways) understanding how an algorithm executes on a processor is important. I think Knuth really did the right thing in not selecting the language of the day. 1) algorithm reference. If you need to understand an algorithm, or choose between a family of algorithms, it is often a great place to find the art. 2) The humor is pretty good, at least to me. Done get me wrong, it's on a humor book, but there is wittiness and puns and some running gags... 3) It's always good to have some humility, and reading TAOCP always makes me a little more humble. It's worthy of a place on your shelf.

Comment Re:Immigration policy is not hate speech (Score 1) 1058

We liberals were all just sitting around waiting to celebrate another group of murdered children with a news story about gun control. Then, HARK, what's this? Shit! Stop the presses! They were murdered with KNIVES? Fuck Satan what were you thinking? That doesn't fit our narrative AT ALL!

Comment Re:twitter is proprietary company (Score 1) 1058

The only kind of wedding a gay person CAN HAVE is a GAY wedding. There's nothing special about "weddings" that allow a person to discriminate. Any other celebration can be substituted with "gay" prefixed and suddenly it's impossible for a gay couple to buy anything anywhere. Just because of who they ARE.

Comment Re:Twitter, aka @Jack, doesn't care about hate spe (Score 1) 1058

"SJW's" is a very divisive and ill defined term. But I think most social justice is an attempt at exactly that. It always strikes me as incredible how much some people fear change. They look at it like it's "discrimination" to treat people with basic respect. I'm not sure if that's what you're doing in this comment, I'm not sure exactly who you're talking about. I would be opposed to more discrimination myself.

Comment Re:Twitter, aka @Jack, doesn't care about hate spe (Score 2) 1058

Nobody who actually listens to #BlackLivesMatter people will find them saying that black people are the superior race. That's hilariously nutty. Boogoo nutterballs. These videos reflect more on you than they do #BlackLivesMatter.

Comment How much do they vary? (Score 4, Informative) 235

You make an assertion that there are "dramatic" changes in the text, but is that true?

Here is an example of analysis of the Great Isaiah Scroll from the Dead Sea scroll find. It dates to 200 B.C., only 500 years after Isaiah wrote the original and over one thousand years older than the previously used manuscript (used in the King James Version of the Bible).

Is that a "dramatic" change the closer you get?

Comment Re:Another benefit of low crude pricing (Score 2, Insightful) 93

The level of arrogance and ignorance in both your post and the grandparent would be astounding if it wasn't for the fact that it appears to be all-too-common. That "landlocked Asian minor country" has the largest coastline of any nation in the world. They are in the midst of rapid deployment of technologies to exploit the resources and opportunities of the arctic region including many new icebreakers in an effort to open a northern sea route (which may become very viable if the global warming predictions come true). Further, their current military campaign in Syria has proven remarkably effective, especially in contrast to the anemic actions of the United States and our western allies before they entered the conflict. They have demonstrated the capabilities of submarines being able to fire missiles while submerged to the effective use of some of their most modern fighters (as opposed to our failed F-35) and effective long range cruise missiles. They are growing increasingly capable while we appear to be stagnating.

It should also be noted that Russia has been signing major deals with some of the world's largest nations at the same time that we seem to be alienating our friends here in the United States. Far from being a needy border-line-third-world-nation, Russia seems to be showing us up time and again. Twice now the United States in the past few years, the United States has been forced to back down when Russia asserted their will in Syria, and despite economic pressure on Russia over Ukraine, they have not backed down at all. A lot of talk has been made over how Russia has a shrinking cash reserve and yet everyone seems to forget that _they_actually_have_a_reserve. Further, their foreign debt is currently decreasing at the same time our national debt has just reached $19 trillion. When one considers that our proposed defense budget is as large at the combined total of the next 8 countries and yet we have a fighter that cannot fight and a high-tech destroyer that cannot float, I don't think we have much room at all to speak of Russian corruption (though it almost certainly exists).

Given current trajectories, it seems to me that our country is more likely to face a future of irrelevancy than the Russians right now. Our press is very selective about what they cover, but reality has a nasty way of asserting itself and often in very painful ways.

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