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Comment Re:Astroturfing Trolls (Score 1) 899

Did you read any of the sources you offered?

Nothing in our analysis suggests that gender discrimination doesnâ(TM)t exist. In fact, the experts we consulted agreed that no matter how much you adjust the models to equalize for outside factors, a difference in pay between men and women remains, and itâ(TM)s one that canâ(TM)t be explained away.

Here's the slightly deflating caveat: this reverse gender gap, as it's known, applies only to unmarried, childless women under 30 who live in cities. The rest of working women â" even those of the same age, but who are married or don't live in a major metropolitan area â" are still on the less scenic side of the wage divide.

Chung said it "would be totally incorrect to imply that these women outearn men with similar jobs or similar educations."

The Hay Group study, which does conclude that pay disparity is little to none for men and women with the same position, does not cover the United States. They strangely have little to say about the existence (or non-existence) of a pay gap in the US.

To be sure, this data did not cover the United States. But in many countries, men and women doing the same job, in the same function and company, get paid almost exactly the same, the firm finds.

So for whatever reason, this company, headquartered in the US, found it inconvenient to include the US data in their project.

Comment Re:The real problem (Score 1) 207

The point is that it is probably easier and more effective to get rid of the antiquated laws that lock us in this cycle where drug makers, smugglers, and DEA all make profits off of addicts.

Decriminalize hard drug use and have the government sell/give away safe, vetted drugs to addicts (or administer doses in government run centers). Making drugs hard to get enslaves addicts to dealers and causes the situation we have now. Legalize marijuana, sell it like alcohol and tobacco, tax it, make money off of it, let a bunch of people out of prison for stupid marijuana offenses.

Comment Re:Professional attention whore strikes again (Score 1) 920

If the police get to decide the crime being committed, and the police are biased, and the police are the ones who ultimately write the reports that were evaluated for the study, how would the study detect that bias?

It really does not follow to come to a conclusion that police use excessive non-violent force against blacks, but not excessive violent force. Sure, it's possible.
But then, consider: in the past few years we have been presented with videos of officers shooting unarmed blacks, in which the blacks would have been found at fault had it not been for the video evidence. Samuel DuBose and Walter Scott, for instance. How many unarmed suspects have been "upgraded" to armed and dangerous suspects? As long as you're killing (and framing) them in the right ratios, it doesn't matter if they were actually guilty of something?

Are DuBose and Scott rare cases? We hope so, but we do not know without bodycams, and with bodycams cops and suspects alike exhibit better behavior (so we may never know). At present, I don't see how anyone can say "Clearly, blacks are not being wrongly killed."

As for cops vs blacks and blacks vs blacks, I see no reason why we can't strive to improve both situations.

Comment Re:Professional attention whore strikes again (Score 2) 920

There is a disconnect here: There is evidence of Felix repeatedly making fun of/with Jews/Hitler/the Holocaust, but that's okay because he doesn't come across to you as anti-Semitic? That's a little like saying "My grandpa isn't racist, he's just old fashioned."

I understand your feeling that people seem to be a little over sensitive right now. But personally, I'm starting to see the darkness creeping in where I thought there was light. My friend, with a bachelors in comp sci, who I normally regard as intelligent, is starting to repeat things that sound like alt-right fake news headlines. He tells me that even adjusted for population, fewer blacks are killed by police than whites. That all Indians smell like curry (granted, probably not an alt-right headline).

I wonder, is there really a problem here that up until now has been invisible to me? That xenophobia is more prevalent than it seemed, and it is gaining champions (whether they choose to be or not)?

Comment Re:And? (Score 5, Interesting) 122

What's inside the plastic wrapping is going to kill you quicker than whatever the wrapping is made of.

The most studied of these substances (PFOSs and PFOAs) has been linked to kidney and testicular cancer, elevated cholesterol, decreased fertility, thyroid problems and changes in hormone functioning, as well as adverse developmental effects and decreased immune response in children.

When there is an obesity epidemic, its worth considering what role the packaging may be playing in messing with hormones and thyroid function, both of which can lead to weight gain.

Comment Can't think out of the box (Score 2) 477

"Why would you want to do that in the first place?"

I find a number of people can't think "outside of the box". They have their preconceived notions of how things work, and things cannot evolve within their realm of observation. Advancements can only be made by people they don't interact with. Advancements that defy this rule are flukes.
For them, the question is not, "Where can I be?", but "How can I stay where I am?"

For this person, the natural response to the question "How can I do X?" is not one of science, of exploration, of expanding knowledge and understanding.
It's "Why would you want to do X in the first place?"
Nevermind that the tool you create today may have a greater use tomorrow. If this person had their way, we'd still be wiping our asses with our bare hands.

Comment Re:Two references already to Man-Bear-Pig (Score 1) 158

Before our descendants reach the point where they can grow pigs for transplantation, a means of growing organs without bodies will be invented.

Our descendants? I'm not sure how old you are, but it might be in our lifetime. There was just an article about scientists using a rat-mouse chimera to grow a mostly mouse pancreas. This was used to transplant cells into diabetic mice and cure their diabetes.

I mean why grow a whole pig, when all you want is the heart?

1, growing a pig is an easy, well documented process. 2, you might want multiple organs from the pig.

Comment Re:Oxymoron (Score 1) 377

Not only that, he left his car unlocked.

Needless to say, Gale probably won't be leaving his car unlocked again - especially with high-priced items in plain view of thieves.

I can appreciate that in an ideal society, people wouldn't steal, and you should be able to leave your valuables unsecured and in plain sight. However, this man was a victim of a crime that he could have easily prevented.

An acquaintance of mine performed the same mistake as this man. He left his laptop visible in the back seat of his unlocked car, which he knew was unlocked, because he thought it should be safe there. The next morning the laptop was gone, and he accused his friends (who had been to visit him) of stealing the laptop. He lived in the duplexes by the shopping mall. I could never figure out 1) what lead him to believe it was a good idea to leave it out in the open of an unlocked car, and 2) why he didn't suspect that the thief came from the duplex or mall traffic.

Submission + - Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence (bbc.com)

techtech writes: President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence for leaking documents to Wikileaks in 2010.
The 29-year-old transgender US Army private, born Bradley Manning, will be freed on 17 May instead of her scheduled 2045 release.
She was sentenced to 35 years in 2013 for her role in leaking diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy group.
The leak was one of the largest breaches of classified material in US history.

Comment Re:But the median college-educated.... (Score 4, Insightful) 495

Millennials have been SUCKERED into thinking they HAVE to have a college degree.

When I was in high school, college was the only option discussed with students. Vocational training was never talked about. I see no shame in plumbing, welding, construction, wiring houses.

Comment There is more to this story... (Score 4, Informative) 397

Something about this summary struck me as strange.

It seems Leah created a project, joined with GNU, then decided to separate from the GNU, and Stallman is talking as if Leah can't go back to her original project. Is that normal? It seems borderline abusive to me.
"Oh, you want to leave? Well, I'm going to make sure I tell everyone publicly that you have my permission, because I am the one in power, and you are lucky that I am letting you go."

Leah's reason for the split was because of discrimination that occurred at Free Software Foundation, GNU's main funding source. I'm not very familiar with the situation, but at the very least, here are links for another side of the story:

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