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Comment Re:How (Score 1) 300

I'm guessing you haven't read a lot of locally-generated user docs. The fact that I don't use "ran" in the present or future tense puts me one leg up over at least 2 of my co-workers.

But to be honest, not that I've noticed. I started using singular "they" my senior year in high-school (at a college prep school back in the mid-80's) and used it all through college, and never got marked off for it. I used to have my mother (a professional editor) look over my high-school papers before turning them in too, and don't remember being told not to do that.

There are a lot of English "rules" that are really only rules to people who actually don't know the language that well.

Comment Tulsa (Score 2) 253

Just crunched the numbers for my hometown (Tulsa, OK). Both the average rents ($175/month) and the average commute (21.3 minutes) would be in their top 5.

Yeah, we're not exactly a famous tech hub. But we do have a pretty decent concentration of telecommunications and flight simulation work here. Enough to keep me employed and happy with my 15-30 minute commute and my house that would cost $3.5 Million in San Fran.

Comment Re:Because they're pulling from places they should (Score 1) 90

Before you jump to conclusions about "racist software," I can tell you that the reason for this is very well known and understood: lighting and contrast ratios. Specifically, you get a much higher contrast ratio of faces with light skinned people from image sensors than do you for dark

It holds true for really crappy cameras, like webcams with bad lighting, but most cameras over a few hundred dollars are actually pretty good at capturing contrast

I can see nothing wrong with comparing a still camera in a studio to a video stream shot 15 feet away on a subway platform. Nothing at all.

Which brings us back around to where we started. It appears they are quite satisfied to use cheap cameras setups that are good enough not to overly misidentify white people, and then stop there.

Comment Re:Yeesh (Score 1) 300

"Everyone needs to be sure to tighten one's safety belt before approaching the cliff."

I'm sorry, but that just looks godawful. I do a lot of writing, and if you ever see me write something like that, I guarantee I was drunk at the time.

In order to even begin to be proper, you'd have to replace "Everyone" with "One" as well. If you change pronouns in mid-sentence, the implication is that they refer to different people, and that's going to trip up your reader. Even then, its sounds super-duper formal. Sometime you actually want that, but its very rare.

So no, this doesn't work at all. We have a perfectly good informal pronoun for this situation, that goes all the way back to Shakespeare: "their".

Comment Re:How (Score 1) 300

How is this related to tech in anyway whatsoever?

Ever written a user's guide? A "user" is by definition a third person singular entity of unknown gender. I've been making robust use of singular "they" in documentation my entire 30-year career. It's nice to see that some of the style guides will finally have my back. Previously I've mostly just relied on the fact that most people are just grateful I wrote any documentation at all.

Comment Re:No, it's the hour in the middle you can skip (Score 1) 395

Did not watch myself. No need the concept is stupid on its face.

This is quite ironic, since this:

Puting the two together though is just silly. Superman is for all intents and purposes a god. While not wholly omnipotent, he is so far above man that he can freely toss our greatest war machines around like children's toys and even slow the spin of earth altering time. Batman simply isn't in his league. Additionally Superman's original character was almost Christ like in his unfailing sense of justice and strength of character regarding doing the right thing. The Superman of the early comics would never have agreed to even associate with the Bat, ...

...was essentially the exact set of issues the movie you proudly didn't watch was addressing.

(Full disclosure: I'm one of the weird 27% who actually liked it)

Comment Re:Misleading and false (Score 1) 133

Perhaps, but the ultimate ancestor in this thread was referring to "multi-junction cells have breached 46%", which tend to made of things like Indium Gallium Phosphide, Gallium Arsenide, Germanium, and Indium Gallium Arsenide.

I believe the point was that that we know how to make them far more efficient than 26%, if we really want to. It just tends to require making them of relatively exotic things that probably aren't worth the trouble.

Comment Re:John Deere has too many non farmers (Score 1) 499

The American agricultural industry has been consolidating for years - small family farms are in a slow but inevitably decline. Those big corporate farms have a great advantage in simple economy of scale.

...and that I think is the answer. When most people think "farmer", they think of a single family-owned and worked operation. Those are still around, but the industry is increasingly large corporations who hire out all the labor. Equipment maintenance is just another bit of labor for them to hire out, and doing it to another large company (eg: the manufacturer) is probably simpler for the books anyway. Deere is likely designing their equipment for those operations. Traditional small farmers are just not their market anymore.

Comment Re:John Deere has too many non farmers (Score 1) 499

Growing up in a farming community I know that many farmers do a lot of their own maintenance on equipment.

My Grandfather thought nothing of stopping a piece of farm equipment and rebuilding its engine in-situ. That's the thing about being a farmer; you have to be able to do *everything* yourself. You can't exactly call the Auto club and have your harvester towed back to the dealer. At least I thought you couldn't. Apparently, that's what Deere expects you to do now. Not sure why anyone who isn't a big corporate farm managed by remote MBAs would agree to do that.

Comment Re:So Hillary's account got deleted? (Score 1) 202

Except they are sort of limited to who throws their hat into the ring...

You're kidding, right? There were at one point so many Republican candidates that they had to split the field in two and hold the same debate twice to get them all in. There are a ton of things you can say about how the Republican Party got to this point, but lack of better choices is not one of them.

... and unlike the Democrats, worked to not play favorites

*chortle* I couldn't even count how many articles I read about organized Republican efforts to stop Trump. At one point they even tried having all the other candidates to collude on which states they would compete in, in hopes they'd each win their strongest states and throw the nomination into the convention. The only reason you didn't hear Trump supporters screaming "Shenanigans" like Sanders supporters it is because nothing they tried came close to working.

The Republicans had preferred party candidates early on (eg: Bush and Grahm); candidates dropped out due to lack of electoral support roughly in the order of how reasonable they were, which meant the preferred candidates were among the first folks to go. I won't claim to know what their voters were all thinking, but if someone were to argue that Republican primary voters were voting entirely based on who the party leaders DIDN'T want, I'd have trouble arguing against it.

Trump won the nomination because, given a menu of 20+, he's the guy Republican voters wanted. If you think that's a problem, your problem is with that party and its voters, not with its nomination methods.

Comment Re:Look at the revised map (Score 1) 319

Look at the revised map. Most of northern Africa is wider than the U.S. (at the same latitude).

...Which might partly explain why North America was far easier for Eurasians to colonize than tropical Africa. A large part of the rest is that A lot of North America had biomes that supported Eurasian crops and livestock, while most of sub-Saharan Africa does not (until you get all the way down to the tip, which is not-coincidentally the only place Eurasians successfully pushed out the natives and set up shop for themselves).

Comment Re:Why limit the solution to 2D maps on paper? (Score 1) 319

Why limit the solution to 2D maps on paper? You can get a much better visualization on a computer...

..or on a globe. When I was a kid, not only did my "Social Studies" classrooms all have globes, but I had one in my room. They were pretty cheap and ubiquitous. No electricity required, and they can still be made from paper if you like.

Comment Re:Opposite effect of that intended (Score 1) 319

So let me get this straight, Africa and South America have that much more land and natural resources than the first world countries - and still can't do nearly as well in terms of development and wealth? That would tend to make one even more dismissive of cultures on those larger landmasses that cannot pull it together.

...unless one reads Guns, Germs, & Steel, or its equivalent content out of a textbook somewhere, which explains all this rather nicely. IMHO its much better to take these questions head-on, rather than ignore them.

(Executive summary: Having a large amount of land at the same latitude is really important to any agricultural society. This is because the "resources" that matter are ultimately domesticable crops and animals, both of which tend to not do well outside of their home latitudes. So Eurasia wins.).

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