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Comment Re:Donnie Downer (Score 1) 711

It took a public blog post to get Uber to act. In doing that she accepts that if she was lying and is discovered, she will become unemployable. But the point of the blog post was to force Uber to act, and to encourage others at Uber to come forward too.

I agree that we need to wait to see what comes of this, but I don't think publicising it at this stage is a bad thing either. It's done some good, either Uber will clean up or a liar will be exposed. No individuals have been named.

Comment Re:Astroturfing Trolls (Score 1) 711

The wage gap varies by industry, typically 95-100% when comparing like-for-like (skills, experience, area etc). But even that is like working a couple of weeks a year for free.

The larger number is the unadjusted amount. It's less of an issue because to some extent it is down to choices made, but to some extent it is also down to more systemic problems like the burden of child care tending to fall more on women than on men.

Comment Re:This has to be a 4chan joke... (Score 1, Insightful) 711

It sounds more like some Red Pill wannabe trying to be alpha. Those guys usually end up falling hard, because the definition of "alpha male" to them is basically "guy who sexually harasses and rapes a lot".

The whole thing is based on some observations of wolves in captivity, and some guys upset that it's no longer acceptable to behave like a 1950s greaser that gets all the girls/STDs.

Comment Re:Cake or death (Score 4, Informative) 711

This story proves you wrong. The guy who propositioned her has done it many times before, and many times since, with zero consequences. Apparently he was too valuable to the company, or they just didn't care.

The other comments also prove you wrong. People are making nuanced arguments, suggesting that merely politely asking for a date once is not a problem, for example. The world is clearly not as polarized as you think.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 2) 711

That doesn't seem unreasonable, but in this case the her immediate superior opened on day 1 with "I'm in an open relationship, please have sex with me". Later she finds out that HR is basically encouraging him by taking no action against a "high flyer", which explains why he (correctly) thinks he can get away with it.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 711

It all depends on the relative ranks of the coworkers, and on the context. If the person asking has the power to retaliate against the person they are asking, it creates a problem. Any subsequent negative review will be seen as less than objective, for example. Especially if that person says yes initially but then the couple splits up.

Comment Re:The EU found a solution to this long time ago (Score 1) 266

This is complete bollocks. There are no country specific exemptions. Buying a washing machine or PC from Romania isn't going to save you money after shipping. The price will be more or less the same anyway since such goods are low profit margin items and mostly commodities.

EU products are often different, simply because the EU has different laws on things like the use of lead and minimum warranty periods.

Comment Re:send em to Hawaii (Score 1) 266

You will care when Aquaman comes to kick your arse.

Seriously though, polluting places we currently think are unimportant to our prosperity has not turned out well historically. And we don't really think it's unimportant, since water and pollutants move around and due to the difficulty accessing that depth we don't understand the process that well.

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