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Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 226

The problem is that spreadsheets and databases solve different problems, yet they are related enough that folks confuse the two. Not unlike what you did. Spreadsheets represent the full MVC concept, whereas databases are usually just the M(odel), with some (C)ontroller capabilities.

From there, the problem becomes somewhat more obvious; Because applications like Excel provide more complete functionality ( or try to at any rate ), that's naturally what anyone who needs to model data wants to use. Aside from programmers, who has time to construct a full data modeling environment using the right tools?

There's an opportunity here for MS to "fill the gap" here; provide the function-rich environment of Excel and tie it to a database backend simply. Or perhaps, considering the mess that is Access, that opportunity exists for someone other than MS.

Comment Because terrorists, right? (Score 2) 446

Bullshit. Terrorism is only peripherally related to government's interest in compromising encryption. Governments the world over are terrified of their citizens speaking freely, for whatever noise they make about "Freedom of Speech". It's about controlling the message, which they can't do if people are communicating outside of their control.

They're using terrorism to push this agenda.

Comment Re:Obvious causes in no particular order: (Score 1) 643

The problem with a lot of these cases and how the colleges are handling them is that they are not rape. Often it's a consensual encounter which later becomes "rape" because "reasons" ( regret, boyfriend found out, ect... ). In those instances, with the lower burden of proof and the systemic bias against the accused, it becomes virtually impossible to prove innocence.

This, incidentally, should be very worrisome to those concerned about legitimate sexual assault. False accusations that lead to severe consequences trivialize the impact of real crimes. The backlash from the above won't result in more protections for legitimate victims, but less as the integrity of the entire process is called into question. The phrase "Throwing out the baby with the bath water" comes to mind here.

Colleges should never have been involved in the process to begin with; if students felt assaulted, they should have been referred to law enforcement directly, and any punishment against the accused would follow the determination of guilt in a court of law.

Comment Re:It's not a bad thing (Score 1) 241

It's irrelevant.

I only care about if everyone had the same opportunity as everyone else. If there's a broken piece there, great; let's fix it and make sure everyone has the same opportunity to excel. I'm not seeing any system bias, btw. Sure, I see the symptoms all over the place, but I don't see the cause. It's beyond absurd to attempt to craft a fix to a symptom; it's the economic equivalent of homeopathy.

That the opportunities exist but are not being exploited does not indicate any action on my part. Ergo; it's irrelevant.

Comment Re:Obvious causes in no particular order: (Score 1) 643

There is in effect no difference and the purpose is exactly the same

You'll want to educate yourself as this statement betrays a profound ignorance on the topic


If you take away nothing else from the above, you must acknowledge that they are lowering the burden of proof. That's hardly "no difference".

Comment Re:Obvious causes in no particular order: (Score 1) 643

I can't help but feel you are purposefully misunderstanding the discussion here. I am not referring to legal courts of law. Those will, generally, have a much higher standard of proof ( although there are plenty of cases of false rape only being revealed after the accused spent years in jail ). I'm talking about college campuses handling sexual assault charges on their own, using a much lower proof requirement and, generally, denying the accused anything approaching due process, but with lifelong consequences for the outcome.

Again; Not legal courts of law. Campus courts.

Comment Re:Obvious causes in no particular order: (Score 1) 643

Yikes, you really don't have any clue what's going on, do you?

I'm not talking about men found guilty in a court of law. I'm talking about men found guilty by the kangaroo courts convened in colleges as a result of the Dear Colleague letter. Often these men are never charged with an actual crime, but they're tossed out or suspended based on little more than the word of their accuser. Sometimes years afterwards, and sometimes in the face of all contrary evidence. All in the pursuit of appeasing Title XI.

Comment Re:Obvious causes in no particular order: (Score 1) 643

How old are you? Because you sound like a 50 year old dude trying to explain to us 20-30 years olds what sex is like in college. Graduated college 10 years ago, went to the two largest schools in Georgia, rushed a fraternity, and was never once scared of someone crying rape.

Your ignorance is not a solid basis for an argument. Want to try again?

Comment Re:Obvious causes in no particular order: (Score 2) 643

Getting hysterical about it (crazy to go to college, really?) isn't going to help anyone.

It's not "getting hysterical" to recognize a hostile and dangerous environment for what it is and steering clear of it. All that's needed is an accusation and a man can be kicked out of college. In many cases he's not even allowed to present evidence in his defense. That's the "college experience" for men now a days. Can't fault men for checking out of that; I won't go near a college either.

You are quite correct; I got the stat wrong. However, it doesn't detract from the overall point that it's bullshit.

Comment Re:Obvious causes in no particular order: (Score 4, Insightful) 643

What rape hysteria? Rape culture is where a rapist like Brock Turner gets a scant 6 months because the the judge says a prison sentence might have a bad impact on him.

*One* case does not rape culture make. Despite what you are led to believe, women are actually *safer* on college campuses than anywhere else. You often hear the 1 in 3 stat mentioned, but that stat is based on a piss poor study that's only quoted because it supports an agenda.

What's far more prevalent are the rape accusations, which is really no surprise when you think about it. Rape is a heinous crime, and folks that commit it are rightfully shunned and hated. However, what's happening is that the merest accusation can be enough to ruin someone's life ( men, not women incidentally ). As false accusers are rarely punished for their behavior, it creates a very effective tool for women to deploy against men. Think: Duke, Rolling Stones, Mattress Girl, and those are just off the top of my head.

In our culture of fear and snap judgments and "Dear Colleague" letters, you'd have to be crazy as a man to have sex on a college campus. Hell, you'd have to be crazy to even GO to college, seeing how an unsupported accusation would be enough to get you expelled. No, it's worse than that; not just unsupported, but an evidence refuted accusation can get you kicked out with no recourse.

Finally, you mention a rapist who got a light sentence. I agree that's wrong, but if you really want to be outraged about that I'd like to know your stance on the legion of women teachers who continually get suspended sentences or community service for sex with minors. It seems there's another in the paper every week, with kids as young as grade school.

Ironically, that may be where the real rape culture is; in our elementary and high schools.

As far as the younger generation not having as much sex; maybe the men are smarter than we were. They see that all the effort and time spent just increases their risk factor of having their lives ruined and are noping out. Smart.

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