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Comment Re:Seconded. (Score 1) 350

When I was a student, I took many surveys conducted on Mechanical Turk by any number of Ivy League universities. So in regards to your methodological objections, the one against conducting such surveys in that venue doesn't seem well founded.

  And yes, a completely unscientific facebook article, whose purpose is obviously merely to reinforce a narrative that the author's have already decided is true, is hardly worth debunking. Is this guy's "study" slightly more accurate than that? Well yes...but so what.

Comment Retail numbers create false tech diversity (Score 1) 561

These numbers likely include the retail employees at Apple stores. This is why Apple's diversity numbers are so much less skewed than any of the other tech companies, which are reporting based on a much different employee mixture (i.e. Engineers + Sales and Marketing, vs. Apples Engineers + Sales and Marketing + Retail store employees.. Much easier to pump up the numbers this way.

As to why publish a report saying, look at me, I'm so diverse (at least compared to Twitter, FB, et al.) I would think it's obvious. Risk management from "corrective" action by government, i.e. discrimination lawsuits, regulatory action, etc. Particularly when one's company is so tightly aligned with the democratic party .

Comment Re:Oh, My! (Score 2) 1160

You can hate religion all you want, just not Islam..and that only because muslims are not responsible for their violent actions. It's like shouting fire in a crowded room, apparently muslims have no more control over themselves than a fire does over burning. This logic is f*cking crap, and it passes for PC here. Seriously, they can put crosses in jars of piss and the US Federal government *pays* for it, but some guy posts a video on youtube muslims don't like and suddenly someone needs to go to jail for hate crimes?

In Canada catholic priests are prevented from teaching catholic doctrine relating to homosexuals. But because they are not violent, they are suppressed. It is *only Islam* that gets this treatment. Keep it up and sooner or later things will only get much more violent, since that is what you are rewarding. Islam doesn't have to be a crazy violent religion, but lots of muslims are crazy violent people, from crazy violent places and we are telling them that if they riot and kill they will be rewarded. Think you'll see more of this?

Mod me down all you want, or you can grow a pair and mod me up, though I'm sure our editors in Ann Arbor will take me down regardless.

Comment I'll respect his opinion on this subject when (Score 1) 1223

He grows balls big enough to say that Islam is batsh*t crazy. Just as many good reasons to say this about Islam as there are about Mormonism. But he won't. No one will. Because then muslims will start killing people.

The NEA funded Andres Serrano and 'Piss Christ' (crucifixes in urine jars for those who don't remember) in 1987. Barely a murmur from the christians, and then it was only about why should we have to pay for this blashphemy. Some douche makes a youtube video about Islam and the pundit class (I'm looking at you MSNBC) talks about how he should be crucified.

  Seriously, I actually have no problem with *whatever* someone wants to believe, but hurt feelings do not justify violence. And fear definitely doesn't justify silencing people, however batsh*t crazy they are. Because your beliefs (or lack thereof) look just that way to someone else.

It's easy to talk smack about folks you know won't hit you. Takes some balls to say it about someone you are pretty sure will.

Grow a pair Linus.

Comment Where do I sign up? (Score 1) 370

I'm sure companies everywhere will be eager to list somewhere where the law dictates that they must give up one third of their representation that should be determined by ownership, in their company, to consumers. And I'm sure shareholders will be oh so eager to buy shares where their representation is likewise diluted, in companies listed in countries with such regulations. But dream on shiny socialists!


College To Save Money By Switching Email Font 306

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has come up with an unusual way of saving money: changing their email font. The school expects to use 30% less ink by switching from Arial to Century Gothic. From the article: "Diane Blohowiak is the school's director of computing. She says the new font uses about 30 percent less ink than the previous one. That could add up to real savings, since the cost of printer ink works out to about $10,000 per gallon. Blohowiak says the decision is part of the school's five-year plan to go green. She tells Wisconsin Public Radio it's great that a change that's eco-friendly also saves money."
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Is the Line-in Jack On the Verge of Extinction? 411

SlashD0tter writes "Many older sound cards were shipped with line-out, microphone-in, and a line-in jacks. For years I've used such a line-in jack on an old Windows 2000 dinosaur desktop that I bought in 2000 (600 Mhz PIII) to capture the stereo audio signal from an old Technics receiver. I've used this arrangement to recover the audio from a slew of old vinyl LPs and even a few cassettes using some simple audio manipulating software from a small shop in Australia. I've noticed only recently, unfortunately, that all of the four laptops I've bought since then have omitted a line-in jack, forcing me to continue keeping this old desktop on life support. I've looked around for USB sound cards that include a line-in jack, but I haven't been too impressed by the selection. Is the line-in jack doomed to extinction, possibly due to lobbying from vested interests, or are there better thinking-outside-the-box alternatives available?"

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