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Comment Re:I'm calling bullshit. (Score 1) 455

So, you're saying that they're qualified, but Palantir doesn't want them. That sounds discriminatory to me.

Yep. Deal with it. The non-44% (again, !!!) of rejected Asian candidates may have been qualified on paper but a paper cannot capture all it takes to join a team. News flash, that kind of discrimination happens everywhere, every day. And their economic prospects were not hurt, they could get a job anywhere else. The laws are meant to prevent an individual's economic ruin, such as when a black person couldn't get a job anywhere, they are not put in place to protect someone's feelings that they can't always get what they want.

This administration's move is either trying to hurt this business for political points, or out of SJW-ing gone wrong, or both. Things have been taken too far and it's unlikely to be good for them in the coming elections.

Comment Re:I'm calling bullshit. (Score 1) 455

This is an incredibly unproductive move by the Administration. I imagine if I were an Asian already working for Palantir -- like 44% of them! -- the sense of belonging to the team is now in danger if not gone. It is us vs. them, the Asians vs. the white guys.

The non-discrimination laws were designed to prevent systematic or blatant discrimination. If there really was some bias against Asians (I'm assuming American-born), it's not like those people can't get good jobs in any other engineer-hungry Valley company. And it does sound like if it was place where you mostly got hired by referrals where white guys would recommend mostly other white guys and occasional Asian friends.

And if they are talking about non-American-born Asians not being accepted to essentially an espionage company, this lawsuit is pure idiocy.

Comment Re:So Palmer supports a fascist demagogue. (Score 1) 852

Hillary offers only disastrously bad interventionism. This is not an exaggeration -- look at her track record. Who among us can put destruction of an entire country on the resume?

What that really means is her interventionism is low-threshold. Trump's interventionism is high-threshold. The latter is a safer strategy for the world even if it misses a few false negatives.

What's interesting is that seems perfectly analogous to medical interventions. Would you rather have a doctor who sends you under the knife frequently, even for injuries that eventually self heal, or a doctor who prescribes surgeries very conservatively?

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 1) 637

Agree that it's not good, and I think there's little that can be done about it. Society moves in cycles and waves that are slow with heavy momentum and this is one that may not be pretty. A parallel with booms and busts of the economy comes to mind. Best we can do is uphold the basic structures and principles in place and wait it out. Good times will come again.

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 1) 637

That's their right. Luckey's right is to speak against Hillary, VR devs' right is to be intolerant to Luckey, a consumer's right is to boycott those VR devs because of their siding with Hillary and so on.

As long as we all have those rights and are exercising them legally it works itself out. It's sad that so much hate is going on but you can't blame Trump or Hillary for that -- it's the state of the world at the moment that created the conditions for it. In a wiser world such conditions would be prevented before Trump or Hillary would rise to prominence, but it is what it is.

Comment Re:So Palmer supports a fascist demagogue. (Score 4, Insightful) 852

That's ignorance talking, making a leap from Trump is loud and obnoxious to he would fire nukes. Trump is a nationalist and doesn't want to be engaged outside of what directly confronts US interests. In that he's like Obama, who was extremely cautions about intervening for humanitarian or idealistic reasons. Hillary on the other side is an old-school interventionist.

Want more confirmation besides her track record? She pressured Obama into intervening in Libya. She even prevented the US' military from negotiating peace with Gaddhafi through the channel they established in secrecy from her. Check it out on Washington Times, all the records are there. Libya for all practical purposes doesn't exist anymore. When Obama saw how it turned out he refused to go into Syria. And then 51 neocon "diplomats" in a leaked cable urged Obama to strike at Assad, who is a Russian ally. Almost all of them support Hillary.

So who's more likely to start a nuclear war?

Comment Re:Nobody knows yet (Score 1) 165

So what is your point? The news reports all over are saying German exports are down, things are not looking good, "economic data that paintes a gloomy picture for German manufacturing" (http://www.2bbc.com/news/business-37316827)

What I'm saying is that Germany is so dependent on their exports that at the moment when the reports are negative they are not going to "punish" the UK or do anything that would endanger their economy further, Brexit or no Brexit. What are you saying?

Comment Re:Nobody knows yet (Score 1) 165

Not gonna happen, for the reason of Germany alone. 50% of their Germany's GDP comes from exports in general and the UK is Germany's largest export market after the US. Germany is the core of EU and they will be desperate not to impact exporting to the UK and will be accepting of any treaties with the UK to keep the market.

In fact about a month ago, Germany’s Minister of European Affairs said "Given Britain’s size, significance, and its long membership of the European Union, there will probably be a special status which only bears limited comparison to that of countries that have never belonged to the European Union." So there you go.

Comment Re:A better pro tip (Score 1) 242

I think they knew with Jennifer Lawrence they couldn't get away with it, but with Hogan they miscalculated. Or they came to think they are invincible, or needed a financial boost.

Or, and I'm going out on a limb here, maybe Gawker staff and Denton felt particular hatred towards what Hulk Hogan represents: a primitive masculine character of the old world that they wanted to dismantle.

Comment Re:A better pro tip (Score 1) 242

They didn't know they couldn't *get away with it*. They surely knew what they did was morally wrong, and many pointed that out. Well guess what -- we live in a society whose moral and legal rules keep it from falling apart. Break them and be punished by the society, especially if you profited from that same society.

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