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Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 384

Or the FTC auditors on site at every Wall Street bank. You can attack the mechanism but that says nothing about the purpose.

If you stated it in plain English, you're saying "I'm against trying to voluntarily fix racial prejudices that creep into ML models because it's as bad as making sure every Soviet army unit was in line with the one-party dictatorship's ideology".

Comment Re:Lots of reasons it won't work (Score 4, Insightful) 178

Fiirst of all, it's not true for everywhere in the real world. Most businesses that care about their workers' productivity - arts, engineering, sciences - you already go in late or pretty much at whatever schedule suits you, the same is true of most professions. It's mostly customer-facing (everything from retail to stockbroking) low-level (i.e. not management) jobs that operate on early schedules.

But that misses the broader point. If we decided as a society to change working hours to reduce accidents or improve public health, academia could be trend-setters. When those grads eventually become CEOs and businesses starts clamoring for regulatory change, regulation could change the picture for everybody just like past labor reforms (like maximum hour, night shift, or overtime laws) or regulations on commercial time (like Daylight Savings Time).

"This is how things are done" is not a good reason not to explore this.

Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 3, Informative) 384

"Simple". The ML community is very aware of this problem, but sanitizing real-world data that may be shaped by subtle biases is really, really hard. You'd need a dedicated sociology PhD involved in every ML research project - a ludicrous load - and even then you wouldn't catch everything. This is a Hard Problem to be aware of for a long time to come.

Comment Re:Guilty (Score 1) 356

Yeah... I gotta say though, ajlisows, in the long run you did her a favor. It's better to know that you're being screwed than not to know it. It's empowering because it lets you make choices about whether you want to stay there, or ask for more money, etc. I'm always in favor of sharing, but it does take courage to have those conversations. I think you did the right thing. I always participate in anonymous salary comparisons forms and answer when coworkers ask me my salary, for precisely this reason.

Comment Re:Guilty (Score 1) 356

Reality check: at most employers, if you're an individual contributor at level N, promo to level N+1 doesn't mean you get more responsibility or new expectations. Managers have similar expectations of you, based on what they know about you and the work you do, regardless of what they put down on a form. This is still even more true of raises, which are a form of promotion, but by definition don't carry extra responsibility.

Comment Re:Guilty (Score 2, Insightful) 356

As someone who's worked in the industry for about 15 years... the wage gap is real. Several of my previous employers published internal figures about it, but the public research as well as the anecdotes I've heard over the years all point to this fact: women are promoted less, get less at promo, are less likely to ask for promotion, and are less likely to be recommended for promotion. Over time this results in a wage gap between similarly experienced and qualified women and men.

Now, some employers take steps to try to make sure that women are recommended for promotion as often as their male peers and/or assign salary programmatically, and they've seen the wage gap shrink and disappear. The same wage gap that you pretend doesn't exist, by the way. But then again you're clearly not speaking from having been around the industry, just from your ass.

Comment Re:Please stop (Score 1) 272

I'm really enjoying watching Uber's culture getting its well-earned raking. That alone is worth every article.

As to sexism, there's plenty of new things to say, but each discussion is hijacked by the same 2 or 3 arguments taking place.

But more seriously, every social movement and major event gets its own sea of scrutiny and discussion and ties in to current events. This is tech's sexism moment, and we're in the middle of an unresolved problem. We already did mobile, iPods, Web 2.0, Microsoft vs Linux, Java garbage collection, the DMCA, SCO, the dotcom bust, etc. Every topic had its three headlines a week, then it was resolved and we moved on.

Sexism in tech isn't resolved, and we can't move on until it's resolved or we'd be forced to admit that we're something which none of us want to be.

Comment Re:Not Netflix's fault (Score 1) 181

I've seen people hunt around for shows on Amazon and Hulu or whatever rather than trying to torrent. In fact I have a Roku and it has a built in cross-service search. The studios are not dumb. I wish there was compulsory licensing for movies and shows too, but the fact is, they are making bank on the current model.

Comment Re:It's basically an alternative to Slack (Score 1) 78

(I'm the GP) Not sure what you mean. This is a business product, so your employer already knows everything about you, your name and birthdate and what you look like. If you use Facebook for your personal stuff, it's already tied to your real name and the association is already there. Some of your coworkers have surely already looked at your profile and seen whatever is public. But they won't see anything that is not public if you don't accept their friend requests. If you don't use Facebook for your personal stuff, then there's nothing to associate. If you mean can random Facebook friends of yours see your work activity, the answer is absolutely no.

Comment Re:Probably a flawed analysis (Score 1) 990

That's as may be, but when you drive a car a few thousand miles, sometimes you ding it or someone runs into you. Rental car companies charge you for every day the car is out of commission, so your own insurance won't cut it. But if you get their insurance, it pushes it from the $30-$50 a day range to the $70-$100 a day range. Make it 5 days and we're at $500, double your number. But then you also probably have to get a Lyft/Uber to/from the nearest rental car center, typically an airport, rather than driving to/from your own home - add maybe $80. And you'd best pony up $10+tax a day for any additional drivers, because if you don't and they get into an accident, your insurance won't count - oh, and they have to come by with you to sign the rental agreement. Oh and did you say you wanted to rent at Thanksgiving? Say hello to surge pricing, taking you from $500 to $1000-$1500 - if they have a car available. And all this only applies to cities - in small towns you're screwed anyway. In theory this is a good model, in practice it's highly restrictive. I have a hybrid SUV, I would love an electric, but I'm gonna wait until the value proposition is there - 300-400 mile range and widespread superchargers.

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