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Comment Toyota - 10,000 Global Variables Incorporated (Score 1) 230

When someone tells you they want safety checks on your computerized platform there are few on the planet less qualified to complain than Toyota or, as I like to call them 10,000 Global Variables Incorporated.

Comment I'll Stay, Thanks... (Score 1) 1042

If this is a simulation and it has this much complexity I'm not sure I'd want to (or be able to) live in the world that created it. I wouldn't mind having the power to enhance our experience of the simulation. I'm all for cheating the gods. But, I'd like to keep living and I doubt I exist in a tank somewhere - I exist in whatever data this simulation uses.

Comment Re: Old school reflective lcd (Score 2) 294

If the case isn't near a desk you will find your case cover slid betwee the two pieces of furniture that are closest together. If it is close to a desk, it will be slid under the desk standing on edge like a book. If a giant stack of junk had to be moved to get at the case the probability of finding it under the stack is dirctly proportional to the size of a stack. If it's a university science lab, someone else already found it and it's the base of that thing across the room covered in bolts next to an empty bottle of Locktite. I hope this helps... ;)

Comment I give Up (Score 1) 541

I look at this weird octopus systematically eating every small, unix-like thing about Linux a few bites at a time and I want to scream. But it's just like the Trump/Hillary thing. It's an inevitable march toward the illusion of progress presented by someone who never bothered to pay attention to the structure that underlies real value.

When I get the chance I'll use FreeBSD.... Otherwise, I'll be using my experience of Microsoft in the 90s to navigate the new paradigm of SystemD Linux. Shame on me for thinking there was an escape from hubris.

Here's an idea consistent with the new Linux - how about integrating Facebook's login API into the OS! That way when people load it on their machine they don't have to worry about a new username and password. It will be convenient and people will love that. It seems like a kind of complicated thing though so let's tie it in so deep that taking it out for a server install is a constant battle with each new version. When people complain we'll tell them that they have a choice and can install or uninstall whatever parts of SystemD they want... Because their time is infinite.

Comment Huh?! (Score 1) 256

Orbiting, mobile, stealth platforms with hypersonic nukes scares me. This thing sounds like a bad TV movie from the 70s. Why the hell would anyone care if you could land a nuclear bomb delivery platform?! Let's hope this is where they're spending their money. It would indicate that they are even dumber than their counterparts in Washington.

Comment Arbitrary Power (Score 1) 209

Any argument for the use of arbitrary power that relies on the integrity of the current users of that power is fundamentally flawed. The secret capacity to spy on large swaths of US citizens inverts the relationship between the people and the government. Every monarchy until the advent of constitutional monarchies was a dictatorship. There are decades when those dictatorships works well and people were relatively happy - good king and court, good country.

The problem with arbitrary power is - bad king or bad court, bad country. And it can happen overnight. The problem with the power of that king being derived from espionage against the many decision-makers who are supposed to be in power is that the king can exercise that power without public knowledge.

How do you know that EVERYONE in the NSA is using that power responsibly? How do you know that someone isn't being secretly exploited? Our intended investments, our contacts, our intimate conversations, our whereabouts.... That's a lot of information and a lot of power.

Comment Big is Usually Bad (Score 1) 178

Linux is great and Linus deserves a ton of praise. But there's nothing good about being biggest. I suspect SystemD has played a big role in the Linux project becoming so big. If the kernel without the bootloader, et al is 20+ million LOC - YIKES!!

There are some very convenient things for desktop users now.... That's an important part of growing the user base....

All this post does for me is stress me out.

Comment Re:two for T (Score 1) 766

Millions? Do the T's really number in the millions?

The New York Times had an article about the difficulties of estimating the number of transgender people. The estimate they came up with from various studies was 700,000 people in the US (between .2% and .3% of the population). NYT 700,000 Transgender Article.

As a point of comparison, there are 1.8 million Muslim adults in the US (and 2.75 million people - lots of kids). I quote the adult population because it was easy to find and the transgender population is pretty much all adult. There are 5.3 million jews in the US.

Compare that to 14 million asians, 38 million black people, 55 million latinos, and 256 million caucasians.

2 or 3 people per thousand is a pretty small minority but it's not infinitesimal. Assuming the NYT decided to tell the truth (not a guarantee), every major retailer in the US interacts with several transgender people per day. That's enough people to form a minority class that merit some special protections.

While the American SJW industry thrives on blowing things out of proportion, this is not an issue that is so rare that it hardly exists. Whether its a large enough issues to change our expectations of who we'll encounter in a public bathroom is a question that isn't so simple if you look at raw demographics. It get's clearer when you look at other factors.

Transgender people face a remarkable level of violence compared to other populations. That fact alone demands a certain amount of urgency. If allowing them to use a bathroom consistent with their appearance can reduce violent encounters for this minority, it seems like a relatively small sacrifice. Of course, I'm a college educated, urban, non-practicing Catholic, cis-gendered, white collar dude from California. If I was the test for these kinds of things they'd sell weed at Walgreens.

Comment Re:*TRIGGERED* (Score 1) 571

I thought that RedK and Rockoon were being a bit shrill calling you an SJW until I read,

"...I would happily accept STEM being 90% male if there was evidence that all involved made a free choice, but there is actually a lot of evidence to the contrary."

In the spirit of fairness, I'm going to first present an article that aggregates support for your general argument in a well organized advocacy piece:

Academic settings tend to encourage examinations into topics that have the potential to over turn accepted ideas. This is actually a significant bias especially regarding fuel for the social justice agenda. So it won't be surprising that there are studies looking into this "problem" and coming out with support for the idea that it's a problem.

Here's another way to view it that is sufficiently obvious that it doesn't need a study.

American society has been actively encouraging girls and women to take an interest in STEM for about 40 years and got focused about it 10 years ago.
The Association for Women in Science was founded in 1971
WEPAN was founded in 1990
The AAUW started the Tech-Savvy program in 2006
The National Math and Science Initiative was founded in 2007
National Girls Collaborative Project

And there's Scientista and Million Women Mentors and... and... and....

My point is that there is AMPLE support for girls and women to enter STEM education and STEM careers. That support has been around long enough to successfully work its influence. And the result has been zero or negative change in the number of women entering college in STEM.

It seems remarkably biased and disingenuous to HUNT for reasons for this in STEM culture. Will you find some male bias there? Sure! Is that male bias the signal you should come away from after beating a drum to increase women in STEM for decades and getting no significant increase in APPLICATIONS for STEM in higher education among women (a class of people over represented in college populations already)?!

Here's what this tells me - A certain percentage of girls and women are into STEM. A certain greater percentage of boys and men are into STEM. The cause of the disparity between these percentages is not due to a lack of support or an exclusionary STEM culture.

This doesn't mean that STEM culture is without male bias. It doesn't mean that it's legitimate to ignore concerns about that bias. It doesn't mean that there aren't gender biases in the greater culture at work on girls and women that keep them from taking an interest.

But it also doesn't mean that men in STEM are part of a pervasive culture of denial when they observe that there are less women interested in their field. It doesn't mean that when all the digital assistants end up defaulting to female that it's part of some blind male presumption. We've been imagining robot voices sounding like Sigourney Weaver for 30 f**king years. In Hollywood, with the exception of Kit, J.A.R.V.I.S, and Max Headroom, EVERY GODDAMN COMPUTER VOICE sounds like Sigourney Weaver. Every countdown sounds like her. Every warning system... every magic talking box.

That voice is a MARKETING decision- not a tech decision. The order in which bugs are fixed is largely a business decision - not a tech decision. And, if you've done enough work in tech, you know that the shortfall in women programmers is made up for in a larger percentage of women in marketing and management.

So, when the various commenters went on their tirade about the SJW nonsense posing as an article in the OP, they had a pretty good point. They weren't demonstrating that they were part of the problem. They were observing yet another irritating, stupid bug in the system of social justice advocacy that allows idiots to cut the legs out from a movement that has legitimate things to do (like saving girls around the world from sex slavery) in order to shit out another diamond-hard nugget of uptight clickbait.

Comment Re:Funded by the NSF (Score 1) 523

Democracy doesn't imply that every human has a vote, nor that each vote has equal weight. Plato, for example, wanted to limit voting to the educated. I tend to agree, Others have had votes with different weighting, much like some publicly traded companies have.

Unfortunately most of the "education" in the US is re-education.

Comment Re:I actually found this funny (Score 1) 908

Philosophy hasn't used reason since the 60s. Did you ever read OF GRAMMATOLOGY? It's a really interesting read if you suspend any kind of rigor and just go with it. Kind of like a novel with no characters.

If it weren't for some of a halos taking a while to set behind the horizon, I'd put the break with reason with the later works of Nietzsche. Brain cancer is a bitch.

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