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Comment Re:The entire premise is pure BS (Score 2) 292

Lets do a little common sense here, I am a hiring manager and just interviewed two people with very similar qualifications, backgrounds, and work ethic, but one of them I can save ~20% on pay/benefits.... Wow, I wonder who I am hiring...

It's not pure crap, but you can explain it using market theory because the assumption here is that all other things are equal when they are not.

At any point in a womans career she can fall pregnant, whether this was planned or not. This means that at any point the employer is on the hook for maternity leave which is typically much greater than paternity leave. So given that disparity, if you had two otherwise equal candidates and decided to use economics as a tie breaker you would either choose the male candidate and not take the risk of maternity leave, or choose the female and hedge against the risk by paying her less.

I would expect that focussing purely on equal pay without accounting for this will lead to other effects, like less women getting hired, or promoted which isn't exactly what you'd call equality.

Comment Re:What if we don't care? (Score 1) 219

Most countries have anti-discrimination laws which could be used to guard against firing someone on the basis of political afilliation, at least in Australia we have a culture of respecting each others choice when it comes to politics and I've never heard of a company taking a stance on which party their employees should be voting for.

I don't see a need for one size fits all election process, some types of election might benefit more from being electronic than others. In particular it would be great if my home country national elections were electronic simply because it takes quite a long time to count all the votes, and do a nondeterministic number of recounts thanks to the wonders of ranked choice voting and crazy senate ballots in some states (I got to number candidates from 1-52 in my recent senate election).

For national elections I would be happy with pseudonymous elections, have the results on a public blockchain which everyone can verify the overall outcome and be given a code to check that their vote was unaltered and as they wished. People can destroy the code if they want it kept secret, even immedately if they trust the system.

However, if you're happy with your electoral process, and theres no issues with it then why ruin a good thing?

Comment Re:What if we don't care? (Score 1) 219

What about people who live or work in areas in which voting for the wrong person could have consequences? Someone working at a coal mine who wants to vote Democrat? A person with an abusive spouse who doesn't want to vote they way they were told to? Just because you are comfortable telling people who you vote for not everyone else has such luxury.

Voter coercion is a really bad way to rig an election though. Sure it sucks for the individual involved but it would have to be done on a mass scale to have any effect on the outcome for any major election. Lets take the Brexit vote in the UK as an example, the Leave side had a margin of around 1M votes, so if you wanted to rig this so that the result changed, you'd at minimum need to coerce 1M people or more likely 2M people to ensure the result you want. Keeping a lid on 2M people and making sure nobody talks is a rather significant consipiracy

Whilst keeping the process free and secure for the individual is important, I can't help but think in the grand scheme of things simply making voter coercion and vote buying illegal is enough to squash the most egregious examples from happening.

Comment Human Readable Summary (Score 2) 78

Blockchain-based entertainment industry startup SingularDTV plans to use distributed computation network Ethereum to sell access to a new Sci-Fi television show about the Singularity. The Ethereum Blockchain is known for it's 'Smart Contracts' or distributed programs that can handle transactions of arbitrary tokens between different cryptographically signed accounts. Unlike Bitcoin, Ethereum Tokens can be created in any quantity at will for any purpose without the need for computationally expensive mining operations.

SingularDTV will create their own Ethereum Token backed by a Smart Contract to handle access to their show, this is made possible by the cryptographically signed accounts and public blockchain so you can mathematically prove you control the account which has the access token in it.

Comment Re:Physical Review Letters (Score 1) 240

Attempting to up the hype a bit... Physical Review Letters is the well respected publication where Einstein his paper 1936 “Do gravitational waves exist?”, in which he concludes they do not, which turned out to be wrong. A couple of takeaways here: 1) Physical Review Letters is a forum for heavyweight players in the physics world; 2) that doesn't mean it's always right; 3) Einstein predicted gravity waves in 1916. Later he changed his mind and thought that he was wrong, but he was wrong about that.

Slightly off topic, and I'm probably way off anyway. But if we have gravity waves, can we have gravity standing waves? Could this be a possible explanation to the gravitational lensing phenomena we currently attribute to Dark Matter?

Comment Re:Automated coding (Score 1) 140

The choice of 'automated" word is unfortunate. This helps coding, but an human operator still has to tell the machine what to do, which is programming.

True automated coding could only be claimed the day human operator will be removed from the process.

As someone who works in industrial automation, I have to disagree. This is what automation looks like, you take something that is labour intensive and make it less so with machinery. Until we create hard ai someone will always have to tell computers what to do, and the manner in which to do it, what this is doing is evolving the language we use to get computers to do what we want.

Comment Re:Its a continuation (Score 2) 254

I admit to having little knowledge about them, but I think flow batteries have great potential.

It would be fine for at least industrial energy storage (from renewable sources), it seems.

I agree, it's a shame that for now the membranes used in flow batteries are rather difficult and expensive to manufacture, which is the main thing limiting their use in industry today, once that is sorted the tech should scale very nicely. Need more capacity? No problem add more tanks, need more throughput? add more pipes and membranes, simple.

As someone who works on Oil Depot systems, I think that aside from their locations (usually near docks) they would be perfect to convert into flow battery grid storage, since its all about pumping liquids around in big tanks, throw in some load prediction expertise from power companies and you're good to go.

Comment Re:The small amount of fraud (Score 1) 182

Show up the day of the election, darken the oval next the candidate you want and feed it into the electronic counter - an unambiguous paper trail will remain.

What about ranked choice voting? How does that fit into the 'darken the oval' method? Ranked choice is a much fairer way of conducting elections

Comment Re:Gen X'er here (Score 1) 219

It is really the other way around as their brains grew the most in their childhood playing on their iphones and ipads. Windows 7 seems drastically different to them in comparison.

So called 'Millennial' here (Age 29, Born 1987), I grew up in the early 90's well before iphones and ipads were ever invented. My first computer was an Archimedes running RISCOS.

Sometimes I wonder if we need a new term for those born in the early Millennial period (1980-1990) compared to the later Millennials (1990-2000) because what I grew up with is certainly different to what those just a few years later grew up with. Sure enough Canada has Generation Z starting at about 1993, so maybe that's a better definition.

Comment Apple is pulling a Sony (Score 1) 536

Looks like Apple is pulling a Sony, which is to release rumours about a controversial feature which mysteriously never appears after your competition have already copied you.

Sony did this with the Playstation 4, and the rumours saying that bought games would be locked to one console, which Microsoft dutifully followed causing a large backlash and sales hit

So despite all the rumours about the next iPhone lacking a headphone jack, I expect it will be there just like it always has been

Comment Re:Well, I _wanted_ to like her. (Score 1) 177

The only way to fix this is to change the system. Give voters papers where they can fill in priorities, with priority one two three etc. The system is called STV: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.... The voters then will be free to support any candidate they want, regardless of strategy.

From Jill Steins Campaign Page...
Abolish the Electoral College and directly elect the President using a national popular vote with ranked-choice voting..

Eliminate “winner take all / first past the post” elections in which the “winner” may not have the support of most of the voters. Replace that system with ranked choice voting and proportional representation.

Comment Re:Well, I _wanted_ to like her. (Score 1) 177

Honestly, if nothing else you should consider Jill Stein because she advocates electoral reform and scrapping the first past the post system with something a lot fairer.

From an outsiders perspective, this should be the single biggest issue in American Politics, because clearly the system you guys have is not producing very good results if your choice is between Empress Clinton and the village idiot

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