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Comment Re:Bernie's formula (Score 1) 187

That would be true if Bernie could be on the ballot. But at this point, he can't -- the names have been set and, by law, can no longer be changed. He'd have to be a write-in, and the average voter can't be relied upon to follow the instruction to write in Bernie instead of ticking the box still labeled Hillary.

Comment Re:First AI Post (Score 1) 103

no, 7.
The ASCII standard is 7 bits, that there are 8 in a byte means that it usually consumes 8 bits.
Case in point when Wordstar (in)famously used the high bit to flag last char in string they didn't violate ascii, because the 8th bit was not part of the standard, but they still broke the defacto standard because no one else could make use of it.

Comment Re:2nd and 3rd shifts? (Score 1) 68

Well, what if OP is simply the most qualified and there is a 2nd/3rd shift that handles ops.
Shit happens, and sometimes you need your *best* people to handle it.

Now: That should be rarer than a blue moon, and the problem is when that kind of thing happens too often; a common problem.

As to the article, what if my boss and I are personal friends as well?
The way TFS reads, that friendship would be damaged.
I would hope that the law stated "business or employment related contact".

Comment Re:They tell you upfront it isn't going to be good (Score 1) 156

Roddenberry wanted to skewer religious sensibilities as well cultural ones, so he gave one character green skin and pointed ears to make him look like a demon, and would have given him wings and a tail if it had been in the costume budget.

Not to mention, he was supposed to be red instead of green. It was nixed because it didn't work in black-and-white (it would have looked like he was wearing blackface or something).

Comment Re:They tell you upfront it isn't going to be good (Score 2) 156

Are all men equal by that definition of "equal"? Or all women exactly like all other women?

"Men" aren't stamped out of some kind of archetypal "man" mold, nor are all women exactly whatever you think a "woman" is or should be. Both men and women are going to be distributed along a normal curve (or maybe log-normal) when it comes to their fitness for some particular job.

So this raises the question: how much overlap do those populations have? The traditionalist view is that there are manly jobs for which no woman is suitable; the radically opposite viewpoint is that there are no differences at all between the populations for any job. But leaving aside jobs like NFL offensive lineman or surrogate mother, I'd say that unless you take one or the other of these extreme positions it's not necessary to have an opinion on precisely how much overlap there is. The only thing that really matters is the individual you are evaluating for the job. If a woman is the best candidate for an engineering position or CEO or whatever, it literally doesn't matter whether or not men are usually better at that sort of thing.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 311

Then look at the actual POLICIES each candidate supports.

I did that and then decided to vote Libertarian or Green. The Democrat/Republican policies (which, in terms of the policies that actually matter as opposed to irrelevant wedge issues, are both the same) are way too authoritarian.

Comment Don't just think "change"; think "rate of change". (Score 1) 235

I have known or at least met many environmental luminaries in the course of my career, and as one of them put it: I = P*S/T -- that is to say environmental impact is proportional to population and standard of living, but is inversely proportional to technology.

So the key to avoiding a dystopian future is to keep the rate of technological improvement greater than the rate of population growth. The way to do that is to invest in people. Societies who have lower infant mortality rates have lower birth rates; societies with better education are more innovative.

Will the future way we do things look radically different from today? Yes! Just as the way we do things today look radically different from the past. Change happens in both the environment and human society; it's inevitable. The question is whether it happens at a rate organisms and people can adapt to, and in particular whether we make a conscious decision to direct that change or have it forced upon us.

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