How do these groups justify their existence over 40 years after the junk science of "race" was completely debunked? There is clearly a lot of money to be made by perpetuating junk science and peddling that garbage to the uneducated masses.
The AC is right. That you can intentionally select for traits is irrelevant. Race is a social construct. If you don't believe me, read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_genetics
We're all Homo sapiens sapiens. A tiny handful of genes that affect outward appearance are irrelevant. The fact people cling to such outdated garbage is depressing.
That was my first thought as well. All the best developers I've ever worked with were quite socially awkward, most probably somewhere on the spectrum. The best I ever hired was absolutely awful in the interview and nobody else could see what I saw in him.
High-functioning autistics succeeding in tech careers have resulted in what some have described as an "epidemic" of ASDs among children in Silicon Valley. One of the problems is that high-functioning autistics still seldom move up into management (even if they want to), which keeps companies from hiring lower-functioning people with strong skills.
At the very least, it's good to see some companies looking at working on diversity on this front. Too bad it will probably take decades to catch on in smaller companies where they'd likely be far more comfortable.
Number designations are good, provided they include information. None of the modern car manufacturers (except, possibly, M-B) have numeric designations that actually mean anything. Pulling a number and adding a letter or three to it is not clever, it's a reflection of a complete lack of intelligence and/or creativity.
Names are even less meaningful, unless they last a long time. GM is the grand master of random names on random cars. They have done it so much that I often learn of some flop they built under a name I never heard of that was only available in X markets. Toyota is close to them, with their wide array of almost indistinguishable cars (take a look at their economy car line and tell me how these are clearly differentiated...I dare you).
In my opinion, companies should use a size/class name or letter identifier, then a series of completely standardized numbers/characters to define the body style & propulsion, then a unique trim name/identifier. Tesla does about the best I've seen in recent years - "Model S P90D" = Model S, Performance configuration (P), 90kWh battery pack (90), and AWD (D). Maybe this is why they appeal to tech people so much, aside from the fact they're electric.
When I need data unrecoverable, I use dd. You don't really need anything else.
Of course, if I only ran Windows, I guess I wouldn't have many choices.
I have been actively avoiding optical since the late 1990s and haven't put an optical drive in a computer I have built for myself since 2002. In fact, I haven't put one in any desktop I have built since 2010. Optical media is terrible for data storage, even tape makes more sense...
For that matter, I've been phasing out spinning hard disks for years. Sometime in 2009 is the last time I begrudgingly put a hard disk in a desktop. last time I ordered any was when I bought some enterprise-grade ones in 2013 for a file server. All my servers since then have exclusively used SSDs.
Not only is optical basically dead to me in regard to computers (very few drives exist anywhere in my company; I pull my old USB one out and hand it to someone about 2-3 times a year), but it is almost entirely dead for all entertainment media (I download or stream just about everything I watch these days). The blu-ray player isn't even connected to the TV anymore, it just sits in a cupboard collecting dust.
Solid state media is the future. Everything else is either for special use cases (tape - slow archival) or completely obsolete. Give it a couple more years and even cheap laptops will probably have SSDs, at which point HDDs will be forever dead.
The Los Angeles style is better with lower overhead than other forms. It flows in communication and doesn't add excessive irrelevant information. Considering they operate primarily in their metro area, it works very well. Nobody cares what type of road it is because it is irrelevant. If you want a truly bad system, drop "the" entirely. That's how they do it in San Francisco and a number of areas they have influenced. The negative effects are severe.
I have to disagree on "orient", as it overloads a word that is used as a noun or adjective. "Orientate" is a verb. All words based on it are as well. I believe people on this site primarily speak AmE and the term comes from BrE, which is probably why you are so confused by and resistant to it.
But that would be wrong. There is a location and they're as close to it as they can be. It is somewhere in the lower-48 US, so they return a rough centre and a radius that encompasses the region the address is in.
There are a lot of these that go to a geographic centre of a city or state as well, as that is the best accuracy they can provide.
All legitimate uses of their data (I have used it on a few projects.) would not be negatively affected by this lack of exact precision. The people at fault are those that used this database improperly, not those that created it.
Seriously. My record would be muddier than the Mississippi River after a major flood of the surrounding area. I have people that use my loyalty cards and I use theirs (family, close friends, girlfriend, her family, etc). Hell, so does my GF. We buy things for ourselves and others. Her dad was flagged for marketing for products he was helping me research.
Going even further, there is tons that makes me even harder to track - numerous VMs, years in other countries, and the lack of concentration of information (except with Google - it's hard to get away from them).
I'd love to know what most of these companies know about me, though...
No skis take rocks like rental skis!