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  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Either that or "all models are wrong, but some are useful"?...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    A short story based on those putative Google avatars....
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    Nah, it's that Sturgeon's Law is fractal....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    The US state of Nevada has something like this and voted 'No Governor' recently. Unfortunately there's no provision for this to actually mean anything so the guy who got the most votes - but not as many as Neither of...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Or is Haber-process nitrogen fixation too big and slow to take up the surplus energy under such unpredictable conditions? Electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen for fuel cells? Desalination? Water or compressed air pumping?There'll be something for overproduced energy to...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    If the smart grid can't cope with a Big Dumb Object that talks to nothing and just sits there grinding out 600 MW all day every day, it's not that smart....
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    If you feel the need to balance that up, Rosemary Kirstein's "Steerswoman" series is available for less than $5 an ebook; they start off smelling like fantasy, but sooner or later you figure out it's SF; the fact the main...
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    Yep, it'd be a lot easier if someone else did all the hard work and provided a nice clear set of instructions for us to follow. But adding "do all the guys' thinking about sexism for them" to the pile...
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    We could be forgiven for hoping things had improved since George Eliot's time....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    we'd better start keeping an eye on South Africa, Chile, and Australia. Who knows what God's telling them to do right now... Necessary, but perhaps not sufficient....
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    I think we can program the expert system to detect publishing fees and delete from the database. Keep criticizing- it makes ideas stronger! Bit of a baby/bathwater solution, that. I said "proto-" for a reason. My caricature statement isn't,...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    That's the one!...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    No, I read the article too, but I cannot find it again for anything. And my Google-fu is generally pretty strong....
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    "Those goddamn hippies betrayed Our Troops" (to presume and caricature) *doesn't* sound proto-fascist to you?...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    My point is that there are journals which impersonate peer-reviewed journals so as to harvest publishing fees and are less than straightforward to reliably detect; picking your dataset would be not entirely straightforward, especially given (if your consensus-finder started to...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    I'm reading the contributions that aren't J Thomas'; I feel the signal/noise ratio and comment length makes it a bad investment. (I realize my contributions are no shining light of clarity, either; I try to keep the length down in...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    File the serial numbers off The Centauri Device?...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    My understanding of the "arc of history" was it was an attempt to institute a belief that would enforce progress, Moore's-Law style. Or a fantastic rhetorical flourish that's been beaten to death. :-)...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    perception of scarcity -> competition -> women get squeezed out. More or less the narrative of the US postwar job market, no?...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    Too tired to agree in anything more than: yes, this....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Wild hypothesis time: J K Rowling was published as J K Rowling explicitly so as not to put off boys. All the other YA authors listed above were published since. Did Harry Potter's wild success open a crack?...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    The fact J K Rowling's published as "J K" not "Joanne" also relates, I'd think....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    To start with: I didn't include the word "survival" in my post for fun. Being good or bad at seduction is a choice (within bounds); if you are (to broaden to sickeningly close-to-hand examples) a Black American, if you don't...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Well yes, that's the general case. :-) Thanks for the rec!...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    "Women routinely understand men but no man can ever understand a woman." That's too simplistic, but there is a strong bias that way.An explicable one: guys are free not to expend energy understanding women, but a serviceable "how men think"...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    There's another difference between Chinese and Cambodian era cheap sewing; the supply chain has gone totally non-linear. Factories at the start of the 'Chinese' era got relatively long-term contracts, which allowed them to plan; 'Cambodian' era factories might well not...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    You contended people were attempting to stop the use of Third World because it was impolite; I pointed out they want to stop its use because it's incorrect. Your response appears to amount to "Yes, but people use it like...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Because this looks like it could run and run otherwise: There are no "machine-made" clothes to compete with; garment assembly is too complicated for current commercially available robots. DARPA funded research into robotic sewing machines in 2012, and the resulting...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Did you miss that I said Switzerland and Sweden were (are) Third World? It's a political segmentation, not economic; its use is being deprecated because it's wrong, not for reasons of politeness....
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Third world / First world is so 20th century, don't you think? Given the "Second World" was the Soviet sphere of influence, it became abruptly obsolete in the early 90s. And using Third World for economic development was always wrong,...
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