* Posts by Muncher23

15 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Dec 2011

What Israel's crack majority-women Unit 8200 hackers can teach tech about diversity


Re: Dunno about hacking

VRH -- perhaps the ref is from PLOS "Countries with Higher Levels of Gender Equality Show Larger National Sex Differences in Mathematics Anxiety and Relatively Lower Parental Mathematics Valuation for Girls

Gijsbert Stoet , Drew H. Bailey , Alex M. Moore , David C. Geary

Published: April 21, 2016https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0153857" or the article in the Atlantic


There is an interesting graph which shows Algeria and Turkey with double the female STEM grads of Scandinavia

In Soviet California, pedestrian hits you! Bloke throws himself in front of self-driving car


SF ain't the only place

I've been sitting in a taxi stopped in traffic in Sydney's Kings Cross (back when it was truely a red light / night club district) and a guy came running out of the old Bourbon and Beefsteak night club smack into the side of the taxi, got up and began swearing, yelling and spitting at us until the taxi could drive-off and this was at 10 am in the morning. So SF ain't the only place for this type of behaviour.

Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers


Re: Fake News impact

James B wrote (in quotes):

Plenty of people believe "Plenty of people believe blacks are genetically less intelligent than whites, more prone to violence, and responsible for the overwhelming majority of crime."

Many believe "Many believe Saddam was responsible for 9-11 and actually had weapons of mass destruction."

And many others believe "many others believe Muslims simply "live to kill"."

Yes there are many "deliberate demonisations."

Just not cricket: Microsoft's big data Googly called No Ball


Re: Global Warming

Or there will be so much rain we will have to play indoors

Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London


Re: He's on Ecuadorian Soil...

So rape is now (to quote from above) a "minor offence"? Who decided that? And since when has self imprisonment even been a real world thing -- now hiding in a cupboard (ha ha) is a thing, at least an Assange thing

TPP: 'Scary' US-Pacific trade deal published – you're going to freak out when you read it


Re: Jingo

One person's Jingoism is another persons Community Spirit, if you want people to act with unity and sense of community you always get exclusion of those not in the community. You can try and define your way around it but that is just symantics

This time we really are all doomed, famous doomsayer prof says


Re: doom

Well the Population Bomb was published in 1968 and William Guad coined the term Green Revolution in 1967 becuase it had been going about 20 years by then so Ehrlich should of known he was wrong but his book sold well

Scientific consensus that 2014 was record hottest year? No


Re: Well

TheVogon saith:

Riiiight - but they are all in the last decade - so if the 3 warmest years since the 1800s are in the last decade, that sort of supports the global warming thing right? You are just arguing about the order of the deckchairs on the Titanic

Let's try this for a thought experiment: when you were a kid and went and visited your granma' she would mark your height by getting you to stand against a wall. So over the years the marks got higher and higher (you were growing) but then they started to level out when you were in your late teens, over the next ten years sometimes they were slightly higher and sometimes they were slightly lower (measurement error) so sometimes granma would say you are taller than you have ever been --- but did this mean you were still growing? Over the ten years maybe the ten highest marks would be recorded but were you still growing? You are just arguing how much to charge for deckchairs on the Queen Mary.


Re: Cut the sh*t!

There have been a few AGW bets -- do a search on Armstrong-Gore (of course Gore didn't have the courage of his convictions) and there is the Evans-Schimdt bet and you can even bet for charity at Notrickszone.

Study: Climate was hotter in Roman, medieval times than now


I always thought that it was a lack of rain that made a desert not the temp. Antartica is the world's most desert place so by your logic since Egypt is now a desert it must be a lot colder.

Study fingers humans for ocean heat rise


Re: Ron 6

It shouldn't take you long to trace this meme -- maybe Hansen and 'coal trains as death trains' would do as a start

Bacteria isolated for four million years beat newest antibiotic


Re: Every one is an expert..

Also there may have been some part way place, gloomy but not dark, where being darker in colour was a distinct disadvantage, possible mates can't see you as you blend into the background. So in the gloomy zone the dark individulas live at the well lit end and the pale individuals live at the dar end, add a few million years and we have 2 different species. Marginal areas, like tidal zones, put all sorts of interesting survival pressure into play.

Climategate ruling: FOIA requests cover backup servers too


Rewrite History Much?

“many signs pointing to the possibility that the Earth may be headed for another ice age” (The New York Times, August 14, 1975), moving “toward extensive Northern Hemisphere glaciations” (Science, December 10, 1976) and facing “continued rapid cooling of the Earth” (Global Ecology, 1971) and “the approach of a full-blown 10,000-year ice age” (Science, March 1, 1975). [A] new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery” (International Wildlife, July 1975) and that “the world’s climatologists are agree” that we must “prepare for the next ice age” (Science Digest, February 1973). Newsweek reported (April 28, 1975) “ominous signs” that “the Earth’s climate seems to be cooling down” and meteorologists “are almost unanimous” that “the trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century.”

RIM demos PlayBook OS2


Another PB fan

yes yet another PB fan -- my is the iPad so big? PB is the size of a paperback and paperbacks are that size 'cause it works -- you all know its so but are too scared to say so.

UK Met Office: World temperature back down to 1997 level


reflection isn't emmision

Sorry Nom but planets other than Jupiter reflect IR (from the sun) only Jupiter emits IR.