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 Jun8 2 days ago | link | parent | on: The Setup: John McAfee "They allow me to solve 2nd order partial differential equations in my head and to spontaneously create 4 dimensional images of software structures that I can mentally manipulate."Dude, teach me! But seriously, although the first boast is pretty much BS, I was surprised to learn that there is actually something called software visualization, albeit in 3D: http://www.cs.colostate.edu/~bieman/Pubs/StaplesBieman99.pdf If only the authors knew about the "smart drugs"!Anybody know more about this topic?reply
 Paradigma11 2 days ago | link Why not visualize a graph and be done with it?Are there really geometric properties that are useful here?reply
 sp332 2 days ago | link The 4th dimension is clearly time :)reply
 matznerd 2 days ago | link More about the smart drugs or the equation solving?reply
 chillingeffect 2 days ago | link 1. If McAffee could differentiate y = x^2, I'd be surprised.2. Although it sounds intense, a 2nd order partial differential equation represents either an oscillating sinusoid, a decaying or growing exponential, the product of the two, or a trivial solution: a constant.Ever pulled on a spring and let it bounced back and forth a few times until it came to rest? Congratulations, you've just "visualized" a 2nd order partial differential equation. Same thing (,Leon). I learned thisin high school 20 years ago and it was invented/discovered hundreds of years ago. It's much harder to actually solve than to "visualize." And it's much harder to apply, to combine with harder math (try solve the wave equation!), etc.3. 4 dimensional images of software structures (during sex). If you can imagine a call graph in 2-d (doxygen/dot), then imagine the same call graph in 3-d (not flattened), then imagine the same call graph at several moments in time, like a multiple exposure image, congratulations, you've just spontaneously created a 4-dimensional image of a software structure. No phenethylamines needed.McAffee is all bullshit marketing, swagger and trying to sound deep, tough and cool. If you read his backlog of attempts to do anything on his own on bluelight.ru, you'd feel sorry for the poor guy. He could barely synthesize meth and ecstacy under ideal conditions.Whatever happened to his B.S. plan to provide a secure anonymyity VPN blackbox-whatever from six months ago? [1][1] http://www.pcworld.com/article/2050334/john-mcafees-secure-a...reply
 Jun8 4 days ago | link | parent | on: Pronunciation errors that made the English languag... Very interesting article with cool examples. Here are a few more:* In the "words that begin with an n" category he didn't include the most famous example: orange, the fruit, which has an n in Persian and Arabic from which it was borrowed but lost it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_(fruit)#Etymology)* I used to think that baby was the actual word and babe was a corruption, turns out most probably it was just the reverse (baby < babe + y) (http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/44883/was-baby-or...)* Somewhat related to the last category: Have you ever wondered why the initial sound in chair and chandelier are pronounced differently in English? There was a sound change in French, chair was borrowed before that change and chandelier, like many other French word that start with ch, after that change.* According to OED the reason that some animal names have the same singular and plural was that they originally contained a long vowel, e.g. deer, sheep, fish. Turns out, horse was also in this group but after a sound change its vowel shortened, hence the -s plural now.reply
 azernik 4 days ago | link Another example of words borrowed from French before and after the 'ch' -> 'sh' shift: chief and chef are actually derived from the same French word, but chef arrived later and was applied in English only to the cooking context.reply
 herge 4 days ago | link Also catch and chase, both from chasse.reply
 gjm11 4 days ago | link It seems very possible to me that "babe" was the original, "baby" was derived from that, and "babe" in modern colloquial use is a shortened version of "baby" that just happens to match its predecessor.reply
 fauigerzigerk 4 days ago | link Interesting. In spanish, "orange" still has the n: "naranja".reply
 darrhiggs 4 days ago | link The Iberian peninsular was inhabited by arabic speakers for over 700 years, there are a huge number of words in castellano (the Spanish language), directly borrowed from them.[0]In total around 8% of the spanish dictionary is derived from arabic.[1][1] http://cvc.cervantes.es/ensenanza/biblioteca_ele/asele/pdf/1...reply
 dagurp 4 days ago | link It makes more sense in english where you can't hear the difference between "An orange" or "A norange".reply
 memsom 4 days ago | link This is a common phenomenon in English. The "Adder" (type of snake native to Britain) was originally "Nadder". In old/middle English, it was "a/an", "my/mine", so "mine Edward" and "my Nedward" sounded the same, hence a nickname (ironically originally "ekename", so another case) for Edward is "Ned".reply
 mhartl 4 days ago | link Indeed, from the OP:Adder, apron and umpire all used to start with an "n". Constructions like "A nadder" or "Mine napron" were so common the first letter was assumed to be part of the preceding word. Linguists call this kind of thing reanalysis or rebracketing.reply
 bkurtz13 4 days ago | link I wonder how it became "laranja" in Portuguese...reply
 gjm11 4 days ago | link Kinda-obvious guess: definite article "la" rather than indefinite article.Apparent counter-evidence: the relevant Portuguese definite article is "a" rather than "la" as in Spanish.Counter-counter-evidence: at least one source (W V O Quine's "Quiddities") tells me that once upon a time the Portuguese definite article was "la" rather than "a". However, Quine was a philosopher rather than a historian of language, this particular book is a fairly frivolous one, and I don't know how far I can trust him.Counter-counter-counter-evidence: A few minutes of googling haven't found me any other evidence for Portuguese, or any other language spoken in Portugal, ever having had "la" as a definite article.Make of all that what you will. I'd be very surprised if it weren't derived from a definite article prefix, but exactly how it happened I would rather not guess.reply
 thaumasiotes 4 days ago | link As to the counter-counter-counter-evidence, the development of definite articles in Romance languages is well-understood (Latin didn't have them). They come from the adjective "ille, illa (, illud)" meaning "that" (imagine pointing at "that"). So we can immediately conclude that yes, there was an L in there at some point in the history of portuguese. It seems a little more likely that the adjective became an article with the degenerate form "la" and then degenerated further than that the adjective lost its only consonant and then turned into an article.reply
 auxbuss 4 days ago | link Point of pedantry, but you never need commas at the start and end of parentheses. So, (illud) == (, illud). Also, (illud) == (illud, ), etc.reply
 huxley 4 days ago | link Interestingly, Orange as a place name (and the House of Orange) has a different derivation, it came from Arausio which was named after a Celtic water god.Latterly it came to be associated with the fruit and colour.reply
 unhammer 4 days ago | link > * According to OED the reason that some animal names have the same singular and plural was that they originally contained a long vowel, e.g. deer, sheep, fish. Turns out, horse was also in this group but after a sound change its vowel shortened, hence the -s plural now.I learnt that by reading The Wee Free Men by PTerry: "Aye, it's no' that good for the ship, havin' tae drink oout o' that pond after we've been bathing. It's terrible, hearin' a ship try tae spit."(When in doubt, assume the more "dialectal" pronunciation is the older one. Though I think the wee free men actually overdo it and pronounce plural ship too.)reply
 thaumasiotes 4 days ago | link > When in doubt, assume the more "dialectal" pronunciation is the older one.Seriously, don't do this. There is no such phenomenon.reply
 moioci 3 days ago | link Not to quibble with the OED, but who ever pronounced "fish" with a long vowel?reply
 Jun8 14 days ago | link | parent | on: Y Combinator Female Founders Conference LiveStream... Who do you think wouldn't click? This sort of condescending underestimation of the HN crowd just amazes me! As expected, it's currently #1 on HN.-----
 namenotrequired 14 days ago | link Sorry if that's condescending? It wasn't meant to be. I just know many men might understandably not be immediately interested in something that's clearly aimed at women.Edit: Oh, and also because it didn't appear on the front page until ~30 minutes after it started (though it had appeared on new a few times).-----
 Jun8 14 days ago | link No problem, it just seemed that you had a priori assumptions that may not be correct. If you want to sell to women, of course you would be interested, e.g. the great scene where Darcy first meets and teaches Nick this point in What Women Want (great movie all through, btw). As an edge case, think of people in Mattel not being interested in what girls think!-----
 namenotrequired 14 days ago | link You're right, I'm happy to see I was less correct than I expected after it seemed to be ignored initially. The new page is a funny beast.Sorry, I'm afraid that reference is lost on me :(-----
 jonalmeida 14 days ago | link Not true, I didn't click the link because I feared it was about getting more female founders in development.After reading namenotrequired's comment I clicked.-----
 Crake 14 days ago | link Yeah, same. :/ Funny, isn't? All the Adria Richards of the world claiming to want to increase the exposure of women in tech are actively discouraging exactly that.-----
 jonalmeida 14 days ago | link It's an interesting point. I think it's discouraging young male entrepreneurs.Hacker School has special funding for women wanting to apply and while I consciously ignore this, sub-consciously, I feel that I have a less likely chance of getting in so why bother applying.-----
 jvns 14 days ago | link Hacker School judges everyone the same way -- they'd love to admit everyone who's friendly and excited about becoming a better programmer.-----
 thesimpsons1022 14 days ago | link I never understood this. Does hacker school think women as a demographic are less wealthy than men? If they are applying its because they are interested, offering to pay wouldnt make more women interested, it just favors the ones that are even !ore. There's a reason women get imposter syndrome so often, because they are given extraordinary benefits and attention.-----
 Crake 14 days ago | link I feel deeply uncomfortable with it as well. Getting paid \$5,000 for having a vagina is usually something associated with, err, other industries. I'd feel much better if it were on the basis of financial need rather than which set of genitals you have (and as a non-cis person, makes me wonder what they'd do with a trans person...).-----
 ameister14 13 days ago | link Why does encouraging others discourage you? If I praise someone else does it make you feel less worthy?reply
 jonalmeida 13 days ago | link Again, I'm all for achieving the same goal of equality, but maybe not in the same way that some places go about it. Hacker School is just an example institution, and I'm not trying to bash them or question their judgement - they really do seem like an amazing group of people, which is why I'd love to go there.That said, I don't see why any man who isn't able to fully fund his stay, shouldn't be able to apply for a HS grant. If its for encouragement, then it would seem discouraging to those that can't apply for it. I'm not in this boat, but I can think of a few people who should go to HS but just can't afford to.reply
 chc 14 days ago | link You don't have to support things like this, but have you ever considered not constantly taking pot-shots at efforts to correct a really blatant inequality like this?-----
 Crake 14 days ago | link There isn't any blatant inequality except for the sex based discrimination being pushed on the field by feminists, which won't be corrected without pushback from egalitarians.-----
 david_shaw 14 days ago | link > the sex based discrimination being pushed on the field by feminists I've tried to avoid this inane discussion, but realizing that you're probably misinformed rather than malicious, I thought I'd chime in.Feminism is egalitarianism. Feminism literally means that women should be equal to men. I'm not going to argue with you about so-called "segregationist" policies, because it seems like we'd come to a stand-still. The only thing I'd like to point out is that we should all be feminists, because the only alternative is sexism. Seriously, look it up.If you've had a bad experience with radical women who say "all men are pigs," please don't use that as a reason to not support true feminists (such as myself), who (among other things) are trying to rectify the atrociously low ratio of women in tech.Yes, we all want a meritocracy. Yes, there's something that we're doing to prevent more women from entering the field. Yes, we need to change that.-----
 jonalmeida 14 days ago | link To play devil's advocate, I think what he might be referring to is when we try hard to fight for equal rights, we tend to over extend and give more benefits at the same time. This would make us men feel the need to fight more.-----
 Crake 12 days ago | link Feminism doesn't know what it is. For every feminist who thinks it's about everyone, there's a feminist who thinks it's only about women. All of the legislation? The policies enacted and enforced? Created and aligned to the views of the latter. Feminist laws kept me in an abusive situation as a kid. Maybe if feminists didn't bully, send death threats, and kill the dog of the person who created domestic violence shelters for everyone, or never passed laws based on models saying that only men abuse, I'd have a different opinion.Actions speak louder than words.>The only thing I'd like to point out is that we should all be feminists, because the only alternative is sexism.I have chosen to identify as an egalitarian. Please don't remove my agency. I have very good reasons not to identify with an ideology that cannot even agree on what it is, and has done considerable harm to both myself and many others in the past and present.I think you can be a feminist and still be a good person. I think it's silly to imply that in order to be a good person, you have to be a feminist.reply
 jonalmeida 13 days ago | link Btw, I use sleepyti.me all the time. Great work!reply
 chc 14 days ago | link If you believe the sexes are equally represented in this field, you should probably try to learn more about a topic like this before forming such strong feelings on it, because the numbers show that not to be remotely true. I honestly have trouble believing you really think this, but I'll assume you're sincere but misinformed, which is kind of a relief. The claim that there are as many women in tech as men is as poorly borne out by the numbers as the idea that Topeka is five miles from Tokyo.Please, do some cursory research and you will see that women really are badly outnumbered in tech.-----
 Crake 13 days ago | link They have equal opportunity. (Actually, no, women have greater opportunity than men do these days.)That's not a guarantee of equal outcome, though.reply
 microjesus 14 days ago | link "badly outnumbered". Should this be a contest? Where are hard facts on discrimination of women in our field?-----
 GFK_of_xmaspast 14 days ago | link Really? I would have guessed it was all the MRA assholes.-----
 Crake 13 days ago | link >a person disagrees with GFK >"must be one of those evil MRAs"reply
 Ambrosia 14 days ago | link I guess you haven't seen the normal shit that comes up whenever people try to encourage women to do stuff.-----
 Jun8 14 days ago | link Nope, this is in fact one of the topics that I feel strongly (and try to work on with high school prog teams). Yet, I feel there's a bit of hysteresis effect on that discussion, with HN flooded with such posts. Most of the "normal shit" on HN you refer to stems from the above.This one is quite different though, it's actually about female founders, not just targeting girls for coding.-----
 Jun8 25 days ago | link | parent | on: Did The 900-Pound Gorilla Just Vanquish Your Start... I've always thought that it was the 800-pound gorilla, so I thought that the OP just made a mistake, but no, the 900-pound gorilla is a thing: an article (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-01-05/features/ct-tr...) in Chicago Tribune talking about the origins of the 800PG phrase has this:Sometimes the gorilla surpasses a mere 800 pounds. ("Whose the 900-pound gorilla now?" asked a headline on a recent tech story about Facebook overtaking Google as the biggest web site in 2010. Sometimes the gorilla sheds a few hundred pounds. ( Colorado's governor-elect was quoted last month calling the state's billion-dollar shortfall "the 600-pound gorilla.")For some reason, the 900PG is common in tech posts, this may be due to the effect of a rock band with that name. We may be witnessing a the emergence of a differentiation like the soda/pop one.-----
 dshah 25 days ago | link Wow. I had no idea. Though I'm not the author of the article, I came with the title. I didn't even know there was such a thing as an "800 pound gorilla".Thanks for pointing this out. Learn something new every day.-----
 Jun8 25 days ago | link | parent | on: The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking From (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Stockdale)When [...] asked who didn't make it out of Vietnam, Stockdale replied:Oh, that's easy, the optimists. Oh, they were the ones who said, 'We're going to be out by Christmas.' And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they'd say, 'We're going to be out by Easter.' And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart."Stockdale then added: This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.-----
 irremediable 25 days ago | link On the other hand, I've heard Holocaust survivors tell me their optimism was what allowed them to survive. I don't think these witty sayings prove anything.-----
 b_emery 25 days ago | link The witty saying is not so much an attempt to prove but a useful summary of one man's experience. In other words, be optimistic, but not delusional. Stay grounded in reality.I imagine that if you interviewed the survivors you speak of, they would agree.-----
 saraid216 25 days ago | link I think the key idea here is actually betrayal.The optimism described by Stockdale was a false promise and when broken proved hollow, whereas the optimism described by Holocaust survivors tend to be more about belief in things despite a feeling of betrayal.-----
 dfraser992 25 days ago | link Was it really optimism or rather the ability to find meaning within the experience? I ask because one of the top 10 books I've ever read is Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning". He survived the death camps and figured out how he and others did so. Compared to it, _The Secret_ is revealed to be a shallow mindless "gimme, I'm entitled" attitude towards life where hard work is deemed unnecessary - i.e. reality is nothing but a psychological construct and you can manipulate it with merely your will. In others words, an excuse for airheads to indulge their inner two year old.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Frankl"optimistic outlook" vs "optimistic thinking" is far better, IMO-----
 keithpeter 25 days ago | link Thanks for this reference. The 'Statue of Responsibility' strikes me as a useful monument to build in many countries of the first world.-----
 irremediable 23 days ago | link Very well said and good points. Agreed on the distinction between outlook and "thinking". Obviously, optimism in the sense of ignorance of one's environment is a bad idea.-----
 saraid216 25 days ago | link That story reminds me of this Robert Louis Stevenson fable:http://www.authorama.com/fables-16.html-----
 Jun8 30 days ago | link | parent | on: Crazy ants take on fire ants and win For me, these "crazy" ants demonstrate a risky but valuable startup lesson for certain industries: Think about the biggest weapon your huge competitor has and use the same thing to fight them, they'll be unprepared. Rather than running away from the fire ants venomous sting, as any sane creature would do, they've developed a way to go right at it and nullify one of its biggest advantages. Caution: you will need a "secret sauce", like these guys do.Obligatory pg reference that's related: "We delighted in forcing bigger, slower competitors to follow us over difficult ground. "-----
 GFK_of_xmaspast 30 days ago | link "Garbage trucks full of money" isn't the biggest weapon our competitor has, it's like #4 or #5.-----
 Jun8 30 days ago | link | parent | on: NYC's Touchscreen Subway Maps Are Finally Here, an... Some information on HW other than the touchscreen would have been interesting. On the Control Group product page (http://www.controlgroup.com/mta.html) the only extra info I could find that these use Qualcomm's Gimbal BT beacon technology.-----
 Jun8 31 days ago | link | parent | on: How I Ended Up In Solitary After Calling 911 For H... It seems you have been the victim of a similarly unjust arrest, but frankly I can't see how you "already knew where this was headed" after the first paragraph.Given the photo at the top, at first glance I assumed that the woman at the lectern was the OP, only towards the end of the story did I get understand that the OP was a man. I cannot see any reference to the OP being black in the text (his About thumbnail is too small to see clearly).-----
 Gracana 31 days ago | link yardie isn't saying the author was black. They're saying that this is the typical experience of black people's interactions with police in the united states. Whereas the author is surprised at being treated this way, many people learn to expect it.-----
 Jun8 31 days ago | link | parent | on: How I Ended Up In Solitary After Calling 911 For H... See, when you spew crazy BS like that, not only you give bad cops like the ones in the post a basis but you lose most of the support of people that you will need to make the change.In order to make these officers spends years in prison you will need law to apply. And that will take pressure and public shaming through posts like this. If you feel so hot headed about this issue you can sign up with organizations like ACLU and the like and help bring the change.Or, you can play gansta, go at it vigilante fashion, and see how far that takes you.-----
 Jun8 32 days ago | link | parent | on: Is the shared economy racist? "...even though sample size is small it rings 100% true"I just want to point attention to the (perhaps ironic) fact this sort of reasoning is exactly the same one used by the (allegedly) racist hosts and drivers in the story, i.e. people are much more prone to accept what they are told (mostly in sample size = 1 cases or anecdotal generalizations) if it aligns well with their beliefs (e.g. "another BnB host told me a black guy thrashed his house", "we all know that girls can't code").A (very) rough characterization of the process, I think, would be:1. Creation: For this or that reason an a priori belief is formed, e.g. "world is inherently racist" or "blacks are much more probable to be criminals".2. Filtering: The facts that are reported are filtered using a selection bias (usually, mostly subconsciously) so that facts that strongly agree with the belief are remembered more. (The fact that news items generally report on low-probability, high-standard deviation items, a la man biting the dog, makes this effect even stronger)3. Update The belief is then updated by the facts with their relative weights determined in (2)The above (well known and documented, e.g. Blink EDIT: Sorry, wrong reference, see below) process is not a bad thing! AFAIK, it's default brain operation. It takes quite a bit of control and patience to push back the default process at all thee levels.Note that I'm not arguing that racism, etc. does not exist; however, before jumping to conclusions, like the OP and his/her friend did ("AirBnB doesn't work for black people"), we need to be a bit more careful.-----
 jfc 32 days ago | link Speaking of irony...Doesn't Blink posit that a person's extensive experience in an area can lead them to a quick, gut reaction that is, in fact, correct, even before they are able to verify it?It seems that Andrew's friend probably has had a fair amount of experience with being mistreated due to his skin color. His reaction to being denied a room 3 out of 3 times was perhaps hyperbolic, but certainly applicable to his experience with the service. (Andrew noted his friend's interactions with the driver, so it wasn't all his friend's imagination).You could use the ideas noted in Blink to look at this scenario from a variety of perspectives, not just confirmation bias.-----
 zorpner 32 days ago | link Exactly correct. Additionally, his friend had previously stated that AirBnB didn't work for him, so this "small sample" we're looking at is just Andrew's experience with the issue at this point in time.It's always disturbing to me how much commentary in threads of this type on HN is devoted to asserting that the individual who's actually experiencing the problem is misinterpreting it. I love data, but demands for data/citations in situations where the problem is experiential are too often used to dismiss people's real, upsetting experiences with privilege and prejudice.-----
 Jun8 32 days ago | link "... asserting that the individual who's actually experiencing the problem is misinterpreting it"Note that may main point was about the generalization of the top level comment in this thread, based on this post only, this doesn't mean that the statement in that comment was not correct.-----
 Jun8 32 days ago | link Actually I meant Thinking Fast and Slow but somehow typed Blink, sorry about that.There are two different kinds of generalization here, I think:As you state, "Brandon" probably has had to endure many other forms of racist behavior, e.g. taxis not wanting to pick up black clients, so his generalization to the new domain Uber was perhaps justifiable, but how about generalizing to AirBnb. AirBnB host population may be very different than the general population "Brandon was used to deal with" (I don't have data to back this up, hence the "may be", but I think that is a very high probability hypothesis, esp. in SF) yet he was quick to generalize, although the refusals may have been due to other factors. In other words "Brandon" has reliable data from a different population that he is now attaching to a new population.The OP and greendata, OTOH, are generalizing to various beliefs based on a single data point of "Brandon".-----
 tw268 32 days ago | link What do you call a stereotype when it is backed by statistical data? The a priori belief that is most common is that no stereotypes are true. It's the polite thing to believe. But if you are of a certain analytical mindset, you can be argued out of it with enough data and anecdotal evidence from friends.-----
 Jun8 32 days ago | link An oxymoron :-), i.e. stereotypes are by definition not backed by reliable data (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stereotype)-----
 jack-r-abbit 31 days ago | link Not to split hairs... but your link defines Stereotype (noun): an often unfair and untrue belief that many people have about all people or things with a particular characteristicNote the word often which does not mean always.Often (adverb): many times : on many occasionsAlways (adverb): at all timesSo a stereotype, by definition, may be true... though often is not.-----
 tw268 32 days ago | link What I'm trying to say is not all racial stereotypes describe a false belief, though it is fashionable to think so.-----
 omonra 31 days ago | link What do you call an accurate assessment of a group that may be unflattering or unpleasant?And what if said assessment is correct in 90% of the cases - how do the 10% for whom it fails would feel?-----
 tw268 31 days ago | link Black people really do commit a lot of crime in America, it's not just a "stereotype". And particularly, young black people, and particularly young black males. Black males between the ages of 14 and 24 commit 27% of all murders, despite being 1% of the population.It's not scrawny white twitter engineers who are shooting each other in San Francisco-----
 csense 30 days ago | link It's not entirely race. I'm certain that e.g. poverty and lack of opportunity play a role as well. Growing up without access to money, good schools, or positive role models can be crippling to success regardless of race.-----
 tw268 30 days ago | link Poor whites and Hispanics aren't nearly as dangerous as poor (young, male) blacks. There is not another comparable group that manages to commit 27% of murders as 1% of the population. That's a huge ratio.Keep in mind, most black males will never kill anyone. But black males commit a plurality of murders in the US. And 1 in 3 will spend some time in jail in his life. 1 in 7 American black men are in jail at any moment.Remember, there are more whites in poverty than total blacks in the United States, and blacks commit 48% of murders.If you're in an urban environment, don't be a progressive hero and try not to avoid young black males. It can be dangerous[1][2][2] http://isteve.blogspot.com/2013/08/all-we-have-to-fear-is-in...-----
 csense 30 days ago | link > What do you call a stereotype when it is backed by statistical data?An inconvenient truth. Or perhaps the elephant in the room.-----
 greendata 32 days ago | link My point was the sample size was small but the "experiment" here is very similar to one seen with taxi cabs and other older services that are very similar to the new online "sharing economy". The discrimination in the former businesses is well documented and studied. I'm not basing my statement of "it rings true" on the data points alone as you are implying but on the large body of similar work."it rings 100% true" does not necessarily imply any conclusion. It just means that the initial data on the new sharing economy are inline with other older experiments which study almost the same thing (taxi cabs, cleaning services, etc).I'm not sure I trust Malcolm Gladwell as a reliable source any more.-----
 pessimizer 32 days ago | link It should be easy to grow the sample size. Do you know any black people, and have they used AirBnB or Uber?-----
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