Saturday, 19 February 2011

 on U-turn on mixed-race adoption ban 54 minutes ago
  • About time this wicked racism was ended. It is clearly unlawful under the Race Relations Act 1976, since it is discrimination "against an individual on the grounds of their colour, nationality, race, or ethnic or national origin."

    But why this sensible decision at the same time the government considers allowing schools to use discriminatory hiring practices? Is anyone in charge - or are we all just confused about when it is okay to be racist bigots and when it is not?
  • Interesting - it wasn't so long ago that gentile-only clubs were banned.
    Now schools will be able to bring them back?
    PS: In America, it is against the law for a school, even a catholic or jewish school, to ask an applicant what religion they are.
  • Well, no, Watson's massive win doesn't put human supremacy in jeopardy, any more than spreadsheets put human supremacy in jeopardy. They did put monkey work jobs in the accounting department in such jeopardy that they disappeared. Just as internet access of a company's 10k forms put low-level analyists out of business. So Watson will put some "experts" out of business and make the rest much, much better at their jobs.
         But the best thing that AI still teaches us is what intelligence is not.
    Watson is a great machine, and will learn to be an even better one, but no one would argue that it is intelligent.    
  • Well, as the health gap is unchanged while the disposable gap rose from 21 to 26% and the value-added gap rose from 29% to 40%, I have a hard time seeing how this was a causative effect.
           Does the study see equal differentiation on these variables in the north: and south; that is, do those with similar income, value add and lifestyle have similar health profiles in both regions?
          Either the reporting of this study is shoddy or the study itself is.
  • Well, no actually. Brutality is what you see in Iran. Next to what has already happened over the last 30 years in Iran and will continue to happen to the people in general and to protesters in particular, the Egyptians have had little more than a mild slap on the wrist.

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