Social Justice, Technology

Google’s “Diversity” Not Representative of US Population

Every time diversity scolds go after someone, they talk about wanting a more “representative sample” of America in which you have to have precisely the appropriate mix of skin tones to meet the criteria of social justice warriors everywhere.

Last week Google proclaimed it was making excellent progress on diversity.  Here’s the chart they shared, pointing out it was progress but that they had work to do.

Unless America has completely changed its demographics, these numbers are completely unrepresentative, as is obvious.  Unless of course white people have slid off the demographic scale and Asians are taking over the country.

Not to mention the gender chart, which shows a major bit of lopsidedness as well as only two genders; I thought Google loved the new multi-gender world?

Everything about this report belies everything they say they stand for.

Source: Making progress on diversity and inclusion

Technology

Government Is The Root Cause of Wannacry. Period.

Funny that people are so willing to blame Microsoft for a vulnerability that the NSA stored, stockpiled, and intended to use against US citizens, and will impart no responsibility whatsoever on said agency.

Hold the government accountable for all these screw ups, not Microsoft. They’re the ones responsible. And Microsoft is not happy about the NSA’s behavior either. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, called out the feds for its responsibility for these threats to citizens

Source: Government Is the Cause of—Not the Solution to—the Latest Hacking Outbreak – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Social Networks, Technology

Facebook Bringing On 3,000 Content Screeners

 A week after news broke of multiple videos of suicides posted on Facebook remaining on the site for hours, the company has announced a new plan to add 3,000 more people to its operations team to screen for harmful videos and other posts to respond to them more quickly in the future.Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook said that this would be in addition to the 4,500 people already working in this capacity.

Yeah.  This’ll fix it.

Source: Facebook to add 3,000 to team reviewing posts with hate speech, crimes, and other harming posts | TechCrunch

Technology

Solar Has Many More Jobs Than Coal…  Because It Can’t Exist Without Them…

As solar power keeps getting cheaper—and more and more of it is built as a result—the industry is also an increasingly important source of new jobs, adding workers at a rate nearly 17 times faster than the overall economy. Twice as many people now work in solar than in the coal industry, according to a new survey from the nonprofit Solar Foundation.

First let’s dispense with the notion that “nonprofit” means not biased.  They’re only not biased by the profit motive.

Secondly, let’s understand that Solar produces far less energy than coal by any reasonable measure, and as noted in the article, the major reason for the huge differential in labor is the need to build out large-scale solar systems.

Coal is an infrastructure that is, for the most part, built out.

So what happens when solar hits its peak?  The article assumes there’s a lot of room to go because the number is around 1% now, but what if solar in the US is meant to peak at… Say… 3%? Then what?

Solar is a bubble propped up by feel good laws, tax incentives, and huge subsidy checks.  Unlike coal and oil, solar, like most green energy, gets huge direct checks from the government as do its customers.  The reason for its comparative labor size is obvious: it’s a gold rush, and as with most gold rushes, it will come to an end at some point.

Source: Solar Now Provides Twice As Many Jobs As The Coal Industry | Co.Exist | ideas + impact