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You listen to old songs and go, "WTF?" What exactly does it mean to say "You're more than a woman to me?" Really?
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A poetic way of saying "I don't just love you for the tits"?
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This is great news, but honestly I think many people ought to stuff their smug satisfaction and instead ponder where they're making the same mistake. This is one of those things where everyone is guilty somehow. 
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An excellent point about the transaction costs of authorisation.  This is why Creative Commons, Magnatune's licencing, transcopyright and other forms of pre-authorisation all provide significant increased value.
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I find it interesting that American attitudes on drinking and gambling are more liberal than the rest of the world.
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Transcript of Neil deGrasse Tyson's answer to "What's up w chicks in science"

I shared the video before, but I know I hate watching videos for stuff. H/t +Noah Friedman for posting this w the transcript.

Transcript (thanks to +Jeremy Nixon for the text)

I've never been female. But I have been black my whole life, and, so, let me perhaps offer some insight from that perspective, because there are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community as well as in the community of women, in a white male dominated society, and I'll be brief, 'cause I want to try to get more questions.

When I look at, throughout my life, I've noticed that I've wanted to do astrophysics since I was nine years old, my first visit to the Hayden Planetarium. (I was a little younger than Victor at the time, although he did it before I did.) And so I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expression of these ambitions, and all I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist, was, hands down, the path of most resistance through the forces of nature, the forces of society. Any time I expressed this interest, teachers would say, 'Oh, don't you want to be an athlete? Oh, don't you want to' – I wanted to become something that was outside of the paradigms of expectation of the people in power. And so, fortunately my depth of interest was so deep, and so fueled, enriched, that every one of these curveballs that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just leaped for more fuel and I kept going.

Now here I am, one, I think, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I want to look behind, and say 'where are the others who might have been this?' and they're not there, and I wonder, how, who, what is the blood on the tracks that I happened to survive that others did not, simply because of the forces of society that prevented, at every turn, at every turn, to the point where I have security guards following me as I go through department stores, presuming that I'm a thief.

I walked out of a store one time, and the alarm went off, and, so they came running to me. I walked through the gate at the same time a white male walked through the gate, and that guy just walked off with the stolen goods, knowing that they would stop me and not him. That's an interesting exploitation of this – what a scam that was! I think people should do that more often.

So my life experience tells me that when you don't find blacks in the sciences, you don't find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today. So before we talk about genetic differences, you've got to come up with a system where there's equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

At 1:01:31, old white dude asks a panel of scientists "What's up with chicks in science?" and then smarmy white moderator dude asks the panel "Who wants to discuss genetic differences between men and women?" and then Neil deGrasse Tyson of Cosmos  drops a truth-bomb on race and gender inequalities in the scientific community. #BOOM
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There are fewer brown dwarf stars in the universe than we expect, and we aren't sure why.
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Most likely, there's something about detecting dimmer objects that's causing a problem and they haven't figured it out yet.
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RT +Dan Gillmor Even Kafka would have been amazed by Guantanamo "justice" -- an ugly charade that discredits America.
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The real history behind our July 4th celebrations.
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Excellent talk from Etsy on hiring women engineers. Start at 8:15 for what they did.

The rest focuses on the problem.
For +Corran Webster and others I know who seriously want their organization to be able to hire more women coders/engineers/other techs.  Watch this.  Etsy did some interesting things that really worked. 
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Love that hacker school grants were cheaper than recruiting fees...
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I create things using code, words, and ideas.
  • Fascinated by the boundaries of technology and social behavior.
  • TiVo, Inc.
    Architect, 2012 - present
    It's all about the metadata.
    Lead Architect & Developer, 2010 - 2012
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    Consulting CTO, 1998 - 2011
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25+ yrs startups. BA Anthro. Apollo/Wildfire/USWeb/TiVo…D's at Mass Art (game design) and USC (film editing).
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Protections for anonymous speech are vital to democratic discourse. Allowing dissenters to shield their identities frees them to express critical, minority views . . . Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. . . . It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights, and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation . . . at the hand of an intolerant society.
1995 Supreme Court ruling in McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission

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Who is hurt by the "real names" policy? A summary.

I'm a middle aged, American, white guy; why is name privacy so important to me?

On Pseudonymity, Privacy and Responsibility on Google+. This covers every argument against pseudonyms that I have heard, and gives lots of examples of real people whom Google doesn't believe are worth allowing here.

Read two bloggers talking about what it's like to get a dozen or so threats of physical violence every week…from people who have found out where you live.
and what it's like when your business gets destroyed by someone spreading lies and creating fake web sites.

On privilege, a word I always used to hate.

How Google needs to fix "common name" enforcement.

It's Google's service, why do I feel I have a right to ask them to change?

How has the internet changed what it means to be "public"? (At the end of an example of the importance of anonymity in influencing scientific change.)

Why is Google hiding their "real name" requirement from new users?

For more good information on the debate about controlling who knows your wallet name, see the web page "Who is Harmed by a Real Name's Policy" and the site For more on the ethical issues surrounding requiring legal names, the Oxford University blog, "Practical Ethics", expands on the idea here:
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I founded or cofounded seven of the ten startups I’ve been involved in. I have dealt with everything from financing (VC pitches, finding private investors, cutting deals with corporate investors, and by-the-bootstraps) to marketing and sales, public presentations, tutorials, panels and standards committees. On the technical side I have ranged from pure development, to managing development and IT groups, to providing architecture and technology solutions for developers. I believe in flat hierarchies, well-defined processes, and building fun corporate cultures.

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