Posted by Soulskillon Wednesday July 22, 2015 @12:15AM from the if-at-first-you-don't-succeed dept.
dcblogs writes: An Ivy league graduate, with a Ph.D. in geophysics, Cheryl Fillekes, who also specializes in Linux and Unix systems, was contacted by Google recruiters four separate times over a seven year period. In each instance, she did well enough on the phone interviews to get invited to an in-person interview but was rejected every time for a job. She has since joined an age discrimination lawsuit against Google filed about two months ago by another older worker. "The amended lawsuit also alleges that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 'multiple complaints of age discrimination by Google, and is currently conducting an extensive investigation.'"
As one who spends a fair amount of time on various NASA web pages, I have to believe that this is an exciting time for coders/web page gurus to be working at NASA and its contracting agencies. Gee whiz - some of the effects they come up with, that provide scientific education. They offer lots of toys!
One of the apps offered is NASA's Eyes Visualization, which I downloaded in order to access NASA's Eyes on Pluto. There are lots of controls to determine what one sees. Below is a pretty "plain vanilla" screen shot from the simulation.
If there is any truth to a previous report from Slashdot.org (see More "Without comment"), it passes my understanding how Google could conduct the survey addressed in a Slashdot.org report, today. (I highlighted some text in red.) The previous posting included a quote,"One experiment showed that Google displayed adverts for a career coaching service for '$200k+' executive jobs 1,852 times to the male group and only 318 times to the female group."
Posted by timothyon Monday July 13, 2015 @05:19AM from the what-weren't-you-thinking? dept.
theodp writes: According to a Computer Science Teachers Association tweet, Google is reportedly asking educators to assess the unconscious bias of students and their parents for the search giant. "We are in the early stages of learning how unconscious bias plays out in schools, and who would benefit most from bias busting materials," begins the linked-to 5-page Google Form, which sports a firstname.lastname@example.org email address, but lists no contact name. "This survey should take 15 minutes to complete, and your responses are confidential, meaning that your feedback will not be attributed to you and the data will only be used in aggregate form." The form asks educators to "list the names of organizations, tools, and resources that you have used to combat unconscious bias," which is defined as "the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner." A sample question: "Who do you think would benefit most from unconscious bias training at your school (or program)? Rank the following people in order (1=would most benefit to 5=would benefit least) training: Student, Parent (or guardian), Teacher (or educator), Guidance counselor, Principal." Google deflected criticism for its lack of women techies in the past by blaming parents' unconscious biases for not steering their girls to study computer science, suggesting an intervention was needed. "Outreach programs," advised Google, "should include a parent education component, so that parents learn how to actively encourage their daughters."
No matter how exciting an event, if it takes more than a few seconds to occur, many of us lose sight of the whole thing. Our attention span isn't that long.
On January 19, 2006, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station FL. It left the Earth at about 36,000 miles/hour - the fastest of any spacecraft ever launched. Below is a video from YouTube of the launch.
Below are a few photos from that mission, posted by NASA.
New Horizons was about 3.7 million miles (6 million kilometers) from Pluto and Charon when it snapped this portrait (color information obtained earlier in the mission from the Ralph instrument has been added) late on
July 8, 2015.
Image of Pluto only from the New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), July 8, 2015. Most of the bright features around Pluto’s edge are a result of image processing, but the bright sliver below the dark “whale,” which is also visible in unprocessed images, is real.
Image of Charon only from the New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), July 8, 2015.
NASA’s unmanned New Horizons spacecraft is closing in on the Pluto system after a more than nine-year, three-billion-mile journey. On July 14 it will zip past Pluto at 30,800 miles per hour (49,600 kilometers per hour), with a suite of seven science instruments busily gathering data. The mission will complete the initial reconnaissance of the solar system with the first-ever look at the icy dwarf planet.
Posted by Soulskillon Wednesday July 08, 2015 @09:50AM from the subtle-effects dept.
An anonymous reader writes: A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University has found that women seeking jobs are less likely to be shown ads on Google for high-paying jobs than men. The researchers created more than 17,000 fake profiles, which were shown roughly 600,000 ads on career-finding websites (abstract). All of the profiles shared the same browsing behavior. "One experiment showed that Google displayed adverts for a career coaching service for '$200k+' executive jobs 1,852 times to the male group and only 318 times to the female group." The article notes, "Google allows users to opt out of behavioral advertising and provides a system to see why users were shown ads and to customize their ad settings. But the study suggests that there is a transparency and overt discrimination issue in the wider advertising landscape."
One of my favorite authors is Anthony Grove Hillerman (Tony Hillerman). Mr Hillerman wrote about 30 books - mostly fictional - 18 of which constitute the Navajo Mystery series. Most in the series, feature Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. (I've read 17 of the series.) Not only are the Hillerman books written in a delightfully droll style, but the author is heavily into fact. Each book begins or ends with exposition of what liberties may have been taken in the display of Navajo culture or the geography of the arena of action.
Disappointingly, Mr Hillerman displayed his mortality by dying - in 2008- at the age of 83. Somewhat selfishly, many of us readers feel that he robbed us of the pleasure of reading further books.
The other day at the local public library, I ran across a small book of short, factual tales by Mr Hillerman. Among those tales is Mr. Luna's Lazarus Act - based on happenings concerning a real politician, with names changed to protect the innocent or not-so-innocent.
On Page 174, a sentence from the preceding page ends, "...Tejanos." Mr Hillerman continues....
The word, a mild insult means "Texans" but is used as a generic term for innocent and uncouth newcomers who are 100 percent Anglo. Anglo, as used in northern New Mexico, doesn't exactly mean Anglo-Saxon. It is best explained by repeating an old story which has delighted several generations of Santa Feans. It seems a Negro citizen was accosted at the Precinct Seventeen polls by a Spanish American and asked how much was being paid for votes. "I don't know," said the Negro, "they haven't got around to us Anglos yet." In other words, Anglo is a negative term meaning the person so designated is of neither Spanish nor Indian descent.
Posted by timothyon Thursday July 02, 2015 @11:11AM from the workplace-dangers dept.
m.alessandrini writes: A worker at a Volkswagen factory in Germany has died, after a robot grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate. This is perhaps the first severe accident of this kind in a western factory, and is sparking debate about who is responsible for the accident, the man who was servicing the robot beyond its protection cage, or the robot's hardware/software developers who didn't put enough safety checks. Will this distinction be more and more important in the future, when robots will be more widespread?
Posted by samzenpuson Friday June 26, 2015 @03:05AM from the so-what-does-plaid-mean dept.
New submitter PJ6 writes: Three students attending the Isaac Newton Academy in the UK won the Healthcare Category of the Teen Tech Awards, for their idea to use antibodies to create color-changing condoms to recognize STDs. They say the material, which is still in the concept stage, will turn green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for HPV, and blue for syphilis. The BBC reports: "The boys said they still have to test the science and feasibility of their idea. They want to work with a university on the science and say they've already been contacted by a condom company which is interested in working with them on developing the concept further."
I append a tongue-in-cheek assertion on the Slashdot.org website (from which the above posting was copied), below.
"Any circuit design must contain at least one part which is obsolete, two parts that unattainable, and three parts which are still under development."
Through Slashdot.org, I went to a website, Twins or Not, uploading several sets of photos for analysis. I assume that the website uses photo-metrics, so I tried to upload sets of photos showing the people at roughly the same ages. (This wasn't possible for the younger generations - using the electronic files that I have on hand and found, easily.)
Don't ask me how Dudette and Bogie can be a 100% match (clones!), but Bogie resembles our granddaughter more than Dudette (Granddaughter's mother) does.
I don't show the photos but the analysis reported an 18% match between Hunky Husband and his father, which doesn't at all agree with observation by a human. Since my grandmother and Mother were related by marriage, the 86% match is astounding. My own best match by the program was to Elder Brother at 80%. I did note that a person's photos without eyeglasses produced slightly better results than with eyeglasses. I need to find a good photo of Dudette without her glasses.