http://www.metafilter.com/favorites/19030/comments/ - 11/26/15 11:01:46 - 12/04/04 09:21:16
Displaying comments 1 to 50 of 2200Why Vaginas?Great article. One of the commenters makes the excellent point that it's perfectly possible that the human penis didn't directly evolve at all, not even in response to the growing vagina problem - the selection pressure on the vagina to be large enough to safely accommodate big smart baby heads may have affected developmental processes that also affect the size of the penis (since they are the same structures). So all the just-so stories about the benefits and utility of larger penises are quite... [misfish2:02 PM on November 25, 2015This quality of uncertaintyOh wow. This so closely mirrors a situation my co-worker was in that I partook in, that I'd almost think she wrote it. I wrote all this before reading the article, but decided to check to see if I wasn't rehashing. I kind of am, so, fair warning. I was back at my desk working through a company-wide meeting when one of the new employees came back up to the floor, on the phone, looking pretty shocked. While I was minding my own business, I could also tell she was very... [Leviathant6:42 PM on November 25, 2015I do taxes. What these things play on is how mind-bendingly scared people are of the IRS. We have to reassure them all the time that even when you owe back taxes and stuff, the IRS is one of the easiest creditors to deal with. The interest rates are not insane, and it's easy to get a reasonable payment plan, and even when you've done incredibly stupid stuff, they take forever and a half to get around to actually seizing anything. And we're talking there about things like failure to deposit... [posted to MetaFilter by Sequence6:08 PM on November 25, 2015
Displaying comments 1 to 50 of 2197Toxic Workspace or CIA Sabotage?There is one big problem with the framing of this article. And it shows up right in the headline:
The CIA’s WWII Guide to Creating Organizational Dysfunction Perfectly Describes Your Toxic Workplace
Do you see the word that's wrong there? It's "your." "Your" workplace is not toxic, because (for most of you) you don't have a workplace. You may have a place where you work. That place may or... [more]
You Can't Tip a Buick12:18 PM on November 21, 2015
Displaying comments 1 to 50 of 2196The evolution of JSTOR and chill“I am sure that if they had lost an equivalent number of books from their library overnight (what 25,000-30,000 books) they would not be so nonchalant,” Fortunately, it turned out that the files Swartz downloaded had not disappeared! They were still on Jstor's servers! So, miraculously, it turned out that Jstor's analogy was a tendentious bit of mendacity and not anything actually real.Joe in Australia5:36 PM on November 21, 2015
Displaying comments 1 to 50 of 2195Does it dry up like a raisin the sun? Or fester like a sore and then runThe cabbie explained that the madallion system was to ensure that there was an artificially limited amount of drivers out there, otherwise it wouldn't be a viable business. I asked him why cities didn't have a similar scheme for restaurants (or any other given business model). He didn't have an answer for me. So you take your advice on municipal licensing situations from a cabbie? All municipalities restrict restaurants... [srboisvert4:40 PM on November 20, 2015Xiaomi, $46.0 billion to build Apple knock-offs for China. Good luck with that. Xiaomi, and ugh I hate saying this, is kind of the chipotle of smartphone manufacturers. They've figured out how to sell a comparable or higher quality product than their competitors midrange $250-400 phones(barring others in the cheap but good space like oneplus) for $100-200. Or even less, sometimes. And they utterly DESTROY the $20-150... [emptythought3:33 PM on November 20, 2015Looking at the referenced WSJ graphic: Uber, worth $51.0 billion. "Disrupting" the taxi cab market by not having employees or carrying insurance - basically by free riding on externalities.
Xiaomi, $46.0 billion to build Apple knock-offs for China. Good luck with that.
AirBnB, $25.5 billion to "disrupt" the hotel industry by not having employees or carrying insurance - basically by free riding on... [
RedOrGreen1:43 PM on November 20, 2015Sometimes, I really do wonder how history will look back on shit like this. It's amazing and perplexing how much money is being tossed around, capital basically chasing mythical mega-super-awesome multiplied capital, in a way that future generations may well look back on as some sort of vague repeat of the tulip market boom and bust.
tocts1:26 PM on November 20, 2015