Links 8/7/15

SourceForge (a website that lets you host software for download) moved from giving people the option to bundle adware with their software to forcing people to include adware.  Internet erupts exactly the way you would expect, except on Slashdot, where despite many submissions the story didn’t get traction until a week later.  Slashdot is owned by the same company as SourceForge but explains they weren’t burying it, it’s just that that seven day period contained a weekend and it slowed them down.

A good round up of the research on discrimination against women in the tech industry, including the fact that women are often punished for doing the things that lead to career advancement in men.  The suggested solutions strike me as good, but I wish the framing were different.  It’s not a problem if some companies are hypercompetitive, it’s a problem that all the low-competition jobs are dead ends.  That ends up hurting more women because women are on average less competitive (in part because they’re punished for being competitive where men would be rewarded)- but in some ways it hurts non-competitive men more than similar women, because it’s more culturally acceptable for a woman to leave a job for being too cutthroat.  Ditto for work/life balance- everyone should have the option to trade money for time and predictability, not just women with young children.

[I spent a whole paragraph explaining why a gawker media article was wrong and mean but ultimately this sentence seemed just as valuable]

Dogs appear to have separate spaces in their brain for humans and other dogs, and human smells are rewarding in a way nothing else is.  Huey concurs.

Scientists grow miniature organs by accident.

Video games for physical therapy:

Beautiful theory killed by ugly gang of facts: socially anxious people become less so when they can attribute their nerves to caffeine (PDF), even if they have not had caffeine.  This is simultaneously counter-intuitive and unthreatening to my world view and suggests that a major problem can be removed with some framing.  Unfortunately, while the results are technically statistically significant, the sample size, sample population (100% college students), and small effect size (hidden by a misleading graph) all scream “this will never be replicated”.

Product Endorsement: Baby Watermelon

I am going to have so much to share from EA Global once I recover but until then please enjoy this fun fact:  personal watermelons are really good.  You would think they would be terrible because flavor is positively correlated with distance from rind, but personal watermelons get good almost right away.  It’s like it’s the same amount of flavor as a normal watermelon in a much smaller size.  Genetic engineering is finally pulling its weight.