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Comment: Re:Bummer (Score 1) 288

by 91degrees (#49352301) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"
Social conventions.

If you aren't aware that certain modes of dress are considered slutty, then you're ignorant. If you really want a concept, then google "slutwalk". Even women who are against this generalisation are clearly aware of what the social convention is on this.

If you dress that way anyway then why complain when people make judgements? If you care about how other people perceive you then dress in a way that will make them perceive you positively.

Comment: Re: what will be more interesting (Score 5, Informative) 558

by 91degrees (#49345247) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear
No. It's a non profit, licence funded public organisation. Slightly differnt but the difference matters.

The licence fee may be considered a "tax", but it goes straight to the BBCthe BBC. It doesn't go into the general tax pool.

It is explicitly separate from government and while it's impossible to keep them completely isolated from each other, this separation is taken very seriously. The BBC has no qualms about upsetting the government, and any government that tries to exert pressure will be very unpopular.

Comment: Re:What a stupid idea (Score 2) 215

by 91degrees (#49344349) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC
Mind you - a good chunk of this would be across Siberia and another chunk through Alaska and a sparsely populated chunk of Canada. Can't imagine the Irkutz - Fairbanks stretch being all that popular and there's really not a lot between them - about the same distance as London-NY.

Essentially our big problem with going the short way round is that silly puddle between Europe and America.

Comment: Re:What are they trying to show? (Score 1) 514

by 91degrees (#49333801) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?
Yeah, I probably could have put that better. You absolutely can have a romantic interest as a fully developed character. It's one of the problems with the test.

But there are movies where the only thing that the female character is for is as motivation. The character could be replaced by a favourite pet or even an inanimate object that the protagonist happens to value, with minimal changes. Willie Scott from Temple of Doom could have been replaced by Indy's hat without affecting the plot!

Comment: What are they trying to show? (Score 4, Insightful) 514

by 91degrees (#49328347) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?
The Beschdel test is based on the idea that many writers will create female characters not as actual characters but as a love interest. Hence the qualifiers. It's not a perfect test but you can at least see how it is likely to correlate to a specific type of poorly written character.

So what ae they testing for here? Are they saying that female developers are just macguffins?

After Goliath's defeat, giants ceased to command respect. - Freeman Dyson