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Comment Re:Must Be The Shipping Cost (Score 1) 29

Australia would probably benefit from an influx of skilled people. It's got the space, and it does try to attract the "right" kind of immigrants with skills it wants. The problem is that Syrians are mostly Muslims, and there is a perceived culture clash. Actually Syrians are quite progressive, relatively speaking, which is why they are fleeing the hard core old-school guys from ISIS.

It's a hard sell to people who have Pavolvian conditioning to instantly feel fear and panic when they hear words like "Islam".

Comment Re:Must Be The Shipping Cost (Score 2) 29

Don't forget the cost of translating into Australian.

This is another reason why it's good to be in the EU. Digital goods must be priced the same everywhere, and soon artificial regional restrictions will be removed so someone in the UK can buy apps on a Polish app store if they want to, and the developer must allow it. Should force the price of video games down a fair bit, for a start, and break the monopoly satellite TV channels have on certain sporting events.

Maybe Australia should just ban regional locks and require that digital goods be priced within say 5% of the US/EU price. Or maybe apply to join the EU.

Comment Re:Not so high tech (Score 1) 54

It's not a millenial thing, it's a funding thing. If you want funding in academia or as a start-up business, you really have to sell yourself and your ideas. The art of bullshitting has become ingrained, and taken up by journalists looking to write for-profit stories that make it sound like something interesting is happening.

Slashdot is just as guilty of hyping stuff up, and just as guilty as lapping it up when offered. That recent story about Nissan doing a sketch of a car where every surface is a screen is the perfect example. It's was a quick mock up idea, nothing serious, hyped to get some free marketing for the brand and devoured by the Slashdot grumpy old man brigade who were all too eager to point out how dangerous and stupid it was.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 75

Stargate Universe was excellent too. What seems odd is that shows that are consistently great from the very start always get cancelled early on, like SGU and Firefly, but shows which are campy cheezefests in the early days and take a good season or two to get going (TNG, Farscape, B5) somehow get renewed.

Comment Re:Sure (Score 1) 200

Remember when the plan was for programming languages to be so easy and intuitive that business people could write the software they wanted? SQL would allow anyone to manage a database. That failed, but it turns out that with a couple of years of training you can throw together quite a lot of useful software using modules made by other people.

Comment Re:abysmal human rights records (Score 2) 39

Maybe the US should stop torturing people, oppressing certain minority groups, fix the corruption in its politics etc. All countries have problems, and one of the best ways to address them is to work with them on neutral projects like space exploration so that there can be a cultural exchange. All the time the two cultures are seen as incompatible and unable to work together, it is easy to reject ideas about human rights as something western and non-universal.

Submission + - 'Too hot to be an engineer' - women mark Ada Lovelace Day

AmiMoJo writes: On Ada Lovelace Day, four female engineers from around the world share their experiences of working in male-dominated professions. When Isis Anchalee's employer OneLogin asked her to take part in its recruitment campaign, she didn't rush to consult the selfie-loving Kardashian sisters for styling tips. "I was wearing very minimal make-up. I didn't brush my hair that day," she said. But the resulting image of Ms Anchalee created a social media storm when it appeared on Bart, the San Francisco metro. Lots of people questioned whether she really was an engineer. "It was not just limited to women — it resonates with every single person who doesn't fit with what the stereotype should look like," she said.

"My parents, my brother, my community, all were against me," said Sovita Dahal of her decision to pursue a career in technology. "I was going against traditional things. In my schooldays I was fascinated by electronic equipment like motors, transformers and LED lights. Later on this enthusiasm became my passion and ultimately my career," she said.

Roma Agrawal has worked as a structural engineer for 10 years, and was part of the team that designed London skyscraper The Shard. But the argument that women have a biological struggle with maths and science subjects is infuriating, Ms Agrawal said. Ms Agrawal would like to see more parents and teachers supporting the message that engineering is an achievable career for girls — but also believes that Britons in particular have an attitude problem to address as well. "People easily say, 'I'm terrible at maths,' or 'I'm awful at numbers.' If you said that kind of thing in India people would look at you funny," she said. "It's like saying, 'Oh, I can't read,' and being proud of that fact."

For Dolphin Guan, currently working with mobile phone company Seeed Studio in China, the difference between men and women is very much still an issue. Ms Guan finished university last year. She studied computer science with 40 students, of whom just four or five were women — but in her industrial design class the gender ration was 50:50. "These years in China, I can see more and more women working in tech/engineering jobs," she said. "And a good thing about being a tech/engineer is when we have a good idea, we are able to make it happen."

British Police Stop 24/7 Monitoring of Julian Assange At Ecuadorian Embassy ( 226

Ewan Palmer writes with news that police are no longer guarding the Ecuadorian Embassy where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been taking refuge for the past three years. According to IBTImes: "London police has announced it will remove the dedicated officers who have guarded the Ecuadorian Embassy 24 hours a day, seven days a week while WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seeks asylum inside. The 44-year-old has been holed up inside the building since 2012 in a bid to avoid being extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault charges. He believes that once he is in Sweden, he will be extradited again to the US where he could face espionage charges following the leaking of thousands of classified documents on his WikiLeaks website. Police has now decided to withdraw the physical presence of officers from outside the embassy as it is 'no longer proportionate to commit officers to a permanent presence'. It is estimated the cost of deploying the officers outside the Embassy in London all day for the past three years has cost the British taxpayer more than $18m."

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