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Comment: Re:Memorizing site-unique passwords isn't possible (Score 1) 250

by AmiMoJo (#49353951) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

I use Keepass backed up a cloud storage drive and my home server. Even if I lose everything on me I can still go to any random computer and access the database file, and open it with a quick download of Keepass. In the event that I lost everything at the airport I'm sure I could scrounge give minutes of computer time from somewhere.

Comment: Re:A bit more worrisome... (Score 1) 119

by AmiMoJo (#49353403) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

Australia is a common law country, right? Is it even possible for them to put you in a position where discontinuing an action is illegal, effectively forcing you to do it? Obviously they passed the law, but would it stand up in court?

I'm trying to think of some legal basis to challenge it. What if the canary required signing with two PGP keys to be considered valid, and one of those keys was held by someone outside Australia? The victim in Australia wouldn't be able to force them to sign the canary, but might still be found guilty for setting up such a mechanism in the first place.

Comment: Re:Link to the official announcement? (Score 1) 117

by AmiMoJo (#49353233) Attached to: Amazon Announces Unlimited Cloud Storage Plans

Other providers like Tencent are offering a few terabytes for free, so the only real reason to pay Amazon is for their guaranteed service level... Which appears to be non-existent. So, I'm not sure why you would pay $60/year for this.

I like having unlimited on-line encrypted backups. If good software is available that supports Amazon I suppose that would be a selling point.

Comment: Re:Why so many social justice articles here at /.? (Score -1, Flamebait) 324

I imagine people made the same complaint about newspapers when black rights really started to gain traction and the last racist laws were being challenged/repealed. They definitely made the same complaints when gay rights and same-sex marriage was being introduced.

Actually the same-sex marriage "debate" has many interesting parallels to this one. Many of the anti-gay-rights people made similar claims to the anti-feminism people, e.g. gay people aren't interested in marriage and the whole issue is just an attack on straight people. There were claims that it was just a tax dodge, people wanting to marry their same-sex children or friends just to transfer money without any of it going to the government. All sorts of theories about how it was all nothing to do with the core issues: rights and fairness.

Don't worry, big improvements are being made, most of the major tech companies are making a real effort to sort this out. In a few years it will go away.

Comment: Re:THIS!! Read the Research! (Score 2) 324

Here is a really good post on Oculus and why they are failing, rather than being an example of why there isn't a problem:

If you want to claim that Oculus is proof women don't want to work in tech, you have to explain why their parent company (Facebook) manages to employ a 30% female workforce.

Comment: Re:THIS!! Read the Research! (Score 2, Interesting) 324

Your example of Oculus is misleading. They are almost 100% male, and yet companies like Facebook are around 30% female, so clearly the problem is with the way they are hiring and not with women simply being uninterested in technology. They actually mentioned what the problem is in their Q/A session:

I will address this carefully. [laughter] I noted there were some people online pointing out that Oculus Connect is mostly male. I will point out that in the selection process, there were very few women that applied. It was not that we selected for males and, in fact, women may have come out slightly ahead in the selection process by a slight margin. But I'm not 100% sure what we could do.

So they know the problem - very few women applied - but don't know the solution. Companies like Facebook clearly do know the solution, it's no great mystery. A lot of applicants come from networking contacts. Men tend to network with other men more than women, so it's a feedback loop that ensures most of the applicants will be male. Maybe they were not offering much flexibility that women look for to balance their work and family lives. There are books about this stuff, they could fix it if they wanted to.

Why are you trying to make it into some kind of gender war, where one side has to lose for the other to gain? It's not a zero sum game and it's not about women trying to beat men down. That's your take on it, not what mainstream feminists and companies that make an effort to hire more women are trying to do.

Comment: Re:Special Treatment for Minority Tech Employees (Score 1) 324

Your anecdote is interesting because it shows who people's preconceptions colour their perception of events. Let's look at alternative explanations of what happened, with no offence intended towards you.

But each year at Ranking and Rating, there was a pointed questioning, only about the minority female technical employees, that was HR-driven. "What is your justification for not ranking this employee higher?" "What are you doing to make sure that this employee is promotion-ready next year?" On the basis of those directed questioning, one of the minority women was given a specific high-profile task by my manager, which she completed competently. On the basis of that task that was steered to her based on her gender and skin color, she was promoted.

It sounds like HR had identified specific issue in the company and was monitoring it. An employee was then promoted based on merit. If there is any fault here, it's that HR didn't make enough effort to check that other employees were given the same opportunities.

My department was given an extra FTE from magical goodness-knows-where to interview and extend an offer to this lady. You NEVER get free headcount--but I did. So, we interviewed her, but found she had already accepted another offer from another (non-competitor) firm. I was then authorized to beat their offer to get her on our team, and did. So, we ended up with an extra person to do the job, and life was very good for a while, since she turned out to be an even better fit for the job than the white guy we were already in the process of hiring.

Someone had identified this employee as a valuable asset and decided it was worth making an effort to employ her. It turned out that they were right. Race and gender had nothing to do with it.

When these sorts of things get to trial there usually has to be more evidence than this, precisely because it can be interpreted either way.

Comment: Re:"Women" have done no such thing (Score 1) 324

That's certainly the current anti-feminist narrative. There is no problem, sexism is over and anyone who complains is themselves a sexist, usually a man hater. Same with racism, there isn't any of that any more and people complaining about it just want money and privilege.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 2) 324

If a company never hires women it's pretty easy to catch them in a sting where you send two more or less identical CVs, one with a woman's name and one with a man's. If the women's is rejected and the man gets an interview it's lawsuit time.

The only way to avoid being sued for discrimination is to stop discriminating, not to do more of it.

Comment: Re:It will have an effect all right... (Score 2) 324

Or, you know, they could just stop discriminating and avoid lawsuits that way. Seems easier than trying to screen for people who might sue them, which itself may fall foul of discrimination laws if they start asking about certain aspects of that person's life.

Comment: Re:Genderless information (Score 2) 324

A male partner touched your leg under a table? C'mon, really now. gender bias right there: imagine a male complaining about the same thing performed by a female: I bet everyone would laugh at him. but noo, when a woman experiences it, it's baaad,

Depends on the situation, doesn't it? If the guy was married he might be pretty upset. If he is interested in the women he might not. In any case men are more likely to keep quiet about it because they are afraid of looking weak if they complain, because you know, macho nonsense and all that. That's what people mean when they talk about deconstructing masculinity - it's okay to complain about unacceptable behaviour, it's the right thing to do.

It looks like currently the appropriate action is "shut up and sue" rather than "talk to the offender, then HRm then escalate, then sue if issue isn't resolved and he continues".

According to undisputed court testimony Pao did complain multiple times and was eventually side-lined and eventually fired.

Comment: Re:The only reason... (Score 2) 324

I've worked with many women and constantly smile at them, also never been sued into oblivion or accused of being a creep. I even asked one out once, didn't seem to be a problem.

I think some guys are walking on egg shells all the time because they fear being accused of sexual harassment when actually there is very little danger. If it is as bad as you say where you work then your company has a serious problem. It might actually work out for you though because such insane policies are likely to be quite lucrative when you sue them for wrongful dismissal.

Are you sure it's just women that have this power? Have you tried falsely accusing a women of harassing you to see if she is instantly fired?

Personally I really like working with women. Cuts out a lot of the macho bullshit you get otherwise, and all the work environments that have been mixed have seemed a lot nicer than the male only ones I've experienced.

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser