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Comment BINGO !!!! (Score 4, Interesting) 212 212

#1 the companies want a glut of workers so they can pay them nothing and use them as tools discarding when completed.
#2 Women being slightly smarter than men don't WANT to go into an industry built on virtual slavery and worker abuse. In general they aren't as flexible or willing to commit as much to a career given the option of a family, there are of course exceptions everywhere, but as long as the IT industry is run like a feudal system that thrives on worker sacrifice it is unlikely to achieve a balance of genders. You can't hire those who don't apply, and you can't force women into a educational course they don't want to pursue.

Comment Living under a rock ?? (Score 1) 250 250

At what point do you think raising and monitoring a 3 yr. old ISN'T a full time job ???? I'd imagine the lady is looking forward to getting back to work and getting some rest. As for going back into computing and programming I can't blame her, the industry SUCKS. IT companies expect you to give them your entire life while they lowball your salary, try and get you to work overtime for free, biatch and moan when you take your vacation days, and generally take advantage of you as much as possible, while complaining all the time that you cost too much and always looking for a way to cut people rather than produce a superior product.

Comment Where have you been hiding ?? (Score 1) 535 535

This has happened several times already. A 9 year old sporting a very realistic looking CO2 pellet gun was killed a couple of years ago, and a bank robber dressed a sawed off shotgun up as a super soaker. The key is don't wave anything around that can be misinterpreted as weapon, people have no common sense and the cops will arrest anyone for anything and then let the DA decide whether to press charges.

Comment Robert A. Heinlein (Score 2, Interesting) 341 341

He wrote about teens jumping in front of convoys of automated big rigs a long time ago, out of sheer boredom and an innate desire to cause chaos. Even in Methuselah's Children the long lived had methods of switching off auto drive to avoid being tracked everywhere at all times. It has been pointed out previously what about people on farms driving completely off the grid, not to mention the totally unresolved issue of whose at fault when my auto drive car is involved in an accident, or the choice HAS to be made between saving MY life, the driver or some stranger on the side of the road who wants to commit suicide by being run over...

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Presentation to the elderly - any suggestions?

Kittenman writes: After reading in the local press of yet another 80-year-old being fooled out of his money by some phone scammers, I've contacted the local 'Grey Power' and offered to give a talk on how to keep safe from phishing, phone scams, attempts to install malware... This has been accepted (me and my big mouth). I've some thoughts on what to present — of course — but I wonder what other slashdotters would choose?

Submission + - Tony Stark Delivers Real 3D-Printed Bionic Arm To 7-Year Old Iron Man Fan-> 1 1

MojoKid writes: Here's your feel-good story for Thursday afternoon. Albert Manero, who has a degree in Aerospace engineering from the University of Central Florida and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, has made it a point to serve others. He helped found Limbitless Solutions, a volunteer foundation that uses 3D printer technology to build bionic arms for children that have either lost a limb, or were born with partially developed limbs. Seven-year-old Alex fits into the latter category and Manero, with the help of the Microsoft OneNote Collective Project, has been hard at work to develop a new 3D-printed bionic arm for him. And once the project was finished, Microsoft and Manero were able to find the most "qualified" person on the planet to deliver the arm to Alex: Tony Stark AKA Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. Awesomeness ensues, of course.
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Submission + - NTP's Fate Hinges On 'Father Time'

Esther Schindler writes: In April, one of the open source code movement's first and biggest success stories, the Network Time Protocol, will reach a decision point, writes Charlie Babcock. At 30 years old, will NTP continue as the preeminent time synchronization system for Macs, Windows, and Linux computers and most servers on networks?

Or will this protocol go into a decline marked by drastically slowed development, fewer bug fixes, and greater security risks for the computers that use it? The question hinges to a surprising degree on the personal finances of a 59-year-old technologist in Talent, Ore., named Harlan Stenn.

Submission + - Homeopathy Turns Out To Be Useless For Treating Medical Conditions->

MightyMartian writes: It should prove to be no surprise for most rational people, but a group of Australian researchers have determined that homeopathy is completely useless at treating medical conditions. Researchers sifted through 1,800 research papers on homeopathy and found no reliable report that showed homeopathic remedies had any better results than placebos.
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