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Comment: Re:Why is this dribble on the front page? (Score 3, Insightful) 226

by BarbaraHudson (#49779373) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

Your theory requires that the universe be infinite. No proof of that yet, and maybe never.

What is so hard to believe that we created the "god" myth? It's been done many times over the ages, so we have more proof of that than the other way around.

Otherwise, who created god?

Comment: Powerpoint resulted in the loss of 2 space shuttle (Score 4, Funny) 239

by BarbaraHudson (#49778523) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned
here and here

The shuttle disasters Richard Feynman, the late Nobel laureate and CalTech physicist, saw that "bulletized" thinking contributed to the Challenger disaster, where 7 crew members died and a multi-billion dollar craft destroyed due to an O-ring failure. The big problem was that NASA management wasn't really listening to the engineers - and breaking issues up into bullets helped them do that.

The engineers who worked on the Challenger O-rings knew they weren't qualified for cold weather. But management didn't want to hear it and OK'd the launch despite the engineer's opposition.

As sometimes happens, disaster ensued.

In the 2003 Columbia shuttle disaster, Prof. Tufte dissects the PowerPoint slides that buried important information - such as volume, mass and velocity - about the large piece of foam insulation that penetrated the Columbia's heat shield. Creating useful engineering reports in PowerPoint is difficult if not impossible.

And of course, powerpoint makes you stupid

Comment: Re:No code? Political Science? Techwriter? (Score 1) 92

by BarbaraHudson (#49777999) Attached to: Building Hospitable Open Source Communities (Video)

Tell that to black male programmers looking for a job.

The real solution is to provide actual mentoring in a mixed-gender environment, not pre-packaged for-profit "teaching programs" that segregate the sexes. Both genders would certainly benefit from it. Follow the $$$.

Comment: Re:Thanks, but life is too short. (Score 0) 92

by BarbaraHudson (#49777941) Attached to: Building Hospitable Open Source Communities (Video)
Thanks for the summary. I watched only a bit of it, and what I did see was just the usual garbage. A bit of digging shows that this is a "job wanted ad". Click on her name and you see this on LinkdIn:

I'm a geek-suit interface, a programmer, and a teacher. I like to work on open source products, services, or sites that delight and help people. I'll be seeking opportunities starting in June 2015.

"geek-suit interface"? Sounds like a Mozilla Foundation escapee. $DIETY save us from polisci graduates.

Comment: Re:No code? Political Science? Techwriter? (Score 1) 92

by BarbaraHudson (#49777845) Attached to: Building Hospitable Open Source Communities (Video)

Meritocracy is soooo misogynist.

Why? It's not the meritocracy, but the underlying issues, such as lack of equal opportunity, of crappy teaching programs that reinforce stereotypes (teaching girls programming in a segregated environment, for example, which blatantly shoves "we think you can't do this as well" in both gender's faces), and implying that career choices that are typically male are more valid than others. These programs just add more damage.

Comment: Re:So where's the transcript? (Score 2) 92

by BarbaraHudson (#49777785) Attached to: Building Hospitable Open Source Communities (Video)

We need more do-ers, not more armchair quarterbacks and sofa-seat generals telling us how to run things.

You ask quite a lot from an estrogen poisoned brain.

Hey, I resemble that remark!

No, I didn't watch the whole video - as soon as I heard the words "safe spaces", it was "here we go again ..."

Went back after typing the above ... "empowering people, especially the marginalized, using technology" blah blah blah "diversity efforts" blah blah blah ... Since most open source software is developed over the internet, "on the internet nobody knows you're a dog." If people become too abusive, you have several choices:

  • Out-compete them
  • Fork
  • Troll the heck out of them (the "back at ya" option)

You hammer on a point too long, you turn potential supporters right off. This subject has been beaten to death lately, with the people doing the beating being the ones who are profiting from the "good publicity" associated with programs such as "coding for girls". (and the SJWs who last year were using the issue as a way to self-promote by creating a "fog of war.")

Nobody likes to be treated in a paternalistic fashion, and more and more this is what this has become. It reinforces the very stereotypes that have contributed to the problem in the first place. ("oh, girls can't do math, so we'll make a Barbie Girl version of a computer course").

+ - Riddell Asked To Step Down From the Kubuntu Council->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett writes: Friction between the lead Kubuntu developer Jonathan Riddell and Ubuntu reached extreme temperatures on Monday when the Ubuntu Community Council (UCC) asked Riddell to step down from 'leadership in Kubuntu' as well as 'all positions of leadership in the Ubuntu Community.' According to Riddell, the bone of contention was a years-long, ongoing inquiry by Riddell about the distribution of donations collected by Canonical from Ubuntu.com. The Kubuntu Council met this morning and has come out behind Riddell, saying they didn’t find his behavior in violation of Ubuntu Code of Conduct.
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+ - Amtrak Intalling Cameras To Watch Train Engineers->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: In the aftermath of the derailment of an Amtrak train in Philidelphia a couple weeks ago, the company has caved to demands that it install video cameras to monitor and record the actions of the engineers driving their trains. The National Transportation Safety Board has been recommending such cameras for the past five years. Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman says the cameras will improve train safety, though the engineers' union disagrees. In 2013, the union's president said, "Installation of cameras will provide the public nothing more than a false sense of security. More than a century of research establishes that monitoring workers actually reduces the ability to perform complex tasks, such as operating a train, because of the distractive effect."
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Comment: Re:Very funny! (Score 1) 101

I haven't seen predestination yet, but if it's anything like the short story it was based on, I will definitely like it. It's a real mind-bender.(hum "I'm my own grandpa ...")

Nobody likes this hijacking crap, but it is what it is ... if there's money in it, the cockroaches will be there.

It seems intuitively obvious to me, which means that it might be wrong. -- Chris Torek