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Comment Re:Literally (Score 0) 66



Erm. Here's something to LITERALLY drive you insane! ;)

With the way literally is being used, quite literally it will soon have a new meaning added to high profile dictionaries.

And then literally will also mean literally, and you'll go mad with frustration. ;)

TAKE THAT SIR! TAKE THAT, and find yourself in a corner, shivering and curled up in a ball of denial.

Hehe. Sorry, it's too early here.

Comment Re: And we care because...why? (Score 1) 268

And I might add -- the whole point of my above statement, is simply this.

If women don't want to be in the field, WHO CARES. All that is important is that there are no blockers if a woman DOES want to be in the field, and she is capable.

That's it. Anything else is an INSULT to women. The thought process that "We need to HELP these POOR, INCOMPETENT, TIMID creatures get into a workplace" is absurd beyond comprehension.

Women are STRONG. They don't need YOUR help, or ANYONE's help, as long as artificial blockers to employment are not in place.

As for language, and "how people act", what the hell man? I've met women that are far more foul then men. If you want the workplace to change, then fine, it can change. But it had better not change for one sex or the other, but for logical reasons.

Comment Re: And we care because...why? (Score 1) 268

No, it is very much different. Your example of sameness (help clients and keep things running smoothly) could be said of computing versus hvac equipment. So what if you still help clients? You do that at McDonalds too! So what if you have to maintain something?

You have to maintain and keep any number of things running smoothly, from a slushie machine to a high end server farm. That doesn't make them the same, but good try at trying to pretend that someone could be parachuted in from 30+ years ago, or even 20 years ago, and be able to do the job today.

No. Way. It is an ENTIRELY new field. New management techniques. A new place in the business place. More widespread. More complex, by FAR in a variety of different ways.

But all of this is a red herring! Who the hell cares how many people of what type were in the computing field $x years ago. It is an utterly meaningless metric. So many things change over decades, not only the field itself, but society as a whole, schools, societal norms, you name it!

Yet, you're picking on some unrelated example, and thinking that it has to do with what's inside. It isn't. Look at the world in its entirety.

Perhaps there are good, high paying jobs in other fields? Perhaps there are fewer women that want to be in the workplace? Or, any number of things?

Further -- sexism is about equal opportunity, not equality. Women are NOT men. They are NOT THE SAME as men. At all! Why?

Because we're using the plural, and the plural allows one to use statistics to validate data on large sets.

Individually? Sure, there are smart women, educated women, women that WANT to be educated, and women that beat out men in many metrics. Equality is all about ensuring that even though metrics exist, that stipulate that a certain group tends to be "this way", that the *individual* gets the change to show their own skillset.

So, it is absolutely, 100% not wrong to say "Women are not well suited to technology fields in general". Because it is *true*.

The very important thing, however, is that "no one is left behind" due to the above valid assertion. Because yeah, individually, there are some kick ass women out there, in this field -- and others that can contribute equally well.

Comment Re: And we care because...why? (Score 1) 268

Good grief.

I keep hearing how women used to be large part of the programming community.


It's like comparing how many people worked creating clothing, centuries back. Yup, a lot more of them were men.

Now they're women or children in third world nations. There is LITERALLY NO COMPARISON!

Programming 30 years ago, was so different in environment, in the way it was done, the languages, what you needed to know, the work methodology... that it was an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT FIELD!

Equality isn't declining. It never existed. So, ask yourself, why?

Comment Re: Poor example (Score 1) 437

In Quebec, Ontario and BC (places I've lived), school zones have speed restrictions, but only when defined. In Quebec, for example, that's 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, September to June. All to 30kmph signs say just this, too.

And here, travelling more than 15kmph under the speed limit is ticketable too.

Comment Re:Hang on a minute... (Score 1) 744

Yes, I most certain do "honestly, seriously" sometimes wonder that.

"Wonder", in this context, can be understood to mean many things. Including, speculative thinking.

Speculative thinking is at the heart of all invention, all development, all creation.

It is often called 'an imagination', which often can bear fertile fruit and great change to society. Other times, it provides amusement and entertainment. Sometimes, when you think of something poorly implemented, and put forward without technical merits, you try to think of why such a thing might exist. You wonder "what if".

But of course you are just a troll, looking for any way to criticize any form of speech you can... so, I suppose there is little point mentioning this to you.

Comment Re:Hang on a minute... (Score 4, Insightful) 744

I honestly, seriously sometimes wonder if systemd is Skynet... or, a way for Skynet to 'waken'.

And if Pottering isn't just a T3 from the future or some such, working to prepared the existing internet for it to awaken.

I mean, really -- honestly, he has essentially re-written the entire userland, as one package, maintained by one. More kernel patches are next.

Comment hmm (Score 1) 23

While I would not draw a clock as per the example image, I've always been *crappy beyond belief* at drawing circles, you name it. Hell, my hand writing makes chicken scratch look like fine art.

For the circle, I'd get the numbers in the approximate correct place, you know, put 9 and 3 and 12 and 6 in first -- but, I can imagine people that never really drew much, perhaps not even thinking about that ahead of time.

So yeah, my circle might be as misshapen as the one in the example article. And, someone that is poor at makin' a circle as me, but has also never thought of the clock-draw, pre-set your numbers concept -- may do just as the example did.

My point is that the pen is an excellent idea, but the doctor's subjective opinion is a detractor AND an benefit. The pen will get rid of both sides of the equation. I'm not sure how accurate it will be, and it may be more of a 'this is a cool product!" that isn't wanted or needed.

(I'm willing to bet that if you ask many doctors, they'll say "My educated, well informed opinion on test outcome is a benefit, not a detractor!")

Comment Re:Wish I Could Help You. (Score 1) 318

Home work can indeed be = awesome.

A few things though.

I've seen people completely fail at this task. This seems to fall into two categories.

1) People with unhelpful spouses, which are home a lot. Constant interruptions, not understanding that home does NOT mean that you are actually HOME! Thinking that if something is urgent, it is OK to bug / talk to / etc. Heck, sometimes the worker finds this interaction enjoyable, making it harder to say no. Which can easily lead to failure.

2) Some people are quite simply put, unable to work at home without being at home. They can't get into the work mindset, no matter how much they try. For myself, taking that morning shower, and behaving as if I'm about to leave for work, helps quite a bit. It seems to kick the body into drive, and get me going.

However, it can't be stressed enough.. you are NOT at home, you are AT WORK! People think of sitting around in their bathrobe all day, and sure one can do that, but is that really the state of mind that will engender you to work hard? To think of time away from your chair, as cheating?

On the other side of the coin, I've found that I hate working from home in the summer, and enjoy it in the winter. The winter, with -40C -- well, the reasons are obvious. The summer? Well, there's a lot to see on the way to work, it's pleasant and nice to get out.

Overall, it's a plus. However, if you do not have a supportive family -- just give up right now. You're not going to be successful.

panic: kernel trap (ignored)