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Comment: Re:But why? (Score 1) 465

by Cederic (#49571577) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

Most of the good, easy occupations are done by women. Nursing. Teaching. Government Work.

erm. Nursing comes in many forms, a lot of which are not what I'd call "easy".

You may have the skills, patience and desire to change an adult nappy, feed its wearer and listen in detail to their medical conditions to understand whether a doctor is required, but I sure as hell don't.

Comment: Re:Inflation, slow Internet, skill, slow PC (Score 1) 189

by Cederic (#49571243) Attached to: Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim

Oh, I don't know. Some "lets play" gaming is just raw solid entertainment, where the narrative derived from or commenting on the game is greater than the game alone.

e.g. emergent narrative:

Or the discussion about the game being infinitely more entertaining than the game can ever promise to be:

Ok, they're not the video "lets plays" that you mock, but I just ignore video ones anyway.

Comment: Re:Attempting with existing title was a mistake (Score 1) 189

by Cederic (#49571141) Attached to: Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim

a Skyrim mod necessarily directly uses Skyrim

You're making a big assumption there.

Even where elements of an API are used, the bulk of the mod may well be original work, or adapted from a previous creation used with a different game.

E.g. I modded one game by adding a picture for use as a decal on a car. That picture was produced by a friend using pencils and paper. It's a derivative work of absolutely fuck all. You're saying that if I added that graphic to Skyrim it's a derivative of Skyrim?


Comment: Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 447

by Cederic (#49570699) Attached to: Audi Creates "Fuel of the Future" Using Just Carbon Dioxide and Water

Really, we're going to compare a brand new luxury sports sedan with a used family car? That's the comparison we're going for? Have you tried comparing your car with a Bugatti Veyron?

Sorry, exactly what about being brand new, luxury or a sports sedan prevents the Tesla being the appropriate comparison for comparing weight, size or range against a car already owned?

His point is exactly that if you buy the longest range option available today in electric cars you get something that's big, heavy and still has shit range. The fact that it's a fucking expensive sports car merely makes it even more laughable how badly it compares on that one specific metric.

Since that metric is the one being discussed, and in the context of diesel vs electricity as the source of power, it feels like a very fair comparison to me.

Comment: Re:How to be successful in business... (Score 4, Insightful) 186

by Cederic (#49570545) Attached to: University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class

Depends on your criteria for success.

My friends tell me they're amazed and jealous of my career, and consider me a beacon of success in a corporate environment.

I'm in a corporate environment so I know many people more successful than me, and work for some of them. They're going higher, faster, and earning more money. Some of them are arseholes, some are not.

I'm always trying to be nice to people, make constructive relationships and not be an arsehole. Hopefully sometimes I get that right.

But my personal achievements and those of the people I see in management positions above me do show that you can achieve success without being an arsehole.

Maybe not Steve Jobs level of success, but frankly I don't want to be a Steve Jobs level of arsehole either. There's a happy compromise, and it's making me happy enough and successful enough and people don't accuse me of being an arsehole. Often.

Comment: Re:Damn... (Score 2) 489

by Cederic (#49556067) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

What the fuck does this have to do with "women in tech"?

This is Pakistan. Challenge the authority of the religious, tribal and/or self-appointed leaders and violence occurs. Being a woman has fuck all to do with it. Being in tech has fuck all to do with it.


It's a stupid violent place.

Comment: Re:There seem to be a lot of these killings (Score 2, Interesting) 489

by Cederic (#49556023) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

More men too, or don't they count? Oh, it's a domestic violence statistic. Of course they don't.

Meanwhile it's a rare day that more Muslims are violently killed than total deaths at the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001, but it has happened. It's an rarer month when there aren't.

As the post to which you replied suggested, if only we could identify the common cause here.

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