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Comment: Re:Helping the poor (Score 2) 320

How does the second part of that sentence not make you reconsider your assertion in the first?

I think you are right that might possibly be a very small fraction who actually do prefer the "vagabond" lifestyle, despite the obvious and many hardships. But to make a blanket statement that *all* homeless are in that situation as a matter of choice seems wildly inaccurate to me.

When I was young before the welfare state was dismantled and anyone in need had to be homed by law I remember seeing a couple of homeless. They lived outside in makeshift tents in the woods on the edge of town. I remember they seemed happy. Now I see hundreds of homeless people, mainly in cities and looking unhappy. I would guess based on this that maybe 1% choose to live homeless, and much fewer than this do in cities

Comment: Re:whine (Score 1) 226

by Chrisq (#46764915) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

100% inclined to agree. DevOps is not really about your best and brightest pure programmers, but taking all of your jack-of-all-trades guys who specialize in "making shit work" and allowing them to keep things working.

There is a conflict in the role of a DevOp though that you need to understand. In the Dev role you will be working on a project and to a deadline, and will just want to make "ad hoc" changes as needed for your application to work. As an Op role you have to say "hold on, lets make sure all those system tweeks have no other impact, apply them via reproducible deployment scripts, and maybe go back and take another look at your hooks into the alerting/monitoring system". As long as you and your boss understand that everything is fine - if not more and more of your time will end up firefighting in the "ops" role.

Comment: Re:Why would they do anything else? (Score 1) 673

by Chrisq (#46713125) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

No, seriously, why would anyone do anything else if the goal is gender parity in the industry?

Let's take gender out of the equation. Say you have a jar full of ten million marbles. 95% are green, 5% are yellow. 10000 marbles are added to the jar every year. Your goal is to make the jar 50% green, 50% yellow, and you can't take any marbles out of the jar. Changing the distribution of marbles added each year to 50/50 will never make the entire jar 50/50. The only way to solve the problem without removing existing marbles from the jar is to raise the distribution of marbles added to more than 50% yellow. Clearly the most effective solution problem is to only add yellow marbles to the jar at all.

Back in the real world: you either need to fire men who don't deserve it, hire equal numbers of men and women and wait a generation or two for enough people to retire, or try to hire more women than men. Because math.

You could paint the green marbles yellow - oh wait keep those scissors away from me!

Comment: Re:Discrimination of girls is bad and unethical (Score 2) 673

by Chrisq (#46713093) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

Some people think this is OK. Sort of like "you got yours, now I get mine". However, sexism is still sexism. Any group that isn't fighting ALL sexism are hypocrites.

Also it ends up being counterproductive. If there are enough programs like this then schools will push girls that don't have the same ability or interest through them just to get the money. Then people will notice that "women coming into IT don't do so well" (unofficially of course) and that will end up being the initial assumption even for women who were interested, able, and would have taken that career without any cajoling.

To understand a program you must become both the machine and the program.