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Comment Re:Self-Selection? (Score 1) 273

I admit I only read part but not all. That gets me beyond most posters so here we go..

Point is that if they have a conclusion that whether one knows if the code comes from a woman or not matters, two things seem necessary:
- That they figure out who are actually women. As you say, you have to use sources outside the ones that the people deciding whether to accept the code were presumably using. If they didn't have seperate sources, there would not be the two groups to distinguish between.
- That they figure out whether the people accepting the code believed them to be women. My assumption (wrong as another poster pointed out) is that in that sort of environment there would be no reason for the people accepting the code to know unless the person submitting the code somehow informed them.

Comment Re:Self-Selection? (Score 1) 273

That's a good question. I don't use Github, so didn't know folks there tended to use actual photos of themselves as a matter of course. Most folks in the environment I'm in have avatars that are not portraits of them- if they bother with one at all.

I suppose the following additional analysis could be done:
1. Do men who look like women tend to statistically match women or men?
2. Do women who look like men tend to statistically match women or men?

Also perhaps interesting- do men whose gender are not made apparent statistically do better than those who do?

And, as per the post about sports teams, is there a general correlation between providing irrelevant information with lower acceptance, or is it specific to providing information that makes the provider seem different than the majority of the culture? This tries to get to more info re: the theory by Perens.

Finally, if one takes in to account the gender of the person deciding whether they want the code, do women and men accept code the same way, or is there statistical significance in whether the gender of the person whose code they are considering matches theirs?

Comment Self-Selection? (Score 5, Insightful) 273

Is it possible that those women who don't feel it necessary to point out their gender in situations where gender doesn't matter tend to also be those more likely to communicate well?

Is it possible that those women who make it a point to draw attention to their gender in situations where there is no reason to bring up gender at all, are also more likely to be less convincing regarding the usefulness of their work?

Comment Interesting bit from article (Score 4, Interesting) 550

Yes, I know you're not supposed to read the article. You find out all sorts of interesting things like the fact that noone was actually fired, they were re-assigned to other stuff. You also find out why some of the stuff they were doing was interesting.

But the thing that caught my attention with shades of "we have to pass the bill before we know what it does" was that one of the reasons given not to transfer the people was that they were needed to figure out what the recent climate agreement actually meant.

So apparently the climate agreement was so badly expressed that the several people who were not transferred away from basic climate research are not sufficient to figure out what it actually meant?
Didn't Kerry block the language change that would have made it require anything?

Comment Re:In other news... (Score 1) 172

I think it is smart to have a 30 year mortgage rather than a 15 year one because my rate is much less than I expect from my investments, and the difference in payments is being invested.

Yes, this does mean that I am somewhat more leveraged, but if the house value really drops enough to be less than I owe on it, well the reason the bank is charging me more than prime is because they are taking the risk of getting the house instead of the money in that case.

Paying off a loan is only a good return if the loan is at a higher rate than you can make using the money, with appropriate risk adjustment

Comment Re:revenue generator gets yelled at by his superio (Score 1) 350

One thing about ticketing an autonomous car when it is not breaking the law, is that there is likely to be plenty of recorded telemetry fight the ticket in court. Google doesn't infractions on the record, and would likely put all necessarily legal effort into fighting it.

Would you really want to be the cop who went through all that hassle to not have a ticket upheld? Not the good sort of fame either.

Comment Re: Work for free!! (Score 1) 124

In this case at least, the $1 coder has made his name known to everyone who RTFA. Those of us curious enough looked at his code.

It would not surprise me if the coder got some work from this.

The next $1 coder might not be as successful. Alternately, enough folks might look at code from successful bidders and hire the good ones that it is a worthwhile approach going forward.

I am interested to see how this turns out after more iterations.

Comment Programmers can be just Techs (Score 1) 568

Programming, by itself, is a technician skill. It's possible to be what I'd call a Software Engineer (NOT necessarily congruent to what the job descriptions for that title currently say). But just like Engineers in other fields have folks who help with the grunt work without having to think of larger issues, there are plenty of folks who turn out code to assist people doing the actual Engineering side of the work. There are also plenty of times that Engineers do the technician stuff and the engineering side (and I'd argue that to stay good at the engineering side it's healthy to do the tech side of your profession regularly).

Aside:
Part of what is wrong with the industry is that the people assigned to do the Engineering side of the work are often idiots or non-existant, as the role is often poorly identified and assigned. You might for example having PHBs making what should be Engineering decisions. And it falls to Programmers to fill in the holes, or the project fails. Or both. This blurs the line more than in a lot of other fields.

Comment Microsoft Support (Score 1) 374

I got sick of fighting 10 attempting to go in on my gaming box, the last straw being when it decided to fill up the SSD I use for the OS (programs and data on other drives).

I called Microsoft Support. It took them some time, but they not only got rid of about 4 gig of windows 10 junk that had been downloaded to my drive, but adjusted my registry to indicate that I was not eligible for the 10 upgrade.

I'm guessing that the registry change is the way to go for stopping 10 nagging and such.. For a few days I have been blissfully free of such things.

Comment Re:I don't get it, what is this about? (Score 2) 145

Had an international call to scotland drop a few times last week (landline my side, some sort of microsoft PBX/phone thing on the other). Rarely see this sort of problem in the US aside from stuff like cell phones in elevators or other bad coverage. Don't know where along the way the issue was, but it was frustrating.

Comment Re:Of course not (Score 1) 169

I didn't realize Martian citizenship was quite so open as Canada's.

(for those who didn't know, Canada is one of the easiest western nations to get citizenship- it's pretty common for folks who want to live somewhere dangerous to secure Canadian citizenship so they will get a free evacuation if things go to hell where they actually want to live)

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