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Comment Re:Recognize what now? (Score 2) 98

" Maybe its a split between those of use who see computers as a tool for work vs those that see them as entertainment."

I was 16 in 1992. If you were under 8 or over 18, or didn't have brothers or sisters that age at this time, you probably missed this stuff.

Now you want scary... Skifree came out only 5 years before the debut of Slashdot.... And Slashdot is getting close to 20 years old.

https://xkcd.com/1393/

Comment Re:Just a thought... (Score 4, Insightful) 291

", per the observation that there is evidence of discrimination against women when gender is identified."

Not sure how they come to this conclusion when they indicate that when the gender is identified, BOTH genders see a significant drop and men see a *greater* drop when they're known to the project. It's only when the women are unknown that their acceptance rate is lower... but even then, the acceptance rate of men and the acceptance rate of women's error bars overlap... it's entirely possible there's no difference between the genders when the contributor is unknown.

In fact, the only place in their pull request acceptance rate error bars don't overlap on p15 is where identified male insiders are rejected at a greater rate than women.

"We hypothesized that pull requests made by women are less likely to be accepted than those made by men."

Seems like bad research... start with a hypothesis and highlight areas of your study which weakly support it, ignore areas which strongly refute it.

Comment Re:emergence of battery-powered leaf blowers (Score 1) 228

The condo next door spends 6 hours pissing around with leafblowers, always on separate days, multiple times in the autumn. It makes it impossible to keep any windows or doors open.

It wouldn't be as bad if they took 4 of them for 30 minutes and systematically went over the grounds... but no. One fat guy walks all over the place in no particular pattern, just pointing the leafblower at dandelions and the odd leaf that just won't come free of the fence. I'm sure if they were raking, they wouldn't be at it for 6 hours. I guess it makes him feel like he's working.

The noise is one problem. They also kick up dust throughout the neighbourhood.

I'm all for banning them.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 144

"a joystick jocky sitting in a cozy air conditioned room and going home to a safe warm bed in the USA "

Back in 2009 I met a drone operator on leave from Iraq while travelling in Eastern Europe. He was on his third redeployment. He was stationed on-base in Iraq and was happy. At that time, weaponizing drones was a rumour. According to the media, they were surveillance devices. I would have *loved* to ask him all kinds of questions about his job, but that would be very, very, rude. I bought him a beer and we hung out meeting nice girls instead.

What he did tell me was that he was thankful that although he was redeployed so many times, he shared a double room with another operator and admitted there were much harder jobs he was glad he wasn't doing.

Does anyone *know* that these guys are operating from the U.S.? You would think that the expertise is slim and training scarce. It would be complex to train people on new equipment, innovations, details of maintenance, to collaborate with other teams, etc. without being on-site. In IT, we do teleconferencing because it's cheap, but I don't think the cost of flying drone operators to some safe base where the drones *are* is expensive... they're all earning the same pay and have the same obligations. There would be big advantages to being on-site.

Any drone operators want to comment?

Comment Re:It's as old as search engines (Score 1, Interesting) 163

"What surprises me here is that government agencies who should know better dismiss plain old search engine stalking as a valid method for finding out what someone is up to, or has done."

The NYT is trying to tell a story. There might be a nugget of truth, but I'm doubtful that the government agencies are so dismissive of old tech.

We work in an industry where we can raise red flags, calling meetings, send urgent emails, harass people in chat and in hallways and not have our ideas heard. I'm sure the IRS agent encounters the same. It's not just old tech. Could be not-invented-here, resources, sound reasons to dismiss the lead above his clearance (as the agent expected), internal politics... who knows?

Ticket systems are nice for this. IRS opens a ticket and assigns it to the FBI. Date, time, assignee and management oversight to see that it gets worked on eventually. Whomever closes the ticket without a good reason, only to discover it solved the case should look for a new job.

Comment Re:Godwin (Score 1) 735

"Islam doesn't..."

It seems that any time anyone makes a generalization about Islam, there's somebody who comes up with a group who has a strict interpretation of this or that which refutes it.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/i-am-racist-and-my-racism-based-on-islam-says-umnos-annuar-musa

These days I'm more inclined to say that opinions on religion are best left to historians. The rest of it, I'll ignore, because it's mostly spouted by people who's concepts of what is "truth" is very different than mine.

Apologies if you're merely citing historical references and not religious dogma through your faith structure or second-hand knowledge.

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