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+ - Who is Discouraging Women From STEM Careers?->

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "Having worked in a STEM field (computer programming) for over a quarter of a century, I have found the idea that girls are discouraged from entering STEM fields to be curious. It certainly didn't line up with my experience in the industry. Schools have been pushing girls into math and science, not discouraging them. In my experience technology companies have been bending over backwards and jumping through hoops to get more women into IT (information technology). From programs aimed at getting high school students involved in technology to hiring decisions, there has always been a blunt, out-in-the-open emphasis on getting more women into IT.

So, if it's not “the patriarchy” pushing women down and denying them a chance to enter technology fields, what does account for women being underrepresented in technology fields? After a little research into personality types and career fields, I think I found the answer.

The Myers-Briggs personality test places people into 16 personality type categories. One researcher surveyed computer programmers to determine what personality types were represented. I compared how common the personality types were among programmers compared to how common they were in the general population, and although there is always room for error, a clear pattern emerged from my analysis placing programmers, men, and women, into a clearer picture for me to understand their under-representation."

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Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 207

by Dragon Bait (#49497445) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Otherwise you are not innocent until proven otherwise.

Do you honestly take someone you presume is innocent and put them on trial? Do you make someone you presume is innocent and make them post bond or be locked up in prison?

Of course the answer is no! You only do these things to people you presume are guilty. The innocent until proven guilty is only for the jurors. The presiding judge is schizophrenic, doing some things you'd only do if you presume the person was guilty and doing other things as if the defendant was innocent.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 2) 305

To hope is to long for circumstances to change. That is to say, one rejects what is real and wishes instead for a fantasy.

Fundamentally, hope is a rejection of truth, and hence the antithesis of enlightenment.

I completely disagree. When I proposed to my wife, I hoped she would say yes. Hope was the desire for a specific outcome without knowing that outcome in advance. Since she is now my wife, my hope was not a rejection of what is real.

Now, hope without action is pretty stupid. Hoping that she would be my wife without actually taking the steps to court her and eventually pop the question would be rather foolish.

Comment: Re:Mandatory xkcd (Score 1) 210

by Dragon Bait (#49490603) Attached to: GNU Hurd 0.6 Released

Okay, help me understand. Why is the above post marked troll? Someone asked why the hate for systemd and the parent post gives a rational response why he hates systemd, complete with example. If you feel that he was wrong (or just being an idiot about not knowing what to do), why not state you should have fill in the blank here and make him look like an idiot versus marking him as a troll? That way everyone gets the advantage of why you think he's trolling.

I guess I got a partial answer in that the next person who gave a reasonable explanation was also marked as troll. Seems like someone advocating systemd is marking anyone they disagree with troll.

Comment: Re:Encryption + (cloud or offsite) (Score 5, Insightful) 442

Tar up your files. Encrypt with GPG and a 20 character random passphrase.

Upload to a cloud service, and put on a USB drive at work and the house of a friend and relative.

Why bother trying to find storage media made of unobtainium that can withstand fire or flood or theft, when you can simply and easily make a copy and store it multiple times in multiple places immune to most loss events?


Multiple backups. Multiple media types. Multiple locations.

+ - Stanford Develops Fast-Charging, Stable Aluminum Battery->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Stanford researchers have announced the creation of an aluminum-ion battery that they say will charge quicker, last longer, and be generally safer than common lithium-ion batteries. "Aluminum has long been an attractive material for batteries, mainly because of its low cost, low flammability and high-charge storage capacity. For decades, researchers have tried unsuccessfully to develop a commercially viable aluminum-ion battery. A key challenge has been finding materials capable of producing sufficient voltage after repeated cycles of charging and discharging. ... For the experimental battery, the Stanford team placed the aluminum anode and graphite cathode, along with an ionic liquid electrolyte, inside a flexible, polymer-coated pouch." The researchers' main challenges now are getting the battery to produce a higher voltage and store energy at a higher densities."
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+ - Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' on Gay Rights

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "David Knowles reports at Bloomberg that former Hewlett-Packard CEO and potential 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina called out Apple CEO Tim Cook as a hypocrite for criticizing Indiana and Arkansas over their Religious Freedom Restoration Acts while at the same time doing business in countries where gay rights are non-existent. “When Tim Cook is upset about all the places that he does business because of the way they treat gays and women, he needs to withdraw from 90% of the markets that he’s in, including China and Saudi Arabia,” Fiorina said. “But I don’t hear him being upset about that.”

In similar criticism of Hillary Clinton on the Fox News program Hannity, Fiorina argued that Clinton's advocacy on behalf of women was tarnished by donations made to the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments where women's rights are not on par with those in America. ""I must say as a woman, I find it offensive that Hillary Clinton travels the Silicon Valley, a place where I worked for a long time, and lectures Silicon Valley companies on women's rights in technology, and yet sees nothing wrong with taking money from the Algerian government, which really denies women the most basic human rights. This is called, Sean, hypocrisy." While Hillary Clinton hasn't directly addressed Fiorina's criticisms, her husband has. “You’ve got to decide, when you do this work, whether it will do more good than harm if someone helps you from another country,” former president Bill Clinton said in March. “And I believe we have done a lot more good than harm. And I believe this is a good thing.”"

Comment: Re: Tim Cook is a Pro Discrimination Faggot (Score 2) 1168

Corrupting [marriage] into something purely based on decadent sex is not wise. For anyone.

But that's generally not what people who are gay are doing. I know two women that raised two or three kids together. Their marriage would not have been "just" about sex. Their marriage would have been a statement to the world that this is the person that comes first for me, which is pretty much the same statement that my hetero marriage does.

But, based on your statement, what about hetero marriages where the couple find they are infertile? At that point is their marriage "purely based on decadent sex"? If so, should we force their marriage to be annulled if they find they can't have children? What if they get married past their childbearing years?

If [one of] the purposes of marriage is to declare monogamy towards one other person, why shouldn't gays be able to publicly declare such a thing? Wouldn't encouraging gay marriage be a means of reducing promiscuous sex?

Honestly, go through and write down all of the reasons that marriage (of any form) should be recognized and then objectively ask yourself if that reason would also apply to a gay couple. Keep in mind that with artificial insemination and adoption, gay couples can be parents. If you get over your own revolution to the gay lifestyle, you might find that your objections to gay marriage start to fall away.

Comment: Re:No one ever got fired for buying IBM (Score 2) 232

by Dragon Bait (#49377345) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology

There has to be a balance.

I think you and I are in complete agreement across the board. I would mod you up.

Not every new technology that comes along is worth knowing. It might be worth learning, but that doesn't mean it's worth knowing.

As a developer, you have to update your skills along the way, if for no other reason to keep you ability to learn and improve going. I've seen too many times where we've had an inflection point (e.g., moving from Fortran to OO) and you can see it in the eyes one of the developers: I'm not going to make this transition. At that point, their useful life as a developer are numbered.

But that doesn't mean you should constantly jump to the latest buzz. You'll never actually produce something lasting if you don't have a solid foundation of things that work.

Make sure your code does nothing gracefully.