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Comment: Re:More than the article states... (Score 4, Interesting) 1134

by Fallen Kell (#47829615) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture
Well, unfortunately, I feel that in the case of Anita, some of it was brought on herself. Her videos she has been using to show how games are portraying women in bad ways were in most cases taken completely out of context and twisted to fit her preconceived opinions. In one case using a section of Hitman which took place in an adult entertainment club, and saying that the women in the level are there only to be beaten/killed and used as distractions, when in fact, that is absolutely not the case. You LOSE points for beating on them. You are meant to AVOID them, just like most other people in Hitman, as they are not your target, you are not to kill people who are not your target, and yet, she makes a video of her own play-through where she intentionally kills them, and then says that is the only purpose for them being there.... Its like saying TV's are bad because you can bash someone over the head with a TV and demonstrating that you can do that fact, when in reality, the only behavior that is bad is doing that specific behavior.

And when she gets called out on that fact, she doesn't want to hear it, and disables comments so that it isn't shown what a load of crap she is spewing forth.

Comment: Re:They lost their market (Score 3, Interesting) 203

by Fallen Kell (#47579345) Attached to: Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8
They have been holding out for at least 3-4 games that people want to play. Right now, there are maybe 2 games that people want. That isn't enough to warrant a console purchase. When there is a Zelda, Metroid, Smash Bros., Mario Kart, and maybe a couple others out, people might finally pickup a Wii U. Otherwise, it just doesn't have anything worth getting that you can't get a better version/experience of on the other consoles.

Comment: Re:Experience outside the valley--I agree (Score 1) 514

by Fallen Kell (#47570307) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step
Also, I would go further, and state that simply looking at bachelor degrees does not really do justice for the statistics for those being hired by the Silicon Valley firms. If you look at doctoral degrees in Computer and Information sciences, the breakdown is 73% white, 3% black, 10.7% asian, 4.5% hispanic, of which 71.4% are male, and 28.6% are female. This reflects MANY of the disparages in workforce makeup at these companies. These companies are supposedly the best of the best, and brightest of the brightest, which means it will reflect closely those same best of the best and brightest of the brightest coming out of the education system (which means doctorates, post-doctorates, etc.).

Comment: Re:Experience outside the valley--I agree (Score 1) 514

by Fallen Kell (#47570223) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step
And if you look at the rest of the data (i.e. the "National Center for Education" "Digest of Education Statistics" "Table 322.30") :

http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d13/tables/dt13_322.30.asp

You will notice, that if you breakdown the ethnicity into percentages of degrees conferred, for "computer and information sciences" for 2011-2012, you will see there were 47,384 Bachelor degrees earned by students, of which 30,211 identified as "white" (63.75%), 5,410 as "black" (11.41%), 4,008 as "hispanic" (8.45%), and 4,254 as "asian" (8.97%). There are also another 2,360 "non-resident alien" listed which no ethnicity is given.

Now looking at people working at Yahoo!, 50% White (13% less than percentage earning degrees in USA in 2011-2012), 39% "asian" (30% more than percentage earning degrees), 4% hispanic (4-5% less than percentage earning degrees), 2% black (9% less than those earning degrees).

If you look at all the other companies on that list linked in the article, you will see roughly the same trend, with "whites" having about the same proportional makeup of the companies as there are those getting degrees, asians having a much higher percentage of the workforce than are getting degrees in the US (wow, not surprising since we are importing most of this labor via H1B, green card, immigration), and blacks and hispanics having slightly lower than the amount they graduate.

Now the lower amounts of blacks and hispanics may very well be simply due to location. The companies they looked at are Silicon Valley companies, with the majority of their workforce in California. California has a much lower percentage of blacks than say Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, etc... If you even slightly believe that the percentage of graduates are equally spread out across the nation's schools based on percentage of population in the schools, and that attendance in schools more closely mimics the population in the state (not always, there are historically african american shools as well women only or male only schools, and schools certain ethnicities would never even want to go to for many reasons), and take into consideration that most people will tend to stay close to home/family when searching for a job, and you will see that the breakdown of ethnicity in Silicon Valley tech companies is probably really not that out of step with the percentage of population in the labor market in Silicon Valley.
EU

Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros 296

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-about-the-napoleans dept.
jrepin sends this EU report: The French city of Toulouse saved 1 million euro by migrating all its desktops from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice. This project was rooted in a global digital policy which positions free software as a driver of local economic development and employment. Former IT policy-maker Erwane Monthubert said, "Software licenses for productivity suites cost Toulouse 1.8 million euro every three years. Migration cost us about 800,000 euro, due partly to some developments. One million euro has actually been saved in the first three years. It is a compelling proof in the actual context of local public finance. ... France has a high value in free software at the international level. Every decision-maker should know this."

Comment: Re:NASA (Score 1) 550

by Fallen Kell (#47524867) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
No you can't if you had laser eye surgery that involved cutting of the cornea. You can if you have LASEK which does not involved any cutting of tissue, as the integrity of the eye is maintained with this surgery (since there is no cut made creating a weak point). However, the recovery from this is much longer and much more painful as the outer layer that is cut in LASIK is moved aside (the layer is separated using an alcohol solution and spun aside). Because this entire layer is moved, the healing is more painful due to every blink of your eye possibly shifting the layer slightly which causes pain.

Comment: Sort of glad my school didn't lock us down (Score 0) 98

I mean, if I had limits on how many systems I could connect to and use at once I would never have passed two of my courses.

One was a neural networking course which involved programming a computational model and then running 100,000 iterations of the model and analyzing the results. We had been given 6 weeks for it because it was going to take at least 1 week or so to run, but I could not get my model to work for the life of me, and working with the professor finally got it working the night before the results were due. He looked at me and said, I should ask for an extension, and I looked at him and said, I think I'm fine. He then gave me the are you nuts look.

I wrote a script that split up the iterations and output between approx 350 systems with the more powerful ones getting higher iteration counts than the older ones. When I handed in my report of the results to the professor he looked at them and was in disbelief that I was able to do it in time and asked me over when class was done, where I showed him all the code that spread the workload across all the systems (it helped that I was working fulltime managing a small beowulf cluster at that point so I had some experience using distributed computing resources). I got quite a few extra credit points for ingenuity on that...

Comment: Re:Free market economy (Score 1) 529

Actually, the "we paid for all that with $17 trillion in debt" is a DIRECT result of Reagan and the policies that followed deregulating everything and cutting taxes to the lowest they have ever been since the USA kept and maintained a military force, let alone arguably the more powerful in the world...

Comment: Well, perl and vim yes, but not for that reason (Score 1) 359

I use VI and VIM as my editor because as a system administrator, VI was one of 2 editors that were guaranteed to be in Solaris should the system be in a real bad state and in recovery modes. I use perl because it is installed on everything out of the box (Solaris, Red Hat, SUSE, and IRIX all of which I deal with). Python isn't on all those OS's by default (Solaris in particular), which means it might not be on all the systems I deal with. I'm not about to go and write code that I can't run universally on the systems I deal with.

Comment: Wrong diversity pools being measured... (Score 1) 265

by Fallen Kell (#47324839) Attached to: Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo
I love everyone complaining about diversity at the tech companies and comparing against the diversity of the general population. The problem is that is not the pool they can hire from. They can only hire from the pool of people graduating with degrees in things like computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or have great personal knowledge/experience in those fields. That is the diversity pool that they have to work from. I forget which company it was, but last year one company hired 50% of all the African American new graduates with a Phd in Computer Science in the entire country. They hired 1 person to do that...

Comment: Reason for fines as a % of net worth (Score 1) 150

Again, more reason for fines to be based as a % of net worth and not simply hard cap values. A fine of a year of the company's average income or 10% of their net worth will actually hurt a company and force it to pay heed to the laws. As it stands, these companies have saved more and thus made more by breaking the law than they will ever be hurt by fines....

Comment: Re:Serously? (Score 1) 398

by Fallen Kell (#47265153) Attached to: Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks
It obviously wasn't because Japan still balked at surrendering unconditionally. It wasn't until the second one exploded that they gave up, realizing that the US no longer had any intention of fighting in hand-to-hand combat against Japan's fanatical population and taking massive casualties, and instead was perfectly fine in just bombing them all off the face of the planet until they gave up...

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