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Comment: Re:All the movies had women in business (Score 1) 472

by Gr8Apes (#48199613) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

If you want to frame coding as a social activity, you need to emphasize "collaborative problem-solving" and downplay the "lone hacker" stereotype.

Egads, you're suggesting you cut programming productivity by 80% or more. If programming were burger flipping, that might work, but it's not, or at least not where I work.

Comment: Re:How does it secure against spoofing? (Score 1) 107

by Gr8Apes (#48199345) Attached to: Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options
I'm not sure what SCOTUS decision or case you're referring to. That aside, the next Android being encrypted was an obvious response to Apple's encryption announcement, a "me too" thing. The 2FA dongle tied into Chrome seems like a nice way to almost guarantee that a specific user is browsing the web at that time.

Comment: Re:Oh yeah. :) (Score 1) 366

by Gr8Apes (#48186093) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

I just loaded Yosemite on an old mini and a new laptop. One was an update from 10.6, the other 10.9. I will say that the interface is flat, and somewhat less pretty IMHO than 10.9. The retina screen makes the new UI look ok, but I think I still like the 10.9 UI more. I'll give it a couple of weeks to see whether I'll roll back.

FWIW, 10.6 was extremely solid, and the switch to Grand Central in 10.7 resulted in significant instability which seems to be fixed in 10.9. 10.8 was still problematic, IMNSHO, and had several instabilities. 10.9 seems to have resolved most of the instabilities, but to be honest, I've not exercised it as heavily as 10.8 nor 10.6 so that impression is just that, an impression. 10.10 has been stable so far, although the mini still seems to have some USB issues, but those were evident on 10.6 as well, so it may just be time to update the keyboard/mouse.

Finally, on the new MP - I actually like the looks of the cylinder. The expandable disk subsystem can be sitting on the floor or in another room. I don't own one. Now where I think Apple screwed its customers is with the new Mac Mini. That thing is a travesty of a release. At least everything else that got "updated" was actually updated to something faster, more powerful, or more capable. The new mini is none of that. It's less in every way, less powerful, less capable, less expandable, just less. If you were waiting on the new mini expecting bumps in anything, you got lucky if you could get some of the last "old" minis. The top end CPUs are completely sold out everywhere. Sadly, that may be the last of a decent little server box you'll ever see from Apple unless they bring back at least quads, I was hoping for hexcores personally.

Comment: Re:Engineers have no future. (Score 1) 148

by Gr8Apes (#48177373) Attached to: Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

But you also need experts in defining what routines need to be coded and how they are supposed to interact to achieve big picture goals, and you need creative people to define what big picture goals should be and decide which are most worth pursuing. Those people are hard to develop and hard to replace.

They get even harder to develop and replace when no one wants to invest in the development of such people. They generally don't just pop in fresh from a 4 year program.

Comment: Re:Public safety is not the issue (Score 1) 281

by Gr8Apes (#48164447) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

One can't consider that when discussing the rights of man. After we decide what our rights should be, then we can have whatever policing that fits within that.

I'm pretty sure we already considered what the rights of man are, as we only gave limited powers to the federal government via this document, the Constitution. Regulating encryption is not in the list, therefore it is reserved for the state or us.

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James