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Comment Re:Not putting globalist propaganda all over the p (Score 1) 1829


It seems like people are ignoring the fact that overall women just don't want to do these things for a living and assume that it's a problem.

Who's reading things into situations?

I've worked with women in my field, I've got in-laws in my field that are female, they chose to do this sort of work and I don't see a problem with it. I like it.

Having at minimum one article a week calling it a problem is reading things into reality that just aren't there. Yes - having an occasional "why don't women want to work in STEM field?" article or "Here's why women shy away from STEM" is great - it belong on this site. At minimum one a week from a defacto position that it's a bad thing is doing exactly what you're accusing me of.

Comment Re:Not putting globalist propaganda all over the p (Score 1) 1829

Stuff like this, it opens up with a weasel words statement while not explicitly saying "men are bad" it is saying "men need to be displaced" or "men have no business dominating a professions that doesn't require massive amounts of safety gear and filth".

Is the lack of diversity an issue? The article without a doubt states that it is - so why are there no articles about the shortage of male daycare workers, or the lack of female sanitation workers?

I'm not going to say I don't like green M&M's, but we really need to up the count of brown, blue, red and yellow M&M's in a bag, everyone knows that green M&M's are over-represented.

Comment Re:Not putting globalist propaganda all over the p (Score 1) 1829

I'm a religious person - not in the stereotypical sense, but I'm a believer in a higher power, and I embrace science, no I don't think those are mutually exclusive.

Quite frankly I'm tired of both the anti-religious bigotry I see everywhere I go and I'm annoyed by religious holy than though religious assholes too. Having faith or not does not mean you have to be an ass-wipe.

Comment Not putting globalist propaganda all over the page (Score 2, Interesting) 1829

Slashdot used to be a technology site. Under Dice it became a collectivist yes-man only question what we tell you to question navel-gazing tool.

I personally grew tired of all the Gamer Gate articles exclusively from the "men are bad" side of things.

I got tired of all the "We already have accepted that climate change is 100% man-made now how do we convince the idiots" articles.

I got tired of the "You're all bad people because women chose to go into job fields other than technology" articles.

The Slashvertising I wasn't 100% against - I completely understand - the site needs to earn a little money to stick around, but come on, a lot of it was lame and much of it was sneaky by trying to pass itself off as an article.

Slashdot actually became anti-science during the Dice years since they actively discouraged doing what scientist do - questioning everything - by posting globalist slanted crap.

Of course I among others enjoyed calling them on it.

If you go back to what Slashdot did in just about any iteration before Dice you're doing a good thing.

Comment Unlike those pesky old Microfiche and Paper copies (Score 1) 41

these newer electronic versions of the archives are much simpler for the Ministry of Truth to manage. A minitrue employe, Mr. Winston Smith has stated that though his job maintaining the integrity of the archives has changed little it was much more satisfying to be able to verify his corrections are reaching the masses quicker and more thoroughly than in the past when it could take months for corrections to propagate, and there were less lose ends when no one was really sure if a copy went down a memory hole or not. Yes he assured us, these changes are double plus good and will do much to strengthen the party.

The Media

How To Build a TimesMachine ( 41

necro81 writes: The NY Times has an archive, the TimesMachine, that allows users to find any article from any issue from 1851 to the present day. Most of it is shown in the original typeset context of where an article appeared on a given page — like sifting through a microfiche archive. But when original newspaper scans are 100-MB TIFF files, how can this information be conveyed in an efficient manner to the end user? These are other computational challenges are described in this blog post on how the TimesMachine was realized.

Comment I was a messy, cluttery kid, (Score 1) 112

but I've grown up in to a nearly minimalist tidy adult.

Except for my desk. It stays a wreck.

When I was single and living alone my apartment was spotless - other than I would close the door to my office when people came over. I've always got tons of working on, to be worked on, not working on anymore, hardware, paperwork, etc.. Home and at work.

Comment Re:does this mean less propaganda? (Score 1) 1307

Interesting - I used to see that effect for Apple but it seems to have lessened.

Seriously about Apple, post something negative about Apple, someone clicks your name, looks for other posts in other unrelated articles, then bookmarks your profile so they can mod you down next time they have points.

I was starting to take Apple mod-downs as a badge of honor.

I've started noticing that Slashdot is employing the Facebook style "post shunning". Even browsing at -1 I don't see all the posts anymore, say something not in line with the globalist agenda and you get sidelined. If you click on a parent post you'll see the shunned replies, but otherwise they're vapor. I've set my Slashdot back to classic and there seems to be less of that but I'm still not sure I see it all.

I see for calls to change the mod system - as someone who's been abused by Apple Fanbois I disagree, meta-moderation was great and the system itself was genius. I just want it to go back, it was great, with enough Meta Moderation fanbois lose their bite.

Comment Re:Not that crap again (Score 3, Informative) 256

HTML forms are a bad idea for proposal submission.

I've written quite a few grant submission systems (I have a grant cycle running right now, with a deadline of this Friday...yay...). It's a pretty standard deal- web based system that allows for a fair amount of meta data (PIs, co-operators, institutions, name of grant, funding request, etc.). These of course are all part of the HTML forms.

BUT- the proposals themselves- the 2-20 page document where they explain the project- is always a complete mish-mash of stuff that could never go into an HTML form. Formulas, images, etc. Tons of formatting. And typically it is a document that has been shared/edited with other researchers. I ran one system about 15 years ago that was HTML only, and the number of projects that had 8 different PIs, who all wanted edit rights at the same time was way too high. This was pre-Google Wave, and the idea of 8 people simultaneously editing the same text on the web was insane it is now.

Plus, the way that researchers/PIs handle these submissions is to turn everything in at the last possible minute. Any complication on the receiving system will just cause you to get your ass chewed out in the hallway at the next big conference.

I absolutely, 100% never ever want to hear someone say, "I tried to submit my proposal, I typed everything in, then there was an error." Because really, these people will open the page, then sit on it for 3 days as they dink around. When they finally hit 'submit' they're surprised that there was an error. Yes, there are technical ways to mitigate this problem...and the very best way is to have the applicants submit documents.

But, in the case of this article...I usually provide support for these systems. I've been doing this for about 20 years, so I'm fairly good at it. And the absolute quickest way to provide support to someone having problems is to say, "Just email me the document, and I'll submit it for you." 90% of the time I get an email that says, "I figured it out...thanks for your help." 8% of the time people say, "I tried to email the document, but it file was corrupt, so I re-saved it and then submitted...thanks for your help." The last 2% send me the file, I convert it if necessary, and we move on. (that's 2% of the problems, not 2% of the submissions)

There is no reason for me to make a 100% bullet-proof, all-inclusive system that will handle every single different scenario perfectly. It would take too much time. For the very small number of people with a problem, I just do it the old fashioned way. So if somebody told me, "I'm on Linux, and I can't convert my file to PDF, and I don't want to use one of the billion on-line PDF conversion tools, why is the government supporting Adobe and Microsoft!!!, blah blah blah" I just tell them to send me the file. In about 3 minutes I'm done and they are happy. Once upon a time I even hired temps to do this work- but these cases are really about .5% of submissions, and it just isn't worth it.

The article wasn't about the practical aspects of using PDF, it was about the (crap, can't think of the word...) aspect, where someone got their panties in a bunch because the government doesn't facilitate their worst-case-scenario approach to proposal submission.

Source: Been doing this for 20 years for the gub'ment. Yes, there is a guy like me behind most of those systems. See the part of the submission site that says, "For technical assistance...". Yeah, call me or send me an email and I'll take care of it for you. That's why they pay me, and good service is how I make the system look good.

***On the other hand, when you send an email to me, my boss, the funding organization and the overarching agency describing how the system does not function properly, and you were not able to submit your proposal...yes, I will send back a very detailed screenshot laden email pointing out step by step how you failed, and probably send the logs showing that you logged on one time 3 hours before the submission deadline. Goddam I hate it when people blame their failings on the system.

Comment As someone who's been around a sociopath (Score 1) 303

I realize there's a very big gap in this explanation:


Until you've been around someone that will continue to lie when the proof is presented, discredit the authenticity of the truth, and is in a position of power (as government actors often are) with people backing them you've never experienced the logic shattering reality that can exist when people operate under obvious falsehoods while the truth is staring them in the face.

Having been around a sociopath for an extended period of time I've learned to spot the traits in action. Some of these conspiracies in the headline mimic those traits. Climate science has been "exposed" as a fraud from the start, but those pushing it are in a position of power and they hire yes-men to produce studies that back their claims.

Rather it's real or not it follows the M.O. of a sociopath.

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