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Comment Don't let people bully you away from a topic (Score 4, Insightful) 308

We should always reject and ignore demands/requests for consideration or special treatment of some topics in discussions that take in the general public. Maybe in the workplace it'd be good to avoid some topics, likewise at some special events, but otherwise talk and joke about whatever you want, and if someone must be ostracised it should be those trying to fence topics off rather than those who ignore the fences.

Comment Re: If you say your Christian, you are Christian.. (Score 1) 229

What does it mean to define something objectively?

Another model would be that for contested terms, different people will assign different boundaries to the terms, and so there will be disagreement as to who fits what model but each viewer rather than each subject chooses how to categorise things. Even though it leads to disagreements when the subjects are humans with their own views.

Comment Careful with distinctions here... (Score 5, Interesting) 786

There are some people who really are awful to women, and they're often (but not always) really awful to work with in other ways too. Finding ways to get them to either improve or get out is tricky because they exist in the same career ladders as people who want a decent place to work.

Then there's a subset of people opposing them who insist on overly narrow notions of how people should be allowed to act, talk, and think. They take it on themselves to police speech and behaviour far more than is reasonable or necessary. In their effort to deal with a legitimate problem, they become another kind of problem.

Making all this less clear is that the boundaries between these are unclear and they tend (but don't always) to line up with political views, and political witchhunts in the workplace (or broader society) are dangerous and ill-advised.

It's messy enough that it'd be tempting to just step back from the whole thing, but the stakes are too high for that. We neither should want to waste the potential of half our population (or other subsets of the population) nor should we create a work environment or society where most kinds of differing views on gender or jokes are curtailed. So navigating this is damned tough.

Comment It's a mission-driven org (Score 2) 325

It's not a social club, it's a mission-driven org. A lot of people are not suitable for participation, and they'll get weeded out. Others just have knowledge that's very common and don't want to do boring stuff. How many people does the project need? How many can it productively use? I don't think the answer is everyone on the planet.

Doesn't mean that some of the other criticisms are not also right.

Comment Re:Pittsburgh? (Score 1) 464

Agreed. Pittsburgh has really come around from what older generations remember it as; it once was a smoggy industrial town without much to recommend it. A tech boom that started in the late 90s has picked up a lot of steam recently (having great universities eventually pays off) and it's affordable, livable, and has good public transit while still being car friendly. I lived there from 2002 to 2011 and was very happy there.

(It does have bitterly cold winters and transit to other cities is lacking, but those are the only faults I see)

Submission + - PostgreSQL getting parallel query 1

iamvego writes: A major feature PostgreSQL users have requested for some time now is to have the query planner "parallelize" a query. Now, thanks to Robert Haas and Amit Kapila, this has now materialized in the 9.6 branch. Robert Haas writes in his blog entry that so far it only supports splitting up a sequential scan between multiple workers, but should hopefully be extended to work with multiple partitions before the final release, and much more beside in future releases.

Comment Re:Is a candidate who plans to resign really serio (Score 1) 239

I agree; I support Lessig and would support him for President if he were actually willing to do the job. I think he'd be able to do a lot of good on various issues.

I don't think his resignation pledge is compatible with taking him seriously; our nation deserves better than that. Our offices are not tools for stunts.

Comment Your team and how they work - most important (Score 1) 158

I'd focus on the people side - figure out what who you're going to get rid of, who you can work with, and build good habits of working well with them while you hold down the fort - feel out your first few changes to see what kinds of resistance you get from humans (and from technology). How that goes will give you a feel for the possibilities of larger change.

Comment Re:Time (Score 3, Informative) 370

If I had any mod points, you'd be being upvoted for this - time normalises everything, and whether someone is getting kudos or negative attention, eventually people forget, whether it's the teeming masses or troll groups. Plenty of us have been victims at least once, and it sucks (and can be scary) at the time, but it gets better.

Comment CIO/CTOs are hopefully technical (Score 1) 154

CIOs/CTOs are hopefully technical in a company that has these needs, and they'll also hopefully consult with their people for these kinds of questions. If they're not capable or willing to do both, the company has more pressing concerns than where to host its stuff.

(Plenty of tech companies have bad CIOs or CTOs).

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