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Comment: Re:Do they ever follow up? (Score 4, Insightful) 283 283

in at least some cases the cost of following up is greater than the amount saved by booting those that abuse the system. see: drug testing for welfare recipients

so, is the money actually what's important to you? or are you just a hardass that can't stand to see someone get something for free on principle?

Comment: Re:yes obviously you are right (Score 1) 160 160

by Ionized (#49331365) Attached to: Energy Company Trials Computer Servers To Heat Homes

so here's the cool thing about heat. creating heat is one of the few things that we can actually do with amazing efficiency, nearly 100% in fact.

so i'm not sure what you think thermodynamics has to do with this, but even a 7th grader could tell you that running a computer is actually a very effective and efficient way to generate heat from electricity.

now, when sending servers out to a bunch of different locations and keeping track of them, i would say that a logistics manager is pretty darn useful. here's the definition, in case you aren't clear:

when it comes to creating a distributed system of servers that handle programming tasks and then report their findings back to a central source, i'd probably want a hot-dog vendor to plan that out for me. wait, no, i'd want a programmer, that's right.

what are your qualifications, oh anonymous coward?

Comment: yes obviously you are right (Score 5, Informative) 160 160

by Ionized (#49330443) Attached to: Energy Company Trials Computer Servers To Heat Homes

clearly you are an expert in this field and have done all the necessary research to determine whether this could be pursued in a trial rollout.

unfortunately, the project is not being run by experts such as yourself, it is being run by random dudes that just troll the internet posting drivel in comment threads. they are doomed!

Comment: Re:discussion (Score 1) 522 522

by Ionized (#49329837) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

sure, i'll play along, even though you already know the answer to your own question.

I don't think anyone would argue that men and women are physically equivalent. men are, on average, bigger and stronger. so men and women have different leagues.

so that's your argument - programming is analogous to sports, that women are inferior coders? because their brains aren't as strong as men's brains?

Comment: Re:discussion (Score 1) 522 522

by Ionized (#49329553) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

It's a terrible metric. The test would pass if a female developer wrote a simple function and other female developer called it somewhere else. The function need not even do anything at all or be in anyway important to the project. The simple function and the call to it may be the only code contributed to the project by those individuals.

Do we get to feel good about our project and pat ourselves on the back for being progressive after passing this test even though it's utterly meaningless?

no, you should feel like an asshat for trying to game the system, and missing the entire fucking point. it's not a test in the sense of, 'oh you passed the test, move on to round two'. it's more of a tool for self-reflection. it's a way to see if your company/project/whatever is anywhere near gender equality.

Any industry which does not appeal to ~half of its prospective workers might want to spend a bit of time trying to figure out why, instead of getting all defensive and blaming everyone and everything else for the issue.

Why? The logging industry isn't likely losing any sleep over the lack of female lumberjacks and I doubt the child daycare industry cares one iota about the lack of male workers. No one seems to be jumping on their backs about any kind of sex-based disparity and trying to shove inane tests like the above down everyone's throat is going to do more harm than good because it just serves to alienate people.

neither the logging industry nor the child care industry are particularly prestigious, well-paying, or difficult to break into. aka, nobody cares about those fields, they just aren't important enough to worry about, when there are more important conversations to be having.

Comment: Re:I just don't care (Score 1, Insightful) 232 232

by Ionized (#49303623) Attached to: FTC: Google Altered Search Results For Profit

except that robbing banks is a crime, while ordering your search results however you like is not.

they made the product, they can decide how it functions. if they want to put google products first, that's their right. if you don't like it, use bing.

btw, i imagine that if you search on bing you will find MSDN, MSNBC, etc tends to dominate the rankings for their respective categories.

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."