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Comment: Re:But why? (Score 1) 453

by Rinikusu (#49570997) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

At the very least, make it a survey course prior to selecting your major. I remember my first EE class (sorta). We basically discussed what EE was, where it was going, who the major players in EE were in terms of physics, mathematics, etc. All sorta dry and uninteresting until we got to the "applications" part. Our EE professor worked on optics research being used on the AH64 Apache and the like and since we had just started bombing/blowing shit up in Iraq, he showed us what his team was working on, etc. Yes yes, horrible stuff, blowing up people, but to my 18 year old mind it was absolutely amazing. "This.. THIS is what I can do with an EE degree!" I imagine there were a lot of peaceniks who were not so enthused. Now, imagine a similar class, but instead of showing us the wonders of war and destruction (or .com billionaires), show how a simple engineering solution eradicates worms in Africa, how to make potable water for villages in need of water (like Los Angeles, apparently). I can see most guys shrugging but women becoming interested in these issues. How about that? You've basically just added a single class that can contextualize the next 4-8 years of what an engineering degree leads to that appeals to women and gets them into the field. That's a win in my book.

I also remember how devoid of women the math and engineering departments were in college. Anything to get that number up without having to resort to taking Sociology is a win for your potential dating pool.

Comment: Re:Damn... (Score 1) 488

by cold fjord (#49570493) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

That wasn't a statement from a "historian" but from the former head of the Mormon church. Your facts aren't in order yet again. You're trying to hide behind a fig leaf instead of acknowledge that the LDS faith has banned polygamy for a very long time, and you can't admit that you are wrong.

Its kind of amusing that you think wikipedia.org would be more relevant on this issue than mormon.org.

Have you thought about contacting the Mormon church to inform it how wrong it is on its position banning polygamy? Maybe if you quote Wikipedia you'll convince them.

Comment: Re:But why? (Score 1) 453

by argStyopa (#49569571) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

I think the OP was commenting more about the begged question in the title "how to increase the number of female engineers" - implying that there is some societo-/cultural-/mystical- NEED for more women to be engineers.

My question is that since dwarfism (specifically Diastrophic dysplasia) is believed to occur in about 1 in every 35,000 births, and there are approximately 3.5 million scientists and engineers, are there 100 dwarf engineers? If not, why don't we have more programs to get dwarfs in engineering?

Comment: Re:And still we don't learn (Score 1) 80

by Martin Blank (#49568977) Attached to: New Zero Day Disclosed In WordPress Core Engine

This is all true, but people are more likely to go with what's available (generally meaning pre-made themes) or what developers work on most often (meaning the major platforms). Finding hosting that offers alternatives to PHP may also not be the easiest thing, especially if you don't know about PHP's history.

None of this is insurmountable with knowledge and/or research, but it's a larger hill than that of PHP, so the tendency will be for people to go the easier route.

Comment: Re:And still we don't learn (Score 1) 80

by Martin Blank (#49568951) Attached to: New Zero Day Disclosed In WordPress Core Engine

I tinkered with Drupal, but the philosophy behind Joomla to abstract as much of the code as possible was appealing, and this was right after the SQL injection vulnerability discovered in October, so my trust of their code was lacking. Maybe Drupal would be better than Joomla on a daily basis, but at the time, it just had too much going against it.

Comment: Re:GPS (Score 1) 79

by DigiShaman (#49568037) Attached to: A Cheap, Ubiquitous Earthquake Warning System

Battery drain would be a huge issue depending on frequency and time the results collected and uploaded. Though starting with the iPhone5s, the M7 was introduced which is a dedicated co-processor specifically for monitoring and processing accelerometer based data. So, that should help. And being in California, one can assume the quick adoption of iPhone tech into the public upon release. It is silicon valley after all. Anyways, a phone laying flat on a table or desk should be helpful, though filtering out the SNR could be more troublesome with people causing the vibrations on said table in the first place.

BTW, those sensors are pretty sensitive. Check out an app called SensorKinetics and see for yourself what they're capable. I was rather amazed myself.

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