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Comment: Re:Corollary: It's difficult to be "clever" in Jav (Score 1) 396

by Kartu (#49745803) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

Now you can basically officially do your own pre-compilation (check -processor option on javac) if you so wish.

Tons of XML weren't really caused by Java's problems (do you actually remember what was put in them??), more of a fashion thing, now mostly replaced with annotations / cleverly chosen defaults.

Most stuff you were doing with monstrous (my personal opinion) frameworks like Spring are part of the standard Java for quite a while (since 2009).

Comment: I call BS (Score 1) 425

by Kartu (#49623893) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

Over nearly 2 decades I work in IT, in most teams I worked with SOME of the guys could do more than 3-5 others together.
Also it had little to do with experience, some guys were just damn good, right out of the university.

I've also seen plenty of very experienced, yet very poor coders.

So no, not just skills you can just learn.

Comment: AI has great chances (Score 1) 89

Poker games take time (hours), people grow tired, computers don't.
People struggle at memorizing chances, taking shortcuts, computers have exact picture talking into account every single bit.

All one needs is behavior that is random enough, for human players not to guess if computer is bluffing.

Then, of course, there is luck factor, so results will fluctuate quite a bit.

Comment: Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1) 599

There is a huge difference between men and women in general.
The article you've linked merely covers intelligence (which is only PART of what people are).
And even there you have missed an elephant in the room:

"...The differences in average IQ between men and women are small in magnitude and inconsistent in direction, although the variability of male scores has been found to be greater than that of females, resulting in more males than females in the top and bottom of the IQ distribution..."

and I don't quite get why did you even link that:

"...There are however differences in the capacity of males and females in performing certain tasks, such as rotation of object in space, often categorized as spatial ability. Other traditionally male advantages, such as in the field of mathematics, are not so clear-cut..."

Yay, we are not different... Somehow...

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 662

by Kartu (#49366449) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Uh, no, McDonald's had NOT "served coffee at a temperature above their own published standards".
It was within their (and national coffee association's),standards and in fact McDonalds continues to serve coffee at 80–90 C (176–194 F).
Coffee served to Liebeck was within 80–190 F (82–88 C).

Comment: Re:Define "Threatened" and "Unwelcome" (Score 1) 765

by Kartu (#49318185) Attached to: A Software Project Full of "Male Anatomy" Jokes Causes Controversy

What kind of "media"?
They are not exposed to TV.
They don't read newspapers.
Boy isn't in kindergarten yet, neither was his sister at his age.
On the street ads, most of the time they see nude females on bikes driving through the river and a big bottle beside them. (never figured how they were related, maybe if you drink much of that, you'll start to see nude women driving through a river)

When we (parents) are watching Hollywood movies with massive battle screens, my wife is in "OMG what on earth are they doing it" mode. "Why are those guys on the ladder climbing, it's guaranteed death...". I never wondered about that. It should be, probably because someone at the kindergarten showed me pics of men slaughtering each other, explaining, that's the way to go. I don't recall that, but there must be something like that, cause even though volumes of hormones in our bodies are so different,we should still think the same, right?

Comment: Re:Define "Threatened" and "Unwelcome" (Score 4, Insightful) 765

by Kartu (#49314877) Attached to: A Software Project Full of "Male Anatomy" Jokes Causes Controversy

Look. Regarding that "forcefully discouraged" thing I keep hearing.
I have two kids, a girl and a boy.
The boy is younger.
Most toys he got earlier were his sister's.
And, mind you, I bought a lot of "boy" toys for my daughter (actually the first toys she got were "boy" toys, because "why on earth would we force "girly" stuff on hear" I said, but she got full range of em).
So lot's of cars and other machinery.
She played with cars now and then.

But my boy is simply obsessed with them. He has piles of toys to choose from, all kinds of them, but "Car" was one of the first words he learned.

I'm pretty sure out there somewhere someone is explaining that women are underrepresented in auto sports, cause, you know, "they are forcefully discouraged".

Here is, what I want to tell you: just STFU, ok? Cause MEN AND WOMEN ARE simply DIFFERENT!!. Nobody bans any sex from anything, but some disparity in some areas is more than natural.

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