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Comment ... v racism (Score 4, Insightful) 634

Thank you for that observation. Apparently racism does not exist as well. Just read the comments on any diversity article. Almost every top rated comment proclaiming racial bias does not exist in tech. And you are a SJW for saying so.

The difference is that ageism does affect many Slashdot readers. Sexist and racism apparently not so much.

Comment Re:Blacks make 4% of CS grads from top colleges... (Score 1) 398

No one's trying to mislead you. The percentages stay the same for new hires. Many SV firms release their new hire data every year and blacks make 1% and hispanics roughly 2-3%. Source: Annual Diversity Reports from Yahoo/Google/Microsoft/Facebook. These reports are not too hard to find if you really care to look.

Comment Assumption minorities are not top school graduates (Score 1) 398

There is a running and incorrect assumption ( bias ) in Slashdot discussions that minorities are not graduating from top US universities. This isn't true, as Blacks make up 4.5% of top university graduates, and hispanics make 6.5%. A combined 11% of CS/CE graduates from top US schools. But they end up with 3% of the jobs in many of the top firms.

Comment Statistics are not that hard to find... (Score 1) 398

But last year, 4.5% of all new recipients of bachelor's degrees in computer science or computer engineering from prestigious research universities were African American, and 6.5% were Hispanic, according to data from the Computing Research Association.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/10/12/silicon-valley-diversity-tech-hiring-computer-science-graduates-african-american-hispanic/14684211/

If you want measurements you don't have to go very far.

Comment Supply side and demand side issues (Score 1) 398

Blacks and hispanics make 4.5 and 6.5% of the CS graduates from TOP US universities. But they make 1 and 2% of employees. So it's really not just a supply-side issues as you mention. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/10/12/silicon-valley-diversity-tech-hiring-computer-science-graduates-african-american-hispanic/14684211/

Comment Proof?... (Score 1) 398

Are they turning them out at the same level though? Big universities discriminate like crazy, and will let weaker candidates in their pipelines in computer science if they're female or black much more easily. Some of them will do fine, but a lot will only barely squeeze through, because they were not really qualified in the first place.

Do you have any proof to back that up? Citations? Recent published accounts? Or are we suppose to believe your racist banter as is.

Many of us went to top universities. Did you notice a conspiracy by professors to give minority students passing grades? Even anecdotal evidence would be something. It's like you're not evening trying.

But last year, 4.5% of all new recipients of bachelor's degrees in computer science or computer engineering from prestigious research universities were African American, and 6.5% were Hispanic, according to data from the Computing Research Association.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/10/12/silicon-valley-diversity-tech-hiring-computer-science-graduates-african-american-hispanic/14684211/

Comment Federal fraud (Score 1) 398

the black guy lets them use his identity as principal to make it a "minority" business.

That's explicitly illegal and considered a major fraud ( depending on the contract ).

A minority business by law has to be majority owned and managed by the minority group it claims be.

You, your wife and the rest of your associates can all do time for this.

Comment FUD (Score 2, Informative) 398

However, if they hire an incompetent who is a member of one of the "disadvantaged" groups, firing them is potentially a legal nightmare.

This is patently untrue. The Blacks and Hispanics combined make 3% of the tech workforce, but do make over 30% of the remainder. If it were that much of a chore to fire minorities wouldn't the issue present itself in lower paying jobs as well?

There is no evidence to support that it is hard to fire minority employees. Please do not make things up.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 398

Diversity is not an issue, the ONLY thing they should care is competence.

And what happens when competent minority kids never get the chance to show this because of social issues that exists decades before they were born?

The situation is clearly not that simple. People have biases.

Job seekers with black sounding names get interviewed less. Black job seekers with photos get interviewed less.

The other, however, suggests a black-sounding name remains an impediment to getting a job. After responding to 1,300 classified ads with dummy resumes, the authors found black-sounding names were 50 percent less likely to get a callback than white-sounding names with comparable resumes.

Comment Newsworthy because it comes with Linux Preinstall (Score 1) 133

Who approved this "article"?

This is great news for many of us who run Linux desktops. As this is one of the 2 laptops Dell delivers preinstalled with Linux in the dell.com/ubuntu program.

About 4 months ago I got an XPS 15, with almost identical specs ( 256 SSD, 16GB Ram, 4-Core i7 CPU, etc. ). But I had to void my warranty minutes after I opened the box to replace Windows with Ubuntu, so I'm basically on my own support-wise after spending north of $2K.

This laptop would have been perfect for someone like myself and hope its Linux configuration makes enough sales so that it's still around when I need a new computer 2-3 years from now.

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