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Comment Re:Diversity gap is irrelevant (Score 1) 173

That is one advantage, yes. If one is perceived to have earned their position through hard work/talent then one is more likely to continue to advance because they will be considered for future promotions/opportunities. If one is perceived to have gotten their position as a handout, then one is less likely to advance further because they will be less likely to be considered for future promotions/opportunities.

Another disadvantage of being perceived to have gotten a position through affirmative action is that it's really easy to internalize those perceptions which will further hinder performance. Everyone has experienced impostor syndrome or feelings that they are in over their head even when they are absolutely capable and doing a great job, but when those feelings are being reinforced by others attributing success to handouts rather than ability, or that any good work they do is luck (or due to someone else helping), it's a very difficult thing to dismiss that.

Personally, I loathe affirmative action because it leads to exactly this kind of bullshit. There are better solutions to the inequality caused by systemic prejudice than affirmative action, and it would be a good thing to find them.

Comment Re:Diversity gap is irrelevant (Score 1) 173

While I agree that poverty should be a factor in these kinds of programs, there is still the difference that it's very unlikely that a poor white male from Appalachia who does manage to get into a desirable position probably is going to be told that it's due to affirmative action instead of his natural abilities.

Basically, it sucks to be poor, but being white is still an advantage. Rather be poor and white any day over being poor and black, no question what-so-ever.

Comment Re:No "morally acceptable" sites? (Score 1) 705

There are numerous studies in which a majority of people admit to cheating on their spouses or partners. When I say "a majority" I mean, in some studies, the rate of people admitting to infidelity (both genders) was around 70%.

(Just google "percentage of people who cheat on their spouse" and you'll get what I found)

Take into account that some people would never admit to it, even if promised absolute privacy and the rates are likely higher.

Is something still traditional if most people don't actually abide by that tradition? Or maybe the tradition is to claim you're faithful but then cheat and feel like shit about it? Humans are pretty weird.

Comment Re:use this one neat trick (Score 3, Insightful) 365

Pretty much exactly that.

In my experience, people learning a little bit about programming tend to also learn to respect the fact that there's a ton of stuff they don't know. Yeah, I've run into some who think a single run through of some "Learn X in 24 Hours" book makes them a developer, but they're the minority.

What's really valuable about "everyone" being exposed to programming is that it helps them learn to think about problem solving in a usually different way. Where I work, we had our entire product management team go through a week long programming bootcamp and it's been AMAZING in improving the quality of the specs they write. They aren't under the impression that they're developers but they definitely have a better appreciation for what we do.

And, we developers went through a product bootcamp as well so that we had a better understanding of what they do and more insight into what is driving some of the things they ask for.

More knowledge and understanding is very rarely a bad thing.

Comment Re:My family learned the hard way about licenses (Score 1) 193

Turned out that the man hadn't bothered to do much to update his knowledge of his specialty in about 15-20 years.

This is what board certification is for. State licensing boards usually have some requirements for staying up to date, but they really just guarantee that the person went to med school and hasn't had their license revoked. The specialty boards are much more comprehensive. Being board certified is formally optional, imperfect, and hotly debated among doctors - but I would hesitate a lot before going to a doctor who didn't maintain certification. Did they check if the doctor was board certified?

Several surgeries later, the relative ended up going to a major regional university's affiliated hospital.

Always get a second opinion before any surgery. Or any major medical decision. Ideally, get two opinions and then run them by a third party, like a primary care doctor. Always. If you're talking about wanting competition, this is basic stuff. Why did they not go to the regional university up front?

We say "imagine how much harder he'd have worked if he had more competition." ... Toughen up the liability laws...

How does making it easier to sue him give him more competition? More importantly, how does making it easier to sue him prevent the harm that was done to your relative? You're arguing for more regulation, not less.


Microsoft Uses US Women's Soccer Team To Explain Why It Doesn't Hire More Women 212

theodp writes: "It is not surprising that the U.S. women have been dominant in the sport [of soccer] in recent years. The explanation for that success lies in the talent pipeline," writes General Manager of Citizenship & Public Affairs Lori Forte Harnick on The Official Microsoft Blog. "Said another way, many girls in the U.S. have the opportunity to learn how to play soccer and, as a result, they benefit from the teamwork, skill development and fun involved. That's the kind of opportunity I would like to see develop for the technology sector, which presents a different, yet perhaps even more significant, set of opportunities for girls and young women. Unfortunately, the strength in the talent pipeline that we see in female soccer today is not the reality for technology. The U.S. is facing a shortage of Computer Science (CS) graduates. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, every year there are close to 140,000 jobs requiring a CS degree, but only 40,000 U.S. college graduates major in CS, which means that 100,000 positions go unfilled by domestic talent." Going with the soccer analogy, one thing FIFA realized that Microsoft didn't is that if you want girls to play your sport, you don't take away their ball!

Comment Re:Infinity (Score 1) 1067

I mentioned the +/- zero thing in another comment elsewhere in this tree, actually! So we're all on board there.

It's not really that signless infinity is a contender for 'consensus' inasmuch as number systems which use signless infinity have utilities different from systems that have signed infinities, just like integer math continues to exist despite the 'improvements' of fractions and decimals.

Comment Re:Exceptions in Python list comprehensions (Score 1) 1067

Same reply: Python is not fully functional, and so list constructors like that cannot be counted upon to work elegantly in all situations. This is a completely normal thing common to basically every imperative language, and it's just something you have to accept—and write a special-purpose function for.

Comment Re:Exceptions in a map function (Score 1) 1067

I think that just means you're a zealot of functional programming; your expectations are wrong. If the language isn't fully functional in nature, don't expect key patterns like map() to work elegantly. They're hacks at best and not really part of the core language design; this is excellent proof of that.

Comment Re:Infinity (Score 1) 1067

You're just validating your own arbitrary decision to use that integer set. IEEE 754 defines positive and negative infinity separately. (However, if you look at the other comments below this one, you'll see that I argued for exactly this, reassigning the largest negative value to NaN in a signed integer format—but only for select situations.)

The test of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Aldo Leopold