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Comment: How do these articles get published? (Score 1, Troll) 296

This guy comes across as an archetypical `mangina', bleating and fawning over "women's causes" in the desperate hope that one of them would give him a pity fuck. Why on earth are we giving this bilge coverage on Slashdot?

I don't even know where to begin addressing the pseudo-feminist assertions and hypocrisies in this article:

1. I've already got mine, Jack, from Microsoft of all places. I've retired from tech life and am now looking for a way to remain relevant to the world.

2. Amazon's offices are sparsely furnished. Patriarchy!!!!

3. The new buildings are mostly occupied by men! Oh the humanity!!

4. Amazon's workforce is 75% men! There are so many women with Women's studies degrees who can do as good a job of developing cloud infrastructure if it wasn't for all the discrimination. (Ladies, I am a really nice guy, so if you want someone who is not like these younger competitors...)

5. Seattle is White! And getting whiter! Of course, the throngs of Indians who occupy the Amazon & MSFT offices are invisible to me, they are just cyber-coolies after all.

6. The poor ladies of Seattle can't find a date because the men that Amazon hires are of such low quality!!! (Refer to my comment earlier about my availability to pick up the slack...)

Comment: Re:Damn... (Score 1) 494

by Magnus Pym (#49555777) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead
Pakistan exists because of the machinations of the British & nothing else. It is the standard "sting in the tail" that the British employed when they had to give up a colony... sow dissent and divide the populace as much as possible so that they would focus on tearing each other apart instead of trying to unite against their former masters and to demand justice and reparations for the 2 centuries of economic stagnation & outright theft.

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 892

This may be true in the third world, but is absolutely not the case in the west and an absurd proposition in the United States. Have you ever had to associate with teenage girls in the US? A more aggressive, foul-mouthed, in-for-the-money attitude is hard to find even in the most hard-charging of CEOs. Utterly casual attitude to sex, language that would make a sailor blush. And we are talking upper middle class. These are the ones who get jobs in their twenties and suddenly turn into 1800-style wilting violets, claiming `harassment' because a colleague made a dick joke. I think the whole `oh women are dainty, easily discouraged special snowflakes' meme is just a facade that the female sex adopts for competitive advantage. After all, sex & guilt are the two tools women have used to gain power in society for tens of thousands of years.

Comment: Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 2) 442

Absolutely this. I have friends who moved from the valley to the South/Midwest areas and are either unhappy or have moved back. The thing is this: even though you, as a professional working for a corp can avoid the fanatics and bible thumpers without too much effort. Your kids don't have that luxury. In school, they are surrounded by roving bands of teenage proselytizers, or kids whose attitude towards the world have been so shaped by their hard-right parents. If they are not white & the right kind of Christian, they are relentlessly harassed, bullied and taunted... and there is no escape.

The daughter of an Indian colleague of mine who relocated to RTP, North Caroliana would come back in tears every day; she was Hindu and accused of being a `rat-worshipper'. The school did absolutely nothing about this. Discussions of other religions in history class were colored with the viewpoint 'how can we make these heathen see the light?' She ultimately tried to commit suicide & that motivated her parents to GTFO and move back to India.

I wonder at the parents from non-traditional faiths & backgrounds who have (for whatever reason) made homes in edeep South. They must be either uniquely clueless, or resorting to extreme levels of self-delusion about what their kids are going through.

Comment: Re:There is one effect TFA omits ... (Score 1) 349

This is very interesting, I never knew this. I thought she had graduated from Princeton with a degree in EECS. If she was a lawyer, it is interesting to understand why Kleiner hired her in the first place. She was not hired as a lawyer, but as an entrepreneur.

The one other thing that boggles my mind is why the following obvious consideration has not been widely debated. To put it charitably, no-one would mistake Ellen Pao for a movie star or underwear model. She is a decidedly un-attractive woman whose brittle edge is obvious even in video snippets. How likely it is that men who have such a lot to lose would risk everything to have an affair with her? We are not talking about junior programmers, but guys with serious money and hardnosed business skills. The whole thing is completely bogus, and I am glad that the jury saw through her.

Comment: Re:Reminds of of something at a past job (Score 1) 765

OK, you should blame me for this, not the guy since I am quoting from the memory of years back. It is quite possible that he had done this the right way. The point of my comment were the names of the variables, not the implementation thereof. Jeez, I did not expect a code review here. Anyway, since the guy's implementation stood the test of time and earned the company several 10s of millions of dollars in sales, you have to assume that he knew what he was doing.

Comment: Reminds of of something at a past job (Score 1) 765

Worked for a company several years ago, where the lead programmer in a project (a superstar by all accounts and someone who was responsible for pretty much 25% of the company's codebase) was discovered to have used non-PC names for all his local variables. They were surprisingly apt, and hilarious, but definitely questionable in the current political environment.

For example, he would have code like this to represent the most significant and least significant words of a 32-byte unsigned int:

hungLo = word & 0xFFFF;

hungHi = (word & 0xFFFF0000) >> 16;

wellHungLo = word & 0xFF;

The problems started happening when the company grew and and some women were added to the team and took over the responsibility for the code; you can imagine the sort of complaints we got; ultimately we had to have a semi-major release whose only purpose was to sanitize the codebase.

Comment: Re:Intel chip better than Qualcomm? (Score 4, Informative) 77

by Magnus Pym (#49262331) Attached to: Intel Will Reportedly Land Apple As a Modem Chip Customer

This. The modem performance of the latest Qualcomm chips are pretty close to channel capacity and at least 3dB better than the best from either Intel's or MediaTeks according to reports I've seen. That means roughtly that the modem part of the phone spends double the energy to attain the same speeds, and under power-limited conditions would provide far less throughput.

It is pretty difficult to get perfect performance out of a cell modem, the underlying theory is pretty complex, and translating these complex algorithms into a practical working implementation is incredibly difficult. Neither Intel nor Mediatek know how to close the gap. Qualcomm is probably the only company in the world that has the knowhow and brainpower to do this.

But here is the thing: there was a time before the advent of the iPhone when consumers actually cared about the quality of the modem or underlying wireless technology. They don't any more. Or at least, not enough to vote with their wallets and do anything that the phone-makers care about. No-one who likes the iPhone will ever switch away to Samsung or similar because the cell modem is better... especially since they are on Wifi more than 50% of the time.

This is why Mediatek has become a unbelievable success in Asia and now biting into Qualcomm's profit at the high end. This is also why Intel (after struggling to make a viable cell modem for years and years) is finally getting a shot at the big time. And this spells really bad news for Qualcomm... another case of the market picking a demonstrably inferior product.

Comment: Re:FWIW don't download K-lite_Codec_Pack-10.9.5 (Score 1) 85

by Magnus Pym (#49150133) Attached to: VLC Gets First Major Cross-Platform Release

-> Chances are if VLC won't play it, the video is corrupt.

I'm sorry, but this is not the case; there are numerous formats that VLC does not support well, which other open source media players handle just fine. For example, mplayer supports real formats reasonably well. VLC has only partial support. VLC does not work well with files that have been spliced/joined with ffmpeg (stuttering, pausing, time-jumping). Mplayer works fine.

I'm a big fan of VLC, but saying that it is perfect helps nobody.

Comment: How do we know this is not parallel construction? (Score 4, Insightful) 129

by Magnus Pym (#49021669) Attached to: The Technologies That Betrayed Silk Road's Anonymity
This seems like a perfect use of parallel construction: figure out who he is by using illegal/secret technologies, and develop a plausible narrative of how legal methods were actually used. Maybe we are jumping too quickly to the "He was stupid" conclusion.

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