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Comment: Term that applies to this article: GIGO (Score 1) 341

by operagost (#48199423) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

These early personal computers weren't much more than toys. You could play pong or simple shooting games, maybe do some word processing. And these toys were marketed almost entirely to men and boys.

Wow, not only is this wrong, it's stupid. Home computers were aimed at FAMILIES, especially Commodores. Apples were ubiquitous in education, and I don't remember girls being asked to leave the room while the boys hacked on BASIC and LOGO. Were there male-oriented ads? Yes, but I don't remember any unless you count Shatner's-- and that would be only if you were some ironic sexist who thought Star Trek wasn't for girls. The author provides a biased sample by digging up two that happened to feature boys in them-- and they still have girls present. If I felt like slogging on YouTube for an hour, I could probably find ten that had girls and women prominently involved.

Comment: Re:I don't understand (Score 1) 48

by smitty_one_each (#48199077) Attached to: It's Official: Joe Biden's Son is a GOP Candidate
Oh, come on: I totally qualified that remark with uncertainty. You really have to go right to impinging my integrity? Sad.
"(of course I realize you still don't believe I never vote for him)" I take everyone at face value with regard to who they say they vote for, or not.

You're actually carrying the persecution complex your heard about on FOX.

Who watches that noise? I take in HGTV and a little NBC News 4. For a total of 1-2 hours/week.

The light bulb has to want to change...

In two weeks, the fatal flaw of majority rule will once again show its monstrous face (with you and d_r, and various others here being perfect representatives)

Oh! The light bulb! Of course! If only we could just incentivize that godforsaken light bulb!
If only the light bulb could defeat that majority rule bugbear!
Does the light bulb have to break itself and stab the majority rule bugbear in some critically vulnerable area, so that the bugbear bleeds to death? Or is the bugbear just light sensitive, and the proper wavelength from the light bulb will make it whither?

tl;dr: We're all doing what we can. How about something substantive, and a little less mumbo-jumbo?

Comment: Re:Yet another Chrome-only technology (Score 4, Funny) 98

by Minwee (#48197351) Attached to: Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

It's really sad to see Google turning inwards like this. What happened to working towards open standards for such things?

Too true. Couldn't they have used an open standard like FIDO's U2F instead of using proprietary technology like...

Wait, what was your objection again?

Comment: Re:'Bout time (Score 1) 158

by gfxguy (#48195835) Attached to: 32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

Well... while I'm not one for hate and vitriol like most of the politically oriented people out there (it seems), I sit back and watch and: 1) I agree with the other response that neither of the two major parties actually represent a majority of anybody but politicians and businesses, and 2) I thought the tea party was an interesting idea until they became right wing on steroids. I thought they were interesting until they started campaigning against abortion, and inviting people like Sarah Pailin to speak at events. Again... I don't run out and start hating on either abortion or anti-abortion activists, I know they both have their opinions and beliefs, but I think it should largely stay out of politics at this point, and it's not going to change any time soon - both parties use it to rile up their bases, though.

So no hate against the Tea Party, but they are hardly a big difference between them and republicans - more like republicans demanding what the party SAYS they represent as opposed to how republican candidates actually act when they get into office. The GOP just needs some house cleaning, IMO.

People SAY they want freedom and liberty, but neither major party offers it. There's really only one out there that does (besides complete anarchists), and everybody thinks they're "crazy" because they want freedom and liberty, which, OMG, requires people to take back some responsibility for themselves.

Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 4, Insightful) 329

by Minwee (#48195737) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

You don't increase time on the yellow.... you let the yellow turn red on the same timer, but you leave both directions red for 2 seconds just to ensure...

...that drivers will feel safe going through the intersection after the light turns red.

It's a nice idea, but the universe will always build a better idiot.

Life. Don't talk to me about life. - Marvin the Paranoid Anroid