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Comment: Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (Score 1) 723

by Maxo-Texas (#48200045) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Actually it's both.

Sexism is a huge issue. Both sexes do it too. In female dominated fields, they abuse and sexually harass the men. It's not about sex per se as much as it is "my group is in the majority and yours is in the minority".

But... minecraft has so many 9 year old male redstone programmers. And very few female redstone programmers. Etc. for the java side.

If you don't find programming entertaining- you are not going to excel at it like people who do. You are going to put in your 6 hours programming and go home while the other person puts in their 6 hours programming, goes home, and "plays" programming for another 6 hours.

In 30 years, I've worked with exactly 1 female who enjoyed programming. I worked with dozens who did it for a living. Some were quite good but they still didn't like coding per se. It was just a job. Many went into management. 70% of our team leads were female at my last corporate job.

Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 1) 391

by Maxo-Texas (#48196345) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

It varies by state. In oregon, you must technically stop at the yellow and then may proceed if it is safe. In texas, you may proceed thru the yellow but have been warned that a red is coming.

If your rear wheels cross the line before the light turns red, then you did not run the light. If your rear or front wheels cross the line after the light turns red, you ran it. My experience as a juror in a red light case also backs this up.

If you have a trailer, it's wheels also count.

Here is a big one that I wish more people knew...

In most states, when desiring to turn and facing a green light, the first car should proceed into the intersection. Then it may turn when safe or the light turns red.

Note-- this guarantees at least one car gets to turn per signal change!

Interesting bits here:

Red light camera contracts are very expensive to exit early.
Red light cameras are inaccurate even when the city's not cheating (ticketing a parked car shown to be parked).
Red light cameras trade T-Bone collisions for increased rear end collisions.
Red light cameras generate a lot of false positives from legal right turns on red. This overloads the court system or creates the need for employees to pre-check each ticket before it is sent out. Which wipes out the income or creates losses.

Finally, if you google "red light camera fast yellow", you'll find numerous examples of cities that cheated by making yellow lights shorter (in some cases too short to humanly react before it turned red). Apparently florida has had a lot of problems lately.

Comment: Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (Score 1) 392

by Maxo-Texas (#48189337) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

I'm thinking small men who are disproportionally strong.

Continuing the line of reasoning...

Send only people with low metabolisms.

Send only people with dwarfism. (I think the actor who portrays Tyrian in game of thrones is smart enough to be a mission specialist if not a full out astronaut). They can be very strong.

Perhaps 4'6" males have lower metabolisms than 5'6" females and might still be stronger.

Comment: Re:Bad news for ESPN (Score 4, Insightful) 139

by Maxo-Texas (#48157167) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

I have HBO because it's cheaper to have it with the comcast bundle than to not have it for the next 18 months. I would never ever pay for it.

I have Netflix because it used to seriously rock and it still rocks.

But all the companies are slicing and dicing the pool of shows and movies smaller and smaller and still want $10 to $15 each.

A huge unlimited pool of movies at $12 was great.

17 limited pools of movies and shows at $12 each is going to suck and not be worth it.

Comment: Re: Why..... (Score 1) 259

by Maxo-Texas (#48147215) Attached to: "Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

Not really. This is more like the mom is a citizen of a country that only taxes here 3% on income while she lives in the U.S. and she charges the husband's small business $120,000 a year for "housekeeping and babysitting services".

As a result, the husband has no net income and pays no taxes. It is set up with here as a foreign national, legally hired in the foreign country but only working on site temporarily so she pays no taxes here. Net result- a total of 3% taxes paid elsewhere while she lives and performs services here for a u.s. citizen, uses the roads, etc.

Probably time to go to a VAT tax and have the same legal setup as other countries.
But no one wants to give up their loopholes or rewrite the IRS computer software.

Comment: Re:A little early to judge? (Score 1) 144

And if girls don't naturally love programming, i won't help.

Here's my experience with minecraft.

Millions of sales.

Go to the redstone servers or the PVP servers or the Youtube videos about gameplay and redstone programming....

And it's a bunch of 9!!! year old boys to middleaged guys.

Seriously... some 9 year old boy making you tube videos of his redstone creations-- and I learned something from his video. I can't even make a youtube video yet.

Girls play minecraft but they are under represented and tend to focus on the creative side of the game (and are underrepresented there as well). I was introduced to minecraft by a young lady in my dnd game.

After two years of building redstone creations out of comparators, repeaters, and gates, not gates, or gates, nor gates and visually seeing the concept of signal strength, leading edges, and timing... these kids are going to be ready for that part of CS (it was two courses and two labs of my CS course).

And they enjoy it. Heck- I enjoy it. I stayed up overnight working on a redstone program that implemented a weekly/monthly calendar and a god that took donations and gave benefits that lasted until the end of the month. For fun. Not for money.

Most of the women I've knew in C.S. put in their 8 to 12 hours and went home. One female would go home and stay up til 2am "playing" with computers. She was actively courted by google. Decided not to take the job because she wanted to spend more time with her autistic son than a google job would allow.

About a third of the guys put in their 8 to 12 hours and then went home and continued to "play" with computers.

I don't know how to get little girls to love computers. You might get them to choose it as a job if it had good prospects. But when one person puts in 80 hours a week on computers and another person puts in32 hours a week, the difference shows up quickly.

Plus, once in the field-- females have easier promotion to management and a preference for management over programming. 70% of our managers and team leads were female at my last job.

Comment: Re:Fewer candidates to draw from... (Score 2) 578

by Maxo-Texas (#48120619) Attached to: FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

It's based on a lie detector test. If they sincerely believe they did nothing wrong, there will be no stress for the lie detectors to pick up.

And likewise, some people who feel really guilty about the issue may show stress.

There will probably be some false positives too.

So the FBI will end up hiring people who don't feel downloading is illegal and those who don't feel stress when lying.

Comment: Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (Score 1) 652

by Maxo-Texas (#48116331) Attached to: Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

I agree with you that the U.S. handles birth control education and birth control availability badly compared to all other developed nations.

I stumbled on the fact that Britain had a similarly bad rate back in 2004 (about 40% unplanned) so they are doing something right.

But then I stumbled on more indicating that unplanned births are aborted at a high rate in Britain these days- so they may still be getting pregnant at a higher rate- and just aborting a lot more.

Still, even with only 16%, it's about 140,000 unplanned pregnancies that were born.

Recreational sex results in about 1/3 of the net population growth of ~400,000 for the country making it "one of the fastest growing populations in the EU."

(for all this I'm ignoring the cases where people are planning on having a baby and have recreational sex...)

It surprised me how intensely people want to believe that birth control is totally reliable.

Comment: Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (Score 1) 652

by Maxo-Texas (#48107123) Attached to: Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

The rich moving to other countries is a temporary problem created by the fact that we have peace enforced by the military budgets of the nations they leave.

It is absolutely insane for 500,000 rich people to move into a country like monaco with no native military in the long term. The next time civil order breaks down, they'll probably die in large numbers and lose a lot of their wealth.

They are like a ripe plum waiting to be picked. It may be 20 years.. it might be 40 years.

Switzerland isn't really safe any more either. The natural land barriers won't protect it like they did in the past.

Comment: Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (Score 1) 652

by Maxo-Texas (#48107063) Attached to: Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?
Actually not so much... â In developed countries (where average desired family size is small), of the 28 million pregnancies occurring every year, an estimated 49% are unplanned, and 36% end in abortion. â In developing countries (where average desired family size is still relatively large), of the 182 million pregnancies occurring every year, an estimated 36% are unplanned, and 20% end in abortion. Taking out the U.S. that means 25 million unplanned pregnancies occur world wide in developed countries.

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