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Comment Re:Finger and Sand (Score 1) 617 617

Unless there's someone here who made productive use of throwing their own excrement in a production environment.

You've obviously never been in a department head meeting when production systems go down. Shit is flying everywhere and everyone is throwing it at each other.

Comment Re:Why is Slashdot so focused on counting penises? (Score 1) 280 280

In short there are differences, but they are not enough to account for there being no females or very few on most of the teams. That suggests that selection for the teams is either not based purely on merit, or there is some issue preventing more girls studying mathematics to the highest levels.

Should of read your own link, it was literally the entire second paragraph.:

In a 2008 study paid for by the National Science Foundation in the United States, researchers found that "girls perform as well as boys on standardized math tests. Although 20 years ago, high school boys performed better than girls in math, the researchers found that is no longer the case. The reason, they said, is simple: Girls used to take fewer advanced math courses than boys, but now they are taking just as many."[51][52] However, the study indicated that, while on average boys and girls performed similarly, boys were overrepresented among the very best performers as well as among the very worst.[53][54]

Boys have a larger variance in their scores than girls, so if you are trying to form a team of the very best of math(s) students it will most likely have a majority of boys if not be exclusively boys. And it is not a matter of only boys taking higher studies in math, as the third sentance explicitly calls out that girls are taking higher math courses as well. So no, there is no gender driven discrimination going on here, It is just a reflection of the team members performance. That you simply don't like it or feel threatened by it is irrelevant.

Comment Re:Why is Slashdot so focused on counting penises? (Score 1) 280 280

The Wikipedia entry also provides a link to studies which explain why high performing math teams tend to have more males than females. Linky.
The long and short of it is that while both boys and girls have similar average scores, the boys have a higher variance than the girls. Meaning they have more very high scoring members of the population and also very low scorers. The girls scores were more clustered around the mean.
So if there was a team made up of the highest scoring math students there is a much higher chance it will be mostly boys. No penis driven oppression, no grand conspiracy, the teams are drawn from the best in the population. Though, if it makes people feel better they could form a team of the absolute worst math students and it would be mostly boys as well.

Comment Re:Resume Red Flag (Score 1) 296 296

Kind of like seeing "Microsoft Office" listed prominently under their "Skills" section.

Tell us, how close are you to the hiring process? I ask because I applied to a company for an IT security analyst position a few months back, and I spent 45 minutes talking to some HR person about my skills in MS office before they would even let me schedule a talk with a hiring manager. Including asking if I would consider myself an expert in MS Word! So if you are getting tired of seeing "Microsoft office" as a skill on developers resume I would recommend you get HR out of the god damn way and start looking at resumes yourself. Don't blame people for gaming the system HR set up to filter resumes for you.

Comment Re:plastic is for junk (Score 2) 266 266

SOME guys went off road - but their trucks looked like they had rolled over (and they had).

Ironically, most of the off-road enthusiasts I know preferred older vehicles because of that reason. A new vehicle getting rolled is a tragedy, while some old truck/jeep rolling is no big deal. And roll overs are a way of life in off-roading (hence why they have roll bars). So it doesn't make much sense to buy a brand new shiny jeep if it might get rolled on it's first outing, it is a better idea to buy an old beat up jeep and build from there.

Comment Re:plastic is for junk (Score 3, Insightful) 266 266

I see some of them commuting into downtown Chicago for their jobs in the financial district and wonder what went into their decisions to purchase such vehicles.

Conspicuous consumption mostly, with a hint of posering. They see that ranchers and cowboys are seen as manly, and want to be seen as manly too. So they buy a truck, which is what cowboys and ranchers drive. And of course only the latest and most bad ass will do, so it gets the full treatment: Lift kit, over-sized tires, brushguard, fog lamps, the whole works. Of course they will never use even a quarter of the features they bought, but that doesn't matter cause it is all about appearances.

Comment Re:Maybe, but you won't make it past HR (Score 1) 255 255

In the post couple of companies I've worked at, HR will throw away your resume if it doesn't say Microsoft Office.

Yeah, it is weird how HR types have such a hard on for Office skills. I applied to a job a few weeks back for a security analyst position, they emailed back to set up a phone interview.
Get to the phone call and the person on the other end is asking about my familiarity with everything in Office. Every part of office, by name and asking if I am an expert in it.
Them:"What is your skill level with MS Word?"
Me:"I am familiar with it"
Them: "Would you say you are an expert with it?"
Me:"Yeah sure"
Mean while I am wondering if I am interviewing for a secretary position or something. But nope, that was the initial interview for a security analyst position: how much do I love Office. Seriously, if someone has a career in IT can we just assume they might have run into an office suite or two in their time and move on?

Comment Re:That's not all (Score 1) 336 336

So google search results are considered proof now?
Oh my this sounds fun.
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=obama+is+...
Hmm, seems that Obama is a muslim, who knew?
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=glenn+bec...
and Glenn beck killed a puppy, that rat bastard.
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=illuminat...
And now I confirmed the illuminati are real, ye gods the truth is blinding!
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=I+am+a+se...
Damn straight.

Comment Re:Fear of guns (Score 1) 535 535

Well, since Chipotle has a very well known policy of not allowing guns on its premises, you could point out that you saw someone using a gun in commission of a crime (knowingly going onto the property of someone who doesn't allow guns with a gun is trespassing) and you feared for public safety.

Interesting idea, argue it in court because that is where you will end up. Again, consider you are still plotting a premeditated attack on an open forum. Slashdot may not have the readership it once did, but it is still the internet. Also cmdrtaco may have resisted a subpoena for poster information, but do you think the DHI group will?

Comment Re:Fear of guns (Score 3, Insightful) 535 535

Let's say you scenario plays out perfectly, you manage to attack a gun owner unprovoked in broad daylight and miraculously end up not getting shot. What then? What will you do when the police arrest you and you are staring down a trial and conviction for assault and battery? More over, what defense will you offer up when the prosecutor cites the post you and that other chucklehead made as evidence of premeditation, bumping your charges up to aggravated assault?

Face it, you and your ilk or no different than a bunch of homophobes talking on Facebook about how you're gonna go gay-bashing later. Just because you don't like something does not give you the right to attack others for it. Grow the fuck up, people will do things you don't approve of but no one made you judge, jury, and executioner of what is right or wrong.

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