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Comment: Crystal Ball (Score 1) 340

by Prien715 (#47511979) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Based on my discussions in the past, I'm guessing the mostly male audience here will say something like "not here" or "I've never seen that". I am reminded of a (financially struggling) friend of mine who posted on her blog talking about the myth of white priviledge and her other (entirely white) friends saying "Right on!". In casting herself as a vicitm, she tried to say that the experiences of minorities were not unique.

No one here, unless you've been a woman, knows what it's like to work in an overwhelmingly male (and foul-mouthed;)) culture. And yes, it's possible to overcome that treatment -- but that doesn't it right.

Comment: Re:many girls are brought up to believe that (Score 1) 158

by Prien715 (#47478837) Attached to: ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

So, you are trying to explain the entire disparity with mistreatment by males. I don't buy it...

I follow the data. In numerous other countries, this is not the case. Again, if you have better data, please share (as I did in GP). Otherwise -- buying into the idea of female inferiority with no data to support your assertion -- is precisely the kind of prejudice I'm talking about and you are the perfect example.

Comment: Re:many girls are brought up to believe that (Score 2) 158

by Prien715 (#47471459) Attached to: ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

I'm really not sure how sports fits into this. Yes, testosterone gives better performance in sports. Barry Bonds was fined for it. As was the Chinese women's swim team.

As far as chess, first mandatory xkcd. Another good reason is how women are treated in mostly male fields. There's very few women who play Magic: The Gathering or chess for this reason (yes, I've been to the tournies). On the other hand, more women are interested in studying academic subjects -- there must be some reason more women go to college than men right?

Men must be biologically weaker!;)

Comment: Re:many girls are brought up to believe that (Score 4, Interesting) 158

by Prien715 (#47470793) Attached to: ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

There's a "skills gap" present in Math aptitude tests that appears in countries where the status of women is worse. There are countries where the gap is lower or even reversed -- which seems to suggest culture rather than biology.

If you can find an alternative explanation beyond "American Culture", feel free to suggest it.

Comment: Life on Mars? (Score 5, Interesting) 265

by Prien715 (#47420109) Attached to: Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

Being the largest climate controlled dome of its kind, perhaps the engineering "lessons learned" could be applicable to creating a self-sustaining space colony -- one of the chief challenges being climate control. ..or else, I've just been playing too much Kerbal Space Program and reading too much Heinlein;)

Comment: Conspiracy Theories (Score 1) 95

by Prien715 (#47409567) Attached to: Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

There's evidence about a number of consipiracy theories in these documents:
* That Lee Harvey Oswald didn't kill JFK
* The story that the AIDS virus was manufactured by US scientists at the US Army research station at Fort Detrick
* Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination had been planned by the US government

Of course, the real conspiracy was the disinformation campaign by the KGB to spread these false rumors. Which makes me wonder: what theories does a certain former KGB agent turned dic^H^H^Hpresident want spread now?

Comment: Re:Citizens United did **not** say corp are people (Score 1) 1330

by Prien715 (#47362273) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

In the Citizens United case the US Supreme Court did **not** say that corporations are people.

Can you explain to me what the difference between a coorpation and a person is, legally speaking, if they have the same rights? I'm sure even Scalito would concede their difference (i.e. not having noses or toes), but legally speaking, we ought to treat them the same. When someone makes the statement "Coorpations are people", they of course don't mean that it in the "soylent green" context -- and you know this; you're just being pedantic.

Lastly (and because I'm curious why people represent views that are clearly not in their interest), are you a paid coorporate shill or merely delusional (from my perspective, of course)? If you're going to promote the rights of corporations, you may as well get paid for it.

Comment: Re:vim and C++ (Score 1) 359

I used to use vim, but then switched to Qt's Creator even for non-Qt projects. VIM is nice when you're just writing a simple program, but for anything complex, I need to be able to find function definitions, jump through several function calls in a few seconds in files I've never seen, and still be fast.

* Autocomplete for functions, variables, classes, etc. (ctrl+space)
* Jump to definition for variables, functions, classes (F2)
* Keyboard-centric searching (search by class, method, filename, etc) (ctrl+K)
* Visual debugging with GDB (attach to sessions, change complex variables, switch threads, etc)
* Has a FakeVIM module;)
* Very fast and rock-solid stable
* Free (both in beer/libre)
* Cross-platform (used it on Linux/Mac/Windows. I prefer it to Visual Studio which is far too slow and has really wonky keyboard shortcuts)

* Have to use a windowing system. I still use VIM on remote systems.

There's just so many advantages of having an editor which understands your code model. Forget whether the function you're calling is camelCase or uses_underscores is a thing of the past for me resulting in most of my code compiling the very first time -- and when it doesn't, inline errors!

You can get your OSS fix here.
(For a generic project, just click New->Import Project->Existing project.)

Comment: Re:Do more with less! (Score 1) 710

by Prien715 (#47318053) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Dear Upper Management,

One of our primary focuses this quarter has been "right-sizing" our teams to fit within the new budget constraints. As you'll be pleased to note, I've achieved a 30% reduction in expenses -- well under our target of 25% -- while actually increasing the size of our engineering team. Moving forward, we have a much stronger team with a better attitude to complete the goals that lie before us.

My success has not gone unnoticed -- Bain Capital (Gotham City) has offered me a senior position in their M&A department where I will lead efforts to cut costs while maintaining an efficient workforce.

It was an honor working with you,

Comment: Do more with less! (Score 5, Funny) 710

by Prien715 (#47311241) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Dear team,

After coming back from my vacation in Aruba, I've decided that in these times of trouble we need to do more with less. We're in a troubled economy -- do you realize how much yacht gas has gone up in the past year? In addition, the Affordable Care Act has made it cost ineffective for our FTNE (Full Time Non-Employee) initiative to continue.

Moving forward, we'll need to tighten our belts and take on other responsibilities. Some of you will work longer hours than usual. My performance bonus is based on how much money we can save, so I'm simply going to let go anyone who refuses to comply with this iniative -- I'm sure I can find someone to replace you.


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