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Comment: Re:Pro-Boy Bias? (Score 1) 493

Pro boy bias - you are kidding me, right?
In the primary school where my two (female) children attended, it was dominated totally by female teachers.
It's hard to imagine there is bias in favour of the opposite sex to the teacher, surely? Indeed, given the current climate, teaching is not a profession I think males enter without considerable trepidation.

Maybe we need to address some biases in the system?

Males are different to females. They mature differently, learn differently, and socialise differently. Their brains are slightly different. It's not too surprising that they end up being good at different things. Males seem to excel in tasks involving engineering (have you noticed that males end up doing all the "fixes" around the home/car, despite all this claimed "equality?), and females seem to excel in organisational and social tasks. There are always outliers in any such generalisations, and that's fabulous. But I am tired of bias claims where it's clearly not so - if girls or boys want to study subjects, nothing is stopping them that I can see. (Though I suspect boys get a harder time if they like ballet, than girls do if they like woodwork).

It's interesting to consider how good girls must be if they are suffering such bias - after all, they already outperform boys at school. Imagine how great they'd be if the school system was not based against them.

Or maybe the school system is actually biased against boys.

Comment: Re:Naive to say the least. (Score 1) 258

Even Jupiter's day is 10 hours. (Ok, 9.9, but close enough).

Maybe if we speeded up the earth's rotation a bit ... yeah, let's do that, make it one hour. Oh boy, effective gravity has gone slightly negative at the equator, we are losing our atmosphere, and cows will fly, perhaps over the moon, though mooing seems unlikely.

Nah, I vote to leave it alone and do arithmetic properly. Boring, but we should live longer (though maybe not in days).

Comment: Re:Naive to say the least. (Score 1) 258

every 11 years, or when my inbuilt estimation engine says "these figures are wrong, let's just check that".

Said engine was especially useful when we used slide-rules (you might have to look that up), as I did at high school. It still is, because the world is full of people who blindly believe stuff.

Not you of course.

Comment: Re:Micromanagement reigns... (Score 5, Insightful) 420

by SimonInOz (#48702453) Attached to: The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

Micromanagement == Agile.

Sorry, back to open offices.
The problem here is a clash between the qualities useful for office politics (cooperation, social interaction, group activities, knowledge of multiple projects, multi-tasking), and the ones actually required for getting intellectual work done (concentration, single mindedness, long periods of interruption-free abstraction).
For project design, architecture, debugging, etc, the effective person is not the one leaping up and down, having meetings, calling people ... no, it's the one sitting rather quietly thinking "if we did it this way, we'd save 5 years of work".

The whole thrust of "office design", and office working techniques, is aimed at extroverts. Extroverts make rotten programmers, designers, and they tend not to be especially innovative. Management is appropriate for extroverts - and, as we know, people promote people like them ... and even hire them.

So basically, if you are a quiet, bright, introvert, you are probably brilliant at your job - and almost unemployable.

Bummer, eh?

Comment: Re:Wrong assumption (Score 0) 552

by SimonInOz (#48677511) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

It is impressively selfcentred - or is that "USA-centred" - to assume all great programmers should immediately move to the USA. Doesn't the rest of the world get a go? They do have computers - er, come to think of it, they just might have invented them. Or was Alan Turing American? Babbage? Boole?

I'm actually glad I migrated to Australia, not the USA. I'd probably be richer, but I'd be fatter, unhappier, and possibly deader than I am now (given the number of USA citizens the USA police shoot each year [400+ USA, 5+ Aus] - oh, and heart attacks).

Comment: Re:Toilet etiquette (Score 1) 167

by SimonInOz (#48331191) Attached to: New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

>> This is a function based on how many males vs females there are, and how often a male needs to, er, sit.

No it isn't.
The logical thing to do is the minimum possible - ie leave the seat where it is when the operation is complete. When the next user comes along they may - or may not - have to adjust it.

Or are you suggesting that women reverse blindly into a bathroom and sit down?

Comment: Re:Honestly, who gives a fuck? (Score 1) 608

by SimonInOz (#48238423) Attached to: Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

More important is - why aren't men going into teaching? Much more concerning.
We seem to be entering a world where everyone is being taught to be female.

Males - in my experience - work well alone, can delve very deeply into things. Females are better with group work, and tend to take a broader approach.

We need both, sure.
But as people tend to go for jobs and careers they think they might be good at ... maybe we should let them choose?

Overly sexually biased workplaces tend to be painful - over female and you get bitch city and bullying, over male and you get macho posturing and bullying. A mixture is nice. We used to have male occupations leavened by admin assistants, invariably female, and traditionally female occupations usually had males about for some stuff.
But with the automation of many tasks, thing get more concentrated. And we have lost that mix.

"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure