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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.

Comment: Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (Score 0) 786

by SimonInOz (#48199821) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

I started my Computer Science degree in 1973 (yes, yes, get off my lawn, etc ... but I'm still coding and quite well paid so there).
There were very few women - two I think, maybe three in a class of maybe 30. And they were terrible. I recall explaining arrays to one girl ... in third year. (Mind you, many of the blokes were equally terrible, but some were brilliant).

Over the years I have encountered few good female coders - not zero, but few.
I have encountered a number of female sysadmins - and good ones, at that.
But project managers - lots more women, and good ones to boot.

So maybe, just maybe ... different sexes tend to be good at different things. Just like our parents assumed.

Gosh. How about that.

Let the trolling commence.

Comment: Re:Diversity vs monoculture (Score 1) 123

by SimonInOz (#48098651) Attached to: US Remains Top Country For Global Workers

I left Britain fairly early on - first I went to Europe (Holland/Belgium), where there was money to be made, and anyway it was fun. Then, after a couple of years off, I tried the UK once again, but the weather drove me away (all the unpleasant stories about the English weather are true, unfortunately. Warming up a bit might improve the place a lot).
So I fled to Australia.
Decent climate, English spoken, high tech, in fact a decent country all round.

Thirty years later I'm still there.

This is how I chose ...
USA - the visa challenges repelled me (I don't fancy it these days, it seems to have lost/sold its soul)
Canada - too cold
India not my cup of tea,
China - wasn't on my radar at the time, and the language difficulties would have been formidable,
South Africa - no thanks
Various European countries - language problems
New Zealand - pretty, but cold

So I'll stay in Australia, thanks! Sunny today, with a very small chance of invasions later in the day.

Comment: Societal balance (Score 1) 425

by SimonInOz (#48078503) Attached to: Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

Would you like to enter a sweepstake on how many male soldiers, as opposed to female, die in action? I'm betting 100:1. Or maybe higher. But I bet any that do die will get huge coverage.

It's amazing, is it not, how appalled "society" is by violence against women, but violence against men is not only expected, but actively encouraged?

Our society is way off balance. We assume and expect men to perform all the dirty and dangerous jobs - soldiers, garbage men, oil drilling, you name it - and expect them to die to defend women under all circumstances.

But such responsibilities seem to garner no extra rights at all. Indeed, it looks like the reverse - divorces, for example, generally leave men poor (they usually lose significantly more than half the assets earned by the sweat of their brow - not their partners, and their future income is slashed ... even if the split was initiated by the female, as it usually is), utterly distraught - they usually lose decent access to their children (an event described by most people as "worse punishment than death"), and they are frequently accused of horrible crimes (claiming male on female domestic assault gets you free court representation in many places, so is embarrassingly common, with no vestige of punishment on the lying party should it be demonstrated untrue. Funnily enough, claiming it the other way (somewhat more common according to independent research [Harvard]) gets you nothing).

It seems to me, if we are to have a just and balanced society, either we perform ALL the same roles - nurse, teacher, CEO, soldier - and take the same risks, and are treated actually equally, or we should consider how else to balance things. (I love the "women get paid more than men" meme. Women control the spending of 75%+ of the worlds money - have you ever been to a shopping mall? Have you ever counted the number of shops devoted specifically to "women's stuff"? It's amazing).

One this is pretty certain, though. The mediaeval society seemingly sought by ISIS/ISIL/Daesh/wherever the heck these dopey folk want to call themselves this week is not a nice one. Especially for women. You'd think women would be lining up in droves to kill it off - but they don't, that's "men's work". Hmm, funny how that works out when push comes to shove.

So come on women - how about some SheForShe activity? Go fight the bastards and let the males take a break. Leave the kids - single fathers do a much better job in bringing up children anyway - lower rates of drug taking, teenage pregnancy, truancy, check the figures.
After all, that's what "society" seems to expect the fathers to do.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 134

by SimonInOz (#48078203) Attached to: Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

>> its not uncommon for a place to run there own guards. one are local hospitals have there own guards. they only used outside guards for when they where moving to a new building and the tare down of the old one.

Ok, try again ...

It's not uncommon for a place to run their own guards. For example our local hospitals have their own guards. They only used outside guards when they were moving to a new building and during the tear-down of the old one.

Fixed that for you. I mean, really. And get off my lawn.

We can defeat gravity. The problem is the paperwork involved.