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Comment Re:You only need 3 essentials... (Score 3, Interesting) 149

Later in life (at 50, actually, and yes, I still cut code 10 years after that), I took up figure skating as a hobby. (Warning, it's a) addictive, and b) very tough, oh, and c) quite dangerous ... and expensive).
Yes, it's well and truly dominated by females.

So, anyway, I was at the National Championships, at the after competition ball. Another chap and I looked out over the sea of fit, healthy femalehood, and he commented - "To think I spent most of teenage years with my head stuck up another blokes bum playing rugby. What was I thinking?"

This made me wonder why I spent some of my younger years on model railways - and why more females did not. It's surely a heck of a way to meet guys ...

So, good advice to younger male chaps, seeking to meet girls. Take up figure skating.
And, good advice to younger female chapesses, seeking to meet guys. Take up railway modelling.

Comment Re:Consulting (Score 1) 203

In a couple of major companies where I worked, I archived all my code before leaving, burned them to CDs, and gave two copies to my manager. And I kept a copy for me. I copied them on my home discs, automatically backed up, and left them there.
In both case, the companies lost the copies, and came back to me offering money - years later. And yes, I took it!

It's a sensible idea to have offsite backups - and taking copies home is a good way to do that. Could be illegal, theoretically, but really, what would you do with this specialised stuff? But it certainly is useful to the original company.

So take copies of all the emails, and leave good contact details with your manager, their manager, and if possible for your replacement, and offer a support rate of - say - double your current rate (don't mention that to your replacement). Make it a daily rate, not hourly.

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

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

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 Old specs (Score 1) 68

When I worked on the radar system for south east England in 1977, the requirements included allowing for a madman in the computer room with an axe.

It was supposed to fail back gradually, eventually all the way to analog passive radar.

Whatever happened to decent requirements?

And get off my lawn!

Comment Re:Toilet etiquette (Score 1) 167

>> 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?

COMPASS [for the CDC-6000 series] is the sort of assembler one expects from a corporation whose president codes in octal. -- J.N. Gray