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Comment: Re:Naive to say the least. (Score 1) 255

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) 255

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.

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.

I'd rather be led to hell than managed to heavan.

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