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Comment: Re:CJK is Unicode's big failing (Score 0) 164 164

Unicode trips up shitty programmers. It sounds a little more like it was one of those "out of your league" problems. Probably best to say away from CJK contracts tho. I've shipped shitloads of software with CJK localizations, and frankly, from that word soup you've produced, I don't think you have any idea what you're talking about.

Comment: Re:Infinity (Score 1) 1064 1064

This is a little like saying it would be handy if the compiler knew what you meant when you wrote code that attemtped to do soemthing for which there is no specifically well defined answer. While you may know what default you want, it's not going to the the right default for another programmer. Hell, usually it's not going to be the right default for some other place in your code where you're allowing your software to try and divide a value by zero.

In theory, you could make a compiler that does something, but it's not a good idea because it would involve some set of programming being satisfied 'with the default' and many others now stuck with possible bugs because their software doesn't crash when it tries and does something mathematically undefined.

Comment: Re:That's not all (Score 1, Troll) 336 336

No, the problem is that we're talking about the game industry, and it's more pervasive in game studios than it is in many other engineering environments. If you want to counter that argument, go for it. Nobody gets anywhere by trying to solve the issue of humans robbing each other by just going, "Well, it's a persuasive problem, so we should just ignore places where it happens more often than others. We'll just solve robberies by somehow making it never happen again."

Comment: Re:That's not all (Score 3, Insightful) 336 336

Many humans can handle porn. But for some reason, they seem to prefer seeing the kind of porn they want to see, and generally in a private environment, not plastered on computer screens at work. I apologize if that came off as hetronormative - I just mean that the *multiple studios I've work at* have had work environments that are exactly that: full of guys who think that the word hetronormative is imaginary PC bullshit. What you think should be tolerated (ie: all porn, of all kinds, I presume?) is exactly what professionalism seeks to address and what lacks in these work environments. But in the ways that these environments are unprofessional, it is exclusively geared towards male hetro guys who seem to freakout at the very concept of hetronomativity. (Presumably you would be fine with most of your co-workers laughing at you and calling you an SJW .. it's a very off-putting element of many of my colleagues in this industry to me. I'm not saying it's all bad. Plenty of good inclusive environments in gaming exist - I'm only saying that they're still the exception.)

I'm sure that the solution is just to hope that everyone gets all mature and never gets offended or bothered by the lack of professionalism and sometimes downright hostile environment in some studios.

And I don't need to find a new job. I've worked in this industry for years and year, and I enjoy it. What's next - I don't like a law, and your suggestion is that I move somewhere else?

Comment: Re:That's not all (Score 1, Insightful) 336 336

> I have friends in the video game industry

Yeah well, I work in it, so I'll thank you for not speaking for us. It is inherently a pretty tough environment for a lot of women, and I've worked outside of the game industry with similar male to female ratios. The work environment and what's considered professional to talk about and what's permissible in the work environment is not the same.

Guys that work in games are also incredibly defensive about this - they seem to take it as an attack on their character, in addition to somehow thinking this is the correct way to progress towards more women not wanting to work in these environments, so pardon me if I call bullshit on your anecdotal evidence. I assume your son won't mind managers drawing penises on whiteboards for fun or plastering each others wallpapers with porn - could you say the same thing if you had a daughter who wanted to work at a typical studio? Game studios let a ton of shit slide that wouldn't be tolerated in other industries.

And hey, I'm not personally offended by that kinda shit - I'm a guy. But the upside of that workplace freedom does cost us a certain amount of access to qualified female engineers.

Comment: Re:Ride one in January (Score 1) 100 100

They have a similar bikeshare system in Montreal and it's wildly popular and people use them even in the winter - it's only if it's too snowy that they don't get used. People who think it's impossible to bike in winter are just a subset of the people who don't use them in the summer. And I certainly don't see people saying we shouldn't spend money on motorcycle licensing, laws, traffic considerations, parking spots, regulations, etc just because they can't be used all winter.

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