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Comment: Want a piece of candy little girl? (Score 1) 634

by ThomasBHardy (#49569243) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

I'm not sure the difference is the "luring" of more women into STEM. Whether it be via watered-down-socially-attractive versions of STEM to pretend it's the same thing, or special outreach programs to get women to join up.

It seems to me that if you want more women in STEM, and this is an important national issue, then start celebrating STEM. Move the national awareness of the value of STEM and make heroes of STEM leaders/workers. If you want parity in STEM, make STEM part of the national dialog and identity such that those inclined (of either gender) will be more encouraged to choose it.

Some of this is changing already, but I think the solution has to be general awareness and attractiveness for all, not specialty "carrots" to lure women into your windowless STEM van.

Comment: Re:damn it, you're screwing with evolution (Score 1) 616

by ThomasBHardy (#49534239) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

What interests me is why so many people find it so easy to believe this stuff. What fundamental factor is making people so ready to believe any sort of "it's all a lie, protect yourself by doing the opposite of whatever the government says to do" is at play here.

Really there can't be so many people foolish enough to not understand herd immunity and the studies showing the lack of any connection to autism. What makes them so paranoid that they will follow any bad idea just to stand by a "they are out to get me" principal?

Sometimes I ponder if this whole thing is the equivalent of a religion to these folks. Have they been indoctrinated so fully that nothing can ever been seen without perceiving it as an evil intent to kill them and steal their playstations?

Comment: Re:Mandation of vaccines is not okay (Score 0) 616

by ThomasBHardy (#49534177) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

The difference is that Stop Signs have a legal basis and if you fail to stop at them, you can be fined. You want the license to drive, then you agree to play by the rules that keeps everyone safer.

Same thing with the social contract that makes up your citizenship. You have to obey the rules that keep everyone safer if you want to take advantage of the benefits.

This part about group family home schooling is frightening for the children. Imagine taking a bunch of weak minded fools who can be sucked into this anti-vac thing with their "I read the internet, so I know better than scientists, doctors and everyone else" mentality and paranoia. Make them responsible for "educating" (see the quotes I put around that?) their kids and kids of other like-minded conspiracy theorists. I can only imagine the insanity that will ferment in these settings. What kinds of freaks will they be raising?

Comment: It's Arbitrary and Alarmist (Score 2) 92

I haven't done any research on the clock, but what little I could find on wiki doesn't give any relative meaning to the setting. If it's set to 23:57, what does 00:01 represent? It all seems awfully arbitrary and set to an alarmist tone since anything with only 3 minutes left must be urgent! If you are being arbitrary with the setting then you could calculate the same date to equate to 02:30,. but then no one would talk about it as if it had meaning.

And what's a minute? Since it's clearly not a minute. Or do the mean each of the 1440 minutes to represent .07% of a percentile and being at 11:57 means we're 99.79% likely to end this year?

For a group of "scientists" (and yes I put that in quotes cause I'm not seeing any science), this certainly seems more like marketing hype.

Someone please chime in if there's a real meaning to all of this.

Comment: It's all relative, and alarmist (Score 1) 92

I haven't done any research on the clock, but what little I could find on wiki doesn't give any relative meaning to the setting. If it's set to 23:57, what does 00:01 represent? It all seems awfully arbitrary and set to an alarmist tone since anything with only 3 minutes left must be urgent! If you are being arbitrary with the setting then you could calculate the same date to equate to 02:30,. but then no one would talk about it as if it had meaning.

And what's a minute? Since it's clearly not a minute. Or do the mean each of the 1440 minutes to represent .07% of a percentile and being at 11:57 means we're 99.79% likely to end this year?

For a group of "scientists" (and yes I put that in quotes cause I'm not seeing any science), this certainly seems more like marketing hype.

Someone please chime in if there's a real meaning to all of this.

Comment: 300 mil... what about womens wages? (Score 2) 254

by ThomasBHardy (#49044805) Attached to: What Intel's $300 Million Diversity Pledge Really Means

I'm curious. I have no knowledge of Intels' payroll policies, but I wonder if the $300 million could not have been better spent insuring that wages are fair across genders at Intel. Unless they already have a perfectly balanced gender neutral payroll balance, any company chasing this dream of more women programmers is just marketing fluff!

Comment: I love Shashdotters, but.... (Score 4, Insightful) 250

by ThomasBHardy (#48694429) Attached to: How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

I love Slashdot and Slashdotters. But in this case I'm kind of taken back by the responses.

Being married to an Author and knowing many, many authors, I can point out a few things:

Most authors, beyond the "super big names" struggle to make even a moderate living off of their books. When these folks try out a new system like the Amazon plan, and they find the are making less, we're not talking about folks who used to make 3 million, now only making 2.5 million. We're talking about someone who might be making for example 30k per yea,r making so much less that they are forced to cease writing as a vocation.. It's directly impactful, and the impact is not tied to quality of the book. Rather, the impact is books with catchy titles and sales pitches getting more downloads and making more money, regardless of quality. "hey, it's free, I'll click that since there's no downside to me for doing so." This leads to other books making less of the allotted bucket of funds. When spending money on books, folks tend to check reviews, read the sample download or use various criteria to filter down their selection to what they enjoy reading. So better books get rewarded. With the new plan, shotgun approaches become the norm.

Lets try it another way. Say tomorrow, there was one major store through which the majority of all software (personal, business, etc.) and all IT services (Ops, support, admin, etc, each treated as a service ticket item) were offered and the owners of that store decided "Forget what people pay today for software and services, we'll sell them anything and everything for $10 a month and just divvy up profits as we see fit, And we'll do it without reporting to anyone how the process works or what actual counts occurred, we'll just send them a check."

How would you feel about that when it was your app that you worked for a year and you usually make about $50k per year. But now when another app AngryBirds sells 30 million copies, your get a check for $5 for the month for your app despite people still downloading downloading it because statistically it's insignificant?

Or how about your IT job that you now get paid 1$ per service ticket because a billion other service tickets get processed as well? Did you enjoy working all day for $20?

While it's easy to assume that anything cheaper is better, remember to take into account that the cheaper may be coming at the actual workers pocket. I'd expected to see Slashdotters more upset at the middleman holding the actual workers over a barrel.

Comment: Goals versus Results, Idea versus Reality (Score 1) 834

by ThomasBHardy (#48359855) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment

Comments from a bystander:

I think everyone should accept that:
          Some GamerGaters are behaving in an anti-women fashion and this is blatantly unacceptable to anyone with a modicum of decency.
          Some GamerGaters have some social issues to discuss that are not necessarily anti-women and agree or not, they have a right to be heard.

But it's all one big mess.

Gamergate seems to me to suffer from some of the same issues that the Occupy movement suffered from. There's no leadership. There's noone to set an agenda and keep folks in line and take actions where necessary to protect the cause from being abused. There's noone taking the stand and getting in front of the media and the people and saying "Respect for everyone comes first, we condemn anti-woman actions and threatening behavior. Our goals can only be realized through peaceful dialog."

I'm not suggesting that I agree with GamerGate. Frankly I have a hard time getting a clear handle on what they really want as their message is a cacophony mixing the good and the bad. After 5 minutes of looking up information, I have the same reaction that many probably have: "Careful, don't get any on you".

While I support freedom of speech and the right to discuss social issues, if your movement is mired in self-destructive issues, you need to either get someone in charge and clean house or you need to cut your ties and start over somewhere else where the message can stay clear.

I think what they have now is too far gone to salvage anything positive. But without leadership there's no decisions being made to correct the core issues. When your group looks like a mob, screams like a mob and behaves like a mob... you might have a mob on your hands. That's never a good thing.

Comment: How I hear things in my head when I read this (Score 2) 265

by ThomasBHardy (#48263243) Attached to: Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

CurrentC Spokesman: Hello everyone, We're CurrentC. Screw Apple Pay and it's 1 million users! We're gonna go head-to-head with a major technology company using our tried and true 40 year old technology. Sure, all of our members have had huge data breaches in the past year but we're serious about it now and we're doing it right, for you, our customer. Trust us!

Spectator: Umm, you dropped something there -points at ground-

CurrentC Spokesman: Awww, Mother Pussbucket #*@^% #$)!( , @*!))(!

Once it hits the fan, the only rational choice is to sweep it up, package it, and sell it as fertilizer.

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