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Comment: Re:Blameless employees? (Score 1) 339

by dbIII (#48671841) Attached to: Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)
I'd say just like you have to accept that those people have access to gold, and take steps, you have to accept that some people will have access to all the sensitive data and take steps. It can be compartmentalised but I'd say at some stage you have to accept that everything has some support staff that can get to it. I don't think that's too far from the view you are expressing.

Comment: Re: That is how it really was in 1994 (Score 1) 206

by dbIII (#48671829) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

Wow, sorry you were late to the game. I started using email in 1984, and that was in Wisconsin.

I wasn't late, you were just one of the early adopters. It's just another example of how telecommunications monopolies suck fetid dogs balls and how in a lot of places email access was not available at any price while in others it was long established.
Not even the CS undergraduates at a university near me had email in 1994 - it was decided there were too many of them so the email access that earlier classes had was revoked.

Comment: Re:What gender gap? (Score 1) 206

by dbIII (#48666081) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

What I said was that a forced gender balance makes no sense

Yet we have one. A widening one. It's probably best if we do something about it instead of pretending that there is nothing driving women away from considering IT.
Part of the HR bullshit is asking what people's hobbies are etc so we end up with a "better fit" when the reality is encouraging monocultures. Having all female school teachers is just as insane as having all male IT people, and it's far more insidious than that where it may be all males that cheer for the same football team. When your talent pool is drawn from a small pond you can't expect much in the way of results.

Comment: Re:Slashdot is exceeding itself lately... (Score 1) 206

by dbIII (#48665439) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford
In 1987 there were slightly more women in the introductory CS classes than men at the University I attended. There was the expectation of it being around equal if not the reality in actual employment. I didn't move into IT until around 2000 (yes, I'm one of those evil engineers that stole your CS jobs without even a cert) so I don't know what the employement situation was before then, but it does seem to have become far less balanced even since 2000. There's a LOT more women in mining than in IT. How weird is that?

Comment: It is very simple (Score 1) 206

by dbIII (#48665421) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

White males are overrepresented in tech fields when contrasted with non-white, non-male, or neither-white-nor-male workers.

White males had more options to follow the money, and when the money started turning up in IT they squeezed the women out of the profession.
It's a cultural thing which we are perpetuating where employment is by the "best fit" instead of by ability. That's how we ended up with programmer pits filled with chest beating little boys in the shape of men acting like the stockbrokers that geeks used to make fun of - stupidly toxic testosterone culture of gun nut "alpha males" that could barely survive a camping trip.
A bit of diversity stops such fucking stupid oneupmanship and makes the workplace a bit less feral. If you have nobody to respect apart from someone exactly like yourself you get stagnant. A few older people, people from completely different fields, people with different upbringings etc keep you out of a rut - and a gender mix stops the place from degenerating into a drunken toga party.

Comment: Re:What gender gap? (Score 2) 206

by dbIII (#48665389) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford
It's a widening gap.
When I was an undergraduate the engineering students did CS classes to meet girls, since around 1% of the engineering enrolement was female and CS slightly more then 50%. Now I see far more women around in professional engineering roles than in IT positions - only one in the room of 50+ at an IPv6 thing and she was a sales rep. It's a very dramatic change and not artificial. The "special snowflakes" are the whiney little boys who can't cope with the change being pointed out to them in my opinion. It's depressing that this place is turning into a whiney little boy site where all women are considered inferior instead of one that could respect Admiral Grace Hopper and Marie Curie for what they did.

Comment: That is how it really was in 1994 (Score 1) 206

by dbIII (#48665349) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

I thought it was serious until I read that students showed up at Stanford in 1994 barely knowing what email was

That is how it was.

In early 1994 I was writing technical reports with a pen and giving them to a typist. By the end of the year it improved, I could type them up to save on a floppy disk to give to typists who would adjust them to the organisations style and then print them out, then I would glue photographs onto the reports and they would be distributed. I'm not sure if we got email in that year or in 1996 - that's for a group of engineers and scientists supporting electricity generation and distibution for an entire state.
So that's a bunch of university graduates, let alone undergraduates, that did not have email. We'd heard of email, we'd seen email, and I knew people who had email in the late 1980s and was jealous - but we did not have access to email at the start of 1994. Even quite a few University CS departments only gave staff and postgraduate students email access.

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 2) 327

by dbIII (#48665151) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy
That's why Jackie Chan refused to work with American directors for a few decades. Even though his own early efforts were pretty bad as movies he didn't do the quick cut crap where the stunt may as well not have happened and could have been done like stop motion photography.

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 1) 327

by dbIII (#48665139) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy
Keep in mind that Slashdot is social media from before we called it that.
The major difference with most things called that is it has aliases instead of the complely fucking braindead stalkergasm concept of forcing the kiddies to use their real names after we've been telling them for years not to give out their real name to strangers on the net.

Comment: It's the genre stupid (Score 1) 327

by dbIII (#48665059) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

Suspense is attempted mostly by a series of last-minute saves and switches

That's like watching a Godzilla movie and complaining that it has an anti-nuclear message.

I haven't seen any of the Hobbit movies in full yet, but I know to expect an action movie.
I wonder what this reviewer thinks of the SuperMoses movie? Put off by too much action hero stuff in action hero movies?

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