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Comment: Re:Arbitary diversity is not... (Score 1) 106

by Yakasha (#48866949) Attached to: Gender and Tenure Diversity In GitHub Teams Relate To Higher Productivity

I think what the "study" is missing is the fact that they're studying OSS on GitHub. The diversity there is implicit in the model. GitHub does not have a downtown office where all the contributors meet daily from 9-5 to work on their respective projects. So the talent pool is not artificially limited or hindered by the location. Anybody, anywhere, at any time, can start, end, join, or leave a project at a whim. Contributors are world-wide.

Amazon's Seattle office (not picking on Amazon, it is just a nice example) will never be that diverse because it requires anybody that wants to work there to move to Seattle. The people that do end up working there will be inundated with Seattle's culture & mindset, becoming less diverse the longer the office stays open. People aren't going to magically change sex or skin tone, but their brains will start to think alike because they're all forced to be a part of the same culture.

Sure, Amazon can attract diversity to Seattle. There are countless big name projects from big name companies that were created by truly diverse teams. But that is not the standard the "office in city X" naturally promotes. They have to specifically look for diversity by offering relocation benefits, extra stock options, visas, etc.

Of course what I'm truly saying is you're more likely to get the benefits of diversity if you look for geographic differences in your workforce as that marker is a more likely indication of different mindsets brought about by varied cultures.

Comment: Re:It all comes down to payroll (Score 4, Funny) 263

by Yakasha (#48866615) Attached to: The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Hire another local programmer at 110% of the fired employee's salary to fix the cheap H1B programmer's code = 60% loss.

Hire 2 new FTE programmer/H1B programmers for 50% of the 2nd local programmer's salary = another 50% savings = 100% savings!

Where is my honorary MBA?!

Comment: Re:Fix the damn markup (Score 1) 784

by Yakasha (#48833449) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

It's been broken and invalid for at least 13 years. No one gives a shit, at least those that can fix it.

Well someone fucked it up good and proper in the last 2 days. The layout is now totally borked on Safari 6.1, whereas at the start of the week it was perfectly fine.

Which part of the comment are you guys referring to?

It took me all of 5 seconds to run a slashdot story through an HTML5 validator and see where you fucked up

or this?

Oh, and BTW .. News, Nerds, Technology with this story? Obviously the glory days are over.

Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 290

by Yakasha (#48823759) Attached to: Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

With a stable currency you're unlikely to lose money that way ... as opposed to an untimely investment in a speculative market where you may lose 0-100% of your value which you may or may not have the time to wait out for that value to return, but don't take it from me, take it from the millions of baby boomers who wanted to retire in 2008 but then had to work another 10 years because their investments lost a big chunk of value. I'll bet the money in their mattresses didn't get affected much.

With any currency you are guaranteed to lose money that way because the money loses value every day to inflation. The longer you hold cash in your hand, the poorer you get.
As to the baby boomers, no, they were not affected significantly by the drop in 2008. Why? Because even at the bottom of the worst of the market in 2008, the Dow was still up 1000% from its low in 1970. The fools that had to work an additional 10 years were just that, fools. They didn't invest properly.

Hording cash is not an investment strategy. Trading currency, including bitcoins, is.

Comment: Re:any repercussions? (Score 1) 165

by Yakasha (#48766535) Attached to: Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

Yet I have never heard of anyone being prosecuted or sued for it.

Several have. Including Diebold.

But the penalty is so low, and takes so much money to even get a judgement, that nobody can do it.

Although... I have heard of great success from people suing telemarketers for robocalls in small claims court. Some places, like California, make it stupid easy to do it because you can file your case online. Obviously $10k isn't going to get you very far if a false DMCA ruins your business. But if you just want to send a message, or if you need a down payment for a car, that may be the way to go.

Comment: Clapper said that? (Score 1) 219

by Yakasha (#48766039) Attached to: FBI: North Korean Hackers "Got Sloppy", Leaked IP Addresses

James Clapper mentioned recently meeting the Kim Yong Chol, the North Korean general in charge of cyberwarfare. Clapper emphasized Kim's belligerence and lack of a sense of humor, implying that an advance screening of "The Interview" would likely have enraged and provoked the North Korean brass."

Maybe Kim just doesn't like being lied to?

Comment: Re:why the hate (Score 1) 341

by Yakasha (#48756893) Attached to: Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

If you work your ass of for 10 years, making sure to be the best, only to get passed by for a rookie on a "diversity" quota,

Is that any different from working your ass off for 10 years, making sure to be the best only to get passed by because you're not a man? Is it possible for science to identify bias using a randomized, controlled trial?

Why yes!


So the thing is you're assuming everything is equal and therefore quotas are hurting men. The thing is that they're not equal and women are demonstrably being passed over in favour of men simply by vitrue of not being male.

So what do you think should be done. Unless you have a good rebuttal for that study, something is clearly messed up.

Bad article. The author condescendingly dismisses an argument, providing merely a link to her sister's article which claims the argument arises from media bias. The argument being:

From reading the comments on Sean Carroll’s post, most people who read this will have one of four reactions:
4) Equally qualified women should be discriminated against, because they could go off and get pregnant.
I’m afraid the 4’s do exist, and from my experience they are not very willing to have their minds changed. (For a concise article that touches on why their argument is flawed, I’d recommend this piece by my sister, Shara Yurkiewicz.)

Her sister Shara is "disturbed" by people that claim actual differences between sexes is a legitimate reason to discriminate, going so far as to misstate #4s position. The argument I see is NOT that "equally qualified women should be discriminated against", it is that two people with equal education & experience, 1 being male & 1 being female are not equal. She goes on to define when she considers a preference to be discrimination (and fails to mention actual differences; thus validating the actual argument behind #4) and concludes with

The commenters claim that their views are grounded in the economic model we work within. That is fair, but – wrongly, I believe – there is nothing said of the normative, or "what ought to be."

"What ought to be" has and is said, but she disagrees due to being on the short end of the stick, and so her own bias as to how the world should be causes her to miss it. "What ought to be", in many people's eyes, is "The best of the best". Sometimes you have to compromise, but you always search for the best. Obviously for those that are not the best that is a horrible system to live in. So the author ignores it, effectively claims that is not a valid goal, and moves on to simplify the solution to everything being just

a shift in mindset about traditional gender roles.

But there is actual, real, research that shows women miss more work due to being a woman. Some of that no doubt is just a view of traditional gender roles, and so can be changed to some extent. But there are also real physical differences as well that will affect worth no matter how far you stick your head in the sand. So if you're looking for the "best of the best", you have to consider how much missed work will affect your hire's worth just like you consider their education, experience, attitude, cleanliness, credit history, & interpersonal skills.

The question the author should be asking & trying to answer is: What is HER "ought to be"; what is YOUR "ought to be"; and how do we reconcile them? Reading between the lines makes her "ought to be" just sound like any other argument presented by anybody else that has ever been on the short end of the stick: I deserve to have anything you have. So I'm inclined ignore it with "Tough shit."

Comment: Re:PHP (Score 1) 112

by Yakasha (#48706389) Attached to: Over 78% of All PHP Installs Are Insecure

Ummm... No. WordPress was first written in PHP3. Before it was even called "register globals". Back when that was just how you did things.

Wordpress 0.7 was first released in 2003. Register globals was first disabled in PHP 4.2 in 2002. So, yes, register globals was deprecated (though it did not throw a warning until later) before Wordpress was released. As PHP 4.0 was released in 2000, a full 3 years before Wordpress, I even question the PHP3 claim (well, I question their reasoning for developing a new product on PHP 3).

As a PHP developer at the time, I also dispute the claim that register globals was "just how you did things", in 2003.

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl