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Comment: Re:Doublethink (Score 1) 685

by anyaristow (#49539881) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

I don't know about that. Millennials by and large seem to be better informed, well, maybe not 'better', but more likely to know about things since they tend to be a lot more integrated with online communities. They are also more likely than older generations to have some (if light) knowledge of the technologies involved since they have gone more of their life exposed to them.

You've grown up too fond of the internet.

The "older generations" are perhaps too trusting of authority and media. They are perhaps too uncritical. They are perhaps too paranoid and prejudiced.

"Millennials" are perhaps too trusting of their friends, even those they don't really know much about. They are perhaps too easily manipulated with flattery and camaraderie. They are perhaps too subject to group think and naivete.

Neither, as a whole, is particularly well-informed.

Comment: Re:Gender balance "problem"? (Score 1) 428

by anyaristow (#49427319) Attached to: Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats

I chose to do my first programming class when I was 16. The students were virtually all male. Nobody who signed up for that course had the slightest idea about how to program, let alone what programming culture was like. So you want me to believe that all the girls in my grade went out to different jobs, experienced a culture of misogny and then decided not to enroll in programming because of that?

I can tell you why most of the males were in my class and that's because we were all the kids who would sit around at lunch and talk about computers or videogames.

You were 16 at a time when "we were all the kids who would sit around at lunch and talk about computers or videogames". You are not old enough to remember a time when there were not enough kids talking about computers or video games for there to be a group of them chatting over lunch. You are not old enough to remember a time before there was a programmer/gamer culture. For you, it's always been that way, and it's always been a boy's thing. It's no surprise there were no girls in your group.

Kids don't talk about accounting or engineering or nursing or law over lunch. Not that I know of, anyway. They didn't used to talk about computers, either. It wasn't until the 80's that computers became a mainstream entertainment medium. It wasn't until the 90's that programming was common among high-school aged kids. And in the 90's the internet turned any discussion of computers or video games into a boy's thing.

Prior to that women could show up to a college (or high school) programming class on equal footing. Since then, they've learned that programming is a boy's thing. If they think they're going to buck that trend all they have to do is show up at a place like slashdot (or a gaming website) to be discouraged.

Comment: Re:Gender balance "problem"? (Score 1) 428

by anyaristow (#49426591) Attached to: Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats

An interesting statistic that never gets mentioned by the "Men's Rights Activists" who like to talk about how women aren't suited for programming is that up until the late 1980s, half of the people graduating from Computer Science programs were women.

I got into the field in the early 80's, when there were a lot more women than there are now. At my first job, half the developers were women.

I blame the internet. I'm not kidding. Online forums have empowered the brogrammer culture. It's great that there is now a forum for interacting socially on a grand scale, but there's also an opportunity and an excuse for not developing socially.

Today's employers don't know how bad they have it. They don't know how unproductive today's developers are, chasing after self-congratulatory complexity rather than doing real work. On the upside, there's real opportunity for people of any gender to be heroes, going against the grain of the culture. In organizations run by adults, it's not difficult to be seen as a standout performer.

Comment: Re:Gender balance "problem"? (Score 1) 428

by anyaristow (#49426379) Attached to: Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats

As to whether there is a "problem"...

If you're surrounded by people just like yourself, of course you don't think there's a problem. But a monoculture may not be the most efficient way of getting things done. You may not think there's a problem, and your organization may not know any better because they've never seen any different, but you are almost certainly less efficient (and less profitable, less satisfied, less secure) for being so un-diverse.

Comment: Re:Gender balance "problem"? (Score 1) 428

by anyaristow (#49426237) Attached to: Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats

SJWs have spent decades telling women they need "special help" to become engineers and programmers. We can't overcome that by being "welcoming" because they chose a different path before college.

If you think you are not involved before college you may be mistaken. Discouraging women has more to do with the culture of programming than with SJWs, and that culture exists everywhere a young woman might go to talk with programmers, including here. How it got that way is not your fault, specifically, but clearly you aren't interested in being "welcoming", which perpetuates the problem.

Staring at code all day isn't for everyone, just like working with babies all day would drive me mad

Yeah, like that.

Comment: They needed a tracker to find an advertised event? (Score 1) 143

So, while the car was out of his sight for the first incident, some evil government agency placed a tracker, and used it to track him to...a "Circumvention Tech Festival"? An advertised event, at a physical venue, with sponsors and a website. They needed a tracker to find people who went to this event. I see.

Comment: Because "re-use" is self-congratulatory nonsense (Score 1) 158

by anyaristow (#49149825) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

"I found code that already does this" sounds like you're a better problem solver. It's self-congratulatory nonsense. If the result is very complex, you congratulate yourself even more, for being able to do complex things, rather than punching yourself in the head like you should, for making things more difficult than they need to be.

If you found code that really does make your life easier, that's great. It hardly ever happens.

Comment: Re:iOS (Score 2) 63

by anyaristow (#48838933) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tablet and Software For a Partially Sighted Person?

I have a partially-sighted (legally blind) friend who hates touch displays with a firey passion. What she wants most in life is an MP3 player / book reader with a large capacity and tactile controls, which has a clear voice for reading, and which can be loaded from an interface that is not accessibility-hostile (like iTunes) and which will allow her to use content she already has or can get from the public domain.

Comment: Re:iOS (Score 1) 63

by anyaristow (#48838913) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tablet and Software For a Partially Sighted Person?

The main negative is....ebooks... Publishers want to gouge people for having the text of a book read to them, and would rather screw over blind people than permit Apple to read the text of ebooks for no additional charge. Some publishers have some kind of workaround for blind people, so they don't come across as complete douchebags, but the workarounds also tend to be a hassle.

This. Very much, this.

Comment: the internet happened (Score 1) 224

by anyaristow (#48665441) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

post-1990 - something goes completely wacky in the industry and women are driven out of computing in large numbers; younger women don't even enter the field.

So, since you seem to be a younger dude perhaps you could explain exactly what it is that happened 1990-2000 that made the field so undesirable to women.

The internet happened. Online venues (like slashdot) became places where self-selection happens. Being mostly male to begin with, that's the direction online forums went. More and more pure. This is where people exploring an interest in technology go, and learn it's a field where it's acceptable to say the kind of shit that gets up-moderated here. Fewer women enter the field. Online forums become more pure. Rinse and repeat.

Comment: Re:Android IMSI-Catcher Detector (AIMSICD) (Score 1) 237

by anyaristow (#47815553) Attached to: Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

Looks like Apple has built in detection from IOS 5

So, the iPhone he says unhelpfully didn't tell him there was a rogue tower...was actually aware of the rogue tower, and therefore not compromised? That it would have warned him if he tried to communicate through it, and has therefore already, for years, been doing the same thing his secure phone does? You mean someone who is selling a secure phone is making up a use case for it?

You don't say.

Comment: Re:Somewhat on topic. (Score 1) 237

by anyaristow (#47815479) Attached to: Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

So, a magazine website would rather you visit their local version, to serve you better targeted ads, or local interest stories, or load leveling, or prices in local currency, or subscription services on the same continent, or maybe even to serve you better with faster access, and this is some American scheme to abuse you? Did it ever occur to you that an Australian company (or a German one, or...) wanting to create content unique to multiple continents might do the same thing? Or do you actually think URL redirection is a uniquely American thing, indicating a character flaw of an entire nation?

It's not *necessary* to use URL redirection to accomplish any of these things, but the dork who implemented it is no smarter than your average slashdotter, and just like how they create crappy interfaces, incomprehensible documentation (if any at all), code that is way more complex than it needs to be, or just simply can't solve the problem they were given, maybe...just maybe...they didn't anticipate your desire to not be given localized content, or that you'd take offense at their solution.

Gee, Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.

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