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Comment: And ? (Score 0) 981

by aoism (#47931111) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
Christian schools ban evolution discussion as well as any other science that contradicts their religious beliefs. The Amish only school their children until around 6th grade. I fail to see how this is any different, other than those folks are mostly brown skinned and some politicians say their shit stinks more than ours.

Comment: Smaller Kindle Fire ? (Score 1) 134

by aoism (#47866599) Attached to: Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents
If the Fire Phone is anything like the advertising-riddden walled garden of a device as the Kindle Fire HD that I bought, I am not sure how much traction it will get, no matter what the price point. I couldn't jailbreak that thing fast enough. I understand trying to push people to your own stores for purchases, but when your stores are lackluster, it just feels like a really really cheap experience. I suppose you get what you pay for.

Comment: Proof? (Score 1) 962

by aoism (#47511727) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry
Not to say that I don't think some of this stuff goes on and that BOTH sexes aren't harassed, but in the article I didn't see a single instance that they had audio, video, or e-mail proof of their alleged harassment. There was a video of a troll flaming someone over a different of opinions in JRPGs but as anyone who has spent more than 5 minutes on Xbox Live, you know that this is the internet we live on. Just last night I was told I was going to be raped, along with my mother, for beating someone in a fighting game.

As a man who has been falsely accused of attempted rape by an attention-seeker in the past, I implore everyone to provide proof of their allegations , and to demand proof from others, before labeling it as a systemic issue. I don't enjoy being falsely accused of rape, and I don't enjoy being falsely stuck in to a harasser category because I work in tech and have a penis but won't label myself a 'feminist'. Furthermore, I feel that articles like this with claims but no evidence will just make people shy away from hiring Women for fear they are going to start claiming harassment when there is none.

Comment: Cry me a river (Score 1) 445

by aoism (#45541515) Attached to: Female Software Engineers May Be Even Scarcer Than We Thought
Where is it written that men and women have to like the exact same things in the exact same percentages? Has anyone considered that the percentage of women in IT is low because *drumroll* Women find other professions more interesting / fulling? Do you like rhetorical questions? For instance, around 2011, 91% of all nurses were Women. And before you say "well, it's because Women are naturally nurturers", consider only 35% of Doctors are Female (http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/employment_occupations/cb13-32.html, http://www.yalemedlaw.com/2012/05/women-in-medicine-how-female-doctors-have-changed-the-face-of-medicine/). I don't see men launching music videos trying to get boys to put the GI Joes down and be nurses (http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/a-viral-video-encourages-girls-to-become-engineers/?_r=0) How about let the women who want to be engineers be engineers without forcing it because you're OCD and can't stand an uneven split in the demographics.

Comment: Re:Of the Women I have interviewed (Score 1) 608

by aoism (#44679559) Attached to: Could a Grace Hopper Get Hired In Today's Silicon Valley?
Troll much? Last I checked, the whiteboard portion of the interview processes is still in style. Last I checked, asking people questions during an interview is still in style. Maybe you ask irrelevant questions, like why are manhole covers round -- and you somehow think that it is indicative of skill ... but for us, the demonstrable ability to solve basic programming problems without giving up in frustration is pretty important for a company that is hiring people to solve programming problems.

Comment: Of the Women I have interviewed (Score 1) 608

by aoism (#44679039) Attached to: Could a Grace Hopper Get Hired In Today's Silicon Valley?
One example of the problems I ask all candidates is this softball: Write code (in any language, or in psudocode) that determines if a word is a palindrome. There is a very quick way of doing this (str == str.reverse) and then there is the writing of the actual algorithm. If someone gets the quick way first, they get bonus points, but we still ask to see the algorithm written out. When I asked this of the 15 - 20 women I have interviewed, I noticed they second guessed themselves too much, and got intimidated easily. They are not confident (dare I say egotistical?) and back track a lot when we ask them verbal questions.

It could be my experiences only, and there are of course men who are the same way, but what we look for is this: The ability to confidentially and quickly put something up on the board, look it over, realized you fucked up (because almost no one gets things right the first time), correct it, look it over again, realized you fucked up (because very few get it right on the second try), and correct it. Be done with it, then describe all of the other things you were thinking you could do with it. It shows you aren't pressured by mistakes, you own up to problems, quickly fix them, and think of ways to better it later on. This is a quality I don't find in the women I've spoken with (with one exception). It seems like they don't understand shit happens, no one is perfect, and that's what you have a debugger for.

Comment: Pay Me (Score 1) 137

by aoism (#44636039) Attached to: <em>Diablo 3</em> Expansion Announced: <em>Reaper of Souls</em>
Blizzard will have to pay me to play this. I gave up on WoW after Cataclysm, but was looking forward to D3. The game was fun for a week. Once the cap was hit, it was just grinding and filling up your inventory with worthless loot. I gave them a chance after every patch that they promised to make it better. The Paragon system was interesting, though the initial time to get to level 100 was some astronomical amount of effort. It still didn't change the fact that at 100000% MF, you'd still have an inventory of things that you can't sell on the AH. Then for new players? Good luck if you want to buy anything. Everything costs 1m - 100bill. Only if you get lucky (which doesnt happen very much) can you buy loot .. unless of course you buy items or gold with real money. And that's the way they want it. Sorry Blizzard. You used to be awesome. Now you're just hopeless.

Pohl's law: Nothing is so good that somebody, somewhere, will not hate it.