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Comment: A test for everything (Score 1) 515

by aoism (#49330187) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?
I'd love to have a test that determines if an article is fembaiting drivel, and then promptly discourages me from clicking on it. Who cares if a function is written by a woman, or by a man, or a transgender, or by the application itself in a meta sort of way? Is this what they talk about at the Woman only tech conferences (like this one, which for the first time ever, is allowing men to attend the 'celebration of Women' tech conference!), in addition to ironically talking about equality and being included in the "male dominated tech club" ?

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.

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