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Comment: Re:Toys vs tools (Score 1) 750

by argStyopa (#48199923) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

And when, pray tell, was that?

Oh...never.

I'm 47. I've grown up with computers my whole life, from learning to play Oregon Trail on a MECC linotype terminal with a 300-baud modem in the coupler, to sitting in my friend's living room in 6th grade, when his dad (a VP at IBM) came in to tell us that they'd decided to come out with a computer to compete with Apple, it was going to be called a "PC".

*NEVER* were girls generally even faintly interested in computers. Null set, while boys were constantly clustered around the damn things, fighting for turns. Certainly *some* girls were, but they were the same size subset of people that we'd call tomboys - girls not doing stuff common to girls.

Stop rewriting history to try to make your point. Girls never wanted them, not as toys and not as tools.

Today? Today a girl can sit right down at her family's computer - likely she has her own laptop - and do whatever she fucking wants, and no amount of revisionist politically-correct nonsense will change the fact that most girls have better things to do than sit in a lonely room dinking around with a computer.

Comment: Wait, wait, trying to keep up (Score 3, Insightful) 750

by argStyopa (#48198219) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

...so today are women ndividuals who can do anything men can do and are perfectly capable of functioning in modern society to wit, choosing the career path that they want to follow out of interest, talent, and education?

Or are they intimidatable, wilting violets incapable of exercising free will, intimidated by the faintest approbation, and unable to choose a career because some shitty 1980s movies didn't ACTUALLY show "girls doing data entry"?

I'm just trying to keep track here. I need to know if I should treat them like plain old people, or tread delicately around their fragile sensibilities?

Comment: Re:An Obscenity (Score 1) 247

by argStyopa (#48169761) Attached to: Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

We're talking about people who are storing their eggs so they can WORK. They're not storing their eggs so they can go save starving children in Ethiopia, or be an astronaut.

Yeah, it's an astonishing assumption that they're doing that to accumulate wealth? I guess power is an alternative goal. Big office? Nice title? Pick one.

Indeed, it isn't the only reason people wait until later to have kids, of course not.

But the CONTEXT here is companies offering it as a benefit, not the general concept of waiting to have kids.

Comment: Re:This looks like a nasty trick. (Score 1) 836

by argStyopa (#48163035) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Except that liquidity isn't necessarily the be-all and end-all of a healthy economy - that's pure Keynes, fallacy of the broken window nonsense.

You might want to try reading Hayek, for an alternative view. Not that his is free of begged assumptions and leaps of faith, it's just another approach to the unrepentant Keynesian dogma that's dominated since WW2.

Keynes is naturally much-favored by governments, as it simultaneously tells politicians how powerful they are and blesses their desire to meddle and control. I'm not sure that's a durable rationale for running an economy.

Keynes vs Hayek rap battle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment: Re:An Obscenity (Score 1) 247

by argStyopa (#48156301) Attached to: Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

Hey, there's nothing wrong with prioritizing your life over your childrens', it just generally doesn't produce very good people.

And if you think that building a better career so you can have more wealth and give your child more opportunities is worth the tradeoff, you probably don't really understand how much of parenting is about stuff other than dollars, anyway.

Comment: Re:SEALs possibly found WMD evidence early in the (Score 1) 376

by argStyopa (#48154551) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

While the US and Western Europe had been complicit in Saddam's weapons programs up to GW1, after that it was speculated that the main supplier of many weapons systems and tech after 1991 were the Soviets/Russians.

So, if the narrative is that much of this was relocated to the local Soviet/Russian client Syria...one doesn't have to be a rocket scientist to then wonder that, at the collapse of the civil situation there, that (surprise?) Russia jumped up to volunteer to go 'deal' with the chem stockpiles in Syria. Likely they would have cleaned up any Iraqi leftovers as well, and we (the current administration) were likely fine with that.

Comment: What am I missing? (Score 1) 565

by argStyopa (#48151637) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't we still just trying to get a sustainable fusion reaction generating more power than it takes?

This article reads like the acheivement is in the commoditization and simplification of a process that doesn't (afaik) even exist yet?

What's next, announcing that they've figured out how to run an oscillation overthruster with your ipad?

Comment: An Obscenity (Score 4, Insightful) 247

by argStyopa (#48151551) Attached to: Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

"But the emotional and cultural payoff may be more valuable, helping women be more productive human beings."

Some people would assert that raising happy, healthy, well-adjusted and well-loved children makes a more "productive" and "valuable" human being than working at a law firm or technology company.

But hey, I'm old fashioned.

Comment: Re:Bennett Haselton (Score 1) 622

by argStyopa (#48135999) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

I don't think anyone objects to him having an opinion, or even being a wordy bastard.

What I object to is that /. seems to be his personal blog, where the editors allow him to bloviate on whatever crappy subject he feels the urge to opine on.

How would you feel if PBS just started televising some jackwagon's youtube diary? You'd probably wonder wtf happened to an information channel you respected.

"Irrationality is the square root of all evil" -- Douglas Hofstadter

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