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Comment Re:Some facts... (Score 1) 586

In most places I have worked, if anyone needed training and didn't pick up stuff by themselves, they weren't useful and didn't last long. No matter what gender.

Mentoring, yes. Training, no. Unless you're a line worker, training does more harm than good, turning people into stunted robotniks.

Comment Re:On the Internet no one knows you are a dog... (Score 1) 586

People are turned away. Anyone saying that "code is the only thing that matters" is completely wrong. If that were the case, why do we have conferences? Why do we have communities?

I don't go to conferences. I don't know of any "communities". I contribute code, and rarely has any code been turned away. No-one has ever asked me any personal questions like gender, age or ethnicity. People don't know, and yet they accept my code.

Same with a couple of apps I maintain - I don't give a flying fuck whether you are a 60 year old hairy dyke or a 13 year old boy from Minnesota, and I have no interest in finding out. It's irrelevant. If the code passes sanity checks and improves something, and you accept the license, in it goes. Whether you have a dick or not doesn't matter, as long as you're not being one. I probably won't know unless you go out of your way to tell me, and if you do, you've just wasted some of my time.

Comment Re: there is no conflict between science and relig (Score 1) 268

Don't confuse amoral with immoral.
And evolution is what has given us moral. Individuals who do not commit murder, torture and other disruptive actions have a greater chance of survival and their offspring surviving. With the exceptionally long time period from birth until the offspring can survive on their own, cooperation and herd rules have been selected for.
We don't need any religion to tell us what's moral and not.
Science doesn't tell us, but it sure explains it.

Comment Re:Say what? (Score 1) 392

Those coders *did* make the decision to cheat.

No, they didn't. The functionality for being able to adjust the power and emissions on the fly is useful code, and allows for both fine-tuning, troubleshooting, and the equivalent of unittests.
The third party company that delivered the components even told the customers that they should not keep this code enabled in production.

So no, the coders are not at fault here, at all. VAG management is.

Comment Re:Who gives a shit? (Score 1) 576

Movement within the EU is legal for those with an EU passport

There is no "EU passport".
The right to move and reside freely is granted to any citizen of the EEA (EFTA plus Lichtenstein) and Switzerland, and a passport is not required if you have another national identity card.

Or a residence card showing you are a family member of a citizen of one of these countries, and are either travelling with or to the family member.
And that is the case for many of the asylum seekers, who want to travel to specific countries like Sweden and Germany, where they have family. The problem is a catch-22 one, because they cannot obtain the family member residence card allowing them to travel to their family before they are united with their family.

Comment Re:And make believe occurs when? (Score 1) 235

Before Friend Computer, they had to trust Friend Grownup With an Agenda, Prejudices, and an Incomplete Grasp of the Facts.

Only to a certain extent. They also experimented, made things up, and tested their own theories. They used their creativity and learned things that no-one thought of telling them.

Listening to and trusting parents is a survival trait when young enough, but after a while it becomes counter-productive. Smart kids start question things and trying to find things out for themselves. As well they should. Passive kids accept it all, and become excellent at transforming oxygen to carbon dioxide.

Comment Re:And make believe occurs when? (Score 3, Insightful) 235

This takes away a child's ability to put words in Barbie's mouth.

The way that kids use their fantasy less and less worries me too. We're turning them into consumers from an early age, not creators. And they don't figure out things anymore, they look them up.
They're trusting Friend Computer, and that worries me.

"Live or die, I'll make a million." -- Reebus Kneebus, before his jump to the center of the earth, Firesign Theater