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Comment: Re:Honest question. (Score 1) 479

by ashpool7 (#48845621) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

It's not like women currently in the profession are going to get paid more in this situation. Increasing the talent pool drives wages down. If you do this via H-1B or attempting to reduce barriers to women, you get the same results.

The OP wanted to know why everybody is making a giant fuss about it. It's not because companies suddenly developed a moral compass, but rather they figured out how to dovetail a "win-win" by adopting the cause. They get good PR, diversity increases, talent pool increases... but most importantly: costs go down.

There's no way to fight against this sort of wage suppression other than unionization, so if sexists want to use this as an argument, they'll just look like... sexists?

Comment: Re:Honest question. (Score 3, Insightful) 479

by ashpool7 (#48833053) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

I can give you the most politically incorrect reason that companies are falling over themselves to push this.

It's the same reason they fall over themselves for H-1B and other immigration reform.

They want cheaper labor because tech skills are rare. If there are equal numbers of women that are smart enough to program, but being held back by invisible barriers, it's in their financial interest to remove those, because that will create a larger supply pool and push down wages.

Bla bla bla other factors about how it's a good idea anyway, but we all know what really drives capitalism.

Comment: Re:Market Share (Score 1) 269

by ashpool7 (#46886083) Attached to: Report: 99 Percent of New Mobile Threats Target Android

in regards to iOS, the store and the OS are inseparable

in regards to Android, the OS allowing side-loading is the avenue that allows malware to enter

technically, it might matter as to if you say it's an OS issue or a "platform" issue, but practically, the nature of the OSes make the difference on this issue moot

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.