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Comment: Re:Ability to design and write software... (Score 2) 581

by bitt3n (#46726243) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

I don't think anybody is saying "there is no coal miner on the planet you can teach to code".

What they're saying is "do not count on training all coal miners to write code and expect that to work".

The problem is that by running with the most plausible interpretation, you give up the opportunity to shake your head sadly whilst piously intoning moral platitudes.

Comment: Re:Go out and smell the flowers once in a while (Score 1) 257

by bitt3n (#46656569) Attached to: Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

People who spend dark to dark in their offices often lose sight of life, while scrambling to the top. Give your endorphins a chance to work out, too. We're all headed to the grave, make sure your journey there isn't all work and no play.

Listen to you trying to get me to go home early so you can weasel your way past me to the corner office. I'm onto you, you scheming bastard. You and your bloody endorphins are headed to the grave sooner than you might imagine.

Comment: Re:how do they know this? (Score 1) 320

by bitt3n (#46292537) Attached to: E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male
He said half the remainder felt comfortable identifying themselves as female, and half did not. It is obtuse to suppose he believes the half that did not was comprised in part of males who failed to provide a response on the ground specified, namely that they were uncomfortable identifying themselves as females, given that if this were indeed their objection, they would simply have identified themselves as males. This option was not available to the females, unless we suppose that a significant number of the study's participants was lying, which would invalidate the results in the first place. If you are deliberately straddling the boundary between sophistry and beetle-browed obstinance, I can only congratulate you on your success.

Comment: Re:how do they know this? (Score 1) 320

by bitt3n (#46287787) Attached to: E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

They didn't profess to know it, you inferred it. What they said was, "only half (of x number) felt comfortable being identified as female." Some people don't feel comfortable being identified as female because they are, in fact, male. You should realize that.

One cannot speak to what percentage of those who did not report their sex are male and what percentage are female, nor to their motivations for withholding this information. To infer that the sex this group felt "uncomfortable" reporting was female, rather than male, is unjustified. To infer that members of this group were "uncomfortable" reporting their sex is also unjustified, given that one might refuse to disclose information for other reasons than comfort. For example, one might refuse to provide information he expects might be employed by nitwits inclined to jump to unjustified conclusions.

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]

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