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Comment: Re:Name (Score 1) 158

by boristdog (#47469559) Attached to: ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

I actually had a business called "rent a nerd" in the early 90's when I was in my mid 20's and in great shape. I got lots of repeat calls from lonely divorced women to fix very simple "problems" with their computers. e.g. Problem: "My screen is blank!" Solution: "Turn up the brightness knob" | Problem: "My software won't load!" Solution: "You have to run the install.exe program, not the readme.txt"

If I hadn't had a girlfriend and/or a conscience at the time I would have made even more money. I did get a lot of free sandwiches & beverages, and got to see a lot of low-neckline shirts.

Comment: Re:Fox News? (Score 1) 682

by boristdog (#47272197) Attached to: IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

Never attribute to malice that which may be caused by incompetence.

I worked for the IRS for 6 years. It is a huge, bloated bureaucracy and everyone is afraid of it so no one messes with it. We lost data all the time, which was a boon to people who owed money based on that data. Honestly, there was more fucking going on amongst the people in the office than actual work. It was the land of office affairs.

Comment: Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (Score 1) 435

by boristdog (#47263645) Attached to: Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

Women who prevail and succeed have a property similar to many men. They know what they want to do, and do not care what society, or Barbie, or fashion magazines think. And they are willing to do what it takes. My wife, the model of an Alpha female, is this way. The successful female techs, engineers, and scientists where I worked were this way.

You just described my network engineer wife. She doesn't give a crap about doing girly things. Awesome cook and a sex machine though. I'm a lucky SOB.

Comment: Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (Score 4, Informative) 435

by boristdog (#47262453) Attached to: Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

My wife changed careers 10 years ago from teacher to network engineer. She tries VERY HARD to get other women insterested in going into tech fields. She has oodles of money from her job, while all her female friends make less than half what she makes. But none of her friends or relations are even remotely interested in changing their career, even though they all complain about not making enough money.

Hell, I try to get more women interested in the tech fields all the time to no avail. I've even gone to career days at local high-schools to try to get women interested in tech careers. Last time I interviewed a woman for a programmer-trainee job she decided she wanted to do something else after we offered her the job, she didn't even try it.

So the problem seems to be pretty cultural. Even with someone offering to mentor them, most women (based on my limited sample) have little or no interest in the tech fields. And these are all smart, educated women. I imagine we really need to change the way we bring up girls if we want to fix the situation.

So it will remain a sausage fest wherever I work until I retire, I guess.

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