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Comment: Re:*Sniffles* (Score 0) 147

by chipschap (#49778289) Attached to: Mandriva Goes Out of Business

Shouldn't someone from the anti-open-source bunch be on here stating that this "proves" that open source isn't viable?

Oops, shouldn't give them ideas.

I more lament the demise of Crunchbang, actually. It was a pretty original concept. But distros come and go. There are market forces in open source, too. Commercial software also comes and goes, but when it goes, users are generally left with ... not much.

Comment: Re:And? (Score 2, Informative) 292

by chipschap (#49761605) Attached to: Study: Science Still Seen As a Male Profession

So how about we just let people go into any career that makes them happy and fulfilled, and not worry about their gender? Want to be a nurse, a scientist, a homemaker? Male or female, who cares, just do it.

The only issue here is that society doesn't see it that way. The issue isn't that "oh man, women are 51% of the population but only 41% of the scientists (numbers not meant to be accurate, just illustrative) so we have a crisis and we better do whatever before the sun implodes." The issue is to allow and encourage people, without judging them or imposing preconceived notions, to seek their own destiny in their own way.

But some things simply will never change. Women are still going to be 100% of the mothers and men 100% of the fathers. (I did *not* say caregivers or homemakers.)

Comment: Re:For me it's Windows NT 3.1 (Score 4, Informative) 386

by chipschap (#49756771) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0

Windows 3.0 (and subsequent in that series) was not an operating system, it was a windowing environment. Remember, it still ran on top of MS-DOS, and it was still effectively single-tasking in that switching tasks paused the previous task.

Windows was not a true OS until Windows 95, as I recall the history.

There were others, like GEM, that never really caught on despite their relative quality.

But (to change the subject a little) I think the "big one that got away" was OS/2. A pity that IBM didn't know how to market it.

Comment: Re:USA in good company... (Score 1) 649

by chipschap (#49713619) Attached to: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing

Let's put your theory to the test by giving the kid a noose for a night. If he doesn't hang himself, then we know for sure he'd rather live than die.

I'll go along with this, but with the following modification. Do this once a year, every year. First time, maybe the kid decides to live. After five, ten, twenty years with no hope at all?

Execute him, the punishment is quickly over. Put him in jail, he's likely to live 50 more years knowing he'll never, ever get out.

Comment: Re:Numbers (Score 4, Informative) 529

by chipschap (#49709077) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

That's what this is really all about, isn't it? That Latinos and Blacks should be present in higher numbers for social equality reasons?

Everyone deserves an equal chance, but it happens that the Asian culture highly values education and family, and instills those values (Jewish culture is similar). It seems to work.

If Latinos and Blacks grow up in a culture that values these things to a lesser degree, they start off with a disadvantage. But giving them a free boost (artificially lowered admission standards via preference or however) doesn't seem right either (matter of opinion, that's my opinion), but more importantly, I don't think it's sustainable.

So what's the answer? I think as usual it's to work on the root cause. Make sure kids aren't disadvantaged by accident of birth. Now, that's a lofty aspiration, and very hard to accomplish. But in the end I think it's the only real and lasting answer.

Side note: I'm an MIT alum, graduated way back in 1970. At the time, MIT was trying to attract Black students who they thought could succeed. One of the administration's ideas was to guarantee a four-year full scholarship to such Black students.

Do you know who opposed that policy? The Black Student Union! The BSU said that help for the first year was a good thing, for the student to get started, but guaranteed help for four years sends the message that the Black student can't make it on his/her own, while other students can. My respect for the BSU was really, really high. They were straight shooters.

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