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Comment: Re:What gender gap? (Score 1) 224

by crossmr (#48665703) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

I certainly respect them for what they did, did I say anywhere that I didn't?
What I said was that a forced gender balance makes no sense. Some people are, to an extent, attracted to certain kinds of things. It isn't uniform, and there is no reason to expect it to be uniform across socio/economic/gender/nationality/etc across the world.

Comment: Re:What gender gap? (Score 4, Informative) 224

by crossmr (#48664949) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

Right. If there's anything that's clear in the months after all this #GamerGate bullshit reached its apparent peak, it's that sexism and the bullying/harrassment of women is a fiction whipped up by angry feminists with a persecution complex.

I can't possibly imagine what would ever give anyone cause to think that...

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanha...

Comment: What gender gap? (Score 4, Insightful) 224

by crossmr (#48664189) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

News flash:
Not everything in this world is going to mimic the real demographics of the planet. If they idea is that we're all special snowflakes, we're sometimes going to find some people better suited to certain things than others. Unless there is evidence that the best person isn't being hired for the job, there is no gender gap. A gender gap is an artificial construct made by people who can't get past gender in the first place.

+ - Legal liability of "virus" reports on websites?

Submitted by crossmr
crossmr (957846) writes "I do some very part time web design for a couple places. One of the sites I built 3 years ago was part of a business that was recently sold, the new owner reported that some people couldn't access the site claiming it had a virus. I couldn't replicate the problem and began digging around. I finally ran one of those website virus scans and was surprised to see 3 out of 61 sites had reported the site had a virus. Some aggressive security settings on Chrome browsers were apparently preventing people from evening visiting the site.

2 of the 3 sites simply said that the website in question contained a "trojan" with a scary name seemingly made to frighten people away from the site. Googling the name provided basically zero details as to what the problem was. Through googling I found my way to Sucuri who do a free website scan. They then claimed the site was infested with "SEO SPAM". I did more googling and found out that a while back there was a scandal involving some module creators and SEO spam. They had been inserting invisible links into pages containing their modules to increase their SEO. This was the "trojan".

There was no real virus. There was no danger to users computers or even the webhost, or anything except google's ranking. For that reason these scanning sites recommended and were used in such a way that people were prevented or strongly encouraged not to visit the site. All because of a hidden back link.

Legally this seems pretty shaky. They use vague names to label the problem, and never explain to the end user the issue that is on the site. Most people see "trojan" and say "I want no part of this!" Immediately after removing the javascript code that hid the links (and the links itself) two of the three scanners report the site clean and we're waiting on a rescan request from the last (scumware). It's clear there was never a real trojan or virus anywhere on the site. Anyone ever experienced this before? Have any of these scanning sites ever been sued because of the labelling they've done? Any lawyers want to way in on that? If people say they didn't visit the site because of this label, it seems like it'd be pretty obvious to prove there was damage from what they did."

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