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Comment Re:Might as well start calling him President Trump (Score 1) 282

If it was Trump versus Anyone, I'd have to vote for Anyone. As bad as Hillary could be, Trump would be far worse. One could manage the four years until the next election with Hillary or Bernie. But not with Trump, and probably not with Cruz.

I was thinking about this, as a member of no political party, that you could have a third party easily forming in this race that could gain voters from the middle. We've got a bell curve of voters, but the parties are focusing on the extremes. At least during the primaries, they'll all pretend to be centrists again in the general election. But what if Kasich+Bush decided to run as a third party and grab the center? Better if it was Republican+Democrat so that they wouldn't be accused of "stealing" or "spoiling" the election like Nader or Perot were accused of doing.

I've voted for Democrats and Republicans in the past. I think that party loyalty is a vice.

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 282

You're confusing people. People like to think about Us and Them. People happen to like Us but they hate Them. Trying to show some commonality between Us and Them will only confuse We The People.

America is in part screwed up because it tries to separate politics into only two camps. This affects a lot of people who don't really pay too much about what they really believe so they just follow what their preferred party tells them to believe. They like guns so they automatically feel compelled to also be anti-abortion even though there's nothing linking tose two concepts other than being on the same party's platform.

Neither Sanders nor Paul follow their party, they are only affiliated with those parties because it's nearly impossible to win elections without being one or the other. So once people stop blindly following the political parties they start finding out that they have lots of beliefs in common.

And Paul isn't really libertarian, and Sanders isn't really socialist, but trying to have some nuance there also confuses the people.

Comment Re:Just a thought... (Score 3, Interesting) 200

Not all useful changes are treated the same. Bug fixes get higher priority, doing what the boss thinks is important gets more priority, infrastructure changes which overall are an improvement but which causes a need for others to fix code or learn something new tend to get lower priority. Smaller means easier to quickly understand and thus more likely to be accepted quickly. Logically some of these things getting lower priority are actually very important but get overlooked as they're not directly related to the immediate bottom line and quarlerly profits (in the corporate world anyway, though some of this exists in a slightly different form in open source).

And that's sort of what they implied. Pull requests from women tended to be larger or less likely to serve an immediate need. This is not to say that those are better or worse on merit, just treated differently.

To stereotype perhaps, the women tend work on things that need to get done in the long run and avoid quick and dirty fixes, men tend to work on things to impress the boss and worry about cleaning it up later? I have seen some small trend this way in my experience, as the worst code bases to maintain that I've worked on tended to be developed in all male groups, and easier to understand and maintain code came from mixed developers. And in my experience at least, I've see more women caring about long term architectural issues and few who were engaged in the quick and dirty check in.

Comment Re: Too late (Score 1) 365

Meanwhile, the venture capitalists have realized they can play all these sides in the culture wars just fine. Startup run by a brogrammer? Startup run by a social-justice activist? VC doesn't care either way, probably has both kinds in their portfolio.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 246

I don't think Hillary gave any support or tacit approval. I think Bill was sleeping in the dog house for several years. I know some people assume that because she didn't divorce him that she must have approved but that's just bizarre and assuming that everyone will act the same way if rational. A married couple that have invested much of their life together will sometimes divorce after such an incident but sometimes they will genuinely reconcile, there is never one and only one way to resolve the problem.

Hillary in no way acted like those wives who stand meekly two steps behind their politician husband while admitting the affair in front of reporters. That's a strange crowd in itself, pay attention to those women's faces. Some appear to be just sticking it out with as passive a face as they can manage, others feel resigned to it, others have glares they just can't hide. But for some reason they're always up their with the bastard instead of staying home or watching the apology from a bar. It is sort of a strong Christian right sentiment too, that divorce is deeply frowned upon and the wife must always be subservient. Or it could just be that some want the bastard to get reelected before they ask for alimony.

Comment Re:What? (Score 5, Insightful) 246

The power dynamic is inescapable though. If you're stuck with that professor, or have to put up with the boss if you want to get a paycheck, then that's totally different than the power between rich and poor and the like. If a billionare started rubbing himself against women in a poor neighborhood he'd be punched and arrested. But if it's your boss and you're struggling to make ends meet, or your professor who is deeply involved in your research thesis, it's much harder to retaliate or get away. The downside is that no one will believe you without evidence, you can lose your job or career or even marriage, you'll be laughed at and told to grow a thicker skin, you may start getting nasty tweets from the anti-women crowd for daring to make a fuss, and so forth. This is nasty stuff and not to be taken lightly or brushed off as "men will be boys" or just another power dynamic.

Comment Re:What? (Score 2) 246

Being continually hit on at work or by your boss/professor is not acceptable. If it happens once and discontinues then there's not a problem. But when it continues and is causing even your friends to wonder what the hell is wrong with you then it's time to clean stuff up.

It is often difficult to speak up. Everyone around may acknowledge that some professor is a troglodyte but may not feel able to say anything about it, because it's a senior professor or the like, and it can hurt your career even if it's not your own professor. If it's your professor and you speak up then you know you have to start your graduate work from scratch with a new professor, even finding a new field if it's impossible to avoid the lech in the future.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 529

No, we're all too focused on "Who's fault is it?" and nobody has properly considered "What do we do about it?"

We know exactly what to do about it: move to less convenient fuels (excuse me, "renewables") , adopt less comfortable living conditions (aka "reduce energy consumption"), reduce the amount of disposable consumer goods in our lives, etc. And those of us in the developed world have to cut enough from our carbon budgets to make allowances for the populations of the developing nations who want to better their standards of living, a move that is guaranteed to build resentment on both sides of the equation.

What you're missing here (either honestly or deliberately) is that the problem is ongoing, and that because it's caused by economic activity, the people who are profiting from it want to continue to profit from it, and they are actively working to derail efforts to correct or even acknowledge the problem.

And those of us in the developed world are not too excited about fixing it. The benefit we get from fossil fueled energy is great and immediate; the impact we feel from CO2 emissions is so low we have to be 40 years old before we have enough experience to notice the impact on our own lives. Rising water levels on a few tropical islands is a long way from stepping on a gas pedal in North Dakota.

So yeah, we need to do both: stop the people who are encouraging the growth of the problem, and we have to accept some sacrifices as a result. Neither is fun, so ... you first.

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