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Comment: This again - ask grandad about your job (Score 2) 479

by dbIII (#49568787) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers
You are really taking the biological fitness line are you?
So, you sit indoors typing all day and say men are better suited to it? Grandad would call it women's work and tell you to stop being so much of a sissy making up excuses as to why you think you are better at woman's work than a woman.
The biological fitness excuse not only doesn't fit in this case, it argues against the line you are taking if you look at the full history of the IT industry.

Comment: Re:Useless Bandaid (Score 1) 479

by dbIII (#49568423) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

because they don't find engineering jobs as attractive

It's more like they can't find engineering jobs at all because gender counts against them in the job interview more than it does in policing, mining, agriculture, truck driving, medicine etc. We've still got a boys club, especially in IT, and it's a huge waste of talent.

Comment: Re:Malcom Gladwell is a corporate shill (Score 1) 220

by dbIII (#49566009) Attached to: The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues
Sort of makes sense if he's going to do revisionism on so spectacular a design fuckup as the Pinto where even a layman can see the accident waiting to happen.
Next up - revising the "Liberty Ship" fuckup and extended coverup that led to more sinkings than the German U-Boat fleet until the press took a photo of one broken in half in the fitting out dock. Let's revise it to it all being OK because the corner cutters made a pile of money out of it thanks to the taxpayer and that's the way corporate American should be - none of this pesky accountability.

Comment: Re: Is that proven? (Score 1) 423

by dbIII (#49565905) Attached to: Debian 8 Jessie Released
IMHO it's nowhere near ready yet but other opinions can vary.
I think like Pulseaudio and NetworkManager before it the software has been rushed out in an alpha state and that's a systemic problem with RedHat and gnome which has spread to other distros (via gnome).

The problem above was on a developers machine where he had a typo in the hostname of an NFS mount so the entire thing locked up on boot and needed to be started up from a rescue CD. That's a newbie level fuckup and not something a person writing an init system should have problems with by the time they tell people their software is ready for release.

I've seen another where a system just would not start because the network card had been replaced - what a piece of crap. It's for laptops and not for hardware that may change.

Comment: Re:sage (Score 1) 346

by dbIII (#49558447) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

And who answers questions about the lectures?

Nobody, that's only for traditionalist nations that make things or do things instead of providing kiddies with childcare while they do the important tasks of networking so some can be bankers and Hollywood stars while the rest get thrown away.
Cost cutting and appearance take a priority over supplying a useful education.
We laughed at the Reagan era "ebonics", but now take a look at youtube for 1970s science clips aimed at small children and you'll see how badly things have been dumbed down since then for everyone.

Comment: Re:N900 (Score 1) 474

by dbIII (#49554639) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?
It wasn't even for sale in my area until the USB problem had been fixed. Funny thing is I got a replacement one "new" for a friend whose kid wrecked the keyboard in late 2013 - the repair centre still had some unused.
The dismal battery life is with WiFi turned on, so it only lasts uncharged about a day at work with WiFi on or three days at home with WiFi off.
Something with the same form-factor and more modern (less hungry) hardware would be nice, even if it is android and not real linux.

Comment: Re:Systemd vs sysinit boot speed anecodote (Score 1) 423

by dbIII (#49554623) Attached to: Debian 8 Jessie Released

went from over three minutes to down to less

Something is definitely seriously wrong in that case. Are you sure it wasn't a change to autofs to mount them on demand instead of boot or using more correct NFS mount options that made the difference?

The other bits are interesting and make your point but that final one is a somewhat pathological case.

As for my example - a eeepc with an SSD but not a very quick CPU. Boot time with the stock distro (xandros) was about 15 seconds, around 45 with a cut down recent Fedora with hardly anything starting. It now has FreeBSD10 on it.

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