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Comment: Re:Just proves the point (Score 1) 1262

It's likely because of different people being involved. School officials asking a police officer to arrest someone have a lot more weight behind their requests, and it's not the same police officers in each case anyway. Not to mention it's easier to identify the kid when you have a vice principle pointing them out to you than when you just have a twitter handle.

Comment: Re: Her work (Score 1) 1262

> I've got fond memories of many "saving the princess" games, which of course she takes issue with. Is that really worth such outrage?

Is one case of a "saving the princess" game worth outrage? No.

Are there any "saving the prince" games? Are there any games where you *are* the princess, and you have to save anything at all? A few. Many fewer than the reverse.

If it were *only* an issue of bad writing and not of sexism, you'd expect as many "save the prince" games as "save the princess" games.

Comment: Re:Desperate to have a wank. (Score 0) 299

by dhasenan (#47696961) Attached to: WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

More like choose a successor. The odds are good that he has raped someone, and even if he hasn't, it's not a good thing for Wikileaks that its public face has such a charge hanging over his head. Really, he should have stepped down a while ago. On the other hand, his position is probably one of the major things keeping him in that embassy -- he's tarnishing the reputation of Wikileaks to save himself a few years in prison in favor of those same years trapped in an embassy.

Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 1) 611

by dhasenan (#47139037) Attached to: Which desktop environment do you like the best?

I use XMonad. On occasion, I use overlapping windows. Tiling window managers make tiling the default. They make it easy to work with tiled layouts. They don't necessarily forbid working with overlapping windows, though since that's not a focus, they sometimes don't support it as well as non-tiling window managers.

Similarly, I seem to recall old versions of Windows allowing you to tile all open windows. (I may be wrong about this; my memory is poor.) You'd have to redo this every time you opened a new window, and it didn't offer advanced layouts, but you could at least tile several windows together. This wasn't terribly useful at the time because you only had a 1024x768 display and no virtual desktops.

Today, Windows gives you easy ways to specify that a window should take up the left or right half of the screen. This is a simplified version of tiling that works reasonably well when you don't have virtual desktops and is easy for people to learn.

There's a whole spectrum available. Everyone gets what they want.

Comment: Re:Girls taking shop class (Score 1) 325

by dhasenan (#46014801) Attached to: The Whole Story Behind Low AP CS Exam Stats

Similar reasons. Media discourages women from doing anything unladylike. Women internalize this. If one highschool girl tries to defect, the girls surrounding her will helpfully step in to enforce these rules. Unfortunately, there's little chance for a normal highschool student to avoid problematic people.

When in shop class with two girls and twenty boys, the two girls will feel quite out of place -- we're told constantly that gender is one of the core parts of our identity, and they have relatively few allies on that front in the classroom. This is true even if the boys there are all don't make an issue of gender, as befitting any human.

Then, for those who want to get a career in something tech-oriented, they need to get into the relevant guild. If those guilds have a strong reputation of gender discrimination, that will serve as a disincentive to people to start the initial training in that line of work.

Comment: Re:Do all schools even offer CS classes? (Score 1) 325

by dhasenan (#46014535) Attached to: The Whole Story Behind Low AP CS Exam Stats

Let's see. I can take a class that's entirely optional. I know I'm likely to be picked on. I have no one there similar to me on an axis that I am constantly told is all-important, so I will feel out of place. Other people who seem more like me eschew that course and will make me feel as if I am abnormal and therefore bad even when I'm not at that class.

Whereas if I am passionate about the subject, I can learn on my own, online, where nobody can discern many personal details about me, nobody who can pester me (constantly in myriad ways, where I can't escape) about my decisions and pastimes, and the biggest downsides are not being able to skip a 3-credit college course and not having anyone to answer questions in person. Guess I'll have to go to IRC and pastebin and Google and Stack Overflow instead.

You expect me not to factor that into my decision...why?

Comment: Re:Alarming? (Score 2) 325

by dhasenan (#46014365) Attached to: The Whole Story Behind Low AP CS Exam Stats

Trace it back to each dropoff point.

Is the percentage of female senior software engineers appreciably smaller than the percentage of female software engineers? That's a red flag for discrimination.

Is the percentage of recently graduated female software engineers appreciably smaller than the percentage of female CS students? That's a red flag for discrimination.

Is the percentage of female CS graduates appreciably smaller than the percentage of incoming female CS freshmen? That's a red flag for discrimination.

None of it is absolute proof of discrimination, but it's enough evidence to investigate. Discrimination can take a number of forms -- maybe your high school had a CS class, and the teacher and the guidance counselor were both solid feminists, but they weren't able to enforce a non-hostile environment for women. Or maybe inertia is at play, and if there were two or three solid years with at least 30% female representation in that class it would self-perpetuate. Or maybe there are more general media and marketing forces at work telling women and girls that they cannot be nerdy and cannot be interested in computers, that they are broken and wrong without a husband and that having these skills will prevent them from getting one, that they must focus on family and not on a career, that they will end up being homemakers for half a decade or more so they shouldn't bother getting a high-skill job or worry about education overmuch.

Just saying "people are different -- who cares?" hides these problems.

Comment: Failure on Subsurface devs' part (Score 1) 282

by dhasenan (#45979527) Attached to: Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, and What Qt Does Better

The Subsurface developers failed to accomplish things that are common in many GTK+ applications. I'm not sure if that means the various GTK+ language bindings are a lot better than the native C library or what, but it looks like the main benefit of switching to QT was a forced rewrite of the UI.

In-place editing? Not that hard.

The ratings stars? Banshee has it. So does Rhythmbox.

Native look-and-feel is a valid complaint. If GTK+ used the native file dialogs in Windows and OSX, that would help a lot. Adding default themes for those platforms that better mimic native controls (and such themes exist) would also help.

Granted, that says nothing about the community, but from a technical perspective, that talk was worthless.

Comment: Re:Secure safe. (Score 1) 381

by dhasenan (#45906837) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

You give one friend a piece of paper that says "XOR the bitstrings and interpret as UTF-32". You give three friends randomly generated bitstrings of the appropriate length. You give the fourth friend the password XOR'd with each of those random bitstrings.

Or you just write down your master password and put it in your safe and a deposit box at your bank.

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