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Comment Re:Wow, who would have thought? (Score 1) 155

Oh. OH. Ok, I'm only comfortable if there are fat people around me so I don't feel insecure about my weight. Can I now force my employer to hire a few? We needn't go to 50%, I'm not that insecure, but how about just replacing the guys in my group with fatsos? They needn't be able to do jack shit for all I care, as long as they make me feel good.

Sorry, but has the world lost its marbles?

Comment Re:That is so not absurd. (Score 1) 134

It's worse than this. I can't really let out too much yet, but I'm about to publish a revelation that will probably shock the nation. Nearly all, or even all, pedophiles once actually WERE children themselves.

I know, I know, it's a huge controversy and everyone's saying "blaming the victim" and all that, but think about it: Who could better be attracted to a child than: Someone who was one himself?



Comment Re:Why is prostitution illegal in the first place? (Score 1) 134

1. The religious have to find a hobby other than digging their nose into business that ain't theirs.

2. Actually it isn't. Prostitution is ONLY associated with human trafficking when prostitution is illegal and people working in that business cannot easily go to law enforcement agencies without risking prosecution themselves. I live in a country where it would be trivial to do human trafficking from areas where there is, let's say, less value put on human lives. And yes, we have prostitutes around the area that are from countries that are considerably poorer than ours. They came here themselves, though, because there's money to be made. Duh.

Legal prostitution means that sex workers will pay taxes (and trust me, that's quite a lot of money, you wouldn't believe it!), that mandatory health checks can be enforced and especially the latter also makes it very unattractive for Johns to choose an "unlicensed" prostitute.

Prostitution is legal in my country. And aside from the classified section in the newspaper simply being annoying and annoyingly long, I have to admit I can't point to anything that I'd consider bad about it.

Comment Re:It reminds me (Score 1) 134

So it wasn't just me that thought it's odd that Jesus fan club is more concerned about the yet-to-be life than already existing life? They will fight tooth and nail for you to get born, but as soon as you get popped out, you're on your own.

I can kinda understand it. I mean, projects are more interesting while they're still in creation than when they're done. But still.

Comment Wow, who would have thought? (Score 4, Insightful) 155

Who wold have thought. Women in IT want to be treated like people. Not with some special care or preferential treatment, want to be judged on their professional merits rather than having privileges for being the "oppressed sex". They don't want to feel offended, and they don't want to be defended, but it seems they want to, ya know, do their effin' WORK.

Dear SJWs. It's really awesome what you want to do, but maybe, just maybe, try to find out first whether what you fight for actually WANTS you to fight for them? You remind me a lot of those "foreign aid" workers who "helped" those "poor, poor Africans" by sending food there until the local farmers had to shut down production because they couldn't compete with your free food anymore. they were not poor. You made them poor. And I fear the same development here.

There are good and hard working women in IT. No, they are not numerous, but they exist. And they are far from being marginalized. They are part of great teams and they are good at what they're doing. I had the fortune that I managed to work with some of them. They are not here because of their looks, they can easily pull their weight as anyone else. And you will notice that they are usually at the very least a little bit embarrassed by all the shit going down about this "women in IT" thing. Because it does harm their reputation.

A friend of mine recently complained about the problem. She has been in IT for about 15 years now, we worked together before and she is a very good programmer. With more and more women being signed up on no other merit than being a women, stereotypes are starting to grow. Because these women cannot code well. They would not have gotten that job were they men, simply because their skills are lacking. The main reason they were hired is (in HER words, please note that!) to be the "quota bitch".

And that casts a shadow on HER reputation. Because stereotypes are a powerful thing. Just ponder the following scenario and tell me honestly and truthfully what you would think:

The former situation was that the women:men ratio was maybe 1:10, maybe even only 1:20 in IT. Of course, all of these 20, 19 men one woman, would know their trade. That's because they were hired. Now, that "affirmative action" bull takes place and women are hired based more on the fact that they're women than their actual skill levels. You'll probably end up with a 1:1 ratio, even, but that would probably also mean that you really have to scrape the bottom of the barrel because there simply are not as many women as there are men in IT.

So that means you have one "good" women and about 10 mediocre to bad programmers of the female gender.

Question for 100 points: What would you think of "the female coworkers"?

And do you really think that this would aid those women in IT that are really good in their job?

Comment Phew (Score 2) 118

For a brief moment I was worried they might have killed Flash. Then I noticed they only retired the name 'cause it was already pretty much synonymous of "malware installer".

For a moment I was worried about my job security. Please, Adobe, don't scare us IT security guys like that!

Comment Re:"AGW refugees" my ass (Score 1) 240

My guess would rather be that they neither heard about the ice age scare nor the global warming craze, but they simply saw that water is coming, that floods are getting more numerous and that it's safer to pack up and GTFO.

Some people don't need no statistics to know when to flee some place. Wet feet are more convincing than any amount of statistics.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.