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Comment Re:Reddit is a Business with Business Needs (Score 1) 581 581

Your argument works with "fat" people because the courts do not recognize having X lbs. of fat as a suspect class. But when you have sub-forums specifically formed to be a place to discuss racist/sexist/prejudicial/discriminatory/etc. topics, the community leaves itself open to allegations of supporting, facilitating, or giving shelter to hate speech. And, unfortunately, even if you have a rock-solid liability waiver, defending one's self in court will cost money and reputation. Note that I'm not saying that either having such forums or getting rid of such forums is a good or bad thing, but simply that this is the course of evolution of a community. Gather people, get popular, need funding and thus compromise principles, need more people to get more funding and thus further compromise principles. Clubs, online forums, governments, etc. Everything develops away from highly-held ideals towards "the highest held ideals that angers the fewest number of people".

Comment Reddit is a Business with Business Needs (Score 5, Interesting) 581 581

I hate the idea of major sites like Reddit, Fark, etc. giving up what made them popular: being a sanctuary for people to communicate things as they see fit. But I also accept that once an online community becomes sufficiently large, they will need to:

(1) Bring in revenue to support the people maintaining the site and to pay for the hardware/bandwidth required to actually have a site to support.
(2) Those who provide revenue will impose requirements upon the site that will erode what previously defined the community.
(3) When a community gets sufficiently large, they attract people who weren't part of the original concept and they will demand to be catered to. This will require further erosion of the community's core principles to facilitate because, since revenue's needed, those managing the community must make everyone feel welcomed.
(4) Be ready for lawsuits from people who do not accept the original principles, but want to be part of the community regardless.

This happens with ALL communities and this looks to be Reddit's semi-collapse. Reddit won't die-- not by a long shot. But many will leave and what made Reddit most distinctive from other sites will be watered down. That's called death by success.

Comment Good - Target Offenders, Not the Stereotype (Score 3, Insightful) 331 331

My only annoyance with the whole internet abuse counter-attack (Gamergate, etc.) is that those who were targeted by the abuse went and painted the entirety of the population of male gamers as sociopathic misogynists and giggled while the innocent were lumped in with that horrible stereotype.

Just like pre-internet days, the nerds get abused for being nerds.

This case is exactly what needs to be the standard response. (1) Someone reports abuse. (2) Investigation. (3) Abuser found. (4) Abuser tried and convicted. The end. No making a career based on accusing all male gamers or the entire video game industry or the entirety of "science" for the abuse of a few people perpetrated. Just report, investigate, find, convict, close the book.

We don't need social martyrs, we need good police work and good courts.

Comment I never sleep in (Score 1) 159 159

I sleep (typically) from 9:30pm to 6:00am when I have work the next day. I also bike commute and don't eat breakfast, so I need the sleep when I'm not eating before the ride.

On Friday and Saturday nights, though, I tend to go to sleep around 10:00pm and wake up around 4:30am or 5:00am. Weird, I know, but for some reason, I wake up with the thought in my mind, "This is my time! I'm not sleeping through it!"

Comment Re:China, the yellow scourge (Score 1) 86 86

"Worse" is a relative term. Bribery and what the West considers fraudulent or corrupt don't have the same weight or value in China. Talk to anyone who does business in China. Bribery is expected. It's part of business. The West's influence is trying to make Chinese business more like the West's (and thus more predictable) and thus we're seeing Chinese business practices through the Western lens. India's not that different. Nor many Latin American countries. Come to think of it, bribes are a part of business life for the majority of the population of the world. So there's that.

Comment Re:Male-ness is a Secondary Characteristic (Score 1) 166 166

Speaking of the "heavy lifting" requirement, nothing would make me happier than seeing better female representation in heavy/hard labor industries. There have been some highly visible construction industry cases wherein females in the industry were treated inappropriately. But those women were setting the groundwork.

Then there's plumbing, sewage, heavy machinery, roadwork, waste management, etc.

Those are the high visibility and hard working positions that, if females started competing for, males would take notice and give proper respect.

I would be proud as all hell if my future daughter did roadwork.

Comment Re:Male-ness is a Secondary Characteristic (Score 1) 166 166

Bad form.

You chose to berate the poster and (likely) have him become hostile to you (and, by proxy, your viewpoint) when you could have simply presented the information that assert you've seen.

"Hey, did you hear pigs fly now? I've heard it said a lot."
"You fracking idiot! You believe everything people say? You're so ignorant! Look up the pig research!"


"Hey, did you hear pigs fly now? I've heard it said a lot."
"I've heard that a lot, too, but I found this data that shows there's just a perception issue. Apparently, someone's been chucking pigs in the air over highly-populated areas. Check out the link."

The choice is yours.

Comment Re:Male-ness is a Secondary Characteristic (Score 2, Insightful) 166 166

To speak to the nursing, the greater problem presented in that industry tends to be that there are more practicing male MDs than female MDs with females being weeded out and eventually going into nursing. So, it gets spun from "not enough males in nursing" to "women get forced out of MDs and over-saturate nursing".

I agree that males and females tend to be different, but a lot of that has to do with upbringing. How many people can honestly say that if their male child wanted to play with dolls and be a nurse, that they would foster it? Not many. Most would keep the dolls away, direct the kid into the hard sciences, and hope he becomes an MD or medical researcher.

If little females did that, "Well great!", right?

We should never discount the effects our own gender biases have on steering our children into their careers down the line. It's still pretty taboo to say, but I'd put at least 40% of the blame of sex-separated industries on the upbringing that those industry's workers.

Blame the old parents and instruct the new parents to lay off the gender-specific career focii, that's what I say. Let the girl play with tools and computers. Let the boy play nurse and care for babies. The boomers had to deal with their daughters choosing to go to college and having a career instead of staying home and having babies. This generation will have to deal with their daughters becoming computer nerds and their sons teaching kindergarten.

Comment Re:Male-ness is a Secondary Characteristic (Score 1) 166 166

And understandably so. Social outcast computer guys get resentful. They've been bullied, teased, excluded, derided, mocked, beat up, put down, scoffed at, and turned down for their acne, facial features, natural geeky curiosity, and (sometimes) poor hygiene and poverty.

Those that turn to computers as a safe, solo hobby eventually find each other. They commiserate. They create their own social norms and mores. These are not common social norms because "common society" rejected them back in middle school and high school.

It should serve as no surprise that when, in college or professional careers, some women actually want in on the computer industry, they have to wade into the dungeon of outcasts and deal with the stench of their resentment. The first to tread in can, hopefully, make a difference. But they have a lot of baggage to deal with.

You can even see this at fan conventions when "normal" looking girls get scoffed at for being bandwagonners because it is so incredibly difficult for the outcasts to believe that the people that look just like those who excluded them down throughout their adolescence could actually and genuinely have similar interests to their own.

None of that justifies any action taken against attempts at considerate nerd re-integration, but if you don't understand all of that before actually trying to make a change, you're going to be doomed to failure.

If people REALLY want to foster a better, more inclusive environment for all people in the computer industry, they need to foster a better, more inclusive environment for the young people that first choose the computer industry as a hobby. Prevent the de-socialization of those who would otherwise be social outcast computer nerds and you'll be working toward a better computer industry for the future.

But that's only if you want to do the hard work to solve the problem for everyone and not just take up a crusade for a certain few.

Comment Male-ness is a Secondary Characteristic (Score 3, Insightful) 166 166

"During public hearings on WA State's House Bill 1813, which took aim at boy's historical over-representation in K-12 computer classes, the Office of the WA State Superintendent of Public Instruction voiced concerns..."

My problem with the whole "there aren't enough girls in CS" thing is that everyone assumes that males are specifically targeted and tracked into computer-related academic/research/career paths. That's not the case. By and large, it's social outcasts who take up computers as a hobby are tracked into computer-related academic/research/career paths and those social outcasts are more commonly male.

And they will continue to be male. And social outcasts.

So, at best, these kinds of initiatives will just track more female social outcasts into computer-oriented subjects/careers. Want more "normal people" in computer-oriented careers? Fat chance, buddy.

Comment Re:Diminishing returns (Score 1) 181 181

Personally, I can't be bothered to see the difference. I'm serious. It may have been being raised in the golden age of CD-burnable movies (degrade a 2-hour movie sufficiently to burn it to a 700MB disc), but I don't see the point in 1080p let alone anything more than that. How much detail is required to convey that someone is crying, that the ball hit the ground before the receiver took possession, or that the explosion went BOOOOM? Certainly not 8k or 4k. And I doubt 1080p.

Comment Plague? Is this the Daily Mail? (Score 1) 41 41

Really, though. From what I can read in the article (which may be limited because I was no reading major), "A parachute failed during a NASA test of new technology for landing larger spacecraft..." and "Another giant parachute also failed to inflate during a similar NASA test of new Mars spacecraft technology last year."

Two data points does not a plague make.

Comment Article is Disingenuous, Author is Biased (Score 3, Interesting) 216 216

You can read the whole article (and you should), but here are some nice excerpts.

FTA: On the electric car front, the Chevy Volt is the most significant U.S. competitor to Musk's Tesla Model S...

Meanwhile, Volt was developed during Uncle Sam's bailout of "Government Motors" with $30 billion. That's more than six times the number that got Mr. Hirsch so worked up! Though GM touts that they've "repaid" the government, Treasury reports that the government lost more than $11 billion on that dubious deal.

The Model S is not comparable to the Volt. The Volt is a plug-in hybrid (not an EV) cludge to meet the requirements of a bail out. The Nissan Leaf is a better comparison and it blows the Model S out of the water in its effects on the market. But, the author wants to hamstring a stronger comparison by requiring that the company be American.

Additionally, a bail out deal and subsidy are not comparable. A bail out deal your mom throwing you a few hundred bucks because your business failed, rent needs to be paid, and you have to go visit her to pick up the check. A subsidy is your mom throwing you a few hundred bucks to start up or expand your business. One's there to save your as with some nominal requirements and the other is there to help you profit. Musk has taken both for Tesla.

FTA: The most polite response I can offer to the critics is: Get over it. Find something more productive to do than condemning success. If you insist on continuing to carp, do your research first and hit the right targets. Otherwise you will continue to sound jealous and misinformed.

Wow, internet tough guy, huh?

Oh, and this isn't the only time this guy has white-knighted for Musk. He's actually a bit of a fanboy, so don't let his professorship lull you into a false sense of academic separation: "Disclosure: Dr. Autry currently owns Tesla stock."

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