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Comment: Summer vacation is a vestigial remnant... (Score 1) 117

by Karmashock (#48679391) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

... of our agrarian past.

It was there so children could help their parents on their farms. This was at a time when between 60 to 80 percent of the labor force was involved in some kind of agriculture.

Since none of this is applicable and the students are generally agreed to be in need of more education... the conclusion seems rather obvious.

The teachers won't like this being the lazy union shit heads that they've become in many cases. And politically the issue will get attacked although perhaps subtly. But it is for the common good.

Que the flames for suggesting that teachers unions do not always have the best interests of the students at heart or are in fact always reasonable. A warning to anyone that does want to make such an argument... I will bury your ass alive in facts.

Comment: Re:The Pirate Bay Made Money Thru Advertising (Score 1) 58

by ganjadude (#48678403) Attached to: The Open Bay Helps Launch 372 'Copies' of the Pirate Bay In a Week
well, you could look at it as "there are 372 other clones, what can *I* add to mine to make it stand out, thus encouraging even more competition to create exactly that.

When napster fell there were numerous clones and that worked out fairly well. sure some will fail and go under but thats how things work.

Comment: Re:My review (Score 1) 144

by ganjadude (#48676123) Attached to: Crowds (and Pirates) Flock To 'The Interview'
I have it waiting for me when i get off work, But the thing is i knew this movie was crap before hand... its seth rogan and james franco. Having said that eventhough its garbage, its usually funny as well. I was reading an article earlier today about how "33 % of people who responded to this survey say the movie was "culturally insensitive"

and? what did these people expect? its a comedy making fun of a dbag dictator. It would be like people in the 30s complaining about the great dictator being culturally insensitive. my response is who cares if it is? its not supposed to be, nor, did the last time i checked required to be.

Im going into it knowing its gonna be crap, but im sure i will still find it funny

Comment: Re:The gender gap is female choice. (Score 1) 217

by Karmashock (#48674443) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

The primary change is that additional career opportunities opened up for women.

Prior to that change, women were often restricted to clerical positions in corporations and computer programming was deemed clerical. So effectively, women that applied for programming courses were actually applying for training to be super clerks or master typists effectively.

When additional career opportunities opened up they chose careers they found more rewarding or interesting.

As to genetics, I do not believe women are incapable of doing the work. To the contrary, I think women have certain advantages especially in our society that simply make them choose things they'd rather do that the men they're competing against cannot do.

There are genetic reasons for this... amongst them, women have more generalized talents where as men tend to be specialized. This is both genetic and neurological. Men that are genius mathematicans for example tend to be poor poets. Women that are genius mathematicians tend to be equally gifted in several if not many different things. This is largely because men in our species are the lab rats.

Women have much more normalized mutations and tend to have a much stronger bell curve around the middle of the of human ability. Men still tend to cluster around the middle but they are far more likely to be either geniuses or idiots. This covers a variaty of mutations beyond the mental as well.

Men are the dispensable sex. You can lose 90 percent of the male population in a generation and have no impact at all on the next generation's size. That sort of death toll is unusual but a very high death toll in the Bronze age for example saw some appaulling survival rates for men. The survival rates for women have always been greater because they are protected. Men literally die to protect them by default. And that is simply a cultural expression of a genetic survival strategy that goes back before we gained awareness.

That has consequences. And a result is that there are more men with the aptitude to do the work. There are many women with the aptitude as well... however, as stated above they tend to have far more options then the men.

Beyond all this, what you have to admit is that this is happening WELL before companies ever have an opportunity to hire a woman. The companies are not causing this to happen. The women are completely free to choose CS classes and they do not in the same numbers that men do EVEN when they outnumber men in the university.

What is more, the choice appears to happen well before they even reach college. The boys that go into CS tend to have years of experience with computers long before they take those course which gives them an advantage.

This is not going to change unless you mandate that women take these courses by law or custom and then take these jobs.

If you're not willing to do that then you might as well stick your thumb up your ass and sing show tunes. It is equally likely to get the result you're going for here.

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