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Comment: On microaggressions (Score 3, Interesting) 107

by iceaxe (#48501585) Attached to: Interviews: Adora Svitak Answers Your Questions

First of all, this is the first time I've encountered this term, and find it rather interesting.

To me it seems apparent that people interacting are bound to occasionally cause discomfort to one another in unintended ways. We'll leave out intentional aggressive behaviors, which seem to be a different topic. The ideal as I see it is not to eliminate this feature of human interaction, but to discover appropriate responses to it on both sides.

Being offended is at some level involuntary, I think, although one can certainly get carried away with it. There should be ways to respond to it that encourage learning and accord rather than evoking defensive posturing.

Likewise, having caused unintended offense and having it brought to one's attention will inevitably produce some level of defensiveness. Again, it's easy to get carried away with the defensive response. There should, again, be ways to accept and grow from the experience rather than turning it into worse offense and deeper divides.

Perhaps learning to care about the feelings of the people you encounter at least as much as protecting your own feelings is the key. On both sides.

Otherwise, get off of my lawn.


Comment: I did it. (Score 2) 451

by iceaxe (#46424161) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

After college I worked in retail management for a few years. At age 30 I left that field and took a job working in tech support for a large software firm which shall remain nameless. Using that as a springboard, I launched into a career which has included both support and operations type positions and coding positions. I'm currently a senior level software developer/architect leading distributed teams on major projects, and am tracking toward management as I get older and can see where the bread is buttered. It was a bumpy ride getting it going, but some of that was due to macro-economy events outside my control, and some was due to not having all the right buzzwords and HR search terms on my resume at first.

The one bit of advice I can give for sure is this: work your tail off becoming really freaking good at both what you do, and what you want to do next. If you don't have the depth of resume, you'd better be able to perform in an interview in a way that leaves no doubts that you know your stuff. Then when you land that gig, hit the ground running, and never let up.

Comment: Re:What's the difference? (Score 1) 462

by iceaxe (#46250965) Attached to: Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

I'll never understand why people think they have a mandate to go around telling other people what they should be allowed to call themselves, or do with their own lives, bodies, etc.

I find it even more confusing that many of those with an especially egregious case of this syndrome describe their viewpoint as "Freedom".

Comment: Re: What's the difference? (Score 1) 462

by iceaxe (#46250705) Attached to: Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

[...] I just don't care [...]

This seems to be the useful part of your post. You are not interested in this bit of data about someone on facebook. Fair enough.

Personally, I do care about the wishes and feelings of people I meet, and if having a different gender term on their facebook profile helps someone feel better or express themselves more effectively, I am completely in favor of them having that choice. I can't really tell whether you are opposed to them having the choice or just want to make it clear that you don't want to know how they describe themselves.

Anyway, it's really not about you and whether you care, is it?

Comment: from my point of view... (Score 1) 499

by iceaxe (#44557931) Attached to: IAB Urges People To Stop "Mozilla From Hijacking the Internet"

I work on a web based application/service that allows small to medium size companies in our industry to offer the same sort of experience for their customers that a much larger company would offer. As part of this system, we offer the ability for our clients to incorporate third party applications into our product using various single sign on methodologies.

Unfortunately, many of these scenarios require third party cookies to be allowed in order to maintain two different sessions in two different applications (from different sources). We already struggle with this in the browsers that already have 3rd party cookies disallowed by default. If Firefox goes through with this, we anticipate huge numbers of unhappy end users whose experience will be very negative until we are able to educate them on how to allow 3rd party cookies.

I hate ad spam as much as anybody, and use all the blockers and no-[whatever] add-ons, and ghostery, and, and and myself. But I'd sure like a solution that doesn't involve breaking perfectly benign features as well.

Comment: Re:data sample question (Score 1) 476

The problem with providing all of these great sources of data is that many of the people asking these "questions" also think that the Earth was created in situ less than 10k years ago, and all of your evidence was manufactured by the creator, apparently just to trick people into not believing in said creator. I never have been able to make heads or tails of that logical conundrum myself, but there it is.

Comment: Re:Sorry, you're wrong here. (Score 1) 311

by iceaxe (#43899637) Attached to: With Sales Down, Whale Meat Flogged As Source of Strength

More or less correct, but please note that the efforts of the "whining hippies" may have contributed to the erosion of the "demand" side of the economic forces. There's a reason ideologues fight over the content of schoolbooks, you know. Market forces can be used, not just endured.

Comment: Re:Did they fix upgrade-in-place? (Score 1) 185

by iceaxe (#43855113) Attached to: Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Is Out

Sorry, an operating system that doesn't have an upgrade path is a no-no for me. Reinstalling isn't an upgrade path. I just don't believe all my settings and custom scripts (that I don't even remember where they are and what problem they were supposed to fix) will be magically reapplied.

1. Some of those things you custom scripted around are probably fixed in the new release, and your scripts will just muck things up.
2. Similar applies to settings.
  (I have experienced these myself.)

3. Failure to organize and remember what you've messed with is not the distro's fault.

4. Be smart and keep a separate /home partition. Mine has been through about 5 iterations over two different distros now, and still going strong. I keep two different OS install partitions, and when it's time to install a new OS, I blow away the older one and replace it with the new install. That way I can still fall back on my current setup if need be. And yes, I have done that. Disk is cheap. Use it to your advantage.

5. Try it out in a VM and see if it's worth the trouble before screwing with your system. I installed the Olivia RC that way but am still undecided on whether I'll bother. I'm still running Maya (LTS) as my main, with backports.

6. Anonymous Cowards don't take advice, but maybe somebody else will benefit. (And I'm sure others have even better ways of managing this.)

Comment: Re:Did they fix upgrade-in-place? (Score 2) 185

by iceaxe (#43854941) Attached to: Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Is Out

I have a ntfs partition with directories that I symlink from my home, so I can put stuff there that I want to share back and forth. I don't see a need to have the whole home partition accessible from windows.

However, I only use windows for a couple of games and a handful of other rarely used programs, so my use case may not match yours.

Ya'll hear about the geometer who went to the beach to catch some rays and became a tangent ?