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Comment: Any good meta-studies out there? (Score 1) 398

This is not my field of expertise, so I do not know the literature. But I know that I read more or less an identical assessment in a scientific report that was created for the Australian legislators in the 1980'ies upon which i stumbled by chance. I read similar assessments in a number of books on recreational drugs later, so this cannot be new at all and must already be backed by dozens, if not hundreds of studies?
Could we not finally start to just accept these insights as facts?

Comment: The problem is greed ... (Score 2) 175

by jopet (#46909399) Attached to: Free Can Make You Bleed: the Underresourced Open Source

The ones now complaining about how risky it is to rely on open-source software are exactly thos thousands of companies who just use open-source and never give anything back, usually not even provide a patch ever. It is not the fault of open-source it is the fault of greedy assholes who just take, never give back and then complain and bash.

Comment: seriously though ... (Score 1) 673

by jopet (#46713387) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

i find it interesting what you write here because this (the pressure from other women, behavior from other males) is not what I have experienced in the european countries where I have been at all. The problem there mostly is that women (statistically) just are not interested in the topic, just as they are not interested in e.g. electrotechnics.
Now we could argue endlessly why that would be: is it in the genes? is it the upbringing? is it how these fields are portrayed in culture? I don't know, but the fact of the matter is that women, on average, just simply do not want this kind of job. And when I talk to some of them now, after I had this job, as a male, for a couple of decades, I think they might have a point.

Comment: Re:3/14 is an idiotic way to write down a date. (Score 1) 218

by jopet (#46483937) Attached to: Happy Pi Day

it matters in all contexts where it is not clear from the outset if the date was written following the dumb US convention or how nearly everyone else on this world does it.
Although, personally I would actually even prefer the MM-DD convention when it would only be used with the ISO way to write dates: YYYY-MM-DD which should really be the only way how anyone writes down dates.

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil