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Comment 9% of CS grads not good enough for you? (Score 1) 256 256

But last year, 4.5% of all new recipients of bachelor's degrees in computer science or computer engineering from prestigious research universities were African American, and 6.5% were Hispanic, according to data from the Computing Research Association

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Tech jobs: Minorities have degrees, but don't get hired

Comment Blacks and Hispanics make up over 9% CS Grads (Score 1) 256 256

On average, just 2% of technology workers at seven Silicon Valley companies that have released staffing numbers are black; 3% are Hispanic.

But last year, 4.5% of all new recipients of bachelor's degrees in computer science or computer engineering from prestigious research universities were African American, and 6.5% were Hispanic, according to data from the Computing Research Association

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Tech jobs: Minorities have degrees, but don't get hired/a.

Comment Include the "Immigrant" dimension (Score 1) 256 256

Asians make up less than 6% of the population according to Google, whereas blacks are 13%. Yet the former are over 40% of the company at Facebook.

Include the immigrant dimension in those statistics and it makes a lot more sense. The Asian group includes Indian natives and other immigrant populations that have cultural norms very different then native populations.

Immigrants, regardless of race, have different rates of starting businesses, pursuing higher education and career in general.

For an accurate comparison you may have weed out 1st and 2nd generation immigrants to get a clearer racial comparison.

Comment Hiring diverse top performers (Score 1) 256 256

Or more aptly, those who apply and are the best fit for the job - there is no point in berating a company for woeful diversity hiring figures

Hiring a diverse team is not at odds with hiring the best fit for the job. Your quote assumes that the reason for the lack of black candidates is irrelevant, or at least should not be investigated by by hiring organizations.

No one is suggesting hiring workers who can't do the job. That would be silly. Rather, it's important for us to quantify the lack hires, and investigate the problem in general. This is science after all right?

Oh, should we resign to "it doesn't matter since tech is a perfect meritocracy?"

Comment Television Stereotypes (Score 1) 256 256

Well, it's not like black youth are inundated with the glorification of "thug life" and "gangsta" culture, or that blacks that *do* do well are often labeled by their peers as "actin' like dey white"...

I'm black and I don't know a single person that talks like that. Not among my family, friends, or acquaintances. I do encounter this stereotype quite frequently on television, music and on the internet though.

I'm not saying there aren't people who think like that. But that it's not as common way of think as rap videos and off-hand comments would lead you to believe.

E.g. How many of these people you overheard were actually being serious? And not making fun of the stereotype?

Comment Citation please (Score 3, Insightful) 187 187

Isn't this place about science and scientific methodology? Do you or ( anyone who modded you up ) have statistics to back that up? Can you show that the correlation isn't to poverty, and not race? Or do we continue to discredit an entire race of people simply based on our own stereotypes and cognitive biases?

Comment CIM is really a widely adopted open standard (Score 2) 265 265

It is a lot easier to embrace an "open standard" when you developed it yourself, then donated it to a consortium.

WBEM is a decades old open standard implemented by just about every major software and hardware manufacturer out there. It's shipped with just about every OS. The computer you are using right now probably has CIM implementation built in or at least available in the core OS.

The standard is managed by the Distributed Management Task Force which includes most top software firms. Here is the Java JSR-48: WBEM Services Specification and Implementation for example.

What Microsoft is giving the open-source community is a CIMON ( CIM Object Manager ) implementation. This is fully standards based and Microsoft is just donating the code. But as mentioned earlier Ubuntu and most OSes already ship with a lightweight CIMON.

Comment Did you manage to read past "InfoSys"? (Score 1) 88 88

If you did you would see that this is partnership with InfoSys Foundation. InfoSys is actually donating millions to be part of this non-profit effort. Secondly, they're helping Code.Org and not leading the effort.

With this announcement, Infosys Foundation USA becomes a Platinum-level sponsor of Code.org, providing not only financial support but also resources and extensive experience in computer science education.

The Chairperson of Infosys Foundation USA, Vandana Sikka, has been appointed to the Code.org Board. Sikka’s background includes a master’s degree in computer science and a successful track record in product design, development and management in several Silicon Valley startups. She joins fellow Code.org board members, including representatives from companies such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon.com.

Don't let Slashdot bloggers work you into a frenzy whenever they feel like. Isn't critical and scientific thinking a big deal around here? Or does that not apply to organizations we don't like.

Comment Fairly Native on 1 platform, ported on the other (Score 1) 161 161

If you'd like to use your native language skills ( E.g. Java from Android ) on alternate platform ( e.g. IOS ), frameworks can be useful. I like open-sourced CodeNameOne and RoboVM because I work on the Java side of things and my needs on alternate platforms are fairly basic. An IOS developer may easily go in the other direction.

Comment no one writes large enterprise systems in Java? (Score 1) 211 211

You must be a Java programmer. Garbage collection is generally a very bad idea for a systems language, because of the periodic stalls whilst it does the cleanup

Respectfully, you really need to research this if you believe that is the cause. Java is the enterprise systems language to beat today. And its Garbage collector does a fine job if you understand how it operates, just as with most other mature garbage collected runtimes.

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