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Comment Re:Am I the only guy here that likes G+? (Score 1) 152 152

To be fair, it's not really the G+ crowd. It's the /. crowd who are on G+ that you're talking about here. Personally I use it because it's a source of interesting commentary from people, is pretty active in the fields I'm interested in, and I don't want to wade through the drama that seems to constantly be on Facebook.

But that doesn't mean I'm calling everyone still on Facebook stupid because they haven't moved, or whatever.

Basically, you're getting the wrong impression because you're looking at a tiny niche of vocal commentators on Slashdot.

Comment Re:At least they are trying to solve the problem (Score 2) 212 212

The headline, I think, is the worst part; the choice of "doesn't" (vs. "can't") sets up the expectation that MS is refusing to hire qualified women. Perhaps that's true on some level, but it's certainly not the story...

Microsoft Uses US Women's Soccer Team To Explain Why It Doesn't Hire More Women 212 212

theodp writes: "It is not surprising that the U.S. women have been dominant in the sport [of soccer] in recent years. The explanation for that success lies in the talent pipeline," writes General Manager of Citizenship & Public Affairs Lori Forte Harnick on The Official Microsoft Blog. "Said another way, many girls in the U.S. have the opportunity to learn how to play soccer and, as a result, they benefit from the teamwork, skill development and fun involved. That's the kind of opportunity I would like to see develop for the technology sector, which presents a different, yet perhaps even more significant, set of opportunities for girls and young women. Unfortunately, the strength in the talent pipeline that we see in female soccer today is not the reality for technology. The U.S. is facing a shortage of Computer Science (CS) graduates. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, every year there are close to 140,000 jobs requiring a CS degree, but only 40,000 U.S. college graduates major in CS, which means that 100,000 positions go unfilled by domestic talent." Going with the soccer analogy, one thing FIFA realized that Microsoft didn't is that if you want girls to play your sport, you don't take away their ball!

Comment Re:Totally excellent exchange! (Score 3, Insightful) 187 187

Linus has seemed to have weathered many storms and has gathered some wisdom and perspective missing from his earliest pronouncements. This was one of the best /. Q&As ever.

I agree. This is one of the better/most-on-topic things I've seen on /. for quite a while. :)

A large number of installed systems work by fiat. That is, they work by being declared to work. -- Anatol Holt