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Comment: The suit being scam doesn't mean no discrimination (Score 1) 278

by marga (#49362397) Attached to: Ellen Pao Loses Silicon Valley Gender Bias Case Against Kleiner Perkins

Many here have said that she was suing just to get money, and that is likely true.

However, as a woman in tech I can tell you that even though this lawsuit might have been a scam, it doesn't mean that there is no discrimination out there.

There's a lot of comments here saying that the pay gap is only due to women going out of the workforce during their child-bearing years. It is not just that. Sure, women that go on maternity leave may "lose time" and thus be paid less than their colleagues that didn't, but that's not the only reason. Men are promoted on expectations, whereas women are promoted on acomplishments. This means that a woman needs to go do more and prove herself more than a man in order to get the same promotion.

Several studies have shown that when faced with the SAME RESUME changing the name from a female to a male one will raise the intended salary. When faced with the same performance review, changing the name to male will raise the overall score and the monetary bonus. The gender of the person selecting the salary or bonus is irrelevant, women and men equally discriminate against women.

Some comments mentioned women not studying CS because they weren't interested or similar stuff. Sure, some women might not be interested. But a lot of women leave the tech industry every year, at all the stages (students, graduates, employees, managers, etc) due to the constant pressure to prove that they actually belong there. It's in the small stuff that accumulates over time, like a female conference attendee (or even speaker) being taken to be someone's girlfriend, a female programmer getting handed all the admin work for the team, a female engineer being told that she would understand a certain solution to a problem because it's too complex. It's in larger things like a new hire being told by her peers that she only got hired because she's a woman, in promotion processes that require assertiveness (a trait that most women find hard) even though the job itself doesn't call for that, and a culture that values hours in front of the monitor over actual results (in general, women value their free time more, and they will work harder in order to leave early, but this is not something the tech industry in general appreciates).

And all of this is without mentioning harassment. There's a lot of harassment towards women in the tech industry. And not only sexual harassment (of which there is plenty and hopefully you don't need examples of this), there's also plain anti-women harassment, i.e. people telling it to your face that you are not good enough because you are a woman, managers refusing to give their female employees big projects because they don't believe them capable, thus making them unable to prove that they are... And to top it all there's the GamerGate.

Most women leave quietly, there's plenty of those. For the few that don't, there's thousands of male voices eager to shut them down, claiming over and over that they are exaggerating or directly lying, and then threatening to swat them, rape them, kill them... No wonder most choose the silent path.

So, please, even if we agree that this suit was absurd and just a grab to get money, do not take this to mean that there is no discrimination. There is. A lot of it. And the vast majority of those discriminated just take it silently because they know that it's the safest route. And it will still be until we as a society do something to change this.

+ - Forced Exposure - Groklaw is Over, Cites Privacy Concerns->

Submitted by gravious
gravious (19912) writes "pj, in her own words.

> My personal decision is to get off of the Internet to the degree it's possible. I'm just an ordinary person. But I really know, after all my research and some serious thinking things through, that I can't stay online personally without losing my humanness, now that I know that ensuring privacy online is impossible. I find myself unable to write. I've always been a private person. That's why I never wanted to be a celebrity and why I fought hard to maintain both my privacy and yours."

> So this is the last Groklaw article. I won't turn on comments. Thank you for all you've done. I will never forget you and our work together. I hope you'll remember me too. I'm sorry I can't overcome these feelings, but I yam what I yam, and I tried, but I can't."

Link to Original Source

+ - Groklaw is now over.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "PJ is announcing she closed Groklaw due to privacy concerns. From the last Groklaw article: "So this is the last Groklaw article. I won't turn on comments. Thank you for all you've done. I will never forget you and our work together. I hope you'll remember me too. I'm sorry I can't overcome these feelings, but I yam what I yam, and I tried, but I can't.""
Link to Original Source

+ - PJ shutters Groklaw

Submitted by The Cornishman
The Cornishman (592143) writes "Early this morning, EDT, Pamela Jones, better known across the world as PJ posted what would appear to be her final article, marking the end of Groklaw. Her reason? The forced exposure which she feels from ubiquitous surveillance makes it impossible to continue to interact with Groklawers over the Internet, and she did always say she couldn't do Groklaw without email. As casualties of Big Brotherism go, this is pretty major. Personally, I thought Groklaw was a force for good in the world."

Comment: Re:so i can't make a clock with no numbers? (Score 4, Informative) 274

by marga (#41430139) Attached to: Swiss Railway: Apple's Using Its Clock Design Without Permission

Exactly what I thought when I read the article. How long can the copyright on the design of a clock last? If it's 70 years, then it'll still be protected for 11 more years.

But then, it's also a trademark. I don't know swiss law, but trademarks are usually allowed to be renewed forever... If that's the case with this clock, then nobody will be able to ever make a clock that looks like this one without paying the Swiss Railway.

Comment: Re:Can already have all that (Score 1) 648

by marga (#39970157) Attached to: How Would Driver-less Cars Change Motoring?

The problem is in your first statement: "with no bus service". If you had a bus service, then you wouldn't be wondering about public transit.

When "public transit" means fast trains for interurban and noiseless tramways for urban, with a joined fare so that you pay for the time you travel and not for the amount of different vehicles you use, you could perfectly take the tram to the train station, take the train and then again the tram to your parents house.

This works like a charm in Switzerland (and other european countries, but my best experience was in .ch). Tram times are synchronized with train times, so that you don't have to spend more than one or two minutes in the change of vehicle. You travel comfortably and fast from one or two blocks away or your house to one or two blocks away of your destination.

Many places currently do not have good public transportation, and people cannot even think of moving around without a car. It doesn't mean that good public transportation is impossible and that living without a car is always a show of being "poor".

Comment: Re:When I was in High School... (Score 1) 1054

by marga (#39418017) Attached to: Teacher Suspended For Reading <em>Ender's Game</em> To Students

Argentina? I'm failing to see the parallel.

There are some very dark times in Argentina's sort-of-recent history, when people against the government were illegally detained and made to disappear. However, that stopped with the return of democracy, almost 30 years ago.

10 years ago, there was an incident of protests and violence, when the president then was forced to resign. However that was an isolated event, and probably not what you are aiming at.

The current state of affairs regarding people thinking differently in the US has nothing to do with Argentina. Protestors here are not attacked by the police, their rights to protests are many and are respected. Any kind of repression like the one suffered by the Occupy movement would trigger governors/mayors resignations... Even maybe the president.

Comment: Re:Fake (Score 1) 720

by marga (#38919039) Attached to: Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist

I tried to find .gov sites with this flyer without success. However I DID find .gov or other sites with similar flyers, but for different cases:

On reno.gov, for hotels and motels (does not say FBI):
http://www.reno.gov/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=17584

Florida Self Storage Association, for cargo holders (says FBI, low quality scan)
http://www.floridassa.org/form/FBI-Indicators.pdf

The "Columbus, Ohio Police" site (not .gov, I don't know if it's legit or not) has quite a number of these flyers, although the Internet Cafe ones are not included:
http://www.columbuspolice.org/Units/Terrorism%20Early%20Warning.html

This page (supposedly the sheriff's office page for Osceola County, Florida) seems to have a compendium of all of them, in plain text:
http://www.osceola.org/sheriff/113-14385-19137/communities_against_terrorism.cfm

If it's someone trolling, they really did put A LOT of energy into making this look legit.

Comment: Re:My other thought (Score 1) 720

by marga (#38918563) Attached to: Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist

> I had a public school education, yet i know how this ends.

How? In a civil war/uprising like happened in Egypt? In a yet more oppressing tyranny like North Korea?

The whole wide word is going at a very fast speed towards giving more and more control to the governments. Some countries are further into it than others, but the whole world is going in that direction.

I'm afraid that the most likely outcome is a 1984-like world :-\

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