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Comment: Re:But why? (Score 1) 634

by mopower70 (#49569837) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

No, of course not. Who is suggesting we force it?

They made their course more attractive to women, nothing else.

No, they didn't. They cherry-picked engineering applications which would appeal to women. The other drudgery that's necessary for society's functioning still needs to get done, and it will. Just not by people who think having feel-goods about what they do is more important than the work itself. I'm pretty sure if you changed nursing studies to "nursing while piloting supersonic jets", you'd get a lot more guys being RNs too.

Comment: Re:Ignoring the stupidity of the FAA for a minute. (Score 2) 239

Can we just call it what it is? It's a "toy helicopter", not a "drone". That helps get the conversation on the right track.

No it doesn't. That just sidetracks the conversation completely and leads into another unrelated thread in which someone points out that "drone" is a colloquial superset of UAVs that includes "toy helicopter," the aircraft in this article, and whatever more limited definition you have in your head. It's pointless, non-contributory pedantry.

Comment: Re: Run fast, for 2 fucking hours and over 26 mile (Score 1) 254

by mopower70 (#48119847) Attached to: What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

"Bill Hicks: Remember Jim Fix, that health-nut who died while jogging? Used to write BOOKS about joggingwhat do you jot down about jogging? “Left foot, right foot, hemorrhage."

Remember Bill Hicks, that comedian who made fun of Jim Fix, the health-nut with a heart condition who died at the age of 52? Used to smoke, drink to excess, and make fun of people who took care of themselves? Died of cancer at the age of 32.

Comment: Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (Score 1) 981

by mopower70 (#47930199) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

First in regards to:

Well as a closed system maybe but, if your "society" is being propped up via funding and arms, and you have no need to actually produce anything yourself or even produce engineers at all, then it isn't as much of a problem.

The US spends over half a trillion dollars on the DOD a year. For decades, we have moved away from producing goods to a service providing nation. Granted, this is starting to improve a bit but it's nothing to celebrate, yet.

It's a little disingenuous to refuse the distinction between external funding and funding created from your own economy, don't you think? And the US economy isn't propped up by arms in the sense the OP used it because the use of those arms is not the engine of our economics. Propped up in the sense that we manufacture and sell them to others as well as ourselves, yes, but that's hardly a closed system, is it?

Comment: Re:Balancing skepticism (Score 2) 141

by mopower70 (#47633739) Attached to: Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

Fact is that micro pollutants are just now entering the threshold of human understanding - and it's a bigger problem than just about anybody guessed.

Fact is, that's a logically inconsistent statement. If it's just now entering the threshold of human understanding, than there can't possibly be enough evidence to call it a "bigger problem than just about anybody guessed". Unless, of course, nobody thought it was a problem at all - in which case they wouldn't be called pollutants, but unicorn dust or leprechaun farticles.

Comment: Re:Blizzard Shizzard (Score 1) 252

by mopower70 (#47060933) Attached to: Blizzard Sues <em>Starcraft II</em> Cheat Creators

Suing programmers for their creation is a very bad practice. As code is a form of speech, denying someone a freedom of it is against a democratic constitution.

I'd like to see Blizzy sued to bankruptcy for this stupidity. But alas, pigs don't fly now do they?

I'd post that idiocy anonymously too. A) Freedom of speech is freedom from legal suppression. You do not have the right to say whatever you wish. B) Just like you can't yell fire in a crowded theater, you can't release code whose intent or effect is to infringe on someone else's rights. Under your perverse logic, anti-virus software would be "unconstitutional censorship."

Comment: Re:The only features ... (Score 5, Insightful) 243

by mopower70 (#46932225) Attached to: The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

>I would leave off the call feature - big waste of time for me.

Yup. I tend to avoid the whole call thing. People calling my phone is an asynchronous interrupt which doesn't fit with my life and work style.

The most ironic part of it is, it's the one piece they just can't seem to get right. Phone calls on a cell phone suck. Period. They're awful. I was at someone's house the other day and talked to someone on an old AT&T Bakelite phone over POTS and I was shocked at how beautiful the sound was. I have never, ever - not even once - had a cell phone call that came anywhere close to that. Cell phone call quality is the audio equivalent of a Jackson Pollock painting: anyone who claims they can understand a damn thing is just lying.

Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 1) 1198

by mopower70 (#46879605) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

See this makes my whole week. Shitbag dirty criminal animal who rapes and murders multiple people gets "absolutely tremendous levels of suffering"

There is a huge grin on my face right now. Knowing it pisses you off even makes me happier.


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Comment: Re:Ability to design and write software... (Score 2) 581

by mopower70 (#46726085) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Watch out for those blanket generalizations, they bite back.

Nothing is said about the ability of coal miners to learn how to code. You just can't teach them.

lolwut? "Oh, they can learn, they just can't be taught." So they arrive at these new skill-sets organically through osmosis?

Comment: Re:Having a private pilots license (Score 3, Informative) 269

I don't know, aside from a few mountains that mostly stay put there's nothing to hit in the air except other planes, and there's a LOT more room to maneuver than on the street.

You'd think that... but I imagine it's a lot like sailing. I sail on the ocean and even if there's only a handful of boats out there, there's a good chance you're going to come near one of them. Every airplane is dealing with the same flying conditions and a fairly limited number of destinations. You're generally going to want to take the shortest, most fuel-efficient path - along with every other craft up there. In theory there's lots of room to maneuver, but the odds of you occupying the same space as another craft going or coming the same direction are actually pretty good.

Comment: Re:O RLY (Score 1) 259

by mopower70 (#46524781) Attached to: Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

All the fuss surrounding GMO is about this.

YA, No. It's not. All the fuss surrounding GMO is about imagined illness and "unnatural" foods. I WISH it was about this because this is what the fuss should be about: Bad Farming Practices (tm). And Bad Farming Practices (tm) are not limited to GMOs, but also apply to the festering cesspool we call organics that poison hundreds of people every year.

Anyone who's arguing against GMOs because of where farmers get their seeds has no idea how modern agriculture works. Farmers have been buying seed from stores for nearly a century and that's not going to change any time soon. The economics of selecting, drying, and storing your own seed hasn't scaled in generations. This fantasy of the strapping farmer harvesting his crops and saving the seeds for next year's planting is just some Hakuna matata circle-of-life fantasy that doesn't exist in the real world business of agriculture.

Comment: Re:Confiscate cameras (Score 4, Insightful) 478

by mopower70 (#46278793) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

All that effort to protect what has become a job selling buggy whips.

Just drop the "professional" photog bullshit already. No one needs to pay to have their picture taken. Do you know why? Because it's not 1964 anymore, and every fucking person walks around with some kind of camera on them.

Like I said, selling fucking buggy whips.

Yes, and everyone walks around with some kind of writing tool on them and thinks they're an author too. The unreadable dreck that has turned the self-pub market into a steaming shit-pile makes it very clear that people like you are the ones doing it. Photography is art. Just because you have a tool that is capable of creating art, doesn't mean the person wielding it is, anymore than the billions of people with computers that can run a compiler are capable of writing a useful application.

Comment: Re:This is the AP Comp Sci exam (Score 4, Insightful) 489

by mopower70 (#45933177) Attached to: Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

It's also pretty clear, based on the experiences of women who have an interest in technology, that they experience hostility, sexism, and nastiness, many enough for them to quit. If it were just a couple, then I'd think it was maybe a fluke, but when every woman I've talked to in tech about it has said they experienced it, and all but 2 of my female college classmates dropped out of the CS program, I'd say it's safe to say there's a sexism problem in the culture of tech that should be addressed.

My experience has been that women in technology who say they "experience hostility, sexism, and nastiness" are experiencing the exact same environment that the men they work with experience. Men who work in the primarily female field of nursing experience cattiness, back-stabbing, and undermining cliquishness. Are women in nursing inherently sexist? No, of course not. Men are just not used to the dynamic of a primarily female workplace, and the same holds true for women.

Try this, if you are a guy in tech who doesn't get it: When you encounter a reasonably good-looking (by your standards) woman with a similar professional background, is your thought process about her professional work (e.g. language or OS choices, server configurations, algorithm ideas), or is your thought process about how you might be able to get her into bed? If it's about her work, congratulations, you aren't part of the problem. If it's about the hope of bedding her, then you need to pay attention and make sure you're thinking with your brain rather than your dick. If you don't know for sure, err on the side of professionalism and focusing on work, and let her make the conversation personal if she wants to. If you can't stick to those rules, you are part of the problem.

So, the woman who finds a male nursing co-worker attractive is the problem with the under-representation of men in the nursing field? Men interact with men differently than they interact with women. Women interact with women differently than with men. "Professionalism" that attempts to pretend that's not true is doomed to failure. There are plenty of fields that are balanced in gender representation. There is absolutely nothing inherent in IT professionals that they create a more "sexist" environment than there is in nursing or teaching professionals. Attempting to blame the behavior of those already in the field is disingenuous, uninformed, and insulting.

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