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Comment: Re:to a larger extent, this is culture war. (Score 1) 158

by mvdwege (#47480683) Attached to: ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

OP gave multiple, well-documented cases, of which I was so nice to actually put a name to two, but anyone who followed the news the past 5 years recognised them.

Of course, like a typical troll with no argument you just shout "t'ain't so!" and run away, while projecting your own moral bankruptcy on the other. I had expected nothing better after asking you to back up your position.

Comment: Re:to a larger extent, this is culture war. (Score 0) 158

by mvdwege (#47472867) Attached to: ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

And where does that refute his point? Despite the fact that society pats women on the head by passing them a largely useless piece of paper (it's still mostly your social network that determines advancement, not your degree), we still get politicians like Akin, and the Hobby Lobby decision.

Quite frankly, GP is right, and the Troll mod is probably the work of yet another pimply MRA type.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous! (Score 3, Insightful) 588

by mvdwege (#47461089) Attached to: Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Right. So an alien being posing as an Asgardian God? No problem.

The power of said alien being manifesting in ordinary mortals? No problem.

Said being a member of a team with among others a Forties soldier who survived decades of being frozen and a man turning into a monster? No problem.

Incarnating as a woman? HERESY!

Comment: Re:Um, here's a glaring fact (Score 1) 123

by mvdwege (#47446937) Attached to: Elite Group of Researchers Rule Scientific Publishing

Option 6: Submitted papers really aren't that good.

Especially in subjects with a lot of politicisation in the popular press, it is a common tactic for third-rate or worse researchers to go crying about the establishment suppressing their papers; a closer look often turns out that these papers are in fact very shoddy work.

Comment: Re:Speaking as a guy in his 40s... (Score 2) 370

by mvdwege (#47292699) Attached to: Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

younger people are (generally) better at thinking up new ideas/paradigms and novel ways to do things

As a guy with some experience, all I hear is "younger people blindly follow the newest fads". As it turns out, there have been very little new ideas in IT, and most of the New! Improved! ways promoted these days are merely restatements of old ideas, or old ideas that got discarded for being unpractical.

But in an industry with an institutional memory of barely a decade, that sounds like innovation. And it's self-reinforcing due to the fact that not a lot of employers appear to be interested in hiring experience, instead being dazzled by the Cult of Youth.

Comment: Re:Progenitors? (Score 2) 686

by mvdwege (#47220161) Attached to: Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

In other words, it's effectively practising a religion.

Not a popular thing to say around here, but that's what this speculation about alien life comes down to for those on the side of 'it exists': it's a religion, with SETI as its High Mosque, and the Drake Equation its shahada

. Those who come down on the side of 'it might be possible' are the equivalent of the Christmas-only Christians.

Comment: Re:European influences (Score 1) 165

by mvdwege (#47206061) Attached to: Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?

Oh, Asterix (bugger, stupid keyboard doesn't do accents, can't be bothered to fix right now) has always had absolutely brilliant translations. I grew up on the Dutch ones, and they're quite as good as the original French.

I just pointed out I have them in French these days to ensure no misunderstandings: I'm quite at home in European comics. I am thankful for the suggestion, but it's superfluous in my case. And bonus: I get to enjoy brilliant if occasionally silly wordplay in multiple languages.

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.

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