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Comment: Re:Female programmers (Score 1) 608

by nahpets77 (#44680967) Attached to: Could a Grace Hopper Get Hired In Today's Silicon Valley?
Interesting data. However, I don't think that salary entirely explains the trend. I know 3 elementary teachers who refuse to teach anything higher than grade 3 because the prefer teaching younger kids. One teacher said her reason was because she felt she had a greater impact on the development of the child at that age.

Comment: Re:Female programmers (Score 1) 608

by nahpets77 (#44679327) Attached to: Could a Grace Hopper Get Hired In Today's Silicon Valley?
I didn't say it was a good thing, just that men don't tend to go into teaching just as women don't tend to go into programming. It's true that there's sexism and hostility to women in IT (and many other fields). However, even if we could wave a magic want and made all that bad stuff go away we're never going to see a 50/50 split in the technology field.

You will find that "drawn to" is being dominated by "pushed away from".

I don't agree with that. Off all the women I know from childhood, only a small fraction have gone into technology. The rest have gone into fields like accounting, law, finance, sales, marketing, teaching and medicine (doctors, pharmacists and nurses). They didn't choose these fields because they were "pushed away" from programming.

Comment: Re:Altruism vs profit. (Score 1) 156

Sometimes companies won't touch the code at all unless it's a BSD style license because of various legal reasons. Personally, I'd rather see companies using BSD code with the possibility of some of them releasing there changes than having companies not use the code at all because it's GPL'ed.

Comment: Re:I'm about to leave the software (corp) field (Score 1) 743

by nahpets77 (#37942030) Attached to: Tough Tests Flunk Good Programming Job Candidates
Your post resonates with my own thoughts on the subject of software interviewing. I've talked about this subject at length with a few colleagues several times over the last few months. I know a senior guy who holds several patents that didn't get an offer because he "failed" an interview because he couldn't answer some obscure question about embedded programming. When I got out of school with a graduate degree and a strong background in software, I still had to answer bullshit questions like "what will the output of this function be" etc. I basically didn't get an offer because I couldn't figure out what a format string in a printf statement would do. Normally, I would figure it out via "man printf". These days, I'm the one doing the interviewing and I'd much rather ask conceptual questions and talk about what a candidate has done in the past than to ask questions that are easily solvable using Google. I use Google, Wikipedia and StackOverflow all the time to find answers to questions about C++, Perl and Python. Is it fair to expect a candidate to have all that information at their fingertips?
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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed 1352

Posted by samzenpus
from the fair-balanced-and-simple dept.
A survey of American voters by World Public Opinion shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. One of the most interesting questions was about President Obama's birthplace. 63 percent of Fox viewers believe Obama was not born in the US (or that it is unclear). In 2003 a similar study about the Iraq war showed that Fox viewers were once again less knowledgeable on the subject than average. Let the flame war begin!

Comment: Re:Amarok! (Score 1) 668

by nahpets77 (#25674691) Attached to: iTunes On OS X Finally Has Competition

-- Selectable fields (columns) in the playlist, you can select "last played time", which is great for weeding out stuff you've just heard in the last couple of days. iTunes has this, Amarok 1.4 had this, now Amarok 2 doesn't, and I personally miss it.

It's still there, just not shown be default. Right click on a heading in the playlist; click on "Show Column->Last Played".

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