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Comment Re:Deconstructing diversity in tech (Score 1) 677

My argument is:

Women occupy "the center" of "the ladder". There's a few at the top, percentage wise less than men, but they're well established at the top as CEO's board members, elected officials etc... There's next to none at the very bottom, an area all but exclusively occupied by men. In the middle women get preferential treatment to men due to government pushes.

Why aren't people bitching women aren't at the very bottom also? If they really want equality they will want to be equal across the entire spectrum, not just the middle and top. Women not wanting to do open source where the door is literally open to anyone who wants to help from anywhere with an Internet connection, and in the case of OLPC's and the like even open to those who don't is not the fault of men. It is because women aren't doing it.

It is dishonest to say they want equality then not take the bottom rung too.

Stop pointing the finger at men when women chose not to do something.

I have shoveled shit, painted fences, picked cantaloupe, chopped weeds, washed cars, and moved furniture myself. I know what the workplaces are like, is it up to men to soften up or women to toughen up? I've worked with women that had toughen up and were worse than the men, they all hold a special place in my heart and I respect them greatly for it. I can't wrap my head around the concept of expecting the entire world to change to accommodate the incompatibilities of a few unwilling individuals because another part of the society thinks those unwilling individuals need to be in positions they're incompatible with. The case of open source, being so accepting and wide open proves my point, not the other way around.


Researchers Create 'Habitability Index' For Exoplanets 52

hypnosec writes: The Kepler Space Telescope has allowed astronomers to detect and catalog thousands of exoplanets and exoplanet candidates. With more powerful telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope scheduled for launch, scientists will be able to check if any of these exoplanets are habitable. But these space telescopes are expensive to create, and access time is coveted. This means simply pointing telescopes to random exoplanets isn't a practical proposition. That's why researchers have created what they call a "habitability index for transiting planets," with which astronomers will be able to prioritize the use of space telescopes for finding habitable planets. Their paper is available at the arXiv.
Open Source

Matthew Garrett Forks the Linux Kernel 681

jones_supa writes: Just like Sarah Sharp, Linux developer Matthew Garrett has gotten fed up with the unprofessional development culture surrounding the kernel. "I remember having to deal with interminable arguments over the naming of an interface because Linus has an undying hatred of BSD securelevel, or having my name forever associated with the deepthroating of Microsoft because Linus couldn't be bothered asking questions about the reasoning behind a design before trashing it," Garrett writes. He has chosen to go his own way, and has forked the Linux kernel and added patches that implement a BSD-style securelevel interface. Over time it is expected to pick up some of the power management code that Garrett is working on, and we shall see where it goes from there.

Disproving the Mythical Man-Month With DevOps 281

StewBeans writes: The Mythical Man-Month is a 40-year old theory on software development that many believe still holds true today. It states: "A project that requires five team members to work for five months cannot be completed by a twenty-five person team in one month." Basically, adding manpower to a development project counterintuitively lowers productivity because it increases complexity. Citing the 2015 State of DevOps Report, Anders Wallgren from Electric Cloud says that microservices architecture is proving this decades-old theory wrong, but that there is still some hesitation among IT decision makers. He points out three rookie mistakes to avoid for IT organizations just starting to dip their toes into agile methodologies.

Google As Alphabet Subsidiary Drops "Don't Be Evil" 247

CNet, The Verge, and many other outlets are reporting that with the official transition of Google (as overarching company) to Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet, Google's made another change that's caught a lot of people's attention: the company has swapped out their famous motto "Don't be evil" for one with a slightly different ring: "Do the right thing." Doing the right thing sounds like a nice thing to aspire to, but doesn't seem quite as exciting.

Comment Re:How is it malware then? (Score 1) 79

Is doing good things, that's not malware.

If I walk into your house through the unlocked front door while you are not home, does it protect me from trespassing charges if while I am there I made your bed and did your dishes?

In that case, just because I can call you a tresspasser, doesn't mean it is proper to also call you a bed-messer-upper or a dish-dirtier.

Malware is software that harms you. This is not malware. No one said it wasn't an infection, or a virus if you prefer, because that it certainly is.

Comment Re:GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 2, Insightful) 309

Using GPLv3 will all but ensure no corporate/enterprise support, thus leaving the older, less useful formats in place.

Sometimes zealots get in their own way...

Yeah, I was just about to say this. Why in God's name would one put a library like this in v3? I suppose I should be happy they made a library at all instead of just "creating an app", but this will be nothing more than a science project.

GNU is Not Unix

FLIF: Free Lossless Image Format 309

nickweller sends a link to an informational post about FLIF, the Free, Lossless Image Format. It claims to outperform PNG, lossless WebP, and other popular formats on any kind of image. "On photographs, PNG performs poorly while WebP, BPG and JPEG 2000 compress well (see plot on the left). On medical images, PNG and WebP perform relatively poorly while BPG and JPEG 2000 work well (see middle plot). On geographical maps, BPG and JPEG 2000 perform (extremely) poorly while while PNG and WebP work well (see plot on the right). In each of these three examples, FLIF performs well — even better than any of the others." FLIF uses progressive decoding to provide fully-formed lossy images from partial downloads in bandwidth-constrained situations. Best of all, FLIF is free software, released under the GNU GPLv3.

Comment Didn't winrar have a nag screen? (Score 1) 129

And require a crack to get working properly? Why would anyone still use that crap. As everyone else has said, 7-zip has I thought, been standard for like 5 years, which is eternity in internet time... Do the slashdot editors still use winrar or something because they are stuck in the glory days of yore?

That, or they really are out of tune with the windows software scene.

Comment Watch what happens in a month - (Score 4, Insightful) 86

this story is forgotten, swept under the rug, no longer referenced.

Just as suddenly as it appeared in the news, it disappears from the news and our short memories caused by modern low attention-span media causes us to forget.

Then the parallel construction and misuse of data will continue.

Just like everyone has forgotten about the persecution of real reporters that began in 08 and was heavily reported on for a short time. We still have mainstream news that's a result of what happened back then, but no mention of that fact.

Just like everyone forgets about the global cooling scare that was a big deal in the 70's and still covered in the 80's.

Just like everyone forgets about the various legal entities that have found "the smoking gun" and plan to go after the administration or some other powerful organization, never to hear anything more about it past the initial breaking news stories.

This one will fall off the earth too.

"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann