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Comment Re:Barriers to women often subtle or invisible (Score 3, Informative) 231

The main problem is that a lot of firms talk about diversity, but aren't great on actually hiring women in tech. And when they get hired, getting shunted into more "traditional" roles, like being asked to cover the phones or front desk (as a female) when the male interns aren't asked to do that.

I would be really interested if you had evidence of this, because it goes directly contrary to my experience.

Comment Re:Maybe becuase (Score 2) 447

So many people enter the tech industry because they want money, not because they like tech.
If you're a programmer who doesn't like programming, that's basically like you wrote down on your college application, "Hello, I want to be sad for money."

Maybe you should have studied welding.

Comment Re:Companies don't get it.... (Score 4, Insightful) 447

Unlimited vacation: What this actually means is no guaranteed vacation.

Take your vacation, man. You're shirking your duty if you don't. When someone says, "you have unlimited vacation," they are trying to take money from you. It is in no way rude to take the money back.

If you aren't sure if you'll "have time," plan your vacations several months in advance. Even if you stay at home for your vacation, you'll feel better if you take them.

Comment Re:How is this legal? (Score 1) 308

There isn't a requirement by default. But I think it's common in contracts for both parties to agree at the time of signing where disagreements will be adjudicated. Certainly it's common on credit card contracts.

In this case, the contract is the form of a EULA, which is different. I don't know of any lawsuit where a jurisdiction clause in a EULA was contested, so that will be another interesting question for the court to take up.

Comment Re:Yay for OSX (Score 1) 83

I think I read that one of the BSD variants has adopted it.

FreeBSD adopted it. But FreeBSD is more closely related to Apple than any other system.

But after I have asked and asked the question about why no Linux distro has forked it, all I get is "systemd sucks" type comments, or the chirping of crickets.

When I looked at it, I felt it was insufficient. It is tightly integrated with Apple APIs, and really works well with the Apple system (I do think it's a nice piece of engineering), but I didn't think it would be particularly portable. For example, using it to manage a system like Apache doesn't work as well. I've been wanting to look at FreeBSD's version, to see what changes they made to handle certain use cases, but I haven't had the time. In fact, I am definitely going to put that on my list of things to look at, because it could be really good.

At the same time, there is a long history of every Unix writing their own init system, and every other Unix hating it. In fact, you can omit the word 'init.'

Comment Re:Programmed behaviour is programmed behaviour. (Score 1) 436

The long pole in the tent isn't developing an AI capable of driving. It's developing an AI that can deal with assholes.

And Google still doesn't have the short pole built yet. (Really, their maps aren't even perfect yet, which is kind of a pre-requisite).

Comment Re:Ideology not reality ... (Score 2) 151

And until economics is based on anything other than sketchy math and ideology, it can never be a real science or have much more meaning than something people use to defend their ideology. But since people never look at economics separated from their ideology, it will never happen.

It seems like you get most of your economics knowledge from MSNBC or The Daily Show.

Back in the real world, economic concepts like MV = PQ is one of the most empirically tested ideas around.

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