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Comment: Idea from the sixties (Score 2) 153 153

When I was little, I found a book in our bookshelf about the future. The book was from the early sixties. All with floating at sea nuclear plants, automatic farming, synthetic meet, maglev trains, and trains running through tubes. Propelled either by a propeller at the back or by magnets in vacuum. So Elon Musk just had a similar book in his youth and now tries to build the stuff. Some is great, but that tube thing sucks. It is expensive, it will require a lot of resources even compared to bullet trains.

Comment: Uber is dangerous (Score 4, Insightful) 333 333

Uber is a company which provides an app and additional technology using cheapest labor (average driver) on the back of cheap labor (taxi drivers) to generate lots of money for those who already have enough. Therefore, do not use Uber. Do not support Uber. Instead support the protest.

Comment: Re:It never dawns on women... (Score 1) 471 471

My post was not about gender equality. First, because the initial article is on a program which is intended to increase the number of women in programming. Second, I really do not know what this gender equality thing is. We have regulations stating that all humans have the same rights. So the term is redundant, as human equality includes gender equality. However, it is used regularly and everyone has a different opinion what it actually comprises. So no I do not post on that.

The 70% of women in Iran is stated in "Under the Islamic Republic of Iran" fourth paragraph. But beside that, I had some interesting talks with Iranian computer scientists on a conference in March in Germany. They explained that with a factoid that in Iran engineering and CS are not a guys thing. They rather study other topics including theology. They are, as those two stated, more interested in their look than in technical gadgets.

For western ears that sounds totally odd. However, it allows the conclusion that STEM interests are not a biological determined thing and are induced by culture. Therefore, if you want to change it you have to look at these cultures and how that came into existence. Then you can come up with a plan that works.

On a side note: I do not think that it is necessary to lure women into STEM. While industry believes that all these women are potential programmers, they would not be very good ones if they are not interested in the topic. What they do not understand that a potential programmer is not the same thing as a real programmer. It is like being an athlete. We are all potential athletes, however, most of us suck in that field.

In short: More women in STEM by luring them in will not result in more women and more capable programmers in the field.

Comment: Re:It never dawns on women... (Score 1) 471 471

What leads you to believe that? All you've done is display a link between "countries with fewer rights for women" and "women in STEM/CS". This would lead a rational person to believe that when women have more options they exercise them (like in the west). When they have fewer options they are stuck with STEM/CS.

First, not all listed countries induce restrictions on women. Second, the restrictions do not apply in education. Albeit in Iran Theology is off limits in Iran, they can study almost everything if they want to. Iran is not Saudi Arabia. In addition I had the pleasure to talk to different Iranian Women on a conference in Germany which point out different causes for the differences in selecting topic. In their culture, engineering is not considered a man thing. While I find that weird, it is part of their culture. And this is very different to our culture.

And you know for sure that this does not happen in those countries you listed? As far as I know of those cultures, they treat women much much more different than they do men, including toys and such.

Yes they do, however, in another different than ours. anyway, to change the reputation of STEM topics (without Biology and Pharmacy which are already a women dominated fields) in the public and show our daughters that STEM can be fun for them.

Comment: Re:It never dawns on women... (Score 5, Interesting) 471 471

This is only true for Western countries. In many other cultures women are dominant in engineering and computer science. For example, Iran (70 percent), Philippines (52 percent), Thailand (51 percent) and Kazakhstan (50 percent).

See also:

Therefore, it is a cultural thing and I doubt that it will improve any time soon. First, most programs address people at the end or after school. Then it is too late. If you want to "fix" it, you should start changing education in nursery and primary school. And yes, you should stop offering them dolls and fostering stupid girlie behavior, like "oh cool shopping".

BTW: In eastern European countries the percentage of women in STEM was higher during "communism", as they do not indulge in such "being a toy"-stuff. however, since the end of "communism" this changed, due to new/old role models emerging.

Comment: Re: Yes, it's called redundancy (Score 1) 107 107

You are absolutely right . If these server provide fail over then they must be present. The server start stop thing only applies to load management, e.g. for web shops. As I stated earlier (maybe it was in another post), fail over server as all redundancy related infrastructure are not useless. They serve a purpose. Therefore they cannot be stopped without getting into trouble.

Comment: Re:Yes, it's called redundancy (Score 1) 107 107

True, but in that case these machines do something sometimes over the year. In a modern data center you would be able to shutdown the servers not used for a longer period and restart them automatically when the load rises. A hardware server start may take ten minutes (if there is not much to synchronize), but as you should know your load profile and use load estimation techniques, you can start the servers in advance. Especially, in context of replication of JVM and .Net components, this should be pretty easy. It is more complicated with databases as they might need some time to synchronize with each other.

Comment: Re:Zombies or fail over? (Score 4, Informative) 107 107

A fail over server is not considered useless. They did not monitor server output and decided then after a period of time that the server were not doing anything. You can infer this knowledge by reading the "paper", as they switched these servers off after identifying them. Switching of fail over servers normally would raise alarms and then you get thrown out ;-) So you could safely assume that they mean unused servers.

Comment: Re:Most common reason not listed? (Score 1) 108 108

Your outlined procedure is reasonable. And it is correct to escalate. Actually, it would have made more sense on your side to escalate much earlier. As this is a short script of an imaginary email conversation, I assume that you set a time limit in your first request. "We use your component and your changes Y hinder us to reach our goal X. [...] We need a solution to this problem by today+7 and a solution strategy by tomorrow. If it is improbable to solve the issue to our needs we need to escalate this accordingly, as this would have financial consequences for the company."

However, if your next management level and their next management level are in different branches than this will not work properly, as it would require further escalation, costing time. Each level must set a deadline for an answer and a solution proposal.

Comment: Re: I'm going back to ASCII (Score 1) 164 164

Culture is the ways people live together, their music and art, the way they address problems in life etc. There is no better culture. Only because racists think of their culture (which is often only a subculture as in a partial culture in a wider culture) as superior does not mean that it is that way or that we should use it in that way. I personally think culture is dynamic changing thing and it helps to learn from other cultures as it enriches me and my fellow humans around me.

What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake