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Comment Re:The blindingly obvious (Score 1) 358

And this is why I buy Dell laptops. And would be incredibly stressed out if I didn't have that option. I like particular things. I already know I like them. I've tried the alternatives -- and I don't like them. Other people like different things. If someone only wants to give me a few choices they have to pick some things I don't like. That's what I hate about this "too much choice" meme. It fails to account for the fact that while it may be true for _some_ people that too much choice stresses them out, others don't mind the choice and are stressed out by not having the _right_ choice available. Other comments here have rightly pointed out that people who don't want to think about it can just go pick the top ranked items, and pretend those are their only choices.

Comment Re:Equality (Score 3, Insightful) 490

I'm not female, so excuse the potential mansplaining, but I suspect it has a lot to do with changes overall in software and society. Back in 85 the people getting into CS were hardcore nerds, male or female, not just looking for a job that was popular or going to make a lot of money. This means that it was full of true nerd culture, and not either "brogrammer" or "SJW" culture, both of which I think repel true nerds. Then more overall societal pressures mean that non-nerd men are much more likely to get into software than non-nerd women, whereas the nerds of either gender didn't care what society thought.

I also suspect (and this is where the potential mansplaining comes in, but I do have backup) that the fact that women in tech are now WOMEN in tech, versus women IN TECH is probably driving away nerdy women who just want to get their nerd on and not deal with conferences about women in tech, etc. I think this article is a really good read (and the comments from people criticizing her for it are also telling):

All Finagle Laws may be bypassed by learning the simple art of doing without thinking.