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Comment: Re:Peer pressure? (Score 3, Insightful) 158

by the_skywise (#47469829) Attached to: ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

I have to question the analysis after this:

"These STEM majors, as with economics, begin with few women enrolling and end with even fewer graduating. This “leaky pipeline” has been somewhat puzzling, Arcidiacono said, because women enter college just as prepared as men in math and science. On average, women more eagerly spend time studying than men do, a trait that should theoretically attract women to STEM fields, which generally assign more homework."

More homework? Women should be attracted to STEM fields because they "generally assign more homework"?!


F- that... That's not at all why I wanted to go into "STEM" fields. I wanted to build s**t.

Comment: Re:hmmm... (Score 0) 158

by the_skywise (#47469757) Attached to: ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

Hear hear...

In my experience it's not that they can't be programmers it's that they don't WANT to be programmers. The smartest women in my family is a bio-engineer. The second smartest got an MBA (well.. y'know...we love her anyway. ;) ) I've known women physicists, astro-physicists, doctors (the MD kind), veterinarians, and psychiatrists. (None in a professional capacity) All of them geeks in one way or the other but all of them HATE computers and only use them as a necessary evil. I work in IT and have worked with a FEW women programmers compared to the hundreds of men I've encountered and worked with.

It's anecdotal to be sure, but I don't see women being scared out of STEM fields so much as women don't seem to "like" technical engineering/machines as career choices even though they're perfectly capable of doing the work. Is that something to do with existing patriarchal social power structures or something more intrinsic to how the sexes look at problem-solving? (This is aside from the sexism that IS inherent in all the fields but I don't think that's the core problem.)

+ - Manuel Noriega sues Activision over Call of Duty

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Manuel Noriega, the former dictator of Panama, is suing Call of Duty's video games publisher.

The ex-military ruler is seeking lost profits and damages after a character based on him featured in Activision's 2012 title Black Ops II. The 80-year-old is currently serving a jail sentence in Panama for crimes committed during his time in power, including the murder of critics. One lawyer said this was the latest in a growing trend of such lawsuits. "In the US, individuals have what's called the right to publicity, which gives them control over how their person is depicted in commerce including video games," explained Jas Purewal, an interactive entertainment lawyer. "There's also been a very well-known action by a whole series of college athletes against Electronic Arts, and the American band No Doubt took action against Activision over this issue among other cases. "It all focuses upon the American legal ability for an individual to be only depicted with their permission, which in practice means payment of a fee. "But Noriega isn't a US citizen or even a resident. This means that his legal claim becomes questionable, because it's unclear on what legal basis he can actually bring a case against Activision.""

Comment: I go old school (Score 1) 208

by the_skywise (#47274853) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

All of my financial info is with Quicken on my PC. Everything else related to teh intertube world is recorded on a textfile on my PC with the passwords being represented as a cypher. The cypher is a one or two word comment relating to the password phrase I use (which I, in turn, munge to be first letter of each word or some other pattern, yadda) I've got the username/password cypherlist stored on my smartphone as well (Because I can't keep up anymore) and the cypher key is kept only as a hardcopy along with a hard copy of the textfile stored in a fireproof lockbox in my home. (The textfile points out the key is in the lockbox too).

I should probably just put the cypher key list in a separate lockbox (without any other username/account info) and geocache it to make it more fun for my heirs...

Comment: I'm boned... (Score 1) 138

by the_skywise (#47130247) Attached to: The Light Might Make You Heavy

(big boned that is... ha! I kill me!)

How much is too much light?!

I've got a green LED clock and a TV with a red LED that's on when it's off. Once my eyes adjust I can see most of my bedroom FINE... especially when the moon is out and shining through my blinds...

So... the moon makes me fat?!

Or is this along the same kind of logic that because it weighs as much as a duck it's a witch...

Comment: Possibly... (Score 3, Insightful) 207

by the_skywise (#47128221) Attached to: UPS Denies Helping the NSA 'Interdict' Packages

"Perhaps they're bound by a National Security Letter?"

Maybe. It could also be exactly what they say - When presented by an actual warrant to intercept items (EG for goods purchased with stolen credit cards or contraband) they follow it. That WOULD include national security incidents too but, as they say "UPS is not aware of any court orders from the NSA seeking to inspect technology-related shipments" and I'd think a gag order would prevent them from affirming or denying the issue.

Comment: Re:But, but, BUT! (Score 2) 284

by the_skywise (#47059591) Attached to: White House Pressures Legislators Into Gutting USA FREEDOM Act

It is kind of strange that the headline mentions the white house adding pressure, but the summary doesn't at all...

Would ye kindly RTFA

Today, House Leadership, acting through the Rules Committee and in cooperation with the Obama Administration, approved a manager’s amendment to USA FREEDOM that makes significant changes to the bill it comes to the House Floor for a vote.

Comment: Re:Space is cheap, rip to FLAC (Score 1) 329

by the_skywise (#47001089) Attached to: Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

That's why I use Monster brand rubber band protectors on my hard drive. For only $50 per band ($60 for the professional gold embroidered trim which gives you a little extra protection) you wrap them around the hard drive and they protect from bitloss on your hard drive platters and other EMP disturbances.

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