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Comment Re:Deconstructing diversity in tech (Score 1) 233

Me: Hey, I notice there aren't a lot of men in nursing, or elementary school teachers, what's up with that?

Good question.

Actually no, I never asked that question

You should.

because the answer to it was obvious.

Yes. Quite. Societal peer pressure / peer judgment / being relatively unwelcome by the people there. Men are steered away from pursuing those at every turn.

Just like the answer to why there aren't a lot of women in tech is obvious.

Yes. Quite. But not the answer you wish it was.

Comment Re:Deconstructing diversity in tech (Score 1) 233

Yeah man. It's like the prejudice and sexism in hair dressing

Quite. You think heteromen interested in hair dressing aren't driven away by misogynist peer pressures?

and dress designing!

Is that even dominated by women? I'm far from sure about that.

We need to start training more heterosexual men to be hair dressers and dress designers in elementary school.

Funny. I may recognize that there are issues in several industries... but I don't subscribe to this as a solution for any of them.


Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 842

Wait, is this actually a thing?


I (a European) thought this was just a stereotype, spinning off the "stupid American c*nts" trope. TIL.

Its a stereotype that has its roots in reality; its not remotely universal (of course), but plenty of these idiots actually exist in the wild.

Comment Re:Deconstructing diversity in tech (Score 1) 233

1) The desire to have a diverse workforce is inherently prejudicial. The workers should be judged on their abilities, not their sex, not their race.

The observation that their are relatively few women in a particular sector wiggles it's ears and strongly suggests that something prejudicial may be going on. Its reasonable to ask why, and its reasonable to be completely dis-satisifed with the set of bullshit non-answers people like you have come back with.

Me: Hey, I notice there aren't a lot of women in tech, what's up with that?

You: You can't ask that! Its sexist! Your sexist. And your a bully! And you want to coerce women to do something they don't want to do!! (Which presumably in this case is to be forced to spend time with people like you.)

Give me a break.

I don't think a any of the proposed "solutions" are anything of the sort. But I think sexism is a definitely problem in tech. And your response exemplifies it far more than it refutes it.

Comment Re:Why do they need ANY info? (Score 1) 284

1. Google says it is not true.

Multiple different sources report that google wants that data; going back over a year.

2. Adding things like current speed and wheel angle can really help with dead reckoning when GPS is having a problem getting a lock like going through a tunnel.

"The publication says that Android Auto tracks variables including vehicle speed, throttle position, fluid temperatures, and engine revs, information that is collated and then sent back to Google"

So does it need to be collated and sent to google for dead reckoning? Why can't the phone do that itself? Or maybe the car doesn't need to give all that data to the phone so that it can do dead reckoning because the car already has GPS, antennae, its own dead reckoning and plenty computing power that's not constrained by a tiny battery... so rather than report its throttle position and steering wheel position etc, it can just tell the phone where it is, as a solved problem.

3. Knowing how much fuel you have left and your current mpg can help it find the cheapest gas along your route.

Yes, because saving a nickle a gallon sounds like a typical Porsche owner priority.

Meanwhile Porsches have been able to estimate their remaining range for over a decade. If the phone wants to know if it can reach cheaper gas the app can ask the car if it thinks it can go another 200km or not.

All that said... if Porsche doesn't want to hand the data over, big deal. The android app can just say "Feature not available. Porsche telemetry not available." I don't see why that's not a valid solution.

Comment Re:Its laugh track is a crime against humanity (Score 4, Informative) 367

Then there's the dialog pacing, which is constructed to suit the exaggerated laughing instead of the comedy.

Or it's acknowledging the studio audience reaction. You see the same thing in live plays... where the pacing of the action on stage adjusts naturally the audience reactions. And if you took a stage play and edited out that audience reaction you get the same unnatural cadence.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 5, Insightful) 842

You don't even have to win the fight, you just have to hurt them, and they will leave you alone in the future.

I knew a girl who was bullied by some other girls in school. One day she fought back, and landed a good punch. Two days later she was gone because they ganged up on her, set her hair on fire and burned her with cigarettes. Her parents drove her to another school after that.

bullies are usually cowards.

Except when they're not cowards, outweigh you, and have a lot of friends. This is not uncommon.

I know more than a few guys who were bullied. Some fought back, sometimes it worked. As often as not though, it didn't help one iota, and if anything just made it worse.

The football quarterback prom king dating the lead cheerleader who throws the best parties? Half the school worships him, including the teachers? He can be a bully too. I wouldn't count on the idea that landing a couple good punches on him is going to make life better for his victim.

Comment Re:Well now, not surprising (Score 1) 393

It was a reference to Egypt. Where the law says we can't provide aid to a government formed by coup. Egypt's government was formed by coup, they wanted to send aid, so they decided the law didn't require them to determine whether or not the government was formed by a coup.

That said:

Even without a passport, credit cards, a driver's license, and all sorts of other documents can confirm your identity.

"Can confirm" is entirely beside the point if they don't want to confirm.

You think a CBP agent would risk their job over denying a citizen re-entry?

If they were told to reject someone? Then rejecting them would be their job. If they asked "but I have to allow a citizen" and was told "so don't confirm he's a citizen"...

Even without those documents, it's relatively trivial to to answer some questions about your identity, have CBP look up a photo ID, and let you in.

Sure, if they want to be helpful. All he has to do look at the credit cards, drivers license, and call it a suspected fake, and send it in to be processed.

That could take hours, days... months. Sure it could be done in a few minutes if they WANTED to... but what if they didn't want to? What are you going to do about it?

Comment Re:Expect drama (Score 1) 161

Patreon is almost literally "Patronage".

There is a very good reason that for a long time, charity was considered best when it was anonymous.

Charity and Patronage are not really the same thing.

Patronage in many respects has as much in common with charity as it does to an employer/employee relationship. Patronage is somewhere in the middle of that continuum.

That said, I don't disagree with you that there are definitely situations where anonymous charity and patronage have benefits... BUT there are lots of situations where patronage doesn't need or benefit from anonymity; and where benefits are realized for either or both parties from the non-anonymity of the relationship.

Comment Re:In all seriousness, (Score 3, Interesting) 246

But to access the passwords in my password safe, I am required to enter a password that is only in my head. So, can the government force me to divulge my password to my password safe?

I'd like to know the answer to this too.

And as a follow up question, what about passwords I don't fully trust to the password safe, but keep part of in the safe and part in my head...

Comment Re:Well now, not surprising (Score 1) 393

even without a passport.

The obvious loophole is that the US border services doesn't have to take your word for it that you are a citizen. Nor is their any mandate that they process your claim or evidence of citizenship in any sort of timely manner.

Q "Why did you prevent this us citizen from entering the country?"

A "We did not determine he was a US citizen."

Q "He's been here for 6 months now."

A "We are not obligated to make a determination; we didn't want to let him go, so we elected not to determine if he is a citizen."

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