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Comment Summary and article almost made me biased. (Score 1) 281

After reading the summary and the summary of the article, I first thought that women's code is generally better:

Our results suggest that although women on GitHub may be more competent overall (...)

The trick is women on GitHub. In the conclusions they quote another study:

Another explanation is self-selection bias: the average woman in open source may be better prepared than the average man, which is supported by the finding that women in open source are more likely to hold Master’s and PhD degrees

Good job at pointing that out. If we are comparing PhDs to less educated people, it's expected that they have better code. That also makes the gender bias against women's code look even worst.

The only problem I have with the article is in the type of submissions part (programming vs non-programming). From the article:

For instance, changes to HTML could be more likely to be accepted than changes to C code, and if women are more likely to change HTML, this may explain our results.

The authors address the first part (they beat men in most languages, but to different degrees), and they didn't address the second: if .css and .json are 90% of their contributions, this would be the reason of their overall higher acceptance rate being statistically significant, this also could be another explanation to the rejection rate on outsider women vs outsider men, the only case with discrimination.

Both outsider women and outsider men have much lower acceptance rate than gender-neutral outsiders, but this is the only case where women supposedly are discriminated. IMHO, they should show the raw numbers (the confidence intervals show that they might not be that much), and check the languages that are in this group. If it's mostly .txt, .podspec, .m, .xml, languages where men statistically "beat" or might "beat" women, then the conclusion of bias could be wrong or exaggerated. It's just one hypothesis that I hope they do address when peer reviewing, just to rule out any chances.

Comment Re:Strange (Score 1) 133

It depends on the country. In Brazil, where I'm from, you can hide to avoid prosecution, for most crimes (exceptions are racism and armed groups acting against constitutional order). There is a table for the applicable limitation times, but for most cases it is between 1,5 to 2 times the maximum jail time you could do for the crime. E.g.: for a crime that can land you 2-4 years of jail time, the state has 8 years to charge you, then another 8 to give a final verdict, and then the time you actually got (eg 3 years) to land you in jail. In other words: if the state doesn't bother to charge you for 8 years for a minor crime, you are free; if it charges you, but is so slow that it can't give you a "speedy trial" of 8 years, you are free, and if you are sentenced to 3 years of jail, but for another 3 years it can't put you in jail (fleeing or not found), then you are free as well, after all, it has been 19 years after you committed the crime, nothing good will come from putting you in jail for that. If you were a real criminal, you would go to jail for other crimes, if you are not, and for the past 19 years you did nothing wrong, there is no constructive reason to spending public money on vengeance.

It's funny cause for me it seems quite absurd that a person must live outside of society and worry forever because of something minor that the state didn't bother enough to prosecute properly. Someday the bs has to stop (I mean generally, not specifically to Assange's case)..

Comment That's what the NSA wants (Score 1) 169

We know they infect stuff you send on the mail and that they mess with checked up luggage. The ONLY "safe" way to take electronics around, in or out the US is to keep it ALL in your carry on, and if you lose visual contact with it while they are passing the x-ray, you just dump or sell it without ever connecting it again to your personal stuff. They even let you take overweight carry on if you explain it is very expensive.

Comment Too much regard for engineers... (Score 1) 568

Every time the cofee spills I like to remember that that shit was designed by an engineer.
I do the same for every poorly designed thing I get in my daily life. Certified engineers make/design/develop the programs I work with and they are a piece o shit, just like the cofee machine, the toiled and the elevator. The gutter in my house, my refrigerator and that building that will be demolished who knows when.

There are plenty of engineering fields and people suck in all of them. The fact that programming is not being done properly doesn't mean we should stop calling them engineers.

Comment Re:Interesting philosophical dilemma (Score 1) 418

Because someone will build devices for that market that do comply

Yes, Baidu is really strong. But it is up to the UK people to decide what kind of country they want.

Participating in massive human rights violations is not ethical, even if you tell yourself you are doing it to protect people from greater harm. That is exactly what the UK government is planning to do (terrorists in their case, bad programmers in your case).

Comment Read the official opKKK twitter account (Score 1) 546

They state that the release will happen on the 5th of November (of course).
They also warn about the pastebin with fake names.

The twitter account that released the pastebin with the government officials that are clearly not KKK is


For any information about #OpKKK we will refer to the official .@Operation_KKK twitter account

Comment Effects operations (Score 2) 245

Most of what the article says is that the Russians were evil and paranoids, that they were afraid of what the NSA and GCHQ call effects operations, but that keyword (and the fact that they were right to be afraid) is not mentioned in the article. Very strange to forget that after two years of Snowden. Here is an article about psyops and effects operations, it mentions the 4 D's (deny, disrupt, degrade, deceive). Check these pages to get a sense of how correct they were to be afraid about the manipulation from the west.

Effects in GCHQ (...) Now major part of business - 5% of Operations

Propaganda, Deception, Mass messaging, Pushing stories, Alias development, Psychology (quotes from the EFF slides, punctuation is mine)

While I do think controlling the content of the Internet is wrong, and I'm glad the Russians can't do it, it seems wrong to criticize those who wanted to do it in self-defense from people who is actually controlling it, specially without mentioning that and pretending they were paranoid.

Comment Re: Christ on a popsicle stick, now what? (Score 1) 728

Please read: Human Rights Watch complaining about detention without charges; An article about a pool in 2002 were Muslims are complaining about the detentions and specially The CIA torture report.

I know that in general people can flee from the USA if they so choose (when not detained). I do know there is a difference in degree between what the Germans did and what the US is doing now, as many Muslims and many blacks and latins are doing fine even with the indefinite detentions, but I can also see that they are not completely different. It's some people losing their lives and their freedom way more often than other people, because of their races/religions. It is worth mentioning that the prison system is very lucrative, both for the work done in prisons and for the subsidies that they get for keeping people in prison.

I answered the other post mentioning facts and suggesting important reads. "Hate mongering" is a very common expression used to dismiss what other people are saying, but it should be used against angrier posts, not concern about serious issues and others knowledge.

Comment Re: Christ on a popsicle stick, now what? (Score 4, Insightful) 728

So where are these concentration camps?

In Guantanamo for Muslims and all over the country for black and Latins. Of course there are other points scattered around the globe for torture. Read the CIA torture report, or at least some highlights.
Please do not pretend a problem doesn't exist just because someone wasn't perfect on his list of exceptions on an argument.

Comment Re:Time to hold the government accountable (Score 1) 213

Wrong, but I don't expect an AC to...

You claimed that people should have different expectations on others arguments based on who they are. That makes no sense in general and even less sense in the internet. After you repeated what you said before, with caps on the part the AC had pointed.

using a stingray isn't a violation of anyone's rights

It is such a violation of people's rights that a judge just decided that evidence found on an attempt to murder case should not be used because it was obtained through that violation. IANAL, be she is a Judge.

Comment Re: These companies keep giving us reasons (Score 1) 394

"Everything" - the search software. I have too much stuff (160k .mp3 files, 1.4k .mp4, 1.7k .mkv and so on). Navigating folders and finding things is a pain, and I'm mostly organized. This is the most important one, there is no real equivalent on linux. My indexes get huge and slow.
If you have any suggestions, I would gladly be proven wrong, but poor alternatives are no equivalents. Before giving up I did try several poor alternatives.

Whether it's at work (...) there's really no way to avoid windows.

Like the anonymous, I can't choose what my company (the government) use, even though I do complain about public money being spent with windows and about all the problems we get with it.

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