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Comment: Aw shit! (Score 3, Insightful) 85

by Ol Olsoc (#49616823) Attached to: Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers At Comcast
Aside from the worthless programming, the endless vaginal mesh and mesothelioma lawsuits, the Marcus and Mack and Edgar Snyder sue someone anyone commercials, Its the best friggin thing going!

I find myself watching youtube videos for my video, "normal TV is damn near unwatchable, with a 50 percent commercial rate, you can forget what program you were watching.

Comment: Re:Poster sounds sympathetic, but sounds like thre (Score 1) 246

Are you trying to say that if the kid actually did go on a shooting rampage - which indeed was what he was referring to...

Why are so many people so quick to assume this?

Lessee, a guy goes nuts and kills a lot of people a few years ago

A person makes a direct comment saying the same thing that happened a few years ago is going to happen tomorrow.

If that isn't a credible threat to you, nothing is.

Sure, it's likely to be yet another kook, but let's put it this way. I don't know if you are married or have children, but let's just say that the person you love most in the world is shot, and it turns out the police had actual credible evidence that the person that shot your loved one made a threat the day before, but the police had your attitude, "Oh we shouldn't be so quick - let's ignore the threat."

You okay with that? I mean, we wouldn't want to assume the person who made a threat was actually going to do that, I mean, he might have just been having a little fun. Or maybe had a bad day, so it's understandable he might make a threat to re-enact a mass murderer's rampage. Hey, just sayin' right?

In a sane world, sane people take threats seriously. The Facebook/Twitter world we are in now is not sane, not when credible threats of harm are considered free speech or just havin' a little fun.

Comment: Re:Poster sounds sympathetic, but sounds like thre (Score 1) 246


Even without Pearl Harbor, if Hitler had been loony enough to declare war on us (he did, by the way - he was hoping Japan would attack the USSR if he "helped them" by declaring war on the USA. Alas for him, the Japanese weren't as stupid as he was) without the attack by Japan, we'd have nuked Germany if the Germans had managed to hold out till late '45....

Oh boy - you are gonna get it now. Didn't you know that the US was the only one working on Nucs? and that it was our bloodthirsty nature that we were just itching to use them on Japan? No doubt we were hoping that Germany held out a little longer so we could use a couple on them too?

All tongue in cheek of course. I'm always amazed the weird made up history that people can conjure, completely out of context. Japan of course was not the impetus to create the A-Bomb, it was Germany. And given their engineering prowess, we were very worried about them producing one, along with the ICBM that was in the works, if they beat us to the bomb, we were in trouble. Already the V2's were reduced to practice, and the planned A10 booster on an A9 Rocket would given them the reach. Hitler had a fantasy of nucing the Empire State building, it seems.

Fortunately, they collapsed before that - and as a side note, the firestorm bombing we did was as devastating as nucs. It was very expensive and pretty difficult, but once the firestorm started, you were toast - so to speak.

So after a long, expensive and casualty filled war, and the prospect of several more years, and projections of a million more Americans dead, using the nucs was not that outrageous a decision.

And in maximum irony, nuc'ing probably saved several million more Japanese lives also, as the firestorming stopped.

Comment: Re:Poster sounds sympathetic, but sounds like thre (Score 2) 246

Yes. I attend Virginia Tech, I asked real students who had no idea what 4/16 was or means.

Gar - this keeps being recycled as if it means something.

Are you trying to say that if the kid actually did go on a shooting rampage - which indeed was what he was referring to - he'd ask students if they knew what 4/16 meant, and if they did, he'd shoot them?

It doesn't matter if students knew what the date meant. The person issuing the threat did, and law enforcement did. And now the dipshit student knows what happens when you make a threat like that.

Comment: Re:Poster sounds sympathetic, but sounds like thre (Score 2) 246

It may seem to you. I asked real students on campus, who had no idea what 4/16 was. Yet a student has lost their educational opportunities here, and likely life ruined.

Might be a good reason not to post threats, eh?

Student was already stupid enough to think YikYak is actually anonymous, and stupid enough to think that in a place where there already was one massacre, that threats of another wouldn't be taken seriously.

Also after a Penn State episode where a student made similar threats (and was likewise arrested) it would be really stupid to not believe that Yik Yak isn't watched closely.

Comment: Re:You went THAT far? (Score 1) 606

by Ol Olsoc (#49608537) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

Did a shock-jock eat your brain? No? Then lay off with the ridiculous over-reaction that insults the intelligence of everyone that reads it.

Let us speak of discouragement in the form of an anecdote. This is completely acceptable because the etory except for th eMen are pigs" theme is intertwined wit an anecdote of another. I got absolutely no support for any education from my parents. When I was a kid, I was really curious about things, sometimes taking working things apart. Unfortunately, this might result in a beating, because like many young children find out, disassembly is much easier than reassembly.

Fortunately, my grandfather found a way out of that dilemma, because he would send me "care packages of old radios and other stuff to take apart.

Still discouragement from home. But I knew what I wanted to be. I wanted to work in electronics and computers. They wanted me to become a priest.

At school - overt discouragement. Ever get hauled out of class for an impromptu meeting with the principle where he spends an hour trying to discourage you from taking a dual major of Academic classes and Electronic tech? "Ol - you're such a smart boy - you really do know this is a bad idea don't you? People will think you are stupid.

Yeah, at our school, the people in that field were called "Tekkers" which was synonymous with being called a retard. But I took both majors, and yeah, some folks looked at me like I was an idiot and told me as much. "Tekkers are losers." Didn't care. It was what I wanted to do.

Put myself through post secondary schooling - my parents were annoyed that my sister quit school her last semester, which was only a practicum. So they weren't going to have that happen again. They still wanted me to become a priest.

But I knew what I wanted to do, and I went out and did it. Had a very successful career, and retired at 55 on my own terms. My dual major way back in high school ironically made my value much higher at work.

I would never wish on anyone, of any gender, the amount of active and direct discouragement that I recieved until I entered the workplace. Then again, some of the reasons being given for women being discouraged are a rather weak.

You cannot possible be so stupid as to connect a complaint about porn in the classroom with a vast social conspiracy -

My my my, for a person so intelligent, you certainly can hand out the sanctimonious insults can you not? Perhaps they are the limits of your intellect?

And yet, it is so odd as to cause a moment when one needs to suspend their disbelief that you would simply ignore my comments taken from the article, and were printed here for your perusal, and completely ignore them preferring to call me some sort of "shock jock" victim. Twice even, so perhaps that is your only available speaking points.

Address the comments, explain how they contradict what I wrote. If you like, I will print them again. At least do me the dignity of that, unless you feel compelled to make more gratuitous and unltimately childish insults. Histrionics doesn't wear well on most people, you agree?

In summation, I was quite successful in spite of some pretty active and forceful antagonism both at school and at home to my choices. I did what I wanted to do, because that is what I wanted to do. If a G rated photo, or even not 100 percent positive atmosphere dissuades anyone, of any gender, of pursuing a particular career, it really wasn't the career for them.

Comment: Re:Dear Young Mr Zug (Score 1) 606

by Ol Olsoc (#49607105) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

I haven't bought into this bullshit. I don't think the image is the least bit profane.

I have however bought into the unequivocal fact that the image draws controversy and discussion unrelated to teaching computer science.

We all got together and came up with a new image. Or at least we thought we did. It was a single black line across a white background.

But then some of the reviewers thought, being longer than tall, it might represent a penis, further evidence of the male hegemony. keeping women out of STEM

Then we tried a black dot in the middle of a white background, and it was argued that that would reperesent men's opression of the vagina.

Then we tried a white background with nothing else. They called us racists.

Then we said "Fuck it, let's go have a beer down at the strip club."

Comment: Re:Dumb stuff (Score 1) 606

by Ol Olsoc (#49607045) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

High School is not about growing up.

It's about surviving long enough to make it to college. You can grow up in college.

I'm beginning to understand a little more about you.

Yes, High school is indeed about growing up. Putting that off until college is not a good thing at all. I'll venture to say that is a person isn't mature by HS graduation, they ar eprobably never going to fully mature.

Comment: Re:Dumb stuff (Score 1) 606

by Ol Olsoc (#49607027) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

TIt includes 16-year-old-boys who revel in excessive male horseplay, and have not mastered the fine art of turning it down because it's incredibly dickish. It also includes 16-year-old girls who have not mastered the fine art of dealing with excessive male horseplay/dickishness.

It is noted that you have no reference to 16 year old women being rude and nasty. Apparently they are all pure. It is also noted that you refer to the male penis when you refernce their activity. Your sexist attitude against males is duly noted.

So you figure complete separation of the sexes should help keep thes pure women from being abused by these - as you refer to them - "dickish" boys? Indeed, we need to have studies that show that in all girls schools, that an equal amount of young ladies turn to STEM careers as boys do. Sounds like a great study, as they would not be around boys, which is apparently the major factor in keeping women out of STEM - right? We'll even demand they have only Femal STEM instructors, or do we want to go for the trifecta, and not allow and male teachers at all, to avoid any male interference?

Comment: Re:Don't have to go so far (Score 1) 606

by Ol Olsoc (#49606945) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

Don't have to go so far - people are just complaining about the source of the material and not the content. They don't want their kids searching for stuff connected to Playboy magazine as part of their schoolwork.

Do you even seriously think that is all it is about? From the article:

"Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology probably doesn’t want you talking about how its culture marginalizes women in technology."


"At the time I was 16 and struggling to believe that I belonged in a male-dominated computer science class. I tried to tune out the boys’ sexual comments." And on and on and on.

The article goes on to say how boys are actively trying to keep the girls out of computer science, and runs the whole stereotype of men as misogynistic pigs.

They want to change the culture. True enough By pointing out how a picture of a woman that is rated G is proof that men are actively working to keep women out of STEM?

I think perhaps the goal is to change STEM into another version of the veterinarian field, where men are becoming pretty scarce.

Comment: Re:CHANGE EVERYTHING! (Score 1) 606

by Ol Olsoc (#49606779) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

I'm not entirely sure why it's considered terrible by the average Slashdotter to ask someone, or a group of people, to stop being an asshole.

People should choose their fights carefully. I was flabbergasted when I saw the "offensive" image. I see no naughty bits, and nothing that wouldn't rate a "G" rating.

Because if that is something that somehow proves the male dominated hegemony that has an iron grip over the STEM field, chasing off qualified women, and uncontestable proof of their terrible misogyny, all that it actually does is terribly demean the credibility of those who complain about it. Might as well try to claim that men who own red cars are sexist pigs - well for crissakes - its a red car! Do we have to explain everything for you?

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.