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Comment Re:You mentioned police, so... (Score 1) 605

Ah, the old "I'm just saying it, I don't mean it" defense.

Look, I grant zero-tolerance is a stupid policy, and exceptions must be made for sarcasm. But sarcasm should be something you have to demonstrate, not be assumed. Because, frankly, you're erroring on the side of one guy's livelihood, and I'm erroring on the side of public order.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 224

The fact is that programming is a shit field over the long term. If I had to do it over again, I would have just kept it as something to toy around with.

That's true for every field in one way or another. In the long run, every job is something that can eventually be outsourced, replaced by robots, or both. Getting ahead financially is about playing the percentages, picking something that pays well and that you can stand, and saving up as much money as you can for the inevitable drought later.

Comment Re:as a layperson, im a little confused. (Score 3, Insightful) 217

It is, in fact, the very worst kind of bigotry, and it has a name; institutional racism. It's the kind of racism that even people who consider themselves non-racists can exhibit, where they, often unconsciously, stack the deck against some employees based on racial, ethnic or gender cues.

And then all the white males in the IT department show up on Slashdot and say "Well, maybe the woman and blacks don't wanna be computer programmers!"

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 2) 224

And what if the conditions of work are preventing them? And I'm not just talking about the "usual" conditions like a lack of affordable daycare and the like which often keep women from better employment. What if there are certain groups within this industry, or in any industry really, who are hostile to women being there?

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