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Comment Probably not very exciting (Score 5, Interesting) 91

I work at a place that gets inspected by APHIS. APHIS also puts our material into quarantine.

We have permits for all kinds of things that sound icky and salacious. If someone read the reports they might think, "Wait, something bad is going on here- why are they doing this? Let's follow the trail and find out what they are doing!"

They would be very disappointed to find out what is really going on- that it is all part of 'normal' business. That the icky sounding stuff would be absolutely pedestrian if you understood it.

APHIS is a prettyboring place once you get over the idea of 'quarantine'. My guess is that these records would be boring at first glance, andpretty much just spreadsheet data regardingregular inspections once you have an understanding of what they are doing.

But...maybe that's all just a conspiracy...

Comment Re:Tipping Point (Score 1) 85

I pretty much agree with you.

I create/run a fair number of web applications. Anything with a password associated with it runs https- if there is no password, then it runs insecure.

You want a picture of a peach? I'll serve up thousands- and let every man-in-the-middle know that you're looking at peaches.

You want to send me your email and password (that is probably the same you use on 10 other sites)? Now it is secure.

Asking a real question- why should we encrypt non-sensitive data?

Comment Re:I'm missing something crucial (Score 4, Insightful) 94

Well, here is one really good reason: CHOICE.

People may prefer Google Now. But if you have no other choice- that sucks. Microsoft is trying to provide an option.

I can't imagine they are hoping for a big uptake on Cortana on Android. Google Now is so tightly integrated.

But for everyone complaining about this, or saying, "This is dumb, I don't want it!" - Better to have a choice than not.

So you don't like one of the choices. Cool. But it's always nice to have options.

Comment Re:Of course; everyone HATES Windows phones (Score 1) 94

Microsoft has been pretty public about their dropping support for Windows Phone.

They may come with a new phone- but for now they are pretty much in the, "Okay, that didn't work" mode. It's not a secret.

I have been using Windows Phone for a long time. I actually like it. Though now it seems like every month another feature dies on my phone. I just tell people, "My phone is full-on retarded."

They've also been very public about their plan to follow the customers to where they are- which is NOT on Windows Phone. Essentially my phone gets about zero support now. It's a shame, but not the end of the world.

Comment Re:Well that's for the birds! (Score 1) 90

You know what? You're on the right track...and sadly, this is the first comment I've seen regarding this. (I don't blame the others- this hadn't crossed my mind either)

Yes, there are real people losing jobs. That is a complete bummer. I feel bad for them.

But I still hate Twitter, and I hope they just go out of business entirely. Maybe the techies there can land a good job in some other company- I hope so. I don't want tech to die...just the garbage that is social media.

A millisecond of silence for the fallen techies of Twitter. For real...hate to see that happen.

Comment Re:They need more censorship (Score 4, Insightful) 90

Obviously you are being funny/sarcastic...but this is exactly why I left Twitter.

I made the mistake of calling the Twitter attack on a man a 'witch hunt'. Some poor guy made the mistake of defending the land-a-spacecraft-on-a-comet-guy during the whole shirtgate incident. Hundreds of level-headed concerned citizens went after that guy, including doxxing him. I believe my comment was, "Hey...this is turning into a witch hunt. Posting his personal details is not cool."

Which evidently was the worst thing I could have said. The attacks on me were fairly relentless...because 'witch hunt' is an attack on women, blah blah blah.

Twitter is a cesspool of bullshit. Where the more far out into safe space you get, the more popular you are.

I for one would like to see Twitter burn down.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 647

I wasn't being facetious.

'Real Interest' whether it is through internal, external, intrinsic, etc. does not matter. Those 'outside factors' you speak of are probably parents, counselors, peers, etc. Whatever the reason and influence...Your dictionary definition did nothing to explain what you think those outside factors are.

What matters is- do they have a real interest? Is programming something they WANT to do?

I honestly don't really care if a girl was told that 'computers are for boys' when she was 8 years old. She was also told a million other things that led her to become the person that she is. Maybe she is a nurse now. Or a marketing director.

If that previous counseling caused her not to have an interest in programming- then move along. Devote your time to what your interests are and become successful. Your parents may or may not have made a good choice in which direction to steer you.

It is not the responsibility of those currently in the industry to attempt to cultivate an interest in programming within those people who were not encouraged earlier in life. In that case, we'd probably end up getting 1 in 500 or so of these unfortunates who actually develops an interest after our experiment with exposure.

I don't go around to other industries knocking on their doors demanding to be let in...despite the fact that I was never given an opportunity to develop an interest. In some cases I was dissuaded from entering into highly paid careers.

My grandfather was a big influence on my life. He hated two groups of individuals: the rich and the highly educated. My late-in-life and substandard education can be traced back to the conversations he and I would have in the afternoon after school. "If a doctor is so smart, why does it take them 10 years to get through school?" I was programmed not to become a doctor- one of the highest paid and most respected professions.

This doesn't mean that society owes me a foot in the door toward a medical career. I don't think we need to be concerned about these nebulous reasons that females don't prefer programming as a career. We don't need to go back in time and right the wrongs of our ancestors.

Moving forward? Sure, that is a different story. Treat the kids equally. But by the age of 25, I had spent at least 10,000 hours on computer programming. Yes, I had an advantage over a person who was not encouraged in that direction. That doesn't mean we need to be stupid and erase that history and put me on the same footing as someone who started programming in the 3rd year of college. I had an interest, and I exploited it.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 647

I started programming about 37 years ago at the age of 9. Did it for a hobby.

During these 37 years, I've maybe spent 9 where programming was not a primary focus of my life.

Yes, I like the fiddly crap. I enjoy it. Give me a problem and I'm happy. My employer can talk about a business process, and in my mind I'm thinking data organization- it's just how my brain works. My employer benefits from this greatly.

I can't imagine what it would be like if I entered into this career because someone told me that "It's a good job that pays well". I think I'd just absolutely hate every day. This is the most abstract, arcane, tedious job I can imagine. But luckily, I love it.

I have absolutely no problem working with someone else, male or female, who has an interest in this. But if I was partnered with someone who didn't have the interest, I'd know in a few hours. And I'd hate working with them.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 3, Interesting) 647

Obviously you are going to define this as a problem that society has foisted upon women. No matter what the other arguments may be.

The opportunity is there. There are tons of programs to support women in IT. If there has been some boogeyman out there keeping women from programming, then we can't really do anything about that.

My daughters have had their interests supported as much as my sons. Even more so. I have never seen a 'get your BOYS interested in STEM' while my daughters have been exposed to many of those programs.

Those 'outside factors' you speak of are the boogeymen. You are putting the entire burden on us proving that women don't have these factors. But if the goal is to have equal access to these careers, it exists now.

You are asking us to prove a negative.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 3, Informative) 647

I feel very, very bad for the people who are 'encouraged' to go into programming, if it was not their real interest. That is a person being set up for a very dis satisfactory career.

Programming is insanely boring to people who do not have a very high drive/interest in it. I can't think of many worse ways to spend your day, if you are not truly interested.

I work at a University. 70% female enrollment. Female chancellor, female leadership, etc. etc. If the computer science department is 85% men this is not a case of a 'boys club', this is a case of people being drawn to what they are interested in.

The Gender Studies department is about 95% female. They are very active and visible on campus. They spend a lot of time on 'outreach', yet they still can't crack 6% on male involvement. The computer science department also does outreach, and their numbers remain the same, year after year. The women's resource center has special programs to assist women in does the computer science department. There is so much support for women in technology it is amazing.

Yet still they have a hard time getting women to graduate with a degree in computer science.

I wouldn't push the males into gender studies, and I wouldn't push the females into computer science. I would push them to study what truly interests them, and where they think they will excel.

At this point, on this campus, women are not avoiding computer science because they are being treated poorly. They are avoiding computer science because they don't have an interest. Pretending otherwise is avoiding the truth.

Comment Re:Yay! Sharepoint! (Score 4, Interesting) 44

I'm a Microsoft flag waver- for the last 20 years. It's been core to my career.

I absolutely hate Sharepoint, and I hate the way they are integrating it into everything.

Recently I had someone come to me saying that they kept sending out files, and nobody outside of our organization could access them.

Their files were saved to Sharepoint (the default, not their intention) and when they 'attached' the file to an email, Outlook went ahead and sent a link, rather than attaching the file. The link went to our internal Sharepoint, which people on the outside could not access.

I understand all the reasoning for this to happen. But the problem was that this was just a naive user clicking 'Sure, save it there, that is cool' then being stuck in this problem. I told them to save the file elsewhere...but now they had two versions of the file and confusion ensued.

Please, please, please don't make 'further integration with Microsoft products' the default!

And no...nobody has ever wanted to use Sharepoint more. I've been around it for a long time, and I don't understand what the heck it is supposed to be. Ignoring all Sharepoint is a valuable skill.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 3, Interesting) 153

But that's the problem...

Apps are VERY trendy. If you want to be hip with apps, you gotta get what is hot this week. And the churn is huge.

I welcome a return to mobile web being the preferred way to get information/do things.

I'm on a 'lesser' mobile platform (Windows). I give a damn about apps. Recently Amazon pulled support for their app on Windows Phone- that's pretty serious when even Amazon doesn't want to make an app on your platform.

But I still muddle along with their website- cuz I gotta buy stuff.

I wish they'd pour their efforts into their website, instead of their apps. Then everybody could have a good experience.

Comment Re:Disease (Score 1) 204

I live a country where Microsoft does release their high-end phones (US). I have the 950, after a 1520, after a...shoot, the one with the big camera, can't remember the model.

But the point is- I agree with you on the apps. Assuming you weren't being sarcastic.

To me, apps are a huge waste of time.

Most apps are only used once or twice. Very few apps are used for more than a couple of months. MOST apps are garbage/un-necessary.

I actually like the fact that there is really no point going to the 'Store' for Windows phone. It just means I don't waste time discovering new apps, downloading them, finding out how the work, then being disappointed. That really is the scenario for about 98% of the apps out there.

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