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Comment Re:Epic tone deafness (Score 1) 813

While I wouldn't attribute the form letter response to any intentional malice (likely just a keyword match from a script), it does highlight something politicians have been doing in their stump speeches for a while that really pisses me off.

They all act like "offshoring" and "foreigners taking American jobs" are problems exclusive to the manufacturing sector, and the solution is "retraining" and "more higher education."

The whole problem of IT-sector workers being replaced simply doesn't fit this mold. These people are already highly trained, already have that education, and yet their jobs are still leaving*.

(* though at least its sometimes cyclical, and its not like their entire career field and supporting infrastructure has left the country, but those cycles can still be painful)

Comment Re:Is "ship with" really the big takeaway here? (Score 1) 370

Best course of action --- ask female computer science people (and I don't mean a person who brought Microsoft Bob to an unsuspecting world, but real female computer science people) what obstacles they faced and what would they do to remove them.

I also wish that when people did ask real female CS people for commentary, or to show as representatives of their fields in a public forum, they actually did that. Far too often it seems like they hold up project managers and various support roles as shining examples of "women in tech", rather than actual software developers.

Comment Re:The death of the Candybar QWERTY (Score 1) 90

I'm still wondering what the Android-land replacement for the Q10 is.
My wife is still using a Q10, and doesn't really know what to switch to. And yes, she hates typing on touchscreens.
I personally switched from the Passport to the Priv, but the Priv is a bit to big for her (and the battery would likely die on her too quickly).

Comment Re:Great. (Score 1) 90

System requirements (and boot time) aside, the BB10 incarnation of QNX actually ran really well.
(I see the "Tablet OS" as more of a tech demonstrator, that didn't really live long once BB10 was out.)

The problem is that they stopped putting real effort into marketing the devices (and designing new ones) about 6 months post-launch, and just coasted on inertia (and existing plans, half of them canceled) since. Once those existing projects reached completion, and the momentum fell off... well here we are.

Comment Re:It's a shame. (Score 1) 90

I switched to the Priv (Android) as a gentle introduction to a reality I'd ultimately have to accept. Of course I immediately noticed that:
- The Passport got better cellular reception
- The Passport had much better battery life
- The Passport was much better at multitasking
- The Passport never got laggy

However, the Priv ran all the "official" versions of the software everyone wants you to be running these days... and at the end of the day, that's unfortunately all that matters.
(Yes, I'm aware of the BB10 Android Runtime, but it became increasingly unusable as Google Play service dependencies increased, plus keeping things updated was a pain.)

Comment Re:Which problems? (Score 1) 537

Of course now you need permission from the SJWs and the companies running those services but WTF, it's not the gubermint, right?

Actually, you don't... There are enough ways to get your word out, that pissing off SJWs may add a lot of noise (and maybe some difficulty), but it won't deny you a platform all-together.

Comment Re:Which problems? (Score 1) 537

Giving public platforms to ordinary people? Blogs solved that.

This is actually an enormously important change that's taken place over the past 10-20 years. In the past, you'd need permission from "the powers that be" to get your voice (or creative works) out there into the public eye. Today, if you have the motivation, pretty much anyone can get public (and global) notice.

This is both good and bad (village idiots are now given attention to on a nation scale, whereas previously they've be ignored), but I think that overall its quite a positive shift.

Comment Re:Unreasonable (Score 2) 218

Except everyone who casually reads tech news, only vaguely paying attention to headlines written by tech writers, has a completely mistaken impression of what it is and does.

Seriously, I've seen everyone from random friends to strangers on the street assume the car could basically drive itself. (Yes, even before they released the feature.)

The capabilities of the system, and the responsibilities of the driver, are quite clear... if you actually drive the car or read past the headlines. Unfortunately, most people who write knee-jerk article comments don't fall into either of these categories.

Comment Re: What does Netcraft say? (Score 1) 515

I've often felt that the licensing hissy-fit (which may have been a valid argument in the past, though not anymore) was actually a cover story or excuse for a bunch of C programmers who really just hated C++ and didn't want to allow the Linux desktop to use an environment written in it.

That being said, Gtk+ kinda feels like what you'd get if you insisted on implementing a C++ style object model in C, just because.

Comment Re:Female CS Grads were only 18%.... (Score 1) 415

This is why I don't like the (media driven?) obsession with beating up a few select highly-visible tech companies over their hiring diversity statistics. The applicant pool is small enough, and the real energy needs to target the middle-school (or earlier) levels.

By pushing hard to improve these ratios, the highly-visible companies are just depriving the rest of the entire industry of any opportunity diversity whatsoever. Heck, the numbers feel so bad, that if they actually did drop the bar low enough and hire every single tech person meeting "diversity criteria," every other less-visible tech company would end up 100% non-diverse.

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