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Comment Re:Which problems? (Score 1) 529

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) 529

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.

Comment Re:What a joke... (Score 1) 113

"niche market" is kind of an overstatement. In fact, your usage scenario -- according to statistics -- is the "niche market". Very very few people actually need the ability to get into an 8000lb truck and drive 600+ miles before needing to refuel.

But a very high percentage of people who bash Tesla in online forums seem to have this as a critically important use case :-P

Comment Free the rights? (Score 3, Interesting) 162

I wish a bunch of people like this would come together, and see how much of their money it would take to free the rights to Star Trek once and for all. The simple fact that "fan films" are approaching such a level that the studios are now reacting negatively to them, is proof positive that those studios can no longer be trusted to carry on the franchise.

Comment Re: Stupid statement (Score 1) 80

It seemed like every little town blocking off areas for their own special little "Super Bowl Thing" caused *far* more disruption to daily life in the area than the actual Super Bowl itself. Overall traffic patterns barely budged. If anything, it was less busy than normal, because everyone stayed home to avoid the perceived Super Bowl traffic.

Comment Re:wrong premise (Score 1) 200

These companies are not going to singlehandedly change the makeup of tech (or even just high paid) workers in the United States, no matter how much they try (or are put under political pressure to do so). And I think that it is rather disingenuous / politically correct of them to simply market that they will do it because it's fashionable to say they will. Addressing this problem is deeper and requires more of the desired target segments to go into these fields to be available to apply to the positions to start with. Which is a much more difficult challenge that most of the advocates for such policies actually don't even want to put in the effort to do themselves.

I do often feel that if these companies actually did manage to change the makeup of tech workers among their own ranks, to reflect what everyone wants their stats to look like, we'll get into a different kind of bizzaro world. One where a handful of big-name tech companies have *all* of the desired diversity, and the rest of the industry is *entirely* 100% non-diverse. The supply-side problem really does feel that bad.

Does this problem need to be addressed? Yes. Is it right to point blame at companies so far down the pipeline for it? I'm not so sure.

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