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Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 4, Insightful) 519

No problem of this nature is fixed by forcing people to change. The only way is to stick it out in the hostile environment until you are a majority. Then you can change the situation simply by acting differently. When you're the majority, you set the tone.

That's assuming there's a problem to begin with, of course.

The Civils Right movement says otherwise. Sometimes you have to force people to be less of an asshole.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 2) 519

I've worked in IT for over 2 decades. This may have existed back in the late 80's, possibly even into the very early 90's, but since about 1995 has been a fallacy perpetrated by those with an agenda to cast this industry as somehow sexist or backwards. If there are any people left who are still truly hostile to females in IT that haven't been weeded out through attrition, harassment claims, or other HR procedures, they must be really good at hiding how they truly feel and therefore it isn't really an issue anymore.

Stop being disingenuous and perpetrating "what if" scenarios to further a divisive agenda you know is going to lose, anyway.

I tend to agree with you that harassment in the workplace is significantly less than what it used to be. The stigma still lingers, however. It doesn't help when geeks make presentations with sexual parts in conferences, either (and no, the answer is not to develop humor or grow thicker skin, but to be less of a pervert.)

Harassment in academia and in other STEM fields still exists, and it is serious enough to make students switch careers and not pursue work in Academia. I've seen it.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 519

I don't understand why they should be "encouraged" to study computer science to just keep up some random statistic vs. encouraging them to do whatever their hearts tell them they should be doing? Stories like this make me so angry because it casts women as unable to decide for themselves and we should be "correcting" their life choices. Whatever...

It is not just to keep up some random statistic. Software careers are among the most profitable, and when a segment of society does not participate in them, society as a whole suffer.

I do agree that the word "encourage" is a bit mystifying. But it is important since there is not enough done from elementary to HS to show that a career in STEM (not just software) is open to anyone, not just boys.

Furthermore, it is important to understand why STEM is so difficult for women. I know for a fact that there is a shitload of harassment, specially in Academia (I've seen it.)

That will make any woman say "fuck it!". Not so much in software, but in other hard sciences like Math and Biology. The solution is not to say "grow a thicker skin", but to be more decent (or rather, less creepy and grabby.)

Comment Re: Ignores the issue (Score 1) 116

The problem was the crowded Republican field, and the noisiest got a higher percentage, egged on by the media who not only supports Hillary but sold lots of newspapers and air time.

As a life-long Republican (not for long, I send an voter update to change to independent), I don't buy this. The noisest got a higher percentage because a higher percentage of the constituency are stupid. This is not kindergarten when the teacher ask who can scream "me!" the loudest.

This is a replay of what I saw in 2012, but just worse. Whatever I used to identify myself in the GOP, that's gone, gone for good, eaten inside out by a cancer since 2008, but with cysts growing all over it for the last 20 years.

There is nothing there to salvage, and the constituency has become stupider (or they were stupid all along, but now they have found their voice via the Donald.) Like dodos marching off a cliff, good riddance!

Comment Re: Ignores the issue (Score 3, Insightful) 116

Part of it is idiots crossing party lines to vote for the "easiest to beat" candidate in the party they don't plan to actually vote with in the general.

I get the idea of "strategic" voting, but for the love of freedom, please only do that by voting for "least bad" in the general, rather than sabotaging All of us In the primaries.

Bullshit. Intra-party results in closed primary states mirrored those of the country as a while. There is a lot to debate how Clinton won over Sanders, but there is no debate there were a whole bunch of idiots on the other side of the fence who ENTHUSIASTICALLY went for Trump, hook, line and sinker.

One has to wonder the type of bubble one must live in to buy into that kind of tripe.

Comment Re:Fair point (Score 1) 549

So you'd like to live in a world where people with degrees and marketable skills make a lot of money and everyone else makes barely enough to survive? Because fuck 'em?

That's what you get for always demanding a dog-eat-dog system where any form of social net has been demonized as "communism" or some imbecilic shit like that. All that you see here, that's chickens coming home to roost.

On, and by the way, that was a non-sequitur. Just stop.

Comment Re:Fair point (Score 1) 549

So you'd like to live in a world where people with degrees and marketable skills make a lot of money and everyone else makes barely enough to survive? Because fuck 'em?

That's what you get for always demanding a dog-eat-dog system where any form of social net has been demonized as "communism" or some imbecilic shit like that. All that you see here, that's chickens coming home to roost.

Comment Re:Fair point (Score 1) 549

Sure, sure. We can all get PhDs and the toilets will clean themselves.

For once, think a little.

Spoken like one unable to adapt. To adapt you do not require to have a Ph.D. All those idiots that cry foul in steel/coal country, fuck, they could have learned something in the last 15 years or leave their economically depressed areas. Instead they blame the Chinese (who make up their own steel and coal) or Mexican picking strawberries 2000 miles west in California.

Have you seen an unemployed handyman? A poor plumber or electrician? A HVAC technician?

Even during the real estate crash, there was work if you had a trade.

The guy who cleaned my pool was a humble handyman, but man he worked his ass off, working long hours doing residential and commercial pool cleaning. And the job is quite simple actually. But guess what? He makes a shitload of money enough to support his family, help his grandchildren and has spare change to support his Harley Davidson hobbies.

The guy who used to cut my grass ran (still runs) a "Christian" landscaping service (good family guy, very humble.) He is able to support his family doing nothing but cutting grass.

Times are hard, but they aren't the apocalypse. Just because times are hard that does not mean you will not get what you put in. It's not like we are in a 3rd world shantytown with nothing but garbage cans to peruse for valuables or something.

Comment Re:Minefield (Score 1) 549

the question is whether someone who promotes opposition to gender and racial equality should be allowed to serve as a steward for a company whose stated mission is to connect the world.

Ok...I'm not the biggest Trump fan, hell, I con't care for either one of them...

But with all that Trump has said or promoted, I've not seen yet where he came out to promote the agenda that is against equality in matters of gender and race.

Has Thiel himself come out for these views against equality? If so, I missed that.

Trump has said a lot of stupid shit, but I've not heard him yet say he was against racial or gender equality.

He fucking suggested a sitting judge is incapable of doing his job because of his parents' ethnic background. He spent years denouncing Obama as a Kenyan (which is false) or a Muslim (as if that was a disqualifying factor.) If you don't see that as an attack on equality, God help you.

With that said, Thiel can support whoever he wants. He is a piece of shit, but that's his right. And I feel a bit sorry for Zuckerberg (just a bit) for having to pen that letter. He and his company is getting pulled in a political quagmire they didn't ask to be part of to begin with.

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