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Comment Re: So long, Linux (Score 0) 68

That's actually a pretty complex argument.

Porting the drivers and such to a microkernel architecture in full (L4, Minix, Hurd) would isolate parts of the code and require strict API adherence (and ABI, but ABI amounts to your IPC protocol). That reduces the scope of bugs, in the long run; and it minimizes short-term porting bugs. The cost is essentially a large amount of man-power.

So you have the likelihood of finding a lot of bugs, eliminating a lot of bugs in the process, and creating new bugs, all at odds with each other, and each with different short- and long-term implications (you'll create new bugs in the short-term, but fewer than e.g. porting everything to BSD; and you'll eliminate and produce fewer bugs in the long-term); along with the enormous cost of simply organizing the change (everything has to be broken down and fixed around boundaries first).

The single short- and long-term advantage of keeping the Linux kernel architecture is it's a hell of a lot less work to not rearchitect an OS kernel.

Comment Re:It already feels lower than 24% (Score 1) 319

Women are known to over-represent to PM. There was a phenomena for a while that women were shit for programming and other similar tasks, but always seemed to know everything that was going on around them--so they moved them out of their jobs and made them keep track of everyone else's jobs. When we started targeting formalized project management (PMI certifications and approaches), they only got better at it, somehow, for no reason known to me (I haven't looked too hard).

The end result is the big names in Project Management are Tres Roeder (Male, original proponent of Stakeholder Management) and Rita Mulcahy (female, dead, still considered the leader in PMI education); and many of the detailed books on project management processes and procedures are written by women. Men in project management have a large tendency to lean toward authority--they use older processes, repeat what's worked in the past (experience = authority), and bank on the understanding that they're in charge and that means something--while women seem to lean on processes and order, incorporating new ideas more-readily.

I have no idea why this happens, but it's a thing. There are flighty women who have no clue what's happening around them, and there are men who are actually serious about optimizing their approach to PM; but the general trend is women are more high-powered project managers, and men are largely sedentary and lean on processes they've used in the past coupled with the wielding of authority to demand people simply get shit done somehow.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 319

It's ridiculously-hard to become a male nurse. In many cases, there are only a handful of male nurses on a medical campus--I've seen as low as two at one school. Somehow it was decided they didn't have girlfriends; none of the girls would date them, because they spent most of their time on-campus and didn't have many prospective young men to pick from.

You can imagine the demands on time.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 4, Insightful) 319

So if there were outside factors that biologically predisposed men and women towards different career paths or interests would you accept that those might result in something other than an even distribution of employment in certain vocations?

This doesn't make sense. The differences are either innate (biological) or the result of external factors. If they're the result of external factors (i.e. not biological) then they're likely to be amenable to change. The fact that the participation of women varies hugely between cultures (for example, in India, Korea, Israel, Iran, and Lithuania, Romania, it's a lot higher) implies strongly that external factors are far more of a reason why we have so few women than anything biological.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 5, Insightful) 319

Outside factors are not an issue.

If every role model of a programmer you see until you're a teenager is male.

If computer programmer Barbie involves the girl doing some design, but the actual coding being done by boys.

If every children's TV show that includes both women and computers has the woman saying computers are hard and the man solving the problems.

If all of the clever boys at your school are encouraged into extracurricular activities involving computers, but the girls aren't.

I'm sure it would have no impact at all on you.

If you don't think that this is real, then sit down for a couple of hours this evening and watch two hours of children's TV. Count the number of male vs female lead roles. Count the number of times anyone builds anything and whether it's done by a male or female character.

Comment Re:Dammit Nintendo (Score 1) 269

Online Wii games stopped working just a few years after they were released... why?

Two reasons. First, Wii online multiplayer matchmaking was through GameSpy, and GameSpy went out of business a little over a year after the Wii U was released. Second, GameSpy's library was linked statically into each Wii game, and Nintendo neglected to include a patching mechanism for disc games in IOS, the operating system of the Wii. Nor could it issue an update to IOS to allow this because of the Wii's anemic (0.5 GB) internal storage. (The same lack of space is why downloadable "channels" (applications) were limited to about 40 MB.) So even if it wanted to issue a patch to allow use of third-party game servers, it had no official means to do so.

I even miss the little world weather thing. I'd often pop in to just twirl the globe for a moment... it couldn't possibly cost anything significant to run the freakin' weather server, could it?

Yes. Licensing current conditions and forecasts from a commercial service with worldwide coverage costs money. Some national government agencies, such as the National Weather Service in the United States, provide without charge, but those are specific to each country, and integrating all countries' weather information also costs engineering time=money.

Comment Re:Dammit Nintendo (Score 1) 269

Online gaming is a cancer and blight upon the world, anyway. Proper multiplayer is splitscreen or LAN.

After you've graduated and your classmates have moved away, good luck finding partners for "Proper multiplayer" in your home town. How is that usually done, especially for people like me who don't drink alcohol and whose coworkers are non-gamers?

Comment Re:Dammit Nintendo (Score 1) 269

Anyone still on cable can get their DVR through the cable company.

True, cable and satellite offer whole-house DVR. But a lot of people using antenna+Netflix aren't willing to upgrade to cable or satellite TV just to be able to record episodes that are on antenna but not Netflix, nor are they willing to pay $600 over the life of a TiVo DVR for the required service.

Not that it's Nintendo's responsibility to provide DVR functionality or anything.

Comment Re:VeraCrypt designer is an authoritarian idiot (Score 2) 71

Actually, if you're using a 94-element space (26 + 26 + 10 + 32), an 8-character password is on the same magnitude as a 26-element space (all lower-case letters) at 11 characters (7.2 x 10^15 vs 3.7 x 10^15). With a 1,000-element space, 5 characters (words) are on the same magnitude (1.0 x 10^15); although the 1,000-most-common words don't include conjugations and plurals, which takes you to several thousand. You have to breach a 5,700-element space for 4 characters to be on par (1.1 x 10^15).

So all-lower-case can actually be secure as the standard four-classes, eight-character password just by adding three characters. In all of these, we're looking at 50-53 bits (1.1 x 10^15 to 9.0 x 10^15) of entropy.

Seriously, the 8-character password with complexity requirements thing should have never come about. When they went from "8 characters" to "something more secure", it should have been 11 characters.

Comment Re:So long, Linux (Score 0) 68

After Dirty COW, the self-protecting kernel people will end up porting all Linux interfaces and core functionality (e.g. iptables) to Minix services. Then they can replace the VM manager and just pass over the PTE data to the new server when there's a bug, instead of rebooting everything. Systemd will be stripped as core functionality makes more sense as a kernel service than as kernel capabilities managed by a user program.

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