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Comment Re:this is really getting tiring (Score 1) 143

Because who gets promoted to management is entirely based on merit, right?

Sadly no. In my experience, who gets promoted to management has more to do with who you're friends with than actual ability.

Please note that gender and race were not mentioned *once* in the above.

But they're still there. What you've described constitutes deep and systematic racism and sexism that place serious obstacles in front of anyone who isn't the right race and gender. Just because no one is doing it "on purpose", that everyone has good intentions and thinks they're doing their best to be fair doesn't mean it isn't happening. It's the result of pervasive unconscious biases.

So, how do you overcome those unconscious biases, break the stranglehold of the good old boys' network on management positions (or a thousand other similar structures)? How do you root out the unconscious biases and make the people who hold them see that they do? Remember, these are well-intentioned people who consider themselves to be kind, and fair... but they just tend to hang out with their own kind, so that's who they know, and who gets promoted.

Serious question. What's your answer? Just letting the self-reinforcing system continue isn't a good one. So what do you do?

Comment Re:Scotland just announced a post-Brexit independe (Score 1) 508

I know it's asking a lot but...Maybe read the REST of my post?

The part where it says for Scotland to be admitted, the admission must be unanimous, and there's NOT A CHANCE IN HELL that the many EU countries who have their own separatist nationalist movements will invite in Scottish irredentists.

I'll even give you the link...again: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

And I'm American. I don't honestly give a flying fuck what happens to Scotland.

Comment I know it's crazy but... (Score -1, Troll) 39

...some people might recognize: you know, no matter how much we try to change it, the fact is that poor people get less stuff. Shrug.

If a poor person needs to use high speed broadband (they have computers, right?) then they can go straight to the public library and use it. For free. But generally not for whacking off. Unless you're at the Minneapolis Public Library. Then it's nearly protected 'free speech'.

Comment Some privacy is more equal than other (Score 0, Troll) 203

Obviously, privacy of police officers is less equal than that of Planned Parenthood officials. Whether the said officials have broken any laws or not, it should not be illegal to record them:

In California, you generally need the consent of everyone involved in order to legally record a private conversation.

Unless they are police officers?

Are PP's employees "entirely different" from policemen? Well, if school vouchers are anti-Constitutional — as the so-called "Liberals" would like us to think — because parents take them to religiously-affiliated private schools, receiving even a little bit of tax money changes everything.

Comment Not precisely correct (Score 1) 143

What we have is a new generation that:
- believes they are ENTITLED to have what they want
- has never been told "no" by their parents
- believes Social Media can effect change

1 + 2 + 3 = people who believe "thumbs up"ing some petition is actually going to change anything.

Hint: nothing changes in a company unless a) you can show them how it saves money and doesn't cost anywhere else, or b) threaten their income.

Other hint: be careful with b because you're ENTIRELY REPLACEABLE and any company worth their salt can figure out who actually posted that 'call to action' on Reddit, even if you used your 'totally unbreakable' burner id.

Submission + - Scientists Discover Way to Transmit Taste of Lemonade Over Internet (vice.com)

schwit1 writes: With the use of electrodes and sensors—and zero lemons—a group of researchers at the University of Singapore have announced that they can convince you that you're drinking lemonade, even if it's just water. Plus, they can send you a glass of lemonade virtually over the internet.

In an experiment that involved 13 tasters, the subjects' taste buds were stimulated using electricity from receiving electrodes; LED lights mimicked a lemony color. Some were convinced that the water they were drinking was, in fact, almost as sour as lemonade.

"We're working on a full virtual cocktail with smell, taste, and color all covered. We want to be able to create any drink."

Why would anyone want to drink a virtual lemonade? Advocates of virtual eating say that virtual foods can replace foods that are bad for you, that you may be allergic to, or that you shouldn't eat because of a medical condition.

Submission + - Obama allowed use of NSA data in politics (circa.com)

mi writes: Barack Obama’s top aides routinely reviewed intelligence reports gleaned from the National Security Agency’s incidental intercepts of Americans abroad, taking advantage of rules their boss relaxed starting in 2011 to help the government better fight terrorism, espionage by foreign enemies and hacking threats.

Dozens of times in 2016, those intelligence reports identified Americans who were directly intercepted talking to foreign sources or were the subject of conversations between two or more monitored foreign figures. Sometimes the Americans’ names were officially unmasked; other times they were so specifically described in the reports that their identities were readily discernible.

Some intercepted communications from November to January involved Trump transition figures or foreign figures' perceptions of the incoming president and his administration.

Comment Re:Scotland just announced a post-Brexit independe (Score 1) 508

Of COURSE the Scots want another swing at independence, they weren't happy at the first result and only grudgingly accepted it in the first place.

The fact is that Scotland is a proto-Socialist state with exceedingly generous programs and benefits NOT supported by their own industry or tax base. Their fanciful extrapolations of a post-Scotcession world are sheer fiction, pre-supposing every possible advantage (Scotland gets to keep every drop the North Seas oil at no cost to themselves; Scotland gets to keep using the GBP; more or less free access to the EU) and hand-waving the rest. In fact, the economic picture now is even MORE bleak than it was then with oil at half the price it was. Their golden goose is laying eggs distinctly non-golden today.

OF COURSE they want to stay in the EU. They need to make sure whatever udder they're latched onto is on the healthiest possible cow.

But be clear:NOBODY will accept them into the EU. There are so many nascent disaffected minorities from the Basques to the Bretons to the Flemish that NO major state will want to validate the quixotic secessionist movement by granting it the recognition of admission to the EU.
cf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Re:Coding is a profession with a long term future (Score 1) 511

What stack ?

I've done a lot of things. I've somewhat specialized in security of the cryptographic sort, but I've done embedded work, web sites (LAMP, J2EE, other stuff), networking (network drivers, worked on a reverse proxy, even wrote a TCP stack back in the day), point of sale systems, and a lot more. These days I work on Android, but that may change in the next year or two.

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