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Comment Re:They tell you upfront it isn't going to be good (Score 2) 148

Are all men equal by that definition of "equal"? Or all women exactly like all other women?

"Men" aren't stamped out of some kind of archetypal "man" mold, nor are all women exactly whatever you think a "woman" is or should be. Both men and women are going to be distributed along a normal curve (or maybe log-normal) when it comes to their fitness for some particular job.

So this raises the question: how much overlap do those populations have? The traditionalist view is that there are manly jobs for which no woman is suitable; the radically opposite viewpoint is that there are no differences at all between the populations for any job. But leaving aside jobs like NFL offensive lineman or surrogate mother, I'd say that unless you take one or the other of these extreme positions it's not necessary to have an opinion on precisely how much overlap there is. The only thing that really matters is the individual you are evaluating for the job. If a woman is the best candidate for an engineering position or CEO or whatever, it literally doesn't matter whether or not men are usually better at that sort of thing.

Submission + - Uber is defined as an employer in UK (bbc.co.uk) 1

eionmac writes: An employment tribunal (a form of employment court in UK) has defined Uber as an employer due to its significant control of employee (displines, raises or lowers prices, controls access to work, directs employees). This means Uber must pay statutory rights of employee such as as sick pay, minimum wage, holiday pay etc. This will change how they operate in UK and perhaps with existing EU links also EU position.

Comment Re:Showrunner? (Score 1) 148

"Show runner" is rarely listed in the credits. Usually some other role that applies to the person who is the show runner is listed, such as Creator.

I like the fact they can be really misleading. Producer sounds like it's the "boss", but actually it's often an underling who has to get the stars coffee and make sure they're in good hotel rooms. Remember Jeremy Clarkson beating up his producer? He wasn't beating up his boss, he was beating up someone who worked for him. Executive Producer? Probably - though not always - some guy at the studio who approved funding the show.

Comment Don't just think "change"; think "rate of change". (Score 1) 230

I have known or at least met many environmental luminaries in the course of my career, and as one of them put it: I = P*S/T -- that is to say environmental impact is proportional to population and standard of living, but is inversely proportional to technology.

So the key to avoiding a dystopian future is to keep the rate of technological improvement greater than the rate of population growth. The way to do that is to invest in people. Societies who have lower infant mortality rates have lower birth rates; societies with better education are more innovative.

Will the future way we do things look radically different from today? Yes! Just as the way we do things today look radically different from the past. Change happens in both the environment and human society; it's inevitable. The question is whether it happens at a rate organisms and people can adapt to, and in particular whether we make a conscious decision to direct that change or have it forced upon us.

Comment Re:Showrunner? (Score 2) 148

The term has existed for decades. Producers and directors frequently change from show to show - writers too. Directors have a little creative input but work from a script he or she has little say in. The Producer's job is to make sure the Director can do his or her job. And an "Executive producer" is the person who fronts the cash, they rarely have any creative involvement at all.

None of those describe the person who owns the show creatively, who approves the scripts, determines the core storylines, manages the show's bible, etc. That person is the showrunner.

The only confusion here from what I can see is that for some reason it's rarely a job title shown in the credits. Usually - though not always - the showrunner is also the show's creator, so they just gets listed under that title. Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul's showrunner, is listed as "Creator", for example.

Comment Re:No, I didn't say Republicans are perfect (Score 0) 237

You may not have intended it, but your allegations are a searing indictment of Republicans (or whoever came up with the law you're describing), not of Democrats. There's absolutely nothing whatsoever wrong with rewarding people for voting. Voting is a civic duty, and a government with a "mandate" determined by a minority of those governed has no mandate at all. A law making it illegal to reward people for merely voting is at odds with that principle.

This story isn't about laws intended to stop rewarding people for voting. it's about laws intended to stop rewarding people for voting for a particular candidate, or punishing them for voting against that candidate. That's a legitimate law. Not something that punishes people for rewarding others for doing their civic duty.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot's Older Programmers - What would be more helpful for your careers?

brown.dragon writes: I am an older programmer who has quit his job and is moving to Australia. I want to start an online solution that other programmers find helpful and right now I'm wondering if I should go with "learning new technologies" or "getting really good at the basics". Both are targeted towards giving a career boost to older programmers.

So if you are an older programmer, which of these (if any), would interest you? Would you like to keep in touch with the latest technologies because that's what makes it easy to get jobs or would you like to be really good at answering (Google/Facebook/Amazon) algorithmic interview questions? I am kind of at a crossroads and I'd really like to provide something you would value.

Comment Re:2016 marks the end of Apple brand loyalty (Score 1) 334

It's the support for commercial applications people actually want to use, without having to compromise with shitty FOSS alternatives. Linux is a pain in the ass in that regard.

I've been running Linux for a bunch of years now and I'm content with the FOSS stuff. I buy Windows games on the Steam store sometimes, and I can imagine someone really needing an audio workstation or a video editor or something. But the basics (email, web, watching videos, word processor, spreadsheet, etc) are all solid.

That said I am willing to pay money for Linux software, if anyone would bother to sell any. I bought the legal video codecs pack and the DVD player from Fluendo and I'd buy a video editor or whatever.

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