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Comment Wrong Way (Score 1) 322

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in AT&T v. FTC that the FTC has no authority over common carriers. This FCC rule that Republicans got rid of filled the gap from that court decision.

So instead of going to the supreme court to fix yet another boneheaded decision from the 9th, someone decided to plaster over the bad mistake with an FCC ruling.

Which as it turns out is like patching holes in a roof with cotton candy - one wisp of rain and the protection is gone.

If someone wanted real protection why not try and pass a real law to do so, instead of jiggering the FCC to patch something wrong?

Comment Speaking of Canadian Trash (Score 0, Troll) 619

as a Canadian I agree! We don't Americans coming up here and ruining this great nation with their bizarre, trashy world views.

Counterpoint: Yesterday when walking along a trail in the U.S. I had to pick up a Tim Hortons bag and various boxes inside. Americans may have some "trashy views" but you Canadians are spreading LITERAL trash in America. Yet again Americans are left to clean up messes other countries make.

So I'm more than happy to support that wall into Canada, I'm not so sure all the Canadians that cross over to shop in the U.S. from Canada or to get real health care would be all that happy.

Comment Doesn't harm women, harms respect for women (Score 1) 539

To be fair, handing out jobs to women for being minimally competent doesn't really sit well with people that earned their position with years of effort.

For sure, they get annoyed.

It harms women

But here's the thing - it doesn't harm women. It harms people's respect for women as competent developers.

But think of it from the standpoint of the woman. Were I a woman, and people thought I was incompetent because of diversity quotas, I would laugh and wave my arms wildly in my pit of extra money I was making.

Respect of others is only valuable when you can use it as leverage to get things like jobs you enjoy. But currently being a woman has far more leverage in getting hired at technical jobs than does respect or competency. So why care what people think about you?

Plus honestly in the end after a while people will respect you for what you have done anyway, no matter what they think at first. So it's not like I'd slack off if it were me, thinking about it from a very long term standpoint, not to mention maintain an internal measure of respect which is important for a strong feeling of self-worth.

Comment Why spread lies?? (Score 2) 539

Remember that stat, that 25% of women in colleges have been sexually assaulted? How initially it seems unbelievable because, hey, you wouldn't, and I wouldn't, and most men you know wouldn't, so how can that be?

And then you found out that it was unbelievable because it was a lie?

One office I worked for had such a person

Nothing helps a lie along like a nice little one-off anecdote, am I right?

But the idea it's limited to SV is absurd

It's not limited to SV but it's rare outside of there. In SV it is pervasive. If I were a woman I would stay far away from SV if I valued my mental health. There's plenty interesting stuff going on outside of SV, and then you also avoid being in a huge bubble of groupthink that has fifty Snapchat clones getting funding.

But if you are a women and want a lot of money, suck it up and take SV for all they are worth. After 5-10 years you could probably retire for life if you play your cards right and change companies often enough.

Comment Apple (Score 1) 221

It is absolute madness if you do not recognize the steadfast refusal of Apple to adopt Flash, along with the ensuing rise in the number of people who used phones and tablets to browse, as the #1 cause of The Fall of the House of Flash.

Flash had other problems sure but it persisted and grew for years with those same problems. It was only wen someone came along that took user experience and security seriously in a way that was popular, that Flash finally met its long-overdue demise.

Comment The Difference (Score 2, Informative) 250

He's also appointed former top level Goldman Sachs employees.

The difference is that some of Trump's people USED to be paid by Goldman Sachs.

Hillary (and Obama) were ACTIVLEY BEING PAID by Goldman Sachs.

Just do a quick search at how much GS has contributed to Hillary (~$1 million) vs. Trump ($0).

Comment No you cannot (Score 1) 531

You can choose to use or not use Facebook.


You can choose not to use the Facebook UI or to register with them. But you have no easy way for them not to know who you are as an entity, and what you do. You know how there is a Facebook "Like" button on every page? Yeah.

That is doubly true of Google... or anyone that runs a large ad network.

Comment How can they not know? (Score 2) 531

How does Facebook and Google see that I binge-play Elder Scrolls Online an entire night?

Because they see your "signal" go dark for the night and you talk about it on some service later that Google can see (i.e. they know now). Or maybe the company that runs Elder Scrolls just told them since there is nothing stoping THEM from selling your info.

Meanwhile if you had played over a VPN your ISP would know nothing. They are literally the only service it's actually possible to keep in the dark, yet you want to make a fuss about what they can see.

Comment You can, who does? (Score 1) 531

You can throw up speedbumps to what they can see, and limit the sharing quite a bit.

Do you?

I know how to do that - but I do not.

Do you think even 1% of non technical people do anything like that?

For 99.9% of ISP users it doesn't matter if technically they COULD POSSIBLY limit tracking of someone like Facebook or Google to be more limited than your ISP - in practice there is no difference.

Because they tried price discrimination once, and it blew up on them badly.

Ha Ha they offer dynamic pricing all the time, even now. Some "blow up".

I see this all-or-nothing bullshit all the time.

Now THAT is some grade A dripping wet irony.

Comment Women even better off in industry (Score 2) 539

I calll bullshit. There's a HUGE difference between positions in education and in industry and commerce.

Outside of the educational community, the desire for companies to hire ANY technical women is massive. You can for sure gat an interview at any tech company if you are a woman. You will be 99% sure to be made an offer if you are at all competent (and sometimes even if not, the power of quotas).

I have a friend with a daughter who is a CS major, and she was offered extremely well paid internships with a large signing bonus at every single company she applied for (ten or so I believe). She is pretty skilled but currently only in Python.

I say that not to say it is negative but just to speak the truth about how things are, because so many seem to think it hard for women to find tech jobs once they acquire skills and they are scaring away young women from a gold mine with a very rich vein.

To be frank it's not hard for any competent male to find tech work either, but loads of large companies have diversity quotas and they are absolutely desperate to fill them which gives women a huge advantage...

Note that his ease of hiring is utterly separate from the conditions they may find once working there. Outside of Silicon Valley women are usually treated well and as equals, in most California companies they will probably face horrific abuse and discrimination (which is where the myth that tech women are mostly mistreated in companies comes from).

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