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Comment And the value proposition is what, exactly? (Score 5, Insightful) 403

So let me get this straight. I should switch from a free development environment, that I can install on as many machines as I want, that doesn't feed me ads, that doesn't phone home with my information, that doesn't auto-update unless I configure it to and that ships with source code, to a system that costs money, costs more money to install on multiple machines, feeds me ads, phone home with my information, auto-updates by default and is closed-source?

What's the value proposition here, again?

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 647

No... it's just that men until recently have been reluctant to enter stereotypically-female professions because our culture devalues those professions because it devalues women. So there was a bit of a stigma against men entering those professions. Maybe not secondary and post-secondary teaching so much because they were never stereotypically-feminine, but certainly primary-school teaching and nursing.

Comment Re:Garbage collection - less than 1% female (Score 1) 647

Garbage collection requires quite a lot of upper-body strength, and on average men have more upper-body strength than women. The same applies to quite a few other physically-intensive jobs.

Computer science doesn't require much physical strength. So something about the profession or the work environment is making women not choose it, and I think we should make an effort to figure out what it is. If it's something we can fix, we should because we need to attract as many good people as possible to the profession.

Comment Re:Welp, back to pirating (Score 1) 213

I think piracy is theft. It's not the content that's being stolen, it's the forgone revenue that is being stolen.

I certainly am no fan of the current copyright enforcement regime, but I do think that content creators and owners should be able to control the terms by which their works can be obtained. The market will sort out those who over-charge, but piracy distorts the market and hurts all content-creators.

Comment Re:Still a thing? (Score 0) 539

Yeah, I was shocked by the level of religiosity in parts of the US. I was at a technical conference in Phoenix a few years ago and sitting down to lunch with a bunch of people. I was just about to tuck in when they all started to say grace.

I'm thinking, WTF? Is it 1875 or something? That's so quaint!

I just stayed silent.

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