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Comment Re:Companies that never made money and never will (Score 2) 89

I'm old enough to remember when people said that about Google.

I remember when Google came out with text ads, and people laughed at the very idea of an ad that didn't blink garishly, have eye-gouging animation, or invite you to punch a purple monkey. After they made 73 kabillion dollars off of those ads, people stopped laughing.

Comment No shit, Sherlock (Score 1) 269

Once 99.999% of people realized that smartwatches were useless over-hyped bullshit, the word got out and even the gadget-whores stopped buying them.

Smartwatches were a 'solution' in search of a problem that didn't exist. Virtually all of them are gathering dust in drawers, forgotten and forsaken.

Comment Agreed (Score 0) 53

For a sample size of one (myself), I agree...I often prefer their original content over the giant list of 80s and 90s 1-star movies that are mind-numbing drek.

Also, is it just me, or do most people spend more time searching for something worthwhile to watch on Netflix than actually watching? Sometimes I just give up in frustration after searching for 20 minutes trying to find something that looks worth watching.

Comment Re:Garbage collection - less than 1% female (Score 1) 473

Misogyny. What an interesting concept. If men need to avoid swearing because women are around, is that misogyny because it implies women can't handle the rough and tumble of foul language? Either you believe women are equal and capable, and you treat them the same as you would anyone else, or you believe that women are fragile and must be protected, and you censor yourself to avoid offending their delicate ears.

As for suicides, you've got to be careful there - it could be that the suicide has nothing to do with anyone's pressure, but their own personal mental illness (T in particular is a mental illness, not a sexual orientation). And it's also demeaning to assert that people cannot be full and conscious participants in society without your encouragement.

But let's do a counter-factual - what if every man in STEM started identifying as a woman today? Would that be the effective end of misogyny? Would we need to encourage women anymore, since 100% of all IT jobs in the world were women?

Comment Re:Garbage collection - less than 1% female (Score 1) 473

Well, obviously there are also average differences between men and women besides upper-body strength - including factors that lead to success in computer science.

Men aren't just women with more muscles, and women aren't just men with less muscles.

As for attracting "as many good people as possible", I'll assert the proper way of doing that is to be gender-blind, so that you don't waste resources trying to drive people away from their own free choices, and making them "good people" for a job when their inclination is not in that direction.

If anything, we should be targeting socially inept and awkward folks (aspergers, autism), who might not make it through typical education paths because of their lack of social skills, but whose natural proclivities are highly productive when dealing with computing.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 0) 473

At this point, I figure that if I'm annoying you I must be on about the right track

Yes, you're an annoying asshole, we can certainly all agree on that. It seems to be the one thing in life that you've managed to master. You've no job, no wife/girlfriend, no family, no home, no career, but you're tops in the "annoying asshole" dept. Good job, goober!


In other words, I made an argument you can't hope to rebut, so you fling poo instead.

No, everyone else here has debunked your 'argument' so there's no need for me to humiliate you further.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 473

and it also allows flexible scheduling

Every nurse I've ever known (both male and female) has told me the exact opposite. The schedules are usually managed centrally and switching them around is a nightmare, especially if you're not a senior member of the staff. Maybe they were all lying just to try and keep me from entering the nursing field and sucking up all the good schedule slots.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 0) 473

I'm pretty sure you were trying to intentionally misinterpret my post there. Kind of sad to see you got modded up for it.

It's really just more of an indication that you're an irredeemable and thoroughly predictable fucktard.

I knew the moment I saw that you'd replied to my comment that it would be some dickhole bullshit, spun up from your gun-slit view of the world.

Comment Re:Garbage collection - less than 1% female (Score 2) 473

I guess the question is, do you believe that women are being unfairly kept from garbage collection, or do you think the lack of representation is a matter of their individual choices. If it's an individual choice, then we shouldn't be trying to social engineer someone away from free choices (say, encouraging people to become Mormons instead of evangelicals in order to balance the religions against each other).

So before we put effort into socially engineering people into roles we believe they should be in, maybe we should figure out if they're making free choices or not.

Heck, even if you don't care about people's free choices, your method of social engineering is going to differ if the current behavior is due to free choices - knowing where to apply your pressure requires understanding the situation in depth.

That all being said, I definitely think free choices are a good thing, and we shouldn't interfere. I don't think it's right to try and make gay people have sex with people they don't prefer (conversion therapy), or to make women work jobs they don't prefer.

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