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Comment Re:Uber issue, not a tech issue (Score 1) 252

I've been in IT for nearly 25 years and I've always worked shoulder to shoulder with women and men alike. Uber has an HR and a culture issue. This isn't a widespread tech industry issue.

WTF? Your anecdote if it's even true is well and truly out of the ordinary for the tech industry. You don't even need to look to the industry why, you can see why just be peeking into a university IT lecture.

Kudos to you and your workplace for having gender equality. But that is far from the norm.

Bullshit. I've post this several times and I second what the OP said. I've worked in multiple industries (insurance, services, DCIM, defense contractors). This behavior is an anomaly of tech in general.

This shit is concentrated in SV's startup culture and some niches in Academia.

Comment Re:Uber issue, not a tech issue (Score 1) 252

Your anecdote isn't data. It's nice that you've worked for progressive companies and that you yourself are good about working with women, but it's absolutely a systemic issue. Story after story after story confirms it.

Rather, I think you and the companies you work for are outliers. Congratulations on that; I hope you keep your streak.

It is a systemic issue in SV's startup culture. This is not normal behavior. It hasn't been anywhere else since I've been working in this shit (mine is a second 25-year anecdote.) Take it for what it is. If you look around you and you see sexual harassment in general, time to move to change fucking pastures dude.

Comment Re:Please stop (Score 1) 252

Please stop putting a "sexism in tech" story on the front page.

It's a major problem in technology that really needs to be addressed if this country is going to be competitive in the future. It's unfortunate that it's so inflammatory, but it needs to be addressed.

No. It is a major problem in the SV startup culture (and in some areas in Academia).

Tech is a lot wider (much wider) than that.

See, I've worked in tech for more than 25 years in multiple industries (product development, insurance, service providers and defense contractors.) Anything remotely resembling sexual harassment and gender discrimination gets you fired on the spot.

Uber might be a general symptom of SV's startup/tech culture, but SV is a behavioral anomaly in tech in general.

Comment Re: Hmmm... (Score 1) 252

Sorry, transcript.

My thoughts exactly. The recruiter might have been commiserating, and God knows how awful being in such a position is (being a women herself and all.)

But it was a mistake. She could have said something different, like "We are working on it, we are changing, we need people like you and by the way, despite everything, we have some wonderful people ready and capable to implement change. Please don't throw us all under the bus."

I don't think there was any malice or cruelty, just a lack of common sense.

Exhaustion of having to deal with candidate rejections because of sexism? The recruiter is human too.

Comment or carelessness maybe? (Score 3, Interesting) 102

There has been a number of ammunition depot explosions over the last 15 years in across Eastern Europe. 2 in Serbia, 6 in Bulgaria since 2000, Gerdec in Albania, Cobasna in Moldova, Ukraine itself in 2015. Cold War explosives are becoming unstable and they tend to explode on their own, especially when there is insufficient money to maintain proper storage.

My father told me a story from the cold war, specifically the Nicaraguan civil war in the 70's. He was an officer in Somoza's army at the time. They found a cache of explosives and improvised bombs left behind by the rebels, and he and others were in charge of destroying them (a controlled explosion.) Alas, some pro-government reporters were demanding (yep, demanding) the troops to "re-arrange" the explosives to take better pictures.

My dad, as he told me, had a bad feeling about it (given how badly improvised explosives and old ammo could be) and left the site to report the anomaly. Just after walking a hundred yards or so, BOOM!. People without limbs, eyes popped like water balloons by the shock wave, flesh splatted everywhere.

Ammo and things that go kaput, you gotta respect that volatile shit.

Comment Re:Here's the actual problem, (Score 1) 191

Admission of non-citizens into the US is not a right and is not subject to due process. Non-citizens can be denied entry for arbitrary reasons, not just in the US but also in all other countries on the planet.

On the other hand, the US signed a treaty (actually a couple) that says my wife and son, both not citizens of the USA, can wander into the USA any time they want. According to the American Constitution, treaties are the second highest law of the land, just below the Constitution. Of course America being America, all it takes is a Supreme Court Justice to say, "no, the Constitution actually means something else" and America has a long history of breaking their own laws and especially treaties. Probably the reason they dropped the u out of honour. Through other treaties and such, my son also has the right to go to a few other countries as well.

As someone (also) married to a foreign national, what he said.

The OP's arbitrary posture on non-nationals is in the same category as people demanding immigration vetting of Puerto Rican and people from Guam and American Samoa (who are US citizens) moving to the mainland (yes, I've heard this, multiple times.)

Posturing about the law, and ignorance of the law, them two make a saucy shit sandwich. Every. Time.

Comment Re: "We" are forcing quality down ... (Score 1) 65

Sure, people will buy the cheapest thing if there is no compelling reason to buy the more expensive thing. That is how capitalism is designed. Consumers look for the best deal and corporations try to spend as much money as possible. It is up to the government to strike a balance between the two. What needs to be done is to convince people 'buying local' is a compelling reason on its own. The government has not been successful at doing that.

Actually no. It's not just capitalism. It is culture. Travel the world. Go to Germany. Italy, and the best example of all, Japan. People buy less, but when they buy, they tend to buy quality (and typically home-made.) They just don't buy cheap made abroad nilly willy unless there is a specific intent or when practical.

What is happening, and I keep referring to this, is that we are a rich country of really poor people who see themselves (quite realistically) at the bottom of a barrel. Struggling to make ends meet coupled with a culture that worships consumerism and pays lip service to savings, we have masses who simply cannot opt to buy unless the cheapest thing they find.

You do not typically see this kind of mass behavior in a developed country (but you do see it, by necessity, in poor countries, like the one I come from.)

Quality has a cost (in particular American-made quality), and that is something not within reach of the American blue collar worker.

Comment Re:Can they innovate into not being Walmart? (Score 1) 65

Lol you're probably a brainwashed wal-mart employee but ok. Wal-mart did not single handedly create the trend to shrink packaging sizes they did however pressure the supply chain not "single handedly" despite the impression you might have gotten by their massive PR campaign to improve their image right around that time.

^^ In summary, LOL hurr durr.

Comment The Bullshit is strong in this one. (Score 1) 65

Except that for most things you spend more when you buy at walmart because the quality is much lower.

And this is a problem because? Sometimes you want something cheap. Sometimes you don't. I buy the shows I go to the office at walmart for less than $20. Cheap pair of docker and polo shirt knock offs (or from Target) and voila, business casual for an industry (software) that doesn't typically give a shit about what you wear.

Now, for running shoes, a nice pair of trekking sandals, or for dress shoes to go with my business suites (when I have to be formal) I spent a lot more on that.

Additionally, some people cannot afford to buy anything but cheap and rely on walmart for bulk purchases or the dollar store. That shit you are spouting right there is kind of dogmatic, spouted from a position of privilege.

I never buy anything from walmart either because of this and because of how shitty they treat not only their employees.

Sure they are shitty in terms of pay, but 1) employees are not forced to work there or, say, McDonalds (disclosure, I worked at McDonalds 26 years ago), and 2) is it really solely's Walmart's fault?

We have a society where every fucking body exercises an "everyone for himself, I got mine, fuck you very much attitude." Everyone. Including SWJs.

We have no reasonable health care system separated from employment (be it single payer or government regulated.) Furthermore, we have no reasonable pension system either (no, social security ain't it.)

What's worse, people on the receiving end of inequality keep voting against their own interests either by action or inaction.

By action like those flyover country imbeciles who are now panicking after realizing their beloved ACA/Medicaid expansion benefits were one and the same as the hated Obamacare free shit handouts that (supposedly) inner city moochers were getting.

By inaction, like those many blue voters who were also dependent on government programs, who understood the threats posed by promises of mindless, absolutist "small government" government, but who could not fucking bother to go vote because they didn't like the major candidates.

So here we are, from bad to worse if you are poor. Of all the rich countries in the world, we are the ones were being poor is really fucking catastrophic.

Companies like Walmart simply operate in a culture and governance that represents people's attitudes. We are fucking complacent with the many problems that plague us, but we do nothing about it other than bitching about "evul corps".

Corporations do not have an obligation for social engineering. Government does (and ergo, by the people who vote or choose not to vote.)

This is the richest country of poor people the world has ever seen. By design, by the people. Them wounds are self-inflicted.

The whole "I ain't gonna buy from Walmart hurr durr", that's bullshit. It changes nothing (since the problem is not there), and it hurts employees who obviously rely on a store's ability to sell to make a paycheck.

Sure, delude yourself into thinking you are standing up to something by choosing not to buy at Walmart. That'll show them meanies.

Comment Re:Professionalize computer science (Score 1) 84

those engineering activities are/will be moved to India. You need to hold upper management accountable.

People keep repeating this shit over and over. Some of it goes offshore. Some does not. And new stuff certainly doesn't, at least not until it gets mainstream.

It will change once China and India become more entrepreneurial and innovative (it's not a matter of IF but WHEN). But for the time being, and for a good while, roll with the punches and stay ahead of the curve. If you do the same job after 5-10 years, expect your work to go to wherever.

Comment Re: Leftist regulation run amok. (Score 1) 554

The last right-leaning, conservative Republican president was Eisenhower. All presidents since then, be they Republican or Democrat, would best be described as neoconservatives or progressives, both of which are left-leaning political ideologies. The Republican ones haven't leaned as far to the left as the Democrats have, but they surely haven't been leaning to the right, either. This is what people mean when they describe both parties as being the same; both are considered to be left-leaning, just at slightly different angles. Neither leans to the right. America today would be very different had there been actual right-leaning presidents in power since Eisenhower.

This statement is both axiomatic and unsubstantiated.

Comment Re:And now a Rant from all the Vista Supporters... (Score 1) 167

Same here - we have 1 laptop running Vista (only Windows system in the house, generally secure network, and it doesn't leave the house typically - IOW, security risks are minimal). We missed the upgrade to Win7 - in part b/c we had Vista Ultimate and there was no equivalent upgrade any Win7 product. However, now I'd like to swap the HDD for an SSD but Vista makes that impossible (Vista could use a flash for some things, but not the primary OS; the optimizations for that didn't hit until Win7, so if you do use an SSD with Vista you're chewing up the disk life.).

The laptop, however, is near EOL entirely (2006/2007 purchase IIRC). It might get a new life with Linux but as it needs a new battery and only has 4 GB RAM total (max'd out) that is not likely.

Unfortunately, I really don't want to give my wife Win10 on any new system we buy. I'd much prefer giving her Win7 but we won't likely have a choice.

One option would be to find a used Win7, Win8.x laptop somewhere, and buy it for cheap. As a media consumption, it'd be perfectly fine. That's what I'm looking right now.

Comment Re:And now a Rant from all the Vista Supporters... (Score 1) 167

This is actually going to be the real problem here.

Retiring Vista is no biggie. I don't know anyone who didn't immediately replace Vista with Seven as soon as it became available.

* Raises hand *. Me.

I have an old HP laptop that could not upgrade to Windows 7, and it's been running Vista since I bought it in 2008. My wife uses it for e-mail, photography, web browsing, google docs, and stuff. As it is, it is a good media consumption machine for her needs. It is also the laptop where my daughter does her computer-assigned work.

For what it is being used, we'd never had a reason to spend money in upgrading.

I know that this day was going to come, but it still sucks. I need to find a new laptop for her since 1) using it after the *doomsday date* will surely get compromised the moment my wife or my daughter connects to the web, and 2) not having a laptop is going to affect their day-to-day activities.

Ugh, not the expense I was planning to do anytime soon. A few hundred bucks is still a few hundred bucks. Oh well.

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