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Comment Re:Self-Selection? (Score 0) 293

Is it possible that those women who don't feel it necessary to point out their gender in situations where gender doesn't matter tend to also be those more likely to communicate well?

Is it possible that those women who make it a point to draw attention to their gender in situations where there is no reason to bring up gender at all, are also more likely to be less convincing regarding the usefulness of their work?

You didn't read it. GitHub wasn't the source of gender. The researchers linked out to the contributors outside social networking services to determine their gender by public listed settings, where available.

Comment Re:With the ever-looming cyberpunk future (Score 1) 271

Are you asserting the denizens of slashdot are not an accurate reflection of society at large? Because I find that hard to believe.

Absolutely. If I want to know what technologies will and will not end up being meaningful, I look at what Slashdot predicts. Then I assume the opposite.

This methodology is significantly more accurate than chance.

Comment Re:I can give input there! (Score 1) 224

In any case I found the 'botting puzzle' to be much deeper than the 'bilging puzzle'. It would still be fun if it was single-player.

That's funny. I wrote one of my earliest botting apps to handle the island resource mining in YPP at a very remote island. It had some features built in to avoid detection, but the ocean masters (right?) never did give me a hard time.
   

Comment Re:Duplication (Score 1) 52

We are constantly evaluating our product portfolio in the context of our overall strategic goals. With that in mind, we have begun a process to focus our resources on our most strategic initiatives and to drive more innovation and faster growth within those products.

We're considering which products to axe and keeping the ones that are doing better.

Comment Re:Not actually a bad idea. (Score 2) 368

Amen.

My dad was a plumber for 30 years. That just happened to be after getting his masters. Most of the programmers and tech drones I've known couldn't hold a candle to him.

Somewhere along the line we decided that any programmer, IT guy, etc. are somehow smarter than anyone else. We're generally not. Learning to Google a solution to a problem is no more brilliant than anyone else working out how to do their profession.

Comment Re:The best part of the article is at the bottom (Score 1) 555

If only Obama were the actual socialist that a certain media company says he is, you might actually hate him less. But he's not: the bastard is corruptly selling his DoJ to the highest bidder in a way that would horrify Marx and Engels. If only GWB were the conservative he ran as, you would hate him less, but at least your cold uncaring government would be cheap. But he wasn't: somehow the dimwit managed to commit to more spending of public funds than LBJ and FDR combined, funnelling it into contractors' pockets at everyone's expense.

Shit man, I'm totally going to steal this paragraph from you, intact. That was a great way to illustrate what a lot of us have been saying for a long time... politics is bullshit.

Nicely done. Really.

Submission + - North Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition" (slate.com) 7

nametaken writes: From the state that brought you the nation’s first ban on climate science comes another legislative gem: a bill that would prohibit automakers from selling their cars in the state.

The proposal, which the Raleigh News & Observer reports was unanimously approved by the state’s Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, would apply to all car manufacturers, but the intended target is clear. It’s aimed at Tesla, the only U.S. automaker whose business model relies on selling cars directly to consumers, rather than through a network of third-party dealerships.

[The article adds] it’s easy to understand why some car dealers might feel a little threatened: Tesla’s Model S outsold the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8 last quarter without any help from them. If its business model were to catch on, consumers might find that they don’t need the middle-men as much as they thought.

Comment Re:even better (Score 1) 88

However, the Pentagon and other federal agencies are already using those airwaves for everything from flying drones and surveillance to satellites and air combat training.

All the more reason to hand it over to civilian mobile phone use.

You think they'd just stop flying drones, call off air combat training, and neglect to send up replacement satellite hardware?

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