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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Aighearach Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (766 comments)

We all still have the right to live under a bridge...

Here in the US every bridge is owned by a state or federal Transportation Department, and it is illegal to camp under them, or even to trespass under them in most cases. So no, you have no under-bridge rights.

3 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Aighearach Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (766 comments)

With that many links they won't refute anything because nobody is going to click them. It is an obvious troll.

If there were just 3 or 4 links, then a person might think, "Oh, somebody researched it and found something contextual." If it is a giant list of links, it is more like, somebody did a search and pasted it. Which is just trolling, we all know how to do an internet search on our own. With that many links, I'll bet half of them repeat each other's language because they're repeats of the same source documents.

And the high percent of tumblr and youtube links makes it even more clear it is not serious information.

The vastly most likely answer is that it is pasted from some anti-feminist list.

I did check a couple of them and they were absurd crap, not anything relevant to this discussion, and not anything that a reasonable person would confuse with being relevant here.

3 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Aighearach Re:1..2..3 before SJW (766 comments)

It is creepy to be differently-nice to some people based on their gender, yes. WTF kind of place do you work at where nobody has ever mentioned it?

It is actually a bit of a "no-brainer."

4 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Aighearach Re:1..2..3 before SJW (766 comments)

It's the SJW ninnies that are trying to pretend that nerds are the perpetrators here when they are generally powerless and denigrated.

I find the idea that nerds would ever chase off women particularly amusing. Hell, most of us would KILL to have women around. If women are electing to not pursue the field, it's certainly not because they're unwelcome. On every team that I've ever been on with women, the guys went out of their way to be nice to them.

Actually, sorry to break it to you, but "OMG OMG OMG it's a female programmer she must be a nerd like us OMG OMG OMG AWESOME" is going to be very scary to most women. It is mal-adjusted and creepy. That it feels like a positive reaction to the guys who respond that way doesn't make it any less scary, it just makes it more difficult to correct. And any unusual behavior that is based on gender is going to be "unwelcome," it is not only intentionally unwelcoming behavior that is unwelcoming.

That there might be a co-worker who would "KILL" over having her around is... exceptionally unwelcome.

4 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Aighearach Re:All the movies had women in business (766 comments)

Actually you underscore the lack of socialization during programming. Your attempted counter example shows your social meter is differently calibrated than average people. You accept a very tiny bit of edge dialogue as a replacement for continued socialization all day in typical office jobs.

The loner might not be a hermit in the mountains, it doesn't change that the job is primarily solitary, even when coordinating with a large team.

4 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Aighearach Re:What? (551 comments)

Bullshit.

Everyone I know that is either (1)uninterested in the systemd debate, or (2) actually in favor of systemd is (3) a completely incompetent hack in most areas that (4) have mostly bad ideas generally.

So rather than "Bullshit," your claim actually supports mine. The only ones who don't support it are the ones who don't care, or are idiots who already aren't listened to by their peers.

4 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Aighearach Re:That's all we need ... (551 comments)

No, the "blowback" is just like #gamergate, a bunch of angry neckbeards who didn't even research the problem, and don't even know if their specific complaints are real things that happened, or hater propaganda they're repeating.

You'd almost think from the propaganda that systemd doesn't still allow the legacy SysV init scripts to run. But it turns out, they still work fine, and most of the distros with systemd haven't even ported many startup scripts, and even on a computer running systemd most of the startup is still done by the legacy initscripts.

I support systemd wholeheartedly, but I'm not going to port my old startup scripts. New software, sure, I'll learn the new stuff and integrate the way that is normal in the year that I'm writing the software. But backwards compatibility is a thing.

4 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Aighearach Re:What? (551 comments)

Systemd may be fine for a desktop, but not fine for a server.

The PaaS vendors are all excited about systemd. So that's just simply false. It is better for server.

Or, it is an important update and solves problems that are not related to the "desktop" or "server" roles of the box.

4 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Aighearach Re:What? (551 comments)

Your point seems to be, "new stuff requires new debugging methods on failure, avoid new stuff."

Like most sysadmins I generally agree. But also like most, I'd been waiting decades for SysV init to get replaced. It is worth learning something new every couple decades.

As an aside, most competent admins wouldn't be "resorting" to the kludge you describe, and will probably just stare and you and blink rapidly when told doing so is supposed to be a good thing.

4 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Aighearach Re:What? (551 comments)

Well, if that is all it is, then it is just a dishonest myth.

Of course, as a sysadmin I already knew that most sysadmins love systemd because it solves a whole basket of real problems.

4 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Aighearach Re:What? (551 comments)

No, a cromulent word has to be a made-up word that appears authoritative but isn't. (yet) "[B]oku" isn't cromulent at all, it is just a misspelling. I recommend you embiggen your vocabulary.

4 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Aighearach Re:That's all we need ... (551 comments)

A reason for what, your lies and propaganda? I doubt it. The reason for the factoid you mention is that you made it up. Make up another one, it will have the same source, the same cause.

4 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Aighearach Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (551 comments)

I'm still running the same timeseal binary for internet chess that I was running in the 90s. I'll bet the old *bsd builds still work, too.

It is over 15 years old.

I still sometimes run programs I wrote in 2001. I don't make any changes or upgrade anything, it all just still works.

5 days ago
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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

Aighearach Re:Emacs OS (155 comments)

But systemd is written in C. I gather we would have to start by implementing C in elisp.

emacs is written in C, too.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Aighearach Re:Editor Troll (285 comments)

it can be slightly tricky, I agree at least with that much. Mostly for notifications that don't keep a connection to the sound system open; they're not connected long enough to adjust the per-app level in the mixer.

That is a case where I liked the older behavior better, but the new behavior is actually better for regular users. In the old days there were often three different volume levels to adjust, master, PCM, and in-app. Regular users would get the settings hosed, and have lots of hiss and pop because they didn't have the different gains balanced properly for their sound card. The new system, regular users can just slide the main volume, or open the mixer and change it per-app, and it works pretty well. But the per-app is relative to the other apps running.

So the technique now is to get the notification system to play a long sound, with the media player running, and then adjust the per-app volume. Then PulseAudio will remember that setting, at least as well as is possible until you've fiddled the levels enough that the relative volumes can't be maintained. Apps that use an external CLI player for notifications can be set by playing a music file with the CLI player, and adjusting the relative volume. This is how I have to adjust the move volume in xboard (an old internet chess client).

Things worked "better" before in some cases, but the cases that sucked before are fixed now. For example, xboard uses play or aplay for notifications, and has no in-app volume control. Before that was fine as long as you only have 1 such program running, and everything else had in-app volume. I could set the main volume for the level for xboard, and then set the in-app volume in xmms or mplayer. But that means you couldn't have the app tied to PCM volume, which was usually the better setting. So it didn't actually work better at all, even an advanced user had to fiddle and futz it, and you still couldn't get the volume you wanted if you wanted the "wrong" one to be louder. And if two apps didn't have their own volume control, then you couldn't get those apps to have different volume.

And I was using Skype back when it used OSS or ALSA for sound. The default "automatically adjust mixer levels" was even more buggy and wrecked more havoc back then than it does now.

5 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Aighearach Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (328 comments)

There are lots of blind wine tastings, BTW.
You might be European, I think they fell out of favor when the French snobs were rating much cheaper California wines as being equal.
Here in the US there is wine tasting fad right now, with lots of blind tasting events. Interestingly, these are mainly used to sell mid-priced wines by showing that they stand toe-to-toe with big names. Prove to the consumer that you're selling something as good as the fancy stuff, they might buy a case.
Or, you just don't pay attention to wine tasting and so of course you can get "never" as an easy answer. ;)

about a week ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Aighearach Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (328 comments)

I disagree that they need to go up to semi-pro to get better sound. They can spend the same money on any generic and get good sound. Even sony sounds better at a lower price than bose.

The reason bose sells a lot is because the hi-price hi-fi stores know to demo a *cheaper* generic against the name brand. Then they can use the pitch, "you get what you pay for." Which is true, in a very literal sense; you pay some amount, and what you got for it is what you got for it.

My advice to consumers, and this is true for almost all products not just headphones; only buy the highest label-price brands if you're buying at the highest price bracket. The very best of the best is better than the rest, for sure. For everything in the middle 95%, the same price with a less known brand will usually give you more bang for your buck, for the simple reason that name familiarity increases the price. You still have to check reviews on individual models though, there will be a few "stinker" generics to avoid.

about a week ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Aighearach Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (328 comments)

Of course, they're consumer crapware, as opposed to actual pro/hi-fi gear like Sennheiser, Audio Technica, AKG, Bowers & Wilkins, et al.

I'm not sure if you got that wrong on purpose, or really misunderstood the point that much.

The claim is not that they are consumer crapware. The claim is that they have low performance compared to other brands at the same price that don't have the name familiarity. In other words, they are lower quality than an equal-priced generic.

The ones you listed are all from a different price point, and are not the ones people are comparing them to when talking about low performance.

$100 bose headphones have about the same sound as a $20 JVC, but with nicer pads and a better cord. The $40 JVC has equal quality pads, and actually better sound. But the bose still has a nicer cord. Luckily, copper wires of sufficient capacity to carry the signal all sound the same.

about a week ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Aighearach Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (328 comments)

Yeah, I can also install vmware on my PC, and run MacOS in it, because some people have worked around the roadblocks that Apple put in the way to prevent users who pay for their software from doing that. How odd that Microsoft will permit me to virtualize their OS, but Apple won't. It's almost like they're bigger assholes than Microsoft. No, wait. It's exactly like that.

Microsoft's _business_ is to sell their operating system. Apple's _business_ is to sell computer hardware. If you claim that you can't see the difference then you are either deeply dishonest or an idiot.

You establish a reason that could explain the difference in behavior, but that doesn't refute the claim in any way; or even attempt to.

Is your thesis that any honest person who is not an idiot knows that selling software leads to better morals and ethics than selling hardware? I assume anybody with an IQ bigger than their shoe size can figure out that that is absurd, and hardware vendors can be morally good or bad. There is nothing about hardware itself that requires a company to suck. And software is so abstract, there is an almost unlimited range of moral choices available; a software company should have no trouble being immoral or unethical. And indeed, if you look at just the things MicroSoft was found guilty of in the 90s, we know they have a history that includes both immoral and unethical behavior.

On the technical specifics here, in the past MS didn't like virtualization because by opposing it they could negotiate better terms with hardware vendors. Because of the scale of the market (people mistakenly think this comes from monopoly) the same hardware pressures involve OS companies like MS, because their attitude towards hardware is determined largely by their contracts with the hardware companies. So it is a fake difference.

I gotta ask, did you not know all that (which is ignorance dishonestly shilling itself as being knowledgable) or are you just an idiot?

about a week ago

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