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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Boys are naturally curious... (604 comments)

That's because they make more money and the Alumni association can expect larger donations from them.

3 hours ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Gay? (730 comments)

I agree with the premise of your original post and the clarification you just offered. I however disagree with your choice of examples.

3 hours ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Gay? (730 comments)

Why can't I be proud to be white or be proud to be male? Before you see red and start trolling, I'm not talking about anything close to being a white supremacist or male chauvinist.

Why should I feel shame for something I have no control over? Has political correctness gotten so out-of-hand that I should never show my face in society because of my lack of pigmentation or for having a penis?

I treat others with respect, shouldn't I be afforded the same?

By the way... People sing "I'm proud to be an American" all the time... should we disparage Americans for that too?

4 hours ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

Bill_the_Engineer Re:I dunno what's worse... (295 comments)

You're entitled to your opinion. Don't be surprised when you are asked to leave too. We are all adults (well most of us) and we know what signs mean. You don't have to agree with them, but you are free to spend you money elsewhere.

4 hours ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Let's be serious here (295 comments)

I do not believe a single Google glass wearer is surprised that they may be asked to remove them at a theater, bar, or restaurant. It's been all over the news since the thing was first released. I place these google glass wearers in the same category as smokers who are surprised that they have lung cancer.

4 hours ago
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Breaching Air-Gap Security With Radio

Bill_the_Engineer This just in... (70 comments)

That same smartphone can be used to listen to "Duran, Duran", "Talk, Talk", "Oingo Boingo", and "Wang Chung"

Relive the 80s and everyone have fun tonight.

5 hours ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Anyone still going to the movies? (295 comments)

I'm usually suffering from hypothermia by the end of the movie. I do agree with the tinnitus though.

5 hours ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

Bill_the_Engineer Re:I dunno what's worse... (295 comments)

if I were tossed out for Google Glass I would basically require them to call the police.

So instead of politely putting your google glass in your shirt pocket and wearing normal glasses, you'd rather make an ass out of yourself and get the police involved? I may be able to see your point if they just arbitrarily picked you out of a crowd, but if they went through the trouble of placing signs up at the entrance informing you of their restrictions then I'll have to side with them.

By having the sign out front saying no recording devices, you made an educated decision to use the theater instead of looking for a different theater that is more lenient or waiting for the movie to come out for home viewing. You making an ass out of yourself won't change the theater's policy, but loss of admissions will.

5 hours ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Let's be serious here (295 comments)

You wealthy enough to purchase Google glass but too poor to have a regular pair of glasses?

5 hours ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

Bill_the_Engineer How about actively limiting phone use? (295 comments)

we paid money to watch a movie and are instead distracted by the texting and one-sided phone conversations.

Texting wouldn't be so bad if they just mute the damn alert tone and stop reading their texts out loud.

5 hours ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

Bill_the_Engineer Re:how is this news (295 comments)

You didn't keep your regular glasses when you received your Google glass?

Maybe you should purchase a pair for a backup anyway?

5 hours ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Left one out (301 comments)

I'm surprised he didn't cite us in his paper.

2 days ago
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Location of Spilled Oil From 2010 Deepwater Horizon Event Found

Bill_the_Engineer Re:No Worries (73 comments)

I think you just experienced backlash that stems from BP trying to use natural seeps to downplay the magnitude of the Deepwater Horizon event. Living on the gulf coast I experienced first hand their spin doctors at work telling us about natural seeps and microbes that eat crude oil.

From the large tar balls washing up on our beaches, the residue that stayed in our marshes, the deaths of marine animals and the increased erosion from the death of grasses and trees along the waterline, only a fool would have fell for their bullshit.

I know that you only meant to bring up a natural phenomena but bringing up the topic of natural seeps in a story about the Deepwater Horizon does make you look like a shill for BP.

2 days ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Sanity? (436 comments)

Kentucky actually has their own clause for "Right of religious freedom" which endorses the concept of the separation of church and state. BTW most states do.

2 days ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Sanity? (436 comments)

Making laws to exclude state support of religious functions or state endorsement(!) of religion, including display of religious symbolism in courthouses as appropriated by the staff under the same budget which does indeed allow them to purchase *anything* *else* as discretionary decoration, would be in violation of this whole "Congress shall make no law" thing. Taking action without first making a law, on the other hand, would be a Constitutional crisis of Executive overreach, by which the Executive branch acts unilaterally as an authoritarian arm (i.e. a dictatorship or oligarchy).

How about something from Kentucky's constitution?

Section 5. Right of religious freedom. No preference shall ever be given by law to any religious sect, society or denomination; nor to any particular creed, mode of worship or system of ecclesiastical polity; nor shall any person be compelled to attend any place of worship, to contribute to the erection or maintenance of any such place, or to the salary or supportofanyministerofreligion;norshallanyman be compelled to send his child to any school to which he may be conscientiously opposed; and the civil rights, privileges or capacities of no person shall be taken away, or in anywise diminished or enlarged, on account of his belief or disbelief of any religious tenet, dogma or teaching. No human authority shall, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience.

Kentucky is violating its own constitution as well as the US Constitution.

2 days ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Good luck with that. (556 comments)

1. If you already have a mortgage and/or car loan the need for a credit card goes down. Besides the one with the highest credit score is the person willing to carry a balance and always make the payments. The score is not only about your ability to pay but also how likely you will carry a balance.

2. If you always pay off your credit card you can be subjected to fees to keep the card active.

3. You assume they have all of their money in a single checking account and really isn't a valid point.

4. I only had a problem with a rental company when they held a large sum of money (the agreed rental amount) and it took 7 days for the bank to remove the hold and show a credit. Since then I have a second debit card associated with my travel account to prevent any future complications.

5. Sometimes its better to cut your losses than to owe a shit ton of money to predatory lenders including credit card companies. You'll eventually lose your car and your house and owe money to your credit card company at an insane interest rate that will take over a decade to pay off.

6. My bank is proactive. After the Target and Home Depot fiasco, my bank sends me a replacement card and just monitors my purchases until the new card arrives.

4 days ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Boys are naturally curious... (604 comments)

It could be because after 1985 more career opportunities opened for women and they decided to go into a field they wanted to be in. I know a lot of older women who went into mathematics, accounting and computer science because in their eyes it was a small step from being a receptionist or data entry clerk where they can plant themselves at a desk and not get in anybody's way. A lot of those women would liked to have gone in business management and possibly be an executive, or in some other field altogether. This explains why the percent of women in CS went down despite the number of women enrolled as undergrads being larger (As mentioned in the summary).

Now we have revenue potential in fields that used to be too niched or hobbyist to be profitable. That is why you see women going into culinary arts, decorating, home remodeling, and other creative but profitable ventures. It's not because they are being stereotyped into those fields, it is because they WANT to make their career in that field. I don't want to give an impression that its just traditional women roles either. I know women who are stevedores, construction workers, farmers, veterinarians (the farm kind not the puppy and kitten kind), and physicians (rather than just being nurses or physician assistants).

My daughter said one of the biggest turn offs for her going into engineering and computer science was ironically SWE. They made her feel uncomfortable because it institutionalized the idea that women need special treatment to succeed in those fields. You have to do a better job of encouraging women into those fields without making them feel like the only reason they are there is because they are a women.

4 days ago

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Bankrupt municipality seeks revenue from speeding cameras on interstate

Bill_the_Engineer Bill_the_Engineer writes  |  about 2 years ago

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) writes "According to the Mobile Press Register a new speeding enforcement program was adopted by the Prichard City Council today that could generate at least $200,000 a year for the cash-strapped city.

The council, with a unanimous vote, endorsed a program that will add four additional patrol officers to monitor traffic speeds primarily along Interstate 165 and 65 within the Prichard city limits.

The program, administered by South Carolina-based iTraffic Safety, is set to start in January and will be monitored for three months before the city determines whether to increase regulations by adding speed cameras along the interstates. "I think we should try the officers first," Ephriam said. "There could be issues on whether the cameras can accurately depict speeders right now. There are things we have to address with potential liability with the cameras.""

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LibreOffice 3.4.2 for enterprise users released

Bill_the_Engineer Bill_the_Engineer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) writes "The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 3.4.2, the third version of the 3.4 family, targeting both private individuals and enterprises. LibreOffice 3.4.2 fixes the majority of the most-important bugs identified by users in the previous version, and can be deployed for production needs by most enterprises."
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'Dungeons & Dragons' co-creator dies

Bill_the_Engineer Bill_the_Engineer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) writes "CNN is reporting that David Lance Arneson, who helped trigger the global phenomenon of role-playing games as co-inventor of "Dungeons & Dragons," has died at the age of 61.

A statement on the game's official Web site, wizards.com, said Arneson died Tuesday evening "after waging one final battle against cancer.""

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