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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Dr. Evil Re:Bullshit Stats. (366 comments)

Went to a Python developers meetup. There were 2 women in a room of 100 people.

Went to an infosec meetup. There were 5% women in a room of 200 people.

Went to a Wordpress developers conference, there were 50% women in attendance of hundreds of people.

They're all tech jobs. Why are women choosing paths that earn less?

6 hours ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Dr. Evil Re:Here we go again (366 comments)

"I wonder what the conclusion of such an article would be?"

That this isn't a site for sociologists or experts in race or gender studies.

If we talked to sociolgists, race or gender study experts, they'd probably have a non-sensationalist, well researched and well reasoned approach to discussing sensitive issues. And they probably wouldn't be happy if people jumped on their communtiy forums and started talking about SATA drivers.

9 hours ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Dr. Evil Re:Here we go again (366 comments)

Previous story was about Barbie and sexism, this one is about pay equity. I think the next story should be about minorities in tech.

Maybe we'll find out Bill Cosby did a stint for Apple. That would wrap it all up nicely.

10 hours ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

Dr. Evil Cooked ethics (307 comments)

I'm as sure you're wrong as I'm sure the last digit of pi is 6.

yesterday
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

Dr. Evil Re:Wow, I'd be pretty angry (157 comments)

A good devops team means that amazon vs. local is a flip of a command line parameter.

yesterday
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

Dr. Evil Re:ShirtStorm (335 comments)

Those who think that images of women in lingerie are degrading need to visit a therapist. Female sexuality is not degrading.

The shirt is unprofessional. Sexuality is an awkward subject, and bringing it up in the workplace is delicate. Not a subject for t-shirts.

But holy crap I love the response shirt: https://twitter.com/SMLXist/status/532928903778934784/photo/1

5 days ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

Dr. Evil Re:Huh (223 comments)

"How hard would it have been to install a bright LED on the top that Rosetta could see from a few km away?"

If you were to drop the LED frequency into the radio spectrum you could reduce the power requirement further.

about a week ago
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Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

Dr. Evil How did the Constitution Fail? (447 comments)

This can be a warning for other groups.

The Debian constitution looks like nothing more than normal club bureaucracy. Without it, I would expect Debian wouldn't have survived as long as it has.

https://www.debian.org/devel/constitution

Without specific concerns about such a constitution, I'm inclined to not make much of this. People change, projects change, people leave, people join. It doesn't matter how vital the participant, things change.

This is the only hint of what's wrong, I don't see how it has anything to do with the existence of a constitution: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2014/11/msg00196.html

No offense to anyone involved... I'm more interested in learning what's wrong with the constitution so that I can avoid similar problems in my own clubs.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

Dr. Evil Re:Okay, but (429 comments)

"...visible universe in 10^-32 seconds"

I'm not sure "size" or "seconds" have more than a very abstract mathematical meaning in this context.

about two weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Dr. Evil Re:Well Written Article (441 comments)

"The responses here prove what she was writing about. People here (who very likely resemble her coworkers at Google and other places) have no empathy and no clue about anything outside their little circle, they're social morons."

People here have been called a lot of names. Mysoginists, knuckle-draggers, priviliged, racist, sexist, social morons etc.

They're here to talk about technology and read articles about technology. Many, or most, have had no issue working with people of any colour or gender. They're still called all these names. When they try to defend themselves, they're told they're ignorant.

I'm happy to do whatever is needed to bring women into tech. I've done so for years. They're not coming and it's not clear why.

People listen for a while, and quietly swallow all the insults. But eventually people get sick of being accused of excluding people they've never met for reasons which are pure speculation.

Then *some* of them get ticked off, mouth off, and somebody will jump in to say "OMG, it's all true! Look at the nasty geeks!"

The responses here prove nothing.

She doesn't need proof, her story doesn't speculate much. She's living her life, written her story and is helping the people she feels need help.

about two weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Dr. Evil Well Written Article (441 comments)

I reluctantly gave the article a read. It's written from the first person and describes her own experiences.

I don't see a huge amount of speculation on the problem in the article. She's just saying what happened and how she felt. She even said that she felt comfortable at one company, but left becuase of pay.

I think her reaction to this is overwhelmingly positive.

"I’m volunteering with organizations that will help the younger generation get involved in tech, so we can change the ratio (Black Girls Code, Hack The Hood) and those who come after me won’t have to feel how I’ve felt. I’ve stopped trying to assimilate at work. I’m no longer trying to make people comfortable with my existence. I am trying to connect with other black women in technical roles. I’m standing up for what I believe in and standing up for myself, instead of sitting quietly by, so as not to not make waves."

What I don't know... is if she's aware of how other people in tech feel. Some of us like boozy events, but some of us like non-boozy events too. I'm not a gamer, not into sports, I don't like dirty jokes at the office. I like tech stuff, I talk tech stuff and I find it really cool and interesting. I like doing creative stuff with tech. I come off a bit weird, so it usually takes me 6 months to "fit in" to a group.

I think most people in tech feel like outsiders. She's part of that crowd whether she likes it or not.

about two weeks ago
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HP Unveils Industrial 3D Printer 10X Faster, 50% Cheaper Than Current Systems

Dr. Evil Scanner Ink (111 comments)

My Epson ran out of scanner ink, couldn't scan anything until I bought more cartridges.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Enters the Wearables Market With 'Band'

Dr. Evil WTF (135 comments)

This looks like it might actually be a good product. I clicked "buy" and it actually has a caution about the sizing... and recommends I go to a "Microsoft Store", whatever that is. I guess I should look for one.

Could Ballmer have been so bad for MS that we forgot they could produce good products?

I'm going to check it out, but I simply can't believe it will be acceptable until version 3.

about three weeks ago
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

Dr. Evil Re:Make an app, then see if it has a market?? (72 comments)

Google Wave could have stuck around as a D&D app.

I like these projects, they have a "throw it on the wall and see if it sticks." None of it is going to stick, but we'd never have had Clippy or Comic Sans if it wasn't for MS Bob.

... on second thought, MS shouldn't try to innovate.

about a month ago
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Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

Dr. Evil Re:Steve who? (81 comments)

Steve Job was friends with Steve Wozniac, they're two normal guys who get a lot of strange mail. They live next to Mike Roe, the founder of Mikeroesoft.

about a month ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Dr. Evil Re:Ho-lee-crap (275 comments)

It wasn't long ago that South Korea wasn't so advanced, and Daewoo was corrupt.

The national identity has been trying to raise standards in everything, but it still has horrible reminders of its recent past. The Sewoul disaster where hundreds died needlessly, the subway crash where 200 people died, the recent collapse of a sidewalk grate where 16 concert goers just... died.

By "national identity" I mean the health, safety and anticorruption standards are considered part of the national identity and distinct from the standards of many neighbouring countries.

In the past 20 years Korea has been rebuilding everything and has good standards. These stories are making the country obsessive over safety and quality, but there's still junk from the recent past, or people who are wrapped in nepotism and corruption who shouldn't be responsible for anything involving public safety, but can't be removed.

As long as the ship builders are not part of that past, then it's a boon for the country and another milestone for Korea's advancement.

about 1 month ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

Dr. Evil Re:Wrong (180 comments)

"The day I found out you can use a 1x1 transparent GIF to fill any space by using "width=xx, height=yy" in the tag, was the greatest day of my life."

Things will get better.

about a month ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

Dr. Evil Re:I've been wondering why this took so long (127 comments)

It's kind of insane that the unions are such a burden to transit, that it's easier to accept the safety risks and enormous costs of driverless trains than to accept a non-union driver.

about a month ago

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Kickstarting a Free Textbook

Dr. Evil Dr. Evil writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dr. Evil (3501) writes "Back in the day, I had a prof who wrote a text on Optics and sold photocopy editions for $5. We got cheap books and he got feedback to improve them. A friend of a friend is now doing the same for his philosophy students, except he's using Kickstarter to fund the book and offer digital editions free. Is this common? Are other professors doing this? He writes:

If you took a course in philosophy or critical thinking at college or university, you paid an average of $70 for your textbook. I think that's too much, especially for students who have to choose between food and the rent, two or three times a year, like a lot of my students. Yet the cost of these books never goes down, because students are a captive market.

So, I've been writing my own textbook, so that my students don't have to buy one. I'd like to expand and improve it and then make it available to the whole world, for free.

This Kickstarter campaign will allow me to bring in more contributors, get more research resources, and hire designers and artists and translators, so that we can put together a very high quality teaching tool, and make it available to every student in the world.

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