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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

Fwipp Re:clinical trials. (110 comments)

Yeah, I'd argue it doesn't need to be 50/50. Surely, assuming we could make enough vaccine for it, a 80/20 study would give us enough statistical significance, with less than half the number of needless deaths.

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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

Fwipp Re:Sounds legit (165 comments)

It happens automatically and reliably.

The TSA can use more detailed information about line delays in order to shorten the lines. I don't know that they *will,* but it's easy to see that it could help.

2 days ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Fwipp Re:Government doesn't have records (283 comments)

Sure it is. Government exists (partly) to help secure our right to life, by protecting from threats both internal and external.

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

Fwipp Re:Spin the Wheel of Blame (765 comments)

Nobody has the time to thoroughly investigate all of a person's achievements, and especially in the open source community, prestige and reputation is earned by word-of-mouth. "Bill did a great job on this new system" or "Suzy has some really cool ideas in her project."

And yeah, people literally do dismiss reports of bias with "It's a meritocracy, therefore if we don't hire them it's because they were bad, so we can't be biased."

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

Fwipp Re:Spin the Wheel of Blame (765 comments)

How many black women's tech blogs do you, personally, follow? How many white men's?

Like, it's not any individual white dude's fault that he's influential. But the overall culture is defined by people that represent one narrow group of the world's population - generally well-paid white men. White men care about tech things that white men care about; which is clearly not uniform, but on average will be significantly different than what tech things black women care about.

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

Fwipp Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (765 comments)

"The way we should address this, is by destroying the notion that men are inherently more suited for these "tough jobs" because of their manly stubble."

That's my solution to make coal-miners less male. If you want to ensure that women die instead of men, that's what you should do. If you want to reduce male coal miner deaths, it's likely more effective to strengthen coal-mining safety regulations.

This is not an either/or proposition; we can and should do both.

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

Fwipp Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (765 comments)

Male coal-workers don't die because they're male, they die because they're coal-miners. If you're concerned that certain normally-male industries are terrible (A point I'll agree with), then you should argue that protections for coal-miners are insufficient. The solution to "too many men are killed" isn't "kill women instead," unless you're a misogynist.

Female coders are discouraged from entering software development because they're female, not because they're coders. So yeah, if you want to address the disparity, you need to address issues of sexism.

If we found that, among coal miners, the men are particularly likely to die, then yes, we need to address that. Perhaps their equipment is not properly designed for a male body, the tunnels are too small for their larger frames, or they are unproportionately selected for the most dangerous tasks, or they take too many dumb risks. But again, the GP framed the issue as "how can we kill more women." If you care about men dying as coal miners, *address coal mining*. If you only care about scoring points against feminists, then carry on.

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

Fwipp Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (765 comments)

And while you're assuming that this difference is entirely biological, I (along with the article we're talking about) acknowledge that cultural factors play a role.

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

Fwipp Re:Spin the Wheel of Blame (765 comments)

"Tech is a meritocracy" = white men decide who has merit, and pass themselves off as "objective."

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

Fwipp Re:What? (765 comments)

Yeah, no. You don't actually know any feminists in real life, do you?

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

Fwipp Re:What? (765 comments)

52% of fashion is women (what a horrendous imbalance!)
2/3 of the top fashion jobs are held by men.

It's harder to succeed in almost *any* career as a woman.

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

Fwipp Re:What? (765 comments)

Thank you.

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

Fwipp Re:Nurse were men (765 comments)

The majority of men that try to get custody of their children in court succeed. The myth that women are unfairly given custody in the court system needs to go away.

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

Fwipp Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (765 comments)

It's pretty telling how you frame this as "more women should die" instead of "less men should die."

The way we should address this, is by destroying the notion that men are inherently more suited for these "tough jobs" because of their manly stubble.

We could also, you know, lobby for increased protections for coal-miners, but I'm willing to bet that's not something you're personally working on.

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

Fwipp Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (765 comments)

"Inversely, where is all the screaming and yelling from the nursing or day-care industry that is traditionally dominated by women?"
You've never run a day-care, have you?

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

Fwipp Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (765 comments)

Every time a company *does* start an initiative to get more women in tech, Slashdot has the exact same outrage that they do here. Seriously, go click on any of the articles, and you'll see people complaining:

"No it's just the ~natural~ way of things"
"women are stupid and bad at coding! "
"but now men are being discriminated against :("

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

Fwipp Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (765 comments)

You think that the gender ratio of elementary school teachers and nurses is "uncontrolled" and unaffected by cultural stereotypes?

You might wanna be sitting down for this one.

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

Fwipp Re:All the movies had women in business (765 comments)

Yeah, but it doesn't have to be a lonely experience like it's portrayed. Sharing ideas and discoveries with your coworkers, pair-programming, and even just asking for help "Hey can you recommend a good test framework?" are all social aspects of software development.

If you want to frame coding as a social activity, you need to emphasize "collaborative problem-solving" and downplay the "lone hacker" stereotype.

3 days ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

Fwipp Re:Browser Apps are NOT desktop apps (194 comments)

Sure bud, you have one central non-gui worker, which the GUI thread communicates with and dispatches shit to other workers that need to process stuff. You store a bit of "extra" text (probably 50 pages would easily fit) in the GUI and make requests when it gets closer to the end.

Just because you can't think of a way to solve a particular problem you've just thought of, doesn't mean that high-quality performant programs can't be written in the language. You haven't worked with any other message-passing model, have you?

5 days ago

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Chome OS tablet rumored to debut on Black Friday

Fwipp Fwipp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Fwipp (1473271) writes "According to a source of the Download Squad, Google will be launching a Chrome OS tablet November 26th. Manufactured by HTC, the specs are rumored to include a 1280x720 display, 2GB of RAM, GPS and a webcam. Subsidized by a Verizon contract, it is expected to be substantially cheaper than other tablets — possibly even free."
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