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

Livius Re:What? (368 comments)

Women don't want to code the same way men do. That's a reality borne out by statistics.

We don't know why.

Maybe they are discouraged by systemic factors, maybe not. That is a good reason to find out why. It doesn't tell us yet whether there is a problem to fix.

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

Livius Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (368 comments)

When women want to go into tech and can't, we have a problem. When women don't want to go into tech...

(I don't have a comment, I just thought that bore repeating.)

about an hour ago
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Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

Livius Re:BBC? Professional??? (137 comments)

Perhaps they think 11-year-old kids can raise their standards.

Just kidding - the BBC is pretty close to the top of English language programming. Which doesn't actually say very much.

11 hours ago
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Australian Physicists Build Reversible Tractor Beam

Livius Re:Still a long way to go ... (62 comments)

But which is better from 100 000 km away in poor lighting?

11 hours ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Livius Re:enough of the first female black Puerto Rican . (198 comments)

There is a place for pointing out system biases, because by nature they are difficult to perceive, except for the people who are actively and in bad faith looking for them. But the basic fact about systemic biases is that they are statistical and never a reflection on an individual.

But it is true that Western societies have passed the point where a person from an identifiable group achieving something is any kind of achievement for that individual. The "first black female Puerto Rican pole vault champion" is not overcoming unique challenges now that they would have had to in the past.

We can celebrate, not that we have reached a point of equality, but that we have long since reached that point without noticing.

yesterday
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Livius Re:All about perception (198 comments)

Yes and no.

It was morally repugnant to put women in high-risk situations because for thousands of years women were considered too valuable because of their child-rearing roles. Men, in contrast, were expendable.

It's especially perverse since women were not usually treated as valued members of society.

No-one would have been consciously thinking that way in the 1960s, but it was, and to a degree still is, deeply ingrained in the culture.

yesterday
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Livius Re:Ho-lee-crap (264 comments)

Undoubtedly more complex that a regular cargo vessel, but a ship designed to house a few thousand military personnel will be significantly more complex, much less one where those people are doing their jobs.

yesterday
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3-D Printed "Iron Man" Prosthetic Hands Now Available For Kids

Livius Re:biocompatibility (64 comments)

Which we just so happen to use for drinking cups

It's sad that the state of consumer protection is such that I don't find that reassuring.

2 days ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Livius Re:Wrong (345 comments)

The sun is a hydrogen bomb.

3 days ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Livius Re:I wish it wasn't (345 comments)

I'm not convinced that Coldfusion was real either.

3 days ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Livius Re:Heavier than air flight is impossible (345 comments)

Heavier than air flight with a cast-iron, steam-powered aeroplane flying in a fluid medium whose actual viscosity is different by an order of magnitude than the true viscosity of air.

I'm pretty sure that one's true, though irrelevant today.

3 days ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

Livius Experience (132 comments)

We're using FrAgile and Waterfall and our project has had to be halted for the second time in two years.

Agile (the way we're doing it, probably the wrong way) doesn't scale. If the project is 100 people, half of whom have never met the other half, then a daily meeting is impossible and attempts just degenerate into people checking off boxes but mainly consuming enormous amounts of time without actually communicating anything of value.

On the other hand, my personal suspicion is that "Agile" was really the vendor saying they could adapt to very fluid and evolving requirements when in reality they never understood the requirements in the first place and had no intention of ever fulfilling them. Maybe 'real' Agile would work better.

3 days ago
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How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab

Livius Re:Wording (89 comments)

We're so used to breakthroughs only coming from the extraordinary quantum optics lab.

3 days ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Livius Re:Get real (348 comments)

Unless you have a few trillion dollar coins stashed away somewhere that'll fund thousands upon thousands of chemical rockets

Maybe they're looking for a cover story for "thousands upon thousands of chemical rockets" that they're planning to build anyway.

4 days ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

Livius Clear hierarchy? (154 comments)

I don't think any proper scientists has thought in terms of a hierarchy of intelligence since we discovered that quantifying intelligence was harder than we thought (about a century ago).

But I could certainly see journalists thinking in those terms.

5 days ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

Livius Re:Divergence (154 comments)

Also the fossil record shows elapsed time but not number of generations.

5 days ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

Livius Re:Science fiction has solutions for this (364 comments)

selecting the best gametes from the available pool

...might at least make sense of some sorts if we knew which ones were the 'best'.

We can't (yet) know which combinations of what are superficially liabilities might actually result in creativity, or enhance perception, or a particular disease resistance, etc.

5 days ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

Livius Re:Scarier still.... (364 comments)

Well, they are checking for intelligence....

5 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Livius The Car Dealership-Industrial Complex (292 comments)

Okay, I've always assumed that the stereotypes about the honest of car dealers were true, but I never suspected that they were this much of an entrenched monied special interest group.

Well if people are getting this rich off of essentially retail, then there are bigger things wrong with this picture than we thought.

5 days ago

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