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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

Meeni It's still the pipeline, the number seems to say. (458 comments)

According to the very article that says it is not the pipeline, avg black component in IT master graduates is 3.5%, the workforce is around 3%. Looks normal to me, at the workforce level, that is. The result indicates a completely disproportionate number of white males in IT university curiculums, and that's the problem that needs addressed. Before minorities can have a chance to compete on the good jobs, they need to have a chance to get the degrees for such jobs.

about two weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why

Meeni Re:Neutrality should be about source and destinati (200 comments)

There is still a problem. My ISP will cater to the "average Joe" and bump the priority on most used services (like video streams, that can actually tolerate quite a lot of latency), but they will not consider the case of niche users like SSH interactive sessions, which are very latency sensitive but "who cares", right ? Well I care. So in the end, your rule is neat, but it is not quite enough yet to let prioritization happen: as long as I cannot make my application a priority, I still get the short changed.

about two weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why

Meeni Re:nope (200 comments)

Voice is latency sensitive, as is live video chat. Delays result in choppy audio and echo. Since it's realtime, buffering is not an option.

Video streaming of movies is not: buffering is a perfect solution to poor latency in that case.

Now, what I do not like with the hidden assumption in the ops post is that the user does not get to choose what gets prioritize. Even a goodwill ISP (haha!) that prioritize sensibly for the common use cases will not do what I want. SSH interactive session are also latency sensitive, yet I do not see any ISP prioritizing SSH because it is a niche use case. It is the most important use case for me. I do not want "neutrality", I want choice on what I prioritize for myself. Especially when we talk latency.

about two weeks ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

Meeni To their defense (314 comments)

As a normal person I never had use of large bills like that. Even 100 is an annoyance as you have to get it accepted for change somewhere. So in essence nothing of value would be lost. Then the claim that it would be effective at curbing illegal business is not very strong either.

about a month ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

Meeni Replicate the experiment (986 comments)

In science, you replicate the experiment to prove it's not a glitch, randomness, a trick or a systemic measurement error. Looking sideways at a blackbox with poor measurement tools under the supervision of a known con-man is nowhere near replicating the experiment in a separate setting.

about a month ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Meeni Re:Polygraph (580 comments)

Yes: money :)

about a month ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Meeni Re:More feminist bullshit (728 comments)

This is not a problem exclusive to women. [...] but if you are subject to it as a man you'll get much less support to cope with it.

That's true, and an independent yet important problem as well. However, I think we can agree that when men get less support (or even suffer stigma from not being "manly enough" to cope with it, which is pure BS), women face an echo chamber of aggressive misogynistic a-holes, ready to take on a crusade against them on a scale that most men never face. Just read the first comments here. In short, the harassment of women is more intense (from more harassers) and is pandemic.

about a month and a half ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Meeni EU numbers (403 comments)

EU numbers are well known and documented to be extremelly optimistic. So much so that nobody even cares about them when buying a car. The DOT numbers are much closer to the reality (if still overstating a bit, not by a big bit). Making the correction because europe does not use MPG, so it seems there was some sort of confusion that the overstated numbers were relevant in the US where MPG are the unit of the land.

about a month and a half ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Meeni Re: So Intel pulled out (724 comments)

I am (was) a gamer, and didn't felt attacked by "feminazis" (lol) when they pointed the obvious fact that some gaming communities are hostile to female players and devs. The reaction on this subject are a telling proof that it is still the fact.

about 1 month ago
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My toy collection is ...

Meeni Define A Toy (209 comments)

For me it's sports cars. Missing the option "few but very expensive :$".

about 2 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Meeni Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

I have them too, they are on 18 hours a day and make a nice warm light. No drama. They were expensive but at this point they repaid their own value several times over.

about 2 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Meeni Re:LEDs (602 comments)

My experience too. My CFL have lasted a long time, possibly more than rated, for some. The only one that failed were exposed to adverse conditions or heavy use pattern (cold, auto-timer with lots of on-off cycles, closed fixtures).

My two grudges against CFL is inconsistent, often poor color quality and contamination of your home with heavy metal when you are clumsy (yes, it's my fault I let the bulb fall on my 2yo toy box, but this is infuriating anyway).

about 2 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Meeni Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

One of the reasons is that LED do not emit infrared light (the major source of waste in regular bulbs), but instead generate most of their waste as direct heat in the electronic components at the base. The global waste is a lot less, but it is also a lot more concentrated, thus the heatsink.

about 2 months ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

Meeni Re:min install (221 comments)

CentOS minimal today is pretty close to that.

about a month ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Meeni Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

No, the problem is not with permanent tenure or whatnot. When they are reported, they are dealt with appropriately. The problem is that the cost of reporting is very high for victims, as they may not be able to complete their Ph.D. which is costing them tens of thousands (if not more) in lost future revenues, and 3 or 4 years of their life. So many can be effectively coerced into staying silent, because the cost is too high.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Meeni Well.... (425 comments)

What you call "claryfying their marketing point" I call false advertisement. As your second point about Android people, first that's not true (I for one is an Apple customer on other products), and second, if you let a bad apple (haha) in the basket, you know what happens. If Apple can play false advertisement without retorsion, other companies will follow to remain relevant, and before we know it, all advertisements will be smoke and mirrors and full of lies, including those for non-Apple devices, and it would have started by letting one company get away with it. Wether you care about buying the device or not is irrelevant about the legitimacy of pointing that the ad is fake, as this is relevant for the health of the whole industry.

about 2 months ago
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FBI Completes New Face Recognition System

Meeni Dragnet (129 comments)

How is this not an invasion of privacy when the police is taking records of where everybody is going at all times, w/o probable cause or warrant ?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

Meeni USENIX, SuperComputing (131 comments)

You should try these 2: USENIX and SuperComputing. They are the most enjoyable for a non-academic to attend.

about 4 months ago

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