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Women's Enrollment In Computer Science Correlates Negatively With Net Access

MoriT Re:This is hardly specific to computer science... (314 comments)

Women earn 45.5% of Mathematics degrees in the US. Engineering and Physics are only at around 25%, but they have been trending consistently upward. Computer Science, on the other hand, has declined from 38% to 25%. It is the only field with that dramatic decline.

more than 2 years ago
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Women's Enrollment In Computer Science Correlates Negatively With Net Access

MoriT Re:Have you asked them? (314 comments)

Yes they have: there is a significant body of qualitative research stretching back to the early 80s. However, people are notoriously bad at describing why they made decisions, especially poorly-constrained decisions like "why didn't you study field X?" Observation of behavior are more reliable measures of preferences than asking people what their preferences are.

That said, I still recommend reading the recent Girl Scout study of teenagers. The number one concern when discussing STEM fields was "women have to work harder than men to be taken seriously."

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Surface tablet is 'sincerest form of flattery' for Apple

MoriT Re:seriously? (2 comments)

Heck, the iPad was a clone of most good futuristic tablet computer designs. It's not about the idea, it's about the implementation.

Given the limited hands-on time, the jury is still out on the only things that matter.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Positions Some of the Toughest Jobs To Fill In US

MoriT Funny that (886 comments)

Our profession is the bottom twenty of gender parity and we wonder why we don't have enough employees. Unless the lack of women makes it super-extra-appealing to men I'd assume programmers would be about 20% rarer than other similar professions with 40% participation by women.

about 2 years ago
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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

MoriT Re:Not All Spankings Are The Same (948 comments)

I will support is as soon as all evidence doesn't suggest that it is counterproductive. As it is, there is no reason to support allowing parents to inflict punishments on their children we would never allow the state to inflict on its citizens.

more than 2 years ago
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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

MoriT Re:Okay... (948 comments)

There's a reason you were out of control: you were subject to regular assaults. Obviously they didn't work or help, or you wouldn't have been out of control in the first place.

more than 2 years ago
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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

MoriT Failures of the Rule of Law (948 comments)

It is straight-up assault. There is no excuse for assault; we live in a world where the law is just a tool of the rich, not justice.

more than 2 years ago
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Conflict Between Occupy Wall Street Protestors and NYPD Escalating

MoriT Re:Videos I've seen (961 comments)

They are live streaming too, if you want all the context you can handle. Most videos get trimmed because people get bored: I know that if I start watching something and nothing happens for 20 seconds I'm likely to swap to the cute cat video linked in the right bar...

more than 2 years ago
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Conflict Between Occupy Wall Street Protestors and NYPD Escalating

MoriT Re:doubt it (961 comments)

Yup. Except those knitting grandmas: they seemed pretty organized and leftist, so I'm betting they're ready to stab someone in the eye with those knitting needles at any second!

more than 2 years ago
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EU Extends Music Copyright to 70 Years

MoriT Eventually, we'll all give up and be criminals (536 comments)

Guess I'll keep illegally listening to those downloads. I started out downloading music because I was broke and lazy, now I consider it civil disobedience. Thanks music industry! Until juries start refusing to enforce ridiculous laws and people refuse to follow them, the thought police will keep criminalizing the most basic of human instincts: to share stories around a campfire.

more than 2 years ago
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Why the Fax Machine Refuses To Die

MoriT Re:It's convenience and security. (835 comments)

Besides, you can always shred a fax. Once it's on a company's mail servers, it is there for life.

Worse solutions that are good enough and always work win over better solutions that require knowledge, new equipment, multiple steps and some decent luck. Just look at Dropbox!

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Groper Files Suit Against Blogger

MoriT Re:Here we go! (699 comments)

They don't show anything internal, so body cavity bombs wouldn't show up even after the cancer-causing scan anyway. Have you even looked at the studies? Why do you want the illusion of safety at all? I'd much rather feel unsafe and be alive than feel safe and die, personally. Of course, I've watched knives be accidentally carried on planes multiple times, so I am certain security is nothing but theater.

We're lucky that there are only a few terrorists in the world and most of them, like most everyone, aren't particularly good at what they do. After all, if they were smart they'd have launched a front corporation to funnel money through to Republican-supporting PACs and try to get Congress to refuse to raise the debt ceiling again next time it comes up. A default would cause far more American infidel pain and suffering than another terrorist attack.

more than 2 years ago
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Age Bias In IT: the Reality Behind the Rumors

MoriT Re:C programmers? Wanted! (582 comments)

The way a handax is a very powerful tool. Sometimes it's the simplest, cheapest tool. Sometimes it's the tool you have on hand. Sometimes it's the only tool you have access to (say in some place without electricity). Sometimes you want to use one tool for any number of jobs. However, it is very seldom the "best" tool; it is just the most commonly used one.

more than 2 years ago
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Akamai Employee Tried To Sell Secrets To Israel

MoriT Re:Hague Treaty (172 comments)

Rape is gendered because it is gendered violence. Men who are targeted (and men make up 15% of rape victims) are more likely to be children or teenagers than female survivors, and more likely to have intersecting oppressions otherwise. Rape is a crime of power, and men of perceived lower status are vulnerable just like women. However, if we actually want to prevent rape we need to stop rapists from raping. That means targeting the men who commit rape is the most effective solution, since men commit 98% of rapes. If we wipe out 96% of rapes and suddenly rapists are gender-balanced, it will make sense to focus equal resources. However, both male and female survivors will be best served by dismantling the patriarchy that enables rape culture, that makes rapes against women "natural" and rapes against men a joke. There is nothing anti-male about it; it is anti-patriarchy, which harms both men and women.

If there are men reading this who seek support, resources do exist. http://www.pandys.org/malesurvivors.html has links to national hotlines that can provide referrals.

more than 2 years ago
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Akamai Employee Tried To Sell Secrets To Israel

MoriT Re:Hague Treaty (172 comments)

We have no information about whether he pursued legal means at all. Since he wasn't pursuing legal means, in fact, my first suspicion would be that his son was legally living abroad. As you point out, treaties exist for cases where children are unlawfully transported across borders.

more than 2 years ago
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Akamai Employee Tried To Sell Secrets To Israel

MoriT Re:Why I'm not sympathetic with Doxer ... (172 comments)

You are assuming "justice" is automatically on his side. We have no information about the case: whether she was granted sole custody, whether he left them or why they were estranged in the first place. We don't know if they were even married in the US; he could have been working abroad and returned to the US alone.

I'm not saying that his wife is an angel, or that he might not have been devastated by the loss of his son, but when his primary worry when dealing with the undercover FBI agent was making sure bad things happen to her I'm pretty sure that she's not lying if she claims he's a dangerous "stalker".

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Am I Too Old To Learn New Programming Languages?

MoriT No need to go that far forward in time (772 comments)

There is a ton of work available in C++ where I am. I've worked in C++ for about 8 years, having come from the Java world, and routinely worked with coworkers nearing retirement. Even better, many of the skills and good habits you may have acquired in more functional and finicky languages can prove useful.

If you want to pick up something cutting-edge and fresh, I'd highly recommend generic GPU programming. Highly sought after by computer vision and scientific computation, it feels like assembly and writes like C on LSD. There also just aren't all that many people in the field yet, so it's still at the point where writing a frame differencing algorithm on your home machine can be a foot in the door.

about 3 years ago
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Girls Go Geek Again

MoriT Re:Lets run the fogcreek numbers per hiring catego (378 comments)

We usually see fewer women make it to our interview process, but hire a lot more of those who do. I've usually chalked it up to women being less likely to bluff or bluster; we more often find that we've brought in dudes who talk a good game and can write a function, but when push comes to shove either the skills aren't there or their ego is big enough it'd need its own cube. Women we're more likely to be able to filter out early on. "How good are you?" usually gets a nervous chuckle followed by a diplomatic but pretty accurate assessment, for example.

more than 3 years ago
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Are You Too Good For Code Reviews?

MoriT Re:Waterfall Vs. Agile (495 comments)

Pair-programming is the "extreme" version of code review, so that makes sense. Google certainly doesn't have universal pair-programming. In general, I would hazard a guess that pair-programming is the least commonly employed Agile practice.

more than 3 years ago

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Internet Access Negatively Correlated With Women's Enrollment in Computer Scienc

MoriT MoriT writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MoriT (1747802) writes ""There is currently a responsibility-dodging contest between industry and academia over who is to blame for the declining enrollment of women in Computer Science and declining employment of women in software development. I hear people in industry bemoan the "empty pipeline", while academics maintain that women aren't entering their programs because of perceptions of the industry. I have compiled some data that may help resolve the question by highlighting a third factor common to both: access to an Internet-based culture of computing.""
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Detroit cops shoot 7-year-old in her sleep

MoriT MoriT writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MoriT (1747802) writes "During a no-knock raid in Detroit (where police aren't required to announce that they are the police) the police entered a house after throwing a stun grenade through the window. An officer's gun discharged under still-unclear circumstances that didn't involve anyone in the house appearing to be a threat, and shot the 7-year-old girl asleep on the couch through the neck, killing her. This kind of raid has implications for electronic security, since the same logic is being used to advocate no-alert remote hacking by law enforcement that may be indistinguishable from regular penetration attempts, as is already in use in the UK."
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