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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Slashdot Parent Re:Pft (905 comments)

You realize that there's more difference between your average man and your average woman than between your average NFL linebacker and your average man, right? (seriously, compare the stats some time - height, average bench strength, etc).

This is almost certainly wrong, by the way.

Have you ever watched draft combine footage? Those linebackers do 20 or even 30 reps of 225 lbs like it's nothing. Some linemen have a one rep max of 500 or 600 lbs. 400 lbs is common.

I don't know what the average man and woman can bench, but NFL linemen are insanely strong. One could easily pick me up and throw me across the room like a ragdoll. I could not do the same with my wife. I could pick her up and put her over my shoulder or something, but there is just no comparison to an NFL lineman.

I understand well that men are stronger than women on average. No dispute there. I just think that a lot of people don't realize just how insanely strong NFL linemen are. This is a huge part of why football is so dangerous.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Slashdot Parent Re:Slashdot is a Bad Place to Ask This (265 comments)

Oh, a human definitely needs to be there for maintenance. You can't automate fixing up a screwup in the automation.

I just see no reason why maintenance windows have to be done at 1am. In today's world of redundancy and failover, there is just no reason for it. Every upgrade my team has done for as long as I can remember has been at 10am local time because we don't allow downtimes anyway. Why work at 1am?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Slashdot Parent Re:This is why you need.. (265 comments)

Go around a data center and look at all the Oracle database instances that are single-instance...that's because Oracle rapes you on licensing

Then stop using Oracle if you can't afford RAC/GoldenGate/TAF/whatever. Use what you can afford in order to architect a proper redundant system. Running a database on a single instance is malpractice in 2014.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Slashdot Parent Re:Murphy says no. (265 comments)

Even our network upgrades we do in the middle of the workday. After all testing is done, we just take a whole datacenter down and upgrade it. Once it's back online, we do the next datacenter until it's all done.

There's really no reason in 2014 to do 1am maintenance.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Slashdot Parent Do upgrades during the day (265 comments)

You should always have a competent tech on hand for maintenance tasks.

I agree with this, but who does maintenance at 1am anymore? What's the point in it? Users are worldwide, and 1am in the US prime business hours in Asia, so why bother patching/upgrading in the middle of the night?

I haven't done a late-night maintenance in at least a decade. It's all about rolling upgrades. Any problems? Rollback. Need to upgrade infrastructure? Take the entire datacenter offline and serve from your other datacenters. Every single upgrade I've done for as long as I can remember has been at 10am, which is the earliest I can get my lazy-ass junior devs to stumble into the office.

OP needs a process upgrade.

about two weeks ago
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Geographic Segregation By Education

Slashdot Parent Re:Why is location irrelevant for some groups? (230 comments)

Only the most motivated people are going to go through all the hassle and work that it takes to actually get here, so of course they are more likely to be successful once they do.

Jewish immigrants after WWII came here because they had nowhere else to go, not because they wanted the hassle of moving to a country on the other side of the world where they didn't speak the language, didn't know anybody, etc. Their homes had been taken when they were transferred to death camps, and very few countries were willing to take them in. They seem to have turned out OK, though.

about two weeks ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

Slashdot Parent Re:Pressure Cookers are faster and the most effici (204 comments)

And less cooking liquid vs. non-pressurized applications since very little steam is lost once the cooker as achieved pressure. Once the desired pressure is reached, you turn the burner onto its lowest setting while the food cooks.

about two weeks ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

Slashdot Parent Re:Pressure Cookers are faster and the most effici (204 comments)

There are a few other things that add to pressure cooking's efficiency. This is from a person who uses a pressure cooker (me), not an expert in heat transfer nor any other discipline of physics.

1. Most pressure cooker applications other than soup are steaming applications, and since the pressure cooker traps the steam in, you don't use nearly as much liquid as you would in traditional cooking. Less liquid = less energy to heat it up.
2. Less loss of heat through the top. After a pressure cooker reaches the desired pressure, you actually turn the burner down to its lowest setting (or whatever the lowest setting is on your stove to maintain pressure--on my stove, it's the lowest).

That's all I can think of for now, but I will say that a pressure cooker is a neat cooking tool. Especially if you live in a hot climate, like I do. Most of my summer cooking is on the grill, naturally, but I use the pressure cooker a bit, too, and it doesn't heat my house up too badly.

However, ever since the Boston marathon bombing manhunt, the authorities don't like people buying pressure cookers.

That's just not true. I bought my pressure cooker after the Boston Marathon bombings, and nobody gave me a second look. Anyway, modern pressure cookers have multiple safety mechanisms so they don't go boom like your grandma's pressure cooker did.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Slashdot Parent Re:Grails (536 comments)

I'd use jruby over grails. You get to code in ruby but run on the JVM. Best of both worlds.

Easier to find ruby developers than grails developers.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Slashdot Parent Re:Java or C# + AngularJS (536 comments)

I agree that server code is moving toward being an API for a client-side presentation layer, but it's hard for me to recommend a specific JS framework at this point if OP wants the thing to stand the test of time. Angular is certainly the flavor of the month, but jquery was the next big thing not too long ago.

I also see some of my clients moving to Jade templates. It's in a bit of a state of flux.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Slashdot Parent Client Side Java? Dead for a decade. (536 comments)

I have not seen an applet at any of my clients in over a decade. Server side java, however, is very common.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Slashdot Parent Re:VPS costs several times more (536 comments)

PHP updates due to the combination of "upgrades" and exploits make me VERY happy to no longer be administrating machines.

I've never tried to maintain PHP before, but really, if you used Debian Stable or an Ubuntu LTS, you had trouble with PHP security patches? That surprises me.

Sounds like you need a better test suite.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Slashdot Parent Re:Hiring (536 comments)

Most of the people who know Perl well already have jobs, and aren't looking to change.

Honestly, I think that most people who know Perl also know not to sign up to slog through some unknown Perl codebase. I've seen Perl code that is well-written and easy to understand, and then there's the other 90% of Perl code that looks like Q-bert cursing up a blue streak.

I've long-since removed Perl from my resume.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Slashdot Parent Re:a few hundred years earlier than that (1330 comments)

the idea that corporations can have religion is absurd.

Like it or not, nonprofits can already have religious beliefs and opt out of the contraception mandate. So applying the same rules to for profit companies just makes sense. Why should a nonprofit Christian charity be able to hold religious beliefs, yet a for-profit Christian bookstore cannot? That doesn't make any sense.

about three weeks ago
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Why Software Builds Fail

Slashdot Parent Magic Builds! (279 comments)

Ugh, I hate magic builds. You know, the kind that only build on a single developer's workstation using code that's not pushed to the central git server. Unacceptable. The only solution is to insist that all software be buildable on a vanilla machine, but most cowboy devs don't like edicts too much.

The way to fix the cowboys is to give them a gift. A gift that takes away their goddamn high horse. That gift is an automated build tool that automatically builds and deploys their pushed changes to the dev environment. That way, their laziness can override their egos and they accept the tool, but in order to use the tool, they have to spend the extra few minutes scripting their builds properly and an extra few seconds pushing their code.

The effects at my current client have been awesome. No more, "Oh, Bob has to do a build because he's the only one who can do it." Or "only Frank has the latest changes." Or "Oh, the build script is this word doc that might be up to date, but then, it might not be." Or "Oh, the production code isn't quite committed to git yet. It's on Chuck's laptop."

Yuck.

about a month ago
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It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

Slashdot Parent Re:Guaranteed Death (218 comments)

It's dangerous both to the rider and everyone around them.

It seems to work in most of the rest of the world.

about a month ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

Slashdot Parent Re:A sure failure (345 comments)

120 decibel roar

80 dB is the legal limit.

Riding a 120 dB bike would be painfully loud for the rider.

about a month ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

Slashdot Parent Re:Nice looking bike... (345 comments)

You'll find that loud pipes give you a quadrant behind the bike that's extremely noisy, noisy for a far longer distance than in other directions.

Also, due to the way sound dissipates, I'd argue that having a loud motorcycle does more to impair the motorcycle driver's hearing of his/her surroundings than it does to alert other drivers to the presence of a motorcycle.

about a month ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

Slashdot Parent Re:You forgot the important part (364 comments)

They refused to agree to the revised terms which are unnegotiable, which indies are claiming to be unfavorable.

I don't really know anything about this particular dustup between the music labels and Google, but I do know one thing: the music labels have a long and storied history of abusing their stranglehold over distribution channels for their own financial benefit. With that shoe currently on the other foot, I wonder if this isn't a bit of butthurtedness on the part of the labels that Google isn't willing to kowtow to them?

about a month ago
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France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

Slashdot Parent Re:Easy. (138 comments)

Paintball gun. Non-damaging to the drone, preserves privacy. Simples.

The drone in the article can fly about 1000 ft above ground level. Hope you're a good shot!

about a month ago

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