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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Tharkkun Re:Stupid (557 comments)

Anyone else think that 55% white is an incredibly low number for a top tier tech company and not high, as everyone seems to indicate? I would have thought the numbers would like more like 60% white, 30% asian, 10% everything else.

Top tier tech are being populated by more Indians and Chinese than Caucasians now.

about a week ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Tharkkun Re:Stupid (557 comments)

Gotta agree that's stupid. First, you can only hire people that are available with the skills you're looking for. So if you don't have "diverse applicants", you'll never get "higher numbers". Second, I hope he doesn't mean it, but it sounds like Cook want to be more diverse to look more politically correct. If I were a stock holder, I'd be upset. I wouldn't want him be "diverse" so he can look good; I'd want him to hire the best qualified people in a completely "blind" way. If that means 90% are male, or 80% white, or 85% female, or whatever the numbers work out to be because those were the best people to get the job done, then so be it. If the PC-crowd doesn't like it, then they need to encourage more minorities to get the required education and get qualified.

Well that's probably the only angle they have left in the public eye right now. They are sitting at top of the anti-american list with the way they manufacture their products.

about a week ago
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Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

Tharkkun Re:Snowden's comments at odds with his actions (194 comments)

I find Snowden to be a typical pampered, ego-centric product of his generation. If he actually surrendered himself to US authorities unconditionally, I'd think he just might be insane. So I totally get why he is in Russia. I'm not saying I approve of what he did as I don't, but I get why he felt the need to hide under protection to do what he did. But he undermines his credibility with statements in the article like this: I told the government I'd volunteer for prison, as long as it served the right purpose,” he says. “I care more about the country than what happens to me." Yeah. Right.

He's now a puppet for Russia who is playing a cyberwarfare game on the US in the media.

about a week ago
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Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

Tharkkun Re:On come on now Edward (194 comments)

or he knows what hes talking about. Treason is what the NSA is currently doing by failing to uphold the constitution, specifically the 4th amendment

The NSA has blanket authority to do what they want. You do know they haven't stopped doing a thing. All these investigations are nothing more than a dog and pony show. The NSA is business as usual.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Tharkkun Re:The problem of Microsoft (337 comments)

I doubt there are that many people outside of the stereotypical Slashdot demographic who view Microsoft the way you are describing them. Most people I know of know Microsoft as simply the company who makes the software they are familiar with.

Most of the non-techie people I know despise Windows and Microsoft because they can't keep their computers running for six months without having to take it to the "Geek Squad" and have it disinfected. They could give a shit about openness, but they just don't understand why Microsoft can't make Windows work. The Techie people I know hate Microsoft because their past behavior. The president of one company I consult for hates Microsoft and wishes they could switch to something else, but their very expensive modelling and accounting software only runs on Windows. That's just ignorance on the users part. It's just like people who refuse to change their oil regularly or put air in their tires. Regular maintenance and attentiveness comes with owning a computer. When you're told what to do over and over and yet you never change, how does it become Microsoft's fault? They dummy proof their OS and people disable these features because they are inconvenient. When most of your customers hate you, it's not usually a very good long term prospect.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Tharkkun Re:Confusing the issue (337 comments)

What we can notice is the conspicuous absence of a Surface RT 3 -- it appears like the RT line was a big anchor and is being cut loose, and the Pro line may be legitimately successful. The Pro line was generally praised by reviewers. The RT line...not so much.

The problem as I see it is that Microsoft has a mammoth credibility issue. They've used up their allotment of fuckup forgiveness. Starting largely with Vista, then throw in some other botched up stuff like Zune, Surface RT, The entire Windows 8 debacle,Windows phone - and it's not terribly surprising that people might be resistant to what might otherwise be a fine instrument.

Vista's botched launch was primarily Intel's fault. Unfortunately Microsoft caved and took the blame. It was Intel who forced them to make specific chipsets rated as compatible months before launch along with changed the standard for driver certification. This put manufacturer's nearly a year behind and by then it was too late.

about two weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

Tharkkun Re:It is 1080P (286 comments)

I'm confused. You're saying they're not delivering what they advertised, and yet they should win? How do you think that works.

There's always disclaimers about how your multiplayer experience may vary. I'm sure Sony will cite that it will be tossed out.

about two weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

Tharkkun Re:This is chilling (790 comments)

There is no requirement to scan email that way. For content they index or publish, sure. But not for this. However this incident stinks of something carefully crafted to beak that they do to the public.

Don't use a free email system if you don't agree with the TOS.

about two weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

Tharkkun Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

Remember, some people classify "potential terrorist" as those who cite the Constitution in online article comments.

Everyone is a potential terrorist. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, CIA director John Brennan, actress Julia Roberts, you and I are all potential terrorists. And potential child molesters too.

It goes without saying that I feel no sympathy for a child molester.

It shouldn't go without saying. That's groupthink.

What distinguishes a mensch from a barbarian is the ability to have sympathy for even those you despise the most. If someone is a child molester, I would think it highly likely that they suffer from a mental illness, and need our help. I don't think there are many who decided to become a child molester.

The more heinous the crime, the more important it is that we do not let base feelings take control. If we do, we are no better than the child molesters who let their base feelings take control of what they do.

If it was something stupid like statutory rape between a 16 and 18 year old then yes I have sympathy for the person. But it's being proven time after time that jail and rehabilitation is not working for these individuals. They are wired incorrectly and its not going to change.

about two weeks ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Tharkkun Re:More NIMBY (409 comments)

It is well understood how ebola is transmitted and we have very well established containment protocols that we know work well. Ebola is not highly communicative, readily contained and the risks are quite low. The CDC doesn't even consider it among the most dangerous pathogens because it is relatively hard to transmit.

Sierra Leone's only expert on Ebola died from Ebola a couple of days ago, despite being an expert and therefore following all the safety procedures to the best of his ability.

There's a huge difference between the tents made out of sheets and branches from trees in Africa versus the labs of the CDC where people where fully enclosed body suits. Watch any of the videos and you can see just how easy it is to transmit the virus in Liberia. Conditions are awful.

about three weeks ago
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Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

Tharkkun Re:schadenfreude (121 comments)

I got a nice email from Comcast through Crytek for downloading Crysis 2. I had actually bought it by the time they contacted me so I could do the multiplayer. Without that download I wouldn't have went back and bought Crysis 1 either. Dicks.

about three weeks ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Tharkkun Re:I don't see how Jackson isn't a racist.... (514 comments)

I mean what he wants is tech companies to hire minorities because of their race right? Wouldn't it be more fair to be colorblind in the workplace and hire people according to skill?

Most tech companies do. What they may not have is more black/african american people. Big tech companies are rolling with individuals from china, asia, japan, india, russia and africa. But the majority of new highly skilled workers are coming from china and india.

about three weeks ago
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Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

Tharkkun Re:In-Memory is not "turned on by default"! (97 comments)

Seriously, does anyone check their facts any more? By default it is turned off. You have to allocate some memory to the In-Memory Column Store by setting the INMEMORY_SIZE parameter and restarting the database. This is not going to happen by accident.

The parameter that is being discussed (INMEMORY_QUERY) which is enabled by default does nothing if no memory is allocated. You only get charged for the option if you turn it on by allocating the memory. This INMEMORY_QUERY parameter is not part of that issue.

Someone has taken something out of context and run with it. Now it has taken on a life of its own. Quality journalism!

Not to mention most people who spending the amount of money required for a custom built solution will already know the licensing requirements. There won't some magical surprise you owe us another $100k because you have 4 processors instead of 1. It sounds more like the OP can't read.

about three weeks ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Tharkkun Re:Pairing? (236 comments)

Apple was definitely behind the power, performance curve," said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64. The PowerPC processor that emerged from that earlier pairing changed that

PowerPC was pushed by the AIM alliance: Apple, IBM, Motorola. The latter two developed and produced chips. Apple had some input. The goal was an ISA that made it easy to emulate both m68k and i386.

Can we then add that 10 years ago Apple almost went under until Microsoft bailed them out.

about a month ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Tharkkun Re:PPC macs were awful (236 comments)

yes ... that's sort of the point. windows servers and device drivers being stable has been a real problem even for fully supported hardware

You get what you pay for. If you did any research and bought supported components you never had a problem. It's companies that took the cheap route and didn't buy things like Adaptec controllers or offbrand system boards.

about a month ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Tharkkun Re:Probable cause (223 comments)

And of course you could be such a fanatic jihadist pretending to not even be muslim. So you want mind if the FBI goes through all your communications and belongings anytime they feel like it. And of course you won't mind the occasional week long questioning session..

I have nothing to hide, except the pron from my wife (she found it already) so why would I care what the FBI does? They aren't going to act on any of this unless these people actually plan to do something criminal and in that case, they should.

about a month and a half ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

Tharkkun Re:I don't think she has a case against tor (311 comments)

I don't think she has a case against tor at all because its already been ruled ISPs cannot nor even web sites cant be held responsible for what's its users do or upload. I can be wrong though as im not a lawyer, just recollecting what I've already read in the news. But the web site \owner and its users who uploaded are in sit deep trouble. Don't be a dick just delete the images you know you never had permission to broadcast.

ISP's can be held responsible if they refuse to cancel service for people involved in criminal activity. But this lady needs to go after the person running the TOR, not TOR itself.

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

Tharkkun Re:The good Samaritan always gets his ass kicked (160 comments)

As has been pointed out several times, this was not product testing. This was a psychological test which Facebook failed to get informed consent. Science is in no way hurt by this but that you think it is shows how truly ignorant you are.

It's ok. You've had 2 years to get over it.

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

Tharkkun Re:Facebook doesn't think it's "questionable" (160 comments)

"the questionable assumption that such manipulation has happened"

They literally wrote a peer-reviewed scientific paper demonstrating that they manipulated people's moods to a statistically significant degree, I don't think there's much you can call questionable about it from Facebook's perspective.

And what do you call advertising, commercials and the nightly news? The same damn thing.

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

Tharkkun Re:Never meant to upset? (160 comments)

Except that the purpose of this experiment was to play with emotions of their users. And upset was one of the expected results.

The problem is this was done in 2012. Almost 2 years ago. Anyone who was even remotely upset would have moved on by now.

about a month and a half ago

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