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

cornicefire There's plenty of diversity-- but not all races (458 comments)

I see plenty of racial diversity. There are folks from India, China, Korea, Japan and many of the islands in the south Pacific where I work. And if you look closely at the so-called "white" folk, many come from all across Europe and Arabia. Are they represented equally? No. If anything, "white" people are underrepresented compared to their percentage of the population. It's a mistake to talk about "racial diversity" when that's not really the problem. It just distracts us by framing it as a problem of white people discriminating against non-whites.

about two weeks ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

cornicefire I quit a long time ago (229 comments)

After a few attempts that made it through the gauntlet, it quickly became a fool's errand. Why should anyone risk months of work only to watch some nameless, faceless drone at Apple issue a thumbs down rejection? At least in Roman times, the Emperor was brave enough to show his face when issuing the thumbsdown. What a wretched market. It's impossible to do anything except sell stupid games. (And I say that as someone who likes stupid games.) Then they have the gall to take 30% for doing next to nothing. Seriously. It's just a db insert and some FTP.

about a month ago
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The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

cornicefire By this definition, FB and GOOG are malware (103 comments)

They rape our privacy for their profit. Now they both happen to be extremely useful and this is their real gift. I'm not sure what the point here is, except that there's a fine line between malware and a $100b company.

about a month and a half ago
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Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

cornicefire All the better to boost company-wide demographics (134 comments)

If someone complains you don't hire enough people in group X because you can't find many techies in group X, you now add another pool of talent.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

cornicefire Re:ask your advisor (479 comments)

Alas, it's the advisor's responsibility to get jobs for his/her students. If this PhD doesn't have a job, the advisor is either incompetent or doesn't like the student. Or both.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

cornicefire Re:Don't put PhD in the resume (479 comments)

Dream on. There are some who were in industry, but every single one of them chose grad school over working in industry. The PhD sends the signal, "I don't like industry. I want to write papers." So why hire a guy like that?

about 2 months ago
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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

cornicefire Article shows fundamental lack of understanding (183 comments)

"We have no plans to do anything like that. Swift is a new option for developing on the platform. We have no plans to drop C, C++ or Objective-C. If youÃ(TM)re happy with them, please feel free to keep using them."

https://lists.apple.com/archiv...

"Swift is Apple's modern, type-safe language for Cocoa development But Objective-C remains a first-class citizen too"

http://devstreaming.apple.com/...

Seems like it's not meant to supplant but to live alongside it.

about 2 months ago
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MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

cornicefire Why not? A crime is a crime (135 comments)

If you shoplift N times, you're going to go to jail eventually. If you break into someone's house, you're going to go to jail eventually. The evidence here is clearer than most crimes. We have IP addresses, times and other details that are much more incontrovertible than the evidence we use to put people away for life. So why not? I say that people who are too cheap to pay for content should have to face the consequences.

about 5 months ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

cornicefire Re:Want to code? (548 comments)

It's all about hating on the boys. Do they have any programs to get men interested in other topics? Nope. Do they do anything to help boys? Nope. But somehow they want to drive the boys out of the classroom.

about 5 months ago
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Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

cornicefire And Other Billionaires Are Doing the Same Thing (170 comments)

Google and Netflix fund many of the NGOs that claim to be for freedom, privacy and -- surprise, surprise-- net neutrality. This is a battle between billionaires and the cable companies aren't the only billionaires in the game.

about 5 months ago
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Cable Companies Use Astroturfing To Fight Net Neutrality

cornicefire BFD-- The others do the same thing (142 comments)

Google gives millions to groups that -- surprise, surprise-- fight for "net neutrality". So does Netflix. What does "net neutrality" mean? We shouldn't be surprised that these groups fight to make it easier for Google and Netflix to make money without having to share it with the cable companies. This is how business is done. The only thing naive about this article is that it pretends that only the cable companies are astroturfing. The EFF is one big astroturf factory for the Google.

about 6 months ago
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Congressmen Who Lobbied FCC Against Net Neutrality & Received Payoff

cornicefire And what about those supported by GOOG and Netflix (192 comments)

This is a two-way street and a battle between billionaires. They're handing out money left and right to lobbyists like the EFF. Why? They want net neutrality so they can make more money from ads and subscriptions. Let's try to cover this fairly, please.

about 6 months ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

cornicefire Is Google Docs really Free? (409 comments)

I was asked to pay when my corporation subscribed. Once you're bigger than a certain size, you're stuck paying. Only fools think Google is some fountain of free.

about 8 months ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

cornicefire Re:The problem is ads, not downloading (381 comments)

Actually, Google could do much, much more. They could actually punish the people who upload illegal copies. They could force people to log in with their Google account and they could require them to give their legit name. Then they could enforce some three strikes rule that booted someone from Google for uploading bad video. But they don't do any of this. They make uploading so easy yet they make filing a DMCA request take hours of work. Is it any surprise what happens more often? They could also share the names of the felons with the victims. They do this for other crimes. Why not copyright?

about 8 months ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

cornicefire Re:what? youre a cluless cunt (381 comments)

Actually Google didn't create the Nexus. It pretty much copied much of the iPhone's look and feel. Then it hired some company in Taiwan to make it.

about 8 months ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

cornicefire Re:Sour grapes (381 comments)

Here here. The RIAA and the big content companies don't stop anyone from creating some amazing things and giving them away. But this rarely happens, if ever. Somehow everyone wants to see the fancy movies created by professionals who believe in copyright.

about 8 months ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

cornicefire Re:Sour grapes (381 comments)

Yes, and the copyright model is also optional. If you want to create something and give it away, copyright doesn't get in your way. It says, "More power to you." The open source dreamers and the copyright fanatics can and do coexist. But if the copyright deniers get their way, only the rich will have the spare time to indulge in art.

about 8 months ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

cornicefire Re:Sour grapes (381 comments)

Of course it will stop. That's just a law of economics. If the artists can't make money to eat and pay for their health care, they'll get day jobs and have less time to create. This is already going on in the newspaper world where many papers have gone out of business. Now the web is dominated by aggregators like Slashdot that do little original reporting and much quoting. The same is true of movies. We've seen the death of small art films. The films winning at Sundance used to get great contracts and good distribution throughout the world. Now they're lucky to get a 1/10th of what they used to get. You're right that there will still be some random cat videos from folks and an occasional vanity project by someone with money to burn, but there is already a big change in the market for creativity and it will only get worse.

about 8 months ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

cornicefire Re:Sour grapes (381 comments)

Please. Copyright only gives the producers control over the IP they create. If you want to create art and give it away that's your choice. But this is no different from the law saying that a carpenter can decide what happens to his or her work. If the carpenter wants to build something, the carpenter retains complete control and ownership until the carpenter decides to sell it or give it away. The IP laws just establish the same rules for artists. Again... if you don't like the so called stranglehold, why don't you just go make your own great films and put them in the public domain. Show Hollywood how it should be done. Prove that it can be done.

about 8 months ago
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File-Sharing Site Was Actually an Anti-Piracy Honeypot

cornicefire Re:Good. Piracy is wrong. (225 comments)

Sorry. Wrong answer. I agree with the first guy. When you move out of your mama's basement and get a real job, you'll realize what it's like to create something. You'll want to get paid for your work and you'll hate the first punk kid who comes long full of rationalizations.

1 year,28 days

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Should technology help customers discriminate?

cornicefire cornicefire writes  |  about two weeks ago

cornicefire (610241) writes "The New York Times takes a break from focusing on the number of female employees in Silicon Valley to celebrate a cab company in New York (SheRides) that matches female passengers up with female drivers. The article briefly acknowledges the gender bias, but goes on to list ways that female drivers are better. The gender discrimination is enforced by technology platform built SheRides (also called SheTaxis in other cities). Is this company decision to use technology to enhance and encourage gender discrimination a mistake? Or are they just giving the customers what they want?"
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Is Gender Imbalance A Problem In Other Fields?

cornicefire cornicefire writes  |  about three weeks ago

cornicefire (610241) writes "The tech industry is constantly criticized by people who argue that society should aim for 50% of the jobs in the tech industry to be filled by women. But other occupations are even more imbalanced. For instance, Greg Veis at the New Republic interviews Steven Antonelli, about what it's like to be one of the few men who work in early childhood education. When he started, he had to use the women's bathroom because there was no key for the mens' room. Only 2% of the preschool teachers are male and the women dominate most elementary schools. Even high school teachers are predominantly female. Many of these jobs have full health insurance and rich pensions-- two benefits rarely seen in tech startups or even some well-established tech firms. Should the battle for gender equality in Silicon Valley be expanded into other areas like early childhood education? Should society aim for all job categories to be filled with an equal number of both genders?"
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Is it right to grab code from another site?

cornicefire cornicefire writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cornicefire (610241) writes "Paul Carr points out the irony in all of the angry denouncements of Curebit for using some code from, 37Signals. Carr writes, "The last time we saw this kind of outpouring of rage amongst tech people was when — uh — the government tried to clamp down on copyright theft." But if it's wrong to clamp down on the copying of movies, is it wrong to complain about someone stealing our code? Is it wrong for us to complain about people violating the GPL or other open source programs protected by copyright?"
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What do we do when the Internet mob is wrong?

cornicefire cornicefire writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cornicefire (610241) writes "By now everyone has heard the news and seen the picture of the boy who was killed over the new Nike sneakers. There are Facebook pages devoted to fist shaking protests about the materialism and greedy. Yada yada yada. But while the scuffles over the shoes were real, the death was not. The photo was just a stock photo of some kid in a lab. We know this because of some old school reporters — Steve Earley and Justin Fentin of the Baltimore Sun. In the rush to celebrate crowdsourcing, many of us pooh-pooh the old media as "gatekeepers" but there are times when the keeping that gate locked is a good idea. After all, if one of the crowd discovered the error, the signal would barely rise above the noise. There are people claiming that anyone questioning the facts is being disrespectful. Is there something we can do about the mobocracy? How can we support the best traditions of journalism while fixing the worst? How can we nurture accuracy?"
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