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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?" Link to Original Source top
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?" Link to Original Source top
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?" Link to Original Source