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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

dwater Is it legal? (479 comments)

I was made redundant from a well-respected company in Silicon Valley. As part of the package, they sent us to professional resume writers...one of the first things he said was that, if he was given a resume that detailed sex (as well as other things like 'age'), the resume would immediately be thrown in the bin. The reason was that there could be accusations of discrimination and that would make them legally 'exposed'.
It seems to me that companies are doing this openly these days...

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

dwater Re:Why? (479 comments)

You don't think there's anything inherently valuable in having a diverse work force? I can think of two reasons why it might be that it is valuable to the business as a whole to have as diverse a work force as possible; 1) you have a diverse selection of opinions/view points and so you're more likely to have someone who has the optimum solution to a problem; 2) perhaps you can target a wider set of customers?

I've no idea if they are actually true, but they seem self-evident to me. Those are off the top of my head - I imagine people who've studied the issues might come up with other reasons too.

Are these invalid somehow?

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

dwater Re:What's the graduation rate for women? (479 comments)

> You *do* have to give girls the confidence that they can compete

That works for men/boys too - lack of self-confidence isn't restricted to the female dex. Although, I'm not sure how useful being able to compete is in the actual job...'back room boys' (or girls) are under-rated, imo.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

dwater Re:Entitled much? (479 comments)

Interesting...I wonder if I were to dress as a woman, would I be more likely to get the job?

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

dwater Re:Qualifications (479 comments)

"Intel"? I missed the reference to Intel...could you tell me where Intel was mentioned?

Thanks.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

dwater Re:Anecdotes (479 comments)

I tend to agree that it is an issue with society rather than any instance of sexism...but *how* does one 'challenge larger cultural institutions'? I'm not convinced (yet) that positive discrimination is the right/only way - that seems equally sexist to me...but it seems to be the option chosen by employers.

If I were passed over for a position in favour of a women, when I was equally qualified (or even *more* qualified), then I would consider legal action. I suspect I wouldn't get very far though (several issues would be difficult to prove), but IMO it should be illegal.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

dwater Re:Honest question. (479 comments)

The reason women should (imo) flock to an IT/programming) career is that companies are positively discriminating towards women, such that it is (perhaps) almost impossible *not* to get a job - not so for men. At the very least, a women will be selected in favour of man, all other things being equal (which is impossible, but anyway).

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

dwater Re:Honest question. (479 comments)

I've heard it argued that having a more even diversity (including male/female) improves the profit of the company. I can't argue that position too well myself, but I have to respect that as a reason.

The only reason I could see as backing up that assertion is that having diversity provides a wider range of view points, and so provides more options from which to choose - but that's a rather 'macro' view point, I suppose. It might be easy to imagine that having more women might make it easier for a company to accurately target women's need, for products or whatever....

Just throwing that out there...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

dwater Re:WHAT? (737 comments)

These days, though, in my experience anyway, it means being reduced to close to, or actually, nothing.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Tech Support To Development?

dwater open source project (133 comments)

find an open source project that interests you and get involved, making sure your contributions are attributed to you; then you can point a potential employer at your work.

alternatively, in an appropriate point in the interview process (even in your letter of introduction), ask your potential employer to give you something to do as a project for a few weeks so that you can prove yourself and they can see what you can do.

about 10 months ago
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China's Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover Officially Declared Lost

dwater Re:Its alive! (131 comments)

I hope they manage to recover it. I'm glad it managed to survive the night without any further damage...

about a year ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

dwater Re:I HAVE THE ACTUAL ANSWER TO THE GUY (573 comments)

mod parent up...interested if this actually solves the problem...I don't see why it wouldn't, unless they care about the licenses, why would they care who actually wrote it?

about a year ago
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Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

dwater Re:exclude /. sections? (219 comments)

Thanks! I had trouble finding that...seemed I had an empty list to select from...but a 'reset' populated the list and I will see if that does the trick :D

about a year ago
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Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

dwater exclude /. sections? (219 comments)

Just curious...is there a way to exclude/ignore particular sections in /.?

about a year ago
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Sound System Simulates the Roar of a Rocket Launch

dwater Re:One of the first customers (113 comments)

" ``It's the wild colour scheme that freaks me,'' said Zaphod whose love affair with this ship had lasted almost three minutes into the flight, ``Every time you try to operate on of these weird black controls that are labelled in black on a black background, a little black light lights up black to let you know you've done it. What is this? Some kind of galactic hyperhearse?''

The walls of the swaying cabin were also black, the ceiling was black, the seats --- which were rudimentary since the only important trip this ship was designed for was supposed to be unmanned --- were black, the control panel was black, the instruments were black, the little screws that held them in place were black, the thin tufted nylon floor covering was black, and when they had lifted up a corner of it they had discovered that the foam underlay also was black.
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about a year ago
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Sound System Simulates the Roar of a Rocket Launch

dwater Re: Questions not addressed in the summary (113 comments)

Having experienced the Notting Hill Carnivan, I can totally believe this...the sound systems they have on the floats are so loud I found it quite difficult to even breath and started to make me feel sick. They're powered by quite big generators on the floats themselves....quite nuts.

The floats/etc were a bit boring, imo. My wife and I didn't stay long.

I find that they can reach 140db: http://www.theinformationdaily...

about a year ago
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China's PandaX Project Looks For Dark Matter In the Heart of a Marble Mountain

dwater superlatives (62 comments)

> Chinese engineers love their superlatives

I wonder where they learned *that* from?

about a year ago
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Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

dwater Re:I don't think so (153 comments)

hrm, I wonder...I have noticed on my travels the ubiquity of non-Google Android devices. I wonder if the value of *those* is doubled.

I am, of course, assuming you mean, by 'base Android', the one which is installed on Nexus devices - ie it doesn't have all the manufacturer-added software? If you instead consider 'base Android' to be what is available for free, then perhaps it does indeed add value since it is otherwise quite simple, constituting just a platform.

I think people in 'the west' seem to think Android is only the one that has the Google services/apps/etc, since that seems to be the only one available. In China, for example, I've yet to see such an Android device, and yet there are plenty of non-Google Android devices...perhaps the s/w added by Samsung is adding value to *those* devices.

Of course, that wouldn't excuse them from also adding the s/w to the devices that *do* have Google services/etc...

I'm not sure if my suggestion is actually the case, just wondering.

1 year,1 day
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AMD Announces First ARM Processor

dwater Re:Pretty low bar... (168 comments)

Yes, but I'm curious why it would make less (or more, even) sense for Intel to 'get into the ARM market' than any other chip manufacturer.

I can think of a reason of the top of my head - ie it might dilute their stance/marketing message that 'IA is best' or something like that, but I'm not sure if that is really true. In fact, I can imagine Intel saying, 'well, this isn't the first time we've made ARM' and that making people say, 'oh, right...ok then...nothing to see here'.

I'm just curious what other reasons the poster was thinking about...

1 year,1 day

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Hydrogen-powered sports car

dwater dwater writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dwater (72834) writes "The BBC are reporting on a very cool looking concept car that runs on hydrogen and is tagged as 'zero-emissions' (apart from water). It gets from 0-60mph in ~7 seconds, and tops out at 90mph (ie ample for all but the most German of roads). The design is based on the Morgan Aero-8 roadster. It even has wooden seats — classy.
The article mentions the current problems manufacturing hydrogen, but recent stories seem to suggest that this problem is receiving attention too, so perhaps the time is nigh for this technology to reach the consumer."

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