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Changing the Ratio of Women In Tech: How Etsy Did It

ixarux Re:It's to bad (546 comments)

But from what I understand, there can be effeminate men and there are masculine women. Gender has passed the stage where it is treated as just a binary. And it is often not completely correlated from the actual biological sex of a human.
So while we have artificial constructs based on historical practices, both men and women find themselves discriminated when they fall on either side of the spectrum.

about a year and a half ago
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Changing the Ratio of Women In Tech: How Etsy Did It

ixarux Not really a problem (546 comments)

It's not about being interesting in engineering. We are moving to a world where we are able to create interdisciplinary domains of work. Pyschology, Neuroscience, and computer science are now interlinked. We are being inspired by biology in many engineering applications.

I think that we need to look beyond the current to the possibilities. How can we utilize the large talent pool, with diverse strengths to increase the potential of engineering in solving problems. Women are half of our human species, and I bet we are losing out on a lot of diversity by sticking to archetype engineering stereotypes.

Another point I would like to make, albeit a little disconnected, is that a young child looks at its adults to be able to dream possibilities of what kind of future they might look for. Having less women engineers right now, will decrease the probability of young girls having a role model to emulate. Even if we spend extra resources to mine out as many rare female engineers as we can, it will be worth it in the long run.

about a year and a half ago
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Changing the Ratio of Women In Tech: How Etsy Did It

ixarux Stop with this myopic bullshit! (546 comments)

Bullshit!

Policies are not all myopic decisions that affect just a single generation.

When you make a policy, you are looking at its impact in the long run. By having more women in the workplace you are encouraging more diversity of gender in the work place for future generations.
This is something you need to consider. Does diversity in a workplace help? Is it an ideal you wish to work towards in the long run? If you think diversity is unimportant, and you rather wish to reduce current costs in searching for labour, then so be it.

I think a large part of policies deals with compromising people's present value vs. future value of a decision. It is why, we humans are floundering in solving problems in the world.

about a year and a half ago
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Global Warming Has Made the North Greener

ixarux Greenland (398 comments)

Greenland shall no longer be a misnomer with word-roots lost in time. It shall take its place amongst geographical locations whose names describe their characteristics, such as Iceland and that town in Wales.
It shall finally be green.
Greenland. Now actually green.

about a year and a half ago
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Moon Mining Race Under Way

ixarux Men on the Moon (150 comments)

They'll have to battle the five-foot-high Selenites before they get to do so...

about a year and a half ago
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Drone Comes Within 200 Feet of Airliner Over New York

ixarux Drones of Extra-terrestrial origin (339 comments)

Are UFOs out of fashion now? I miss the old days of government-related conspiracy theories.
And X-Files.
The truth is out there.

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Researcher Demos Self-Assembling Objects

ixarux The Art of being an Editor (69 comments)

I like how it ends with - "Definitely a cool step forward." Have we reached a state where summaries, in their attempt to be succinct, end up (rather ironically) stringing together meaningless superfluities which give us no real information?

about a year and a half ago
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Mosquitoes Beginning To Ignore DEET Repellent

ixarux The Role of Mosquitoes in Nature (232 comments)

...... is still not understood by most. And I think we are stuck in an odd place here.

Insects evolution is faster than animals like dodos. We can't walk around beating them with a club till they go extinct. Mosquito nets used to be the most effective form of protection, until now. The mosquitoes are getting smaller. And adapting to chemicals is an inevitability. Too many of them reproducing at very high rates. Making them infertile seems to be best way around this all.

But more importantly, we still have absolutely no clue what role the mosquitoes play in ecological niches. Will their extinction lead to irreversible changes that affect the very fabric of nature? Humans vs. mosquitoes - who is more important to nature. Does anyone want to answer that question? Does the increase in human population directly correlate with the increase in mosquito population? We are their food after-all ....

about a year and a half ago
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CAPTCHA Using Ad-Based Verification

ixarux It's a sound idea (174 comments)

I think that this is the way to go. Every organization has different motives and the captchas can be tailor-made to utilize user-time in that direction. It works well in atleast one direction, if not in both. Depends on who the user is.

If it is a profit-maximizing organization, it makes sense to monetize these few seconds of user attention. If it is an organization working for human-rights, replace the captcha with the image of some charity or some news item that they wish to inform the user.

Get the captchas to help you read books, solve world-hunger problems, solve NP-hard problems, whatever you wish. But seriously we need to move on from random letters that do waste A LOT of time, with little productivity for anyone.

about a year and a half ago
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US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

ixarux Come over to India and China (1313 comments)

Oh Yes.

Come down to India and China, where we have no goddamn lives any more. We work more than 12 hours a day on menial tasks at odd times. Forget work-life balance, because we really have no lives. And we work because that's how poor we are, with little choice in life and no government looking out for us. Train us. Use us. Abuse us. Talk to us in racial undertones. Marvel at our ability to take crap for little money.
Get away with your profits.

Welcome to the bright world of outsourcing.

about a year and a half ago
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You Can Navigate Between Any Two Websites In 19 Clicks Or Fewer

ixarux My Study says 2 (185 comments)

"A study done by me has found that of the billions of websites and over a trillion objects on the web, any given two are separated by no more than 2 clicks. Distributed across the entire web, though, are links to search engines such as Google —that are very highly connected and can be used to move from area of the web to another. Google serves as the "Kevin Bacon" of the web, allowing users to navigate from most areas to most others in less than 3 clicks."

I need my PhD. Now.

about a year and a half ago
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Internet Poker Could Make a Comeback By Going Brick-and-Mortar

ixarux Sooo.. this is a comeback, how? (93 comments)

Internet poker going brink-and-mortar is just plain old poker. Something that never did go out of fashion.
Unless out here people are sitting in a casino on terminals, playing with each other. That might work. Internet poker in a closed sealed room. I await movies made about this.

about a year and a half ago
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Oxford Tests Self-Driving Cars

ixarux Knight Rider, (95 comments)

... a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist...

about a year and a half ago
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Why Hasn't 3D Taken Off For the Web?

ixarux What about 4D!!? (320 comments)

How about a 4D space-time interweb? Where we can travel through space and time, fight gladiators, ride dinosaurs, wrong our rights, and vanish in a poof of temporal paradox

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Does the FOSS Community Currently Need?

ixarux Re:Hmm... (356 comments)

I second this. Hygienic unbearded ladies have always driven the motivations of men. (No offense to the bearded women...) We do need more of them.

about a year and a half ago
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Ancient Teeth Bacteria Record Disease Evolution

ixarux The New Fad (97 comments)

shall be to return to the ways of the past. Stop the brushing. Lets get out our raw meat and vegetables, and slowly revive those bacteria populations ...
I shall call it the Bacteriophilic Trials of the 22nd Century.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA: Huge Freshwater Loss In the Middle East

ixarux A History of Water Diplomacy in the Middle East (228 comments)

Ok. Seriously. There is a problem, but there are solutions too. Water conflicts have been around for a long time now in the Middle East since the beginning of civilization tiself.
4500 years ago, the control of irrigation canals vital to survival was the source of conflict between the states of Umma and Lagash in the ancient Middle East. 2700 years ago, Assurbanipal, King of Assyria from 669 to 626 B.C., seized control of wells as part of his strategic warfare against Arabia. In the modern era, the Jordan River Basin has been the scene of a wide variety of water disputes. In the 1960s, Syria tried to divert the headwaters of the Jordan away from Israel, leading to air strikes against the diversion facilities. The 1967 war in the Middle East resulted in Israel winning control of all of the headwaters of the Jordan as well as the groundwater of the West Bank. In these cases, water was certainly an important factor in both pre- and post-1967 border disputes.
But contrast this to cases in Africa, like the Okavango delta (the world's largest inland delta) which through a negotiation by Angola, Botswana and Namibia has received a fresh lease of life. I think the key is how likely countries are to negotiate rather than go to war. The current Middle East does not seem like a place where cooperation can or will replace conflict.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA: Huge Freshwater Loss In the Middle East

ixarux Bring in the Prophets and Sons of Gods (228 comments)

Someone needs to convert all that oil into water. Now THAT would be a miracle!

about a year and a half ago

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Bitcoin Hackers vs. New Jersey

ixarux ixarux writes  |  about 7 months ago

ixarux (1652631) writes "Tidbit (http://tidbit.co.in/) allows site visitors help you mine Bitcoins via Javascript. Started by a group of MIT students, it received a ‘most innovative’ award from a recent hackathon.

"In early December, a few weeks after the hackathon, the New Jersey division of consumer affairs issued a subpoena to 19-year-old Tidbit developer Jeremy Rubin. The subpoena demanded he turn over everything related to Tidbit: all versions of the source code, all Bitcoin wallets associated with Tidbit, all agreements and communications with third parties, the name and IP addresses of everyone who mined Bitcoins using Tidbit, and so on. It explicitly asked for “all documents and correspondence concerning all breaches of security and / or unauthorized access to computers” by Tidbit."

New Jersey hasn't said why."

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Japan extracts natural gas from frozen methane hydrate

ixarux ixarux writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ixarux (1652631) writes "For the first time ever, a Japanese company has been successful extracted natural gas from frozen methane hydrate off its central coast. The Nankai Trough gas field, located a little more than 30 miles offshore, could provide an alternative energy source for the island nation, reducing its dependence on foreign imports.

A Japanese study estimated that at least 1.1tn cubic metres of methane hydrate exist in offshore deposits. This is the equivalent of more than a decade of Japan's gas consumption. Japan has few natural resources and the cost of importing fuel has increased after a backlash against nuclear power following the Fukushima nuclear disaster two years ago.

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Corporations and Censorship in India

ixarux ixarux writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ixarux writes "For a while now, the Indian government along with the ISPs have been going full steam on internet censorship which includes websites such as pastebin, piratebay and vimeo, as previously mentioned in Internet Censorship in India.
Consequently, most internet users in India have got messages such as: Link
However, a RTI application (The Right To Information act allows any citizen to request information from a "public authority") has unearthed that "As per available information, no blocking instruction to block websites like Pirate-bay and Vimeo etc. has been issued from the Department of Telecom to Internet Service Providers."
News reports suggest that these sites were blocked based on John Doe orders given by the Madras High Court in a suit filed by the producers of local movies. Ironically, the government run ISP has yet to enforce any such sort of ban. Given that most private ISPs are also involved in film distribution, it comes as no great surprise, and is another example of corporations attempting to control the internet."

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Internet Censorship in India

ixarux ixarux writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ixarux writes "India is at a crucial crossroad at the moment. Internet censorship laws are getting stricter as it begins to ban file-sharing and video-sharing websites.
It started with Indian courts allowing censorship of Google, Facebook, etc.
It has now gone one step ahead and decided to ask ISPs to block file-sharing site. It is the movie industry which is again at the forefront of this.
Anonymous retaliated, and targeted the websites of various Indian government websites in protest.
What India lacks at this crucial juncture are debates in the public domain about this and citizens actually organizing protests as seen in the West."

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Tech Workshop at School

ixarux ixarux writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ixarux writes "So I have just started a Technology Workshop at a local school and find myself shocked. Most of these kids are technology illiterate, and as such I am struggling to find ways to get them to understand or interesting in programming or even tinker around with computers. These are 13 year old kids with 5-second attention spans, addicted to their phones and laptops, and lacking absolutely any knowledge of technology. Strange strange kids.

My question was if anyone out there knows of any interesting computer games or online/offline challenges that I can use to keep a student's attention while introducing them to ideas of programming/hacking?"
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History of Software Cracking

ixarux ixarux writes  |  more than 4 years ago

icarus (1652631) writes "Can software cracking and piracy be beneficial to the software industry? Why do software crackers do what they do without any monetary incentives?
This article looks at the history of software cracking, in context of reverse engineering and then attempts to look at its impact. And finally jumps to the conclusion that the greatest positive effect of software crackers was the creation of the "demoscene"."

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