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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

joe545 Re:Sexism? (710 comments)

She is also effectively calling her two female co-workers strippers. I wonder if she asked for their permission before airing that grievance. It'll be an awkward return to work for those two after that comparison.

about a month ago

Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

joe545 Re:she's a nutcase (710 comments)

Julie Horvath complained and had removed a rug at GitHub which she objected to because of the word "meritocracy". As that would imply that the fact there were so few women in IT and in GitHub in general was because women were not as good as men.

She also headed-up a female-only lecture project within GitHub.

Take these facts into consideration when considering her claims of hula-hoop-sexism.

Source: http://readwrite.com/2014/01/2...

about a month ago

Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

joe545 Sexism? (710 comments)

I don't understand the clamour to define this as sexism when 90% of the alleged harassment was from the founder's wife. Simply watching someone hula-hoop in public at a works party is not harassment and paints "Julie" in a bad light when she compares it to a strip-club and that she felt "unsafe".

about a month ago

Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

joe545 Re:So? (359 comments)

It's a misnomer to say he hasn't been charged. Swedish law has strict requirements regarding the timeline between charging and the court case which in principle means that they only charge someone when he is in their physical custody.

about 2 months ago

Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment From Heathrow Border Agent

joe545 Re:not surprising (261 comments)

RTFS she will visit Assange who is skipped bail.

about a month ago

Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment From Heathrow Border Agent

joe545 not surprising (261 comments)

Foreign citizen turns up at the border and mentions that she will visit a fugitive from the law and is surprised when that results in an border interrogation?

about a month ago

Facebook's Biggest Bounty Yet To Hacker Who Found "Keys To the Kingdom"

joe545 Re:a pittance in ayn rands america. (111 comments)

That is complete and utter rubbish. One of the examples you mention, the Hoover dam, had intolerable conditions for the workers on it. They were promised modern homes to live in with their families whilst they worked in a desert in the middle of nowhere. What they got was a shanty town, nicknamed Ragtown, with little to no amenities and very little protection from the heat with vague promises of that the buildings were coming - that lasted years! 16 people died on one day alone from the heat. Can you imagine what the conditions were like on the work site if people were dying in the town? Imagine carrying heavy loads, working in tunnels with no air and no respite from the heat for months on end. The workers went on strike for better conditions, in response they had their meagre pay cut and when they weren't happy with that they were fired en-masse. There were further strikes by their replacements. 112 people died in total on the dam, 42 of which died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning from working in tunnels with no ventilation which were conveniently listed as pneumonia.

Your description that they "paid a living wage and considered the welfare of their employees sacrosanct" could not be further from the truth.

about 3 months ago

TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

joe545 security via security (603 comments)

So in order to get through security, you have to get through security's security?

about 5 months ago

Administration Seeks To Make Unauthorized Streaming A Felony

joe545 Re:Why not? (398 comments)

The Swedes don't want to question him, they want to charge him and that can only happen on Swedish soil. In order to charge someone they need to do that as part of a formal interview. So by volunteering to be interviewed in a place where he cannot be charged and wouldn't agree to leave with them if he could be, Assange is playing to the crowd by offering terms he knows cannot be accepted.

about 8 months ago

How European Startups Are Battling Labor Laws For Developers and Programmers

joe545 startup whiners (293 comments)

That whole article sums up what is wrong with these venture capitalist funded start-ups; they want to compete on a different playing field than established companies. They want to be able to import cheap labour from other countries as they aren't willing to pay the going rate for local engineers. They don't want to register their employees properly as they will be liable for more taxes and to give their employees the rights they are entitled to.

As a European, I'm glad these guys are finding it difficult to ride roughshod over the laws has to protect workers. If you can't afford to do things the proper way then your business is not viable. Complaining that you can't find exploitative loopholes that depress wages for the rest of us is laughable.

about a year ago

English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language

joe545 Re:Words in common - Thai and English (323 comments)

If you think that's weird, just take a look at some languages that ARE actually related to English but have attached very different meanings to words.

Or can you explain why "gift" means poison in German?

So if your German husband tells you he has a gift for your mom, beware!

That's nothing, in Swedish "gift" means both "married" and "poison" !

about a year ago

The Pirate Bay Claims It Is Now Hosting From North Korea

joe545 Re:Not yet (309 comments)

Despite the name, the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation is actually British

about a year ago

Schmidt, Daughter Talk About North Korea Trip

joe545 Re:not as locked down as you think (187 comments)

You are over-egging NK from my experience.

Friendliness is hard to judge as most people can only speak Korean and almost exclusively pretend like you don't exist. Whether that is through fear or not, I can't say but it is unusual when you consider that NK is the most homogenised society in the world and that the number of western tourist is only ~2000/year that most people did not seem curious at all to see us.

Cooking skills may not be lacking but raw ingredients certainly are. I never realised how much I depend on fruit until I visited NK. I don't particularly like apples but after almost a week of no fruit and almost the same meal everyday (kim shi), I was genuinely excited when I managed to get half an apple. I can only imagine what it is like for ordinary NK citizens.

For all its affront and posturing, you cannot visit NK without recognising that it is a poor country masquerading as a rich one. The paucity of cars even in the city centre of Pyongyang was eerie - especially so when we drove on an empty 10-lane motorway. There seemed to be only about 5 styles of clothing available (especially for men) that reminded me of school uniform every where we went. The complete lack of crime (except against humanity, perhaps) was almost disconcerting.

about a year ago

Schmidt, Daughter Talk About North Korea Trip

joe545 not as locked down as you think (187 comments)

I have actually visited North Korea in order to see the Arirang Mass Games. Although Truman Show is a good analogy of what it is like there, I feel a better description is like a human safari. While it is heavily locked down there to an amusing extent (my guide genuinely thought Madonna was man but had heard of her), every now and then you saw a glimpse of something that showed you that it wasn't entirely true.

When I was leaving the country and passing through passport control, I was lightly grilled by the border guard. He asked me a few questions and then asked me what my job was.
"Programmer", I replied.
"Which language do you use?"
He then leaned forwarded and whispered to me as he gave me my passport back, "Me too".

about a year ago

Former Australian Cop Wants Jail For Internet Trolls

joe545 Re:Do Not Want! (254 comments)

Actually it was Evelyn Beatrice Hall who said that as a summarisation of Voltaire's beliefs.

about a year and a half ago

A Glimpse At Piracy In the UK and Beyond

joe545 old timer (132 comments)

The most startling fact I found out when reading this article is that I am now, at 29 years old, past it. I had heard of hardly any of the "top" artists in these lists never mind pirate their music.

about a year and a half ago

Ecuador Grants Asylum To Julian Assange

joe545 conspiracy theories (923 comments)

All this supposition that Assange is being extradited to Sweden only for them to extradite him to USA his nothing short of a conspiracy theory. Why would anyone go such a convoluted route when they could simply extradite him from the UK using the fast track extradition process (that the USA has failed to honour incidentally). Involving Sweden in the process makes no sense what so ever, to extradite him from there requires both the UK and Sweden's permission and if the USA can get the UK to agree then why involve Sweden at all!

about a year and a half ago

Ecuador Grants Asylum To Julian Assange

joe545 Re:Oh, the delicious irony! (923 comments)

Over and over it has been said that Sweden wants to question him as they need to do this formally before charging him and that needs to take place in Sweden legally. So to drop by or phone is of no interest to Sweden and in any case, why should he be treated differently from every body else?

about a year and a half ago

Icelandic Court Rules: Wikileaks Will Get Contributed Credit Card Money

joe545 Re:Good decision by Icelandic court (168 comments)

The key part you neglect to mention is that the Icelanders signed up to a statutory guarantee to guarantee up to a certain level of depositors funds. When Landsbanki collapsed taking IceSave with it, Iceland turned around and said that this guarantee only applied to Icelanders and not to other countries. Only then did the UK and the Netherlands start taking Landsbanki's assets.

about 2 years ago



joe545 joe545 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

joe545 (871599) writes "Researchers in the UK propose tagging air passengers to fight terrorism reports the BBC. Having been successfully tested at Debrecen airport in Hungary, it could be deployed in the UK in just 2 years. The public accepted the tagging of criminals but how will they feel about their every move being monitored in order to fly?"


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