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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

malkavian Re:Change the system (479 comments)

I work in the health care industry! There are quite a few of us guys there (though largely in the tech/portering roles). HR and finance are still heavily dominated, as are the nursining groups. Doctors, it's about parity, heading towards female dominated now.

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

malkavian Re:Look To History (479 comments)

Possibly not. Back in the 70s, if you remember that (I do), there was a significant lack of women in the workplace, as a good portion chose to be home makers. That skewed all the demographics. Nowadays, things have changed a whole lot, where women actually outnumber men in university graduation numbers, and there's the expectation that both partners now work in the majority of cases (men are still underrepresented in the homemaker side). We've reached the point where men and women have chosen their paths, and a huge amount of women choose not to do math, physics, chemistry and computing. They do chose law, medicine, and biological science, and are often overrepresented in these areas. And they're happy doing what they do..

about two weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

malkavian Re:why the hate (341 comments)

Well, you can see men being passed over because they're either white or women all over the place. Just look at all the diversity grants and allocated positions. That is not just a slight bias, that's outright enshrining it in policy.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

malkavian Re:Hire the best person (341 comments)

Hurrah. That would be great. Except when you take a single subject and cherry pick it (i.e. "Women are underrepresented in high earning tech" and allocating money to fix that, while ignoring "Women are overrepresented in Vetinary Science and a good many high paying biological science roles" simply means that you're essentially setting up for a scenario where you will actually put money in to ensure "Women are the best people for the job via education" for all the high paying areas, ensuring men are actively discriminated against, and end up overrepresented in low paying jobs.). What should be concentrated on is: Educate every person to the best standard you can in the field they have the most affinity and enthusiasm for. That will determine who is the best person for the job irrespective of gender and race, which is the way it's meant to be.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

malkavian Re:discrimination in reverse (341 comments)

Your logic is distinctly faulty. It probably means 1 and 2 being true, then you've found an edge case where the race/sex matched the generalisations of another set. What you've effectively said is that if all things are equal, then you discriminate against the while male for no other reason than "why not" (your given reasons of hardship etc. carry no real weight; all backgrounds can, and do have hardships they've overcome).. If you want to do it, fine by me, but don't kid yourself that this is ethically superior reasoning.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

malkavian Re:Waste of money (341 comments)

Ok, and let's get equal leave for paternity, money spent getting males into Vetinary sciences etc. where they're underrepresented, and a whole host of things that are directed at women. Plus, the same chance of being the stay at home partner when children arrive (males are vastly under represented here. Oh, and compulsory genetic testing at childbirth (so every male will have the same knowledge that the child is theirs as the mother has), so on, so forth.. But you know what, a male will never have the same bond with a child as the mother, because that's biologically impossible. What's the big picture here? The sexes aren't equal in all things; one sex has advantages in some areas. People make their own choices along the way. This insistence that there must be equal everything at each step, and that the company must have x people in post to match a general demographic of population by discriminating based on sex or skin colour is atrocious. I'm all for meritocracy (hell, my hiring practices of the past decade have had me hiring in approximately 50% ethnic minorities, as they were flat out the best candidates for the job that presented at interviews). This "discriminate against one group so we can get a demographic match up" is just plain silly.

about three weeks ago
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School Defied Google and US Government, Let Boys Program White House Xmas Trees

malkavian Re:Makes things worse (355 comments)

If I remember aright, there are 9 gender classifications in hospital records.. Those include a few medical issues such as lack of identifiable gender and hemaphroditic.. Sometimes, someone doesn't identify with one or the other..

about a month ago
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Subsurface 4.3 Released

malkavian Interesting.. (38 comments)

Though I prefer Diving Log, which has a client for phone and desktop. I use the phone in surface intervals to chuck in notes about the dive, and put heavier typing and such in on the desktop, when I synchronise the phone across.. Works nicely for me.

about a month ago
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UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

malkavian Re:It's so important.. (360 comments)

It's not people finding him tasteless that caused this.. It's the guy who wrote it turning himself into the cops under the law that's there to protect from cyber bullying and trolling.. Sounds like he did it to protect himself from equally (or more) tasteless and irresponsible trolling.. All silliness that's got out of hand..

about a month ago
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UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

malkavian Re:really? (360 comments)

What are the cops to do when someone turns themself in (as the guy did from the article)?

about a month ago
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UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

malkavian Re:WTF UK? (360 comments)

From the article, the guy turned himself in, from the sound of it, most likely because he had threats against himself. It's unlikely the police would have even heard of this if he hadn't gone to the station and said he'd done something stupid. It had the benefit (to him) of exposing the threats against himself, which also fall under the anti-troll and cyber bullying laws, so the people who'd threatened him will also be lined up for a big slap on the wrist.

If this had been randomly picked up by a police trawl, I'd have been worried.. As it stands (someone turning himself in and admitting he'd be stupid, and asking for protection), it's looking like far less.. Good tabloid fodder.

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

malkavian Re:Gendered Bigotry (834 comments)

Ok, so native Americans taking back America by armed force would be ok? Or areas of the world suddenly taking up arms and taking back areas around their border is suddenly ok (that's about the beginnings of world war 1 and 2).
The Falklands have been British for many generations (they've been British since 1833). The occupants are all British, and identify as being British. In votes, they chose to remain British, and actively oppose any attempt to make it otherwise. The UK was involved in negotiations to transfer the islands at Governmental level, but the now many-generations-established populace applied pressure to not allow this to happen.
The history is far more nebulous than "being owned by Argentina". If you apply proximity rules, then by your logic, Ireland should definitely be owned by England.

So, what you term "Evil" is actually supporting the wishes of a population that is well established (many generations over almost 200 years) who have lobbied hard to have their voices heard. These established occupants made it impossible to negotiate a transfer, so the only way to do it would be to evict them and force them off (which means you're pro forced resettlement of a population, which is really not a good thing).
The legal measures failed because the population of the affected area spoke their wishes.

So, not abiding by the established population's wishes, Argentina fell back to force, and sent in military to force the populace at gunpoint to claim what once was an unpopulated island (prior to England and France populating it back in the 1600's).

Have a good read of the history, and it turns out that Argentina has only very tenuous claim to the Islands.
Now, England has been allowing Ireland, Scotland and Wales to secede if they wish (i.e. the recent Scottish independence referendum). This is seen as a progressive measure.
If Argentina were to establish a claim on the Falklands, do you think they'd allow it to secede, despite the entirity of the population voting to leave? Would they hell. If they did, Falklands would secede at the first vote (they've made that plain), and would likely choose to join either England again as they historically have chosen to, or perhaps the EU.

So, no. What MT did in 1982 was exactly what she was supposed to do. Protiect British Citizens from invasion by foreigh force. Exactly what the island owners (the Falklanders, not Argentina) wished.

about 3 months ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

malkavian Re:Burn the witch burn the witch (608 comments)

It's just mildly amusing that the state says "thou shalt not be sexist", and yet by using affirmative action is blatantly racist and sexist in a very strong way.

about 3 months ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

malkavian Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (786 comments)

Just like teaching is systematically female. As is Nursing, and a whole load of other fields. When they put extra funding towards getting more men in teaching (especially primary), I'd say fair game for allowing targetting of women to male dominated fields. Lets start off with road construction gangs, sewer workers and general construction, where the female count is incredibly small (the most underrepresented fields).. Where are the cries that more women need to be in those fields?

about 3 months ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

malkavian Re:So we can't call anyone stupid anymore (622 comments)

No, people try very hard to make a better world. Simply admitting we're not in a perfect one isn't shrugging and doing nothing. We know there are bad people and sick people out there. Pretending otherwise is not a survival trait. Fear of everything is also not a great trait; there's a definite balance, and that's variable on location and company.

about 4 months ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

malkavian Re: Vegetarian (481 comments)

My diet is vegetarian. I only eat vegetarians. Mmmm.. Steak.

about 4 months ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

malkavian Bias in the precis.. (342 comments)

Ok, so they chose women who'd left the field completely. That means getting out full stop. You don't do that for career progression, you don't usually do that for more salary. You get out because it's not for you.
Now, if they'd gone and surveyed an equal number of women who chose to stay in the field as well, and an equal number of men who had left the field entirely and also ones who chose to stay, they'd at least be showing an attempt to remove bias. But no. They chose to skew the numbers completely and then write that it's all the fault of men (again).
I nearly got out of the field because the women in management above me didn't really understand how to run an enterprise class department, which did nasty things to my health.
I'm pretty sure that if you choose men who leave the field with women management as a bias adjuster you'd find a lot that just say "management often sucks". Gender isn't necessarily the decider. Hell, where I work, the women are often far more lewd and crude than us men (for the simple reason they can; if we crack those jokes, we stand a very big risk of being had up for sexual harrassment if the gal in question is having a bad day). Politics these days are hideously misandrist, yet nobody seems to give a damn about that.

about 4 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

malkavian For me it's (287 comments)

A Utilite Pro which gives me all the grunt I need for an always on server, coupled to an external old DroboPro with 10TB of storage.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

malkavian Re:Phoronix = fail (294 comments)

There's a reason I don't buy Gigabyte. Out of all the boards I've bought and systems I've built, Gigabyte have had the greatest chance of just plain not working, working poorly, or having some other annoyance that gets in the way.

about 5 months ago

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The rise of Copyfraud: Stealing the Public Domain.

malkavian malkavian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

malkavian writes "One of the largest complaints that arise time and again in many public forms, Slashdot especially, is the very much one sided approach to Copyright, and the not-so-slow erosion of the public domain.
On top of the Corporate lobbying to remove increasingly larger parts of the Public Domain, there is now a move that's becoming increasingly common, whereby works are directly taken from the Public Domain and effectively stolen by a single company leveraging protections provided under Copyright Law.
The register is carrying an article on this, based on a paper by Jason Mazzone at the Brookly Law School which details in a stark way the problems that are now becoming evident by an overly strong Copyright system, whereby the one that claims Copyright (no matter how falsely) is the one that gets control over a given resource. It also shows other power grabs (some being made with good intentions) that are being made over a resource which should have no governing entity, and and should belong freely, and with no encumberance, to all.
Rather than just provide problems, some possible solutions are also proposed, which should give everyone good food for debate as to their possible efficacy."
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RealNetworks sues the major US Movie Studios

malkavian malkavian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

malkavian (9512) writes "In an interesting turn of events, RealNetworks, who produced a product called "RealDVD" to back up a DVD complete with the encryption keys is baring its fangs at the major US Movie studios.
In essence, it is claiming that because the studios granted it a legal license to use the CSS decryption system, just because it is using that licence in an unexpected (but not explicitly denied) way, then the action taken by the movie studios against it to get the product taken off the market falls under the provision of the anti-trust laws."

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UK Government embraces Open Source software

malkavian malkavian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

malkavian (9512) writes "The BBC is reporting that in a rare outbreak of common sense, the UK Government is now taking a long overdue stance on the treatment of Open Source, and standards compliance of its systems.
The caveat to the article mentioned is still that the Open Source solution should be considered "when it delivers best value for money", which will still likely be an exercise in manipulations of statistics and "Total Cost of Ownership" figures.
It shows that there is now concern over licensing issues, ability to have software modified such that it may be able to perform tasks specific to the organisations, actually being able to communicate with everyone (rather than only people who have invested in a particular version of a proprietary application), getting true value for money in a competitive market, and being able to store information in a well understood and open format that will still be readable in years to come."
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Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy travels again.

malkavian malkavian writes  |  more than 6 years ago

malkavian (9512) writes "The BBC reports that the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy is gaining a new instalment, despite the sad demise of its author Douglas Adams in 2001.
Adams's wife has given the approval for the continuation of more than slightly surreal adventures to Eoin Colfer, the author of the popular Artemis Fowl series of children's books.

While many fans of the series will likely be sceptical about the series being penned by a new author, surprisingly (or perhaps not) this is a sentiment that is echoed by Colfer himself, as another ardent fan of the series. Hopefully, this stance of a good author (personally, I really like Colfer's works, and his general offbeat and slightly surreal style) with a genuine passion for the subject will bring to life a new work that even Douglas Adams would have approved of.
In this world of increasingly restrictive Copyright Law, where everyone seems to be holding on to works for dear life (or grim cash), it seems good to see new life and new stories in a much respected setting by an enthusiastic, passionate, and genuinely fitting author."

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