All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech
Because some crazy people want enforced absolute gender equality in all things, and screw what the people doing the work actually want.
It is well known that, biologically, men are, on average, more interested in high-risk/high-reward careers. That doesn't mean that all males are, or that no females are, but on average, that sort of career is going to have a lot more guys interested, just by the nature of it, and that is not primarily a social difference. That category includes "risk of physical danger" jobs like firefighting and police work, yes, but it also includes "risk of no free time and stress burnout" jobs like high finance and certain types of programming work, where you're making mad bank, but good luck finding time to enjoy it.
Thus, it would make perfect sense to me that if you separate out hours worked, men and women would be making roughly equal pay, but if you didn't, men would make more. Not because they're being paid per hour, nor because they're being "offered" longer hours, but mostly because they're working more jobs where longer hours are just *expected*.
I'm male, and working at a software company. I've been told I could probably make a lot more with the same experience if I worked at a different company, but I *like* working at a company where flexible hours are the norm, and working a standard 40 hours a week is expected. I know people who make a lot more, but working upwards of 50-100% more hours a week. No thanks. Girls (again, on average) have the right of it.
TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs
This makes me oddly want to drive around in a car shaped like a bomb-omb.
Krugman: Say No To Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner
Certainly not us. We don't really have a choice. Comcast could merge with freaking Verizon, thus giving us the granddaddy of all broadband monopolies and dooming to forever pay too much money for a crappy connection and no recourse when stuff breaks (which would be often), and our choices would be to suck it up, or just suck it. So I'm not sure what he thinks we should be doing about it...?
Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor
I disagree. It would be worth it for a sufficiently large amount of money. Namely, enough money that after a few months of it, you could quit and never have to work again. The chance of getting that much money are roughly 0%, but still. For a few hundred thousand a year, I'd work hundred hour weeks, why not? Wouldn't do it for anything less than that, though.
Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice
But I'm working on a project with our DC team at work... I don't think much is going to get done on that project this week, as their internet is not the most reliable at the moment. >.>
Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?
Even if I agreed with the assessment, if they're being tasked (or tasking themselves) with technical work, insisting that they be the one to do it, and then botching it horribly, does it really matter whether or not they're good at business, or whether you're good at communicating with business people? I'd argue that it doesn't.
Mozilla To Show Sponsored Links To First-Time Firefox Users
I already thought the "show pages it thinks you might want to open in a new tab" feature was sort of annoying right when they first released it, ages ago. You can turn the feature off. My new tabs have always been one blank white tile; I can open my own urls, thank you very much. I really couldn't care less what they pre-fill that screen with for people who don't turn the feature off, as long as you can still turn the feature off.
Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search
If you find somebody's front door is unlocked and you go inside just long enough to leave a note saying "you should really lock your door. I found it unlocked. I could have taken something", and the owners of the house find you and try to throw you in jail: that would be idiotic and wrong.
If, on the other hand, which it sounds like is more like what this guy did, you find somebody's front door is unlocked, go inside, and rifle through all their desk drawers looking for things they don't want you talking about, then posting what you find on the internet, you should get hit with something. You shouldn't get hit with a B&E charge, cause you weren't breaking anything, but you should get hit with *something*.
House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls
Last I checked you can't get from LA to Europe on a bus or train. (Technically you could get there on a boat, but it takes *forever*.)
Sophisticated Spy Tool 'The Mask' Rages Undetected For 7 Years
Research organizations and activists *have* been loose on the internet since at least 2007, though. Quite a bit earlier, even.
Reason To Hope Carriers Won't Win the War On Netflix
"The carriers won't win the war on Netflix, because tools for monitoring the performance of carriers will emerge and we'll catch them if they try."
Yeah, and then what? We'll all just cancel our internet and have no internet? That's likely. Given the choice between paying too much for crappy internet (what I have right now), and not paying and having no internet, I will continue to choose the former, thank you very much. Now obviously if a non-Verizon service were to come along and deliver on a promise of having internet that doesn't suck as much and/or was cheaper, I'd certainly drop Verizon in a second. But no such choice exists, and no such choice is likely to exist in the future the way things have been going. (I do have the choice to switch to Comcast. Big whoopdy-fracking-do, so much better, not.)
US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online
I doubt most of the people complaining about the beta are people who would really care if facebook broke their crap, on account of we probably mostly don't actually use facebook. I haven't used facebook since it basically *was* a beta (back when it was new and exciting, and notably, only for college kids), for anything other than liking some random crap in exchange for a contest entry.
US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online
Meh, I think just having a post in every thread where people can mention that they'll disappear if the beta goes live and forces everyone onto it, while still having all the problems that it has that the old version doesn't, is good enough. No need to boycott the site *before* we're forced off the working site, while the working site still works. Just need to keep posting about how we'll totally boycott it if the other option is using it while it's broken and awful, which I totally will.
How Adobe Got Rid of Traditional Stack-Ranking Performance Reviews
Since one of the things that drives me the MOST crazy about my current job, and MOST makes me think about quitting, is in fact the near-constant requests for writing various self-assessments, goal documents, and other such things that are not actually related to my job, and which don't actually seem to be used for anything other than making the people responsible for requiring all of those documents look like they're doing useful things. Drives me crazy. After all that, our performance reviews tend to basically say "yep, you're doing fine. Have a raise that is exactly in line with inflation, just like everyone else is getting."
Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps
They already have that, minus the windshield (which, let's be honest, would be kind of a distraction. I don't want a windshield that could flash anything at me.)
Minus the windshield, it's called Waze, and it causes your phone to say "cop reported ahead" when a cop was reported ahead. :p
Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?
Strictly speaking, in a lot of places you do have the choice between a single DSL provider, and also a single cable provider. They're both equally crap, though, so you might as well just stick with one no matter how crap it is, because switching won't help (and will probably result in another massive headache and taking time off work, as the installation tech totally fails at their job.)
Why the Latest FISA Release By Google Et Al. Means Squat
Presumably like most UI redesigns, they're attempting to fix "looking like they aren't doing anything". The new version fixes that by making it quite clear that they did something. (Like most UI redesigns, "breaking everything horribly" is a pretty good indicator of having done things. Just not *useful* things.)
As the old saying goes - if it's not broke, fix it 'til it is.
UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs
Because I don't have a choice - the ground-floor stairwell door is locked so you can only go out that door, not in - I guess because it used to not be, and hobos liked to sleep in it?
Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?
I recently became acquainted with it at work, and it's actually quite nice to work with, I must say.
Still, this post reminds me quite a lot of the xkcd about extrapolating off of one data point. It seems unlikely that IIS will overtake Apache; more likely there was a one-time shift due to some particular event.
NPR Labs is Working on Emergency Alerts for the Deaf (Video)
Actually, I'd say they're mostly comprised of plastic and metal, if you want to really get nitpicky.
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