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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

squisher What can be done to get more women into CS? (155 comments)

I'm the "typical" white male in CS gradschool. My subjective view is that CS has one of the lowest number of women compared to other STEM disciplines. I'd estimate that typically there are about 5% tops in classes or at conferences. For various reasons I think that this situation is a shame for the community and society as a whole. What do you think can be done to improve this?


about 2 months ago

RAND Study: Looser Civil Service Rules Would Ease Cybersecurity Shortage

squisher Re:So train them. (97 comments)

Read the entire paper, not the summary. There are some interesting points there. One is that NSA does not have a shortage of cybersecurity experts. That's because they train them. It takes three years of full-time training. The agencies that complain that they can't find anybody aren't investing in their people in the way that NSA does. Other agencies don't invest in their people like that.

I think that's really an unfair comparison. Do other agencies have the insane funding that NSA has? The lack of accountability (and by that I mean they don't have to justify their spend as much). Also, as the article noted, the NSA is except from these pay scales.

This is typical of employer whining about not being able to get the people they want. Sure, the companies who want people with some very specific skill set, right now, often at low pay, can't find them. Organizations that are willing to train people don't have those problems.

And this goes to show that you missed the points of the report. Most federal agencies are forbidden from paying decent wages because they have to use the pay scales that the government sets.

If you want to make the point that the government pays shit, then you should phrase that differently...

about 7 months ago

High-School Star League Brings Gaming As Sport to Teenagers

squisher Significant number of girls? (87 comments)

The anonymous submitter has a very different idea of what constitutes significant than I do... 7% girls may be infinitely more than 0, but is still not very much over all!

about 9 months ago

Canadian Health Scientists Resort To Sneaker Net After Funding Slashed

squisher Re:Neo-Conservatives and education are incompatibl (168 comments)

Hey, I know Arnold Schwarzenegger did some unpopular things, but I haven't heard anything about the book burning.

Turns out Schwarzeneggger isn't the only Austrian dude out there who ended up in government in another country...

1 year,9 days

Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

squisher Lenovo. (477 comments)

I really like my Lenovo T-series laptop. Sure, it may not live up to the legendary build quality back when it was an IBM, but it is still pretty good. It has all the user replacement options that are standard, a good keyboard and screen. It's not getting an award for its looks, but well, who cares.

about a year ago

Canonical Developer Warns About Banking With Linux Mint

squisher Re:+1 Article Troll (206 comments)

While the article may not have very diplomatic wording, the essence is true: I installed Linux Mint about a year ago, and liked it. But I had to switch to a different distribution after a couple of months because there were virtually NO updates coming in at all. I'd say that Ubuntu updates like crazy, but no updates at all in several months makes it very likely that they just don't have enough manpower to provide such a service. And that does make your distribution vulnerable. My experience may be outdated, but I'd bet it's still the same given this article...

about a year ago

AMD's Radeon R9 290X Review

squisher No Mantle for Xbox/PS (212 comments)

> AMD/ATI also has introduced MANTLE Api for lower level access than DirectX which is cross platform. This may turn into a very important API as AMD/ATI have their GPUs in the next generation Sony and Xbox consoles as well with a large marketshare for game developers to target

I read somewhere that that's unfortunately not true; Mantle will not be available for the new Xbox or Playstation. My speculation is that Microsoft and Sony don't actually want to be THAT compatible as it would make porting too easy...

about a year ago

Yelp Founder Says "No Extortion — Just a Misunderstood Algorithm"

squisher Oh, the algorithm... (120 comments)

So they were not extorting, they just wrote an algorithm that does the extortion for them. Great blame game, if they hadn't written the algorithm themselves...

more than 4 years ago

Valve Confirms Mac Versions of Steam, Valve Games

squisher Great, maybe Linux will follow eventually (541 comments)

This is cool to hear. I don't use Macs, but hopefully any cross-platform implementation could eventually be extended to allow Linux support. That would be real news!

more than 4 years ago

Malicious Spam Jumps To 3B Messages Per Day

squisher Re:Oh really? (211 comments)

And I still see less then 1 per month in my Inbox.
_THIS_ is the price I am willing to pay to allow Google to filter my email.

I do agree that gmail's spam filter does not let much through, in truth, it is way too aggressive. Are you subscribed to mailing lists? Often it'll just tag some random message as spam. I've had various things end up in spam over the years, and really wonder how many landed in there that I never noticed (who checks their spam folder every couple of days?).

Recently I got very upset because I tried to sell something on craigslist, and sure enough, an offer ended up in spam. Of course I didn't check until a couple of days later, and by then the person wasn't interested any more. Since I'm going to start job hunting soon, I can't really afford the uncertainty the gmail spam filter introduces, and plan on moving my email elsewhere.

more than 4 years ago

New RTS Based on DotA Offers Native Linux Client

squisher Hopefully with some AI version (173 comments)

I love DotA, and I would be so happy about a game based on the concept which has a native client. I'd hope though that it included some kind of AI script. And similarly, one great thing about DotA is that Icefrog updates the game every now and then, I wonder if they'd do a similar thing for HoN.

more than 5 years ago

Emigrating To a Freer Country?

squisher What languages? (1359 comments)

Oh come on, if you're asking about this issue seriously, how can you omit what languages you speak?

If you only speak English, then your options are obviously limited, the English speaking countries are quickly enumerated.

Or, if you are willing to learn a language, then that is an important piece of the puzzle, isn't it?

more than 5 years ago

How Do You Sync & Manage Your Home Directories?

squisher Re:Svn (421 comments)

If i'd elaborated, i wouldn't have made first post!


So in summary, it's one of these stupid "first post" first posts because your elaboration clearly shows that you are not answering the question - which was about home directories and not about code / websites. Managing those is clearly different....

more than 5 years ago

What happened to 5.25" hard drives?

squisher Get an adapter??? (12 comments)

I'm not exactly sure why the larger platter size doesn't entice manufacturers to make 5.25" hdds anymore, but running out of 3.5" slots in your case certainly should not be holding you back. Get a mounting adapter! It's cheap and easy and lets you put a 3.5" hdd into a 5.25" slot in the case...

more than 5 years ago

Debian Lenny Installer RC1 Arrives

squisher Re:why bother with a liveCD? (81 comments)

Nope, I disagree. I have no problems with a text installer, but I still think the live cd installer is a useful feature. I'd prefer to use that if I have the option.

I just think it is nice to have the option to do something with the computer while it's installing. Installing is I/O heavy, so i.e. surfing the web or playing a little game does not slow it down.

more than 6 years ago


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