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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

visualight Re:why the focus on gender balance? (506 comments)

I think the content of articles should not be helped or harmed overall, presuming editors are following policies. And while one could make an argument over which articles exist, I'm not sure there is a compelling argument beyond simple intuition. I mean, I haven't seen a man in HR in a decade, but I wouldn't dream of suggesting HR policies are tilted in any way. Just because the entire department is female doesn't mean they can't be equally concerned with male issues right? I'm not being sarcastic, I've met exactly one woman in HR that I thought had an ax to grind. Can't men be capable of the same impartiality?

I think my opinion on this is 'who cares? good policies and professionalism matter, but gender is irrelevant.'

7 hours ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

visualight Re:why the focus on gender balance? (506 comments)

Hmm. Not seeing where you can claim I 'made shit up' without highlighting your own claim of intellectual superiority. Oh wait, were you referring to the obvious sarcastic hyperbole?

Actually, I -am- intellectually superior to you, our differing opinions on the same situation is ample evidence of this fact. Don't go feeling attacked, check the tone in your original post and understand.

8 hours ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

visualight Re:why the focus on gender balance? (506 comments)

There is absolutely a particular reason they shouldn't, and it's visible to any intelligent person.

When gender balance becomes a politically correct requirement for every occupation or hobby outside of ditch digging, the intelligent person asks "What the Fuck?", while folks like you just jump on the bandwagon and perpetuate ignorance and bias.

Fool.

yesterday
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

visualight Re:Development cycle (231 comments)

bleh. submit vs preview. My opinion is nowhere near that strong, but I do want to present a counter-perspective to the vomit I hear kids regurgitating daily.

2 days ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

visualight Re:Development cycle (231 comments)

"As far as developers go, In the Ruby, Python, and Node ecosystems, anything that's not the latest doesn't exist. They don't use the system package management, they use gem, pip, and npm. They really don't care about the underlying OS, until it gets in the way, and getting in the way is exactly what a decade-old OS does."

^^These developers are idiots and don't deserve support.^^

Yeah, I'm aware of everything wrong with that statement, but it's a perspective that's valid for a lot of people. This culture evolved from a flood of Windows refugees that didn't even *try* to work with distributions, or, even worse built a business model that depended on and promoted circumventing it. ( *.io ).

Fuck them, because most of the time they *don't* actually have a compelling technical reason to be on the bleeding edge of project X, they just *start* there to begin with, and spend 0 seconds looking at distro tools. Yeah , I'm looking at you RoR.

2 days ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

visualight Re:Global market for talent (441 comments)

WRONG.

The talent pool is clearly not "global". If it was global there would be no need to "import" labor. The talent pool is NATIONAL in this scenario.

When they start outsourcing and moving entire projects overseas, then you can say global. In this context, you may not.

about a week ago
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The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

visualight Re:Why gravity is treated as a force? (97 comments)

It is confusing isn't it? Again and again someone demonstrates gravity with a sheet and a ball, and again and again there is someone looking for or talking about the 'graviton'.

Another one: The presenter starts off with an illustration of space and time being -the same thing: "space-time". But then goes on to explain space only, or time only, or both but each in their own silo.

My approach to understanding this has been to watch every documentary I can, distill the common, repeated 'truths' and extrapolate a mental image from that. I think space and time are -literally- the same thing (the perpetual expansion of space -is- the passage of time), gravity is -not- a force, there was no big bang, nor was there inflation.

Ok, the last bit is somewhat radical so I'll explain a bit. The universe (space) is always expanding, slower when there is nearby matter with mass, faster when there is not. When galaxies are so far away from each other space expands so rapidly there is a "breach", covering a huge astronomical area, in which energy/matter rushes in uniformly, slowing down the expansion.

I have no math skills and might be completely wrong, but it feels right and I'll probably hold on to this mental model until/unless there is some clear irrefutable proof otherwise. Really, I don't see that happening because (lol) no one is every going to investigate the scenario I just described.

about a week ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

visualight Bad Study (609 comments)

A good study would provide a description of what the internet would look like without ads. My intuition is that I'd be just fine with the only content available being content that did not seek a revenue stream. I thought the internet was better back then anyway.

It's also a pointless study because it's never going to happen. I'd guess the only reason it was done is to support the idea that ad blockers and no script are "bad". Oh wait it was conducted by an ad platform.

about a week ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

visualight Re: Nobody else seems to want it (726 comments)

Intolerant of fools and slackards maybe, always for very rational and defensible reasons.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

visualight Re:Nobody else seems to want it (726 comments)

I think an important perspective (that you're missing) is that for most of the decision making contributors commercial success is a minor goal, and for many it's not a goal at all. The don't give two shits about "the business model", they want open, verifiable code or no code at all.
The driver model you are complaining about is never ever ever ever ever ever going to change. So, please, use Windows or OSX and get on with your life.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

visualight Re:Nobody else seems to want it (726 comments)

In Linux, there is no ABI. Drivers have to be accepted and included in the kernel source tree. Yes really. It's that well thought out.

This means that you have to have code review from the Linux kernel team. And you have to divulge any amateur or buggy code embodied in the source. Which may compromise the imaginary advantage your marketdroids think they have on other platforms.

FTFY

about two weeks ago
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Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World

visualight Re:Advert? (129 comments)

Docker has an engine? I haven't actually used Docker yet because I've already been using LXC for some years and just haven't had a "free day" to play with it. But I've always been under the impression that Docker was just a abstraction around LXC making containers easier to create. Is the Docker "engine" actually LXC?

Serious question because the main reason I haven't invested in Docker is my perception that it won't really save (me) time if you already well understand LXC. Is there some other benefit besides "it's easier"?

about two weeks ago
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Kevlar Protects Cables From Sharks, Experts Look For Protection From Shark Week

visualight Re:Most documentaries suck (103 comments)

On Amazon Prime the 'Documentary' category is all brainless reality shows, much worse than Netflix for finding a good one.

about two weeks ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

visualight False Premise (116 comments)

Difficult tasks are potential bug generators and finding a task difficult is the programming equivalent of going to sleep at the wheel....
( hmm. Easy tasks are potential bug generators and finding a task easy is the programming equivalent of going to sleep at the wheel... huh. that works too.)
^^
Like all the other sane people I stopped reading at that point.
The real reason for doing this is that someone has invested a lot of time and effort in the technology used for this (and has a lab) , and this idea was the best one he came up with.

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

visualight Re:correlation, causation (387 comments)

I don't think you're entirely correct. Feminism -has- done some damage in this area.

People desire status and that is true of all genders. And while I wasn't alive 100 years ago to know with certainty, I do not believe the phrase "...just a house wife" was uttered by same in a self-deprecating tone back then. But I hear it from women on a regular basis in our times. The idea that a woman must have a successful career in order to feel pride is the *fault* of feminism.

The other four points you make seem to be against something other than GP's points. I mean of course we all want to improve society, of course *no one* is telling western women to compare their lot with Iran and gratefully shut up. And come on, central air and vaccinations aren't really on topic are they?

I think feminism ( as I see it around me ) really does have it wrong. I think they are trying to actually make men and women equal and that is a terrible idea. If feminists *really* cared about women generally and not only for themselves specifically they would be out in force correcting the economic problems that force women into the work force. Having a choice is great, and I'm all on board with it, but I truly believe that for most women the choice they really want is no longer available to them.

about a month ago
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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

visualight Re:correlation, causation (387 comments)

My non-scientific opinion is that >60% of women would prefer give their full time attention to family --if they have a choice. They rarely do these days.

The other 40% really want a career. And while they may be a minority, they are a *very* vocal minority.

I think if men still had the wages they did 40 years ago there would be a lot more women that choose to be full time mothers, and this is in spite what seems to be an intentional degradation of this role by feminists.

about a month ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

visualight Re:Past due not reported by companies (570 comments)

Why do you think it's appropriate for you to come to such a conclusion ( and then give it voice )?

Hmm. I'm not sure how my level of personal preparedness has anything to do with whether or not another persons actions are justified...Or is this just an opportunity for you to feel like you're a better man than you really are? Perhaps from your post I can deduce that you are a (narcissist|bipolar|insecure|compensating) and then say as much?

Seriously. Fuck You for thinking it's your place to leap to a personal judgement like that. You have to be a complete idiot to NOT realize your own lack of perspective (which you still do not have) on MY complete situation at that time.

Jerk.

about a month ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

visualight Re:Past due not reported by companies (570 comments)

For anyone thinking of hosting with singlehop: the reason I canceled was because they kept my CC number against my explicit instructions. I found out because they hit my account two days later. They said it was an innocent mistake, the timing of the billing cycle, and refunded me. But they overdrafted my and it cost me hundreds.

about 1 month ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

visualight Re:Past due not reported by companies (570 comments)

I got in an argument with singlehop over canceling my account...I called AND submitted a ticket AND the ticket was acknowledged but some woman in billing claimed I didn't follow the "new process" and that I never really canceled. Just last week I noticed that they have $180 against me on my credit report and now I have to either pay them money I don't owe them or find a lawyer in Chicago. One sided indeed.

about 1 month ago

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visualight visualight writes  |  more than 7 years ago

visualight (468005) writes "I've been watching forums and mailing lists for the past year, with a google search binge here and there for any info on Linux support from Epic's upcoming UT3. NOTHING. It's not like no one's asking, there's no way Mark Rein isn't aware of all the threads posted, he is clearly avoiding the question. Why not just say yes or no? In either case what's motivating Epic to pretend we're invisible? Can slashdot help force an answer? Would doing so push Epic to drop any Linux plans out of spite? http://utforums.epicgames.com/search.php?searchid= 255245 (search "linux" on epics ut3 forums)"

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