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221 posts • joined 31 Jul 2009
Re: Not worth going then
"In some ways, using 'booth babes' actually demeans men as much as women."
Absolutely! As you noted it's not that men are objectified so much as that we are stereotyped as immature, grunting savages completely at the mercy of primal urges. Yes it's okay for a man to look at a woman and think of sex. And the people staring at them are less at fault than the people hiring them. But I'm not going to keep my mouth shut when someone implies it's okay to ogle and forget the negative effects.
As far as tact goes, a large part of the problem is that the culture of stereotyping men and demeaning women is built into our language habits. It's subtle, it's habitual, and kids learn it long before they see anything like porn or booth babes. If I get labelled a feminazi for trying to get people to be aware of this, then bring it on. Language shapes our thoughts and in many ways defines the thoughts we are capable of having. For that reason I'm not sorry for having addressed it in a way that looked like linguistic pedantry.
Re: Not worth going then
Don't forget stuff.
Re: Give the feminism a rest
And what about all the women who start to have an interest in working in tech? After slogging their way through the barrage of comments from colleagues doubting their ability because of their genitalia, the interviewers who drop blatant hints about sexual favours, and the desperate lack of role models, they finally land their first visit to a tech conference, and the weight of evidence is telling them that their gender is best suited to advertising via cleavage?
Here's a tip, talk to a few women who have been in tech for a while and get their perspective before merrily raising your flag for the status quo.
Re: Not worth going then
I'm well aware that the use of the word 'things' was largely a figure of speech. However it was a particularly unfortunate figure of speech given the objectification inherent in the statement as a whole, hence my choice to highlight it.
Re: Not worth going then
"At all too many trade shows, the booth babes are the only things worth looking at."
Thank you for demonstrating for us the primary reason this decision was the right one.
Bingo cards at the ready.
The value of the free market is supposed to be in ensuring good products/services for customers through competition, and good value for businesses and investors through ensuring a wide range of opportunity. The USA's broadband market has neither value for customers due to lack of competition, nor good value for prospective competitors due to the initial cost of entry.
Not that I'm saying the UK is brilliant, but at least the market here isn't a rotting corpse being picked over by the hyenas.
I finished A-levels in 2002, in a school that was designated a "Technology College". Although there was a computer network (some of it even on Windows XP!) you still needed to get permission if you wanted to use a computer outside of designated class time.
Class time that involved computers consisted almost entirely of learning to use Excel. Oh, and the art department had just had a £1m investment whereas the technology dept got... nothing as far as I could tell.
Some technology college, eh?
Actually the BBC Master System version, thank you very much. So much so that the controls are still as natural to me as wsad. E:D didn't do it for me.
"The four octagonal disc-shaped spacecraft..." Aaaaaaaaugh! Thargoids!
Re: Even more URL's
d) A large tusked pachyderm with flappy ears.
Why? That's irrelephant.
So what's to stop Ford from registering "chrysler.sucks" ?
Re: So the FCC set up a fight between ...
Bit more than that - Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Kansas City, Nashville, Provo, Raleigh–Durham, with plans for expansion. They're not AT&T or Comcast yet, but give it 5 - 10 years and they might be looking mighty close.
That's more to do with the fact that the movie industry pays for a bunch of people to sit around and reject all the ideas that aren't likely to make money hand over fist. Yes, the budget for the big movies is snowballing, but the diversity is snowball-in-hell-ing.
Re: Look out MENSA
The guy who founded MENSA eventually washed his hands of the organisation. He wanted it to be a gathering of people of great ability so that they could combine their efforts for the improvement of humankind. Instead the result was, in his own words, "mental masturbation".
Tells you a lot about humans, really.
Re: Mingers are Winners in the end!
My gran was a firm believer in growing old disgracefully. Consequently, she was hilarious. Sod the pretty people, if I find a lass that makes me laugh as much as she did, I'm sorted.
Along with deadly alien life forms in the ventilation ducts. Just sayin'.
Re: When I was a kid
Speaking of which, that's what the "Degauss" options on old CRT monitors was for wasn't it? I pressed that button many a time by accident but never actually had a need to use it for what it was actually meant to do. Can anyone say whether it was effective?
an envelope surely?
Where did that $ on the second 15K come from? Anyway, good one :) commendations on making my friday shift a bit more palatable.
Re: History repeating itself
Do tell, exactly what is it other than information and authority that currently backs the pound? Or the dollar? Or the euro? It certainly isn't gold in a vault. We haven't used that system for nearly 40 years.
Re: Telly Tax exit stage right!!
If you watch BBC programs through Netflix, you're still paying for them.
Definitely, there's only one beverage that should go in a container with height > width, and it's not a stimulant.
Re: Why bother to be secure ?
"Once we start to see the penalties for crap security actually hurt we will see the cost merrily passed along to the customer." - FTFY.
I really thought we were past the days of "Augh, communists!"
How can a broke person offer a $5m bounty?
That was my thought too... regardless though I'm looking forward to this turning into an example of why the best science starts with someone saying "That's odd..."
It kind of makes sense that the sequels' lightsabers might be more analogue and less precise - after all, Palpatine did a pretty thorough job of scrubbing the galaxy of the Jedi order, leaving the technique of making lightsabers to be communicated from an old hermit with a speech impediment to a young hothead with a listening impediment. Seems very reasonable to me that the later models might not be up to standard.
<cynicism>I wonder if it was because she was a woman?</cynicism>
Re: Nice Recipe
Until I moved to Belgium, I wouldn't have understood what this guy was saying. However, out here proper bread is a matter of course and the crap stuff is rightfully hidden away so that the Americans living out here have to hunt for it.
On the other hand, it's quite impossible to find good bacon, which is why* I'm moving back in 2 months.
*Not actually why, but dammit I want real bacon again.
Re: The new man
GG FCC, Marriott needed some smackdown. Just because a new technology disrupts your revenue stream doesn't mean you're allowed to break all the rules to get the money rolling again. Adapt or f off.
You might like that up until he bans Christmas and starts policing your morals.
Re: according to a report.
Technically it is fixable in firmware but to do it you have to crack open the case and hook a physical tool directly onto the pins of the firmware ROM chip. Not for the faint of heart. If you mess up the voltages, e.g. by forgetting to disconnect the battery, you are the owner of a very shiny brick.
The intertubes are suggesting it's probably Lizard Squad, and that they didn't take down Twitter because "that's what [they] use to communicate"
Re: Why should Apple be worried?
On the other hand, it's important to me because I'd consider getting an S5 to replace my S3, and this will push the price down nicely :)
Re: a few facts
I'm not sure about the whole of your post, but one part that's wrong is that copyright is not a mechanism to get more material into the public domain in the long run. It's a mechanism to encourage artists to publish their work -at all- and thereby be economically productive. It's an economic stimulus, the cultural benefits are a bonus.
I think the "i" and "e" are redundant.
Re: Essential skill
I found the install disk. It was in a locked filing cabinet in the basement, inside a disused toilet cubicle with a sign on the door saying 'beware of the leopard'.
I work in Belgium. Prior to September, I needed to use a VPN. Now I can use Netflix without VPN but the content is different (somewhat more limited but there are a few things Belgium seems to have that the UK doesn't). Amazon Prime Video still requires a VPN.
Re: publicly visible?
If it's done right, it won't mean you can scoop up other people's payments - it should act as an ID for an escrowed transaction in the bank's database, not some kind of funky 140-character bitcoin. Is that what you were worried about?
Why don't MS just have two patch feeds - one 'immediate release' feed and one 'patch tuesday' feed, and admins can subscribe to whichever one suits them best?
(I have some vague ideas of why there might be problems but not really sure. Please enlighten if there are issues with doing things this way)
In that context, 're-educated' has a deliciously violent undertone to it. Room 101 anyone?
Re: When I worked in Belgium some time ago...
if you earn €37k+ your income tax is 50%.
This seems high but if you lose your job I believe you are guaranteed a year's pay at 100% of your previous salary, and there are plenty of other benefits supported by this hefty rate.
I washed my hands three times after cutting up some bird eye chilli. Then I went to put in contact lenses.
It took me over 15 minutes to extract the one I'd put in due to how much my eyelid had swollen.
What happened to the 60fps video that Peter Jackson was espousing? It was a little disorienting at first but after that I really thought it was worth my money.
400 percent extra range on your base stations represents major savings on the number of cell towers needed to maintain full coverage...
So, after they play with the numbers to show that the 'saving' was actually a 'cost', receiving the associated tax rebate, crowing to their investors about the improved infrastructure efficiency and to the customers about the increased level of service, the end user will be paying, oooh, about... minus ten percent less?