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The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous

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@xerocred - Re: Stop blaming us, please

You make a good point about 95% of the population not being interested in it at all. That is about what I would expect, which is why I think government moves to get more children into IT are doomed to failure.

Whether the lack of women in IT is due in any significant part to them just not being interested is a question that I don't know the answer to. It is certainly conceivable that there is a gender-related bias, but that doesn't account for all of the discrepancy - I agree with others here that societal expectations of girls have a lot to answer for in relation to the proportion of women entering the field.

If the IT working environment needs a cultural change then I think, as with all revolutions, it needs to start with removal of the top layers of control, allowing the more civilised lower layers the freedom to be decent human beings. I am not holding my breath.

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Stop blaming us, please

So have a look around your office. Seeing mostly men? Then you’re the problem.

I guess I fit the bill for this article - 50s and male. Much of what the article says is a reasonable description of the reality of the industry from the 80s on, but I'll be buggered if I'll accept the author or anyone else blaming me for this.

Seek out bright young women. Mentor them. Given them the access they want and the environment they need to flourish.

Good advice. I did that at the time and so did my managers. The lack of women in the industry at the time was a limiting factor, but how we were supposed to do something about that, I don't know - if anything was wrong it was in the whole of society.

Something went badly wrong from around the mid-80s, and working culture became more adversarial than cooperative, and that badly affected not just women but a large part of the male workforce, because the rewards and influence began to depend one's skill in and appetite for career advancement above achievement.

It sure is a mess and something needs to be done about it, but it does not help at all to (almost) label all of us misogynists. The heart of the problem is the demand-driven performance-related I'm-alright-jack working ethos that has grown like a cancer and wrecked what was an enjoyable field of endeavour. Cure that, and the problem will be taken care of. Go for the easy 'misogynist' insults, and it won't.

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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Arrogant

You shall have inappropriate US kit and like it. No, Google, I won't.

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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Re: I'm reminded of the bit in Men in Black

I found my bought cassette copy of the album the other day. I could play the tapes on my music centre, but I rather prefer to transfer the music to mp3 for my own convenience.

I'm pleased to see that the government have decided that this action is not to be considered a crime. I'm further pleased to see that they rightly consider there to be no need to compensate the publishers for my actions. Well done. For a change.

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Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU

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Puzzling

... no need for Google to notify webmasters when it de-lists a page

So the webmasters concerned aren't to be told that they are holding content which is offensive to someone? I'm sure some would be upset about that.

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Google turns on shiny new .google top-level domain – but WHY?

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All part of the plan

Ultimately I'm sure they'd like to see everything in the world apart from 'Google' shift left one place so that ".google" is synonymous with 'Earth'.

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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8/12

At least 4 of the questions had f-all to do with IT knowledge. That's my excuse, anyway.

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BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network

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Crowing a bit, aren't they?

... the carrier is harming customers' service levels and speeds.

It seems to me that BT are doing the logical thing given ASSIA's victory. Why on earth do ASSIA now think it is OK to try to blacken BT's name? To my mind any negative consequences for the customer are as much due to ASSIA's actions as to BT's.

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Disturbance in the force lets phones detect gestures with Wi-Fi

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Sounds familiar

Wax on, wax off.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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@Voland's right hand - Re: Oh dear me no.

Our daughters played with Barbie but were also impervious to indoctrination - for the same reason as yours, I think - instant No to anything on an advert. Eldest is quite happy to take a laptop apart to replace the screen. I'm only daring enough to replace a hard drive or memory.

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Oh dear me no.

I have to agree with the outraged on this one. The doll itself seemed to be a reasonably positive effort on Mattel's part, but the book totally undermines that.

getting boys to do the hard stuff and then claiming all the credit, although we can all think of a few bosses (male and female) who've turned this into a successful management strategy - perhaps the author cocked up and accidentally submitted his work on a management training manual to Mattel.

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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I get the purpose and use of 'nosslsearch', but the point raised in the blog which is the basis for this article is that he discovered that 'nosslsearch' wasn't the mechanism being used.

Rather, he discovered that the redirect was initiated directly by the google servers using a different mechanism. It's that point that makes the statement (that the network has turned off https) a lie.

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Trust? What's that then?

From what I can tell, nosslsearch was being use by BT as far back as 2013 to turn of HTTPS. That was bad enough, but the issue was between BT and its fodder.

Now we have Google directly getting into it and providing a privacy-removing service to BT, making the statement "the network has turned off SSL Search" on Google's search page a bare-face lie.

I don't trust Google - never have - but this is way beyond anything I might have imagined of them.

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HORROR! Imagine if anyone could find out EVERYTHING you EVER tweeted

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Re: Is this really sensible?

You might be right about them wanting a dip in traffic, but I'm not sure about the cost angle - doesn't traffic mean profit?

Perhaps it's a way of toning down future tweets without having to go to the expense of paying staff to police the thing?

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Is this really sensible?

What about tweets of people no longer with us, or nasty/hateful/harrassing tweets etc? There is great scope here for upset if they can all come back to haunt.

I suspect many people are happy to tweet whatever comes immediately to mind because they assume that they are ephemeral and that embaarrassing ones will be quickly forgotten. If that's no longer the case, then Twitter may see a dip in traffic as this sinks in.

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Wrong, wrong, wrong.

It's a serious abuse of the relationship between supplier and consumer of services and I really hope it is stamped on forthwith.

Still, I'm pretty sure it will backfire badly, the internet being what it is, and that the Broadway Hotel in stunning Blackpool will quickly find that the customers' complaints are getting rather more publicity than they bargained on.

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

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I don't know what a 'gamergate' is, but I think most of the comments here are from established residents.

I think there is a genuine revulsion towards the sort of bullying, oppressive behaviour shown in this case. I commented earlier that the attackers were bonkers - if the post by IWPCHI is anything to go by, then I think perhaps I was being restrained.

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Re: I've balanced out your thumbsupdown

Thanks, Pigeon. I was beginning to think I was being stalked until I saw that someone had been down the thread disapproving the comments.

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Predictable, unfortunately

The problem with the WWW, and Twitter in particular, is that anyone who comes to public attention is at the mercy of people who are totally, fucking, BONKERS.

I hope he wakes up one morning soon and says to himself "Fuck 'em all" and moves on with his life. Let them fester in their bigotry.

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USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked

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Re: DVD reborn

So, back to DVD:s for sneakernet file transfers...

You may be right there, but given the implication that small devices in general may be vulnerable, and the fact that these days DVD drives tend to be external USB, maybe that won't help.

Back to serial link file transfers for me. Oh bugger - need a USB-Serial adapter!

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Shame

The evolving universe being talked about sounds like it will be a marvellous experience, and I can understand the difficulties it presented them when they considered how to engineer an off-line single-player mode.

However, that's how it goes in software development. Difficulties in realising the original concept aren't a good excuse if you've made promises that you no longer want to keep, especially if you've taken money on the strength of those promises.

What they seem to have forgotten is that the massive good will they've had right from the off has been fueled in large part by the old farts who were so enamoured of the single-player original. As someone pointed out in comment on the original article: Elite is a legendary single player game.

I really was looking forward to this one, but no more.

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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A bright future

I look forward to the day when i can sign in to theregister.gov.uk, having biometrically proven my ID, and have a safe commenting experience, knowing that I won't be forced to see nasty words typed by people who don't think like I do. Bring it on.

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

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"Just how or why the lander stopped bouncing..."

I guess the camera missed the tentacle reaching out to grab it after the first bounce.

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

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I think that outcome is pretty much clear from the following:

The opportunity ahead is substantial and we believe the new Sky will be good for customers, content creators and shareholders alike.

Notice who is missing?

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Yorkshire man NICKS 1,000 Orange customer records. Court issues TINY FINE

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Piddling

A £500 fine is way too small for this sort of thing. Should have been a bit of jail time.

What about EE, though? Shouldn't the ICO have charged them with negligence or something like that? It doesn't sound as if the perp had to try to hard to get the sensitive info out of them.

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Mozilla re-negotiates Google multi-million dollar sugar-daddy deal

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Re: ... if they actually wanted it.

I imagine anyone who knew how to download and install Firefox would find changing the search engine default a trivial exercise.

But maybe you're right, and people just don't care what search engine they use. In which case it's a win for Google.

For my part, dumping Google search is my first action after setting preferences on a new install.

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Carry On, I say

As long as it's just defaulting the search engine to Google, then it's money for old rope. It takes only a few seconds to demote Google from the 'default' spot or even remove it completely if you wish.

I imagine anyone who has gone to the trouble of downloading Firefox would only keep the Google default if they actually wanted it.

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Hacker Hammond's laptop protected by pet password

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@AC - police informant

I had thought of that, but my point still stands - trust in others created a weakness that he didn't realise or take seriously enough. So still a fail.

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Password fail?

I know it's a laughable password, but I think it's really only a minor failure for a hacker. The major fail was that he exposed himself enough for the police to identify him and physically get their hands on his laptop.

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Brussels' transport chief demands a single European sky to end 'air traffic gridlock'

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Re: "This is not a challenge to European diversity or the sovereignty of any country"

An excellent point. A country can't maintain its own sovereignty if it doesn't control its own airspace.

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Europe's cyber security agency wants pick your infosec BRAINS

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Re: Read error

Hmmm, parapraxis.

I think you may have a point, but I fancy it might be because when I read that they were looking for self-declared experts my first thought was that they would probably end up with a load of self-important p___s.

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Read error

I don't know if it's because this is El Reg or what, but as my eyes scanned past the e-mail address at the end of the article, all my brain registered was P......enis....

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Re: Er no, not yet

Good idea- maybe an engineered cat-fight would save the world.

And yet, I'm also reminded of the opening to Macbeth: When shall we three meet again...

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Er no, not yet

Much as I'm fascinated by how this is getting us closer to the future portrayed for years in science fiction, I'm not yet ready to trust an all-knowing computerised person with intimate access to my home.

Maybe when I've lost a few more brain cells and have learned to stop worrying and trust that everyone who might be listening in has my best interests at heart I'll be more comfortable with it.

Anyway, it has a bit of competition in Siri, Cortana etc. I wonder if it responds correctly to Alexa, can you put Cortana on please?

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Apple patents AUTOGRAPHS. Checkmate, eBay

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Useful, I suppose

I guess the technology might have a use, but this use doesn't even come close to matching the meaning of a signed physical book. In the physical case, the signature means that you were in the presence of the Great One and that they actually held the book in their hands.

A bit more meaningful than a spammed signature, I think.

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

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"The Facebook-owned WhatsApp service is key to terrorist communications"

Ahh. Don't have it myself, but I now know what my loved-ones have been so engrossed in these past few months. I wonder what they've been plotting?

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Data protection laws come to the rescue of poor, underpaid UK MPs

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UK lawmakers?

Breakers, more like.

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Curious to know if the UK's Tory-led government is a MEGA SPY? Answer: Yes

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"Let the downvotes begin!!"

Thanks, don't mind if I do.

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Samaritans 'suicide Twitter-sniffer' BACKFIRES over privacy concerns

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Got it the wrong way around.

If it had been anyone less worthy than The Samaritans, I'm sure this app would have led to accusations of scummy behaviour, simply because it allowed people to sign up to monitor others without their knowledge or approval.

The proper way to undo the damage is to change it so that people who want to be monitored can Opt In, specifying exactly who can get the feed.

This won't cover all who are suicidal, but I think many are well aware of their danger to themselves and could be helped by this.

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Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

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"The spiel for the app even encourages users to walk roads less travelled"

That sounds very sensible. Walk alone along roads very few people travel, spying on the doings of the odd people around. What can possibly go wrong?

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Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories

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"Neither Verizon nor SugarString has responded to The Register's request for comment"

So that's three things verboten, then.

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Why weasel words might not work for Whisper

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Damning words

"He’s a guy that we’ll track for the rest of his life and he’ll have no idea we’ll be watching him."

I can see why he suspended the editorial team if those words were allowed to be spoken in front of the Guardian reporter.

With such a clear indication of the morals of Whisper employees, there's pretty much no way to view these people as anything other than slime.

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An 'embed' link isn't a new infringement, says EU Court of Justice

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Re: DMCA'd the Video?

Maybe, due to overuse of the DMCA, it has become a part of common parlance:

DMCA, v. To abuse copyright law in order to have inconvenient information removed from the web.

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Warning to those who covet the data of Internet of Precious Things

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"...such data should be regarded and treated as personal data."

Well, it's nice to see that they've got that right.

However, this all means precisely nothing to us data sources unless we have the right to refuse transmission of anything other than essential operational data to the collectors, without any loss or reduction in effectiveness of the equipment. And it must be a positive decision on the consumer's part to allow such transmission (not buried in T&Cs).

We cannot trust the data collectors to play fair with us.

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: Re. trolls

I'm more concerned that you appear to be able to determine the probability of an alien invasion from Gliese 581d.

What do you know of their plans?

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Not necessary

"No one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the current six-month sentence."

Where the communication is threatening or menacing such that the recipient is genuinely fearful (ie most reasonable people would agree with the response) then the police already have the power to prosecute and have suitable guidance to ensure that they don't go over the top.

That being so, I think that for most of the genuine cases a sentence of even a month would be adequate to curb the snakes. Upping the sentence by a factor of four is just unnecessary, and owes more to a hunger for good publicity on the part of the politicians, rather than a genuine desire to solve the problem.

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Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future

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Yes to a GVD Badge

Seems like a good idea and a suitable reward for commentary excellence.

Perhaps expire them after, say, a month so that people don't rest on their laurels.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Re: Why else would we speak of...

You missed out 'male' and 'female' connectors.

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Barking

Forcing people to vote seems to me to be a particularly stupid idea. These days it's pretty difficult to find a party trustworthy enough to warrant one's vote. I imagine if the non-voters were forced to it, we would find a mass of protest votes being handed to whoever manages to capture the public's attention and who isn't from one of the main parties.

And as for the internet - well there is plenty to make you uneasy about it, but which gender had the major hand in it is the least of it.

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€2 BILLION: Steelie Neelie wants US to pay for her Big Data splurge

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Not the best of analogies

"...big data without a digital single market was like a “human body without arms or legs”"

Intended to convey how pointless collection of big data would be without a digital single market, but I bet there are plenty of humans who would take issue with the implication that not having arms and legs makes them pointless.

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