1257 posts • joined 23 Mar 2010
Re: Not the right way to promote IT among girls... but realistic, after all
"she could strip down, repair, even improve anything mechanical"
Sounds like the perfect woman, but why did she have to be naked?
Re: Oh dear me no.
Girls who play with dolls, and their parents, are the impervious ones. The pressure I see to make girls play as boys is quite aggressive.
There was a similar storyline in an episode of Lost: The Hot Blonde One was asked to gather sticks for a fire but turned on the charm and got The Fat Guy to fetch them instead. Her brother complained that she'd not fetched the sticks but she pointed out that she actually had. She and Barbie are equally empowered but feminists won't see it that way because they want equal representation only in safe, well-respected, high-paying jobs like Programmer and will never demand equality in lumber yards.
Solar Roadways show our future
If you want to know the future of energy, look at the Solar Roadways project. It's been soundly debunked by various sources on grounds such as the energy it could provide would be produced far more cheaply by other methods and without the maintenance headache (tilted solar panels by the side of the road, for example). But because it's "cool" (it's solar! - free energy!) people who see the debunkings retain their faith in it, and have given the kickstarter project ridiculous amounts of money. The US taxpayer has chipped in too.
Re: Sad, y'know?
@fibbles this is what feminism is about nowadays, and it's never been about equality. When they fought for voting rights men could only vote if they made themselves available to be conscripted (in many US states this is still the case), but women wanted to be a class above, and get the benefits of citizenship without any of the responsibilities. When women were 40% of university students it was an "equality" problem that feminists wanted to fix, but now men are 40% they have no desire to make men equal, and instead campaign against men's groups and men's centres on campus, whilst removing due process from men accused of sexual assault and banning the culture of straight white males (dubbed "lad culture"). They don't want equality of representation among people working in sewers, but they have got it into EU law that 40% of board members must be women, even though women's choices regarding work-life balance, and what they study at university, suggest a non-discriminatory outcome would be far lower than 40%.
Leading, recognised feminists should take some time out from attacking men and make it absolutely clear that they oppose the people who harassed Mr Taylor over his shirt. Otherwise we will call those people feminists, and so will they themselves.
Re: Anyone up for....
And Hollister, for their misandrist, sexualizing bags. Again, no takers.
Re: I hope
Some harassers have claimed that's what he was wearing. The Daily Telegraph even claimed the women were wearing "bondage gear" and didn't mention any of the huge amount of support he was getting, only the opposition voices.
A first test for WAM on Twitter
The good news is that Twitter has something in place to resolve all the gender-based harassment he's been getting, and the women doing it from the UK will have their IPs tracked and each get 2-year prison sentences. This will prove WAM is committed to ending harassment and is not just another feminist group censoring egalitarian viewpoints and anti-feminists statistics.
Bowie predicted all this, you know:
You really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Re: "men's rights" pantywaists
I could spend all day reporting feminists for gender-based harassment, abuse and misandry but I doubt Twiter would do anything about it, and putting a feminist group in between victims of feminist abuse and the people who do the banning will just make it less likely that anything will be done. #endfathersday
When Facebook let feminists judge what freedom of speech should be allowed they banned a poster for a Men's Human Rights event and facts on sexual assault on university campuses (the facts belie the message they want to project).
Re: The real problem is ...
Graham, the people doxxing, harassing and making death threats against the diverse range of activists trying to reform videogame journalism seem to have got away with it, and WAM wants to minimize the harassment men face on a daily basis, which is actually more prevalent than that faced by women. The only solution available for men and ethical journalism fans is to ignore the trolls. If it's good enough for us, why not expect women to act like adults too?
Re: The New Microsoft
They put Material Design in Ios to make your upgrade to Android even smoother.
Re: Oh jesus feck BBC....
What about Plex and Chromecast?
Re: The best thing about Ubuntu is...
As a Unity (is the best thing about Ubuntu) user I understand how ignorant your comment is. As a Xubuntu user you will never know.
They can provide their own web view because it's open source and there is no lock in. They have their own browser, don't they?
Are you a slave?
Taxes on income don't seem to be a human rights issue. Do you own yourself and everything you create, or do "they" own your output? Freedom to work is a human right, I assume.
Three words: that's four words
Not such a bad idea
A Land Value Tax is the only economically efficient tax because it encourages more efficient use of land and can prevent speculators buying up land in the hope someone will build infrastructure near it. It's hard to evade because land is easy to track, and the tax take is closely related to the GDP so government "investment" and benefits should rise along with the nation's wealth. That's fine in a mostly agrarian economy where economic value is derived from the land (Adam Smith was a fan) but when value is created in cyberspace it would put a disproportionate burden on farmers relative to Amazon and the like. Taxing each gigabyte is a bit like taxing each acre, so this is something of a Land Tax for the modern age.
Re: So in theory
You forgot treason.
Re: And right on queue...
5 years, because it's easier than unsubscribing. You imply this law will be used to silence people people don't like so have you considered whether people dislike you?
For the record I read those messages without phoning the police.
It is the norm, but this time it's happened to a woman! When David Moyes got less than Alex Ferguson despite being less experienced and less successful, he was a man so it was ok. If Davina Moyes got the same deal as David then it would have been sexism.
The gender wage gap is not a colleague-to-colleague comparison, it is the average wage of full time workers. A female secretary with GCSEs working 35 hours is compared to a male executive with an MBA working 50 hours and the only factors which matter for the comparison are their pay and gender. When other factors are accounted for the difference goes away, so they tend not to be accounted for.
And if those two happen to be married, she will spend more of his money than he does, so who cares where it comes from?
As a N7 owner I thought the same, until I saw the price of the 9!
Re: there's now an Amazon Prime Android app
@JDX it's about a month old. And it's much more of a pain to install and set up than it needs to be >-(
@Richard they don't have Prime on Chromecast either, so it's probably a control thing. But I wouldn't rule out incompetence as it took them years to get it to Android.
Nexus 6 availability
Preorders at the end of the month, available in November.
Chromecast is great for HD streaming over wifi. I doubt the new thing will be worse.
As a former Asus Transformer owner I prefer to do actual work on an actual computer. Adding a keyboard is great but isn't enough.
If it bothers her she could stick to things made by women, such as...
Re: Just catching up with Android
On ios8 using a 3rd party keyboard makes the device freeze. Android certainly didn't have that in 2012.
She didn't stand up against sexism, she asked men to get involved in women's fight for "equality". She didn't mention men's equality, ergo she is not anti-sexism. And because women cannot be equal without men also being equal, she is not for equality either.
Re: Why is there such a push to get women into IT?
"We have to work at creating the right conditions until females coding is normalised."
No we don't. Just like we don't need to have more men in female-dominated professions, we don't need to have more women in male-dominated professions. The only difference is that there is no effort and no money to get more men into teaching, health, etc. If "strength through diversity" were truly the goal, we would want to advance the interests of boys as well as girls and give everyone the same opportunities. We don't, because the goal is to have women dominant everywhere. Is there anyone in the mainstream who thinks it is in any way a bad thing that women are 60% of graduates, 70% of medical students, out-earning men in their 20s etc. Female dominance is seen as a triumph, male dominance is seen as problematic.
For homework, compare the gender-based grants available for male teachers and female engineers.
Re: Why is there such a push to get women into IT?
It's because women already dominate most other professions.
Via google translate: http://www.dn.se/debatt/feminiserade-storstader-dominerar-snart-varlden/
"Of the 15 occupations expected to grow the most over the next decade in the United States dominated all but two of the women"
Ironically, in more egalitarian countries, women are more likely to take on "traditional" jobs like healthcare. When the choose, that's what they choose.
As a man I feel there are far more options for women to "dress corporate" whilst not looking like they're necessarily trying to stand above the crowd. For guys there's the suit. You might get away with taking off your jacket (but you still need to arrive in one) or rolling up your sleeves, but when you take your tie off you don't look like potential management material, and chinos send the same message. With a tie on, you don't fit the part of the IT guy. Women can be sleeveless, open-collared, jacket on or off and fit in pretty much anywhere on the hierarchy.
"Apple's way is to have a UI that is suited to the hardware it is running on." And Ubuntu's was Ubuntu Netbook Remix, not Unity.
Re: Reverse racism
Conversely, what response do you think you'd get if you complained about the "lack" of white people in hip-hop and blamed it on black people creating a hostile culture?
Re: This is the pot calling the kettle black.
Who is the bad guy? Is it the dictator who comes down hard on people who screw up, and gives the world a secure, versatile OS for free, or is it the one who thinks women and black people are not capable of succeeding in such an environment?
White people are an underrepresented demographic at those US offices and the new goal of "diversity" instead of "equality" means they will become even more so. They have to go somewhere, and if the OS community doesn't discriminate against them, that's where they will go.
It does seem quite sexist and racist to assume women and non-whites cannot cope in a high pressure environment. But if you frame your bigotry as anti-white, anti-male then you'll get a lot of coverage.
Re: Straight rights?
That's basically the response I gave to the commenter who brought up the issue. Why can't drag queens do the same though?
Someone commented here recently about their friend who wanted to use her stage name on Facebook to connect with her fans. She could be gay, but it's something a straight person might want to do as well, so will Facebook extend its apology to the straight community and allow them to choose their own names too?
It's actually harming facebook's revenues. If I support ideas which I don't want my boss to know about (she's a racist homophobic vegan Norfolk separatist in case you were wondering) then I'll use something other than facebook for those discussions, and to post pictures of my barbecue parties. So facebook will know less about me and not be able to show the most appropriate adverts.
Re: No printer and scanners support, does it support graphic tablets?
Whaaaa I can't use my crayons with this! Whaaa they're forcing me to use this and automatically uninstalling the real photoshop! Whaaa I'm not allowed to attach a monitor to a chromebook! Whaaaa chromebooks don't let you install offline apps and even though they do I'll still complain they don't! Whaaa software has been done before so this is nothing new!
Calm down, dears. I suspect this is something of an experiment to see what can be done with streamed apps and what needs to be improved in order to make the rest work. Chrome OS is improving all the time - native apps, mkv playback, MTS support, cloud storage API etc - and some day you'll all want one! Why do this with Photoshop instead of Pixlr? Heck, why not? Maybe it's another indication of what their pricing strategy will be in the future.
Re: Men should not have rights...
@vociferous I didn't "forget" that, I didn't mention it because it's not true, and MRAs do not think it's true. However some good research has shown that 40% is a far better estimate than 2%, which anti-men's-rights people use. The 2% figure was an anecdote from an area of New York, and is not statistically significant. Much higher figures have been reported by the military and certain police jurisdictions in studies where false claims were positively identified (not just where the truth was not established, as anti-men's-rights people claim).
Men are not persecuted in every area of life, and nor are women. But for both sexes there are areas where we suffer. Men in the west have more such areas than women, but everyone (including Emma Watson) ignores them (which is a type of oppression in itself). Anti-men's-rights people want to paint a picture of a society where everyone is either in the oppressor class or the oppressed class (inherited from Marxism and based on gender to create a permanent state of revolution), and a beautiful young woman worth £30 million who has a global podium at UN Women is in their "oppressed" class whereas a homeless man is privileged. So she gets attention and he gets nothing. If you want to call that matriarchy, fine. But let's just agree that it's a bad way of looking at the world if your goal is "equality" (we both know you have no interest in equality).
Why deny men equal rights? And when will Daniel Radcliffe speak up for men's rights at UN Men? Not for a long time, because men don't have representation at the UN.
Re: Who cares about Emma Watson?
@anon. No, the threat was fake and was made with the intention of getting 4chan shut down. Does anyone care about that victim?
Men should not have rights...
...say the anti-MRA crowd.
Shut up about women being nearly 60% of graduates. Shut up about there not actually being a wage gap (different pay for the same work). Shut up about the gender bias in conviction rates (more convictions for the same crime) and in sentencing (longer sentences for the same crime). Shut up about MGM and the UN's programme of genital mutilation. Just shut up about it all, because women are oppressed and men are privileged.
Re: Streaming wins
@alistair my parents are a bit older than that. There was an Otis Redding LP and the early Beatles ones, but it all got lost or stolen so even if I did want to listen, I couldn't (and I don't have a turntable). But I don't miss it, so I believe there is no shortcoming of streaming from that point of view. In fact, if I did want to listen to any of it then it would be easier to stream it than to play each record!
My kids will inherit a taste for great music via my shared playlists. Or not.
Re: Like your mom said ...
@vlad you don't own the music even if you strip the DRM. You can listen to stuff you buy without asking permission, but you have permission to hear a very small amount of music whereas I have permission to listen to millions of songs whenever I want. For example, I found there was a new album by an artist I used to like many years ago, so I listened to it for free immediately. I didn't have to wait, and I did't have to worry that it might not be very good. And I didn't need to ask permission because I already had it.
Owning is limiting - it's like owning a brewery versus buying any type of beer you want from a pub. I do own a lot of CDs etc but I've not touched them since I joined the modern world of streaming, and I was bored by the limited selection before that. When something is free you use more of it, and with music (as with beer) that's an amazing thing. You can get so much more pleasure for £10/month streaming than you can buying CDs.
Re: Streaming wins
Rental is not communist and renting music means I have no desire to own plastic data storage products (you never own the music itself). Possessions weigh you down man!
I hated streaming until I used it
I'm one of the lucky ones. As a human I can't tell the difference between an mp3 and a cd so I can use the more convenient format with no loss of quality. Also, my streaming service lets me control the bitrate, has no adverts and suggests new artists based on the data they gather.
Re: Like your mom said ...
@Ivan Google Play Music has that.
Re: Like your mom said ...
@matama "a download" is usually a transferrable mp3 file. Cached music from a streaming service is in their own format, non-transferrable. The conversation should be about renting versus owning, because you can download rented music and stream owned music.
Re: It's not about the ads
Easy solution: get a Facebook Page and give it any name you want.
Lies about data
Scroll down the home page and there is a commentary on social networks with which visitors are asked to agree or disagree. The commentary contains the sentence "Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads," which is undeniably false. When you click "I disagree" (which is the only option available to the informed visitor) you are redirected to a page on Facebook where you can "See how ads are served without sharing your information with advertisers".
Ello should have read that page before writing theirs.
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