* Posts by Trevor_Pott

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What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

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Re: You crack me up, Mr. Pott

Someone is whinging about me on the internets? Hunh. As I don't see their post it must me one of the few people I have on ignore. In that case, for the record: smoochie boochies, whomever you are.

And exploding kittens for everyone.

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Re: 14nd place?

I am pretty sure that when I wrote the original article it was somethong like 22nd place. Then I did some math for the latest numbers before submitting and just swapped out the 22 for 14.

Now I think we should leave it because 14nd is amazing and hilarious.

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Yeah, but for people who aren't religiocentric dicks. War on christmas? Drafted? Hell, I volunteered.

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Official: Whiteboxer Super Micro is a $2bn server company

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Re: a mere 20 years...

Supermicro is pretty amazing. The three new server/Twin units I have in the lab for review are a cut above what went before, and the previous generation was pretty good to start with.

Keep on keeping on, Supermicro. You make damned fine servers, SANs and workstation boards...and your switches are no slouches either!

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Nimble CEO lifts lid on sales veep saga. It ain't pretty

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Re: Just wondering...

"Manuals? Wiki? Videos? FAQ cheat sheets? Basically why the need for actual presence?"

Because someone has to make sure that the partners aren't phoning it in? It starts with convincing them that there's value in selling the product in question, but finishes with convincing them that it's worth taking the time to actually learn enough to sell it. You are starting from a premise that people to what is rational, or that they are motivated to learn. They are both false. People are irrational and learning sounds like work, so they'll avoid it unless someone stands over them with a whip.

"Again issue tracker or wiki?"

Again, you are presuming that people will do something that doesn't directly benefit them without someone standing over them and forcing them to do it. That's false. They aren't going to update an issue tracker or a wiki. You need someone whose job it is to coordinate things and to disseminate information.

To put it more succinctly: the job of a sales exec is to herd cats. Angry, apathetic cats with autistic tendencies and the attention....oooh....squirrel!

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Re: Just wondering...

Answer questions, mostly. What makes the product different? What's support like? Do they have any existing customers with similar configurations? They then serve as a point of contact when there are issues or the customer wants another unit/upgrades/etc.

The sales guys also spend a lot of time training the channel partners so that they know enough about the product to answer questions/sell the boxes as well as to ensure channel partners are up on the technical side of things enough to provide tier 1 and tier 2 support. (With tier 3 typically going back to the startup's engineers.)

Sales - especially being a sales executive - in a startup is a thankless, miserable job. It's hard work, spectacularly long hours, way too many conventions and so much travel you almost never see your family. Your friends become simply "the people you see most often in your travels", from "that guy" who seems to be on 30% of your flights to the sales guys for competing companies, to the "thought leaders" you keep seeing at all the VMUGs and conferences.

Sales guys have to coordinate with social media nerds, stay on top of social media (as it is increasingly used to try to talk with companies) and at the executive layer they have to work closely with all the other tentacles of the company to ensure that A) they know what's changing and B) they manage to push those changes/training down to their army of salespeople and channel partners.

Often too, salespeople are the front line for abuse. If a change happens to the privacy policy, pricing, whatever, it's the salespeople who serve as lightning rod. This is perhaps an important factor of their job: serving as lightning rod and insulating the engineers from the din and roar.

At the same time, they need to collect metrics on demand for the product. Who likes it? Why? Who doesn't? Why? What are some sales lost? Why are others won? What are customers demanding? Etc. Not just a "feel", but hard, empirical data. Taking that back to rest of the team and either tweaking marketing or product design.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: Stop and think a bit, please...

"EULA != the law, consumer rights trump EULAs"

Really? You have the money to fund that lawsuit?

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This could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Fox 'in talks' to bring back The X-Files

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Re: I'd rather see another Chris Carter series

"I miss Fringe..."

I miss Walter. And Astrid. The rest I could really do without. Man, Fringe as a concept, with Walter...but an actual plot, and main characters that weren't wooden and horrible? I'm in! Especially If we don't let Jar Jar Abrams anywhere near it.

It's bad enough he's created Jar Jar Trek. Remember when Star Trek was about something more than just sex and blowing shit up?

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Re: I'd rather see another Chris Carter series

"What about Space: Above & Beyond?"

But then it would just end after a single season on a massive cliffhanger and traumatize my poor need for fictional closure for another decade...

I say bring back Earth 2!

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SimpliVity claims fivefold sales boost, hugs Cisco tightly

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Re: I smell bullshit...

Not yet. Will update here when I know.

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Re: I smell bullshit...

1500 licenses...which is a really odd way to proclaim things. That's probably way the heck more than 1500 cubes. Even at SimpliVity's prices, 1500 individual cubes couldn't sustain that company's cash burn. That's why I am thinking they have between 1000 and 1500 customers, with some customers having multiple licenses (due to multiple locations/regions/etc). I am waiting to hear back from them on the exact details.

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Re: Sky surveys

@Sir Runcible Spoon

And what will they occlude? Unless they just happen to wander in front of Kepler (which looks at the same chunk of sky all the time) we could go centuries before accidentally spotting them. From our reference point they don't really move all that much, and we're constantly repointing every telescope we have to look at all the interesting things out there.

Humanity, in general, doesn't do a whole lot of "pointing a 'scope at the sky and just waiting for something interesting to stumble across." We set out on missions to find specific things in specific places. And unless you get a NEOWISE-style set of scopes to ring the Earth and just stare at fixed points (Kepler style), goof effing luck relying on occlusion.

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Re: Nibiru!

Man, the Nemesis theory never really dies, does it? It just keeps altering forms.

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'Yeah, I'm like, SO backing Microsoft over Google, YAH'

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Re: #JeSuisLeRameau

I will defend your right to say your piece, but I will also express my belief that your religion is fucking clownshoes. You have the right to believe what you want and to say what you want, but you have right to force me to think you're anything other than a befuddled and easily led twatdangle.

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NSA: We're in YOUR BOTNET

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Take me out to the black

Tell them I ain't coming back

Burn the land and boil the sea

You can't take the sky from me

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VMware wins cool reception for two-CPU eval software

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Correction: idiot managers put guns to the heads of sysadmins and threaten to splatter their brains all over the wall unless they use Hyper-V. Because there is no universe in which rational people would choose to use the steaming fuckpile of horrors that is System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

Now, Hyper-V manager on it's own is decent. ISH, even if ESXi's C# client still beats it silly. But for actually running a production environment? Hell no!

At least KVM is so bad that anyone selling KVM virty solutions seriously (like Scale Computing) has to come up with a UI that doesn't suck...and they usually do. Hyper-V just has the soul-evaporating horror that is System Center...and the horror that is the new "Azure portal" will soon be the new alternative! And if you've seen that, you've probably already started self-harming because you can't unsee what was seen!

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Microsoft cracks personalisation without prying

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Re: Before the usual MS bashing....

" Before the usual MS bashing....

...remember they were one of the biggest supporters of Do Not Track header and the first to add it as a default setting in the web browser, so the bit about Bing is a little muted.

A certain other search engine..."

Who cares, mate? They're both American. No business with an American legal attack surface - let alone one headquartered there! - is to be trusted. Ever. Everything else is a moot point.

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It's hacker jihad: Islamist skiddies square up to Anonymous

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Re: For fuck's sake

"hell even AlQaeda does not ridicule anyone"

Al Qaeda ridicules the faith of all Muslims every time they pervert religious teachings into a rationale for extremism, totalitarianism and death.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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Re: Excellent news

"Invaded by the Americans three times and still here"

Like that's hard to do. The yanks can win a war to save their fucking souls. I mean, hell, that lot can't even club a bunch of poor sand people on the head and steal their oil without getting their asses handed to them.

Nah, the US is best used as an adjunct to a real nation. They can sit on the sidelines and fire missiles into some dictator's tank collection, or bomb (mostly) industrial facilities while real soldiers do the hard work on the ground of removing the douche canoes from office. However good the USian soldiers are - and US soldiers are damned fine soliders! - their military and political leader are utterly worthless, and it cripples their ability to achieve objectives.

The best army in the world is worth nothing if you waste them on fool's errand after fool's errand.

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Re: Excellent news

We're bigger and we're on top. Were this prison, you'd be our bitch.

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Microsoft turns the power of FINE PRINT onto enterprise licensing

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Re: There is a BOFH story here somewhere

Microsoft Licensing and moi? I don't know if Lewis would print something with that much swearing in it.

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Hyperconverged IDC shamans mumble mantras over market

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The number of "missing" companies leads me to ask all sorts of questions. There are a lot of hyperconverged players that simply aren't represented here. Some of them, I am not sure I can agree with the positioning...but then again, I'm looking at it from a "today" standpoint, not a "when the data for this paper was collected" standpoint.

Maxta, for example, has recently upped their game dramatically with an Openstack offering. As far as I am concerned they deserve to be quite a bit more towards a leadership position on the "strategies" side of things.

Ditto Scale Computing; they have stratagic plans in motion that - to be perfectly blunt - I see as superior to Nutanix's plans. And how is VMware's "strategies" so low compared to Nutanix/SimpliVity?

Are we counting only those strategies that are publicly announced? I'd think IDC has access to at least the depth of information I do on the various hyperconverged players. Based on that, I can't understand their positioning for "strategies" at all, unless the information that made up this report is almost a year old.

Now, in that context, this makes perfect sense. This is a great representation of the state of the hyperconverged market circa January 2014. But the hyperconverged market circa 2015 looks a hell of a lot different, at least from the positioning of the "strategies" portion of that equation.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: "right to freedom of expression"

"The closest thing we have to "God-given" rights are those enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights...which only apply to you if your Government has agreed to abide by them."

The UDHR applies to all people, whether or not their governments have signed it. It is the duty of the signatories to use whatever means possible to ensure all humans everywhere have these rights, regardless of what their governments happen to feel about the topic.

That requires no god, nor any government. It is a universal ethical obligation. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance; those of us who are free may be called upon to lay down our lives to protect and/or ensure the freedom of others.

Governments that recognize the UDHR and try to abide by it are merely protecting their own power. Without such commitment, they will be removed from power, eventually, and replaced with individuals more capable of supporting the universal rights of the people they serve.

Governments serve. The people rule. No other configuration is to be tolerated.

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Re: "right to freedom of expression" @Doug S

"It's called Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights"

The same human rights convention that your most prominent politicians are trying desperately to get the UK out of?

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US kills EU watchdog's probe into EU cops sharing EU citizens' data

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Re: @veti

"You think if the CIA comes across evidence that someone is plotting a coup d'etat in, say, Spain, they wouldn't communicate that, PDQ, to the Spanish government?"

No, they wouldn't. The Americans have been spectacularly unable to stop people from committing horrific crimes on their own soil, even when the Russians flat out told them shit was going to go down. How in the metric monkey fuck do you think those thundering chowderheads are going to A) know something is going on in a part of they world they barely acknowledge exists and B) manage to communicate that using some form of language that will be understood by people who have advanced beyond smearing crushed up flowers on cave walls?

Americans don't care about their own people. What makes you think that for a second they care about anyone else?

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Re: No point in kicking a dead dog.

"Do you realize what the Brits had done to try and combat the IRA?"

Fostered a national culture of fear, paranoia and universal surveillance that is culminating in public cries by powerful politicians to scrap human rights legislation as it is inconvenient and gets int eh way of treating everyone as "guilty unless proven innocent"?

That's not something to be proud of, you git.

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Re: No point in kicking a dead dog.

So you're okay with everyone being a terrorist unless proven otherwise?

Should we also weigh people against ducks?

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Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites

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You realize Elon Musk is from South Africa, eh? And so are a fair number of fairly rich movie stars. Just off the top of my head...

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Re: Limited Hypocrisy? Hypocrisy, Ltd.?

"Does 'Anonymous' know better than GCHQ and the Surete' how to deal with muslim terrorism using the Internet as a vehicle for their probing?"

Fuck yes, without question.

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Euro Parliament: Time to rethink DRIP, other snoop laws

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"Having been raised where I was, I know and have known a quite large number of commando and special forces folks. *None* of them were violent nut jobs. In order to do what they did, they needed the sort of sanguine calm demeanour you describe for the submariner. I guess your old teacher was the exception."

I grew up around SpecOps people too. And I too would describe them as calm. But I would never ascribe to them the demeanor of a submariner, which is far more akin to that of a soldier in a foxhole. A submariner, like a solider in a foxhole, fights for the man to the left of him, and the man to the right of him. This is not at all what motivates the special forces commando. For that, you need a little bit of Firefly:

The Operative: I'm sorry. If your quarry goes to ground, leave no ground to go to. You should have taken my offer. Or did you think none of this was your fault?

Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: I don't murder children.

The Operative: I do. If I have to.

Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Why? Do you even know why they sent you?

The Operative: It's not my place to ask. I believe in something greater than myself. A better world. A world without sin.

Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: So me and mine gotta lay down and die... so you can live in your better world?

The Operative: I'm not going to live there. There's no place for me there... any more than there is for you. Malcolm... I'm a monster.What I do is evil. I have no illusions about it, but it must be done.

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Windows XP beats 8.1 in December market share stats

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Re: Support is impossible

"IMHO the 8.1 haters have simply never used it and are parroting the popular press"

Well, Dave Horn, you're wrong on the internet.

Cheers, from a member of the unpopular press.

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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Re: Rare Earth

Being the only shitball we currently have doesn't make it any less shit.

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Re: Rare Earth

Earth not only isn't rare, it's barely habitable. Look up superhabitability and learn a bit about why Earth is actually kind of shit.

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Electron degenerate matter? Wut? The pressure at the center of the earth isn't remotely that high. It's just a blob of iron, nickle and some radioactives doing the turny woo-woo due to being a liquid, initial rotational speed and some convective forces.

If there were electron degenerate matter at the center of the Earth very shortly thereafter there would be no more Earth.

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Re: If at first you don't succeed....skip sky diving.

Earth is not only not unique, it's only marginally habitable. Maybe you should learn some science. http://www.astrobio.net/news-exclusive/super-habitable-world-may-exist-near-earth/

Earth: it's actually kind of a shit place to live.

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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Re: Major update cockup? @Eponymous Cowherd

@Ragarath what would be the point of calling a UKIP supporter names? It's not like they'd have the intelligence to understand the context. FFS, they support UKIP.

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Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid

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Re: Dear Marriot

I run a company. It is eGeek Consulting Ltd, a Canadian corporation. We (being the three shareholders whose decisions make up the body public) are greedy. At least when performing our corporate duties. Some would perhaps argue we're not greedy enough (we probably should charge more) others that we are too greedy (they really want us to charge less.) But our goal is to make as much money as reasonably possible. Because we don't want any more student loans. And I want this frakking mortgage gone.

Greed is evil. I get that. But I'm willing to live with being a little evil in order to make the company go. I do try to restrain it all some, but...It's a business. We do get greedy.

So, um...what the hell was so hard about that? Admitting to greed is the first step in placing rational and pragmatic limits on said greed. Prevents expensive facepalming. Seems like good corporate policy to me.

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Microsoft tests waters for cloudy System Center heir

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Man, I hope the "Azure portal" thing is not what they're planning on using. It's probably the only UI Microsoft has that's actually less usable than System Center. And that's freaking hard to do.

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

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Glenrothes or GTFO.

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Watch out Seagate: Here comes WD with a hybrid flash/disk drive launch

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Re: Single Volume?

"SATA Express PCIe doesn't allow multiple volumes on one interface"?

Wrong, it does. And WD sells a unit like that today (though for SATA). This is a different unit aimed at a different segment.

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Re: Really, El Reg...

#JeSuisCharlie

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Hey look! Microsoft's workforce isn't all white men

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Re: Mythical

"a girl who is into tech is seen as an oddity. Hopefully this is changing but we need to keep the pressure on to truly change this"

Why? So they can have their spirits eroded by being the modern servitor class? Fantastico. I think you'll find they do far better at hard science than anything IT or engineering related. And - at least in Canada - they dominate such subjects today. Your biologist, geologist, etc are generally women. The IT nerds are simply those can take more beatings and poor morale for longer.

"The reason it gets less attention as an issue is because the fields where men are under-represented are generally lower-paid than the fields where women are under-represented so it seems more "unfair""

Most IT jobs aren't very well paid. But Nurses make pretty good money. (At least in Canada.) The upper range of the "best of the best" in IT is far higher than nurses, but the average salary (once you've lopped off the highest and lowest 5% from each field) absolutely is not.

Women have way more advantages getting into STEM than men do. I just honestly think they're smart enough to not bother...unless they have a real passion for one of the hard sciences. Why we would want anyone to go into IT or engineering is a complete mystery to me. That's a horrible thign to wish on someone.

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Re: Strange Minority

"plenty, until guided away from it at school age toward more "feminine" subjects"

Bullshit. Women are not guided towards more "feminine" subjects at all. They simply make better judgements about what they want to do for a living and realise that IT is a pretty shit way to make money.

As a general rule women don't make good drones. They're independent, they question authority. They work well collectively and the modern woman under no circumstances subordinates herself well. With those characteristics you'll have a miserable time in IT.

If you want to work in IT you need to be a good drone. Capable of solving problems on your own, absorbing knowledge on your own time, but also ready and willing to have every single person in the company - from the CEO to the janitor - walk all over you all day long. You need to be ready to have completely unreasonable stresses and demands put upon you as a matter of course and be required to be subordinate, passive and cater to the egos of everyone.

I know of no woman who would put up with that shit. They have had decades of having their own empowerment drilled into them and if they do choose IT they sure don't last long.

IT is for delta males. Those who have spent a lifetime learning that their position in the hierarchy is at the bottom. Since males are naturally (and here I mean genetically as well as culturally) far more driven to accept - even require - a hierarchical command structure then men who have been taught they are the deltas are far more likely to accept it.

The short version is this: with the exception of the massively specialised positions in our industry IT workers are the modern servitor class. Women have been taught their whole lives never to put themselves in that situation. SO when you do see women in It they tend to be very specialised and very, very good at their jobs.

Good fucking luck convincing women to sign up to be part of the servitor class willingly. I think they rather enjoy working anywhere else...and good on 'em for that.

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Re: If you think you aren't to blame for all of the world's problems..

Whoah. Check your privilege there, bro. There are so many other groups (Google "cis") that you forgot to cast aspersions on. You clearly don't even know enough about the trials of others to even know who to blame!

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Re: So?

"With perfect equal opportunities, the mix would be the same as the mix of eligible applicants."

This is IT. The % mix of elligable applicants is heavily skewed towards white and asian males. Do you honestly think that there are 50% women applying? Or 50% black people? Or whatever ethnicity it is that is supposed to "win" today?

All we have is the current mix. Nobody has posted the % mix of elligable applicants for the entire history of the company, thus allowing us to make rational judgements about not only the current mix of applicants, but the current mix at the time individuals were hired. Senior positions, for example, require senior people.

That your current applicant mix to the company's lowest ranks might have a given diversity formula has no bearing on how the senior leadership should look. By and large senior leadership in IT is white and male (or asian and male) because those are the guys that started the industry, and they're still around. So your most senior people are still going to reflect the imbalance of their times.

If your goal is a "proper" racial/ethnic/gender/lifestyle/whatever mix then you're just going to hamstring your company. The goal should be hiring the best qualified for the job, regardless of any other considerations. And anyone taking anything else into consideration (such as race/gender/etc) should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Checks and balances should exist to ensure they can't take such things into account. That way no biases (either "positive" or "negative", depending on your point of view) can come into play. (In theory. There's always something.)

Of course, if equality isn't your goal, then by all means, string up white males.

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Ugly Microsoft code NUKED Bing and Yahoo! – report

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Re: A code update:

One user or one trillion, the servers needed to index the internet, categorize it and them optimize it such that the most likely/popular searches are cached are many. Bing itself is probably tens of thousands of servers on the back end. Even if you only need a few hundred for the front end.

This is why there aren't eleventy squillion search engines out there. The barrier to entry is huge.

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Sony-blasting Lizard Squad suspects quizzed by UK and Finnish cops

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Re: Once upon a time....

What ethics and morality? Individualis taken to extremes? The demand to control women's vaginas and have every "potential" baby born, but then wash hands of any responsibility for them once they're squeezed out? Maybe we can teach them how waterboarding is okay, or how a great nation is a nation where teachers are told to carry guns to work as a means of protections.

Maybe we can teach about how if you record a song you deserve to have it copywritten forever so that your grandchild^10000 can live off the royalties and nobody can ever make a derivative work (or the work pass into popular culture) without your family making yet more money.

Shall we teach children that rape is what happens to you when you're bad? Seems a commenter above thought that was a great plan. Maybe we can teach them that nations should have massive unsustainable armies, and infrastructure and pork and so forth, but not the taxes to run it. Or that a wealth gap is good and that money will trickle down aaaaaaaany day now.

What should we teach our kids? And who should serve as examples and role models? I'm pretty confused, you see, because it seems to me that there are a lot of people who claim loudly to be "moral" that actually really awful people. So I want a different word for my ethics than the one they claim.

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Re: I always find it horrifying

"rape as part of the deterrence"

Is a fucking war crime.

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

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Re: So...

"In my former workplace, it was "Buy your pizza yourself; call me in the morning when the server has been cleaned up, I have an important presentation at 09:00. Too hard? You have only got yourself to blame. Btw. why hasn't the problem with the occasional spam in my mailbox not been fixed yet?""

Get out of my head, Charles!

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NORKS? Pffft. Infosec bods BLAME disgruntled insiders for savage Sony hack

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Re: THe problem with the FBI...

"Anyone who says different is a pinko asswipe limey faggot"

Maybe, but if they want to fuck with us again we'll gladly burn their white house down one more time.

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