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Oracle's Larry Ellison claims his Sparc M7 chip is hacker-proof – Errr...

Dave 126 Silver badge

Re: Can we ditch the silly political correctness in reg articles

>99.9% of hackers are men. [no source cited]

>>"Most surveys put it at 85% at most." Cite.

Uh, okay. Basic fairness suggests that if you demand a source for a statistic, you do the same for the statistic you use. That's just good manners.

It is moot, though, because any statistic about the male/female make-up of a hidden group is shaky. As it is, how can we know anything about any hacker, sex, shoe-size, real name, whatever? For all we know, 50% of hackers are female, but 85% of the hackers that get caught and prosecuted are male. Unlikely, but, hey, not provable either.

However, we can say with confidence that *some* hackers are female.

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