Female ratio in CS is declining but rising elsewhere in tech because of

Media stereotyping   0 votes - 0 %
Nerd subculture   7 votes - 87 %
Long hours   3 votes - 37 %
Relatively low pay   3 votes - 37 %
Illogical female brain less able to cope with Visual Studio than assembler   2 votes - 25 %
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China today is like the Great Depression US   2 votes - 25 %
China today is not like the Great Depression US   1 vote - 12 %
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Neoconservatism is dead   4 votes - 50 %
Neoconservatism is alive   1 vote - 12 %
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Prostitution law change is good   1 vote - 12 %
Prostitution law change is bad   3 votes - 37 %
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Prostitution law change will have a significant effect   1 vote - 12 %
Prostitution law change will just be a token gesture   3 votes - 37 %
8 Total Votes
Prostitution law by Herring (4.00 / 2) #1 Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 12:53:00 AM EST
An unlikely place to find wisdom, but there was a post on Have your Say on the lines of: If the police can prove that a prostitute is pimped or trafficked, then why don't they go and arrest the pimps/trafickers?

The other side of that being if they can't prove it, then there wont be any convictions.

I don't know with this government whether they are pandering to the Daily Mail or whether they genuinely believe they can legislate prostitution out of existence, but it strikes me that the solution is some sort of "Whorecard". This would involve a database (database has real name, passport/NI number; card only shows photo and "working name") so should be popular with this government.

The other daft bit of legislation I recall recently is that they wanted to ban "massage parlours" from advertising in local papers - with some excuse about people trafficking. Surely it would make plod's life much easier if the addresses and phone numbers of the brothels are in the local rag.

There. That was rambling and incoherent.

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25 years ago? by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #2 Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 05:57:31 AM EST
I was in Computer Science classes 25 years ago.  They certainly were not 50/50 male/female! 

There certainly is something going on, but it sounds like someone's got a too rosy view of the past there. 

I personally think you can put the blame squarely on cultural norms.  Computer Science is hardly the only field that is biased in this way.  Given some of the negatives of working in the field, I'm not sure that's a bad thing.
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littoral ships by garlic (4.00 / 2) #3 Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 04:10:02 AM EST
US Navy is currently in process of builing shallow water ships. I don't think speeds approach that of speedboats though. However, the ones that have a helicopter on them (such as the Indian Frigate that engaged pirates last week) can send that after them. Last week there were more pirate encounters in the area than the frigate had helicopters for though.

ATTN NYT by garlic (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 04:25:55 AM EST
I'm glad you're using the web, but perhaps when you give a link, it doesn't have to go to a search of your archives on that subject.

Harold & Kumar by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Nov 25, 2008 at 07:55:58 AM EST
"Get the Munchies" was as you say - just not enough jokes. Seems like a film franchise that promises a lot more than it delivers.

A good stoner comedy I saw recently was "Smiley Face" which has a very charming Anna Farris in the leading role. I went one better and watched it on ecstasy, which seemed to do the trick.

It's political correctness gone mad!

I don't really get by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Nov 25, 2008 at 09:55:48 AM EST
Why the jokes are so thin on the ground in most Hollywood comedies.

If you look at US TV comedy, like Friends or the Simpsons, one thing they seem to be really good at is getting a big team of writers and beating them till they come up with a huge stream of quickfire jokes and gags.

And if you look at the Marx Brothers or the Thin Man series or the screwball comedies or Airplane, they used to manage that in the movies too.

But in modern US comedies, they seem to slow the pace down to a crawl and have a joke every ten minutes or so.

Maybe it's because they mostly seem to be hyphenated comedies: rom-coms or comedy-dramas or something.
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