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PROGRAMMERS BEING DICKS Apparently we need special programmes to address an imbalance between the sexes; in politics, employment, management and elsewhere, this is widely accepted as appropriate. Linux Australia is not immune to this; we give opportunities and support to females. This puts an elephant in the corner: women gain opportunities at the expense of more capable (or more needy) men. This undermines their credibility; it raises reasonable doubts about their competence. […] We see ourselves as a meritocracy; for sake of honesty and transparency, our special programmes for women should candidly admit patronage of incompetence over political correctness. Let’s cancel our “women in IT” programmes and replace them with programmes that reward “incompetent women in IT,” or at least to widen eligibility to include hamsters and fish.
Several times in the last several weeks, I’ve found myself involved in an internet dust-up on twitter about “women in tech”. This is the politically correct term. But what it’s really about is the rampant misogyny and sexism in the tech industry. The most recent kerfuffle involved geekli.st. I won’t go over the details. What’s the big deal? « Not Rich Yet
Dot Diva | Educators & Parents | What Works with Girls: Images Because graphic images can work on a visceral, emotional level, they have the power to help transform girls' perceptions of computing. Here's what we’ve learned about images from our focus groups with girls. It's about People, Not Technology Images of technology alone (even of cool gadgets like smartphones or 3-D imaging) don't generate much career interest from girls.
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Women in Tech If you're still working on your annual self-review, you're in good company. I'm still putting the finishing touches on mine, and I have list of requests for coworker feedback that I'm also chiseling down on. With deadline looming, I thought I would share some advice from Yahoo! leaders about the process. Last week, Women in Tech gathered a panel to talk about the process, offer tips about how to write an effective self-review, and share what the review process really accomplishes.
For years, I thought I had landed a full-time job at Google due to a series of very fortuitous events. First of all, I got the job through a summer internship, which allowed me to bypass the rigorous 8-interviews-in-a-day hiring process. And I lucked out because my phone screens for the internship just happened to cover material I was familiar with. I was also asked mostly algorithms and larger-picture design questions, which played to my strengths, and completely escaped having to code over the phone. Later I found out that my inability to internalize my own accomplishments was indicative of Impostor Syndrome. Overcoming Impostor Syndrome « Jean Hsu
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An Interview with Frances E. Allen | January 2011 Interview By Guy L. Steele Communications of the ACM, Vol. 54 No. 1, Pages 39-45 10.1145/1866739.1866752 Comments ACM Fellow Frances E.
Can you imagine a programming assignment or example where "common sense and real-world knowledge are not needed"? Math teacher (and now PhD student in education) Dan Meyer proposed that many math problems fit into this category, exhibiting what he calls pseudocontext. Dan settles on the following definition of pseudocontext: Pseudocontext in Computer Science
Remember that video about doodling dragons and fractals and stuff? I finally finished part 2! Here is a magnet link so you can dowload it via torrent. Here it is on YouTube: http://youtu.be/dsvLLKQCxeA You can tell I worked on it for a long time over many interruptions (travelling and other stuff), because in order to keep myself from hating what was supposed to be a quick easy part 2, I had to amuse myself with snakes. Part of working on part 2 was working on part 3 and other related material, so the next one should go faster. Vi Hart: Math Doodling
A few strands are coming together in comments. First, our linkspam linked to Richard Holmes’s The Royal Societyâ€™s lost women scientists, and Lesley Hall then commented: Iâ€™m somewhat annoyed at all the coverage A MAN talking about lost women scientists is getting, when we have several decades-worth of women historians of science who have been saying the exact same thing. From comments: women in science, their history as told by… men?
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Inspire & Encourage | Google Logo: What’s it all about? As many of you may have seen, Google today 7th September 2010 put our a new interactive logo consisting of coloured dots relating to particles in the standard Google colours. The logo is interactive in the sense that you move the mouse towards the dots and they swish out of the way as if repelled by the mouse. Similarly you can shake the screen and mix them up and when they settle again they show the Google Logo in dots.
Too important to be left to men Computer Science for Fun - cs4fn: Computer Science and Electronic Engineering: The Women are here!
Usually I avoid topics like women in technology because (1) it is a can of worms, and (2) I can really only speak for myself. For the most part, I’d rather be seen as a person in technology than a woman, but this weekend the twitterverse erupted with opinions about Google sponsoring female students to attend JSConf. Blog Archive » Woman in technology
2D Goggles Happy Ada Lovelace Day everybody! If you’re new to this blog, you will probably want to start with Lovelace: The Origin, so you know who everybody is. The last couple of Ada Lovelace Days I wrote about a few other women around our heroine, but today I want to come back to Lovelace herself. You usually hear about Lovelace the programmer but it’s Lovelace the visionary that’s been on my mind lately. Slowly taking shape like some monstrous unairworthy Zeppelin behind the scenes here is the Leviathan culmination of this comic, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, The Book and fully-functioning doorstop. Coming.. a year from now.
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Systers™ It’s important to know that you are not alone. Systers is a forum for all women involved in the technical aspects of computing. The list has over 4,000 members from at least 54 countries around the world.
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