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Google fires engineer who “crossed the line” with diversity memo

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai. (credit: Sam Churchill)

Google has fired James Damore, an engineer who wrote a controversial essay arguing that the company has gone overboard in its attempts to promote diversity. Damore confirmed the firing in an e-mail to Bloomberg.

“At Google, we’re regularly told that implicit (unconscious) and explicit biases are holding women back in tech and leadership,” Damore wrote in an internal posting that went viral within the company over the weekend. The posting was subsequently leaked to Gizmodo. However, he argued, that’s “far from the whole story.”

Biology is partly responsible for differences between men and women, Damore wrote, and “these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership.”

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icepotato
9 days ago
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if you author a document that gets external press coverage and called "the google memo" and advocates for illegal gender discrimination, you should not be surprised to get fired.
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Metamorph-Assist

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The post Metamorph-Assist appeared first on The Perry Bible Fellowship.

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NEW PBF!!!
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Dugstar2020
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I love how the spiders eyea make a smiley face

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Today, I wanted to pack my lunch with some of my homemade meatloaf leftover from last night's dinner, but I couldn't find it anywhere in my fridge. Later in the evening, my boyfriend's parents invited us over for dinner. They served meatloaf. The meatloaf they stole from my fridge last night when they visited. FML

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Using Today’s Web Without JavaScript

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Sonniesedge turned off JavaScript completely in her browser and tested how a bunch of major websites looked. Many of them were simply blank. But The New York Times worked:

The NY Times site loads in 561 ms and 957 KB without JavaScript. Holy crap, that’s what it should be like normally. For reference it took 12,000 ms (12 seconds) and 4000 KB (4 MB) to load with JavaScript. Oh, and as a bonus, you get a screenful of adverts.

A lot of images are lazy loaded, and so don’t work, getting replaced with funky loading icons. But hey ho, I can still read the stories.

Again I say: the web would be better off if browsers had never added support for scripting. Every site on the web would load in under a second.

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icepotato
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Truley, the hottest take
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reconbot
50 days ago
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Surprising nobody but destroying the business model
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skorgu
50 days ago
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Browsing with uMatrix on by default is occasionally frustrating, often enlightening, and generally fine if you're a computer person.
duerig
50 days ago
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If JavaScript had never been invented, Flash would still be running in every browser. It turns out that people really want the kind of thing that code on a webpage provides. They are even willing to install 3rd party software to get it and avoid browsers that don't provide it.
aranth
50 days ago
Advertisers and web developers want it - the middlemen. Users will tolerate it when it's a necessary gateway to the content they want that could have been provided without it.
duerig
50 days ago
The reason why Flash got to a 99% install base was because users saw it as a crucial part of their experience. From watching videos online (I remember how amazing YouTube was compared to downloading quicktime videos before it) to games to audio clips to anything even vaguely interactive. Between HTML5 and JS, it became easier and easier to do these things (and do them better on mobile) without Flash and so it lost its place. But that dynamic and lightweight user experience is something users want. Most users don't install apps or software on their device or do it very rarely (and are stressed about it). Even I, a relatively saavy user, am hesitant to install a new app on my phone because I have hundreds already that are too much to manage. But I don't hesitate to tap on a link to a new website because there is no install process, nothing to remember to delete, and no worries about whether it will start trying to send me notifications or track my location or whatever.

By Stephden

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Today, after recently getting my doctorate, I went to Starbucks. The barista asked how to spell my name (Steven): with a 'ph' or a 'v'. I jokingly said, "Steven with a PhD". She wrote "Stephden" on my cup. FML

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icepotato
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hahaha he totally had that one coming
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Today, my husband argued with me for an hour, because he believed that loaded potato skins grow naturally on a tree. FML

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