That’s Not What They Mean By “Diversity”

7 10 2015

Silicon Valley

Tech Raptor:

There Is No Diversity Crisis In Tech by Brian Hall


Silicon Valley doesn’t just create greatness, it’s probably the most open, welcoming, meritocratic-based region on the planet. Anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that disproportionately more Chinese, Indians, and LGBQT succeed in Silicon Valley than just about any place in America. Guess what? Everyone earned their job because of their big brains and ability to contribute.

You’re correct in this point if you take the word “diversity” literally.  But remember, “diversity” is a moving goalpost.  What is meant by “diversity” in context of SV not having enough of it is that there aren’t enough developers and executives that are black women named Booshondria.  Plain words, it’s an extortion racket that black preachers are running in order to get SV firms to hire their useless daughters and nieces with useless Fisher-Price HBCU diplomas into useless HR jobs.

Well No Fucking Duh, Part 2

25 09 2015



I was especially interested, because St. Louis is implementing this sort of “Comp-Stat” predictive analysis.  Just as there’s a KCPD-UMKC partnership, and a Memphis PD-University of Memphis partnership, there’s a SLPD-UMSL partnership in this matter, mainly because there’s a SLPD-UMSL revolving door.

The main interesting takeaways for me were:

* Even software engages in racial profiling.  Which means that perhaps racial profiling is a feature, not a bug.  But what it tells me is that if some people think that offloading things to software so that it can do what humans can’t because humans fear racial profiling accusations are mistaken.

* The whole thing produces very little in the way of real tangible positive results.  The best it can do is affect momentary blips in homicides, that are just one or two off anomalies.  I mean, why would it?  You’ve got software to point you to the worst of the worst in Bell Curve City, but it’s still Bell Curve City.

* It goes back to the point I made here a few days ago.  Since a lot of black murders and other serious violent crime exists within a network and a circle of do-badders, and we’re constantly told not to care about it because it’s not our problem for the most part, then why bother with any of this?  If we’re not allowed to care about it as individuals, we should quit caring about it publicly and officially.


How to Think About CSIT in High Schools

22 09 2015

New York


The folly of teaching computer science to high school kids


That’s Bill de Blasio’s solution anyway. Earlier this week the mayor announced that in 10 years’ time every New York City public high school would be required to offer computer science to all students.

In a remarkable bit of understatement, the New York Times reported, “meeting that goal will present major challenges.”

For instance, who the heck is going to teach it? There is already a shortage of qualified math and science teachers across the country.

And let’s stipulate that the pool of people able to teach computer science is much smaller than those who can teach biology. And then there’s this: What kind of recent graduate with any knowledge of computer science would volunteer to teach in the New York public schools?

They make oodles more money in business and get oodles more respect and opportunities for merit-based advancement in a private or parochial school.


Maybe these tech CEOs who say they want more diversity in their ranks should offer some kind of boot camp program to public school students for credit, something that would involve as little input from the mayor and his minions as possible.

Running such a program internally is bound to be a disaster. Especially in an area like computer science, which is always changing, the New York City Public schools cannot possibly hope to keep up. The equipment will be outdated before it’s even installed. And the kind of knowledge that will actually be useful in the real world is changing constantly.

This issue is actually pretty simple, but it has gotten sidetracked and complicated by this mania about “more diversity in CSIT,” (and by “diversity,” they mean women, blacks and Hispanics; the Asians and Indians already working in CSIT don’t count as diverse in the moving goalpost definition of the term), and that mania is also simple because it’s little more than black preachers shaking down SV to get them to hire their daughters and nieces who just graduated from Spelman into do nothing HR-Personnel sinecures.

It goes like this:  There is a movement on to have schools teach CSIT earlier and earlier because there is the fallacious notion out there that American education is somehow bad.  The fallacious notion that American education is somehow bad is out there in order to explain the mythical skills gap in the American workforce.  And the mythical skills gap in the American workforce is the crutch that plutocrats, billionaires and corporations in CSIT lean on to explain why they simply must hire H-1Bs and have more H-1Bs, and they can’t hire what are really well qualified Americans.

To net it out, we’re all chasing our tails because Gates, Zuckerberg, Ellison, et al. want to pay a 23-year old unmarried Indian peanuts instead of a 40-year old white American with a wife and kids a household and family sustaining salary and benefits.

Success Track

26 08 2015



Wired positively gushes over IBM’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), saying it could fix education and tech’s diversity gap. Backed by IBM, the P-TECH program aims to prepare mainly minority kids from low-income backgrounds for careers in technology, allowing them to earn a high school diploma and a free associate degree in six years or less. That P-TECH’s six inaugural graduates completed the program in four years and were offered jobs with IBM, Wired reports, is “irrefutable proof that this solution might actually work” (others aren’t as impressed, although the President is drinking the Kool-Aid). While the program has only actually graduated six students since it was announced in 2010, Wired notes that by fall, 40 schools across the country will be designed in P-TECH’s image. IBM backs four of them, but they’ll also be run by tech giants like Microsoft and SAP, major energy companies like ConEdison, along with hospital systems, manufacturing associations, and civil engineering trade groups. They go by different names and are geared toward different career paths, but they all follow the IBM playbook.

See the original for the links, especially the one over “others aren’t as impressed.”

Translated into plain readable English, all this is IBM, MSFT, et al. sponsoring ghetto academies that shake out the zircons in the rough, give them the equivalent of junior college diplomas, then ship them off to corporate HR.  Therefore, when employee photo day comes, IBM, MSFT, et al. has some NAM faces in the photos.

Twenty Years Ago Today

24 08 2015

Redmond, Washington

Windows 95 dropped.  I was not in line on release day, but I did do an upgrade install on that day.

Then a lot people got this:


Sam Francis Is Doing a Victory Lap in the Great Beyond

24 08 2015

Sam Francis, Chronicles, April 1992:

There is a good deal of talk about how post-industrial technologies will lead to a radical decentralization of organizations. Don’t bet on it. The technology works both ways. It can be used to promote decentralization, but it also lends itself to tighter control from the center. Human nature seems to prefer more power and less responsibility, and my own bet is that post-industrial technologies will accommodate that preference.


Google’s Beer Can

22 08 2015

Mountain View, California

Remember Amazon’s talking beer can?

Now Google has one.  But instead of merely being a WiFi connected device, Google’s beer can is the WiFi router itself, that evidently is going to jimmy your connected life and make it so efficient that Google will slip you a few more ads.


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