The question to ask about this is what should we conclude from the fact that male-dominated occupations tend to be higher paying than woman-dominated ones? Are women simply en masse failing to notice the wage structure of the American labor market and “choosing” in droves to not make money? Or are they being pushed out of more remunerative fields by discrimination? Are they being discouraged from even considering these careers? And how is it that the male-dominated fields came to have structurally higher pay scales in the first place?
It’s true that these problems aren’t amenable to super-simple legislative fixes. But that doesn’t mean they’re not real problems. — The skeptics are wrong — the gender pay gap is very very real - Vox
John Resig - Write Code Every Day
Note to self: pick *one* focused side project, then follow John’s guidance.
Looking at the Web with Internet Explorer 6, one last time | Ars Technica
It’s a cultural problem. There is still far too much tolerance for anecdotal evidence as the foundation for news stories. — The NYT’s Aron Pilholfer in an interview about the need for more data driven reporting. (via endofjournalism)
A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: Attack of the week: OpenSSL Heartbleed -
Should we rail against the OpenSSL developers for this? Don’t even think about it. The OpenSSL team, which is surprisingly small, has been given the task of maintaining the world’s most popular TLS library. It’s a hard job with essentially no pay. It involves taking other folks’ code (as in the case of Heartbeat) and doing a best-possible job of reviewing it. Then you hope others will notice it and disclose it responsibly before disasters happen.
The OpenSSL developers have a pretty amazing record considering the amount of use this library gets and the quantity of legacy cruft and the number of platforms (over eighty!) they have to support. Maybe in the midst of patching their servers, some of the big companies that use OpenSSL will think of tossing them some real no-strings-attached funding so they can keep doing their job.
"This doesn't seem like the dour Times of the late aughts and early 2010s. ... To hear some insiders tell it, the Times of April 2014 feels like a place with a plan." -
footnoted* — Proxy madness: mystery fees at Google