Posts Tagged 'women'

Women better coders than men?

We all know men hate to ask for directions. Apparently they loathe putting directions in computer code, too.

Emma McGrattan, the senior vice-president of engineering for computer-database company Ingres–and one of Silicon Valley’s highest-ranking female programmers–insists that men and women write code differently. Women are more touchy-feely and considerate of those who will use the code later, she says. They’ll intersperse their code–those strings of instructions that result in nifty applications and programs–with helpful comments and directions, explaining why they wrote the lines the way they did and exactly how they did it.

The code becomes a type of “roadmap” for others who might want to alter it or add to it later, says McGrattan, a native of Ireland who has been with Ingres since 1992.

Men, on the other hand, have no such pretenses. Often, “they try to show how clever they are by writing very cryptic code,” she tells the Business Technology Blog. “They try to obfuscate things in the code,” and don’t leave clear directions for people using it later. McGrattan boasts that 70% to 80% of the time, she can look at a chunk of computer code and tell if it was written by a man or a woman. (link)

I call “bullshit”, MySpace & Facebook is just for hooking up

A new study across a wide range of social networks sheds more insight into the ways men and women approach these service. As it turns out, women are more likely to be in it for the socializing, while men are more likely to use these sites for business.

Social web search company Rapleaf performed a study of over 30 million users across sites like Bebo, Facebook, Friendster, Hi5, LiveJournal, MySpace, Flickr, and more. Each user included in the study had at least one friend on one of these services, and Rapleaf broke its results down according to the number of connections users had: “Social Networkers” have 1-100 friends, “Connectors” have 100-1,000 friends, “Super Connectors” have 1,000-10,000 friends, and “Uber Connectors” have 10,000 friends or more.

Overall, 53.57 percent of Rapleaf’s massive study group were female, while 46.43 percent were male. Social Networkers with 1-100 friends made up about 80 percent of the study group, among which women had an average of 62 friends with men at 57. Rapleaf says women are more likely to be Social Networkers, but doesn’t offer exact numbers in that regard. (link)

Women more likely to give out personal info

According to Infosecurity Europe, 10% of men — but 45% of women — were willing to give personally identifiable information to a complete stranger when approached outside Liverpool Street Station in London.

But, wait, it gets worse: The fake researchers asking for the information were offering chocolate bars as an incentive to participate.

‘This year’s survey results were significantly better than previous years. In 2007 64% of people were prepared to give away their passwords for a chocolate bar, this year it had dropped to just 21% so at last the message is getting through to be more infosecurity savvy. The researchers also asked the office workers for their dates of birth to validate that they had carried out the survey; here the workers were very naïve with 61% revealing their date of birth.’ (link)

Study: More chicks blogging (mostly ugly)

Kylie Robertson first began blogging at 13, about the time she felt some complicated new emotions emerging.

By her mid-teens, she was routinely spilling her feelings online, using her Internet journal as her sounding board. Mostly, she vented about whatever was ticking her off at the time.

“I thought that starting something like a blog could help me – I could go back and read what I was feeling at that time, and it would help me to sort things out,” she says.

Robertson, now 19, isn’t alone. While teens as a whole rule the blogosphere – 28 per cent of Internet-using teenagers blog compared with only eight per cent of adults – girls of all ages dominate, according to a recent survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

The survey suggests about 35 per cent of online teen girls blog, while only 20 per cent of online boys do it. “Virtually all of the growth in teen blogging between 2004 and 2006 is due to the increased activity of girls,” the survey reported. (link)

Security threats not gender specific, nor is knowledge

When it comes to online security, everyone thinks they’re an expert. Especially men, it seems, as a new “report” funded by security software maker AVG suggests. The company says that, like most things, men tend to think that they know more about online security than women. That’s apparently not true, however, as AVG states that everyone suffers online attacks equally, despite what they may think.

The findings come from a survey of 1,400 adults in the UK about their own knowledge of security while using the ‘Net. Men were exceptionally confident in their own security prowess, and only 4 percent of them said they didn’t know what kind on online protection they had in place.

But confidence doesn’t always translate into reality, it seems. AVG’s survey found that a third of all users—both men and women—had suffered some form of identity theft. And when asked whether they would change their habits as a result, only 20 percent said that they would. I guess when it comes to being complacent, men and women are on equal ground. link

Flash your boobies … and it’s for a good cause

Rethink Breast Cancer, in partnership with Shick, launched, a website for women to post a picture of their breasts and attach a message of support to effectively shed the stigma of cancer for web-savvy females of the YouTube generation.

“The gallery is a way of women showing that they’re committed, they’re proud and they’re breast aware,” said MJ DeCouteau, executive director of Rethink.

Awkward accordion pamphlets lined with medical mumbo jumbo play an increasingly smaller part in reaching and educating young women on the value of self-exams, according to DeCouteau.

“We really have found that young women are often intimidated about how to do a breast self-exam or they think ‘I’m not doing it properly,'” she said. (story)

No more bouncy, bouncy

As most women would attest, it is almost impossible to take the jiggling out of jogging.

Even the most expensive sports bras can fail to stop the painful bouncing which leads to long-term damage.

But now scientists claim to have found a way to make the perfect scaffolding for every woman’s set.

They have developed an “intelligent fabric” to use when testing bra designs in the lab.

Fitted with tiny sensors, the fabric will monitor and measure even the smallest movement in the breast.

This means that manufacturers can better stop the wobble – and also prevent their designs from adding to the problem.

The fabric has already been used to pinpoint faults with current bra design. (story)

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