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Silicon Valley Billionaires to Blacks & Mexicans, "Meh;" to LGBTQs, "You Go, Girl!"

The rest of the world has finally caught up to something I’ve been pointing out for years: Silicon Valley firms don’t think that legal and social norms about hiring blacks and Mexicans apply to them. So, the Valley is mounting a PR counteroffensive about whom they do hire.

From the New York Times’ “Fashion & Style” section (by the way, isn’t that stereotypical?):

FASHION & STYLE

Technology’s Rainbow Connection
Silicon Valley’s Embrace of the Gay and Lesbian Community
By MATT HABER JULY 18, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — If it weren’t for the one naked guy, the furries with their articulated ears and the small gaggle of leather-clad members of the Society of Janus, this city’s 44th annual Pride parade in June could have been easily be mistaken for a technology conference.

Notice how San Francisco doesn’t hold a “Gay Pride” parade anymore, just a “Pride” parade? Gay Pride Parades are transphobic, so the entire word “pride” must be imperialized, along with “pride’s” adjectival forms: e.g., in 10 or 20 years, “The Few, the Proud, the Marines” will imply to young people that the Battle of Guadalcanal was fought in pumps and ball gowns.

Every big company in the city and Silicon Valley — Netflix, Facebook, Google, Apple — each offering its own take on gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual pride, lined up along Spear Street before joining the one-mile parade route on Market Street.

Netflix’s contingent marched carrying a blown-up poster featuring the women of “Orange Is the New Black,”

Now that’s some Quality Television: I made it through 15, maybe even 20 minutes of that show …

with the slogan “Break Out the Pride.” The biotech giant Genentech’s group wore T-shirts proclaiming “Pride Is in Our Genes.” Facebook’s impossibly young employees wore shirts that announced “Pride Connects Us” and branded spectators with rubber stamps that read “Like,” with the familiar thumbs-up icon.

And cannily tapping into both L.G.B.T. pride and World Cup fever was Google, whose hundreds of gay and lesbian employees (internally known as Gayglers) and their allies marched beside a glittering soccer-ball float while clapping thunder sticks and wearing soccer jerseys promoting YouTube’s #ProudToPlay campaign.

It’s almost as if all this LGBT stuff gives Silicon Valley giants an excuse to hire white people in the name of diversity. If Jesse Jackson wants to shake down Silicon Valley, he’ll need to put on a little black dress. And that’s probably not going to happen, so what are you going to do?

Looking at the elated faces in the crowd, many stamped with that Facebook “Like,” it almost seemed as if the tech industry and the gay communities in San Francisco had merged in a kind of ecstatically branded, hashtag-enabled celebration of shared ascendancy.

But, The Enemy remains at large:

Brogrammer

And yet, for all these public strides, insiders say the culture has yet to fully transcend its frat-boy programmer reputation. Perhaps that is why companies like Facebook are aggressively recruiting and supporting L.G.B.T. employees and offering what Sara Sperling, its senior manager of diversity, calls “unconscious bias training.”

… In April, Brendan Eich stepped down as chief executive of Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, after his opposition to same-sex marriage was revealed. Mr. Eich’s ouster opened up a debate about whether the tech industry, long considered a bastion of live-and-let-live libertarianism, continues to be a hospitable for everyone in its current sudsy incarnation.

In other words, Eich should have been burned at the stake a long time ago.

Social media companies like Snapchat and Tinder have been bedeviled by leaks and lawsuits painting their executives as immature and fratlike. The epithet “brogrammer” is thrown around to describe the loutish behavior sometimes exhibited by young, moneyed tech workers, and some gays and lesbians find the culture around tech less than comfortable.

“You see this young bro culture emerging,” said Sean Howell, founder of Hornet, a gay social networking app. “When you go to an event, you see all the bro dudes in one corner, all the geeks in one spot. You also see this rising group of gay people. Which makes networking easier.”

Mr. Howell, 34, sees more “cluelessness” than homophobia, noting, for example, “shock that a colleague might be gay.”

“They have no idea how to be politically correct or value diversity,” Mr. Howell said of some tech workers he’s encountered. “It’s just un-self-aware geek culture.”

“When I go to women’s event, it’s very heterosexual,” said Leanne Pittsford, a founder of Lesbians Who Tech, a national organization dedicated to supporting and connecting gay women and their allies working within technology.

“When there’s a panel of women and they talk about ‘Lean In’ and Sheryl Sandberg, and they talk about their husbands and how he should be supportive. That’s outside of lesbians’ experiences.”

Leah Neanderthal

Ms. Pittsford, 33, is heartened by some of the changes she’s seeing, many brought on by groups like the one she started in 2012 with Leah Neaderthal [?], her former partner. As she spoke, Ms. Pittsford was in Washington, where she was participating in the White House LGBT Innovation Summit, which she tweeted about with the hashtag #bestsummitever. “Literally, this is the most diverse event, L.G.B.T. or tech,” she said. “There’s so much overlap. It’s all about bringing people together.”

The late Lou Reed

“Things have changed so much,” said Kara Swisher, founder and editor of Re/code, a tech industry news site. Ms. Swisher, 51, and recently separated from Megan Smith, a vice president of Google[x], speaks often at gay- and lesbian-themed tech events, including the first Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco.

 
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  1. B&B
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    I didn’t notice.
    I prefer NOT to notice.

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  2. e
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    “When I go to women’s event, it’s very heterosexual,” said Leanne Pittsford, a founder of Lesbians Who Tech, a national organization dedicated to supporting and connecting gay women and their allies working within technology.”

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    Well, gee, Leanne, that’s because you lesbians and gays really *are* a very small % of the population, in case you hadn’t heard. True, you’d never know that if you only relied on mainstream headlines. Last I read, the American people think that about one in four or five people are gay, way higher even than that old 10% number you guys tried to sell them on.
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    “When there’s a panel of women and they talk about ‘Lean In’ and Sheryl Sandberg, and they talk about their husbands and how he should be supportive. That’s outside of lesbians’ experiences.”
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    Yeah, well, don’t feel bad, Leanne. The “Lean In” and Sheryl Sandberg types have experiences that are “outside the experience” of 99% of us heteros too.

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  3. Wanderer
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    I doubt that there are many lesbians who really tech.

    There are not many lesbians to start off with, and I don’t think many have an interest.

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  4. Jefferson
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    I wonder what is the average IQ of a White Homosexual ? If White Homosexuals are overrepresented in Silicon Valley compared to their share of the general U.S population, than the average IQ for that demographic is definitely in the triple digits.

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  5. Rifleman
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    “If it weren’t for the one naked guy…”

    Apart from that Mrs Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?

    LOL.

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  6. “Leah Neanderthal”

    “The late Lou Reed”

    lol

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  7. Whiskey
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    You could probably make some money going short companies like Boeing that are spending lots of money to hire women and Black/Hispanic engineers, or companies like Google or Facebook spending on gays and lesbians (or even just women).

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    After all, what chance would you give say, the Miami Heat if they got rid of all their Black players and hired just White guys? Would they even make the playoffs?

    Talent is not evenly distributed among races, genders, or even sexual orientation. Gay guys are very good at being flamboyantly histrionic, with a good color/spatial sense. There is not much evidence that apart from Alan Turing, they have a lot of people with good logic, programming, electrical engineering, or other critical skills in computer science related fields. The same is even more true of lesbians who seem good at hectoring and shouting at people but not much else.

    America’s most famous Lesbian, Ellen, doesn’t act much like one on stage. Instead she’s very feminine in acting, playful, cheerful, etc. despite dressing like a teen boy age 12. Who knows what the real Ellen Degeneres is like, off camera, or cares for that matter, but what sells is her playful persona that White women can’t get enough of, it seems. And other than Ellen, there seems few lesbians who achieve much in the way of anything, let alone math or science fame.

    Like it or not, the path to technological prowess lies with Straight White guys, who look like Wally or Dilbert, rather than cool guys like Dov Charney or Peter Thiel or Larry Ellison, Alpha Males in one way or another but not innovators. White guy engineers are the only proven source of innovation in the world.

    The FT had a story yesterday on how scientific and technical journals are filled with phony articles that are peer-reviewed by friends/family/themselves of fraudulent Chinese/Taiwanese researchers. Only boring beta male White guys play by the rules and observe the honor system and produce tech that is real not something faked up in a paper. Technology that you can use to do things with.

    One simple investment strategy would be to look at companies committed to diversity, be it gay/lesbian or Black/Hispanic, and matched against competitors who are not burdened, and short the burdened and long the unburdened in theory (you can get hosed being right to early by going short). You could at least go long, less risk, on the unburdened competitor.

    All this Straight White Male hatred, mostly by Lesbians and angry / disappointed Straight women at the boring beta maleness of White guys, has a real cost. In diversity hires who do nothing but clap gay thunder sticks in pride parades. Instead of, oh I dunno, making the next SR-71 Blackbird or something.

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  8. anony-mouse
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    Nobody here can look on the bright side.

    I always read complaints here about the huge size of Hispanic families.

    Huge transfamilies? I don’t think so.

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  9. AG
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    I don’t get this whole “brogrammer” thing. When I was in engineering school, most of the students were either extremely socially awkward or extremely foreign. I mean they played video games like Team Fortress and Call of Duty but none of the popped collar cap on backwards types you’d normally associate with being bros. I feel like it might have something to do with the decline in wall street jobs these guys would normally be doing. Sales seems like a bro’s natural habitat, what better use of your alpha-ness than to browbeat people into buying stuff they don’t need?

    In any case, I suspect this is mostly limited to “social-media” companies, which one can hardly consider technology companies at all.

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  10. Lurker
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    Huge transfamilies? I don’t think so.

    And there is something in this…

    I think the elites are loving them some LGBTXYZ folks because as well as a way of employing whites and still calling it diversity there’s something else.

    By and large they are a demographic dead end, most of them wont be having kids. Thus they do not present a longer term threat to inherited wealth and dynastic power. Whatever gains LGBTXYZ individuals make will mostly end with those individuals. Whatever genetic and familial advantages they may have, they mostly wont be passing them on.

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  11. Paul
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    It’s almost as if all this LGBT stuff gives Silicon Valley giants an excuse to hire white people in the name of diversity.

    No, it lets them hire white people at lower wages. You don’t need to pay a homosexual enough in wages to attract a spouse, keep her happy, and raise a family.

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  12. Cookies
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    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to cite this without the dreaded “OT, but….”

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-alleged-escort-google-exec-heroin-overdose-death-20140716-story.html

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  13. Anonymous
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    I’ll help fill in a missing but obvious detail here: there is a huge LGBT population in the Bay Area. It’s cheap, but effective grace to support Pride.

    And another obvious things to point out: lesbians and gays tend to make great employees. They are more often childless than heterosexuals, and thus tend to have fewer family distractions.

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  14. countenance
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    In April, Brendan Eich stepped down as chief executive of Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, after his opposition to same-sex marriage was revealed. Mr. Eich’s ouster opened up a debate about whether the tech industry, long considered a bastion of live-and-let-live libertarianism, continues to be a hospitable for everyone in its current sudsy incarnation.

    1. There’s a somewhat off the wall but just plausible enough to mention theory that the real reason Eich was ousted was that he opposed adding DRM to HTML5, which did happen after he was ousted. The obvious implication of that theory is that the copywrong extremists arranged the hit using World War G/T as the weapon.

    2. If the tech industry is “a bastion of live-and-let-live libertarianism,” yet isn’t “hospitable for everyone,” (i.e. not enough of the right kind of people to satisfy Cultural Marxists), this means that white racialists cannot try to hide behind libertarianism, that the whole project is futile.

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  15. countenance
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    Sailerbait:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/political-shakeup-looms-in-california-109140.html

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  16. James
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    Homosexuals are ideal worker bee drones serving the financial oligarchy. They’re even better than the eunuchs of traditional societies. Eunuchs were often well compensated for their services, but being a eunuch was a shameful thing. By contrast, homosexuals today are encouraged to love themselves and their condition. Hence the emphasis on “Pride”. Pride being the opposite of shame. Homosexuals are encouraged to love their slavery. Eunuchs at least knew they were slaves, hence they were less of slave than contemporary homosexuals.

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  17. OT: Steve – would really like a post from you on James Garner/Rockford Files. Garner and the Rockford Files series seem really emblematic of the California where you were raised.

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  18. Jefferson
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    “2. If the tech industry is “a bastion of live-and-let-live libertarianism,”

    They are attracted to the left wing aspects of Libertarianism like legalization of all drugs, amnesty, and open borders. But they do not like the right wing aspects of Libertarianism like gun rights, abolishing affirmative action, and getting rid of the welfare state.

    They think you should have the legal right to purchase as much heroin or crack as you want, but not have the legal right to purchase an M-16 or an AK-47.

    They don’t believe there are enough responsible gun owners out there, but they do believe there are enough responsible junkies out there.

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  19. H
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    @AG

    The “brogrammer” term is just a feminist slant on nerdy boys and men. I was a big nerd growing up, and yes none of us were considered cool or went to the frat-like parties. We still joked about sex and stuff like that because we were mostly all boys or men. If you’ve spent time on a nerdy forum, e.g. a video game forum, or spent time playing games online, gamers will sling insults at each other all the time that would be considered “rapey, homophobic, misogynistic, racist” and essentially violate every PC thoughtcrime and language-crime rule there is. It was always like this, but since women didn’t make any inroads into nerdy or techie stuff until recently, no one cared. We hear about how horrible brogrammers are now because the Eye of Sauron is focused on them.

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  20. Eunuchs were often well compensated for their services, but being a eunuch was a shameful thing.

    Do you know how the Chinese eunuchs were produced? Look it up. I don’t think they were well compensated, especially the dead ones.

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  21. Retired
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    I’m sure there is enough room in HR and admin for the Pride crowd, but not for the NAM’s. If you can’t program, you can’t live in SV. The 99% need not apply.

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  22. Jefferson
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    What do NRA members and nerds have in common ? Both demographics are overwhelmingly a sausage fest.

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  23. Retired
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    I’ll bite. The new breed, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Anthony Villaragosa? That all you got? At least Garcetti has a real brain and can keep his pants on, although daddy greased his political path for him.

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  24. By the way, the University of Wisconsin has just moved to require affirmative action in GRADING. Blacks must be given their fair share of the A’s and B’s!

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  25. Silicon Valley: Blacks & Mexicans, meh; LGBTQ, you go, girl! | Reaction Times
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    […] Source: Steve Sailer […]

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  26. Nathan M
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    Reminds me of this article:

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/but-is-it-good-for-the-billionaires/

    Young White liberals can see easily how homosexuals are subject to “homophobia” but they really can’t get excited about NAMs because they know, deep down, that they face few real barriers anymore. And they find it easier to connect on a cultural level with White homosexuals.

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  27. Jefferson
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    “I’m sure there is enough room in HR and admin for the Pride crowd, but not for the NAM’s. If you can’t program, you can’t live in SV. The 99% need not apply.”

    There are other jobs in Silicon Valley that can be filled by NAMs, like custodians for example. And the cafeterias at Google and Yahoo are always looking to hire new cooks. Mexicans and Central Americans are pretty good at that.

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  28. Brogrammer
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    What do terms like “Bro” and “Brogrammer” really mean?

    The urban dictionary definition covers what most people would think a “bro” is, yet such a definition means that terms like “brogrammer” are a contradiction in terms. The definition of “bro” is consistent with what most people think frat guys and jersey shore guidos are like, not programmers. Most people think of programmers as men who lack social skills and maybe even have borderline Aspergers syndrome. Their idea of a programmer is a man who neither is part of a fraternity nor is at a lot of parties. (While programmers can come from all walks of life, the issue in question when it comes to defining terms like “bro” and “brogrammer” is people’s perceptions.) As far as most people’s perceptions are concerned, a “brogrammer” logically can not exist. The question must be asked, “why does the term, ‘brogrammer’, exist?” and “why would anyone say that a lot of frat guys and similar types have taken over the tech industry?”

    … To feminists terms like “bro” and “brogrammer” are synonyms for straight white male. As Ann Friedman reveals, feminists can’t just say straight white men when they mean straight white men because it’s too “politically charged”. In other words, if feminists talk about straight white men, it’s obvious that feminists just hate straight white men. Instead, feminists are now using the term “bro” to make people think they’re only talking about a frat guy subset of straight white men when feminists are talking about all straight white men. It’s a trick by feminists to avoid criticism because most people aren’t going to defend stereotypical frat guy behavior whereas they might have a problem with blanket attacks on straight white men.

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  29. Sebastian
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    .. the tech industry, long considered a bastion of live-and-let-live libertarianism

    It’s hard not to notice that “live-and-let-live libertarianism” consists of telling everyone what they had damn better think and believe, or else.

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  30. “Homophobia,” like “racism,” “xenophobia,” “misogyny,” “white supremacy” and other examples too numerous to list, is a prog curse word for a basically sound attitude that would have struck essentially all people at a time well within living memory as utterly normal. If you want to live, and see your children’s children, you really ought to take the Levitical view and call it an abomination, not “diversity” to be “celebrated.”

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  31. Stumpy Pepys
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    I agree with the Anti-Gnostic at 9:27. Very sad about J G’s passing

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  32. Jefferson
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    “.. the tech industry, long considered a bastion of live-and-let-live libertarianism

    It’s hard not to notice that “live-and-let-live libertarianism” consists of telling everyone what they had damn better think and believe, or else.”

    A true Libertarian like Gavin McInnes for example would probably not be very welcomed in the so-called “live-and-and-let-live” world of Silicon Valley.

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  33. eah
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    …frat-boy programmer reputation.

    I’ve worked at more than a dozen high-tech companies, and I have no friggin’ idea what they’re talking about here. I never worked where there were no women (albeit they were few), or anywhere where they had anything approaching a “frat-boy programmer” culture — whatever that is.

    However, what I can say is this: the women and H-1B foreigners were generally the weakest. Still I liked having the women around. The H-1B foreigners…not so much.

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    Here’s their problem: a “good” programmer is 10 times better than a “fair” programmer. A “great” programmer is 10 times better than a “good” programmer, a “really great” programmer is 10x that, and an “epic” programmer is 10 times better than that. “Epic” programmers, of which you need at least 1 to run a Great Company (several, if you’re going to be Insanely Great™) are, universally, white males*. As a general rule, as you go up that ladder the programmers get whiter and male-er.

    There is, BTW, a category 10x above “Epic”, and a category 10x above that, but there’s only one person in it that category, Ken Thompson (who is, unsurprisingly, a white male).

    *Although Microsoft may have found a guy from India that fits the bill, so to speak.

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  35. Jefferson
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    “Epic” programmers, of which you need at least 1 to run a Great Company (several, if you’re going to be Insanely Great™) are, universally, white males*. As a general rule, as you go up that ladder the programmers get whiter and male-er.”

    That needs to change. The racial demographics of epic programmers in this country needs to resemble the racial demographics of the NBA in order to truly achieve equality and finally put a nail on the coffin of White privilege.

    White privilege is the worst thing to happen to this planet since the 1918 flu pandemic.

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  36. anonymous
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    Leah Neanderthal? OMG! Is that for real?
    And a lesbian to boot
    Surely it’s some sort of lesbian burlesque stage name.
    When you consider that Neanderthal is an 18th century manufactured mock Greek name itself. It means ‘valley of Neander’ in German. Neander in this instance is the Greek transliteration of ‘Neumann’ or newman in English. Neumann was a celebrated poet after whom the valley was named.

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  37. Adult Hilter
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    Very funny post Steve – I give you three thumbs up.

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  38. Reggin
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    “No, it lets them hire white people at lower wages. You don’t need to pay a homosexual enough in wages to attract a spouse, keep her happy, and raise a family.”

    Are you saying that homosexuals aren’t gold-diggers?

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  39. The great thing about celebrating sexual diversity instead of the racial kind is that there is so much less of it and so it can be celebrated without actually dealing much with the diverse. Entering a float in the pride parade is about all those companies have to do to considered diverse. I’m an engineer, though not in the so-called tech industry, and I’ve never had a homosexual co-worker that I knew about. The latest craze celebrating transsexuals takes that rarity of homosexuals and squares it. I doubt that 80% of Americans have ever even talked to a transsexual.

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  40. SFG
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    My (perhaps naive) theory was that programmers are beta males and resent alphas, so gay guys don’t bother them but NAMs, with their ‘manlier’ culture, do.

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    Is this really about “racial minorities” or about women?

    They days when Rainbow Push could really blackmail corporations into hiring more blacks are pretty much over. Maybe would work for Walmart but not Google or Apple.

    And eyeballing the numbers, I’d say they are about right in terms of blacks/hispanics. You can argue there are too many asians there but that is also reflective of the talent pool.

    But TeamObamaTM needs women. White women. And while republicans do a good job of scaring away educated white women by themselves, the one thing white women love more than themselves is little gay people. They really are so cute and adorable. So the politics of this is “We love gays, so therefore we love women, although we don’t hire any because they aren’t smart enough”.

    I’d agree that is basically nonsense, but it is nonsense that is working so far.

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    “Jefferson says:

    “.. the tech industry, long considered a bastion of live-and-let-live libertarianism

    It’s hard not to notice that “live-and-let-live libertarianism” consists of telling everyone what they had damn better think and believe, or else.”:

    Quite so. For a lot of libertarians, the most important liberty is the liberty to tell you how to think and that the society you thought you lived in doesn’t actually exist.

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  43. e
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    What about the other lesbian’s last name, “Swisher”?

    I do know “Swisher” is a real surname; in fact, there’s Nick Swisher of major league baseball that comes to mind.

    However, “Neanderthal” and “Swisher” seem to take care of the tail ends of maleness, in the minds of many lesbians, no?

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    The great thing about celebrating sexual diversity instead of the racial kind is that there is so much less of it and so it can be celebrated without actually dealing much with the diverse

    The other attraction is that it’s a tiny minority and likely to stay that way in percentage terms. The true enriching, vibrant diversity otoh is getting more common every year.

    The latest craze celebrating transsexuals takes that rarity of homosexuals and squares it. I doubt that 80% of Americans have ever even talked to a transsexual.

    Same here in the UK. I know people who’ve worked with one or two Trannies and despite knowing they are supposed to have the politically correct views about such people, the news is always relayed to me with a certain amused/horrified fascination. Celebration just does not enter into it.

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    Do the revelers in a “Pride” parade not realize that they’re celebrating their embrace of one of the Seven Deadly Sins? Probably not. Of course, it’s not really about Pride- it’s about Lust. It wouldn’t be good press to make that obvious, though.

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  46. Pretty soon they will figure out how to overcome the digital divide for the LGBT community as well:

    http://techpresident.com/news/25200/oakland-sudo-mesh-counter-censorship-digital-divide-mesh-net

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  47. marty
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    At Borders in SF, I heard a macho-looking guy say on the phone, “I love sales because I like fucking with people.”

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    Now that’s some Quality Television: I made it through 15, maybe even 20 minutes of that show

    You got me whupped. I made it through 15, maybe 20 words of the show’s review. I found it amusing; the show’s selling point is supposedly how the white girl is simply the entree to the show’s diversity, then gets out of the way. So, the show that brings us our much-needed diversity takes place in a prison. Vibrant! Definitely no insult there.

    The biotech giant Genentech’s group wore T-shirts proclaiming “Pride Is in Our Genes.”

    I could slap a swastika on that slogan and sell it at rahowa.com.

    Facebook’s impossibly young employees wore shirts that announced “Pride Connects Us”

    I could slap a stencil of George Lincoln Rockwell on that and sell it at rahowa.com.

    And yet, for all these public strides, insiders say the culture has yet to fully transcend its frat-boy programmer reputation.

    Fraternity = KKK. Any gathering of too many white males = evil to be abolished. Groups of white males must be broken up into solitary individuals, where they are more easily preyed up- er, re-educated.

    All organizations appealing to white males should re-label themselves gangs. At least then leftoids would feel a slight sting as they contemplated summoning connotations that blow back on blacks and browns.

    In April, Brendan Eich stepped down as chief executive of Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, after his opposition to same-sex marriage was revealed.

    What a coincidence! It was in April that I stopped using Firefox after, oh, I dunno…10 years? (Pale Moon is better, btw)

    The epithet “brogrammer” is thrown around to describe the loutish behavior sometimes exhibited by young, moneyed tech workers, and some gays and lesbians find the culture around tech less than comfortable.

    Translation: the “brogrammers” make the money, the homosexuals and trannies leech off that money, but they also want to dictate behavior to the “brogrammers.”

    It’s all about bringing people together.”

    Nothing says togetherness like identity politics and tone-deaf leftism.

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  49. And yet, for all these public strides, insiders say the culture has yet to fully transcend its frat-boy programmer reputation.

    God, does that bring back some memories. At the big state school I went to, all the hottest Unix hackers were Sig Eps. They used to say an NP-hard problem was only hard for non-Sig Eps. Once I was at this party where three Sig Eps were doing lines of coke off some cheerleader’s chest. After every line, they would write a bubble sort in a different language. They got up to Algol before someone freaked out and crashed the system with a memory leak.

    Anyway, the Eta Nus were the other big hacker frat, but they were second-rate. The Sig Eps used to say the Eta Nus could only code an algorithm if it could be done in COBOL. Well, this hot chick from the Tri-Delts said she would orally satisfy anyone who could compute the Lovasz number of a graph. The Sig Eps said it couldn’t be done. What they didn’t count on was that Don Knuth was an Eta Nu from way back. He happened to be in town giving a lecture and hosting a bust down at the Rat Hole, and he stopped by the Eta Nu house and gave them a preprint of his Sandwich Theorem which was still in review at IEEE J. Comb.

    The Eta Nus used the constructive proof of the Sandwich Theorem to code up an algorithm that computed the Lovasz number in polynomial time. True, they did it in FORTRAN 66, but the deed was done. Word was the Tri-Delt did the whole house and afterward they all went out for Chinese food with Richard Stallman.

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    Now here’s one weird thing I wonder if anyone can speak to: I’ve run into a fair number of male-to-female transsexuals who were really good with computers. Maybe the feminized male brain has some special talent for some subset of programming? The alpha geeks are weird enough in other ways…

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    Translation: the “brogrammers” make the money, the homosexuals and trannies leech off that money, but they also want to dictate behavior to the “brogrammers.”

    It’s actually: the nerds make the money, the brogrammers take the money, and the homos and trannies take some of the money from the brogrammers.

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    Dennis nails it. The “brogrammer” is a frat dude who realized that the IT business is now pretty much the wealthy end of the advertising business, and learned enough tech jargon to deal with real programmers, and maybe even has enough of a clue to set up a web page or write an excel macro or two. But his real skills are his sales skills, not his tech skills.

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  53. “Netflix’s contingent marched carrying a blown-up poster featuring the women of “Orange Is the New Black,” ”

    So, re: Diversity, basically for Silicon Valley Tech incs. LGBTG is the new black of the 21st century.

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  54. Jefferson
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    “So, re: Diversity, basically for Silicon Valley Tech incs. LGBTG is the new black of the 21st century.”

    Gays are considered safe “vibrant diversity” just like Asians. Blacks and Mestizos have too much of a negative thug image attached to them.

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    The Silicon Valley types are very selective with their “libertarianism.” They would recoil in horror after a few minutes of convo with Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises, or Hoppe on the natural right of private property and freedom to discriminate based on any reason. Heck, the ny times went ballistic over Walter Block saying the same thing. Some of those leftists calling themselves libertarians even claimed Mises would be a feminist – the same guy who referred to homosexuals as “perverse.”

    And as the above comment pointed out, how crazy would these effeminate types be at seeing the average redneck American’s collection of AR and AK rifles, and how those same rednecks can easily outshoot 95 percent of government agents. They would be horrified!

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  56. >>Jefferson said:
    “Blacks and Mestizos have too much of a negative thug image attached to them.”

    Of course, this cannot be stated so blatantly and openly. Wonder if Silicon Valley’s movers and shakers are quietly “buying off” Sharpton, Jackson, etc from causing more of a stink and a stir re: how little “diversity” exists in the Tech areas. How they’ve managed to avoid such close scrutiny for this long is a mystery. Someone’s greasing someone’s palms somewhere.

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  57. Jefferson
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    “Of course, this cannot be stated so blatantly and openly. Wonder if Silicon Valley’s movers and shakers are quietly “buying off” Sharpton, Jackson, etc from causing more of a stink and a stir re: how little “diversity” exists in the Tech areas. How they’ve managed to avoid such close scrutiny for this long is a mystery. Someone’s greasing someone’s palms somewhere.”

    If you remove Asians from the equation, than Silicon Valley looks as White as the Republican National Convention.

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    There’s a big difference between consumer tech and hard-core business tech. Someplace like Oracle isn’t going to have a whole lot of gay-versity because they don’t sell to consumers, they don’t need much in the way of “cool.” What they need a whole lot of is bro salesmen who’ll take you out to a steak house, buy you the most expensive bottle of wine you’ve ever had, take you to the strip club and get you to sign off on a $10 million software purchase.

    Apple, Facebook, Google… these are very different. Apple exists entirely off “cool.” Yes, they have great tech, but the look-and-feel is advertising more than engineering. Gays can be very good at this kind of thing. I’d bet that many of the gays at these places are in marketing and PR. Apple produces a vast mountain of advertising and graphic treatments and such. Plenty of room for gays, and since they work at Apple they’ll get labeled as having “technology” jobs, when they could just as well be selling soap for Procter & Gamble.

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    “Now here’s one weird thing I wonder if anyone can speak to: I’ve run into a fair number of male-to-female transsexuals who were really good with computers. Maybe the feminized male brain has some special talent for some subset of programming?”

    One thing that suggests that the transgendered aren’t completely batshit crazy is that quite a few of them are from successful backgrounds. The Matrix guy, and one of the billionaires from the Pritzker family – a retired ANG colonel, no less – have had gender reassignment.

    A fairly large number of gay men have prospered in tech, as well – Tim Gill of Quark, Bruce Bastian of WordPerfect, Jared Schutz (aka Jared Polis) who is now a congressmen, Tim Cook of Apple, and the Geocities guy, among others – not to mention the big daddy of them all, Alan Turing.

    Whatever effect homosexuality has on men, it doesn’t much seem to effect business drive or tech skills.

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    At Apple under Jobs, according to a careful reading of Walter Isaacson’s biography, the design guy was straight and the manufacturing guy was gay. That seemed to work out pretty well for Apple.

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    Whatever effect homosexuality has on men, it doesn’t much seem to effect business drive or tech skills.

    Transgenderism* has less to do with homosexuality, and more to do with the privileges and carefree lifestyle of women, white women. I admit I would like it myself, but not enough to have a surgeon chop my d[u]ck and b[i]lls off.

    * – Is that even a word?

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    WHY DO THEY HATE POOR ASIANS SO MUCH? (HT: instapundit)

    http://city-journal.org/2014/24_3_nyc-specialized-high-schools.html

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    I saw this 15 years ago at the 1999 Comdex. The “main” show was at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with all the big consumer players in both the hard and the soft. Their site staff was a rainbow coalition of guys and gals.

    The secondary location was at the Sands Convention Center, and was almost exclusively the Asian hardware GUYS, period. They had WAY better booth babes, though, some in bikinis.

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  64. I admit I would like it myself, but not enough to have a surgeon chop my d[u]ck and b[i]lls off.

    Just like those Chinses eunuchs, although for them it was without the benefit of anesthetic or surgeon etc.

    http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/2010/06/cut-it-off-eunuchs-in-imperial-china.html

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    SFG “Now here’s one weird thing I wonder if anyone can speak to: I’ve run into a fair number of male-to-female transsexuals who were really good with computers. Maybe the feminized male brain has some special talent for some subset of programming?”

    I think not really that, but lots of transgenders are nerds who don’t have an easy time being their sex of birth, so opt out in favor of being a sex they don’t have as many bad experiences with.

    Nerds have masculinised brains, but not really in a confident, swaggering scoring chicks and winning fights sort of way. More an extreme provider type of way that’s all about having tons of masculine anti-social, technical focus to get the skills to get the bread to support the kids.

    If you’re a small or skinny guy who just likes solving problems, has low confidence and hates the pressure of masculine competition and chasing girls, then other options are more likely to look good to you. Particularly since women aren’t under any particular pressure to be feminine these days (taking girly jobs, makeup, etc.) and can largely dress as androgynous as they wish.

    Nerds also often idealise women and put them on a pedestal, not having much contact with them, so they don’t have that misogynistic contempt of women or realism about women that would prevent more masculine men from emulating “womanly” things.

    Basically being a pseudolesbian probably looks good to lots of nerdy guys, in terms of the lifestyle, and escaping some of the traumatic experiences they have as a man (getting beat up and disrespected a lot).

    Go to any website of nerds, like an audiophile site or a fantasy fiction convention and you’ll see more frequency of transgenders than average.

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  66. I’ve wondered if there isn’t a link between homosexuality and open-mindedness. While I find the notion of kissing a guy gross, that’s just because I’m closed-minded on the issue. If I didn’t find it gross, I may enjoy it (after all, I enjoy sex).
    And I do think that there is a link between open-mindedness and intelligence. There very well could be more ‘geniuses’ among the homosexual community, proportionally, than among the general population.
    However, this suggests that a choice is involved with be gay (however indirect it may be), and that cannot be tolerated.

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    Of course, it’s not really about Pride- it’s about Lust.

    …and don’t forget Avarice.

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    The Nerd Sex

    My theory is that beta males are generally more receptive to homosexual thoughts and “gender theory” bullshit because betas, being passive followers, are more likely to see themselves as the woman in any relationship–even if they are not attracted to men they see themselves as the subordinate partner.

    This explains many nerd fetishes and preferences, for example the way nerd fiction idolizes powerful women (i.e. men with breasts) even though reality gives very few examples of powerful women, and certainly not physically powerful. (Women themselves do not fantasize about having physical power.) This fetish is produced by the infantile regression that nerds undergo during or near adolescence, and they rarely grow out of it.

    Beta males look to symbols of female power and assertiveness because:

    a) they see themselves as half-woman and these fantasies empower them, and
    b) a strong woman can protect them much as their mother did.

    Obviously that is when their sexual passivity becomes apparent and even if they are not overtly homosexual they realize that they themselves have not developed a traditional “gender identity” (i.e. they are dickless weaklings). Sometimes they overcompensate by indulging in fantasies of being powerful (buying guns, playing video games, otherwise retreating from reality), but as we know the fantasy never comes close to reality and they seethe with hatred at actual powerful men.

    … From all this comes the beta male’s fondness for homosexuality, at least conceptually; there is even a partial explanation here of some of that culture’s political and cultural obsessions. The beta male is a homophile–as contrasted with the false word “homophobe”, which is meant to stigmatize the disgust which people have for homosexual activity. Like the 70s feminists who in theory wanted to be lesbians, the average beta will not act out on his homophilia (although one senses he is ready to be pushed in that direction), unless of course he is English.

    Where you see sexual identity anxieties and Oedipus, I see a frustration with the illogic of human pair bonding. They lust after powerful and often imaginary women because they are a better fit for their projections of the ideal female actor in a courtship, a woman who will weigh the nerd’s meekness and bank account against the bartender’s gorgeous hair by a simple application of game theory or future-time awareness beyond three hours.

    I mostly see the affinity for homosexuals (in the abstract) as simple status signaling to the available female population. Beyond a certain age, there simply aren’t single conservative women, and gay rights support is de rigeur among left females.

    Also, there’s a tinge of simpatico for another out group, especially one with an effortless rapport with straight women based on rational common interests, not the vulgar arcana and glandular compulsion that ruins human courtship for them.

    The nerd exposed firsthand to gay culture, as opposed to gay individuals and stable couples, would be repelled by the superficiality and promiscuity. Hedonism and recklessness are inscrutable to the beta, so I don’t know where this affinity could really lead.

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    Wouldn’t a pride march be more a Detroit thing? Or is that Plains GA I am thinking of?

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    I know people who’ve worked with one or two Trannies and despite knowing they are supposed to have the politically correct views about such people, the news is always relayed to me with a certain amused/horrified fascination. Celebration just does not enter into it.

    Since I wrote that I happened to be talking to a gay co-worker and somehow transgenders came up – he was saying to me that trannies were weirdos…

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