Archive for April 12, 2018

Study Reveals Senior Role Glass Ceiling For Women Around The World

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 12, 2018 by itnerd

Leading technology career platform Honeypot, has released a study revealing the gender gap in managerial roles, with women accounting for less than 50% of senior positions in every nation. With a lack of women in senior roles having been highlighted as a major aspect of gender disparity in the workplace, Honeypot wanted to enrich the debate by releasing this data. Using figures from the World Economic Forum, the study shows the percentage of women in senior or managerial positions, revealing which of the 41 countries offer the best and worst progression and promotional opportunities for women. This release is part of a larger study, The 2018 Women in Tech Index, which analyses 22 factors including wage, pay gap and inequality data to determine the best nations for women in the technology field.

The larger study focuses on 41 countries in the OECD and EU, and offers comparable data relating to both the tech industry and the wage gap. The data covers areas such as:

  • Gender in the Overall Economy: factors such as percentage of women in work and the overall gender income parity.

  • Women in Tech: as measured by the number of women in IT positions compared to the overall numbers of people in tech.

  • Opportunities for Women in Tech: calculated by comparing the difference between the percentage share of women in the general workforce, and the percentage of women in the technology sector. In addition, the study took into account the percentage of female STEM graduates.

  • Tech Wage Gap: difference in gender wage gap between women working in the tech industry and the overall workforce at large.

  • Female Career Progression: as judged by the percentage of women in managerial and ministerial positions.

To view the full results of the larger study, please see here:


AMD And Microsoft Kick Out Fixes For Spectre

Posted in Commentary with tags , on April 12, 2018 by itnerd

AMD has begun rolling out microcode updates for its processors affected by the Spectre vulnerability. Specifically variant 2 of Spectre. It has been supplied to PC and motherboard makers to include in upcoming BIOS updates. Which I am going to guess will drop fairly quickly. On top of that, it will cover AMD processors going back to 2011.

You should also note that even with the BIOS update, you will need a patch from Microsoft as well. They’ve┬áreleased an update in the form of KB4093112, which also includes special OS-level patches for AMD users with regard to the Spectre v2 vulnerability.

Thus, I’d be checking your motherboard manufacturer’s website and Windows Update for these updates.

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update Delayed Because Of Show Stopper Bug

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 12, 2018 by itnerd

If you’re waiting to download and install Microsoft’s latest update to their Windows 10 OS which has been dubbed the Spring Creators Update (Or Redstone 4 or RS4 if you’re super nerdy), you’ll have to wait a little bit longer. It was due to be shipped this past Tuesday with the rest of Microsoft’s patches that traditionally hit the streets on the second Tuesday of the month. But it didn’t and the reason why is this:

I don’t know what the bug is. And Microsoft isn’t saying. But it was clearly bad enough to stop the update from shipping. At least Microsoft isn’t tossing out bad code to the masses.