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Julie Ann Horvath was the first female developer at GitHub, a hosting service for software development projects, and she recently quit over allegations of being harassed at work. At the Daily Dot, Aja Romano writes about “How to Suppress Women’s Coding“:

Make sure that demeaning women is built into the foundations of the educational system that prepares them for STEM fields. Make sure you let women as a group know how little you value them when you hire men to build more products that men like. Make sure to pepper your speech, at the most fundamental level, with sexist (and racist, queerphobic) slurs.

Build products that remind women that they’re objects for your consumption, then proudly display them at tech conventions. Make it clear that whatever women are doing around programming, it can’t possibly be worthwhile or comparable to the truly important work of their male counterparts.

If she manages to get hired despite your best efforts, make sure that you pay her less than half of what men make—49 cents to every dollar men earn. Revise your opinion of her upon discovering that she’s a woman. Openlybelittle and reject her professional credentials. Turn professional conversations with her into opportunities to ask her for sex. If she says no?Ban her from your tech conference.

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Photo: Dave Fayram

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painterstape (#1,169)

So I’m thinking about getting a car. The whole thing kind of freaks me out because I didn’t even get a license til I was 25, and have made do with public transit and Zipcar a couple times a year since then. But we moved further out and my commute really sucks now, plus baby is coming soon, so it seems like enough to get over my reluctance (even with the feeling like a bad person for contributing further to the use of fossil fuels and car-based culture etc etc).

Where do I even start — used/new, rent/buy, what kind? Reliability, safety, and efficiency are more important to me than price within reason. It’ll be almost all city driving. We live on a hill in an area that gets snow/ice in winter. Also I’m seven months pregnant and don’t have a lot of energy for research/calls/visits.

erinep (#4,236)

@painterstape I’ve been looking into cars as well. I have a 98 camry right now, but I’m interested in in a hybrid. 2010 and on priuses are rated very well in all those areas by consumer reports used car guide. It costs about $7 and I picked it up in the magazine section of the grocery store. I live in Madison, where every other car is a prius and we have lots of snow and ice (though not too many hills), so there must be something to it.

OllyOlly (#669)

@painterstape My boyfriend and I have had great experiences with our Hondas. He has an Accord with maybe 175,000 miles on it. I have a 2006 civic with ~50,000 miles, never had any issues beyond routine maintenance for my car. I routinely get 28-30 mpg.

My parents bought my civic certified pre-owned, so you get a better warranty than Carmax (which is only 30 days I think). Someone had put 1,000 miles on it and then sold it back to the dealer. I think a used car with low mileage is often a great bet.

Liz the Lemur (#3,125)

@painterstape I’m also planning on getting a car in July – a little bit different since I know I’ll be getting the family hand-me-down, but still scared of the impending costs. This winter not having a car was pretty frustrating a couple of times – but now that it’s warming up, I’m starting to waffle on my decision to not be car-free.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@painterstape Think about what you’ll need and most benefit from having in a car – 2 door vs. 4, automatic vs. manual transmission, new vs. used, etc – and then pick up a current Consumer Reports car mag or get a one-month online subscription to consumerreports [dot] com and start reviewing cars that fit your criteria. Then go test drive a few of the models you’ve selected. FWIW, there are a lot of safe, compact cars that get almost as good MPG as hybrids, without the additional cost. And in terms of my own experience, I’m now on my third VW – they are pricey to maintain, but very sturdy, reliable cars. First died after over 200K miles and 4 owners, second I sold when I went to grad school, and my third – and current VW – is going strong (knock wood!) at over 100K. In fact, I just replaced the factory battery in November (this being the battery that was placed in the car during its assembly in 2005), which is pretty darn good.

And congrats on your soon-to-arrive mini human!

theballgirl (#1,546)

@painterstape Since you’re going to have a child, take a peek at the backseat room. If your carseat is going to be scrunched right up against the passenger side seat, well, it will suck.

No idea what your $$ range is but I am looking at this car for a possible purchase in 2-3 years because it’s a hybrid, has all wheel drive and is small: http://www.subaru.com/vehicles/xv-crosstrek/special-features.html

moreadventurous (#4,956)

@painterstape I second @LookUponMyWorks’ suggestions. Consumer Reports and Kelly Blue Books will be helpful.

I just bought a car about a year ago; it’s a ’10 Hyundai Elantra. It gets like 32ish mpg in my regular city driving and I’ve gotten up to 36 mpg on the highway. It was really reasonably priced ($12K), pre-owned and still under warrenty, with like 25K miles on it. It’s only been a year, but I’m very happy with it so far.

If the icy snow hill is really bad, a Subaru is always a good choice. I had an Outback with over 175K miles on it for a few years. That little car was a champ in the snow and hardly needed any work even though it was ancient. Not the best gas mileage, though.

Also, even if you want to buy from a dealership for that make, a trip to Carmax can be a good comparative research opportunity.

@lemur_niemer read this as “also planning on getting a baby in July” somehow

CaddyFdot (#2,686)

@painterstape I bought a new Scion tc in 2007. I love the car, but I would NOT buy a new car again. I would get certified-used next time, probably also from Toyota-Scion.

With baby and city driving, I’d recommend a smallish 4-door, manual transmission. My friend’s 4-d hatchback Focus (a decade old) is doing just fine at carrying the car seat and plenty of baby gear/stroller. If you want something bigger, my sister and another friend both adore their used Subarus.

samburger (#5,489)

@painterstape If you hate your money, get a new car. If you like it and would like to use it on your family/not flush it down the toilet, buy used! Seriously, they depreciate like crazy as soon as you drive them off the lot, and you can even get a brand new model used, if you want!

With used cars, my big thing is trying to get something (under 10k) that will last for another 100k miles without major repairs (googling reliability ratings/owner reviews will tell you what your odds are).

jquick (#3,730)

@painterstape Get one that you can pay cash for, instead of taking on debt.

CubeRootOfPi (#1,098)

I’d get a used car. For prices, look at Edmunds and Kelly Blue Book.

Worse comes to worse, you can just go to Carmax if there’s one nearby (note: I’ve never bought a car from there but have sold cars to them).

Congratulations on the impending whippersnapper, btw!

antheridia (#2,995)

Where’s Logan?

cryptolect (#1,135)

@antheridia I miss her too!

Mike Dang (#2)

I hope you guys write to her to let her know! I’m sure she would appreciate it.

antheridia (#2,995)

@Mike Dang Done and done!

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