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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

0xdeadbeef Well that's inconvenient for the dominant theory (205 comments)

Feminists are always saying there are no mental differences in men in women. And because of that, the gender disparity in CS must be due to sexism.

Now they're altering the content of CS curriculum to appeal to women, and it is apparently working.

So if women do actually need to be taught CS differently, why is all that dark matter sexism still necessary to explain it?

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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

0xdeadbeef Re:Not a Real Question (275 comments)

I very much appreciate my education for having taught me a great deal about abstraction, critical thinking, research, communication

Paging Dunning Kruger, Dunning Kruger, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

2 days ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

0xdeadbeef Huh. I guess the gamer gators were right (310 comments)

Feminists are trying to censor video games. And I don't suppose it is a coincidence that the petition was about a game and an issue Sarkeesian focused on recently.

about two weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

0xdeadbeef Re:Wouldn't time be better spent... (481 comments)

lol, what the hell do you think refusing to change seats is?

about three weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

0xdeadbeef Re:Wouldn't time be better spent... (481 comments)

Escalation is the only thing that changes things. Maybe what this country needs is a white nerd to get murdered by a cop. Maybe then the right wingers will be like "Oh, shit, you mean the cop problem is real?"

Then again, the "am I free to go" guy gets ridiculed by the social justice types. They want to pretend that civil libertarians are all bravado, but when those civil libertarians routinely cash the checks their mouths write, somehow they're still in the wrong.

about three weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

0xdeadbeef Praise be the leader Chris Roberts (473 comments)

What a bunch of chumps. They should have followed the smart people and put their money into Star Citizen, which totally isn't a cult or Ponzi scheme.

about 1 month ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

0xdeadbeef Re:Whoa whoa whoa (642 comments)

Firstly no one's forced anything on anyone.

I'm sorry, you're right, that's a huge difference. It's like getting mad that some guy is publicly "considering" raping someone. It's not the same as actual rape.

Moving the goalpost? You'd first have to make a counter-argument for that. Unless you're actually asserting that governments never engage in nanny-state boondoggles over trivial issues, which is laughable.

No, the goalposts have stayed put, but I have scored two touchdowns. You conceded that the feminist concerns over sexism in video games are trivial:

This argument is even more trivial than what they're doing and yet here you are.

and now you just implicitly agreed that "forcing" sexism labels on video games is bad thing, by telling me they haven't actually done it yet, as if I were overstating the grievance.

about a month ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

0xdeadbeef Re:Whoa whoa whoa (642 comments)

Apparently you're allowed to do pointeless, trivial things yourself but they are not. Hypocrite!

Let me know when a first world government takes up one of my hobbies and forces it on an industry. 'Cause that would be awesome!

I hope it is SETI. Fuckin' Proxmire ruined SETI. We need a tax on sci-fi movies to fund SETI.

about a month ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

0xdeadbeef Re:Whoa whoa whoa (642 comments)

Are you basically saying that these people should go out and stop abortion clinics being closed rather than do sociology?

The fact that you believe their whining about video games constitutes a science is not flattering to that science.

I'm saying that all the sexism in all the video games ever made has not hurt women more than the closing of any single abortion clinic where a clinic is needed. How much more explicitly do I need to state it?

And you know it is true. You won't deny it, because you would be a pretty shitty "ally" for feminism if you dismissed actual suffering in favor of internet feels suffering.

And I'm not telling them what they should be doing, I'm demonstrating how vacuous their cause is, how duplicitous their motives are, for focusing on something so utterly trivial in the grand scheme of things. They do not actually care about the plight of women, they care about the promotion of an ideology and an identity that hijacks the plight of women to fuel their ego gratification.

People have a right to make sexist video games. People have a right to play sexist video games. So what do they hope to accomplish by creating a lynch mob mentality over video games? It won't even stop sexist video games from being made. What it does do is give them an excuse to pat themselves on the back, claim credit when some studio or some website is a cajoled into appeasing them. They are petty tyrants looking for power to wield.

about a month ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

0xdeadbeef Re:Whoa whoa whoa (642 comments)

It would be disingenuous to suggest that sexism does not primarily impact women negatively.

It would be disingenuous to suggest that all the sexism in all the video game ever made impacts women more negatively than the closing of a single abortion clinic where one is needed.

SJWs need to get the fuck over themselves.

about a month ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

0xdeadbeef Re:Watched about 20 seconds of the "game play" vid (183 comments)

More like Incredibles themed than WoW themed, but with "technology" instead of superpowers.

And why does it have a backstory shoe-horned into it away? How is that supposed to translate into "capture the flag" or whatever?

about a month and a half ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

0xdeadbeef Re:Tech Up Bringing? (441 comments)

How many people in tech had welfare crack whores for mothers?

Dude. Your dog whistle is broken. Everyone can hear it.

about a month and a half ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

0xdeadbeef Don't wear a condom, it thwarts God's will (669 comments)

It's funny how this charlatan thinks he has the authority to declare evolution true.

And yet he probably believes that by saying a few magic words a cracker and grape juice become the literal body of a guy dead for two thousand years.

about a month and a half ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

0xdeadbeef Re: Boys are naturally curious... (608 comments)

A single study is "good evidence" because it finds interesting correlations beyond the dozens if not hundreds of studies that find gender differences in spatial ability, which you call "very little evidence". As if the "spatial ability" measured is the same as being "'curious' about systems".

Who is actually fishing for data to fit the narrative here?

about 2 months ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

0xdeadbeef Re:Boys are naturally curious... (608 comments)

preeminent misogynist theory is that women are born with physiological differences that make them naturally less inclined toward the field

"The difference is, females in general are much more interested in what you can do with the technology, than with just the technology itself," says Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe

It certainly doesn't take much of a leap of faith to agree with Barbara Ericson, a senior research scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, when she says that "Boys fall in love with computers as machines; girls see them as tools to do something else."

When the people actually doing something about getting girls into computer science say things like that, it certainly sounds like they believe girls aren't naturally inclined toward the field, at least not the way boys are.

(And why do you deny physiological differences? Are you a TERF?)

about 2 months ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

0xdeadbeef Re:Slashdot, Stop Spinning the GamerGate Content (571 comments)

Exposing corruption is not trolling.

Some mentally ill slut fucking her boss is not evidence of corruption.

No one wants to touch "gamer gate" because you people are cringe-worthy. We were gaining traction against the SJW co-option of internet media, but then you dumb autistic fucks ruined it with your conspiracy theories and harassment.

about 2 months ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

0xdeadbeef Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (786 comments)

You are intentionally being an idiot (I hope it's not natural). A "know-it-all" is not a manly thing, it's annoying. And dickish. And puts people off. Most know-it-alls don't in fact know it all.

Not a manly thing? They literally call that policy "Operation Eliminate the Macho Effect". And by the way, italics indicate sarcasm.

So am I the idiot, or are they? (I suspect the largest idiot is a third party.)

Stop pretending it's a gendered issue.

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about 2 months ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

0xdeadbeef Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (786 comments)

These aren't just whatever, "it's just people making choices". It's clearly social and political influence.

you also shouldn't care about us people trying to effect social and political changes.

We're not supposed to care about your deliberate interference, but you're allowed to care about the choices women make, because society got in their heads and made them make the wrong choices?

Normally I don't care. But people like you are not trying to eliminate the sexism (probably because your assertions of it are vastly overstated), but trying to change the nature of the field to make it more friendly to stereotypes about women, without any consideration as to whether these changes will actually improve the field and the skillset of CS graduates.

Read this article about one presumably successful effort.

And let's look at the assumptions these efforts make, and their solutions.

"The first class you take is a weed-out class, and they are shocked by the fact they don't get any women at the end."

CS is too hard for women because, despite growing up with computers, they never learned how to program before. Lighten the intro courses to be less "weed out".

"Know-it-alls in any section are told to cool it so no one is intimidated."

Women are intimidated by knowledge and enthusiasm. Don't show off. It's too... manly.

"Along with changes to the introductory courses, Mudd works hard to keep women interested in the field."

Women need to be pandered to to keep them interested.

"Women and men work through problems in very different ways"

Women's brains are different. But still, ignore those troglodytes who said women are naturally less inclined to be interested in abstract machines.

"They bemoaned middle and high school math teachers who didn't engage or inspire."

More pandering is the solution. Nevermind the boys who never got that encouragement either. (High school CS curriculum was a joke twenty years ago, and it still is.)

Is coddling women going to make them better programmers? Who knows, maybe it will. But don't pretend you aren't coddling them.

about 2 months ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

0xdeadbeef Re:Missing the point (130 comments)

I have a GED, and I assure you I earn substantially more than most CS graduates

You'd think that'd help you deal with your insecurity.

about a month ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

0xdeadbeef Bitch-ass whiners got their feelings hurt (387 comments)

Would Apple be where it is if Jobs wasn't an asshole?

Do you think Linux would still be a success if Linus wasn't there to keep dumbasses from accumulating more political clout than technical competence and steering it toward ruin?

I bet we'd all be using Hurd now, we'd have a colony on Mars, and there'd be peace in the Middle East. Nothing promotes innovation faster than living in a hugbox that respects all opinions!

about 2 months ago

Submissions

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After 35 years, another message sent from Arecibo

0xdeadbeef 0xdeadbeef writes  |  about 5 years ago

0xdeadbeef (28836) writes "Two weeks ago, MIT artist-in-residence Joe Davis use the Arecibo radio telescope to send a message to three stars in honor of the 35th anniversary of the famous Drake-Sagan transmission to M13 in 1974. It was apparently allowed but not endorsed by the director of the facility, and used a jury-rigged signal source on what will now be known as the "coolest iPhone in the world". The message encoded a DNA sequence, but no word yet on whether it disabled any alien shields. You can get the low-down on Centauri Dreams: Part 1, Part 2."
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Ay caramba! Is BART kowtowing to Apple?

0xdeadbeef 0xdeadbeef writes  |  more than 5 years ago

0xdeadbeef (28836) writes "DRM-busting hero "DVD Jon" Johansen created a product called doubleTwist that allows iTunes to work with many music players. His company scored a prime advertising space in front of the San Fransisco Apple Store, just in time for WWDC. But not long after it went up, it was torn down by a BART employee, and now BART keeps giving them the run-around as to why it was taken down and why a new one can't go up. Or, as Jon says, 'Apple's WWDC conference ends on Friday. It's pretty obvious what's going on here... I'm sure our ad will conveniently be back up after WWDC ends.'"
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Opera won't be on the iPhone according to Ars

0xdeadbeef 0xdeadbeef writes  |  more than 6 years ago

0xdeadbeef (28836) writes "Erica Sadun writes

A New York Times story from this week says that an iPhone version of Opera failed to make it past Apple's gatekeeper, "[Founder Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner] said that Opera's engineers have developed a version of Opera Mini that can run on an Apple iPhone, but Apple won't let the company release it because it competes with Apple's own Safari browser," the Times wrote.

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AT&T crippling BlackBerry for iPhone?

0xdeadbeef 0xdeadbeef writes  |  more than 7 years ago

0xdeadbeef (28836) writes "BlackBerryCool got a tip that not only was AT&T removing GPS functionality from their version of the BlackBerry 8820, they're doing it so it won't show up the iPhone. While carriers crippling phones to stop them from competing with pay-per-use services is nothing new, this might be the first time they've done it to make their other products seem less diminished."
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Journals

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blah blah blah blah blah

0xdeadbeef 0xdeadbeef writes  |  about 13 years ago

Dammit, k5 is broken. Does anyone read this?

So, who else is bored of this whole Linux thing?

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