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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:It landed YAY! (223 comments)

But it came with a free frogurt!

about two weeks ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:I know it! (223 comments)

That puts him in the same state as the comet, assuming all goes well.

about two weeks ago
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Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Chocolate (136 comments)

I came close - I kept thinking "But eChocolate is a noun, not a verb!"

about two weeks ago
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How To End Online Harassment

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Not this shit again (827 comments)

You asked about the timeline. I kept my response limited to the timeline
You're right - I'm a goalpost-moving jerk, and I'm sorry.

From what I can tell, Depression Quest was released on the day of Williams' death. That's not taking advantage, that's an unhappy coincidence. I'm pretty sure release dates are set more than 24 hours in advance. Quinn had to option of pushing the release, but it's such a quagmire of morality, I can't bring myself to judge whether that would have been the right decision or not.

As for the "coverup", that's another item I just haven't seen evidence of. It felt entirely organic to me - a bunch of people saw a witch hunt and shut it down. It doesn't take a conspiracy for an idea to spread between reddit, gamasutra, kotaku, fark, 4chan, and wherever the hell else - these communities have plenty of overlap. The first idea to spread was the Quinnspiracy, and the second was that it was toxic, with moderators acting accordingly Now, I haven't seen the original threads (and I think at this point it would be a good idea for everyone involved to republish any of the original material), but from what I've seen in subsequent threads, I suspect "toxic" was a valid judgement.

about two weeks ago
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How To End Online Harassment

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Not this shit again (827 comments)

This is exactly the type of response I'm talking about. Rather than point to any actual breach of ethics, you:

  • Nitpick on when the (still-alleged, and completely-irrelevant) cheating occurred
  • Assert that the game sucked - a completely subjective opinion
  • Effectively state that reviewers cannot have friendships with developers, or it's a breach of ethics (at least this one was on-topic)
  • Accuse a developer (not a journalist) of taking advantage of a suicide

I suppose I can see the argument that reviewers should disclose their relationships with developers, but 90% of the response was a complete non-sequitor, which is why I have such a low opinion of #GG. It seems to be an excuse to pile on a developer who made a game they don't like, and any journalistic concerns are an afterthought.

about two weeks ago
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How To End Online Harassment

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Not this shit again (827 comments)

ZQ's lack of ethics and morals

Please elaborate. Seriously. I've seen this charge over and over again and have never seen any evidence for it except an ex-boyfriend's crazy screed.

As you say, the timeline is the single most important piece of information, and my pure contempt for the #GG movement has been fueled mainly by the fact that the timeline seems to be:

1) Dev writes game
2) Dev gets game "reviewed" (a sentence or two)
3) Dev starts dating reviewer months later
4) Dev is accused of "lack of ethics and morals"

I don't understand how 4 follows from 3, and all of the hate directed her way seems to stem from that faulty connection. So if you can show how I'm wrong, maybe you'll start to convince me this is actually about ethics in journalism.

about two weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:It's been 5 days since I last received a threat (716 comments)

My apologies. Clearly, I can't speak for everyone, so my "No one's alleged..." statement was hyperbole.

I meant it only to be taken in the context of this thread, in response to I find it hilarious that someone can believe in a vast conspiracy of gamers to kill these women, then try to trot out the conspiracy nut card..

Maybe I'm in the minority, but I do not believe in a "conspiracy of gamers to kill these women", nor do I believe anyone in a "conspiracy of media to cover up/distract from Gamergate". I guess, in conclusion, I think anyone alleging any kind of conspiracy here is a nut. The whole scenario appears to me as an organic situation in which everyone reacted according to their existing beliefs, not because of any collusion.

about two weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:It's been 5 days since I last received a threat (716 comments)

No one's alleged a "vast conspiracy of gamers" - just a bunch of assholes playing pile-on on the internet, one or more of which have gone too far. Does that really seem like a farfetched scenario to you?

And I haven't "believed the press" at all, because I haven't read the press. I've just listened to each side speak in their own words. I've heard a lot of hatred spewed towards LWs 1, 2, and 3 - just read this thread. What I haven't heard in a hundred posts is a single (yes, single) violation of "journalistic integrity". I can't even tell what the hell #GG is about. Assuming #GG'ers have dropped any consideration of Gjoni's allegations (as well they should), the whole movement seems to be about...nothing.

about two weeks ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Saw the debate (451 comments)

Again, I'm talking about the ones in the debate
Whoops - I missed your original point. My bad.

there's not really anything to win.
I still disagree. The point of a (public) debate isn't to convince your opponent, it's to convince the audience.

about a month ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Saw the debate (451 comments)

By this measure, I'm certain that Nye won. Anyone who was over 18 and watching the debate has probably had their minds made up for a long time. But I imagine there were a ton of religious parents that sat their kids down to watch the debate. Nye's arguments had a chance of swaying kids who may not have been exposed to a scientific view before, and his arguments had the benefit of being based on observable evidence that anyone could at least understand. Ham's arguments are based on personal beliefs and an ancient book. He had little chance of convincing anyone not already thoroughly indoctrinated.

about a month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Creationist / Evolutionists telling same story (1007 comments)

Not many people say it's impossible, just that there's no evidence.

There's no more reason to believe in a biblical God than Xenu or the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Just because someone says something happened doesn't make it true - even if science could theoretically model it.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:AI isn't the future. (583 comments)

Exactly right, and there's an even more compelling reason. Consciousness is hard and motivation is hard. I'm convinced it's easier to create a neural interface than write a truly intelligent program, so all of that superintelligence will simply be add-ons to your average human, driven by a human, with your normal human feedback loop (physical sensations, emotional needs, etc).

Why are we afraid of AI? Because it can sift through thousands of computers near-instantaneously and collect the data it needs? Because it can control physical machinery halfway across the world?

We can do all of that. And with the right upgrades (which, again, are probably easier than inventing a conscious machine), we'll be able to do it as fast and as well as any machine.

about a month ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Much as I despise trolls (489 comments)

Where does the freedom to "say what I don't like" end and harassment begin? You wouldn't be able to follow someone around while they're in public, yelling insults, all day, every day. Eventually you'd get a restraining order, and if you violated it, you'd go to jail. At some point "saying what I don't like" becomes more damaging to my quality of life than a punch in the face.

about a month ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Systemd AND PULSE AUDIO (993 comments)

And tailgating is in the eye of the beholder. The type of person who would do 30 in the fast lane is exactly the type of person who would complain about the "tailgaters" hovering 100 feet back.

about a month and a half ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:OK (268 comments)

the Sun gives up a max of 1.3KW per square meter

Wow. Couldn't even bother to RTFS, could you? It clearly states that this device "increases the sun's radiation by 2,000 times", so feel free to rerun your calculations with 2.6MW.

Unfortunately, the summary doesn't state whether the increase occurs just around the device or for the entire sun. Just to be safe you might want to buy 3-foot lead sunscreen.

about 2 months ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Not arbitrary variables - QUERY_STRING (399 comments)

Thank You, raymorris. I'd read most of the thread and still didn't have a clear idea of the problem.

about 2 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Cue the Bozos (981 comments)

I know! The only thing more annoying than those bozos are the other bozos who preemptively call them out, as if their whiny comment will be of use to anyone.

Fortunately, I haven't seen any of the absolute worst scum, who feel the need to point out the faults of the other two bozos. Complains about complainers are the lowest form of comment.

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Too Bad (106 comments)

That's a great point. At this point in the show, they could introduce a "normal" scientist and he'd be a complete outsider.

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

Why can't "god" be the default?

Because every phenomenon has the same effect when it doesn't exist, and only differentiates itself from other things when it does exist. So to explain lightning, you start from a default position that encompasses all possible explanations - "One or more phenomena exist and are causing this, and all others do not exist, or do not create lightning", and then try to narrow down which of the infinite imaginable phenomena are the ones causing lightning.

If "no X" weren't the default position (not just gods), then to be fair we'd have to assume that everything imaginable exists. And...well...Louis CK puts it far better than I could.

about 2 months ago

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