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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

DoofusOfDeath Tit for tat (231 comments)

Maybe many women players get treated nastily.

But how many boyfriends have had to tag along while their S.O.'s go shoe shopping?

There are many forms of violence.

2 hours ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

DoofusOfDeath Re:Pft (231 comments)

The particular phrasing of the threats may be selective based on the gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. of the person being insulted.

But I think a more important issue is whether or not women are getting more vitriol than are men, regardless of the particular phrasing. For example, if 20% of women players get called cunts, and 20% of gay male players get called faggots, do those women have a point about being singled out? I'd argue no.

However, if 20% of female players get treated with scorn, and only 3% of male players do, then the female players have more of a fair point about being singled out.

2 hours ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

DoofusOfDeath Re:How do you (231 comments)

Why does she get to stereotype men? Why do women get to put all their problems on men? When men do this, we're misogynistic. When women do this, well, men need to be more sensitive.

I think you have a point, but I also think you're confusing two issues.

She may or may not be making a valid generalization. I haven't read her article, so I can't say. But issue #1 is whether or not her complaint is worth considering.

Issue #2 is whether or not it's hypocritical for a women to paint men with a broad brush. But that issue can be treated entirely separately from issue #1.

2 hours ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

DoofusOfDeath Re:How do you (231 comments)

How do you defend yourself against accusations like that as a man?

You don't bother. You have no obligation to respond to her complaints if you don't feel like it.

2 hours ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

DoofusOfDeath Limited perspective (231 comments)

From the small sample of these accounts I've read, I get the sense that the women in question have a limited perspective. My impression is that in many cases, they encounter career or workplace challenges, and falsely assume that only women have those challenges.

Balancing work and family responsibilities? Please, do you know how many days I've left work after sunset and nearly cried for not having that time with my little kids?

Getting criticized harshly? Shoot, I deal with that often. I just don't blog about it. What I do is go home, try to shake it off, and maybe talk to my wife about how it's bothering me. I don't cry about it, and maybe this is a guy thing, but I cry almost never. But that doesn't mean it doesn't bother me.

And then there are some complaints which seem more about personal choices than about unfairness. I don't come across many good, female software engineers. You know what else I rarely come across? Female aspiring software engineers who spend their nights hacking away at code to improve their skills.

Now I have no doubt that some challenges really are unique to being a female developer. Sexual harassment is probably the top one. But that issue kind of gets drowned out of the conversation given all of the kvetching that some women have regarding other issues that they wrongly assume are peculiar to them.

3 hours ago
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Activist Group Sues US Border Agency Over New, Vast Intelligence System

DoofusOfDeath Re:Why oppose this? (81 comments)

The government has every right to determine whom and what is coming into the United States. International visitors are asked to file paper work with the government to report a number of items (large sums of money, plant/food products, money making equipment, etc.).

The problem is that Obama (and some past presidents to a lesser degree) are willingly not enforcing border security. For known illegal immigrants already in their custody.

Which raises serious suspicions about any claims they make about their intentions for a highly invasive monitoring system.

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Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

DoofusOfDeath Technology is only a small part of the problem (129 comments)

As long as the citizenry tolerates and sometimes even roots for the government's violation of civil rights, everything including the technology is just details.

The existence of a decent open-source router can't do much against a U.S. National Security Letter.

2 days ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

DoofusOfDeath Re:Alternative solution (124 comments)

Ship them out to gitmo. They aren't wearing a military uniform, and are causing damage to American infrastructure. That should be enough by the Cheney/Bush standard to call them terrorists.

Maybe we can combine our ideas. Give convicted robocallers Bush's and Cheney's private phone numbers.

4 days ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

DoofusOfDeath Alternative solution (124 comments)

Death penalty for people who set them up.

Seriously, if a person is willing to violate a just law, the punishment clearly is insufficient.

4 days ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

DoofusOfDeath Re:What? (382 comments)

I'm no Obama hater but anyone who thinks that would ever be an effective way to influence policy is probably still sitting on the edge of their seat waiting for Firefly to come back on television.

If you recognize that, then why aren't you an Obama hater? This is emblematic of Obama: make a great public show about being a man of the people, and then surreptitiously ignore them.

I.e., he's playing us all for saps.

about a week ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

DoofusOfDeath Re:The Existence of a "United States of America" (231 comments)

You are a citizen who cares more about your children's survival than the survival of Freedom and the well being of millions. In other words you aren't merely part of the problem, you are the problem.

You could happily sit in the company of many of history's great men. The too were willing to sacrifice countless lives for some lofty goal.

Is there any benefit too small, in your mind, for my kids to die supporting it?

about two weeks ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

DoofusOfDeath Re:The Existence of a "United States of America" (231 comments)

America no longer has distributed agriculture or fuel production. A revolution, however warranted, would lead to an unimaginable amount of freezing and starvation within the first two winters, I'd wager.

about two weeks ago
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CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

DoofusOfDeath Plague, Inc. (89 comments)

I just binge-played Plague, Inc. on my phone.

Now when I hear a story like this, my first thought is, "Will I get bonus DNA points because of this?"

about two weeks ago
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FCC Approves Plan To Spend $5B Over Next Five Years On School Wi-Fi

DoofusOfDeath Re:Provide money and guidance (54 comments)

Provide money and guidance to the local school systems then let them buy the approved technology they need rather than what is dictated to them

I've got a different take on the matter. As far as I know, the federal government exerts control over public education by taking money away from the states via taxation, and then only returning it if the states will teach in the manner seen fit by the Dept. of Education.

I.e., they use the ability of the federal government to tax anything and everything to circumvent the limitations on the powers of the federal government.

So in contrast to your solution, I'd suggest the federal government just taxes the states' citizens less, and let the states figure it out if they want to. Problem solved.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

DoofusOfDeath Re:Not just iPhone (143 comments)

Anything coming out of the U.S. is a threat to everybody else's national security.

Actually, anything with practically opaque internals is a potential security hole, including processors, compiled software, network equipment. Also anything involving telecommunications.

If China is picking on only Apple, I'd wager it's to drum up business for some company that's owned by a state or an official.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

DoofusOfDeath pot and kettle (143 comments)

China is right: the iPhone is a gaping security hole.

I also have little doubt that their "solution" will also be a gaping security hole, except that it will be designed so only China's intelligence services can exploit it.

about two weeks ago
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DHS Mistakenly Releases 840 Pages of Critical Infrastructure Documents

DoofusOfDeath Re:Does anyone get the impression.. (50 comments)

that nothing can be kept secret anymore?

It's hard to say, because in general we don't know about the things that have remained secret. We know the numerator, but not the denominator.

about two weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

DoofusOfDeath Re:another language shoved down your throat (415 comments)

I don't think that's a distinction worth making in most circles. It's only after a few years of study that one starts to see the distinction between the knowledge needed for software development vs. the mathematical aspects of computing theory. And then they keep on re-intersecting anyway, with things like programming language type systems, concurrency, and proving certain qualities of a piece of software. Good software developers need some theory, and most good theoreticians end up programming sometimes.

about two weeks ago

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Choosing which OSS database project to help

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  about a year and a half ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "I've done a good bit of SQL development / tuning in the past. After being away from the database world for a while to finish grad school, I'm about ready to get back in the game. I want to start contributing to some OSS database project, both for fun and perhaps to help my employment prospects in western Europe.

My problem is choosing which OSS DB to help with. MySQL is the most popular, so getting involved with it would be most helpful to my employment prospects. But its list of fundamental design flaws seems so severe that I can't respect it as a database.

I'm attracted to the robust correctness requirements of PostgreSQL, but there don't seem to be many prospective employers using is. So while I'd enjoy working on it, I don't think it would be very helpful to my employment prospects.

Any suggestions?"
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Kickstarter for Linux version of Defense Grid 2

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  about 2 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "Awesome news for those of us who loved the game Defense Grid, and who wanted a sequel, and/or want to see more high-quality games on Linux. The developer of Defense Grid has started a Kickstarter project to develop Defense Grid 2. But even better for us Linux (and Mac) gamers, if they get to the $750,000 mark in contributions, they commit to a Mac and Linux port as well."
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Best country to avoid software patents?

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "What's the best country for computer scientists who just want to create, rather than worry about software patents?

Even though I'm nearly done with my PhD in computer science, I'm less enthusiastic than ever about my work, because of software patents. I used to be filled with wonder at the possibilities of what we could create with software, but now I just expect innovation to be rewarded with a patent lawsuit and crushing fines."
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Best way to store imporant personal data?

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "I'm about to digitize lots of old family photos and videos. At some point the digital versions will be the only ones we can find. What's the best way to store large amounts of personal data that's practical, affordable, and minimizes the risk of losing the data?"
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Google revoking DRM permissions on bought videos!

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "A few months ago I purchased a great Discovery Channel video from Google's downloadable video service. Sure I can't media-shift it, but I was willing to trade away some fair-use rights so my kids could see the video. I paid cash, they give me the video. End of story, right?

Wrong. Today I got this email (see below). It just goes to show that with DRM, there's little limit to the evil that can be done to you:

Hello,

As a valued Google user, we're contacting you with some important information about the videos you've purchased or rented from Google Video. In an effort to improve all Google services, we will no longer offer the ability to buy or rent videos for download from Google Video, ending the DTO/DTR (download-to-own/rent) program. This change will be effective August 15, 2007.

To fully account for the video purchases you made before July 18, 2007, we are providing you with a Google Checkout bonus for $20. Your bonus expires in 60 days, and you can use it at the stores listed here: http://www.google.com/checkout/signupwelcome.html. The minimum purchase amount must be equal to or greater than your bonus amount, before shipping and tax.

After August 15, 2007, you will no longer be able to view your purchased or rented videos.

If you have further questions or requests, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

The Google Video Team

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
"

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