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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Fusselwurm Thank you for nothing, Slashdot (584 comments)

Nice downvoting of someone who states things obvious to everybody except circlejacking dudebros like you guys.

Parent deserves some upvotes.

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

Fusselwurm Re:"Just pay extra..." (473 comments)

[...] and they seem to want to make me wait until the very day of release before I get anything out of my backing unless I pay more money.

I dont know how much you gave them, but it seems it was less than the amount required to get you into one of the betas. And I dont remember there being a tier for "I want to get a pre-release demo"

So, you did not get what you did not pay for.

But maybe I just didnt read your whining thoroughly enough.
So, what is your *real* problem again? Them saying "hey you could still be a beta tester for $$" ?

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

Fusselwurm Re:Horribly sexist ! (642 comments)

Just for women ? That's really sexist !

The notion that "portraying men as muscled killing machines" is a kind of sexism has not yet arrived in the mainstream.
Which tells you interesting things about our society.

Still: women are more likely to be displayed in roles perceived as *de*grading, whereas men are portrayed with attributes perceived as positive (strength, power, etc). So the problem of sexism against females should get priority imho.

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

Fusselwurm Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (642 comments)

I'd rather have ratings done by a non-government funded agency.

Wat. How will having a private entity help with non-biased labeling?

about a month ago
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Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

Fusselwurm Re:brighter? (376 comments)

My take on it as well.

There is a lights arms race on the streets. I wonder if we already passed the point of "more is safer".

about 10 months ago
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Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

Fusselwurm Re:eh, it's not that bad (459 comments)

Many Europeans are already used to using different keyboards at different times.

Yes. For me it's three.

Mostly, I'm using the Neo2 layout. When gaming, I use the standard German qwertz layout, and sometimes I have to use US English. It takes time getting used to it, but once you've mastered a layout, you're fine on ANY DEVICE.

The problem I see here is that the X1, by re-positioning or abandoning physical keys, effectively forces you to not only know 3 different layouts, but 3*2 = 6. Great.

(Plus, with the caps lock key gone, I'd have to hack Neo2 to get the 3rd level switch on the home or end key, blegh.)

about a year ago
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China's Web Surveillance System Employs More Than 2 Million

Fusselwurm Way to go, China (63 comments)

Only? 2M informants is no more than 0.2% of the population.

Compare that to the East German Stasi, who had ~0.5% full time on their payrolls (about 100k of 16M ppl), plus ~3% of unpaid whisperers...

about a year ago
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Germany Produces Record-Breaking 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Solar Energy In One Month

Fusselwurm Re:NO NO NO (687 comments)

Yes, lignite. Insane as it seems, there are still villages being razed in Germany for lignite strip mining.

As it is, Vattenfall is the most destructive Swedish force in Germany since Gustav Adolf.

about a year ago
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Book Review: The Death of the Internet

Fusselwurm Re:How about the death of cities? (102 comments)

That's the 'noble primitive' myth. It's only a myth.

I wasn't talking about the idea that people in smaller tribes were inherently more moral people (which is what the noble primitive myth deals with), but that crime is low because of social pressures in small groups (where everyone knows everyone, and it is harder to get away with crime) or for other reasons. My point was that crime rate is smaller in a smaller social group, but more and more people prefer to live in/around cities.

depends on the type of crime, i guess.

i know that at least homicide is much lower in today's "western" society (about one in a hundred thousand per year) in comparison to contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes (one in a hundred to one in three thousand).

about a year and a half ago
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SXSW: Elon Musk Talks Reusable Rockets, Tesla Controversy

Fusselwurm Re:rocket up and down video (167 comments)

Video blocked in Germany. Im starting to hate it when ppl upload vids with unrelated music copyrighted to big labels

about 2 years ago
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Canada To Stop Producing Pennies In 2013

Fusselwurm Re:It's all about zinc (362 comments)

I thought that was satirical...but it seems to be real.

Wow.

Always someone to 1-up the stupidity thats in circulation.

about 2 years ago
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My favorite resolution for the new year:

Fusselwurm Re:Alphabet soup (266 comments)

Wow. Thanks.

Seriously: This mishmash of Xs, Ws, Qs, plusses and whatnot, all appended by -GA, is highly ridiculous. Who in all the fcking world wants to learn as many acronyms as there are combinations of width, height and color depth?

about 2 years ago
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World's Oldest Wooden Water Wells Discovered

Fusselwurm Re:It could be built by the neanderthals (50 comments)

Has the timeline been changed by better archaeology or dating, or reclassification of remains? when I was at school (only 2 decades ago, in the UK) I was taught that the last Neanderthals died out around the time of the construction of the Pyramids in Egypt, no more than 6000 years ago

Just asked my sis (who sports a B.A. in prehistoric archaeology )... according to her, you must've had a very strange teacher -- historically, the figure for "how long ago did they die out" has been creeping down as more and more recent specimen were found. At no time did people think it was just 6ka ago.

about 2 years ago
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On Daylight Savings Time:

Fusselwurm Re:GMT (475 comments)

I try the same every spring whenever we switch to DST (which for me is UTC+2), but I give up after a week or so because it gets confusing with different web services (calendars, bug trackers etc) and my own devices being in different time zones

more than 2 years ago
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One common ancester for blue eyed people

Fusselwurm Re:Let me get this straight (3 comments)

So... all those pre-historic women loving the mysterious stranger with the blue eyes? Interesting.

more than 2 years ago
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One common ancester for blue eyed people

Fusselwurm questionable conclusion (3 comments)

"This gene does something good for people

So it seems.

It makes them have more kids.

Might be. Alternatively, it may also let more kids survive or make the kids more aggressive towards others, or... whatever, we dont seem to know really.

more than 2 years ago

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