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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

GrumpySteen Re:"gate" (499 comments)

Everyone is doing it, which makes it a conspiracy. It's GATERGATE!

yesterday
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

GrumpySteen Re:cowardice (499 comments)

The FBI is investigating *opponents* of GamerGate for lying about threats and third party trolls for making other threats while the summery claims the investigation is about threats made by proponents.

That's an interesting fantasy? From TFA:
"Who or what is being investigated remains an open question."

The FBI hasn't said who they're investigating and they did not release documents relating to the investigation, so there's absolutely no basis for your claims.

yesterday
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

GrumpySteen Re:Tired of this shit (444 comments)

And the only conceivable reason for letting someone "experience" being decapitated is because you believe them to be executioners, yet they are unaware of that fact. Otherwise, the exercise is pointless.

Right?

Of course not. Faulty logic is faulty.

The real reason is to let someone experience something that wouldn't in the real world. Wanting to understand another person's point of view doesn't make you a bad person, nor do you have to be a bad person to benefit from the experience.

3 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

GrumpySteen Re:Tired of this shit (444 comments)

Nothing in the post says that you (or anyone else in particular) is a racist. It simply says that VR could be useful in letting you experience racism.

Letting lose with a barrage of expletives based on an incorrect assumption that you're being accused of racism is... drum roll please... not respectful.

3 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

GrumpySteen Re:Tired of this shit (444 comments)

No. See, that tl;dr leaves out charming phrases like "stupid metro-sexual assholes" in an attempt to make the person I replied to sound reasonable.

It is actually quite easy to express disagreement with someone or something without resorting to childish insults. I'm doing it right now, in fact, and anyone who claims that they treat everyone with respect should be expected to do likewise.

3 days ago
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Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy

GrumpySteen Re:Title Correction (76 comments)

They've implemented strict controls over 'God View'. Any employee who wants to access it must now know the password; "iddqd"

3 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

GrumpySteen Re:Only for white people ? (444 comments)

Not bias. Clickbait.

The paper doesn't actually say anything about white people being put in black bodies. That bit is from the headline from the Daily Dot.

3 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

GrumpySteen Re:Tired of this shit (444 comments)

I didn't know "treating everyone with respect" included posting a semi-deranged, expletive-filled rant that included references to your imaginary oppressor's sexuality.

Oh, right, it doesn't. That would explain why it was posted by an anonymous coward.

3 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

GrumpySteen Re:The beaks won (137 comments)

Lips may be a little better, but what you really want for soup is a long, flexible nose like an elephant.

4 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

GrumpySteen Re:currency (138 comments)

They are colloquially known as pennies, named after the British Penny. Sorry, the anal-retentive numismatist in me had to interject

There's an ass-penny joke in there somewhere, but I don't think I want to look for it.

4 days ago
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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

GrumpySteen Re:No thanks (134 comments)

Those that need verification prompts to exist in our society, need to seriously rethink their basic thought process and self control.

Apparently you've either never been around anyone who was drunk or you're so incompetent in your own decision making that you think drunk people make good decisions and have self control.

about a week ago
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Material Possiblities: A Flying Drone Built From Fungus

GrumpySteen Re:Cheap? (52 comments)

radioactive motors

Where the hell are you buying your motors from?

about two weeks ago
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Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Human Evolution

GrumpySteen Re:Of course it did (89 comments)

Ahem.

about three weeks ago
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Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Human Evolution

GrumpySteen Of course it did (89 comments)

Anyone who has woken up next to someone they hooked up with while drunk can tell you that alcohol completely undermines selective breeding.

about three weeks ago
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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

GrumpySteen Re:Making ENIAC run again (126 comments)

Somebody knows or knows who knows but they need to be inspired to come forward or follow up on their hunch.

Slight problem: ENIAC was built about 70 years ago and most of the people who were involved in its construction are dead. It's really hard to inspire dead people enough to get them to come forward.

about three weeks ago
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How To End Online Harassment

GrumpySteen Re:here we go (834 comments)

never seem to apply that standard when her brother is insulted in those ways.

The author is a dude named Matthew. A he, not a her.

The fact that you automatically assumed that a person who says "It is never appropriate to use slurs, metaphors, graphic negative imagery, or any other kind of language that plays on someone's gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion" must be a woman says a lot about you. The fact that you went on to accuse your imagined woman oppressor of having a double standard says even more.

about a month ago
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Researchers Claim Metal "Patch" Found On Pacific Island Is From Amelia Earhart

GrumpySteen Re:How did they ID the part? (94 comments)

They found her body in 1940

Maybe, maybe not.

It is, of course, impossible to know whether the bones inspected by Dr. Hoodless in 1941 were in fact those of a white female, and if anything even less possible to be sure that they were those of Amelia Earhart. Only the rediscovery of the bones themselves, or the recovery of more bones from the same skeleton on the island, can bring certainty. What we can be certain of is that bones were found on the island in 1939-40, associated with what were observed to be womenâ(TM)s shoes and a navigatorâ(TM)s sextant box, and that the morphology of the recovered bones, insofar as we can tell by applying contemporary forensic methods to measurements taken at the time, appears consistent with a female of Earhartâ(TM)s height and ethnic origin.

The bones found might have been from Amelia Earhart's body, but they were identified as male at the time and then lost. Only when the measurements of the bones were looked at in 1998 was it noticed that they could have been Earhart's, but there is no way to know for certain. Unfortunately, the internet being what it is, everyone ignores the parts of the report that stress that the findings are inconclusive and repeats the claim that her body was found as if it were an absolute, unquestionable fact.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

GrumpySteen Re:You shouldn't need insurance for most things (739 comments)

look at insurance companies. Huge luxury office buildings, executives who make millions- it's a lot like Vegas. Where does the money come from? Losers like you and me who have to pay ridiculous premiums for minimal coverage. Yeah, Insurance baby!

That's how it has worked in the past, yes, but the affordable care act actually did something about that. Insurance companies' profits and overhead margins are now capped at either 20% or 15%, depending on the size of the company. If they don't pay out the rest in claims, they have to refund it.

It's not perfect and insurance companies will still make a lot of money, but it is a start.

about a month and a half ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

GrumpySteen Re:This was no AP. (339 comments)

Here's something fun you can try: Buy a bottle of nitromethane (model aircraft fuel, also Top Fuel racing), put it in a plastic spray bottle, and spray it on seats where departing passengers are likely to sit. Then get arrested because you're in a crowded fucking airport spraying nitromethane on the seats in front of hundreds of witnesses.

FTFY

about 2 months ago

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