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Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

Guppy06 Protip: (76 comments)

corporations may also take a more proactive stance in response to them

Putting Condi Rice in charge of privacy: not a "proactive stance."

about a week ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Guppy06 Re:Software doesn't wear out. (641 comments)

That's all fine and dandy but you're relying on Chrome and FF to keep XP support?

Officially Firefox still supports XP SP2, which hasn't seen official support from Microsoft since July 2010.

Unofficially, I haven't tried it lately but I suspect it still runs on Windows 2000.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Guppy06 Re:This is kinda gross. (564 comments)

15 years of "everything's fine?" Or simply 15 years of employees quietly being passed over for promotion, implicitly encouraged to seek employment elsewhere, and not wanting to jeopardize a professional reference? Nobody ever lost a job by not complaining about their workplace environment.

Workplace discrimination and a hostile work environment are by their nature self-perpetuating and are often subtle enough to go unaddressed and unchecked for years as victims desire to avoid "rocking the boat" and jeopardizing both their present and future employment.

Any appearance of bigotry so high up the chain of command cannot be tolerated if an organization truly wishes to be inclusive. Letting him continue to hold his prior position of authority unchecked after his bigotry came to light was a mistake; promoting him simply compounded the long-festering problem.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Guppy06 Re:And yet they supported Obama (564 comments)

We

Oooh, "grassroots!"

searched the federal campaign-contribution database and found that Yagan gave...$500 to then-Sen. Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign who also opposed gay marriage at the time.

He also opposed preemptively bombing Iran and didn't choose Sarah Palin as a running mate. Most political candidates don't run on a single issue. Did the campaign check specifically have "Fuck the gays!" written in the memo?

According to Wikipedia, 7,001,084 people voted for Prop 8. Why do any of those people still have jobs? Shouldn’t they all be forced to resign?

Depends on if they all hypocritically run companies that claim to strive for diversity.

One reason why rich white guys like Eich are being targeted so viciously is that the many black churches who supported Proposition 8 — and, indeed, put it over the top — are out-of-bounds for criticism.

And since it's the only "reason" you listed it's the only reason that matters? Besides, unlike Eich here, "the black churches" (as well as churches of other, less sinister colors) have tended to recant prior support and joined organizations such as the NAACP working towards equality.

True, he didn’t support Prop 8 or other attempts to legally ban SSM (a strong signal at the time that his stated view was a lie),

Or, y'know, federalism.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Guppy06 Re:This is kinda gross. (564 comments)

And Paula Deen and her brother got the racial discrimination claims against them dismissed. When problems have to get worse than that before they can be formally addressed, nobody can afford a "wait and see" approach.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Guppy06 Re:Freedom of political activism (1746 comments)

With Mozilla giving benefits to same-sex couples and having outreach programs for homosexuals, it is hard to see how an anti-gay culture could build up.

Written policies, outreach programs and benefits such as maternity leave certainly haven't put an end to gender-based employment discrimination, but they do make a good whitewash.

And, it is impossible for such a culture to build invisibly

It doesn't need to be invisible, it just needs to avoid prosecution ("It's just a coincidence that H-1B's under the age of 30 were the best qualified candidates for the job.")

these days ideological hiccups regarding homosexuality are cast out.

Who gets "cast out" depends entirely on who's at the top.

If and when Eich harmed an employee, that employe could be unable to legally prove his case, but could easily make the case public, thus causing Eich's demise.

And that whistle-blower will never be hired by anybody else again. All future potential employers will "just happen" to find a better-qualified candidate than someone with a history of antagonizing their employers.

Ideas need to be debated based on their merits, not on punisment and reward.

"Meritable ideas" don't pay for rent or buy groceries. The CEO has, for all practical purposes, unlimited power to mete out punishment and reward, and with such great power must come great scrutiny.

The ballot is secret for a reason, and small donations should be secret too.

$1000 is more than the average American makes in a week.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Guppy06 Re:This is kinda gross. (564 comments)

we are ALL bigots at one point or another

But we don't all drop $1k in support of our bigotry and then get all squirmy when asked if we still feel the same way. George Wallace was more repentant.

So tell me, the last time that you avoided going to church on the weekend, where you not a anti-religious bigot?

I don't support efforts to deny others the ability to worship if, when and how they choose.

How about when you voted I, or D, or R?

I don't support efforts to criminalize being a member of a political party.

And in this case, since Eich explicitly gave to a political group

A single-issue advocacy group that sought nothing other than to disenfranchise a minority.

rather than giving a speech, or protesting, or handing out flyers

He paid for the venues and the fliers.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Guppy06 Re:This is kinda gross. (564 comments)

His employees were actually surprised to learn the information.

They weren't "his employees" until last week.

Seems he *didn't* act as you imagine he would

California law and written corporate policy would have kept him from acting on his prejudices overtly. Discrimination and a hostile work environment don't need to be written into the employee handbook to be present, especially when it goes all the way to the top.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Guppy06 Re:This is kinda gross. (564 comments)

but I hate the idea of judging someone's employability based on how they vote.

And yet you would give the authority to hire, fire, and set policy to an unreformed bigot and hope it all works out for the best?

To save us some time, I'll get straight to a Hitler example, noting that Hitler personally played an important role in the design of the VW Beetle. But hippies can still drive Beetles without thereby supporting Hitler.

How many current Volkswagen executives and board members make political contributions to Nazis? We're not talking about divesting from ECMAScript here.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Guppy06 Re:And yet they supported Obama (564 comments)

to be fair we dont know, he has never made a statement about it as far as I am aware.

Fucking summary, second-to-last sentence.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Guppy06 Re:So... (564 comments)

Because the people upset about it were outnumbered on the board.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

Guppy06 Re:Freedom of Speech? (328 comments)

Judging by these kinds of posts, I'm guessing a fifth to quarter of the posters are borderline sociopaths.

Welcome to Slashdot.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Guppy06 Re:Freedom of political activism (1746 comments)

It would be understandable to boycott Mozilla if the CEO actually harmed an employee. It is unreasonable to perform a preventive strike, reasoning that "he will never be able to separate his beliefs from his work and therefore he is guilty a priori.

Legally, the only way employment discrimination can be addressed (in cases where it's even illegal) is if it's overt, explicit, and documented. Anything short of that and the victim is left with nothing but legal fees, with even less of a chance of getting a new job after having a history of filing a discrimination suit. Eich wouldn't have to act directly, openly, or even knowingly for a corporate culture to build up around him and his authority that "coincidentally" rids him of those meddlesome gays, regardless of the platitudes written into the stated corporate policy. From a practical standpoint labor's only defense is to assume guilt until proof of innocence, and in this case Eich is still unrepentant.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Guppy06 Re:Freedom of political activism (1746 comments)

Eich worked to criminalize what people do privately.

Hyperbole.

It wasn't his marriage that got revoked.

Not when he's doing a private donation

Employment discrimination laws in the US are toothless (when they exist at all) and conservative lawmakers are doing what they can to gut them further. Conservative corporations have gone so far as to argue before the Supreme Court that management can be neither asked nor expected to keep their "sincerely held beliefs" separate from their business policy decisions. He can hire and fire at will, he can change policy on a whim, and he can even impose a hostile work environment to force out undesirables without saying a word or otherwise getting his hands dirty.

In the current corporate legal environment that leans heavily in their favor, there can be no expectation of separation of the public and the private for management. They simply have too much power over the lives of others to pretend anything else is possible.

which is only publicised for legal reasons

Unlike earnings reports?

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Guppy06 Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

What is the difference between Eich supporting a campaign to prevent gay marriage and his detractors supporting a campaign to prevent Eich from being CEO of Mozilla?

Eich doesn't suddenly find himself unwed, nor does he now have to leave the state to exercise all the rights and privileges he had yesterday.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Guppy06 Re:JS Mill had this right 150 years ago (1746 comments)

However, we've won.

You can still be fired for being homosexual in a majority of states.

"Mission Accomplished?"

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Guppy06 Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Then at least acknowledge that the boycott push was an act of active and outright bigotry when Eich had (past tense) done something that some might see as intolerant

First, it is a false equivalence to claim that actively reducing the legal standing of a class of citizens based exclusively on sexual orientation is merely "something that some might see as intolerant."

Secondly, Eich has (present tense) still not apologized. He made no meaningful effort or gesture to those he helped hurt and disenfranchise, just the typical corporate "Sorry if you're offended" spiel.

A great deal of this furor would have gone away if there was an act of genuine contrition on his part. But he couldn't manage to do what George Wallace and Robert Byrd could.

the response to him was far far worse than anything he'd done

He hasn't had a marriage revoked.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Guppy06 Re:Freedom of political activism (1746 comments)

Employer 1: "Oh, you are pro-choice? You want to deny unborn children the right to life. Fired!"
Employer 2: "Oh, you are pro-life? You want to deny women the right to self-determination. Fired!"
Employer 3: "Oh, you support the death penalty? You want to deny felons the right to life. Fired!"

This is wrong.

It's all perfectly legal, as is firing someone for being homosexual in many states. And for that one (at least) Eich has worked to keep it that way.

People must never be demoted because of political activism they do privatly

Eich worked to criminalize what people do privately.

not using the company brand

The CEO is the brand.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Guppy06 Re:Talk about conflicted... (1746 comments)

To my knowledge, he has said nothing otherwise and apparently did not interfere with apparently LGBT friendly policies of the Mozilla Corporation.

He had no need to. He'd already used government coercion to impose on the private lives of Mozilla's gay employees outside of the office as well as all California gays regardless of whether or not they worked for Mozilla.

And besides, at the time he did not have the power to impose on gay employees' professional lives to the extent that a CEO can.

So what do I get out of this? The board saw a win-win, if he can weather the storm of the Prop 8 fiasco then they get one of the most technically competent CEOs available

But it would be at the cost of alienating all LGBTQ clients, contributors and their allies. OKCupid had a point: as an internet dating site they have an immediate business concern in gay rights.

otherwise, they push him out and get a lot of visibility for doing so (and maybe more converts).

No, Mozilla is now left with a heck of a lot of people with grudges and long memories. The fact that they thought promoting Eich was a good idea in the first place does not reflect well on them and will be remembered for a long time to come.

I think Howard Stern was right, if you're planning on leading a public company, keep your mouth shut and be everybody's best friend.

You don't sell a product and promote a brand by pissing people off.

about two weeks ago

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Nintendo Power--The End of an Era

Guppy06 Guppy06 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Guppy06 writes "Starting with volume 222 in December, Nintendo will no longer be in charge of its own dedicated magazine, Nintendo Power, instead handing the reins over to Future US, publisher of other gaming magazines such as PC Gamer, Official Xbox Magazine, and Playstation: The Official Magazine. Nintendo started Nintendo Power from its original "Nintendo Fun Club" back in 1988 and since then the magazine has been the official mouthpiece of the company to its fanbase, often being the medium used for new announcements, such as the development of the now-classic Game Boy and Super NES. Similarly, it seems Nintendo is no longer publishing its own video game guides, which were published under the Nintendo Power name; recent flagship titles such as Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass only have Nintendo-authorized guides published by Prima available."
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EU Backs Off From Metrication in UK, Ireland

Guppy06 Guppy06 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Guppy06 writes "After struggling with individual merchants in the British Isles for years years, European commissioners unanimously agreed that people in the UK and Ireland could continue to trade using Imperial units of measure rather than compel metrication, using solely Imperial for specific industries or uses (roads, beer, milk, precious metals) or a US-style dual-labeling for all others. EU Industry Commissioner Gunter Verheugen, who apparently pushed for this measure, is quoted as saying "When I looked into this matter it was obvious to me that there was no reason why imperial measures should go," and "I think up to that point nobody had really asked the obvious question which is 'Do we really need [to ban] it?'" Self-styled Metric Martyrs in the UK still need to contend with the compulsory metrication directives from their national government in London. In answer to disappointed metrication campaigners, an Associated Press article on the same subject says that Commissioner Verheugen suggests that it will aid with trade with the United States, which has no compulsory metrication and allows units similar to the Imperial system."
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Guppy06 Guppy06 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Guppy06 writes "Sony released new firmware for both the PSP and the PlayStation 3 today. The releases focuses on support for PlayStation games downloaded from the PlayStation Store, allowing the PS3 to play these games directly without having to transfer them to the PSP, as well as apparently allowing save data for these games to be transferred between the two. Most interesting, though, is that PS3 owners "can now use the vibration function of accessories that are for use with Playstation and Playstation 2 format software." With no USB or Bluetooth accessories for the original PlayStation (at least), this seems to suggest that new hardware is on the horizon for the PS3, but whether it's a new controller or a new adapter to connect PS2 and PS controllers hasn't been announced."
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Guppy06 Guppy06 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Guppy06 (410832) writes "Last week, Sun Microsystems unveiled their Project Blackbox, essentially a datacenter built into a standard 20 ft shipping container. Its only outside requirments are electricity, bandwidth and water. The stated goals of the project are to allow customers to install new dataserving capabilities without having to expand existing buildings or erect new ones, and it seems to do just that."
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Guppy06 Guppy06 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Guppy06 writes "... is a Dewey Decimal Sytem for pr0n. Some sort of agreed-upon standard (perhaps an RFC) detailing a particular directory structure for dividing and organizing collections and deciding what particular file goes where.

Really, should the top layer be divided by file format, genre, fetish or what? I could see the potential for links between subdirectories..."
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Guppy06 Guppy06 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Guppy06 writes "Last week, instead of a regular DNS error, EarthLink's DNS servers started to return a redirect to earthlink-help.net, a site that bears a close resemblance to VeriSign's much-maligned Site Finder, to their subscribers. According to their official blog at Earthling, "By presenting users with contextual help based upon the non-existent domain the user entered, we believe we are improving the EarthLink user experience with a system that will not interfere with other network processes." Most of the responses in said blog posting aren't positive."

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