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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

HBI Re:Limited perspective (956 comments)

Nothing exemplifies the beta male mindset like mod points!

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

HBI Re:Limited perspective (956 comments)

More to the point, this is just about power. Squeaky wheels getting oil. It has nothing to do with the horrors of dealing with other people*, except when it can be emotionally harnessed to achieve more power.

Get older - you realize it's all bullshit posturing for power for people ill-equipped to achieve it through honest means. In other words, beta males and most women. It's ineffectual and the power achieved is of a group nature in most cases, which is the worst kind. But it doesn't stop people from seeking it by trumpeting how terrible their life has been. Race peddlers, gender peddlers, homosexual activists - all the same.

Nothing but contempt for the idea and the execution. Something to be routed around.

* And it's most assuredly horrific, but we all get to deal with it at some level or another.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

HBI Re:Automated troubleshooting? (265 comments)

That is not true. If my job is important and my systems are important, i'm on site to make sure that change is successful.

When I was with IBM, our policy was to open up a conference call and have all the requisite support staff on the call until the change window closed. You paid through the nose for that kind of support, but our downtime was minimal and some customers needed that.

When I am working in theater on critical systems in wartime, I don't sit in my fucking hooch and use automated tools. My ass is in front of the boxes in question to respond instantly. The alternative is broken tactical systems meaning bad information being used to make decisions meaning dead people.

Your slack attitude doesn't cut it in the places I work.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

HBI Automated troubleshooting? (265 comments)

Maintenance windows are at off-hours to accomodate real work happening. If every action was painless and produced the desired result, you could do it over lunch or something like that. But that's not the real world.

This begs the question of how the hell are you going to fix unexpected problems in an automated fashion? The answer is, you aren't. Therefore, you have to be up at 2am.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

HBI Re:Government control of our lives... (155 comments)

So we got rid of human slavery but are forced to endure ...human slavery? Is that your argument?

about two weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

HBI Re:And when the video feed dies... (468 comments)

It had side windows and a periscope. Lindbergh would bank to look at things out the side windows. None of the above had failure modes anything like a video camera on a wire. Your point?

about three weeks ago
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After 47 Years, Computerworld Ceases Print Publication

HBI Did anyone care anymore? (105 comments)

I believe my first computer "magazine" was a photocopied zine for Apple computers from back in the 70s. I think I bought my last computer magazine in about 2000. The web killed the market for such things long ago.

about a month ago
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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

HBI Re:Back in the '80's (293 comments)

The main problem is that computer education fails to teach the basics - the simple lessons about input and output. Then, isolates the student so far from the hardware atop multiple layers of software cruft that you'll never get an idea how the real machine works.

I took an undergrad Computer Architecture class which was very nice. Had an excellent, simplistic virtual machine environment (MARIE) with a very short list of opcodes. By the time you were done with that, you should understand the things we understood back in the 70s and 80s working on Z-80 CP/M boxes or 8088s (or 6502s...). We should teach that class at the High School level.

about a month and a half ago
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7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated

HBI Re:They can go to 110% and beyond (197 comments)

Well, making shitty phones - either because the OS sucks (Windows Phone) or the hardware is flaky (HTC - the one HTC phone I owned was not particularly good) doesn't make it extremely likely that people are going to buy your phones.

about 2 months ago
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UN to Debate Use of Fully Autonomous Weapons, New Report Released

HBI Re:Knee Jerk Yo Yo (180 comments)

The Russians thought this way during WWI and WW2. So did the Chinese during the Korean War. They suffered casualty rates that ran to 10:1. Human steamroller tactics produce a lot of bodies but not a lot of results.

about 3 months ago
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How Free-To-Play Is Constricting Mobile Games

HBI How is 'free to play' constricting? (115 comments)

People aren't going to pay for stuff that they don't need. Games aren't necessary. It would have to be a hell of a game on your phone to justify spending money.

Charging money for every game would just assure that very few or none of them get played. A Chili's near me put in small touchscreen terminals that handle credit card swipes at each table. Avoids waiting for the server to bring you the bill, it's nice. They also have games on the terminal. Every one costs at least a buck. I haven't seen one get played yet.

Creating a new economy doesn't work if no one shows up.

about 3 months ago
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As Domestic Abuse Goes Digital, Shelters Turn To Counter-surveillance With Tor

HBI Re:I know somebody like this (133 comments)

If you need to be private from your spouse/so, you should examine why. Then, alter your current relationship or find a relationship where it's comfortable enough that you don't feel like you have to keep secrets.

If you're keeping secrets, you're not all in, and bad things will come eventually. If you think that not being able to keep secrets constitutes abuse, I think you have a problematic definition.

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

HBI Re:Don't care (688 comments)

Just imagine if his dispatch from his job were due to the color of his skin, and imagine the howling then. Get your own sense of perspective. The Nazis would have been entirely proud of how Eich was removed - this kind of public humiliation and elimination of subversive elements was entirely to their taste.

about 3 months ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

HBI Re:let's play global thermonuclear war (481 comments)

Which was misspelled anyway, USSR was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. I mean after getting all those statues torn down and otherwise being tossed on the ash heap of history, Lenin probably deserves to have his creation spelled correctly.

about 3 months ago
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How Concrete Contributed To the Downfall of the Roman Empire

HBI Re:Economic reasons (384 comments)

Hmm. I suppose you could say that the Pope is the actual descendant of the Pontifex Maximus due to the title being ascribed to the Pope, but in all other ways the Papacy has no relationship to the Roman Emperors and does not (and never did) claim their powers or titles. The Pontifex Maximus was entirely spiritual and imperium was quite separate from the (limited) powers of the Pontifex. It was a mostly ceremonial role in any event.

about 3 months ago

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Wow

HBI HBI writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I posted something in 2007 about leaving and I apparently came back at some point, but now it's going to have to be for good.

Some statistics:

On Facebook, Reddit has 115k likes. Slashdot has 400 something.

I think this says something about left wing amateur journalism. Where /. went wrong was the political shit. It's a surefire way to piss off your readership. There were other huge errors but that one was very big. Leave the politics to politics sites. But then again, it appears that /. is a political site now, too. A bad one.

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Does having all these left-wing assholes posting pay the bills?

HBI HBI writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I sure hope it does. They are retarded enough that they'd drive off any new blood. It's been a long time since I learned anything by reading the comments on any article here.

I post once a month now, and will probably cut even that back. Many days I don't even bother visiting.

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Multiply sucks moose schlong

HBI HBI writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Just FYI. Totally inaccessible *again*. Looks like the competence they demonstrated for a few short months is fleeting.

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An incident of bad moderation does it for me finally

HBI HBI writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Fuck Slashdot.

I've had it with this place finally. Just about everyone I knew on here has fled the site in one way or another. Almost the last to leave, I bid you farewell.

You idiots ran it into the ground. Nice work. You had a vibrant community and wrecked it with posting limitations, moderation bugs and the irrelevant M2. 'Overrated' has to be the biggest laugh ever. I could spend every mod point I ever got on overrated mods and never be subject to M2.

You had a quite active (at least 100 people that I could identify) journaling circle which left for Multiply about 6 months ago because of all the harassment on here.

A friend of mine left about 2 months ago. His complaint was about the leftist slant on everything. He was right, of course, but that's almost an irrelevancy after the previously catalogued sins.

A large number of the people I mention were former subscribers, myself included.

The whole place is low grade dreck by this point and the articles are the same tripe every day. The insightful comments are rare, and the idiots posting are mostly just that, idiots. I used to learn something from reading here, but instead am annoyed incessantly nowadays.

In two words: bad administration.

Oh, and the editors were often flaming assholes too.

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