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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

HiThere Re:Anecdotes for the win! (591 comments)

To an extent, but only to an extent, you are correct.

The problem is that when someone who feels they should be entitled relative to someone else also feels that the somone else is favored over them, you get a lot more vitriol. And a lot of men and boys feel that they should be entitled relative to women. And yes, this also happens along racial lines. And anonymity makes them feel safe in targeting the "unfairly" favored.

Please note that I do not intend ANY actual implication as to whether or not the targeted individual actually is favored in any sane sense of the term. I'm talking purely about perceptions. And I intentionally spoke in generalities. It could as easily describe relationships between customers and clerks as anything else, but for most people that relationship does not impact the attention that they devote to the world significantly.

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MIT' Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

HiThere Re:De-salination? (96 comments)

Not directly. If you fed salt water into the system is would get blocked up with salt crystals. Indirectly, yes. The output is steam, and you could use that to heat the salt water to the point where it started rapidly evaporating. (You'd want to recycle the "working fluid" water, so you don't just bubble it through the salt water, but instead you use the salt water to cool the steam until it condenses and then feed it back into the heater.)

yesterday
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MIT' Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

HiThere Re:Algae (96 comments)

Hun? Reduce the efficiency? If you run the steam through some system to extract most of the energy, one of the outputs is going to be hot water, which you can feed back into the system as water that's already been preheated.

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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

HiThere Re:Unconstitutional (150 comments)

You might want to look at some house after the police have searched it, if you don't think they are still extremely disruptive. They are generally worse if they don't find what they hoped to find. Wantonly destructive is not always an overstatement.

2 days ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

HiThere Re:Two sides to this... (150 comments)

You have a lot more faith in the integrity of the government than I do.

2 days ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

HiThere Re:As the old song goes (150 comments)

The trouble is, this isn't the usual slippery slope. This started out as a reasonable legal procedure back when hard disks were small. The slippery slope was the storing more and more of personal history in digital forms. Originally allowing all digital media to searched was reasonable. Now it's quite a bit less so. Next year it will be worse.

(What was unreasonable before is that they would seize the hardware and keep it to punish the accused, often never getting around to actually filing a case.. The punishment was the loss of business records, etc. It was still abuse, but a different abuse.)

2 days ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

HiThere Re:" and particularly describing" (150 comments)

That's a pretty big place to be called "particularly described".

OTOH, it looks as if they are only allowed to look for evidence of one particular kind of crime. That narrows it a bit, if the restriction can be believed. Unfortunately, a lot of instances of "independent construction" have come to light, which shed a lot of doubt on how well this kind of restriction is enforced. (True, this case doesn't involve the spooks, but the same processes can be used.)

2 days ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

HiThere Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (150 comments)

Sort of. But they should be required to narrowly specify the information that they are looking for, and have evidence that would lead a reasonable person to conclude it is probably there. And they shouldn't be allowed to record anything that doesn't match the items described in the warrant.

And I quote: "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him." -- Cardinal Richelieu

2 days ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

HiThere Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (150 comments)

The problem is that one agent of it under reckless evil can undo the work of 100 agents working selflessly for good. And that's assuming the "good" agents don't collude to protect the bad apple.

2 days ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

HiThere Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (150 comments)

OTOH, this judge thought it quite reasonable to search an entier hard drive. And said it was established predecent. Yuck! That's NOT a narrow search.

2 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

HiThere Re:lol (662 comments)

FWIW, my *GUESS* is that this wasn't planned. Somebody the other day said that this kind of rocket launcher can be set to automaticaly fire on anything passing overhead. That sounds to me quite plausible. So my guess is that somebody set it up on automatic, and took a break when they shouldn't have, or that they were assigned to do something else, so the left the launcher on automatic, or that it was lunch time, so..... etc.

As to WHO the negligent party was, it's plausibly the separtists, it's plausibly some Russian advisor who was detached to help them, it's plausibly anyone who had one of these launchers. It's the kind of stupid thing people do when they're confused and harried. It probably wasn't the Russian troops. This isn't the kind of thing people do when they're part of a standing chain of command.

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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

HiThere Re:Finally! (472 comments)

The point was "without warning". Drunks generally give plenty of warning that they are getting violent. This guy was just walking down the street.

OTOH, I'm relying on third-hand information about why. Apparently he had a reputation for taking "angle dust" and then becoming violent some time later without warning. Prehaps it was an idiosyncratic reaction, sort of like the "cat" or "dot" reactions to morphine. But I was told that it's the kind of thing one needs to expect from PCP users. Is this true? I sure don't know. But the "without warning" is ... rather hard to deal with.

OTOH, I guess that if it were easily available, those who liked it would kill themselves off fairly quickly. Presuming that the information that I got was correct.

2 days ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

HiThere Re:Finally! (472 comments)

I don't experiment with drugs myself because I am leery of addiction. Getting off tobacco was a difficult process the second time, whereas the first time I just stopped without problem. I don't think I want to experiment with anything else that's addictive.

2 days ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

HiThere Re:Finally! (472 comments)

WRT point 2: This came to my attention in the context of someone who apparently became violent for no reason. Police were not imvolved.

FWIW, it's my understanding that PCP is a legal horse tranquilizer, and that it works well for horses. That being the case, I doubt that it's difficult to get even now. But I don't know, because I've never tried.

2 days ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

HiThere Re:Free market economy (524 comments)

Now tell me about MS wanting more H1B workers.

Why should companies that get special treatment from the government pretend that they are operating in a free market? Because fools will believe them.

3 days ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

HiThere Re:Drug use versus crime (472 comments)

I beg to differ. Financial crimes are a lot more profitable. It's just that the people who comit them have friends in the government.

3 days ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

HiThere Re:It's finally time to do it (472 comments)

That's not clear. It's true that tobacco is reputedly the hardest drug to quit, but that is not synonmous with the highest social cost. And Freud (an informed witness) though that cocaine was more destructive than either alcohol or tobacco.

But that' doesn't mean that making them illegal doesn't have a much higher social cost than having them be legal.

3 days ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

HiThere Re:No public drug use (472 comments)

Have you noticed how effective the laws against operating a vehicle while using a cell phone have been? Yet that at least as dangerous as being mildly drunk. Some studies have said that typically being stoned on grass causes one to be more careful, but I have my suspcion that that may be due to fear of being caught. Still...

Perhaps the laws should be against reckless driving, not agains what you've eaten or drunk. Perhaps some people shouldn't be allowed to drive just because they're a bit senile. (My father had Alzheimers, and I'm rather sure his license should have been pulled before he was too far gone to remember that it had been pulled.)

3 days ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

HiThere Re:No public drug use (472 comments)

The problem is, back before morphiates were made illegal there was this syrup called laudanum that you rubbed on the gums of a baby to stop it complaining about teething. Lots of kids got addicted before they could even talk.

SOME regulation is needed. The problem is how to have regulations that cause less harm than the harm they're actually (not ostensibly) preventing.

For a start, I'm all in favor of total legalization with only a couple of provisos:
1) Everything needs to be clearly labeled so that people know what they are buying. (This includes warnings, but not overkill warnings such as those that currently come with prescription drugs.)
2) No advertising.

The problem with this is that drugs aren't a thing, they're a pretty smooth gradient along several axes, some of which are independent of each other. Examples to help you think:
Coffee, cigarettes, joints, hash, methdone, heroin, sugar, flour, chocolate, cocaine, Yerba Matte, Yohimbe, Asprin, Psilocibin, steak, morphine, snuff, lsd, DMA, Guiness, DMT, ecstasy, PCP, roast turkey, ibuprofen.
Those are all drugs. Some are also foods, but that doesn't keep them from being drugs. I'd have included niacin, but nobody likes the effect, which sort of puts it in a separate category. The general category description is "mood altering substances".

3 days ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

HiThere Re: No public drug use (472 comments)

Don't think that legalization solves all problems. It's a lesser evil. And advertising should be forbidden, but that's a sticky problem, as there's a smooth gradient between cocaine and chocolate. And I'm not sure WHERE sugar fits in. Or flour.

Clearly the advertising of tobacco is a major part of the tobacco problem. Now figure out how to ban it without doing more harm than you prevent.

The best answer I have is the one the dairy companies used against margarine back in the 1940's and early 50's. Don't allow them to be an ingredient. You can buy the drugs, but if you want to make brownies, you've got to bake them yourself. But I think the supreme court decided that was unconstitutional, and they had to allow the color to be mixed into the margarine before it was sold. And since corporations are people, they have the right to free speech, and since money == free speech, they have the right to pay people to promote their stuff. So how do you ban advertising?

That's basically the reason I've been against legalization. I think that possession should come with a 5 minute sentence, no fine, and no permanent record. That way it's legal to continue to forbid advertising the stuff.

3 days ago

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