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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Iamthecheese Re:FUD filled.... (212 comments)

the Fukushima 'explosions' were actually by design

Are you actually claiming it was considered okay for large explosions to burst open containment in a nuclear plant in melt-down?

3 days ago

China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

Iamthecheese Re:How many broken parts trying to spin up? (218 comments)

If for reasons of cultural sensitivity they wanted to stop the explosion at our smallest common* unit of time they would use 1 second plus expansion time. Now a soccer ball is 11 cm in radius. If we assume the expansion to that size is done at light speed it will arrive there in .00000000003669 seconds. So they'll stop the experiment at t-1..00000000003669 seconds. They must use very precise clocks.

*yes I know bout clock ticks, just go with it.

5 days ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Iamthecheese meanwhile in the real world (956 comments)

I don't believe it actually happens that way. Would you care to debate the point?

5 days ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Iamthecheese Let me count the ways (956 comments)


Prove very little and when published in a form like this prove even less. Sexual harassment and assault are highly politicized and in many cases overstated. When the mere accusation of sexual harassment in the form of making dongle jokes in a private conversation can end careers it's blatant sexism to claim it's not taken seriously enough. Sexism? yes: spreading fear that men are abusive and dangerous.

Ive personally never heard of a man in the games industry getting rape threats for having an opinion.

Death threats are every bit as common. Being a different gender means the hatred may be sexualized. "No rape threats against men" is a piss poor measure. How about coming up with some actual numbers reflecting the supposedly heightened hostility against women? Because no I won't take your word for it.

Many men believe women have no worth in the games industry beyond appearance.
The video game industry is particularly egregious at only representing women as sex objects. As such, many gamers are trained to only see women in that context.

Would you care to back that up with facts? A survey maybe? Because it sounds like you pulled it straight from whence many of your other claims come. One sexist asshole does not a culture make. There are many games with strongfemale characters. And don't say sexy clothes prove gamers are sexist unless you want to talk about the thousands of hulking, musclebound men in games.

This kind of harassment leaves long-lasting damage. It affects our friendships, and can cause us to be distant from others.

So your overly sensitive friend proves that the same hatred is worse when leveled against women? Equality means standing up for yourself. If you want to be a damsel in distress you don't want equality.

Women in the industry are told by men what is valid for us to feel.

No, women in general are told they're special and need everyone to cater to them. Then the gaming industry didn't cater as much garnering feminist ire. You can feel whatever you want but so can I.

5 days ago

UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

Iamthecheese Re:Correction (97 comments)

Even on Earth there are a lot of creatures that can survive conditions far outside the normal range.

about a week ago

"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

Iamthecheese AI just isn't up to it yet, (102 comments)

Natural communication? In a crowded airport with a machine? Pull the other one, it squeaks.

Artificial intelligence is nowhere near good enough to translate "I want an isle seat for my son and TIMMY STOP POKING YOUR SISTER, sorry, An isle seat for my son and I have a Delta flight from Dallas, can you make sure it will arrive in time to connect?" That's the kind of thing human attendants can cope with easily. The best kind of interface for ticketing is an unintelligent wizard on a touch screen with big icons and a "help" button for an attendant.

about a week ago

Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

Iamthecheese Re:Really people? (139 comments)

You're right: absolutely nothing is free. Except Linux and Chrome and Internet Explorer and Java and TCP and pictures of the Alps and FreeCiv and Libre Office and Wikipedia and the RepRap design and CERN data and the open hardware repository and NIH publications and water filter designs and Acura NSX blueprints and clothing patterns and Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive and don't even think about saying they're "not really free". In all cases we're talking about voluntary contributions of work. Games are as digital as all of these others and claiming no game is free in that context is total bullshit.

about two weeks ago

The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

Iamthecheese Re:I didn't read TFA (63 comments)

The thing is, they're filling the same roles in the same ecosystems. Suppose trees were square on one island, or very sticky on another, or very short and smooth, or poisonous, or covered in ants. In these cases the lizards would have evolved very different forms.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Iamthecheese Re:Shitpost is shit (272 comments)

If they care about their customers (HA!) they should put at least half the employees they're letting go into expanded testing and security divisions.

about two weeks ago

Interviews: Ask Dr. Andy Chun About Artificial Intelligence

Iamthecheese Re:Why is the term "Intelligence" used ... (69 comments)

The only relationship between consciousness and intelligence is that the latter is needed before the former can present itself. Actual artificial intelligence has been created already and is used to solve chess problems, schedule subway maintenance, and answer Jeopardy questions. If your definition of "intelligent" includes "we don't know how it works" then one day you'll wake up to find yourself unintelligent. We're answering the question of how brains work at a rapid pace.

So ignorance is not an antonym of consciousness WAAAIT A MINUTE I'm being trolled aren't I?

about two weeks ago

Interviews: Ask Dr. Andy Chun About Artificial Intelligence

Iamthecheese Broader implications (69 comments)

What real-world problems are best suited to the kind of programming used to manage the subway system? That is to say, if you had unlimited authority to build a similar system to manage other problems which problems would you approach first? Could it be used to solve food distribution in Africa? Could it manage investments?

about two weeks ago

Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Iamthecheese Re:Such harassment (362 comments)

The point is, they're not the same, shouldn't be treated the same, and lumping them together makes the data less useful. The only benefit to lumping them together is that it makes the problem look worse than it is. Publishing less useful data for political points? Evil.

about two weeks ago

The debate over climate change is..

Iamthecheese Re:Why is there a debate at all? (278 comments)

No, no, no, no, NO. Whether or not you think the size (or existence) of my car, the size of my refrigerator, or other thing I like that raises my standard of living is harmful the only thing you'll accomplish by preaching that is to waste your time and spin your wheels. People will NOT be willing to make real sacrifices for an externality. To actually accomplish something push for only the reforms that are a net benefit all around like nuclear and solar power, the insulation you mentioned, and battery research.

about two weeks ago

How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

Iamthecheese Re:Google already has the technology to fix this (132 comments)

Google's anti-SEO destroyed SEO-based businesses. Businesses whose product was deception and causing suboptimal decisions. I celebrate the death of those "legitimate" businesses.

about two weeks ago

How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

Iamthecheese Wikipedia survives it (132 comments)

If a sufficiently large population of interested people can be induced to correct the map it shouldn't be an insurmountable problem. Wikipedia suffers and reverts many thousands of bits of misinformation daily. Not to say it's perfect but it's good enough.

about two weeks ago

Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Iamthecheese Re:40 and done (710 comments)

Anyone who doesn't work unreasonable hours is a slacker? Fuck you.

about a month ago

Google's Nest Buys Home Monitoring Camera Company Dropcam

Iamthecheese without a customer's permission (82 comments)

"Customer's permission" is newspeak for terms of service buried two links deep and five pages of microtext from the top in a section labeled "beware of leopard"

about a month ago

Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

Iamthecheese Re:Lets Get Real (340 comments)

I would never assume they won't make any breakthroughs but what you're expecting is far beyond "making breakthroughs". You seem to believe a government run research program with a relatively small budget can outperform a multibillion dollar decades old giant of innovation like Intel. If Russia had three times Intel's budget for the next ten years they could probably catch up. Other than that it's just not happening.

about a month ago

HUGO Winning Author Daniel Keyes Has Died

Iamthecheese RIP (66 comments)

Rest in peace you inspiration of mankind.

about a month ago

The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

Iamthecheese Re:What a joke.. (186 comments)

The refrigerator doesn't need access to the internet

Unless I want it to look up recipes. Or be able to auto-order things I'm low on. Or text me in the store to let me know I'm low on milk. Or complain that there's a dangerous form of mold growing. Or give me food usage statistics.

there is no reason what so ever for each device to be directly connected to the internet,

I've seen this argument over and over again and it's still just as short-sighted as when it was said the first time.

There's no good reason and off the top of my head three bad reasons to restrict architecture to a single reporting system:

  • Standards problems. A home automation system needs to be as future proof as possible and it's all too likely that manufacturers of such systems will do everything possible to not work well together.
  • future needs.Where a new set of data from a self-hosting fridge is inherent to the appliance I have to rely on two different systems to support it with the architecture you propose.
  • virus resistance. A large and diverse ecosystem of appliances won't be nearly as vulnerable as a few standardized systems

about a month and a half ago



Scammer's sentenced to super short, suspended stint

Iamthecheese Iamthecheese writes  |  about 4 months ago

Iamthecheese (1264298) writes "A scammer who used an Indian call center to sell free virus scanning software received a suspended sentence and a 5,000 pound fine yesterday. Members of the swindler's organization used cold calling and claimed to be Microsoft. Saying the victim's computer was infected, they tried to sell antimalware programs available free from microsoft for 50 to 100 pounds."


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