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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Ionized Re: heh, way to prove her point (960 comments)

Your completely ignoring the hamburger analogy makes it quite clear that you have no interest in participating in an honest debate.

If the author had said "all men..." then there would have been no room for interpretation. She did not, thus we are left to infer which men she is speaking about. You choose to interpret it as all men.

My point is that you are interpreting her statement incorrectly. Anything that follows from that is useless, a straw man.

That is why 'not all men!' is a worthless argument, and widely mocked. It is arguing against a statement that is not even being made.

Once you can get over that hurdle you will see that authors such as the one mentioned here are not attacking every man in the world. They speak only of the ones that fit the criteria of the negative traits they discuss. You will stop seeing their words as personal attacks, which they are not, and instead see them as the first step of progress. Step one, acknowledge there is a problem.

It's shocking to me that we STILL can't collectively as a society get past step one without people jumping in to defend men. as if we need to be defended!

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

Ionized Re: heh, way to prove her point (960 comments)

no, you are interpreting it as you want to interpret it. the author did not write 'all men...' she simply wrote 'men...' which could be interpreted several ways. you choose to interpret it in a way that is ridiculous, and then go on to refute the ridiculous statement that you have put into her mouth. this is what we call a 'straw man'.

how about this: if i were to say 'hamburgers are delicious', would it be a constructive response to say 'not ALL hamburgers are delicious! McDonald's hamburgers are terrible, and you are wrong for claiming that ALL hamburgers are delicious!'

no, it would be a ridiculous response, because any reasonable human being could infer that when i say 'hamburgers are delicious' i mean that some hamburgers are delicious, that i think hamburgers are delicious in a general sense but that there could certainly be some hamburgers that are not delicious. certainly i would not claim that every single hamburger in existence is delicious.

from that, we could perhaps infer that the author thinks that the majority of men are overly sensitive to criticism from women. based on the comments on this story and past stories that mention sexism, i would tend to agree with her.

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

Ionized Re: heh, way to prove her point (960 comments)

No, I am trying to drag you, kicking and screaming, into an epiphany.

I assure you, the author is not an idiot. It would be idiotic to claim that all men are overly sensitive to criticism. Anyone with half a brain, who is not also blinded by their own defense mechanisms, can see that the author does not mean all men. that would indeed be a ridiculous statement.

You can either interpret your way, which gets us nowhere, or my way, which is the beginning of a dialog. Choice is yours.

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

Ionized Re: heh, way to prove her point (960 comments)

Let's try this.

One of the consequences is that [some significant portion of] men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women

Do you still disagree? Because that is the statement the author was making.

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

Ionized Re: heh, way to prove her point (960 comments)

you're being so obtuse, i would think you were trolling if you didn't sound so sincere.

One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women

This is something that is simply not true of all men so why make statements like that?

that's you, defending us men against criticism.

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

Ionized Re: heh, way to prove her point (960 comments)

Oh, i assure you, the post is terribly ironic. You are making a post defending men against criticism, against an article that says men are overly sensitive and quick to defend themselves. Delicious.

Every time a man responds to "men are this..." with "not ALL men!" an angel gets her wings.

We get it. Not ALL men. The author was not implying all men. Just some. That's still too many! There is still a problem that needs fixing! Self centered asshats assume they are being personally attacked, and feel the need to defend themselves, but THE CONVERSATION ISN'T ABOUT YOU.

Once that hurdle is overcome, maybe we can move on to actually making progress.

about a week ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Ionized heh, way to prove her point (960 comments)

i suppose you don't appreciate the irony in your post, but i do. i appreciate it enough for both of us.

yes, we understand that NOT ALL MEN are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women.

some of them are. plenty enough to cause problems. jumping in and saying NOT ALL MEN is just derailing the conversation before it can get anywhere productive. way to defend us downtrodden and persecuted men everywhere!

about a week ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Ionized Re:not Thor (590 comments)

where is the retconning, exactly? thor falls from grace. new person gets hammer. it's a story arc. possibly permanent, possibly temporary, but there is no retconning happening here.

marvel is saying that thor is whoever's wielding the hammer. much like DC has said that batman/nightwing/robin is whoever's wearing the mask. how many robins have there been again, exactly?

nothing new to see here, move along.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Ionized Re:not Thor (590 comments)

dude, you lost the game as soon as you said feminazi.

seriously, if you think that casting a female as the new thor is somehow equivalent to "bowing down to radical feminism nazi shit" then you are a lost cause and should probably just eat a bullet.

it's also amusing that you are TOTALLY FINE with the fact that marvel has already changed the norse mythology WILDLY... turning thor into a friggin alien instead of a god. one who was a depowered crippled doctor for a long time. but when mjolnir gets passed on to a female character, you are all of a sudden outraged because it's not following the sacred mythology.

you DID read the fucking summary and see that this is a new character, right? they aren't just giving existing thor a sex change. thor is falling from grace and losing his powers, a new female character is being introduced and mjolnir is being given to her. but of course you already knew all that.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Ionized Re:not Thor (590 comments)

so its totally fine for a new person to take on the title of thor... as long as they are male? but passing mjolnir on to a female, that's somehow wrong?

would you also express outrage if mjolnir was passed on to a black person?

can you explain why on either count, without sounding like a bigot?

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Ionized Re:not Thor (590 comments)

did you bitch and moan with equal fervor when batman/spiderman/antman/nightwing/robin/etc/etc/etc were portrayed by new characters?

smells like misogyny to me!

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Ionized Re:Since when was Thor a title? (590 comments)

bruce wayne is a person. batman is a mask.

dick grayson is a person. nightwing is a mask.

i think you get the idea. thor is the person wielding mjolnir and busting asses.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Ionized Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

if you had read the FUCKING SUMMARY you would see that this is a new character taking up the title of Thor. Thor is not getting sex change, mjolnir is being passed to a new person to wield it - and this new person will assume the name THOR.

this is not a new idea in comics - batman, spider-man, ant-man, nightwing, robin, and countless other superheroes have been portrayed by multiple characters, the torch being passed along.

Thor just so happens to be passing the torch along to a woman, and all of a sudden everyone is frothing at the mouth.

stinks of misogyny to me.

about two weeks ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

Ionized Re:Minor inconvenience (346 comments)

google locked THIS EMAIL.

big difference.

about a month ago
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Cisco Spending Millions of Dollars Secretly Purchasing New Juniper Products

Ionized story is how they were getting early access... (120 comments)

story is that one of juniper's major partners was underhandedly selling prerelease, demo, & beta products to cisco. while legal, it's shady as fuck, and is almost certainly something that would have pissed juniper off to the point of severing ties with the vendor.

about a month and a half ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

Ionized Re:Kids these days. (378 comments)

you have a very narrow definition of what 'hacking' is. i disagree, and the mods seem to agree with me.

what these kids did definitely qualifies as hacking.

taking apart a transistor radio to figure out how it works, and putting it back together, is hacking.

talking someone into giving you their password over the phone, is hacking. (yes, it's social engineering. that's a form of hacking.)

there are very many other, very wildly different examples i could give if i had the desire.

it's an umbrella term. deal with it.

about a month and a half ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

Ionized Re:Kids these days. (378 comments)

they were inquisitive, did some research, and experimented on a system, and succeeded in gaining unauthorized access. they then responsibly reported their findings to the device owner.

what these kids did, while perhaps not quite on par with hacking the gibson, still very much represents the (white hat) hacker ethos at work.

you, on the other hand, represent the asshat ethos, for downplaying what they did and trying to fiddle fart around with semantics.

about 1 month ago
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'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

Ionized Re:It's just sad... (164 comments)

yes, all three substances affect the body quite differently if you take an up-close look at their chemical mechanisms. however that is completely tangential to the point i was making, or the post i was replying to.

read the post i was responding to again, and see if you can't grok my meaning.

about 2 months ago
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'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

Ionized Re:It's just sad... (164 comments)

let me introduce you to this little drug called 'alcohol', and his friends caffeine & nicotine

about 2 months ago

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Sending jobs offshore contributing to recession?

Ionized Ionized writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ionized (170001) writes "I am an IT contractor and work for a US bank that received TARP dollars in October — a LOT of TARP dollars. Some of this went to buy another US bank, which resulted in the layoff of 40% of that work force. During this same time, the bank opened a new data center in Mumbai and added several hundred to the IT work force there. Soon afterwards, all US based IT contractors were given a 15% pay cut.

In the past month, of the 100 or so people I work with, 15 full time jobs were cut and 10 US based contractor positions were cut — these were all folk who not only worked at the bank, they were customers of the bank with mortgages, 401Ks and bank accounts.

These workers were replaced with 20+ offshore contractors and an additional 10 visa-workers who were brought over to the US to work as US-based offshore team leaders. This fits with the strategy announced on the bank's intranet this week to "Increase our presence in India for technology development and support, while enhancing our already robust Operations functions in India." There was also an announcement the same day for a program set up to help foreign visa workers coming to the US make greater progress in their career.

All this from a bank that took bailout funds — great to see our tax dollars at work! The number of US technology jobs filled by foreign visa workers — displacing US citizens — is increasing. Over the past year over 100K technology jobs have been lost offshore or to visa holders. In fact, manufacturing is the only sector that is losing more jobs overseas than IT.

US laws were written specifically restricting the use of work visas to fill the need for skilled workers not available in the US workforce. Unfortunately, the corporations have consistently found back doors to this and use it to replace experienced, more expensive US IT talent with cheaper offshore and work-visa labor.

With our skyrocketing unemployment rate, it seems obvious that Congress should move to recover lost jobs immediately (at no taxpayer expense!) just by drastically cutting back on the amount of work visas, and providing incentives to keep jobs here instead of shipping them overseas. But how can we enact this change, in the face of the political clout the corporations hold? Is writing your congressman really going to be enough? How can we spread the word of the government's direct contribution to our unemployment rate?"
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Impressive indie game - Crayon Physics

Ionized Ionized writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ionized (170001) writes "Did you like etch-a-sketch as a kid? Have you played and enjoyed World of Goo? If yes, chances are you will love this little gem. Watch the video on the homepage, or watch the better (imho) video here. Support independant game developers. DRM-free, too!"
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LittleBigPlanet delayed over quran references

Ionized Ionized writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ionized (170001) writes "Joystiq.com has an article here describing the issue:

"SCEE confirms that the worldwide delay is indeed due to 'one of the background music tracks licensed from a record label for use in the game,' which references "two expressions that can be found in the Qur'an.'"

Is it just me, or is this idiotic beyond belief? Two quran snippets are so horribly offensive and/or dangerous that the entire product has to be delayed to remove it?"

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