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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Kohlrabi82 Re:What? (786 comments)

I guess we have to take your word on this regarding the reasons, instead of using Occam's Razor and just accept the most likely answer.

about a month ago

Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

Kohlrabi82 Re:We understand (225 comments)

It probably is a nightmare for them. But really the problem is our own society.

It is a problem of society, but not in the way you describe it. It's a problem that people don't act like grown-ups and take responsibility for their decisions.

If I use a service by a company and trust them to upload my private photos to the internet and secure them, and said company is failing to do that and is breaking my trust, I should stop dealing with that company, or take the fight to them. It was my decision to trust that company, now I have to deal with it.

Further, if I decide to upload my private pictures to the internet I should know that something like that can always happen. If something is private I should just save the pictures at home or put them in a physical photo album. It was my decision to use cloud services, now I have to deal with it.

about 2 months ago

Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Kohlrabi82 Re:Stop complaining and debating and do something (1134 comments)

When a girl gets put into a easier math class because she is a girl, that's a problem.

I have never met any girl which was sent to an easier class. Quite the opposite, most girls (and so did most boys, actually) during my school day tended to say "math is hard" and chose to avoid the higher level classes. It's not the society's job to question that decision by a person, nor is there anything wrong with it. People decided they didn't want to do math at a higher level, so it's fine. It's time to treat grown-up people as grown-ups and accept and tolerate their decisions without using them to further some social engineering goals.

When a women can't get a promotion in the gaming industry because 'women don't game' that's a problem.

There are women in prestigious designer jobs, and they got there by hard work, effort and dedication, not because of their boobs. And you know what? I don't care about the gender of the person who created the game(s) I play, and I guess most gamers don't even know the gender of the members of the development team. So why exactly do you want and need more women in gaming development? What is the ulterior motive? Why do you care so much about the gender of game designers? Why don't you just let people who want to become game designers become it and let the others live as they want? Stop making this a gender thing and let people choose jobs because they're skilled and dedicated, not because they have a certain flavour of genitals. It's really that simple.

When a women is trying to point this out and then has her personal life dragged into the public and is threatened with rape and death, that's a fucking problem.

I agree. Those are criminal offenses, and should be treated as such. People who are on the internet and publish things can get attacked for it, and we have laws to deal with it. I fail to see how there is a bigger problem with the "gamer society" in general. Some absent-minded idiots did an idiotic thing. That's it. It's still valid to criticize the feminist faction and not accept that every critic is a supposed misogynist, or object that the videos by Sarkeesian are ridiculously skwed and one-sided. It's an opinion, and I'm not a "women-hater" because I don't agree with what she shows in her videos.

And guess what? IN those situations society needs to make an effort to level the playing field.

It gets down to the very simple fact that feminists and all the other social engineering types are NOT working to even out the playing field or the rules of the game, but to manipulate the result.

about 2 months ago

BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Kohlrabi82 Stop paying for DRM and lawyers (363 comments)

I wonder if the costs for implementing DRM, polishing the bad publicity and paying all those lawyers is really in the same order of magnitude as the "damages" by some people enjoying BBC content. And the only damage I see is that those alleged "pirates" are using BBCs bandwidth to stream the content. They wouldn't (because they couldn't) be customers of the BBC anyway.

about 3 months ago

Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Kohlrabi82 Re:So, where is ... (1134 comments)

So you argue that some men in shining white armor should come to the aid of the damsels in distress? Isn't it ironic how the harassed women are now used as a damsel-in-distress plot device in some gamer misogyny story?

about 3 months ago

Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Kohlrabi82 Re:Stop complaining and debating and do something (1134 comments)

So we should assume that women cannot achieve something on their own? Sometimes I'm confused who the real misogynists are in this discussion.

about 3 months ago

Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Kohlrabi82 Stop complaining and debating and do something (1134 comments)

It's easy to complain, but difficult to do something yourself. Wouldn't it be nice instead of signing "open letters" or some other meaningless paperwork that developers and their supporters actually create the games they dream about? If there is the supposed conscience of the inclusion issues, I'm sure there is a market for their games, too. What's stopping them from developing them? And please act like a democratic and tolerant citizen and not tell the other part of the gaming community which games they are allowed to like or don't like, or developers which games they are allowed to develop.

about 3 months ago

Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

Kohlrabi82 Re:I have an idea (198 comments)

I don't think they want to abandon Android. It's great for hardware companies, in that you need a quadcore CPU and 2GB of RAM to render a telephone directory or do basic multitasking.

about 5 months ago

Germany's Renewable Plan Faces Popular Resistance

Kohlrabi82 Re:Ah the Germans, they're really bad at this! (176 comments)

I don't know where you got your numbers, but here's what is on Wikipedia for CO2 And GWh generated. Let's at least compare the same year for each country.

  • US: CO2 6,750,000 / 4,256,100 GWh=1.59 tons of CO2 per GWh
  • Germany: CO2-810,000 / 617,600 GWh=1.31 tons of CO2 per GWh

It's certainly better than the US, but considering this big push the Germany is in for clean energy and the US is only half-ass moving in that direction, I'm a little surprised it is as close as it is.

This is because Germany now uses coal power plants instead of nuclear plants to produce the necessary electricity.

France is on the better side of this by far at: CO2-370,000 / 560,500 GWh=0.66 tons of CO2 per GWh

How surprising, nuclear energy is green energy.

about 9 months ago

FreeBSD Removes GCC From Default Base System

Kohlrabi82 Re:Just one question (333 comments)

Useful error messages are a technical merit. It makes development much easier. So they traded run-time vs. development time here.

about a year ago

Apple CEO Tim Cook On Apple's US Manufacturing Move

Kohlrabi82 Re:PR gimmic, if your cynical (266 comments)

If they bring [...] jobs back

I knew that Apple was an evil company, but I didn't know they dabbled in necromancy.

about 2 years ago

$1,500,000 Fine For Sharing 10 Movies On BitTorrent

Kohlrabi82 You can't share files "on BitTorrent" (339 comments)

Nobody would say "he shared data on http", so please stop confusing the BT protocol with BT trackers.

about 2 years ago

CowboyNeal On Dota 2, Modern Games, and Software Development

Kohlrabi82 Hats and Trousers? (148 comments)

"Valve has big plans for Dota 2, no less big than what happened with Team Fortress 2, even if it took them a few years to get to where Team Fortress 2 is today."

They will never match the amount of hats TF2 has, their only chance is to add farm-able trousers.

more than 2 years ago

Quiet Victories Won In the Loudness Wars

Kohlrabi82 Not a missing metric, it's bad engineering (251 comments)

The problem is not that we are missing some metric to calculate the loudness, that is pretty easy to define, and has been used to develop counteracting measures in ReplayGain and EBU R128 compliant loudness scanners.

The problem is that the production of music is so atrocious, most of popular and metal music is compressed into such a tiny dynamic range. Some is even clipped to digital fullscale, leading to horrible artifacts when listening. This is nothing which can be fixed by a law, it is simply (deliberate?!) bad engineering. As long as this keeps up the loudness war will not end.

From the last few pop(?) albums I listened to (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta), it seems that we, the listeners, are still losing big time.

about 2 years ago

Game of Thrones The Most Pirated TV Show of the Season

Kohlrabi82 Re:Why pirate network TV? (312 comments)

I will explain the situation for Germany:

First of all, real popular shows you read about on the net normally haven't arrived on German networks, yet. Most of the time they arrive with at least one season lag, if at all. And even if you can watch the show by then, it is normally on networks which will drown you in ads every few minutes.

And don't get me started that not even today, with the full digitization of TV, you have the option to watch foreign shows undubbed in Germany. If you ever had to suffer through the German dubs of TV shows, you would no doubt also strongly consider piracy.

Of course you can wait for the DVD/BD box to arrive, containing an English audio track, but those may again arrive late or not at all. Coincidentally, GoT has been an exception here. Also, the pricing is oftentimes on the ludicrous side, and thanks to DVD and BD DRM you cannot even just get the US release.

more than 2 years ago

German Pirate Party Enters 2nd State Parliament

Kohlrabi82 Re:Social Justice (188 comments)

This adds to my impression that many, many voters just voted for them because they are fed up with the old parties and system. It may very well be that these voters will leave for greener pastures in the future, causing the PP to fall below 5% again (meaning they won't get seats in state elections). Also, a good percentage of the voters are previous FDP (liberals) voters. The FDP had two positions in the past, neo-liberalism with open markets and freedom for the financial sector, and civil rights. They nearly completely expunged the latter from their party over the years (apart from the national minister Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger), and now they are paying for it: They are part of the national government, but didn't even get 2% of the votes in the Saarland. Most analysts assume that the voters left for the other bigger parties and the PP.

more than 2 years ago

The Numbers Behind the Copyright Math

Kohlrabi82 Two likely causes (311 comments)

Dwindling sales of the RIAA labels could have two probable causes:

1. With Spotify and similar streaming services, most people can get all the music they need for 5$ a month. The offers there probably satisfy most users.

2. The CDs that get released by major labels are produced so poorly that I entirely stopped buying any major label releases (also because my taste evolved). It's completely retarded marketing on the majors end. The people buying CDs today are actually not the young people, but rather in their late twenties and thirties. Those actually know how properly mastered music sounds, and current CD releases are far from that. It's totally schizophrenic to still put out CDs, but to treat your own product in such a poor fashion that it's simply worthless.

more than 2 years ago

Mastering Engineer Explains Types of Compression, Effects On Today's Music

Kohlrabi82 Ian's remark about 128kbit/s MP3s (382 comments)

Ian Shepherd's mentioning that one should avoid 128kbit/s encoded MP3. This is leaving out a critical piece of information. Luckily he mentioned himself that heavily (audio) compressed music (data) compresses very badly. This will be especially evident if you force the encoder to only allocate a fixed number of bits to a section, called "Constant Bitrate" (CBR) in MP3 encoders. "Busy" sections will get the same data allotment as quiet sections. This problem can be diminished by using "Variable Bitrate" (VBR) mode when encoding, which encodes to a specific target quality rather than file size. With that, (LAME) MP3s can still sound good enough around 128kbit/s, since the encoder is free to allocate more bits to critical sections and less bits to non-critical section.

In short, there is no reason to use CBR encoding, unless your target device is unable to decode VBR encoded files, or you absolutely need to know the exact bandwidth requirement of a stream. It defeats the whole point of lossy encoding, which is to reproduce the original with highest possible fidelity, not reach a target file size.

more than 2 years ago


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