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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Loopy And the result of all this? (956 comments)

You wonder why we have so much dysfunction going on today?

Pervasive culture of butthurt = CHECK
Any perceived insult is by default true = CHECK
Special protected classes that can do no wrong = CHECK
Litigious society causing zero tolerance including honest mistakes = CHECK
Rampant immaturity = CHECK
General abdication of personal responsibility = CHECK

Let's pose a hypothetical, here. Let's say you (Linda, a woman) work for a company A. A has Big Boss, Linda, Tom, Fred and David as employees. The four of you report to Big Boss.

Situation A: Tom says something mean to Fred. Fred tells Tom to go fuck himself. Big Boss hears about it and calls them both into his office. Big Boss tells Tom to square his shit away or he's fired. Big Boss admonishes Fred to come see him about this in the future rather than responding in kind. Tom and Fred go on about their work and are a bit more careful about their interactions. This is a regular thing for Tom as he's brilliant but a loose cannon verbally. Big Boss talks to Tom and admonishes him that if he can't keep his asshole comments to himself, he will end up fired with prejudice.

Situation B: Linda says something mean to Fred. Fred tells Linda she can go fuck herself. Other employees hear the latter half of the exchange. Linda goes to Big Boss and complains about Fred using foul language around her. Big Boss calls them both into the office. Linda tells her story and Big Boss asks her to return to her desk. Big Boss then lectures Fred about the sensitivities of women in the workforce and how the small company cannot afford to defend against a "workplace harassment" lawsuit. Fred complains that Linda started the whole thing. Big Boss says it won't matter because a jury will default rule in favor of the woman because of articles like the above. Fred points out that justice is supposed to be blind. Big Boss points out that in cases of harassment, lay-wisdom holds that when women harass men, the men need to grow a pair, but when men harass women, it is only right and proper to expect better decorum out of the men. Big Boss never says anything to Linda because it could be construed as the abuse of power in a workplace environment.

Now, you may laugh at this but these are actual shit storms I've seen happen. The problem is that while most women aren't self-entitled whiners and most men are not adolescent assholes, we can't catch a break because the lawyers and bean-counters won't let a manager fire the shit out of someone just for being a prick/cunt. As George Takei said, we've reduced ourselves to the lowest common denominator of butthurt.

5 days ago

Oklahoma's Earthquakes Linked To Fracking

Loopy Re:Okay, so this has what to do with fracking then (154 comments)

You do realize that making patronizing statements with "standard denialist" in your litany is actually counterproductive to any sort of rational debate, don't you? Either facts stand on their own in the face of dissent or they don't. And the "facts" of today might not be the "facts" of tomorrow, assuming we are continually collecting data (defined as the result of scientific measures/experiments).

As for "masses of anecdotes resulting in data," I would point you to all the "we can light our tap water on fire because fracking" people, some of whom have neighbors with recorded family history of flammable tap water going back into the 19th century.

about three weeks ago

Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

Loopy Re:Diversity is not a virtue (265 comments)

Lucid, cogent and very much what I wanted to say, here. Thanks.

about a month ago

Estonia Urged To Drop Internet Voting Over Security Fears

Loopy If you can't get paper ballots correct... (116 comments) do you expect to get a much more complex system correct? Mind you, I'm aware that the problem is not necessarily the system itself, but the transparency of the system. People probably won't like to hear it but I'd suggest that the only way to eliminate fraud is to have votes linked to your ID so that every vote can be verified as A) not having voted multiple times, B) not voting if you don't exist in at least two separate systems e.g. social security and driver's license, and C) not voting outside of your registered district's area unless it's a national ballot initiative. Further, no more provisional ballots: if you cannot be bothered to register well enough ahead of an election to participate via the normal means, you do not get to vote.

about 2 months ago

How Dumb Policies Scare Tech Giants Away From Federal Projects

Loopy Funny (143 comments)

I don't remember this sort of incisive analysis going on with regards to healthcare or tax law.

about 3 months ago

MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Loopy Barnacles, etc.? (218 comments)

Considering how badly infested stationary ocean objects can become with various types of sea life, and how much maintenance it takes to keep a small sailboat from corroding and suffering general mechanical failures due to both of the above, I wonder at the amount of maintenance required to keep one of these in operation.

about 3 months ago

Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

Loopy Re:The nanny state continues (518 comments)

You're saying requiring all cars (which the original article states) to have this is justified by the fraction of a percent that are low-visibility vehicles?

about 4 months ago

Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Loopy Re:Beta Sucks (535 comments)

Buggy/beta was not the point. Listening to customer complaints and responding was. On that point, MSFT has it in SPADES over Faceborg.

about 4 months ago

Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching

Loopy As someone taught creationism in school (544 comments)

I'm struggling to figure out what teaching it had to do with my understanding of science? Creationism isn't science. I consider myself a Christian but I do not ever conflate matters of historical faith with how fast carbon decays or how electrons move or how likely the next jet I'm on is to fall out of the sky.

Knowledge of the bible has precluded rational scientific theory in exactly none of the self-professed religious people (e.g. Christians, Jews, Catholics, etc.) I've ever known.

about 6 months ago

Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms

Loopy "Reforms" (359 comments)

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

about 6 months ago

Will You Even Notice the Impending Robot Uprising?

Loopy I'm sorry... (246 comments) responses are limited; you must ask the right questions.

about 7 months ago

Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?

Loopy Weather? (378 comments)

Blade icing? Cold-weather battery/fuel issues?

about 8 months ago

European Health Levels Suddenly Collapsed After 2003 and Nobody Is Sure Why

Loopy More interesting... (304 comments) what happened in 2010 to cause the even larger spike upward, and why did it reverse itself.

about 8 months ago

Birthday Song's Copyright Leads To a Lawsuit For the Ages

Loopy Re:Protecting the arts and artists (442 comments)

I'm glad someone is pushing this topic (finally) and this is the perfect example. It's one thing to protect artists but the never-ending copyright extensions doing nothing of the sort. They ensure the media companies can generate recurring profits but, by and large, provide limit benefit to those actually responsible for the work. Oh wait...corporations are people now too.

It's funny how you snark about the "corporations are people" thing when it comes to this cause. I'm guessing you don't feel the same way about similar application of consequences/requirements when it's going in reverse (e.g. corporate tax rates)?

about a year ago

Prosecutors Push For Anti-Phone-Theft Kill Switches

Loopy Unintended uses (257 comments)

The IRS/etc. would NEVER use this to disable someone's communications ability because they were doing something the government didn't like. No sirree. Not ever. Pure as the driven snow, this design is.

It's like people can't think past the next episode of their favorite TV show.

about a year ago

Siri's Creator Challenges Texting-While-Driving Study

Loopy So the elephant in the room... (262 comments) that voice-to-text software is so remarkably unreliable that nobody uses it without proofreading the output before sending. I think most people could have told you this without an official study.

And just for the obtuse, it isn't that it completely misunderstands everything you say, it's that when you're sending texts, the things it tends to fail to translate properly tend to be things that get your text posted to one of those autocorrect-joke sites. Or get you in trouble with the wife/husband/parents/boss.

about a year ago

Google Forbids Advertising On Glass

Loopy Diminished experience? (274 comments)

[...] platform should and must be clean and clear of any ads whatsoever, because the technology is designed to facilitate internet browsing and other related activities, therefore, the featured podium cannot be used to advertise products as it will cause the user experience to diminish.'

Funny, most of us have been saying that about our computers/browsers for years and Google hasn't listened.

about a year ago

ZDNet Proclaims "Windows: It's Over"

Loopy Re:Windows has been "over" for me for years (863 comments)

Agreed. My office was primarily an Ubuntu shop for our productivity and development machines. As soon as 11.x hit, everyone who needed to upgrade or rebuilt a machine just jumped ship straight to Mint. A few holdouts are still on Ubuntu 10 LTS but those are machines that really can't change without potentially breaking a bunch of dependencies.

about a year ago

SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

Loopy Re:Is this a blow against sexism? (1145 comments)

I'll give up mod ability to reply.

Anyone ever heard the phrase "hostile work environment?" If anyone is ultimately to blame here, it's the ambulance-chaser segment of the legal profession. If companies didn't have to worry about getting sued for _not_ taking notice of this, stern looks would have been all that came of this.

about a year ago

GM CIO Says HP Hiring Probe "Not the Best Use Our Legal System"

Loopy Outsourcing (101 comments)

Considering how HP has been shedding business groups and teams to China, India and Dell after upper management screwed with their unit managers, I can't believe anyone thinks these people are surprised the rats are fleeing the ship. If HP wants outsourced, bottom-dollar employee costs, they're gonna end up with outsourced, bottom-dollar employees. And when you fuck over people who were saving the company millions of dollars per year and were almost universally respected by colleagues and appreciated by their direct reports, it's no wonder those teams feel marginalized and like they're next of the potential chopping block. 12 straight years of layoffs/outsourcing takes a toll on the best of us.

about a year and a half ago


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