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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

LordLimecat Re:Media blackout (538 comments)

You're right that I did get them confused. I honestly have no idea who Sarkesian is, other than (apparently) an activist feminist who is for some reason involved in gaming.

Im (also) still not clear where the relevance to the real world is here.

3 hours ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

LordLimecat Re:Study financed by (140 comments)

It was always about the revenue, safety was a smokescreen swallowed by the gullible

On the flipside, 80% of the people arguing against them really just want to be able to run red lights with impunity.

5 hours ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

LordLimecat Re:Media blackout (538 comments)

My gosh people said that? On the internet? What a shocker that that would happen in the gaming community!

Anyone-- regardless of gender-- who has been in online games for any length of time has heard this crap so many times you would expect them to dismiss it out of hand.

Not only that, but its pretty weak to try to justify the position that sexism is endemic in the gaming community by pulling up a single, generic, non-gender-based threat aimed at a controversial figure. I suppose we must have a problem with racism towards old white guys because of the number of threats George W Bush got, right? Maybe instead we should recognize that vocal minorities-- like people issuing abusrd threats about assault rifles and pipe bombs which would make 4chan proud-- are not typically a good representation of anything. If someone wants to make the case that we have an actual issue here, maybe we can get some actual statistics or empirical evidence-- something which I recall being absent from all of these discussions.

But of course these discussions were never about a level-headed approach to identifying a problem, they were about pushing political correctness to new extremes.

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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

LordLimecat Re:Media blackout (538 comments)

The reason you don't care (and the reason you still felt you needed to comment TELLING us you don't care) is because you're lucky enough to have the luxury and privilege to ignore these stories.

No, the real problem is that I actually read the story way back when, understood the issues apparently better than you did, but because Im not agreeing with you you're painting me with a broad "privileged white male" brush and dismissing my viewpoint.

The issue I had if you must know is that 95% of the criticism leveled at Sarkesian-- such as her generally unprofessional (ie intimate) relationships with reviewers of her games, her apparent pathological lying, and the fact that she makes unremarkable games and somehow gets airtime because shes a woman (and possibly because of the first issue)-- were accurate. But because they were leveled at a woman, people decide to pull the sexism card and label all men as trash; you may not have done this, but its the vibe that oozes out of every one of these topics.

The whole political correctness BS is absurd. If Sarkesian wants to make a game and wants to be in the industry thats her business, and I'll expect her games and her opinions to stand or fall on their on merits-- not on some misguided attempt to "normalize" the gender ratio by pandering to feminist BS.

The reason I dont care? Fundamentally this entire thing is people trying to play the victim card and claim that the world is ending because other people said mean things about them. I deal with far more substantial issues in the tiny kingdom that is my office every day. This stuff isnt newsworthy, its drama worthy of a GameFaqs messageboard or perhaps 4chan.

yesterday
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

LordLimecat Re:Media blackout (538 comments)

You missed the part where its apparently completely true that she has had a closer relationship with reviewers of her game than would be considered professional, and apparently has the empathy of a shark.

Not that thats really newsworthy or anyones business but hers-- but lets not paint her as a saint here.

yesterday
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

LordLimecat Re:Most Unbiased Slashdot Gamergate Article (538 comments)

If you're getting up in a tizzy about some dumb comment made by some angsty teenager on some forum, you should probably just sign off the internet now. Didnt Jon Gabriel have a pretty concise theory explaining this behavior somewhere?

2 days ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

LordLimecat Re:Media blackout (538 comments)

I would argue this point but then I realized that-- just as OP says-- noone including myself cares. I dont even really know what half of the people here are talking about with "pro-gamergate" and "anti-gamergate" because I stopped caring about halfway into the second article on the issue. Fact is that theres a lot of sleazy people and Im not really clear why an article on it is news, or why Yet Another Sexism Accusation against gamers is news either.

Noone cares because both sides are being dumb and generating drama for drama's sake. Everyone needs to get over themselves, neither side is being persecuted-- theyre just playing the victim card.

2 days ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

LordLimecat Re:cowardice (538 comments)

To this day I dont really know which side is the anti-GG and which is the pro-gg side. I know there was some female reporter who turned out to apparently have no ethics whatsoever, a sizeable chunk of drama, and a huge dose of irony; the people worried about the low ethics in gaming journalism ended up creating so much drama that theres no chance anyone will mistake gaming journalism as anything serious, ethics issues or not.

2 days ago
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Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

LordLimecat Re: Best of 2009? May be, but we live in 2014. Rig (127 comments)

Its good enough that Im willing to look past it to avoid all of the other massive issues Blackberry has, like its inability to interact meaningfully with the world outside of its corporate network.

2 days ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

LordLimecat Re:Confused. (208 comments)

If we accept your premise that in other countries the situation is reversed-- that the computer fields have much higher ratios of women to men-- I would ask whether those countries view that as a "problem"; do we need to increase the number of men in computer fields in those countries?

2 days ago
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The Joys and Hype of Hadoop

LordLimecat Paywalled (55 comments)

Since when is it acceptable to post articles that are paywalled?

We're not even going to pretend to care about the article?

3 days ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

LordLimecat Re:When I was in high school (208 comments)

The AC's assertion is that the differences being discussed (preference for engineering vs other pursuits) are inculcated, not natural. That is different from what you're saying.

3 days ago
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

LordLimecat Re:Not a spy blimp (175 comments)

It carries gas.

I'd imagine it carries several gasses, its a blimp.

3 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

LordLimecat Re:Go ahead (378 comments)

Meanwhile, in a forgotten corner of the internet, InterNIC cackles with glee as its plan comes together.

3 days ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

LordLimecat Re:Data flow in Cookie Clicker (208 comments)

Cookie clicker just needs Firefox or Chrome and some debugging knowledge.

3 days ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

LordLimecat Re:When I was in high school (208 comments)

We're dealing with inculcated social gender differences

Are you speculating, or do you have an actual basis for this?

3 days ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

LordLimecat Re:bummer (208 comments)

Can you clarify what the specific problem is? Im not aware of mobs of girls clamoring to enter CS who are being prevented. What im seeing is an addiction to political correctness and an outrage that in reality women tend not to enter computer fields as much.

3 days ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

LordLimecat Re:Confused. (208 comments)

The question of equality is where they are asserting men and women can perform the same. Until evidence exists to the contrary, we have to assume this is true.

I would say the copious evidence that women seem to prefer some jobs, and not prefer others-- like comp sci and IT jobs-- and the general lack (so far as I am aware) of any particular barriers in those areas indicates that there are natural tendencies. Im really not convinced that such a natural tendency is a "problem" that needs to be fixed; if you can show instances of discrimination or barriers to women in the CS field, lets remove those-- but I dont see why we need to attempt to force the gender ratio to be 50:50 in CS because that is wholly unrealistic. Only someone living in an ivory tower could think that women are equally likely to enter computer fields to men, just like only someone living in an ivory tower could think that men and women have the exact same set of skills (statistically).

3 days ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

LordLimecat Re:Confused. (208 comments)

Why is the assumption made that it is a problem that women are underrepresented in CS? Are we specifically assuming that we are getting sub-standard cs majors because of that gap? Or are we making the fantastic leap of assuming that there are scores of women wanting to break into CS, but are held back by various factors?

3 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

LordLimecat Re:r g (658 comments)

We can go back to the 20s, or the 19th century if you like, but Im pretty certain it will just reinforce my argument. Dialing forward to the 70s wont help either, the graph is pretty linear between 1950 and now.

The drift since the 2008 crash has been in the wrong direction.

To be fair the numbers I use are generally through 2004 or 2010, but thats OK because the 2008 crash generally isnt going to affect the comparison we're making, and a single event really isnt relevant in any case. We're talking about trends, not one-time events.

3 days ago

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