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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Microlith Re:Gamergate is NOT about defining "gamer" (164 comments)

You must be too young to remember the uproar over the Kane & Lynch/Gamespot incident from a few years back.

I don't, probably because it wasn't as rage-filled and rooted in misogyny as this roundabout is.

There have been plenty of other similar explosions over the years, and none of them involved sexism that I recall.

They weren't nearly as hateful or accompanied by vitriolic attack campaigns against small handfuls of individuals who had the temerity to point out the piss poor behavior of those on the "gamergate" side.

But you keep believing all the embarrassed game journalists who keep saying "The ethics of game journalism are just fine, no need to...HEY LOOK OVER THERE, IT'S SEXISM!!!!"

Gamergate was horribly sexist and misogynistic the moment it appeared, and harped on an indie developer in was they never ripped into an AAA developer.

But please, keep defending a (loosely knit) group who so far has rape and death threats under their belt, who whine about "censorship" then engage in abusive campaigns to silence those who point out that "hey, you're being horrible to other people for no real good reason."

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Microlith Re:Income inequality is bad because ... (838 comments)

Take two people, put them in a room, one guy has a net worth of $100 and the second has a net worth of $5000. What harm is the second person doing? We're talking about a factor of 50x here.

Idle examples are pointless.

Take away the room, let them live their lives, what harm is that second guy perpetuating? Make the difference a factor of 1000 or a 1,000,000, and where do we see him doing harm?

At a factor of a million here he's probably able to exploit loopholes that reduce his effective tax burden well below what the guy with way less money has to deal with. He's probably also wining and dining politicians to get his way. Likely he's also contributing to the continual depression of wages to ensure that his own wealth goes up at the expense of others.

When I hear folks talking about this, what I really hear is, "since one person doesn't need that much money to live, the government should take the difference and use it to make MY life better,"

Money is, currently, pooling at the top of the income ladder. The problem isn't so much that they have high wealth so much as it doesn't move. This is bad for the economy as a whole.

because from where I'm standing in a first world country, it seems to be just so much complaining over sour grapes.

That just means you're myopic. 90% of a nation's wealth being held by less than 10% isn't healthy, particularly when they're complaining about how consumers aren't buying.

about a week ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Microlith Re:Gamergate is NOT about defining "gamer" (164 comments)

It's about unethical journalists.

But only when a game designer's jilted ex-boyfriend posts hearsay about it. AAA publishers were doing worse shit all the times but there was no uproar of this intensity. Now Gamergate is about fueling a false persecution complex and attacking anyone who points out how horrible they're being.

Those same journalists have been trying for weeks now to deflect this focus away from them and pretend it's about sexism, changing gamer culture, etc.

No, "gamergaters" instantly made it that when they began their hate campaign and harassment.

they themselves don't have to answer for a decades-long games journalism tradition of "journalists" being in bed with the very companies they're supposed to be covering (through advertising, bribes, press releases disguised as "previews," etc.)

And where was the unbridled hatred and rage towards EA over the whole Shadow of Mordor controversy? Oh, right, it was virtually nonexistent because that's not the point anymore. The point now is solidarity against whatever enemy-du-jour that is seen as "attacking gamers" or other such delusional bullshit.

about a week ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Microlith Re:Don't over generalize (726 comments)

Know what the troll wants and what the troll needs... and deny that troll both.

The only way to do this is to comply with the troll's demands - that you stop doing what you are doing and disappear.

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Microlith Re:Greater Internet F***wad Theory (993 comments)

The correct response is to find and confront these people. No one should have to get used to an environment with a constant onslaught of horrible shit spewed by the emotionally stunted.

about two weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

Microlith Re:Robber barons (283 comments)

Net neutrality is a restriction on the free market.

Good, the "free market" doesn't actually exist.

And which of the Koch's businesses would benefit from this?

That's ignoring the larger power game they're playing. Inhibiting net neutrality takes power out of the hands of the people and puts it into corporate hands.

How is opposing net neutrality "rent seeking"?

By letting them toss up artificial barriers between points on the internet and causing an increase in rates across the board for no improvement in service.

Oh, there are rent seekers involved in this: the super wealthy like Soros and Buffett

THOSE EVIL LIBRUL BASTARDS! THEY CONSPIRE AGAINST GOOD, CONSERVATIVE MURICANS!

about three weeks ago
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Hacking USB Firmware

Microlith Signed Firmware (97 comments)

A write-protect switch won't help you here, Timothy. They're going and reflashing the microcontroller, which means vendors will probably just burn a public key into the microcontroller and refuse to boot if the image signature doesn't match. They'll still have the firmware update capability they'll never use, but won't have to worry about attacks like this - short of someone stealing their private key.

about three weeks ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

Microlith Re:just wow (302 comments)

The rest is but a websearch away.

I hate this shitty mentality, but apparently it's worldwide. No, I'm not going to go searching to dig up evidence for whatever wild claims you choose to make, you need to present it then and there.

about three weeks ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

Microlith Re:just wow (302 comments)

So.... any links to back this stuff up?

about three weeks ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

Microlith Re:Solution (410 comments)

Those making $24,000/yr will finally understand that government money is not free.

Finally! Because you know your income level obviously proves that you're horribly ignorant! You tell 'em, bub!

Then you won't have the problem of people who don't pay taxes voting to raise the tax rate on those that do.

Because that's what's happening, right. The greedy, selfish... how have I heard it put... "parasite" poor bastards! You gotta make 'em SUFFER what it means to be poor!

A sales tax is still going to a progressive tax since things like food, school supplies, and other absolute necessities won't be taxed at all.

It's still regressive. It just means someone making millions will continue to pay a relatively trivial amount, while the poor take it in the shorts.

Sure, a billionaire might spend $5 million on a house, but his grocery budget is not going to be 50x more than the guy who spent $100K on a house.

Indeed, so in the end the billionaire will make out like a bandit (no longer having to pay out on his income) and the guy making 100k will happily save a few k$ per year, and the poor likely won't benefit at all.

So low income people will spend a larger percentage of their income on non-taxed products, meaning they will pay a lower tax rate than the guy who eats out twice a day.

Or they'll probably continue paying that tax, because they don't have the time or energy to visit the store and prepare the untaxed food because they're still struggling to keep their head above water.

about a month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

Microlith Re:Corporate taxes (410 comments)

Everyone pays, including corporations

Except when they engineer their taxes so that all the profits are outside the country, and their taxes report only losses. GE did that to the tune of a billion dollars back from the government, even though it was a complete fraud.

about a month ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Microlith Re:so they are like MS 15 years ago (408 comments)

Don't worry. I suspect Apple is still flexible enough to whip around and ensure that they can parade their way into new markets and shut out any potential startups.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

Microlith Re:Trustworthy Computing was a sham (99 comments)

No, all consumer x86 should have that ability.

Yes, as specified by Microsoft themselves. They shouldn't have to say it, but you know the OEMs are lazy as shit and wouldn't offer the option if they could get away with it.

Not that they all actually work properly to the UEFI specs once you do.

Meaning what?

But on an unlocked platform you should be able to add custom keys.

And you can, I have.

Anyways, some embeded x86 systems can be locked (beside intel allows it only on chips designed to go into DVR's and other embeded devices)

And locked down embedded systems are always a problem, but they don't require secure boot or UEFI to do so.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

Microlith Re:Trustworthy Computing was a sham (99 comments)

secured the system against user violations such as overwriting the bootloader with one that isn't signed (like for instance, replacing or enhancing the BIOS with a signed EFI that prevents the user from installing alternative OSes such as OSX onto a commodity x64 or GNU/Linux onto a MS-subsidised laptop

Which has not happened. Seriously. All x86 systems have the ability to turn off secure boot.

about a month ago
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Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

Microlith Re:When will it work in Seamonkey and Firefox (178 comments)

It might seem dumb, but if Firefox hung back it'd be a point people would criticize them over. So in the end Mozilla can't win, if they stay behind they get criticized - if they move forward they get criticized.

The advantage is the flexibility is enough that even now my Firefox looks like it did in v3.5, at least on my desktop and laptop. The important thing is that it's a 3rd party browser that is extremely advanced, and can compete with the 800lb gorillas. It's better than using inflexible browsers like Chrome.

about a month ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Microlith Re:Who profits from West slowing down? (770 comments)

what is far from settled, is whether the humanity's impact is anything to speak of

The only way it's "far from settled" is to play willfully ignorant and deny the fact that humanity is not a trivial force on this planet.

Arctic ice should've disappeared this summer — instead, it has grown.

Don't go citing the Daily Fail as if they had credibility.

The profits of fossil fuel corporations are not endangered by the "green" moves at all

I see you don't think long term.

But for the government folks — those, who are sincerely convinced, they know better than their subjects — this is a perfect way to expand their control.

Oh the paranoia! Please, cite some more credibility-free sources, would you?

about a month and a half ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Microlith Re:Who profits from West slowing down? (770 comments)

though there are still perfectly valid debates in almost any other branch of science (dieting, economics, pedagogy, biology, and even computers — you name it — it is all in flux),

Sure, sure...

the science of climate is "settled" and anybody doubting the line pushed by the governments must also believe, the Earth is flat.

Utter nonsense. What's settled is that the climate is changing at the hands of man, what's open to debate is what the impact on us will be in the short and long term. The "consensus" is the same as the "consensus" that supports the modern understanding of evolution - it is a refinement and agreement across the field on the gross mechanism for something, and all the arguments lie in the details.

Kudos for tossing in the pinch of anti-government paranoia, it has to be that and not the desire for massively profitable fossil fuel corporations to defend said profits.

about a month and a half ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Microlith Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (1262 comments)

Such a shitty troll.

She riles people up by creating the most offensive and inflammtry, and MISLEADING videos then cries to the press "help, people are being mean to me". She asked for it and she got it.

No, if you disagree with what she posts then you create your own counterpoints and deconstruct her arguments in a sane and rational manner.

What she's getting now is beastly bullshit, and you're basically saying "she shouldn't have dressed that way, it's her fault for getting raped."

Do your homework on her before being a SJW (ending your 'people be being mean to her because she woman' )

So it's being an "SJW" to suggest people shouldn't be right pieces of vile shit towards others when they disagree with someone's opinions?

and you will quickly understand the hatred for her.

I could understand disagreeing with her. The hatred is vile and baseless.

about 2 months ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Microlith Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

And paying salaries to U.S. employees who pay income tax on it and spend their money in the US, thereby also paying US sales taxes.

The 1% pushing the tax burden off on the 99%, who can't play international games with their finances.

Which only makes sense, since the US is one of the few countries in the world to tax people's oversea earnings.

No, that's not relevant. They play a shell game to make sure that all earned profits are earned in areas with little to no tax, then claim they made no profits. Or, if you're GE, you claim you made a $1B loss while reporting billions in profits to your shareholders.

If tax policies in the US were more reasonable, Microsoft wouldn't have to do that.

Like what, pledging fealty to corporations and letting the people of the country subsidize their existence?

On which those Americans pay sales tax.

Which helps local municipalities only - ignoring that sales taxes are regressive.

But as you said in your first part: the tax credits are for R&D, not for making profits!

Indeed, they claim the tax credits and losses in the US, but the profits outside. It's a massive scam, really.

about 2 months ago
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Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

Microlith Re:Tivoization (117 comments)

And no one can "steal" a BSD product and make it proprietary because the original still exists

No, but they can starve the original of users if:

the only thing proprietary would be the modifications.

Said modifications drew the users away.

about 2 months ago

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Microsoft Taking Aggresive Steps Against Linux on

Microlith Microlith writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Microlith (54737) writes "Microsoft has updated their WHQL certification requirements for Windows 8, and placed specific restrictions on ARM platforms that will make it impossible to install non-Microsoft operating systems on ARM devices, and make it impossible to turn off or customize such security.

Choice quotes from the certification include from page 116, section 20: "On an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. Only Standard Mode may be enable." which prevents users from customizing their security, and in section 21: "Disabling Secure MUST NOT be possible on ARM systems" to prevent you from booting any other OSes."

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No Custom ROMs for DROID X, 2

Microlith Microlith writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Microlith (54737) writes "According to Tom's Hardware, the bootloaders for the DROID X and DROID 2 will be encrypted and signed, much in the same fashion as the Motorola Milestone (GSM DROID) as well as their other handsets. If they cover their bases, unlike last time, this will bar owners from installing 3rd party ROMs."
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