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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Minwee Re: Her work (1023 comments)

"I disagree with your argument, your points are stupid and you are an idiot" is not the same as "I am going to come over to to your house and rape you and kill you."

..in some circles, actually, it is.

And what is the term we use to refer to a member of those circles? "The Defendant".

12 hours ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Minwee Re: Her work (1023 comments)

I'm still fuzzy on what constitutes a "credible" vs. non-credible death threat. Specific details?

Perhaps you were looking for a legal definition of the term?

As Ms Sarkeesian lives in California, State Penal Code Section 422 would apply:

(a) Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or by means of an electronic communication device, is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family's safety, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison.

12 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Minwee Re:Nethack (331 comments)

Why doesn't your phone have keys?

yesterday
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Minwee Re:The obvious /. question... (215 comments)

Let me see if I'm following this argument...

(1) "Will it be possible to replace the operating system?"
(2) "Of course it will because it uses an A4 CPU."
(3) "But there could still be issues with the bootloader and firmware which would prevent that, even though that's not supposed to happen."
(4) "The Windows sticker means that there won't be any kind of problems like that. Ever."
(5) "HP has a history of producing poor quality hardware, particularly budget notebooks. I wouldn't be at all surprised if their new $200 notebook failed to meet the standards set for higher end hardware."
(6) "Oh yeah? Well, you're an ad hominem! So double dumb ass on you!"

Well, that sure put me in my place. Clearly yours is the superior intellect.

about a week ago
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Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

Minwee Re:hehe (146 comments)

"A clever attacker can smuggle contraband past the machines using surprisingly low-tech techniques."

Please, God, Tell me it's tinfoil... plz plz plz plz

Didn't you ever wonder why every time you go to the store to buy tinfoil, The Government has replaced it with aluminum?

about a week ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Minwee Re:The obvious /. question... (215 comments)

You make a good point. I am sure that HP would never, ever compromise the legendary high quality of their notebook computers by failing to adhere strictly to the standards of the Windows Logo Program.

I must have confused them with another computer manufacturer with lower standards who might be willing to sacrifice the usability of their product just to squeeze a few more dollars our of every sale.

about two weeks ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Minwee Re:Limited storage (215 comments)

So only 32gigs of storage on the device eh? Hmm. I dunno, seems kinda limited with no way to expand it without buying my own storage.

I'm afraid that very few computers of any kind offer a way to expand the storage without buying storage.

You could try stealing three USB drives and a high capacity SDXC card and fitting them into the available ports on the Stream 14, easily expanding the storage by as much as you want, but speaking as your attorney I would have to advise you that that could cause you some legal difficulties in the future.

about two weeks ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Minwee Re:The obvious /. question... (215 comments)

It doesn't matter in this case, since -- per the fucking summary -- the computer in question is using an AMD A4 (which is x86).

The fucking summary said nothing about whether or not the system used "Secure Boot" or whether it would continue to allow the end user to add a custom bootloader or new trusted certificates. The CPU can understand whatever instruction set it wants, but that won't make any difference if the system firmware won't allow you to run code that isn't signed by Microsoft or HP.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Minwee Re:SomethingAwful (381 comments)

Right, so let's cite the website perhaps second or third best known on the Internet for having lots of trolls as an example.

...of a site that already tried this, and failed. Isn't this exactly the kind of example that the article was asking for?

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Minwee Re:The real question (418 comments)

What would the dad have done if this were around eight years ago and his kids wanted to play Persona 3?

Well, since his kids would have been 2 and 3, he would probably have told them that it was nap time.

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Minwee Re:Work smart not hard (418 comments)

You're right. Encouraging kids belief in fictional places like Jerusalem, Shuafat, Golan Heights and Tel Aviv is never good.

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Minwee Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (418 comments)

I think that every American should have to take a trip to the war zone

The last time they tried that was in the late 60s. It didn't go so well.

about two weeks ago
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The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

Minwee Re:I thought you overpaid for Cisco stuff (248 comments)

After which the [vendor] will tell you that they're **you** failed because **you** didn't allocate more memory for IPv4 routes. [vendor] will tell management how they had foreseen this problem in 2006 and how they warned customers in advance.

I wish [vendor representative] luck in pursuing other interests outside of [vendor]. You pay enterprise suppliers the insanely big bucks to be diplomatic enough to not tell the truth about just who screwed things up. Given the choice between calling the customer an idiot and having the customer continue buying expensive toys with a lot of zeroes in their prices it is usually preferable to just say something about how you will look into how the warning wasn't delivered to the right people, and then shut up and never speak of it again.

"we bought cheap noname switched back then because the head of IT cut the budget by 20%."

Deflecting blame to the department head may make you feel better but it's a dangerous move. When life hands you a bucket full of... let's just say "waste products" you can hand it to someone else, empty it out the window and trust that nobody is on the sidewalk or carry it to the dumpster yourself. Throwing it directly upwards shows a distinct misunderstanding of how gravity works.

about two weeks ago
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The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

Minwee Re:I thought you overpaid for Cisco stuff (248 comments)

This is exactly the kind of problem that makes you glad you overpaid for name brand hardware.

Which of these two answers to the question "Why did our network fall over and sink into the swamp yesterday?" would you like to give?

"Um, it's because I recommended saving a bit of money on buying off-brand routers that couldn't handle everything. I'll go clean out my desk."

or...

"It's not my fault! We bought [insert name brand here] because they were supposed to be better. Round up the rest of the management team and we'll have a conference call with [vendor] this afternoon and get them to explain how they failed us."

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

Minwee Re:RoundRects for everyone! (220 comments)

(RoundRect was what the Rounded-corner Rectangle was called in old Apple developer docs, either when drawing a button, or using that shape directly in QuickDraw).

At the time, it wasn't easy drawing rounded corners.

Steve [Jobs] suddenly got more intense. "Rectangles with rounded corners are everywhere! Just look around this room!". And sure enough, there were lots of them, like the whiteboard and some of the desks and tables. Then he pointed out the window. "And look outside, there's even more, practically everywhere you look!". He even persuaded Bill [Atkinson] to take a quick walk around the block with him, pointing out every rectangle with rounded corners that he could find.

When Steve and Bill passed a no-parking sign with rounded corners, it did the trick. "OK, I give up", Bill pleaded. "I'll see if it's as hard as I thought." He went back home to work on it.

Fast-forward to the next century where rectangles with rounded corners are still everywhere, but only Steve's company is allowed to use them.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

Minwee The Galaxy Alpha? Excellent! (220 comments)

I am very happy to hear that Samsung is releasing a new phone that can run Windows NT, OpenVMS and Digital UNIX equally well.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

Minwee Re:I don't get it (220 comments)

... [various accounts of dropping phones] ...

It's good to know you're not an "abusive user."

He only drops the phone when it makes him angry. It's the phone's fault, really.

about two weeks ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

Minwee Re:Easier option (158 comments)

They could also skip the dogs and just use out of work A&R execs.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

Minwee That's an easy one (278 comments)

I'm going to have to go with the same answer I give at most project post-mortems when asked the question "What was the root cause of our problems?"

"Lax hiring practices."

about two weeks ago

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