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German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

Oligonicella Re:No, wait, do-over! (64 comments)

No. Amazon simply said 'We don't sell ebooks at those prices, so lower or go elsewhere.' There was no attempt to prevent Hachette from going to other resellers.

1 hour ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Oligonicella Re:Human nature (453 comments)

Do you really want to live in a country where every time two people have an emotional disagreement the courts get involved? I do not.

6 hours ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Oligonicella Re: Hypocrisy (453 comments)

One problem with trolls like this is that you can't ascertain if the spew was their actual thoughts or that of the opposition (SJW in this case) faking it to stir up resentments. I'm going with the latter because it was so over the top.

6 hours ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Oligonicella Re: Semantics (453 comments)

How was she dressed? How was she behaving? What does "like that" mean? You left that out of your description on purpose I believe. Vague multiple choice social questions with "only one" correct answer are traps constructed with a reason in mind.

6 hours ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Oligonicella Re: Semantics (453 comments)

Neither did the commenter.

6 hours ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Oligonicella Re:Semantics (453 comments)

"Any reasonable person should be able to tell when someone is uncomfortable" - bzzzt! This implies that they display the discomfort instead of internalizing, brooding and acting on it later. The dongle incident is a good example of your statement not working.

6 hours ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Oligonicella Re:Semantics (453 comments)

Oh please. It's the level. "Hey gorgeous" is not harassment, but some could easily persecute for it. The problem is the vagueness, not the sexuality.

6 hours ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Oligonicella Re:Semantics (453 comments)

Good example - Donglegate or whatever you want to cause it. Don't believe police or prosecutors were ever involved, but the two guys were canned for cracking an third grade level joke that was simply *overheard*. La terreur.

6 hours ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Oligonicella Re:Not just women (453 comments)

"How do you know?" The lack of organized public acts of terror and murder should do it. "holding up nooses which chanting death threats in front of a black person's house." This shows you're being disingenuous - you excluded the burning crosses, smashed businesses and hanged persons.

7 hours ago
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Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

Oligonicella Re:Oh dear! (145 comments)

I'm presuming you recognize yourself in his description of the creative mind.

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

Oligonicella Re:Systematic bias, but also something else (753 comments)

"it's just that outside influences, left on their own and without context, don't even hold out the possibility of women doing something outside of a traditional role."

I would suggest that (me being the father of a daughter) you are simply biased in your perceptions. The media at all stages is simply filled with women doing every role there is.

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

Oligonicella Re:What? (753 comments)

"Feminism, among other things, wants men to calm down and not feel threatened by women" That is exactly as much projection as women feeling threatened by men. Before someone goes off into the physical thing, we're talking about presence on jobs here, not a fist fight.

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

Oligonicella Re:What? (753 comments)

Yes, that's what was said. Passive coercion is just that. Only a delicate little flower (stamen or pistil) would succumb.

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

Oligonicella Re:What? (753 comments)

You think women have brains and yet can't make up their own minds, being passively (whatever that actually means) coerced into not doing something they want? My, how condescending towards women, making you not a feminist either

2 days ago
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Australian Physicists Build Reversible Tractor Beam

Oligonicella Re:Pusher beam, not reversible tractor beam (70 comments)

The semantics are still screwed up as the laser does no pushing or pulling itself but simply heats up the little, tiny gold sphere. It's pretty tenuous to say that the machine generating the light being converted to surface temperature heating the air which bounces off the surface is providing traction.

2 days ago

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