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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Pseudonym Re:From Experience (554 comments)

In real life, if Barbie became a game developer, she'd never afford the dream house and would receive rape and death threats (not to mention the inevitable doxxing) for daring to express an opinion on social media.

Maybe the book was just trying to protect girls from the Gators.

4 days ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Pseudonym Re: More detailed ratings are a good thing (637 comments)

Richard Pryor and George Carlin likely wouldn't have existed and succeeded today.

I call BS. Louis C.K. exists and is a success today.

about a week ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Pseudonym Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (637 comments)

If crime has been rising constantly on a per capita basis for the last 40 years (and I don't know that this is the case), it's probably because the definition of what constitutes a "crime" is changing, or possibly that you're counting arrests and convictions rather than crimes.

At any rate, all criminologists agree that the rate of violent crime has been steadily decreasing since colonial times.

about a week ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Pseudonym Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (637 comments)

Is it appropriate for the government to determine what is considered sexist?

I don't know about where you live, but where I live the government already has more stringent non-discriminatory hiring policies than the private sector. Not only is it appropriate, but it's arguably more appropriate.

about a week ago
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Google Quadruples A.M. Turing Award To $1M

Pseudonym Re:Maybe the summary is correct! (42 comments)

While I have no reason to doubt that the CISO at Juniper is an accomplished IT professional and a nice person, they don't give out Turing Awards for that.

Let alone the visual arts. Or real estate.

about a week ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Pseudonym Re:But let's remember (473 comments)

They are not as upfront and blunt about their opinions [...]

If there's one thing that third wave feminists can't possibly be accused of, it's holding back.

[...] instead going with "assume guilty" concept of privilege, dubious historical revisionism of patriarchy, and shifting goalposts of constant redefining of sexual assault to include almost any heterosexual activity, including consensual drunken marital sex.

So you don't actually understand it then. That's fine; there's no shame in ignorance.

But let me give you a free clue. To critically analyse an argument, the first thing you need to do is understand it, and the very first lecture in any university level critical thinking class covers the fundamental piece of methodology without which you are not thinking critically: the principle of charity. Learn this, and you've taken the first step towards reason.

about a week ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Pseudonym Re:THIS is the kind of thing that GamerGate is abo (473 comments)

Do you call guys "honey"? If you do and you're not gay, then congratulations on pushing gender norm boundaries!

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who's the Doctors Without Borders of Technology?

Pseudonym Re:Engineers Without Borders (112 comments)

For those who live in Australia, don't forget WICEN. The US really should have something similar.

about a week ago
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Google Quadruples A.M. Turing Award To $1M

Pseudonym Re:Leslie who? (42 comments)

LaTeX is what most slashdotters would be familiar with. In fact, I said it because my copy of LaTeX: A Document Preparation System is only a slight sideways glance away.

about two weeks ago
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Google Quadruples A.M. Turing Award To $1M

Pseudonym Re:Lamport (42 comments)

FYI, Barbara Liskov won the Turing Award a few years ago.

about two weeks ago
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Google Quadruples A.M. Turing Award To $1M

Pseudonym Lamport (42 comments)

It's Leslie Lamport, not Leslie Lambert. If you didn't know that, then you're not a true LaTeX user.

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Pseudonym Re:But let's remember (473 comments)

I take it you're not familiar with Camille Paglia, or Erica Jong, or Gloria Steinem, or Germaine Greer, or literally any second-wave feminist who isn't a radical feminist. Actually, I don't need to assume that. I know that, otherwise you wouldn't have confused the two. And I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that you're probably even less familiar with third-wave feminism.

Fun fact: Andrea Dworkin is the only radical feminist that most people have ever heard of. That's how marginal the movement was. If I had $1 for every time I've seen Anita Sarkeesian referred to as a "radical feminist", I'd be probably able to afford Bayonetta 2 including the Australia Tax.

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Pseudonym Re:Quit buying games on day one (473 comments)

You've never been truly hyped for a video game before.

I certainly haven't. OK, I'm a little bit hyped for The Witness, but that's about it.

I waited a year before buying AC3 (Washington Edition). A lot of people hated AC3. I liked it, and I think that part of the reason was that I wasn't hyped and didn't spend very much money on it. I got it cheaper than everyone who pre-ordered, and I got all the DLC. I think it's worth exactly what I paid for it, all up.

BTW, I'm still waiting for the Arkham Origins Complete Edition.

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Pseudonym Re:THIS is the kind of thing that GamerGate is abo (473 comments)

Seriously you SJW's really need to learn how to use a search engine properly, honey.

So what you're saying is, you are unable to make a point about ethics in game journalism without dropping a "SJW" or latently sexist "honey".

about two weeks ago
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Worldwide Aaron Swartz Day Memorial Hackathons This Weekend

Pseudonym Re:Ideally (76 comments)

While I have a lot of sympathy for what Schwartz was trying to do, what he was doing was clearly illegal [...]

There is nothing that Schwartz did which should be a criminal matter, let alone a felony.

Even JSTOR didn't want to pursue. All they cared about was that someone was DoSing their system. As soon as that stopped, that was the end of it as far as they were concerned.

Swartz was a co-author and editor of the Guerilla Open Access Manifesto. It's controversial, but there is quite a bit of evidence to support the claim that if it wasn't for this, there would have been no felony charges.

What's uncontroversial is that like many defendants, he was being punished for not accepting a plea bargain. Note that while most common law jurisdictions have a limited form of plea bargaining, plea bargaining as it is practiced in the United States, where a defendant is threatened with a large number of tenuous charges in order to coerce or manipulate them into pleading guilty on a few of them, would be grounds for suing the prosecutors for malicious prosecution or abuse of process in most places, allowing the defendant to recover costs.

(It should be noted that most common law jurisdictions have also abolished grand juries because they archaic and barbaric, along with elected judges and prosecutors.)

about two weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Pseudonym Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (716 comments)

Yeah, I'll bet the people who are now blaming gamergate for everything from spoiled milk to murder will NEVER blame people using a new hashtag for the same thing.

True. I mean, there are actually people, if you can believe it, who are blaming all of game journalism's ills on feminism and social justice.

Les Murray's famous haiku was never more true:

Brutal policy,
like inferior art, knows
whose fault it all is.

about two weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Pseudonym Re:Two thoughts (716 comments)

I'm tired of this new trend that games need messages or to be "cinematic".

Woah there, cowboy. Who said "need"?

The problem isn't that some people believe that games "need" messages. The problem is that other people think that that games with a message, or interactive forms of entertainment which push the boundary of what a "game" is, should not exist.

That is tlhIngan's point. The mere existence of Sundance does not threaten the existence of Michael Bay. He will keep on making movies until it's no longer profitable to do so, and sleep soundly at night on top of a large pile of cash.

Nobody is trying to take your toys away. If you don't like same toys as other people, don't play with them.

Hell, it's not even like Quinn was ripping people off. Depression Quest was worth exactly what everyone paid for it. That was kind of the point, no?

about three weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Pseudonym Re:Two thoughts (716 comments)

The fact that anyone takes this seriously shows just how naive they really are.

Nobody ever sat me down and said: "You know, child, some day you may feel the need to threaten to rape or murder someone. I just want you to know that there are no circumstances under which this is okay behaviour. It's tempting, but don't. Okay?"

Nobody ever said that to me because this is not normal behaviour. Even at the age of 12, it never occurred to me that this was a thing that could be done. Hell, even after being on the Internet for over 20 years, it didn't occur to me that this was a possible response to anything.

Whether the threat is credible or not, the fact that someone, even at the age of 12, would do this is extremely fucking serious. Anyone who doesn't realise that is more naive than I am.

about three weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Pseudonym Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (716 comments)

Do you know how to solve this problem? It's almost absurdly easy: Pick a different hashtag.

Really, that's it. All you need to do is pick a hashtag that the doxxers and the people sending death threats and rape threats and bomb threats aren't using. As a bonus, it would be a hashtag that wasn't coined by Adam Baldwin, and wouldn't have that stupid "-gate" suffix. There is no downside.

about three weeks ago

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