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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Smauler Re:How do you (860 comments)

One of the major problems, in this and many other articles is that there is a blanket assumption that all of this abuse is coming from men, even in the case of anonymous posts. This is straight up sexism. All of the abuse here is assumed to be the work of men.

Before you say that it is always men, there was a similar incident of excessive abuse directed towards a female MP campaigning against a woman being removed from the 5 pound note in the UK. Two people were prosecuted, one of them was a woman (Isabella Sorley).

I am against prosecutions for online abuse, I'm just using this as an example that it is not always men who abuse, even in situations where it would seem unlikely that it is a woman. Assuming anonymous hate mail is always written by men is wrong and sexist.

yesterday
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New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

Smauler Re:Already covered? (121 comments)

Who modded this AC up?

If there's one thing I'm sick of with slashdot, it's the constant party bickering. Yes, we understand Republicans don't like Democrats, and Democrats don't like Republicans. We get it.

If there are political points to be made (like there are in this story), make them about the story, not some obscure deal someone else made.

about a week ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Smauler Re:But it wasn't for "national security" (353 comments)

You do know the US has "Stop and Identify" laws which require you to talk to police? For example, in Texas :

"A person commits an offense if he intentionally refuses to give his name, residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has lawfully arrested the person and requested the information."

It's a class C misdemeanor.

These laws have been challenged, and SCOTUS ruled that they don't violate miranda rights.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Release First SSD With 3D NAND

Smauler Re:10 yr warranty hah (85 comments)

Passively cooled PCs are very underpowered compared to their actively cooled counterparts. If you want to use your PC for anything like gaming, compiling, or stuff like that, you're going to need active cooling.

about two weeks ago
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Autonomous Trucking

Smauler Re:Highway Only to Speed Deployment (142 comments)

But record numbers of truckers have very little experience.

What? Are you just saying that there are more truck drivers than there used to be?

So what? Lots of things are harder than other things, that's not an excuse for doing them wrong

Someone has to drive trucks, and driving trucks well is difficult. If you make only expert truck drivers allowed to drive, then you'll have a whole host of goods undelivered. Sometimes you've got to use what you've got.

The biggest problem truck drivers have on the road, besides the ones that are just a danger to themselves and others all the time, is lack of sleep.

Well, I'm from the EU, which has mandatory time limits on HGV driving and working. You can't work more than 48 hours a week as a driver, on average (the actual legislation is that you can't work more than 56 hours in a week, and no more than 96 hours in a fortnight, IIRC). If you're tired with that week, it's your fault.

about two weeks ago
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Autonomous Trucking

Smauler Re:alternative already exists (142 comments)

I used to drive a route, Bury St Edmunds, Kettering, Winchester, then back to Bury St Edmunds every day (along with London on thursdays). It was in a big artic. At the first stop, I was unloaded and reloaded (with tyres), at the second I changed trailers. 340 miles every day, and I was always within tacho law. (for Americans, drivers in the EU are strictly regulated on the hours they can work(

I don't know what you're suggesting as a replacement for this kind of system.

The warehouse in Bury st Edmunds is just a big room with about 10 people (total, including night shift) loading and unloading trucks all day long. I am talking about the largest wholesaler of tyres in the UK here.

about three weeks ago
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Autonomous Trucking

Smauler Re:Highway Only to Speed Deployment (142 comments)

Fucking hell drinkpoo, get a grip. People who drive for a living generally are better at it, and driving a truck is harder than driving a car.

The only problems truck drivers have on the road are vehicles other than trucks (99.9% of the time). Making it an "us vs them" issue is simplistic and childish.

about three weeks ago
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Autonomous Trucking

Smauler Re:Highway Only to Speed Deployment (142 comments)

You didn't reply to the AC's post. They were not incidents, they were potential incidents. If a trucker had an incident every 100,000 miles, they would not be a trucker for long.

I'm not excusing bad driving, there's loads of that about. However, your estimation that truckers generally have more than one incident every 100,000 miles on average is wrong.

about three weeks ago
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Autonomous Trucking

Smauler Re:1.8 million drivers will lose their job. (142 comments)

As a truck driver, I think your 99% is a little high. Train drivers, for example, do not have to deal with almost all the situational problems that truck drivers do, and their profession is only just starting to become autonomous, and only in a few limited cases.

I agree it is probably the future of cargo transport... but if we're using automated cargo transport, I think we could come up with a better solution than just big automaton trucks on the road.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Smauler Re:Hah! (681 comments)

Not sure if serious... 3049 hours, so more than a third of a year. And yes, it's not impressive compared to locked down systems that do the same thing every day.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Smauler Re:Hah! (681 comments)

Heh, little do you two know I'm sat behind a Linux firewall. My Windows system is impenetrable here!

about three weeks ago
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Samsung Release First SSD With 3D NAND

Smauler Re:10 yr warranty hah (85 comments)

Anyone can appreciate the speed boost (and silence!) an SSD brings, not just enthusiasts.

If the noisiest thing in your computer is your hard drive, something is wrong. Case, CPU and GPU fans are way noisier than a modern HD.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Smauler Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

Homes without roads would be relatively difficult to sell in the US, wouldn't they?

about three weeks ago
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

Smauler Re:Embarrasment (198 comments)

You can get higher resolution 27" monitors relatively cheap, or at least cheaper than you probably bought your decade old monitor. If you can't bear to move your head, might I suggest you sit further away from your monitor?

about three weeks ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Smauler Re:Hah! (681 comments)

I've just got my Vista system reliable again (not Vista's fault, overheating CPU, but it mangled the file system a little)... don't laugh, current uptime = 3049:16:45

about three weeks ago
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Building the Infinite Digital Universe of No Man's Sky

Smauler Re:Spore? (100 comments)

If I play it once, I can't tell the difference between on-the-fly generation and static worlds.

Except for the fact that a game with static star systems will have at most a few hundred, rather than a few billion. There is no way to simulate the universe without some kind of procedural generation, there are just far too many things in it.

about a month ago
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Building the Infinite Digital Universe of No Man's Sky

Smauler Re:Sigh (100 comments)

Wow, another Noctis player :). I remember logging in every day after work to see whether there was any news about Noctis V.

about a month ago
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UK Man Sentenced To 16 Months For Exporting 'E-Waste' Despite 91% Reuse

Smauler Re:The headline is juicy, but hides a real problem (212 comments)

Africa is on the equator, so the climate is like Florida or New York in Summer but all year round.

Erm... Africa's quite a big place, with lots of different climates. Nearly all the north of Africa is desert climate, so nothing like Florida or New York. South Africa has ski resorts, Tangiers is Mediterranean climate.

Any building without air conditioning becomes an oven. So having a 32" 600 watt plasma display wouldn't be appreciated. A small 12" black/white CRT is ideal and the bulkiness prevents looters from stealing it.

One of the major advantages of LCD and LED TVs is their lower power consumption. See this page for a quick comparison. CRTs have awful power consumption, even tiny ones.

about a month ago
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Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon Increases Clocks By 500 MHz, Lowers Temps

Smauler Re: Speed is not the only thing. (57 comments)

I play Skyrim on a core 2 duo pegged to 30% at the moment. At 1920*1200, with a gtx460. It runs fine.

If it were actually cpu bound, it'd play like complete crap.

about a month and a half ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

Smauler Re:Evolution is not an Observed Phenomenon (772 comments)

There's a lot of misinformation and misconceptions about how animals are related. Dimetrodon, a reptile that lived almost 300 million years ago is more closely related to mammals than any other extant group. "Reptile" is an awful catch-all term that includes lots of species not even closely related to each other. Crocodiles are much more closely related to birds and dinosaurs than they are to other reptiles, for example.

about 2 months ago

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Youtube revamps comment system

Smauler Smauler writes  |  about 9 months ago

Smauler (915644) writes "Youtube are changing their comments system Whilst no one denies the current system results in obnoxious chaos some of the time, the solution seems to be a tie-in with Google+. The number one selling point is that "Comments you care about move to the top"."

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