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Apple Announces iPad Air

SpeZek Re:Mavericks is free? Hmmm... (471 comments)

I'm sticking with SL because Spaces and Expose are much more functional than Mission Control, I'm not coerced into giving my data to Apple's cloud, and it's just faster due to less bloat.

about 6 months ago
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Student Arrested For Using Phone App To 'Shoot' Classmates

SpeZek Re:"We have to take all threats seriously" (706 comments)

Maybe talk to the kid, determine if this GAME represents novelty or intention? Talk to his teachers, see if he remotely poses an actual, tangible threat? Get the teachers to talk to his classmates? Lift one fucking finger before laying criminal charges on a child?

about 7 months ago
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Sony & Panasonic Plan Next-Gen 300 GB Optical Discs By the End of 2015

SpeZek Re:That's fine and dandy (289 comments)

I imagine multiple lasers can alleviate some I/O concerns. There used to be 72X CD drives that used split lasers to read 7 tracks simultaneously. I imagine with modern tolerances, the same idea could be used for these optical discs.

about 9 months ago
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Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

SpeZek Re:practicalities make it impossible.. (770 comments)

I've taken enough evo-psych in University to see right through your bullshit. You're just spewing pseudo-scientific babble. You may as well be comparing the skull shapes of men and women to make your point, while ignoring inconsistencies in your internal logic.

about 9 months ago
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Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

SpeZek Re:practicalities make it impossible.. (770 comments)

If this were a matter of race, not gender, would your arguments still hold? Is it socially or morally acceptable to lump an entire demographic of people into one negative category and then refuse to acknowledge them as individuals outside of your bias?

about 9 months ago
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Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

SpeZek Re:practicalities make it impossible.. (770 comments)

Well gee-whiz, if not totally discounting half the people I'll ever meet just because of what's between their legs makes me a feminist, then I guess you win!

about 9 months ago
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Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

SpeZek Re:practicalities make it impossible.. (770 comments)

Except gender existentialism is and always has been bullshit. Different sex organs doesn't mean different thought processes.

Contrary to popular belief, both men and women think with their brains. Maybe not AC's though.

about 9 months ago
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Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

SpeZek Re:practicalities make it impossible.. (770 comments)

I just gave up after concluding that women are insane and this do not makes me "superior" to others, just different.

Right there you're claiming that 50% of the human population is insane. Presumably, you don't count yourself among them.

I can say - with all certainty - that I am one of the most respectful people you could ever meet.

Clearly not, since you don't respect women.
Oh, but wait, they don't want respect apparently, right? How's that working out?

about 9 months ago
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Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

SpeZek Re:It is protest. (770 comments)

Whoop dee-do. Opinion pieces and anecdotes are pointless.

Nearly all my friends are women. They adore me. I've never been treated as "the enemy" by any woman I've ever met. Am I an "Uncle Tim" because I can interact well with 50% of the human population?

Incidentally, conflating men that are sympathetic to women with slaves that were excessively subservient to slavers is pretty much the most vile thing I've read all day. Thanks for linking that. No wonder you're treated like the enemy?

about 9 months ago
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BBC Gives Up On 3-D Television Programming

SpeZek Re:Hooray! (120 comments)

Unlikely. The theatres already blew their load and installed multi-million dollar 3D projectors. They're going to want to keep using them and charging a premium for 3D to cover the cost.

about 9 months ago
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Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

SpeZek Re:It is protest. (770 comments)

And yet women are set to overtake men in terms of higher education achievement (if they haven't already in your country -- they have here).

Maybe the plural of anecdote isn't data?

about 9 months ago
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Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

SpeZek Re:practicalities make it impossible.. (770 comments)

Socializing and the "mating ritual" isn't that hard when you treat women like people and don't act like you're superior to everyone because you've stopped trying.

about 9 months ago
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The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

SpeZek Re:I go to a fair amount of movies (924 comments)

So, what, when someone has to use the bathroom do you expect them to bring a bottle (funnel optional) so that they don't distract you from the movie?

A dark figure getting up and walking out is not all that uncommon nor distracting when compared to someone yanking out their iPhone with the brightness set to 11, lighting up the entire theatre as they tap out, painstakingly slowly, a 5 word tweet about how good the popcorn is.

about 9 months ago
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How Much Is Your Gmail Account Worth To Crooks?

SpeZek Re:more worried about google using my gmail accoun (80 comments)

That's why you make use of Google's relatively good tools to download all of your data regularly and make backups.

It's your data. You're the one responsible for it.

about 10 months ago
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Injured Man Is First Person Saved By a Police Drone In Canada

SpeZek Re:Figures. (187 comments)

Sorry.

about a year ago
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Injured Man Is First Person Saved By a Police Drone In Canada

SpeZek Figures. (187 comments)

Of course we Canadians would use drones for polite and considerate tasks. We have a reputation to keep up!

about a year ago
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Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

SpeZek Re:Playing the race card again (1078 comments)

Lumping every person of colour into one unified "black culture" is pretty damn racist. It others them, defines them as different. Then you sit around and can't figure out why the system treats them differently than white people, who are seen as the norm and the default?

You're right though, in that "black culture" in the US is different than anywhere else in the world; being black is what defines people of colour in the US. In other places, people don't tend to so blindly label people's ethics and values, their "culture," based solely on their skin colour.

about a year ago
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Hillsborough County (FL) Hackathon is a Sign of Increasing Tech Awareness (Video

SpeZek It really says something. (30 comments)

But then, this is a helpful part of the country where, if an old person falls down on the sidewalk, strangers will rush to her side, whip out cell phones in case a 911 call is needed, and help her to her feet.

The fact that this very basic behavior that I would expect any human being to do (and do regardless of the age or gender of the person who was injured) is exemplary of a "helpful" part of the country is just sort of sad. It really says something about the rest of the country, if true.

about a year ago

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Dolly the Sheep Alive and Well

SpeZek SpeZek writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SpeZek (970136) writes "Dolly the sheep has been reborn. Four clones have been made by the scientist behind the original research. The quads, which have been nicknamed ‘the Dollies’, are exact genetic copies of their predecessor, who was put down seven years ago.
The latest experiments were partly carried out to check if improvements to the technique cut the risk of problems in and out of the womb.
Named after country and western singer Dolly Parton, Dolly was created from a cell taken from a mammary gland. The rest of the sample of tissue has lain in a freezer since, until it was defrosted to make the Dollies."

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Massive Censorship Of Digg Uncovered

SpeZek SpeZek writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SpeZek (970136) writes "

A group of influential conservative members of the behemoth social media site Digg.com have just been caught red-handed in a widespread campaign of censorship, having multiple accounts, upvote padding, and deliberately trying to ban progressives. An undercover investigation has exposed this effort, which has been in action for more than one year.

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New Copyright Agreements Exposed in Canada

SpeZek SpeZek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SpeZek (970136) writes "...Called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the new plan would see Canada join other countries, including the United States and members of the European Union, to form an international coalition against copyright infringement. The deal would create a international regulator that could turn border guards and other public security personnel into copyright police. The security officials would be charged with checking laptops, iPods and even cellular phones for content that "infringes" on copyright laws, such as ripped CDs and movies [even if the content was copied legally]. ...Anyone found with infringing content in their possession would be open to a fine. They may also have their device confiscated or destroyed."
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Slashdot: It ain't what it used to be (Or perhaps I'm not?)

SpeZek SpeZek writes  |  about 9 months ago

I've been really considering dropping Slashdot from my daily reading list.

It's no longer a place where experts from dozens of fields can come together to provide insight on stories about technology, politics, or just general geek stuff. It's more of an echo chamber now. Linux vs. Microsoft. Men vs. Women. Everything is antagonistic and unproductive.

The sexism, especially, is starting to get to me. Maybe I'm some sort of freak, but I actually care quite a bit for genders that aren't my own, and it pains me to see such rabid anti-intellectual backwards opinions about them on a site I used to admire for its clarity of thought and forward-thinking.

Kind of sucks, since I pretty much grew up here.

Maybe I outgrew it.

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