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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Tanuki64 Re:Spock IS Science (898 comments)

...as seen by filmmakers who know about science hardly more than a cow about flying.

5 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Tanuki64 Re:Atheism offers no values - you have to add them (898 comments)

Atheism offers no values - you have to add them

Means I as atheist are much better than a theist. Theists would murder, steal, betray without limit if they were not afraid to be punished after death by big daddy. I as atheist am not hindered by such fear, and despite that I don't do such things. Looks like I have my a moral compass on my own.

5 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Tanuki64 Re:Why is science to blame for the holocaust? (898 comments)

The whole National Socialism with its 'race' and 'blood' was/is a religion. The scientific background the Nazis tried to construct was as scientific as the creationism.

5 days ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

Tanuki64 How Naive (119 comments)

Beyond the computational aspect, we also need to decide, as a society,

5 days ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Tanuki64 Re:Google should win this if they went to court... (290 comments)

...and the law is effectively a bad law as a result...

You have no idea how bad. And for companies like Google, this can be handled. But this law demands those infos for all German websites. Some argue that it is even necessary for a 'under construction' place holders. So every small hobby website has to deal with the spam problem. But this is not the worst. The worst are Lawyers. In Germany any lawyer can assume that you do not want to be sued for any infraction against this (or other) laws. So he can assume that you want him to become active on your behalf and send you a cease and desist letter... for a small three figure fee, of course. Many lawyers do this to make some extra money. For some this is actually the main source of income.

Now, of course none of this scum dares to go against Google, but a small site owner can get such a cost-reinforced cease and desist letter for not answering an email fast enough... the law says 'fast electronic contact'. It makes hobby websites in Germany very dangerous.

Unless there's also a law against IVR in Germany?

IANAL :-)

about a week ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Tanuki64 Re:Google should win this if they went to court... (290 comments)

Paragraph 5 TMG establishes the following general information obligations:

2. Information to permit a fast electronic contact and direct communication with them, including electronic mail address,

IANAL, but email address is explicitly required. And neither 'fast' nor 'direct' sounds much like "we don't read this address" and possibly not even like: "Nope, please use form 'foo' or call us via 'expensive service number'".

is 'Send Feedback' enough? I as I said: IANAL. My gut feeling? Perhaps for Google. Any other smaller site with less deep pockets can expect expensive 'cease and desist' letters and in worse case lengthy court battles.

about a week ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Tanuki64 Re:Really? (290 comments)

I'd rather Google even be more honest and not even provide a support email at all.

Email is required according to the law.

about a week ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Tanuki64 Re:Customers (290 comments)

The law does not restrict this requirement to customers. You have a commercial website, which targets Germany? You are required to provide contact information and react to it in a timely manner. Customer or not.

about a week ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Tanuki64 Re:so does this mean.... (290 comments)

That the German Goverment should also respond to ALL emails, seeing as german citizens could be considered customers of the government?

Since when are assh... erm.... is a Government bound by the same rules as the common rabble?

about a week ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Tanuki64 Re:define "customer" (290 comments)

You don't know that the law according to which Google needs to provide an email address and react to mails to this address in a timely manner, does not restrict in any way this requirement to customers. In Germany any commercial website needs an 'Impressum'. With 'commercial' so loosely defined, that more or less all sites need one. Even those sites, which in theory don't need one, are at a severe legal risk if they don't have one. In short: The law clearly states that the 'impressum' contains an email address you actually read and use. No wriggle space at all.

about a week ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Tanuki64 Re:Google should win this if they went to court... (290 comments)

Google can argue that they've met the requirements of the law by providing a means for customers to communicate. No where in the law does it require Google to respond

No, Google cannot.

2. Angaben zur schnellen Kontaktaufnahme

Paragraph 5 Abs. 1 Nr 2 TMG sagt dazu woertlich:

"Angaben, die eine schnelle elektronische Kontaktaufnahme und unmittelbare Kommunikation mit ihnen ermoeglichen, einschlieÃYlich der Adresse der elektronischen Post."

Translation:

2. information for quick access

Paragraph 5 para 1 no 2 TMG says literally:

"Information to enable a fast electronic contact and direct communication with them, including electronic mail address."

You can hardly more clear than that. And if Google answers:

Google will not respond to or even read your message

it definitely breaks the law, since this is not even a one sided communication.

about a week ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Tanuki64 Re:Get a life! (1134 comments)

Sounds sensible and I agree. But just one a bit provocative question, though you are not really the right person to ask. Just some thought for other readers.... and because I cannot resist. ;-)

You write:

rape as a narrative .... and a way to make bad guys despicable

How does this work, when only 10% of what feminists try to tell us were true? How would rape in that case make anyone despicable? According to them most men, and probably all nerds would applaud and have pity... with one who was intended to be portrayed as the bad guy, when in the end he gets punished.

You think I exaggerate? This would only be the logical consequence of what Sarkeesian said more or less about gamers and the game Hitman: They get 'hot' on the abuse of dead womens bodies.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Tanuki64 Re:Get a life! (1134 comments)

The moment we saw what was really going on, they became irrelevant.

Really? They are so irrelevant that you want to leave /. because of the wave they caused. Several other blogs are riding the same train. I would not call this irrelevant.

It's true that some of the tropes she calls out are tired and very clichÃf© and boring.

I disagree. Here some Thunderf00t 'footage', which IMHO show how stupid this 'trope' meme is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57tXyqPCOCM&feature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9_MVPq1SJY&list=UUmb8hO2ilV9vRa8cilis88A&index=14
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viDMai9b0UA&list=UUmb8hO2ilV9vRa8cilis88A
IMHO (again), she simply has no leg to stand on. Women are neither better nor worse treated than men in games or films.

Don't give Zoe any attention she doesn't deserve.

Actually I don't care for both. They have their agenda, they make money with it. There are certainly worse douchebags (male and females) than those two. But what really disgusts me are their brainwashed, spineless mangina followers.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Tanuki64 Re:Get a life! (1134 comments)

Zoe and Anita do not harm us in any way.

You're sure? Not physically, sure. But I think they are firestarters, who deliberately pour oil into the fire for their own financial gains.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Tanuki64 Re:Not you too slashdot (1134 comments)

Too true. And tech or science articles are less and less fun, because for every interesting reply you have to wade through 100 responses of imbeciles who don't even understand a fraction of the topic, but try to be funny. Still why go? Hardly possible to drag down the level here any further, so I have fun. And maybe one of my short sarcastic remarks will blow a fuse of one of those misandristic fanatics. :-)

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Tanuki64 Re:Not you too slashdot (1134 comments)

Do you know an alternative?

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Tanuki64 Re:boring and laughable feminist commentary (1134 comments)

One thing Sarkeesian should do is work on her misandrism, objectification, and stereotyping of men, starting with the images of fat, lazy male gamers she keeps flashing in the background. The way she stereotypes and puts down men is offensive. And she should work on actually making a point instead of just rambling on.

http://s2.quickmeme.com/img/a7/a7b7d0021e612cd4758a2b3806895c1f23da64eed498aac29a179b5f5adaadd0.jpg

about two weeks ago

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