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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Travis Mansbridge Re:"Men" in the gaming industry? (898 comments)

While this comment is clearly a troll, it highlights nicely that trolls can target either gender. The problem these women are experiencing with people on the internet isn't to do with the entire male gender, it has to do with internet trolls. There are plenty out there, and when you strike one down two more take their place. And while most trolls may be men, most men are not trolls.

2 days ago

NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong

Travis Mansbridge Re:"to Mars" (52 comments)

You'd better call NASA and let them know!

3 days ago

Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

Travis Mansbridge Re:Multiverse theory (147 comments)

What happens when two multiverse theories collide?

4 days ago

Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

Travis Mansbridge Re:Dear Trey Parker and Matt Stone (138 comments)

Yeah, it's not like Murdoch would ever pull a Hearst and get people attracted to his media outlets just so he can spew falsities to advance his political agenda.

Oh wait...

about two weeks ago

"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

Travis Mansbridge Re:Will we ever stop celebrating him? (157 comments)

There is an argument to make that he was intentionally trying to make a martyr out of himself.

Considering he intentionally took his own life, partly as a means of highlighting his overwhelming situation, you're right. He paid an incredible price just so that the rest of us might take notice of the great injustice at hand, and that deserves at least this much attention.

about two weeks ago

In Düsseldorf, A Robot Valet Will Park Your Car

Travis Mansbridge Re:What could possibly go wrong (120 comments)

Actually, from this part of the video, it looks like two slats converge under the front and rear wheels. This would also be suitable for lifting three-wheeled cars (mentioned in a comment below).

about three weeks ago

Comcast Executives Appear To Share Cozy Relationships With Regulators

Travis Mansbridge Re:Not a VIP box at the Olympics (63 comments)

Then invalidated the mod point by posting in the same discussion..

about three weeks ago

Ars Takes an Early Look At the Privacy-Centric Blackphone

Travis Mansbridge Re:Apps which require location? (67 comments)

The FBI has been able to listen to any cell phone mic, even when off (as long as it has battery power) for quite some time now.

about three weeks ago

Australian Government Seeks To Boost Spy Agencies' Powers

Travis Mansbridge Re:We must not allow a spy gap! (54 comments)

"We" are still the leaders in spying, considering we (if you're referring to the US) are one of the members of the ECHELON group, a.k.a. the "five eyes" or AUSCANNZUKUS (for the five members: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US). As long as each member is permitted to spy on "foreign" countries, they are free to exchange data gathered on citizens of them all. If the NSA gets quashed, ASIO, GCHQ and the rest of them can just pick up the slack.

about a month ago

What Happens If You Have a Heart Attack In Space?

Travis Mansbridge Re:Today? (83 comments)

One thing's for certain: no one can hear you scream.

about a month ago

$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

Travis Mansbridge Re:Thanks for the tip! (448 comments)

Most RFID tags are passive; the power is provided by a base-station or reader of some sort, and simply reflected off the tags in the same way roadsigns are illuminated by your own headlights.

about a month ago

$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

Travis Mansbridge Re:Thanks for the tip! (448 comments)

When passé became a cliché.

about a month ago

Prisoners Freed After Cops Struggle With New Records Software

Travis Mansbridge Re:Management botched it again (128 comments)

Commission Price, eh? So that's why they lock up everyone they can find.

about a month ago

How Secret Partners Expand NSA's Surveillance Dragnet

Travis Mansbridge Re:De-fund the NSA Completely (63 comments)

The way they operate (at least within ECHELON a.k.a. "five eyes" / AUSCANNZUKUS) is that we spy on their citizens while they spy on ours, and then information is exchanged after the fact, thereby avoiding any country "spying on its own citizens." It's essentially a loophole in the 4th amendment and its counterparts in those countries.

about a month ago

Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

Travis Mansbridge Re:A minority view? (649 comments)

Science relies on hypotheses which can either be demonstrated or falsified by data derived from experimentation or observation in a fashion that is repeatable by independent researchers. In this way, while you feel that "the power of the Holy Spirit is proof of God's existence," this cannot be universally demonstrated or observed, and is thus not science.

On the other hand, evolution has been evident through both experimentation and observation by independent researchers for many years, and we've yet to find data that contradicts this.

As an exercise, I'd like you to think about traits passed from parents to children. Would you agree that children inherit traits from their parents, such as facial features? ("Oh, you have your mother's eyes") If these traits are passed down, consider that some traits (the shape of the hand or foot, for an easy example) might allow a greater chance at surviving and reproducing, while other traits (exceptionally small lungs, or a predisposition to heart disease from an early age) might preclude survival to the point of reproduction, thus allowing successful traits to carry on to new children and lowering the chance of unsuccessful traits to be passed down. If you can understand how this is possible, evolution seems all but unavoidable.

about a month ago

Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

Travis Mansbridge Re:Yep. (649 comments)

No religion in schools was one of the few things I envied about the US school system, here in Oz most private schools are Catholic or other Christian denomination.

Many private schools here in the US can and do teach religion, largely Christianity. That restriction is for state-funded schools only as part of the separation of church and state.

about a month ago

Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Travis Mansbridge Re:Blur (215 comments)

In any game, depth-of-field looks amazing for screenshots but in order to work the camera has to refocus on whatever is in the center of the screen, so focus can change rapidly and drastically as you swing your view around, and anything the player might be looking at that's not in the center is going to be out-of-focus. The only way to really pull it off would be something like eye-tracking to find what the player is actually looking at and bring that into focus. Or design a 2-D-ish game where all the action is guaranteed to happen at the same depth.

about a month ago

Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss

Travis Mansbridge Re:It's Britain (104 comments)

The NSA and GCHQ are still working together today. The ECHELON group, also known as the "five eyes" spying network or referred to as AUSCANNZUKUS (for the five members, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US) simply get around each individual nation's constitutional rights to privacy by spying on each others' citizens and then exchanging the information after-the-fact. If GCHQ considers these "foreign" sites to be fair game, there's nothing preventing them from then making the information available to the other members, including the NSA.

about a month ago



Little Big Planet delayed due to Quran references

Travis Mansbridge Travis Mansbridge writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Travis Mansbridge (830557) writes "According to an article over at CNET, the much-anticipated title 'Little Big Planet' will be delayed until October 27th, due to phrases from the Quran being used in two of the background tracks. The developer, Media Molecule, said that they prepared a 'zero day' patch to resolve the issue, however '...a decision was made within Sony that the right thing to do for quality and support...was to replace existing disks.'"

Demonoid is Back

Travis Mansbridge Travis Mansbridge writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Travis Mansbridge (830557) writes "It appears that the bit-torrent tracker Demonoid (Shut down on November 9, 2007) has come back online, apparently under new management. From the site's front page:

Since a few months ago, Deimos, the site administrator, lacks the necessary time to take care of the website, because of personal matters he's been needing to attend to. For this reason, he has decided to leave the site staff.
Before leaving, he assigned a new site administrator from among his friends to take care of the site. The old moderator team will continue helping with the site, unchanged. We will try to keep running everything just as it always has been.
The trackers and website seem to be working properly, and should any issues arise, they will be taken care of as soon as possible. The site might be going on and offline over the next days as we work out any problems.
The message is signed by the new admin apparent, 'Umlauf'."


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