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How Many Android OEMs Cheat Benchmark Scores? Pretty Much All of Them

Trillian_1138 Re:And Apple (189 comments)

Just picked up a Moto X to replace my aging Galaxy Nexus. I'm on Verizon, which makes me skeptical I'll see another Nexus phone anytime soon. I like the near-stock Moto X setup, and the little tweaks (active notifications, touchless control, etc) are pretty fun. It's a pretty great phone, and I hope it helps boost Motorola in the Android world. I do think they priced it too high (although I still bought it, so take that as you will..) but I highly recommend the phone to anyone who plays the occasional, not to graphic-intensive games, wants their phone to be quick and responsive, likes stock Android, etc. It's an awesome phone.

1 year,16 days
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Schneier: We Need To Relearn How To Accept Risk

Trillian_1138 Re:nanny-state government ruining our kids (478 comments)

But I think (hope!) that there's a middle ground between "no way to contact your child" and "constant monitoring of your child's every waking moment."

about a year ago
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Schneier: We Need To Relearn How To Accept Risk

Trillian_1138 Re:nanny-state government ruining our kids (478 comments)

I'm not sure how that's the fault of a "nanny state government" rather than overprotective parents. Mind you, I agree that - on the whole - kids today are overly sheltered. (Ugh, as someone not even 30 it pains me to write 'kids today.') But as someone who works with middle and high school students, I also don't think the problem is as bad as it is made out to be. It's usually one parent out of ten or twenty who are truly the obnoxious ones. They're just loud enough, and insistent enough, to paint ALL parents as whiney and over-protective, and thus all youth as sheltered.

But there are still kids running through parks and cities, spending money on candy, and going to play at the skate park. You may just not be hanging out with them.

PS - I'm from a major city in the US, which shapes my view. It sounds like, from some of your language, that you're not from the US. I'd be curious how/if things differ elsewhere, but can only speak from my experience.

about a year ago
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Google Store Sends User Information To App Developers

Trillian_1138 Re:"Flaw"? (269 comments)

The #22 Clark is really a better bet. Or anything around Viagra Triangle...

about a year and a half ago
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Is the Era of Groundbreaking Science Over?

Trillian_1138 Re:Of course not (470 comments)

I think you're honestly on the right track, but that the problem is pinning down how to carry out abstract ideals. We shouldn't ignore our differences, and (as I said in a previous post) a goal of exact and numerical gender equity in science or sports or video games or interior design is both futile and counterproductive. I suspect the desire for a 50/50 split comes out of gains in women's rights over the last century: as women's voices have been heard more and more in decision making processes, it seemed "natural" to try and go for a 50/50 split. But you're right, in many situations a 50/50 split isn't "natural." The problem is that a goal of anything other than 50/50 runs the risk of playing into cultural/institutional/social/etc sexism (or racism, or whatever bigotry is under discussion).

Now, just because it's difficult to figure out a proper gender split doesn't mean we shouldn't try. ("Proper" meaning "what would happen in the absence of cultural/institutional/social/etc sexism and false social pressures pushing people toward or away from certain activities.") I don't pretend do know how to do that, but making sure that there's equal representation in a decision making process - and honest discussions about how and why gender disparities happen - seems like a good start.

One more thing...

Recognizing differences and telling someone they aren't good enough are two completely different things.

This may be picking hairs, but I think recognizing differences and telling someone they aren't good enough are different things, and yet not completely different things. What I mean is that saying "men and women are different" has - historically - often led to "...and men are smarter and better." That's why I think many feminists - myself included - are skeptical of sentences beginning with "men and women are different." It's not because we pretend men and women are identical. (Well, some so-called feminists do, but I think they're wrong.) It's because we think men and women should be afforded the same opportunities. Noting differences is often (although certainly not always) a precursor to trying to enforce such differences, even when it's not warranted. I think that's why some people immediately try to squash any real and legitimate discussions of differences, and where the "everyone must be treated exactly the same" movement came from. That concept is in the right place, just with the wrong tactics.

Does that help explain why someone like VoidCrow might react so negatively to a claim that men and women are "just different?"

about a year and a half ago
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Is the Era of Groundbreaking Science Over?

Trillian_1138 Re:Of course not (470 comments)

You raise a number of points, some of which I think are valid, and some of which I think are problematic. I'll try to respond where I can.

I don't understand why more people don't accept [that certain fields are more attractive to different genders]. Why is thinking that their is a fundamental difference between the sexes and that they are better suited for different hobbies/challenges/activities so wrong?"

As I said in a previous post, I think the problem is artificial barriers to entry in a field/hobby/whatever. If someone wants to participate in activity/field/hobby/etc outside of their normal gender roles, I think they should be allowed to without getting shit for stepping outside of societal expectations. As a female gamer, my problem isn't as much with a lack of female game designers (although I'll talk about that in a minute) as much as the fact that men often scoff at me for attempting to participate in this 'male' realm. I don't need you (hypotehtical male, not you, np2392) to explain console difference or the history of Diablo when I've been playing video games longer than you've been alive. That's what pisses me off, not that I might be in a situation where, out of 15 gamers, only one or two others are women. I'd love to see more female gamers, because I do think many of the barriers are artificial and not actually having to do with gendered differences, but I don't pretend a 50/50 split is realistic or even desirable.

You are seeing this with video games recently and the complaints that the video game industry is sexist, there aren't enough women in the industry, games are not made equally for men and women, etc. Why is it not okay to just accept that video games are a hobby that have a special appeal for males?

This is where you being to lose me. I think, in this context, "sexist" has come to mean two things: The gender split isn't exactly 50/50 (what I just discussed) and larger false and unnecessary institutional and societal differences in the treatment of men and women. Take Mass Effect. I played through it as femShep and was able to have a lesbian relationship. I played through as femShep and was able to have a straight relationship. I played through as male Sheppard and was able to have a straight relationship. I played through as male Sheppard and was not able to have a gay relationship. That's more homophobia than sexism, but is an example of what I mean: an artificial difference in how characters are presented.

Lets use armor in fantasy games as another example. I have no problem with scantily glad women if the men are also dressed in silly and objectifying costumes. But if the least-revealing outfit selection for a male character includes a full suit of armor and the least-revealing outfit selection for a female character is a corset, that's a problem. That's where I'd say the video game industry is sexist.

about a year and a half ago
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Is the Era of Groundbreaking Science Over?

Trillian_1138 Re:Of course not (470 comments)

Until half of interior designers are male, interior design remains sexist. Lets break some ground and get more gents in there.

Point well taken, but I I think it's sidestepping a deeper issue. You're right, men and women are different. Looking at physical atributes - height, weight, strength - and it's pretty obvious: both men and women lie along bell curves, and the curves are not identical. To use a specific example, the average woman is going to be shorter and weaker than the average man. But the curves also overlap, so that there are specific men who may be shorter than specific women or specific women who are stronger than specific men. Saying "All men are taller than all women" would be pretty stupid. So would saying "All women are better interior decorators than all men." (I don't think this is what you were saying, I'm just using your example.)

All that means that, in my mind, the goal of reducing gender disparity in STEM fields should not be to ensure a 50/50 split between men and women. Such a 50/50 split may not be realistic for the same reason that expecting a 50/50 split between men and women in a breastfeeding competition is unrealistic: men and women are different. Rather, reducing gender disparity in STEM fields should be about reducing any artificial barriers - of education, socialization, institutional sexism, and outright discrimination - that keep out women who might otherwise love to be scientists. Likewise, we should move to reduce any similar artificial barriers that keep out men who might otherwise love to be interior decorators.

A real-world example: Recently, the US military said it would be allowing women to serve in combat roles. I don't expect that this will result in gender equality in combat roles, nor do I think it should. But It will remove an artificial barrier that prevented women from participating in an area where some might want to be (even if it's at a lower percentage than men).

As a side note, I think one of the major historic failings of feminism (something feminists like myself try to call out) is that sexism limits options for men, too. Sexism isn't just about women, nor is feminism.

The problem is that determining what those barriers are is difficult. Likewise, it may be impossible to objectively determine the 'natural' gender disparity in STEM fields or in interior decorating. A goal of a 50/50 split is easier to understand and can be applied indiscriminately to any situation, which is why I think it comes up so much. Then, it gets labeled as foolish, and rightly so, but without any discussion of the deeper underlying issues. Hopefully, though, we can move forward as a society to a point where there's just as much cultural and social support for a woman to be a scientist as there is for a man, or for a man to be an interior decorator as there is for a woman. At that point, maybe we can be OK with a 9/10 or 60/40 split, or whatever it turns out to be, because we'll be confident the people who want to be there can be there, and do well.

about a year and a half ago
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Have a Wi-Fi-Enabled Phone? Stores Are Tracking You

Trillian_1138 Re:Turn off wifi (323 comments)

From their Google Play page:

Llama DOES NOT have internet permission. Your data isn't going anywhere

Whether or not you believe them is a different issue, but that reassured me at least somewhat. I've been using Llama for a few months now, and really enjoy its functionality.

about a year and a half ago
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3D Printable Ammo Clip Skirts New Proposed Gun Laws

Trillian_1138 Re:Blood is on the NRA Hands (1862 comments)

Undoing moderation to post.

When was the last time the spirit of the 2nd amendment, the "security of a free state", was maintained with a firearm in the US?

Dunno if there are more recent examples, but in 1946 some WWII veterans used guns as private citizens to help ensure free elections. Now, this doesn't address your other questions, of whether or not such protection from (real or imagined) tyranny is worth it. I tend to be somewhere in the middle: I think people should have the right to bear arms, but that requiring licensing, registration, and training do not infringe on those rights.

about 2 years ago
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How Verizon's 'Six Strikes' Plan Works

Trillian_1138 Re:can someone please explain to me (505 comments)

A legit question, and one that deserves an honest answer. I like to think of myself as a moral pirate. I try to buy books, music, and movies from artists I respect, when I can afford it. When not, or when it's something where I don't feel the artist(s) or creator(s) particularly needs my money (an entirely subjective and problematic scale, I know) I pirate it.

I feel justified, able to sleep at night, because Big Media (music, movies, TV, books, etc) have failed to hold up their end of the copyright bargin. Copyright is a deal: You (the content creator) gets a limited monopoly on distribution, and are allowed to place whatever restrictions you see fit. In exchange, I (society at large) eventually get entirely free and unrestricted access, when the work enters the public domain. Big Media has failed to hold up their end of the bargin by continually extending copyright terms beyond "reasonable' (another subjective term, I know), retroactively extending copyright for works that have already been created, and using their lobbying might to continue to push laws in their favor. As such, I see little moral or ethical problems with failing to hold up my end of the bargin; namely, respecting their copyright.

So I infringe. I download TV shows, movies, and books, and seed them back to the Internet at large. Were copyright 14 years, 50 years, or even the life of the creator, I'd like to think I would behave differently. But I'm not holding my breath the length of copyright to be reduced anytime soon.

-Rebecca

PS - I do have a problem with people who make money off of the work of still-living artists, by selling pirated copies or movies or books. But non-commercial copyright infringement is morally acceptable in my worldview.

PPS - For what it's worth, I try to practice what I preach. I'm a working artist, making a living off of what I create. Nevertheless, I have my book available for free on my website, along with videos of my shows.

about 2 years ago
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China's Controversial Brain Surgery To Cure Drug Addiction

Trillian_1138 Re:Lost a Friend Yesterday (385 comments)

Undoing some moderation, but wanted to chime in. I'm also a trans woman, and circumcised. As far as I can tell, my penis always worked fine. (Where 'fine' = 'got erect, ejaculated, functioned well enough for me to deposit sperm.') So far as I can tell, my being trans is unrelated to how well my genitalia does or doesn't function. Let me know if this responds to what you were curious about - I'd be happy to chat more.

about 2 years ago
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New Call For Turing Pardon

Trillian_1138 Re:Outrageous (231 comments)

As a queer person, thank you for A) being open to changing your mind and B) sharing that experience. As Dan Savage noted, most of the people who voted for marriage equality this past election were straight. I don't always agree with Savage, but here he was spot on: The LGBT community owes thanks to the straight allies, and I appreciate you weighing in on this /. discussion to speak your mind.

about 2 years ago
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Is Santorum's "Google Problem" a Google Problem?

Trillian_1138 Re:Maybe... (775 comments)

For example, they could better disambiguate between Santorum the tool and santorum the frothy mixture of blood, semen and feces.

I realize this isn't the main point of your post, but if you're doing it right there shouldn't be any blood...

more than 2 years ago
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Nanocoating Waterproofs Any Gadget

Trillian_1138 I love laser hair removal (314 comments)

I'm a trans woman, coupled with an Eastern European Jewish ancestry, so I kind of lost the body hair lottery. But I'm a huge fan of laser hair removal. The way I've come to describe it? Expensive, painful, and awesome. If you have a medium skin tone and dark body hair, it works exceptionally well.

more than 2 years ago
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Re. medication requiring a prescription:

Trillian_1138 Re:Transgender - 3 meds for the rest of my life (550 comments)

Actually, if you were more educated, you'd know that chemical castration is a very effective treatment as well. But you're obviously not ...

What do you think hormone replacement therapy is? I was chock full of testosterone, now I'm full of testosterone blockers and estrogen. Shockingly, that's not very good for the male reproductive system. The dosages are different, but I'm basically on 'chemical castration' meds. Because that's what hormone replacement therapy is.. The treatment you're promoting (which you seem to think will 'cure' trans-ness) is actually what's needed to transition!

more than 3 years ago
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Re. medication requiring a prescription:

Trillian_1138 Re:Transgender - 3 meds for the rest of my life (550 comments)

Except that ... well, there is [hard evidence as to what causes people to be gay or trans]. Look, I'm all for letting you live your life the way you want to, but I'm 100% against disseminating false or misleading information. You're pushing an ideology that isn't aligned with FACT.

Do you have any studies to back up that claim? I'd be really interested in reading them. As I said, there are some interesting clues as to how trans people's brains and bodies are different than typically gendered people. But - from everything I've read - no one is willing to make claim a causal relationship. Or, if they are, they admit they're not sure which way it goes: does having an atypical brain structure make one trans, or does some other (genetic/hormonal/etc) cause of trans-ness result in an atypical brain structure?

There are lots of people that aren't comfortable in their bodies. Not just transgendered individuals. There are people who claim that they should be born as animals, because their spirit is truly that of an animal. Do I believe their arguments? No. I'm close minded like that. In other words, I'm a logical empiricist. Show me proof that you're in the wrong body, and I'll believe you. Until you have something more tangeable than feelings, your opinion and your feelings are just as valid as mine

The proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating. That is, I was previously suicidal and depressed. Now, after going on hormones and transitioning, there's been a significant drop in my depression. Mental health professionals don't (usually) send for lab results before putting patients on antidepressants, they talk with the patients and use their training to judge the patient's state. Transitioning works, logically and empirically, and your argument about 'people who claim they should be animals' is on par with people saying gay sex is wrong because it will lead to bestiality: a ridiculous, unfounded, and (quite frankly) illogical argument.

Furthermore, gender is complicated, even though many people pretend it isn't. There are ample examples across the animal kingdom of animals - sans therapist or hormone replacement therapy - expressing 'wrongly' gendered behavior. Why should humans be any different?

more than 3 years ago
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Re. medication requiring a prescription:

Trillian_1138 Re:Transgender - 3 meds for the rest of my life (550 comments)

1) Is there a phsycological element? can some form of mental treatment not help?

It's not totally clear what causes people to be trans, in the same way there's no hard evidence as to what causes people to be gay. (Or straight, or have particular kinks.) That said, there have been some interesting studies indicating trans folks do have some sort of physiological and/or neurological differences compared with the typically-gendered population. I don't know of any peer reviewed studies indicating ex-gay or ex-trans therapies work, which to me says it's not (solely) a psychological issue which should be treated like depression or any other mental disorder.

2) If it isn't phsycological and it is due to some hormonal imbalance, then does taking medication to further change your gender away from your physical gender not simply exacerbate the problem?

That's an interesting question, and not one I have good answers for. Speaking for myself, my hormones were at typically male levels before I went on estrogen. That is, my doctor ran my blood work and showed me that there didn't seem to be any hormonal reasons for my gender discomfort, as the reports indicated I was hormonaly male. I don't have any broader surveys of the trans community, but anecdotal evidence seems to point to the same thing: most (although certainly not all) trans folks didn't suffer from any detectable hormone imbalance. If that were the case, however, the doctor and/or therapist the trans person was working with should be able to help detect that. I think there should be less of a medical gateway before getting hormones than what currently exists, but I do think hormonal transition should include a doctor's care.

3) If it can be treated by altering hormones then why - if a choice is made to take medication for life - is a choice made to alter hormones in the direction of the sex you wish you were, rather than the sex you actually are? Would the latter not make more sense in that you would simply be able to live your life without even having to worry about prejudice, and without having to go through a presumably very painful operation or set of operations?

That's an excellent point, and kind of gets to the hear of the trans experience. It would have been great if there were a pill I could take that would result in the sensation of "Oh! I am male!" But - just as ex-gay therapy hasn't been proven successful - no amount of repression or therapy or abuse or pigheadedness has been able to 'cure' any trans person I know or anyone I've heard of through the news or the grapevine. All the studies and surveys I've read - along with a heap of anecdotal evidence - indicates being trans isn't 'curable' in the sense of bringing comfort to the person in their physical sex.

Let me know if you have any questions. I know this isn't something many people have reason to know much about, so I'm always happy to help educate folks who are honestly curious.

-Rebecca

more than 3 years ago
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Re. medication requiring a prescription:

Trillian_1138 Re:Transgender - 3 meds for the rest of my life (550 comments)

My question, then, would be how should society handle people who have chronic illnesses that are nevertheless not catastrophic, and can't afford treatment? Things like diabetes or early stage cancer treatment. Who should pay for that if the individual is unable to afford it?

The 'free market' solution would be that those people get sicker and sicker until ERs, which are required to treat regardless of ability to pay, can cover the immediate issues. But I'd much rather live in a society where that cost is spread out over everyone, so no individual needs to worry about whether they can afford to go to the doctor.

more than 3 years ago
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Re. medication requiring a prescription:

Trillian_1138 Re:Transgender - 3 meds for the rest of my life (550 comments)

I was oversimplifying and I'm sorry I came across as a member of "that part" of the trans community. I know exactly what you mean, and you're right: I absolutely need medical intervention. My issue is that GID is listed as a mental - as opposed to physical - disorder. With your cleft palate example, it's not something you need therapy to get verified as a 'real' cleft palate patient.

I would however, be down for reclassifying GID as a neurological or neuropathic condition, rather than a psychopathology...

It sounds like we're pretty much on the same page. I'm sorry my posts came across otherwise.

more than 3 years ago

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Help a /.er pay for gender reassignment surgery

Trillian_1138 Trillian_1138 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Trillian_1138 writes "I've been a /. reader (mostly a lurker) for over ten years. Next December, I will be undergoing gender reassignment surgery, and I'm asking for your help. I'm using a Kickstarter-style fundraiser, were there are rewards for various donor levels. Rewards include sex toys, trans-positive porn, artwork from comics like Subnormality and The Devil's Panties, and more. Particularly geeky, I recently went to 3DEA in New York City to have my penis scanned by lasers (relatively SFW link) so that I can offer custom-molded candles, chocolates, and dildos as a reward. I know my goal, $10,000, is ambitious, but every little bit helps. Help spread the word, and thanks!"
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Bioshock requires valid uninstall to be reinstalle

Trillian_1138 Trillian_1138 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Trillian_1138 writes "Many /. readers have undoubtedly been following the development of Bioshock, particularly with the release of the game for Windows and XBox 360 in the US earlier this week. However, 2K Games recently revealed that the game not only requires an Internet connection during PC installation (disappointing, but not shocking) but during uninstallation. That is, if the game does not 'deauthorize' with 2K servers, the SecuROM DRM system in place will prevent the game from being installed on more than two total computers without 'officially' uninstalling the game from at least one of them. From the Kotaku article, a 2K rep has said the game only needs to be connected to the Internet to install and uninstall, not to play."
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Trillian_1138 Trillian_1138 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Trillian_1138 writes "CSPAN, a network in the United States dedicated to airing governmental proceedings, has adopted a Creative Commons style license for all its content. This follows the network claiming Speaker of the House Pelosi's use of C-Span videos on her site violated their copyright . Specifically, "C-SPAN is introducing a liberalized copyright policy for current, future, and past coverage of any official events sponsored by Congress and any federal agency — about half of all programming offered on the C-SPAN television networks — which will allow non-commercial copying, sharing, and posting of C-SPAN video on the Internet, with attribution." The press release should be on the C-SPAN website here but, as of this submission, the link is not functional. The question remains whether videos of governmental proceedings should be public domain by default or whether the attribution requirement is reasonable in the face of easy video copying and distribution."

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