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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Whorhay Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (680 comments)

It isn't always about making a ton of money in the short term. Many people do things that boggle the mind purely out of egotism. Although in this case it can lead to wealth as well. If you had polled gamers here on /. a day before this all started you might have seen a 1% result showing that they knew who Quinn was or had even heard of her before. And you might have gotten as high as 10% for Grayson seeing as how he is a writer for RPS, I doubt it'd be that high, but I'm being generous with my guess.

If you did a poll now I'd bet the results for Quinn would be over 50% at the very least, if not closer to 80%. Grayson would probably only poll around 40% as his name isn't brought up as frequently in all the vitrol. People in the business of selling things know that name recognition is a huge part of increasing sales. You can bet dollars to donuts that whatever either one of them touches from now on will get a lot more attention. Honestly it's a genius move on Quinn's part, even if only a small fraction of people who hear about the whole mess look favorably on her that represents a huge increase in people who know who she is and have a positive view of her.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Whorhay Re:Paid sick leave (641 comments)

It wouldn't stop the spread in a binary fashion but it would reduce the amount of spreading. Usually when you start getting the full blown symptoms for whatever disease you become much more contagious.

On top of that if they had good healthcare options they would likely end up diagnosed much faster. Which would lead to the outbreak being recognized faster. I wouldn't be surprised if an employer like Disney doing those two things could reduce the spread of disease and illness through their parks by a factor of ten or better. And this outbreak may just provide them with the commercial interest in finally doing that.

2 days ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

Whorhay Re:Either power saving, or faster, not both (111 comments)

Not completely true. When a chip draws less power to perform the same functions you can the push the clock, because consuming less power means less waste heat. As you raise the clock you get more speed. There is of course a balance to be struck, but ragardless figuring out how to accomplish the same work with less power will allow you to push the performance before hitting the limit of your heat disipation capabilities.

2 days ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

Whorhay Re:Will it play Batman Arkham Knight? (111 comments)

I've been using a 550 Ti for the last three years and it's been great. It could be better I suppose but I'm not some elite gamer that needs 60 FPS no matter what, or photo realistic video quality.

That said I just worked a weekend and holiday so had a little extra cash coming this paycheck so I ordered my EVGA 960 lastnight. While the performance may not be spectacularly better than the previous generation it will be a big upgrade for me, and with it's lower power requirements it'll fit nicely in my computer without disrupting anything. Since it is newer it'll also be supported for longer and I can use some of the newer stuff like nVidia's free screen recording software. In a couple years I expect I'll want to upgrade the rest of my computer and I should be able to reuse this 960, and I'll be able to put the 550 back in and hand the old PC to the kids.

2 days ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Whorhay Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (680 comments)

Like I said already, I don't really give a fuck about Quinn one way or the other. Do I think she did something slimey, yes. Was it a breach of any kind of professional ethics on her part, not really. Does she deserve online harrassment, no. I can see your agenda in that 1/3 of my post was about Quinn and that was basically saying I didn't care about what she did, yet you go on and on about me attacking her. You sir, are full of shit and part of the reason why Social Justice Warrior is a pejorative.

Grayson definitely did something unethical. As a writer and ostensibly a journalist for a major online gaming site he is responsible for at least trying to maintain a modicum of objectivity and disclose any conflicts of interest he may have when writing an article. Hell many of the bloggers I follow, who are clearly just expressing their opinions make disclaimers when they offer their opinion on games that have been given to them for promotional purposes. With Grayson it goes beyond that, he was apparently actually involved in the production of the game. And he may or may not have been romantically involved with Quinn by the time he wrote the article, hint you don't have to be porking to be involved or heavily prejudiced.

What Grayson did goes far beyond just mentioning the game. In an article about the 50 best indie twine games, or something like that. He use the name of the game twice, used the name in the title of the article, and specifically called it out as the standout game of the 50. Only a few other games were even mentioned in the body of the article, the rest being relegated to an ordered list with no actual feedback. I don't know how closely you follow non-AAA gaming but that is precisely the kind of advertising that works best for that market. In fact it is probably more effective than writing an article clearly dedicated to reviewing and promoting a game.

2 days ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

Whorhay Re:It's about time. (134 comments)

I love me some space cowboy, but I wish he had just made more Firefly instead of turning Star Trek into a space cowboy movie.

3 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Whorhay Re:Noise (790 comments)

Honestly with your seeming fascination with cocks it sounds like you have penis envy.

Seriously though everyone has different priorities and for some that means having a car with visual asthetics that appeals to them. If you are honest with yourself you can look and see what you spend money on in order to match your own tastes. It's even possible that the asthetic you aspire to is having a larger chunk of disposable income because you don't pay extra for otherr asthetics that cost more than the vanilla default options. I find it annoying when other's choices interfere with my own, like the neighbor with the always too loud car stereo blaring. But if it doesn't affect you, like someone putting body kits, rims, and or expensive paint jobs on a $200 car then what's the point in complaining about it? Get over your own penis envy, and embrace your mishapen and or undersized cock, someone else is bound to appreciate it, focus on finding that person and stop worrying about everyone else's.

3 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Whorhay Re:LOL ... (790 comments)

The idea of running the vroom vroom sounds through the car stereo to sound more manly is ... well, fucking hilarious.

FTFY and I say that as a guy that owned a '69 Catalina some years ago and loved the sound of it. I am fully capable of liking loud cars and silent cars. But a quiet car trying to sound loud, especially by using the stereo to enhance engine noise is a huge joke.

3 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Whorhay Re:Foreign it is then! (790 comments)

As a comparative test of gigantic auto makers I suppose you could be right. But honestly most of their vehicles look very ugly to my eyes, and that's including the chubby mustangs. The one exception that I can think of form Ford would be the GT40. Now Tesla makes a good looking car, the S is close to what I imagined cars of the future would look like as a kid. However Tesla still has plenty of time to tank that reputation as they've only got a couple models so far.

3 days ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

Whorhay Re:People attacking the IRS here are dumb (253 comments)

That ratio is in regards to enforcement of the tax code, or in other words auditing. So far as actually just collecting tax dollars and issuing refunds the IRS costs something like half a cent per dollar processed into the treasury.

So for every dollar the IRS spends looking for tax cheats, they will collect between 5 to 7 dollars that would otherwise go uncollected. It's not like a tax cheat is going to spontaneously reform and mail in all their back taxes.

Whether or not we pay too much tax is a completely seperate discussion. If anything the IRS should be funded for enforcing the tax code until they reach the point that the ratio is even. I'd love to see all the money wasted on the drug war pumped into the IRS's audit fund, people getting high has far less impact on my life than slimy tax cheats defrauding those of us that pay our taxes.

3 days ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

Whorhay Re:The IRS could shut down??? (253 comments)

I remember hearing at some point that if you itemize your deductions your audit risk goes up by a multiple of ten. The base rate for an audit is 1% or so depending on year.

Filling a Schedule C form is apparently a good way to incite an audit also. That is typically what you would file if you run a small business out of your home like an LLC or S corp.

Really though the risk of an audit to me is kind of silly. While the tax code is pretty insane figuring out your taxes isn't that bad. Once you've done your taxes a few times you should have a good idea of what records to keep through out the year. If you are running a business that goes doubly so, keep and file every receipt. Maybe once every quarter digitize your paper records from that period and keep a backup in a safe place.

3 days ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

Whorhay Re:The IRS could shut down??? (253 comments)

Anecdote is anecdote.

I've seen a ratio of 1:6 quoted a number of times before as being the dollars spent on audits to tax dollars collected as a result of the audits. Arguably that ratio would have to scale such that at some point it is no longer profitable to perform audits. But currently the IRS budget has been cut repeatedly and as a result it is safe to guess that we are letting more people get away with cheating on their taxes, or making silly mistakes.

My Mother in Law is one of those that made a silly/stupid mistake. She got a divorce after 30 years of marriage, about ten years ago. She cashed out her half of the 401k and used it to start a small school for students with learning disabilities. That is a good and noble endeavor I would say, but she failed to pay any taxes on the 401k money. The IRS took a couple years to figure it out and by that point the money was almost entirely sunk into the business. They worked out a payment plan that didn't cripple her business and even though she faced some lean times it was from her own mistake and now she's free and clear of that debt and has a useful income from the school for her retirement.

3 days ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Whorhay Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (680 comments)

Like I've said elsewhere the fact the game is free is irrelevant. There are far more motivations than short term profit. In this case name recognition is probably the biggest pay off. The reason it bothers me is that a writer posing as a journalist clearly sold out his ethics, and was then vociferously defended by his "journalist" peers who should have known better.

The really damning thing for grayson is that he should very clearly have known better. RPS had already had a bit of a bruhah over promoting a game without posting a disclaimer every other sentence saying that some of the staff was directly involved in the game. That instance didn't really bother me because in the original article they did actually acknowledge that they were involved with the game, they just didn't make it obvious enough for some peoples taste. To remedy that any further mention of that game got a big disclaimer. Grayson contributed to Quin's game and was actually included in the credits, which should have prompted him to include some kind of disclaimer any time he wrote about it.

I don't particularly care about Quin, though all of this has helped inform me to avoid her. I think the reason she continues to garner so much attention though is that she seems to revel in it and stir it up at every opportunity. It's not that she's all that different from normal drama queens/kings she just managed to jump into the spotlight and hold it rather effectively.

4 days ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Whorhay Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (680 comments)

The price of the game is irrelevant. There are many motiviations besides just short term economic gain. And it has clearly worked in this case as probably millions of people now know her name and what she does, and likely view her in a positive light. Name recognition is a huge deal, just look at the money that major brands pour into advertising and sponsoring stadiums so they can rename it.

4 days ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

Whorhay Re:Altitudinally challenged? (207 comments)

The Russians made a half pound air fuel grenade, you could probably fit several of those on each drone and then fly them into relatively enclosed spaces like subway entrances and roadway tunnels, or use them against densely packed areas. Hell they'd probably make for a great assasination tool, fly one in through each window and doorway, it'd incinerate most structures very fast. Although if the doors or windows were hardened at all using Russian Heat/air full RPG rounds would probably be best.

4 days ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

Whorhay Re:When will we outlaw car theft? (308 comments)

I had a friend that had similarly crappy incident. He was driving out of our neighborhood when his car broke down about two blocks form our house in the pouring rain just after dark. He was in a hurry to get where he was going so he just parked the car on the curb infront of some house, and then ran back to our house to take his second vehicle. An hour and a half when he went back to check on it and see if it'd start it was gone. He called the police to report it stolen and was told that it had been reported to the police as abandoned within 10 minutes of his breakdown and then towed 7 minutes later.

Apparently our city laws state that if you have a breakdown you are supposed to stay with the vehicle until you have it towed away. What we figured happened is that the house be parked in front of was a cop's or something and they reported it, and the police instead of investigating just sent a towtruck. He ended up paying a couple hundred bucks to get it back from the wrecker, even though it had been in their lot for just a couple hours. And that was after calling every tow company in town twice because the police didn't have a record for which company they had called, and the first time we called all the wreckers they denied having towed it.

Another friend told me he thought it might have been an actual attempt to legally steal the car, as he had a classic car in long term parking stolen that way. The wreckers will tow a car, then park it in their lot, after a long enough time they can claim it as abandoned and seek a salvage title.

about a week ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

Whorhay Re:Odds against. (303 comments)

You can go goggle jury nullification for yourself for positive examples. But the one that comes to mind for me is cases involving the Fugitive Slave Act prior to the start of the US Civil War. Northern juries frequently would refuse to convict or acquit people found helping slaves escape from the south and continue to evade recapture.

From what I understand there are now areas of the US where trying small time drug crimes has become much more difficult because they can't even empanel a jury of people who don't object to the drug prohibition laws involved. I know when I was considered for a jury one of the questions from the prosecuting attorney was whether anyone was opposed to certain state laws. If enough of us had voiced our objections then they would have had to bring in more pools, but it is conceivable that there wouldn't be enough people to empanel a jury who didn't object to the laws involved in the case, at which point they declare a mistrial and try again some day, give up on it, or procede anyways and get a hung jury or aquital.

about a week ago
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European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

Whorhay Re:Why not promote the Enlightenment instead (219 comments)

Politicians won't embrace that path until the populace at large is already going that way. To do otherwise would be political suicide. As it stands now most state candidates have to declare some sort of religous belief, and so long as it isn't satanic or athieism then your odds of election aren't hurt. And on the national scale you'd best pick some kind of mainstream chrisitan religion. The only exception I can think of in recent US history would be Rommney, and he didn't win.

about a week ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

Whorhay Re:For the sake of discussion... (308 comments)

There were plenty of cases where the property seized wasn't even owned or in the possession of the accused, if anyone was even accused uf a crime. The easiest example I can remember was an older couple having their house seized because an adult son who stayed with them sometimes was busted with enough drugs that they suspected him of a dealing. Drugs weren't found in the home, and there was no evidence of him dealing drugs at all, other than the quantity which he possessed. The police claimed he was dealing out of his parents home and so seized the home, leaving the parents homeless. Eventually they got their home back but only after signing a contract saying they would not ever allow that son to enter the house or property.

There was never any question raised at all that the parents possibly knew that their son was involved with drugs, or that he could possibly be dealing drugs. The seizure was purely a money grab. Using the same reasoning police departments could seize entire apartment complexes and hotels.

about a week ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

Whorhay Re:Idiocracy Rules. (303 comments)

Your explanation leaves something to be desired, it never points out what the crime was, who the victim was and how the perpetrator escaped punishment.

Jury nullification happened when a white person was brought to trial for a crime against a black person, that the jury of white people then refused to find the accused guilty, or actaully acquitted them.

I'm sure there have been other more positive instances of Jury Nullification, but the racially charged and obviously unjust misuse is what gets trotted out as to why it shouldn't be allowed. If I am not mistaken a judge can rule a mistrial when very obvious jury nullification happens in a case, but historically the judges were just as prejudiced as the juries they oversaw.

about two weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: VPN reviews and the new ISP six strikes Agreement

Whorhay Whorhay writes  |  about a year ago

Whorhay (1319089) writes "In view of the news that many of the major ISPs in the USA are enacting a six strike agreement this week, I have developed a keen interest in using a VPN for my home internet connection. My google foo skills though are apparently lacking as I was not able to find much in the way of reviews for VPN services that didn't appear to be marketing chaff. So I'm turning to Slashdot to ask: What VPN services do you recommend and why?"
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DoJ asks Supreme Court to take up GPS tracking

Whorhay Whorhay writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Whorhay (1319089) writes "The DOJ has been directed by the Obama Administration to push the Supreme Court to take up the legality of Warrantless GPS Tracking. This on the heels of the a federal appeals court in Washington overturning the conviction of a man citing warrantless GPS tracking as violating his fourth ammendmant rights."
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