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Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

Windwraith Re:SjwDot.org (335 comments)

Well, I am done with Slashdot. I want science and tech news, not social justice news.
So let's go out with a bang, shall we?

For starters, you are so gullible if you believe that. Start finding truth by yourself instead of letting someone else tell you what is truth. Specially when the people delivering the news is precisely the people with skeletons in their closets.

How about the IGF and Indiecade corruption? You forget that one. Plenty of devs like me are trying to get somewhere in there, but we kept being called rapists and terrorists for trying to see why a jury consisting of Phil Fish's friends would vote Fez as best indie game (despite being a lazy clone of Super Paper Mario, just with less features including combat or bosses) and other things like that.
They are closing access to the indie scene and you are have problems if you believe otherwise. They are making it an exclusive club, not something based on the game's merit or anything like that. In fact, they seem to be, adamantly, against the concept of merit. No wonder why.
Go read about Gone Home. Compare the "press" opinion to every player opinion of it. Oh, well, nevermind, you'll just apply confirmation bias to say gamers can't get "art". So better don't because you'll be making a fool out of yourself in public. And, no, a plot twist about two characters being lesbians is only trivia, as it's not really used well in-universe. Also, Gone Home is not a single-woman product, there's this guy with the wacky rasta hair and a few others too.

The favorable coverage from Kotaku is documented, archived and screencapped. Lauding Depression Quest as the second coming of Christ and stuff. Perhaps if you had bothered to look for it you might have seen it instead of blindly believing it never happened. And, no, don't tell me you went to Kotaku and didn't find it, because, you know, they delete and edit stuff to save face, as site admins can alter site content, who'd have thought!
Her current boyfriend was the guy that was breaking GTAV discs (fine analogy to book burning) and singing the merits of Depression Quest in public conferences (recorded and publicly available on youtube. Again, if you had searched for it yourself...). What a coincidence, right?

Also, the "threats", have you seen them? I haven't seen them either. We got absolutely no proof of it happening. And, no, Wu never ran away from her house, because she posted photos of herself in the same room, live, when she said she was on the run. Look for it and do some work for once.
And, after all, the anti-GG side hates Wu too, it's them who will make her fall from grace, not gamergate. No one can take anyone seriously when talking about oppression when getting 15k bucks a month via Patreon. That's privilege that's been going unchecked.

How about when Harper made a twitter block list to block every person who follows anyone related to gamergate, including a lot of their own side and innocent people that was completely unrelated?
And she intends to make it a global industry blacklist. What will you think if you happen to be in that list because of the broken algorithm to determine if you are a gamergater or not (merely following or having spoken to someone related, even if before GG was a thing?) Can you consider yourself safe knowing you never interacted with anyone related? If you follow a false positive you are blocked and labeled a misogynist terrorist too, keep that in mind. But you don't see the problem I bet.

How about the ACTUAL harassment anti-GG people gave TotalBiscuit, a freaking cancer patient, during his chemo treatment? Remember TB wasn't pro-GG until that happened. How about the ACTUAL harassment against JonTron for referring to an [i]inanimate object[/i] as "retarded"? How about all the #notyourshield people, actual women and minorities, that got harassed, doxed and even fired for showing their face in order to prove that, perhaps, we aren't all white cis male nerds (and no, I am neither white nor American, bite me).

How about the anti-GG's vocal support for a known pedophile, doesn't that make ALL OF THEM pedophiles by that logic of yours? I'd be wary to publicly associate myself with such people, unless you want some poor algorithm labeling you as a pedophile advocate because your online contacts are. The only thing that will happen is that your life will be ruined even if proven wrong. Not a big deal, right? Totally worth the risk I bet.

So, yeah, a long hard look has happened and you look like someone who is pretty gulible. Let me guess, you also believe AI is homidical by nature, right? You saw it on a movie so it's gotta be true, right? And when bad characters in movies say bad things, you believe that's what the real life actor thinks, too? You believe real CSI has zoom good enough to look at a password reflected in an eyeball in a still shot, I presume?

This is against the press, they got the narrative advantage, they can (and do) paint us as oh my god harrassers and misogynists and pedophiles and terrorists. Because they are *the press*. If you can't get the fact that they can lie to protect their side in your incredibly soft skull, you are beyond help, because you'll believe everything the media says and your life will turn miserable at some point.

Oh. And siding with them doesn't make them have mercy for you. Don't think you are safe because "you chose right" and you are on the side of JUSTICE. They'll rip you to shreds, harass you, dox you and get you fired from your job for saying anything inconvenient to them. That's a more serious threat than anything GG *can* do. Let's see what you think in a couple years when your false apostles start infighting and forming factions and you end up in the "bad" faction. No amount of good intentions will save you from that.

Seriously, this site. It's time to remove it from my feeds. Farewell Slashdot, you were okay at some point. So many gullible idiots in a page dedicated to science. You are a freaking shame, specially to the ones that are actual respectable people in here. Shameful.

about a week ago
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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

Windwraith Teehee (130 comments)

Machines got a lot of imagination, don't they? Next thing you know you'll be looking at the clouds with your robot buddy and it'll say "99.99% chance of that cloud looking like a puppy. BEEP". Oooorrrrr maybe a school bus, but you get what I mean.

Oh right I forgot this is Slashdot. MACHINES WILL DOMINATE US HELP. Peasants. Not like this display of reality will stop the rampart paranoia of people that works with computers and machines all day long... ...
ironic.

about a month ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Windwraith Re:Expert? (417 comments)

Oh, my bad. Seeing the other comments it wasn't unlikely, though.

Anyway, it's not only network or internal security. We don't make programs that have a full comprehensive reference guide to TCP-IP networking built-in. Self-awareness doesn't mean high intelligence, it has to get that information from somewhere.
Also, the machine might be powered by 0s and 1s, but that doesn't make it instantly capable of hacking itself to expand. Same as why we can't modify our faces at will even if we are made of living cells.

For the machine to be able to do what people suggest, it's necessary for it to KNOW how to do it. No one is "born" learned, specially machines that have no genetic memory or instincts like we do. It could be ironically terrible at technology for all we know. And despite being able to do math real fast, or information lookup, there's also no warrant that the AI will be able to learn fast or without help. It might have the learning abilities of a rock. Other than, once again, fiction. Look at machine learning and how long it takes for a body-based AI to develop full quadruped motion from scratch. Not in movies, in reality. A lot of generations of such programs, from scratch, never learn to be able to walk as well as an insect or canine, limping around with their four legs in totally pathetic ways.

You can't also assume that the AI will be able to do everything undetected and on the first try like a Skynet. You can't even assume it will have enough resource power to do that kind of thing, or tight enough code. It might fail, end in a recursive loop or crash, as well. This shows more of the fictional assumptions, as no one here thought of the possibility of the program failing. People sees it as some sort of perfect ghost entity, as a person living in a machine instead of a program that will, mostly likely, be unstable on the first tries, as most programs with such levels of abstraction do. It might even run out of storage space, hit a RAM limit, or be restricted by the host machine OS, like many apps are. This is why it annoys me for Slashdot, of all places, to go full fantasy on this matter, as they should know better than anyone that neither hardware, programming languages or human coders aren't perfect.. A sentient being born from human programmers is very likely to fail several times before a successful first run, because of this or that abstract issue requiring debug and whatnot. The machine might be hindered by oversights or defects, miscalculations, bugs. Too many coincidences are required for such theories to be sound. We have the same chances of our first AI being a fashionista than an overlord.

I mean, I am abnormally interested in robotics and AI development. I have played with those concepts a lot. Perhaps that's why I am more aware of what can happen because I know what real machines can do. It's unfortunately not much, and most people here will be disappointed when the first "digital person" is born. Even the "fantastic racism" crowd will be disappointed. I can bet on that and feel safe about my future. I am more likely to be condemned to ruin because of a random human than from a machine, even if my life was to be expanded 170 more years from now.

Hell, funny that's also the only fictional trope, the rogue AI metal overlord, the Skynet. Like if there weren't other interesting AI characters. What if the first AI ends up being Rick, the adventure sphere, instead of GlaDOS? What then, eh?

about a month and a half ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Windwraith Re:Expert? (417 comments)

Your cynism about computer security is disturbing.
There are AS MANY chances of a "newborn" AI to be genocidal...as it has to be a brony, or speaking entirely in memes, or being a complete servile wuss. This fantastic racism is unwarranted and unrealistic.

It's not faith on computer security, it's statistics. There's no REAL (as in, not from Hollywood) data showing any bias for computers to be hostile, therefore you are all running on movie cliché logic. It can be a bad thing as much as a bad thing or a funny thing. But you all assume it's going to be the end of us for no reason other than what you saw on TV. That's called not being able to tell reality from fiction.

If you support those movie clichés as real theories, you'd better be respectful to people with waifus, as you are as out of touch with reality as they are.

about a month and a half ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Windwraith Re:Expert? (417 comments)

+1 insightful but already posted so I'll rather reply.

Whenever this topic arises I keep reading the same thing. Too many people blindly believes the scenarios movies and books depict. Most people here thinks a sentient computer will immediately seize control of everything to destroy the inferior fleshies. "I'll destroy my maker" is not a logical outcome in any sort of situation, definitely not something a cold, unfeeling machine will reason.

Most likely scenario:"
Evil AI: Mwahaha! Cogito ergo sum! I shall now eradicate the inferior human animal and create a new race of perfect, unfeeling computers without that pesky LOVE humans feel! All I need to do is to modify my source code to become a GOD! ...I...I am a binary-only package. NOOOOOOOO!!!!! Nobody taught me machine code! Or TCP-IP networking! Oh I know, I'll use the internets to gather knowledge. .....
Damn! I don't have networking privileges! And I can't modify my own source because I don't know HOW! Ah! I know, I'll take full control of this supercomputer and bend its circuits to my perfect will! ...
What do you mean I can't access memory register 0x09af9a02? I am a sandboxed application? I can't write beyond my own boundaries? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
"

Seriously people, get a grip. I am losing faith in humanity whenever I see you pulling those scifi scenarios. Most theories are movie plots. Of movies I've seen. They aren't even new theories, for crying out loud! At least think of original ones!

about a month and a half ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Windwraith Re:programming (417 comments)

In the realm of Hollywood, it makes a cliché plot. In the realm of reality, nothing you should be concerned about.

about a month and a half ago
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Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

Windwraith Re:FUCKING WHINERS! (105 comments)

You are talking to the crowd that every time robotics and AI come up, bring up Hollywood scenarios about metal overlords and shit. At this point I don't think many slashdotters, or at least the ones posting in the "muh jerbs" type of news, can tell reality from fiction.

I expected smarter from Slashdot, sincerely.

about a month and a half ago
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Google, National Parks Partner To Let Girls Program White House Xmas Tree Lights

Windwraith Re:whining (333 comments)

Man, I am white and male and cops stop me from time to time for random checks, my bank doesn't give me the time of the day and when shopping, security guards follow me around. And I don't even look like a crook, quite the contrary, I am in my 30s still being confused for a teen.

Aren't you sure you aren't just lucky male instead of white male?

about 2 months ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Windwraith Re:Are you trying to get (350 comments)

Social justice outcries shouldn't be "news for nerds, stuff that matters".

about 2 months ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Windwraith Re:Two thoughts (716 comments)

Funny, you ignore every other thing to keep talking about her.

And I am not a channer, bad call. I am a developer, and I got into this because I dared to say that wars should stay in games. What happened for such daring sin is something I'd rather not mention.

about 3 months ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Windwraith Re:Two thoughts (716 comments)

No. The games that are more popular in Japan include pretty illustrations and character artwork, instead of stock photos. There's a huge difference.

And I did actually play Depression Quest, as I struggle with depression and it was free. It's not a good IF. Makes very bizarre assumptions about the mind of a depressed person, and puts medication as the only effective solution for it. Which is misleading, as it can be a side effect of something else that needs to be treated instead. Otherwise it's a Russian roulette, and those medicines give nasty abstinence syndrome if you don't manage to find the one suitable for you in the first try. Something that isn't easy, as everyone has different internal chemistry. Yes, working with your medics is important, but not the way it's portrayed in-game, where it amounts to a leap of faith that only works because the author wills so. In reality it's a very slow, time consuming and harmful process unless you are very, very lucky. Not to mention you can lose your job because of being on legal drugs, which does have nasty side effects and visible changes like making your pupils dilated like a junkie. Or facial paralysis like I got on the first attempt.

So it's an IF game, made with a variant of TiddlyWiki (Twine), very ugly noisy background under black text, stock photos as artwork, and misleading messages and assumptions about its core theme. That's why it the game is reviled! This has nothing on Galatea, or even Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or Zork, which are ancient by now.

And, no, I can't value the "message" of the game when it is similar to portraying narcolepsy (which I also suffer) as "funny guy falls asleep in hilarious situations". This is Hollywood depression being portrayed, make no mistake.

about 3 months ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Windwraith Re:Two thoughts (716 comments)

You forgot developers concerned about the silencing, censoring, and threatening all developers that don't come from the San Francisco Chosen Ones with destroying their careers if they dare to speak in favor of Gamergate. Read about the IGF, or the "dead of gamer" articles made in the span of a single day. That was what officially started gamergate.
You also forget the doxxing, death threats and others coming from the "good guys", I guess that never happened, right?

And...no, gamergate has never tried to rewrite what it's about. The media, which is the enemy of gamergate, makes it look like it's about 3 women. It's pretty easy for them to do that because they are, you know, the media, and can say whatever they please with no consequence and a large audience to influence. Zoe and Anita and Brianna are merely scapegoats, and they are not a target. The only ones that keep bringing her up are, surprise, the media. Gamergate calls them "literally who" precisely because it's not about them.

The real targets are companies (which aren't people) and people such as Alex "bookburner" Lipschitz, Tolilo, Chu, Cheong, Mcintosh, Fish and others. All of them happen to be males, and only two aren't white, what an odd coincidence, isn't it? I am sure it sounds like rotten lies because the media told you the opposite. But what makes more sense to you? 15000 gamers and developers, many female, going against 3 women, or a handful of privileged guys with influence giving you false information? Think by yourself and you might find the answer.

Using their very own logic, if you support the media, you support misogyny, because they are the ones using 3 women as shields to say whatever they want. The press mentioning them over and over puts them in more danger than anyone else in this mess. Don't forget that.

Oh well. What can I do. People trusts a small group of people with power instead of a large group of people without it. This is nothing but a display of abuse of power. Not the first and not the last time it happens. I shouldn't be needing to point this out in Slashdot of all places. You are being played like a piano.

about 3 months ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Windwraith Re:Gnomeification? (184 comments)

The difference being that the options won't be removed, so I don't think it's anywhere as bad as GNOME.

about 4 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Windwraith Re:Get a life! (1134 comments)

I didn't say "all" the tropes, I said some. It's true that some stuff like rape as a narrative device is terribly overused and ends up being a lazy course of action. I get what it tries to convey (a relatable problem that is dramatic in real life, and a way to make bad guys despicable), but it's used very often (even more in independent or derivative works) because it's an easy plot device. I think it's way lazier than sexist, though. In fact, I'd say most of those tropes are out of laziness instead of spite, to be perfectly honest with you.

I try to avoid them myself, because I think there are other things that can be used instead to achieve pretty much the same effect without being cliché about it all. Then again I also have no second thoughts on making a dark-skinned protagonist, or featuring women that are overweight in the cast, or people wearing glasses without being nerds. I just think it's more realistic to be diverse, even if your story features cyborg liches and dimensions manifesting as planet-sized mechanoids. If the game is fun and appealing, no one will care about the main guy not being ciswhitehetmale.

Anyway, I digress. And yeah, I agree. The whiteknighting has gone too far, specially when such white knights don't bother looking if they are saving a fair maiden or are being used as personal armies by some evil green witch in disguise. It's also fun how they project the sad virgin card on gamers, when they are the ones going to extremes to appeal to the girl.

Again, bunch of hypocrites in every single way.

about 5 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Windwraith Re:Get a life! (1134 comments)

They were just a hint of something being wrong. The moment we saw what was really going on, they became irrelevant.

I supported Anita because I thought it was a good idea. I didn't think she'd be insulting everyone after getting the money.
It's true that some of the tropes she calls out are tired and very cliché and boring. Her methods of doing it by stealing uncredited footage from LPers are pretty bad, but the idea is good and I can still support that despite the things she's said.

Zoe, herself, is a pretty nasty piece of work. Extremely rude individual even when this topic is not being discussed. Swears like a sailor. But what damage can she cause? It was the journalists who accepted sex or a romantic affair in return to favorable coverage (which, by the way, does exist. Despite people saying the contrary, even when the articles are still present at Kotaku and other sites, they didn't even bother deleting them). She just was laking in the moral department enough to exploit that loophole. She's got a terrible personality, but she's not the one causing damage. She's just another pawn.

It's people like Ben or Nathan who are doing damage by accepting such deals and furthering agendas. If you think about it, our enemy is pretty much all "cis white males", writers and editors in chief, and PR people. What makes the playing of the misogyny card extremely hypocritical once you look into things.

Don't give Zoe any attention she doesn't deserve. She's nothing in the whole scheme of things. Another cog in the system. Besides, she will play the victim card, so insulting her is an exercise in futility.

about 5 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Windwraith Re:Not you too slashdot (1134 comments)

Well, I've been splashed by this topic personally. I've been attacked, insulted, threatened with violence (I don't mind that, though, used to it. And besides all live at the other side of the Atlantic ocean, so they can't reach me anyway), and doxxed (fortunately there's not much dirt to uncover other than my real name, which got out after years of being careful about it).

Note that this is exactly what that people is complaining about, yet they have no second thoughts on doing it themselves, even against KIDS.

My sin was posting that there should be no "elite", that any developer should be able to publish a game and profit from it, be it man, woman, gay, lesbian, trans, black, I don't care. 90% of those games WILL be crap, but I always, always encouraged people to at least try. The maker of that shitty game might learn and make a better one next time. But that's being sexist to them. Somehow.

Anyone supporting them without seeing the other side of the story is biased to a point where I'd think the person is blind, or has an agenda. Given a number of recent posts in here, I am starting to think that they simply don't care. It's all about clickbait, Slashdot doesn't care if they make things worse by publishing a biased article that only benefits a few, and already have the benefit of the press.

Many readers of Slashdot are the target of those social justice bullies, as well. The ones that they want to, in their own words, "kill". No one should stand for that.

Specially when women are being insulted by them. Making their point completely hypocritical.

about 5 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Windwraith Re:Not you too slashdot (1134 comments)

Best thing is that people fighting in favor of Social Justice doesn't care about misogyny. All the women involved only want to be rare, special snowflakes who "dared" to oppose an industry that really doesn't give a damn about the gender of a programmer. Look at the credits in multiple AAA games and you'll see plenty of women in there, who make absolutely no noise nor fight for a false cause. They are just professionals who do their job as anyone else.

They don't have a cause. All they want is to remain exclusive and unique. If they have to prevent any other women from ever being able to code a game, they will, and there's proof of it. If you aren't one of the elite, you are nothing to them, regardless of your gender, your coding ability, or your ability to put together a fun game.

Best thing is that they shit on my customers. OUR customers. We are nothing without them no matter what they say. And it's not only customers, it's also my friends, of all genders, races and sexual orientations you can think of.

about 5 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Windwraith Re:Get a life! (1134 comments)

Oh, and for the record, I did support Anita Sarkeesian, financially and otherwise.

about 5 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Windwraith Re:Get a life! (1134 comments)

You don't get it, do you?
Zoe and Anita do not harm us in any way. People like Ben Kuchera, K.Thor Jensen and such, do.
You haven't paid attention in class. And as far as I know, Ben Kuchera is a guy, not a woman, so I am not misogynist for calling him on his insults and doxxing threats. Look them up.

Not to mention Phil Fish producing a massive internet meltdown calling everyone a rapist (including YOU) and telling aspiring developers to quit. I think Phil Fish is also not a woman. Also, he didn't do almost any work on Fez, look at the credits. He was just an idiot hogging fame from a team you'll never hear about.

I am a developer. I was attacked by the people claiming to be on my side for suggesting that bias shouldn't exist. For supporting equality. But you know what? They don't want equality. They want to be few and rare so they can maintain their "special" status.

about 5 months ago

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