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Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

brantondaveperson Re:They won't (122 comments)

Sensible a rational comment - what are you doing on slashdot?

Another thing worth noting about apple's DRM is that it's possible to authorize a device for multiple apple IDs without (so far as I've been able to tell) any restrictions around the number of accounts of a given device, or the number of devices against a specific account.

Regarding their video DRM, it's certain that this is the decision of the movie studio rather than Apple - and it's quite possible that one day Apple may be able to move the world to DRM free video as they once did for DRM free music downloads.

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

brantondaveperson Re:Here we go again (1146 comments)

Ok - so Meg Lanker-SImmons fabricated a death threat against herself and this means...? What exactly. That Anita must have too? And so have all the other women (and there are very very many) have fabricated theirs also? And no-one ever makes foul and inexcusable death and rape threats against women on the internet?

I think there's just one AC on this thread, and it's you, and you should probably take a good hard look at yourself and quit posting lies and half-truths. Or at least get an account and stand behind what you say.

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

brantondaveperson Re:*Dons asbestos suit* (1146 comments)

And this is acceptable because...?

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

brantondaveperson Re:*Dons asbestos suit* (1146 comments)

Actually the evidence that she does not play video games - to the extent that it's even a relevant question - is a lecture she gave in 2010 during which she says "I am not a gamer". Now, not being a 'gamer' does not mean that one does not play video games. The term gamer can mean a little more than that, to say one is 'not a gamer' might actually mean that one does not sit indoors all day playing video games. My kids aren't 'gamers' either, but they sure play alot of video games.

The lecture clip is also given without any context, so it's really impossible to say what she intended her statement to mean.

In addition, some guy on youtube - who rather creepily uses a synthesized voice to narrate his videos, but whatever, maybe he's mute - has put together a whole series of videos which attack her statement that she plays videogames. This guy has apparently read every tweet she's written, and every facebook update she's made - which is a bit obsessive but again whatever, maybe he's got plenty of spare time - and claims that her lack of videogame-related social media output is evidence that she doesn't play videogames. During the time that I had a facebook account, I also didn't made any video-game related comments. But I sure played alot of video games. And I would also have said of myself that I was "not a gamer".

All this seems typical of the response to her position - as far as I can tell no-one has actually engaged with her points. It's all been "she's an attention-whore" or "she's professionally offended" or whatever. No-one seems to try to intelligently counter her points, they just attempt to discredit her character.

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

brantondaveperson Re:Her work (1146 comments)

So she's removed your well-formed and thoughtful comments has she? Perhaps you could post them here where they will not be removed. And then we can have a well-formed and thoughtful discussion about your position.

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

brantondaveperson Re: Her work (1146 comments)

And that is untrue, mr AC. Let's see your source before you continue to spam this thread with slander.

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

brantondaveperson Re:Her work (1146 comments)

That makes no sense. A death threat isn't a threat any longer once an attempt has been made. It's become an attempted murder.

A credible death threat would be a matter of opinion to some extent - but there are plenty of crazy people out there, and judging by many of the comments on this thread, there's a extremely disturbing undercurrent of anti-women sentiment going on. I mean all this woman has done is made a series of videos that suggest that strong and harmful gender stereotypes exist in the videogame world. I thought that this was pretty much the accepted wisdom, but apparently not only am I wrong, but to claim so would make me an 'attention-whore'.

And what's that about a 'price on someone's head'. What governments do that? I don't understand that at all.

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

brantondaveperson Re:Her work (1146 comments)

Er. She's using words. There are now threats of force. You appear confused.

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

brantondaveperson Re:Her work (1146 comments)

self-contradictory bitching and bullshit accusations

Please - stand up behind your accusations and show us all which parts of her videos are self-contradictory. Because I've watched them, and found her position to be extremely considered, consistent, and much more intelligent than I was expecting.

And I really don't understand your complaint about how she spent the kickstarter money. She asked for donations to make a series of videos, alot of people donated with the understanding that she would make the video series, she made the video series. Are you suggesting that she should have taken that money and done something else with it? Wouldn't that be borderline fraud? Would you do that?

The "liar" part is trivially proven

Actually, from what I've read on this thread, no-one has 'trivially proven' this. If she'd made the a game instead of the videos, that would have made her a liar. But she didn't, she stuck to what she said she was going to do. So again, please, back up your idle accusations with quotes from her (helpfully transcribed) videos.

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

brantondaveperson Re:Her work (1146 comments)

In a well-ordered world she would be getting a PhD for work of this depth and quality

Hear hear.

I don't particularly agree with a goodly chunk of her theoretical frame

Which parts? I couldn't fault it myself.

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

brantondaveperson Re:Her work (1146 comments)

What I am saying is that the world is controlled right now by politically correct, professionally offended people.

What a completely extraordinary thing to imagine. If this were the case, there wouldn't be any gender stereotyping in video games and Lego and all the rest of it. But there is - the medium is awash with it even though in your imagination it's all run by politically correct and professionally offended people.

Wut?

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

brantondaveperson Re:Her work (1146 comments)

She is not professionally offended. She doesn't receive money for the videos, except as donations, there are no advertisements on her page. So she's not 'professional'. And she is not 'offended' either - she is very intelligently pointing out very real gender stereotypes in a series of extremely articulate videos. Watch the one that other guy linked, the one about Lego. It's so on the money that it's not even funny.

Put more simply. She is right.

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

brantondaveperson Re: Her work (1146 comments)

Permit me to reply to myself.

I have now watched the entire video, and you know what. She is absolutely and completely right in every single point she made. Regular Lego is marked to boys. Girl lego is completely barbie-doll and rubbish. In the toy store down the road here, the 'boy' and 'girl' lego is even on display in different isles. This is not a good thing.

I do not understand how you can have missed this point. And if you didn't miss it, I do not understand how you could disagree with it. Please enlighten me.

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

brantondaveperson Re: Her work (1146 comments)

This is what she actually says - and is the only mention of testosterone in the entire thirteen minutes: (from her transcript)

They can start by deemphasizing the macho testosterone and the combat, and create universally appealing sets that include occupations and adventure scenarios for children of all genders.

I am struggling to understand how this is suggesting that testosterone is evil. She additionally - and correctly - notes how women do not appear in their advertising playing with lego. She most certainly does not suggest that fathers and sons playing together is a bad thing - she instead suggests that there is a very strong gender bias going on in the Lego world. And she is right of course - with an 18-1 ratio of male to female minifigs I fail to see how any other conclusion could be reached.

There was one thing that annoyed me though - she kept on referring to Lego as 'Legos'. Americans. Please stop doing this.

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

brantondaveperson Re: Her work (1146 comments)

You keep on saying this. Could you perhaps enlighten the thread with a link to the video wherein she makes this claim?

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

brantondaveperson Re: Her work (1146 comments)

Is that a fact?

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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

brantondaveperson Re:This is good! (513 comments)

Maybe they're just not that smart....?

Sorry.

Think about music. Learning the different scales by memory is important, but if you don't think about them in terms of intervals, and about those intervals in terms of whole-number ratios of frequencies, then you'll (probably) never become a great musician. Multiplication is interesting here, because there are lots of different ways of thinking about it, and when you come to do things like multiplying matrices, you see that it isn't always just repeated addition.

Perhaps they are behind where you were in terms of rote numeracy, but perhaps they have a deeper understanding of numerical objects than you did at that age?

2 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

brantondaveperson Re:This is good! (513 comments)

If your in line at a fast food restaurant, you need to be able to estimate if the $20 in your pocket will cover the order you plan on making or not. Combo is $7.99 round to $8, I need two of them...$16 tax is 7%.. round to $10... $1.60 tax... $17.60 total; ok I'm good.

Don't care. Use an eftpos card. Who carries cash? And why don't they put the tax up on the price list anyway? As an occasional visitor to the US, I hate that.

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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

brantondaveperson Re:This is good! (513 comments)

No, I can't. Or at least, not any pair of single digit numbers. And I certainly can't do the same with division. Addition I'm okay at, but sometimes make errors.

I do have a degree in mathematics though, and a job that requires the use of that mathematics almost every day, so perhaps its not that important generally. And in any case, estimation I would propose is a more important skill. And an understanding of the relative orders of magnitude. Like, for instance, how many a million really is. Kids are interesting in this respect, they're always grasping for larger and larger numbers (a thousand million billion days!!), yet they don't even really understand how many a hundred is.

Anyway; Once upon a time, it would have been considered a serious educational detriment to be unable to cut a quill pen from a feather. Today, we have biros. Ah... progress!

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