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China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

c6gunner Re:Super-collider (211 comments)

Will they have to buy a new one every year?

No, but the first one will turn out to be a cheap knockoff with out of date hardware that only gets a tenth of the advertised resolution and fails to work when it's cloudy outside.

Also the user manual will be so bad, they won't figure out how to use it until 2045.

yesterday
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

c6gunner Re:Occams Scalpel (903 comments)

Seriously if you have a giant beard, a chest like a bear and chop down trees on the weekend with your massive axe, haul them back home on your shoulders then break them over your head before lighting them on fire with a welding torch, I would say that's about the most manly thing one could do and no one is going to keep that in check.

Pretty much, yeah. Though I don't actually get to grow a beard unless I'm either on leave or deployed overseas, so I guess you got me there.

Of course, if you had a functional sense of humour you would have realized that my "manliness" comment was tongue-in-cheek. The fact that I do cut down trees with an axe and light them up with a blowtorch is just an amusing coincidence.

Firstly, no chick ever grabbed your ass at comic con

Sure, just go ahead and deny my experiences. Next you'll try to tell me that I deserved it because I was wearing a kilt. Victim blaming is always popular, especially when the victim is male.

So the evidence is now so overwhelming that you cannot continue to deny the evidence, so you now move on to claiming it's somehow "insignificant".

I've never denied the evidence. You may have me confused with a strawman you constructed. If you're going to argue with him, why address your response to me?

yesterday
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

c6gunner Re:Pft (903 comments)

That said, I'd imagine that penetrative rape - the type commonly suffered by females - is a lot more traumatic.

Assuming a completely unwilling and unaroused victim, yes, I very much suspect it would be. However, feminists and victim-advocacy groups have spent the last couple decades telling us that "rape is rape" and that they're all equally bad, so it would be a bit hypocritical for them to now start screaming "BUT WE HAVE IT WORSE!".

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

c6gunner Re:Occams Scalpel (903 comments)

No matter who you are, what your personality is, etc there will always be some people out there that don't like you, won't hire you, or otherwise throw negativity your way even if you've done absolutely nothing to earn their hate.

Very true. So when that happens to me, is that because of the matriarchy trying to keep my manliness in check?

Your reaction is what I've noticed most women get if they even gently bring something up. It's 100% complete denial and blame the messenger.

What I can't figure out is why?

Because that's what we do when people are wrong?

I've noticed when people bring up the idea that the holocaust never happened, they get 100% complete denial and blame the messenger. Hrm ... I wonder why.

True, this behavior may be a small group of bad apples, but by denying the problem exists at all you're enabling those bad apples to continue doing what they do.

Nobody is denying that the problem exists. That's the kind of absurd strawman that always ends up derailing these discussions. What people are telling you is that:

1. Everyone gets harassed at some point. You don't see me going around talking about what an unsafe environment comicon is just because some chick grabbed my ass.
2. Problems caused by a small subset of individuals should be dealt with INDIVIDUALLY, rather than by writing long-winded articles about how the whole system is horrible. Only an idiot attacks an entire community over the actions of a few individuals. We usually call that "bigotry".

Seriously, why can't we just admit women catch a lot of shit just for being women in tech?

Because it's insignificant. I've caught more flack for having a slow connection than most women catch for being women. I've seen far more men bending over backwards to help "women in tech" than I've seen trying to tear them down. Men tend to be far more cruel and destructive towards each other than they do with women. If harassment in the tech community is a problem then it's a problem for everyone, and it's absolutely ridiculous to single out women as being some special class of victim.

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

c6gunner Re:Occams Scalpel (903 comments)

I tend to agree with you, in general. However, I do think it is disingenuous to name a company "Girlfight" in a clear attempt to cash in on their sexuality, then contribute to an article complaining about it.

That's feminism for you in a nutshell. The "skepchick" website rose to fame in no small part thanks to putting out a (artistic-ish) nude calendar of their members, and encouraging male adoration. Then once they had enough of a following, they decided it was now misogynistic for men to comment on their appearance or think of them in a sexual way. Lots of women have gained prominence by using their sexuality to their advantage, only to later go on long-winded rants about how nobody should be "objectifying" them.

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

c6gunner Re:Pft (903 comments)

You realize that there's more difference between your average man and your average woman than between your average NFL linebacker and your average man, right?

Oh, geeze, don't let a feminist hear you say that! Every time someone suggests women maybe aren't suitable to being firefighters or combat soldiers, the wymins go apeshit.

You do realize how commonly women are raped and abused by men, and how they might happen to be more sensitive to the implicit or explicit threats of violence from someone that they're highly unlikely to be able to fight off?

According to the newest stats, not really that much more often than men are abused or raped by women. Domestic violence cases split almost 50/50. Sexual violence victims are still mostly women, but men come in very close behind now that we've stopped defining "rape" in a way that makes it impossible for women to be rapists.

And men being abused by men ... holy shit. If we took your approach, every man in the world should be "more sensitive to the imiplicit or explicit threats of violence", to the point where we'd pee our pants as soon as another man looked at us funny.

Difference is, men don't try to justify freaking out and overreacting by pointing to statistics. And neither do most women, for that matter; the ones who do are just a very loud minority.

2 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

c6gunner Re:Crazy (774 comments)

Really ? You don't think there's any possibilities between no minimum wage and a $50k/hr minimum wage ?

I never gave my opinion on the matter. Your ignorant political stereotypes led you to make assumptions about what things I never even commented on. This is common amongst political ideologues and other loudmouths and pundits.

Like I said, mindless tripe. Unthinking regurgitation of conservative articles of faith.

If it were mindless tripe you'd swallow it without a second thought. The fact is you've completely failed to grasp the points which were being made. Calling it "mindless tripe" because you don't understand it is ... pretty childish. Reminds of the hick I met down in the bible belt who called evolution "mindless tripe". You two would get along great.

3 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

c6gunner Re:Crazy (774 comments)

Excluded middle fallacy.

I don't think you know what that fallacy actually means. Nothing I wrote is even close to an excluded middle fallacy. The particular bit you quoted might be considered a sweeping generalization, if it weren't so blatantly evident that I was mocking your kindergarten-level understanding of economics.

The rest of your mindless tripe is no better.

Hurr, durr, ad-hominem fallacy!

3 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

c6gunner Re:cause and/or those responsible (665 comments)

Yes it is sad how people always have to die before lessons are learned

Not always, but you know how it is with bureaucracies ... nothing gets them motivated quite as well as a good disaster.

I always figured the Flight 007 was a similar case, after seeing documentaries about both incidents I see them in a similar light.

Naw, man. I mean, sure, there are some superficial similarities, but the things which actually caused the incidents are COMPLETELY different.

The Soviet shootdown is a simple case of browbeaten lackeys under a tyrannical regime making what they figured was the best choice to cover their asses. There was no threat to them. The aircraft was nowhere near the people who made the call, and was on it's way out of Soviet airspace. The pilot involved even told them he believed it was a civilian airliner. Yet they decided to shoot it down anyway.

The Vincennes incident was the exact opposite. It involved personnel under serious threat from Iranian forces, in hostile territory, faced with an aircraft they couldn't identify which seemed to be on an attack vector. They were scared for their lives, and under an immense amount of stress. I'm not sure how to explain that to someone who works a 9-5 job in an office. Lots of people talk about "stress" in their day-to-day jobs, and I'm sure there's some truth to their complaints, but unless you're a first responder, an air traffic controller, or a soldier in a combat zone, you really don't know what stress is, or how badly it can skew your normal behaviour. We train our people to recognize it, avoid it, or deal with it ... and we put measures in place to try and minimize it ... but when you're engaged in combat and feel that your life is on the line, even the best preparations can only do so much. It only gets worse when you're the one responsible for a multi-million dollar vessel, and several hundred lives on board it.

The difference may be easier to visualize if you relate it to something you're more familiar with. The Soviet shootdown of 007 was the equivalent of a couple police supervisors sitting at headquarters, ordering a patrolman to shoot an unarmed man running away from a property he trespassed on. The American shootdown of the Iranian flight was the equivalent of a couple SWAT guys under heavy fire panicking and shooting a civilian who was running towards them. Both are horrible incidents which should never have happened. But other than that, they have absolutely nothing in common.

3 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

c6gunner Re:Crazy (774 comments)

Actually I feel pretty confident stating that if more people have more money, economic activity will increase.

Sure. So lets pass a law that says every person should be paid $50,000 per hour. Economic activity ought to be AMAZING then!

No, minimum wage is setting a floor on living standards.

Very true. If you meet the minimum skill required for the minimum-wage job, you get a crappy job that pays your basic expenses, but won't pay off that credit card you keep racking up because now you can afford more useless crap. If you don't meet the minimum skill requirements, then fuck you - you're stuck on the government dole because we won't let you sell your services for less. Our minimum living standard says you have to be a parasite rather than contributing to society.

If a business can't employ someone for minimum wage, then their business model is broken.

Totally right. Especially when we implement our $50,000 minimum wage idea. If those fatcat small business guys can't afford it, fuck 'em; someone else will come along to start a business once the economy settles down.

3 days ago
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

c6gunner Re:Not effective (210 comments)

The more people you add to a database, the less relevant it becomes for anything.

Totally. Just like mass-surveys become more and more useless the more people you add to them. And scientific research becomes more and more useless the more data points you gather.

3 days ago
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

c6gunner Re:Big Brother (210 comments)

The funny thing is, fulfilling his FOIA request is probably the first time anyone in government actually looked at his data.

3 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

c6gunner Re:cause and/or those responsible (665 comments)

Don't SAM crews get trained for this kind of an eventuality? You'd think they'd get suckered into shooting down an airliner during a few of their simulator sessions in military school just to make double and triple sure the identification procedure for civilian aircraft sticks in their minds like the aftermath of a good hard kick in the nuts.

And these days they do. It's one of those "lessons learned" things.

I, along with a bunch of other guys, once got sucked into lighting up an entire household of civilians in training. It really, really sucked. But the reason those scenarios existed is because some poor bastards lit up civilian households for real, and we got to learn from their mistakes.

3 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

c6gunner Re:I don't see the problem. (665 comments)

ugh, I know I'm going to suffer for this unpopular comment

I feel your pain, bro. Comments that criticize the US government and offer justifications for terrorist attacks always get SO badly down-voted.

3 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

c6gunner Re:I don't see the problem. (665 comments)

Pravda is a small outlet now, very irrelevant for propaganda.

Very true. rt.com is the propaganda outlet of choice these days, as far as external puppets are concerned. Internally ... well, all of them publish whatever they think Putin wants them to publish.

3 days ago
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NASA: Lunar Pits and Caves Could House Astronauts

c6gunner Re:Glass half-empty (156 comments)

But who is suggesting that? Sounds to me like a subtle strawman. The distinction between a robot landing on Titan and a robot which contains a human is arbitrary.

You complain about strawmen, then string together a strawman of your own. Nobody is suggesting that humans need to travel to Titan.

"mark-t" was absolutely right. Your statement was absurd, and my parody illustrated it's absurdity. Our unsuitability to space is entirely irrelevant. You're right in pointing out that there are many aspects of space exploration which are best done by machines; you're completely wrong when you take that idea and present it as an absolute for why no human should ever go into space.

The fact that mark had to explain my comment to you is ... rather embarrassing, but not unexpected.

3 days ago
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NASA: Lunar Pits and Caves Could House Astronauts

c6gunner Re:Glass half-empty (156 comments)

To suggest that we, ill adapted to flight as we are, ought to go physically into the sky instead of sending a machine is absurd - like saying that a field is only plowed if dug by hand, or the only correct calculation is done without the aid of a computer, calculator or abacus.

4 days ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

c6gunner Re:So now that the UN said it, (261 comments)

It doesn't require an international enforcement mechanism.

Yeah, it kinda does.

The enforcement is to come from within

Oh that's rich. Like, instead of having a legal system, let's just tell all the gangs how we want them to behave, and let them enforce our desire on their own.

Funnily enough, that's one of the US's objections to ratifying - they want to continue to kill minors for certain crimes.

This is, of course, simply a lie. The US stopped executing minors years ago. They've also gone a step beyond, and abolished life-sentences for minors.

The reason the US hasn't bothered to ratify it is because:

a) The ratification process is kind of a pain in the ass; and
b) It wouldn't change anything, so there's no point. It's a purely symbolic gesture.

But by all means, keep pretending that Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama both refused to ratify it because they want to keep executing children. I'm sure all the Democrats will love that explanation :)

about a week ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

c6gunner Re:Seems like old times (752 comments)

Both KAL 007 and KAL 902 were off course.

Good point. I keep forgetting that getting lost is a capital offence.

about a week ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

c6gunner Re:The United States Voted For That Declaration (261 comments)

The founders of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights had, at the time, just faced down a global fascist hegemony, which made those rights seem just and proper and self-evident for great peace and wellbeing.

Now those founding states are becoming a global fascists hegemony ... they're not so keen on them.

The founders of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights had, at the time, just finished carpet-bombing large parts of Europe and Asia, and imprisoning their own citizens for the crime of having the wrong ethnic background.

It's not that the countries "aren't keen" on the declaration - it's that the modern interpretation isn't exactly what the drafters had in mind. Kinda how the founders of the US were able to speak about inalienable rights while simultaneously being OK with slavery.

about a week ago

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