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

deathguppie Re: Her work (957 comments)

I personally have been somewhat critical of Sarkeesian, but hearing this really makes me feel bad. I would never want anything like that to happen to anyone, and I hope things get better for her. Even if I think she's a bit nutty she should have the right to speak her mind without threats of violence.

10 hours ago

Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

deathguppie Re:Document formats... (578 comments)

But remember, MS only has to pay enough politicians to make the change. The tax payers then cover the cost of making the switch back to Windows. If you could imagine how much that contract would be worth, then think how much it would cost to buy off a few politicians.. it's like money in the bank.

about two weeks ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

deathguppie Re:Pft (962 comments)

A certain part of what he said ( not all) does ring true to a lot of us (male devs).. if you've worked on games, and I've only worked on open source games. Then you've gotten hate mail. People say the rudest most hurtful things they can think of and target you. The first time it happened to me, I was angry, humiliated, stomped around the room.. it was awful. Then it happened again, and again.

personally I would put the pornographic fanfic in a different category as the rest of the insults in the article simply because it didn't sound like it was someone just trying to insult the person. It just sounded creepy. I had a girl when I was in my twenties, whom I told that I wasn't interested in her that way call me repeatedly and just breath into the phone when I answered.. that was creepy. Being a guy didn't make me feel better about it either, I didn't know if she would try to cut my brake lines in my car, or burn my house down with me in it. It sucked.

All of the things mentioned in the article are truly lame, and should never happen to anyone , but I don't see them as sexist per se. It's more just about how shitty the world is. Sexism, seems more about inequality. Women getting lesser pay, having less opportunity in the work place. That is something everyone can agree on. But if you just want to claim that all shitty things that happen to women are due to sexism, then everyone else is going to start thinking about all the shitty things that happen to them, and wonder why your shitty things should garner more special attention than any one else's. It sucks to have people single you out for insults, but it sucks worse when it's someone keeping you from getting a job, or a pay raise, or not allowing you to drive, or vote, or wear pants. That's sexism.

about a month ago

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

deathguppie Re:9 States automatically increased (778 comments)

Here in Washington the min wage is $9.32. So 68 cents less than $10.10. Employment has gone up or stayed the same in most areas, but certainly there has been no job loss. Here in Seattle people are fighting to get a higher min wage so that people aren't living in poverty, but it isn't the $15 everyone is talking about. Most people won't see $15 for years, and there are some exemptions as well.

about a month ago

Sand-Based Anode Triples Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

deathguppie Re:Launch date (60 comments)

Not all concepts will make it to market. For varied reasons. Sometimes it's simply a matter of to restrictive/expensive patent licensing. But mostly some unforeseen problem happens further on in development that causes the whole thing to fizzle away to nothing.

The experience we gain from both the initial research, and the failure is invaluable. Personally I love reading about materials research, even if I don't understand all of it, the time I spend researching to learn is well worth it.

about a month and a half ago

FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

deathguppie Re:About time. (110 comments)

I am like a lot of people, I didn't switch to T-mobile until they started changing the way they did business. I previously had been with Sprint, then At&t. I can't say enough shitty things about either of those companies and what and how they billed. At one point I started getting a "service" charge from At&t that they just refused to explain. Hows them for apples. The thing is, T-mobile has been by far less expensive, and since I'm on an "unlimited everything" plan that costs me less than my limited plan with At&t there are no overages. I never have to worry about extra charges. (actually I think they do have late fees on the bill, but that's it) On top of that I get 2gb/month tethering for no additional charge. Do that on another carrier. No I don't work for T-mobile but this is the first time, I haven't truly "hated" my phone company. What's more you can bet Verizon and At&t were doing the same kinds of things back in the day.

about 2 months ago

Neanderthals Ate Their Veggies

deathguppie Re:One Sample (151 comments)

I've always wanted to take a class on archaeological poop tasting

about 2 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

deathguppie Re: Behind the curve (1040 comments)

Seattle proper has little in way of manufacturing or other low wage low skill jobs. Lots of high tech jobs that pay much higher than $15. All the low wage jobs are in service related industry like waiting tables or bar tending. People in Seattle are not going to drive out of Seattle to save a couple bucks on an oil change or a few drinks. I can literally think of nothing that will change. That doesn't mean there won't be affected jobs but I seriously doubt it will even be marginally noticeable.

about 3 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

deathguppie Re: Even higher! (1040 comments)

Actually it raises our collective buying power as well. As long as the rest of the country stays behind us in wages going to another state will be like going to a third world country. And then the extra money we do have after living expenses goes a lot further. But as I said before no one here cares if a burger costs an extra buck or two. In the end we'll all be better off than people in lower wage areas.

about 3 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

deathguppie Re: Behind the curve (1040 comments)

It won't kill jobs here. Seattle has a lot of high paying tech jobs among other occupations. The average price of a house here is above $400k and rent for a one bedroom apt is about $1200. If it raise the price of a meal a couple of bucks no one is going to notice. I've spoken to a lot of people here and no one is worried about the few extra bucks it may cost for a night out. We'd rather have people making enough money to support themselves.

about 3 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

deathguppie Re: Behind the curve (1040 comments)

Under the new law the $15 per hour min wage is tied to cost of living at its current state. If the COL goes up so does the min wage

about 3 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

deathguppie Re:Hello automation! (1040 comments)

I live in Seattle, and I guarantee you this won't effect much at all. People who work at "Starcoffee" as you say already make that much. Fast food places will have to raise their wages, I don't care if a mcyuckburger costs a buck more, but I do care that it has become to expensive for younger people and unskilled laborers to live here. Personally, I don't think a $15 per hour min wage is for everyone. I don't think it would work in areas outside Seattle like the larger part of King county. However Seattle proper can handle the wage increase, and people who pay a little more for services won't complain because compared to the cost of other things around here it really is insignificant.

about 3 months ago

Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

deathguppie Re:Recycleable? (198 comments)

Alright, I've been working in the materials industries for years, so I can see there is a lot of strange info here.

  • First off carbon fiber is what you have after you burn everything else off. Yup that's how it's made, and it's not so environmentally friendly
  • Second, carbon is the hardest substance known to man. mixing it in varied amounts with a strong yet flexible binder like epoxy allows a product to have the best of both worlds in varied amounts, as per design.
  • Third, bamboo depends on it's cell structure for stiffness, and while it may be very stiff, it is not nearly as strong as carbon fiber by weight, and cannot be (carbon is as stiff as it gets)
  • Fourth, once the bamboo is soaked in epoxy it is no longer environmentally friendly. It was up till that point but no longer
  • Fifth, bamboo can rot, carbon can't. Which means that products made of bamboo have a life span, after which they will need a home int the dirt somewhere. Not necessarily so for carbon fiber
  • Sixth, Carbon fiber used in a thermal set mold, using a blend of carbon, and nylon woven together instead of saturated with epoxy is one of the most durable products I have ever seen, and because it is a thermoplastic based binder, it could most likely be recycled.

There are many ways to use composites, of every type. In some cases not having to replace the product may be more environmentally sound than making it out of something semi-biodegradable like bamboo and epoxy. I'm just saying, that there are ups and downs to everything. It takes years and much useage to define the criteria, for environmentally sound, with any product. Wasn't to long ago I remember ethonal and biodesel were going to save the planet, and now we realize it's really not much better after all.

about 3 months ago

Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

deathguppie Re:They've been pushing this angle for a while (362 comments)

Elon Musk "will partner with several companies besides Panasonic". I seriously doubt that Panasonic and the several other companies involved would want to invest heavily into a factory that produces batteries primarily for Tesla. It's a win/win for anyone involved in this endevour. If they can actually bring raw, newly mined materials into one end and then pump batteries out the other, they can cut out a huge amount of the cost of purchasing and re-working the pre-manufactured components and materials.

about 3 months ago

Anti-Surveillance Mask Lets You Pass As Someone Else

deathguppie Re:How convenient for him... (196 comments)

I can see this guy robbing a lot of banks if he's successful. Or at least getting pulled in for questioning a lot.

about 4 months ago

F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

deathguppie Re:rotfl They want to outlaw themselves!?!? (410 comments)

To work within the current system, you must first have enough money to publicly challenge those few who own most of it. The "system" has been slanted to favor the elite, and you will never get it back. Raise as much money as you can, and see how little it means to people with more resources than everyone else combined.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: State of the Art In DIY Security Systems?

deathguppie Re:Umm no. (248 comments)

My house was robbed a few years back. We had an active alarm. The thieves were in and out while the alarm was still going, in the morning in broad daylight. They don't really care about alarms, because they, know they can be gone before anyone can respond.

After that I put cameras up. I put them in inside corners facing out of the porches where they can't be walked around, and in other places they can't be reached. This has worked as much more of a deterrent, due (I believe) to the fact that no one wants to be ID'ed while committing a crime. Since a lot of these people are recurring criminals, if you have a good image, your local cops may actually know who they are.

As for what system to use. I've used Zoneminder with IP cameras, and a couple HD USB cameras with powered remote hubs. The IP cameras (foscam) are the most unreliable of the bunch, simply because they tend to cut out when recording an event. You'll get the beginning and the middle, sometimes the end.. but never a full motion event. I've talked to other people and they say the same about a lot of IP cameras. The USB option is great, but there is a limit to the lenght of the USB cable that can be used even powered.

about 8 months ago

Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

deathguppie Re:Because they're EXPENSIVE (810 comments)

I wouldn't(haven't) recommend buying an ev. However, the Nissan Leaf in my area (Seattle) can be leased for $200/m with $2000 down. This is a great lease price for a car that you don't wan't to own due to battery degredation, and many people here have taken advantage of that.

about 9 months ago

Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

deathguppie Re:money? (810 comments)

also, large cheap bars of gold will sell equally well. Yes, the universe is full of free energy, that doesn't mean that harnessing it to "your" needs is going to be cheap. We live fat and happy off all the work the dinosaurs(mostly plants but I digress) put into creating energy, but never take into account that they used only a small portion of the energy available to us in the solar system. The question is not how to make cheap electric cars but how to make cheap electricity, because then even the creation of the cars becomes more economical.

about 9 months ago

John Carmack Leaves id Software

deathguppie Re:Totally understandable! (154 comments)

I agree 100%. This is one of those moments that anyone who's read any amount of scifi knows what is to come, and all the business suits out there in the PC/gaming world don't have a clue. Occulus is not just about gaming. It will transform the world of computing as we know it. Sure there will be lots of people who prefer, or for reason of their distinct needs will not want to use it. But for the most part it will be the most disruptive technology of the next five years opening up huge paradigms of tech in ways that we are barely able to imagine now. Personally, I read "Snow crash" way to late and could easily see how the author missed on so many things, but the basis of it, that was completely on par, and we are about to see it happen now.

about 9 months ago



where is linux?

deathguppie deathguppie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

deathguppie writes "I am at a crossroads. I have been a Linux user since 1996. My first distro was Slackware, it literally took me a month to figure out how to connect to the internet through my 56k modem. I moved quickly trying to find the distro that would just work. I tried Red Hat linux.. then found the promised land in Mandrake. Mandrake was good to me for a few years. I had KDE that gave me all of the productivity I was looking for and each release was worth every bit of the $30 I spent on the box set.

Then right around 2002 it seemed to fall apart. Things didn't work. My usually robust and reliable distro failed me miserably and the answers for my problems were not forthcoming. I went back to slackware, courted Suse for a while, fell utterly short on what I needed with Debian and when fedora came out again couldn't meet my combination of hardware/software requirements.

Then I found Gentoo. It was a mess, it took forever to install, had a million broken packages and hardware drivers. Through it all it seemed to keep it's promise however. There was always a way to make it work. The years went by, and I could figure out almost any problem, even if it did take some effort. I found myself spending more time using applications than tweaking the system and fell in love with Blender, and the Gimp. Suddenly I wanted to work on projects that did not involve Linux so much but just used it the way it was intended to be used. As an operating system.

About a year ago Gentoo started to have problems. Ebuilds became dated more and more of them seemed to go into the package.mask file, and even more seemed to not build properly. Upgrades became a real mess. I don't know if it had anything to do with the hierarchy issues that the foundation faced, but I know that things just seemed to take more and more time to deal with. I needed something that would "just work".

Round about this time Dell computers decided to offer a Linux based desktop distro and through all of the hype they actually offered some systems that made some monetary sense. I made the jump and bought one. I had never used Ubuntu before and based on my experience with Debian in the past I knew that it at least had a very solid foundation.

It has been about 8 months since then. I must be honest, feisty fawn had it's own little issues but Gutsy Gibbon has been a binary base distro failure in my book. How many of you have had your Gnome desktop start losing it's widgets, and then start to degrade to nothing like it was a poltergeist?

I have. Some things work really well, like the initial setup. The nvidia drivers, and any dvd capable player seems to be strangled by political bias within the dev team, but that is not anywhere near the biggest issue. Things just don't work sometimes, and (besides office software) some of the most successful desktop Linux applications out there have only basic implementation, if any.

So I'm looking for a new distro. Something that will "just work". I need it because I'm tired of working so hard to get a system that will do what I need it to do.

Here is my list of requirements.
1. real time kernel: I need to be able use sound applications to their fullest, and I need my network and video drivers to work with it.
2. development environment: I work with game engines I need to be able to build source for any unsupported codec, or library at a whim. Jhashaka, Verse.. all the stuff a film/graphics person needs.
3. Support for proprietary or questionably legal software: I don't care about the politics.. no I really don't. I just want it to work.
4. support for odd hardware: I want to use the same system for all of my computers. I want it on my desktop, my laptop.. everything.
5. Easy Samba setup: ya, I can get it to work, but it's a pain, and I have several systems and os's to deal with, and I want fish (ssh), and ftp through a browser.

While I know this is near to impossible I'm thinking that the Slashdot crowd is as close to the know as anyone.. so what's your thought what would you use??"


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