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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

fey000 Yet communication by information does - USE IT (428 comments)

This is not rocket surgery.

DO:
Put your shoes on before going outside.
DO NOT:
Greet your neighbors with a tennis racket to the genitals.

DO:
Post the summary of the article in the summary.
DO NOT:
Post worthless clickbait in the summary.

Please grasp the concept.

3 days ago
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MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

fey000 why not old powers? (319 comments)

Are you looking to replace Austin Powers?

about two weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

fey000 Why only in Tech? (341 comments)

I'm curious why this type of "diversity" drive only pops up in tech-related office jobs? Where is the drive in getting more men into child care jobs or social services? Why not more women in construction work? Why not more women in the army? Why not more women in sanitation, mining, welding, or fishing?

As it stands, it doesn't seem like diversity is the goal at all.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

fey000 Re:why the hate (341 comments)

What is it about wanting to introduce more people into IT that gets people into a blind spitting rage? It doesn't have to be a zero-sum game guys.
Maybe its the gross unwelcoming attitude that puts people off.

Because a lot of people have worked damn hard to get somewhere and to build something. And all of that effort is being diminished to no small extent by this preferred treatment program.

If you work your ass of for 10 years, making sure to be the best, only to get passed by for a rookie on a "diversity" quota, wouldn't you get a little grumpy? That is why so many here are asking for the 'best candidate' treatment rather than the 'look how minority I am' treatment. That is why yet another of these "diversity" programs is viewed with no small amount of suspicion and apprehension.

Intel being Intel *might* be able to do something smart, but given the organizations that they have partnered with for the drive, it is very very unlikely that anything other than feminazi rabies will come out of it. And that sucks for everyone on the planet.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

fey000 Re:Progressive "diversity", or *real* diversity? (341 comments)

Does he want bog-standard, shallow, progressive "diversity" - everyone looks different on the outside but diversity of thought or opinion is not tolerated while every member is assigned rigid roles based on mere appearance, or real diversity where no one cares about how to categorize group members into various victim classes?

The former is the standard, and the money is going to organizations that deal only in the former.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

fey000 Re:Hire the best person (341 comments)

How about hiring the best person for the job, and fits well with the rest of the team regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual preference, etc? If it happens to be someone who is white, hispanic, or black who cares?

Because then you'll be approached by a frothing at the mouth "journalist", asking questions like "Why isn't your workforce 50% white, 50% asian, 50% black, , 50% hispanic, 50% homosexual, and 50% female?".

Hiring the best suited candidate is so 1990. Now it's all about the progressive stack and checking your privilege.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Discover That Exercise Changes Your DNA

fey000 Summary needs to bring up the interesting parts. (56 comments)

Meh, the summary doesn't bring up any of the new stuff.

We *know* that exercise has an effect on the body. We *know* that exercising increases concentrations of growth hormones, anti-inflammatory responses, and metabolic rate adjusting factors. We *know* these adjustments are made through methylation patterns over enhancers/promoters.

Furthermore, there is no *change* in the DNA. Any alterations that occur do so on the back-chain of the DNA, which is normal behavior as the backchain is modified by ALOT of different factors. No nucleotides are being mutated or swapped by exercising (unless you imbibe strange and unhealthy body building substances).

Last, the adjustments made to the exercised cells are in *response* to the exercise rather than proactive as the summary suggests. It would after all be really freaky if your body started building up muscles *before* you started working out. That would actually freak me the hell out.

about a month ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

fey000 Re:Ethics? (556 comments)

Excellent summary. What it boils down to is that some people were criticized, and they defended themselves by claiming these were attacks on their gender. The reason is plain and simple: They could not credibly defend themselves against the criticism itself, so they used misdirection and made it a gender-issue. Predictably, a lot of people with no clue whatsoever about what was going on then jumped on those criticizing, as apparently criticizing a person of female gender is an attack on them all...

I think this is the best summary ever of #GamerGate. There are several books worth of stuff happening as a result of this, but this is the point of origin.

about a month ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

fey000 Again with the girls? (208 comments)

Can someone please explain to me what this whole "Let's convince/force/cajole/firehose women into CS" thing is all about?
*Why* is it so frikkin important all of a sudden? Why is there no similar push in any other field (think firefighter/truckdriver/constrution)?

Have I missed something important? Are women no longer considered smart enough to make their own choices regarding careers? Must we big smart men carefully explain to them why they *want* to go into CS?

What happens when this magical girls-only experience ends and suddenly the real world rears its ugly head with (God help us) *men* in the actual workplace? Perhaps we need to have some girls-only workplaces as well? But wait, what about when the workday ends? There might still be some *men* out and about. We need a girls-only city to make sure no disgusting boys hang around with their home-grown CS interests...

And now I'm all out of sarcasm. Thanks internet.

I guess my question boils down to: "Why force this interest? Why force this new brand of 'make-no-sense equality quotas' to *everyone's* detriment?"

about a month ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

fey000 Re:Leave the employers alone (398 comments)

Naah, much better to settle. Then you'll get that juicy ten year contract in the Silicon Valley lobby upon quitting your prosecutor's position.

about a month and a half ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

fey000 Re:Whole list of possibly offensive content? (642 comments)

I'm guessing you aren't a gamer.
I can tell you that as a gamer, we have very, *very*, different views on how to rate a game.
When I look at what games to buy, I consider the following:
Fun
Ported
Quality of controls
Interesting mechanics
Immersion
Replayability
Difficulty
Multiplayer
Stability

And none of those were on your list.
Why not leave the grading of games to those who actually enjoy the games? Or at least those who play them? I sure as hell don't wander into the competitive sailing scene and start demanding they rate their boats on how much they look like penises when squinting. Why do the same to games?

about 2 months ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

fey000 Re:Sexism rating? (642 comments)

Is it like a quality seal?

Yes, except in Norway cause that didn't work so well last time.

about 2 months ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

fey000 Re:Whoa whoa whoa (642 comments)

It would be disingenuous to suggest that sexism does not primarily impact women negatively.

In war? Men get killed in combat, women stay at home.
In crime? Women get lower sentences, in some cases skipping prison time entirely.
In trouble? Heard about support groups for women? I sure have. A man's support from society when in trouble can be summarized as "walk it off and man up".
In court? Women win custody cases by default.

I'm not suggesting that being a woman is all peaches and cream, but get some perspective please. Life isn't black and white, and the gender debate isn't either.

about 2 months ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

fey000 Sexism = Sexy these days (642 comments)

How about dropping the pretense and going with 'sexy' instead?

Let's see you sell them games as "free of any sexy", "does not contain sexy", or the R rated "may contain traces of sexy".

about 2 months ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

fey000 Re:Its prison (356 comments)

Prison is theoretically at least not meant to be a "punishment" and if you say that to anyone who works in the "corrections" system they will get angry with you. Prison is not supposed to be about making people unhappy in return for them having done "bad things" it is supposed to be about reforming them and turning them back into good citizens.

Indeed, the purpose of prison is to correct behavioural traits that lead to criminal actions. That is after all why the success rate of prisons and even the legal system itself is measured in recidivism. One can however argue (and quite successfully so) that punishment is a tool for 'correcting' behaviour. Not the only tool, but it is available in every prison and does not require a degree or additional cost.

The first time I wanted to see what this 'fire' thing was about, I was duly punished with a burned hand.
When I forgot my key and kicked in the cellar window, I got duly punished with parental sanctions.
Both of these punishments corrected my behaviour.

Some people need a carrot to change. Some people need a whip.

about 2 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

fey000 Try communicating (429 comments)

There are already a hundred words that mean the same as 'metastable' and 'false' vacuum. Why invent two more? Why use the oxymoron at all?
It's exactly this kind of shit that makes me hide in the physics department and randomly jump out and donkey-punch surprised physicists on thursdays.

about 3 months ago
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Chinese Hackers Mess With Texas By Attacking Fracking Firms

fey000 Don't what with the who? (104 comments)

Don't hack the frack?
No hacking on our fracking?
The frack are you hacking?

We heard you like hacking, so we put some frack in your hack.

The possibilities are endless.

about 3 months ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

fey000 Shift in priorities (553 comments)

Perhaps it's time to downvalue memory and detail retention?
With the internet always available, knowing what to do seems to be the key to success, while figuring out how to do it can be achieved with a quick search (I personally start with wikipedia). What cannot be found on wikipedia is how to model a problem such that it can be deconstructed into smaller pieces. That's where a broad and comprehensive education comes in. I'm all for requiring less memory intensive tasks, and more 'from-start-to-finish' problem solving tasks that require active creativity and input.

As for critical thinking, hell yes. The world as a whole can only benefit from critical thinking and questioning beliefs. Stop with the 'listen and believe', start with the 'independently verify'. This would help in matters ranging from 'whom can I trust with my life savings?' to 'what political candidate isn't a twisted sadist lying bastard hellbent on screwing the whole country?'.
And to sweeten the bargain, once the citizenry starts practising this type of behaviour, politicians and corporations will have to follow suit if they wish to retain their voters/consumers.

about 3 months ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

fey000 Re:Dear Intel (724 comments)

... then they obviously can't make decent engineering decisions either. ...

I only wish to point out here that you are stating that Intel, the premiere CPU producer for the entire world, "obviously can't make decent engineering decisions". Were you to say something like that on a forum frequented by hardware-savvy engineers, it could result in a view of you that was not altogether positive.

about 4 months ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

fey000 Re:what a moron submission (724 comments)

When the only source of information you accept as legitimate is a horde of morons who fly into screaming apoplexy because someone says "Hey guys, when you're alone on an elevator with a woman you've never met before, leaning in close and inviting her to an orgy is kinda creepy. Don't do that." you need to take a long hard look at yourself, and realize you're either an idiot who needs to shut the hell up before your foot goes any further down your throat, or you maybe need to actually look at the world.

That review thing? It never actually happened - there was no review. Just a dipshit who got butthurt over being dumped, and made shit up about his ex, then conned a bunch of losers into being his personal army of revenge. Looks good on you moron.

I will only address the last part, since you are a bit below the level I usually require to engage. Regarding your stellar claim that Eron Gjoni (linkey here http://thezoepost.wordpress.co... ) 'made shit up' I can only laugh. He has presented proof and verification for his claims, which interestingly enough, you have not.

about 4 months ago

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EU telecom commisionary revs up net neutrality

fey000 fey000 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

fey000 writes "Net neutrality comes to Europe. European Union telecoms commisionary Neelie Kroes is speaking out against the unfair business practices of european ISPs, mentioning throttling, extra levies on competing traffic, and the ever common practice of killing Skype communications. She demands clear cut information on broadband speeds (not just the theoretical maximum, but the expected speed customers will receive), the ability to quickly and easily switch service provider, and a definitive minimum quality on services. Last, if ISPs do not meet these demands, EU might take legal actions to enforce a fair competition. The net neutrality investigation will be performed by EU:s own Berec department and is to be presented at the end of the year.
Would new regulatory laws be the saving grace of Europe online? Or will this turn into another fiasco serving only the telecoms?

Original article in swedish, translated article at http://translate.google.se/translate?hl=sv&ie=UTF-8&sl=sv&tl=en&u=http://www.svd.se/naringsliv/bryssel-kraver-rattvis-tillgang-till-internet_6115503.svd&prev=_t"

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