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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

fey000 Again with the girls? (191 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?"

yesterday
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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 two weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

fey000 Re:Inflammatory description of article. (724 comments)

Interesting. Though this seems to be one definition. I've been accused here of being an SJW and I've never sent a death threat to anyone. I don't think I've dox'ed anyone, but I can't be sure because I don't know what that is.

In case it was missed, I have not stated that *you* have done anything at all. There is in fact no point where I say that all SJWs are doing this. What I do state clearly is that the people who did these things are a part of the SJW group, not that every member of the group has done these things. I apologise if that was unclear.

Doxxing (I assume from 'Documenting') is when you put someone's private information in plain view on the internet for others to harrass/threaten.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

fey000 Re:It's not feminism at this point. (724 comments)

I read your post all the way through, and you make some very good points. Misandrists are an extreme reaction to misogynists, and reverse discrimination violates the rule most of us learned as kids, that two wrongs don't make a right. People who attack someone based on their gender are idiots, doesn't matter whether they're men or women. But Intel pulling advertising over a bunch of griefers? Of either sex? That's equally idiotic.

Hard-core, bra-burning anti-male feminism was a reaction to the barriers women had to overcome. There's still plenty of sexism, lots of "glass ceilings" and silly assumptions related to competency for various tasks depending on your gender and stuff, but I'd like to think we're making some progress as time goes on.

And not just for women. 20% of all nurses are now men. And let me tell you, when you're ill, really ill, you don't care about the gender of the person helping you.

Since you use the term "bunch of griefers" I will assume that you have never heard of Leigh Alexander. You will be hard pressed to find a more vehement, vitriolic, and chauvinistic person even if you lived 500 years. In fact, here's a shortlist of some of the more interesting things http://theralphretort.com/game...

I especially like where she states (way back in 2010 already) that all core gamers are maladjusted losers looking for maladapted coping via games. It's hard to find a broader brush than that.

If anything, Intel pulling out is not enough.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

fey000 Re:Inflammatory description of article. (724 comments)

And what precisely is the "SJW" movement. As far as I can tell, the so called "SJW" movent may as well be called the "don't be a cunt" movement. Somehow this is being portrayed as a bad thing by some people.

Interesting way to put it. To counter, I would like to share with you this wonderful picture: http://gamergateharassment.tum...
In case you are wondering, it has so far been a pretty common tactic from the SJW side to dox and threaten opponents to silence.
And if you think that this is the only incident where gamers get threatened (there's also a delightful log where SJWs send death threats to a 12 year old for not agreeing with them) here is a larger collation: http://gamergateharassment.tum...

Enjoy the moral fiber of the SJW. :)

about 2 months ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

fey000 Re:Attacking 4chan is poor strategy (590 comments)

I agree that attacking 4chan is a bad idea, but the 4chan problem users aren't the ones who keep their behavior on 4chan. They are the ones who think that, since they think X, anyone who doesn't agree with them must be attacking them and thus must be dealt with using the harshest of threats (including bodily injury and/or death) and hacking attempts. If anyone supports their target or opposes them, they become a target as well.

When you need to resort to death threats and intimidation to "win" your disagreement, then you've not only lost the argument but have moved into the areas of harassment or worse.

Think you need to add citations these buddy. Or is this the type of argument that doesn't need proof?
Not saying 4chan is a heaven of angels, but the wide brushing + ad hominem argument without proof is rarely the right way to go.

about 3 months ago
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Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

fey000 Re:Breast super bowl ever (81 comments)

Then how would the baby feed? With his eyes closed?

Yes Ted, that was the joke.
Now you ruined it for everybody.

about 3 months ago
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Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

fey000 Re:Good (81 comments)

I wonder how many of those Janet Jackson complaints were real and not just blown up by groups like the "Parents Television Council", who have way less members than the complaints reflect.

They were just applying th eold Question "What would Jesus do?"

The answer is obvious - he would have looked at Janet's tits.

It would be unprofessional not to. His father built them after all, and one day J-dawg will have to take over the family business.

about 3 months ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

fey000 I don't think it's hard to guess (248 comments)

1. Does the subject wear a turban? If yes, add to list. If no, continue.
2. Can you pronounce the subject's name? If no, add to list, if yes, continue.
3. Has subject slept with your significant other or ex? If yes, add to list, if no, continue.
4. Flip a coin. If heads, add to list, if tails, continue.
5. Do you want the subject on the list? If yes, add to list, if no, arrest subject for loitering and go to lunch.

about 4 months ago
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How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

fey000 Re:How the Patent System Destroys Innovation (97 comments)

Extra! Extra! This just in! New research proves that patent "trolls" actively reduce wasted "R&D" attempts by sad deluded companies aiming to reinvent by themselves and worsen already existing ideas! WIPO economic policies vindicated! Simplification within reach! Coming soon: the Golden Age of the One, Single And Perfect Idea Of Everything (a.k.a. "the Wheel") ! Thanks "trolls", your country owes you a debt of gratitude!

Dear Mr. martin-boundary,
I am writing to notify you that I currently own patent #2139986924, entitled "Process through which a human being may communicate a non-specified message of arbitrary weight and importance to one or more other human beings without the distinct personal application of auditory signals and cues". It is clear through your most recent activity that you have applied this process without my express written consent. You are thus legally beholden to the patent owner, and unless you reimburse me a sum of €12,000 I will be forced to recoup the losses I have unjustly suffered from your piracy to the fullest extent permitted by US law. You have 45 minutes to comply.

Thank you for your cooperation
Mr Troll, Esq.

PS. Perhaps you shouldn't try to reinvent the wheel.

about 4 months ago

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EU telecom commisionary revs up net neutrality

fey000 fey000 writes  |  more than 3 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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