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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

geminidomino Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (225 comments)

Tell me, how does boot taste?

Like freedom, of course. What are you, new here?

11 hours ago

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

geminidomino Re:Her work (1177 comments)

Please - stand up behind your accusations and show us all which parts of her videos are self-contradictory

One example: Lara Croft. Originally, she was oversexualized, a sign of an inherently female-hostile game industry. Then, later, when later games toned down her sexuality, that was female-hostile because it apparently meant that the game makers felt that, in order to be taken seriously, a female protagonist has to be more "mannish."

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?

She set out from the startup to make videos bitching and moaning and trying to shame others into doing things her way, rather than doing anything herself. Her intentions were ignoble from t=0.

Actually, from what I've read on this thread, no-one has 'trivially proven' this.

Check out Thunderf00t's response video, for starters. There are many others.


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

geminidomino Re:Her work (1177 comments)

"Emotionally manipulative liars" is one of those old school stereotypes about women, and so AC here takes that typification, and extrapolates it onto Sarkeesian without any sort of evidence to bear out that she's actually like that

Have you actually managed to sit through any of her inane dribblings that pass as videos? Plenty of evidence there.

Hell, just the fact that she took a 150k kickstarter and used it to make a video series full of self-contradictory bitching and bullshit accusations rather than, say, making a game that she claims everyone wants (and 150k is plenty to make a good indie game these days, don't let the blockbuster budgets fool you).

It's safe to assert that "intending to shame others into doing things your way" falls safely inside the boundaries of "emotionally manipulative."

The "liar" part is trivially proven, but plenty of others have already gone after that, so finding them will be left as an exercise for the reader.


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

geminidomino Re:Her work (1177 comments)

How can you tell when you receive a lot of death threats whether any of them are credible?

Having done my stint in various online games, I've probably received more death threats than senators have received blowjobs from congressional pages.

I'm pretty confident in my current system, which is something of an inversion of the USPTO policy: When you add "over the internet" to the description of the threat, its credibility drops 99%.


U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

geminidomino Re:The death of leniency (601 comments)

what I'm saying is that always having the cops on cam will take away their 'human' side and they'll just be encouraged more towards robot enforcers.

I think 40+ years of militarization and the "us vs them", "thin blue line" bullshit attitude have made plenty of headway in that regard already, so it's no great loss considering the trade-off.

2 days ago

GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

geminidomino Re:The moment of truth (126 comments)

That's also assuming that they're using one of the Netflix "Blessed" OSes and/or devices.

2 days ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

geminidomino Re:My opinion on the matter. (807 comments)

It amuses me greatly that both replies to this post responded as if Bill was talking about "X" the windowing system rather than a placeholder variable.

Should've used $X. ;)

4 days ago

Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

geminidomino Re:Amazing (275 comments)

If you're going to get pedantic about statistics, you should really get to know your friendly neighborhood Margin of Error. Often ignored in fluff pieces, being aware of his existence is still vital.

5 days ago

BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

geminidomino Re:This copywrite shit is getting pathetic (186 comments)

The methods I've seen have been mostly "slideshows" with audio tracks, and very rarely, someone recreating the video in an animated form.

about a week ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

geminidomino Re:It's a load of crap (736 comments)

Not my monkeys, not my circus

I'll have to remember that little quip the next time someone's complaining about "women-hostile conditions in the $X industry."

about a week ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

geminidomino Re:It's a load of crap (736 comments)

It's like asking a random "Christian" to justify and explain Westboro Baptist's behavior because they both think of themselves as "Christian" despite that term meaning vastly different things.

Close, but not quite. The difference is that "the assholes" in your example (WBC) aren't the only one setting dogma. Using the same metaphor, it's closer to you objecting to having "believing in the divinity of Christ" held against you, even though you don't, and you feel that calling yourself "Christian" just means "Being a decent person"

Feminism is not (just) a "philosophy", it's a proselytizing ideology: the goal is to bring people into their way of thinking, and that means that the way it's presented trumps dictionary definitions, trumps NAFALT, and trumps personal gnosis on what "feminism means". And as far as presentation goes, sorry, but the "assholes" are ruling that particular roost. "Mainstream" and/or "media" feminism is spawned in pits like Jezebel now, and I don't think anyone needs to be told how that sort of lot deals with being called on their bullshit.

So no, I don't think it's unreasonable at all, when someone claims the moniker of "feminism", to hold their tacit complicity against them.

about a week ago

Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

geminidomino Re:Can a little guy publish successful PNP RPG tod (198 comments)

These aren't generally people you want to engage with - while there are plenty of nice individuals, the nuts rule the roost.

So basically, like every other online "community" (term used loosely. "Battleground" seems more fitting these days).

about two weeks ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

geminidomino Re:It's a load of crap (736 comments)

I guess that's the message one would get if they only look at the noisy assholes, but that's fair, since they are noisy assholes and make a disproportionate amount of noise. Fact is, though, that most feminists are actually just advocating for human rights for all.

You might have a point, except for one large flaw in the "Not all feminists are that way" excuse that's so popular:

You don't get an "-ism", i.e. an ideology, and especially not a political ideology, from a single bullet point. And feminism is very much a political ideology. The "quieter members of said group" aren't contributing any tenets to the feminist ideology, they're just picking and choosing the parts they don't like and pretending it doesn't apply to them.

Meanwhile, the core of actual feminism still remains firmly rooted in the delusion of persecution that is the "patriarchy" model, and a perpetual sense of victimhood that says that society and law must be changed to give women the rights they are unable, as victims, to claim for themselves. (Didn't someone say something, once, about rights you're given vs. rights you take for yourself?).

If your "quieter members" don't want to be held to that fact, then it's really on them to be more picky about whose flag they choose to fly for the sake of having a convenient little brand-label to slap on themselves.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for taking care of those who can't do it for themselves. Feed the hungry, help the helpless, etc. We could use more noble pursuits in this ignoble pit. So if you (the general "you") need to be taken care of at my expense, I'm actually all right with that, but once you cash that check, "equal" is out the window.

And if you (the same) want to claim that you're somehow owed that protection because I'm a terrible person and deserve to be punished and/or treated as a second-class citizen because of some imagined slight from your past, then fuck you very much.

about two weeks ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

geminidomino Re:What constitutes sexism? (736 comments)

In what may be the most fitting use of the idiom, ever:

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

about two weeks ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

geminidomino Re:It's a load of crap (736 comments)

"Derailing" is apparently the new term for pointing out inconsistency and hypocrisy. Not really surprising, ideologies love redefining words.

We get it. Women are precious, delicate snowflakes who have to be protected from harsh language and a world that is out to make a meal out of them, and society has to do it, because they're too fragile to do it for themselves.

Wait, what do you mean that's not the message feminism is trying to send? Could have fooled me.

about two weeks ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

geminidomino Re:Sigh (736 comments)

They're the only ones with the rank hypocrisy

Wow, you're delusional.

While they may be the team that would exercise their hypocrisy by making that particular suggestion, it's only in expression that their hypocrisy differs from that of their "rivals," not intensity.

about two weeks ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

geminidomino Bad summary. (736 comments)

Silly submitter, "sexism" is just fine. It's just misogyny that's not allowed. When did the concept of "subset" fall so far from general understanding?

Ah well. Fark has been as relevant to me as Jezebel or Stormfront since about the turn of the century, so I'll just go on not giving a fuck.

about two weeks ago

Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak

geminidomino Re:if my mother-in-law had a smart fridge... (98 comments)

Are you my sister-in-law?

I've been trying for decades to get my mother to understand the difference between a kitchen freezer, and a cryostasis chamber...

about two weeks ago



New Zealand Schools find less structure improve childrens' behavior

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  about 7 months ago

geminidomino (614729) writes "A research project involving eight schools in Dunedin and Auckland report that loosening rules on the playground may lead to fewer incidents of bullying, vandalism, and injury. One principal opines ""The kids were motivated, busy and engaged. In my experience, the time children get into trouble is when they are not busy, motivated and engaged. It's during that time they bully other kids, graffiti or wreck things around the school."

As one might expect, the article states that there was a lot of resistance to the project, and I'm kind of surprised they got as many administrators to sign on as they did. The story may be premature, as the article states that "the results of the study will be collated this year," but it may be interesting to see how the numbers shake out."

Google Blocks Privacy Scraper "Scroogle"

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geminidomino (614729) writes "According to a message from Daniel Brandt that appears when attempting to use the scraper at "Scroogle has been blocked" by google. According to the message, the simplified interface that the scraper has used for several years has been replaced with a redirect to an ad for IE8 and a link to the google toolbar (seen here). Mr. Brandt goes on to say that he has contacted Google to find out if this is a policy decision or if there is another interface that may be use, and is awaiting their response, although I must admit that his tone does not sound optimistic."
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Apple Geeks? Help me out!

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Given the flakiness that is dvdauthor, I'm playing with the idea of getting a Mac Mini for dvdauthoring.

This is strictly a hobby, so I'm really not looking to spend $500 on software on top of the cost of the compute r (though this would be a good excuse to finally get myself a Mac!)

So what I mainly want to know is: how advanced is the DVD Authoring software bundled with the Mac Mini?

Can it:
Create Detailed menus, with clips, etc? (dvdauthor can do this)
Apply subtitles to the stream during authoring, from .srt format? (dvdauthor can't do this)
Work directly with file formats other than raw mpeg2 video and ac3 audio (built in demuxer)? (dvdauthor can't)

I want more than the simple "click and drag" style level of control.

Is it doable, or am I hoping for too much?
Thanks for any help.


Something I wrote up.

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Don't really give a rats ass whether anyone likes it...

Immortal Banner

When you were born, you stood for all that was good.
Courage, Freedom, Respect, and Honor.
Always were you regarded above all others,
for this was your birthright, your place.

Legions of warriors fell in your name
And met their gods with great pride
In life your likeness graced their chests
And embraced their bodies when they died.

In the mists of two centuries gone past
The glory that is yours has faded
Yet, striving against oblivion, you march on
As the minds of your children forget you.

Your face now serves the cause of evil,
Etched in the surface of tyrannical stone
Though you still fight, you are disgraced
Through no misdeeds of your own.

Do not weep for the past
Nor lament the sins of your children
For some remember who you are
dreaming and striving for your return.

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