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Indian Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Snub Android One Phones

goose-incarnated Re:Good thought. (53 comments)

if they replied with something like "Since Android One decided not to sell in physical stores during its launch, we as part of modern trade, have decided not to stock Android One either" we'd know their motivation.

If they spoke like you write we'd be none the wiser.

Indeed, but at least you'll be better informed :-)

(Parent quoted directly out of the article)

4 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

goose-incarnated Re:Bullshit Stats. (495 comments)

in India and Saudi, a woman can be killed or brutalized or ostracized for getting snippy

It seems that places with institutionalised sexism (like India) produces more females in tech than those without. Whatever the reasons for having fewer females in tech is, I highly doubt that sexism is amongst them.

5 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

goose-incarnated Re:Here we go again (495 comments)

The anger here is directed at professional-victims, self-righteous SJW's, self-hating white knights--and hypocrites in general.

You say that, but if you actually look at the majority of posts they are attacking women.

This is something that is easy for you to prove, so why don't you show us the evidence?

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

goose-incarnated Re:You probably want PC-BSD (267 comments)

While PC-BSD would work for a lot of people who want a desktop, it didn't work for me. There was simply too much cruft. I installed FreeBSD 10.1 and am much happier with it than I was with PC-BSD.

The problem with PC-BSD is not the system, but the add-ons installed-by-default things that I don't want, like the control panel, or the software centre. Now, I could have simply uninstalled those things but I wasn't sure what dependencies existed that might kill my install. With FreeBSD it is all terminal only, until you install Xorg and a window manager. It is simple to work things out without the extra user-friendly software. I found it much simpler to simply edit a few files than to make changes via a GUI - I never knew what changes were actually being made on disk.

OTOH, perhaps it is because I used PC-BSD first that I found FreeBSD a good desktop :-)

about a week ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

goose-incarnated Re:No, let's not (148 comments)

Slashdot, will you please end the fucking obsession with feminist gripes.

Not yet. Slashdot thrives on controversial stories, pitting ideologies against science and reason. Remember when they used to post Florian Muellers every article on Sco? Or when they used to post creationist stories? Or that brief period when we had at least one LGBT discrimination story a week? Bitcoin, even?

Slashdot fully understands that creationist/feminist ideologies are subject to a wide range of debunking methods. So /. wins when they post the stories so that the majority will debunk the very obvious lack of logic while the minority get to revel in being righteous against the haters.

It's actually a win-win-win situation. Slashdot gets eyeballs, the ideological minority gets to feel that their axe is finely ground and the rest get to point out logical fallacies by the ton (thus getting to feel superior to that religious minority). A winning formula.

Perhaps a betting pool on what logic-less ideology gets bumped into the headlines next year this time? My vote goes towards the coming recession :-)

about a week ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

goose-incarnated Re:So ... (148 comments)

Why did there used to be more women in IT than there are now?

You repeatedly answer that statement with "It must be due to misogyny/sexism!". What makes you so sure that that's the answer? That's a leap of faith usually made by creationists when making their god-of-the-gaps argument. Just because no one yet knows the reason does not mean that your proposed reason is correct. Did you even look for any study that might disprove the "regression to the mean" answer for this statement you keep throwing out? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Seriously, arguing this is like arguing with a creationist: you assume that your answer is correct, because, well, you just feel it! Anyone who asks for actual, well, evidence that your answer is correct get's called names. Well Done!

about a week ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

goose-incarnated Re:So ... (148 comments)

He has a point.

So, wait... you're going to get your troll in before the other trolls arrive? Yeah, that makes sense...

about a week ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

goose-incarnated Re:Whoa whoa whoa (641 comments)

You should not tell anyone what to ware, within the bounds of the law.

Other than (perhaps) AC's, no one on slashdot tells other people what to wear. Maybe you should direct your outrage towards cases where people have been punished for what they wore instead of complaining that many developers are into necrophilia with no evidence other than your outraged opinion over something that doesn't exist (many developers being into necrophilia, that is).

about a week ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

goose-incarnated Re:Sexism = Sexy these days (641 comments)

I believe you're criticising someone for their choice of clothing.

Yes, yes I am. There are plenty of forms of clothing I'd criticise. You see, clothing is part of someone's behaviour and behaviour is not above criticism.

So, does that mean it is okay to criticise women who dress scantily? Because ISTR that one of your previous arguments was that you cannot and should not criticise a women for the way she dresses.

So? What does that have to do with it? Why are women so special that one speaks for them all?

You tell me - it's a few feminist activists who are presuming to speak for all women.

Ah so all the complaints "don't count".

It's not that they don't count, it's just that the people who are his peers and who work with him count much much more than the opinion of someone who's only claim to fame is talking on behalf of the worlds women. It's an incredibly damaging stance to take - "world-class scientist must acquire fashion sense" - and one that is especially demeaning to actual female scientists (who may have actually worked with this man). This author who first complained about the shirt, and all others that came after her to do the same, are determined that the role of women in this endeavour that is displayed to the public is reduced to "fashion critic". If they were interested in equality they would have simply interviewed the leading female scientists instead of making fashion critiques.

I'm not sure your outlook is as egaletarian as you feel it is, because your next paragraph leads into random ad-hom about large sections of the population merely because you don't like them. Remember: there's no such thing as reverse bigotry. If you're bigoted against rich white women then you're a bigot plain and simple. The fact that they're rich and white (not sure what that has to do with this anyway) does not make your bigotry worthy, nor does it make you egalatarian.

Pointing out that the demographic (rich white women) who are complaining are the most well-off in the world, as a group, is not bigotry. I like rich white women just fine. It's only rich white women who complain that they are not getting enough that are the ones I don't like.
Disliking people because of their opinion hardly counts as bigotry.

about a week ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

goose-incarnated Re:Whoa whoa whoa (641 comments)

There is nothing wrong with dressing sexy, the problem is that many developers like to combine nameless sexy females with necrophilia.

So, are you agreeing or disagreeing that you should tell women what they should be and should not be wearing?

about a week ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

goose-incarnated Re:Whoa whoa whoa (641 comments)

What I don't like is that people are stepping into my video games now, continuing to try and tell me what content is appropriate for me to see in the games and change them to suit their agendas.

So would you really be that upset if in the next Zelda game Zelda managed to save herself without having to rely on Link yet again? Or if Princess Peach managed to jump on Bowser's head without Mario's help? It's not like it would affect the game play or anything, just make the story a bit less lame.

Or how about in the next "edgy" game you don't sex sexy, half naked female corpses all over the place? It can still be edgy and violent, just maybe in the cut scene the nameless girl doesn't fall with her panties on display or the inevitable brothel level is skipped over for something a bit more imaginative? Might even make the game better, not relying on lame tropes... Or were you really hoping for some necrophilia, to the point where your experience is ruined without it?

What do you have against scantily clad women? It's not "empowering" for women if they are told repeatedly by people like you that it is wrong for them to dress a certain way, or be a certain thing. In real life, prostitutes in brothels and strip girls in clubs are exercising their right to do what they want to - now you come along and tell them that it's wrong? Doesn't this message conflict with the one they got from Slut Walk?

about a week ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

goose-incarnated Re:Whoa whoa whoa (641 comments)

Stop it. " continuing to try and tell me what content is appropriate for me to see in the games and change them to suit their agendas. " Telling you the game contains sexist attitudes is not telling you it's not appropriate. It's giving you informaiton so you can make the decision as to whether or not to play the game.

So is sexism appropriate or not? Seems to me by saying "it's not inappropriate" you're essentially saying "it's appropriate". Which is it?

about a week ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

goose-incarnated Re:Sexism = Sexy these days (641 comments)

I asked two - they both disagreed with *your* physicist.

What precisely did you ask them (it's meaningless if your question isn't the same) and what precisely did they answer?

I asked if they would consider a place where someone wore that shirt a hostile workplace - they both said they wouldn't. FWIW, I know a few biochemists and computer scientists too and plan to ask them as well.

Most sane people realise that victim-shaming because of your choice in clothing is not a good thing and makes you a stupid and bad person!. Ref: see Slut Walk.

How the fuck do you equate "these clothes are offputting to a significant fraction of the population" to "yeah she deserved to get raped for wearing slutty clothes".

Straw man. I never equated those two things - Slut Walk, as declared by the founders, is to remove the negative connotations of the word "slut" ("reclaim", I believe) and allow women to wear whatever they wanted to without criticism. I believe you're criticising someone for their choice of clothing. I'd actually like to refer you to the fact that this shirt was designed by a women who saw nothing wrong with it, worn in front of women scientists (his team leader) who also saw no reason to complain. The complainers, in this case, are not even qualified to work under the man, much less as his peer. None of his peers the world over have complained; only feminist activists.

Are you really as dense as you appear to be or do you have the mother of all axes to grind?

I'm afraid my egalitarian outlook does indeed make me seem dense. I find it highly inappropriate to push for further "protection" of the demonstrably and measurably most well-off demographic in the world. There are demographics who are much worse off but who get a fraction of the publicity that these rich white women get. Seriously, there was a time when trust-fund crybabies were ignored regardless of gender.

about a week ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

goose-incarnated Re:Sexism = Sexy these days (641 comments)

I think I would have fell out of my chair in trying to get up and cheer... and so would most other men.

Please don't lump me in with you.

I actually went and asked a female physicist about it.

I asked two - they both disagreed with *your* physicist. My anecdotes trumps yours (double the data points). Most sane people realise that victim-shaming because of your choice in clothing is not a good thing and makes you a stupid and bad person!. Ref: see Slut Walk.

about two weeks ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

goose-incarnated Re:Horribly sexist ! (641 comments)

Because you are slow, I will repeat the important bit from the poster you are replying to:

"women are more likely to be displayed in roles perceived as *de*grading, whereas men are portrayed with attributes perceived as positive"

Maybe you need smaller words until you can pass 6th grade comprehension?

You state that like it's some kind of fact. You have any study to cite?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

goose-incarnated Re:Obvious guy says (223 comments)

Travel broadens the mind.

Possibly one of the funniest things I've ever heard - it never gets old :-)

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

goose-incarnated Re: But let's remember (473 comments)

See, as much as I love Occham, it's not at all necessary here. That post proves nothing even if it ISN'T shopped, and as far as I'm concerned it's irrelevant to ZQ.

Okay - how about a tweet where she boasts about harassing others? Nevermind her for now, what about the rest of the GG folk that were doxxed - here's a start.

Beyond that, you point out metacritic and mention 0/100 scores... but there's only one professional review on metacritic (50/100), and a user reviews on every other side. I'm SURE none of the scores could possibly be related to the gamer gate nonsense.

I'm sorry. The game just isn't any good as a game. This game wasn't greenlighted on steam on its first attempt. On it's second attempt ZQ then took to twitter after the doxing to ask other SJW (I was surprised to find out that that was actually a thing) folk to help get it through steam to show those virgins at wizardchan who harassed her (there's a tweet from her about that too). At that point the game, in its second attempt at greenlight on steam, was in its eighth day with almost non-existent support. After her tweet urging people to support it because of the harassment, it went through.

Sad to say, but that game would never have stood a chance on it's own merits (there's a popular ZQ tweet complaining about meritocracy in gaming :-)), it needed the publicity of "misogyny in gaming" (a thing which we have yet to see). It took the combined effort of a politically-aligned group of people to actually get it on steam. After that, users downloaded it and lambasted it to hell and back. Hence, the media blackout.

This just reaffirms that ZQ is irrelevant to the discussion, especially when it should logically be about NG.

Logically? Logically it should be about the media blackout which caused this whole thing to cascade. Hell, FCOL, wizardchan don't even have a gaming subgroup! The only reason this took off like it did was due to the en masse banning of people and threads who said that the "game" sucked. This sentiment was expressed before any reported harassment took place, btw. The reported harassment occurred only after it was evident that the game sucked.

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

goose-incarnated Re:But let's remember (473 comments)

[1] Depression quest might just set a new record for worst game ever, at the rate it is going. Games which didn't even start without bugs got higher scores on metacritic (Big rigs:over the road - listed as one of the worst games of all times got a score roughly five times higher than depression question, in spite of all the publicity that DQ got).

Still talking about Quinn... did you have a point to any of that aside from making me waste time on twitter?

Well, yes, the blackout can't exist while *you* are talking about it. Anyway, I very rarely do other peoples homework for them as they never change their mind anyway, but here you go - before it was recalled/cancelled/etc from twitter. This, and other links, have already been posted in slashdot comments so I expect you've already seen evidence but dismissed it with "photoshopped!", notwithstanding Occams Razor.

FWIW, that above footnote points out that, while DQ got rave reviewers from all of NG's friends, from actual players who never met the man or his mistress, it got tanked and almost universally panned. Who cares about the dev - the game is broadly acknowledged as a 0/100.

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

goose-incarnated Re:But let's remember (473 comments)

None of the above is true -

Her game wasn't mentioned "in the list" - it was singled out for specific positive publicity before the list even started.

There was no "months later", it was a few weeks later IIRC. I suppose that changes it from "trading sex for publicity" to "trading publicity for sex". Whatever. Still not good.

The strongest evidence against her is not any of this, but this is always what the anti-GG folk trot out. You expect no response to this?

She, personally, doxxed many of the prominent indie reviewers who disagreed with the blackout (the main thing). Once again, you can look up her twitter account.

The problem is not even with ZQ, mostly, she's simply the straw that broke the camels back. The game reviewers have no problem with material gain in exchange for favourable reviews. Look at depression quest, for example. It's got one of the lowest user scores ever on metacritic[1] (deservedly - I've seen better results from 8 year olds using the same software that ZQ used - she isn't a techie at all and knows no programming language as far as anyone can tell) but was hyped up for special mention by NG.

By all user reviews, this game is a piece of brown smelly stuff. Yet the journalist who singled it out for special mention in a positive light just happened to receive sexual favours from her not much later? Many gamers are neither naive nor stupid. When they pointed this out the media blackout occurred. Let me reiterate: The threads and users that were banned en masse were not those that sent death threats, but those that pointed out a shitty game got a positive spin by a journalist who a mere few weeks later slept with the game "dev"

So far, that media blackout isn't working - gawker alone lost around 10 or so advertising contracts, including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Adobe and other prominent businesses. The Streisand effect, FTW :-) The important thing in all of this is to continue ensuring that the media blackout (and collusion to blackout/blackball) doesn't work. So far, so good :-)

[1] Depression quest might just set a new record for worst game ever, at the rate it is going. Games which didn't even start without bugs got higher scores on metacritic (Big rigs:over the road - listed as one of the worst games of all times got a score roughly five times higher than depression question, in spite of all the publicity that DQ got).

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

goose-incarnated Re:But let's remember (473 comments)

If a member of your test team is a journalist who then publicises the software without disclosing his material interest in your software, then yes, you have a serious ethics problem. That is no different than the ZQ/NG ethics problem.

about two weeks ago

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Reference Management in HTML

goose-incarnated goose-incarnated writes  |  more than 2 years ago

goose-incarnated writes "Blog writing should be just as well researched as real writing. It should be well-referenced with proper citations. Unfortunately, I did not find any such library that will easily make linked citations to a references database that can be used when writing material for the browser. So, I wrote my own, at lelanthran.com.

Feel free to use and distribute — it works well in WikkaWiki with the raw html mode turned on (not a problem, as my particular Wikkawiki is private)."

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Google with egg on their face?

goose-incarnated goose-incarnated writes  |  more than 3 years ago

goose-incarnated writes "Google Android Developer Challenge motivates devs to write for iPhone instead. See my short blog post about the Google mixup that got Google motivating me to come up with a new and novel mobile "killer-application" that will soon be deployed on iPhones.

Does anyone know if Apple lets African devs sell their apps in the Apple App Store?"

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Aid in conception, gender choice of foetus

goose-incarnated goose-incarnated writes  |  more than 3 years ago

goose-incarnated writes "As an aid to conception (and gender selection of the resulting offspring) I offer up this tiny project here. Note that it is still in beta stage, as funding hasn't come through to complete the data gathering (hence no privacy implications until it is modified and recompiled). The proposal paper over here has a bit more detail on what is intended.

Feel free to download and use."

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FIFA owns South African Flag IP

goose-incarnated goose-incarnated writes  |  more than 4 years ago

goose-incarnated (1145029) writes "IP Laws going overboard in SA, where a national carrier has been warned off using the South African National flag in it's advertisements by FIFA for the upcoming world-cup event. Reading somewhat like an Onion story, ""They said we cannot depict the Cape Town stadium, we can't use soccer balls, or the word 'South Africa', and the depiction of the national flag is not allowed," said marketing manager Nadine Damen. "

From the "all-your-base" dept."

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Smoking and Caffeine May Protect Against Parkinson

goose-incarnated goose-incarnated writes  |  more than 7 years ago

goose-incarnated (1145029) writes "Apparently, there can be some benefits for smokers, if you look hard enough. http://www.physorg.com/news95354576.html is one of many articles available that summarises some of the hard research done into tobacco and nicotine. A quick google search http://www.google.co.za/search?hl=en&q=alzheimers+parkinsons+smoking&btnG=Google+Search&meta= shows that this news is not exactly a secret anyway.

"Smoking lowers your chances of alzheimers" — they should put that on the packet of cigarettes :-)."

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goose-incarnated goose-incarnated writes  |  more than 5 years ago Saw this on the side of my screen today:
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Lovely :-)

I decided to tell slashdot how grateful I am to be able to do this, and why I will not actually do it, but could not find any email contact ... hopefully someone in charge will get the message below

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