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Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

goose-incarnated Quotas (143 comments)

Did they mention how many were women?

about a week ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

goose-incarnated Re:Stop taking risky pics (307 comments)

you dont seem to understand that 100% wrong, on the attackers part has nothing at all to do with sharing the blame. He is wrong to attack you 100% he had no right to do so. but that does not mean that you could not have avoided it by doing something slightly different than you chose to do.

Then I'm glad you've moved from your previous position of blaming the victim: "If I walk to the bad part of town and that I know is the bad part of town and something bad happens to me yes, I am partially to blame"

1) You're making a strawman - parent said no such thing.
2) Society has already decided that you're wrong - society has already decided that there is nothing wrong in apportioning blame to the victims in certain circumstances.

about two weeks ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

goose-incarnated Re:Stop taking risky pics (307 comments)

I have no problem with probability. Risk is simply probability attached to a bad outcome. I understand it very well. But unlike you I differentiate it from responsibility. The word risk is confusing you.

You have a serious problem with logic - try telling your insurance that, yes, even though you left your car in a rough part of town, overnight, with the keys in the ignition and all the windows rolled down, that they have to pay up because "it's 100% the criminals fault". The insurance company understands risks much better than you, and thus I'm inclined (and just about every other human out there, barring SJW's) to follow their logic much better than I follow your non-logic.

about two weeks ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

goose-incarnated Re:Bah humbug censorship (307 comments)

There is not the slightest bit of emotion in my argument. It's perfectly rational. The criminal is 100% responsible for the crimes they chose to commit. And thus there in no percentage points available for allocating to the victim.

There is nothing rational in your argument. We can (and do, as a matter of fact) call the criminal 100% guilty of the crime and call the victim $X% guilty of stupidity. This in no way endorses the crime, as you seem to think, especially in the case of rape.

about two weeks ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

goose-incarnated Re:Bah humbug censorship (307 comments)

"Responsibility" implies that you are at fault if you don't do a thing. And you've already allocated 100% of the "at fault" to the rapist. So there's a logical fault there.

[snipped]

You know it would be less risky if I didn't carry cash in my wallet. But that doesn't make me even slightly responsible or to blame if I get mugged.

How the hell did this get modded insightful? No one is victim blaming - if a girl gets blackout-drunk at a private party with people she doesn't know very well then she isn't guilty of being raped, she's guilty of being stupid. The rapist still get's 100% "at fault" for rape. The victim get's $SOME% "at fault" for being stupid.

You're making a silly claim - that people should be absolved of all responsibility even when they take risks. Sorry, no. While the criminal is still 100% to be blamed for the crime, that doesn't prevent us from saying "what a stupid twit " for the victim taking unnecessary risks.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

goose-incarnated Re:One bad apple spoils the barrel (1134 comments)

More over it definitely is a consistent and widespread problem in games. Almost all adult "open world" style games feature prostitutes, for example. .

How is this misogynistic? Does the existence of prostitutes, whether in a game or in real life, make the culture woman-hating? If anything, the non-ostracised presence of prostitutes signifies *more* freedom for women (and men, if they choose the job).

about two weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

goose-incarnated Re:stopping who? (322 comments)

Every country that has had a gun ban strongly enforced has had a reduction in homicides. Every. Single. One.

I won't comment on your other statements, but this one is dead wrong. It's the opposite of what actually happens.

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

goose-incarnated Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

What us geeks dislike about it is much the same reason we dislike systemd: its an abstract layer between you and the configuration of your services/daemons. We like init.d in that we can script those daemons and even add on to those init scripts if we choose. Where as windows services puts this wall between you and that sweetness. And systemd is pushing us in that direction and OP's last comment in the summary is ringing more and more true.

Uh, tell me how to adjust an init.d script such that: 1. You add support for running the daemon with an ionice level which was missing from the original script. AND 2. The next distro upgrade won't blow your changes away, and you won't have to manually re-combine your changes with their new init script which adds some new feature yours lacks?

I'll tell you how - the way smart admins have always done it, by keeping their changes in a different file stored in version control that get's merged with whatever's in /etc after a dist-upgrade. Seriously:

1. The server isn't getting a dist-upgrade every few weeks unless the admin is stupid already, in which case he's probably *for* systemd and not against it
2. It's all text files, hence easy to manage merges with scripts and view differences
and...
3. It's text files, hence a svn/git repo is going to contain all the configuration anyway, unless the admin is stupid already, in which case he's probably for systemd (again).

With systemd you just stick a drop-in in /etc and it will only override that one setting in the default unit - and there is no file collision. That's the beauty of declarative programming.

They say the same thing about excel spreadsheets. Most spreadsheets are still a hideous mess to maintain. I think you just proved the "against" argument.

about three weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

goose-incarnated Re:Simply (579 comments)

Because of course that statement means that all women have inferior brains, right?

How else would women be incapable of being neutral?

You realise that just because you (for example) are unable to hold a neutral point of view, it does not mean that your brain is necessarily inferior. Do you also translate "more men are incarcerated" into "more men have an inferior brain"?

about three weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

goose-incarnated Re:Simply (579 comments)

Where did the parent say that?

Erm learn to read. He said:

Because using neutral point of view is not the job of women

Because of course that statement means that all women have inferior brains, right? Looks like some reading lessons are in order - not for me though.

about three weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

goose-incarnated Re:Simply (579 comments)

Because using neutral point of view is not the job of women

Ah yes, nothing to do with rampant sexism of exactly the sort you are displaying. Nope nothing at all. Must all be the fault of "women" for having "inferior brains" or something.

Where did the parent say that?

about three weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

goose-incarnated Re:The world we live in. (595 comments)

If they had such foresight in the first place, it seems like perhaps they wouldn't be in a position where someone they shouldn't trust could surreptitiously slip them drugs in their drinks.

I'm not "blaming the victim", mind you.

Actually, you are blaming the victim. Here's a common scenario: Guy that a woman knows buys her a drink. It doesn't need to be alcoholic. It could be soda. Or maybe it's alcoholic but the woman hasn't been drinking much. Either way, woman accepts the drink (since she knows the guy) and drinks it. Unbeknownst to her, though, the guy has been acting nice in hopes of getting her into bed and has decided to "speed things up" by spiking her drink. She passes out and wakes up having been raped.

Saying that it is this women's fault that she didn't have the "foresight" to "be in a position [snipped]

He didn't say that. You're saying that he said that. Parent made no reference to whose fault it might be.

about three weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

goose-incarnated Re:The world we live in. (595 comments)

"I'm not "blaming the victim""

I hate to break it to you, but that is exactly what you are doing. You are also claiming that only woman without much brains or ability to think for themselves and plan ahead like to have a good time in public.

He actually makes a very good point - the only time this will be worn is when a women is about to enter a potentially dangerous situation. Going to the book club? No need for this. Going to hang with new friends at the bar? Then this nail polish becomes useful. Unfortunately my understanding of human nature is that those who have riskier outlooks in life also tend to worry less about the precautions.

about three weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

goose-incarnated Re:The world we live in. (595 comments)

... and each is equally evil. It doesn't matter if they agreed to date the rapist, or already figured out what a scumbag they are. Rapists deserve the death penaly.

Thereby turning every rape into a murder (why leave a witness - it's not like they can execute you twice after all). There is something severely wrong with society when the taking of a human life is considered to be the same as forced penetration.

about three weeks ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

goose-incarnated Re:The problem, as always... (329 comments)

[snipped...] then why was women's participation in computer science higher in 1984 than it is today?

They had fewer choices then. They have more choices now, and they are exercising those choices and leaving the field. Since 1984 we've gotten less sexist, not more.

Regardless, that answer is just as valid as any you come up with.

about a month ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

goose-incarnated Re:Quarantine vs. being stubborn (359 comments)

Sorry, I don't believe it just because a couple of researchers, presumably with an agenda or a desire for further funding of their anthropological tintinnabulations, have written about it.

WTF is wrong with you? I live here, I've suffered under white rule and my entire family was a struggle family so I've got no agenda. The fact is that this is a belief that is shared by many of the locals here :-( Why don't you believe what newspapers, researchers and people on the ground are telling you - these folk are still stuck in the stone age in many respects. Grab any local newspaper you want and see for yourself the pathetic beliefs these people have:

Virgin cure belief

Another one of many

Here's official african government admitting to the baby-rape problem

How about bullet-proof vaseline and other stupidities?

Results of the official inquiry into the massacre

Strikers use body parts from security gaurd for their muti

Cutting up a 6 year old girl for body parts for their muti before they even killed her.

In fact, there are too many stories in the courts to even list. You no longer have the assertions of a couple of anthropologist's, you have the statement of a born-and-bred african who is living here, you have official reports of cases in courts and you also have independent newspapers all verifying the same facts.

Maintaining your skepticism in the face of all this will just make you look foolish. These thugs from the above stories aren't ignorant; they've all completed high-school (equivalent to a US HS diploma) and many of them even have tertiary education. It has become abundantly clear that the problem cannot be solved by relieving these idiots of their ignorance with education; the problem is not ignorance, it's stupidity.

about a month ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

goose-incarnated Re:Quarantine vs. being stubborn (359 comments)

I don't believe that story at all.

Why not? Is the reports by multiple newspapers not enough to convince you? How about a report from a local (me)? It's true, that they believe such crap is fact and is undisputed.

But even if it's true, what we're dealing with here is an ignorant, uneducated population most of whom don't have access to information, don't watch the daily news, don't (can't) read newspapers, haven't ever heard of the germ theory of disease, and with a government the members of which are enriching themselves in the traditional African way through corruption, coercion and violence.

You're way off base there. Look up the Marikana massacre. The idiot miners, all well past high-school with extra vocational training, went to a witchdoctor who gave them a muti that they could rub all over their body that will make them immune to bullets. They not only believed it (because that particular belief is common in this country), they bought the stuff, smeared themselves with it and then performed an all-out balls-to-the-wall assault on some 200 armed police officers (who also believe in this shit).

The results were as bad as you would guess.

The problem is not one of ignorance - everyone goes through the school system, no exceptions. The problem is one of stupidity; even those locals with advanced degrees still believe in muti that makes one bulletproof, or the virgin cure for HIV. The locals here are just plain stupid and no amount of education over the past two decades has managed to shake them of their beliefs in bulletproof vaseline and/or virgin cures and/or anything else that is stupid.

Thankfully the situation in Africa is slowly improving, though I think the current generation in this locality is probably doomed to plod on in ignorance regardless.

about a month ago
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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

goose-incarnated Re:correlation, causation (387 comments)

So you accept the notion of widespread persecution, but you think its directed towards men? That is a pretty weird thing to believe in a society where the vast majority of politicians, CEOs, and wealthiest people are men. I just don't see it.

Well, seeing as the vast majority of jailed-citizens, dangerous-get-killed-on-the-job-employees and violent-crime-victims are men, why do you believe that if there is widespread persecution, it is not against men?

Trouble is, people like you look up and see it is dominated by men and conclude that that it must be because of persecution. You never look down and see that that sphere also is widely dominated by males. You're ignoring that males dominate the extremes of every measurement that exists, both the top and the bottom.

Men dominate the geniuses while simultaneously dominating the darwin-award-winners; men are over represented in acts of valor while also being over-represented in acts of selfishness (embezzlement). Men are stray more than the median in both directions in measures of height, weight and shoe-size than women do. Doesn't mean anything.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

goose-incarnated Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

The author is NOT the right person to do this. Lawyers have a saying "A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client".

I was told that by a Magistrate when I was representing myself in a violent crime case. I replied (much to the Magistrates enjoyment), "Anyone representing a lawyer has a fool for a client".

about 1 month ago
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UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

goose-incarnated Re:More inconvienient than the average filter. (115 comments)

hipsters

oh for fucks sake I am really getting annoyed with the overuse of that word. It used to refer to a specific group of people - the affluent urban young people who are always up on the latest trends and fashions.

Why bring python programmers into it? :-)

about 2 months 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 6 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:
As our way of thanking you for your positive contributions to Slashdot, you are eligible to disable advertising.
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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As my way of thanking slashdot for the free news service, and allowing me to read and partake in various discussions, I won't be disabling advertisements on slashdot. I will, however, read each one I see and attempt to make purchases if an advertisement is for a product I want.

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