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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

gstoddart Re:Here we go again (479 comments)

No, there's no hatred directed at women here. That's the bullshit narrative that white knights like you want to create

Ah, so you actually are a batshit crazy moron, gotcha.

Now I can simply ignore your posts.

God, you're pathetic.

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

gstoddart Re:Here we go again (479 comments)

If retards didn't exist, we wouldn't call them retards.

And if douchebags didn't exist, we wouldn't call them douchebags.

Shall I pencil you in?

See, I'm pushing 50, and while I have a penis I don't define myself in terms of it, and I honestly can't understand the sheer amount of hatred and bile I've seen on Slashdot (and the internet in general) which is directed at women.

To me, it's just a bunch of completely irrational hate by people who feel the need to blame someone else for their problems. I would find it equally idiotic if someone was blaming blacks, Jews, or people with glasses.

So, me I'm more inclined to ascribe this to some mass resurgence of stupidity than some well-reasoned people who have an actual point to make. It's just childish and serves no purpose, and it's like watching a four year old act out to get attention.

I don't care if you're PC or not -- but some people seem to be deliberately acting like loud mouth assholes just for the sake of it.

It's like a bunch of angry 12 year old kids with ADHD is the intellectual level of the discussions around here. And, I'm sorry, but angry 12 year olds with ADHD are annoying little pricks, and not to be given any credibility.

It's almost like there's a bunch of drooling idiots who want to take every possible opportunity to shout down women -- in which case you assume they're bitter, mouth breathing losers with nothing of value to add to the discussion.

Slashdot didn't used to be filled with so many people like this. So either as I get older I'm more sensitive to it, or the level of it is ramping up over time.

So, yeah, if people are going to act like whiny, immature children, I'm going to treat them as such.

2 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

gstoddart Re:So ... (145 comments)

I used to think it was just ignorance, but now I'm starting to realize it's actually a campaign my misogynists to try and keep women out of IT for some reason.

I'm not so sure I'd call it a campaign.

That implies ordered and rational thought, and some coherent strategy.

2 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

gstoddart Re:This is a good reminder for all technocrats (213 comments)

So, what you're offended by is government interference in the economy?

No, what I'm offended by is the magical, bullshit thinking of certain kinds of economics which claims the free market solves problems and achieves optimal outcomes, and the fetishization of the capitalism as some holy and noble goal which contains Higher Truth -- because I think it's a lie and a fairy tale.

It's interesting, by the by, that you seem to have the exact same idea regarding lobbyists and such that Ayn Rand had.

LOL, no ... it is my contention that pure free market capitalism is as inherently broken and flawed as pure communism is, and that those who claim either will achieve perfection if only the rest of the world can be forced to follow it are lying bastards and ideologues.

I believe that the invisible hand is always corrupt, and simply cannot achieve the outcomes attributed to it, and that it will always lead to outcomes beneficial only to a handful of players and detrimental to everyone else.

Pretty sure Ayn Rand and I would agree on very little, except mutual contempt.

2 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

gstoddart Re:So ... (145 comments)

Shouldn't you be crying into your pillow and lamenting how having a tiny penis and a small brain has handicapped you and the world is against you?

Seriously, grow up and get a life.

2 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

gstoddart So ... (145 comments)

Were you prepared for the amount of bullshit and misogyny which was unleashed when the trolls around here discovered it was a woman being interviewed?

2 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

gstoddart Re:LOL ... w00t? (541 comments)

If they release a "My CEO Barbie" playset tomorrow, the SJW's and white knights will call it "patronizing."

You know, if they release "My CEO Barbie" and all she does is yammer about getting her nails done, it would be patronizing.

Seriously, why so bitter? Got a tiny penis that's been laughed at and now you blame all your problems on women?

Or just nothing intelligent to add to the conversation?

2 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

gstoddart Re:So close, so far (541 comments)

Where do you find actual chemistry sets with actual chemicals in them that can actually make interesting things?

This wasn't the classic chemistry set with a bunch of things in it.

This was a really cool one by a company I don't remember for younger kids. It came with safety glasses, plastic beakers and measuring cups and a few things for mixing and measuring ... and a cool little book which gave them some really basic chemistry (like baking soda and vinegar volcanoes) which could be done at home by young kids.

We weren't looking for explosions and the like. :-P

But, nonetheless, it wasn't some "make cookies play set", it was an actual bit of hands on demonstrations of everyday science.

We thought it was pretty awesome, and she seemed to agree.

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

gstoddart Re:Here we go again (479 comments)

We need a corollary to Godwin's law:

The first person to use the term "SJW" has probably just proven the point of the article.

2 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

gstoddart Re:So close, so far (541 comments)

I know people with young daughters (like, under 5).

Dora tells little girls they can do anything they want to, and grow up to do cool things. Barbie teaches women to be stereotypes, dumb blondes, and how to fake your way through life.

So, for birthday gifts, we give chemistry lab play sets, National Geographic books on space and dinosaurs, and actual educational stuff.

It's fun to see a four year old excited about a book on space.

If Barbie can't be a good role model after 50 years or so, just don't buy it.

There's so many good toys out there for kids that unless the child is asking for Barbie, you can skip it altogether.

2 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

gstoddart LOL ... w00t? (541 comments)

Who does Mattel have in charge of Barbie these days?

Because whoever it is, has stepped in it so many times it's not even funny.

Are they being punked from inside? Or are people actually thinking this shit is a good idea?

Absolutely mind boggling.

2 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

gstoddart Re:This is a good reminder for all technocrats (213 comments)

a sort of naive technocrats (who are often also libertarians) believing that as soon as some technology is needed, the invisible hand of the market magically creates this technology so one only has to sit and wait for this magic solution to appear out of thin air

And then they assume (again, by magical thinking) that the invisible hand isn't busy lining its own pockets and that it will arrive at optimal outcomes. Optimal for who?

Commerce as it exists today means the invisible hand has been bought off by lobbyists, and it's now more interested in protecting the interests of major players.

To me, the invisible hand and the perfect, magical outcomes attributed to it is the biggest lie of economics.

It's the perfectly spherical cow, and therefore bullshit.

2 days ago
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WhatsApp To Offer End-to-End Encryption

gstoddart Re:FBI Director James Comey may not care. (92 comments)

What root console? If it is really END TO END, then WhatsApp can't see the data either.

You assume that they either competently implemented encryption, or didn't maliciously leave themselves a back door for tracking and commercial purposes, or weren't secretly told by some three letter agency that if they didn't leave a backdoor they'd be in trouble.

Given that it's owned by Facebook, I'm not willing to attribute either competence or good intentions to anything they do.

At this point, I assume Zuckerfuck is a greedy asshole who made sure he's got room for data collection and monetizing, and that this isn't nearly as end-to-end as they claim.

And assuming that the government is in there pulling strings behind the scenes? Well, with the US government and large corporations, you pretty much have to assume that these days.

2 days ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

gstoddart Short answer ... (164 comments)

The US has more or less been co-opted to be the enforcers of the copyright cartels, and are willing to bend their (and anybody else's laws) to have a "prosecute at any cost and to hell with the law" mentality.

Since they've been unable to successfully argue in court that he should be extradited, they're going for the strong arm tactic of property theft.

They're basically putting the cart before the horse, and saying "he's guilty because we say so, and since he won't come here and confess, we'll just take all his stuff".

From the sounds of it, they haven't accused him of a crime which actually exists, since there is no statute.

So everything else is just bullshit, lies, and posturing.

I can't wait until some foreign court rules that all of some American official's stuff should be siezed because he's been tried in absentia for war crimes.

Because Americans would scream and go "yarg, we're not under your jurisdiction" despite frequently doing the same thing.

2 days ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

gstoddart Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (194 comments)

looks like you never had any principles based around individual freedom and non-initiating of violence against people. Without having principles you can move from one position to another based on sophistry, but there is no virtue in this approach.

Oh, horse shit ... there you go again with the ad hominem attacks and your own brand of sophistry.

I have very strongly held beliefs against initiating violence ... but I choose not to redefine enforcing the rules of civil society as violence upon your person. You apparently can only win an argument by acting like a smug prick.

It's the accepting of violence against other people as their fucking problem which made me realize your horseshit beliefs were just that. The moral vacuousness which says "fuck the world, I've got my money" ignores the reality of how you got where you are and what actually keeps you there.

It's a moral position which is only held by people who have resources, but which is untenable in the face of reality.

Blah blah blah .. help help, I'm being repressed, come see the violence inherent in the system.

Whatever.

3 days ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

gstoddart Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (194 comments)

My 'beloved' free market created the USA economy of 19th century

No, the thing which created that economy was not your fictional, romanticized version of a free market economy, and it never was.

Yes, it was a form of Capitalism, but you have a completely made up idea of how it really worked.

The reality is that you allowed yourself to be placed into a very tiny box by your government propaganda 'education' system.

No, the reality is you're full of shit and have already devolved into ad hominem attacks.

Do you understand how crazy you sound when you say stuff like this?

I've read Ayn Rand, Adam Smith, Ghandi, Marx, Aristotle, Neitzsche, John Locke, and shit I've forgotten about. I've drank the kool-aid, lived to tell the tale, and moved on.

It is my considered opinion that all of these systems have interesting things to tell us, absolutely none of them carry some Bright Universal Truth, and that many of them carry seeds of some pretty scary ideas when taken to extremes.

I don't believe you can create a just society when you leave people to starve in the streets and die of illness.

I don't believe you can create anything other than new lords and serfs through unfettered capitalism, because power accumulates and corrupts.

I don't believe you can have a utopian society in which everybody has everything they could ever hope for.

I don't believe you can have a functioning society if the only thing your government does is enforce contracts and property rights for people who have the money to benefit from them -- while saying that everything else is a private matter, because then you're just enforcing law to benefit people who own stuff.

And I don't believe you can have a stable society unless you realize you're going to have to pay for its upkeep.

I believe all categorical statements are wrong, or incomplete (including this one).

So, believe me when I say this ... my rejection of your position as overly simplistic, naive, and one which you ascribe outcomes I don't believe it can achieve ... that's based on a considered investigation of it, and finding it immensely lacking and unable to achieve what you claim.

I'm the heretic to your religion of Capitalism and the Holy Free Market. Because I reject it not as a result of government propaganda, but from actually looking at it.

I think it's bullshit precisely because I used to believe it.

3 days ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

gstoddart Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (194 comments)

You create a hypothetical out of vacuum while pretending that a situation like that arises in a free market capitalist system, it does not.

Look, your entire reasoning is a hypothetical out of a vacuum based on unsubstantiated claims that your beloved free market achieves the outcomes you claim it does, and doesn't devolve into all of the bad things you claim it won't.

Sooner or later, some entity will decide that your perfectly abstract, morally superior pile of crap fiction is no fun, and they're going to use their own threat of violence.

Or someone is going to decide that, why should I play fairly when I can cheat?

Or several someone's will get together to for a cartel and collectively cheat.

In a free market capitalist economy markets discover prices that allow markets to clear, that means the prices adjust accordingly to the supply and demand for all things, including all types of labour and capital and land and other assets and resources.

See, this is the fundamental flaw in your argument: prove it .

You can't, because you are basing it off an idealized theory in a vacuum. It's a religion, it's not some intrinsic fact of the universe. It's an ideology.

You are claiming that something which has never existed will achieve perfect and desirable outcomes because it is inherently perfect.

I'm saying it's never existed, never can exist, and that your theory completely assumes an impossible level of perfection of human nature, which isn't borne out by what actual humans actually do.

Your vision of free market economics is as deluded, irrational, and utterly false as the deluded, irrational, and utterly false premises of Communism. In their pure, unadulterated (and therefore mythical and impossible), neither Communism nor Capitalism as you describe it will ever have a hope in hell of achieving the outcomes you claim.

They're both crap when you take them to absurd extremes.

It's a really nice fantasy. But, it is purely a fantasy -- if your vision of the most perfectly awesome society imaginable is blind to actual human nature, it's nothing more than the ravings of a deluded fool. Because people will not naturally do anything other than seek to gain advantage for themselves.

Capitalism will devolve into kings and oligarchs, in much the same way Communism did. Because humans are inherently greedy bastards who will never abide by any rules unless someone forces them to.

And claiming your system will have perfect outcomes because it's so inherently perfect it has to? That's complete and utter crap.

And, go ahead, say Austrian School ... I'll just laugh in your face and yawn. It's just more of the same drivel.

3 days ago
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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

gstoddart Re:You know what's really sad? (124 comments)

to bad apples walled garden was to much censorship

Too bad nobody has ever taught you the difference between "to" and "too".

3 days ago
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Researchers Discover Ancient Massive Landslide

gstoddart Re:UOM conversion help, please (44 comments)

Yeah, except for the part where it doesn't specify the unit of measurement in the answer. 634100 what? Kilometres? Yards? Feet? Acres?

Gee, I don't know, maybe ... football fields ?

Anybody know what "39 times the size of Manhattan" is in football fields?

As in, 39 times the size of Manhattan is equal to 634100 football fields.

3 days ago
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Lunar Mission One Proposes To Take Core Sample, Plant Time Capsule On the Moon

gstoddart Re:LOL ... (69 comments)

Hmmm ... what movie are you talking about? 'Cuz I wasn't referencing one.

3 days ago

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