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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

iluvcapra Re:Articles on the elementary education imbalance? (539 comments)

It'd also be worth pointing out that the STEM "gap" isn't just in people choosing fields, it's also the fact that females score lower on all kinds of science tests and assessments. This bias shouldn't exist, regardless of what job people ultimately choose, unless you want to engage in some hoary stereotyping that "explains" why women don't have the "spatial acuity" for physics or blah blah.

Among mere practicing physicians, a group where men and women are basically at parity, women make 80% what their male counterparts do, and only 20% of medical school faculty are women.

There is the more fundamental metaphysical question -- even if we define STEM fields to include medicine and we can get the diversity to 50-50, why should we have to? Why would their be so many more male physicists than female ones (again without engaging in insulting stereotypes and gender essentialism)?

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

iluvcapra Re: Her work (1190 comments)

Well--- the whole point of something being an art is that it tells people what they want. If you make a game that's creative, it shouldn't matter who's rescuing who, or what clothes they're wearing, or how big the breasts are on the NPCs. If video games are an artistic medium, it means they have something to offer besides that.

When someone like Sarkeesian points out misogynist tropes in video games, that means that they're just that, tropes. They aren't essential to videogame storytelling and can be swapped out like building blocks. That what tropes are: conventions that have only minimal semantic purpose.

If you take the position that games are only worth playing if they obsequiously cater to player's expectations and demands, down to what the female characters must look like, what they must say and do, and what roles they must play in the story, that kinda means that video games can't be art. People don't go watch Lars von Trier's Antichrist because it's popular, or because it flatters their base demands for titillation --- and I don't think people play BioShock for this reason, either.

I get the feeling that a lot of gamers (1) don't really understand the purpose or method of media criticism, (2) think any criticism of a video game is directed at the people who play it, personally, and (3) are raging philistines who don't really understand the value of art apart from popularity or "the market."

yesterday
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

iluvcapra Re:Why is it "shameful"? (539 comments)

And so, I find the attempts to "attract women" just so we can continue to hide our heads in the sand about the natural skew of participation due to NO ONE'S FAULT to be a wash.

Simone de Beauvoir and Jonathan Coe called, they say you've successfully substituted objectivity with male subjectivity. If women don't participate in Wikipedia, Wikipedia cannot be said to be "encyclopedic" -- everybody at Wikipedia up to Jimbo Wales accepts this fact without discussion.

Your proffered explanation of a "natural skew" is one of those classic examples of a Just-So story men tell each other -- what you should do is write an article on Wikipedia about it, and see how many [citation needed]s you get.

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

iluvcapra Re: Her work (1190 comments)

Because it's sexist to respond to market forces?

Markets can be sexist, making the response thereto sexist. We can maybe say that that's an example of sexism without animus or overt chauvinism, but it's still sexism.

Besides, Sarkeesian's critiques start from the proposition that video games are a creative art form, just as movies or books are. Movies, books, artworks aren't made to slavishly respond to market forces -- they're made because, to some extent, some artist or artists wanted to make them, and to make them in just the way they are.

2 days ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

iluvcapra Re:Provisionally, I'm OK with this: (256 comments)

This is going to make vehicles even more expensive.

We'll have to see what it does to insurance premiums.

2 days ago
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Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet Into a Robotic Hivemind

iluvcapra Re:You can almost see it comming: (108 comments)

1. Post video doing some pretty innocent action (watching tv, pouring coffee, sweeping the house) as having sex with a lamp post

Just don't let WALL-E see any Harmony Korine movies.

5 days ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

iluvcapra Re:Correction: (338 comments)

Those telcos are forced to provide service to everybody at the same price, which means they make a profit on tightly packed businesses in the city and that offsets their losses on the more widespread customers out of town.

Even granting all of this is correct, this doesn't mean that municipal broadband should be forbidden, it simply means they're competing interests, between a city to offer broadband as a public amenity, versus a franchise to offer it commercially. Maybe it's up to the people of the city to decide which they'd prefer. The market is whatever we make it, even if the incumbent telco market is "free," that doesn't mean that it's "good" or "effective," or that it "does what we want" (perish the thought). Maybe they don't care if they make it hard for local telcos to compete -- municipal water makes it hard for Vivendi to sell water as a profitable enterprise, but no one in the US calls this socialism.

about a week ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

iluvcapra Re:Correction: (338 comments)

They don't claim their party has anything good about it - it's just "better than Republicans".

In the US we have first-past-the-post plurality voting, in single-seat winnner-take-all elections; "better than the alternative" is all that is required. You don't have to be faster than the bear, just the other guy.

about a week ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

iluvcapra Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

The ability to brick phones without the consent of the one who possesses the phone inherently indicates that the user does not actually control their phone.

Any information a company possesses on your behalf, including any codes, messages, or instrumentality necessary to brick a brickable phone, must be disclosed if the government agent has a warrant. Your consent is absolutely not required by any known legal principle.

That's just bog-standard liberal-democratic law, consistent with the constitutional order of any modern western country, no need for secret spy agencies or black sites. You don't have allodial title to your cellphone.

about two weeks ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

iluvcapra Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (276 comments)

Except it's not, because of scale. If your elevator sucks, you can just move to the next building over.

I admire how this crystalizes the contrary position. If a building's elevators stop working, telling families they can move out whenever they want is preferable to The State (evil music here) ensuring elevators are in working order.

The terminal libertarian solution to every problem: move. Your city too congested? Move to the suburbs. Too far from work? Get another job. Isolated from friends, family and culture? We have Internet now, and Internet (praise be upon it) replaces all forms of community interaction.

And just remember, you might not like living in the exurbs, 20 miles from a movie theater, making ends meet with freelance coding and Uber shifts, but the alternative was putting up kiosks where you could order a rideshare, you monster.

about two weeks ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

iluvcapra Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

This is something I don't have enough information on -- I figure they're doing something like this, but Dolby is being somewhat vague with the branding and not really making a clear distinction.

I wonder how much this will complicate mixes though. As it is, we can spend a month doing the final mix on a big action movie, and then two months making all of the deliverables:

  • 7.1 (2D and 3D)
  • 7.1 home theater (2D and 3D)
  • 5.1 (2D and 3D)
  • 5.1 home theater (2D and 3D)
  • Atmos (2D and 3D)
  • Auro 13.1 (2D and 3D)
  • Auro 11.1 (2D and 3D)
  • IMAX (which has its own system) (2D and 3D)
  • stereo
  • Dolby SR (2D and 3D)
  • Dolby Pro Logic 2 (2D and 3D)

All of these mixes are slightly different, mixed on appropriate speakers, and then you do a second version of most of these for the 3D, to accentuate panning effects. I guess to this we'd add to that the Atmos home theater mix.

about two weeks ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

iluvcapra Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

Again, you highlight the key argument here: how is the incremental cost justifying the incremental benefit? 3D did the same thing and I doubt the theater owners ever recovered their investment.

3D doesn't actually cost theaters that much. The business model is very slick for them-- all the projection hardware is leased from Real3D (or whatever) and paid for with some percentage/per-seat formula off the top of each ticket sold. Real3D handles all the glasses, the DCP and other delivery chain items are basically the same. The downside risk to offering 3D for an exhibitor is actually quite low, the upfront costs are marginal and they're effectively guaranteed a return as long as they get butts in seats.

about two weeks ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

iluvcapra Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

Actually late update- a guy on the crew of Transformers tells me they'd pan music as objects occasionally. The choir would be panned to the ceiling, among other things.

about two weeks ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

iluvcapra Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

I dunno, keep an eye out and see if titles are actually released in it. I haven't seen any studios or distributors making any pledges, it could all just turn into the next BD-Live.

about two weeks ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

iluvcapra Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

Better for doing this is a wavefront system, where you capture the whole wavefront of the soundwaves approaching the listener.

There is a film wavefront synthesis system: IOSONO. There were a few screens at the Mann Chinese here in LA wired for it, it sounds amazing and you get real 3D depth through the screen, but it never really caught on for business reasons. These mixes didn't use live recording either, they were multitrack, but IOSONO had a panner algorithm that could position a sound source in depth by artificially synthesizing a wavefront for it.

Dolby isn't interested in this because the theaters aren't. Dolby didn't really want to make Atmos: AMC came to them and asked them to develop a sound system that would justify a $20 ticket in AMC's premium rooms. The Atmos speaker array is the "Fuck It, We're Going to Five Blades" approach, and the theater owners make sure that all the speaker emplacements are clearly visible to the audience, so they know that they're paying for all those speakers, and Moar is Better.

about two weeks ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

iluvcapra Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

This really isn't how we do music recording. I had the opportunity to work with John Eargle before he passed on, he had a bunch of Grammys and had done hundreds of classical and jazz albums, and his standard rig for live-house music recording was an 8-track recorder, with maybe 2 of those tracks set aside for spot mics -- the rest were a Decca tree or other stereo array, plus room mics. We use more spot mics for film music recording, but we do that specifically so we can reposition and alter the relationship between the soloist and ensemble, not to preserve it.

Also, nobody uses the pannable objects for music, it's just not done. The composer's scoring engineer makes a 7.1 or 9.1 and this is what you end up hearing.

about two weeks ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

iluvcapra Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

This is why I suspect Dolby Atmos will never be put on a consumer format.

"Paul" is my boss.

about two weeks ago

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Most Citizens of the Star Wars Galaxy are Functionally Illiterate

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  about 2 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "Ryan Britt at Tor.com makes a bit of analysis that I think we'd have some fun with, in agreement or otherwise:

Not once in any Star Wars movie does someone pick up a book or newspaper, magazine, literary journal, or chapbook handmade by an aspiring Jawa poet. [...]As early as the 1990s-era expanded Star Wars books and comic books, we’re introduced to ancient Jedi “texts” called holocrons, which are basically talking holographic video recordings. Just how long has the Star Wars universe been reliant on fancy technology to transfer information as opposed to the written word? Is it possible that a good number of people in Star Wars are completely illiterate?

Read the whole thing,"
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Google Allows Carriers to Ban Tethering Apps

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 3 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "Google, in its continuing struggle to provide phone carriers (if not its end users) with an open platform, is now banning tethering apps from the Android market. These apps haven't disappeared and can still be sideloaded, insofar as your carrier doesn't lock this functionality or snoop on your packets."
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Google, Handset Vendors at Odds over Openness

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 3 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "It would appear that now that Android has achieved a commanding share of the smartphone market, openness for the sake of openness is no longer a driving priority. Ashley Vance and Peter Burroughs report for Bloomberg on the latest phase of Google's consolidation of the Android platform:

Over the last couple of months Google has reached out to the major carriers and device makers backing its mobile operating system with a message: There will be no more willy-nilly tweaks to the software. No more partnerships formed outside of Google's purview. From now on, companies hoping to receive early access to Google's most up-to-date software will need approval of their plans. And they will seek that approval from Andy Rubin, the head of Google's Android group.

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Google Delaying Release of Honeycomb Source

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 3 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "BusinessWeek reports that Google will not be releasing the source code for Android Honeycomb "for the forseeable future." Android lead Andy Rubin is quoted, stating that if Google were to release the source for Honeycomb, Google would be unable to prevent it from being installed on mobile phones and "and creating a really bad user experience.""
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Apple/Verizon in Talks for iPhone-Like Devices

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "For those of you waiting vainly to get an iPhone that works with Verizon's service in the US (you know who you are, we won't make you admit it here), there comes this interesting story in BusinessWeek

Verizon Wireless is warming to the idea of an Apple (AAPL) partnership. Verizon Wireless is in talks with Apple to distribute two new iPhone-like devices, BusinessWeek has learned. Apple has created prototypes of the devices, and discussions reaching back a half-year have involved Apple CEO Steve Jobs, according to two people familiar with the matter.

One device is a smaller, less expensive calling device described by a person who has seen it as an "iPhone lite." The other is a media pad that would let users listen to music, view photos, and watch high-definition videos, the person says. It would place calls over a Wi-Fi connection.

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Audit the Stimulus at Home with RSS

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "In a remarkable provision of Peter Orzag's instructions for implementing the American Recovery and Re-Investment Act, the Office of Management and Budget has instructed all government units responsible for disbursing stimulus money to provide its weekly reports, communications and block grant information on an RSS feed. From the memo(PDF):

For each of the near term reporting requirements (major communications, formula block grant allocations, weekly reports) agencies are required to provide a feed (preferred: Atom 1.0, acceptable: RSS) of the information so that content can be delivered via subscription. Note that the required information can be supplied in the feed or the feed can point to a file at the agency using the convention noted below. If an agency is immediately unable to publish feeds, the agency should post each near term information flow (major communications, formula block grant allocations, weekly reports) to a URL directory convention suggested below: ...

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Apple Open-Sources Leopard Garbage Collector

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "Apple has open-sourced AutoZone, the garbage collector used in Mac OS X Leopard's Objective-C runtime, under the Apache v2 License. Despite its current use case in Objective-C, the engine itself is implemented in C and C++ and is described as "a fairly generic scanning, conservative, generational, multi-threaded, language agnostic, collector.""
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iPhone SDK Announced, Exchange, OpenGL Supported

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 6 years ago

iluvcapra writes "Apple has just wrapped up their iPhone development roadmap and here are the features to be presented with version 2.0, due in June: Push email and contacts, ActiveSync supporting Exchange, remote wipe. Several video games were demoed using the iPhone accelerometer and OpenGL on the iPhone, such as Spore and Super Monkeyball. SDK with development in Xcode was announced, performance suite and remote debugging of iPhone apps over the sync cable. Apple will sell apps through an iTunes-style store, that will work OTA from the iPhone or with the host computer. They will exercise control over which apps are vended over the system, and will split the sales on the system 70/30 with the developer (dev gets 70%)."
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NORAD's Santa Tracking Goes Web 2.0

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 6 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "NORAD Tracks Santa 2007, NORAD's perennial mission of tracking the progress of Santa's sleigh as he makes his yearly sortie, has gone Web 2.0 this year, including a Google Maps mashup showing Santa's current position on Earth (at time of submission, Keetmanshoop, Namibia), a KML link to let you track Santa on Google Earth, and plots and keyhole imagery on youtube.

My only question: When Santa crosses into the ADIZ, what does he set his squawk to?"

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US Democrats Accidently Publish Whistleblowers

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 6 years ago

iluvcapra writes "The US House Judiciary Committee recently emailed all of its potential whistleblowers information about how it was restructuring its whistleblower program. Unfortunately for its sources, it emailed them this information with their addresses in the "To:" field (and not the Bcc: field). It also cc:'d this email to the Vice President.

I'd like to think think this is some sort of ingenious subterfuge, but I'm doubtful."

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9th Circuit Very Skeptical of NSA Surveillance

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  about 7 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "Yesterday before a three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, the US government argued that two class action lawsuits against the government and AT&T should be dismissed, because to litigate them in open court would cause the revelation of state secrets. The lawsuits allege that the government has installed a vast system of electronic surveillance gear at internet gateways along the US west coast to monitor all internet traffic, and that this information is monitored without a warrant, even when both endpoints are domestic. The panel was extremely skeptical of the governments argument:

"Is it the government's position that when the country is engaged in a war, that the power of the executive when it comes to wiretapping is unchecked?" asked 83-year-old Judge Harry Pregerson, one of the court's staunchest liberals, of a Bush administration lawyer. "The king can do no wrong, is that what it comes down to?"


The government was unwilling to even provide a sworn affadavit that the eavesdropping was only of foreign correspondence. If the 9th Circuit allows the lawsuits to proceed, the government will appeal to the US Supreme Court."

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Google Cookies to Expire After 2 Years, was 30

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iluvcapra writes "Google has announced that the cookies set on clients visiting its websites will be set to expire after 2 years, instead of the previous value of 30 years. It seems like a big difference, but does it really matter if you go to google 5 times a day?"
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iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iluvcapra writes "I recently came into the possession of about a hundred paper handwritten pages with tabular data, which I'd like to get into some kind of computer format (tab-delimited or XML would be fantastic, but any open database format would be good too. OCR wouldn't work, the handwriting is a little too fiddly, and I don't think I could hack a program that would properly interpret.

I'd rather not type the data in myself, I'd be happy to pay someone to do it. Is anyone aware of services on the web or in general that would take my stuff as a PDF and send me back a text file? I know there are services out there, but they seem to be oriented toward bulk and repeat business, and I'm really just looking for a one-time deal, and particularly I was looking for a reference and a story about how it all worked out."
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iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iluvcapra writes "Cocotron today released their MIT-licensed re-implementation of the Mac OS X Foundation and AppKit frameworks, which together form the dynamic libraries and resources that form the Cocoa environment on Mac OS X. In simple terms, this means a developer can write a program in Objective-C on Mac OS X with Xcode, and as long as he uses Cocoa widgets and objects, he can cross-compile a Windows version of his application; a bit like WINE in reverse. Here is a screenshot of TextEdit running on OS X beside TextEdit running on Windows."
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iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iluvcapra writes "This news is a little late, but on November 20th WarGames 2: The Dead Code began filming in Montreal, produced and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (distributor of the original WarGames) and directed by Stewart Gillard (apparently the director of such gems as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3.) Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes, the team behind the original film, are not involved, and the plot revolves around a hacker breaking into a terrorism-simulation computer.

I only became aware of the new production when I read MGM was suing the rightful owner of WarGames.com for his domain name."
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iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iluvcapra writes "Computerworld reports that in a 2004 company email read in the Microsoft-Iowa anti-trust trial, Jim Allchin, at the time head of Microsoft's Windows unit, would have bought a Mac if he wasn't currently working for Microsoft. "In my view, we lost our way," he writes about Microsoft. He continued:
"I think our teams lost sight of what bug-free means, what resilience means, what full scenarios mean, what security means, what performance means, how important current applications are, and really understanding what the most important problems our customers face are. I see lots of random features and some great vision, but that does not translate into great products."


It was also revealed by prosecutors that Bill Gates has an assistant who's primary responsibility is to "make sure no permanent record of Gates' e-mail existed.""

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