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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

kentrel Re:Better Late Than Never (679 comments)

One naturally begins to suspect the movement is less than entirely honest about who and what it's targets are.

That's not really a nice way to look at people. You personally find it difficult to see what their goals are, so your next assumption is that they are dishonest? I believe that's a variation of argument from incredulity. Surely you can't be going around in life assuming dishonesty everytime you don't understand the aims of a group.

I don't really see what the goals are for most political movements, to be honest, such as Occupy Wall street, but they sure seemed like nice friendly people when I talked to them.

Also, how does an entire group of probably tens of thousands of loosely connected people act dishonestly? It would be difficult to organize that. It also doesn't hold up well to Occam's Razor.

4 days ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

kentrel Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (679 comments)

Probably a better term for "SJW" in its current dominant usage would be keyboard warrior, however the horse has already bolted.

To paraphrase James Randi, "words are defined by their usage". "Social Justice Warrior" has definitely a predominantly pejorative usage, generally used to describe the self important authoritarians rather than the selfless compassionate ones. For example, few people who use SJW as a pejorative would ever describe Ayaan Hirsi Ali as an SJW, yet SJW will be used predominantly to describe self important keyboard warriors

At this point, SJW has as much chance of having a predominantly positive usage as "Men Rights Activist".

4 days ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

kentrel Re:life on the wrong side of an online hate mob (679 comments)

I've looked into this too. There are certainly threatening comments on twitter, but these get labelled as "By Gamergate" without any kind of awareness of the association fallacy. A threatening comment is always the responsibility of the individual. There are threatening comments all over social media, and anyone can be a victim of it. The media have been parroting this online harassment as fact without distinguishing it from criticism or just rudeness, and also without any acknowledgement of the same harassment on the other side. Active Gamergate supporters seem to vastly outnumber the anti Gamergate crowd by an order of magnitude, so I wonder if that makes it seem worse.

After 5 months of "GamerGate" there's been no arrests, no serious evidence of any imminent threat published or connection to any organized "harassment" campaign. Gamergate supporters themselves have been harassed, swatted, sent malicious objects in the mail and this is largely ignored in the media. Possibly because many of them took a different approach, and didn't kick up that much of a fuss about it, or perhaps because it doesn't fit the media's narrative.

This is my personal experience only, but the vast majority of gamergate supporters I spoke to were laid back, intelligent, friendly, and positive. There was the same ratio of weird but nice people that you'd find in any group really. However, many of Zoe Quinn's supporters ranged from being rude to abusive to authoritarian. They had an air of mocking superiority that gets old really quickly, and why I stay away from twitter.

4 days ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

kentrel Re:Three Cheers for Zoe Quinn (679 comments)

Judging by her online postings she doesn't seem all that different to this new wave of internet troll that we're getting these days. A whole lot of name calling, revelling in drama, and taunting her "haterz", and that kind of thing. It's a bit cringeworthy.

4 days ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

kentrel What about when devices discourage this? (840 comments)

I accidentally dropped my kettle breaking the switch. I thought it would be easy to just unscrew the base, and reinsert it. Except it was screwed with what I later learned were tamper proof screws. I could buy the screwdriver online, but with the cost, postage, one off use, and three days without cups of tea I just bought a new one.

about three weeks ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

kentrel Re:Red Bull (511 comments)

But then you could also buy your coffee at costco, and a nice flask, and you get your cheapest caffeine every day and less disposable cups going to landfills. Though, another point worth mentioning is that coffee's stimulant effect on the body wears off after a while as the body learns to adapt. Some athletes will give up coffee so that their caffeine gels are a bit more effective on race day.

about 6 months ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

kentrel Re:Red Bull (511 comments)

It's kind of a gateway drug, in that once you open the Red Bull gate you are entering a world where you pay triple for the equivalent energy of a banana, and the equivalent caffeine of a cup of coffee. It's kind of like a gateway to a world of dummies.

about 6 months ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

kentrel Re:How do you (962 comments)

Well, it's a logical fallacy, called Poisoning the Well. You discredit what a person might say later by misrepresenting them now. You calmly and rationally tell them that it's a logical fallacy, and that's how you defend it.

I remember in the old days of debating on the internet logical fallacies were referenced a lot. I remember Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit getting a lot of hits when arguments got emotional. It doesn't happen so much anymore, because there's a large influx of people making highly emotive arguments but without much discipline in reasoned arguments. They may make valid points, but when they don't you should point out the logical fallacies in their reasoning. We're all prone to logical fallacies, so it's healthy for debate overall.

about 6 months ago
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

kentrel Changing IMEI is illegal (109 comments)

Under a 2002 law it was made illegal to change the IMEI unless you're the manufacturer. However, under a 2006 amendment to the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 it was made illegal to even OFFER to do this. You don't have to actually change the IMEI to commit the offense, you just have to offer or say you will. Punishment is up to 5 years in prison. The smartphone blackmarket could be wiped out just by enforcing this law.

about 9 months ago
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Sexism Still a Problem At E3

kentrel Re:can someone explain? (737 comments)

Were you aware of how much that whole scenario is like a Seinfeld episode?

about a year and a half ago
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Sexism Still a Problem At E3

kentrel Has anyone read the ESA's report? (737 comments)

Surely, I can't be the only one that';s rolling my eyes at this 45%\46% statistic that's being thrown about lately. It seems like this statistic is either misunderstood or abused. Puzzle, board and card games made up the majority of online games at 34%. Action, sports, RPG games were all categorized together bizarrely and represented 26%. There's no breakdown of gender per genre, something that's pretty important in a discussion about gender in games. Most gamers would not consider someone who plays poker or scrabble online as a gamer, though, yes, I suppose technically they are. You're a gamer if you play snake on your phone while waiting for the train, but then, if you're a woman, is it fair to criticize the games industry for not catering to you, because in a trade show on the other side of the country a scantily clad model is dressed up as a video game character? Even if you do factor in board and phone games, E3 is not catering to these kinds of players. Is that sexist? I don't know, but I know the ESA's report isn't accurate enough to make that call. Most people have a gaming device called a phone, and have probably played a few games on it, and purchased Angry Birds or some such tat. Does that make them a gamer? I would welcome a more detailed study, particularly one that goes into a lot more detail. Twitch.tv(for game streaming), online multiplayer, trade shows seem to be dominated by men. If women are making up nearly half of gamers where are they? I'm not saying the study is lying. I'm just saying it's too broad. There are genres and gaming platforms favoured by men and women in different proportions, and evidence of sexism starts with gathering

about a year and a half ago
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Aaron Swartz Prosecution Team Claims Online Harassment

kentrel Lucky (429 comments)

It's nice that they're alive to tell us about how they feel. Aaron is not. I can't imagine the amount of pain he went through that drove him to kill himself, but I imagine he felt something close to what someone in a burning skyscraper might feel, and did what they might do. Take the least painful route. These guys face a different situation, and have a different choice. When your worst problem is getting hate mail, you have options.

about 2 years ago
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Adrian Lamo Explains His Decision To Expose Bradley Manning

kentrel Babylon 5 (341 comments)

Notice his bizarre reference to Babylon 5 that seems to be without irony. He's obviously a fan, but did he miss the message the show had about how a group of soldiers had to follow their conscience and expose war crimes and corruption from their government at home. These characters had to deal with propaganda from the government, professional snitches (Nightwatch) and threats of treason and imprisonment from their corrupt government. I guess Adrian Lamo was rooting for President Clarke all along.

about 2 years ago
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Australian Police Warn That Apple Maps Could Get Someone Killed

kentrel Aussie fighting (452 comments)

I love how this thread brought out all the Aussie expressions and in-fighting. Finally Aussie nerds get an excuse to be aussies on slashdot!

more than 2 years ago
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Parrot Drives Robotic Buggy

kentrel Animal Cruelty (182 comments)

Nice toy, but fuck anyone who clips a wild bird's wings just to make it a more convenient pet. For thousands of years mankind has looked at birds and wished he could fly like a bird. Now that we've mastered flight some fuckers want to take that away from the birds.

more than 2 years ago
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Trolling Al Qaeda... For Peace?

kentrel Re:Right (207 comments)

You know that trolling doesn't mean ridiculing someone?

Trolling is a fine art, and often it means gaining someone's trust, and provoking an emotional reaction you want, but not necessarily drawing attention to yourself as the troll.

more than 2 years ago
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Wikileaks Suspends Publishing Of Cables Due To "Financial Blockade"

kentrel The bullies win (316 comments)

For now. Speech is only free as in beer, where the beer is made from hops grown on Pandora.

more than 3 years ago
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Cancer Cluster Possibly Found Among TSA Workers

kentrel Statistical pro (487 comments)

While I have no doubt these machines are the bane of our personal freedom, and may even be dangerous its also possible that cancer clusters show up randomly. They do in areas near cellphone towers, unrelated to radiation, simply because clusters happen randomly too.

more than 3 years ago
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BitCoin, the Most Dangerous Project Ever?

kentrel Tabloid trash (858 comments)

What a badly written sensationalist story. It's like something from the Daily Mail

more than 3 years ago

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Creationist movie expels wrong biologist

kentrel kentrel writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kentrel (526003) writes "Here's an amusing story from biologist, and outspoken atheist PZ Myers' blog. Myer's who frequently debates "prominent" Creationists, was turned away from a screening of a creationist propaganda movie.

"I went to attend a screening of the creationist propaganda movie, Expelled, a few minutes ago. Well, I tried ... but I was Expelled! It was kind of weird — I was standing in line, hadn't even gotten to the point where I had to sign in and show ID, and a policeman pulled me out of line and told me I could not go in. I asked why, of course, and he said that a producer of the film had specifically instructed him that I was not to be allowed to attend. The officer also told me that if I tried to go in, I would be arrested. I assured him that I wasn't going to cause any trouble.

They singled me out and evicted me, but they didn't notice my guest. They let him go in escorted by my wife and daughter. I guess they didn't recognize him. My guest was ... Richard Dawkins."
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CRIA take down Demonoid.com

kentrel kentrel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kentrel (526003) writes "The popular bittorrent tracker Demonoid.com is now offline thanks to pressure from the CRIA. It looks like it's a permanent takedown. The site now only displays the following message:

The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding."
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kentrel kentrel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kentrel writes "Yesterday I found this slashdot comment which links to a google map photograph of a Chinese airbase deep in the middle of the Gobi Desert with a mock airbase built nearby, obviously used for practise bombing missions. I thought it was impressive so I posted the link to a flight sim forum and a poster noticed that the mock airbase was an exact replica of a Taiwanese airbase."

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kentrel kentrel writes  |  more than 9 years ago Let me tell you another story. This one time, I was at a coffee shop, and the girl making the coffee was hot, and she said something to me, and my response was witty and cute, and she laughed and it was funny and it made me feel cool. Then I drank my coffee, went home, and masturbated.

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