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Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

macaddict Re:It tried to follow the plot (726 comments)

No hint of Sexism? Women were officers only, and the big bad troopers had to stay in their own zone in the ship away from them

I'm a woman and have read (and enjoyed) Starship Troopers. And given its historical context, the book never came across as sexist to me. In fact, it's the opposite of sexism. Keep in mind the book was published in 1959, not long after women went from Rosie the Riveter to being depicted as so technically incompetent they were unable to even back up a car in many TV sitcoms.

When I read Starship Troopers, I was amazed at how progressive Heinlein was at making women the pilots of the ships, even establishing that they were better pilots than men. That was amazingly progressive for 1959! And the fact that women were given full status in the military (women were kept separate in the US Air Force, as WAFs, until 1976) and allowed to go into combat zones (USAF women were not allowed into fighter pilot training until 1993) was amazing!

Heinlein treated the women soldiers in this book as intelligent, capable, and competent in an era where popular entertainment often depicted women (those same women who had worked in factories and flew military planes as WASPs during WWII) as scatter-brained nitwits who must be patiently guided by their husbands. Starship Troopers is a feminist paradise compared to other works of that era.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Get My Spouse To Start Gaming With Me?

macaddict Games for newbies (550 comments)

It's not clear if she's already a gamer, but if you just want something to get her into gaming, I'd recommend games like Portal, Dragon Age: Origins, Skyrim, Neverwinter Nights, Diablo, and Starcraft. They are fairly easy to learn and play, and I think the heavy story components of DA:O and Skyrim make them newbie friendly (it's engaging and not constant combat, just make sure to start her on the lowest difficulty level). And you can do multi-player together on Portal 2, NWN, Diablo and Starcraft.

If you want MMOs, maybe try something like LOTR Online if she is a fan of Tolkien, since it would be a familiar world.

If she's not into combat games, there are also many casual games and computer versions of board games that have multiplayer. My husband and I play Ticket to Ride, and I play Carcassonne with a friend who lives in another country.

about a year and a half ago
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House Appropriators May Limit Public Availability of Pending Bills

macaddict Re:Troll Headline and Summary (194 comments)

Your attempt at logic and reasoning is admirable, but as we learned from the Elizabeth Moon article not too long ago, it's a battle you can't win. They're not interested in fact checking. They happily and willingly eat up whatever incorrect/unsupported nonsense is fed to them in a summary and turn it into pure Nerd Rage.

more than 2 years ago
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Sci-fi Writer Elizabeth Moon Believes Everyone Should Be Chipped

macaddict Re:3 Words (409 comments)

It's too bad the first thing to come to your mind wasn't "Hmm, maybe I should investigate this further", since Elizabeth doesn't actually support this. It was a debate over an idea, not an opinion piece.

From her blog:

Good grief, did you think I was serious? They asked us all for wild ideas. Specified they needn’t be practical or even possible. They would choose one to be the 60 second wonder. I gave them several and figured the others would too–but they latched onto that one. Probably because it sounded so SFnal and shocking. Reactions are not surprising.

But, once again, Slashdot shows just how willingly its members will swallow any bit of misinformation that is fed to them, without any fact checking, and react exactly as expected to attack "the enemy" without question. Big Brother is so proud of you all.

about 2 years ago
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IE6 Almost Dead In the US

macaddict Re:A cheer goes up (335 comments)

CSS is about separating content from design. That's the point. Go to CSS Zen Garden ( http://csszengarden.com/ ) to see what that means. Every example on that web site uses the exact same content. Only the CSS is changed.

It is not a "developer" vs. "designer" situation. It just makes practical sense for development and maintenance of a site. If you use tables for layout, your site has become extremely difficult to update if you want to make major changes to the layout, especially with large, multi-page sites. With CSS, you change your stylesheet and it's done, site wide (see the CSS Zen Garden examples). The developer can concentrate on content and function, and leave the layout to the designers.

more than 2 years ago
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NY Post Goes App-Only For iPad Users

macaddict Re:Blaming the wrong people (218 comments)

Dude, your bleating of "Apple Marketing iz teh Ev0L!" FUD is pathetic. You can't even keep your argument straight. First you say "kind of blame Apple" then you say "equal parts blame". Next I suppose they'll be entirely to blame and the NYP is just a victim of Apple's Department of Evil Marketing?

If Apple is so against the web, then why is Safari Dev Center ("Resources for designing and creating websites and extensions for Safari") featured on the Apple Developer site? Why are they pushing so hard for HTML5? Why does WebKit exist? Fit those into your juvenile conspiracy theory, because I really want to know what you come up with.

more than 3 years ago
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CMU Eliminates Object Oriented Programming For Freshman

macaddict Re:It's about time! (755 comments)

Thank goodness a university has finally decided to teach a curriculum based on what its professors like, instead of adhering to silly concerns about what might be useful in the real world. Students can rest assured that they'll get a first class CS education, and--sorry, what was that? Jobs? You want to get a job? What the fuck do you think this is, DeVry?

I know, right? Those arrogant fools, denying CMU students the chance to ever learn OOP! They should at least offer a sophomore-level course in object-oriented design methodology!

And also a course for reading comprehension skills.

more than 3 years ago
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Aussie PM Office Calls For Government Ban On Gmail, Hotmail

macaddict Re:Hyperbole much? (178 comments)

Hey, now. How are we supposed to get our daily dose of Nerd Rage if people like you keep using common sense and critical thinking? You're supposed to froth at the mouth about Australia's evil government censorship, not actually read the article!

more than 3 years ago
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Long-Delayed L.A. Noire Gets Trailer, Spring 2011 Release

macaddict Re:Oscar nomination? (54 comments)

I wonder if games will become sophisticated enough to merit Oscar nominations.

Not likely. The Oscars are for films, given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Television actors (even in "made for TV" movies) and theater actors don't get Oscars either.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store, MacBook Air

macaddict Re:That's it ? it's called Lion ? (827 comments)

Maybe because it was a press event aimed at end-users, not the WWDC?

more than 3 years ago
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White House Correspondent Tweets His Heart Attack

macaddict Re:Tag article WHOCARES (77 comments)

I think you're missing the point. The OP doesn't care about this subject in particular, he cares about slashdot not sucking more than necessary.

Perhaps he should take a more constructive approach then, like suggesting that Slashdot implement some sort of filtering system. You know, a way to select if he wants to see "Idle" stories, or even if he wants full summaries of a section or just the headline. I know, it's crazy talk, but it just might be crazy enough to work!

Or maybe he thinks the world actually cares that he doesn't like Idle articles and so feels the need to post about it. Which is kind of funny, considering his complaint.

about 4 years ago
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The Story of Dealing With 33 Attorneys General

macaddict Re:Today's reality (172 comments)

Here's what you sound like: "I'm rich and it's not fair that poor people have homeless shelters and food banks! Nobody gives me a cot or a bowl of soup! It's a double-standard, and it's very slanted! *sobs*"

We actually do have "White Spirit" Clubs: you can see them in the US as "Scottish-American Club", "Polish-American Club", "Italian-Amerian Club", etc. and they have been in existence a helluva lot longer than the NAACP. Do you cry when someone of a different (white) ethnic background has a club and you don't? Or do you only whine about non-white ethnic clubs?

We already have White Entertainment Television. It's called "the vast majority of TV shows ever made".

We already have the National Association for the Advancement of White People. It's called "the status quo".

How dare they want to see people they can identify with on TV! How dare they band together within an organization to crack through the status quo! How dare they! I'm sure it's very stressful for you, having to deal with those uppity minorities threatening your default privilege. Would you like me to call you a Waaaaaambulance?

more than 4 years ago
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The Story of Dealing With 33 Attorneys General

macaddict Re:No laws were broken (172 comments)

Furthermore, it is not logical for a Englishman to be answerable to a Fucking Legislature where he has no voice. Can you imagine that chaos that would cause?

We don't have to imagine it. It was called The American Revolution! ;-)

more than 4 years ago
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The State of iPad Satisfaction

macaddict Re:iPad satisfaction... (443 comments)

One woman was quoted as saying that the iPad fits in her purse, is discreet, and remarkably absorbent. It did drop out a few times, but she found out she was holding it wrong.

I know, right? The iPad is so much better than the ThinkPad, which is way too bulky and tends to fail at the most embarrassing times!

more than 4 years ago
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Computer Competency Test For Non-IT Hires?

macaddict Re:Simpler solution... (369 comments)

Grownups aren't paid for their time; they're paid for their results. I'm sorry to hear that you still work at McDonald's.

You've never worked an office job, have you? You are never done. There is always some new task your boss has for you. And trust me, even if you've completed every essential task for the day, they can come up with a lot of really pointless tasks that, to them, are vitally important to the company.

Back when dinosaurs ruled the Earth (before widespread internet usage), somehow we grownups managed a whole work day without having to chat with our friends or watching "greatest hits to the groin" videos. You know, we actually worked the hours we were paid to work! *gasp!* It's a wonder we ever survived! But I guess it's because we weren't saddled with the overblown sense of entitlement and self-importance that seems so rampant these days.

And get off my lawn!

more than 4 years ago
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Paper Manufacturer Launches "Print More" Campaign

macaddict Re:Like,,,,EVERYDAY (446 comments)

Are those dishwasher safe? These are little kids. I would have to buy a new Bamboo every few months due to jelly and snot build-up.

The tablets themselves are pretty tough and easy to clean. Yes, I have actually had to scrub jelly off a Wacom tablet!

The pens are more fragile, so you'll need to supervise their use until the kids are past the 'chew on everything' phase. If they get moisture inside (from being stuck into a mouth or a cup of water/juice) they may stop working. If it's just water or saliva (non-sugary), a quick bake in the oven on a towel at a very low temp (keep an eye on it and keep checking it every few minutes) may be able to revive it. Guess how I know this. ;-)

more than 4 years ago
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In Brazil, Google Fined For Content of Anonymous Posting

macaddict Re:The Internet is less free... in Brazil. (484 comments)

My issue is that "haha you are less free" is not a criticism, just a way for him to feel better about his own country.

I find it hilarious that in a discussion where you are defending Brazil's libel laws, you state that another poster's "Yay America" comment is "just a way for him to feel better about his own country", making an unsupported, and quite possibly false (I don't think it's the OP who has the inferiority complex around here...), statement about his character and intentions.

Oh my goodness, isn't' that libel? Lucky for you Slashdot is hosted in the United States of "Fuck Yeah America!" rather than Brazil!

more than 4 years ago
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In Israel, Potential Organ Donors Could Jump the Queue

macaddict Re:Sounds fair (582 comments)

Sounds great to me. I'd extend it to blood donors, with quantity donated moving you further up.

Well, except that blood transfusion tends to be a bit more immediate than getting a new organ. Can you imagine getting admitted to the ER, with major blood loss after a car accident, and the nurses having to take the time to look up how many pints you've donated before they'll give you a transfusion and take you into surgery? (What if you are in another city or state? Will this info be available immediately to every hospital) And then they have to do a comparison to everyone else in the area served by the local blood supply to make sure nobody (in this ER or in any other local hospital) has donated more than you before they give you the blood? All the while, the patient is pumping blood all over the ER floor from his injuries while his exact spot in the 'blood transfusion priority list' is determined. Yeah, that's just bloody brilliant! You should be a hospital administrator!

It's not the same situation with blood. There is a finite number of organs that can be donated (you can only donate one liver), whereas blood is a renewable resource. Which is why people in need of organs end up on waiting lists. We should not need 'waiting lists' or 'priority lists' for blood transfusions, since people can give blood repeatedly (regular donors make up for some people being unable to donate) and blood can be stored.

more than 4 years ago
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US Immigration Bill May Bring a National Biometric ID Card

macaddict Re:why are people so emotional about this? (619 comments)

A driver's license is proof you had training in operating a potentially dangerous piece of machinery around others. Which is why they have ticky boxes for things like "chauffeur" and "commercial" on it. You know, because it's about driving. I agree, it shouldn't be used for anything other than employment as a driver, traffic violations, and insurance purposes! In fact, it's a perfect example of how the "oh, this card will only be used for X" is so easily corrupted!

Want to know what hysteria is? It's the "OMG TEH MEXICANS ARE STEALIN' MAH JOB!". Nevermind that these 'patriot' xenophobes tend to be the same group that practically worship symbols like the Statue of Liberty, but don't even bother to learn the inscription she carries (I'll give you a hint: "Give me your tired, your poor...") Instead of radio-collaring everyone, why don't we concentrate on fixing the broken immigration system that keeps legal applicants in limbo for years, pushing some to come here illegally instead. Oh wait, that's going to take a lot of effort and won't appease the xenophobes, so let's just put a shiny band-aid on it to get re-elected. (And with all the immigration hysteria, the fools won't even notice that we've chipped away a little more of their freedom!)

more than 4 years ago

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