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How To End Online Harassment

malkavian Re:Gendered Bigotry (834 comments)

Ok, so native Americans taking back America by armed force would be ok? Or areas of the world suddenly taking up arms and taking back areas around their border is suddenly ok (that's about the beginnings of world war 1 and 2).
The Falklands have been British for many generations (they've been British since 1833). The occupants are all British, and identify as being British. In votes, they chose to remain British, and actively oppose any attempt to make it otherwise. The UK was involved in negotiations to transfer the islands at Governmental level, but the now many-generations-established populace applied pressure to not allow this to happen.
The history is far more nebulous than "being owned by Argentina". If you apply proximity rules, then by your logic, Ireland should definitely be owned by England.

So, what you term "Evil" is actually supporting the wishes of a population that is well established (many generations over almost 200 years) who have lobbied hard to have their voices heard. These established occupants made it impossible to negotiate a transfer, so the only way to do it would be to evict them and force them off (which means you're pro forced resettlement of a population, which is really not a good thing).
The legal measures failed because the population of the affected area spoke their wishes.

So, not abiding by the established population's wishes, Argentina fell back to force, and sent in military to force the populace at gunpoint to claim what once was an unpopulated island (prior to England and France populating it back in the 1600's).

Have a good read of the history, and it turns out that Argentina has only very tenuous claim to the Islands.
Now, England has been allowing Ireland, Scotland and Wales to secede if they wish (i.e. the recent Scottish independence referendum). This is seen as a progressive measure.
If Argentina were to establish a claim on the Falklands, do you think they'd allow it to secede, despite the entirity of the population voting to leave? Would they hell. If they did, Falklands would secede at the first vote (they've made that plain), and would likely choose to join either England again as they historically have chosen to, or perhaps the EU.

So, no. What MT did in 1982 was exactly what she was supposed to do. Protiect British Citizens from invasion by foreigh force. Exactly what the island owners (the Falklanders, not Argentina) wished.

about a month ago

Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

malkavian Re:Burn the witch burn the witch (608 comments)

It's just mildly amusing that the state says "thou shalt not be sexist", and yet by using affirmative action is blatantly racist and sexist in a very strong way.

about 2 months ago

NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

malkavian Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (786 comments)

Just like teaching is systematically female. As is Nursing, and a whole load of other fields. When they put extra funding towards getting more men in teaching (especially primary), I'd say fair game for allowing targetting of women to male dominated fields. Lets start off with road construction gangs, sewer workers and general construction, where the female count is incredibly small (the most underrepresented fields).. Where are the cries that more women need to be in those fields?

about 2 months ago

The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

malkavian Re:So we can't call anyone stupid anymore (622 comments)

No, people try very hard to make a better world. Simply admitting we're not in a perfect one isn't shrugging and doing nothing. We know there are bad people and sick people out there. Pretending otherwise is not a survival trait. Fear of everything is also not a great trait; there's a definite balance, and that's variable on location and company.

about 2 months ago

Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

malkavian Re: Vegetarian (481 comments)

My diet is vegetarian. I only eat vegetarians. Mmmm.. Steak.

about 3 months ago

Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

malkavian Bias in the precis.. (342 comments)

Ok, so they chose women who'd left the field completely. That means getting out full stop. You don't do that for career progression, you don't usually do that for more salary. You get out because it's not for you.
Now, if they'd gone and surveyed an equal number of women who chose to stay in the field as well, and an equal number of men who had left the field entirely and also ones who chose to stay, they'd at least be showing an attempt to remove bias. But no. They chose to skew the numbers completely and then write that it's all the fault of men (again).
I nearly got out of the field because the women in management above me didn't really understand how to run an enterprise class department, which did nasty things to my health.
I'm pretty sure that if you choose men who leave the field with women management as a bias adjuster you'd find a lot that just say "management often sucks". Gender isn't necessarily the decider. Hell, where I work, the women are often far more lewd and crude than us men (for the simple reason they can; if we crack those jokes, we stand a very big risk of being had up for sexual harrassment if the gal in question is having a bad day). Politics these days are hideously misandrist, yet nobody seems to give a damn about that.

about 3 months ago

Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

malkavian For me it's (287 comments)

A Utilite Pro which gives me all the grunt I need for an always on server, coupled to an external old DroboPro with 10TB of storage.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

malkavian Re:Phoronix = fail (294 comments)

There's a reason I don't buy Gigabyte. Out of all the boards I've bought and systems I've built, Gigabyte have had the greatest chance of just plain not working, working poorly, or having some other annoyance that gets in the way.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

malkavian Re:Very subjective (382 comments)

In a discussion, the aim, for a debate on a subject, is to reach an objective approximation.
There's a world of difference between actually striving to get to the crux of a matter and saying "You suck.. So I'm not listening to what you say, because I'm right because I say I am, and you're all idiots for just believing me.".
Philosophy is the attempt to achieve rational objective approximations, and is at the heart of striving to get things better. Saying that nobody has the requirement to attempt to be better while discussing is merely an excuse for laziness and trolling. I know you don't mean it as that, and it's no slight, but that's the way it ends up.
Really, I thoroughly enjoy a discussion with someone who has a different viewpoint to me on something. It's rare I don't learn something from that. But these days, there's an awful lot of ad hominem attacks used in place of actually having an argument or point of view.
You may still wish to perceive something a particular way, but it helps to have your view widened by actually having someone else's well rationalised view on it as well..

about 4 months ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

malkavian Re:Pft (962 comments)

Actually, men are expected to have thick skin, and work themselves to the bone with no complaint. We're supposed to be the "breadwinners" and go out and bring the cash back to a family.
That means having to talk nice to others, take the hits, and bear with it. There is all kinds of abuse levelled at men in the workplace, but it's all socially acceptable, because it's considered a tough and hungry workplace.
When you post on a prominent blog, guys get all kinds of threats too. Death being the usual one, threats to family, abuse of all kinds.. MAke the wrong sound on some, and poof, there goes your job.
Now, it seems from this that women should have the right to post whatever they want, wherever they want, and have it all nice and fluffy. Honestly, yes, they should. But so should men. But nobody makes a big noise and says "men should be protected from this too". Now, if the article had said "people suffer abuse, and this should stop", I'd say hurrah, and be benind it. However, saying "women need these protections, and we honestly don't care about the men.. In fact, we blame it all on the men because they're the largest population in the segment" is horrendously sexist.

about 5 months ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

malkavian Re:Congratulations? (590 comments)

Well, space was considered "the realm of god" in those days. It's where the gods lived.. Highest mountains etc. It's not far stretch to say, actually, they were from the skies, and had technology that looked like magic. So that still fits.
Speaking English is no great shakes.. Asgard is still full of Nordic runes that they seem quite happy with. That basically says they're multi lingual (or have translator devices).. What's so great about that? Still 100% fit with the nordic pantheon.
Other deep details may have changed.. But it still follows the basic story. Thor is "the son of Odin". Since when did "son of" mean a female?
I'd have no problem with Thor buggering off for a while, and a female taking up the hammer. Some new name, or one of the females of the pantheon. What completely doesn't make sense is having a female character _become_ Thor, just because she takes up a weapon used by Thor.
That's like you using your computer at work all day, and moving on to the next job (or being fired), and just because people are way too lazy, they simply force the next person in of an opposing gender to take your name and identity because they can't be assed to do anything new. It's lazy pandering.
A complete gender change while keeping the name is just stupid. Adds nothing. If you feel differently, just name your daughters to Brian and Kevin. That's about the same kind of thing.

about 5 months ago

Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

malkavian Re:Grace Hoppper would be PISSED (548 comments)


1) Some girls choose to be sex objects. Feminists tell them they can't be. Most females are not sex objects (though in interpersonal relationships there are aspects of that, the same way a man has an aspect of sex object to females). So, to be roughly correct, most females aren't exclusively sex objects at all times, though most probably choose to be at times in certain circumstances.
2) That's definitely true. But if everyone held to that correct notion, it would deprive many a pretty gal (or handsome guy) of one of their very potent weapons.. Smart and pretty is a very, very potent mix. If you underestimate that, do so at your own peril, as you'll likely be facing them looking down at you on the corporate ladder from quite a height in the future. Knowing it and being fooled by it are two different things.
3) Again, true.

The majority of people already know all that though. There's nothing new in there at all.

about 6 months ago

Public Interest In Great White Shark Devours Research Site's Servers

malkavian Re:Poor server (57 comments)

Illegal in many places due to Necrophilia, Beastiality and Sadism laws?

about 6 months ago

Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

malkavian Re:Before you start complaining... (548 comments)

If you're in the Western world, in the Global Economy, you're not worth what you're paid.

about 6 months ago

Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

malkavian Lanted Ale.. (332 comments)

Back in the "old days" (medieval), Beer was preserved by adding Lant, to give Lanted Ale.
Lant is stale urine, and it acted as a marvelous preservative. So, adding urine in this fashion to that volume won't be a problem. It's just one of perception..

about 8 months ago

How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

malkavian Re:But are they being forced? (226 comments)

Nice when you get the time to develop every system from scratch, and don't have multiple departments saying "We need this now". And actually meaning it.
Then having to ensure that what you've put in place stays up with a 24x7x365 uptime requirement, and recoverability to the last transaction.
Oh, and hey, this thing that some department has purchased because they couldn't wait for the system to created, it only runs on another version of Linux (or on Windows with SQL Server!).. They need that put in there too.. You say no? The execs say yes, as they're already bought into it.
And the regular programming load while you're setting this in? Not getting any lighter.
Building things back to initial point in time is simple; any full fledged config management system can do that at the press of a button. Keeping it running, tuned, and error free.. That's the interesting bit.

about 8 months ago

How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

malkavian DevOps that work.. (226 comments)

A working DevOps group should be an amalgamation of the Dev team and Ops teams.
Trying to forge one team where everyone knows everything simply sets a level of mediocrity; you can research so far down an avenue in a given time, and get only so good at it.
I've learned from the ground up (i.e. electronics, basics of VLSI, board design, basic OS design, all layers of the stack programming), and went from there on to system admin. Then did a stint as a developer using the knowledge that I had from my earlier history, and found that the sysop area of my knowledge atrophied in the detail (and the devil is _always_ in the detail) the more I concentrated on being a better dev.
Went back to more of the operator/business side of things, and lo and behold, the more I go into systems and how to put together a proper reliable, recoverable infrastructure, the more my dev is atrophying. I'm half management these days, which means the ops side _and_ the dev side are both atrophying. The guys that do it in a dedicated fashion are more familiar with the latest tech than I am..

You can be a jack of all trades.. But I seriously hope a company doesn't rely on you to get them out of trouble when the fecal matter hits the fan.. If you've been spending most of your time developing, with the nod to tuning the servers so your app runs better, you're not likely to have been able to put the time in to develop the wider infrastructure to support things going fubar, or had the time and concentration to really work out what is likely to get you.

Having a few people marked as DevOps would be useful when you need to populate a middle ground.. They can work with both dedicated ops, and dedicated dev to ensure that scalability is baked in, and resilience is baked in to the apps. When it comes to ensuring the boxes are kept in tidy order for everyone, and get to be able to recover from the smoking ruins.. That's where the dedicated ops shine. When you really want that app to do something really slick, that's when a dedicated dev shines.

Small scale, a DevOps person would work. The larger you scale, the less appropriate it becomes (as the only solution; a big company with the techs being solely a DevOps team would scare me).

about 8 months ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

malkavian Re:Quid pro quo here. (1116 comments)

True, but if you really disagreed with it sufficiently, then you'd certainly not be donating money to them. At most, it would be an irrelevance. Except, of course, if you can use it against someone else to your advantage..

about 8 months ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

malkavian Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1116 comments)

You know, it's practically impossible to do anything these days without supporting someone, or something that'll supress the rights of others..
Ever bought anything made in China? If you have, congratulations. You've funded the suppression of rights on a massive scale.

about 8 months ago



The rise of Copyfraud: Stealing the Public Domain.

malkavian malkavian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

malkavian writes "One of the largest complaints that arise time and again in many public forms, Slashdot especially, is the very much one sided approach to Copyright, and the not-so-slow erosion of the public domain.
On top of the Corporate lobbying to remove increasingly larger parts of the Public Domain, there is now a move that's becoming increasingly common, whereby works are directly taken from the Public Domain and effectively stolen by a single company leveraging protections provided under Copyright Law.
The register is carrying an article on this, based on a paper by Jason Mazzone at the Brookly Law School which details in a stark way the problems that are now becoming evident by an overly strong Copyright system, whereby the one that claims Copyright (no matter how falsely) is the one that gets control over a given resource. It also shows other power grabs (some being made with good intentions) that are being made over a resource which should have no governing entity, and and should belong freely, and with no encumberance, to all.
Rather than just provide problems, some possible solutions are also proposed, which should give everyone good food for debate as to their possible efficacy."

RealNetworks sues the major US Movie Studios

malkavian malkavian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

malkavian (9512) writes "In an interesting turn of events, RealNetworks, who produced a product called "RealDVD" to back up a DVD complete with the encryption keys is baring its fangs at the major US Movie studios.
In essence, it is claiming that because the studios granted it a legal license to use the CSS decryption system, just because it is using that licence in an unexpected (but not explicitly denied) way, then the action taken by the movie studios against it to get the product taken off the market falls under the provision of the anti-trust laws."

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UK Government embraces Open Source software

malkavian malkavian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

malkavian (9512) writes "The BBC is reporting that in a rare outbreak of common sense, the UK Government is now taking a long overdue stance on the treatment of Open Source, and standards compliance of its systems.
The caveat to the article mentioned is still that the Open Source solution should be considered "when it delivers best value for money", which will still likely be an exercise in manipulations of statistics and "Total Cost of Ownership" figures.
It shows that there is now concern over licensing issues, ability to have software modified such that it may be able to perform tasks specific to the organisations, actually being able to communicate with everyone (rather than only people who have invested in a particular version of a proprietary application), getting true value for money in a competitive market, and being able to store information in a well understood and open format that will still be readable in years to come."

Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy travels again.

malkavian malkavian writes  |  more than 6 years ago

malkavian (9512) writes "The BBC reports that the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy is gaining a new instalment, despite the sad demise of its author Douglas Adams in 2001.
Adams's wife has given the approval for the continuation of more than slightly surreal adventures to Eoin Colfer, the author of the popular Artemis Fowl series of children's books.

While many fans of the series will likely be sceptical about the series being penned by a new author, surprisingly (or perhaps not) this is a sentiment that is echoed by Colfer himself, as another ardent fan of the series. Hopefully, this stance of a good author (personally, I really like Colfer's works, and his general offbeat and slightly surreal style) with a genuine passion for the subject will bring to life a new work that even Douglas Adams would have approved of.
In this world of increasingly restrictive Copyright Law, where everyone seems to be holding on to works for dear life (or grim cash), it seems good to see new life and new stories in a much respected setting by an enthusiastic, passionate, and genuinely fitting author."


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