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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

martas Re:Pft (806 comments)

It is relevant when the focus is placed on sexism rather than fuckwadism. The use of sexist insults is incidental. You could convince every person on the planet that sexism is bad and they shouldn't be sexist, and people who are trying to be hurtful would still use sexist insults because they're effective.

And I wasn't ridiculing anti-anti-trans sentiment, I was ridiculing the fact that these sort of discussions so often center around a specific set of attributes (LGBTQQIAAP+) that do not reflect the absolute (i.e. non-relative) prevalence of abuse which centers on them. OP's assertion was that anyone who is "different from a straight, cis, white man" is attacked. Well, Gabe Newell is all of those things, but how much bullshit do you suppose he's had to deal with because he's obese? "Straight cis white man" has just become a moniker for "evil" in certain circles, which is why I'm sure OP didn't even give any thought as to how informative/useful/relevant each modifier was to the discussion.

6 hours ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

martas Re:Pft (806 comments)

His point is that they're not fuckwads because they're "sexist, racist, homopobic, tranphobic", but that they're "sexist, racist, homopobic, tranphobic" because they're fuckwads. Also, I think it's pretty funny that in the list of "teh patriarchy" adjectives, "cis" has become so standard despite referring to about 0.3% of the population. I guess the more victim classes you have, the stronger your case sounds. In which case, here are some other classes you could have used, thank me later: mentally ill, physically ill, young, old, bald, poorly endowed in the genital area, ugly, pretty, skinny, fat, redhead, bucktoothed, swole, hairy, flat-chested, less-than-fluent in the language being used, cross-eyed, far or near sighted, and virgin. And that's just off the top of my head, I'm sure I could come up with more.

11 hours ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

martas Re:Creepy? (106 comments)

You know what else has the potential to make people feel safer and possibly act recklessly more often? Seatbelts. And car roofs. And the safety catch on a gun. And railings on ledges and stairwells. And literally every other safety feature everywhere that anyone knows about.

about a week ago
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On 4th of July:

martas Re:CERN, not just Brits, and SGML,GIF,JPEG (340 comments)

there were people who got that the big win was content description, not format description, and many of the problems we have today are because too many people lost sight of that and wanted authors to control presentation instead of readers, forcing us to deal with flash and Javascript and lots of other brokenness

Sounds like someone needs to invent the InTeXnet

about two weeks ago
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Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

martas Re:Creating emotional response is not the issue (219 comments)

People use facebook with the expectation that they are seeing a (reasonably) objective representation of what their friends are trying to express or convey. Facebook is the equivalent of the telephone in a telephone call.

That claim would make sense if people commonly held telephone conversations with hundreds of people simultaneously who say things continuously all day long. There are plenty of forums on the Internet that display information based on simple rules like "most recent post at the top". But as long as you, your family, and just about everyone else in the country are using Facebook instead of one of those forums, then the only thing you're complaining about regarding this story is that they, for once, decided to share the results of one of what has to be hundreds or thousands of similar experiments they've already performed to come up with the IR algorithms they have running now.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

martas Re:This is not advertising (219 comments)

"Everyone else is doing it" is a juvenile argument that little kids make to justify behaviors that they shouldn't be engaging in.

Ugh, didn't you disgust yourself while typing that out? There was a lot more to OP's argument than that, as you very well know. And that's on top of the Olympian leap it must have taken to claim that a private company tweaking the information filtering algorithms for their entirely optional leisure service can constitute a violation of personal sovereignty, which is a concept more commonly reserved for discussions on issues like indentured servitude...

about three weeks ago
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Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

martas Re:I think it's fine (219 comments)

So then is product placement in a movie or TV show unethical?

about three weeks ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

martas Re:So....far more than guns (454 comments)

Being suicidal is not always a persistent state. Suicide is often impulsive, so your claim is not completely valid.

about a month ago
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

martas Re:Immediate change in the ball shape. (270 comments)

No no no, it has to be a large white cube, with "BASKETBALL" written in the middle of every side in all caps. Orange spheres are sooo win95.

about 2 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

martas Re:Right. (379 comments)

It seems like you're paying a premium to get less hardware.

Otherwise known as portability, otherwise known as the reason why there are computing devices on the market that aren't desktop towers. There is a power vs portability vs cost tradeoff, and the Surface is somewhere between iPads and laptops. That's all. I personally don't have a need for something like that, but I can imagine users who would.

about 2 months ago
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Wayland 1.5 Released

martas Re:Wayland is nothing until (179 comments)

And how often do you need remote display support while using a machine?

about 2 months ago
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Wayland 1.5 Released

martas Re:Wayland is nothing until (179 comments)

Yeah, I mean, X forwarding is one of those things that you very rarely need, and when you do, it either doesn't work at all because [inexplicable reasons that can't be fixed without admin on a machine you don't own or having to restart a machine that's 200 miles away], or it sort of works but makes you wish it didn't because it's too slow/glitchy. Typically ssh does the trick, sometimes combined with forwarding gnome-open to view images/pdfs/whatever (which is terrible due to the aforementioned reasons), because scp'ing every time is even more painful. All my needs would be perfectly satisfied with something that combined ssh for some cli, and some kind of automated easy to set up and disable file updating utility (like dropbox without the third party server). Since I only ever need this stuff once in a blue moon ad hoc, setting up svn or something like that is just overkill. Example -- I want to run some code on a remote machine that plots a figure or pdflatex's some file and quickly view the output, without downloading a copy of all the code/data. I have yet to find a way to do this that isn't extremely awkward...

about 2 months ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence

martas Re:My concern is far less esoteric (255 comments)

What percent of drivers today do you think could respond to an "interesting" situation in non-catastrophic ways? If you're a professional driver who has undergone training in responding to extreme scenarios properly and without making things worse by overreacting, sure, keep driving manual. But most people, I think, are so far from that level of competence that the reduced number of "interesting" situations due to the conservatism and consistency of self-driving cars would far outweigh the potential slight increase in bad human handling of said situations.

about 2 months ago
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What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

martas Re:Work the way down to no license (301 comments)

Eh? Being able to operate a tool effectively has very little to do with being able to understand said tool. It's much easier to use an iPhone than the ENIAC 1, despite the former being billions of times more powerful and complex.

about 2 months ago
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The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering

martas Re:That's causal inference (95 comments)

Cool, you keep giving her sacks of potatoes and understanding why she's angry. I'd rather give her a box of chocolates, and not understand why I got laid.

about 3 months ago
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The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering

martas That's causal inference (95 comments)

Judea Pearl and others have done a lot to work that out. It's the science of answering "what if". It's not impossible.

about 3 months ago

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WHO issues Europe measles warning

martas martas writes  |  more than 2 years ago

martas (1439879) writes "Are we seeing the results of the anti-vaccine movement? From the BBC: 'European countries need to act now to tackle measles outbreaks, the World Health Organization warns. The WHO report says there were over 26,000 measles cases in 36 European countries from January to October 2011. ... In England and Wales, there were just under 1,000 confirmed measles cases in that period — compared with just 374 in the whole of 2010. ... Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe, said: "The increase in measles in European countries reveals a serious challenge to achieving the regional measles elimination goal by 2015."'"
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Website age ratings 'an option'

martas martas writes  |  more than 5 years ago

martas (1439879) writes "'Film-style age ratings could be applied to websites to protect children from harmful and offensive material, Culture Secretary Andy Burnham has said. ... He said some content, such as clips of beheadings, was unacceptable and new standards of decency were needed.' The only reason I think this will never happen, even in the UK, is that it seems practically impossible to implement and enforce on the Internet."
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