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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

mellon Re:Not what Skype is for me. (144 comments)

I use SIP for my PoTS gateway. It's pretty seamless. Something like Tox, if it works, would be an incremental improvement.

11 hours ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mellon Re: Her work (1221 comments)

Again you are completely missing the point she was making and the point of this slashdot article. The point she was making is that women in the games she's reviewing are uniformly depicted in these sexualized death poses and sexualized death scenes, and men are not depicted that way. That is gender stereotyping. And the point of TFA is that whether you agree with her about this or not, it's not a reason to threaten her and her parents with torture and death.

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mellon Re:Her Videos Are Shit (1221 comments)

Finding police blotters online is difficult. I went looking for any police blotter during the period that the original Kickstarter kerfuffle happened, and the only one I found was four months previous to that event. So the absence of such evidence online is not evidence that there was no police investigation.

Also, the idea that someone would publish their home address and their parents' home address online in the context of graphic death threats in order to get attention is not plausible. If she were obviously insane, perhaps, but she gives every appearance of being a sane, stable and intelligent person. Even if everything you've said about her is true, I don't find the conclusion you are drawing at all credible.

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mellon Re:Her work (1221 comments)

Yes, and this is gender stereotyping, and if you read more feminist writing, you will discover that feminists are just as opposed to the stereotyping of men in these commercials as they are the stereotyping of women.

There's a huge leap from "men are not the weakest and stupidest characters in a video game" and "brutal depictions of violence against women," and "the use of scantily-clad female corpses as decoration." If men were being depicted as weaker and stupider than women in the game that would also be gender stereotyping.

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mellon Re: Her work (1221 comments)

If you find depictions of hookers being abused and murdered, or the dead bodies of women posed seductively, as life-defining, you are not typical. And while I do feel for you, the right thing to do is start redefining your life now, not just accept that where you are at the moment is where you must always be. We all experience some fucked up shit when we are growing up. It doesn't have to define us.

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mellon Re: Her work (1221 comments)

If any member of the gender is not insulted, the entire gender was not insulted. And honestly, the idea that an appreciable subset of members of the gender would feel insulted by her videos is insulting to the gender, because it is an actual gender stereotype, directed at all members of the gender. Whereas her videos did not engage in gender stereotyping at all, but rather criticized specific game tropes in a way that was entirely compassionate and respectful of that same gender. IOW, she did not say "these tropes work on men, so men suck." She said "these tropes work on men, and promote an attitude toward women that is unnatural and not normal for men." So I would say she's being a lot more generous toward the gender than you are.

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mellon Re:Her work (1221 comments)

Oh FFS. RFTA. The threats are credible enough to take seriously. They contain information no sensible person would willingly post about themselves in such a context.

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mellon Re: Her work (1221 comments)

Huh. I'm male, and I didn't feel insulted. I am also concerned about the issues she raised, and support her exploration of them, although I do not always agree with her conclusions. Why is it "insulting the entire gender" to say "gosh, you might want to consider whether using dead female bodies posed in necrophilic-erotic positions is really a healthy or appropriate thing to do." Personally I find it insulting to my gender that the creators of the game thing I would willingly tolerate such imagery. Essentially what the game producers are saying is "men are brutes with no compassion, let's pander to that." It's disgusting and insulting.

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mellon Re:Her Videos Are Shit (1221 comments)

Okay. Suppose that's true. This justifies graphic torture/death threats?

I've watched her videos too. I think her main problem is that she's a bit of a perfectionist—e.g., her criticisms of The Hunger Games (the book) are valid, but unnecessary: the book is more than good enough, even if there are things that could have been done better differently. But this particular video seems pretty accurate based on my experiences of video games. It's hard to find games I'm willing to play, because I am not willing to play through scenes like the ones depicted in her recent video.

Now, having said that, do you feel that I too should suffer death threats and threats of torture, or is the correct response simply to explain why you disagree with me, or why your experience differs from mine?

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mellon Re:Her work (1221 comments)

The topic, which you might get if you read the summary, is that she's received credible death threats. Do you think it's okay for people to receive death threats when they say something you don't agree with? E.g., was it okay when they put a price on Salman Rushdie's head?

4 days ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

mellon Re:well... (530 comments)

Well, if you aspire to be (as opposed to eat) sous vide steaks, I guess there's no problem at all.

5 days ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

mellon Re:Feedback loops (273 comments)

We haven't put a man on the moon since I was a kid. And putting a man on the moon isn't very useful if there aren't any women and there's no place to grow food. We kind of need to make things work here. Sure, some of us might survive. Or we might not. Get rid of our technological civilization by decimating the population and hence eliminating the people who know how to make the stuff that makes us a technological civilization, and suddenly the "we can go to the moon" story gets _really_ implausible.

about a week ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

mellon Re:This is what they mean by "point of no return" (273 comments)

Whoopee! Those of us who survive can eat insect meat and drive around in methane-powered death vehicles with mohawks and face paint! Yay!

You are basically making shit up here. Sorry. More heat doesn't necessarily mean more rain, and simple turbine systems are very inefficient and require a pretty high level of technology to maintain (you need to be able to smelt and machine steel).

Meanwhile, in ten years we might have the ability to safely grow replacement organs in peoples' bodies. We might be on the verge of building an amazing new world. Why are we throwing this away just so we can drive fucking humvees down the highway and live in poorly insulated homes with the thermostat turned up to 80 and buy stupid tchotchkes made in factories in China powered by coal?

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

mellon Re:In other words... (338 comments)

You're thinking of the Articles of Confederacy, which preceded the Constitution. Study your history.

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

mellon Re:Correction: (338 comments)

What? No they aren't. This isn't telephone service—it's internet service. There are no regulations requiring them to provide service out in the boondocks. Indeed, Verizon and AT&T received massive government subsidies to expand broadband service to rural customers, and then just decided not to do it and kept the money.

When I lived in rural southeastern Arizona, I got my DSL service from Valley Telecom, a local customer-owned cooperative that provides internet service, telephone and cellular to the poorly served areas of that rather sparsely populated corner of the state. I had 1.5mbps DSL in 2006 10 miles up a dirt road outside of Bowie, Arizona, pop. 300, for a very reasonable price, and VTC was doing just fine financially. It was a bit cheaper than my current service from Comcast, but that's precisely because Comcast only serves the areas where it can make a profit.

Meanwhile, back in Verizon territory, my mom, who is on the selectboard of her town (pop. 1200, small but much more dense than Bowie) could not get any kind of broadband in 2006, and the town wound up having to set up their own municipal broadband wireless service using Motorola Canopy radios and a microwave link to Mt. Tom because that's the only way they could avoid a massive drop in property values due to the lack of this essential service in the town, despite the fact that Verizon had been receiving money to pay for installing broadband to towns just like hers for the previous decade.

So maybe some shill from a cable company told you all about how supporting rural customers is why their service is so expensive, but that's a complete load of bullshit. Local and state governments don't currently have authority to impose regulations of this type on ISPs.

about two weeks ago
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Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

mellon Re:Authors' consent (117 comments)

ISTM they are allowing others to be unethical, and profiting from that. I guess you could call that unethical as well, but it's a different form of unethical. Until we have a business model for open source software that works repeatably, I have trouble finding a problem with this. (And yes, I've been burned selling service on open source software in the past.)

about two weeks ago
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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

mellon Re:Something in this? (105 comments)

Yup, I have the same problem. I think it's because you don't see the cover of the book every time you pick it up. This would be a really easy UI fix.

about two weeks ago
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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

mellon Re:No difference (105 comments)

That wouldn't explain the different results among kindle folks versus paper folks, though.

I suspect that the lack of physical pages does make a difference in terms of knowing where you are in a book. I certainly know that I can often open a physical book to the location of something I remember and come really close, particularly if it's a book I'm studying, but even for novels.

But knowing exactly where you are in a book does not necessarily affect your comprehension of the book. I don't see any reason why it should. So yes, the lack of positional memory may make a difference in some test methodologies, but it doesn't mean people get less out of reading Kindle books. I mean, books on tape give you a completely different experience of the book than a paper book too; in some ways you probably get more, and in some ways less. This is the same sort of thing, I think.

about two weeks ago

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