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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

pla Re:Here we go again (479 comments)

The ideology in question simply states that women are equal to men. That's it.

Do homeless white males still need to check their privilege?

Kindly explain "eye rape" to me, please.

Can misandry exist?

Does giving preferential treatment to any group, at the expense of another, meet your requirement for "equality"?

2 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

pla Re:Here we go again (479 comments)

You are saying there is no hatred

No. He said "there's no hatred directed at women here" - A categorically true statement, given that I made no mention of women at all. None.

Disagree with my stance on the merits of basing your world-view on mock indignation, if you will. But do make an attempt to stick to the topic at hand, rather than whatever strawmen (sorry, "strawpersons") you'd prefer to attack.

2 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

pla Re:Here we go again (479 comments)

I said nothing about women. Reading comprehension - You can haz it?

Nice rant though, I'd recommend you save it to for next week. Protip: Look for someone actually, y'know, mentioning women, preferably in a negative way, before you recycle that drivel.

2 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

pla Re:Here we go again (479 comments)

The first person to use the term "SJW" has probably just proven the point of the article.

Funny thing about using a group's identity pejoratively...

If retards didn't exist, we wouldn't call them retards. And if we considered retards a good thing, we wouldn't use that word as an insult. Similarly, much as "retarded" replaced "idiot" and "moron", "SJW" itself replaced "PC", once that older term had become too commonplace.

If you manage to make the actual use of "SJW" gauche, you can expect to simply see something else replace it - Of course, I suppose people could just start calling them the more accurate "indignation whores", but that seems a bit too blunt to adopt for common usage.

2 days ago
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People Trained To Experience an Overlap In Senses Also Receive IQ Boost

pla Re:neat tricks (61 comments)

I'm actually the CIO and they made me part time 3D designer because of that :D

"I make half a mil a year to align the corporate IT strategy with the CEO's vision... But the company would rather use me to fill a 50k chair".

2 days ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

pla Re:Wikipedia (243 comments)

I wish I hadn't already posted so I could mod you up. Beautiful!

5 days ago
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Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

pla Re:About time for a Free baseband processor (201 comments)

Nowhere does it mention the Declaration. Go ahead, try citing it as legal authority in a courtroom and see how far it gets you, Mr. Constitutional Scholar.

Don't confuse "legal" for "ethical", Mr. Rules Lawyer.

All people have a right - An obligation - To resist an oppressive government to the greatest extent possible. For some people, that means voting. For some, it means running for office. For some, it means running issues ads. For some, it means stalling paperwork as a low-level clerk in some office deep in a government building. And for some... It means preparing for when, not if, all the lesser options fail to achieve the desired result.

FWIW, I don't think we've reached that point - yet. Getting harder and harder not to notice that the asshats in Washington seem intent on getting us there as rapidly as possible, however.

about a week ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

pla Re:Huh (223 comments)

They know everything that could go wrong in ten years of space travel.

...Except landing in a shadow in the most important 30 seconds of the mission?


Though overall, I agree, and offer the ESA a hearty congratulations - Well done! Just somewhat disappointing that the coolest part of the whole mission, while "technically" successful, won't get to do anything more than drill a few small holes.

about a week ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

pla Re:Huh (223 comments)

Y'know, I realize that all the self-righteous "Papa knows best" crowd recently learned the term "Dunning Kruger", but casually tossing it out as a way to instantly shut down any discussion works about as well as complaining about "privilege".

More importantly - For all you know, koan works for the Mars Rover program, and has a legitimate right to mock the ESA's lack of foresight.

On a purely practical level - Yes, more instruments means more weight. But to have no maneuvering capabilities, not even the ability to flip itself over if it landed on its side, or make short hops around the surface - Keep in mind the gravity here - A tiny piston slightly off-center on each side of the cube would have added a few hundred grams and meant a billion dollar mission wouldn't die later today because of shadows, of all things.

about a week ago
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Carmakers Promise Not To Abuse Drivers' Privacy

pla Re:"Court order"? (98 comments)

What does "court order" mean? Are they going to require an actual warrant, or will they just cough up your data on any request by a court? Because if a warrant ain't required, I ain't interested.

Even if they do require a warrant, I ain't interested. They can keep their BS extra features that require tracking me. I can call AAA on my own. I can read a map on my own. I can remember to schedule my regular maintenance without automated reminders based on telemetry data.

Free hint, automakers - Any feature that requires data to leave my car, I will actively disable. And even any feature that requires the car to log data locally, I will minimize to the greatest extent possible. I don't trust you, I don't trust the NSA, I don't trust the state government not to retroactively issue speeding tickets in a revenue-tight year (like they've already proven they will do with EZ-Pass type toll transponders - You know, the ones they promised (just like in TFA) they'd never use for anything other than paying your tolls).

Someone want to get rich? Develop an ODBC-II dongle that erases my car's EDR every time I turn the car off... Or for that matter, continually if possible.

about two weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

pla Re:yea no (319 comments)

Think you're smarter than a Supreme court justice?

Argumentum ad verecundiam. Try again.


Do not assume that you know the law better than a prosecutor that's poring over emails after your dean forwarded them on with a note "Hey frank, I hate this kid... screwer him if you can"

The fact that, given "six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, [you] will find something in them which will hang him" doesn't have any bearing on whether or not plagiarism itself counts as a crime. Which it doesn't.


I never said it would be a copyright law you broke. You have no idea which laws you could break... none what-so-ever...

Put up or shut up - Pick an actual law, or cede the point.

about two weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

pla Re:yea no (319 comments)

First, I agree with almost all of what you said. Never implicate yourself. Ever. Don't lie about it, don't tell the truth about it, don't say anything about it unless compelled to speak by a court (and even then, run every word by your lawyer first). However, before we go all tough-guy with "get a warrant"...


By admitting to copying someone else's code you could be confessing to a real crime that could result in time in prison.

Complete and utter bullshit. Plagiarism does not commit a crime, period. Academic violation, yes. Institutional violation, yes. Intellectual violation, yes. Probably a workplace violation in some cases (though typically only if you create content for your employer intended for public consumption). But criminal violation? No, no, no.

At most, the real author could sue for copyright violation - non-commercial, academic, non-distributed copyright violation. Good luck even finding a lawyer to waste time on that goldmine of a case.

about two weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

pla Re:The Internet Is The Way We All Do It. (319 comments)

In a way, using the internet to get the answer is the way it works in IT these days. I routinely get my solutions for problems at work by going to the internet â" I don't memorize every command and algorithm. These kids aren't cheating, they're doing it the current/modern way.

In third grade, you don't do your math homework by Googling "what is 153/17", because learning how to do it counts as the entire purpose of the exercise.

The working world cares about results. School doesn't; it cares about the steps you took to get your result.


It is to hard to decide exactly what is research and copying in these cases.

Not really, no - Unless they all copied a stock answer right out of their textbook, programming assignments don't involve "research". They require either implementing the algorithm of the week, or solving a toy "problem" that, if you speak English and have a high school diploma in the US, you need to turn in the latter if you need to look up how to approach the problem.

about two weeks ago
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How To End Online Harassment

pla Just say no (827 comments)

Just say no - To allowing the SJWs to destroy yet another site. "Once a poster crosses this line, they should lose all credibility". Indeed!


We can start by stating the obvious:

You fucktards have no sense of humor.


Similarly, it is never acceptable to ... post nude pictures

Ahahahaahahaha... 10/10, perfect, friend! I actually took you as serious up to that point. Truly a magnificent FP troll!

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

pla Re:ROFL (231 comments)

And we all wonder why there is a GamerGate scandal ....

Because some people still don't know what Naughty By Nature's lyrics meant, 23 years later?

Sorry, bud, not making the connection...

about two weeks ago
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Major Performance Improvement Discovered For Intel's GPU Linux Driver

pla Re:The "paid Microsoft tax" bit, apparently (96 comments)

Power-save -> 0, Performance -> 1

Laptop-safe -> 0, crotch-burn -> 1. :)

But yeah, I see your point, that it wouldn't have any side effects in the output-integrity sense.

about two weeks ago
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Major Performance Improvement Discovered For Intel's GPU Linux Driver

pla The "paid Microsoft tax" bit, apparently (96 comments)

I notice TFA has almost no detail beyond what TFS says. Yeah, so they found this bit that apparently has no side effects to anything else but magically boosts performance by 20%? I'll admit I haven't written a graphics card driver since back in the VESA2 days, but I can't even conceive of what function such a bit could have, without having some down side... Something like (and I don't mean this literally) disabling vsync but accepting tearing.

about two weeks ago
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First Experimental Demonstration of a Trapped Rainbow Using Silicon

pla Mind-blowingly cool, but... I don't get it. (79 comments)

Okay, I take some pride in usually understanding at least the basics behind cool science tricks like this, but I have to admit, this one just blows me away - I still don't "get", it even after reading TFAs.

So can someone explain what really happens here? Does the light keep reflecting between the two surfaces, as though caught between two "perfect" mirrors? Or do the photons (and does this depend on wave behavior, or could we do it for particles as well) just basically stop mid-air, something like an event horizon as seen from the inside? Or something else entirely?

/ Bonus points for a car analogy. XD
// Serious question, though... Thanks!

about two weeks ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

pla Re:This is rich! (264 comments)

Sure, but on the other hand nobody but a novelist or a lonely weather station operator would bother uttering the phrase "fine, dry snow blowing in the wind". They'd just say "it's snowing."

Know how I can tell you don't live somewhere that requires you to remove that fine dry blowing drifting pooling pain-in-the-ass snow from your driveway before work the next morning?

/ Though I'll take that over wet, sticky, clumping snow with a crust of ice any day! I might need to clear it three times, but it goes easy each time.

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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French anti-piracy logo uses pirated fonts

pla pla writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pla (258480) writes "Cory Doctorow reports (and FontFeed confirms, with better fact-checking) that the French governmental agency in charge of enforcing their new "Three Strikes" Law, Hadopi, has made use of not just one, but two unlicensed fonts in their official logo.

One of these, "Bienvenue", exists only as a privately owned font designed exclusively for France Telecom with no licensing terms available whatsoever. Hadopi claims they never intended that version of the logo for release — Despite having registered it (complete with infringing fonts) as a trademark two months ago. For the other font used in their logo (including both the original and the replacement), "Bliss", they didn't purchase a license to use it until the very day they found it necessary to release a non-infringing replacement logo."

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Call me paranoid, but...

pla pla writes  |  more than 8 years ago So today I posted a little off-the-cuff comment about parenting and video-games... Nothing major, though undeniably strongly opinionated. Agree or disagree as you will - Not the point of this journal entry.

First mod to it, troll. Okay, I think, I've gotten an awfully lot of those lately to posts I clearly didn't mean as trolling or flamebait, but whatever, perhaps I have an anti-fanboi.

Then later, I got two interestings and an insightful. Okay, not bad, that at least pushes me up to a +2, which with my karma bonus gives a total score of 4. Which it did indeed show.


Now, a few hours later I check back again, and see a total score of two, still with the same breakdown of a troll, an insightful, and two interestings. Biggest difference, my karma bonus has vanished (though my account still shows me as having excellent karma, so not like I magically lost my good karma between 4:30pm and 8:15pm).


So... As the subject line says, "call me paranoid, but" who has the power to change that? Do we have editors seriously abusing their powers, going around making Slashdot's moderation system even less meaningful than its normal, defective, modstorm-prone state?


I'd really like to know... I've written 1858 posts to Slashdot in the past few years, on the presumption that, except for the Gods correcting truly egregious abuses, the moderation system at least works at face value. If every slave-labor underling working at /. can just up and steal karma from posts that hit on one of their peeves, I'd like to know not to waste any more of my life contributing to a lost cause...

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Interesting ratings...

pla pla writes  |  more than 11 years ago "Score:-1, Insightful"

I can only say, "WTF"? How does an insightful comment get a -1?

Heh. If I took this seriously, I might feel somewhat concerned by the logic behind that.

Overall, though, I find it more *amusing* that one person's "insightful" equals another's "flamebait" or "troll". I can understand reduntant, or overrated, but flamebait and troll seem mutually exclusive from any positive mods whatsoever.

Strange world we live in. Well... No, just strange people in it. ;-)

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Wow, I have fans! (And freaks...)

pla pla writes  |  more than 11 years ago So, my first /. journal entry. Forgive the me-centric nature of it, but I just spent a few minutes wandering around my preferences page, and noticed all sorts of cool things.

Most interestingly, I actually have fans and freaks! Eerie.

I don't quite know *how* I got them, since I did a quick perusal of their posting history, and we don't seem to have any obvious threads in common. Do people just randomly add others to their friends and foes list?

Oh, and I seem to have moderator points once again. In all the years I've used Slashdot, I got my first moderator points only a few months ago. Now, this latest set of points makes my third (fourth?) time.

So, in other news, I managed to get a comment of mine modded out of existance today. So what have I learned from slashdot? One, don't say anything bad about Apple - those fans get *vicious*, even about very guarded criticism. And two, in a forum of mostly geeks, don't attack science (the institution, not the techniques) as little more than a modern religion, complete with priests, acolytes, and inviolable holy doctrine.

Hmm, okay. I guess I'll stop now.

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