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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

preaction Re:Total Isolation? (139 comments)

I, for one, love article summaries that condescend to me. It just wouldn't be Slashdot without condescension.

4 days ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

preaction Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

So if an actor gets photographed by a journalist, or is in a movie, they are fair game to have their privacy violated? Women should stay covered up at all times for fear that their body is seen? They certainly shouldn't ever use a camera or join a social media site.

This wasn't just a one-time "iCloud was hacked" thing. This is a continued and sustained attack against female celebrities. One of them decided to take what he had collected and go for some personal glory. Android isn't a magical island of security when everyone wants what you have.

We couldn't grow up and stop treating the naked body as a shameful thing (which of course is amplified if you're a woman and must be a pristine virgin flower until your wedding night). We couldn't stop treating these violations of privacy as a huge omgwtfbbq deal. No, we have to blame and shame the victim instead.

5 days ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

preaction Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

Who said they couldn't handle the risk? They're certainly handling the consequences.

Equating to buying stocks is false equivalence (there appears to be a lot of that in this thread). Nobody is shaming you for buying a bad stock. People aren't deliberately tanking the stock you bought in order to discredit or destroy you. Buying a stock isn't a social stigma (yet). Your gender isn't even involved in buying stocks (would anyone have looked for male pictures? would people have cared this much about them? how is Anthony Weiner doing these days?)

I don't think that we need to immediately go to the standard "We must prevent this tragedy from ever happening again!" brouhaha, and instead work on how we handle things like this. I know, it sucks that we have to grow as people in order to handle HEHEHEHEHEEH BEWBS as adults, but it puts the onus on us to reduce the impact that this level of violation has on the victim.

If we didn't care about the photos being displayed in public, would we be having this conversation?

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

preaction Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

Upvote this AC, please.

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

preaction Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

Eric Schmidt is a hypocrite who said that exactly because his company make money on selling people's information.

http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/0...

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

preaction Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

False equivalence. The pictures were not left in plain view. The attackers were cracking the account in hopes of finding something, anything, and what they happened to find was the thing most valuable to them.

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

preaction Re:Read below to see what Bennett has to say. (622 comments)

If you write your pin number on your ATM card are you not at least partially to blame when a thief finds the card and cleans out your account? Of course the thief is wrong, but wow you were stupid!

False equivalence. They didn't leave their password out. Their accounts were cracked.

about a week ago
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Birth Control Pills Threaten Fish Stocks

preaction Re:So add testosterone too (147 comments)

Yeah, I thought we were also dosing farm animals with massive amounts of estrogen to improve milk production.

about a week ago
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AnandTech's Intro To Semiconductor Tech

preaction Re:A Harder Read than Advertised (21 comments)

Every time I've heard someone say something was "self-explanatory" or "self-evident" or "obvious", it was always anything but...

about two weeks ago
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AnandTech's Intro To Semiconductor Tech

preaction Re:A Harder Read than Advertised (21 comments)

This may be an excellent article, but it is very poorly written. If only there were people whose job it was to read things and then ... change... them so they were better... Like... a changer? Is that a thing?

about two weeks ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

preaction Re:And still nothing in the US (111 comments)

It's not cheaper in the US because the government refuses to subsidize it, and indeed has done almost everything they could do to destroy Amtrak. Airlines, on the other hand, since they are private, get bailouts and subsidies and tax incentives and all sorts of help from the government.

about three weeks ago
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Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

preaction Re:You say storyboards, I say flowcharts (69 comments)

I'm wondering if those flowcharts actually do help people learn basic program flow and basic boolean logic. After a while, you don't need them, because you can think like the machine. But, for getting started, it might be a good step and encourage thought before shotgun coding.

about three weeks ago
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How To Find the Right Open Source Project To Get Involved With

preaction Re:Make sure the project wants you (57 comments)

I tend to fix my own problem and then submit the code anyway. If my dealings with the project are unsatisfactory (and they usually are), I find a new solution to my problem.

Even submitting bug reports is hit-and-miss regarding appreciating contributions...

about three weeks ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

preaction Re:Tesla's predictions (139 comments)

That's awesome. Thanks!

about a month ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

preaction Re:Internet and smart phones (139 comments)

[citation needed]. The Tesla deification is starting to get annoying.

about a month ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

preaction Re:Faulty premise (139 comments)

It's semantics, is what GP is saying. Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan wasn't about "What would happen if we had the power to create worlds?", it was a character-driven action movie about Captain Kirk. It was a good movie, but it was not a good example of SF.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

preaction Re:Prove your worth (479 comments)

It's for this reason that I love this industry. I have no college education and I am well beyond the mean salary for developers in my area. I at least double the average salary for high-school graduates.

Because I can hack it (and got some lucky opportunities to prove it), I get a job. Almost fools me into believing there's a meritocracy.

about a month ago
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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

preaction Re: what's wrong with the Metro drivers? (179 comments)

They still have to announce it manually? CTA's had automatic announcements as long as I've known.

Also, blame shitty audio equipment first. The actual CTA stations have such horrible speakers it's impossible to know what's being said.

about a month ago

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