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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

russotto Re:Excellent! (497 comments)

"Femenist agenda?"

Are you dense or do you not understand gaming isn't a zero-sum game? You can have a billion more ladies making games and that doesn't mean games like Hatred or Call of Duty are going anywhere.

No one objects to women making games. But who was it who ran a successful campaign to get GTA V pulled from Target Australia because, specifically, of misogyny?

about an hour ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

russotto Re:Echo chamber within a hate group (497 comments)

EVERYONE outside your echo chamber ONLY sees harassment and hate coming from people using that name. The name "GamerGate" is synonymous with a hate movement.

GamerGate isn't an echo chamber. GamerGaters do in fact question each others positions and claims. And sometimes find them wanting, as in the case of a pro-GG person who claimed he was physically assaulted and forced out of the apartment he shared with his girlfriend because of his pro-GG stance.

It's not surprising GG has a bad reputation; when you fight the press you can't expect anything but bad press.

No, see, you can STOP F*#^%& USING THE NAME "GamerGate". It is poison. It kills your point. The name was coined as part of the initial hate attacks on Zoe Quinn.

Except that it wasn't coined as part of that particular bit of chan drama. It came up a month later -- coincidentally, just as the "gamers are dead" articles came out.

1 hour ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

russotto Re:why is it AP? (208 comments)

You don't need basic computer education early. You need basic math education early. You need people to learn the basics of arithmetic early enough that you can move on to other things later, but still before high school -- other things including Boolean logic and alternate number bases as well as algebra, geometry, trignometry, and the usual.

2 days ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

russotto So what's it good for (208 comments)

The point of an AP course, in particular, is to get college credit for work done earlier. What college is going to give credit for a course like this? Maybe towards some sort of "Sociology of Computing" degree?

2 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

russotto Why did they think he was a trafficker? (437 comments)

Did they perhaps have OTHER illegal evidence that they couldn't bring to a judge to get a warrant, like a tip from the NSA perhaps?

3 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

russotto Re:They're a resource, not a "problem". (307 comments)

Computer Science *already has* a massive gender divide. Taking the nerds who are making the topic hostile to women and forcing them into close proximity to the few remaining women is a recipe for a completely gender-based educational program.

If you're going to be anti-nerd, you're going to lose out on most of your best students. It's not mere accident that CS and nerds go together.

And of course as a nerd myself, if you're anti-nerd and consider nerds to be a problem, I'm against your programs; you're just another nerd-despising member of the mainstream, dressing your hatred up in progressive ideology.

4 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

russotto Re:Embrace, Extend, Extinguish Whites/Asians from (307 comments)

I don't know, perhaps you should ask the GP poster, who posited that somehow, anybody showing enthusiasm is being "shut down by the professor" who is "cruelly rebuking them" by telling them "Let's talk about this item of common interest together after class, rather than distracting everybody in the class with topics that aren't relevant to the class."

Which actually seems like a pretty nice way of putting it, if you ask me.

Not "anybody showing enthusiasm" Specifically "guys" showing enthusiasm. Nobody but you (assuming you're the same AC) said anything about Hadoop or Erlang or any other irrelevant subject during a lecture about C; the language of the course was Python in any case.

And what the enthusiastic guys were told was "You're so passionate about the material and you're so well prepared. I'd love to continue our conversations but let's just do it one on one." This was a _stock_ answer, so obviously not a sincere invitation but rather merely a politely-phrased rebuke.

5 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

russotto Re:Let them eat cake! (307 comments)

You are absolutely correct. African Americans are the ones who chose to separate from American culture. When the US Constitution was written, African Americans volunteered to be slaves and quite vociferously demanded that they were only as 2/3rds of a person.

Can always tell a knee-jerker on this issue, because they've heard of the 3/5ths compromise but they don't know which side was which. Bonus points for getting the number wrong though.

5 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

russotto Re:Let them eat cake! (307 comments)

But people who follow your line of reasoning will be almost entirely those who would have acted that way anyway.

Game theorists?

If one group is going to define things as "us vs. them" and make the categories immutable, members of the other group have to play along or be at a disadvantage.

Do I unreasonably stereotype you? Then perhaps you should consider whether you do that same thing to others.

Hmm... let me consider that...... considered. No, you're just an ass.

5 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

russotto Re:Let them eat cake! (307 comments)

It seems to me that if we are truly one nation of Americans, we as a nation have a collective responsibility to ensure that nobody gets left behind.

Does not follow. There's always going to be winners and losers, even if there are no racial, ethnic, or gender schisms dividing them.

If we are one nation, then the onus is upon every one of us to do all we can to help undermine the barriers that keep a group of Americans, simply through accident of birth, from achieving social parity.

Unfortunately there's a prisoners dilemma here. If one subgroup chooses not to identify with the nation but only with themselves against another subgroup, they gain an advantage. The other subgroup can neutralize this disadvantage only by reacting in kind.

So, given that white men (or more specifically cis-white-hetero-males, though for the purposes of CS Asian males are included as well) are the target of various "social justice" initiatives, and in fact are now suffering for it (note the gender disparity in college admissions), it makes sense for white men to NOT be concerned with boosting the groups who have labeled them the enemy.

5 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

russotto Re:What Native American is supposed to mean (307 comments)

Then what's a better term for "people descended from people who were natives of North and South America in AD 1491, who had their land forcibly taken from them in European invasions from 1600 through 1900?"

Losers?

5 days ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

russotto Re:Where are hurricanes? The other side of the wor (185 comments)

Because that is all that matters right? 'Merica. And really only the East Coast of 'Merica.

Because that was the claim of various alarmist predictions about anthropogenic climate change made after Katrina. If they've made predictions about Asia, I hadn't heard them.

(For those keeping score, since 2005, the year of Katrina, the number of major hurricanes hitting the US mainland stands at zero. No doubt it will go up again at some point, and anthropogenic climate change will be blamed).

5 days ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

russotto Re:And where are all the hurricanes? (185 comments)

It's been a while since a cat 3 made landfall on a US shore, hasn't it?

As the old joke goes, "Shhh.... that's the climate census. They think they're alone here".

5 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

russotto Re:Embrace, Extend, Extinguish Whites/Asians from (307 comments)

In other words, they're trying to remove White males and Asians for non-merit reasons, and making it look like it was a merit-based criteria.

Certainly seems to be the way to bet. It makes sense to separate students with some knowledge from those with none (otherwise the pace of the class will be wrong for one or the other group), but the rest of the RFP does make it look like code (ha, see I can use their terms too) for booting white and Asian males out.

The problem with the Harvey Mudd concept is, as reported, it relied more on discouraging men than encouraging women. Men who showed enthusiasm would be shut down by the instructor by by telling them âoeYouâ(TM)re so passionate about the material and youâ(TM)re so well prepared. Iâ(TM)d love to continue our conversations but letâ(TM)s just do it one on one.â Which is a pretty damned cruel rebuke.

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

russotto Re:"Could", (390 comments)

Oh, that's beautiful

âoeThe West Side Highway [which runs along the Hudson River] will be under water. And there will be tape across the windows across the street because of high winds. And the same birds wonâ(TM)t be there. The trees in the median strip will change.â Then he said, âoeThere will be more police cars.â Why? âoeWell, you know what happens to crime when the heat goes up.â

The West Side Highway of course still carries traffic. Broadway through Midtown, where he said there'd be more traffic, does not. No tape across the windows. Birds not different. Trees still there. Crime is MUCH lower.

5 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

russotto Re:Best Script Ever? (297 comments)

Crystal Skull was, by most accounts, indeed crap.

It was funny as hell. For all the wrong reasons, sure, but still funny as hell. Basically it was an unintentional self-parody.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

russotto Re:Slashdotters, do your part! (1042 comments)

Yeah, herd immunity is just a card played against the freedom argument. It can't exist even theoretically for flu vaccine (where it's often proposed to exist) because flu vaccine is not effective enough, and it can't exist for pertussis. Why not? Because the acellular pertussis vaccine results in a substantial population which can spread the disease asymptomatically. It doesn't matter that the vaccine protects them from systems, they don't contribute to herd immunity because they can still pass the disease on.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

russotto Re:Wooping cough on the rise not related to vaccin (1042 comments)

Protip: Vaccines don't protect you from bacteria.

Pertussis (whooping cough) is caused by a bacterial infection. So is diphtheria, so is tetanus -- all of which the DTaP is made to protect against.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

russotto Anti-anti-vaxxer hysteria caused by bad vax (1042 comments)

It's not anti-vaxxers responsible for the whooping cough outbreaks. It's the DTaP (the 'aP' is acellular pertussis) vaccine, which just isn't very good. The old DPT vaccine provided very good protection against pertussis. The new DTaP provides weaker protection that doesn't last as long; it can't provide herd immunity in any case.

about a week ago

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US Software Developer Wages Fall

russotto russotto writes  |  about a year and a half ago

russotto (537200) writes "Despite all the talk of "skills gap" and "tech worker shortage", wages for the software industry are falling, not rising. Wages fell 2% to $99,000 in 2012. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't basic economics state that if wages are falling, there must be a surplus, not a shortage?"
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Modern man result of interbreeding with Neandertal

russotto russotto writes  |  more than 4 years ago

russotto (537200) writes "It turns out Neandertal man could, and did, interbreed with modern humans. According a study in _Science_, 1 to 4% of modern DNA from Europeans and Asians comes from Neanderthals. So next time you call someone a knuckle-dragger, remember your great-to-the-Nth grandfather probably was one too."
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Man arrested for anti-cop video on YouTube

russotto russotto writes  |  more than 6 years ago

russotto (537200) writes "In an apparent attempt to prove that while we may still have the Second Amendment, that pesky First Amendment is obselete in the digital age, Philadelphia police arrested and charged a man for posting a video on YouTube where he says that he rejoices every time a cop is killed. He was charged with aggravated assault, corruption of miniors, terroristic threats, and harassment. YouTube, demonstrating its commitment to free speech, pulled the video for "terms of service violations"."
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russotto russotto writes  |  more than 6 years ago Wow, someone out there really hates me. Used up all 5 mod points to score my comments as "Flamebait", when none of them were (and 4 of them clearly weren't).

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