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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

seebs Oh, come on. (288 comments)

Greenpeace is to the ecology roughly what Autism Speaks is to the autistic community, or what Bennett Haselton is to articles that aren't painfully stupid.

This is not news, and it does not deserve attention or reporting.

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

seebs Re:Pft (962 comments)

Well, one option would be to actually make friends with enough people that you could collect your own data.

I mean, it's an Internet comment thread. People are just reporting what they've encountered. It's just that I've consistently found that what they report is wildly different.

about a week ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

seebs Re:Pft (962 comments)

I suspect there's not much actual wanting to kill, just wanting to threaten. And why? Because there's a lot of guys who are very threatened by the idea that women could be as good at stuff as they are.

about a week ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

seebs Re:Pft (962 comments)

Oh, he was totally planning to prove a predetermined point. He was going to write about how women were just whining and it wasn't a problem.

about a week ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

seebs Re:The problem is the other way round... (962 comments)

None of this is at all true. Go look at actual research data on things like how much people interrupt and get interrupted, or how likely people are to react to something someone says.

Most women who are in professional environments have had the experience where they propose a course of action, and people ignore them and keep talking, and then some guy proposes the same exact course of action, and everyone agrees with it, and concludes that the guy had the idea. Watch carefully in meetings and you can see it too. It's sort of magical.

about a week ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

seebs Re:Limited perspective (962 comments)

See, you're complaining that they don't know what your experiences are like. But you don't know what theirs are like, and given how you talk about it, you certainly aren't spending time talking to people to learn enough that you could make the comparison.

You know what I rarely come across? Aspiring software engineers, at all, period. I mean, I'm not in college. It doesn't come up.

But given the level of overt hostility women encounter, my first explanation for an apparent shortage of "good female software engineers" would be that the people who would have been good at it left because they wanted to have a job where people didn't habitually harass them.

about a week ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

seebs Re:Just because... (962 comments)

Uh.

Actually, it is pretty much the case that women in general are harassed by men.

I'm 42. I've known dozens of women well enough to talk to them about their experiences. I think maybe one or two of them report that harassment stuff like this is fairly rare for them. The rest regard it as pretty ordinary.

about a week ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

seebs Re:Pft (962 comments)

It's actually really easy to check this out, because you can use whatever name you want on the Internet.

Someone decided to prove that women were just whining, recently.

What happened? He lasted two hours. Then he deleted the account, because he couldn't take it. The women I've talked to report that what he encountered is normal for them.

about a week ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

seebs Re:Pft (962 comments)

They're not even close to the same frequency. I know people of both genders in the game industry. The guys regard death threats as an exceptional event, and might not see one in any given five-year period. The women, if they're at all visible, get them pretty much constantly.

about a week ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

seebs Re:Pft (962 comments)

I've been seeing how men treat other men for a very long time now, and it is in general not even remotely similar to the kinds of abuse that the women I know take for granted in gaming communities. Like, for instance, I can post about how I like a game someone else dislikes, or dislike a game they like, and no one who thinks I'm male will threaten to rape me for it.

about a week ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

seebs Re:Such harassment (362 comments)

No, see. The concept of "rape culture" doesn't trivialize rape. But I think it's reasonable to refer to cultural norms and behaviors which do in fact seem to promote the idea that rape is an expected or normal thing as "rape culture".

I admit, I was pretty skeptical of this notion for a long time, because it seemed unreasonably extreme. Then I saw news coverage about some people being tried for rape talking about how it was going to be bad for their careers if they got convicted. Then I saw high school athletic coaches saying they were going to educate their boys on, get this, the importance of not filming or talking about it if they sexually assaulted girls.

Now I concede that, yes, there really is a larger-scale problem that is going to have to be addressed. Yes, personal responsibility is a thing, but the fact is, statistics are also a thing, and if doing one thing at a societal level increases the number of rapes, and doing something else lowers the number, doing the former thing and then complaining that it should be all about personal responsibility seems pretty, well, irresponsible.

And while, yes, we can totally continue to meaningfully blame people for their own choices, I think it's pretty reasonable to think that adults going out of their way to tell boys how important it is to avoid getting caught, rather than how important it is not to sexually assault people in the first place, could create in boys the impression that such choices were accepted and respected.

A non-zero number of rapists do not realize that what they did is actually rape. Because they've been told that it's okay for girls to cry, or that girls owe them sex and it's legitimate to push the issue, or whatever else. And yes, people really get told that.

about two weeks ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

seebs Re:Such harassment (362 comments)

Maybe I'm just not inventing the radical motivations from whole cloth so I don't have to think the world needs improving?

It's not at all the case that lumping together disparate severities of things in statistics is saying they're "just as bad". It's just saying that they share a common characteristic which makes it useful to study them together. Since "harassment" as a legal category is a usefully studyable thing, that seems like a reasonable way to frame questions when studying the topic. You could also ask different questions, but I suspect that if the questions were sensical at all, you'd end up with overall similar results regardless of which questions you picked.

about two weeks ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

seebs Re:Such harassment (362 comments)

I don't think they think the "trifling" transgressions are "just as bad". I've never heard anyone say, or even suggest, that they are "just as bad".

On the other hand, I've seen very good evidence presented that the "trifling" transgressions tend to correlate strongly with environments in which people are a lot more comfortable pushing things a lot harder. which means that there is at least some reason to believe that they may contribute to an environment where people will think they can get away with rape. That, and "trifling" transgressions can have a significant cumulative effect over time.

about two weeks ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

seebs Re:Anonymity makes sense for special cases. (238 comments)

You're failing to distinguish between anonymity and pseudonymity.

You could argue that "seebs" isn't my "real name", although it's the only name I reliably answer to. But I've got ~30 years of history using this name, and nowhere near as much visible history under the name on my government ID, so this is the one I care about.

about two weeks ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

seebs Re:The Internet is meant to be anonymous (238 comments)

How do you know whether those were their "real name"? I knew a guy who once got interviewed for a newspaper, and they reported his name exactly as written; Tsu Dho Nimh.

about two weeks ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

seebs Re:They did that now? (238 comments)

What they really banned wasn't "names which aren't yours" but "names which don't look like they are real names". There was no effort at all to enforce the accuracy of names unless they thought you were impersonating someone. But if you had a not-very-Western name, well, that was a possible problem. And once you got into the "we don't think that looks like a name" thing, they wanted real documentation of some sort.

I never did find a way to make that happen, but eventually I talked to someone who knew someone who could put me in touch with a guy who could fix my account.

about two weeks ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

seebs Re:The frick? (238 comments)

Someone I know had that happen to her even though she had never intentionally signed up for any part of google+. Something caused her account to get tied to it, then they nuked her stuff.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

seebs Nothing, really. (509 comments)

Seriously, try to imagine describing a lot of the things people do professionally now to someone 30 years ago. Some of them are genuinely incomprehensible. Quite a lot, even.

You can't have a future-proof job. You will have to adapt as the world changes.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

seebs That makes no sense. (183 comments)

Don't try to use super-low-power things for software development. Get something that will run things quickly and efficiently, and turn it off when you're not using it.

about three weeks ago
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FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

seebs Huh, I had that problem with AT&T... (110 comments)

But never with T-mobile. AT&T did indeed allow third parties to start charging us without permission, then made it a fair amount of hassle (from my point of view, anyway) to cancel the services which we never requested. Never had a problem on any of our t-mobile lines.

about a month ago

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Why OOXML is not a good standard

seebs seebs writes  |  more than 6 years ago

seebs writes "IBM published an article I wrote on OOXML. Lest people buy into Microsoft's claims about IBM's political maneuvering, this was my idea. If you've wanted a more technical explanation of why the standard is unusable, now's your chance to read up on it!"
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YouTube hides/deletes Scientology-related videos

seebs seebs writes  |  more than 6 years ago

seebs writes "For a couple of days, videos critical of the Church of Scientology mysteriously had their view counts frozen — this was claimed to be a "technical issue" that would be resolved.

Now, those videos are gone, being deleted almost immediately after showing up, for "terms of service violations" which have never been identified or explained. Most likely, it's the hidden term of service that says "we don't want to be Fair Game, sorry."

Is Google going back on their promise to Not Be Evil?"

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Blu-ray users "knew what they were getting int

seebs seebs writes  |  more than 6 years ago

seebs writes "Blu-ray early adopters "knew what they were getting into," say blu-ray developers, announcing that every single blu-ray player ever sold, except for PS3 systems, is obsolete and will be unable to play forthcoming blu-ray discs, and no upgrade path will be available or even technically possible. This announcement was delayed until a couple of major studios shifted their support from HD-DVD (whose players will continue to work as long as discs are made) to blu-ray."
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New Haven: Flour is a felony

seebs seebs writes  |  more than 6 years ago

seebs writes "According to the city of New Haven, Connecticut, the best response to people marking a running trail with flour is felony charges. Apparently, someone decided it was possible that the substance was in some way bad, and that made it a bioterrorism scare. According to email I got from the city, they react "aggressively and without hesitation to any act or behavior that is determined to be dangerous, unusual, or a threat to the public's safety". My advice would be not to go there; if you do something unusual, they could charge you with a breach of the peace."
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Silicon Knights engages in Epic lawsuit

seebs seebs writes  |  about 7 years ago

seebs writes "According to various stories, Silicon Knights is suing Epic, the developers of Unreal Engine, alleging, well, all sorts of bad stuff. Gamasutra covers it too. This is a big deal for a lot of people, as UE3 has been licensed by lots of companies (some sources say 150!) for lots of games, and now there's allegations (which Epic denies) that it doesn't perform well, isn't usable on the PS3, and so on. Gamer drama! Bring popcorn."
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