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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

seebs Re:Why do people listen to her? (584 comments)

Not really related, there were lots of people using other preservatives already, and long before it was established that Wakefield was commiting deliberate fraud, it was well-established that if something in vaccines was causing autism, it wasn't thimerosal.

3 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

seebs Re:Why do people listen to her? (584 comments)

I think that's because you're fucking with a well-researched medical procedure based on absolutely no information whatsoever that would show that you have a reason to do so.

3 days ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

seebs Re:Rift (181 comments)

Yeah. Rift does a very good job. I know at least one person who was raiding without ever having spent any money on the game, and also without having bought credits (the store currency) with in-game money. The game is built around the same tuning that was generally regarded as acceptable when it was subscription-based, and the majority of the purchases go towards convenience things, cosmetics, and gambling. If you really want to be powerful, the best stuff still requires you to actually play the game.

about a week ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

seebs Re:free to play isn't worth defending (181 comments)

Except... It's not actually true that these are all "games that are designed to exploit people for money on a continuous basis". At least some of the games that have adopted F2P models have worked very, very, hard to avoid exploiting players.

about a week ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

seebs Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

That's a nice attempt at a dodge, but unrelated to the actual point, which is that you can find clear evidence of previously-existing hostility. It's not that people act to hurt whatever group of people they're bigoted against, and get backlash, and then start being hostile. They're hostile first.

about two weeks ago
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Judge (Tech) Advice By Results

seebs Re:TLDR? Exactly. (162 comments)

I've never actually seen him say something worthwhile, and often what he says is painfully stupid. I don't know what the gimmick is, but it's been sort of a long-running sore point for ages. He's the one thing Slashdot has that's more annoying than the obvious insertions from the DICE people.

about two weeks ago
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Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

seebs Re:There's only one thing; (257 comments)

Pretty much this, yeah.

You know, if any other part of your body hurt or stopped working as-expected, you'd probably go to a doctor pretty early on. But we have this cultural ideal that "willpower" is a virtue, so people want to "be strong". But you know, if stamina were a "virtue", would that mean that you should just laugh it off if you suddenly couldn't do normal things without being out of breath? No, it would not.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

seebs Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

This is wrong in so many ways. We have always recognized at least some marriages which we knew perfectly well would never produce children, because children are only part of the point of marriage. The purpose of marriage is to create family relationships. That's useful for kids, but it's also beneficial to lots of other people. Furthermore, there have been plenty of places recognizing marriages between same-sex couples for years, and even if there weren't, so what? We are allowed to do new things if we think they're useful.

Mostly, it comes down to: No one is going to believe your feeble excuses, because we all know perfectly well that the people who don't think gays should be able to get married always just sort of happen to have a very noticeable personal hostility thing happening, even if they hide it somewhat, and that the arguments for that position are long-dead. The point at which several of the major former proponents of the position walked away because they realized that it was stupid and indefensible and motivated mostly by hatred was the point at which it stopped being a credible position to take.

Mostly, though, I think your analysis sucks because you're not considering the many non-child-related functions of having an institution for the creation of family ties.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

seebs Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

We have pretty solid case law that marriage is indeed a civil right.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

seebs Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

You keep using words like "lynch" and "crucify", and those are really powerful emotional words... that are totally out of proportion to anything happening here.

If you were to claim that James Byrd had been lynched, that would be credible and reasonably consistent with the facts. Claiming that someone powerful and wealthy was "lynched" because people said they disapproved strongly of him spending large amounts of money trying to harm other people is really pretty much not the same thing at all.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

seebs Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

I don't see any persecution here. This is how free speech works; you get to say whatever you want, other people get to react to it.

about two weeks ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

seebs Re:We are the geeks, we are not tools for non-geek (465 comments)

I think the key here is:

The vast majority of people who have spent any time as an adult woman in our society would never dream of claiming it "doesn't matter". That you benefit from most of the ways it matters, and take them for granted, is the problem, not the solution.

I think most people would agree that, if we could eliminate the disparities, there would be no real reason to pay attention to the issue any more, but that won't happen until we go through a period of being aware of them enough to do something about them.

about two weeks ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

seebs Re:We are the geeks, we are not tools for non-geek (465 comments)

Sometimes, context is a thing. In terms of raw abilities, there is very little (apart from a few very specific biological functions) that cannot be done by both men and women. There might be some statistical variance, but in practice you are much better off evaluating individual competence only.

However, there are specific experiences that only some people will have had, and those can lead to perspectives differing between people.

Friend of mine once happened to go to lunch with some coworkers, and by coincidence ended up in a car in which she was the only white person. And so when the topic of conversation naturally turned to "places where the police pull you over and claim it was random", she was supriseed to find out that she had never experienced this, but that everyone else in the car had an actively-maintained mental map of the locations of "random" police stops. Because they had to assume that if they drove through a few of those, they would get pulled over at least once, and it would add a few minutes to how long it would take to get somewhere.

This isn't a reflection of some kind of innate quality people get from their skin color that affects their ability to remember where the cops do or don't "randomly" pull people over, but it is a case where different people will have very different experiences.

Men and women are both capable of being comparably-skilled programmers. But skill at programming is not the only useful thing in software development; awareness of the experiences users will be bringing to the table can be relevant.

about two weeks ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

seebs Re:Drama queens... (465 comments)

All I'm getting is "blah blah blah I don't believe in science". When you can demonstrate the ability to completely and perfectly control your emotions in a controlled experiment, I will totally fake caring about what you say. Until then I'm not gonna even bother pretending.

about two weeks ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

seebs Re:Drama queens... (465 comments)

That is really excellent advice for members of a species which isn't ours. Humans, however, really do have emotions, and they can't just shut them off. Furthermore, your proposed policy for what things should be like is basically the all-time champion of the Law of Unintended Consequences: If we adopt this policy, then the winning strategy is to constantly be an asshole to everyone, because if you can push them over the edge they lose.

about two weeks ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

seebs Re:We are the geeks, we are not tools for non-geek (465 comments)

There are pervasive differences in the experience of living in the US based entirely off gender (and others based on, say, race), so having someone female on a team will give you insights into things that an all-male team is extremely unlikely to be aware of. And vice versa, although that's much rarer.

That people aren't aware of this is, to some extent, part of the problem.

about two weeks ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

seebs Re:Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra (465 comments)

My first guess would have been "permanently decomission". Perhaps with a sledgehammer.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

seebs Re:A features, an irksome burdden for most (266 comments)

Except this is totally wrong, because the burden on other users consists of "turn it off if you don't want it", which you only have to do once ever, while the people who need the accommodation are gonna have serious problems without it.

Disability accommodation is a good thing for society. Yes, it can have some costs for other people, but they are small costs and in general we can easily pay them.

about three weeks ago
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Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

seebs Re:So, we hate Peter now? (164 comments)

I don't hate him, I just think he's being sort of a jerk. Well, that, and I continue to admire his absolutely unparalleled ability to create bugs in games that leave me wondering how anyone could have gotten those results on purpose, let alone by accident. (Favorite: In Amiga Powermonger, you could only save if every floppy drive the machine had contained a write-enabled disk. This is so much more work than simply using the existing writing facilities, and even then it's fairly impressively hard to get it wrong.)

about three weeks ago
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Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

seebs Re:Thanks for peptuating (164 comments)

Then they weren't working very well, I'd say. "Depression" doesn't mean "extreme sadness", and if pills are flattening out your emotional state and removing the highs, either you're bipolar and that's a really good thing for everyone including you, or something's wrong with them.

about three weeks 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  |  more than 6 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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