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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

thesandtiger Re: Pft (960 comments)

Dude, seriously, you are such the caricature of an internet tough guy, it's fucking awesome. And I admire your commitment to the charade, too.

Just remember, some people aren't in on the joke and might take you seriously and think the incredibly stupid shit you're claiming you have done is a good idea.

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

thesandtiger Re:Pft (960 comments)

Just saying "that's not cool" would do more than sitting around passively when you do see it happen.

I won't shit on people who don't say anything when they see something happen - maybe they're afraid, I don't know - but I certainly will applaud people who do say something.

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

thesandtiger Re:This has nothing to do with sexism (960 comments)

Actually, what I want is for people to quit being assholes to each other over pointless bullshit, but that's not going to happen. It's not so much "treat me better" but more "treat EVERYONE better." That's not a man thing, a girl thing, a woman thing, or whatever - it's a person thing. And to be honest, the whole "men should put up with constant verbal abuse because they are manly" thing (paraphrased, of course) is pretty fucking stupid.

If one is incapable of engaging in an activity without a massive amount of insanely crude shit talking, perhaps one should not be spending time around other people until one becomes more civilized, no? In online gaming, fortunately, we have many options for removing those who won't remove themselves. Ignore lists exist for a reason, and being willing and able to kick or ban people who routinely go out of their way to shit on other people helps as well. I don't take shit-talking personally, as the person doing it knows nothing about me, but that doesn't mean I care to have my gaming time be an unending stream of abuse. I give people engaging in it 1 chance, and if they keep going after I politely request they tone it down, they (usually) functionally cease to exist for me. And, I should say, my threshold for what I consider egregious is pretty high, though usually some kind of highly targeted insult (usually to race, gender, etc.) will do the trick.

The reason for trying to cultivate a more civil community is not that I want to control what other people do or how they behave. It's that I really, really like gaming, I enjoy gaming online, and I want it to thrive and be something more people can partake in without feeling like they need to take a shower after every round because of all the terrible people they run across. A community dominated by trolls will die off very quickly; the best communities I've seen online are ones that have a bit of cultivation/moderation so that the absolute shitlords at least get weeded out.

about a week ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

thesandtiger Re:I hope they get whatever they can for them (232 comments)

If the government sold US dollars for bitcoin, I would say that sets a precedent that they are treating bitcoin like legal tender. A weak precedent, since the argument could be made that they "sell" US dollars for fighter jets, and yet fighter jets are not legal tender.

If the government accepted bitcoin for other things they offer, I would say that sets a precedent that they are treating bitcoins like legal tender. That would be a much stronger precedent.

If the government purchased things with bitcoin directly - as in used it to settle debts - then that would be the strongest possible precedent (short of them flat out saying "bitcoin is now legal tender") that they are treating bitcoin as legal tender.

The government is not treating bitcoins like they treat legal tender, not in any way, shape or form. I know you're probably just being silly with the "buy bitcoin with bitcoin" line, but there are - as I pointed out above - ways that you could establish a precedent that don't involve sophistry.

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

thesandtiger Re:Laundering (232 comments)

I didn't say anything about the intelligence of the process, or the fairness - just it is what it is.

They want their money as fast as they can get it, and couldn't care less about being "fair." They organize the sales of their items in whatever ways will make it more likely to sell and to make it as easy as possible for them to get rid of those things because they are not in the business of managing assets.

They are allowed to bundle things in a way that allows them to sell stuff and minimize overhead. To wit:

If there were a ton of buyers out there who would be willing and able to buy 3000 $5000 cars in one go, then yes, you bet your ass they would lump the sales of cars they take in that way. But, there aren't many buyers out there willing to spend 15 million dollars on a bunch of shitty used cars, so they instead sell them in smaller lots or individually, because that's the only way that those cars will sell.

With bitcoin, there are a ton of buyers out there who would be willing to pony up the deposit of $200k, as well as who would be willing to buy lots sized of 3000 coins at ~500-1000 dollars per coin, and it's a LOT easier to sell to those people than it is to sell to thousands of people who are buying a single coin or whatever.

And, actually, this is in a way MORE fair than having it open to everyone. Normal people - read: not rich - would not be able to get their hands on a single one of these coins UNLESS the bidding got up so high that the people with tons of money decided that yeah, there's no potential for profit to be made by buying them at that price. So "normal people" wind up paying so much/taking on risk for the coin that moneyed interests aren't willing to touch.

And, to pre-empt any silly "how is this different than the car auction" comparisons again, it's different in that selling a bitcoin on an exchange is (probably) easier to do than selling a used car is. When there are easier ways to make money, shitty used cars aren't worth snapping up to keep away from other people. And, actually, if you ever go to an auction of non-shitty cars, they wind up going almost ALWAYS to someone who has plans to flip the car, not actually use it. "Normal people" aren't going to be getting to participate in the auctions that are about making money rather than just obtaining a shitbox to help with your daily commute.

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

thesandtiger Re:Perhaps they want to see who's interested in it (232 comments)

Okay - I take it back, and you will forevermore be considered "adorbs."

With regards to they (in this case law enforcement agencies involved in busting Silk Road) knowing everything:

I think as part of their investigation and bust of Silk Road, they almost certainly became aware of the identities of multiple people who are both interested and able and willing to buy the bitcoins at auction. I'm also willing to bet, given the strong libertarian/fuck the federal government bent of many people participating in bitcoin, they probably at least sent a memo to other agencies not involved in the Silk Road case directly.

The converse of this is that anyone who participates in this auction AND who cares about the privacy/anonymity aspects of bitcoin would have to be catastrophically stupid and pettily greedy. Not an uncommon combination, unfortunately, but they probably weren't flying under the radar to begin with, you know?

Basically this is just going to be a chance - maybe - for someone who already has money to make a few more bucks; the privacy/anonymity angle is interesting, but it doesn't seem like anything with teeth, I guess.

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

thesandtiger Re:So is this the US govt giving Bitcoin legitimac (232 comments)

I dunno how meaningful it will be as a data point:

- You have a seller who (probably) doesn't give 2 shits about what happens to the value of what they are selling once the sale is complete dumping the things as fast as they can.

- It's a one-off transaction selling the things in bulk, through a process that is unique/doesn't follow the regularly used methods for bitcoin selling.

- It's getting a lot of attention because.

One way or another, whatever they get sold at, this bit of data isn't really too meaningful, except, maybe as just being kind of interesting to nerds.

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

thesandtiger Re:Perhaps they want to see who's interested in it (232 comments)

And sorry, I didn't mean to be condescending there by saying adorable - I was more trying to shit on the snooping the US government does on random, inconsequential shit.

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

thesandtiger Re:Laundering (232 comments)

I'm going by the stated intent to prevent that which is in the summary. I don't know if there are laws about those associated with a civil forfeiture being eligible to bid on items from that forfeiture, but it seems like that's the intent, and it seems like since it's stated there it would be something worth investigating if trying to set up an entirely new process for handling this kind of disposition of assets.

My point here being not so much "what is right" but more "there are a lot of questions to be asked and answered about changing the way this kind of thing is done, and they are all very expensive to resolve, probably more expensive than the potential improvement of efficiency will ever be worth."

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

thesandtiger Re:I hope they get whatever they can for them (232 comments)

You're very confused.

Being able to pay for something with legal tender (US dollars) does not somehow make the things you buy with legal tender into legal tender itself. Nor does it somehow turn it into a currency. It sets no precedent.

Selling bitcoin - or ANYTHING ELSE - at an auction in exchange for US dollars does not set ANY kind of precedent establishing that bitcoin - or ANYTHING ELSE - is now legal tender. In fact, it establishes the opposite.

What WOULD set a precedent is if the government called up some suppliers and gave them bitcoin directly in exchange for things that aren't legal tender, because then they would be saying that bitcoin is the same as US dollars.

What they are doing here is saying "we have these bitcoins (and other things) and we would rather have US dollars, which are legal tender. We will give you these bitcoins for dollars, which we will then go and use like real money."

This isn't difficult.

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

thesandtiger Re:Perhaps they want to see who's interested in it (232 comments)

It's kind of adorable that you think they don't already know this kind of thing, given the amount of internal snooping they do already.

Also that you think they couldn't tank the value much more easily through other means, if they cared to.

Or that they actually care much about bitcoin beyond "how can we tax it?" type of questions.

They have a thing that they want to turn into cash. They want to do this as quickly as possible, and they don't want to spend time or money trying to take into account the vagaries of all the different kinds of things that they take in order to get maximum value.

Seriously, asking them to try and deal with the details of getting as much as possible from bitcoin would be like asking them to restore classic cars they seize and then try and sell them at various shows or through private channels to get the maximum return. Sure, they could squeeze a few extra bucks out of it, but who gives a shit?

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

thesandtiger Re:Laundering (232 comments)

Which "open market" should the government use? What system should they use to manage the sail of those coins? How should they ensure that the market they use is legit and secure? What process should they use to ensure that the Silk Road guys aren't just re-buying their stuff? Who will handle oversight to make sure this all goes off accordingly?

Pretty much answering any one of those questions would be a process that costs far more than the estimated value of the bitcoin they have.

Far better for them to use their existing process of auctioning off random shit they seize.

Also, the government couldn't care less if you can't afford to buy the stuff they auction off.

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

thesandtiger Re:By using such large blocks (232 comments)

Because that's not how the government works in this regard?

They take shit, they auction it off to the highest bidder. The government is not in the business of managing an inventory, they want to convert whatever they take into cash as fast and efficiently as possible.

They think 3000 coin lots is the most efficient way for them to sell them, and couldn't give a shit as to who buys them as long as they pass the vetting process.

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

thesandtiger Re:I hope they get whatever they can for them (232 comments)

No, it doesn't, actually, or at least not any more than it somehow makes cars, homes, or other items seized and auctioned off suddenly become money.

What would legitimize it would be if they kept them and used them as money to buy things. They aren't. They're getting rid of them and explicitly NOT treating them like money.

It's literally no different than if they'd seized any other thing that some people think is worth buying.

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

thesandtiger Re:I hope they get whatever they can for them (232 comments)

This isn't any different from them auctioning off any asset seized by law enforcement though.

They're basically treating bitcoins like anything else. It's the same as them auctioning off Beanie Babies or baseball cards. They want to convert things they take into US currency and auctions are how they get what the market will bear from it while doing so quickly.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

thesandtiger Academia. (158 comments)

I went from being a developer & manager of 10+ years back to graduate school for public health and social psychology. In my work then and now I was able to use my skills to design and build tools that would vastly increase the efficiency and rigor of the research projects I was involved with.

School was free as I landed an assistantship. Pay cut was a pain - only earned 25k/year + free tuition - but between savings and doing some consulting I was able to make it through without too much hardship. I was able to build a reputation while in school and had multiple offers by the time I finished my program.

about 2 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

thesandtiger Get over it already. (370 comments)

The genie is out of the bottle - nothing we do that lands online will ever be forgotten or able to be forgotten unless something apocalyptic happens.

Google can wipe out the links to this guy, but then a thousand news stories about how stupid this law is that use this guy's case as an example will have to go, too, and stories related to the implementation, and so on and so on and so on.

People need to get used to the fact that nothing we do will be forgotten, that we no longer have privacy, and that the best we can hope for (in a manner of speaking) is maybe anonymity, albeit in the form of "no one cares enough about you to bother looking you up."

Having an always available, never forgetting memory has changed the rules and people need to catch up.

Once people catch up, the dumb embarrassing shit that people have online will begin to pale in importance. EVERYONE's embarrassing shit will be online and people will get the fuck over it. The stuff that people won't get over is probably the stuff that's most essential to share.

about 2 months ago
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

thesandtiger Re:A game and the reality (384 comments)

Gosh, you're so brave, speaking truth about a movement so powerful that... ... the majority of states haven't made it legal... ... it's still quite legal in many states to discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender presentation ... ... on a website that has modded up most of the comments AGAINST people speaking out for inclusion... ... you're a real fucking hero. Possibly one of the bravest people I've ever come across. Bravely squandering (not really) your Slashdot karma to say Enough is Enough about a cause which other people have risked their well being and their lives for. I feel honored to have had the chance to interact with you here.

about 3 months ago
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

thesandtiger Re:Overreacting (384 comments)

Kind of funny that you're using YOUR voice to suggest other people shouldn't use theirs.

You're pissing and moaning on Slashdot because other people aren't behaving how you want them to.

Speaking with your wallet and your wallet alone does nothing - how do the people you're boycotting know why you're boycotting? Speaking up with your wallet and your voice is far more powerful.

about 3 months ago

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OSS & Academia - how to forge a relationship?

thesandtiger thesandtiger writes  |  about 4 years ago

thesandtiger (819476) writes "I work for a university doing research in a field that, to date, has not really made strong use of technology. My research program has developed some tools that have greatly increased our efficiency and ability to maintain methodological rigor for our projects, but the tools are ones that are basically thrown together with spit and bailing wire; we'd like to take these basic versions and turn them into something that is more robust and generally useful, so that other researchers can benefit.

What we would like to do is partner with a commercial OSS entity to apply for grants which could then be used to subsidize development and refinement of the tools, and their subsequent release, with the seemingly standard "free software and source if you want to DIY, but you pay for support and services" model being the eventual goal. Ideally this commercial OSS group would be local (in state at least) because that would open us up for many, many more grants.

We're doing our research into different projects and I have spoken to many people locally about their ideas, but I wanted to throw the question about how to find a partner and things to keep in mind out to Slashdotters to get some more.

How can we find an OSS group with a proven track record, that's local? What kind of things would that OSS group want from us? Has anyone engaged in these kinds of joint efforts before, and if so, what were your experiences?"

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