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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

walshy007 Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (304 comments)

By "taking away their property"? Please...

No, by displacing the means of production of a whole agricultural sector. Eliminating slavery all at once when they were so dependent on it would be like us banning farming machines today in an instant. Recipe for disaster.

There was no moral duty to prop up a fundamentally corrupt way of exploiting people.

Who said anything about continuing slavery? You don't just ban it, you migrate away from it while providing solutions to the massive hole left in the labour sector.

Machine harvesters would have done the job.

Until the south started trading directly with europe instead of the north, few seemed to object to slavery in the north enough to take action.

The north had just spent a whole lot of money on other conflicts, and needed the resources.

about a week ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

walshy007 Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (304 comments)

It was more about the north trying to screw over the south economically. Provide an economical way for the cotton fields to be harvested and the need for slaves goes away. If someone tried to destroy my livelihood I'd fight against it tooth and nail too.

It is sad how much slavery there is today though. While there is officially no slavery, that tends to just means it's harder to know when you are one.

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

walshy007 Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

Really/ Because in the example provided it worked, and in fact was not unfair.

You're putting more resources towards one group because of their race/gender. This is unfair.

Given that afterwards, men and women were ranked the same according to achievements, please enlighten me as to how this was unfair?

It is unfair because it is striving for equal outcomes not equal opportunity.

You may have equal opportunity at the employer level, but at the education level you're fighting for equal outcomes, even if to get equal outcomes it requires a disproportionate amount of resources to certain groups.

about two weeks ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

walshy007 Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

The solution to unfair discrimination is not more unfair discrimination.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

walshy007 Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

For example if one of your ideas is that gay people shouldn't be allowed to be married, it affects your ability to be an effective leader of a diverse group for the same reason that "believing black people are criminals" would. I'm sure his bigoted ideas do not affect his abilities as a software engineer.

Except that it didn't, his gay coworkers would have never picked up on it because he's treated them fairly and by their ability to do the job (why some of them were so surprised).

This comes to separating personal views and business. You're assuming he can't, when it's quite clear he can considering what his gay coworkers have said about him.

It shouldn't matter what his views are so long as it does not affect how he does his work/manages people. Show me evidence he treated gays differently at work and it will be a different story.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

walshy007 Re:Are people not allowed to have opinions? (1482 comments)

Polyamory is just a different word they're using for polygamy because of the stigma attached to it, same deal in the end.

Polygamy is having many spouses, perhaps you got polygamy mixed up with polygyny?

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

walshy007 Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

I would say that it is essential to a functioning democracy that ideas and people who espouse those ideas are criticized.

You criticise the idea, not the man though.

That a person holds ideas you dislike in one area should not affect his work in a totally unrelated area. To do so is holding people to criteria not relevant to the task, what a lot of people tend to consider "unfair discrimination".

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

walshy007 Re:Are people not allowed to have opinions? (1482 comments)

Let's be clear here, as you appear to have forgotten the significance of his actions: the man donated money to try to deny gays their equal rights. That's what a thousand dollars against gay marriage actually signifies. 'He can still be tolerant' doesn't even enter the equation - we know for a fact he is not!

If he had not donated money, and instead only voted, isn't voting worse? Instead of indirect action he's taking direct action. What is being advocated here is intolerance to others political views. The very people preaching tolerance are the ones being the most intolerant. You can want gay marriage to not be a thing while simultaneously respecting others views that it should be a thing.

Eich: Yeah? I really hope the government continues to deny you two the right to marry.

Marrying isn't really a right, it's a privilege. One that even the gay activists seem content to restrict to only "between two people" just like others want to restrict it to "between a man and woman" I don't see them fighting for polygamists or for people to be allowed to marry in-family. They want to extend the privilege to themselves without extending it to others who also aren't allowed it.

Ah, the Paradox of Tolerance. (Which only applies if you concede that Eich is intolerant.)

Actually, if he is tolerant, and others are being intolerant of him, we should tolerate their intolerance. So it applies anyway.

I'd like to think I'm being tolerant of your intolerance, I might not agree with you on things, but I'd hardly punish you over it like you would eich since you consider him intolerant. I would hope that you understand the troubles with hindering open discussion of things by having people punished for their views in unrelated items, even if it's for things people find abhorrent.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

walshy007 Re:Are people not allowed to have opinions? (1482 comments)

Incestuous relationships are very likely to produce children with birth defects.

Only for the first few generations, when inbreeding is common (think thoroughbred horses) the nasty recessive genes are filtered out over time.

Polygamous relationships allow wealthy men to build harems and reduce the supply for everyone else creating many nasty side-effects for society (see: middle east)

Doesn't necessarily have to be that way, there are women who would like multiple husbands etc. Complicates child rearing responsibility a bit, but that's their choice.

I think a lot of people in the poly crowd would think that saying "being poly is bad for society" is very similar to when some people say "being gay is bad for society".

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

walshy007 Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

Yes it is quite uncivil to murder people by nailing them to a cross. It's a good thing that nobody was crucified.

type "define crucify" into google, you will see aside from the first, literal meaning. 2. informal criticize (someone) severely and unrelentingly. "our fans would crucify us if we lost" synonyms: condemn, criticize severely, attack, tear apart, tear to pieces, censure, denounce, arraign, lambaste, pillory, carp at, cavil at, rail against, inveigh against, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, malign, revile, vilify, besmirch, run down, give a bad press to; More

Chances are you knew the intent, purposefully misconstruing things to paint a different picture than intended can be a bit straw-man'ish.

Lynch mobs didn't just name and shame people. They murdered people. I think this comparison trivializes the crimes committed by actual lynch mobs.

Associative meaning is a thing

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

walshy007 Re:Are people not allowed to have opinions? (1482 comments)

Bigotry: 1. intolerance towards those who hold different opinions from oneself.

No matter what he believes, he can be tolerant of what you believe in. It is not a 'bigoted opinion' or 'bigoted cause' because no matter what he believes in he can be willing to tolerate your difference of opinion.

But it does not do to tolerate intolerance. Not if you believe in a tolerant society.

"Tolerance doesn't mean tolerating only those who tolerate you. Tolerance means also tolerating those who don't tolerate you. If you live by the former, then you believe the Black Panthers were right, and Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. were wrong. The former leads to all-out war. The latter leads to coexistence. When Prop 8 passed, I didn't rub it in the faces of my gay friends. I encouraged them to not lose hope and to continue fighting for what they believed in, because that is the way our system is set up to work. Everyone gets their (thorough) say before society as a whole decides what to do, and the losers (usually the minority, though in Prop 8's case it was the majority) agree to live with the outcome without resorting to violence, while the winners do not resort to outbursts of Schadenfreude."

Being tolerant to the intolerant may be the harder path, but it is the path to a civil society. From what I've seen of the man he seems quite tolerant, if only his detractors were so.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

walshy007 Re:Are people not allowed to have opinions? (1482 comments)

You can't oppose certain rights only for members of a certain group and not be against that group in effect, even if you believe so with all your heart.

But that's exactly what the gay activists are doing. What about polygamous couples? They're still limited. "But marriage is between two people" .. sounds an awful lot like "but marriage is between a man and a woman". It limits the privilege. Unless you want it to be not limited at all (incestuous relationships, polygamy, etc) but I haven't heard anyone putting that forward.

Being married isn't a right, it's a privilege.

A privilege that gay activists seem to want without extending it past themselves to other groups who are excluded from it also.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

walshy007 Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

How indirect do you want to go?

Talking butterfly effect kind of stuff here, we are all connected, we do not live in a closed system. You could do things that support them even without your knowledge. Would you look at what stock he's invested in and purposefully try to harm those companies through boycotts because purchasing from them would support him?

where do you draw the line?

So long as he doesn't bring it up at work, he gives you a job, you do the job. Politics and personal affairs stay at home. Not a problem.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

walshy007 Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

"Well, the problem isn't so much the freedom as the principle. People want to do something that a huge number of people consider controversial. Someone uses their democratic right and votes against it. A different group of people publicly lynch that someone for taking an opposing view. It's unhealthy to society for people who hold opposing views to be crucified. It's uncivil and counter-productive."

A lot of people tend to consider discrimination the using of criteria irrelevant to the problem (like being a certain ethnicity/sex does not mean you are better/worse for the job.. except where it does, like the job of a prostitute catering to heterosexual men). The mans political views do not come into play at work, so he is being discriminated against unfairly.

A lot of slashdotters are problem solvers that really dislike problem criteria that are really quite irrelevant. Does the fact he personally supports homosexuals not being able to marry affect his technical management of a browser? Not really.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

walshy007 Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

From another /. post

"Well, the problem isn't so much the freedom as the principle. People want to do something that a huge number of people consider controversial. Someone uses their democratic right and votes against it. A different group of people publicly lynch that someone for taking an opposing view. It's unhealthy to society for people who hold opposing views to be crucified. It's uncivil and counter-productive."

"Tolerance doesn't mean tolerating only those who tolerate you. Tolerance means also tolerating those who don't tolerate you. If you live by the former, then you believe the Black Panthers were right, and Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. were wrong. The former leads to all-out war. The latter leads to coexistence. When Prop 8 passed, I didn't rub it in the faces of my gay friends. I encouraged them to not lose hope and to continue fighting for what they believed in, because that is the way our system is set up to work. Everyone gets their (thorough) say before society as a whole decides what to do, and the losers (usually the minority, though in Prop 8's case it was the majority) agree to live with the outcome without resorting to violence, while the winners do not resort to outbursts of Schadenfreude.

Skin-heads aren't bad because they think Jews and blacks are inferior and bad for society. They're bad because they think this justifies eliminating Jews and blacks from society - removing their influence from the socio-political fabric which makes up our society. Kinda like how Eich was eliminated. The supporters of Prop 8 at least had the decency to push their viewpoint through legislative channels, giving the electorate a chance to vote on the issue, and allowing the courts to weigh in on the outcome (eventually overturning the vote). What happened to Eich was a lynch mob-like naming and shaming. The whole reason we came up with formal government systems was because at some point we decided gossip and hearsay were a poor means to run society. Unfortunately, one of the downsides of the Internet is that it gives more power to gossip and hearsay. "

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

walshy007 Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

From another post on the topic.

"Well, the problem isn't so much the freedom as the principle. People want to do something that a huge number of people consider controversial. Someone uses their democratic right and votes against it. A different group of people publicly lynch that someone for taking an opposing view. It's unhealthy to society for people who hold opposing views to be crucified. It's uncivil and counter-productive."

"Tolerance doesn't mean tolerating only those who tolerate you. Tolerance means also tolerating those who don't tolerate you. If you live by the former, then you believe the Black Panthers were right, and Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. were wrong. The former leads to all-out war. The latter leads to coexistence. When Prop 8 passed, I didn't rub it in the faces of my gay friends. I encouraged them to not lose hope and to continue fighting for what they believed in, because that is the way our system is set up to work. Everyone gets their (thorough) say before society as a whole decides what to do, and the losers (usually the minority, though in Prop 8's case it was the majority) agree to live with the outcome without resorting to violence, while the winners do not resort to outbursts of Schadenfreude.

Skin-heads aren't bad because they think Jews and blacks are inferior and bad for society. They're bad because they think this justifies eliminating Jews and blacks from society - removing their influence from the socio-political fabric which makes up our society. Kinda like how Eich was eliminated. The supporters of Prop 8 at least had the decency to push their viewpoint through legislative channels, giving the electorate a chance to vote on the issue, and allowing the courts to weigh in on the outcome (eventually overturning the vote). What happened to Eich was a lynch mob-like naming and shaming. The whole reason we came up with formal government systems was because at some point we decided gossip and hearsay were a poor means to run society. Unfortunately, one of the downsides of the Internet is that it gives more power to gossip and hearsay. "

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

walshy007 Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

It's not bigotry. It's a boycott against what is tantamount to hypocrisy.

Bigotry: 1. intolerance towards those who hold different opinions from oneself.

He holds a different view to them, they were intolerant of his view, enough so to demand his dismissal over something entirely not work related and that had not affected his work in the slightest.

How is this not bigotry?

No, it says that organizations like Mozilla, that pride themselves in being very socially liberal and freedom/privacy focused should look more closely at the people they're thinking of giving the very public title of CEO, and not pick people with very public stances that are antithetical to that of the organization.

Liberal: 1. willing to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one's own; open to new ideas.

I'm not sure if not respecting others differing opinions can come under "liberal" in fact I think it's quite the opposite.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

walshy007 Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

This is a man who took a high-profile job and was outed as a bigot.

Definition of bigotry: 1. intolerance towards those who hold different opinions from oneself.

He could plenty well be tolerant of those who have different opinions than his own, he can think gay marriage shouldn't be a thing while respecting that others disagree.

A man who thinks that it's worth paying money to impose his opinions one where someone else sticks their dick.

Can you tell me where he said that nobody should be allowed to be gay? Or are you just making things up and assuming things?

A man who doesn't believe that gay people are people.

Again, citation please? or is this another assumption?

That's not rhetoric, that's the way it is.

It is rhetoric, because you know nothing at all about the situation and are trying to paint an extremely hateful image of a person simply from them thinking marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Being against gay marriage is almost always on the grounds that "marriage is a sacred bond between man and woman", directly indicating that any other coupling is wrong and bad, and that those who engage in such practices should be penalized by being denied the same rights hetero-married enjoy.

Did he say that? or are you assuming this again? It is quite possible to think gay marriage shouldn't be allowed while simultaneously harbouring no ill will towards homosexuals, not caring who couples with who but caring about marriage.

Modern, enlightened society caught up with this guy when he took a job with visibility.

More like the bigoted (in the sense of not tolerating people with different views) left-wing hate machine found him when he took up a job with visibility.

You shouldn't assume so many things about him, when you do so you create a straw man.

about three weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

walshy007 Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

There's a difference between not supporting a cause, and actively sabotaging unrelated things because of a persons political affiliation/beliefs.

One results in discussion and peaceful protest. The other results in "You can't work here because you campaigned for x" even if it's just a manufacturing job.

What happens when the latter gets the majority? Similar deal as to 'voluntary segregation' back in the old days, no need for laws to get their will done, those wielding the social power just make life difficult/impossible for anyone that doesn't agree with them.

If a left-wing person had everyone around them refuse to hire/work for them because of a political belief they hold, they'd cry murder. But when the tables are turned, it seems to be perfectly fine..

about three weeks ago

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Will Redhat's biggest future competitor be Vmware?

walshy007 walshy007 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

walshy007 (906710) writes "Redhat CEO Jim Whitehurst believes that in five years time, vmware will be their most likely competitor.

A view that stems from seeing "Platform as a Service" (cloud computing) heavily influencing the future of business. Intent on becoming the primary data abstractor for x86 platforms by pushing kvm adoption in the enterprise."

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Xbox360 reset hack yields unsigned code execution

walshy007 walshy007 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

walshy007 (906710) writes "A new exploit has been shown which allows unsigned code execution on the xbox360 on all current models. It functions by pulsing the reset pin at a critical time during the checksumming/crypto boot process.

The exploit enables the running of Xell a boot loader which facilitates the running of linux amongst other programs."

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Jack VS PulseAudio

walshy007 walshy007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

walshy007 (906710) writes "A PulseAudio developer goes over the design differences between the pulse and jack audio servers. Key arguments for pulseaudio (although also work against it) are "a system should always run with the highest latency latency possible, but the lowest latency necessary." "A consumer system needs to simplify the view on the hardware, hide the its complexity: hide redundant mixer elements" — who defines what is redundant?, It concludes that the potential cpu time savings from lack of context switching are worth the up to two seconds(!) latency that can be put in the system. The article brings up the question, did pulseaudio really come into existence to shave a fraction of a percent off cpu usage for audio? and at the sacrifice of being unable to pipe audio streams as easily and lack of a global SMPTE code."
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Jack VS PulseAudio

walshy007 walshy007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

walshy007 (906710) writes "A PulseAudio developer goes over the design differences between the pulse and jack audio servers. Key arguments for pulseaudio (although also work against it) are "a system should always run with the highest latency latency possible, but the lowest latency necessary." "A consumer system needs to simplify the view on the hardware, hide the its complexity: hide redundant mixer elements" — who defines what is redundant?, It concludes that the potential cpu time savings from lack of context switching are worth the up to two seconds(!) latency that can be put in the system. The article brings up the question, did pulseaudio really come into existence to shave 1% off cpu usage for audio? and at the sacrifice of being unable to pipe audio streams as easily and lack of a global SMPTE code."
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Miyamoto 'Banned' from talking about hobbies

walshy007 walshy007 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

walshy007 (906710) writes "After Shigeru Miyamoto developed a love of puzzles, the "brain-training" software that has proved to be an international "killer application" on the Nintendo DS console was born. He became interested in taking more exercise, and Wii Fit was created. He took up music lessons, and Wii Music was the result. Now, according to sources at Nintendo, the games designer has been banned by the company from speaking publicly about his hobbies."
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linux kernel numbering changes

walshy007 walshy007 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

walshy007 (906710) writes "In a recent thread it was asked what it would take for an "unstable" 2.7 development tree to be created, to which Linus noted replied:

"Nothing. I'm not going back to the old model. The new model is so much better that it's not even worth entertaining as a theory to go back. That said, I _am_ considering changing just the numbering. Not to go back to the old model, but because a constantly increasing minor number leads to big numbers. I'm not all that thrilled with '26' as a number: it's hard to remember. I think the time-based releases (ie the '2 weeks of merge window until -rc1, followed by roughly two months of stabilization') has been so successful that I'd prefer to skip the version numbering model too. We don't do releases based on 'features' any more, so why should we do version _numbering_ based on 'features'?""

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Net censorship to be increased in australia

walshy007 walshy007 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

walshy007 (906710) writes "The Australian communications minister has put a bill forward to include "terrorism and cyber-crime" on it's blacklists as pornographic material is currently. "Under the proposed amendment, Federal Police will inform ACMA of websites to be blocked, and the agency must then notify the relevant internet service providers. ISPs will be required to "take reasonable steps" to prevent users accessing the website or content." "Without warning, the Government, through Senator Coonan, is proposing to provide Federal Police with powers to censor the internet,""
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