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Comment: Re:Want some controversy (Score 1) 76

by AmiMoJo (#49748345) Attached to: Take Two Sues BBC Over Drama About GTA Development

As for GTA, violence against both sexes is equally bad. However, there is a problem with violence against prostitutes in real life, and it's fine for people to be upset about that. It doesn't mean they don't care about violence against men, which is also a huge problem, it just means they identified a specific issue to tackle. I don't know why that is so hard to understand.

As for GoT, the guy is clearly evil, period. Both acts were sex crimes, and if we are making a comparison it seems like mental and physical torture over a period of years is the greater crime.

Comment: Re:So what (Score 1) 76

by AmiMoJo (#49748313) Attached to: Take Two Sues BBC Over Drama About GTA Development

You don't need a licence just to own a TV. You only need one if you watch live TV. Simply watch recordings on iPlayer and other streaming services and you don't need a TV licence.

As a bonus if you don't have one the TV licencing authority will send you a free supply of kindling every month, in handy paper format. There might be some vague threats printed on it, but you can ignore those.

Comment: Re:First of all (Score 1) 233

by AmiMoJo (#49748277) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?

Where are you?

Currently in the UK it isn't easy for developers. There is a lot of downward pressure on wages, and insane house prices make relocating difficult. The possible exit from the EU has thrown things up in the air too, with my own company already seeing European customers hold off until they know what is happening.

Wages have only just reached 2008 levels again, but growth is very slow. For older developers it's hard to convince employers to meet your needs.

Comment: Re:Translation (Score 1) 96

Charging at petrol stations isn't very practical. The best thing about EV charging is that you don't have to go out if your way. Charge at home or work, or at your destination. Shopping centres and car parks are where you need chargers, and they can be fairly slow 7kW ones too so infrastructure is less of an issue.

+ - GamerGate critic posts death threat voicemail after inaction by prosecutor

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo writes: Game developer and tech diversity advocate Brianna Wu has been complaining about the lack of action by a prosecuting attorney in response to a death threat voicemail she said she received. On Tuesday, she posted a copy of the voicemail (trigger warning, NSFW).

Wu called upon Columbus, Ohio prosecuting attorney Ron O'Brien to issue a subpoena for the name attached to phone records. "If [O'Brien] wished, he could bring criminal charges against this man by the end of the day". She continued "there’s a longer story here about my frustration with working with law enforcement. I’m trying to get anyone to bring a case to trial. I have had dozens upon dozens of meetings, phone calls, and visits from multiple law enforcement agencies—including the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, federal prosecutors, state prosecutors, Congress, and local police."

+ - What's the best dumb phone?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: For those of us who don't need or want a smartphone, what would be the best dumb phone around? Do you have a preference over flip or candy bar ones? What about ones that have FM radio? Do any of you still use dumb phones in this smart phone era?

Comment: Re:Just mine the slashdot data (Score 1) 148

by AmiMoJo (#49734761) Attached to: When it comes to Slashdot ...

I've been thinking about writing a scraper for a while now, to gather some stats on Slashdot and do some analysis. It's not really my area but isn't exactly difficult. I think there would be some very interesting data in there. You could see what periods people were active, and how moderation changed over time, and maybe even how the political centre ground shifted.

Comment: Re:"CALL TO ARMS" (Score 1) 251

by AmiMoJo (#49734753) Attached to: Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States

What do you expect when apparently money is the only language that the US public understands? Climate change is all a scam, pollution is someone else's problem, so what other option is there?

If you were not so ideologically opposed to any kind of socialism you could subsidise improvements to people's homes that would make them more efficient and dramatically cut their energy use to European levels. You won't do that either, so there really is only one option left.

Comment: Re:Slashdot is dying; mod results confirm it (Score 1) 148

by AmiMoJo (#49734709) Attached to: When it comes to Slashdot ...

If you are not being down-modded you are not saying anything controversial. Particularly anything that suggests that there might be some sexism in CS, as an example, will be hammered down fast and hard by MRAs. If you are lucky you might get some counter-mods and end up in the black.

I think that's what has screwed up Slashdot's moderation system. There are now organized groups moderating in concert to push a particular point of view. Look back at some of the threads about GamerGate, for example, and you can see the block vote in action. People getting modded "troll" for posting links to GamerGate's own material that happens to contradict the point they are trying to make.

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