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Comment Re:Peh (Score 1) 355

You, sir, are an idiot. Creating conflict where there is none, the very thing you accuse others of.

It's pretty easy to find a reasonable temperature that everyone is happy with. Human beings can be comfortable in a fair range of temperatures around 18-25 C, simply by dressing appropriately. This really isn't a bid issue and most offices don't have a problem with it. Yet somehow you have to try to turn it into a gender conflict.

Submission + - Probe into Fukushima No.2 reactor hits snag

AmiMoJo writes: Sources familiar with the decommissioning process at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant say efforts to determine the state of molten fuel in the reactors have hit another snag. Two new devices developed at a cost of more than 4 million dollars to take X-ray-like photos inside the No.2 reactor are too big to install. TEPCO devised the machines so that they use elementary particles called muons to see through hard surfaces and map the spread of fuel inside, but found the 8-by-8-meter devices will not fit the No.2 reactor building site unless they remove and decontaminate other equipment first. They believe that would hinder the decommissioning process and cost twice as much money as they spent creating the devices.

Comment Re:"save environment for women" (Score 0) 184

Straw man argument. You are arguing that attempts to prevent harassment should be resisted because some imaginary foe of the MRA might try to abuse it.

How do I know you are an MRA? You question my manhood. I'm not afraid of having my manhood challenged though. I don't define myself by ridiculous, toxic notions of what a man is. I'm not constantly worried about doing or saying something that might seem less than alpha male.

Comment Re:"save environment for women" (Score 0, Offtopic) 184

Wow. Just wow.

You are saying that calling for a workplace free from harassment and threats is actually itself harassment of men. Because men must be free to harass...

I'm a man and I don't need to validate myself by harassing people, and I don't feel harassed or oppressed when people suggest I shouldn't abuse women. If you do, then there is something seriously wrong with you.

The MRAs are really screwing up Slashdot. +5 insightful for this crap?

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 184

So you link to their "support" of handing out the S.C.U.M. is... I'm not sure, are you saying they should have deleted the comment that seems to be suggesting that the parent is an extremist and so should hand it out? The link really doesn't seem to support your claim that they support this document, quite the opposite in fact.

As for the conference, it seems that someone wanted to give a talk not really related to information security, and the conference organizers asked the Ada Initiative for advice. They suggested that as the subject matter may be problematic for some attendees that they should consider if the material is appropriate for people expecting an information security conference and if there should be warnings. It's an IT conference, and talk about sex and drugs doesn't really fit. The talk was then cancelled by the organizers. I don't see a problem here.

Comment Re:BT is doing the opposite of this in the UK (Score 1) 118

BT's goal is to milk their existing copper network as much as possible before being forced to upgrade it by the government. There is very little competition, and in many areas none at all. Zero incentive to upgrade the network if they can force you to simply pay the same amount for a shitty copper line and ADSL.

Comment Re:Oh Great! More Central Planning! Just what we n (Score 1) 373

Should you be able to pay any amount of money to be able to do that legally? To compensate society for the damage?

Can you adequately compensate someone for death or serious and unfixable health problems?

Ok, fair enough... What if each bulb came with a $5 tax that went into a clean energy fund that helped pay for wind and solar?

Wouldn't it just make more sense not to pollute in the first place? Why clean up a mess when you can easily avoid making it in the first place, especially when the mess is likely to do permanent damage to people's health?

There are in fact applications where incandescent are useful. Not many, but some. And some people just prefer them.

When there is justification, i.e. no other reason, that's fine. "I just prefer polluting" is not acceptable, sorry. We have to share this environment.

Comment Re:Oh, Christ, here we go... (Score -1) 184

FTFA: "Check back for our Diversity in Open Source series, which starts August 10."

Yes, of fucking course, because the product takes second place to having enough women and minorities that are safe from microaggressions working on it.

The quote doesn't seem to support your statement. What about it makes you think they put diversity and safety from microaggressions above the product?

For every woman that claims there's some inherent "truth" that conferences need "anti-harassment policies" and "safe spaces", I'd like to be a woman that says there are plenty of women with experiences that indicate the problem isn't as bad as they say it is.

Perhaps it would help to clarify that by "safe spaces" they mean places where there is no open harassment and abuse. Like what has happened to many female developers on social media in the last year or two, for example. I don't think many people would argue that there should be law-free zones where that kind of thing is allowed.

Maybe, then, the solution is to stop treating feminism as if it's a constant problem for everyone at all times.

FTFY. Seriously, can't we even talk about this without being accused of bizarre stuff we didn't say or advocate? You seem to have assumed an awful lot just from the name of the organization.

Comment Re:No one knows who you are on the internet (Score 0) 184

It's actually somewhat tricky to participate in some open source projects and remain anonymous. I use various pseudonyms on different sites, but recently someone realized who I was just from one. Turns out I did an only somewhat related interview with my real name years ago, and they track that through my personal web site and put it all together. No malicious, I just didn't try to mask my real identify hard enough.

Personally I don't think I should have to protect my real identity just to participate in various open source projects without fear of being treated differently due my gender or whatever. I've had racist discrimination and even abuse before due to my real name. I shouldn't have to hide, it should be a choice.

"In the face of entropy and nothingness, you kind of have to pretend it's not there if you want to keep writing good code." -- Karl Lehenbauer