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Comment: Re:Crazy at the helm (Score 1) 293

by AmiMoJo (#49138011) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

Well, it's a good thing that your opinion of the case determines its merit.

The allegation that she does this habitually or is otherwise unfit / didn't get her position on merit is also an opinion.

It'a also interesting that you accuse me of name calling, when in fact I did no such thing. You mention the patriarchy - YOU mention it, not me. You are reading all sorts of stuff that just isn't there.

Comment: Re:Crazy at the helm (Score 1) 293

by AmiMoJo (#49137537) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

I've looked into her past, it doesn't seem "sketchy" at all. There is a lot of innuendo, but when you actually examine what has happened it all evaporates.

Explain what about her current lawsuit is unreasonable or "sketchy". From the coverage it seems reasonable, based on systematic bias and inappropriate behaviour. Let's see what the outcome is.

Comment: Re:Ah, Damnit... (Score 1) 451

by AmiMoJo (#49136397) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

To be fair though the transparency in Windows Vista/7 isn't just an alpha value, it's a pixel shader that blurs the background by gathering a number of pixels and averaging them, then overlaying a glass reflection effect and finally the window content. It has a cost in terms of energy required for processing, even if video RAM and processing speed is no longer an issue.

I expect the effect on battery life is minimal, but I guess it depends how often your workflow causes it to re-render.

Comment: Re:Breaking news! (Score 2) 148

by AmiMoJo (#49136015) Attached to: Artificial Intelligence Bests Humans At Classic Arcade Games

The key achievement here is that the AI was able to learn the game on its own in a relatively short time. Imagine if you had an industrial robot that could learn how to do tasks on its own and then modify its behaviour if the situation changed, and generally cope with a variety of situations.

Also, they called it DQN which means "dumbass" in Japanese, so bonus points for that.

Comment: Re:Ah, Damnit... (Score 1) 451

by AmiMoJo (#49135949) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

The modern flat look can look good, but only if your UI is simple to begin with. I'm actually surprised that more Slashdot users aren't enjoying it when it works, because they complain bitterly about Ribbon interfaces and the like.

Look at Google's Android apps. Most have two or three icons on screen at most, so can get away with simple bold layouts and minimal graphics. The usually have a menu icon that opens a text menu, rather than a ribbon or some other graphical list that requires you to understand what the symbols mean. Same with Chrome, a few minimal icons and flat UI with lots of text when you open things up.

Microsoft fails because Windows uses a huge variety of icons, with many of them on screen at once, and often doesn't have text to accompany them. In Explorer, for example, you have file names but the icons themselves convey a lot of information (file/folder/shortcut/drive, type of file. selected/not selected etc.) and so need to be complex and easy to interpret visually.

Comment: Re:Fappening? (Score 1) 293

by AmiMoJo (#49135911) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

There was another important aspect to the Fappening. Some users on 8chan were offering to hack celebrity accounts if users provided then with an email address or phone number, basically the minimum they needed to use the iCloud exploit. One was asking for cash to do anyone, celeb or not. Many anons were suggesting who should be the next victim.

Just in case it wasn't obvious, suggesting who should be their next victim to a sex offender with the demonstrated means to carry out the offence is a crime in many places.

Comment: Re:Crazy at the helm (Score 0) 293

by AmiMoJo (#49135865) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

This is how it works. If a woman complains about gender discrimination or harassment once, she is tainted for life. Every job she gets subsequently will be because she slept her way to the top and threatened someone with a lawsuit to get hired. People associated with here will be the subject of innuendo (her husband is bisexual, not gay, and they have a daughter).

I've been following coverage of the trial and her case seems to have merit. Ignore that though, all women who complain about harassment or discrimination are just looking to sue their way to the top, because companies are really eager to hire litigious women.

Comment: Re:Reddit sure loves it's free speech. (Score 4, Insightful) 293

by AmiMoJo (#49135511) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

How is posting nudes of someone without their permission on a commercial website a free speech issue? It might be a criminal issue, but I'm not sure what aspect of "the government doesn't limit citizen's speech" applies to reddit not wanting to participate in the crime of distributing sexually explicit stolen images.

Comment: Re:This is hilarious... (Score 1) 256

by AmiMoJo (#49135493) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

The Chinese government is actually a lot more transparent than the US or UK governments in this area, because it isn't embarrassed about forcing companies to help it. There is no need for them to hack their search engines or cloud storage providers because they are legally required to give the government access anyway. They don't need to do bulk collection of metadata and content, the service providers openly do it for them. They see it as a good thing, a way to maintain law and order by monitoring and suppressing dissidents.

Comment: Re:This is hilarious... (Score 1) 256

by AmiMoJo (#49135425) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

Maybe you missed it, but documentation and photos of NSA facilities where they intercepted Cisco equipment being shipped and installed hardware and software bugs in it. By bugs I mean spying devices, backdoors and the like. The hardware ones are particularly nasty because they are pretty much impossible to detect in software and obviously can't be got rid by reloading known good software images. Clearly the NSA disagrees with you here and considers it worth doing.

Well, considering that every single attempt to remotely compromise even my personal home router originated in China, and we've also seen article after article about Chinese hackers since some time in 2002, they know security.

There are undoubtedly lots of criminals in China, a country with a population of over a billion. China's government run hacking efforts pale in comparison to the US and UK's effort though.

The NSA is not evil for what they do, and the United States is not the only nation doing it.

Yes, it is evil. It violates the US constitution, if nothing else. It subverts your democracy. The fact that other nations are doing similar stuff isn't a justification, it's still wrong and those other countries are wrong too. Having said that, the only one we know to be as bad if not slightly worse than the US is the UK. It's not the norm.

There is legitimate spying to increase security. Then there is watching everyone, all the time, because you are gripped by paranoid and corrupted by power.

Comment: Re:This is hilarious... (Score 4, Interesting) 256

by AmiMoJo (#49132449) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

Do you have any proof that China systematically back-doors hardware before it leaves the country? I have not seen any, just lots of innuendo from US companies trying to make out that China is as bad as they are and you are screwed either way.

The US is exceptionally bad. It spends more money spying on people than anyone else. It has more extensive programmes than anyone else we know of, except perhaps the UK who they are close partners with. Let's not pretend that everyone is as bad, because they are not. There is zero evidence that China installs backdoors in routers or hard drive firmware before they go through customs, for example, while we have photos of the US doing it.

China is bad, but all the evidence suggests that the US is worse. Most of us prefer an evidence based approach to our paranoia.

"Being against torture ought to be sort of a multipartisan thing." -- Karl Lehenbauer, as amended by Jeff Daiell, a Libertarian

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