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Comment: Re:Soshill Justus (Score 0) 89

by squiggleslash (#49156323) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

but feel free to go back to Kotaku, which came out and actually BRAGGED about how corrupt they were

No, this never happened.

ignore the chat logs of GameJournoPro, where they literally got together to formulate a response when they got caught accepting both monetary and sexual favors

No. Two members of GJP did have a discussion about whether or not reporting on the harassment campaign against Zoe Quinn might be counter productive. GamerGate/Milo spun that as the drivel you just posted.

Bonus GG points for misusing the word "literally" in classic GG fashion BTW.

(which is why no less than 13 different websites all printed the EXACT SAME ARTICLE about how "gamers are dead" within an 18 minute span of each other)

No. This never happened. There was never a post claiming "gamers are dead". An article in Gamasutra was spun by those harassing Zoe Quinn as claiming that, but was actually about the market for games widening beyond the small set of violent insular males the industry has traditionally targeted. No article was posted in 13 different websites. Several articles expressing a similar point of view to the Gamasutra piece were posted within a 24 hour period, but the Gamasutra piece and the others were responses to current events, noteably the escalation of the attacks on Zoe Quinn, which had, before the articles had been published, been labeled "Gamergate" by prominent C-list right wing actor Adam Baldwin.

I'm not even going to bother continuing here. Every single statement made in the first few sentences of your piece is an outright lie, dating back to the false narrative posted by Gamergate supporters a month or so after Baldwin's coining of the term where, at Eron Gjoni's partial prompting, the phrase "Actually it's about ethics in gaming media" became GamerGate's defense.

We know GamerGate is about harassment. Other than a small number of women journalists, none have suffered harassment, not even the one supposedly at the center of the "Quinnspiracy". Meanwhile female gamedevs, and feminists posting critiques of the gaming industry, continue, today, to receive violent threats and other abuse. From you guys.

Stop whitewashing your repulsive movement, and grow up.

Comment: Re:Soshill Justus (Score 1) 89

by squiggleslash (#49156019) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

(Original post has disappeared apparently due to abusive moderation. If you don't like what I'm saying, respond. The fact is everything stated below is true. I know many don't like terms like "Hate group", but it's the only way to describe groups like it, Stormfront, and other extremists.)

Nah, he said what happened and suggested people who don't believe him look at the evidence pointing out what persuaded him. That's a fairly normal way of arguing.

Let's be honest here: Gamergate is a hate movement. A few minutes of Googling, watching Twitter feeds, and even spending some time in KIA - the "Clean face" of GamerGate designed to lure in useful idiots, forget 8chan where the actual organization is - shows that fairly conclusively. I've delved in. I've seen major GamerGate figures in the early days promoting stories like "How to rape a woman and get away with it" and "How to break a woman". I've seen major GamerGate figures harass a woman developer who'd had the audacity to fight back against earlier harassment taunting her because her dog just died.

That's why pretty much the entire mainstream media is calling GamerGate a hate group. They're not doing it because some female gamedev had sex with them. They're calling it a hate group because it is.

Comment: Re:Headline/summary discord (Score 2) 126

by squiggleslash (#49155275) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

You have to be a special kind of idiot to ignore the general success that HSR projects have had across the world. CAHSR isn't a perfect project, it's plagued by politics and would probably cost a fraction of the price if they didn't have to get buy in from 51% of the State.

But profitable? Why wouldn't it be? Acela Express, a relatively crappy HSR system that manages an average speed of 70mph gets half a billion dollars a year in revenues, an amount that's still increasing year-on-year. It has around 80% of the Air-Train market it serves.

There's no reason to believe that CAHSR, a faster "purer" system, wouldn't make more money than Acela Express. And the infrastructure doesn't have to be limited in use to just the four stops currently covered.

It's not perfect, but don't let perfect be the enemy of the good enough. I'd prefer a private project, but looking at the progress of the all-private All Aboard Florida in Florida, I'd say the problems with politics fucking everything up and virtually coercing good projects to do crappy things are going on there too. Texas's HSR is similarly being attacked by NIMBYs in those areas it passes through but doesn't serve. It'll be interesting to see how all three projects progress.

Comment: Re:Soshill Justus (Score 0, Troll) 89

by squiggleslash (#49154705) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

Nah, he said what happened and suggested people who don't believe him look at the evidence pointing out what persuaded him. That's a fairly normal way of arguing.

Let's be honest here: Gamergate is a hate movement. A few minutes of Googling, watching Twitter feeds, and even spending some time in KIA - the "Clean face" of GamerGate designed to lure in useful idiots, forget 8chan where the actual organization is - shows that fairly conclusively. I've delved in. I've seen major GamerGate figures in the early days promoting stories like "How to rape a woman and get away with it" and "How to break a woman". I've seen major GamerGate figures harass a woman developer who'd had the audacity to fight back against earlier harassment taunting her because her dog just died.

That's why pretty much the entire mainstream media is calling GamerGate a hate group. They're not doing it because some female gamedev had sex with them. They're calling it a hate group because it is.

Comment: Re:Headline/summary discord (Score 1) 126

by squiggleslash (#49154653) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

It's bizarre hype. The articles I've read have quoted the project leaders as claiming this is the real thing, followed by a claim that it's a small scale prototype to test the concept. Uh. OK. Not what most people would say is the "real thing", but whatever.

I'd be more enthusiastic about the project if it didn't appear to be solely a dishonest attempt to kill a high-speed rail project, by claiming an unproven, non-existent, technology that, if implemented as proposed, would only link up two of the four cities CAHSR joins, has a fraction of the capacity, would have a total travel time (that is, downtown to station to station to downtown) that's longer than CAHSR's, is "cheaper". Amazingly enough, CAHSR would cost much less if it didn't have to do those things either.

Which is a shame because I shouldn't be looking at the ugly agenda behind the project. It'd be nice to see it in isolation, as a concept that could join cities in future.

Comment: Re:Oh? (Score 1) 135

by Waffle Iron (#49137343) Attached to: 12-Billion-Solar-Mass Black Hole Discovered

If the matter is just "falling in" given the matter's density and distribution being less than 100% of the total possible space I think it's possible that your "maximum possible rate" is an artifact of a static model of a black hole at any given time. I think it's probably impossible that this rate was even approached, really, for any significant time period, certainly not "nearly its entire existence."

The amount of matter that fits in a given space is totally dependent on its pressure and temperature. For the conditions in an accretion disk near the surface of a black hole accumulating at its maximum rate, the space is at 100% of its capacity to hold matter.

Comment: Re:Oh? (Score 4, Interesting) 135

by Waffle Iron (#49137009) Attached to: 12-Billion-Solar-Mass Black Hole Discovered

"it must have been munching matter at close to the maximum physically possible rate"

That "maximum possible rate" sure sounds like bullshit.

Why does it sound like BS? Given that a huge fraction of the matter spiraling into the black hole is converted into energy before it falls in, that creates an outward pressure that limits how much more matter can follow. So there is a maximum rate that the black hole can accumulate mass.

Comment: Re:Gamma burst (Score 1) 201

by Waffle Iron (#49136675) Attached to: What Happens When Betelgeuse Explodes?

If you were to actually read some of the "literature", you would find out that your supposition is wrong. For example:

A GRB within a few parsecs that is directed at the Earth will impact one
hemisphere of the planet with a short, but intense blast of high energy
photons. Gamma rays and X rays are highly attenuated by the Earth’s atmosphere.
Therefore, the ground level effects are primarily indirect. A small fraction
of the incident energy reaches the ground as dangerous ultraviolet (UV)
radiation (Smith et al. 2004), but this is limited in time to the duration of
the event, which is at most 10’s of seconds for a long burst, and is less than
a seconds for a short burst. While it is possible that this flash would affect
some organisms, it seems unlikely that a biological catastrophe would result
from this effect alone. Of course, for planets with thinner atmospheres the
energy deposited at the ground would be greater and more serious effects may be
expected (Smith et al. 2004; Ga lante & Horvath 2007). We are concerned here
with effects on life on Earth and so will concentrate on the longer term
impacts.

There are three potentially harmful long term effects of a GRB that follow from
changes in atmospheric chemistry (Reid & McAfee 1978). High energy photons
cause dissociation, GRBs and Life on Earth ionization and ionizing
dissociations of N and O in the atmosphere. Subsequent reactions lead to the
formation of nitrogen oxides, most importantly NO and NO These compounds
catalytically deplete ozone (O3) in the stratosphere, leading to increases in
surface level solar UV over long time periods (years). Secondly, NO2 itself is
a brown gas that absorbs strongly in the visible. This may potentially have a
climatic effect by reducing solar insolation a t the ground, thereby leading to
cooling. Third, the atmosphere returns to normal via the removal of nitrogen
oxides by way of precipitation of nitric acid (HNO3).

What's more, it's not possible to "wipe out life on earth" in this manner given that some organisms have been found living in rocks a couple of miles down inside the earth. Instead, a mass extinction is the worst case outcome.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.

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