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Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 1) 285 285

I don't know about being afraid. I mean, look at how spectacularly it backfired. Intel removed advertising, then realized their mistake and put it back, and on top of that partnered with Sarkeesian's Feminist Frequency and spent $300m on diversity. All the other advertisers, like Mercedes, changed their minds within days.

There was a lot of doxxing I suppose.

Comment: Re:14 years (Score 1) 95 95

Are there any examples of US companies being able to steal domain names away from foreigners using US courts? I'm not aware of any but your scenario is somewhat plausible, but on the other hand if it happened it could easily cause the rest of the world to ignore US forced changes to DNS. The US doesn't want control of the internet to be taken away from it, especially since it would probably be given to the UN, so it has to play nice.

Best to avoid .com and other "universal but really US" TLDs.

Comment: Re:Indeed (Score 1) 285 285

So in the space of a few hours you have gone for vague speculation that one particular comment she allowed might possibly have got her fired, to it being a hard fact that can be used to make your argument. Kinda like how all the "facts" GamerGate was based on were actually just innuendo and outright lies, but somehow became fact in the minds of it supporters.

Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score -1, Troll) 285 285

The policy updates were minor classifications of existing rules. The articles stopped when GanerGate died down. The companies conned into cutting advertising went back to those sites when they realised what has happened and got even more negative publicity.

The lasting legacy of GanerGate is that Anita Sarkeesian is world famous and gets far more coverage than she otherwise would have, and some people have been investigated by the FBI. Oh, and the guy who kicked it all off has a restraining order preventing him harassing Quinn.

Great victory guys. You are filling no-one but yourselves. We've all read the IRC logs. Give it up.

Comment: Re:Indeed (Score 1) 285 285

I was there in the early days of the internet, and the BBS systems before. You aren't the same people who were around then. Maybe you have changed. Back then people weren't bent on making forums into cess pools. Even the trolls on Usenet were of a higher standard.

What really gets me is the war on free speech. While claiming to support it, the trolls keep telling us that there is "no right to be offended". There is, it's called free speech. Everyone has the right to express their disgust with you, and take whatever measures they like in response. If Reddit or any other site doesn't owe you a soapbox, you can't stifle their freedom to condemn you. Same with GamerGate trying to silence critics and web sites it doesn't like.

The level of organisation is shocking too. This is way more than anything the GNAA did. We see the same tactics spooks use, right out of the Snowden leaks. It's not just trolling for fun any more, it's people fighting an imaginary war.

Comment: Re:Disorders of social behavior (Score 3, Insightful) 86 86

If I were in a public school today and behaved as I did in the 80s and early 90s, I'm certain I'd be prescribed drugs for ADHD and sent to mandatory counseling for emotional problems. Because I acted like a boy, and drew pictures of horrible things in and out of art class. So really, this is already happening. If you want to be on the committee, get into school counseling, guidance, social work, and so on.

Comment: Re:David Cameron is actually a genuine idiot (Score 1) 244 244

A fairly well-run capitalist society ensures that as many people as practically and realistically possible have the opportunity, if they so choose to do so, to create a business/corporation *of their own* with hard work, sacrifice, and whatever other capital they can invest, and with a good business plan, have a chance at competing with others in the market.

Does it ensure it, or is it simply a basic characteristic? I think of the market-driven economy as amoral, but largely effective -- certainly better than any other solution we've seen to date. But your use of the term "ensure" connotes intent, and intent implies moral cause.

I don't disagree with the larger point here, but sometimes I think pro-market people slip into thinking that markets are positively moral, rather than simply fair through consistency (so long as laws are justly enforced). Markets are not immoral, which socialism is. Markets are baseline neutral, and allow for positive moral decisions because people can do what they wish with charitable or humanitarian use of private property.

Comment: Am I the only one who considers this odd? (Score 1) 231 231

We get a new barrage of online anti-bullying laws. While at the same time, nobody gives half a shit about real life bullying.

Ya know what I'm talking about. The kind where REAL people REALLY hurt you and your feelings. Starts in school, doesn't even end in the workplace. And? Zilch. Nada.

Could it be that the ones making the laws ARE the offline bullies? And just unable to retaliate otherwise when their targets fight back with weapons that require more brain cells to employ?

Comment: Re:David Cameron is actually a genuine idiot (Score 1) 244 244

They are, broadly, a bunch of well-behaved socialist conformists who are afraid of the real world, and think that a panopticon surveillance state will make them "safe". It is disgusting.

You don't know what you're talking about. There are some people in the UK who fit that description, but they are a minority.

That's good to hear. I am exposed to a lot of leftist college educated UK citizens through social media connections and it's pretty terrifying to think that otherwise intelligent people *think* that way. Then I see the UKIP and I have to assume that a strong right-wing response is rebelling against the socialists who are afraid to report the skin color of the London rioters because it would disprove the myth of racial integration in London.

So who's the majority, then? Not the extreme left? Not the UKIP? Then why is the UK ever increasingly moving towards a surveillance state and socialism?

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming