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Comment: Re:Considering how few boys graduate at ALL (Score 2) 237

Note: I am not the OP.

You might not influence MTV culture, but you are part of nerd culture.

What is nerd culture?

I admit I am technical, I like technical subjects, science fiction, programming, participate in hacker spaces.

We all have a responsibility to make our own corners of the world better, and one of the problems nerd culture is plagued with is sexism.

I have little idea what you mean by this? I picked up my copy of 2600 and I struggle to find anything sexist in this, please clarify?

work with others to make your culture better for all nerds.

I haven't really seen any sexism taking place in the activities I enjoy. They do seem male dominated, but I am not seeing any sexism which causes that? Back to my copy of 2600, what would you suggest I do to improve 2600 as a subscriber?

Comment: Re:Considering how few boys graduate at ALL (Score 1) 237

Those roosters are starting to come home to roost; about once a month now, fetishist porn stars are ending up behind bars for maiming or killing people with drugs or various cutting tools.

I doubt it will come to that. Unusual fetishes do not translate to maiming or killing people.

Comment: Re:my GOG games all working fine. (Score 1) 160

by Ash-Fox (#48676455) Attached to: Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack

You can argue until you see blue, but it is -in fact- completely caused by an DRM scheme.

It's caused by central architecture design that has a single point of failure. It doesn't matter if it was DRM or not. You could do similar things in the opensource world. Take out the DNS servers for ubuntu.com and now you can't access the default repositories that are all subdomains on ubuntu.com, you can't install software and by extension, use that software the normal way now through just opening your package manager.

What matters is that you cannot play an game (or can use hardware you payed for) if that DRM verification mechanic is interrupted (by an DDOS attack)

Certificate signing through certificate authorities do not require the authority to even be online to operate. In fact, this is how signed code works with offline xbox systems. It's also how software is validated through Linux repositories identify they come from the genuine source.

Comment: Re:my GOG games all working fine. (Score 1) 160

by Ash-Fox (#48675881) Attached to: Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack

You really assume that any game is so great that people would spent every waking hour playing them and doing absolutely nothing else?

Of course not, I just don't think that you would spend your free time on Slashdot if you had that good of a game. You would play your game instead. I am not saying you don't go out to a Christmas party, go eat foods etc.

More likely, you're just hand waving and trying to desperately create a distraction to take the focus away from the road-to-hell that's being paved in the commercial gaming sector.

No, you're just trying to read too much into the motives of my post rather than applying common sense to my comment.

Comment: Re:my GOG games all working fine. (Score 1) 160

by Ash-Fox (#48675735) Attached to: Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack

Sometimes you have to take a little break from gaming, and see if something interesting is going on.

I'll be frank, I honestly don't buy that you've been playing any GOG games recently. Maybe it's because I can't be bothered with 'old classics'..

Sad, but that's what you get if you don't care about DRM.

It wouldn't matter if the infrastructure of xbox live was open. It still depends on a central point of failure. This is an architecture and design issue. DRM can be implemented without the use of a central point of failure. Please stop spreading lies about how DRM is the cause of this.

I could architect a decentralized peer2peer design backed by central servers (that are not necessary to keep the service running for gaming purposes) while using certificate signing to verify signed code verses unsigned code among multi layer signature authentication schemes in hardware layers to detect tampering.

Comment: Re:Girls, girls, girls... (Score 1) 333

Meyers-Briggs, DISC, and similar Jungian personality assessments are bunk.

They're certainly not applicable to all people, but that doesn't mean it is outright bunk. Not much different from how the different psychology have completely incompatible premises yet have managed to have successful treatments regardless.

But it was anticipated! That's why I didn't engage more directly in the first place.

I honestly don't buy that.

On that point, there's nothing to discuss. You'll note that I did offer him more specifics on his other points.

From my point of view, the most important point he made was making was that he didn't see the benefit. The rest of his comment appears to be intended to elaborate the first sentence. The question in it self was stupid in my opinion, but more about driving the point he was trying to express through.

Does it? I've found that people tend to "read in" to my posts more than what is actually there. I attributed this to the 'either-or' mentality you find here.

It does in my case.

It is true, however, that I try to keep my personal views private as they're often irrelevant to the discussion. Unfortunately, most people here are more interested in someones personal beliefs than they are the content of their posts -- it makes it easier for them to dismiss what the other person has written.

Red herrings are red herrings. When they happen, pointing it out is sufficient without needing to argue the points.

Rather than an "attempt to avoid any genuine discussion on the topic" as you suggest, it's one of the few ways to actually achieve it!

Giving you the benefit of a doubt, I had waited some time for this to prove you correct. I don't really view that as actually have taken place here. I remain unconvinced.

Comment: Re:The U.K. is a joke, but not a funny one. (Score 1) 135

by Ash-Fox (#48549781) Attached to: British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club

Many good Americans died protecting the U.K. from the Nazis

Americans only came to help after the U.S. added the condition that the UK give up her colonies and stop being a super power. I don't consider this the U.S. saving the UK, the U.S. helped in exchange for a deal that was against the UK's interests.

Of course it's not much of a "united kingdom" any more

Yes it is, Great Britain and Northern Ireland are still a union.

Comment: Re:Why tax profits, why not income? (Score 1) 602

by Ash-Fox (#48518625) Attached to: UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Show me anyone outside the 1% and even 99% of the 1%'ers that would choose to make less money because they where being taxed too heavily on it.

I don't wish to show you actual people. However, I know that people who earn some good coin in my company have the majority of their sallary put into their pension to prevent it from getting taxed.

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