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Comment: Re:where the fuck do these people work? (Score 1) 777

by Dragoness Eclectic (#47517175) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

I've never seen it working almost exclusively for defense contractors, but government contractors have very stringent anti-discrimination laws and federal labor laws they must be compliant with if they want to keep those government contracts. I see a lot less casual racism working in military offices, too--that shit isn't tolerated. Also, we don't post about the latest developments at work in public forums, and if we did, the only people who would be interested are our professional and/or national rivals.

I get the impression that game companies tend to attract young, very competitive developers who think they are the hottest thing since sliced bread, and haven't had the life-lessons imparted by experience to convince them they aren't all that yet. And then, there's your gamer customers... if I want to experience the bottom half of the bell curve, I either go to general news sites comment threads, or gamer forums.

+ - Sony Forgets to Pay for Domain, Hilarity Ensues->

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Dragoness Eclectic (244826) writes "Early Tuesday, gamers woke up to find out that they couldn't log in to any Sony Online Entertainment games--no Everquest, no Planetside 2, none of them. Oddly, the forums where company reps might have posted some explanation weren't reachable, either.

A bit of journalistic investigation by EQ2Wire came across the explanation: SOE forgot to renew the domain registration on, the hidden domain that holds all their nameservers. Oops! After 7 weeks of non-payment post-expiration, NetworkSolutions reclaimed the domain, sending all access to Sony's games into an internet black hole this morning. Sony has since paid up, but it takes a while for DNS changes to propagate around the world. SOE's president, John Smedley, has admitted that the expiration notices were being sent to an "unread email" address. Good job, guys."

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Comment: Re:Pot, meet kettle. (Score 1) 397

by Dragoness Eclectic (#43161777) Attached to: European Parliament Decides Not To Ban Internet Porn

We have holocaust deniers and neo-Nazis over here in the US, too. They're considered fringe nutjobs--because they air their views in public, speak freely, and everyone can see for themselves what idiots they are. When you ban that kind of nonsense, you drive it underground--its adherents easily convince themselves they are a persecuted minority speaking Truth to Power, or otherwise onto something real and important, because they are threatening enough to the powers-that-be to be banned. That makes them more attractive to those who are disaffected and not used to dealing with fringe nonsense because it's all a big, underground secret.

Secrecy encourages this kind of nonsense; repeated public exposure reveals it in all its stupidity and vileness.

Also, we have a large category of people who trade in Nazi paraphenalia in the U.S. that have nothing to do with neo-Nazis; they are people who collect WWII and other historical memorabilia. Not everyone who has an SS dress dagger in their desk is a secret Nazi; more often, they or their parents fought in WWII and it's a part of their history. I see what Germany does as trying to suppress history, and you know what is said about those who forget history...

The Communist Party was banned in the U.S. because it advocated violent overthrow of the US government. Notice that the various Socialist parties over here, who advocate "let's get elected and change the laws legally", are perfectly legal.

Comment: Re:Cold War I was real; so is Cold War II (Score 5, Insightful) 124

"Cold War" is so 20th-century. In the 19th century, they called the same kind of schenanigans "The Great Game" -- it involved Great Britain, Russia, and Germany at the time. I have no idea what they called it in the 18th century, but it involved England and France, and a lot of hot wars between the periods of peace.

Now China is playing the Great Game with us, and Russia is playing it with Europe.

Comment: Re:If it really were only a few moments... (Score 1) 414

It can be argued that allowing hardback books but not allowing eBook readers to be turned on is discriminating against people with disabilities. There are a number of people with joint & muscles problems, arthritis, other physical disabilities that can read comfortably with lightweight eBook readers, but literally cannot read thick paperbacks or heavy hardbacks due to pain or muscle weakness. For people with poor vision, eBook readers provide instant "large print" editions (just increase the font size); again, disallowing them is discriminating against the disabled.

So the pretentious, ableist, privileged prat who wrote this article thinks a government ban should be extended because he can't figure out how to turn his iPad off without being ordered to? Gee, guess how much I respect his opinion....

Comment: Re:reminds me of blue laws in Massachusetts (Score 1) 414

I'm seriously confused by this, since last time I looked the power to regulate interstate commerce was reserved to the federal government, according to the U.S. Constitution. States don't get to regulate "imports" and "exports" across their borders--they aren't independent nations.

Comment: Check your contract (Score 1) 848

by Dragoness Eclectic (#38518208) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handing Over Personal Work Without Compensation?

Check your employment contract. If you weren't paying close attention, you may have signed something that said anything work-related you develop while working for the company, be it on the clock or off the clock, belongs to the company as a "work for hire". If you did, you don't really have a choice; either turn it over to them, or sit on it until after you've left the company for a certain period (depends on your state law and your contract) and then sell it/ release under GPL, whatever.

Me, I always look for those 'work for hire' clauses in my contract and strike through any reference to them owning my off-the-clock work. My employer has no claim on my off-the-clock time or effort, as far as I'm concerned.

Now, you probably should introduce the application to work and then use it as one of your arguments for a pay raise/promotion--"I go above and beyond requirements and make things work better around here, for example the Fleegleborg app for HR... ", add it to your resume, and if they don't want to negotiate better pay/perks, etc, look for another job. There are a lot of companies that appreciate employees that don't just "do the job", but make permanent improvements.

Comment: Re:To hell with it (Score 1) 1319

by Dragoness Eclectic (#38205618) Attached to: Muslim Medical Students Boycott Darwin Lectures

And this sort of discourse is why when someone self-describes as "atheist", I automatically think "egotistical, callous, rude, intolerant idiot that I want nothing to do with". I know that the other type of atheists exist ("civil, caring, intelligent people who don't share my beliefs") and I know some in other venues, but they don't seem to post on Slashdot in any topic related to religion.

Comment: Re:Police Ssurveillance (Score 1) 761

by Dragoness Eclectic (#38000362) Attached to: Two New Fed GPS Trackers Found On SUV

It's not "much cheaper" if the victim pulls it off and drops it in a barrel of motor oil. ("Look! Someone gave me a free gift attached to my car--I guess I'll dispose of it as I see fit") If you Read The Fine Article, one model costs around $450 a pop. Lose one of those every day and you'll break your departmental budget in a hurry.

It might also be amusing to call the police to report a suspected car bomb. Who knows that black box really is without opening it? Besides, it might be booby-trapped. Best let the professionals handle it.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison