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Comment: Re:Most Unbiased Slashdot Gamergate Article (Score 2, Insightful) 552

by Microlith (#48631689) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

The attempt to imply that the FBI said they were investigating pro-Gamergate people has already been destroyed in the comments (thank fuck users are still in control of the discussion here).

Destroyed in the comments? Mealy-mouthed arguments and claims of "false flag" (what the fuck is this, Infowars?) don't make a convincing argument.

there still hasn't been a single /. thread about the Gamergate scandal itself

Sure there has. Oh you mean the journalism aspect, which was never a relevant part and the actions of the gamergate horde ensured that out of the gate.

Never mind that the journalism angle that sparked the whole thing was shown to be a bullshit basis to start.

the universal news media blackout and user forum/comment censorship

Universal? Not really. It's been observed for the horrible harassment campaign it's shown itself to be (omg false flag, false flag!) And people have been basically scrubbing forums of this stuff because it tends to be a drag and largely unproductive.

the still-ongoing coordinated smear campaign that was launched on August 28 with the "Gamers are Dead" shotgun blast of hit pieces.

Yeah, yeah, giant conspiracy. Not a reaction to the torrent of abusive behavior that erupted from the gaming world once they realized there was a much wider, and diverse audience for games than their narrow worldview let them conceive of.

But please, keep banking on the misbegotten persecution complex.

Comment: Re:cowardice (Score 0) 552

by Microlith (#48631623) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

There was a bit of a conspiracy, because, while there's no concrete evidence

So your claims are baseless and hollow.

it appeared that a few of the 'victims' were working really hard through the use of sockpuppets

IT'S A CONSPIRACY (even though we haven't a shred of evidence to prove it)! A giant conspiracy that suddenly sprung up, not a bunch of people deciding that they'd somehow been wronged by an indie developer because her boyfriend made some (apparently incorrect) claims and some blog author and deciding to go nuclear.

You'll have to forgive me if I'm massively skeptical about apologetics for gamergate.

Comment: Re:cowardice (Score 3, Insightful) 552

by Microlith (#48631579) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

So in other words, IT'S A CONSPIRACY!

I hope this because I know damn well GamerGate did not make these threats.

Given that there's nothing resembling membership rolls or a roster for gamergate, much like occupy and anonymous, anyone can claim they're part of gamergate and say whatever they want. And given that the birth cries of gamergate were basically textbook misogyny and harassment, it's pretty much impossible to separate the two.

The entire case against GamerGate is built of press pushing talking points off of empty claims made by professional victims.

Has it? So what's more believable:

It's a giant conspiracy by media types to set up false harassment fronts against professional victims to make gamergate look bad.

or

Gamergate was full of assholes who continue to act like assholes and don't like it when their targets push back rather than simply accept being harassed into silence.

By far one is much simpler, and hews much closer to the truth despite gamergate apologists denying and deflecting.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 440

by Loki_1929 (#48610145) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

You have the political will to gun down/blow up kids running for the fence? That's what Eastern Germany did.

You are making a strawman argument. Never did I suggest doing any such thing.

Funny, that's what Eastern Germany said too. Fat lot of good it did them trying to keep people in.

You can attempt to draw all the offensive comparisons you want while ignoring the fact it isn't a terribly challenging problem to solve when your wall isn't right through the middle of a major city and isn't easily climbable and isn't the only line of defense. Look at what happened when they put in a complex fencing system in the San Diego zone in the mid 90s: suddenly crossing attempts dropped by over 90%. Nobody got through there, so they all went into the mountains to go around the system.

Simply extend the San Diego system across the rest of the border and have heavy patrols. Anyone damaging the system is imprisoned for a period, then deported to their country of origin. Those who manage to make it through the system are quickly rounded up by the regular patrols and immediately deported to their country of origin. Most will stop trying. The few that remain will be far more easily managed.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 5, Interesting) 440

by Loki_1929 (#48609625) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Because it's impossible to secure 3,000 miles of border, and he would just sneak back in if that's all we did.

Pardon me, but that's bullshit.

Let's just take the forces we already have today. We have 1.4 Million in active duty military personnel and 850,000 reserves. Obviously we can't take every single one, so let's take half: 1.1 Million people. Now stick them on a 3-man rotation minus 1/3 for duty rotations and leave and spread them out across the 1,954 mile border with Mexico. That puts 125 people plus their equipment per mile of border, plus all their R&D budget going into technologies to increase protection. Those personnel aren't just idle all day; they're building fences, digging trenches, laying sensor grids, and basically doing all the stuff that completely shut down the San Diego zone for crossings and they're doing it 24/7/365 at 125 per mile or one person every 14 yards.

I think that's all way overboard for what we'd need to actually secure (~99% reduction in successful unauthorized crossings) that border, but in any event, don't try to say it's impossible to do. Say we lack the political will. Say we choose not to do it. Say we just aren't interested enough in the problem to do what's necessary to solve it. But don't say it's impossible; that's absurd. I'm not even getting terribly creative here; just sticking boots on the ground and a whole lot more boots than we'd ever actually need at that.

Comment: Re:freedom 2 b a moron (Score 1) 1051

by Loki_1929 (#48607511) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

I'm not sure if you're replying to the wrong message or if you've just completely misread what I posted, but I never said people didn't benefit from having an educational system, regardless of whether they have kids. I merely stated that if we're to block kids from public schooling because of the perfectly legal, if likely quite poor parenting choices of their parents, those kids should have the opportunity to be educated just as any other child. And if the goal is to separate the unvaccinated-by-parental-choice kids from the rest, then it makes perfect sense to ensure that tax monies continue to fund their education for exactly the same reasoning you've suggested.

However, if the intent is merely to punish the children of anti-vaccination parents, then by all means let's kick them out of school and ensure their parents have as limited abilities to educate their children as possible so we can perpetuate cycles of ignorance and poverty.

Comment: Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (Score 1) 173

by Microlith (#48602891) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court

Answer to #3 is clearly NO - that's why GPLv3 was created, which pissed off a large number of companies, and drove them to BSDL solutions, like LLVM/Clang instead of GCC

Unspecified patent claims on software should be an anathema to BSDL software, given that could result in the patent holder controlling any and all usage of the project despite the license.

Of course, if this is true then it shows how vile said corporations are. So desperate to undermine the core points of Free Software for the sake of power over others.

Comment: Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (Score 1) 122

by Loki_1929 (#48597043) Attached to: Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

But in passing we can mention that even janitors make more than $18k.

Depends on where you live.

When you're making $18k a year, even if you have no kids, it's nearly impossible to save anything.

No it's not, you have horrible personal finances.

Depends on where you live.

Comment: Re: Just in time. (Score 1) 219

by Loki_1929 (#48593033) Attached to: Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

Your search - Google "7200.11" & "firmware update" & "didn't work for me" & "my driver serial ... - did not match any documents.

Suggestions:

        Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
        Try different keywords.
        Try more general keywords.
        Try fewer keywords.

Comment: Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (Score 2) 122

by Loki_1929 (#48593015) Attached to: Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

To be fair, a great many of that 42% have little opportunity to save based on the value of the work they're doing. When you're making $18k a year, even if you have no kids, it's nearly impossible to save anything. Now I know what you're going to say - get a better job - but ultimately, someone has to clean the toilets at your office building and that someone isn't going to make more than $18k because that work just isn't that valuable. Increasing everyone's pay is also not a solution as that merely increases prices to compensate and brings down middle class workers.

Of course, there's an argument to be made that such people should give up something they really like - TV, cell phone, something - to invest in a 401k. Putting aside $50/month in something like a 401k or IRA with no employer match turns into about $220,000 over 40 years ($335k over 45). However, that $50/month can be a huge amount to someone at that end of the scale and it'll be the first thing to go when they have a medical issue and need to pay the doctor to get better. Worse, these people often have one or more kids (and I don't know how they make that all work), which proves an even greater drain on what tiny resources they have.

Perhaps part of every welfare program should include some money and financial management counseling.

Comment: Re:freedom 2 b a moron (Score 1) 1051

by Loki_1929 (#48589675) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Stop being ridiculous; they aren't "endangering" anyone. They simply aren't using the medical tools available to reduce the risk of a threat that already exists completely independent of them and their kids. That threat comes from nature. The default state of all people is unvaccinated. They aren't increasing that threat by not getting vaccinated. You're being absurd.

Your irrational fear of the natural world does not entitle you to strap other peoples' children to gurneys and jam needles in their arms.

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