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Comment: Re:close to population (Score 1) 363

The whole reason Scotland hasn't been invaded by anyone other than the English in the last 1000 years is because the English have been running the single biggest empire in history for most of it and Scotland has thrived and been protected as a result of that.

Actually the imperial concerns really only took off in the 1850s, before that it was just a squabbling collection of coastal holdings and primitive demesnes. With the invention of the gatling gun and the field howitzer, not to mention the advent of the likes of dreadnoughts, the British empire did in fact conquer large areas of musket defended territory. That lasted for just south of a century, or about long enough for the conquered territories to equip themselves with modern weapons.

Comment: Re:That's it? (Score 1) 537

by Intrepid imaginaut (#47720817) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

That would be pretty straightforward to organise - add up the $20 a month from all subscribers, then divide it based on clicks.

So let's say there's a userbase of a million people, that's $20 million per month. In total they click on websites a billion times during that month. The value per click is therefore 2 cents. So just distribute the funds to those websites which have signed up to be ad free to those subscribers, with say a minimum $10 payment (it would roll over month by month). A website that gets a million clicks through that ISP would then be paid $20,000 each month, on top of non advert related revenue.

ISPs are in a uniquely good position to track authentic clicks as well, so the potential for fraud would be minimal.

This is all purely academic as long as adblocking software exists in any case. If I don't want to see ads, I don't see ads, and I don't have to pay a cent for it.

Comment: Re:Is he a scientist? (Score 2) 178

Like him or hate him the man assisted in creating one of the most powerful commercial entities in history, one that negotiated not just with whole countries but with entire continents. I'd personally pay good money to get a peek behind the curtains, that's the kind of experience you don't usually get in academia, or anywhere.

Comment: Not paper (Score 1) 105

It doesn't look quite like paper yet. A little more contrast perhaps and zero reflectivity, and no that doesn't mean embedded LEDs. What I find is that ebooks make a poorly written work a lot less appealing, while I have no difficulty reading, enjoying and retaining the masterpieces in that format.

Comment: Re:I hope it's just me (Score 1) 717

by Intrepid imaginaut (#47712173) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

- The women receiving rape threats are, in your view, Feminists, and so it's not an issue. You don't explain why it's OK if Feminists receive rape threats.
- Michele Malkin has never retweeted numerous death and rape threats despite widespread coverage when it happened. (She's probably a Feminist too, amirite?)
- Valenti has made a career of demonising men, as can be evidenced by one joke T-shirt, which is totally not misrepresenting her views because she wore it in public and even showed a picture of it online which nobody ever does with a joke shirt.
- You bringing up male suicides in response to someone complaining they're seeing more PCism because women online keep getting rape threats is not deflection. Me pointing out that it has nothing to do with the topic at hand is.

You are aware that people can literally look directly above your post to see what was actually said as opposed to your laughable "interpretation" of it. They can even click on the links if they like! I could just copy and paste it again in response to this parade of strawmen.

The old critical theory doesn't fare too well in this format.

You said: "every woman on Twitter who says anything remotely prominent stops getting hundreds of rape threats in response". This is ludicrous hyperbole, an attempt to foster moral panic.

You've twice used the term "uppity women" to suppress dissent through framing the conversation in an adversarial fashion - men keeping women down, using language most often associated with the actual real oppression endured by black people in the south of the US, for which hijacking I'm sure they'd be appropriately irritated. This is equally ludicrous, certainly in modern developed countries.

Everything since then has been you trying to avoid being called out on your bullshit. So, er, good luck with that.

Comment: Re:I hope it's just me (Score 1) 717

by Intrepid imaginaut (#47711501) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

No, it"s not just about Valenti. And no, lots of women, prominent and otherwise, are finding that when they post anything mildly controversial, they get rape threats.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess they're mostly feminists, right? Believe it or not almost nobody wants to rape anyone else, men don't go around raping at random, and rape culture is the most stone cold idiotic attempt to induce a moral panic I've ever heard of. That's not to say some social maladjusts don't send rape threats of course, but the internet is littered with all sorts of mental wreckage without indicating widespread mis-whatevery.

Finally, even if your attempt to misrepresent one columnist using a zero-context photo had legitimacy and didn't misrepresent her, it wouldn't support rape threats against her.

There really isn't anything to misrepresent. She put it up on her twitter feed as a holiday snap. She's a well known feminist figure and like most feminists, she's widely despised. That photo illustrates why. Why is it okay one way but not the other when male suicides are 4 or 5 times female suicides? Not very funny now is it? Or envision if you will the response if a man were photographed wearing a t-shirt that says "I bathe in female tears", the social justice brigade would have a seizure.

Valenti's made a career out of demonising half the population, so she's not representative of "most women" and their experiences. That you made a mental leap from there to insinuating that she deserved however it says a lot more about you than me.

Michele Malkin regularly gets rape threats against her.

You've access to her personal email accounts and so on, I suppose? I checked it out though, and I can only find one publicised instance of her receiving rape threats - when she criticised a particularly thin skinned rapper. Again this isn't representative of the experiences of most women, for reasons which should be obvious.

And nobody's committed suicide, NOBODY, because they felt they were unable to issue a rape threat against an uppity woman who they disagreed with, so why bring it up?

I'm not sure how convoluted deflections can actually get, but this is probaby in the top tenth percentile if anyone's keeping track.

Comment: Re:Can a little guy publish successful PNP RPG tod (Score 1) 195

by Intrepid imaginaut (#47710853) Attached to: Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

I would probably target any market but the existing RPG players market if you do go for it, at least online. Maybe aim at the boardgames market. Online RPG communities are a haunted wasteland/minefield of verboten topics and personal grudges, edition wars, design wars, method wars, and above all else social justice warriors shrieking about rape culture. These aren't generally people you want to engage with - while there are plenty of nice individuals, the nuts rule the roost.

Comment: Re:Flaws? (Score 1) 195

by Intrepid imaginaut (#47710767) Attached to: Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Flaws can be good as long as they're personality flaws with no mechanical influence, just suggestions on how to play your character. I've yet to see a system which included mechanically relevant flaws that didn't end up with everyone being ugly squinting one eyed outlaws from a bad family who owe favours to someone three countries over.

Comment: Re:I hope it's just me (Score 1) 717

by Intrepid imaginaut (#47710397) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

You're talking about that idiot Valenti? Here's a little holiday snap that might explain why she's catching heat:

I've no doubt that the people who've lost a father, a son, a brother, an uncle, a husband or a lover to suicide (which disproportionately affects men) wouldn't mind a long soothing bath in Jessica's warm salty tears. You can't do things like that then act the innocent when there's a backlash.

Meanwhile other prominent women post controversial things on twitter all the time with nary a rape threat in sight.

Why do you think that might be?

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 4, Insightful) 717

by Intrepid imaginaut (#47704493) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Riddle me this - if women are somehow, somewhere being paid less for doing the same job, having the same experience and qualifications as men, why wouldn't employers hire the cheaper employee? I mean did you perhaps miss the whole outsourcing thing? They aren't moving operations wholesale to Shanghai for the local cuisine.

Which leads us to the next question, which is - what sort of mind is unable to take the minimal critical steps internally not to ask these sorts of questions immediately?

Sexual abuse, really:

And that doesn't even factor in the whole US prison thing.

Healthcare, female specific health issues garner between two and twelve times as much funding as male, and even then the feminists complain about movember.

And we can talk about lifespan disparities, the enormous suicide disparities, jail sentencing disparities, numbers enrolling and graduating from third level institutions disparities, inequality of outcome in the family courts (see what I did there?), VAWA laws that have resulted in female child abusers actually getting child support from their underaged victims, disparities in the numbers of homeless, and so on and on and on.

Although I do like the way you rounded it off with a fairly elderly shaming tactic. Vintage.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 5, Insightful) 717

by Intrepid imaginaut (#47702543) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

The regulars didn't leave, AmiMoJo, least of all you who seem to show up regularly in the tediously increasing (and increasingly tedious) number of stories about how white western women, the most privileged creatures on this planet, have it so bad.

I certainly haven't noticed a raft of gay hating posts around here (any more than the usual trolling) but any chance to drum up a moral panic eh? What I did see was a lot of discontent with the McCarthyist pogrom that was going on. That's the sort of thing that raises hackles, and it can be traced back to the post structuralist academics who teach people that the phrase 'I find that offensive' is a valid argument and why we have hate speech laws at the same time we claim to value freedom of speech.

Anyway, yeah Fark. If they're going to tackle sexism they need to make sure they tackle all sexism, so no dick, cock, or misandric jokes either.

Otherwise that would be sexist.

It's been on the downslope for a while regardless, my guess is there aren't many gasps left in the old boiler.

One picture is worth 128K words.