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Comment: Re:Media blackout (Score 1) 555

by Pseudonym (#48639349) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

A major games journalist was having an affair with a game developer, and this was confirmed.

First off, thank you for conceding that is the entire extent of the initial story: two people working in the same industry had sex.

What didn't happen, and this was also confirmed (both by timelines and testimony) was trading of "sexual favors for goods or services rendered", as the other AC claimed.

"Zoe Quinn is a bad girlfriend" is not a story that Slashdot would take any interest in.

Have people suddenly forgotten about Jimmy Saville and Rolf Harris?

No, nobody has forgotten that Saville and Harris sexually abused children in their care. What are you accusing games journalists of now?

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

by Pseudonym (#48623689) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court

It would lock up much software as then each person who contributed is basically a copyright holder and can sue under that.

That's true of the Linux kernel. It's not true of most GPL'd code, which is almost all available under GPL version X (for some X) "or (at your option) any later version".

Comment: Re:Muslims? (Score 1) 880

by Pseudonym (#48622957) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

But one Breivik is newsworthy only because it's such a rare occurrence.


I'm glad someone said it. Breivik was a rare occurrence. 9/11 was a rare occurrence. Fort Hood was a rare occurrence. The random nutter with a gun in Sydney is a rare occurrence. All crimes of this nature are rare occurrences. That is why they are remarkable, and that is why we take note of them.

When drones take out a whole street in Pakistan, nobody pays attention, because this is not a rare occurrence.

Comment: Re:Removed after Initial sales spike (Score 1) 310

Exactly this.

There is a good argument for a store like Target not to stock a game like GTA 5 or, indeed, any media rated R. I'll bet you money that Target doesn't carry any Catherine Briellat movies, and their Lars von Trier section is pretty small too. Something else that pretty much everyone on this thread missed was that this was partly in response to an advertising flyer which had GTA5 right next to a Peppa Pig DVD.

That Target decided not to sell GTA5 hurts almost exactly nobody. Game stores will still stock it. It will still be on all the download stores. JB Hi-Fi and EB Games will still sell it, and make it available via game stores. Hell, DVD stores (of which there still are plenty in Australia) will still stock it. Most people in the target audience for GTA 5 will continue playing the copy they got at some point in the last year.

The number of people who were hurt in any way by this decision was almost exactly zero. This is a big whoop over nothing.

But here's what makes me sad about the whole thing:

Target is within its rights not to sell GTA5, but it's hard not to see it as cynical and hypocritical.

Take Two is within its rights to make and sell GTA5, but it's hard not to see it as a symptom of a wider problem with the portrayal of women in media, and video games in particular.

The people who made and signed the petition are within their rights to do so, and certainly had noble motives for doing so, but it's hard not to see it as a symptom of the wider moral panic over video games as being somehow "different" from other artforms.

The gamers who lashed back at the petition (even the non-gators) are within their rights to do so, and even had good reason to do so, but it's hard not to see this as yet more pseudo-victim mentality.

In summary, there is no such thing as "the good guys".

Comment: Re: Of Course It Was (Score 1) 355

by Pseudonym (#48536259) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

I did read your post. I was answering your question about what I was telling you.

On the rest of your post, I don't think that it's likely that we will "measure intelligence" to the level of precision required to find a significant difference that correlates with "race" at any point in the forseeable future. Leaving aside that we don't have a precise enough definition of "intelligence", the only way we currently know to increase precision is more samples. There aren't enough people in the world to get the confidence level down to one decimal place. The Sun would go nova before we got "trillions".

Comment: Re:Of Course It Was (Score 1) 355

by Pseudonym (#48526667) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

I am saying that anyone who sets out to "prove intelligence differences among the races" is assuming the conclusion before the study is done, and that's junk science. I was not saying any more or less than that.

But since you asked: Intelligence does seem to run in families. There is probably a combination of genetics and environment happening here. The idea that this could scale up to "races" (whatever "race" means) is not unthinkable, but based on what we know now, it seems highly unlikely.

The biggest difference between time and space is that you can't reuse time. -- Merrick Furst