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Comment: Re:Cubic Inches? (Score 1) 168

by Trepidity (#47513635) Attached to: Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

American engineering tends to use US-customary units. Scientific research mostly uses metric, but engineering uses mostly US-customary, somewhat varying by field (e.g. medical devices tend to use metric).

Interestingly it's so ingrained into a lot of aspects of North American production that even Canada, which has switched to using metric for engineering, has a lot of parts specified in a way that obviously refers to customary units, with things strangely coming in multiples of 25.4mm, 0.454kg, and the like.

Comment: Re:Let's draw a distinction here... (Score 1) 386

by Dutch Gun (#47513099) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

I'll agree with your premise that assholes are assholes, though, and yes, I've met my share of them (there are plenty of middle-class and rich assholes too, in case you missed it). But I think a much smaller percentage of assholes have the courage to say nasty things right to someone's face, on the record, and with the possibility of immediate retaliation. If the only think that keeps their piehole shut is the possible consequences, legal or otherwise, that's fine by me.

Oh, and for what it's worth, anti-sexism laws haven't changed how "middle-class people view women". The laws are just a reflection of changing mores in society. I'd say you've got cause and effect reversed. The majority of people collectively decided it was no longer acceptable to sexually harass co-workers/underlings and later dismiss it with a wink and nod. Seriously, read some of the shit these women have had to put up with. There's no goddamn excuse for that - none at all. And I'm not going to excuse it no matter what someone's social or economic position is. And fuck anyone else who tries to excuse it for any reason, because they're part of the problem as well.

Comment: Re:Proof? (Score 1) 386

by geekoid (#47511913) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

"Just last night I was told I was going to be raped, along with my mother, for beating someone in a fighting game. "
Did they text that to your person phone? Did they tell you they are going to kill o and include the make and model of your car?
No? probably not the same thing then.

"you know that this is the internet we live on"
Maybe we should try to make it better? nah, lets just give up and shrug our shoulders.

" I implore everyone to provide proof of their allegations"
I agree. It's critical.

"before labeling it as a systemic issue.
it is a systemic issue, and it's pretty well documented. There is a difference between A threat, and a systemic issue of threats within a community.

"and I don't enjoy being falsely stuck in to a harasser category because I work in tech and have a penis but won't label myself a 'feminist'."
knee jerk much? no one is doing that, get over yourself.

" Furthermore, I feel that articles like this with claims but no evidence will just make people shy away from hiring Women for fear they are going to start claiming harassment when there is none."
did you read the article? Nothing in your post seems to indicate you did.

Comment: Re:Occams Scalpel (Score 2, Insightful) 386

by geekoid (#47511827) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

She has death threats sent to her phone. This isn't just an internet forum issue, and it isn't just her.
I have a daughter, she gets iot, her friends get it, I know 45 year old women who get attacked like this.

You're attitude is a large part of the problem. You have substituted actual think with some sort of ad hom.

It is industry wide, gaming culture wide.

Comment: Re:How do you (Score 1) 386

by geekoid (#47511805) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Incorrect. You jump to some really broad interpretation of the article really fast. Maybe this hits a little to close to your behavior?

Women are harassed, viciously by men.
Not all men. But it's there and people like you just turn a blind eye and use excuses to be offended at a women pointing out this issue.
This is text messages, threats emailed to you, men send death threats that include personal informaiton, like what kind of car and location.
And it isn't uncommon., in that every woman will experiences it often.

"This woman thinks I'm asshole with no self-control for no other reason than because I have a penis. "
there is nothing in the article that implies that, you are reading into it as a reason to be insulted. Because outrage is easier then trying to help.

Comment: Let's draw a distinction here... (Score 5, Insightful) 386

by Dutch Gun (#47511737) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

I'll admit I was a little relieved after actually reading the article. I assumed it was talking about harassment of male game developers towards female coworkers, which would have really surprised me. I've worked in the industry for over fifteen years, and I've never even heard of any sort of sexism toward the women that were employed alongside me. It simply wouldn't have been tolerated at the places I've worked, so far as I know, and that's a good thing. While the programming department was, of course, largely male, the other departments (art, design, writing, production) were more evenly split. Everyone I've known has valued talent and hard work, and gender was pretty much an afterthought, at least so far as I could tell. Then again, I'm a guy, so I'm probably not quite as attuned to that sort of thing.

In fact, the article seems to be mostly about women (largely in the gaming press) interacting with the still-all-too-ugly disposition of the anonymous hoards of gaming fans that interact with them. That made a bit more sense to me, unfortunately, as such women are by nature already public figures, and will probably attract a lot more bile. Let's face it. People on the internet, including (especially?) gamers, are not only sexist, they're racist, homophobic, and unbelievably cruel at time. I care a lot about the gaming culture and community, and it pains me to admit this. There's a shocking disconnect between what would be acceptable in real life versus what's said online. I'd imagine very few of those idiots would ever have the courage to say those things to someone's face.

The only way to deal with this is absolute zero tolerance policies, at least on forums (literal or otherwise) that you have any control over. There's simply no excuse for this sort of behavior. The internet could really stand to collectively grow up a little, and realize that being anonymous shouldn't give you a free license to be an asshat. Frankly, I don't think that "normal" people turn into foul-mouth talking assholes when online and anonymous. My feeling is that they were assholes to begin with, but just didn't have the courage to say those things to anyone's face. These folks are not going to go away, I'm sorry to say. It would be nice if human nature could evolve a bit. But that doesn't mean anyone has to put up with this sort of shit any more than necessary. I'm also sorry to say that as a man, I'm pretty sure I'll never understand how a woman feels when she goes through something like this, and it makes me angry that so many would have to.

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