Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 5, Insightful) 703

by Squiddie (#49576937) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics
I think it's time to stop calling these people "skeptics". They are science denialists, just like creationists. Skeptic would imply that they have found fault with the current science and attack that line of reasoning, but they don't. Instead, they have already come up with the conclusion that climate change is no issue and it is not caused my man, which goes against all current evidence.

Comment: Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 4, Insightful) 599

What a load of bullshit. How are women "discouraged" from anything like that? I take it women who are discouraged by simple words or competitiveness are too stupid, so who gives a shit? I wasn't encouraged when I was young. I actually had to jump through loops to get education in the US, and I paid more for it, and I still got my degree. Maybe women that are already born here should quit whining about being discouraged. You'll find it's mostly people without a degree in the field that whine about it. Maybe they should have taken a major in engineering instead of women's studies.

Comment: Re:HOWTO (Score 5, Insightful) 1081

by Squiddie (#49258717) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century
The problem is that too often the justice system makes mistakes. We know that innocent people have been executed, but let's say that was not the case. Let's look at your logic: they have killed, so they deserve to be killed. Eye for an eye, no? Then why not do it like Saudi Arabia? They recently blinded a man as punishment for an acid attack. Should the US then implement these kinds of punishments that they so often condemn? At the end of the day, the death penalty accomplished nothing and too often costs too much to society at large.

Comment: Re:That clinches it. (Score 2) 393

by Squiddie (#49070911) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?
I don't get why people keep bringing that old meme up. The year of the Linux desktop was a good while ago. I'm using Linux, on a desktop, right now, and I can use it just fine. There is nothing that's really missing. I even have games running on it. What more do you want? It does everything 99% of what people need to do. I really don't understand why people keep bitching that only 1% of the market uses this kind of system. It's all about free choice. If you want more people to use Linux on the desktop, just tell them about it. Already people are more than open to using libre alternatives to proprietary software, the only thing missing is just migrating from one OS to another, just to run the same programs. Do I think it could be better? Yes. Is it good enough now? Definitely.

Comment: Re:Why don't they get it? (Score 1) 779

by Squiddie (#48964125) Attached to: WA Bill Takes Aim at Boys' Dominance In Computer Classes
Men would be right to say that they are a minority at the very least. And I challenge you to find an MRA that actually thinks the world is run by women. I've always heard them complain about family court, suicide, criminal sentencing, and laws that are skewed in the favor of women. I tend to agree with many of their points even if I am not one of them. On the other hand, feminists still look at things like the SCUM manifesto and think it's just brilliant. We have women like Hilary Clinton claiming that women are the primary victims of war. All the infantrymen out there must be cursing their privilege right about now. To me, it seems like the delusional thinking you accuse MRAs of exhibiting is instead being done by feminists. And before you accuse me of being a privileged white male, let me assure you that I am probably privileged and male, but white I am not.

Comment: Re:That's like ... (Score 1) 779

by Squiddie (#48963875) Attached to: WA Bill Takes Aim at Boys' Dominance In Computer Classes
Girls are only 50% of the gaming market if you count mobile games and facebook "games". No sizable amount of women out there are excited about video cards, bench marks, or even the latest console. They don't consume the software in the volume or number that boys do. As for girls being allowed in, they already are in most cases. Nobody is keeping them out. What these politicians are suggesting is that they provide more funding only of more girls are put in the programs. This is about encouraging female enrollment wile disincentivizing male enrollment, since women are worth money in classes, and boys are not. You think if there is only one vacancy left they are going to give it to the boy? Probably not.

Comment: Re:Think of the children! (Score 1) 413

Anonymous isn't some kind of coordinated collective. Anyone can take on the name, and yes, in the years after the project chanology, this is what likely happened. The kind of things "Anonymous" used to get into was usually just defacing websites or posting flashing signs on an epilepsy forum. They've always been inexperienced kids that don't actually know anything about programming or security. So in a way, it was always about getting attention.

Wherever you go...There you are. - Buckaroo Banzai