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Comment: Re: Her work (Score 1) 909

Ironically, having read War and Peace myself, I wouldn't say it's an overly good example of feminist literature as most of the female characters IIRC are mostly concerned about their husbands.

Having said that, I wholeheartedly agree. A lot of TV these days is too dark for me to watch much of in a single sitting.

Pulp fiction that is aware of its pulpiness isn't the problem; fiction that is unaware of its pulpiness and the reasons for it is the proposed problem.

Comment: Re: Her work (Score 1) 909

But if you can't tell, then it is credible as a threat.

You could have dropped half that comment and just put this as the first sentence. And I find it funny how much you use the word "clearly" when we're talking greyscale.

"If I knew where you lived, you'd be toast!"

...doesn't mean that they won't try to *find out* where you live. So whoop--it could happen! Therefore that one's credible.

Considering how notoriously hard it is to tell on the Internet whether someone is being serious, I would only exclude those threats that are physically impossible (your Cardassian example). In which case it's possible to end up with 90% of threats received being "credible." Maybe not likely, though? It is Internet trolls we're talking about here, but SWATing is a thing, too.

You can get the whole thing from the semantics of the words "credible" and "non-credible," by checking if it is non-credible. If it has something as mentioned above that makes it "non-credible," then it is not credible.

I'm not finding extracting an objective definition from this circular definition as "clearly" easy as you claim. Saying A = everything !B doesn't work when A and B overlap, because you can argue that B = everything !A and now we have an incompatible center of the Venn diagram which is both A, therefore !B, and B, therefore !A, which was kind of my point (in retrospect ;)

Comment: Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (Score 1) 909

I wasn't actually addressing your original post- merely your "side-stepping" of another poster's.

I wasn't sidestepping anything. If the OP had said "and on blogs" as I already stated I would have said, "Okay, let's take a look at those." They didn't.

As an addendum Ms. Anita's "research" is nothing more than youtube commentary

Well I guess we know why she got a lot of data on people being horrible, then :)

The link in the summary to her website isn't YouTube. This is somebody I've never even heard of before, and there are no links anywhere in the summary to YouTube. Ergo my first thought is not "the best place to look for information about this person is YouTube," which seems to be what you're criticizing me for. The hell?

A lot of sites these days upload their videos on YouTube and then embed them in their actual sites, which I guess is your logic?

You're right- that is a pretty good metaphor for willful blindness.

If "willingly blinding myself" to YouTube is wrong, I don't want to be right. I don't need to read 13-year-olds endlessly parroting lines from the video, calling each other homos, and getting in pissing matches to enrich my life.

Comment: Re:Google needs to clean up search (Score 1) 104

by TangoMargarine (#47775901) Attached to: Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

2) GPL allows you to repackage software, but not under the same trademark. You can do whatever with the code, but cannot distribute it as Firefox if it's not coming from Mozilla. E.g. Debian had to rename their Firefox branch as IceWeasel

Technically Mozilla has its own license on Firefox which required that change. The Mozilla Public License is described as "hybrid BSD and GPL."

If the repackaging just involved slapping a skin and a couple extensions onto it but no code modification, I don't see why it would be a problem. Didn't IceWeasel involve recompiling or something?

Comment: Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (Score 1) 909

Don't like Youtube? Plenty of blogs discussing it too.

Well, the parent didn't say that. I'd give blogs a shot; YouTube, not so much. Appealing to YouTube comments for "evidence" of anything other than the general low quality of Internet commentary is a hail Mary.

You quite neatly sidestepped my argument right into the path of an oncoming train.

Comment: Re:Her work (Score 0) 909

Assuming the stereotype is negative to begin with. How many contortions do we need to go through to make "Asians are good at math" into a stereotype that hurts people?

A) The stereotype may in practice make it harder for them to go into other fields.
B) The stereotype may disadvantage other groups.

I would say that stereotypes exist to make communicating easier, but I suppose it sounds dumb to claim that my ease of use trumps discrimination. It's about what meanings we attribute to the words more than the words themselves. I don't feel that "Jap" or "homo" should have any negative connotations since they're simply shortenings of the official term (how much less offensive can you possibly get?) but since we're all a bunch of hateful twats, they are anyway.

P.S: Yeah, you said "in fiction" so this whole post is a bit offtopic.

Comment: Re:It's a question that WAS relevant (Score 1) 124

by TangoMargarine (#47775589) Attached to: Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

"Virtual" anything means there's at least one layer of abstraction between the thing and anything the layperson would consider remotely close to the hardware. "Machine" would imply something that is inversely quite close to the hardware. To my ears, it sounds like saying "pure hybrid" can't be both at the same time.

Maybe I'm mixing up (virtual (machine language)) and ((virtual machine) language). From the perspective of the Java/.NET compiler it conceptually resembles machine language but it sure doesn't from the perspective of the actual hardware. I can see how Java being in a VM to begin with presents a similar model to running assembly on the actual machine but comparing the two in terms of efficiency and overhead is laughable. I was signalling my cognitive dissonance of conflating Java and assembly so directly.

The only way to learn a new programming language is by writing programs in it. - Brian Kernighan