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Comment: It's the women. (Score 5, Insightful) 1034

by TheEmpyrean (#40113501) Attached to: Are Porn and Video Games Ruining a Generation?

I love how it is always something wrong on the part of men, but that's the whole point when you get down to it.

Men are tired of women's crap.
Men are tired of American women in particular.
Men are tired of being told to "Act like a man" by women who don't want to "Act like a woman"
Men are tired of the atmosphere that has been created as of late.
Men are much more jaded by 25 because of women they've dated than ever before.
Men are tired of being treated as a pocketbook, resource, protector, etc.. and getting crapped on in return.
Men are tired of being expected to take on the dangerous jobs, longer hours, and more responsibility, but are screamed at for making more money.

Let's face it, most men don't want any part of it after a while.
Give me something to enjoy my time with, some food and let me blow my load on occasion, and my needs are generally met.
When the cost of dating a woman is more than a hooker, it's time to just get a hooker.
Video games don't nag, pester, whine and demand attention every 10 minutes.
Video games don't expect you to like all their friends, nor try to get to know all of your friends.
I don't have to buy porn dinner or take it to a movie before it'll put out.
Porn and video games don't have some irrational urge to talk about feelings and relationships every day.
Porn and video games don't start dropping hints after 6 months about moving in and/or getting married.

Simply put, again, many men are tired of women's crap, American women specifically.

There's a number of decent foreign women who know how to interact with a man while still being able to be themselves, and more guys are becoming aware of this and going for them, vs a bunch of spoiled, loud mouth, bossy, overly entitled, classless American bitches with nothing but bad attitudes.

Men may be the ones who are going for video games and porn, but women are the ones driving them to it.

Much like how these articles always seem to be written by women, or a woman leading around yet another spineless, pussy-whipped man giving a broken spirited 'Yes dear" after everything she says.

Comment: Kinetics or radiation (Score 1) 892

by TheEmpyrean (#39103707) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would Real Space Combat Look Like?

There's going to be two main methods of ordinance delivery: kinetic kill weapons, and radiation.

Kinetic kill is easy enough to envision, essentially a high tech version of a rifle or cannon. Something with high mass, at high speed with enough inertia and kinetic energy to crumple whatever structure it hits, if it doesn't simply punch clean through, creating all sorts of havoc.

But, there's the other silent killer... radiation. Hard, soft, thermal, etc.

You don't have to kill the vehicle, just who's driving it.

Comment: Not the tech, but it's use. (Score 2) 240

by TheEmpyrean (#38130524) Attached to: How Much Tech Can Kids Take?

There is some argument about the overuse of technology, but the bigger issue is how and when it's used. Now, plopping the kid in front of the TV.. generally bad, even if it's so called educational programming. Video games... I'd say so so, as long as the socialization is there. Now, things that make the kid learn more and become engaged in their information and such, not so bad. It's all in the use. Using it as a substitute for something is not going to end well. using it as a supplement for most things, probably ok.

I was programming at a young age, I was also racing dirt bikes and helping dad fix his cars.

Comment: Re:Not My Child You Don't... (Score 1) 804

by TheEmpyrean (#32161212) Attached to: 3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession

It's attitudes like that which make it needlessly difficult for schools to maintain discipline, and fuel childrens' sense of entitlement.

I know the rule seems stupid - and the teachers involved may agree with you - but if you go undermining their authority every time something like this comes up, the kids won't take school authority seriously.

... and for every obviously idiotic rule, and it's poorly thought out application and lack of parental intervention, do you think the ability for the child to take school seriously increases or decreases?


Geomagnetic Storm In Progress 110

Posted by Soulskill
from the sky-is-falling dept.
shogun writes "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports a strong geomagnetic storm is in progress. The shuttle, ISS and GPS systems may be affected." They think this storm was caused by a weak solar flare on April 3rd. As you may expect, this has caused some unusually impressive northern lights since it started. What you may not expect is a photograph from Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi aboard the International Space Station showing the aurora from orbit. He apparently tweets a lot of pictures from space. He and his crewmates have taken over 100,000 pictures since coming aboard the ISS.

Steampunk Con Mixes In More Maker Fun 50

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the rebuttal-of-disposable-culture dept.
California has once again been blessed with another steampunk convention, this time to be held in Emeryville, CA on March 12-14 as the "Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition." This year's event promises to mix in much more of the DIY/maker flavor for a greater hands-on feel. Steampunk has been gaining much broader appeal in recent months with the continued growth of maker communities, and the many delightful varieties of music and literature. The con will feature, among other things, a 2 day track of 2-hour how-to, hands-on, and interactive workshops gear towards makers, DIY-ers, mad scientists, and evil geniuses. Of course, if you are an evil genius you probably don't need a workshop except as a gathering for potential test subjects.

Comment: Can't outpace human stupidity (Score 1) 979

by TheEmpyrean (#31095480) Attached to: When Will AI Surpass Human Intelligence?
I think that in some cases, AI has already surpassed human intelligence. look around you and I think my empty can of cola has surpassed a few people's intelligence. We will never, at any point in time, even with out greatest effort though, create artificial stupidity that can outdo human stupidity.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (1) Gee, I wish we hadn't backed down on 'noalias'.