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Comment: Re:You are quoting losers, so yeah. (Score 1) 950

Porn is far less rewarding than a divorce? Are you serious?

Difficult and painful experiences can be incredibly valuable. An experience brings value to you as you bring value to the experience. You will always and only experience the consequence of your choices.

Comment: Re: You are quoting losers, so yeah. (Score 1) 950

If you think only 10% of men are shallow, I encourage you to ask a female friend about her online dating inbox.

If you think 90% of women are shallow, I encourage you to try meeting different women in different places with different strategies.

Or choose porn and video games. Those choices are available, and easy. I choose them often myself. Might choose one or the other a couple minutes from now. Yet even at my most transcendent, I find fapping toward a screen ultimately... disappointing.

I am an adventurer and a skilled professional craftsman. I experience and create amazing things by myself. My experiences and creations die with me if I don't share them with anyone. When I get together with other people to experience and create things, those things are even more frequently excellent than what I can access and accomplish alone.

Comment: Re:Feminist bullshit (Score 1) 950

Basically, your post blames men for the whole situation, which is a typical refrain these days.

I hear it a lot from people who want to blame women instead. I don't hear it a lot from places like the post you're responding to, which talked a lot about treating people kindly and thinking about your relationship with the world, and taking responsibility for your own actions. It sounds like you heard in that "it's your fault."
I heard "it's your choice."

Comment: Re:I am a Republican voting Conservative. (Score 1) 347

In what arena is AGW contentious?

My mother-in-law's house. Blog comments and forum threads, including this one. Talking head shows on channels with "News" in their names. Interview shows on other channels. Congress. The city bus, rarely. AGW is contentious in basically any arena where groups of people from mildly dissimilar circumstances get together and talk about our environment and our strategies for resource allocation.

In what arenas is AGW not contentious?

My group of friends and I all agree that humans are individually and collectively fucking up our environment, and we ought to take individual and collective action to fuck it up less and steward it better. But even we get contentious sometimes talking about our environment and our strategies for resource allocation. Even more so when we talk about or to the fools with "wrong" opinions that disagree with us.

Comment: Re:Am I Missing Something? (Score 1) 493

So, do women have lower expectations of female students?

Everyone has lower expectations of female students. This is not a gender war men vs. women. It's a matter of cultural inertia vs. women. Oh hey, by the way men are harmed by this inertia too. Nobody benefits from anyone having their potential artificially capped.

It's not about blame. It's about understanding the problems, finding solutions, being open to other viewpoints, and making our world and our society better.

Comment: Re:Boys and Girls are different (Score 1) 493

So my entire grade of 7th graders spent an entire semester programming in BASIC. Every boy, every girl - all of us. We always worked in teams of two (mostly boys paired up and girls paired up, as is typical at that age). Further, this was commonplace in most schools of the era.

So here is what we *should* have seen. Since we had boys and girls all being equally submersed in the writing of software for hundreds of thousands of children, if boys and girls equally relate to, identify with, and enjoy programming, then we should have seen a surge of that generation of girls also becoming computer scientists.

That is what we should have seen if that quality of education had been present in the majority of elementary and middle schools, and continued throughout high school and college. I assure you, it was not and it did not.

Men and women are not different in their innate capacity or interest for math and science. The biases that push women away from technology fields are small, but they accrete.

Men and women are different in the way that they perceive and process information. I believe that my industry sees a lot benefit from having access to diverse viewpoints and novel perspectives. I benefit personally. So I am attempting to correct for the biases that push women away from technology.

Comment: Re:You have got to be fucking kidding me (Score 1) 493

In my experience, anytime someone starts giving attributes to a label and talking about what "they" want and how "they" operate, several things tend to be true:

The speaker has had very little actual physical contact or dialogue with specific people fitting that label. The speaker appears to believe that the label is well and narrowly defined. But on closer examination, the label is vaguely defined, and the specific people it applies to are difficult to identify at all. If specific people are identified, those people often would not apply the label in question to themselves. If those specific people do personally identify with the label, they define the label very differently than the speaker. Any discrepancies in label definitions will be waved away by "No True Scotsman". Yet usually the labelled party is made out to be an overwhelming force on the brink of obliterating the speaker's very way of life. Very little data is presented, and confirmation bias is significant.

In other words, you are participating in identity politics. Identity politics is entirely populated by straw men.

Yes, supremacists are bad. Female supremacists are incredibly rare, and you probably vastly misunderstand anyone that you think is one.

Comment: Re: Science... Yah! (Score 0) 958

by TimboJones (#48967119) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

Once, in college, I left a Teflon-coated pan on the burner for too long. My lungs, brain, and viscera had some very strong opinions about how inert and non-toxic that stuff is. Never again.

Stickiness is rarely a problem if you lubricate properly before cooking and deglaze afterward.

Comment: Re: Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (Score 2) 825

by TimboJones (#48958073) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

When did it become "greedy" to keep your own money, and "justice" to take someone else's?

When clever accountants figured out that they can just make up inter-company fees in order to make it look like the company is making money in Ireland when all their actual customers live in the US. Seriously, the title of this thread is "Double Irish" - look it up.

Comment: Re: Slashdot stance on #gamergate (Score 1) 693

by TimboJones (#48932481) Attached to: Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Yes, life is more complicated than the argument that white men start on easy mode. But that is the basis on which the more complicated fractal reality exists, and the new right wants it even simpler: they think everybody has an equal opportunity -- it's right here on this piece of paper -- so if you're poor, you fucked up. The left's argument is more complex than the right's, and less complex than reality.

Who are you calling you people.

Comment: Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (Score 1) 693

by TimboJones (#48895727) Attached to: Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Let's recap here. Zoe Quinn slept with all the major game reviewers and/or their editors. She gets rave reviews for a game people who actually bought have panned mercilessly. Literally caught with their pants down, they point to their customers and scream "sexist!". That's the point of the scandal. You can dress it up however you like, but at the root it's about corruption in the gaming press.

This sounds about right to me.

You are right that GamerGate has some kind of unholy obsession with Quinn instead of Grayson, who should be the target of criticism if that criticism has merit. That criticism has very little merit.

But if you think the italicised summary is 'about right', you haven't been paying attention. Here's what really went down:

a) Grayson wrote two articles talking about Zoe Quinn's game as an interesting tool for dealing with emotional issues and an interesting direction for games to explore
b) Months after these articles were published, Grayson and Quinn slept together
c) Months later, Quinn's ex aired his dirty laundry in public and made a lot of false accusations along with one or two true ones
d) Depression Quest was and is a free game. It never got rave reviews, except as an interesting anomaly. It's pretty similar to the reviews of Dear Esther.
e) The "Gamers are dead" articles all talked about "The word gamer carries a common stereotype: basement-dwelling misogynistic nerd. That stereotype is inaccurate -- gamers cross all demographics -- and should be discarded. Studios should make more games that appeal to wider and alternative audiences"
f) Actual basement-dwelling misogynistic nerds got mad about this and made a hue and cry.
g) Non-basement-dwellers, non-misogynists, and non-nerds who identify as gamers heard this hue and cry, skipped reading the actual articles, and got involved
h) Folks who have been campaigning for ethics in game journalism for a long time jumped on the bandwagon
i) GamerGate continues to dig into the lives of outspoken women and 'expose' their exploits, and call for boycotts of sites that do actual criticism and talk about larger societal issues in the context of game review, while largely ignoring real actual problems in game journalism like paid shills and editorial conflict of interest with advertisers.
j) The misogynistic troll segment of GamerGate explicitly uses "it's about ethics in game journalism" to distract from their trolling.
k) 4chan (4chan!) kicks these assholes out and they regroup on 8chan.
l) The proponents of ethics in journalism fail to realize that their flag has been ripped and smeared with shit by the channers and continue to wave it.

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