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Comment: can relate (Score 3, Interesting) 151

by Tom (#48047793) Attached to: Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

I can relate, in parts. To the anti-feminists, that is.

I'm sick and tired of getting feminism shoved down my throat absolutely everywhere. There's new laws, most companies have policies, our language is being policed for misunderstood "gender-equality" and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

I'm in full support of women fighting actual oppression. If you can't vote just because you're female, I'm with you on that. If you can't drive a car because you're a female, I'm with you on that. If your boss tells you that short skirt is the appropriate dresscode, while he insists on long trousers for your male colleagues, I'm with you on that.
But the feminazis who insist that absolutely everything has to be exactly 50/50 male/female, then for all I care you can fuck off and die.
Also, let's be honest, many of the most vocal feminists quite publicly state that their goal is not 50/50, but female dominance.

Women in video games is one of the "soft topics". Yeah, it's ridiculous what armor female characters wear sometimes. But you're blind, deaf and stupid if you think it's a gender thing. Look at the male characters - they are all Schwarzeneggers, too. According to my female friends, I'm quite handsome, but most video game characters beat me hands down in both beauty and body shape. It's the same as in movies and magazines - we get idealized, unnaturally enhanced versions of humans.

Could video games improve their representation of women? Sure, they could. But the subject is by far not as simple and clear-cut as voting rights or such.

And frankly speaking, I play video games to relax and shut down. You could keep your politics out of my entertainment and work on improvements in the real world. You know, the one that matters.

Comment: Re:Update to Godwin's law? (Score 1) 527

by Tom (#48044765) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Because they don't give a shit about your security or anybody else's, and they're too stupid to realize that by weakening it for them it weakens it for anybody.

They don't give a fuck about their own security, either.

You remember the scandal when it was revealed that the NSA had wiretapped the mobile phone of German government members? Well, it wasn't like the department responsible for the security of the government hadn't given them special encrypted phones, developed by a german company. It was that the stupid government idiots didn't use them because they were less convenient than their smartphones.

These people really don't understand security, at all.

Comment: Re:Where can I find the except clause? (Score 2) 527

by Tom (#48044745) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

They probably did think of children differently than many parents today. The word "helicopter mom" hadn't been invented yet, and not for lack of helicopters.

For many parts of history, children were not seen as cute little treasures, to be protected at all costs until the day they leave your house and you cry for three weeks. They were seen as dirty, loud little brats in desperate need of some discipline and teaching so they could finally become full human beings to help the family out with its business (whether that was a farm or a kingdom).

Of course people loved their children always, but the focus was on what they would become, not on "ooooh, looook at its eeeyyeees!!!".

Also, when half of the children never reaching adult age is the norm, your urge to protect them from everything is more realistic. It hurts like hell, but some of them die, that's just the way it is.

Comment: possible (Score 2) 527

by Tom (#48044729) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

âoeIt is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy,â

Yes, but the way to do so is to get a document signed by a court and give it to a human being who will then do what it orders, like unlock his phone and give it to you.

It is absolutely, 100% not possible to put a backdoor into a system without compromising the system. If it has a backdoor, the backdoor will be abused. If it is protected by a unique key, the key will be lost. If it is protected by encryption (key/certificate authentication), the signing certificate will be stolen or leaked (it would become the master-key target that every criminal in the sphere would be after, only a matter of time until one of them succeeds).

Comment: system (Score 3, Insightful) 519

by Tom (#48044711) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

As you add and remove apps, as Windows writes more and more temporary and junk files, over time, a system just slows down.

Yeah, it's a damn hard problem to solve. No surprise it's taken them 20 years to figure out that you could just put all of the files that belong to one application into a few folders exclusive to that application and then wipe them when the app is removed. Instead of, say, the absolute dumbest thing you can do, which is scattering them all over the place without keeping a record so you are absolutely guaranteed to never, ever, find them again.

Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 1) 216

by Tom (#48030469) Attached to: Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

isn't this the mentality that's caused us to require fifteen safety stickers on a simple ladder?

No, it is the exact opposite.

Stickers and security awareness training and all this nonsense are attempts to put the responsibility on the user by telling him what to do, instead of handling the responsibility yourself by making sure that your product is safe.

As with all things, there is, of course, a limit. You cannot (with current technology) design a power drill so that it will work on a wall, but not on a hand. And if your user knows the master password that will destroy your company then he should be told to keep it secret. But you should also ask yourself if you really need such a gaping security hole or if you couldn't compartmentalise things better. Or if the power drill can be designed so that it only works if the user has both hands on the machine, to at least reduce risk.

Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 1) 216

by Tom (#48027493) Attached to: Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

Not friendly to disabled or old people.

However, one-way walkways are entirely possible. You could have moving stairs that only move in one direction - that way a user erroneously going the wrong way would definitely notice.

It's all about assuming that users make mistakes and changing your mindset from shaking your head and mumbling "stupid lusers" to "let's see how we can handle that..."

It's quite an interesting subject, and finding great solutions to these problems is a challenge to more than just math skills.

Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 1) 216

by Tom (#48027405) Attached to: Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

You believe that user interfaces have to be made either for idiots or for geeks. Nothing could be further from the truth. A good interface allows both automation and is tolerant of failures. This is not only not exclusive, it is mutually supporting - when you want to automate something, proper error handling is even more important.

Comment: Re:It's true (Score 1) 267

by Tom (#48025463) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

IF they can mass produce a model in a reasonable price range comparable to a modern model of car it will take off.

I'm quite sure they (Ferrari) could, if they wanted. But it would destroy the brand. These brands are built on exclusivity, on the "not for everyone" factor - not only due to prices, but also due to the type of car they built. I'm quite certain that almost everyone who actually owns a Ferrari also owns at least one other car, for everyday driving.

Tesla, on the other hand, is trying to become upperclass mainstream. I wouldn't compare it to Ferrari, but to fashion designers - their original creations are unique exclusives, but they can inspire collections that are affordable to the average girl.

Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 5, Insightful) 216

by Tom (#48025443) Attached to: Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

He did cause the delay.

"User errors are user interface errors."

Last line of a keynote speech I gave two years ago. If someone walking back through that exit is so serious that it causes this, then it should not be possible, period.

It's easy to prevent. You post a security guard there, and/or you use appropriate doors. The last is a bit tricky due to large passenger volume and baggage, but some airports I know have these doors just before the baggage pickup area, for example.

He didn't cause the delay. If you build systems for normal users, you have to expect them to make errors, and the system has to catch those errors and handle them in a non-fatal way. If it doesn't, your system is broken.

Comment: Re:And there's the reason why... (Score 1) 226

by Tom (#48017579) Attached to: Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

And free sites. They still exist - I run a couple myself. I found that for me, a mix of free and paid sites covers almost everything I need on the Internet. You just have to spend a little time finding what's for you instead of always following the top three Google hits.

Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong (Score 1) 241

by Tom (#47952455) Attached to: Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

Is Russia as internet-dependent as we are?

Russia is independent of the USA part of the Internet to a degree you can hardly imagine. They have their own Facebook (vk), their own Google (yandex), two DNS root-server anycast instances, and even for credit cards they'll not be very sorry as Russians prefer debit cards from their own banks over Master/VISA credit cards.

Sure it'd be noticeable and some stuff would stop working, but it is certainly feasable.

Comment: Re:"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterio (Score 2) 178

by Tom (#47944385) Attached to: Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

I can't see wasting money just to say I have money to waste.

Exactly. You're the kind of people they want to keep out. People who think that $5k is a waste. For their target audience, $5k is either not worth even thinking about, or a fair price to pay for making sure you spend your time only with people who fall into either of these categories.

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