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Comment: Re:Easy (Score 1) 613

by Tranzistors (#49698165) Attached to: A Plan On How To Stop Sexism In Science

History is gender neutral

I don not see any reason why to believe it. History is written by victorious. And those, who could write (if they survived). It would be perfectly reasonable to have separate native American history study, given how much time is spent on studying white immigrant history (I am pulling this out of my ass, since I live in Europe). If any particular subfield in history is poorly studied, it makes perfect sense to study that particular field more carefully, nut just "whole history". Having separate "white studies" would make sense in, say, Japan, which is dominated by Japanese and impact of west could be an interesting subject. What would "white history of USA" even look like? No mention of slaves? Native Americans? How would such studies deepen our understanding on what had happened?

There are beauty pageants specifically for Blacks and for Latinos

My guess is that if beauty pageants were systematically won by Latinos, and someone made a separate pageant for whites only, there would be no outcry. For some reason you seem to be blind to any social inequalities.

Comment: Re:Don't be mean to Lennart (Score 1) 177

by Tranzistors (#49575755) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly

The main issue with the SJW label (as per definition of Urban Dictionary), is that it requires a lot of information on intent.

A pejorative term for an individual who repeatedly and vehemently engages in arguments on social justice on the Internet [...]

So far so good by UB standarts.

[..]often in a shallow or not well-thought-out way[...]

Judgmental, subjective observation, can be dismissed.

[..]for the purpose of raising their own personal reputation.

This is the key flaw in the definition, that makes it unusable. How do you know the motivation of the 'SJW'? Is there a separate community, where these SJW meet and brag about their achievements?

The examples that follow in the UB have issues as well.

A social justice warrior, or SJW, does not necessarily strongly believe all that they say, or even care about the groups they are fighting on behalf of.

Same problem of having to know the motivation.

They typically repeat points from whoever is the most popular blogger or commenter of the moment

So people reuse argumentation made by others. What else is new?

hoping that they will "get SJ points" and become popular in return.

I have seen this only on slashdot, where there is karma (and karma whoring). Here, JS points are almost currency. Is there any other such community?

They are very sure to adopt stances that are "correct" in their social circle.

More likely that they actually believe their cause and the social circle they live in has the same belief, or they would have left it. Also, slashdot has exactly the same way of thinking. The correct view is that tech sector and open source in particular is meritocracy, that women just don't want to be there and this issue should just be dropped.

Also interesting label is "White knighting", which also is pejorative used to mock those who defend others. On the face of it, defending the abused sounds like a good thing to do, but when you don't like it, call it white knighting, and it suddenly becomes something bad.

Comment: Re:How a project is maintained (Score 1) 177

by Tranzistors (#49575581) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly

This phenomena is certainly not unique to /.

The worst thing is that the hate radicalizes, it calls to pick a side and the more the fighting continues, the more emotional investment one has in the picked side. Every singe encounter breeds more frustration, which feeds the hate until the only prospect of any reconciliation is when everyone is tired of the fighting.

Comment: Re:How a project is maintained (Score 2, Insightful) 177

by Tranzistors (#49575233) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly

Hate between software camps is rarely fueled by the developers of the software itself. Forks might be driven by need, frustration or anything else, but once it is done, developers get on with their lives. When Canonical dumped GNOME panels (and Shell) to make unity, there was some bad blood for a month or so, Debian move to systemd was bit more brutal, but it all passed.

This is nothing compared to the hatefest that slashdot harbours. Any news remotely related to GNOME or systemd will quickly summon rabid commenters. Sure, if you agree with the haters, you will see it as a good thing (conformation bias?), but it does mean that comment section of this site is more suitable for gruesome entertainment than gaining additional information.

Case in point http://tech.slashdot.org/story..., where mildly interesting story about GNOME cash flow spawned comments that ranged form misunderstanding to misinformation to just pure fantasy. I was a bit surprised that someone from GNOME (Sri Ramkrishna) was still on /. and did try to clarify the situation, but it turned out that this was in his job description as a member of board of GNOME. This is how sick the /. community has become.

Comment: Re:Xfce 5 should be based on Qt. (Score 1) 91

by Tranzistors (#49170109) Attached to: Xfce 4.12 Released

I was wondering, it GNOME devs were that crazy to break their apps everywhere, and they aren't. On fedora xfce installed gedit 3.14 http://pbrd.co/1FQXEGT
There are some goofs, like duplication of minimize, maximize and close buttons. The xfce window decoration is there and works. Menu items, that were in the global menu, are now in the window menu (except for "new window", that seems to be gone, but Ctlr+N and tab detaching works just fine).
Can you point to the DE, where gedit is really broken?

Comment: Re:Freedom and good and bad currencies (Score 1) 253

What do you mean? If I knew my bitcoin wallet doubled its value every year, I would spend/invest NONE of it. And since everyone else would do the same, the value would grow even further and further, until it wouldn't. Then there is incentive to spend, thus flooding the market with bitcoins, which results in inflation, which forces to spend even more, before value is lost even further. Sounds like solid economical base to me.

Comment: Re:meanwhile... (Score -1, Flamebait) 755

by Tranzistors (#49065679) Attached to: Removing Libsystemd0 From a Live-running Debian System

Yes, you definitely need a tinfoil hat ASAP.

I understand that everyone concerned with security should be a bit paranoid, but the proper way to handle it should be through code review.

And systemd is 5(!) years old. It has been a while and glacial Debian has finally adopted it, as slowly as expected. How much longer do you expect it to be around before considered mature?

Comment: /. has super helpful community (Score 1) 180

Every time /. has news on someone, who has committed [cyber]crime, the comments read like from ask.slashdot.org article "I would like to set up a criminal enterprise online. Any helpful tips?"

As per all "ask /." articles, most comments are borderline manslplaining (meaning, author has no experience in the field, has idea what he is talking about, but somehow it makes sense in his head and he is happy to share it). As in all diverse communities, some try to suggest that this is a bad idea and shouldn't be attempted in the first place. Such suggestions are soon thwarted with detailed explanations, why it is [a good idea|ethical|for the common good].

This sort of entertainment is why I keep reading Shashdot. Keep up the good work.

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