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Comment: Re:global warmening worse than we thought... (Score 3, Interesting) 564

by Wonko the Sane (#48149449) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

I remember a few years back there was a page on the Los Alamos lab web site that talked about "POPS fusion" experiments.

Basically like IEC fusion, but instead of trying to maintain constant pressure, allow the pressure to oscillate regularly.

Then that page dissapeared.

I wonder if this announcement is about the same thing.

Comment: Re:Don't over generalize (Score 1) 717

by Wonko the Sane (#48129677) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win

However, no-one would question that what actually occurred was, in fact, theft. No-one would ask whether the car owner wanted it to happen.

The owner's insurance company would ask both of those questions as part of their investigation prior to paying out a claim.

No-one would have suggested the victim should have had a less attractive car.

In my life I have observed that people with more expensive (at-risk for theft) cars devote more resources to protecting them than people with less expensive cars. I've also see the same thing with houses and other posessions.

Still not seeing why, if self-protection against crime is considered the responsibility of the potential victim in every other situation, rape should be treated as a special case.

Every individual is responsible for their own self protection. This responsibility in no way reduces the culpability of criminals. This isn't contraversial when you talk about 99.9% of crimes, so why is so much effort being directed into making it a "gender issue"?

Comment: Re:Don't over generalize (Score 0) 717

by Wonko the Sane (#48113037) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win
I shouldn't dignify your ad hominem attack with a reply, but for the benefit of other people reading I'll provide a parable:

Manager: Now that we're finished cleaning up our servers, let's talk about how the hacker got in and how we can stop it from happening in the future. It seems that you set up our systems to allow root logins via telnet, and frequently logged in via public unencrypted wifi.
Sysadmin: Yes, that's the most convienient way for me to work.
Manager: Do you think that's prudent, given the circumstances? Maybe you should upgrade to SSH.
Sysadmin: Why should I have to do that? Hackers should be attempting to break into our servers in the first place.
Manager: Yes, that is true and also beside the point. Hackers do exist and so you need to take precautions to keep them out. That's your job.
Sysadmin: It isn't fair! Why should I need to learn how to keep the hackers out of the server? We should teach hackers not to break into other people's systems instead.
Manager: I agree that it's not fair, however even if everybody dropped everything everything else and started working on reeducating malicious hackers tomorrow, it would still take time to accomplish, and in the meantime the servers still need to be hardened against attack.
Sysadmin: I don't want to stop using telnet. It's not my fault malicious hackers exist and I'm not going to change what I'm doing because of them.
Manager: In that case, we have no choice but to find a replacement sysadmin while we also press charges against the hacker. Regardless of whether it's fair or not the job of hardening the servers against attack has to be done and if you're not willing to do it we must find somebody who will.
Sysadmin: OMG why are you attacking me now?! #waronsysadmins

Comment: Re:Don't over generalize (Score 1) 717

by Wonko the Sane (#48111411) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win

There's a double standard here.

In every other context, lack of due diligance is cause for concern, and that's not considered "victim blaming".

For example, if somebody leaves their car parked on the street with the windows rolled down and the keys in the ignition prior to it getting stolen, then anyone hearing the story would not be out of line asking them why they thought that was a good idea.

Their question would never be construed as absolving the car thief of responsibility for their crime, except maybe if the car owner was a woman.

Comment: Re:Don't over generalize (Score 4, Insightful) 717

by Wonko the Sane (#48110743) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Trolls of this nature are unusual and they don't just target women. They target everyone.

For some reason, it's culturally acceptable for men to learn how to defend themselves from sociopaths (who, like all predators prefer soft targets to hard targets).

However if anyone ever tries to talk about teaching women any kind of self defense, the accusations of "victim blaming" start up immediately.

Which is exactly what you'd expect sociopaths to instigate. Of course they'd oppose any effort to turn soft targets into hard targets.

Comment: Re:More feminist bullshit (Score 4, Insightful) 717

by Wonko the Sane (#48110709) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win

The problem is not feminists or anti-feminists.

The problem is sociopaths, and sociopaths come in all genders and races.

Sociopaths are very good at mobilizing well-intentioned humans for their own purposes.

Humans tend to conform to the desires of sociopaths instead of confront them, because natural selection did not historically favor humans who opposed sociopaths.

Comment: Navel gazing (Score 5, Insightful) 652

by Wonko the Sane (#48074897) Attached to: Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

While environmental studies professors continue to pump out ready excuses for imposing increasing economic feudalism in Europe and North America, China and India are going to build out nuclear power and produce energy. I doubt they'll be dissuaded from trying because of anything this professor says.

When people like this say, "the world can't" remember that they actually mean, "we aren't going to let you."

Comment: Re: This white-knight shit needs to stop (Score 1) 724

by Wonko the Sane (#48053261) Attached to: Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Alimony delinquency is not a trivial problem in this country when men excercise the option to leave their responsibilities at the state line.

On a sidenote, this is yet another problem that Bitcoin will solve for us.

Of course, I mean the problem that bank accounts and income streams can be garnished.

So many men are going benefit from the ability to hold their savings and earn income in a currency which no judge can remotely confiscate.

Comment: Re:Is the immune system working? (Score 1) 724

by Wonko the Sane (#48050025) Attached to: Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Actually 4chan has been executed.

All the old mods were mass-fired and replaced with new ones, one who have absolutely no connection with the community there.

Word on the street is that Moot has a new group of friends now and is trying to get into the SV startup scene.

New friends didn't approve of 4chan, so handng the site over to executioners was part of his initation ritual.

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