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Comment Re:Why is it (Score 1) 139

She's really more of an interesting footnote than an influential figure in computer programming and is largely unknown outside of computing circles.

Her father, OTOH, is one of the best known authors in the English language.

Comment Re:WIRED has it right (Score 1) 1044

This was a free vote of everyone who wanted to register to vote. You don't have to go to WorldCon to vote. Anybody who wants to register gets a vote.

This is a pants on head ridiculous idea in the age of the internet. Ignoring botnets & scripts stuffing the ballot, you can quickly rally up large numbers of people that don't even read science fiction to vote as a bloc in order to push some agenda. It's not even a popularity contest at this point but a measure of how much social media organization a group has.

Comment Re:I'm opposed to censorship (Score 1) 410

If you're that hateful, go post on Stormfront.

Stormfront doesn't even really want to be associated with the more extreme, violent individuals. They want to to keep a "clean" front and not be seen as promoting criminal activity.

That's right, Reddit was harboring the racists that even Stormfront wasn't going to let inside. Their posting guidelines (archive link so your browser history is safe) prohibit obscenity, racial epithets, threats of violence, general shitposting & other crap that fills Reddit's racist subs to the brim.

Comment Re:Hmmm. (Score 2) 410

It's pretty simple. If you give racists a home on your site, they will start congregating on your site (because nobody else will let them post their openly racist bullshit). The thing is, they don't just stick to the explicitly racist forums, they'll start using the whole site, as any other user. When you have a sizable number of racist users, submitting links, making comments and voting to increase the visibility of content as an organized bloc (remember, all links & comments on Reddit are pushed to the top based on user votes, not admin/moderator/editor fiat), the result is that the entire site, even the "non-racist" parts gets regular doses of white supremacist propaganda.

The core demographic of Reddit, young middle-class white males, is exactly who white supremacists want to recruit. They're naive enough to buy into the "oppression of the white race" narrative that white supremacists continually spew.

To put this in perspective, it's been estimated that Reddit's racist subs currently have more traffic than Stormfront - historically the center of online white supremacist activity.

Comment C++ is the only logically option (Score 5, Informative) 407

C++ is still very much a living, actively developed language. There's a lot of people using it for modern projects. It's well supported under pretty much all modern operating systems & you have excellent tools available under Linux.

There's not a lot of reason to pick up Objective C unless you plan on targeting Apple. It's pretty much a dead language everywhere else, outside of a few niche projects.

Uncertain fortune is thoroughly mastered by the equity of the calculation. - Blaise Pascal