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Comment: How about fixing the males? (Score 1) 956

by bussdriver (#47513473) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

I'm a rare advocate of preventing rapists from ever having children. Face it, rape worked for the whole evolution of humans. Those aggressive traits worked and the evolutionary pressures rewarded them. There is no reason society can't decide to finally do something about promotion of that behavior into the gene pool. Males are genetically evolved towards the behavior and you can't condition all of them properly from birth to get the results you demand (thank goodness we don't know how because those skills would be used to control people in bad ways... and what we know already is abused.) Perhaps this could lower the need to dominate as well and cut down on domestic abuse (another big source for rape and similar abuse... we don't even have good stats on raped partners because they don't report it or rationalize.) Geeks are probably better than most male demographics at controlling their urges - the anonymous tools free inhibitions for EVERYBODY not just geeks.

No, it is not a slippery slope to eugenics and if you think so you need to look up the slippery slope fallacy.

Comment: User stats are daft. Mozilla is being led by fools (Score 4, Insightful) 171

by bussdriver (#47513385) Attached to: Firefox 31 Released

Mozilla asks for user data and people who do not opt-into that are not contributing data. Me being one of the many who do not-- I suspect intermediate and advanced users comprise the majority of this group. This means their data of people not using things like menu bars because they getting metrics from the most daft users of firefox.

Good designers will use metrics only as a factor not as a mindless system to think for you. Simplistic metrics are a whole issue in themselves along with improper use of statistics (on metrics) which is a common problem as well. Menu bars are never used heavily but they are extremely useful - of all times, in 2014 when phones have more screen space than a desktop did in the 90s we suddenly become obsessed with screen space??

Great designers also will accommodate advanced users and the large base of existing users by not arbitrarily pissing them off. Necessary changes can be done more gradually along with instructions on how to change the feature. (like making sure the user knows how to get to menus when you killed them... and to not foobar the pop-up menu version of the menubar... proper grouping and hierarchy make large things easier.) Also the current situation of "don't make me think" is likely a fad in the design world; I hope that users want to use their brains effectively in the future; otherwise, Edward Tufte etc. are irrelevant as we devolve.

If Mozilla wants to REALLY be a community they will let users choose and try something democratic, such as opt-in or opt-out of a major interface change. Since opt-in would never gain a majority of the users on these recent changes; the designers would naturally push for an opt-out policy but at least they could measure their failure by making opt-out easy to do (like force the user to use it for a few months before presenting the option.) At least then users at all skill levels feel empowered and PART OF SOMETHING (mozilla could even use the opportunity to leverage altruism and promote an organization image unlike the top-down corporate browsers.)

FURTHERMORE, it doesn't matter how many more daft users you have over the advanced users. Your software is not default like IE was. Users install Firefox because of people like slashdot readers. I have brought mozilla 100s of users and I can take them away, some already left for Chrome anyhow... but many do what their nerd or IT staff tells them to do (or whomever sets the default.)

Comment: Why bother with facts? (Score 1) 777

by bussdriver (#47496649) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Minimum wage has a plenty of historical proof behind it but that never makes any difference in our political debates. So why do we even bother with crap like this? If it creates jobs it'll be ignored; if it kills jobs it still will be ignored (and dismissed since it won't fit with history.)

Sure, you can raise the rate to higher levels eventually everything will go up in price as well with no net benefit; however, the world isn't that simple. Since the USA exports nothing and imports everything the impact won't be evenly spread as imports continue to be cheap and the 1 or 2 exports will rise in price (ignoring weapons export industry because that is special.) Local medium and small businesses will be at a disadvantage against larger business which can/do import easily --- but that isn't a whole lot different than today where most the big import friendly businesses have killed off smaller competition already.

As far as teen jobs paying enough to live on, those are no longer teen jobs--- there are simply not enough jobs to go around and that problem will continue due to outsourcing, automation, and "free trade." One can't try to maintain the past because that situation no longer exists today. Also don't forget, inflation is no longer reported (because it is got too high) so almost everybody is NOT getting enough of a raise to compensate for the inflation losses. I've never had a pay raise that even matched inflation; one has to switch jobs.

Comment: GPS needed for everything (Score 2) 118

by bussdriver (#47483411) Attached to: Preparing For Satellite Defense

I wonder, how much high tech military gear (including drones) the US can operate if their GPS system goes down?

Sure those things are not in low orbit but you start at lower orbit and work for outward from that. Plus the US has been wasting money on space based weapons systems since the 1980s and those were low orbit. Spy satellites are not the big deal.

Comment: Forgetting all the routine pull overs cops do (Score 1) 435

by bussdriver (#47471037) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

So many people are caught for something when pulled over for a routine car stop for driving too fast or some other minor infraction and then it leads to something more serious... So they want to give up all those arrests because they have a 1 in 100,000,000 chance of something bad happening? Just how often does the FBI engage in car chases with return fire anyway?

One would think the police associations would be against them for the loss of citations and jobs for traffic cops... but why should the FBI care?

My suburban cops have a TANK and we have almost no crime. The FBI could put it to better use.

Comment: Typewriter; until a secure computer can be made (Score 1) 244

by bussdriver (#47459683) Attached to: German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

Verifying any computer based device is going to be difficult, time consuming and costly.

They probably secure the area well enough to not worry about SOUND giving away what is being typed as well as used ink ribbons, electronic broadcasts from electric typewriters, and visuals of the typist or the papers being shuffled around... or improperly shredded. It has been a long time, it's quite possible they will mess up on the old tech they've long forgotten about securing.

At least with analog electronic typewriters the signal isn't going to stand out like it does with digital devices. They are still probably better off with mechanical typing until they can secure a device.

Next leaker will let us know that the electronic circuits in typewriters are sending wifi signals...

Comment: Action is needed; arguing is a delay tactic (Score 1) 552

by bussdriver (#47459325) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Deniers need to be put on record for future reference. Put their beliefs on record.

Then their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren can be ashamed of them for being the gullible selfish pricks they are. Just as people don't like to think of their ancestors who were criminals, racists, murderers, Nazi, etc. Plus people who live long enough can be reminded what idiots they are (sadly, that won't stop them from being elected to office, at least in the USA.)

Comment: Wrong (Score 3, Interesting) 69

Like most every political issue in the dysfunctional USA discourse, we have multiple off topic debates created as distractions from the real issues. Some of it promoted intentionally. I wouldn't expect comcast to stop at merely paying bums off the street to fill up public comment time at the FCC (as they have done, proving they have no respect for democracy.)

This is not about technical packet routing but the policies beyond the technical issues. Comcast purposely screwing up NetFlix in order to make them pay and then pass that onto their customers as a Comcast tax. You pay for bandwidth, NetFlix pays for bandwidth. If both of you use the full amount of bandwidth you are promised and PAY FOR and the ISPs can't deliver on their marketed promises... then that is a legal issue for the ISPs making the false claims.

This is also an issue of corporations playing favoritism with those packets. It doesn't matter if your car is broken down into atoms and sent in one big data flow -- when the corporation IDs all the atoms for your car and does not like your destination then slows down only your atoms... it doesn't matter what technical router issues they can dream up as an excuse for intentional discrimination which is not based upon neutral technical issues (like SIP needing priority.) That is smokescreen for their real agenda... to turn internet into cable TV.

Comment: Personalization - another enemy of democracy. (Score 1) 109

by bussdriver (#47433241) Attached to: Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

Life is 2nd grade. Or perhaps "Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten"?

Adults are merely conditioned and learn to ACT "mature," under the masks and habits we are all children... Psychology focuses so much on childhood for good reason.

Humans will avoid negative stimulation; it's natural behavior. If you have too much freedom and always have positive options you will avoid negative things ALL THE TIME. This will result in a lack of contrast which is necessary for your mind to function since just about everything you think is relative interpretation. What you end up with is a "wimp" who experiences just as much pain and suffering from a pin prick as a physically abused person does when being hospitalized.

People so fragile they commit suicide because of anonymous insults posted against them online... People so fragile they can be controlled by minor fears and name calling--- and most threatening, people being made incompetent citizens by being unable to face the bad news necessary for them to participate in their democracy.

Comment: It's a Spectometer (Score 1) 162

by bussdriver (#47433133) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

They will be able to detect many substances and do statistics on those. You might test off for drugs if you have a lot of money or handled a lot of money-- assuming you would leave your wallet out of the machine as one does at the airport -- if you handled a lot of money you'd get the extra treatment... in which case wash your hands before you go thru it; then you'll probably fit within the normal levels (assuming they calibrate the machine properly-- so many people use plastic that cash users will stand out from the average person.)

I'm sure that some law will prohibit forcing people to have their recent diet tested to be a passenger... but pilots etc will not and this could make drug/alcohol tests CHEAP and commonplace. No more blowing into a tube which has to be sanitized each time-- you just breath in a general direction!

Passive tests could be done without you knowing - there are evil uses for this. Making you wait in a long hall way for your interview for a job... they could charge the bench or the floor and use the security cameras... You could be ruled out for the job without knowing it was because of your medication (it's not like HR would buy the most accurate machines.) No, you CAN be discharged without a big shock so you wouldn't suspect it.

You see but you do not observe. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes"