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Comment: Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (Score -1, Troll) 743

by ShieldW0lf (#48198699) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Men and women both contribute to creating people.

A mans contribution can be completed in a single night.

A womans contribution requires 9 months, during which time any distraction, disruption or stress can cause the "person creation" process to fail catastrophically.

This is the reason we systematically transform men into specialists instead of men. It is a waste of precious resources to turn a woman into a computer programmer when she's a lot more valuable as a mother.

It's not that women are incapable of being computer programmers. It's that they have more important duties, and when they neglect those duties, the entire human race suffers for it.

At the end of the day, the problem is people like you, who don't care about the fate of the human race as long as you get what you want out of life before you die, and, frankly, the solution is NOT diplomatic in nature.

Comment: Re:Lenovo phones (Score 1) 72

by ShieldW0lf (#48192023) Attached to: Rumor: Lenovo In Talks To Buy BlackBerry

People do get that the only thing that knocked RIM from the top of the heap was the lawsuit filed by patent troll NTP, right?

They weren't beaten on technical merits. They weren't beaten because they "don't understand consumers". They weren't beaten on style, or execution, or anything else.

They were beaten by a corrupt US legal system that forced the guys running the company to stop running the company, hang around in a court room for years and in the end pay over half a trillion dollars to patent trolls.

Looking back, what they should have done was shut down US operations immediately, allowed the US government to implode and gone on to greener pastures.

Moral of the story, don't do business with Americans. One way or another, they'll fuck you over in the end. That's how they got where they are today.

Smart men just don't do business with the sharpest horse trader in town.

Comment: Re: Read below to see what Bennett has to say. (Score 0) 622

by ShieldW0lf (#48143697) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

I do not agree that this is a good use of public resources, part of which are mine. That's the point of having a discussion about it.

If she wants to hire a private investigator out of her own pocket, that's all well and good.

That's the thing about a democracy... it's not based on principles, it's based on unity. If you can't convince the vast number of people who agree with me, you have no right to use our tax money to finance your investigation.

I remember when SnapChat first hit the scene, thinking that such a service shouldn't exist, that it's inherently malignant in nature. Seeing these people get burned by its failure makes me happy, and I have no interest in working extra hours so I can fund a team of people to shore up what was a bad idea in the first place.

Perhaps, if you hope to see your vision of how things ought to be realized, you should stop making authoritative statements and start providing compelling arguments that take my demographics interests into account.

Comment: Re:Competition urgently needed (Score 2) 149

by ShieldW0lf (#48142955) Attached to: ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

Competition brings out the least in people.

If you measure yourself against the world, you'll always have room to improve.

If you measure yourself against other men, if you're the best, you'll never reach your potential.

And, because your peers have motivation to celebrate your failures, rather than your successes, you'll actually be fighting those who should be benefiting from your achievements.

On a personal level... dealing with competitive people is too tiresome to bear. Nothing they have to offer is worth dealing with their ego driven crap.

And, you can see the idiocy in their posts here. ISPs in the states are the most "free market" in the world, and they are also among the worst. The countries that treat ISPs as critical infrastructure like roads are the ones with the fastest infrastructure, but the "free market ra ra ra" crowd are still convinced that the way to improve the situation is to move further away from what is working better elsewhere.

Now, this isn't an academic debate. When you can look around, see that other people are getting better results, and you ignore that, that is just plain stupid.

Comment: Re: Read below to see what Bennett has to say. (Score 1) 622

by ShieldW0lf (#48136913) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

I'm bored enough to play...

Let's accept the arguments and move past them. What is she seeking when she asks us to accept that she is the victim of a sex crime?

She is seeking for us to take responsibility for locating and punishing the people who distributed these photos at our expense.

Each of us asks ourselves: Will going along with her position protect me? Will it protect people I care about? Will it encourage society to change in ways that I prefer? Will it put me at risk by criminalizing behavior that I enjoy engaging in? Will it put me at risk by criminalizing behavior I might engage in unknowingly, and burden me with the need for increased vigilance? How much will it cost? What will we be sacrificing to pay that cost? Is it all worthwhile?

She wants to make this our responsibility. The "victim blamers" do not want to assume this responsibility. She is selling something and some of us aren't buying it.

And, in typical fashion, those who fancy themselves the Champions of Women are attempting to paint those who are unsympathetic as hateful and shame them into submission, making them angry and defensive.

Which is smart, because when you rationally consider the reward on investment involved in treating this as a serious crime, it's open and shut. Only an emotional thinker could think this is a rational response.

Comment: Re:Oh great (Score 2) 547

by ShieldW0lf (#48134555) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

I've been doing this for the better part of a decade. Except, I know I'll be repeating this phrase to myself every day, so I take it as an opportunity to engage in a little self programming. It makes the passphrase personal instead of generic, and useful instead of burdensome.

"I don't like drinking with my buddies till 3 because it makes me feel rotten the next day" = "Idldwmbt3bimmfrtnd"

Now when my buddies ask me to stay out drinking on Thursday night, I'll hear "I don't like drinking with my buddies till 3 because it makes me feel rotten the next day" in my head and make the responsible choice.

Or whatever. "I put the toilet seat down because even though it's inconvenient it's better than listening to my wife criticize me"?

You can have fun with it.

Comment: Re:I'll take another look at it. (Score 1) 267

by ShieldW0lf (#48095845) Attached to: GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

Speaking for myself, the reason for the negativity is illustrated in this line from the article:

"The Evince appâ"GNOMEâ(TM)s PDF viewerâ"now has less interface getting in the way"

This is not just something that applies to Gnome. This attitude is pervasive across the entire industry. Windows 8, OSX, Gnome, Unity... I can't speak for KDE, haven't used it in years.

I consider this attitude to represent a regression. They're crippling the tools I use to solve problems based on the advice of fluffy headed artists and usability experts who are more interested in how an ignoramus reacts to something they've never seen before.

Frankly, if you're not interested in what you're doing enough to learn to master your tool, then what you're doing isn't important.

Crippling the tools that people use to do work so intellectually lazy baby boomers can have a toy that's easy to play with is bad for everyone.

The more you design something to be popular, the crappier it is.

Comment: Re:Facebook policy is the problem (Score 1) 305

by ShieldW0lf (#48070313) Attached to: The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

If I'm free, does that mean I'm free to participate in social networks that have a "real name" policy of my own volition?

If there's a social network that has a "real name" policy, and I join it, and then someone else comes along and insists that they should be able to join this network without using their real name, what happens to me?

Do we flat out not have the right to participate in a social network that has a real name policy?

Comment: Re:How about... (Score 1) 482

by ShieldW0lf (#48059113) Attached to: Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

You are an idiot.

I've got far more experience in this realm than the vast majority of my social circle, but you immediately decided that, because my advice doesn't jive with what you think you know, that I must be a socially awkward guy who is useless with the opposite sex.

You didn't even ask me. You just assumed.

That's what makes you stupid instead of just ignorant. Ignorance can be rectified. Stupid, not so much.

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.