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Comment: Re:Serious and Worth Reading (Score 1) 710

by deek (#46529649) Attached to: Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

That type of reaction is a reflection of the person who reacted, not of the situation at hand. When I read the described situation, it appeared to me as a spectacle at work, being watched by spectators. It seemed incidental whether the hula-hoop dancers were female or male.

A spurned colleague taking revenge is certainly harassment, though I'm unsure whether it could be classed as sexual. The actual harassment wasn't sexual in nature, though it did result from an incident which could be classed as such. It's definitely not sexism, though, as I originally stated.

Comment: Re:Serious and Worth Reading (Score 1) 710

by deek (#46513777) Attached to: Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

That was, for me, the bizarre bit of Julie's side of the story. The hula-hoop thing. Why did she single out those who were spectating the spectacle? Sure, it's inappropriate in an office environment, but not as much as the hula-hoop dancing itself. It seems a very strange tipping point. Why didn't she say something to the girls who were doing the hula-hoop dancing in the office? The AC said it was at an office party, but I didn't sense that from the article.

Otherwise, she seems quite justified in her claims. She certainly appears to have been harassed in the workplace, though some of the harassment I wouldn't class as sexism (spurned colleague, intimidation from wife of boss). Definitely agree that you can't work in such a hostile environment.

Comment: Re:Perhaps not so far off... (Score 1) 61

by deek (#46263331) Attached to: The Road To VR

Very, very rarely is gaming remotely entertaining to mere observers.

Not as rare as you think. Game tournaments can attract a good number of spectators.

Plus, gaming is not necessarily that anti-social. Makes me wonder if the author has any experience with multiplayer games. Surely when VR becomes mainstram, it will have a multiplayer capability.

Yes, it could be argued that most multiplayer gamers aren't very social, or act anti-social. Griefing is an issue. Makes me wonder what they'll do in the context of shared VR, although griefers generally aren't too creative. I'm guessing "floating penises".

Comment: Re:Sign the petition (Score 1) 277

by deek (#46146717) Attached to: Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

The accused are not the head of the park authority. Russell Reichelt is the head, a research scientist with a PHD in marine science.

Accusations for two of the board members does not mean they're actually guilty. The two members are a minority within the board. It's good that there is an inquiry into possible conflict of interest, though.

81 million dollars _will_ make quite a difference to reef conservations programs, whereas dumping dredged waste far from a reef area _may possibly_ affect the reef. Though apparently history shows that previous dumps have had no effect on reef water quality.

Honestly, the whole reaction to this decision reeks of scare tactics. When someone resorts to such tactics, I get quite sceptical of their side of the argument, essentially achieving the exact opposite of what they intend. Since I'm not very knowledgeable of the situation, I cannot comment authoritatively on whether this decision will benefit the reef. My instinct is that it is a positive decision, though.

Comment: Re:Sign the petition (Score 5, Interesting) 277

by deek (#46138321) Attached to: Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

The conditions require that sediment entering the marine park be reduced by 150 percent over the long term -- a "net benefit" to water quality -- and that $81 million be contributed to reef conservation programs and specific measures observed to protect marine flora and fauna.

It's important to note the sea floor of the approved disposal area consists of sand, silt and clay and does not contain coral reefs or seagrass beds.

  Hmmm, this decision could actually be a benefit to the reef, not a detraction. I'd hope so, considering the park authority approved it. These are people who love the reef, are tasked with the job of protecting the reef, and are presumably experts in marine ecology and environment. They approved it. I'd say it's a very good chance that they made a good decision.

Comment: Re:This thing is DOA (Score 1) 138

by deek (#45906017) Attached to: Steam Controller Hands-on

Gosh. Tough crowd. Do you heckle professionally, or is it just a casual thing?

Of course I cherry picked! That was the basis of my list: show great games that are playable on SteamBox / Linux. Way to miss the point.

Interesting that you singled out Psychonauts, as that often gets criticism for the difficulty of the Meat Circus level, supposedly ruining the game for many. I didn't mind it myself, but I can see their point. The insane asylum levels, and Lungfishopolis, are some of the most blindingly brilliant and creative game levels! Blows my mind. What a great game!

As for the other games on the list ... they cover such a wide spectrum of gameplay, you can be excused for not having the good taste to appreciate them. ;-)

Comment: Re:This thing is DOA (Score 1) 138

by deek (#45903753) Attached to: Steam Controller Hands-on

True, you don't need a high powered machine to play these, although I'd recommend something more than integrated graphics for some of them. Valve's own games, which I didn't mentioned, would certainly benefit from more power.

Steam Machines will be created by many different manufacturers. So who knows, maybe one will be priced around the Ouya range. Time will tell.

Comment: Re:This thing is DOA (Score 1) 138

by deek (#45903691) Attached to: Steam Controller Hands-on

Seriously? You've never heard of Tim Schafer? Double Fine Productions, previously LucasArts? Tim is responsible for absolute classic games like Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango, and of course, Psychonauts, Brütal Legend, and Stacking, from my list.

Super Meat Boy and Fez? They are very high profile indie games. Creators and games were also the subject of an excellent documentary: Indie Game: The Movie.

Wasteland. Created by Interplay Productions, and used as the basis for Fallout. You must have heard about the Fallout series of games, surely!

Bastion, To The Moon. More high profile indie games.

Actually, I didn't create my list with the idea that these games were famous. My criteria was more about quality. These are _excellent_ games. Very much recommended to play. It's just coincidence that some are well known. Anyone with a decent knowledge of gaming culture would know the all. I didn't even mention any of Valve's own games.

Comment: Re:This thing is DOA (Score 3, Insightful) 138

by deek (#45894305) Attached to: Steam Controller Hands-on

A very subjective opinion.

With games like Psychonauts, Bastion, Wasteland, Fez, Frozen Synapse, Brütal Legend, Aquaria, FTL, Super Meat Boy, Stacking, Shank, To The Moon, Hotline Miami, and so many other brilliant games, there are a huge selection of quality launch titles for the Steam Box.

I'd easily take the Steam Box and its library over current console launch titles.

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