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Comment: "Requires" a global government? OMG THEYRE COMING (Score 1) 954

by dmauer (#36921226) Attached to: New NASA Data Casts Doubt On Global Warming Models

"Requires" a global government? You sound like a LaRouchie.

What it actually requires is the major industrialized nations (most significantly the US, China and India, with others of secondary importance in this context) agreeing to put a lid on carbon emissions. It doesn't require a NEW WORLD ORDER or the Borg.

Comment: Re:Of course Discover magazine would say this (Score 1) 473

by dmauer (#36478782) Attached to: No, We're Not Headed For a New Ice Age

2 points.

1) This "Only show one side of the picture" thing is so tired. Same thing as saying "teach the controversy". Intelligent Design creationists LOOOOOOOVE that stuff, and Climate Change denialists are only slightly less obsessed with it. The problem with that argument is that's it's patently nonsensical. It's like telling a room full of geospatial mapping experts in the midst of a discussion about the precise curvature of the globe at certain latitudes that they're refusing to consider the points of view of the folks outside the door who insist that the earth is flat. It only makes sense to show "the other side of the picture" if the other side of the picture isn't based entirely on made-up evidence and pseudoscience.

2) What is it about climate change denialists that makes them all think somehow the overwhelming majority of climate scientists somehow have a financial interest in climate change being real? First of all, isn't it relatively obvious that the funding sources with the biggest bucks are actually the fossil fuel companies who have a big financial incentive to prove that climate change isn't real? So a corrupt climate scientist would have to be dumb as rocks if s/he decided the best way to unethically sell out and get paid to come up with fraudulent findings was by siding AGAINST the richest folks in the room. And second, if there's going to be a hoax on such a grand scale, what's the supposed motivation? Are you really saying that 90+% of all climate scientists are corrupt and actively lying to gain some sort of undefined financial advantage? This is especially ridiculous given the fact that the climate-change-is-a-hoax crowd actually HAS an OBVIOUS, CLEAR, WELL-DEFINED financial stake in all those climate scientists being proven wrong.

Dumbest argument ever.

Comment: Re:Equally Smackable (Score 1) 344

by dmauer (#35582872) Attached to: <em>Duke Nukem Forever</em> Multiplayer Mode Predictably Controversial

Spoken like a true ignoramus.

Look, like everyone else I haven't seen the game, so standard disclaimers apply.

But: Context matters. There's not exactly an epidemic of the subjugation of men by women in the world. Whereas there are large numbers of people even in the US who think women should be subservient to men (hell, it says so in the Bible!) and generally treat women more like property than like people.

The "damsel in distress" canard is about as deeply ingrained a theme as exists in entertainment, and its prevalence is indicative of widespread sexism to begin with (not to say that each instance of it is sexist, but for girls who play video games, it's still a novelty to see a female character who doesn't have to be rescued by a man... And extremely rare to see a female character actually rescuing a male.)

That said, on it's surface, this sounds much nastier than a damsel in distress. Usually the damsel at least is assumed to be an actual person whose freedom is in itself worth fighting for. "Capture the Babe", though? First, this is a "take the other guy's sexy chick" thing, which grants zero agency to the woman - whoever takes her gets to have her. Which is already pretty typically misogynist even before you get to the hysterics and the slapping, which are respectively a negative stereotype and a tacit acceptance of violence against a woman who I presume doesn't fight back.

And to the people calling it "satire"? Satire condemns its target, usually by presenting an exaggeration of that target. Unless the audience of primarily young men is expected to take this game as a satirical commentary on how accepted various sexist constructs are in video games, I don't see how you look at this and think "Satire."

Do I think it's going to make people act violently toward women? No, but it will reinforce some negative attitudes toward women that are already prevalent in society, and any girls who are playing the game will have just another example of how people like them are just there to be claimed by the Big Men.

Sigh.

The Media

NYTimes On Dealings With Assange 221

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-thought-he-was-a-mastermind dept.
kaapstorm found an NYT story on Assange saying "Assange slouched into The Guardian office, a day late. Schmitt took his first measure of the man who would be a large presence in our lives. 'He's tall — probably 6-foot-2 or 6-3 — and lanky, with pale skin, gray eyes and a shock of white hair that seizes your attention,' Schmitt wrote to me later. 'He was alert but disheveled, like a bag lady walking in off the street, wearing a dingy, light-colored sport coat and cargo pants, dirty white shirt, beat-up sneakers and filthy white socks that collapsed around his ankles. He smelled as if he hadn't bathed in days.'"
Patents

Red Hat Settles Patent Case 76

Posted by Soulskill
from the making-it-go-away dept.
darthcamaro writes "Red Hat has settled another patent case with patent holding firm Acacia. This time the patent is US Patent #6,163,776, 'System and method for exchanging data and commands between an object oriented system and relational system.' While it's great that Red Hat has ended this particular patent threat, it's not yet clear how they've settled this case. The last time Red Hat tangled with Acacia they won in an Texas jury trial. 'Red Hat routinely addresses attempts to impede the innovative forces of open source via allegations of patent infringement,' Red Hat said in a statement. 'We can confirm that Red Hat, Inc and Software Tree LLC have settled patent litigation that was pending in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas.'"
Image

White House Correspondent Tweets His Heart Attack 77

Posted by samzenpus
from the dedication-to-the-job dept.
Tommy Christopher, who writes for mediate.com, has reporting in his blood, so much so that he livetweeted every part of his recent heart attack. "I gotta be me. Livetweeting my heart attack. Beat that!" and "This is not like the movies. Most deadpan heart attack evar. Still hurts even after the morphine," were among his updates as he was rushed to the hospital. Christopher is now in stable condition after recovering from emergency surgery.
Space

Rumor of Betelgeuse's Death Greatly Exaggerated 356

Posted by kdawson
from the holding-out-for-twenty-twelve dept.
The Bad Astronomer writes "A rumor is spreading on the Net like wildfire that the red supergiant star Betelgeuse is about to explode in a supernova. This rumor is almost certainly not true. First, it's posted on a doomsday forum. Second, it's three times removed from the source, and is anonymous at each step. Third, the evidence is shaky at best. Plus, even if true, the supernova is too far away to hurt us. But other than that ..."
Open Source

Open Source Developer Knighted 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the knights-who-say-free dept.
unixfan writes "Georg Greve, developer of Open Document Format and active FOSS developer, has received a knighthood in Germany for his work. From the article: 'Some weeks ago I received news that the embassy in Berne had unsuccessfully been trying to contact me under FSFE's old office address in Zurich. This was a bit odd and unexpected. So you can probably understand my surprise to be told by the embassy upon contacting them that on 18 December 2009 I had been awarded the Cross of Merit on ribbon (Verdienstkreuz am Bande) by the Federal Republic of Germany. As you might expect, my first reaction was one of disbelief. I was, in fact, rather shaken. You could also say shocked. Quick Wikipedia research revealed this to be part of the orders of knighthood, making this a Knight's Cross.'"
Ubuntu

Ubuntu Will Switch To Base-10 File Size Units In Future Release 984

Posted by Soulskill
from the stay-above-the-belt dept.
CyberDragon777 writes "Ubuntu's future 10.10 operating system is going to make a small, but contentious change to how file sizes are represented. Like most other operating systems using binary prefixes, Ubuntu currently represents 1 kB (kilobyte) as 1024 bytes (base-2). But starting with 10.10, a switch to SI prefixes (base-10) will denote 1 kB as 1000 bytes, 1 MB as 1000 kB, 1 GB as 1000 MB, and so on."

Comment: Re:Inflamatory headling superceeds mundane content (Score 5, Informative) 268

by miguel (#31627388) Attached to: The Mono Mystery That Wasn't

We have announced that our upcoming Mono release (2.8) will default to 4.0:

http://www.mono-project.com/Roadmap

For the first time in Mono's history our C# compiler and its supporting engine and core libraries were done before Microsoft released the product, we were usually one to two years behind. This time we are some five months ahead of time:

http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2009/Dec-09.html

There are still a handful of loose ends here and there, but luckily, nothing major.

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