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Comment: Re:Whole list of possibly offensive content? (Score 1) 641

by fey000 (#48402455) Attached to: Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

I'm guessing you aren't a gamer.
I can tell you that as a gamer, we have very, *very*, different views on how to rate a game.
When I look at what games to buy, I consider the following:
Quality of controls
Interesting mechanics

And none of those were on your list.
Why not leave the grading of games to those who actually enjoy the games? Or at least those who play them? I sure as hell don't wander into the competitive sailing scene and start demanding they rate their boats on how much they look like penises when squinting. Why do the same to games?

Comment: Re:Whoa whoa whoa (Score 5, Insightful) 641

by fey000 (#48402283) Attached to: Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

It would be disingenuous to suggest that sexism does not primarily impact women negatively.

In war? Men get killed in combat, women stay at home.
In crime? Women get lower sentences, in some cases skipping prison time entirely.
In trouble? Heard about support groups for women? I sure have. A man's support from society when in trouble can be summarized as "walk it off and man up".
In court? Women win custody cases by default.

I'm not suggesting that being a woman is all peaches and cream, but get some perspective please. Life isn't black and white, and the gender debate isn't either.

Comment: Re:Its prison (Score 1) 356

by fey000 (#48349835) Attached to: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

Prison is theoretically at least not meant to be a "punishment" and if you say that to anyone who works in the "corrections" system they will get angry with you. Prison is not supposed to be about making people unhappy in return for them having done "bad things" it is supposed to be about reforming them and turning them back into good citizens.

Indeed, the purpose of prison is to correct behavioural traits that lead to criminal actions. That is after all why the success rate of prisons and even the legal system itself is measured in recidivism. One can however argue (and quite successfully so) that punishment is a tool for 'correcting' behaviour. Not the only tool, but it is available in every prison and does not require a degree or additional cost.

The first time I wanted to see what this 'fire' thing was about, I was duly punished with a burned hand.
When I forgot my key and kicked in the cellar window, I got duly punished with parental sanctions.
Both of these punishments corrected my behaviour.

Some people need a carrot to change. Some people need a whip.

+ - Long-term study finds zero link between violence in video games and real life->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "The first long-term study has been completed on the link between the consumption of violent media and real-life violent acts, and has found... there is none. In fact, the only possible trend that cropped up over the last century was that an increased consumption of violent video games correlated to a decrease in youth violence.

The results have been published in the Journal of Communication."

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+ - Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In a new paper published in Science, researchers at the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute note that "there are reasons to believe that current approaches [to discovering life] may indeed miss taxa, particularly if they are very different from those that have so far been characterized." They believe life forms exist that don't fall into the established eukaryota, archaea, or bacteria kingdoms.
They argue that there may be life out there that doesn't use the four DNA and RNA bases that we're used to; there may be life out there that has evolved completely separately from everything that we have ever known to exist; there may be life that lives in places we haven't even looked."

+ - Human Clinical Trials to Begin on Drug That Reverses Diabetes in Animal Models-> 1

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "A study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has shown that verapamil, a drug widely used to treat high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and migraine headaches, is able to completely reverse diabetes in animal models. The UAB team will now move onto clinical trials to see if the same results are repeated in humans."
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Comment: Try communicating (Score 0) 429

by fey000 (#48334171) Attached to: Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

There are already a hundred words that mean the same as 'metastable' and 'false' vacuum. Why invent two more? Why use the oxymoron at all?
It's exactly this kind of shit that makes me hide in the physics department and randomly jump out and donkey-punch surprised physicists on thursdays.

+ - The two winners of the Gamergate->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The saga of Gamergate has ended up with a whole lot of lowers, but two entities may be potentially BIG WINNERS

Digitimes has an interesting commentary on the Gamergate, something that at least, to me, toe the neutral line, with arguments that are at least logical

According to the commentary, the two potential big winners are

Google and Amazon


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+ - Labor Dept. to destroy H-1B records 3

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Records that are critical to research and take up a microscopic amount of storage are set for deletion

In a notice posted last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said that records used for labor certification, whether in paper or electronic, "are temporary records and subject to destruction" after five years, under a new policy. ... There was no explanation for the change, and it is perplexing to researchers. The records under threat are called Labor Condition Applications (LCA), which identify the H-1B employer, worksite, the prevailing wage, and the wage paid to the worker. ... ... The cost of storage can't be an issue for the government's $80 billion IT budget: A full year's worth of LCA data is less than 1GB.


Comment: Shift in priorities (Score 5, Interesting) 553

by fey000 (#48223241) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Perhaps it's time to downvalue memory and detail retention?
With the internet always available, knowing what to do seems to be the key to success, while figuring out how to do it can be achieved with a quick search (I personally start with wikipedia). What cannot be found on wikipedia is how to model a problem such that it can be deconstructed into smaller pieces. That's where a broad and comprehensive education comes in. I'm all for requiring less memory intensive tasks, and more 'from-start-to-finish' problem solving tasks that require active creativity and input.

As for critical thinking, hell yes. The world as a whole can only benefit from critical thinking and questioning beliefs. Stop with the 'listen and believe', start with the 'independently verify'. This would help in matters ranging from 'whom can I trust with my life savings?' to 'what political candidate isn't a twisted sadist lying bastard hellbent on screwing the whole country?'.
And to sweeten the bargain, once the citizenry starts practising this type of behaviour, politicians and corporations will have to follow suit if they wish to retain their voters/consumers.

+ - Jailed Journalist and Former Anonymous Activist Barrett Brown Seeks Leniency->

Submitted by ageisp0lis
ageisp0lis (2679663) writes "Brown's defense is appealing to Judge Sam A. Lindsay to use leniency and sentence him to time served. Brown has accepted responsibility for his conduct. He was originally charged with sharing a hyperlink to stolen information, and after that was dropped, he pled guilty to hiding his laptops, transmitting a threat, and accessory after the fact to an unauthorized access to a protected computer. He's now facing 8.5 years maximum in prison. When he is sentenced on November 24th, he will have already spent over two years in jail. Given the innocuous nature of his crimes and the lack of tangible harm resulting from them, his supporters feel that he should be set free, and they are collecting letters addressed to the judge in this case."
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Comment: Re:Dear Intel (Score 1) 724

by fey000 (#48051967) Attached to: Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

... then they obviously can't make decent engineering decisions either. ...

I only wish to point out here that you are stating that Intel, the premiere CPU producer for the entire world, "obviously can't make decent engineering decisions". Were you to say something like that on a forum frequented by hardware-savvy engineers, it could result in a view of you that was not altogether positive.

A language that doesn't have everything is actually easier to program in than some that do. -- Dennis M. Ritchie