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Comment: Online trolls, really? (Score 4, Insightful) 962

by grasshoppa (#47511891) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Is this what we've come to? Pretending online trolls are a problem specifically for women?

Here's a hint for the author of that article: Trolls are adept at identifying that which will get under your skin, and will hit that button repeatedly as long as it keeps spitting out a pellet ( much like this article ). If we're going to generalize it, men don't get this particular brand of trollling because it doesn't work on us. Ultimately, it has very little to do with sexism.

But no; let's work on trying to make ourselves a better brand of troll. Let me know how that works out for you.

( and no; had the author been a man, I'd have responded in the same manner )

Comment: Corporate doublespeak (Score 4, Insightful) 401

by grasshoppa (#47460307) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

We are very embarrassed by the way our employee spoke with Mr. Block and are contacting him to personally apologize. The way in which our representative communicated with him is unacceptable and not consistent with how we train our customer service representatives. We are investigating this situation and will take quick action. While the overwhelming majority of our employees work very hard to do the right thing every day, we are using this very unfortunate experience to reinforce how important it is to always treat our customers with the utmost respect.

If you read this carefully, they aren't sorry for the content, merely the delivery.

Comment: I've toyed with this concept.. (Score 5, Interesting) 265

by grasshoppa (#47432041) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

...and while I'm reasonably sure I can execute automated maintenance windows with little to no impact to business operations, I'm not sure. So I don't do it.

If there were more at stake, if the risk vs benefits were tipped more in my company's favor, I might test implement it. But just to catch an extra hour or two of sleep? Not worth it; I want a warm body watching the process in case it goes sideways. 9 times out of 10, that warm body is me.

Comment: Am I alone here? (Score 1) 160

by grasshoppa (#47376017) Attached to: Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

I mean, ya; "facebook is the enemy", sure. But honestly? Where's the personal responsibility? You can show me whatever you want, *I* control my emotions and my responses.

This whole thing has seemed a tempest in a tea cup, but because facebook is of questionable morals and ethics, it seems everyone is jumping on board how horrible this was.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 619

by grasshoppa (#47282389) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

I wonder if you are familiar with the US Budget. Take a look at it sometime. I don't think it's outside the range of possibility that they might divert funds from frivolous expenses to maintain critical infrastructure.

There is no need to give the government MORE money that they may or may not spend on what it's been earmarked for.

Comment: Let me see if I've got the shape of this (Score 1) 548

by grasshoppa (#47282243) Attached to: Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

Is the goal here to engage otherwise disinterested parties with the hope of said parties gaining employment?

Doesn't that suggest a shortage of viable, potential employees for those positions? Well? Are we really that short on coders that we have to start chasing currently disinterested people to fill those positions? Assuming for a moment that there is an abundance of currently viable coders on the market, wouldn't this then suggest that "better" employees for this position will be female? Wouldn't that then potentially lead to situations where otherwise disinterested women are being employed over interested men? Who's output would you expect to be better?

How does that make any damn sense?

Comment: Re:How is that stranger? (Score 1) 136

by grasshoppa (#47231623) Attached to: The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

How can computers be so alien to us when we've designed them? No, alien isn't quite the right word to use here, but rather lacking in development. You might say they are a proto-intelligence; all we've been doing, for the past 50+ years, is building the foundation for real artificial, rational thought.

You can't label something "alien" simply because you don't recognize it.

One small step for man, one giant stumble for mankind.