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Comment: Re:Not just women (Score 1, Insightful) 415

by gsslay (#48212021) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

What a nice demonstration of exactly what the article summary suggests. All your arguments are practically identical to the excuses that use to be given for work-place sexual harassment. Silly emotional women just take it all too seriously!

Except for an additional illogical twist; if trolls find it easiest to troll females (and your stereotyping of both genders is simplistic to say the least) , and are therefore subsequently chosen as a target, then trolls do indeed care about the gender of their targets.

Comment: Re:Why the cloak and dagger? (Score 2) 142

by gsslay (#48202415) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

The company is not interested in supporting the software. So if their software is in peril, it is entirely in their hands.

This situation doesn't sound unusual to me. The company originally developed it because it addressed a need/demand at the time. The developers involved took a personal interest in it. The original need has long gone, but the developers have kept it going as a personal project that the company indulges.

But once the original developers leave, the company has no reason to continue their involvement with it. The people using it are not their customers (or are insignificant enough to be customers of no value). They owe it nothing, and suffer no "embarrassment" from walking way from it.

That being said, I don't know why the poster hasn't come out and said what the software is. It may answer a number of questions.

Comment: Re:The mention of Valentina Tereshkova is ridiculo (Score 2) 200

by gsslay (#48186417) Attached to: The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

I don't think that the USSR were making any particular statement about gender politics. They were simply looking to score another 'first'.

There's also a suspicion that their statement was that their space industry was so advanced, that they could send up even a woman. So the exact opposite of a positive gender equality message.

Comment: Re:So what qualifies? (Score 1) 484

by gsslay (#48185027) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Are you really unable to see the difference between expressing an opinion (however controversial), and threatening to assault someone?

Your definition of trolling is also totally skewed. It is either;

* voicing an opinion (that you may not actually hold) for the sole purpose of getting a rise out of someone
* threatening people online

The second definition is relatively new and an invention of media, but we're stuck with it. But either way, trolling is not expressing an opinion that others may disagree with.

Comment: Re:Trading Freedom for Security? (Score 1) 264

by gsslay (#48083553) Attached to: Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

I'm really looking forward to the date when a politician makes a speech regarding the end of these temporary "for some time to come" shifts.

Happily, we have reached the point where the authorities no longer need these measures. So we will be putting and end to what we always suggested was only a temporary inconvenience. We are freely relinquishing these powers and the balance between freedom and security is restored."

Somehow I doubt this will ever happen and I can't remember it ever happening before. Funny that, isn't it?

Comment: Re:What do you expect? (Score 1) 367

by gsslay (#48071829) Attached to: Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

The purpose of testing is to collect data about the system itself and how it operates in end user environments; this is collecting information about the end users themselves rather than just the machine

The end user is part of the end user environment. Some would even say they're the most important part of it.

This is a non-story. If you don't want your Windows 10 use to be monitored then maybe don't enroll in a program for testing Windows 10, and don't use it for your everyday computing.

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