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Comment: Re:Who are you? I'm bat- er, ANON! (Score 1) 283

If you can't see the problem with using children--even if the images are non-explicit--for sexual gratification then you are the one that is ignorant.

Oh no, I absolutely do see the problem. There are real kids really getting hurt as a result of the demand for child pornography. There's really no valid question about that. But we also need to draw a clear line between pedophilia and child abuse, because the two are not the same thing.

Jacking off to pictures of kids clothed on a playground is harmful to those kids who are just trying to exist in the world and not be a sex object.

The work on the subject is fairly well divided on whether that sort of activity provides relief or just entrainment. So it's unclear, in fact, whether it is or is not harmful. If the children are unaware that someone is thinking of them sexually because that someone is not interacting with them, then they are not being directly harmed.

It's clear that something has backfired in the brains of people who sexualize children. They need help. Currently the thinking is to destroy them. The general attitude towards pedophiles prevents them from seeking help. I've seen what happens when someone gets discovered as a pedophile with images of children on their computer, etc etc. People who have known them for years and would have spoken up for them the day before are saying anything to preserve their own accountability while giving not one single fuck as to what happened to that person to make them that way.

Feel free to disregard my argument because i am Anonymous, though.

I don't disregard serious arguments because people are anonymous, only shit-talking. FYI.

Hopefully you will sleep better than a 30 year old that was raped as a kid.

If it makes you feel any better, I don't sleep well at all. But in before accusations of pedophilia, I do find that shit creepy and disturbing and unacceptable. I just feel the same way about how people treat pedophiles in a world in which youth equals beauty, the bunch of fucking hypocrites.

Comment: Re:biological imperative (Score 1) 283

You may say that the chances that an adult could change their views are slim, but I'd say the chances that a child could be part of the solution when they grow up is just about as slim.

Ah, but the adult has to change their views and accomplish something, the bar is much higher.

Comment: Re: What did you expect? (Score 1) 133

by grub (#48903763) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data
PGP/GPG is much easier to use these days than it was in the 90's. Plugins exist for many mail clients that do the heavy lifting in the background.

Friends and family are surely tired of my tinfoil hat, they just do not seem to care about their privacy. Many say the "I have nothing to hide" line.

Comment: Re:life in the U.S. (Score 2) 81

by drinkypoo (#48903577) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

I am not sure that this group of people has any business telling me what I need or don't need.

That's not what is happening. This is a group of people listening to the people and deciding what they need or don't need. People are asking for internet access that looks like it came from the first world, and the FCC is responding to that. 4Mbps is inadequate for many common purposes today. If you want our internet to remain third world, by all means, stand against the FCC in attempting to revise their definition of broadband.

The phone system was deliberately built out to cover us all because there are substantial benefits to such connection. Now, the internet must be built out to cover us all for similar reasons.

Comment: Re:biological imperative (Score 1) 283

I grow tired of people treating adults as if their lives are worth less than the lives of children,

But they are. The vast majority of adults are part of the problem, while children are potentially part of the solution — at least until their parents, who are hopefully adults, participate in their brainwashing and help turn them into good little taxpayers who will be silent and therefore lend their support to all the ills done in their name.

Comment: Re:Who are you? I'm bat- er, ANON! (Score 1) 283

Before we go out on the street and call for a witch hunt, the common definition of "pedophilia" needs to be reformed, so that it again means actual child abuse,

You don't even know what pedophilia means. It doesn't mean child abuse, because "philia" doesn't mean abuse.

Trading sexually explicit pictures of minors by definition depends on minors being harmed. Trading non-sexually-explicit pictures of minors for sexual gratification is creepy as fuck, but it's not harming minors. Pedophilia isn't harming minors, child abuse is. Not all pedophiles abuse children, or even trade in media which actually involves children being subjected to child abuse.

Pedophilia has been equated with child abuse only for bad reasons, and here you are helping it along. Cut that ignorant shit out.

Comment: Re: Charged /= Guilty (Score 1) 283

There's nothing left for Anonymous to do, except to remind the world that this guy did something bad, and by so doing, perpetuate the shame and embarrassment his friends and family are subjected to. It won't affect the perpetrator himself, because he'll be in prison for the entire life of this "operation".

So, mission accomplished? Because how did this guy get this way? It couldn't have have been his family, you know, his upbringing?

Comment: Re:$30/mo is a terrible price (Score 2) 24

by drinkypoo (#48903459) Attached to: For New Yorkers, Cablevision Introduces a Wi-Fi-Centric VoiP Network

If you could run asterisk on your handheld, then you could reasonably just connect it to a SIP trunk and get the same functionality for $8/mo. Anyone know anyone working on an asterisk port to Android? I heard that the Serval Project has done it. But what I think is needed is just an asterisk APK with asterisk and a simple config GUI that gives enough functionality to just get basic trunking working. Voicemail would be stored on the phone itself in this case, which would also be very cool.

Maybe I should explore the NDK finally

Comment: Re:How does this get modded troll? (Score 0) 183

No, everyone else just sees through your bullshite.

Troll does not mean "comment with which I disagree", but a lot of the moderators around here seem to think that's precisely what it means. Including pathetic cowards too afraid to even face someone in a comment over the internets with a psuedonym. Gotta be the most pathetic people not on 4chan

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 1) 183

I really don't know what your fucking issue is

That's because you're a massive fucking idiot.

I did nothing, except state that your argument is idiotic

That is an insult, you stupid fuck. That means you deserve everthing you get back from me, you hypocrite. I was perfectly polite until you said "Ok, I can't handle that level of idiocy today". Then you became fair game. Now you are whining and crying because I am treating you the way you treated me. If you don't want to go through life confused about why people are treating you like shit, don't go around insulting people.

Enjoy your wasted excuse of a life.

I'll enjoy acting from integrity while you can do no better than hypocrisy.

Comment: Re:This. SO MUCH This. (Score 2) 353

by rjh (#48901439) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

This is true and good, so long as you're interested in making software that can be done entirely with existing technologies. As soon as you hit the brick wall of "but there isn't anything in the standard library that does this," you need the old graybeards who spent their entire careers making the standard libraries you rely on.

Speaking as one of them, the pay and hours are both good and it keeps me on the cutting edge of some fascinating technologies.

The common idea is that we over-40s who've been doing this professionally for 25+ years can't adapt to modern software dev practices. Quite the opposite, really. Mostly we're kept so busy that we don't have the time.

None of this is meant to disrespect what the younger generation does with (as you say) "connect the dots library calls". That code needs to be written, and it's best if it's written by smart people who care about their work. :)

Comment: Re: nVidia w/ binary driver works (Score 1) 97

by drinkypoo (#48901225) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

Well, nothing lasts forever. I, too, hope that someday we will have nVidia cards with open drivers. My understanding is that their geforce line is too patent-encumbered for that to ever happen to them (they pretty much went full-Microsoft during the original Xbox era) but that they more or less own their mobile (as in handheld) GPUs outright, and if they ever become the basis for a desktop product, we might see an open version of those drivers. Nouveau is pretty much unusable for a lot of users, and useless for even more.

Problem is, only a subset of ATI cards are well-supported by the FOSS driver, and the official drivers are poop. When more of the cards are supported and it takes less time for the cards to be supported, maybe I will consider ATI cards again. But every time I do, I regret it deeply...

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