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Comment: Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (Score 1) 1229

I liked this comment: "Her arguments [are] open to plenty of valid criticism that the female gender is not always misused in video games." So many things wrong with this sentence. Somehow, people have the urge to bend their view so the troll side, and their means of death threats, is also justified.

Wait, what? How does suggesting that her arguments might be open to valid criticism in any way attempt to justify death threats? In fact if you read the entirety of the comment you're quoting they say pretty much exactly the opposite

Yes the subject is uncomfortable and no she isn't completely correct. Her arguments open to plenty of valid criticism that the female gender is not always misused in video games.

The problem is and will always be a reactionary subset of people who cannot be peer pressured into behaving like sane human beings on the Internet. You don't respond to a feminist critique by sending her death threats.

Comment: Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (Score 1) 110

If the government developed and manufactured drugs, what criteria would determine which diseases are targeted for cures? It would be those diseases with the largest and most obnoxious lobbying groups.

I'm not sure that's any worse than what we have now where the deciding factor seems to be "will rich people buy it". So we'll spend billions researching the next Viagra but almost no one manufactures malaria medication anymore because there's no money it. We focus on symptom relief rather than cures because "repeat business".

Comment: Re:CS Core Curriculum? (Score 1) 329

by mjtaylor24601 (#47747383) Attached to: ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Your path is pretty much "how to make a semi-competent corporate drone from someone with vague interest in something useful to corporate". People with innate passion for something don't need to be spoonfed and trained up to having interest.

Perhaps but not everyone has an innate passion for CS. And most people won't know they're passionate about something like CS until they're given at least a little cursory exposure to it.

If you don't care, why are you in CS, and not something you do care about? Is it because your real passion is the almighty dollar?

Because we're talking about the core high school curriculum that everybody has to take regardless of what they're actually passionate about.

> We spend our enitre schooling lives learning things, then the next year, learning that actually, that was an abstraction to make it easier, and it *actually* works like this.

I found this endlessly frustrating in primary school.

Good for you. But did it ever occur to you that perhaps not everyone is as smart as you are?

Comment: Re:Google don't be evil (Score 1) 155

by mjtaylor24601 (#47713703) Attached to: Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

No one forces you to provide a search engine that accepts illegal content. Just screen everything before it goes into the index or don't host it, as simple as that.

Sure no problem. We'll just lookup each file uploader and check to see if they're authorized to distribute the material in question...what's that you say? It's impossible to verify the identify of most uploaders? Well we can at least check every file against the master database of copyrighted material...wait, you're saying there is no such database? Hmm...maybe your plan needs a little more work.

Comment: Re: Well, duh... (Score 3, Insightful) 210

If the cost of ethically maintaining their services becomes excessive, they can bear the cost ir shut down.

The cost of "ethically" maintaining their service is that sometimes a case will fall through the cracks and information that probably should have remained available will be unduly censored because Google can't afford to do exhaustive analysis of every request that comes in. And that's a cost we all get to bear.

Comment: Re: I beg to differ. (Score 4, Insightful) 370

Thats their own problem. If they want to do business in europe, they have to respect european laws. They are free to close services there.

The phrase "be careful what you wish for" comes to mind.

Remember that this ruling will apply to every search engine or other public index. Does anyone in Europe really want them all to just pull out of Europe because the European legal system makes it impractical to do business there?

Comment: Re:Less choice? (Score 5, Insightful) 286

Nobody can afford to run a dozen different wires to your house. Infrastructure is fucking EXPENSIVE.

So you're saying the limited physical space to run wires and the huge upfront capital costs make for a natural monopoly? Good, then you must agree that the argument that regulating the market incumbents as a monopoly will reduce new entrants to the market is complete bullsh#@t because new entrants effectively can't enter the market anyway. Glad we're all on the same page.

Comment: Re:To the point... (Score 3, Informative) 148

by mjtaylor24601 (#46728807) Attached to: 'weev' Conviction Vacated

neither Auernheimer nor his co-conspirator Spitler performed any “essential conduct element” of the underlying CFAA violation

If that's not a 'not guilty' by a court that's not passing actual judgement, I don't know what is.

Not that I have a particular opinion on the specifics of this case but I think you may have truncated that quote a few words to early

Because neither Auernheimer nor his co-conspirator Spitler performed any “essential conduct element” of the underlying CFAA violation in New Jersey, venue was improper

I read that to mean "no crime was committed in New Jersey" not "no crime took place".

Comment: Re:Bitcoin (Score 1) 263

In other news, CEO of a multi-million dollar crypto-currency bank/trading house decides to gather information for a few days before halting trading based on a suspicion that something might be wrong.

Oh, wait...

It doesn't bother you at all that it took several days of information gathering for the CEO of a multi-million dollar crypto-currency bank/trading house to discover that there were wide scale, systemic issues with his crypto-currency trading business?

Comment: Re:Keeping the peasants in line (Score 1) 362

by mjtaylor24601 (#46382623) Attached to: Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

The Lords of Google have been forced pay attention because the peasants are actively resisting the annexation of the formerly free city of San Francisco by the Sovereign Realm of Google. The Realm needs to annex the city for housing for it's ever expanding noble classes

<sarcasm>Yeah how dare Google pay its employees well! And where do they get off providing a perk that makes their employee's commutes less onerous while simultaneously taking cars off the road, reducing traffic congestion and air pollution for everyone! I mean who do they think they are!! Certainly a Nazi-esque bit of "evil" if I've ever seen one.</sarcasm>

Comment: Re:Took them long enough... (Score 0) 934

Sure... many would say "at least if I can see the gun I know it's there and who to avoid"... to which I'd say "So? If you live your life in such terror of not knowing who might be carrying a weapon and who might not be... not only are your priorities off, but you really need to see help with your anxiety issues".

But being so terrified and anxiety filled that I feel the need to carry a deadly weapon with me at all times is still OK right?

It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions. - Robert Bly