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Comment: Re:Denialist (Score 1) 132 132

Who? Not an individual, but the rest of the civilized world.

We've collectively decided to maintain those sites for a purpose. We've also collectively decided what does and does not constitute disrespectful behavior at those sites.

You're upset that you can't do whatever you want, wherever you want, without facing social consequences for your actions. You hear this sort of nonsense from school kids trying to defend their poor behavioral choices.

You wouldn't send text messages in a movie theater, would you? Then don't play video games at Dachau!

Comment: Re:Religion is a choice! Just as homosexuality. (Score 1) 261 261

Religion is a choice in the same sense that homosexuality is a choice: You can chose to pretend to be what you aren't and to believe what you don't.

The AC is right. Belief isn't subject to the will. You can't simply start and stop believing anything, religious or not, of your own volition.

Give it a try.

Comment: Re:Who watches this crap? (Score 1) 134 134

This type of thinking is exactly the same as the folks pushing the "everyone can/should learn how to program" idiocy.
Programming is not easy.

Don't be silly. Programming is ridiculously easy. So easy, in fact, that young children can, and often do, teach themselves. The bulk of programmers here taught themselves -- a good many of those when they were less than 10 years old.

Anyone can do it. It does not take a special mind. Looking at studies done in the 80's, there's evidence that programming can be successfully introduced early in elementary school. You'll find that there isn't any evidence for the absurd belief that programming is limited to a select few.

That may hurt your feelings. It's hard to accept the fact that the skill you're so proud to hold doesn't make you special or unique in any way. I hate to see anyone suffer, but spreading nonsense like "programming is hard" and the absurd belief that only a select few are capable of writing computer programs is harmful.

Comment: Re:Are you OK, samzenpus? (Score 1) 85 85

Weak troll is weak. One need only reach as far as "conservative majority on Slashdot" to realize it's a troll post.

So your contention is that there isn't a conservative majority on Slashdot? I will direct you to the comments on any article that even vaguely hints at a social issue as evidence to the contrary.

Comment: Re:Accepting Responsibility (Score 1, Troll) 350 350

How is this not their fault? They clearly didn't test their software properly. Their software produced completely unacceptable results. They're right to apologize.

You're admitting bad behavior and bad decisions for something that was good behavior and good decision-making

Good decisions? Sorry, but releasing poorly tested software like this was obviously a bad decision. The bad outcomes were a direct result of their poor decision making.

Reasonable people take responsibility for their mistakes. They don't play pretend that "they did everything right" and that their failures were completely beyond their control.

You sound like the kid who demands a trophy for participation.

Comment: Re:Are we too quick to act on social media outrage (Score 1) 371 371

And to me, it looks like he knows that the comments to follow will be viewed as chauvinistic, but that he doesn't stand by them - who wants to be seen as a monster?

Then why say it at all? I get "This is what some people with think, but I don't care."

I don't see how you've managed to interpret it in any other way. Particularly in light of the fact that Hunt agrees that his comments were inappropriate!

setting aside this particular instance, does intent matter?

Yes, intent matters. He's already stated his intent -- it wasn't satire -- it was an inappropriate joke.

Have we moved beyond satirizing idiotic viewpoints?

No we haven't. Though in this particular case, it's completely irrelevant as his comments were clearly not satirical. Don't take my word for it, take his!

Comment: Re:Are we too quick to act on social media outrage (Score 1) 371 371

You're jumping to a huge conclusion.

Let's assume the third-hand preface you mentioned in your last post is true:

"Let me tell you what a chauvinist monster I am"

To me, that looks like an admission that he knows the comments to follow will be viewed as chauvinistic, and he'll look like a monster, but he intends to stand by them none-the-less.

Rather than excuse his "joke" it actually makes it worse.

Again, even he agrees that his comments were inappropriate. We've moved beyond the kinds of attitudes and values "jokes" like that exemplify.

There is no opinion so absurd that some philosopher will not express it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero, "Ad familiares"

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