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Comment: Re:Ok, How did the black participants respond? (Score 1) 207

by neoritter (#49184315) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

a common insult for an obnoxious bloviator.

What part of that is not disparaging? In fact what hilariously left out of your quotes...

"It's a beautiful quote, but it was a character trait that was used to describe a group of Celtic immigrants — Scots-Irish people who came to the Americas who were running from political circumstances in the old world," Ste. Claire said. Those Scots-Irish folks started settling the Carolinas, and later moved deeper South and into Florida and Georgia.

But the disparaging term followed these immigrants , who were thought by local officials to be unruly and ill-mannered.

"In official documents, the governor of Florida said, 'We don't know what to do with these crackers — we tell them to settle this area and they don't; we tell them not to settle this area and they do," Ste. Claire said. "They lived off the land. They were rogues."

Those people used the term AFTER it was being used to insult them. They chose to try and appropriate the term to offset the insult. Kind of like owning an embarrassing nickname in school. Besides, Celts (Scots-Irish) = white people. They are Caucasian, yes. But not all white people are Celts.

The article in no way supports what you said.

You should look up the history of the term cracker before assuming that it is a disparaging remark.

When blacks use it, it means a bigoted white person; comparing the whites they're interacting with to the whites they dealt with during slavery. When a WASP uses it, it's meant to disparage Scots-Irish migrants to this country. When a Northerner uses it, it's comparing the person to oppressive slave owners.

Further, and this is really what matters, as person with Irish heritage, if someone called me a cracker, I'd find it offensive. I'm neither bigoted (or rather I don't try to be); I'm not unruly and ill-mannered; I've never been a slave owner; and no ancestors that I know of have either. More importantly, if I am, it's not because I'm white or of Irish descent.

Comment: Re:Ok, How did the black participants respond? (Score 1) 207

by neoritter (#49183451) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

How is cracker not a disparaging remark?

"Cracker," the old standby of Anglo insults was first noted in the mid 18th century, making it older than the United States itself. It was used to refer to poor whites, particularly those inhabiting the frontier regions of Maryland, Virginia and Georgia. It is suspected that it was a shortened version of "whip-cracker," since the manual labor they did involved driving livestock with a whip (not to mention the other brutal arenas where those skills were employed.) Over the course of time it came to represent a person of lower caste or criminal disposition, (in some instances, was used in reference to bandits and other lawless folk.)

Calling someone a bandit or lawless because of their skin color is disparaging. Or do you think all white people worked in manual labor?

Comment: Re:What about the race of the escapee? (Score 1) 207

by neoritter (#49183301) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

I'd like to tie in a new development too. Which was from a trend about blacks turning more to homeschooling. One of the reasons? Black students should be taught by black people so that they can learn self-confidence. It's crazy, but just find the the Atlantic article on it. Basically, we're back to separate but equal with that argument. It's sickening honestly.

Comment: Re:What about the race of the escapee? (Score 1) 207

by neoritter (#49183259) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

I would be inclined to agree with you except I've heard the arguments made my PC folks about this stuff. They'd take this study as proof of white racism. They'd either a) deny that other races would do this because no study has shown that other races are like whites; or b) be ignorant to the fact that the study only tested white people, so they'd use it as prove of white privilege.

Comment: Re:Define 'desktop' ... (Score 1) 253

Have you seen the demos? Win10 on PC will look more like 7, but have some metro stuff. The start menu will have a metro-like layout on it's right side. And I think you can still pull up the full metro view (if you REALLY wanted to). The 2 in 1 laptops/tablets will allow devices to switch easily and intuitively (if the program takes advantage of the api) between the desktop view and metro view. The phones will have the metro view that you see on Win7/Win8 phones.

So TL;DR to answer your question, it looks like you'll default to the old desktop view on PCs. And if you really want to can work with the metro interfaces.

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 520

No, under federal law, all those communications must be retained and archived.

From the NY Times article:

Under federal law, however, letters and emails written and received by federal officials, such as the secretary of state, are considered government records and are supposed to be retained so that congressional committees, historians and members of the news media can find them. There are exceptions to the law for certain classified and sensitive materials.

Comment: Re:As long as it is not an official power rangers (Score 1) 247

by neoritter (#49175055) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

This is a high quality short that I could see the originator being pissed about because it's not what they want power rangers to be.

Interestingly enough, there was a video response by the actor who played Jason. He said he didn't approve of it and doubts Saban would either.

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