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Comment: Re: Christian Theocracy (Score 1) 1091

This shouldn't be marked informative, it is misleading. This law differs in several substantial ways from the laws at play in other states (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/30/connecticut-indiana-boycott-lgbt_n_6969684.html). However even if they were equivalent laws on the books in other states - then they too would be examples of the religious right exerting influence.

Comment: Christian Theocracy (Score 4, Interesting) 1091

This is another power grab by the religious right. It is connected to their efforts to restrict sex (through access to contraception, sex education, abortion, etc) and control the lives of Americans in the bedroom. But you know what? Every article, every boycott and every protest is pushing them back. Similar bills are stalling or failing. The outrage at actions like these are causing more and more Americans to leave their religion in disgust. The more we drag this bullshit into the light, the more the theocrats feel the heat.

Comment: Re:Define "Threatened" and "Unwelcome" (Score 1) 764

It isn't helped by people like you minimizing the problem and making it seem frivolous. This particular example just seems silly - the article doesn't reference where the jokes went "too far" so I can't speak to that. But spouting bullshit like "reverse privilege" and shouting down women who complain is problematic. Women who complain about *anything* - but especially tech - online are subjected to threats and harassment that men are far far far FAR less likely to encounter. As always the story isn't about some women (and only some - look at the tweets there are plenty of women who find it funny) who object to dick jokes. It is about the way those women are treated as a result of sharing their opinion.
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Pi Day Extraordinaire 107

Posted by samzenpus
from the pecan-apple-or-cherry? dept.
First time accepted submitter DrTJ writes Today is Pi day. This year is a bit more extraordinary as it is 3/14/15 (in American date format). To celebrate, USA Today has posted a number of videos of kids reciting Pi, one of them to 8,784 digits. The Washington Post highlights the story of a couple who decided to make it their special day. "Donahue, 33, a Legal Aid attorney, fell for Karmel’s geeky side as soon as they met. On a beach vacation with her friends in 2012, a psychic told her, 'You are about to meet your soulmate.' Three days later, she walked into Kostume Karaoke night at Solly’s Tavern along the U Street corridor and saw a man onstage croaking out the Backstreet Boys’s 'I Want It That Way.' By the end of the night, he would be serenading her with Cake’s 'The Distance' — the song the DJ will play when they cut the pie."

Comment: Re:False premise... (Score 1) 367

by ohnocitizen (#49214663) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses
It gives a clear example, that is being ignored thus far. Threats of rape at a women's center. If you've been raped, are going to a woman's center for support, and see messages calling for a gang rape + know it is coming from within a 1.5 mile radius, that is pretty damn scary. The problem with threats is you have little idea which ones are misguided expulsions of internet hate, and which are early warning signs from someone who might actually carry through and commit a related act of violence.

Not saying censorship is the answer, but we sure as hell should not pretend this isn't an issue.

Comment: Re:Talk versus Action (Score 3, Insightful) 187

by ohnocitizen (#49144605) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch
This is dangerously false, and should not be modded insightful. All it takes is a quick google to find examples (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/texas-teen-posted-facebook-warning-school-suicide-article-1.1488343) of people who committed suicides who first posted to Facebook.

People talking about it on Facebook just seek attention and don't have the courage or conviction to actually do it, nor do they actually want to do it.

That is harmful bullshit for many reasons. One being that committing suicide is not about courage or conviction!!! Honestly who talks about suicide that way other than an internet troll? Because that is how you push someone over the edge.

Comment: Re:Preloaded Crapware? (Score 1) 148

by ohnocitizen (#49070833) Attached to: Report: Samsung Replacing Its Apps With Microsoft's For Galaxy S6
Read the articles I linked to - where the company refuses to give info about what (and how much) is being downloaded. Then there is the fact that if a user is advanced enough to find the screen to disable an app - they know what they are doing and should be allowed to. Removing choice is crappy. In the end it doesn't matter whether or not you see the problem. Samsung lost a customer :).

Comment: Re:Preloaded Crapware? (Score 2) 148

by ohnocitizen (#49055817) Attached to: Report: Samsung Replacing Its Apps With Microsoft's For Galaxy S6
I have an S3, and the crap software (buggy, intrusive, annoying) that Samsung has installed has convinced me to leave the brand when I upgrade. What a clueless company. And for everyone saying "just root your device" - 1. We shouldn't have to in the first place. 2. It isn't that simple and easy for everyone.

Comment: Pop Quiz vs Real Interviewing (Score 1) 809

by ohnocitizen (#49048645) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?
If you are only looking at developers who have worked with encryption, ask them to describe recent relevant projects. If you are getting in developers who don't have encryption on their resume, and expect them to answer what is essentially a pop quiz on a specialization - prepare for more disappointment. Also prepare to miss out on potentially brilliant problem solvers who won't be able to answer questions like that off the cuff, but who could probably *implement* a custom encryption solution for you if directed. If they DO have encryption on their resume, see how they talk about it. Perhaps using encryption in the day to day doesn't NEED to involve thinking about how it works, and so most developers don't waste time on it.

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