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Comment: Re:Is wasn't before it was (Score 4, Informative) 87

The order to take the videos offline was sent to all media companies. These orders are always secret, but a worker at the office of a Shanghai media company decided to leak the document. In this document, the Public Relations Department (literally Propaganda Dept, but "propaganda" doesn't have negative connotations in Chinese) orders the video taken down and that all media organizations must cease covering the topic. It cites the upcoming Lianghui ("Meeting of Two") government conference, and a pressing need for "online harmony" to precede those governmental deliberations as the reason, saying the public debate has gotten too popular/heated. So it looks like they had a change of mind after seeing the massive response. Report also says the worker has been suspended.

Comment: Re: further translation needed (Score 1) 240

by poity (#49056591) Attached to: Notorious 8chan Board Has History Wiped After Federal Judge's Doxing

8chan was basically what happened when moot (who was 4chan's admin until his retirement a few weeks ago) banned #gamergate and fucked with /pol/

No, only the /gg/ board, and later /gamergate/ board came to be as you have described. 8chan itself (or infinitechan, the 8 representing a lemniscate) started over a year ago, which was many months before gamergate, when Brennan, having seen the many other *chans sprout up over the years in the aftermath of repeated censorship on 4chan, decided to create a hybrid of Reddit and 4chan.

Comment: Re:Oh God, not again (Score 3, Insightful) 740

by poity (#48964527) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

Here's the quote with the context that was omitted by Salon and by the submitter

“We vaccinate ours, and so, you know that’s the best expression I can give you of my opinion. You know it’s much more important what you think as a parent than what you think as a public official. And that’s what we do. But I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well, so that’s the balance that the government has to decide.”

So it seems it's not so much an issue of scientific illiteracy as it is one of political hedging and cowardice.
That the media chose to run with the former as its narrative is revealing, both of the political allegiances of those media outlets and of Christie's complete naivete.

Comment: Re:The least welcome news (Score 3, Informative) 184

by poity (#48870937) Attached to: Moot Retires From 4chan

Actually, 4chan, to this day is still dealing with a pedo problem on its /sp/ Sports board. It's the reason why none of the *chan archival sites out there are willing to archive /sp/. The vast majority of those now on 8chan first went there when Gamergate became banned on the whole of 4chan -- even just posting the word got you banned. A few months after that, word filters were implemented on /pol/ Politically Incorrect, turning it into a playground for /b/, resulting in a second wave of migration.

4chan's "intolerance" of certain subjects/people remains selective and capricious, and in no way accurately portrayed in your post.

Comment: Exactly (Score 1) 106

by poity (#48866005) Attached to: Gender and Tenure Diversity In GitHub Teams Relate To Higher Productivity

Open-minded people are more accepting of diversity, and will in the aggregate have relatively more diverse teams.
Open-minded people are more accepting of different ideas, and will in the aggregate have relatively more ways of solving a problem.

This does not mean having a diverse team will result in having more ways of solving a problem. Gathering a bunch of like-minded dogmatists from different races/genders is unlikely to result in any benefit.


How Relevant is C in 2014? 641

Posted by Soulskill
from the don't-ask-netcraft dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes: Many programming languages have come and gone since Dennis Ritchie devised C in 1972, and yet C has not only survived three major revisions, but continues to thrive. But aside from this incredible legacy, what keeps C atop the Tiobe Index? The number of jobs available for C programmers is not huge, and many of those also include C++ and Objective-C. On Reddit, the C community, while one of the ten most popular programming communities, is half the size of the C++ group. In a new column, David Bolton argues that C remains extremely relevant due to a number of factors including newer C compiler support, the Internet ("basically driven by C applications"), an immense amount of active software written in C that's still used, and its ease in learning. "Knowing C provides a handy insight into higher-level languages — C++, Objective-C, Perl, Python, Java, PHP, C#, D and Go all have block syntax that's derived from C." Do you agree?

Comment: Re:THIS is the kind of thing that GamerGate is abo (Score 4, Insightful) 474

It's the JOB of the media to hold these companies accountable and to be transparent when they cooperate with these kinds of things. When the media does its job properly, as in this instance, you don't need Gamergate to do anything.

The fault in your reasoning lies in that you're expecting Gamergate to take over the job of these news outlets and to do their work for them. ABSOLUTELY NOT. Gamergate will continue to scrutinize the media for wrongdoing, and point them out when they abandon their responsibilities.

Comment: Re:If you want to cover Gamergate, do it honestly (Score 1) 728

by poity (#48115963) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Your problem is that you refuse to see that someone can be a misogynist and also be shouting about real problems.

That's why the real problems should be addressed, rather than the character of the messenger. If the KKK came out against NSA wiretapping on the grounds that civil liberties are being violated, would you say "wiretapping isn't an issue, this is the KKK we're talking about", or would you say "despite my abhorrence of the KKK, their argument has merit on this issue"?

Gaming is a 90 billion dollar industry. 90 BILLION DOLLARS. It's no insignificant issue. And if you are glad to keep the corrupt locked away from important duties, why not have them locked away in McDonalds cook lines rather than in these position of influence?

Comment: Re:If you want to cover Gamergate, do it honestly (Score 1) 728

by poity (#48115879) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win

The genetic fallacy, also known as fallacy of origins, fallacy of virtue, is a fallacy of irrelevance where a conclusion is suggested based solely on something or someone's origin rather than its current meaning or context. This overlooks any difference to be found in the present situation, typically transferring the positive or negative esteem from the earlier context. The fallacy therefore fails to assess the claim on its merit. The first criterion of a good argument is that the premises must have bearing on the truth or falsity of the claim in question. Genetic accounts of an issue may be true, and they may help illuminate the reasons why the issue has assumed its present form, but they are irrelevant to its merits

There is also another common counter to gamergate, which is thinking that wrongdoing by elements of the whole discredits the whole. This reasoning raises the question: Did you immediately dismiss Occupy Wall Street because of the smashed windows?

Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 1) 728

by poity (#48115763) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win
Assholes will seek the most vulnerable spot to attack. Gender, race, weight, height, income, eyewear, genital size, hair, clothing, choice of snacks, and so on. If you're sensitive/insecure about any of them, that's blood in the water, and they will go after it. Surely they don't let everything else slide, and just wait for the opportunities to pounce on someone because of gender.

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