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Comment: Re:The least welcome news (Score 3, Informative) 182

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.

Comment: Re:Le sigh.... (Score 1) 167

by poity (#47835991) Attached to: Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

Oog, you dumb-dumb, go hunt and stop breeding those cows, you will create dragon-cow one day and kill our village

Years later, Oog's village was conquered by the agricultural civilization nearby. Oog became a slave charged with breeding heartier cattle, and his wife bore the children of others.


Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture 1134

Posted by Soulskill
from the push-until-it-gives dept.
ideonexus writes: 2490 gamers, developers and journalists have signed an open letter supporting inclusiveness in the gaming community after indie game developer Zoe Quinn received backlash and harassment when her ex-boyfriend posted false accusations that she traded sex for favorable reviews of her game and feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian was driven from her home after receiving death and rape threats for her videos illustrating the way some mainstream games encourage the commoditization of and violence against women. The harassment has prompted geek-dating advice columnist Harris O'Malley to declare the backlash the "Extinction Burst of Gaming Culture," the last reactionary gasp before the culture shifts to become more inclusive.

Comment: Re:Good. How is uber any different... (Score 1) 312

by poity (#47808527) Attached to: Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

I'm willing to bet that compared to traditional taxi customers, far more Uber customers would have smartphones with GPS in hand, meaning a much higher risk of being caught by police. You would have better odds painting your car, masquerading as a traditional taxi, and picking out old people to rob.

Comment: Re:why can the world (Score 5, Interesting) 329

by poity (#47743423) Attached to: ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Perhaps women have the luxury and privilege of not losing attractiveness when working low-paying jobs. Perhaps men are the victims of a society that forces them to over-work and be over-competitive because women ultimately select whose genes are passed on and whose are not. Perhaps this competitiveness is why men will take on more hard jobs, fight for more raises, and suffer the abuses.

Is female materialism driving men into high wage jobs? Maybe there should be a federal law to address this...

If A = B and B = C, then A = C, except where void or prohibited by law. -- Roy Santoro