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Comment: Re:Most Unbiased Slashdot Gamergate Article (Score 4, Insightful) 331

by Microlith (#48631689) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

The attempt to imply that the FBI said they were investigating pro-Gamergate people has already been destroyed in the comments (thank fuck users are still in control of the discussion here).

Destroyed in the comments? Mealy-mouthed arguments and claims of "false flag" (what the fuck is this, Infowars?) don't make a convincing argument.

there still hasn't been a single /. thread about the Gamergate scandal itself

Sure there has. Oh you mean the journalism aspect, which was never a relevant part and the actions of the gamergate horde ensured that out of the gate.

Never mind that the journalism angle that sparked the whole thing was shown to be a bullshit basis to start.

the universal news media blackout and user forum/comment censorship

Universal? Not really. It's been observed for the horrible harassment campaign it's shown itself to be (omg false flag, false flag!) And people have been basically scrubbing forums of this stuff because it tends to be a drag and largely unproductive.

the still-ongoing coordinated smear campaign that was launched on August 28 with the "Gamers are Dead" shotgun blast of hit pieces.

Yeah, yeah, giant conspiracy. Not a reaction to the torrent of abusive behavior that erupted from the gaming world once they realized there was a much wider, and diverse audience for games than their narrow worldview let them conceive of.

But please, keep banking on the misbegotten persecution complex.

Comment: Re:cowardice (Score 0) 331

by Microlith (#48631623) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

There was a bit of a conspiracy, because, while there's no concrete evidence

So your claims are baseless and hollow.

it appeared that a few of the 'victims' were working really hard through the use of sockpuppets

IT'S A CONSPIRACY (even though we haven't a shred of evidence to prove it)! A giant conspiracy that suddenly sprung up, not a bunch of people deciding that they'd somehow been wronged by an indie developer because her boyfriend made some (apparently incorrect) claims and some blog author and deciding to go nuclear.

You'll have to forgive me if I'm massively skeptical about apologetics for gamergate.

Comment: Re:cowardice (Score 2, Insightful) 331

by Microlith (#48631579) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

So in other words, IT'S A CONSPIRACY!

I hope this because I know damn well GamerGate did not make these threats.

Given that there's nothing resembling membership rolls or a roster for gamergate, much like occupy and anonymous, anyone can claim they're part of gamergate and say whatever they want. And given that the birth cries of gamergate were basically textbook misogyny and harassment, it's pretty much impossible to separate the two.

The entire case against GamerGate is built of press pushing talking points off of empty claims made by professional victims.

Has it? So what's more believable:

It's a giant conspiracy by media types to set up false harassment fronts against professional victims to make gamergate look bad.


Gamergate was full of assholes who continue to act like assholes and don't like it when their targets push back rather than simply accept being harassed into silence.

By far one is much simpler, and hews much closer to the truth despite gamergate apologists denying and deflecting.

Comment: Re:Who wants a watch that you have to recharge dai (Score 2) 203

by American AC in Paris (#48628851) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

The entire point of having a battery in a watch is so that you don't have to worry about winding it every day,,, it's good for 3 years and then you replace the battery when it goes.

If I'm going to replace my watch, something that I've been using for years, and have only had to replace the battery twice since I got it, with something newer, then that newer thing should not create additional inconveniences that far outweigh anything it can do that a watch might not, particularly when there is nothing that it will do which a smart phone does not already do anyways.

There are a fair number of people out there who happily traded the 2-week battery life of their perfectly functional cell phones for dead-in-a-day smartphones. As it turns out, the inconvenience of having to constantly recharge a smartphone was worth putting up with in exchange for being able to do all the things you can do with a smartphone. Clearly, not everyone shared this sentiment, as you can still see any number of people using non-smartphones today--but significant numbers of people chose functionality over battery life.

It's hardly a stretch of the imagination to see the same thing happening with smart watches.

Comment: Re:Failed state policies (Score 1) 412

by Atzanteol (#48620129) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

That fact doesn't matter nearly as much as you might think it does. He flies in doctors because the Cuban ones aren't as competent and because he can personally afford to. That has zero bearing on whether people have access to healthcare - though it does speak to the quality of the healthcare they are being given.

Comment: Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (Score 1) 173

by Microlith (#48602891) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court

Answer to #3 is clearly NO - that's why GPLv3 was created, which pissed off a large number of companies, and drove them to BSDL solutions, like LLVM/Clang instead of GCC

Unspecified patent claims on software should be an anathema to BSDL software, given that could result in the patent holder controlling any and all usage of the project despite the license.

Of course, if this is true then it shows how vile said corporations are. So desperate to undermine the core points of Free Software for the sake of power over others.

Comment: Re:obviously they should track the sun (Score 1) 327

by F34nor (#48570297) Attached to: You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

That was his definition and goal the practical application in Italy is not important to the point, that the GOP is the heir to Mussolini's fascism.

As to left right that has nothing to do with my point. Furthermore it is such a fine point that it would be lost on 99% of the people on the planet. I see what you're talking about but for all intents and purposes when you get that far out of the end of the insanity bell curve you wrap back around to the other side; crazy is crazy.

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.