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Comment: Affirmative Action is not the same as sexism (Score 0, Troll) 517

Affirmative action in the United States counteracts institutional and systemic discrimination against specific groups (often visible) minorities.

Affirmative action for women is not the same as sexism; it is a corrective for sexism.

Comment: Re:Offsite (Score 2, Informative) 446

....to do it yourself. I cut sentence short there. Slashdot should implement an edit button.

Most users don't know it, but Slashdot actually has had an edit button since 1997.*

It appears after you click the "Preview" button and has the label "Continue Editing".

(* It's actually an anchor, but you get my drift.)

Comment: Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 191

If the authorities already know about a bomb that is going to be phone detonated, they will have caught the terrorists already, or the FBI has probably set up some patsy to try it.

If an event like this happens after an emergency (like a second bomb after a first bombing), almost all cell phone lines go down automatically because everyone tries to call or message loved ones and clog the system up already.

Not going post 10 obvious work arounds because I will wind up on some watch list.

The great thing about parallel construction is that everyone is always already on a watch list.

Comment: Re:Holy misleading summary, Batman! (Score 1) 587

by danheskett (#49414389) Attached to: Hugo Awards Turn (Even More) Political

Sad Puppies is different because it used the slate to effectively take over a category. In the past, there most definitely has been bloc voting, any look at the nominations clearly shows that the nominated blocks haven't changed much at all. A very small number of nominations has been enough to get you on the ballot.

The slate providing 4-5 nominations per category pushes out other works, which is new. So in the past, a bloc or voting campaign would get the target work on the ballot, which was seen as fine, because other works also got on.

I think something like 75% of the nominations made it to the ballot.

Comment: Re:Honestly (Score 1) 587

by danheskett (#49414167) Attached to: Hugo Awards Turn (Even More) Political

That's also where I heard it. It might be a fine story, it's just sort of an odd choice for SF/F. I think the Sad Puppies campaign is a backlash against this, among other problems they see with the genre.

What just makes it that much more odd is that the Nebula is a jury award, and is arguably (with the Hugo) the pinnacle of the industry. The author is pedigreed and connected well enough that she was a quite an industry star, and that may have helped her otherwise not SF/F work - Iowa Writers Workshop, UC, etc.

I makes sense that SF/F should be diverse and progressive, it's just a little weird to see the awards spin fairly far off base from the roots of the genre.

There is also a popularity gap. The works that win are trending down into more obscurity, except in some categories. I mean this year's nominations include self-published works read by not more than a few hundred people, and episodes of Game Of Thrones, seen and loved by millions.

Seems like disarray.

Comment: Re:DVD patents expiring (Score 2) 68

by evilviper (#49363805) Attached to: Another Patent Pool Forms For HEVC

At least the patents on DVDs are expiring if not already expired. The first DVD player was sold in 1996, and patents can be good for up to 20 years from the filing date, so it would seem that by late next year, all necessary patents should have expired.

This is HORRIBLE legal advice. Patent laws were different before 1996, that's why MP3 patents are still around (and will be until 2017) despite the fact that specifications were published back in 1991!

In the United States, "patents filed prior to 8 June 1995 expire 17 years after the publication date of the patent, but application extensions make it possible for a patent to issue" quite a few years after initial filing.

MP3 patents have mostly expired, though one US patent expires later this year.

I wish that was true, but it's certainly not:

http://www.tunequest.org/a-big...

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