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Comment: This is meaning of harassment online. (Score 1) 96

by westlake (#49156675) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

But perhaps you'd like to tell us what a "harasser" is, because at the moment this appears to be "anyone who doesn't agree with me, mocks me or quotes facts which contradict my beliefs"

Yours sincerely
The rest of the Internet

The geek --- whose rules of play are under fire these days --- can be rather too quick to claim that he speaks for the Internet as a whole.

Pew Research asked respondents about six different forms of online harassment. Those who witnessed harassment said they had seen at least one of the following occur to others online:

60% of internet users said they had witnessed someone being called offensive names
53% had seen efforts to purposefully embarrass someone
25% had seen someone being physically threatened
24% witnessed someone being harassed for a sustained period of time
19% said they witnessed someone being sexually harassed
18% said they had seen someone be stalked

Those who have personally experienced online harassment said they were the target of at least one of the following online:

27% of internet users have been called offensive names
22% have had someone try to purposefully embarrass them
8% have been physically threatened
8% have been stalked
7% have been harassed for a sustained period
6% have been sexually harassed

In broad trends, the data show that men are more likely to experience name-calling and embarrassment, while young women are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment and stalking. Social media is the most common scene of both types of harassment, although men highlight online gaming and comments sections as other spaces they typically encounter harassment.

Young women, those 18-24, experience certain severe types of harassment at disproportionately high levels: 26% of these young women have been stalked online, and 25% were the target of online sexual harassment.

While most online environments were viewed as equally welcoming to both genders, the starkest results were for online gaming. Some 44% of respondents felt the platform was more welcoming toward men.

Online Harassment [October 22, 2014]
The full report can be downloaded as a free PDF from this page.

Comment: Re:State Your Name (Score 1) 94

by westlake (#49146143) Attached to: Fighting Scams Targeting the Elderly With Old-School Tech

Sharp's strategy may backfire, for a scammer, upon being intercepted by a scam prevention system, may perceive that the person who he is calling as more likely to be vulnerable

The automated system that may have been put in place by family members, legal guardians, social services or the police?

Not worth the risk.

Comment: Unsupported. (Score 1) 184

by westlake (#49144637) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch

People who are going to actually commit suicide don't talk about it on Facebook, they do it, these people are rarely on Facebook in general.

I had it hammered into me a very long time ago that the root of rational --- productive --- debate is to expose the evidence that supports your arguments.

Forefront and Facebook launch suicide prevention effort

Comment: Congrats, mods, we have a winner... (Score 1) 306

by westlake (#49140799) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

...for the ugliest post to Slashdot ever modded up "Insightful."

This is truly the finest example of the geek's sexual immaturity that I have ever been privileged to see.

The fundamental truth is that rape is not about sex, it is about power --- a man's dominance over the women in his world. --- and the geek's world is online.

Better yet, stop pretending your body is some special butterfly that will cause the sky to fall and dogs to make love to cats should somebody actually get a look at it.

Comment: Re:Not so fast (Score 1) 254

by westlake (#49134731) Attached to: 5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken

Financial and sports reporters - the examples are the types of stores that are full of facts and figures, and are better done by computers anyway.

Let me introduce you to Red Smith and A.J. Liebling. American Pastimes: The Very Best of Red Smith, A.J. Liebling: The Sweet Science and Other Writings

''I've always had the notion,'' Smith once said, ''that people go to spectator sports to have fun and then they grab the paper to read about it and have fun again.''

Comment: What part of "Consent" Don't You Understand? (Score 4, Insightful) 306

by westlake (#49134667) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

I take my stand on the proposition that the publication of nude and/or sexually explicit photographs without the consent of the subject is a form of rape.

This not art. This is not speech.

This is humiliation. This is malice. This is revenge. This is greed. This is crime. Revenge porn

Free speech cannot survive in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Free speech has to mean something more than the adolescent's desire for instant sexual self-gratification.

In the form of an illicit photograph to masturbate by.

I am sick and tired of the geek playing the censorship card when anyone asks him to behave like an adult.

Comment: Re:If you want better legislation (Score 1) 364

by westlake (#49132553) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt

We've got a two party system where both sides are just as corrupt as the other. For some reason most people are convinced that any third party candidate would be a wasted vote.

The major parties in the states build their coalitions internally until they have a winning combination ---

and there is no such thing as party discipline as the Canadian or the European would understand it, which means that the winning combination is constantly changing, a moving target.

Republican resistance to gay marriage is dwindling and gray

The American third party is generally defined by a charismatic leader and a single hot-button issue and when either depart the scene, the party collapses.

Comment: If at first you don't succeed.... (Score 1) 28

by westlake (#49131351) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Senior Director Matt Keller About the Global Learning XPRIZE
...maybe you just suck.

The competition challenges teams from around the world to develop open source software solutions that will allow children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic.

It has been the geek's wet dream for at least the past ten years to take the teacher out of the grade school classroom --- which damn little evidence to show that he has was ever on the right track.

Comment: I don't understand the need for this. (Score 1) 101

by westlake (#49128939) Attached to: Amazon Files Patent For Mobile 3D Printing Delivery Trucks

I can see a contractor wanting mobile 3D printing and CNC milling for field use.

But Amazon is a general merchandise retailer. The successor to the Sears, Roebuck catalog.

What is the point to putting printers and mills on wheels rather than just setting them up at their existing regional distribution centers?

Comment: It's there for a reason. (Score 1) 146

by westlake (#49124857) Attached to: Firefox 36 Arrives With Full HTTP/2 Support, New Design For Android Tablets

I know the answer to that last one: because VOIP is part of the increasingly bloated and useless HTML 5 spec and this uses the new HTML 5 VOIP junk.

The short answer is that in an increasingly mobile, device and app-oriented world, the geek's plain vanilla web browser is well on the road towards extinction.

It comes down to a choice: If the geek wants the "open web" and not the "walled garden," the web browser must have all the functionality of the app world, including VoIP,

Comment: Keeping it simple, stupid. (Score 1) 285

by westlake (#49124177) Attached to: Google Knocks Explicit Adult Content On Blogger From Public View

Remember when Apple was forced to remove all porn apps from the App Store? I'm sure it wasn't because they wanted to, but there's a group of dedicated social conservatives who do nothing but complain about anything even remotely explicit.

Apple projects an up-market image of style and sophistication --- in which the porn app simply has no place. The enormous sums of money it banks as profit each quarter says that it is making the right choices.

Comment: Revenge Porn (Score 1) 285

by westlake (#49121309) Attached to: Google Knocks Explicit Adult Content On Blogger From Public View

I suspect that what worries Google is the malicious and/or unauthorized publication of nude and sexually explicit photographs on its platforms.

The legal and political landscape is changing rapidly and the geek as usual may be a behind the times.

I have little sympathy for the argument that is censorship to block publication of nude photographs that no ethical - professional - artist or photographer would post without the written consent of the subject or their legal guardian.

Comment: The GIMP is still lame. (Score 0) 261

by westlake (#49113521) Attached to: Linux Kernel Switching To Linux v4.0, Coming With Many New Addons

I occasionally encounter people with not only names that are mildly funny but even obscene in my native language. Guess what the professionals do?

They keep their big mouths shut out of respect for their hosts.

This has nothing to do with the geek's deeply embedded compulsion to inflict his sophomoric sense of humor on a larger audience.

Externals matter. Marketing matters, even in FOSS.

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