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Submission + - Female Developer sues Women Who Code and Google Women Techmakers for Defamation (medium.com) 1

_Sharp'r_ writes: Marlene Jaeckel, co-founder of Polyglot Programming, is suing for defamation of character after being silenced and kicked out of Google Developer Group, Google Women Techmakers, Rails Girls ATL and Women Who Code because of her political views and especially her friendship and public support for former Google employee James Damore. The ban is controversial among group members.

Comment Re:Superhero Movies (Score 5, Insightful) 162

Here are the cinematic options that Hollywood gives me today:

1) Superhero sequel #2986--this time with slightly improved explosions
2) Disney movies where men/boys are always either the buffoon or the villain
3) Indie darlings about black/gay/lesbian/transsexuals fighting evil white people over slavery/oppression
4) Remake of decent movie that you liked 20 years ago, but now with an all-woman cast and much shittier writing!

Now which should I spend $50-$80 to take my wife and son to, when I could just stream something at home on my 4K home theater?

Comment Re:SJW Marvel (Score 1) 159

How about America? A comic that Marvel promoted the hell out of, written by an openly virulent man-hating anti-white racist? This was a comic from Marvel, mind you (not some indie company), which featured a superhero who attacked white people and men in every issue--a comic from Marvel that portrayed white men as the ultimate villains in society.

Hey, remember when comic books used to have a broad market, including both kids and adults? Well, would anyone in their RIGHT FUCKING MIND want their kid reading America?

Comment Experience from a working-class red state (Score 3, Interesting) 679

Of course, NYC assumes their experience is typical. But where I'm at, EVERYONE still uses cash. It actually annoys me, because it takes time to make change. I'm actually surprised when I see someone else (like myself) paying with a debit card. Cash is still king here.

At least it's not as bad as it was in the 1980's in Miami, though. Back then, with all the drug smugglers, *everything* in that city ran on cash. People bought cars and mansions with suitcases full of cash (and banks, realtors, and car dealerships never asked where it came from, of course). It was a very strange place to be.

Submission + - The Weird Story of the FBI and 'It's a Wonderful Life' (smithsonianmag.com) 1

Anonymous Cashews writes: That now classic 1946 Christmas movie, "It's a Wonderful Life," was regarded by the FBI as having "communist tendencies" for questioning the virtues of capitalism.

It’s A Wonderful Life bombed at the box office before becoming a Christmas classic. Along the way, it also caught the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The movie’s preview showing at New York’s Globe Theater took place on this day in 1946, a day before the movie opened to the public. “Though it has become a quintessential American classic, It’s a Wonderful Life was not an immediate hit with audiences,” writes Jennifer M. Wood for Mental Floss. The film’s producer and director, Frank Capra, ended up $25,000 in debt. In spite of this, Capra said he thought the tale of a suicidal man and his guardian angel was “the greatest film I ever made.” An unnamed FBI agent who watched the film as part of a larger FBI program aimed at detecting and neutralizing Commie influences in Hollywood (fathered by, yes, J. Edgar Hoover) said it was “very entertaining.” However, writes scholar John A. Noakes, the agent “also identified what they considered a malignant undercurrent in the film.” As a result of this report, the film underwent further industry probes that uncovered that “those responsible for making It’s a Wonderful Life had employed two common tricks used by Communists to inject propaganda into the film.” These two common “devices” or tricks, as applied by the Los Angeles branch of the Bureau, were smearing “values or institutions judged to be particularly American”–in this case, the capitalist banker, Mr. Potter, is portrayed as a Scroogey misanthrope–and glorifying “values or institutions judged to be particularly anti-American or pro-Communist”–in this case, depression and existential crisis, an issue that the FBI report characterized as a “subtle attempt to magnify the problems of the so-called ‘common man’ in society.”


Submission + - This Rub-on Male Hormonal Contraceptive Is About to Be Tested on People. (sciencealert.com)

Zorro writes: If you're a sperm-producer who doesn't want kids, your personal contribution to contraception is currently limited to condoms or the snip.

Needless to say, not everybody likes those choices. But now a topical treatment could add another simple, non-invasive option to the mix — it's a hormonal gel that reduces sperm count when applied to the skin.

The progesterone analogue, called nestorone, competes with the body's testosterone levels, reducing them in the testes just enough to prevent mature sperm from being made. The added boost of testosterone helps keep hormones balanced throughout the rest of the body.

By rubbing half a teaspoon of the quick-drying liquid each day onto a body part, such as the upper arms or shoulders (away from the family jewels is probably best), sperm levels will be kept down for the next couple of days.

*The Jokes just write themselves for this*

Submission + - US Says It Doesn't Need a Court Order to Compel Tech Companies to Build Backdoor (gizmodo.com) 2

schwit1 writes:

According to the documents, intelligence officials told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee that there’s no need for them to approach courts before requesting a tech company help willfully—though they can always resort to obtaining a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order if the company refuses. The documents show officials testified they had never needed to obtain such an FISC order, though they declined to tell the committee whether they had “ever asked a company to add an encryption backdoor,” per ZDNet. Other reporting has suggested the FISC has the power to authorize government personnel to compel such technical assistance without even notifying the FISC of what exactly is required.

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act gives authorities additional powers to compel service providers to build backdoors into their products.

Nice product you have there. Be a shame if anything were to happen to it.

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