Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
Get HideMyAss! VPN, PC Mag's Top 10 VPNs of 2016 for 55% off for a Limited Time ×

Comment Re:Contempt of Court (Score 5, Interesting) 204

I'm not so sure it is frivolous. FB opened this can of worms itself by engaging in censorship and control of its pages. Now, if they can prove in court that it is just a false perception of censorship and control, they can get away with this. But, if they are filtering their content manually at all, they become legally responsible for all of it.

Comment Not really shocking, although not very telling (Score 1) 280

The GGI itself has built into it a education metric so that an element of education improves along with it isn't very shocking. However, there is also the matter of whether this is an actual improvement or not. This is a gap closing, not an overall improvement. That article is careful to add in the 'relative to boys' all the time, which could also happen by the boys getting worse scores, not the girls going up. Same with the GGI, it a gap measurement, not static comparison (and only a one way comparison at that, not even attempting to measuring disparities in the other direction). Impossible really to tell unfortunately as testing methodology and such is obvious quite different between countries.

Comment Re:What? (Score 4, Informative) 796

Unfortunately for this guy, the 5th has been established to NOT apply in this circumstance, as it is not the suspect's testimony they are seeking, but instead to access something he possesses. It has been likened to if a person has a safe the police have a warrant to search, the person in charge of said safe must provide access to it. I believe the most a lawyer could do for him, given the case law, is get him to enter the password in private so as to not be seen, but that's about it. Now that doesn't mean it is just, but that's what the rules of the system are currently.

Comment Re: uhh maybe they're pricing their goods lower? (Score 1) 335

Yeah, not only is that a massive error level, it is very close to random guessing's expected error level. You would expect them to be wrong 50% of the time on purely random guesses, so really this is only a deviation of 6% from expectation. And given they only used a small sample to do this test, probably within expecting sampling error. Since so much of this report relies on this being BUYER bias, they really did a poor job justifying that it could even be a bias. Despite them looking at auctions they do note differences in posting behavior so unfortunately, as small as those differences are, given the core of the whole thing is very weak, they may easily account for the bulk of the difference just as easily as buyer sexism.

Comment Re:Unearned Platforms Given to Moral Guardians (Score 1) 239

I think it is you who needs to watch the video's again, or read the transcripts. It's not hard to find her accusing games of having real life impact.

Damsel in distress part 1:

"Just to be clear, I am not saying that all games using the damsel in distress as a plot device are automatically sexist or have no value. But it’s undeniable that popular culture is a powerful influence in or lives and the Damsel in Distress trope as a recurring trend does help to normalize extremely toxic, patronizing and paternalistic attitudes about women."

Damsel in distress part 2:

"Given the reality of that larger cultural context, it should go without saying that it’s dangerously irresponsible to be creating games in which players are encouraged and even required to perform violence against women in order to “save them”."

Neither of these are simple opinions. They are implications or outright accusations of real life impact, which she has to prove. Even ignoring that, the implication it puts women off these games needs to be proven as well. Even though that is a relatively minor accusation, it is still a real life impact accusation. I think she could pull this one off, but she hasn't even tried to. Being a bit silly here, but truthfully she hasn't even shown that she herself has been put off the games as she claims to have played them. If you really want to show the game makers that they are missing out on a market, actually doing so instead of simply claiming it will go much further.

Comment Hmmm... seems to be intrinsically faulty (Score 5, Insightful) 303

The crucial value he is using how often do conspiracies fail, but then uses failed ones to measure the length of time. Isn't that kinda like asking how long until your car explodes, and only looking at cars that explode as your data. On top of that, looks like he is using only a same size of 3 to determine this metric making it even more questionable. While I applaud the effort, this doesn't seem to convincing.

Comment Re:Umm...ok! (Score 2) 155

You have to actually do something more than just talking about doing a crime, for being guilty of conspiracy. E.g. in Valle's case, fabricate chloroform, finding ropes, weapons and such in your car or house, a data collection for a potential victim he stalked.

You also need more than 1 person. Just to be specific: 18 U.S. Code 1117 - Conspiracy to murder If two or more persons conspire to violate section 1111, 1114, 1116, or 1119 of this title, and one or more of such persons do any overt act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be punished by imprisonment for any term of years or for life.

Comment Can't really agree (Score 1) 319

For one, this is a private entity, and they are censoring on a fair grounds. But, probably more importantly, cinema is different that most other media in this regard in that you have a pseudo captive audience. You, as a movie watcher, can't change the channel, can't mute it, and even walking away is going to take you probably more time than the ad runs for. With religion being one of those things that can REALLY upset people, I think the chains are doing the only intelligent thing they can in the situation, avoid it entirely.

Slashdot Top Deals

The road to hell is paved with NAND gates. -- J. Gooding