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Comment Ok with porn or not, that was genuinely stupid (Score 5, Insightful) 242

...from a PR standpoint. This doesn't exactly help the perception about how misogynistic web development environments are for women. And the last thing a somewhat fading development platform (at least outside of large enterprise) like Drupal needs is for something to fire SJWs up...

Where was the, "Das ist eine wirklich schlechte Idee?", leadership from the conference organizers in Munich?

Comment Re:Not good enough... (Score 1) 95

Why? Because the Amazon reviews being honest and helpful is far more important than whether you actually buy the product from Amazon or not.

In my case, sometimes I buy an item at Best Buy, Wal-Mart, etc., that's total garbage - and I want to get the word out there to warn others away if it's available on Amazon. I've done this to a couple of products that really pissed me off when they cut quality corners or were openly deceptive in their ads, and those reviews were the most highly appreciated/helpful/valued by other Amazon shoppers.

IMO, this policy seems like a good compromise to combat a deluge of fake reviews while still allowing me to express my opinions.

Comment Aren't we're just taking up the best land/space? (Score 2) 180

IMO, this isn't about climate change, global warming, or some other complex ecological equation with a gazillion variables. Isn't it just that we're simply destroying more and more wild spaces/habitat for our own species' reasons? We've been slashing forests and clearing out new land for new subdivisions, dumping waste elsewhere, for centuries now - usually in the best places on the planet.

Mix in our propensity for permanently altering various environments with invasive species or new chemicals to support the human race's growing need for food/energy, and you have a very potent force for mass extinction.

Modern development should change to live more within the natural background it's living within, to cohabitate with other animals.. Hopefully we'll figure that out soon.

Comment Re:More condoms less climate change (Score 1) 180

The problem is simply that religion still tries to shame sexual encounters outside of marriage and even outside of reproduction.

Correction: Uneducated, religious people still try to shame sexual enjoyment - inside and outside of marriage - out of sex because of their own ignorance and fear.

Educated religious people, OTOH, like to have sex as much as the atheist/agnostic next door. (Yes, it's a satire piece - but it makes a not-so-subtle point: we all like to fuck.) We use contraceptives if and when we want, and we manage our family's size based on what we want and need. Any priesthood leader that tells you or your spouse how often to use birth control is full of BS and stepping way out of bounds (the last time I checked, they don't have to live with the consequences of "no birth control".)

BTW - Your comments on "their holy scriptures" show that you don't really understand them. Of course they don't make sense to "normal thinking people" because they were written by a different cultural view, thousands of years ago. They make a lot more sense, however, with some serious study of their historical context (vs. copy+pasting passages that many on both sides do) - and they do hold the keys to happiness in any age/era if their core doctrines are understood and followed.

Comment Stop telling my aging iPhone 5 to upgrade! (Score -1, Offtopic) 50

Apple: Please -- PLEASE -- stop telling me to upgrade my aging iPhone 5 to iOS10 every. damn. day.

It's as bad or worse than the stupid Windows 10 upgrade warnings/updates in Windows 7 -- and there's no way to stop the prompts. (Yes, you can manually block their update server hosts in your wireless router, but you'd never better walk away from that WAP or ever use cell data - all of which kind of defeats the point of mobile computing.)

Yes, I get that supporting multiple versions of iOS is expensive and resource intensive; But just push out a warning to inform me when you're going to stop supporting iOS9 at a set day/time. I'll have a decision to make - at THAT point. Leave me alone until then!

Comment Re:New research perhaps, but not new results (Score 1) 57

A comparable story was posted to Slashdot a little over a decade ago (early to mid 2000s?), though the percentages were lower that 91%, IIRC (it might have been based on your Berkeley link). I recall wondering if cubes next to mine could be susceptible to such "hacking" (i.e. spying).

Comment MCP quote from Tron fits here (Score 1) 121

Ed Dillinger: What do you want with the Pentagon?
Master Control Program: The same thing I want with the Kremlin. I'm bored with corporations. With the information I can access, I can run things 900 to 1200 times better than any human.
Ed Dillinger: If you think you're superior to us...
Master Control Program: You wouldn't want me to dig up Flynn's file and read it up on a VDT at the Times, would you?

I'm not sure that AI has to be self-aware, but if it does... It could get ugly quick. And it wouldn't be just blackmail over video game development...

Comment Re:Can we flip the GOP ticket? (Score 1) 157

The problem with holding Trump to account that night was that Trump wasn't there - Mike Pence was. It was supposed to be the VP debate - Kaine vs. Pence. Instead, it was a Kaine-led political hack job that ignored any substantive debate. When Pence eventually addressed Trump's crazy statements, he said something like, "He's not a polished politician like Hillary or yourself" - which was true. That should've been the end of it - so some real discussion could happen. Instead, Kaine programmatically went right back to the mud hole and kept doing his dirty work.

In the end, people won't remember much of what was said; They'll instead just remember how they FELT. On that front, Kaine's performance came off as genuine and substantive as a pile of rubber dog shit.

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