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  1. Crota 2Day: A Destiny 2 Forum Thread

    So.. necroing further, but it looks like Crota Today is pretty much dead: if one were to join the Waypoint Clan, which clan would one look for? Searching for "Waypoint" on turns up somethng that does not look very Waypoint-y... (I got up to 300 over Easter - I had fun unlocking two sets of paired weapons, Sturm and Drang and the MIDA multi-tool and mini-tool: like Destiny, I'm enjoying just wandering about in Destiny 2, seeing the sights and picking up bits of story - haven't really done much in the way of strikes or Crucible...)
  2. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    God, that would be depressing. But Woz actually seems to.. like people?
  3. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    I feel a little sorry for Eric Raymond (although when I said that to people who work with FOSS, they immediately responded "don't"). Normally he just says this stuff on his blog, and a few people read it, and that's it. But now there's a mid-sized news source credulous enough to rebroadcast it, and suddenly he's a complete laughing stock. (I guess maybe compare and contrast the Star Citizen stuff and the Escapist? Although the hard work on that was done over decades, of course...)
  4. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    Well, not "who can't hear you", but rather "who is blocking you". I believe Harper has somebody who reads the twitter feeds of people who are doing this kind of thing, in order to flag escalations. Keep escalating, and you can still get people's attention - and inciting harassment is obviously one way to do that, because it means they both see the content from as-yet-unblocked anime eggs, and have to get periodic updates on what you are saying in order to anticipate harassment from elsewhere.
  5. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    Man, that was a strange weekend.
  6. Buying a New PC

    Not strictly ontopic, but Ikea's Markus saw me through a long stint of working from home.
  7. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    Conveniently, cartoons about Gamergate can, it seems, be repurposed pretty easily to be about the Puppies.
  8. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    Yeah - it's a tempting narrative, but, to paraphrase Kameron Hurley, woman have always written sci-fi, although increasingly not under noms de plume (like James Tiptree), and likewise gay people and people of colour. It is perhaps more accurate to say that sci-fi is over time starting to dismantle some of the barriers that have historically been placed in the path of these writers, as in the case of Samuel R Delany in 1967: One of the many, many things the Sad Puppies are comically wrong about is the idea that sci-fi used to be a playground for manly libertarians; even in the 60s, Poul Anderson and Robert Heinlein were outliers in a primarily progressive group, and even they, to quote Delaney again, would rather go to a party with left-wing sci-fi writers than actually to hang out with their political peers.
  9. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    (And the part about the Puppies immediately declaring victory and tagging in Gamergate seems wholly and depressingly correct.)
  10. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    Sorry, my bad - sleepy misreading of a report - there were a _lot_ of "No Awards", though, which does feel like a line in the sand. The other thing from the Wired article is how few people Vox Day needed to shit the works up - 390? Really? That's his army?
  11. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    It looks like the Sad/Rabid Puppies have been annihilated at the actual Hugo voting, with "No Award" coming in first in most of the categories with a Puppy nominee. i.e. sci-fi fandom basically decided to blow up the bridges rather than risk a Puppy nomination getting across. This will presumably make for either a very short awards ceremony or one with very long speeches. Pretty much inevitably, the Puppies have claimed victory and tagged in Gamergate to make noise about it.
  12. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    Wel, to an extent - but not actually to the point of actually watching it. Combining the official stream and the parallel stream allowing chat, about 5,000 people max were watching at any given time. To contextualise, Fish Plays Pokemon had a high of 12,000 concurrents.
  13. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    Wow. Trying to read that article is like drowning in suet. Has that person ever written anything before? Have they ever _read_ anything before?
  14. Feminism

    Oh, God, CEO Barbie. Just a little bit. In my mouth. This does remind me a little of this blog post by Max Shireson, the former CEO of MongoDB, explaining how nobody has ever, ever asked him how he balances being a CEO and having children, whereas it turns up in every interview with a female CEO, and yet that he was quitting because he wanted to spend more time with his children.
  15. Hatred: The Most Despicable Game of All Time?

    C'mon - dude doesn't even have a top hat or a fedora.
  16. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    Wait... do they want a new monarchy, or do they want the British one back?
  17. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    Amazingly, Larry Correia compares himself with Churchill, Brad Torgersen with FDR and Vox Day with Stalin, and rather than edging quietly away from that mess, Torgersen approvingly references it. I realise we've seen a lot of really next-level Dummheit recently, but wow.
  18. Oh, yeah - I mean taking the patents off the board. Sony is just buying the patents, not the company. The company is going to shrink down to a small team of administrators working with third parties to supervise the sale of any other sellable assets, and then shut down.
  19. Sad, but probably inevitable - I played through Deus Ex:Human Revolution using the Onlive service on my PC (I also had the microconsole, but found that actually performance was significantly better on my PC - the whole hardware play actually felt like an unecessary risk, and one e.g. Gaikai didn't take) and it was actually OK, and the subscrption service that gave you access to lots of old and indie games, and the ability to play any game on the OnLive market for 30 minutes, was actually pretty great - obviously, it was also financially unsustainable and technically overdemanding. The other interesting thing there is that Sony has at this point bought the tech of the two most notable independent games streaming services. Gaikai became the architectural underpinning of PlayStation Now. Is there a roadmap for OnLive, or is Sony just taking it off the board?
  20. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    AttackonGamers, maybe? I think I remember seeing a tweet from those guys saying "I've been neglecting my journalistic practice while watching YouTube videos. Time to put up some press releases!" and basically dying inside forever... Although TBH that is basically what a lot of sites do, either directly or with a minor overwrite, so it seems a lot more benign, in a keeps-them-off-the-streets way, that the conspiracy theorising and unsourced accusations of other parts of the Gamergate Press.
  21. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    I think it's OK to say "Totalbiscuit does not verify the basic facts of whatever he is told to get upset about by Gamergate, and then goes off on poorly-informed diatribes that direct further waves of abuse against already marginalised and attacked groups of people". In the course of that he might veer into transphobia or some other -ism or -phobia, because he doesn't really understand the issues and appears not to want to improve that understanding. To be honest, this seems to be working for him, and it feels like a waste of time trying to get him to conform to an idea of what he should be that is clearly not something he is interested in being. It's like KSI - there will always be people charmed by that schtick. All that people who are not charmed by that schtick can really do is a) exercise their own freedom of speech about that and decline to share platforms or seek promotional opportunities with the person making them. It would be nice if indies and PC developers stopped seeking Totalbiscuit's approval. On the other hand, I can see the commercial reasons why people are reluctant to do that.
  22. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    One of the really "woah" moments I had in the discussion of responding to Gamergate, although I have now sadly forgotten the provenance of it, was the statement, in response to the traditional injunctions not to feed the trolls, that this fails to understand the difference between the classic Usenet troll and modern forms like the sea lion: trolls want you to talk more - they want you to get angry and engage with them. Sea lions want you to talk less - they want you to feel so overwhelmed that you start to doubt yourself, or feel compelled to respond, or snap at one of them and then get endlessly pilloried for being rude. Storify, among other tools, feels like a useful way of documenting that this actually is some bullshit - that what might look like sincere inquiries are in fact a strategy deployed to try to exhaust you or catch you out.
  23. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    Yep. Gamergate, led by Slade Villena, began a campaign insisting that his wife was not real, and he was trying to scam people. The distinction of sincerity and performance is always difficult in this kind of thing, but it's probably reasonable to suppose that this was at least for the ringleaders primarily a fishing trip - an attempt to shake loose more personal information that could be used to target Coffin. One real issue here is that the more impressionable Gamergaters tend to believe their own press - so, while the guys at the top, directing the mobs, are probably pretty clear about their goals, the cannon fodder actually starts believing that the cause is not just righteous but benign. So, you get someone who is genuinely convinced of the importance of establishing the non-existence of this woman they have never encountered, to the point that they feel entitled not just to phone a hospital to try to get HIPAA-protected information out of the staff, and then post that information on Twitter, but also to think that they are justified in doing so and that, once that they've established after a concerted stalking campaign that the wife was real, a donation to support her care will make all the harassment OK. And, perhaps most jaw-dropping of all, decided to do that under their real name. It's a little mind-boggling - the one thing they are meant to be good at is harassment, and they even managed to mess that up. [Edited to fix link.]
  24. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    I think I see the confusion: Gamerghazi is both a term used by opponents of Gamergate to mock the overblown metaphorical use of -Gate. Since -Gate refers to a scandal in which genuine corruption was revealed, and ultimately brought down a president, -Ghazi is used to reference the Benghazi "scandal", i.e. an artificial scandal created by Republican politicians and conspiracy theoriss. It's also the name of a subreddit dedicated to finding and mocking/protesting actions by Gamergaters. So, "s/he supports Gamerghazi" could mean "s/he supports Gamergate", or "s/he supports the existence of a particular subreddit that exists to mock Gamergate".