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As summarized by the author, this is how Anita Sarkeesian plans to Ruin All Video Games Forever:

"1. Avoid the Smurfette principle (don't have just one female character in an ensemble cast, let alone one whose personality is more or less "girl" or "woman.")

2. "Lingerie is not armor" (Dress female characters as something other than sex objects.)

3. Have female characters of various body types

4. Don't over-emphasize female characters' rear ends, not any more than you would the average male character's.

5. Include more female characters of color.

6. Animate female characters to move the way normal women, soldiers or athletes would move.

7. Record female character voiceover so that pain sounds painful, not orgasmic

8. Include female enemies, but don't sexualize those enemies"


...seriously, how are these suggestions even controversial?
Minutes after I walked through a metal detector--and some time before she was flocked by well-wishers at the best-attended gaming lecture I've ever been to at New York University--I recently listened to the media critic Anita Sarkeesian describe eight things she'd like to see changed in video games.
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It is sad you think this aspect ruins gaming. There will always be pure fantasy games.  And, there will always be alt-reality games.  The Gamer gets to choose - so, it isn't ruining anything.
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Limbaugh is so batshit crazy...
 
Dropping this Limbaugh quote here so I can look back on it in the coming months and years to see if he's right. (Spoiler: he isn't.) "Well, what do you think regulation means?  They're gonna regulate the content. They're gonna regulate what you say. They're gonna regulate what your commenters say.  You're gonna have to get a license to operate a website, and the Federal Election Commission is gonna have purview, and they're gonna be measuring how much of what happens on your site is an in-kind political contribution.  You haven't the slightest idea what these people are planning.  You haven't seen it.  I do 'cause I know them."
RUSH: I'm gonna gladly and happily engage you in conversation about this, but I want to tell you at the outset that not one of you can argue with me. Now, wait.  The reason you can't argue with me is that you don't know what it is.  Obama has not released the details of this plan.  You may think you know what net neutrality is, but you haven't the slightest idea.  He's keeping it secret.  You don't know what it is.  You may think it's about getti...
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Things are shaping up pretty fast.... Can't wait to have such a device...
Sennheiser, a well known German audio company, synonym for highest sound quality, who a few months back announced the co-operation with modular smartphone pioneers “phonebloks” has finally introduced their audio module CONCEPTS. Yes you read it right, there are at least 2 Project Ara audio modules Sennheiser is working on. And with this step the list of …Share the joy         
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My phone will always be 100% charged...
 
Jerk off to charge your phone. Really! Found out about this device and think it's a hilarious way to approach climate change. Are you eco-friendly lol?
No, you didn’t misread the title. There’s a new wearable out developed by Pornhub called the “Wankband” that lets you recycle energy, so to speak, when jacking off. Depending on the person, one might spend entire seconds, minutes, hours on Pornhub (don’t act like you don’t know what it is), feverishly trying to let one go.…
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Wow!  Science has finally found a source of infinite free energy!  (for guyz anywayz)  Who would have thought?
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Hey +EcoSnark, don't say I never give you anything good.  The bird-flipping ear stud is perfect for you.
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That must have taken some practice!!
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Dammit.
 
Google Glass vs. The USA's R&D Toilet

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If you're a regular consumer of the computer industry trade press -- a strong stomach strongly recommended -- you've probably seen a bit of gloating lately about Google pulling their Google Glass device from most consumer marketing.

Mainstream media has picked up the drumbeat too, with even major publications like The New York Times very recently running stories purporting to explain why Google Glass has "failed" or how this is emblematic of Google's supposedly imminent fall.

Those stories sound pretty scary. They're also utterly wrong. And they're wrong in a way that exemplifies why so much of U.S. industry is in a terrible research and development (R&D) slump, and why Google should be congratulated for their "moonshots" -- not ridiculed.

Once upon a time -- not so long ago relatively -- there was a reasonable understanding in this country that long-term R&D was crucial to our technological, financial, and personal futures. That's long-term as in spending money on projects that might take a long time to pay off -- or might never pay off for the firms making the investments -- but that still might play crucial roles in our future going forward.

When we think about the foundation of modern R&D, it's typical for AT&T's Bell Telephone Laboratories (Bell Labs) to spring immediately to mind. Not the Bell Labs of today -- an emaciated skeleton of its former greatness -- but of the years before AT&T's 1984 Bell system beak-up divestiture and shortly thereafter. 

The list of developments that sprang forth from the Labs is mind-boggling. If Lucent Technologies did nothing else when they took over Bell Labs and hastened its decline, at least they produced in 2000 this great music video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzHp7Ahkjes) celebrating the Labs' innovations over the many decades. Mentally start subtracting out items from the list shown in that video and watch how our entire modern world would crumble away around us.

Yet -- and this is crucial -- most of those Bell Labs technologies that are so much a part of our lives today were anything but sure bets at the time they were being developed. Hell, who needs something better than trusty old vacuum tubes? What possible use is superconductivity? Why would anyone need flexible, easy to use computer operating systems?

It's only with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight that we can really appreciate the genius -- and critically the willingness to put sufficient R&D dollars behind such genius -- that allowed these technologies to flourish in the face of contemporaneous skepticism at the time.

Much of that kind of skepticism is driven by the twin prongs of people who basically don't understand technology deeply, and/or by investors who see any effort to be a waste if it isn't virtually guaranteed to bring in significant short-term profits.

But we see again and again what happens when technology companies fall prey to such short-term thinking. Magnificent firms like Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) vanish with relative rapidity into the sunset to be largely forgotten. Household names like Kodak flicker and fade away into shadows. And as noted, even the great Bell Labs has become the "reality show" version of its former self.

Nor is it encouraging when we see other firms who have had robust R&D efforts now culling them in various ways, such as Microsoft's very recent closing of their Silicon Valley research arm.

It probably shouldn't be surprising that various researchers from Microsoft, Bell Labs, and DEC have ended up at ... you guessed it ... Google.

So it also shouldn't be surprising why it's difficult not look askance at claims that Google is on the wrong path investing in autonomous cars, or artificial intelligence, or balloon-based Internet access -- or Google Glass.

Because even if one chooses inappropriately and inaccurately -- but for the sake of the argument -- to expound pessimistic consumer futures for those techs as currently defined, they will still change the world in amazingly positive ways. 

Internet access in the future inevitably will include high altitude distribution systems. AI will be solving problems the nature of which we can't even imagine today. Many thousands of lives will be saved by improved driver assist systems even if you sullenly choose to assume that autonomous cars don't become a mass consumer item in the near future. And medical, safety, and a range of industrial applications for Google Glass and similar devices are already rapidly deploying.

This is what serious R&D is really all about. Our collective and personal futures depend upon the willingness of firms to take these risks toward building tomorrow. 

We need far more firms willing to follow Google's R&D model in these regards, rather than being utterly focused on projects that might suck some coins quickly into the hopper, but do little or nothing to help their countries, their peoples, and the world in the long run. 

Here in the U.S. we've willingly and self-destructively permitted short-term Wall Street thinking to flush much of our best R&D talent down the proverbial toilet.

And unless we get our heads on straight about this immediately, we'll be sending our futures and our children's futures down the same dark sewer.

We are far better than that.

Take care, all.

-- Lauren --
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China wants tech companies to help it bypass encryption. But that’s not okay with the US, which wants the same thing.
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loved that movie! :)
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Now that I live in southern Florida, I need one of these.
NEED.
It only rains for like two months down here which is cool. And by "rain", I mean dump tons of water on you over the course of several minutes; seriously, it's like walking through a swimming pool, then it's gone. I thought that I knew what rain was, I was wrong. Anyway, this car, much like my body, is wash and wear, so the rain is not an issue.

Of course you have to drive one of these responsibly and follow all local and federal laws including music selection.
"All 70's and 80's disco all the time, other genre's of music can be mixed in but must amount to less than 30% by duration and have a bass line that you can feel in your genitals."
That's a federal law.
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Shit PeeVee, I just assumed that you already had one...
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