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A gaming industry panel / show-and-tell for USC gaming students was cancelled because the one woman on the panel had to cancel due to a scheduling conflict, and the program director decided that an all-male panel was unacceptable in light of the program's diversity mandate. No, really.

When I found this story (not this article specifically about it) on r/games, my first thought was "this is satire some r/TheRedPill douchecanoe is not getting." 

And so I Googled it. And, of course, the only results I got were from Breitbart, Fox News, a few ultra-conservative blogs, and... USC's student newspaper. Oh.

It's real. The person who cancelled this event, which would have hosted persons from the likes of Blizzard and Riot Games, said their decision put them on the "right side of history." They actually said that. No, really. Jaw on the floor. So students were deprived an opportunity to network and learn because... the director of the program they're in has made it a mandate that events like this using the program's facilities meet a diversity quota (at least that is my understanding).

Listen, I'm a bleeding-heart liberal, I make no bones about it. And I am very much pro-diversity and support institutions and companies that actively seek to diversify their populations for various reasons I won't get into here. And I am the least gamer-gate kind of person there is, and generally despise the movement in its entirety. And the context here is that USC's gaming program has one of the highest female populations of any such program in the country, because this person has made that an express goal under her stewardship of the program (and again, I am fine with that in principle, though I am unfamiliar with their actual acceptance / quota criteria, so I can't expressly vouch for it).

But this is dumb. Like, fundamentally-misunderstanding-what-diversity-is-about dumb. This person has made it obvious that the reason they cancelled this panel was to appear to be "strong" on diversity and representing women in the gaming industry. What they actually did was harm to their student body in the name of supporting a principle (diversity in gaming), and in a way that does not demonstrably support that principle, but that has instead served to discredit it in the eyes of many, including the students of that program.

You cannot enshrine diversity as a de facto, rigid law to be followed in every part of life - that does not serve the interest of diversity, but rather, as we can see, causes people to resent it. And among those who accept such black-and-white (no pun intended) views of diversity - as a problem that can simply be "ruled" out of existence - it actually encourages something rather troubling: that the ends will always justify the means.

Perhaps at the bottom of all this is a good instinct - that women are underrepresented in the games industry, and that an all-male panel tacitly recognizes and at some level perpetuates this - but the actions here were incredibly misguided.

After all, for every smartphone you buy, you're tacitly recognizing and perpetuating on some level sub-human working conditions in Southeast Asia, environmental pollution, depletion of rare-earth minerals, and probably a dictatorship or two. Does that mean it's time to just stop buying phones until we can adequately address all these issues to our liking, out of principle?

I'm not sure what to really conclude about all this, but I do have to say it makes me uncomfortable and disappointed. 
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+Pavel Tikhonov In Thailand that is actually true, except the colors are red and yellow (different political movements).
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Gah, an ACTUAL REASON to upgrade my PC to Windows 10? NO, I'M NOT DOING IT AND YOU CAN'T MAKE ME
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I upgraded from 8.1 to 10 when it first came out and have had absolutely 0 problems in the past year. I may do a clean install when the Redstone update comes out just to start fresh, but it's definitely not necessary in my case.
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Home sweet home. The city of [smoggy] angels.
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When +Artem Russakovskii​ calls you and tells you Google is demanding you take down a post but is completely trolling you for like the 4th time in the last six years and you still fall for it.

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Ahahahahaha, I'm so sorry for you, +David Ruddock​ :DD
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Apple just announced its first-ever year-over-year decline in iPhone shipments. Tim Cook says it's an anomaly, of course, and I'm sure there'll be spikes here and there again. But this is a turning point, like it or not - Apple's stock is down 8% in after-hours trading because of this announcement.

As phones became more and more like each other, there is less and less reason to buy an expensive phone, or to buy one as often. The difference between a $200 smartphone and a $650 one is smaller than it has ever been, and that difference shrinks with each passing quarter.

Among Android device manufacturers, there is one company that can lay claim to an advantage that no other can. This advantage becomes even more important the more smartphones commoditize and cheapen, and the less users upgrade - which seems almost counteruintuitive.

That company is Google. The company that gets to choose what Android is. Google has to share Android's source code with everyone (minus Google Play Services and Google Mobile apps), but no one has the insight or motivation to actually implement every new Android feature as quickly or completely as Google does. Google, essentially, has a crystal ball into the future of smartphones. It mattered a lot less when everyone was upgrading every year or two, and each passing year brought very noticeably better smartphones that made the underlying OS less a concern than tangible upgrades (battery life, display quality, camera, speed).

But as smartphone innovation slows, Google's control of Android and the continuing expansion of the Nexus program (and Project Fi here in the US) may have reached a turning point. Nexus has the potential to go mainstream, and that's not something I never thought I'd hear myself say. The next Nexus phones may not quite be primed for runaway success, but I wouldn't be surprised if they do curiously well, assuming the pricing remains as competitive as last year's devices (and hopefully more competitive outside the US).
Smartphones are, by their nature, iterative products. But if you've felt that this iteration has started to slow a bit in the last few years, you're not al... by David Ruddock in Editorials, Nexus Devices
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I hate to generalize, but I get so tired of hearing this from Chinese companies. Half of their business models are all but clone-stamped from Apple's, and Apple is the one who is dated? Hilarious.

I'll believe LeEco's automotive ambitions are serious when they're confident enough to sell a car. For now, I see a company trying to "beat" Apple to the car game, a game I think Apple has no chance in anyway, simply because that's the narrative that is accepted in the larger tech circle jerk, and that increases LeEco's perceived value.

Eliminating the headphone jack on smartphones is also the most boneheaded fucking thing I've heard in ages, and once again, the only reason it's even a discussion is because Apple might do it. For a company so convinced Apple is obsolete, LeEco sure loves to pander to the narrative around them.
Apple is losing momentum in China by failing to innovate, billionaire entrepreneur Jia Yueting told CNBC in his first international television interview.
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Never underestimate the power of clone in the of the day the entire europe and america will bow to china because all their products have been clone total 100% all the info and whatever knowledge available online are being use by china not for hobby like most westerners do but for business to be sold for money
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Gawker's one to throw stones here, but I do think they are right, and that this is an important discussion. Jarvis didn't like that someone who has repeatedly gotten under his skin was able to do it in a highly public, heavily circulated medium. It had nothing to do with any sort of "journalistic principle."

We're all highly principled and defend creative expression until that expression makes us look silly or hurts our feelings. Jarvis seems to be struggling with the transition to the public figure he has became, versus the lack of notoriety he might enjoy if he didn't go out of his way to turn his name into a brand.

The original satirical piece, FWIW, is absolutely hilarious, and like many things the Jarvis parody account produces, almost uncomfortably believable in certain respects (but also openly outlandish in others).
You may have heard about the latest dustup between Jeff Jarvis, a media futurist and journalism professor, and his satirical online alter-ego, @ProfJeffJarvis, who was created several years ago by a software developer named Rurik Bradbury to mock the jargon-laden prognostications for which Jarvis and his ilk are known. The two Jarvises have butted heads in the past, but the most recent incident—in which the real Jarvis, after airing legal threats...
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+Jeff Jarvis brought even more attention this by making such a fuss about it. The Streisand effect.
If he just ignored it.
Sorry Jeff, you are in the wrong. 
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Alright screw it I'm buying one.
The Danish brickmaker's new Technic 911 GT3 RS set is beautiful, desirable and slightly scary — not unlike the actual car.
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Good luck.
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Nothing will put a phone battery to the test like a day of flying. 8:30 and I'm already at 73% 😮
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I feel we should talk about how terrible that screen icon is.
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The biggest QR code I have ever seen. On the side of a Japanese salon in LA.
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It leads you to a site where you can buy a giant QR code. ; ) 
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I've been using a Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 as my primary phone for a week. My early thoughts:

-MIUI is ghastly and while it does pack lots of features, I kind of hate it. But It's not particularly worse than EMUI (Huawei), though, so if you can stand that - and I can - it's usable. It's just unnecessarily difficult and convoluted to access some things, and notifications are handled so fucking poorly.
-The battery life on this Snapdragon version just wrecks. 6 hours screen-on with mixed mobile data (4G) and Wi-Fi. Consistently. Oh, and once I turned off VoLTE scanning (VoLTE is only available to whitelisted devices in the US anyway), the standby life got appreciably better. Right now, I have 3h19m screen on, 24 hours off charger, 50% battery remaining. Totally insane.
-The quality of the phone itself is just fine. Very good for the money, even.
-The camera is 16 Meh-a-pickles.
-The fingerprint scanner is very reliable and even reasonably quick.
-The speaker is very loud for a phone this cheap, even if the quality is pretty abysmal at high volume.
-The performance is totally passable. It could use better optimization on the Wi-Fi to 4G handoff, though - I have to reboot once a day because apps "forget" if they're on Wi-Fi or 4G.

Overall, for ~$170, this is a ridiculously decent phone. Now, I know "but it'd be better with stock Android," which yeah, ok, duh, but you're basically buying into Xiaomi's ecosystem and services with their phones, which is part of why they're so damn cheap. So MIUI is probably here to stay, and hopefully it just keeps on getting better in the future. As it is now, it's totally usable, but still very much in the Chinese smartphone mindset.

Looking forward to what MIUI8 brings to the table next month, hopefully Marshmallow with doze mode, to increase the already epic battery life of this phone.
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Nexus 5x or redmi note 3pro?
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Good free breakfast, nice room, good rate during this time of year. No complaints. WiFi is reasonably quick, too.
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Nice interior, exerior is a bit dated. Here for a conference event. Ballroom seemed fine.
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Went for a brief business meeting. Meeting room was nice. Not much else to say.
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It's a World Market. It's decent. Layout is typical.
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Picked up a meeting pass. Hotel looks OK. Bit dated, and the theme (space) is kitchy.
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WiFi is crazy slow and there are lots of regular laptop squatters camped out there. Coffee is good, though.
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Great ramen and tsukemen, solid prices, cool Tokyo back alley vibe in a deceptively bland strip mall. Very limited seating and very tight inside. Not good for big parties. Waits can be long on popular nights.
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