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« on: January 10, 2018, 01:03:04 PM »
Video is very short, but the tl;dr is that technology isn't neutral and machines can and do learn bad things from us. Among others, this is particularly troublesome in the area of law enforcement and criminal justice
The rise of big data policing rests in part on the belief that data-based decisions can be more objective, fair, and accurate than traditional policing.
Data is data and thus, the thinking goes, not subject to the same subjective errors as human decision making. But in truth, algorithms encode both error and bias. As David Vladeck, the former director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission (who was, thus, in charge of much of the law surrounding big data consumer protection), once warned, "Algorithms may also be imperfect decisional tools. Algorithms themselves are designed by humans, leaving open the possibility that unrecognized human bias may taint the process. And algorithms are no better than the data they process, and we know that much of that data may be unreliable, outdated, or reflect bias."
Algorithmic technologies that aid law enforcement in targeting crime must compete with a host of very human questions. What data goes into the computer model? After all, the inputs determine the outputs. How much data must go into the model? The choice of sample size can alter the outcome. How do you account for cultural differences? Sometimes algorithms try to smooth out the anomalies in the data—anomalies that can correspond with minority populations. How do you address the complexity in the data or the "noise" that results from imperfect results?
Sometimes, the machines get it wrong because of racial or gender bias built into the model. For policing, this is a serious concern. [...]
As Frank Pasquale has written in his acclaimed book The Black Box Society, "Algorithms are not immune from the fundamental problem of discrimination, in which negative and baseless assumptions congeal into prejudice. . . . And they must often use data laced with all-too-human prejudice."
Inputs go in and generalizations come out, so that if historical crime data shows that robberies happen at banks more often than at nursery schools, the algorithm will correlate banks with robberies, without any need to understand that banks hold lots of cash and nursery schools do not. "Why" does not matter to the math. The correlation is the key. Of course, algorithms can replicate past biases, so that if an algorithm is built around biased data, analysts will get a biased result. For example, if police primarily arrest people of color from minority neighborhoods for marijuana, even though people of all races and all neighborhoods use marijuana at equal rates, the algorithm will correlate race with marijuana use.
The algorithm will also correlate marijuana with certain locations. A policing strategy based on such an algorithm will correlate race and drugs, even though the correlation does not accurately reflect the actual underlying criminal activity across society. And even if race were completely stripped out of the model, the correlation with communities of color might still remain because of the location. A proxy for racial bias can be baked into the system, even without any formal focus on race as a variable. [...]
As mathematician Jeremy Kun has written, "It’s true that an algorithm itself is quantitative—it boils down to a sequence of arithmetic steps for solving a problem. The danger is that these algorithms, which are trained on data produced by people, may reflect the biases in that data, perpetuating structural racism and negative biases about minority groups."
Big data policing involves a similar danger of perpetrating structural racism and negative biases about minority groups. "How" we target impacts "whom" we target, and underlying existing racial biases means that data-driven policing may well reflect those biases.
This is a much bigger problem than most people realize. It's only really entered the spotlight over the past two or three years and is only just now becoming mainstream. Figured I'd make a thread about it to bring some life to Serious and because this is what I am currently working on (making AI accountable).
« on: January 09, 2018, 05:17:09 PM »
- James Damore sues Google, alleging intolerance of white male conservatives
Class-action lawsuit led by fired engineer includes 100 pages of internal documents and claims conservatives are ‘ostracized, belittled, and punished’
Google is facing renewed controversy over its alleged intolerance toward conservatives at the company, after a class action lawsuit filed by former engineer James Damore disclosed almost 100 pages of screen shots of internal communications in which employees discuss sensitive political issues.
The evidence appended to the lawsuit, which was filed on Monday, includes a message from Rachel Whetstone, who worked as a senior Google executive after a career in the UK Conservative party, bemoaning “prejudiced and antagonistic” political discourse at the company.
Damore, who was fired in 2017 after writing a controversial memo about gender and technology, alleges in the lawsuit that white, male conservative employees at Google are “ostracized, belittled, and punished”.
The lawsuit claims that numerous Google managers maintained “blacklists” of conservative employees with whom they refused to work; that Google has a list of conservatives who are banned from visiting the campus; and that Google’s firings of Damore and the other named plaintiff, David Gudeman, were discriminatory.
“We look forward to defending against Mr Damore’s lawsuit in court,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
The company’s workforce, like much of the rest of the tech industry, is overwhelmingly white, Asian, and male. In 2017, the US Department of Labor accused Google of “extreme pay discrimination” against women, and a group of women have filed a class-action lawsuit against the company alleging systemic wage discrimination.
But the Damore lawsuit purports to expose a cultural bias toward promoting diversity and “social justice” that, the suit claims, has created a “protected, distorted bubble of groupthink”. Efforts to increase the representation of women and underrepresented racial minorities, which companies like Google have undertaken in response to external criticism, are cast in the suit as illegal discrimination against the majority.
Screenshots of internal communications reveal numerous employees appearing to support the idea of being intolerant toward certain points of view, such as one post arguing that Google should respond to Damore’s memo by “disciplining or terminating those who have expressed support”. In another post, a manager stated his intention to “silence” certain “violently offensive” perspectives, writing: “There are certain ‘alternative views, including different political views’ which I do not want people to feel safe to share here … You can believe that women or minorities are unqualified all you like … but if you say it out loud, then you deserve what’s coming to you”.
Internal posts discussing the debate around diversity at Google, such as a meme of a penguin with the text “If you want to increase diversity at Google fire all the bigoted white men”, are filed as an appendix to the lawsuit under the heading “Anti-Caucasian postings”.
One manager is quoted as posting: “I keep a written blacklist of people whom I will never allow on or near my team, based on how they view and treat their coworkers. That blacklist got a little longer today.” Another screenshot reveals a manager proposing the creation of a list of “people who make diversity difficult”, and weighing the possibility that individuals could have “something resembling a trial” before being included.
In the 2014 email from Whetstone, who served as senior vice-president of communications and public policy at Google for several years before departing for Uber, she wrote: “It seems like we believe in free expression except when people disagree with the majority view … I have lost count of the times at Google, for example, people tell me privately that they cannot admit their voting choice if they are Republican because they fear how other Googlers react.”
The complaint argues that Google’s tolerance for “alternative lifestyles” – the company has internal mailing lists for people interested in “furries, polygamy, transgenderism, and plurality” – does not extend to conservatism. One employee who emailed a list seeking parenting advice related to imparting a child with “traditional gender roles and patriarchy from a very young age” was allegedly chastised by human resources.
The suit also alleges that Google maintains a “secret” blacklist of conservative authors who are banned from being on campus. Curtis Yarvin, a “neoreactionary” who blogs under the name Mencius Moldbug, was allegedly removed from the campus by security after being invited to lunch. The plaintiffs subsequently learned, it is claimed in the suit, that Alex Jones, the InfoWars conspiracy theorist, and Theodore Beale, an “alt-right” blogger known as VoxDay, were also banned from the campus.
The suit will likely reignite the culture wars that have swirled around the tech industry since the election of Donald Trump. Many liberals within the tech industry have pressured their employers to take a stand against Trump policies, such as the Muslim travel ban, and companies have struggled to decide the extent to which they will allow the resurgent movement of white nationalists to use their platforms to organize.
Damore’s firing in August last year was heavily covered by the rightwing media, which portrayed the saga as evidence of Silicon Valley’s liberal bias, and the engineer was transformed into a political martyr by prominent members of the “alt-right”.
In making its case against Google, the suit reveals some of the internal backlash Damore received after his memo went viral, including a mass email in which a Google director called the memo “repulsive and intellectually dishonest” and an email to Damore from a fellow engineer stating: “I will keep hounding you until one of us is fired.”
Gudeman, the second named plaintiff, was fired following a post-election controversy in another online forum at Google. A Google employee posted that he was concerned for his safety under a Trump administration because he had already been “targeted by the FBI (including at work) for being a Muslim”. According to the suit, Gudeman responded skeptically to the comment, raising questions about the FBI’s motives for investigating the employee, and was reported to HR.
Gudeman was fired shortly thereafter, the suit claims, after Google HR told him that he had “accused [the Muslim employee] of terrorism”.
The public reaction to this is of course very reasonable, nuanced and well thought out.
« on: December 25, 2017, 01:43:22 PM »
>thumbsticks at the same height
Literally how incompetent do you have to be to think this is good design holy fuck Japan can't do anything right
That said, I now have a PS4 with Bloodborne. What other games are worth it? Horizon Zero Dawn seems promising but what else? Uncharted? Last of Us. Lots of weeb stuff, unfortunately, so that obviously shouldn't apply.
« on: December 08, 2017, 08:22:57 AM »
Say I, hypothetically speaking, might consider getting one. Is it any good? And are the games? Yeah, there's the Zelda and Mario, but what else?
« on: November 30, 2017, 12:03:11 PM »
Trouble brewing: AB InBev accused of keeping cheap beer from Belgians
EU investigation finds brewer may have deliberately prevented cheaper imports from reaching consumers in Belgium
It is an announcement that could hardly be better designed to get the blood of the average Belgian boiling.
The European commission has said drinkers in the country have probably been paying over the odds for their favourite beers for years.
AB InBev, the world’s biggest brewing company, has been accused by Brussels of charging less for its popular Jupiler and Leffe beers in France and the Netherlands than in Belgium, and using its dominant position in the Belgian market to get away with it.
Such news would undoubtedly prove a blow to drinkers in any country. For Belgians, however, where beer is one of the few unifying cultural artefacts of its multilingual society, the ruling is particularly galling.
Margrethe Vestager, the commissioner in charge of competition policy, said in a statement on Thursday: “Belgian consumers may have had to pay more for their favourite beers.
“Our preliminary finding is that AB InBev may have deliberately prevented cheaper beer imports out of France and the Netherlands from reaching consumers in Belgium. Such practices would breach EU competition rules, because they deny consumers the benefits of the EU single market – choice and lower prices.”
After a year-long investigation, the commission said it believed there was evidence that AB InBev had been pursuing “a deliberate strategy” for at least eight years to prevent supermarkets and wholesalers from buying Jupiler and Leffe at lower prices in the Netherlands and France and importing them into Belgium.
It is claimed the company changed the packaging of Jupiler and Leffe beer cans in the Netherlands and France to make them harder to sell in Belgium.
It is also alleged they removed French text from cans in the Netherlands, and Dutch text from its cans in France, to prevent their sale in the French and Dutch speaking parts of Belgium, respectively.
The brewer is further accused of limiting Dutch retailers’ access to key products and promotions in order to prevent them from bringing less expensive beer products to Belgium.
AB InBev is based in Leuven and has a £38.8bn turnover. Last year it completed a merger worth £76.5bn with SAB Miller.
It said it was working constructively with the commission on the complaints and that integrity was a core principle of the company.
A spokesman said: “It would not be appropriate for us to comment further concerning the European commission’s decision to issue a statement of objections in relation to certain alleged practices on the Belgian beer market, other than that we have been working constructively with the EC since the investigation was announced in June 2016.
“Thursday’s announcement is a procedural step. A statement of objections is not a final decision on the outcome of the case. As a company, we take compliance very seriously.”
This will not stand.
« on: November 24, 2017, 03:35:03 PM »
>go to American Gamestop on Black Friday because that's what do in the US
>place order for Shadow of War
>millions of people
>slow / incompetent staff takes half an hour
>tip the man wearing a Star Wars Christmas sweater
>leave the store
>clap all the way to the car
2/10 would not go again
« on: November 21, 2017, 07:03:30 PM »
Haven't read the Belgian sources yet, but I'll report back soon. This could legit be huge in the future and change these kinds of lootbox practices everywhere.
Belgium says loot boxes are gambling, wants them banned in Europe
Last week, Belgium's Gaming Commission announced that it had launched an investigation into whether the loot boxes available for purchase in games like Overwatch and Star Wars Battlefront 2 constitute a form of gambling. Today, VTM News reported that the ruling is in, and the answer is yes.
The Google translation is a little sloppy, as usual, but the message is clear enough. "The mixing of money and addiction is gambling," the Gaming Commission declared. Belgium's Minister of Justice Koen Geens also weighed in, saying, "Mixing gambling and gaming, especially at a young age, is dangerous for the mental health of the child."
Geens, according to the report, wants to ban in-game purchases outright (correction: if you don't know exactly what you're purchasing), and not just in Belgium: He said the process will take time, "because we have to go to Europe. We will certainly try to ban it."
And now, things will start to get interesting. I've reached out to the Gaming Commission for more information, and will update if I receive a reply.
« on: November 18, 2017, 12:25:23 PM »
I've got 11 hours of flying ahead of me tomorrow and am already dreading it. What do you do on those long flights? I'm planning on:
- Watching movies (brought my own laptop + HDD with stuff on there, and the trans-atlantic flight should have an on-board entertainment system)
- Listening to music
- Doing work
- Playing pokemon on my DS
- (Sleeping, as if)
« on: November 13, 2017, 09:23:34 AM »
I'm in Southern France for work. What do in my spare time?
« on: November 04, 2017, 07:15:42 PM »
Anyone keeping up with the game? Doesn't even look half bad, so I might get it some time soon.
« on: October 28, 2017, 12:41:41 PM »
There's something inexplicably great about speaking to a room of people who are your peers or superiors and commanding their attention and sincere interest in what you have to say. Once the anticipatory nervousness fades away and it's a smooth ride to the end, it can be a very exciting and rewarding experience. Agree / disagree?
« on: October 06, 2017, 04:21:03 PM »
The game just entered open beta until the end of the weekend. Anyone interested in it?
« on: September 29, 2017, 08:30:56 AM »
Anyone got it? I can pick it up for like 45€ right now, but doesn't seem like my thing.
« on: September 27, 2017, 05:43:44 PM »
So I'm looking to buy a second monitor to complement my high performance (144hz 1ms) 24" TN Asus. I am unsure if I should get a 16:9 1440p or a 21:9 1080p. Since I already own an excellent monitor for fast games, I don't need really high refresh rates or low response times for this one too. It'll just be used for slower games, browsing the internet and watching videos. Is 1440p really that much better than 1080p? I'm feeling like it would be better to just hold out until 4k becomes more common and get an ultrawide monitor instead. Thoughts?
« on: September 23, 2017, 11:26:58 AM »
I never know what to ask for myself for any event. My girlfriend is threatening to not get me anything if I can't give her a list of stuff by tonight, so I need your help to save Christmas.
What should I get? Video games (PUBG, Shadow of War, Wolfenstein 2, Far Cry 5 - other suggestions welcome) and a PC monitor are up there. I've already got a 1080p 1ms 144hz monitor, but a second one might be nice. What specs though?
« on: September 13, 2017, 03:14:54 PM »
Bungie fixing Destiny 2 armor resembling white nationalist symbol
Destiny 2 developer Bungie is updating the game to fix a piece of armor featuring a symbol associated with a hate group, the studio announced today.
“It’s come to our attention that a gauntlet in Destiny 2 shares elements with a hate symbol,” Bungie said on Twitter. “It is not intentional. We are removing it.” The studio also apologized for the error, saying that the armor “does NOT represent our values” and adding, “We renounce hate in all forms.”
2/2 Our deepest apologies. This does NOT represent our values, and we are working quickly to correct this. We renounce hate in all forms.
— Bungie (@Bungie) September 12, 2017
Bungie did not specify the piece of armor at issue, referring to it only as gauntlets. But in a thread about the announcement on the Destiny subreddit, a Redditor named xxbiohazrdxx appears to have figured it out. The armor in question appears to be Road Complex AA1, a pair of legendary gauntlets for the Hunter class.
The upper arm region of the gauntlets bears a symbol that, when right-side up, looks like a gray chevron between two horizontal gray bars. Between that symbol and its mirror image lie four vertical white bars. All of these markings appear on a lime green background.
But if you’re looking at it horizontally, Road Complex AA1’s design bears a strong resemblance to the logo of Kek, a satirical “religion” created by members of the white nationalist movement that describes itself as the “alt-right.” Here’s some background on Kek from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog:
Kek “adherents” created a whole cultural mythology around the idea, describing an ancient kingdom called “Kekistan” that was eventually overwhelmed by “Normistan” and “Cuckistan.” They created not only a logo representing Kek — four Ks surrounding an E — but promptly deployed it in a green-and-black banner, which they call the “national flag of Kekistan.”
The Kekistan banner is modeled after a Nazi war flag: The Kek logo sits in the center instead of a swastika, and green replaces red in the color scheme. Note also that the E inside the four K’s looks like three vertical bars. In recent months, white nationalists have flown the Kekistan flag at events across the U.S. — including the “Unite the Right” rally a month ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a white supremacist killed one peaceful protester and injured numerous others.
It’s unclear if Bungie is going to remove the Road Complex AA1 armor from Destiny 2 entirely, or just update its design to change the symbols on it. We’ve reached out for further details, and will update this article with any information we receive.
Understandable decision. Plenty of dumb media pieces going around talking about how it's a nazi symbol and implying it's something comparable to the swastika, but it's hard to deny that the 4chan meme/joke has long been adopted by the alt-right. It's a cringeworthy thing held dearly and promoted by a shitty political group. Whether intentional or not, it's understandable Bungie doesn't want to be associated with these people and their beliefs.
Also, the irony is real. Pretty much no people complaining about this being in the game. Hundreds complaining and getting ticked off by Bungie removing it because of the "liberals being offended pussies". Most of the triggered "snowflakes" I'm seeing are the worst of the ones up in arms about this.
« on: August 30, 2017, 07:51:12 AM »
I'm going back to the US in a few months to celebrate Thanksgiving with people. What do I do? I heard you have to glorify killing Indians and pray to Jesus or something. Then you eat a turkey with bread in it?
Pretty weird, guys.
« on: August 28, 2017, 03:17:34 PM »
T4R. I want to play and stream some games. These are the ones I'm currently looking at. Anything any of you would like to see me play?
« on: August 21, 2017, 02:27:16 PM »
New thread so people will see. I'll detail it more later, but the tl;dr is that Quake Champions, currently in open beta, will go live on Steam Early Access tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd) at 11am EST. When it does, the only people who can still play are those who either buy the game in EA ($30) or have played the beta (which is free). So if you haven't already but still might want to give the game a try while it's free (it'll be free to play eventually, but only when the game releases out of EA, which might take a while), now's your chance to secure yourself a spot.
You can download the beta here:https://quake.bethesda.net/en/
« on: August 18, 2017, 05:24:15 PM »
Like it? Hate it? Any good at it? If not, what do you do to help yourself out?
I'm a pretty good public speaker, but have an important presentation at a major conference coming up and am feeling the nerves. Never used any tricks or anything for it.
« on: August 14, 2017, 05:46:06 PM »
Donald Trump has bowed to overwhelming pressure and directly condemned the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists, two days after violent clashes left one woman dead.
“Racism is evil,” the US president said at the White House. “And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
Analysis Trump's failure to condemn Virginia neo-Nazis is shocking but not surprising
The president’s refusal to properly condemn the attack in Charlottesville is consistent with past comments and a divisive campaign that stoked hatred. The explicit remarks came after a storm of criticism – some from prominent figures in his own party – over Trump’s decision not to criticise head-on the white supremacist groups that targeted Charlottesville, Virginia, at the weekend.
Shame that it took him so long, but genuine props to Trump for doing the right thing.
« on: August 12, 2017, 05:39:30 PM »
A car rammed into a group of people peacefully protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, killing one person and injuring 19.
It came at the end of a day marked by violent clashes between far-right nationalists and people who had come to protest their occupation of a downtown park containing a statue of the Confederate general Robert E Lee.
Donald Trump condemned the “violence on many sides”, but faced criticism for failing to directly denounce the far-right demonstrators.
Witnesses said those hit by the car were people peacefully protesting the planned white supremacist rally and footage showed the vehicle crashing into another car, throwing people over the top of it.
Civil war when?
« on: August 04, 2017, 05:21:41 PM »
What a wonderful time to be alive, as this year's Quakecon is coming up soon. For those who are not familiar with Quakecon, it's Bethesda and id Software's yearly gaming convention. For those attending, there'll be a lot of events and things to do, such as a massive BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) LAN tournament of heaps of games with cash prizes. The convention will also showcase some of their new games, as well as teasers, trailers and first footage of new games. If you're interested in the likes of Wolfenstein, DOOM, Elder Scrolls and, of course, Quake, this is a very interesting event
QuakeCon is an annual celebration of games and the people who play them. Founded in 1996 by a group of friends on IRC, QuakeCon has grown to become one of the most distinguished festivals in gaming, welcoming thousands of gamers from around the globe to participate in the annual four-day event. QuakeCon features North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN Party, tournaments, exhibits, workshops, sneak peeks of Bethesda’s upcoming games, and more. QuakeCon is free and open to the public thanks to the support of id Software, Bethesda Softworks, the QuakeCon volunteer staff, and its event sponsors and exhibitors.
Of course, there is one Quakecon activity to rule them all. And that is of course the pro Quake tournament. Last year, the future of Quake seemed pretty glim. As Quake is a notoriously hard game to get into and the developers have not supported esports the way many others have, the community had shrunk and competitive events were limited to small monthly online tournaments and one "big" LAN a year with prize pools of up to $50k. When last year's Quakecon picked an unconventional format and several big names didn't end up attending because they had started playing other games, many feared that Quake was almost done for. But then, Quake Champions was revealed.
The game is currently in open beta and free to all
(tons of fun to play, you can join Challenger, Banjo, myself and others in the game) and will be this year's Quakecon's main event. For the first time ever, the developers are investing big in their own competitive scene by hosting the official Quake World Championships
with a massive $1million prize pool.
There's two competitive game modes that are being played now. The first is the classic Duel
. It's a 1v1 mode where both players pick 3 Champions / stocks each and fight until one is left standing. Three rounds to win a map, three maps to win the game. The second is Sacrifice
. This is the 4v4 team mode where players must capture an orb that spawns in the middle of the map and take it back to one of the bases to gather points. While the one team defends and increases its score, the other must take back the orb, bring it back to their own base and turn things around.
So what does the tournament look like? Over the past two months, there have been regular qualifiers held in the US and Europe. For Duel, up to 256 players could sign up every two weeks for a qualifying tournament with a single elimination bracket. The best 8 players of every stage qualified for the next part, and all those who didn't could just try again two weeks later. That stage wrapped up this July, meaning that 32 American and 32 Europeans qualified for their respective Regionals that take place this weekend. With a double elimination bracket, the top 12 players of each group are accepted for the final part of the Quakecon tournament at the end of this month. Same story for the Sacrifice team games, but here 8 teams qualified for the Regionals and 4 of each continent will advance to the full finals at the convention.
Players and matchups
Xron vs Luminos
noctis vs Sephis
clawz vs kRoNic
Vo0 vs prox1mo
Cooller vs evil
Nitrino vs Karwik
Agent vs zoot
Cypher vs Luke_ie
witchL vs smoke
toxjq vs Sl1p
fazz vs inz
Av3k vs strenx
stermy vs k1llsen
base vs Pikawa
GaRpy vs Nofear
dem0n vs Brejk
chance vs latisdavis
erebux vs gloat
malvoe vs Ruleth
lavak3 vs discoRyne
Necrophag1st vs tomservo
gellehsak vs jso
griffin vs zar
CLAMP vs ScizR
DaHang vs sane
Vedmedik vs mdo
rapha vs hoyt
horsedoodoo vs deathr0w
whaz vs Stone
pit vs carnage
dooi vs id_
snipereyes vs futile
So what's about to happen now? Tomorrow (this Saturday), the Regionals will kick off. At 10am CEST / 4am ET, the Europeans will start playing. Later that day at 9pm CEST / 3pm ET, the American duelers will conclude the day. On Sunday, the schedule is more or less the same but for the Sacrifice mode instead. Once this concludes, the best teams and players will advance to the Quakecon finals held in Texas later this month, where they will be joined by the winners of the "amateur" league BYOC players.
Pretty hype event if you're into esports, both because this is great to watch and because it might signal the revival of one the greatest competitive games of all time. All of the biggest names in Quake are playing, with the inclusion of some that left the scene and have now returned, and there's some good matches planned for tomorrow. Evil and Rapha (last year's finalists), as well as Cooller, Cypher, Strenx, Tox, Clawz, Av3k and Dahang are all there.
Players, brackets, full details:https://play.eslgaming.com/quake/global/quakechampions/major/quake-world-championship-2017
I'll keep this thread updated when things kick off and if anything interesting happens. Hopefully someone else finds this interesting and others with an interest in Quake or esports in general might join in and watch a few games.
« on: August 03, 2017, 04:44:47 PM »
I already managed to get Wookie Crackhead back. I deserve a medal or something.
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:45:33 PM »
Porn ID checks set to start in April 2018 - BBC
A nine-month countdown to the introduction of compulsory age checks on online pornography seen from the UK has begun. The April 2018 goal to protect under-18s was revealed as digital minister Matt Hancock signed the commencement order for the Digital Economy Act, which introduces the requirement. But details as to how the scheme will work have yet to be finalised. Experts who advised ministers said the targeted date seemed "unrealistic". The act also sets out other new laws including punishing the use of bots to snatch up scores of concert tickets, and mandating the provision of subtitles on catch-up TV.
The age-check requirement applies to any website or other online platform that provides pornography "on a commercial basis" to people in the UK. It allows a regulator to fine any business that refuses to comply and to ask third-party payment services to withdraw support. The watchdog will also be able to force internet providers to block access to non-compliant services. Ministers have suggested one of several ways this might work would be for pornographic sites to demand credit card details before providing any access, since in the UK consumers typically have to be over 18 to have a card of their own.
But the specifics are being left to the as-yet unappointed regulator to determine. While it has been proposed that the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) will assume this role, a spokesman for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport said the appointment would not be formalised until the autumn. "We are already working closely with DCMS to ensure the effective implementation of the act," a spokeswoman for the BBFC told the BBC, but added that it was too early to say more about what guidance it might issue.
The measure has been welcomed by child protection charities including Childnet. "Protecting children from exposure, including accidental exposure, to adult content is incredibly important, given the effect it can have on young people," said its chief executive Will Gardner. "Steps like this help restrict access." Mindgeek, which operates several of the world's most popular porn sites, has also previously indicated support.
But two experts who advised the government on its plans have expressed reservations about both how quickly the scheme is being rolled out and its wider implications. "It seems to me to be a very premature date," commented Dr Victoria Nash, lead author of a report commissioned in the run-up to the law being drafted. "The idea you can get a regulatory body up and running in that timeframe seems extraordinary to me. "And while I don't have a problem with asking these companies to act responsibly, I don't see it as a solution to stopping minors seeing pornography." This, she explained, was because the act does not tackle the fact that services including Twitter and Tumblr contain hardcore pornography but will not be required to introduce age-checks. Nor, she added, would teens be prevented from sharing copied photos and clips among themselves. "It may make it harder for children to stumble across pornography, especially in the younger age range, but it will do nothing to stop determined teenagers," Dr Nash concluded.
One cyber-security expert on the same advisory panel was more critical. "The timeline is unrealistic - but beyond that, this is one of the worst proposals I have seen on digital strategy," said Dr Joss Wright from the Oxford Internet Institute.
"There are hundreds of thousands of websites where this material can be accessed and you are not going to catch all of those. "There's privacy issues - you're requiring people to effectively announce the fact they are looking at this material to the credit card authorities. "And there's serious security issues from requiring people to enter their credit card details into untrusted sites. "They may well say there will be other magical ways to do the age check, but I very much doubt they will be non-discriminatory [against adults without credit cards], transparent, privacy-preserving and secure for end-users."
« on: July 21, 2017, 05:16:04 PM »
I like playing games, providing commentary and explaining stuff. It's pretty damn fun to do. What I like less is managing a all of the clips, editing everything together and rendering it all. Streaming seems like it would cut that part out of the process and allow for more direct interaction.
« on: July 21, 2017, 07:50:38 AM »
Is apparently pronounced vep-pit. Not vay-pit. I had no idea. You learn something new every day.
« on: July 12, 2017, 10:59:09 AM »
Damn, Murray just lost. The Queen will be unhappy.
Watching Federer Vs Raonic, TBlocks?
« on: July 10, 2017, 04:19:05 PM »
PC people, what settings do you run your mouse at?
Specifically (for shooters of course) your cm/360, DPI and acceleration, because that's what's most important.