Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Apr 2011 19:57 UTC, submitted by PLan
Legal Should I be sad or relieved? Groklaw, the website that played a central role in the SCO vs. sanity case, has just announced it will close up shop on May 16 of this year. Groklaw's place in history has been secured, surely, but in recent years, the site became more and more like a relic from the past, clearly stuck in the everyone vs. Microsoft mindset of the late '90s and early 2000s. Even in today's announcement post, Groklaw shows that its time has indeed come.
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shotsman
Member since:
2005-07-22

Gender Guesser?? WTF??

I write fiction in my spare time. One of the pseudonyms I use is female although I'm a man.
I ran a few of my short stories through it last year.
Guess what... The Stuff I wrote under my male name came out as 'Male' whereas the stories I wrote using my female pseduonym were "Weak Female"

All of us have both male and female traits. Mood also has a bearing upon the writing style used.

So FM, please go to jail and do not pass go to collect whatever you are being paid to slag PJ off all over the internet.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Gender Guesser?? WTF??

I write fiction in my spare time. One of the pseudonyms I use is female although I'm a man.
I ran a few of my short stories through it last year.
Guess what... The Stuff I wrote under my male name came out as 'Male' whereas the stories I wrote using my female pseduonym were "Weak Female"


I just tried two different gender guessers myself out of curiosity. One of them claims I'm female, while the other one claims I'm male. My breasts disagree with the latter.

That said using a gender guesser tool to try to guess someone's gender is really ignorant, if not even downright stupid. Especially if you're using that guessed gender as an argument somewhere in trying to prove their discredibility!

Basically, the more formal and the less imaginative the wording is the harder it becomes to try to guess someone's gender, and then again the opposite is also quite true: if you are very creative and have a really large vocabulary you're also equally difficult to classify properly. Well, Groklaw clearly matches the first case.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

That said using a gender guesser tool to try to guess someone's gender is really ignorant, if not even downright stupid.


I'm not going to speak for anything online but a professor did come up with some software a while back that was over 80% accurate at guessing gender by analyzing grammar and word choice.

This type of software is highly sought after in the law enforcement community.

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anda_skoa Member since:
2005-07-07

All of us have both male and female traits.


It is actually more likely that there are no such things as male or female traits, but rather us/society putting gender labels on things we'd like to encourage for one gender and probably also discourage for others.

I.e. labelling something as female results in being less desirable to persue for men and vice versa.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

lol yea I'm sure nature has nothing to do with it.

I bet you also believe that girls only play with dolls because they are programmed to do so by society or tv.

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Try reading The Blank Slate by psychologists Professor Steven Pinker. eg Experiments show that little girls who are given toy trucks to play with often pretend the trucks are dolls and have "mummy" and "baby" trucks.

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