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Comment: Re:Star Trek Hating Women in Command Roles (Score 1) 127

by Aighearach (#49516225) Attached to: Astronaut Snaps Epic <em>Star Trek</em> Selfie In Space

With or without a Scottish accent?

Either way it would be acceptable right now, and probably popular. But also probably less popular than mainstream Trek memes.

Sci-Fi is hard to do well, there aren't many who try to do a serial space opera. If it was a more popular genre (among producers) then we'd be seeing male captains in skirts, for sure.

Comment: Re:Kangaroo Court! (Score 1) 112

by Aighearach (#49516195) Attached to: DIA Polygraph Countermeasure Case Files Leaked

If it is productive is not in any way implicated in this case.

It is like the guy that got arrested for stealing rennet from a farmer. Once the cops told he stole something useless and without resale value, he thought it lessened his crime. But it didn't.

There is no moral argument where fraud becomes less bad if you were tricking somebody with a policy you dislike.

However stupid polygraphs are, fraud is still however bad fraud ever is.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 393

by Aighearach (#49516173) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

If they want to deny a claim that is part of my comprehensive coverage, that is possible, except that those parts cover me even if it is my fault. Most of the coverage is injury liability, and there they have to cancel the policy before the injury, or they're still the liable party. That is the flip side of the State insurance requirement; once they've sold the policy, they have a hard time denying claims. The gimmicks are way more often in the area of getting you to sign paperwork agreeing to a settlement before you're even done with the doctors and don't know yet what the damages are.

Some States suck. If you're in one, my advice, have a good Voter Initiative process. In many States we're in full control of our own laws. In my State, they didn't ask about my ECU so it can't get them out of liability requirements.

Heck, people with totally custom engines and control units still can get the required liability insurance. It is not a real thing to be denied insurance for a street-legal car unless you have accidents, lots of claims, or a bad driving record.

Comment: Re:Kangaroo Court! (Score 1) 112

by Aighearach (#49516133) Attached to: DIA Polygraph Countermeasure Case Files Leaked

You're just creating straw men. *yawn*

If you offer a service to help people cheat at the marathon, and you admit that is what your service is for, then yes it makes you an accomplice to fraud.

If you agree not to do certain training, whether it is anti-polygraph training, or taking performance-enhancing-drugs, then violating that agreement in order to get or keep a job is fraud.

If you're lying in order to get/keep a job/money, that is fraud.

Comment: Re:Is this a joke? (Score 1) 127

by Aighearach (#49515619) Attached to: Astronaut Snaps Epic <em>Star Trek</em> Selfie In Space

NASA can have as much of my tax dollars as they want.

Better them than putting it towards the next military misadventure.

No, you'll have to succeed at a long of congressional campaigning before that world exists. The one we have, NASA will get way less of our tax dollars than they ask for.

Comment: Re:Star Trek Hating Women in Command Roles (Score 1) 127

by Aighearach (#49515587) Attached to: Astronaut Snaps Epic <em>Star Trek</em> Selfie In Space

At the time wearing short skirts was popular and allowing it a sign of being progressive and believing in "women's liberation." Making a woman wear pants offended a lot of feminists, it meant that to be equal they had to pretend to be men.

And others insisted on the right to wear pants, too.

The key thing was the choice, not some idea that skirts are sexist.

Beware of judging these things without social context. Attitudes may have changed. The 1960s were a long time ago. The gender issue then was more about women being expected to wear long skirts that covered their legs. Being able to show them off was new and exiting, a freedom. It was in the 70s when the "Sexploitation" films became popular that feminist attitudes towards short skirts in media became more hostile.

And as somebody who knows how to dance the Shepherd's Crook I will also say, keep your gender attitudes away from my kilt! ;)

Comment: Re:Good for her! (Score 1) 127

by Aighearach (#49515429) Attached to: Astronaut Snaps Epic <em>Star Trek</em> Selfie In Space

The hive mind always needs a leader. My space scifi reading history isn't up to snuff

You haven't even read The Green Brain by Frank Herbert. Maybe the modern cheese always cops out and avoids the "hive mind" concept even when pretending to use it, but there are lots of examples of real hive minds in scifi. And that doesn't mean they are without direction.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 393

by Aighearach (#49515133) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

It is just the electronics, and you can own the computer and not have copyright to modify the software.

You can, however, replace it.

This may stop some user modification if they are successful, but the more interesting stuff I see all involves replacing their shitty electronics with real computers and open software. That has no chance of being prevented by this.

Real programmers don't write in BASIC. Actually, no programmers write in BASIC after reaching puberty.

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