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Comment: Re:I use bing because I don't want there to be one (Score 1) 124 124

I switched to Google because they had a very simple front page. No massive background image, not covered in ads and news stories, no streaming text across the top. Just the Google name, and various doodles for special days. When on dialup or dsl, that matters a lot.

Now, even though I have a high speed internet connection, I still use them for the same feature. It isn't a speed issue anymore, just the fact that when I want to do a search, I don't want anything but the text box on the screen.

For this article, I just did a search on Google, Duckduckgo, and Bing, and all three returned very similar results for "best hairdresser in dallas".

Comment: Re:Emergency services? (Score 1) 117 117

by I'm New Around Here (#50003641) Attached to: World's First Commercial Jetpack Arrives Next Year

These aren't the "stranded hiker in the woods" scenario where having more eyes is more important than having more hands. These are the "holy shit, the logistics of helping these people are fucking overwhelming" problems, which are definitely not served by flying in one more mouth to feed who doesn't have his own supplies, much less anything to help the others.

Actually, it's worse than just "one more mouth to feed", it's one more potential medical casualty to rescue.

Fanpack guy flies in, sees family stranded on roof by flood waters. Notices fuel is low, and needs to land. Only places to come down are: a) water, b) treetop, c) pointy roof. None of those options seem like a good idea, but one of them is going to be put to the test very soon.

Comment: Re:Another great Scalia line (Score 1) 1052 1052

by I'm New Around Here (#50003595) Attached to: Supreme Court Ruling Supports Same-Sex Marriage

The United States of America existed before the Constitution, and the nation would continue if the Constitution were voted out of existence next year. That document is not the foundation of the country. It is only the foundation of the federal government.

Comment: Re: Very Disturbing Trend (Score 1) 1052 1052

by I'm New Around Here (#50003587) Attached to: Supreme Court Ruling Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Well, I guess we have widely different definitions of civilization. By your definition, a society of farmers don't constitute civilization, and neither would any nomadic people no matter their advancements in technology.

Looking at Wikipedia, I see they support your definition. So by that your statement of marriage predating civilization would be accurate.

You misunderstood the meaning of my second example above. (I do admit my meaning was not as clear as I assumed.) The 'civil' part isn't that one tribe member isn't attacking another. It is that he is basing his actions and desires on what an authority figure has decreed. I should have included a third example to go along with it:
"I want to mate with Klinda, but she is mating with Urka already, and the chief said that is good. I will ask the chief if I can kill Urka, take Klinda as my mate, and have him call us good. (I better bring him some corn and meat to persuade him.)"

I would say that having a system of authority is the heart of civilization, not whether people live in large urban centers, or have specialized occupations.

Comment: Re:Time for incest NOW!! (Score 1) 1052 1052

by I'm New Around Here (#50003455) Attached to: Supreme Court Ruling Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Other than Federal tax issues, which included Social Security and Medicare, other things that a marriage license grants automatically can be done with appropriate legal paperwork. Whether it is inheritance, marital privilege from testimony, property ownership, or child custody, there are legal methods to handle each one without government being in the marriage business.

The main thing before this decision was always the tax and pension issues at the federal level.

Comment: Re:Very Disturbing Trend (Score 1) 1052 1052

by I'm New Around Here (#49999175) Attached to: Supreme Court Ruling Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Pair bonding of course predates civilization, but I would consider any tribe that is advanced enough to give recognition of it as a marriage is civilization.

It's the difference between a tribe member thinking "I want to mate with Klinda, but she is mating with Urka already, and Urka is bigger than me. I'll find someone else.", or thinking "I want to mate with Klinda, but she is mating with Urka already, and the chief said that is good. I'll find someone else for the chief to call us good.".

It may not be very advanced, but at that point, the tribe members are acting in a civil manner. They don't have to build the Acropolis for it to be civilization.

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