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Comment: Re:Standardized pricing? Good luck with that. (Score 1) 119

That, and not all plumbers, electricians, tutors, cleaners, painters, etc. are equal.

Some are experienced and produce amazing work. Others just started and have a lot to learn.

A standard rate of pay means that the guy who does the crap work gets paid the same as the guy who does the great work.

Comment: Re:here its just media. (Score 4, Insightful) 262

by KermodeBear (#49354139) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

we're all still convinced the news media is capable of objectively reporting wars and foreign politics.

I disagree here.

I believe that a majority of people thing the major news media outlets are full of shills for one side or the other. I also believe that most of people in America, quite frankly, don't give a crap.

As long as they have food for the day, can download porn, and watch the latest celebrity scoop, they don't care.

Never underestimate the power of apathy.

Comment: Re:I wonder how the Gen Con people would feel (Score 1) 885

by KermodeBear (#49348121) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

A business is not a person, but a business is run by people. It is an extension of the workers themselves. I know you're trying to derail things by going into the "a business is not a person" argument (and I agree with you, a business is not a person - you cannot, for example, sentence a business to 20 years in prison), but it doesn't matter. Forcing a person to provide a service to someone they do not wish to serve is still forcing.

This brings me to another thing people don't quite seem to understand.

By saying, "I think those people are wrong, they're intolerant, they should be forced to act against their conscious," you are yourself being intolerant.

Diversity of thought really does mean diversity - not just the diversity you happen to agree with.

This is the big downward spiral of freedom you get from the so-called liberals. They want to promote fairness and diversity, but in the process, they unfairly prevent people from being diverse. It's hypocritical. It doesn't make sense.

But, ultimately, this is not about Right or Left, secular or religious, gay or straight. It's about remaining faithful to the the vital principles of freedom of conscience and freedom of speech which underpin our democracy.

We dilute them at our peril.

Comment: Re:I wonder how the Gen Con people would feel (Score 2) 885

by KermodeBear (#49339805) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

I may be misinterpreting your post, but it seems to me that you're misconstruing something.

Believing in the right to be an asshole does not mean that one agrees with the asshole. I feel that the famous Cake Incident shouldn't have been an incident at all. To me, the company has the right to refuse service. I disagree with what they're doing, but support their right to do it (and go out of business).

Same with flag burning. I think it is disrespectful, but people should be allowed to do it. Want to make blog posts supporting ISIL? Go for it. You're a dick, but you're free to do it.

Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Association, etc., none of these include the freedom from being offended.

It works both ways, you know: If a business is being a dick, then the customer who has been denied, and everyone else, has the right to say, "Wow, that business is full of assholes, don't go there."

You might see this as being rather idealistic, and you very well may be correct, but I would rather try the ideal route and allow the highest freedom for the individual as possible, then see what happens.

Remember, this is just a state law. It can be repealed. It isn't set in stone, it isn't the end of the world. We should always be willing to try something new, or something older in a new context. Maybe it will work out well and maybe it won't, but the people of that state should have the right to make that decision. If it backfires, well, too bad.

I hope some of this made sense. I'm replying to you because you seem less ANGRY than a lot of the other people here today and there might be some good discussion. We don't have to agree on everything, and we don't, but that's okay, but being able to find some common ground would be nice.

Comment: Re:Leave then (Score 1) 885

by KermodeBear (#49339613) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

I have a natural right to run a business.

That may be true, but that right has already been stolen from you. Want to run a business? You need a license. You need to conform to a litany of regulations. You have to pay employees at a certain rate. Etc., etc.

It is a sad state of affairs when 12 year olds running lemonade stands are being shut down over this crap, much less a legitimate business run by an adult.

Comment: Re:Well, Time to Roll the Dice Again. (Score 3, Insightful) 316

by KermodeBear (#49324701) Attached to: First Lawsuits Challenging FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Arrive

Does this bother you as much as it does me?

given how partisan this issue is [...]

It is unfortunate that so many of our laws are so poorly written that one's political stance can have such an effect on the interpretation of the law.

"Well, this is what they wrote, but what did they really mean, and how can I twist it to meet my own personal political views?"

Comment: Re:My $0.02 (Score 1) 98

by KermodeBear (#49294099) Attached to: Some Biodegradable Plastics Don't Live Up To Their Claims

I think this is a good example of the problem of bad communication and expectation.

When we are told that something is designed to be biodegradable, we expect it to be gone in a few years at most. But where do we get that expectation from? As a consumer, I've never actually heard a manufacturer say, "My plastic will biodegrade in six months," but somehow even I expected some kind of degradation after a few years.

So maybe we need some better communication from the people who make the plastics, so that we, the public, can be more aware of what to expect.

Or maybe we can stop using plastic for everything.

Comment: A Wise Move (Score 1) 215

by KermodeBear (#49292007) Attached to: Gabe Newell Understands Half-Life Fans, Not Promising Any Sequels

Honestly, I see this as a wise move. There's an incredible risk of providing a game that won't meet the extremely high expectations; and who knows what kind of staffing and office politics might affect development and direction. Also if there isn't that divine spark of creation, that burning vision to create, then the result will be, at best, lackluster. Halflife and Halflife 2 were obviously projects of passion.

Without passion in your work, you're just doing the daily grind. That doesn't lead to an inspiring product. It leads to what 90% of game companies churn out every day. The same old crap.

I'd love a HL3, sure, but only if it is fantastic.

+ - Al Gore: Climate Change Deniers Should Be Punished->

Submitted by KermodeBear
KermodeBear (738243) writes "At the SXSW conference, Al Gore gave a speech in which he claimed that anyone who rejectes "accepted science" should be punished. No matter what side of the climate debate you prefer, the concept of punishing skeptics of any kind seems to return us to the times when religious institutions did the exact same thing to scientists and members of other faiths.

Should there be a consequence, aside from the disapproval of your peers, for those who reject any kind of "accepted science," or should we always be free to question the status quo and try to poke holes in commonly held beliefs?"

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Comment: Regulations Are Great (Score 2) 334

Aren't regulations great? When they're no longer convenient they can just *Poof!* make them disappear. When it is convenient to have a new regulation, *Poof!* it appears just as easily.

We need less regulatory fiat in our government. This is the kind of stuff that should be codified into law.

Clear, concise law at that. Not 2,000+ pages of crap nobody has read.

Felson's Law: To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.