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Comment Re:Glad they didn't read the books (Score 5, Insightful) 197

Pedophilia, incest, multiple non-abrahamic religions, polytheism, zombies, ghouls, various fantasy figures, idol worship, paganism...

All of those things are found throughout the Old Testament. While Jahweh seems to get his knickers in a twist over idol worship, paganism and the like, He seems to be down with pedophilia, incest, rape, pillage, slavery, torture, genocide, etc. In addition there are many spectral figures, angels, demons and the like. Other than the religion, there's nothing in GOT that the average Solomonic Era soldier wouldn't recognize. It looks even more like the Middle Ages of the Crusaders and the Teutonic Knights. I don't see a lot of difference between the Red God and the Auto da Fe of the Inquisition.

If we're going to start banning things for bad taste and hate speech, can we start with CBN and the 700 Club?

Comment Re:book was boring (Score 4, Insightful) 60

No, they don't. In science fiction, or at least hard SF, which this purports to be, you get to posit a coupe of unknown things, like faster than light travel, inertia dampers, anti-gravity lifts, space elevators, and such. After that, though, real science has to work. Two plus two still has to equal four. You can't split molecules of H2O and get some left over He as a bonus. As the GP poster notes, the amount of insolation has to be right. The fiction part, and the good writing part, comes in seeing how that characters react to the situations they are in. There are a large number of really good planetary colonization/survival stories that have been written since the 1950s. This book is not one of them.

You can always posit that magic works, but then you've crossed over into fantasy, not SF. Or, you can blur the lines a bit, as Heinlein did in Stranger In A Strange Land, which is ultimately about ethics and morals and how we treat those who are different. Whatever you do, once you set up the rules, you have to play by them. If you're going to get way more insolation than Mars actually gets, you have to tell us how, or it's a major fail with anyone who has a decent science education.

Comment Re:Ya think, DiNozzo? (Score 2) 552

>With Sourceforge, however, they were basically caught injecting malware/crapware into downloads. That's about as shady as it gets, and it's going to be extremely hard to get anyone to trust code from there in the future.

In order to "maximize the synergy", they should sell SourceForge to Sony. You'd know exactly what you were getting with their products.

Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem. -- P.D. Ouspensky