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Comment Re:Glad they didn't read the books (Score 5, Insightful) 193

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:Numpad (Score 1) 240

The numpad is set up for accounting types and other number crunchers that do 10-key adding machine so fast you can't see their fingers move. I'm not quite that fast, but I do numerical data entry much faster on the numpad. I really wish Apple would do a wireless keyboard with one.

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.

Comment Broken OS X Updater (Score 1) 199

While I appreciate that Adobe endlessly updates Flash, the fact that they can't manage to write a functional updater for OS X makes me wary of the value of the updated code. When you have to completely uninstall Flash every time and reinstall it, I decided to stop after the uninstall.

Comment The Majority Still Has Follow the Constitution (Score 3, Insightful) 1083

Prop 8 was of the people, as are all the constitutional amendments passed in many states explicitly defining what marriage is or isn't. Isn't that independence of the people? Who is it that's against independence now?

The 14th Amendment reads in part, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

Note that the only two descriptors of people are "persons" and "citizens." It doesn't talk about white, black, native, asian, gay, straight, or anything else. The only thing that counts is "citizen." So even if your state passed an amendment to its constitution that said black people couldn't drive on Sunday, it would be unconstitutional. This is the same reason the court invalidated laws prohibiting inter-racial marriages in Loving v. Virginia in 1968, a point which seems to have been lost on Justice Thomas.

The rule on staying alive as a program manager is to give 'em a number or give 'em a date, but never give 'em both at once.