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Comment: Re:They elected Rmoney (Score 1) 97

by Miseph (#46720637) Attached to: MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

As a Massachusetts resident with a pretty clear memory of Romney's campaign, election, administration, and effective resignation, I feel pretty good about saying the OP has a reasonable point. I never had the slightest doubt that he was a lying scumbag, and I have nothing but contempt for the people who bought his ridiculous schtick. Frankly, the only thing he kept any promises on was that he told us from the get-go he wanted to gut the schools and destroy our public education system... thanks a shitload.

I'm still pissed that his response to Goodridge was to go on FOX News and insult the state and everyone in it. He couldn't even have the good sense to shut his stupid pie hole and try to undermine it from a position of professed disinterest like a modestly competent sleazebag politician... he just went straight to badmouthing his constituents on cable news as part of his preliminary presidential run. What a jackass.

Comment: Re:As an EMC employee in Massachusetts... (Score 1) 97

by Miseph (#46720555) Attached to: MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

If his choices were to sign a non-compete or not be employed in the industry, that's not a real choice.

And violent coercion? Bullshit. If you violate a non-compete, who the hell do you think the company goes to for enforcement? We allow, and even expect, government to interfere with contracts all the time: either because they have no meaning without some third party to actually enforce them, or because some contracts are so reprehensible that we as a society do not allow them to be made. Do you believe that government should not interfere with a contract that, say, grants ownership of one human being to another?

If you're going to be dumb enough to spew anarcho-capitalist nonsense, at least have enough self respect to be good at it.

Comment: Re:Spinning Space stations (Score 1) 113

by Miseph (#46627981) Attached to: Astronauts' Hearts Change Shape In Space

I always just assumed that Tie Fighters and X-Wings had vaguely aerodynamic designs because they weren't pure spacecraft, but rather transatmopspheric dogfighters. Given how often both are shown to do precisely that in the films, it never seemed like much of a stretch.

The X-Wing's variable geometry does make some degree of sense from that perspective as well, with the X formation providing greater fire variability and the flat providing better aerodynamics and lift in dense atmospheres, as well as a better profile for evading fire. Of course, they never seemed to give a damn about that part in the films, so maybe I'm way off base.

I strongly suspect that both of those theories are completely invalidated by the non-movie canon... in which case, I still don't care about the extended SW universe.

Comment: Re:A new law in not what is needed (Score 1) 519

by Miseph (#46451209) Attached to: Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

You're right, 6' tall is a bit taller than median, but well within the fat part of the bell curve. I am somewhat tall, but not particularly.

If you don't believe that your son has ever unintentionally seen down a woman's shirt, you are simply incorrect. Either that or he has never spoken to a woman shorter than about 5'6" wearing a low(ish) cut shirt. It just happens.

As to my being a pervert who can't get dates... I don't have that particular problem, and while many members of society dislike me for a variety of reasons, I have no evidence to suggest that undesired ogling is one of them.

Good luck with the bizarre moralism you've cultivated, I hope it serves you well.

Comment: Re:How fine is this distinction? (Score 1) 62

by Miseph (#46451105) Attached to: Study: Elephants Have Learned To Tell Certain Languages Apart

"Dogs read our emotions by looking at our facial expressions and other body language. They can then associate those with the words we use. It might seem like the dog understands what we say, but it's just Pavlov up to his old tricks. "

You know that is exactly how humans do it as well, right? The only difference is that we have a larger vocal recognition center and possess human vocal chords.

Comment: Re:A new law in not what is needed (Score 1) 519

by Miseph (#46424945) Attached to: Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

"Their definition makes it legal to look down shirts as well as up skirt"

As a 6' tall Resident of Massachusetts, I'm very glad to hear that. I very often find myself looking down shirts despite having no intention to do so, because I am otherwise unable to look at many women at all from normal conversational ranges. If they had made it illegal for me to speak to women, that would have sucked. I actually can't make it through most days without doing that at least once.

Comment: Re:!HP (Score 2) 474

So you're saying that release is less important than *starting* design? Really? Do you think that HP just magically intuited what Apple was doing, then spat out a product, without any planning or development, in order to beat something that didn't really exist yet to the punch? I'd actually be impressed if they did, but that just doesn't seem possible.

Comment: Re:Wow, this _is_ kind of a shame (Score 4, Funny) 366

"At least the poor thing never ended up in a nursing home. Bad food[...]"

After they were done, they donated the remains to a local nursing home to turn into soup. A Welsh nursing home. Your comment, however accurate it may be, is just cruelly throwing salt in the wound. Not literally, of course. The soup could probably use it if you did, though.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.