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Comment: Re:My woman (Score 1) 304

by R3d M3rcury (#48177193) Attached to: Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

I think the reason "My Woman" has an effect is the generality and the idea of ownership.

My Car. My House. My Dog.

These are things that I own. There are millions of houses, cars, and dogs out there but this one is mine. I own it. My car goes where I tell it to go. For the most part, my house is set up the way I want it to be. My dog does what I want him to do. I am in control. So adding "Woman"--another human being with the same intelligence, wants, needs, and desires--just doesn't sound right in my ear.

Don't get me wrong--if it works for you and the woman in question, more power to you. This is something that has been debated since it became acceptable for men and women to live together without being married. My personal favorite terms was "Posselque" (POSSLQ -- Persons of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters) from the 1970s census.

Years ago, I had this discussion with someone I cared about: "How do we introduce each other to the other people in our lives?"

  • "Girlfriend"/"Boyfriend" -- It has kind of a high school feel to it. Fine when you're 16. Feels a little off when you're in your late 20s.
  • "Esso" or "Posselque" -- As you say, a little too clinical.
  • "Lover" -- implies cheating. A lover is something you have "on the side" from your regular relationship.
  • "Honey"/"Sweetie" -- Too cute.

We actually settled on "sweetheart" (e.g., "This is Maria, my sweetheart.") It denotes a romantic relationship and isn't too syrupy.

Comment: Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (Score 1) 185

by R3d M3rcury (#48166529) Attached to: Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

Agreed. There's still plenty of interesting movies out of there.

Some of it is that they aren't necessarily hitting the theaters--or staying very long. Speaking for myself, If I'm going to pay $12 for a movie, it better be a blockbuster. It better be huge, explosive, with lots of action and adventure. Otherwise, I'll wait for it to come out on Redbox, Pay-per-View, or HBO/Showtime/Epix and watch it on my TV.

Comment: Re:Already gone (Score 1) 304

by R3d M3rcury (#48152753) Attached to: Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

How, therefore, can it count as "stalking" to install a GPS tracker - Which have a plethora of entirely legitimate uses - in my own cars?

It doesn't--assuming you can show that you installed the GPS tracker primarily for one of those legitimate uses and not to find out where your spouse is.

If you installed it on the car that is primarily used by your spouse and not the car primarily used by you, if you installed it around the time you began to suspect them of infidelity, etc., a judge may end up deciding if you were using it to track your spouse or using it for other reasons and just coincidentally ended up tracking your spouse.

Comment: Re:Victim blaming? (Score 1) 622

by R3d M3rcury (#48135583) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

I gotta admit, that's one of those things I don't get among all of this.

"It's Jennifer's fault for putting valuable stuff on the Internet."
"It's the evil hacker's fault for breaking in."

How about we blame the large corporation that claimed that these things were secure when, in fact, they weren't secure and they had known about the issue for 6 months?

Comment: Re:Horse and Cart (Score 1) 55

The properly analyzed samples come from only a small number of sites, and all from the surface - there's almost nothing known about what lies beneath.

Uh...there were core samples taken to about 3 meters (a little less than 10 feet) below the surface on Apollos 15, 16, and 17 using a drill, and all of the Apollo missions took samples down to about 70 centimeters (27 inches).

What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying. -- Nikita Khruschev

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