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Comment: Re:Just Starship Troopers? (Score 1) 331

by Shadowmist (#49185911) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

I never understood the whole anti-religion thing of the 3rd movie. Made no sense since in the book every unit had their own chaplain who could be from any ordained sect of any religion and had to counsel someone from any religion.

As I understand it that was true of real life chaplins in the US Army as well.

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 1) 331

by Shadowmist (#49185779) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

The amazing thing that I find about his writing that in spite of all that, he was one of the very first writers who wrote openly about interracial relationships, who put women into strong positions (although never of leadership, except in Starship Troopers), and basically was years ahead of his time.

That's one way of putting it... another valid way of putting it would be that his books became a formula of Cranky Old Ugly White Dude paired with Exotic Young Hot Female.

Comment: Re:Not all libertarians against safety net ... (Score 1) 331

by Shadowmist (#49185731) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Heinlein also used the basic income model in many of his stories. Its not all libertarian, its a balance between a social safety net and libertarian capitalism.

Not all libertarians are against a safety net and basic services like police, fire/rescue and the military. Its more about keeping gov't to an absolute minimum. To match, limit and scale gov't to a clear definable needs, not to have gov't engage in "well meaning" wants.

Fact is... in later life, he railed against programs that benefited him personally when he was down and out in his early years.

Comment: Re:Diminishing Returns (Score 1) 422

by Shadowmist (#49000085) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?

Agreed. I bought a mid-range Nikon DSLR a couple of years ago (after having spent many years in film photography as a Nikon guy), but I end up still mostly using either my aging Canon prosumer G9 point-and-shoot or the cheap cell phone that's in my pocket.

Sadly, my old vintage Nikon lenses aren't nearly as useful as I thought they would be because even though some are nominally compatible, you give up so many automatic features that even those aren't very useful. So much for Nikon's famous backwards-compatible lenses. I haven't invested in modern Nikon lenses except for the ones that came in the camera kit because I'm not a serious enough photographer to fork out the dough.

Given all that, and since most of us already have more megapixels than we ever need, there doesn't seem to be much reason to buy any new digital cameras until one breaks.

I had better luck using my Minolta Maxxum lenses on a Sony Alpha I bought recently. That's no accident though, Sony purchased all of Minolta's tech when the latter exited the photo business.

Comment: Re:Anyone think it's about 'sex w/o a condom'? (Score 1) 197

by Shadowmist (#48905149) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

I'm not the GP, but sometimes there is no elegant way to tell someone that they are, indeed, a dumbass if they still believe any of this trumped-up shit at this late stage in the game. Every word that comes out of the mouths of the "authorities" is a lie. They have no interest in telling the truth or ever letting the truth be known to the unwashed masses. They hate you, they hate me, they hate all of us, with every fiber of their being. If you believe anything less, then you are naive and you deserve whatever you get. Wake up and realize that the powers that be won't be happy until you are completely enslaved in a technological matrix or dead. Count on it.

TThis is extremist ignorance from the other side aisle. Despite all of the Orwell you may have read, states aren't interested in causing pain, misery, and death for it's own sake or just to get their jollies out. States are simply apparati through which a lot of interests political and (most especially) corporate manifest their will. In the process they do a lot of deals and maneuvers for various reasons they really don't want to be aired in the open. And a fair amount of it perhaps, shouldn't be. Since Assange came from Sweden, the U.S. no doubt asked the Swedes for a favor to see if they could dig up some useful skeleton from Assange's past. This particular cold case sounds at the very least plausible.

The powers at be don't want us all dead. After all our purchases run the market, our labor makes things happen. They probably do want us compliant, and they'd rather we choose such compliance of our own free will. It's a lot cheaper and less messy that way.

Comment: Re:As far as I'm concerned, Pluto is still a plane (Score 1) 77

by Shadowmist (#48544383) Attached to: Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Ends Hibernation To Start Mission

I really have problems with the "dominating its environment" rule in the IAU definition of a planet. Much more objective (and non-heliocentric criteria) should be used for defining a planet. Thank goodness the Kepler team has chosen explicitly to ignore the IAU rules when defining what is and is not a planet with their discoveries.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Kepler folks have been following IAU rules with the designation of planets, they're not naming them.

Comment: Why is Pluto's status an issue? (Score 1) 77

by Shadowmist (#48544333) Attached to: Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Ends Hibernation To Start Mission

Trying to convince people that Pluto isn't a planet is about as sensible as trying to convince people that a kilobyte isn't 1024 bytes. Deal with it, and come up with a different name for whatever wacky definitions you want to use in future.

Trying to convince people that Pluto isn't a planet is about as sensible as trying to convince people that a kilobyte isn't 1024 bytes. Deal with it, and come up with a different name for whatever wacky definitions you want to use in future.

For most people, it's not an issue at all. For the remainder, I'd imagine it still would not be an issue if the discoverer of Pluto had been anyone but an American. That's the sticky wicket if they were truly being honest. What we finally have, that's been long neglected is a concise definition of what a planet is, and Pluto doesn't fit the bill. Any redefinition of the word planet to include Pluto would mean having to include hundreds of other bodies and that would mean that the Solar System would have planets that were in the main, nothing more than oversize snowballs.

Comment: Re:Six Years Ago (Score 2) 401

by Shadowmist (#48298965) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

The USA IS a republic (right there in our national anthem folks) and the 'progressive' left would be thrilled to change that.

Someone please enlighten me why the fixation on those five words? The Soviet Union called itself a union of Republics. The republic of Yugoslavia was a hotbed of boiling ethnic hatred waiting for the death of a ruling strongman to fly apart at the seams.The Republic of the Congo was an autocratic dictatorship also ruled by a strongman. (for that matter so was most of Greece during the Classical Age when they invented the word} When so many different types of countries can identify as a "republic", it essentially means that it's a term about effectively nothing.

Comment: Re:Republican gain a majority? (Score 1) 401

by Shadowmist (#48298939) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

The real point is that we need term limits for congress.

No.. No .. and NO! Term limits is stupid. You are just changing faces, not mitigating the corruption of the institution. The only problem is that voters won't vote out the corruption. I think they do so because it *brings home the bacon* and they want a piece. Term limits has not helped the presidency in any way. Henry Kissinger still has too much influence after almost 50 years! I will remind you too, if you want to see the ineffectiveness of term limits, look to Mexico.

I remember a whole bunch of fresh-faced Republicans who campaigned on platforms of term limits. Guess where every one of them stood on the issue two years later when THEY became the incumbents.

Comment: Re:Have to take personal time to vote... (Score 1) 401

by Shadowmist (#48298921) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

And that's horseshit.

It needs to be a mandated holiday at all levels, with elections taking place at the same time everywhere.

Here in Oregon all votes are cast by mail. If you can't mail it in time, then you drop it by a collection booth during a lunch break or something. Standing in line at the local school gym has become a thing of the past here. I've often wondered why more locales haven't adopted such a thing.

Because that would mean more people voting, and if they're likely to vote for the party you oppose, that would not serve your interests. The two parties each have favored tactics when it comes to screwing the vote. Republicans prefer to use voter suppression in areas that are largely non-white. Democrats do their best to eliminate choices to the mediocre as they either 1) Chase progressives from the party and 2] Demonise third party progressives which might actually get the job done.

Comment: Re:Have to take personal time to vote... (Score 1) 401

by Shadowmist (#48298903) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

And that's horseshit.

It needs to be a mandated holiday at all levels, with elections taking place at the same time everywhere.

That would take a constitutional amendment at the very least, because the authors of the Constitution decided that States have the power to hold elections as they see fit, including Federal ones.

Comment: Re:I'm waiting for the doomsayers (Score 1) 610

by Shadowmist (#48140319) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

To decry wind energy, saying we're slowing the rotation of the earth down or something.

Actually we ARE doing that with tidal power stations. It's basic physics really, that energy we gain from tidal power has to come from somewhere. Just like when we use Jupiter to slingshot our space probes, we're actually changing ITS orbit as well. But it's nowhere near the scale to actually have a measurable effect, so I'm not really advocating that we shut them down.

Comment: Re:Thanks for reading it (Score 1) 610

by Shadowmist (#48140301) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

I had a simple gut feeling seeing a "study" ordered by the European Commission, which I absolutely don't trust for anything. The study is more like a school report and its authors are blatantly partial.

Ecofys is an energy company, part of Eneco group which among things has an interest in a huge wind farm off-shore south of UK called Navitus Bay.

At some point you're going to have to trust someone who has expertise you do not posess, unless you're a greater polymath than Paul Robeson was. Or your decisions will be totally determined by your prejudices, and the bully beef you ate last night.

Comment: Re:Too bad... (Score 1) 610

by Shadowmist (#48140277) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Any TRUE environmentalist should be screaming at the top of their lungs, protesting in the streets, to have more nuclear power built and shut down the damn coal plants that ARE spreading radiation everywhere!

And any true economics and safety analysis would also acknowledge that the nuclear power issue still has costs which have not been fully determined because we still don't have an answer to what to with the nuclear waste that's piling up in storage in temporary facilities. Long-lived lethal waste that we can't just smile and grin as it leaches out into the environment, waste that will need management for thousands of years when we've never done anything near that long term in an increasingly short-sighted society.

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