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Comment: Re:Time to... (Score 1) 433

by StikyPad (#48041063) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

I agree that "not allowing people to fly from those countries" is ridiculous, but only because it's insufficient as a quarantine measure. Exceptions can always be made for people and materials to enter a quarantine, since that doesn't affect containment, so the argument that medical personnel and drugs couldn't get there is specious. The key point is that they wouldn't be allowed to leave again until it was all clear, if such a thing was really necessary.

That said, it doesn't seem like that's a step that we as a planet need to take just yet. Basic controls appear to be working, at least on the global scale, with outbreaks isolated to populations with poor hygiene and a strong distrust of (mostly foreign, to them) medical workers.

Comment: No, he supposed. (Score 1) 450

by StikyPad (#48040895) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

He realized that people's reactions will be heavily influenced by their religious beliefs

To realize is to become aware of a fact. The above clause is not a fact, it's a hypothesis. It's not a realization, it's an assertion. Catholicism forbids birth control, but a majority of Catholics are in favor of it. So even if religion has affected their views to birth control, which is speculative, then that influence has been unconvincing in most cases.

I'm a secularist agnostic, and this article just seems like an excuse to attack religion. To the best of my knowledge, all major religious texts are silent on extraterrestrial life, so there's no inherent conflict between religion and aliens.

To the extent that I am at all concerned about people's reaction to the discovery of aliens -- which is to say, hardly at all -- I am more concerned with how we would handle it on a global scale rather than how any subgroup would react. There will always be naysayers, and (it's worth noting) they may well be right! Should it happen, alien contact may well turn out to be a tragic event in the story of our species. Or it might be a monumental achievement. But aside from some ground rules, like not shooting first and asking questions later, I think it makes sense to wait until we know what we're dealing with before making any policy decisions, let alone worrying about the effects of any dissidents, or the motivation for their dissent.

Comment: Re:So-to-speak legal (Score 1) 418

by StikyPad (#47908923) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

While that's true, this article strikes me as more of an excuse to bash Comcast than an actual harm. In particular, there are no actual names used, no recordings provided, and no fact-checking. This makes me skeptical from the start. But even assuming this really happened, and that it happened the way it was described, and that the guy wasn't proxying other traffic and/or running an exit node, there's still no report of an actual consequence. If the user in question is claiming that returning Comcast's call is a consequence, then please allow me to apologize on behalf of Comcast, with whom I have no affiliation. I am willing to shoulder 100% of the blame and criticism on their behalf.

Likewise, to anyone who has ever returned a phone call of their own free will only to find that the reason for the call was not of a congratulatory or rewarding in nature, I apologize. This includes, but is not limited to, people who were advised to "come in to discuss test results," whose "payments have not yet been received," or whose girlfriend really needs to "talk" over dessert. Life is not always sunshine and unicorns, and I am sorry that you had to go through that! This is a safe place where you can talk about your feelings. Just let it out.

Comment: Re: Why do you participate? (Score 1, Interesting) 226

I actually can't relate to the characters at all. I'm all for self-deprecating humor (unless it's fishing for compliments under the guise of humor), but the show isn't about nerds laughing at themselves; it's about non-nerds laughing at nerds, and nerds not "getting" what's so funny.

A show like Futurama or even Silicon Valley is more for nerds, and doesn't apologize for making jokes that most people won't actually get. They laugh at themselves as well. Although Silicon Valley is only moderately funny, IMO, it's still better done.

Comment: Re:I predict (Score 1) 1134

by StikyPad (#47826747) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Most of it looks explanatory to me. "We don't hate Zoe because she's a woman; we hate her because of her actions, and that she tried to play the 'gender' card." (I have no idea who she is, so I have no bone in this -- I'm just paraphrasing the comments I've seen.) That a woman has hatred directed toward her does not automatically make it misogyny, even if sex-related insults are used. Using insults of any kind to belittle someone is, of course, wrong (although I'm certainly guilty of that from time to time), and using threats is wildly inappropriate, and perhaps illegal. I'm not defending any of that.

What I am trying to say is that the people disagreeing do not seem to be misogynists -- literally people who hate someone just for being a woman -- and calling then that is both a straw man and doing a disservice to actual cases of misogyny. If there were death threats against a man (politicians get them all the time), do we call that misandry? Even if words showing hate for men are involved? We don't. (And we shouldn't.) We can focus on the wrongness of the actions without creating a false narrative.

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