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Comment: Re:Wow. This whole sorry clusterfuck sucks (Score 1) 321

by 91degrees (#48634237) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate
I've no idea if other people are representing them as that. This is my impression of these people. Not so much over GG, but over a bunch of other issues that many of the same people champion, where anyone who has the audacity to disagree with them is denounced as a hateful racist sexist who just wants to keep women out.

Perhaps there are some moderate voices inthe anti-GG camp. If so they're getting drowned out by loons, and I'm curious what they object to in gamergate that doesn't apply to the anti-GG crowd. Certainly both sides are guilty of threats, doxxing, and muck-flinging. GG seems to be trying to stamp it out and Anti-GG seems to be pretending it doesn't even exist.

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 3, Insightful) 245

by Shakrai (#48633467) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

The fate of the human race is at stake.

No, actually it's not. This is the kind of hyperbolic nonsense that makes it so hard to take the alarmist crowd seriously. It also gives ammunition to the deniers/skeptics/whatever-you-want-to-call-them. Project the worst case scenario for climate change and the human race survives. People in developing countries don't do so well and even the developed world takes a hit (higher food prices, greater frequency of natural disasters, and so on) but the human race isn't going anywhere. Homo sapiens quite probably survived a super-volcanic eruption, without the benefit of modern technology and scientific understanding. You think you can kill them off with melting ice caps, stronger hurricanes, and rising sea levels? Best of luck with that.

I'm in the crowd that believes the climate is changing and that homo sapiens are a contributory factor to that change. I get off the bus when the green crowd starts talking about pie in the sky solutions that sound great on paper but invariably result in a lower standard of living and greater Governmental control over our lives. Unless you're willing wholly embrace nuclear power (to their credit a few greens actually are) there's no way you can generate enough energy to maintain our current standard of living without sourcing some of that energy from carbon based sources.

Comment: Re:10th amendment (Score 1) 298

by Shakrai (#48633157) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

It started with FDR (*), the New Deal, and a little known SCOTUS case involving wheat....

Thanks Democrats!

(*) Actually the progressive philosophy really got started with Wilson but that asshat didn't have FDR's cojones. I guess FDR did save Western Civilization as we know it; that probably should count for something....

Comment: Re:Dry Counties? (Score 1) 298

by Shakrai (#48633077) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

I on the other hand have stayed away from all drugs (including alcohol) for years, but have enjoyed and used marijuana on a regular basis.

I hate to break it to you but THC is a drug by any definition.....

Mind you, so is caffeine, and I'm not passing judgment on you for using THC, been there done that. You just can't claim that you have stayed away from all drugs while simultaneously admitting that you use marijuana on a regular basis....

Comment: Re:Wow. This whole sorry clusterfuck sucks (Score 1) 321

by 91degrees (#48632943) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

[citation needed]

I'm not trying to convince you. Believe what you want. This is just the impression I get. Most of the people I've seen speaking out against GG seem to be the politcally correct thought police, and the journalist who are accused of being corrupt.

They wouldn't blush or bluch, whatever that is, they would just shake their heads and wonder how those children became orphans, because surely children with parents would never behave like them.

Even met a teenager? A lot of them are brats. They use the language they do because they want to offend. The fact that the offence of our childhood no longer works means they need to up the ante.

Comment: Re:Wow. This whole sorry clusterfuck sucks (Score 1) 321

by 91degrees (#48632419) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate
There are a lot of genuine serious issues. Not that I'm all that into the culture, but I can see the lack of games that appeal to a certain serious hardcore has parallels with other media. Literature fans want deep challenging philosophical concepts, but find the shelves filled with airport thrillers.

Depression Quest is terrible. Wordy and highly preachy with a tedious storyline. Even for a morality semi-interactive story, there are better examples of the genre which have things like plot, and snappy dialogue. No idea why it got the publicity. I think GG may be seeing this as a reward for sex, but it's really just that the journalists and piblishers go to the same parties and the publishers have the ear of the journalists. It's pretty clear that a lot of publishers are very willing to do a lot of hobnobbing with the journalists, and giving some quite expensive gifts. Hell, Ubisoft was giving out Nexus tablets. They exactly weren't doing this out of the kindness of their hearts.

A good chunk of gamergate is made up of teenage kids though, and adults that behave like teenage kids, who really aren't very good at people skills. It's a large part of the gamer demographic. The fixation on certain people within anti-GG really causes the movement problems. Anti-GG is made up largely of very self-righteous professional victims who believe they are always in the right, and know how to spin chlidish abuse to their own ends and manipulate the media into thinking that the same people haven't been turning a blind eye towards doxxing and threats themselves for years.

The other part of it is that the internet itself can be vile! Factions form, and the dogpiling starts. Nobody is actually in control of the online mob and the worst perpetrators of both sides and up being seen as representative as of the whole.

Comment: Wow. This whole sorry clusterfuck sucks (Score 2) 321

by 91degrees (#48631865) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate
Gamergate is a conspiracy theory (although to be fair ethics in game journalism are non-existent). Anti-gamergate is made up mainly of those rich middle class women who think that nerds who have been picked on their entire lives for being nerds are somehow opressing them. The media sides with the media of course.

Gamergate is made up mostly of kids who fling slurs that would make a sailor bluch around on XBox live, and anti-GG seem surprised when their slurs and insults that usually shut down their opponents bounce off. Gamergate, on the other hand feels that they are each owed a personal explanation for each and every point made by any of the main anti-GG side.

I'm leaving out a lot of the more unpleasant aspects from both sides.

Comment: Re:I don't see the big deal here. (Score 1) 176

by Shakrai (#48628277) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

The yield doesn't have anything to do with how deliverable the weapon(s) are. You said that North Korea's nukes are WW2 sized in a comment about missile technology. I'm curious what you based on that assumption on? Or perhaps you were speaking about yield all along, rather than deliverablity, though in that instance I'd wonder why it came up in a discussion about missiles. In any case, a 7kt weapon is enough to kill tens of thousands of people in an urban area. Even a fizzle might manage to do that, via prompt radiation. North Korea's nukes can't be casually dismissed....

Comment: Re:I don't see the big deal here. (Score 1) 176

by Shakrai (#48627051) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

but not likely with a nuke as their nukes are freaking huge (like WWII huge...).

Do we actually have evidence of that or are you just making assumptions? North Korea is known to have exchanged nuclear technology with Pakistan and Pakistan does have warheads small enough to be mounted to missiles.

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 2, Insightful) 411

by Shakrai (#48620191) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

A couple of airstrikes in Libya counts as a war now?

Yes. Dropping bombs on a sovereign nation is considered an Act of War under any definition of the phrase. Bonus points for not being bothered to get Congressional approval for the measure.

But hey, since were comparing economic apples to oranges, lets note that in the 60s the "real" unemployment rate was >40%, since most families weren't dual income and as a result overall labor participiation was far lower

There are a multitude of different "real" unemployment rates that one can quote; I've never heard of one that includes people who willingly decline to participate in the workforce (i.e., students and homemakers) The traditional definition includes people who desire work but whom have abandoned all hope of finding it. In any case, if you actually believe the <8% number I have a bridge in the Sahara that you might be interested in...

If Obama cured cancer, they would blame him for putting doctors out of work.

Just so you know, I'm not one of "them." I had very high hopes for BHO, voted for him in 2008 (primary and general), and even campaigned for him against HRC in the primaries. It would require thousands of words to tell you all the reasons why I'm disappointed with him; rather than subject you to that I'll just say that my biggest takeaway from BHO was the loss of all optimism towards politics with resulting massive increase in my cynicism level.

Comment: Re:Wildly premature question (Score 1) 81

by Bruce Perens (#48620117) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

If we look at jet aircraft, wear depends on the airframe and the engines, and the airframe seems to be the number of pressurize/depressurize cycles as well as the running hours. Engines get swapped out routinely but when the airframe has enough stress it's time to retire the aircraft lest it suffer catastrophic failure. Rockets are different in scale (much greater stresses) but we can expect the failure points due to age to be those two, with the addition of one main rocket-specific failure point: cryogenic tanks.

How long each will be reliable can be established using ground-based environmental testing. Nobody has the numbers for Falcon 9R yet.

Weight vs. reusable life will become a design decision in rocket design.

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.