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Comment: Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (Score 1) 646

by abe ferlman (#47268729) Attached to: Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

Communication goes two ways, and offense is in the ear of the behearer if you will. If you didn't mean to offend, then you made a mistake or you don't care. If you didn't mean to offend once but now know that you're offending, then either you don't care or you intend to offend.

Wise people will make a good-faith effort to avoid giving offense by learning and practicing diplomacy.

If your view that intention is all that matters were true, then all the racists in the world could just intend really hard that no one should be offended and we'd be peachy.

Comment: Re:Fuck Obamacare (Score 1) 723

by abe ferlman (#46721547) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Yeah but then again emergency car repair places don't have to fix your car at everyone else's expense if you show up at their door, so the distinction actually makes the case for the ACA. We're already paying for everyone to get health care, we're just doing it in about the dumbest way possible by waiting until they crawl into the ER willing to put themselves in debt forever.

Comment: immature (Score 1) 79

by abe ferlman (#46311169) Attached to: Open Source Video Editor Pitivi Seeks Crowdfunding to Reach 1.0

I tried installing it in Ubuntu 13.10. Segfaulted on the first file I tried to import and complained about not being able to find video/x-surface decoder on the second. I have all the gstreamer good/bad/ugly plugins installed. I know free video editors routinely have problems but this certainly can't be the most mature.

Comment: Re:Economics 101 (Score 1) 318

by abe ferlman (#45080087) Attached to: The Ridiculous Tech Fees You're Still Paying

This. Specifically, business travelers can get reimbursed for their internet much of the time, so they're less likely to balk at the fee. Moreover, business travelers often have little choice in where to stay (conference hotel, etc.) and so aren't going to pick a different hotel for the free wifi even if they'd prefer it.

Comment: Re:Firing in US (Score 1) 582

by abe ferlman (#39650457) Attached to: Interview With TSA Screener Reveals 'Fatal Flaws'

The minimum wage is loosely indexed in fits and starts around the poverty line, that is, the average minimum acceptable cost of maintaining a household. The minimum wage is only a problem if you think people would work for less, and if they'd work for less poverty and all its associated ills would become a worse problem. Arguably, the minimum wage probably has only survived as long as it has because it actually *protects* the economic order by keeping the poor from getting too poor and rioting in the streets.

Comment: Re:Firing in US (Score 4, Insightful) 582

by abe ferlman (#39643011) Attached to: Interview With TSA Screener Reveals 'Fatal Flaws'

Yes, who could forget when hundreds of thousands of professionals, all wearing their big-boy pants, marched on Washington and demanded the right to be fired for no reason. Corporate bigwigs, reluctant to let their little darlings flee the coop, were nevertheless powerless to stop this people-powered onslaught, and they shed a collective tear as they realized that the American Worker was all grown up now and ready to go out and start making minimum wage.

The minimum wage is next! Power to the grown-ups!

Comment: Re:Yeah but does it work on Linux? (Score 1) 237

by abe ferlman (#39573861) Attached to: The State of the <em>Diablo 3</em> Beta (Two Videos)

Corporate/private patronage and episodic content releases based on player prepayments could solve this problem. It's true the industry would be different and possibly smaller, but not gone. Someone would find a way to make money even if software was free, and the public domain would greatly benefit.

Comment: Re:I am not worried about it (Score 4, Funny) 1367

by abe ferlman (#38853071) Attached to: Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ

> ... Before 0?

Good bit colder than it is now. In the sea of Galilee there are sunken cruiseliner with iceberg-sized holes in their hulls.

> ... Before 300 B.C.?

LOTS colder than it is now. The story about the nose of the sphinx being used for target practice are well known, but the story about its earmuffs being used for mortar target calibration are not nearly so well known.

> ... Before 1800 B.C. ?

Wooly Mammoths would huddle for warmth with carnivorous dinosaurs in crowded caves. Titanic ice sculptures of ancient swans dotted the landscape, carved by the frost titans before they left the quickly warming earth for Jotunheim.

Comment: Re:exponential version growth (Score 1) 309

by abe ferlman (#38641556) Attached to: 5th Edition of <em>Dungeons &amp; Dragons</em> Announced

I wanted to start a 1ed game but we couldn't find enough player's handbooks, and ebay wanted too much. I understand they used to sell pdf's of the 1ed books but that practice must have let too many people enjoy the game without buying new books every year because they are no longer available.

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)