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Comment: What, no link to a hoax news site in there? (Score 1) 658

by dfenstrate (#49349907) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

A couple of days ago, a Christian musician family in Phoneix (I think) went obviously nuts and engaged in a massive firefight with police in a big box parking lot they were camping in. Their entire repetoir was about Jesus coming and the End Times - and I'm guessing, since they were all armed, they were the US Government-Obama-is-Satan cultists that are extremely pervasive in the Confederacy (the West is just the suburbs of the Confederacy, has been since the end of the civil war). We have a gigantic armed cult of doomsdayer Dominionists dispersed throughout the country, and the FBI taskforce that monitored it was taken down at the insistence of Congressional confederate Republicans. Our loonies wear ties and Glocks and praise Jesus and fear the negro President. Not even a little bit hyperbolic.

'5, Interesting' is a high score for bullshit.
I know you leftists hope and pray that every new mass murder is a right-wing terrorist attack. You must be constantly disappointed that nut jobs with leftist sympathies and Islamists are doing the actual killing.

Comment: Re:Advert for Razer? (Score 1) 181

by halivar (#49348331) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

Man, all you did was throw red meat to the dogs. Customer service departments exist because all your most well-intentioned communication can do give angry people a chance to exact revenge for your company's perceived slights against them by attacking you. At long last, someone they can blame. You really need to let your customer service dept. handle this.

Comment: Re:Advert for Razer? (Score 1) 181

by halivar (#49347647) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

FWIW, the Magic Mouse is two button (errr... two touch?) and swipable not just up and down (for scrolling), but side to side also (does not, however, support the three-finger swipe of the Magic Pad). It's weird; I didn't like it at first (predominantly PC user), but after a while I really, really dug it and wish I had something like it for the PC.

Comment: Re:Advert for Razer? (Score 2) 181

by halivar (#49347079) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

My Razer Naga is still going strong after 8 years. I use the hell out of it, too. But I am glad that other manufacturers are getting in on the side 12 buttons thing, so my options are open if Razer ever dies. I had another friend who bought one at the same time I did, but it died six months later. The lesson she took away was to buy two, so when it breaks she doesn't have to wait for the replacement. The Naga was just that useful to her. Unfortunately, she jinxed it and the second one is still sitting in the box in a closet.

Comment: Re:Risk Management (Score 4, Insightful) 658

by bondsbw (#49344399) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Every time someone goes for a piss break, someone else needs to be called in?

When you are actively responsible for the lives of 150 people, then yes, absolutely, without any doubt whatsoever, this should happen.

Its ridiculous to feel we need new regulations every time something happens...the next tragedy will always happen. It is inevitable.

Good regulations can help people and in this case may have saved lives. What I find abhorrent is your attitude that over a hundred human lives aren't worth a very slight inconvenience.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 841

by silentcoder (#49344353) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

>race is not an issue of Christianity for any but a very few loonie

But this is a recent development - it was a major issue for them in the past. Slavery was defended on the grounds of Christianity, as was segregation.
Indeed - I would go so far as to say the only REASON why it isn't a major issue with Christianity today is BECAUSE the civil rights act made it illegal to discriminate in the way most Christians 70years ago thought they were supposed to and the churches eventually adapted.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 841

by silentcoder (#49344237) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

>There are those who claim to be "bisexual": they'll choose a man sometimes, and a women other times.

Erm no they don't. As a bisexual person let me school you: I don't "choose a man sometimes" and "choose a woman" other times - at ALL times I'm attracted to men and at the same time to women.
Who I choose to sleep with on this occasion is determined by availability, individual attraction and circumstance - but it's not a choice about WHAT I'm attracted to, I am ALWAYS attracted to BOTH.
Bisexual is not something distinct from gay or straight - which are not THAT distinct from each other. Sexual orientation is a spectrum and nobody is entirely at EITHER end. The closer you are to the middle the more bisexual you will identify.

> That ability to change indicates a choice

No it doesn't, you have no evidence to back that up and the testimony of most people who make such changes do not support your assertion: the vast majority would say they were lying before that point, usually out of fear of oppression.
Even if you could factor those out - the remaining few may not indicate a choice at all - you yourself gave one reason why not: hormone changes.
Sexual orientation is a physical attribute of our bodies (including our brains) - like all other physical attributes it can change over time - but that doesn't constitute a "choice" anymore than you CHOOSE to have your hair turn gray or your scalp go bald when you get older.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 841

by silentcoder (#49344131) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Now imagine this little scenario:
I own a dingleberryjuice bar in California, so I need a regular supply of dingleberries to squeeze for juice.
I am currently getting these imported but I hear that a company in Indian is supplying them and might be cheaper, so I send one of my top quality assessors to Indiana to go look at their product and determine if it's suitable for our needs.
He gets there on his business trip but he can't find anywhere to stay because every hotel is refusing him a room for being gay...

Interstate commerce just got fucked over by this law.

Now this scenario is interesting because if you replace "gay" with "black" you have EXACTLY the scenario that LBJ's administration sketched before the supreme court when the civil rights act was challenged on exactly the same grounds you are using to defend this.

And if it messes with interstate commerce - it's outside the scope of states rights and INSIDE the scope of federal law.

Comment: Re:It works both ways (Score 1) 841

by silentcoder (#49342633) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

>But I also value to the right of people to do as they please, and not be forced to serve anyone they disagree with.

Do you also think they have a right to refuse to serve you if you are black ? How about if you're Native American ? Maybe if you're Irish ?
No, your freedom ends where other's freedom begins - and your right to hate gays ENDS where their right to shop at any business they choose to begins.

Comment: *only* $60,000? (Score 1) 490

Just a couple of years ago, Comcast quoted $200,000 to hook up to my office in the middle of Silicon Valley. On a positive note, the monthly charge would only have been $99/month.

Seriously, $200,000. There is a big datacenter just across the street, which must have massive capacity. There are businesses all round that must be using lots of bandwidth.

Comment: Re:Someone doesn't undestand the Bechtel test. (Score 1) 514

by CannonballHead (#49340443) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

I didn't mean to imply it was all learned... though I was actually refering more to what is considered "acceptable behavior" vs. what they are actually interested in. e.g., learning that flowers are okay to like as a girl but not as a boy, or that building stuff is a boy thing and not a girl thing.

That said, I agree that people are inherently and intrinsically different, not simply products of society/social pressures/whatever. But views of what is "normal" behavior for a girl or boy certainly is something that is significantly learned from surroundings/society, isn't it? And that can certainly serve to form or at least encourage development or non-development of interests. If I thought programming was something that "real boys" don't do, I might not have been so inclined to do it, even though I was inherently interested in it.

There are lots of different good responses to this ... based on what the relationship of the one responding is - parents, schools, peers, friends, society, government, etc. My response as a parent will be different than what I want society, friends, schools, or the government to do. e.g., I would like society to accept female engineers just as readily as male engineers, but not push my daughter to be an engineer or to somehow imply that to be an empowered woman, she HAS to do things that used to be considered "man stuff." However, as a parent, I want to encourage interests and let them explore and find out what they like, get them to try things they don't want to because of various reasons (fear, social pressures, advertising, whatever it is) but let them not continue if they don't like it, etc.

But pushing society towards equally accepting an engineer, a mother, a secretary, and an athlete as a "real woman" is important, I think. It seems similar to pushing society to accept a both blacks and whites as equally human. Yes, I can deal with that as a parent, but I think we should deal with it as a society, too.

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