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Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 4, Informative) 352

by fahrbot-bot (#48670671) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

Ignorance and/or poor education? People, corporations, politicians trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator?

So you're saying that the various people in say...san fran which is a mecha of sjw's are ignorant and/or have bad education? These aren't folks with a lack of education, many if not all are university grads. I believe the problem stems from a lack of real world experience.

You and I actually agree... There's book learning and learning. Having a degree doesn't make one educated in all, or even many, things. One can know a lot about one or several things and not really know much at all. For the enlightened, this means: The more I know, the more I realize what I don't know. Sadly, many people are not that enlightened and many take what they hear on outlets like Fox News (to name *one* egregious source - don't get bent out of shape Fox News fanbois) as gospel w/o any further serious thought or research.

Most people on the planet range from ignorant to very ignorant (in the non-derogatory sense of simply not knowing) including myself.

Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 1) 352

by fahrbot-bot (#48670025) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

Really? Could you explain then why there's a sudden up swing in said "social justice warriors" trying to ban media, video games they disagree with, speech they disagree with, and censor content. I get that "feelings" are easier to make an argument with, but I don't live in a world of feels vs reality.

Ignorance and/or poor education? People, corporations, politicians trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator?

Comment: Re:First they came... (Score 1) 352

by fahrbot-bot (#48670009) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

Same as the US. Obscene is illegal. Obscene is illegal because it's offensive. So "rude" is illegal in the US, same as the UK. But it's funny to see all the Americans assert they have more rights than those in the UK, when the rights are roughly equal, but exercised slightly differently.

What this guy tweeted would, in no way, be illegal in the US. It's not obscene (no swearing, nudity, or violence); it's not threatening or even, I would argue, "offensive" (in the general sense); it's just rude and insensitive. Obviously, some with thinner skins may disagree, but it certainly should not be an arrestable act anywhere.

Comment: First they came... (Score 1, Redundant) 352

by fahrbot-bot (#48669139) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

First they came for the rude and annoying, and I did not speak out—
Then they came for the offensive and off-color, and I did not speak out—
Then they came for the opinionated and observational, and I did not speak out—
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak (or Tweet) for me.

Apologies to Martin Niemöller

And, seriously, UK, WTF? It's unlawful to simply be rude?

Thank God your Empire is over.
(He said, understanding the full irony of speaking as a citizen of the United States.)

Comment: Re:Goodbye Lens flare... (Score 1) 327

Frankly, I wish they would go back to the core Star Trek TV values:
1) Duplicate an earth culture on another planet.
2) Have zero contact with Earth, letting Kirk do whatever he wants.
3) Make some kind of social commentary relevant to today that will seem weird 10 years from now.
4) If possible have someone claim to be a God, or demonstrate godlike abilities. Apollo was done already, so lets go with maybe Thor?

The SyFy channel just tried that w/Ascension...

Comment: Re:Artistic license (Score 1) 327

I like what J.J Abrams and Zack Snyder (who directed "Man of Steel") have done to the franchises. They start with the established plotlines and take the stories in new directions. It's an artistic license that gives us fresh, new interpretations of the characters such as superman killing someone (General Zod) or Spock having an emotional outburst (over Kirk's death).

I anxiously await the Michael Bay version of "Hamlet" or the Justin Lin version of "Macbeth".

At this point, I'd probably more enjoy watching the Muppets do Star Trek.

Comment: Re:What a nightmare (Score 1) 327

Instead we have a "Star Trek" universe that JJ has TOTALLY F*&*ed up where people can use the transporter to get anywhere in the galaxy, super-magically powerful "Red Matter", lame plots and passable acting etc. etc.

You don't NEED star ships anymore because of the awesome transporter.

I think many of your (valid) complaints stem from weak and/or immature writers relying on "magical" things and/or super tech to achieve the desired story line. I dislike "magic" in most stories as it seems to be used mostly as a crutch for weak writing, or a writer unwilling to deal with unpleasant consequences in a story.

My understanding is that the transporter was originally used to workaround using a shuttle craft for all extra-vehicular excursions (for screen-time efficiencies) and later became a useful story device. But, you're right that this new trans-warp beaming-device is simply "plot magic". Kahn could have beamed to a near-by ship and flown to Klingon space. (Furthermore, why didn't an Enterprise retrieval party simply re-use the trans-warp transporter to beam themselves as did Kahn... saving themselves the trouble of the trip.

The two J.J. Abrams ST films seem full of unnecessary / stupid things - like parking the Enterprise underwater to avoid being seen by natives when parking it in *orbit* would have accomplished the same thing. Granted, watching the ship rise from the ocean was a ST boner moment, but still technologically unnecessary. (JJ's signature move seems to be having the Enterprise rise up through clouds, water, etc...)

Comment: Re:Chainsaws? (Score 1) 276

by fahrbot-bot (#48655615) Attached to: TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

I was behind a guy that tried to bring not one, but *two* bottles of shampoo. ... The shampoo didn't have any special labels to indicate it was prescription ...

From Schneier on Security:

Schneier took from his bag a 12-ounce container labeled "saline solution."

"It's allowed," he said. Medical supplies, such as saline solution for contact-lens cleaning, don't fall under the TSA's three-ounce rule.

"What's allowed?" I asked. "Saline solution, or bottles labeled saline solution?"

"Bottles labeled saline solution. They won't check what's in it, trust me."

They did not check. As we gathered our belongings, Schneier held up the bottle and said to the nearest security officer, "This is okay, right?" "Yep," the officer said. "Just have to put it in the tray."

(Later, Schneier would carry two bottles labeled saline solution—24 ounces in total—through security. An officer asked him why he needed two bottles. "Two eyes," he said. He was allowed to keep the bottles.)

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.