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Comment Re:Fixed it for you. (Score 1) 426

But a realist would say Ashley Madison is just a thief stealing money from lonely, unhappy men.

But a realist would say Ashley Madison is just cheating men cheating on their wives.

I think a realist would say that Ashley Madison is just men trying to cheat on their wives but generally failing because there are no women to cheat with.

The Josh Duggar revelation took me by surprise because my first thought was "He was unfaithful, really? With who - I don't think there were any real women on that site." (Now it sounds like it was unfaithful through other venues. I wonder if he even had a genuine affair through AM. For awhile I wondered if he was just calling the act of signing up alone "unfaithful.")

Comment Re:Happily married? (Score 4, Interesting) 286

Happily married? Seems to be at odds with having an affair.

Nope, check the research of Dr. Willard Harley. An unhappy marriage is not the defining feature leading to an affair, and a number of happily married people do fall into affairs. The defining feature is lack of boundaries around the opposite sex.

Comment Practicing anger (Score 2) 161

Newton Hightower's book Anger Busters contains a great overview of anger management techniques that work and anger management techniques that don't work. Venting doesn't work. It just reinforces the neural pathways that are involved in anger. Sure you feel great, but it makes it harder to avoid the angry outburst next time, when you might really need to. Meanwhile, if you had prevented yourself from expressing anger, you could have instead been training your brain to devote its efforts to problem solving, instead.

I did a lot of anger management work a few years ago and as a result I discovered solutions to lots of my problems. As a result I'm much much happier with every aspect of my life, because I've been able to actually fix the problems that were frustrating me.

Comment Re:The real story is even worse (Score 1) 178

And years later someone came across that piano arrangement, found that a copyright had been registered on it, and (presumably being ignorant of the actual history of the song), thought they owned a copyright on the song and started trying to enforce it.

When it comes to copyright, never attribute to ignorance that which can be adequately explained by malice. They always try to enforce the rights further than they know they are entitled to.

Comment Re:Copyright and cryonics (Score 1) 111

Thank you so much for that interesting piece of information! It's a shame that question doesn't seem to have gotten rated highly enough for Steve to see it, but I'm fascinated by what you've shared and seeing that there's a connection between the raids on Alcor and SJGames and thus, ultimately, the EFF.

Comment Re:If we're stuck with polls, how 'bout tech polls (Score 1) 144

I'm becoming a bit of a fireworks nerd, actually. I grew up in the big city where firework sales were forbidden, and now I live in the country where you can buy them twice a year. We actually double up on fourth of July and get extras to save for the fifth of November and have a fun time then, as well.

I've gone so far as to research how to create my own fireworks, and I might actually give it a try some day.

Gunpowder is really the original world-transforming technologies.

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll