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Comment Re:Pseudonyms have a cost to social networks (Score 1) 110

What a load of corporatist bullshit.

>alias users are misfits or troublemakers

No. Fucking NO.

You have the right to call yourself whatever you want in real life so long as you are not trying to defraud anyone while doing this. That this right supposedly suddenly doesn't exist because a corporation demands it is insane.

This does not make you a misfit. It does not make you a troublemaker.

Aliases have a history going back decades online and thousands of years offline. This sudden "hurr, you must use your real name" in a contract-of-adhesion is such bullshit.

You may believe that corporations have special rights to deny you your rights, but I don't, and neither do a lot of other sane individuals.

If Facebook's share price loses a few pennies because people like me use aliases, it's not my problem. They can find another business model.


Comment Re:The movie was good because the book was short. (Score 1) 214

If you want to keep "doing the math" and if you want to be called "hard sci fi", you need to do the math right. You can't say that because you've got 50 liters of oxygen that you're going to get 100 liters of water because O2 + 2 H2 = 2 H2O. Yet Weir does exactly that, over and over and over again, mixing up moles, liters, and kilograms. One of dozens of categories of huge fundamental science mistakes that he keeps repeating.

Comment Questions, questions (Score 1) 144

His posturing is his content. It's a zen thing. You have to meta your meta into the metaverse to get it. You should probably give up now, or someone will figure out how fast you're going at the same time they know where you are, and poof, you'll disintegrate into random quantum particles.

Comment A Conservative Response (Score 4, Insightful) 144

or silly accusations of "mean spiritedness" against conservatives as liberals struggle and ultimately fail to understand why somebody could possibly disagree with them without being an idiot or a psychopath.

Yep. Nothing mean-spirited about letting people starve, go without medical care, or having knowledge of sexuality, not to mention the actuality of birth control, withheld from them. Not a thing. Nothing mean-spirited about trying to force your religion on the entire body politic, either. Nope. Nothing mean spirited about wasting all your time in congress on a futile task while there is actual work to be done. Nothing mean spirited about trying to shut down the government, either. Nothing mean spirited about lying, then bombing the living shit out of a country that doesn't pose a threat to us (well, they had oil, so I guess it was a work of charity for your fellow conservatives, deeply invested in oil, yes?) Nothing mean spirited about denying people social security, medicare, food stamps, and so on -- that is purely a saintly act from beginning to end. Nothing mean spirited about handing "free speech" to corporations, while herding the dissenters into "free speech zones", amirite?

Psychopath? Psychopath??? Oh hell no. Conservatives are the living incarnation of angels, each and every one.

Thank the Lord of Hosts that we have conservatives to save us from ourselves.

Comment Re:RISK vs CHANCE (Score 1) 166

Meh, we found so many holes in the Law of Conversation of Energy 100 years or so ago, we had to completely redefine it to include "mass" as a kind of energy. I bet we do that again, one day - broaden the definition to maintain something being conserved. (Also, did you know there is no conservation of energy in General Relativity? Strange but true.)

More fun: an act of divine intervention could conserve energy; it would just require a statistically unlikely sequence of events. Plenty of energy coming from the Sun to power all sorts of wild effects, and the Sun itself is a chaotic system that sometimes bursts energy in amazing ways.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 682

To quote Linus about "professional"

Because if you want me to 'act professional,' I can tell you that I'm not interested. I'm sitting in my home office wearing a bathrobe. The same way I'm not going to start wearing ties, I'm *also* not going to buy into the fake politeness, the lying, the office politics and backstabbing, the passive aggressiveness, and the buzzwords. Because THAT is what 'acting professionally' results in: people resort to all kinds of really nasty things because they are forced to act out their normal urges in unnatural ways.

Comment A story, and, for some, an opportunity (Score 1) 59

Not a problem here. I've tried CrossOver on and off for a few years now; it's still shite.

Way back when, I was considering releasing my software under Wine on Linux, under the terms of "if you run this product under Wine, you owe us nothing." (I didn't copy protect, I used registration enabling, and would have been delighted to enable everyone under Linux.) So, I got and installed Wine, and tested it. It broke. Really badly. Several system calls that weren't covered, or broken, or whatever -- they flat out didn't work. So I contacted the authors. They said, and I am paraphrasing here but this is very close: "give us money and we'll fix our product."

So, that's why my product never ran under Linux/Wine.

Although, it may be that Wine works now. I'm not saying it does, or doesn't. I don't know. I don't even own/have a Windows OS any more. But if it does, I long ago made enough money from my product and now give it away, and you are certainly welcome try to get it going under Wine, etc. It's here: WinImages and it was last aimed at Windows XP. Docs are here. WinImages is neither Gimp nor Photoshop, but something else. In a very, very large number of cases, it can replace either/both of them, functionally speaking. In other cases, it does things they cannot. And it is extremely fast, offers a small executable, and the last version, which is what is up there, has very few problems that aren't actually caused by bugs in Windows. Feel free to have at it if you like. Under any OS, real or virtual, you can get it running under. Or not. :)

PS: Known to work under [OS X + VMWare Fusion + XP] and, of course, under XP itself.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 682

You can call out Linus but the whole Linux community will turn on you.

Oh. My. Goodness. There are stresses and consequences to being the exception and attempting to remediate an entrenched problem within an existing system that could affect the viability of the system. Who would have thunk it? How could it BE that everyone in the system doesn't immediately send money, flowers and carve your name on a granite wall Time to go home and hide under the bed, clearly. Get going. It'll be dark soon.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 682

A correct action (one of them, there are many) probably is to stand up, say "you're being dismissive of my (whatever) here, and I'm pretty sure you are doing the (business, operation, product, clean floor, collegial atmosphere, whatever) no favors at all with that because (short summary of why). How about you consider my input a bit more carefully and try again, or, please feel free to explain in detail what it is you have in mind that is better than the input I just provided to you?"

There are certainly others.

None of them involve smacking anyone with a keyboard, but also, none of them involve pretending that spirited back and forth is a bad idea, either. Sometimes we don't think through what someone else is telling us. Sometimes your idea is really not worth considering in any depth (hey, let's give away the product, we'll make it up in volume!) Sometimes you're right, but even so, you just have to stand up and make your point. Again, With more oomph. Perhaps even more than once. Without collapsing into a little heap of quivering goo and tears.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 0) 682


Furthermore, teaching people to establish boundaries is way, way better than teaching them to retire to a corner, or a lawyer, or HR.

Almost every time I hear someone say "my life was ruined", and I listen further, it turns out it isn't their life that was ruined, it was their ability to be a complete person, and the ones who ruined that were the ones that taught them that pressure and competition and pushback were only cause for crying for help instead of teaching them how to deal.

These people are of -- end up with -- the mindset that "sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will turn me into a pile of quivering, never-again-to-be-right-in-the-head-and-I-now-need-therapy jello."

And no, I just can't come around to respecting that. Pull up your big girl/boy undies (or go commando, that's where the real fun is, but I digress) and let it roll off your shoulders, or do something proactive and beneficial about it that isn't the act of a sniveling wimp.

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. - Kahlil Gibran