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Comment: Re:This is how organized religion dies (Score 1) 420

by loonycyborg (#49762647) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage
But you still failed to establish that poly-marriage is inherently more problematic than homosexual marriage. I remain unconvinced. Polygyny at least is widespread in Muslim countries and Africa and is part of local law there. So it's not unimplementable. I say just take advantage of inventor's paradox and legalize gender-independent group marriage. Both polygamy and homosexual marriage will be subsets of it.

Comment: Re:This is how organized religion dies (Score 1) 420

by loonycyborg (#49760421) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage
But where's the exact border between "lover" and "primary partner"? Also, homosexual marriage creates a lot of extra problems of its own. Marriage in many contexts is viewed as father, mother and their children yet it's a lot more complicated in case of homosexual marriage. Married homosexuals can still can have children, just not from each other.. If one homosexual will have a child from another homosexual of opposite gender and both of them have their own homosexual marriages then to whose family will the child belong? :P

Comment: Re:This is how organized religion dies (Score 1) 420

by loonycyborg (#49760183) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage
I disagree that freedom is involved here. I'd agree if it was about removing penalties for sodomy, but homosexual marriage is something different. It could be argued that recognizing it would map it better to actually existing relationships, but having multiple lovers is even more widespread than homosexuality yet nobody is in any hurry to generalize marriage to support both polyandry and polygyny. So I don't see what's the point even.

Comment: Re:Slashdot Poll?!? (Score 1) 852

by loonycyborg (#49689099) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US
Stop contradicting yourself. They don't chose it because it's custom forced on them by parents. Most of them don't know much about god and only parrot it because they forced to repeat church's dogma by peer pressure. Some people might think there's something out there but don't agree with all of the church dogmas or don't know them and end up making up something of their own. The very notion of god is content-free. The real question here is are you affiliated with particular religious institution? And number of affiliated people is significantly less than that of those who could contemplate notion of god and redefine it according to their whims.

Comment: Re:Slashdot Poll?!? (Score 1) 852

by loonycyborg (#49681551) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US
As an ignostic I can note that it doesn't mean much because everyone have different vision of this term, and ascribe different meaning to the statement. In fact one person can ascribe different meaning to God depending on context or his mood or point he wants to make thus making the term utterly meaningless.

Comment: Re:Keep all your doors unlocked too (Score 1) 241

by loonycyborg (#49645437) Attached to: James Comey: the Man Who Wants To Outlaw Encryption
The cops don't really need backdoors to security systems. The proper way is to use cryptanalysis to break those cyphers. It's a hard task but government has access to supercomputers. They don't need backdoor to all ciphers just like they don't need master key to all locks. Their push against cryptography is irrational and will in fact compromise security. No encryption means easy access to credit card credentials and what not for criminals. Backdoors mean that criminals can use it too. Only matter of time before it leaks.

Comment: Re:Linux was Easy and Worked! (Score 1) 469

by loonycyborg (#49636455) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

Now it is easier to initially install than Windows. Where I find it lacking is that tweaking of the setup after installation that has lagged behind. Windows has the control panel. Each X windows manager has its own control panel which all seem to miss this or that feature. I'll admit, it has been a few years, so this may have improved, but Linux on the desktop just needs easy, graphical configuration tools for everything and it will be ready for everyone to use. Microsoft has given everyone else a window of opportunity with the debacle of where is this setting in Windows 8.x.

All this is irrelevant. Linux already is used heavily by technical people who bother to install their OS. Vast majority of people don't install their OS and use whatever OS vendor installs. Windows managed to get its market share by dealing with PC vendors. Quality was never something OSes competed on. Subverting vendors with evangelism is only thing that matters.

Comment: Re:VR isn't the only thing we're on Pong level at (Score 1) 125

There always is room for improvement, but in this case that improvement is done in one step forward two steps backwards sort of way. Indeed a lot of history exists but people who actually make games mostly ignore it. I feel that areas I named have in some ways even regressed since 1990s and something needs to be done about that. Maybe good intentions are involved here, but as saying goes road to hell is paved with good intentions..

Comment: Re: ... and lied like a Turk when he said it. (Score 1) 216

by loonycyborg (#49577653) Attached to: How Google Searches Are Promoting Genocide Denial
You may make up as many excuses as you wish. But did it contain Rome? No. Did it speak Latin? No. There you are. As time went by Byzantine has changed both politically and culturally and at end of its days had no more claim of being Rome than Sultanate of Rum or orthodox Tsardom("Tsar" is from "Caesar") of Russia, "third Rome".

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