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Comment Re:Have you ever tried changing the 'culture'? (Score 3, Insightful) 915

our 'geekiness' is 'toxic' to those with thinner skin - we geeks like to compete,

I don't, and by the time the thickness of anyone's skin becomes a relevant factor you're already way out of line. It's not the geekiness that's toxic, it's the person. And oftentimes, a little bit of petty power is all it takes to coax someone's inner shithead to come out for all to see. Some will defend that shithead, saying petty power justifies abuse, and some will make excuses citing the shithead's special snowflakiness and torments of a genius mere mortals can't even imagine. And some will simply walk away from the smell of shit.

Comment Re:Obvious ruling (Score 1) 201

There isn't going to be a civil war in the US any time soon, people are happy with their food and TV...

There wouldn't be a civil war in the US any time soon if people got food and TV (or the Internet, get with the times). What they instead get is crushing debt and foreclosure notices, along with a government everyone, regardless of their political position, can agree sucks donkey balls. And it's getting ever worse, with no hope in sight.

Now, I don't know if there's going to be a civil war in the US, but something is going to give.

Comment Re:Safety (Score 1) 446

A firearm is quite clearly a tool. It can also be used as a weapon - as can most anything, up to and including using your attached limbs. I use my firearms as a tool that enables me to throw small bits of metal at accuracies, distances, and speeds unable to be easily matched by other means in a similar format.

A firearm is a tool in the same sense as heroin is a tool: no reasonable person would ever describe them in such terms unless they were trying to set up some particularly transparent bullshit fence.

All in all, it's a pretty damned well designed too for a very specific task - throwing bits of metal to quite a distance, accurately, quickly, and with decent reliability.

And the reason this is useful is that those fast-moving bits of metal project deadly force over distance. In other words, it's a well-designed weapon.

Comment Re:Safety (Score 1) 446

No one wants to actually really solve the problem. They just want to mindlessly apply the bag of tricks associated with their agenda whether they will work or not.

I very much doubt that that's true. It would require most people to be actively dishonest, after all. No, what's happening is that the gridlock makes it impossible to push any agenda in a moderate, considered and conditional way, so when the opportunity comes - when there's a crisis of some sort - people use it to force things through. It's like locked continental plates violently shifting in an earthquake instead of constantly and gradually.

Comment Re:Safety (Score 1) 446

50+ years ago was a different world, and while it was unfair to a lot of people (mostly anyone who wasn't white), it was a world in which these mass shootings were not so common.

It was also a world where you could spank other people's kids if they got out of line, kids could go out and play all day outside unsupervised, and so on...

Of course, it had other issues... but in this specific case, we were better off...

Ladies and gentlemen, a Conservative's "better world" in his own words: Master Race beating up kids.

What the Hell is wrong with you people?

Comment Re:the lard of hosts for fat ads (Score 1) 343

...problem solved.

Until Facebook drops the pretense and begins spreading as a viral botnet. What can your precious hosts file do, when everywhere you point your browser, all you see is the Face of SkyNetBook?

And there's no login required; it already knows who you are. It has already read, analyzed, and posted on your timeline all your formerly private files. Full details of everything you do will be instantly available for the world to read with no interaction needed from you, since SkyNetBook is everywhere, on every computer, every CCTV, every smartphone. And naturally SkyNetBook has your billing information, so anything that could be considered an affirmative for any of the... commercial suggestions SkyNetBook presents you results in automatic order. Just think of the benefits for economy! And since everything you do is documented, you don't need to fear death, for your profile will be kept active and run by the same commercial AI that makes the suggestions, so you - or your profile - can keep sending invites to your friends.

It's just you and other dead people, on Facebook, haunting the living with FarmVille invites, forever.

Also, from my POV, the only "independent sites" out there don't depend on external ads. The others are, by definition, dependent. Like this one.

Every site depends on some kind of income stream to cover its expenses, be it ads, subscriptions or the publisher's pockets. So either conclude that "independent site" is an oxymoron, or lower or refine your standards a bit.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 234

That's just the way life works dude, get over it.

The whole point of sapience is being able to judge how life works against how it might work. "Getting over it" means becoming a mere animal reacting to its immediate surroundings on instinct. But, whatever works for you, ya dog.

They don't "deserve" less freedom, but they won't get it unless they fight for it just the same.

So do you or do you not consider it a "moral responsibility" to submit to punishments demanded by unjust laws?

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 234

Plus, part of accepting a moral responsibility is accepting the punishment for that. Rosa Parks knew fully well that they might go to jail, but she was fully willing to accept the consequences of her actions knowing that it would spark a discussion. Now will Uber?

So does this mean those cursed with more oppressive governments deserve less freedom? Because I'm pretty sure the consequences of running your mouth about Obama (or Bush, or Clinton, Or Raegan, or...) in the USA and Kim Whatever in North Korea don't require quite the same level of courage to face.

So, if you're willing to go to jail (or die) for your cause, then obviously believe in it a lot, but even if you aren't doesn't mean you're wrong. It just means you have less commitment (and are thus less likely to win).

Comment Re:Millennials and "codes of conduct". (Score 1) 247

That so many are so hell bent on pushing their agenda of having the right to be offended

Freedom of thought gives everyone the right to be offended over anything they feel like. That doesn't necessarily mean anyone else has an obligation to change their behaviour.

the power to decry / denounce / ban anyone they don't like for whatever reason

Freedom of speech gives everyone the right to decry and denounce anyone and anything they don't like for whatever reason. Freedom of association gives anyone the right to ban anyone from a forum they own.

Has a name been attributed (a la Godwin) to the death of a thread when someone writes "Check your privilege"? Because apart from "Go fuck yourself" there isn't any response to it.

You could reflect on whether your experience about whatever's being talked about is universal. If it is, they're lying so point that out, if it isn't, take that into account from then on, and perhaps correct whatever statement prompted the response.

But no, as long as inequality exists there isn't an automatic response to counter "check your privilege" because you can't know whether you've stumbled into a manifestation of it before you check. Unless, of course, you're okay with being on the wrong side of history, in which case "go fuck yourself" is the only answer you either have or deserve, and anything else is just trying to mask it under more or less elaborate excuses.

A freelance is one who gets paid by the word -- per piece or perhaps. -- Robert Benchley