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Comment Re:What "conservative" means (Score 1) 548

You're technically absolutely correct, which is why I defined the sense in which I was using the word (that definition is by far the most predominant in American popular usage).

Overall, however, I prefer Ambrose Bierce's definition:

Conservative, n.
A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.

Comment Re:Shade of Grey (lol) (Score 2, Informative) 548

You're confusing right-wing conservative nutjobs with Republican Christian nutjobs, who are neither right-wing nor particularly conservative in the sense of smaller government and more liberty.
As to your main point, you probably know a lot of third-wave feminists. Sex-positive feminism is certainly a thing, but it is hardly unopposed.

Submission + - Old phone booths converted into national WiFi network (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: What do you do with old public phone boxes hardly anyone uses? Convert them into a national network of WiFi hotspots is the answer in New Zealand. While others have converted their old phone booths into libraries, toilets, showers and even smoking booths, in New Zealand 700 hotspots will be live by 7 October with a target of 2000 by the middle of 2014. 1Gb of data will be free to customers of the incumbent operator, others have to pay for monthly access.

Submission + - GNOME 3.10 Released (gnome.org)

kthreadd writes: Version 3.10 of the GNOME software collection has been released. New in this release is improved support for Wayland, the upcoming X replacement. The system status menus have been consolidated into one single menu. Many of the applications in GNOME now features header bars instead of title bars, which merges the titlebar and toolbar into a single element and allows applications to offer more dynamic user interfaces. GNOME now also includes an application for searching, browsing and installing applications called Software. Several other new applications have also been added to GNOME including Music, Photos, Notes and Maps.

Comment Re:An open system (Score 1) 271

Technically, I suppose I didn't buy the game, I just bought the right to download it and play it on any computer I want without ever needing to find or fix a disc.

Not saying it isn't a trade off, I would love to be able to resell my games, however, for me and many hundreds of thousands of gamers it is a system that adds value rather than subtracting it like every other DRM system out there.

Comment Re:All well and good, but... (Score 1) 473

it isn't exactly a series of simple, lucid, concepts accessible to the everyman

Yes it is.
Actual science is the empirical testing of falsifiable ideas (called hypotheses) via a cyclical process of prediction, experimentation, and reassessment.

There are a lot of people and things going around claiming authority under the mantle of "Science" that don't fit this description and are not scientific.

It doesn't mean they are all "bad," but they are not science. For an example, there is no such thing as "Scientific Doctrine" beyond the basic acceptance of empiricism. (which is a philosophical decision, not a scientific one)

The real division is not between science and whatever is not science, the real divisions are between empiricism and the other theories of epistemology.
We really should bring back the term "Natural Philosophy" to refer to the general investigation of thoughts and ideas relating to the cosmos beyond us.

Comment Re:Idiocracy (Score 1) 628

When I leave home in the morning, my wife will know that 20 minutes later chances are higher than 90% that I will be driving.

...and she can reasonably expect that you will pull over briefly to read and respond to a text that she sends you, assuming you can't just wait till you arrive at your destination.

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