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Comment Re:Only viable if all planes land themselves (Score 1) 127

Performing a banked approach is a standard procedure taught to all student pilots and is simple maneuver.

Great, now do it on a curve, which (as has been pointed out elsewhere) will change your relationship to the wind as the process occurs. Maybe not a big deal for a little bitty plane, unless there is much wind. Definitely a big deal for a bigger plane. It's just adding too many factors when most problems already happen on takeoff or landing.

Comment Re:Only viable if all planes land themselves (Score 1) 127

I don't think it is that hard. Then again I am not a pilot, and I am guessing you are neither,

Okay, have you ever landed a 747 in a simulation? I did it on a Mac IIci with a mouse at about 8 fps, so it's not very like real flying, but it's a nice illustration of how complicated it is — especially since it was non-trivial even with all hazards turned off.

Comment Re:Is it roleplay, or an actual lifestyle? (Score 1) 458

If that strictly personal belief did not negatively influence the quality of his work,

The Drupal project's "work" is more than simply producing Drupal. That's why their mission statement or code of conduct or whatever explicitly states that they seek to promote equality. If you don't believe in promoting equality, you shouldn't work for a place whose mission is promoting equality.

Their concern is probably twofold, one is hiring people who promote their values, and the other is having someone who doesn't believe in their values on staff makes it look like they don't believe in them either.

Dries also said in his blog post that there were other considerations which he is not going to discuss. Everyone in this thread is assuming that isn't the case, when Dries explicitly said that it was.

Comment Re:In the name of tolerance (Score 1) 458

Acceptance of abuse is not tolerance. It is just abuse.

When it comes to BDSM the line becomes murky. The basic guideline is "Safe, sane and consensual" but all of those words mean different things to different people, even consent. This is why communication is critical in all relationships, but even moreso in BDSM. I've had someone come in from out of town to play and then refuse to communicate with me. They had some fantasy of me simply doing things to/with them. But that kind of bullshit leads to people being hurt. Or hell, incarcerated. No communication, no play, because there is no consent.

There are lots of "BDSM" relationships which are simply abusive, with a partner being coerced and manipulated into maintaining the relationship. Probably more of them are healthy, but that doesn't change the fact.

Political correctness often urges us to treat all belief systems the same, but all belief systems are not the same. Some of them are inherently prejudiced. People cannot participate in them without being inherently prejudiced. Some of those prejudices are harmful. As a species we are in the process of realizing that women are not inferior to men. Some of us have gotten stuck.

Comment Re:Is it roleplay, or an actual lifestyle? (Score 1) 458

If it's all conducted between consenting adults, who cares if it's a lifestyle, as long as they don't try to impose it on others against their will?

They ostensibly have the right to live their lifestyle. But the foundation also has the right to remove people that they feel will compromise their goals, and one of their goals is to promote equality. Goreans are anti-equality. QED, it is irresponsible to keep one on staff, because they are likely to at least subconsciously (if not consciously) make decisions which conflict with that goal.

Someone who self-identifies as Gorean is going way beyond "play" because their "lifestyle" involves explicitly believing that women are genetically, irreparably inferior to men. This belief obviously conflicts with Drupal's mission.

This isn't suggesting that they shouldn't be able to live however they want, or that they should be reprogrammed for their thoughtcrimes. But equally, they shouldn't expect to participate in organizations which promote equality. They should in fact expect to be booted the fuck out with extreme prejudice, just like the extreme prejudice they hold against women.

Comment Re:SJW purges in full swing now (Score 1) 458

Just as importantly, it makes the point that the guy did NOT, EVER post any kind of public blog post about the practice or philosphy of the Gorean lifestyle. Instead, he was DOXXED by some shitheel who created an account on a PRIVATE social network of, by, and specifically for Goreans, for the purpose of gaining access to his victim's PRIVATE posts and profile thereon.

So, investigative journalism.

He was OUTED by an ASSHOLE, and was FIRED by ANOTHER ASSHOLE, essentially for THOUGHTCRIME.

If he's a Gorean, then he's a misogynistic asshole. It's assholes all the way down.

Personally, I think he's not the one who should be "asked to resign" over this issue.

Drupal is in a difficult position in this case. I don't know that they made the right decision, but they made the predictable decision. They have a code of conduct which promotes equality and the Gorean lifestyle (It's not just "play", you don't need a special name for that) is inherently misogynistic and explicitly opposed to equality. That is in fact what attracts people to it in the first place.

Comment Re: Crazy (Score 1) 458

And you wonder why you sleep alone...

If you scratch someone who calls themselves a feminist even lightly, you will always find the attitude that men hold primary responsibility for all the world's ills, and that women are superior to men in every way. The degree to which they believe it differs, but it's inherent to the very name. It's not equalism or humanism. It's feminism.

This is not me arguing that women aren't oppressed more than men, I'm not making that argument because it would be stupid, because they are. We clearly have to work harder on the oppression of women than on the oppression of men, as we attempt to end the oppression of all humans. This is about what it reveals about yourself that you're willing to call yourself a feminist. Positive actions are not inherently feminine (nor the converse) any more than an action which is inherently masculine (the only one I can think of being whipping out your dick) is inherently harmful.

Comment Re:Crazy (Score 0) 458

The way I read Larry Garfield's statement is that he's into Dom/Sub relationships, and his club is as well, and the whole thing is mainly a roleplaying thing for him.

You're not a Gorean if you don't think that men are superior to women all day every day, and live that way too. You're just doing D&S or whatever.

Comment Re:Good, I hope they close them all (Score 1) 71

Of course, carrying those vintage cartridge/disc games would be difficult in its own way. All the Gamestop stories I've been in were fairly small and just didn't have the room to stock all those vintage games.

Bollocks. They just don't take up that much space, because they simply ditched the cases for the oldest games and used only envelopes. They didn't put the cases on the wall, you'd just have to ask about stock. That was what got me to come in the door, the saturn games. Then I'd wind up buying other stuff. Now, I don't go in the door.

Comment Only viable if all planes land themselves (Score 3, Insightful) 127

A computer doesn't give a shit if the runway is straight or curved, because it can handle a little more left (or whatever) while it's managing dozens of other things. But a human can't do that. You want to make pilots have to account for bank and curvature in addition to everything else? That's obviously a shit idea.

Comment Re: While its not my cup of tea (Score 1) 458

But what you said is that being an asshole all the time might not be unhealthy, and you're wrong. It is unhealthy. It's unhealthy to the self, it's unhealthy to society, and it's unhealthy for the individuals with which you interact. It's a mark of damaged people who have been hurt that they have to hurt others. What we want to see is damage repaired, not perpetuated.

So on the one hand far be it from me to say that someone who has to be degraded to feel sexual satisfaction shouldn't seek sexual satisfaction, and on the other hand, maybe they should also be seeking help. At least some subset of them certainly should be, because they are both perpetuating unhealthy behavior, and validating someone else's shitty behavior and thus eliminating their motivation to change into someone with whom you would actually want to interact.

Comment Re:Good, I hope they close them all (Score 1) 71

Gods below, can you imagine what a nightmare it would be trying to support vintage games? I've never been in a Gamestop store before, so I don't know what their support policy is, but imagine trying to explain to someone why the copy of Quake I they bought won't run under Windows 10.

Sigh. You might think of Gamestop as a PC game retailer today, but that's because you are a child. When I started going to Gamestop, the PC game section didn't even merit a wall. It was just a little bit of free-standing display. In fact, I was going to Funcoland before they were bought out by Gamestop.

Comment Re:What precentage caused by man? (Score 1) 203

Some of your objections are legitimate, but some of them are not. Let's talk about them. First, let's just save anyone who doesn't actually care the trouble by agreeing that since it doesn't deal with the CO2, and CO2 causes more problems than warming, it's a non-starter.

In order to keep it from falling to earth it has to be orbiting. That means it has to orbit SOMETHING.

You put it at L1. This takes care of your entire first paragraph. You will still need some PV solar and some ion engines for stationkeeping but you do not need to combat the solar wind, it is its own solution.

If your sail is not absolutely reflective it's going to get hot (and nothing is absolutely 100% reflective at every frequency - even a mirror gets hot if you leave it in the sun) so you need some way to cool it or that heat will build up and eventually it will burn up.

This is a real problem. I don't have the solution because of the solution to the next problem.

So let's say you solve that... hey you know what we CALL a large sail being hit by the sun ? A solar sail.

You solve that by reflecting the light through the reflector at all times. It's a series of cone-shaped rings. The light reflected from the face of one ring is reflected from the back face of the next ring.

So, how do we solve the cooling problem?

Comment Re:What precentage caused by man? (Score 1) 203

Blocking sunlight is one way of slowing down the warming but reducing the sunlight will also reduce the productivity of photosynthesis which will reduce crop yields among other things.

It doesn't matter if you do it at times when plants are getting too much sunlight, which already happens. You can tell they are getting too much sunlight because either a) it is over 100 degrees when virtually all plants close down their stomata and just try not to lose all their water and die or b) the plants are literally getting sunburned, which is also a thing which happens.

Also it doesn't do a thing to stop ocean acidification.

That's true. Also, we have to breathe whatever comes down, and there's basically nothing whatsoever which is actually safe to spray up there which will also do the job.

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