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Comment Re:Austin 16 minute commute? (Score 2) 155

A good friend of mine lives in Austin and his commute is less than 10

When I worked for Tivoli it took me five minutes just to walk across the Arboretum (at which point I was at work, because I was in the nearest possible apartment complex.) I call shenanigans. Even then it was unusual to have less than a fifteen minute commute. All my friends say the 35 is now a parking lot any time it's vaguely near commute time. If you live in Austin, and you actually have a commute worthy of the name, you're not making it in ten minutes.

Comment Re:What will happen to humans? (Score 1) 268

What will happen to humans displaced by these robots? We live in a society that expects everyone to work, but what will happen when there are no jobs? Crime? Extreme poverty? Mass protests? Political or religious extremism?

Probably all of the above, to some degree... but there's still huge differences between Russia 1917 and Greece 2017. Maybe Venezuela is getting close to the "fuck it, I got nothing to lose" level but as long as society is keeping people from really hitting rock bottom I think most poor people will simply be poor. Absolute poverty is in strong decline, the "third world" isn't nearly as primitive as it once was, even if the US middle class has been stagnant since the 70s the world hasn't moved backwards. Just like if global warming kills the Gulf Stream some places can get colder, not warmer - it's the big picture that counts.

Consider it this way, even if you're really poor the OSHA won't let companies kill you at work. The FDA won't accept dangerous food, you probably have clean hot and cold water, decent sanitation and so on. Medical science moves forward, people live longer and longer. Building codes keep getting stricter, cars safer and my impression is that people throw more and more away because they don't like it anymore or it looks a bit shabby, not because it's broken or useless. If you just accept being a bum and collect cheap or free second hand stuff from thrift stores and flea markets and eat Ramen noodles you might not be living it up by today's standards, but it's nothing like being genuinely poor 100 or 200 years ago. Or the worst hellholes today.

So 43 million Americans are on food stamps today, if we get (more) robotic tractors, robotic delivery vans, robotic shelf stockers, robotic checkout counters, robotic this, that... people go out of a job, some get new work others go on welfare. And if you think that's a problem, you can always replace one bulldozer with 1000 people with a spoon... it's not worth creating jobs just to have jobs. Expect it to be just barely enough to calm the masses though, it won't be given freely or easily. But I doubt they'll let it slide so far that people take to the streets with "give me UBI or give me death" slogans, there's always the "viva la revolution" or "Soylent Green" endings. But I think "bread and circus" is more likely.

Comment Re:As opposed to? (Score 1) 33

The ACA was the largest government handout to industry in possibly the history of government.

That's a a very narrow view. Guess you're middle-class, huh?

The GOP would have happily voted in favor of it if only the white house were occupied by a republican; they opposed it because they didn't want a democrat to get credit for health care reform.

Events from the last 2 weeks would seem to undercut that argument quite a bit.

but the bill did largely the opposite of that.

There are, at minimum, 24 million of your fellow countrymen who think that argument is full of shit.

He gave the GOP the bill they wanted.

That's a bizarre statement to make, considering that not one single solitary GOP congresscritter voted for its passage.

Comment Re:Only viable if all planes land themselves (Score 3, Interesting) 255

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) 255

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) 551

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) 551

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) 551

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 0) 551

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) 551

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) 551

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) 103

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 5, Insightful) 255

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.

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