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Comment Re:Progressive (Score 1) 583

You should watch the Netflix series about the 80s. For every awesome thing reagan did, he did a dozen bad ones and they point every one of them out.

I am left of left around this sideshow but look, that doesn't invalidate his point any more than his citations invalidate yours. Can't we just agree that Obama was a shit president, and that Reagan was also a shit president, and move on?

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 583

The fact is that there are some people here who sit some distance along the autism spectrum, probably more than a few people with Asperger's, who are neurologically wired to view the world in very narrow and rigid ways. They need to define gender in the simplest form possible, it's just the way their brains work.

They don't have to have any condition to feel that way except stupidity, which makes simple things seem complex, and which also leads to oversimplication of complex things.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 583

A genetically defective evolutionary dead end.

I would argue that nature has been "trying" to make us hermaphrodites, and we've been resisting that by refusing to mate with them, or sometimes killing them when we find them. That person may be more highly evolved than you are. Doesn't it seem like a defect and drawback to have people have just one sex? It takes approximately 10,000 individuals to provide enough genetic diversity to maintain the species, because sex is a factor. How inefficient!

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 583

There's no known relationship between transgenderism, and delusions or psychoses.

But there is a correlation between attitudes on gender roles, and gender dysphoria. In places where the line is blurred and people aren't throwing rocks at men for wearing a dress or at women for wearing pants, more people live the lifestyle "of" the other gender without sexual reassignment. This strongly suggests that for at least some percentage of individuals, the desire to change their gender is a sort of sickness created by society's behavior towards them. Compare a natural-born full hermaphrodite; they have everything, and all possibilities in theory, but we overwhelmingly assign whichever sex appears more dominant at birth for cultural reasons. Why can't they be permitted to be themselves?

To my mind, it is a delusion, if a relatively harmless one. What do I care if people want to change their gender? If I'm not fucking them, it's irrelevant. If I fuck one by mistake, then I should consider my dating habits in one way or another. Once you can wave a magic wand and reassign your gender properly and without complications or risk, then I'll be willing to believe otherwise. But which thing do I believe: that it's reasonable to be happy with who you are, or that it's reasonable to take a knife to parts you just don't like? I've been taught the first thing since birth, and so far I've never had any reason to doubt it. Elective and cosmetic surgery goes wrong all the time, and often produces less-than-desirable results.

On the third hand, nothing justifies treating other people like crap because you don't agree with their decisions. With that said, if you want to be called she even though your original equipment doesn't match the description, or even your current equipment, stop expecting me to use the prefix "cis". I'm not going to call myself cis-anything. By every dictionary definition I am a natural-born human male. I don't need to call myself anything-gendered because I am typical of the species, at least in that way. Of course, my equipment is unusually large, but it's the standard type. ;)

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 583

Snowdon seems the logical "other pardon". Not sure I'd like that to happen. Would prefer a trial where he would be allowed to make his case. Manning wasn't afforded that opportunity either.

I don't know what you imagine prevents him from making his case while free; he has done so with some eloquence. Having it happen in a more hostile environment is not going to bring enlightenment to the willfully ignorant.

Comment Re:For all those calling for Snowden's pardon (Score 1) 583

What Snowden leaked is not known, especially since the reputable news organizations were asked to be careful about what was reported.

You're assuming that the government doesn't also have access to what he's given to news organizations, which is a very bad assumption. You might not know, but the government knows, and they have actually stated that no one has died because of his leaks. Everything he has leaked to the public was already known by our enemies, only our own citizens didn't know. Now, everyone knows.

Comment Re:Four years without updates? Does Apple hate us? (Score 1) 94

If Apple says the first iPhone was obsolete in 2013, why did they stop updating it four years before that?

Apple pushes updates to old phones for precisely one reason, to make them slower. They don't actually give a shit about those users, they only care about users who buy new devices. That's why they always try to weasel out of fixing their hardware problems. Buy a new ATA card to get around data corruption on your B&W G3. You're holding it wrong. The cube is cracking because you're abusing it. The list goes on and on and on forever.

When the majority of users have moved off the platform, they can stop pushing updates to it to slow it down, because most people have already moved on and it's not economically beneficial.

Comment Re:Washing & reusing Ziploc baggies (Score 1) 94

Where are you shopping for flip phones? Dollar General sells them and even Android phones for like $40.

But they also tell a bunch of toxic plastic shit and burns my nose, and probably has lead paint on it to boot. I won't even go in that shithole, it literally gives me a headache.

Comment Re:Leaf off the air too (Score 1) 94

If I need navigation, that is what a suction cup holder, smartphone, and Siri can be used for.

It's illegal to use a device suction-cupped to the windshield in California, although amusingly not radar detectors because you don't have to touch them, and they are permitted here. A decent bolt-in cellphone mount is upwards of a hundred bucks.

Comment Re:Some places are impossible. (Score 1) 41

we don't expect free cars, but for some reason many (most?) people feel entitled to free parking.

It's not free parking. Parking is part of the road, and roads are paid for with tax money. We already paid for that parking. Now that we've bought it, we have to lease it by the hour, too? I suppose you think all roads should be toll roads and your bank account is auto-charged for each one you drive on?

Comment Re:That doesn't change anything (Score 1) 95

Making money here means net profit. For a growing business, this should be negative. If you can borrow money at a 5% interest rate and use it to grow the business at a rate of 10%, then you report a loss but your company value increases. Amazon's strategy has been along these lines for most of its existence: all gross profits are reinvested in the business, so they always show a loss and their increase in value gives them the access to more capital through loans or by issuing more stock.

Comment Re:News from other countries... (Score 2) 25

Well, when it comes to space budgets....

NASA: $19,3B
ESA: $5,8B
Roscosmos: ~$2B/yr
JAXA: $2,0B
CNSA: $0,5B official / $1,3B est.
ISRO: $1,2B

It's not just US bias that leads to most stories coming from NASA. NASA really does spend the most on space research and exploration, by large margins.

Still, the public perception is that NASA's budget is far more than it actually is.

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