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Comment Re:Good on him (Score 1) 213

You're comparing a 1920s vehicle with the peak of modern development though.

Mostly, I was pointing out that steam engines were feasible in cars.

Anyway, it's hard to tell where things would have gone. The doble was arguably better than contemporary ICE vehicles. Compact steam power has had little development though. Nonetheless, we could certainly do a better job now: we have much better alloys and construction techniques.

The engine can afford to be larger too: it requires no clutch our gearbox either.

It would be hard to make steam competitive if it's possible, due to the vast amount of engineering which has gone into small ICE engines, and either way it's doubtful steam would offer enough to make it worth the investment. Still though, Doble's have better emissions than a Volkswagen!

Comment Re: Who gives a shit (Score 1) 130

That's rubbish. Allowing people to filter you out of their feed is not equivalent to gagging you. You have no right, mitral or otherwise to make people listen to you or force them away if they don't want to. If you interrupt a conversation I'm having in public with someone else, me telling you to eff off isn't gagging you either. You have no right to be listened to.

And here's the thing, if words are "just words" and of little consequence, why bother defending the right to use them freely. You cannot have it both ways where words are so important that their free use must be defended yet so unimportant that they are inconsequential.

With defenders like you, free speech doesn't need enemies.

Comment Re: it'll still be political (Score 1) 130

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or serious. Free speech isn't about obnoxiously forcing people to listen to you. You have a right to say what you like without being arrested. You have no right to make yourself a nuisance to people who don't want to hear what you have to say.

And the existence of public spaces doesn't imply that they should be a free for all only usable by the most annoying of people.

Comment Re:Who gives a shit (Score 1) 130

being able to handle mere words with tact is loooong gone my friend.

It's weird how the supposed free speech advocates favourite way of advocating free speech is to try to convince everyone how unimportant and inconsequential speech is. If speech is of no worth, it's not worth protecting. The entire reason for protecting it is precisely because it is important.

And no, being an asshole on a private platform is not protected free speech in any legal, ethical or moral way.

Comment Re: it'll still be political (Score 2) 130

There are already three tools for filtering: (1) block, (2) mute,

Except we both know those are ineffective against harassment swarms.

(3) don't bother logging in.

So the only option is currently to let a bunch of assholes bully you off the site so you can no longer engage in the conversations you actually want to engage with.

I seriously do not understand why you object to people having control over their own feed. It's almost like you think you should be able to either force your opinions on them or force them off the site.

Are you fucking serious? Twitter is a public platform.

Yes I am serious. Being in public is also in public. Just because something is in public does not give you some sort of moral right to be an asshole without consequences. If some people are having a conversation on a park bench, they can't stop you joining the conversation without leaving. If you do that and the only way to make you stop is to leave then congratulations, you're a major asshole.

People on twitter having public conversations is not all that dissimilar to having a conversation in public. If you keep butting in on people's feeds o the point where they leave twitter, then congratulations, you're a major asshole.

Simply existing in public does not give every jerk with an axe to grind some sort of ethical free pass on being a dickhead.

Oh and if not being enabled to be a massive dickhead by twitter actually hampers you in any way, then you really, really need to reconsider your life.

Comment Re:Who gives a shit (Score 1) 130

What ever happened to "sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me?"

What happened was it is and always was obvious bullshit. Let me counter with another trite saying: the pen is mightier than the sword. If speech is inconsequential, then there's no need to fight hard to keep it free, because you'd lose nothing of consequence.

If someone offends you, ignore them.

That's exactly what this is about.

If you can't bear to do that, a Block option has been on Twitter forever, use that.

No it hasn't, at least not one that's remotely effective. I mean sure you can block one user, but they can (and do) just come back with sock puppet accounts and keep spamming you with crap.

Comment Re:Feminist/SJW Echo Chamber Circling The Bowl (Score 1) 130

Considering that SJWs consider everything that disagrees with them as "harassment", you lose a lot more. You lose the main function of Twitter: The exchange of expressions of opinions

Ah yes. The exchange of opinions. Like, you know, for example, libel. I'm sure it was Milo's opinion that Leslie Jones said that stuff even though she didn't.
 

Comment Re: it'll still be political (Score 0) 130

This is a censorship tool plain and simple.

Wow the butthurt is strong in this one.

It's a tool that allows users to filter out things they don't want to hear. Me not wanting to listen to you, for example, is not censorship. Though among the people who rant about SJW, anything short of allowing them to stand on your front lawn with a megaphone spewing bile at 3am is "censorship".

And if you can't even do that on Twitter all the fun is sucked out of it and it becomes just another fucking marketing stream.

Wait, so forcing other people to listen to you is the only fun in twitter? Do you also walk up to randos in public and interject in their conversations too?

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