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Comment Re:Goes to the heart of capitalism (Score 1) 257

Not if both parties agree and he waives his parental rights to her and she accepts them.

this is a horrible metaphor

That doesn't actually happen. The government doesn't like getting stuck paying for your mistake.

You have to have a step-father officially submit adoption paperwork, so someone else takes the responsibility. Until then, the father is still on the hook until they're emancipated.

Comment Re:Bullshit, Todd. (Score 5, Insightful) 257

The problem is they are not suing over the mistake made by the clinic, but that the child has the wrong genes.

The kid having the wrong genes is the direct fruit of the clinic's malpractice. It's no different than a baby being dropped on its head by the doctor. You don't sue ONLY for the mistake, you sue for the consequences of the mistake. Two parents decide to merge their DNA and make a baby. They do so knowing their, and their families' histories. The clinic chooses to negligently upend that planning with an unknown set of consequences - and robbing the parents of having allowed the father to contribute his traits to the child they've chosen to make. The ramifications are numerous, both emotionally and quite possibly medically, intellectually, etc., for the child. You can't separate the negligence from the life-long consequences.

Comment Re:Non-starter 'flying car' (Score 2) 169

Yeah. Clients are always kind of shocked at the downdraft created when I use mid-sized hex to lift a camera while we're shooting some video. And that's something that weighs, oh, 15 pounds. It takes a LOT of moving air to keep a suitcase or a watermelon hovering in the air. To say nothing of my over-two-hundred-pounds and my passenger and the thing we're sitting in. NOT back yard material, here, never mind the enormous racket it's going to make.

Comment Re:Recycle! (Score 2) 129

Now I know it's a *horror* for your standard capitalist these days, but what about, like, PLANNING (omfg, he's said the *P* word!) a bit ahead?

How do you propose to "plan"? We don't have any use for recycled materials in orbit. There's a lot of infrastructure that would need to be in place first before it makes sense to recycle.

Think about some standards which would make those things as recyclable as possible (like trying to keep a set of agreed-upon materials, standards for easy deconstructibility -- all things which, you know, *might* help us down here too), working towards a LEO factory of the future?

Let us note that those sorts of recycling standards routinely create a big mess on Earth, including lower quality electronics (such as tin whiskers) and more effort spent recycling than would be saved in materials. I don't see the point of having expensive satellites follow some recycling standard that isn't justified, lowers the effective lifespan of the satellite, and won't actually be useful for decades until someone gets around to putting the necessary recycling infrastructure in space (by the time they do, they probably will be able to handle most of the current satellites and large space debris aside from nuclear reactors).

Comment Re:Hmz.... (Score 1) 120

So you think it is okay for a company to close a plant in a state where workers have rights and moved to a state where workers can be abused with twice the hours at the same rate of pay?

Of course. I don't respect abusive labor unions, particularly in times when labor is under stress.

In 30 years 90% of manufacturing will be done by robots in the USA. this will be good for a few and horrible for many.

Unless, of course, that doesn't happen. We can implement employer-friendly social policies before then and keep that from happening.

Comment Re:Thanks for the troll mod (Score 1) 477

and not because his semi-private ideals

What ideals? If I play chess in "semi-private" with the usual rules, does that mean I have the ideal that white should go first?

Last time I heard, he was let go for that reason and for unspecified "other reasons". If you have a citation as to what those "other reasons" are which does not boil down to speculation, I'm interested in reading it.

Sorry, I don't buy that those "unspecified reasons" exist. Dries Buytaert had no problem talking about Larry Garfield's alleged "ideals", but refused to mention any other reason. What makes discussion of Garfield's bedroom proclivities even of remote relevance to the decision to end Garfield's participation in Drupal?

Comment Re:Wonderful news ... (Score 1) 177

Does anybody want to have to compete? Some do, but most people are lazy and want stuff for free, including customers. The government should be out of that loop. Lacking the ACA's forcing me to do business with my choice of two vendors who are themselves forced to replicate their businesses and all of their overhead in fifty different states, that should all be torn down.

Comment Re:This is all very silly. (Score 1) 477

These values are incompatible with the values of the Drupal project. No platform.

What values? You conflate a fantasy world with real human beliefs. And I'll note that even if Larry Garfield truly does buy into "Gorean values" rather than just have some sex fantasies, values != behavior and harm. We should be speaking of his behavior and harm that causes problems for Drupal, not values that do not.

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