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Comment Re:pushing things underground (Score 1) 60

I'd much rather have the racists hanging out on Stormfront. I'd say not giving those kinds of people a wide platform to stand on is just fine. When the white supremacists were stuck reading their mimeotyped bulletins and meeting in basements, or even later dialing into pre-Stormfront BBSs, and finally on sites like Stormfront itself, they had no great legitimacy.

I'd much rather have those types pushed back on to Stormfront and like-minded sites, simply because there is no feasible way to create universal kill files. Besides, site operators have the right to use whatever tools they see fit to moderate and administer their forums, and if the Nazis don't like it, they can go start their own websites. But of course, the Nazis don't want to do that, because when they're stuck just talking to each other, there's no one to sell to. These days they need popular posting platforms, because that represents growth. The number of regular people who are going to go to Stormfront is very very small.

Comment Re:"Toxic" comments huh? (Score 1) 60

If you don't like an online forum's moderation, then you are completely free to find one more to your liking, or even start your own.

But believe me, sooner or later if your online forum takes off in any way, you're going to get some trolls, and if they aren't checked, they'll drive out anyone reasonable people. I've seen more than one forum collapse under the weight of uncontrolled trolling. It even happened to a local community web forum, where three or four very abusive posters who seemed to have infinite amounts of time on their hands attacked everyone else. The admin believed strongly in giving posters wide latitude, and by the time he realized that he should have been a bit more vigorous in moderating comments, and perhaps kicked off the worst offenders, it was too late, and it dwindled away until he finally just shut it down. The trolls, of course, having "won", by their bizarre definition, couldn't tolerate the place anymore because it had basically become an online circle jerk.

Frankly, I'd never run a web forum. Even back in ye olden days when I ran a BBS with about thirty users at its max, I still had a couple of assholes, so it's not a new problem, it's just that ease of access makes it all the worse.

Comment Re:Sterile and shattered. (Score 1) 240

One thing we know for certain about at least some of the Galilean moons that due to the gravitational craziness of Jupiter and the big moons, these bodies are pretty damned dynamic. Io is probably the most geologically active body in the solar system, and while Europa's icy crust is fairly dull, a liquid ocean underneath suggests that it is very geologically active as well. I wonder with planets being that much closer to the star, and that much closer to each other, that the relatively low energy output of their star would be made up for by similar gravitational interplay, and being that much closer even though the star is very dim, there's still a lot of energy available. I don't think there's any kind of real proof forthcoming, but there seems a general view in scientific circles that where you have liquid water, organic material and energy, life may be an inevitability.

Comment Re:Overshadowed by systemic racism. (Score 2) 240

I can certainly understand why he is a pretty vile human being, but that doesn't going any distance towards defending him.

My honest view is that he has no sincerely held views. I think he just says things to piss people off, and has gathered together a following of young white men in their late teens and early twenties who think that it's really cool to be a repugnant bigot. I don't think that has anything to do with whether Milo was the victim of abuse as a child, and everything to do with the fact that he's an entertainer who has a following to immature and stupid to realize that he's playing them for laughs and giggles.

But even the further end of the conservative spectrum, while certainly happy to openly despise women and minorities, still have pedophilia as possibly their only remaining red line.

Comment Re:Sterile and shattered. (Score 1) 240

I remember playing a SciFi tabletop roleplaying game years ago that had a world generation system, and that one suggested that a tidally-locked world could have a "habitable zone" along the terminator, where temperatures were relatively moderate. I don't know how reasonable that is, since I would imagine that having half the planet's atmosphere at one temperature extreme and the other half at another could lead to some pretty extraordinary heat exchange, in the form of pretty brutal storms.

Comment Re:Sterile and shattered. (Score 4, Interesting) 240

I think that greatly depends. Without a strong magnetic field, the Earth would look a lot like Mars, with much of its ancient primordial atmosphere blown away. I can imagine if one or more of those planets do indeed have a strong magnetic field, then I don't see how it is improbable that they could not harbor life. At the moment, we can't even declare with a high degree of assurance that Mars does not host life.

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