* Posts by Loyal Commenter

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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Re: Yellow gold is pure gold

That's not strictly true, as the carat measure is done by weight, not molar amount. It depends what the gold is alloyed with. The atomic weight of Gold is 197, silver is 107, copper is 64, so 18 carat gold alloyed with copper contains significantly less gold than 18 carat gold alloyed with silver.

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Re: I'll pass on the expensive version

JL has certainly kept her value a lot longer than anything Apple have ever produced.

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Re: Not intended for you

Since when have Apple done anything to encourage things to be upgradable, rather than disposable? From changing form factor to type, size, and layout of connectors. My money is on the iWatch 2.0 having a different form factor (thinner, and with a different aspect ratio) for starters.

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Re: Perceived value

But he is also saying that we should care what such people do. Personally, I couldn't give a tinker's cuss what such people get up to as long as I'm not forced to share their presence.

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It's quite simple

This will appeal to arseholes. It will attract to them women who like arseholes. Nobody who is not an arsehole wants to be around that sort of woman anyway. As far as I'm concerned, they can all disappear up their own...

As much as I dislike Apple, good on them from extracting money from those who do not deserve to have it.

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Universal Credit could take 10 YEARS to finish, says Labour MP

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"Our current plan is on track"

Their current plan, presumably, being that of funneling as much public money into their own pockets as possible until they get voted out and someone else gets a turn.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: I get it..!! Finally

The cynical might suggest that they are strongly trying to encourage their users to put all their data on Apple's proprietary cloud storage, so that they can then do whatever they like with it. Has anyone read the EULA?

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Re: The only real criticism is the CPU

I expect that if I wanted one, I could actually afford the pointless watch. Jealousy is not the issue here, it's not wanting to make a fool out of yourself by throwing away your money on a shiny trinket in what is nothing more than a demonstration of dick-waving.

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Re: Getting rid of Magsafe was a mistake

At a minimum, if Apple was going to compromise so drastically as to only have one USB port they should have at the least included an extra on the power adapter.

I'm pretty sure it's exactly Apple's business model to charge a large wedge of cash for the 'official' adaptor in such situations, and to design it to have a limited life, so they get the repeat business. After all, they have a long history of using non industry-standard ports and connectors entirely so that they can charge extra for cables.

The new iPhones have a socket which looks superficially like a micro-USB (which every other phone on the market uses), but which require a proprietary connector.

This goes all the way back to the old Macintosh computers with SCSI ports which had the same connectors as standard parallel ports, but were utterly incompatible, in some cases damaging hardware that was plugged into the wrong type of port.

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Form Over Function

If Apple made shiny bricks at $100 a piece, there would still be people out there who would buy them and build a house out of them, just to show off their over-inflated sense of self-worth.

"A fool and his money..."

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ALL comp-sci courses will have compulsory infosec lessons – UK.gov

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Doesn't sound like a bad idea to me

Security is something which should be designed into software from the start, rather than tacked on the outside. Teaching students the basics of information security is likely to make them more mindful of this.

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GSMA: Er, sorry about that MWC brothel ad with our logo

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Re: Exploitation?

Oh look, a man is in favour of prostitution. Stop the press.

Nobody in their right mind is going to claim that there is no exploitation of women in the sex industry. On the other hand, prostitution is not going to go away just because people don't like it, and it doesn't have to involve exploitation, in the sense of women being forced to do something against their will. There are plenty of examples of women selling sex because they choose to.

The correct attitude, in terms of reducing such exploitation, would appear to be legalisation and regulation of the sex industry. Since prostitution is legal in Barcelona, it seems perfectly reasonable to assume that such businesses should be permitted to advertise.

The flip side, of course, is that if you criminalise prostitution, you push it underground. You end up with what is a growing, and real, problem in the UK and other countries, where women and girls are forced into sex work against their will by organised criminal gangs. They may be beaten or drugged and are often smuggled from one country to another, so they are frightened about their legal status and are unfamiliar with the local language, so cannot seek help. Prudishness does nothing to help such victims.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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Re: Tawnie Lynn (pictured)

Because as we all know, you only get a couple of good qualities when you're born and if you choose looks or popularity, you must also be stupid or shallow.

I think it's more a case of, if you judge people solely by their looks, then you are 'stupid or shallow'. Stupid, because people have no choice over the looks they are born with, and shallow, because when it comes to the vast number of attributes that a person may possess, their looks are a single one.

Judging people based on their appearance would appear to be the sole function of this site, so it is reasonable to conclude that the users are, in fact, quite likely to be stupid and shallow individuals.

The featured individual's reference to 'polluting the gene pool' also smacks rather of eugenics, which doesn't exactly endear her to me.

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El Reg's plucky Playmonaut eyes suborbital rocket shot

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As anyone who has worked with liquid nitrogen cooled apparatus in a university physics or chemistry lab should be able to attest, distilling liquid oxygen from air is trivially easy if you have a ready supply of liquid nitrogen, a length of tubing, and a vacuum pump.

Vacuum distillation lines routinely use a nitrogen cooled trap to catch any volatiles before they end up in the vacuum pump's oil sump. One has to be careful not to open the other end of the line to the air, or you can end up with LOX in the trap, which is hazardous in its own right, but downright dangerous if mixed with any trace organics there might be already in the trap. A case of, "what's this pretty blue liquid?" followed by BOOM!

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: Casting the first stone n'all

I don't know about you, but if I'm maintaining code that falls foul of 'cargo cult' programming, I tend to remove the offending code, refactor it so it is properly documented, and then ensure it is properly tested to prove it still does what it is supposed to without the voodoo.

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Silicene takes on graphene as next transistor wonder-stuff

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Re: Valence

Since silicon atoms generally form four bonds, they are tetrahedral (as is carbon when forming single bonds). The typical shape of a six-membered ring is therefore either 'chair' or 'boat' shaped as in cyclohexane. To form a regular lattice, the configuration that tesselates is the 'chair' shaped one.

Graphene on the other hand, is composed of carbon atoms which are not forming 'single' bonds. Thyey are usually drawn as alternating single and double bonds, although the truth is that they are a hybrid of the two, as this configuration has a lower energy. The bonds in question are in a planar configuration, so graphene itself is truly flat. it is the special properties of the hybridisation of these bonds which leads to the delocalisation of the electrons, and the conductive properties of graphene.

I haven't seriously studied any chemistry for over a decade, but IIRC, the energy level of the bonds in silicon are close enough that they make it a semiconductor, unlike tetrahedral carbon (as in diamond, or in alkanes), which is an insulator.

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'Revenge p0rn' kingpin Kevin Bollaert faces 20 years in jail

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@Richard Altmann

You're trying to justify this sort of behaviour by blaming the victim.

I've said this before, and I'll state it again, so it might get through your thick skull:

This is akin to blaming rape victims for being 'dressed provocatively', or for being drunk at the time. This sort of defence does not go down well in court, and for good reason.

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@Freemon Sandlewould

Looking at your other posts, I'm trying hard to determine whether you are a rather inexpert troll, or just a terrible excuse for a human being. Neither reflects well.

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The problem is here is your emotions are not what is important. Freedom of speech on the internet IS IMPORTANT.

Yes, freedom of speech is important. You are free to say whatever you like, but if you commit a crime in doing so, expect to be prosecuted for it.

If you can't see why what this complete arsebucket did was both illegal and, perhaps more importantly, utterly immoral, perhaps you should be on some sort of medication.

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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Re: Leverage, Leveraged, Leveraging

Nah, that's when we mean 'sequencer'.

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Re: This type of mentality is irrational, bordering stupidity.

Mozilla and Google run automatic checks against their code to pick up bugs which could be used for exploits in the future and correct them before they are.

Mention the terms, 'coding to an interface', 'unit testing', or even 'bounds checking' to an Adobe programmer and I expect you will get nothing more than blank looks. Sadly, best practice is something often ignored by a lot of companies.

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Crackdown on eBay sellers 'failing to display' VAT numbers

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Re: Small Business Boo Hoo

This would have exactly zero impact on those eBay sellers who are listed as 'UK Seller' but then mysteriously ship you your purchase by slow boat from China anyway.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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@Dan1980

Whilst I agree that this sort of behaviour is probably covered by existing laws, and that passing new legislation requires careful thought, and even more careful wording, I think in this sort of case, the perp deserves to be prosecuted for something a little more that distributing copyrighted images (which isn't even a criminal offence, it's a civil matter, at least until industry interests raise the cash to pay for copyright infringement to become a criminal matter).

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Re: I'm not sure I feel that sorry for the "victims" here

That sort of attitude is the same as saying, "She was dressed provocatively m'lud, so it's her fault I raped her". That won't get you very far in court.

Blaming the victim displays a lack of compassion and empathy that should raise a red flag to everyone around you.

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Horrifying iPhone sales bring Apple $18bn profit A QUARTER

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Re: So what happen to Peak Apple?

Oops, Freudian slip - I said Apple Employees, when of course I meant customers...

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Re: So what happen to Peak Apple?

When you are calling nigh on a billion of the world's wealthier consumers - including a majority of CEO's and business leaders - gullible fools, it's time to look in the mirror.

Just because 'nigh on a billion' people do something, that doesn't make it clever. A case in point - pick any two of the world's major religions. They can't both be right, therefore all the adherents of at least one of those religions are, by definition, such gullible fools.

Just because something is absurd, doesn't stop people following it. In this case, it is absurd to pay over the odds for something that has designed-in obsolescence that is quite blatantly done in order to extract more money from you.

The sad fact is that the world is full of idiots, and everyone has the capability to act like one at times. The level of fanaticism seen in Apple Employees is both comical, and saddening to those of us who can sit outside of the phenomenon and observe it. To Apple, and their shareholders, it is a positive boon.

Very few of the 'business leaders' I come across use Apple products in their day-to-day work. Being high earners makes them more likely to purchase high-cost items. The same people seem to enjoy buying personalised registration plates, that do nothing other to act as a money sink and to make other road users think, "what a twat". There seems to be little correlation between level of earnings and idiocy in such cases, and certainly not an inverse one. You'd probably find a more solid correlation between earnings, who your parents happen to be, which school you went to (although not academic results), and who you happen to know.

Extolling me to 'look in the mirror' does nothing to help your argument, other than turning it into a rather pathetic ad hominem attack.

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Re: So what happen to Peak Apple?

You'd be making massive profits too, if you'd managed to hit on the magic formula of overpriced goods, with a short upgrade cycle, and a seemingly unlimited supply of gullible fools.

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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Re: Google can't win

Of course, you cannot translate the geometry of the Ancients. If you try to make sense of the angles of R'Lyeh, it will send you insane.

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Re: Fact Hunt!

@big_D

I absolutely agree; if you trust the translation from Google, you are asking for what you get. As I said, caveat emptor

Fun examples can be had by taking a sentence of your choice, using Google Translate to translate this to a second language, then taking this translation, translating it to a third language, and finally back to the original language.

The above sentence translated to Greek, then Japanese, then back to English, reads:

"Fun example, Google is, to translate it in a second language, taking this translation, translated into third language, using eventually return to the original language, by taking the penalty of your choice you can be had."

You can be had indeed...

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I've not seen the film in question myself, but on the website from which I cribbed this information:

Bringing Up Baby in 1938 was the first film to use the word gay to mean homosexual. Cary Grant, in one scene, ended up having to wear a lady’s feathery robe. When another character asks about why he is wearing that, he responds an ad-libbed line “Because I just went gay”. At the time, mainstream audiences didn’t get the reference so the line was thought popularly to have meant something to the effect of “I just decided to be carefree.”

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/02/how-gay-came-to-mean-homosexual/

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Re: Fact Hunt!

You are requesting a fairly major increase in functionality. Certainly what you are suggesting would be useful, but it's beyond the scope of what Google currently does.

Given that organisationally, Google are perfectly set up for exactly this sort of data analytics, you'd probably be surprised at how little work this would be. I reckon it would probably turn out to be a couple of weeks work for one programmer, to define the rules and techniques for extracting such information, and then a learning period for the software as it goes to work categorising the data. Given that Google's Oompah-Loompahs are purportedly given a day a week to work on their own projects, it wouldn't surprise me if someone was already working on it.

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I believe the use of the word to insinuate homosexuality (amongst other meanings, which have now fallen out of use) pre-dates that by a fair while. However, the use of the word to mean homosexual, as its primary meaning, and as a noun, rather than an adjective dates from the mid 20th century. It's first use in that sense on screen, for instance, was by Cary Grant in the film, "Bringing Up Baby" in 1938.

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Re: Fact Hunt!

I for one don't think we should censor a dictionary type resource just because of sensibilities.

Whilst I'm inclined to agree, in part, I don't see why translations to certain words cannot be tagged, as offensive, vulgar, slang, etc. (as they are in dictionaries) and why Google cannot apply the equivalent of 'safe search' to them.

If I were to use it to translate a document into another language (caveat emptor, I know), it would be a reasonable expectation that it wouldn't use offensive terms, unless I specifically allowed it to. In the more likely situation where I am translating a document from another language into English in order to understand it, I typically wouldn't want the resulting text to be peppered with bigotry.

Conversely, if the source document contains text which is racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise distasteful, and I wished to know what nasty things the author had been saying, but translated into my own language, it would seem reasonable to have an option to preserve such language in the translation. However distasteful such terms are, they still convey meaning.

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Top smut site Flashes visitors, leaves behind nasty virus

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Re: We at least the UK laws are thinking of the Children...

virulent plage

Is that a French beach, near to a sewerage outfall?

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Re: "campaign leveraging the recent Adobe Flash zero day vulnerability "

I think 'leveraging' is something the BOFH does on the roof, with an old tape safe, and a length of broom handle, and involves waiting for people who use the word in every-day conversation to walk past at street level.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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I'd pay to see the Spice Girls eaten by sand worms.

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Re: From the depths of filmdom I give you

You should watch the cut with the original Arnie Dialogue. The fact that he couldn't really speak English at that point* makes it more fun.

*I know, he's not much better now

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Re: I nominate

Oh yes, and how could I forget the Nick 'one facial expression' Cage classic, "National Treasure". The whole plot seemingly revolves around how he is somehow descended from some great American hero, and there's a massive conspiracy by the British to undo him, with associated cheesy effects and wooden acting.

Then they made a sequel.

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Re: Frikkin' shark movies on SyFy

Didn't that have Robert Picardo in? His roles have gone progressively downhill, since he played 'johnnycab' in Total Recall...

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Re: Coping Mechanism

Also, there was never a remake of:

Total Recall

Conan the Barbarian

The Karate Kid

Arthur

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

...and there was never a totally pointless scene-by-scene remake of Hitchcock's 'Psycho'

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I nominate

'Cocktail' with the revolting little Tom Cruise.

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Re: I reckon that I have something...

Hercules in New York is a very watchable film. It's laughable, yes, the acting is terrible, and the background traffic noise on Mount Olympus destroys any sense of realism. However, it does have a plot, and is actually enjoyable despite being a terrible film.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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He was a clueless idiot when he was head of the Met, and he's still one now.

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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

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Re: More MSFT marketing?

Did you actually read the article then?

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SPACE the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of COMET PROBE ROSETTA

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Re: It's with my other camera

Yeah, one of those camera flashes that will illuminate a scene from several hundred metres away. One of those ones that takes 400,000 AA sized-batteries.

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Imhotep!

Imhotep!

Imhotep!

etc. ad inifnitum

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

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Re: I'm 50/50 here

Ok, I'll rise to the bait.

First of all, when using 'vulgar' language in someone's presence, whether or not that person is a nun falls pretty far down the list of considerations, if on it at all. Whether language is offensive lies entirely with context. For example some people are offended by certain words, whether or not they are used in an offensive context (i.e. as an insult). Being offended by the word itself is nonsense, and it matters not one jot whether the person being offended is a nun, the Dalai Lama, the Queen, or anybody else. A person's religious sensibilities are their own and they should not be imposing them on me, or anyone else.

Secondly, I wouldn't normally gratuitously go out of my way to offend other, because I have some modicum of self restraint. I also don't think it is right to impose that restraint on others. Like everyone else, I don't have the right to not be offended either.

Of your list f things that you think are fine, I wouldn't say I am offended by them, but I do think some of these are just plain wrong:

I wouldn't recommend incest, on the grounds that it is fairly shaky ground on both a legal, and biological basis.

Tax evasion is also not legal, and avoidance, some would argue, is immoral.

Violent protests depend on context, but in general are not a good thing on the grounds that causing harm to others, or their property is generally frowned upon in both a legal and ethical sense.

Riding a bicycle on full speed on the pavement is illegal, dangerous, and idiotic. According to the ONS, in 2013, three pedestrians were killed in the UK as a result of collisions with cyclists. I wouldn't advocate it, and neither should you. If you do genuinely think this is a good idea, then you are a moron.

Finally, theft, on the whole is not something I approve of. There may be some very specific cases where it could be justified, for example where it could be deemed necessary to save a life, but I think most people would agree that such cases are pretty contrived.

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Re: People are entitled to their own beliefs

Facts not opinions

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Re: I'm 50/50 here

Do you or do you not agree with this:

> The world would be a much happier place if we could all stop doing things we know will upset somebody unless there's a good reason to do it.

Quite simply put, I do not agree with this. There are plenty of things which I am fine with, but which others find offensive. The offense lies solely with the person being offended.

Here are a few examples of things which are fine*, but which, by your argument, you would rather not happen, because they offend some groups of people, and this is common knowledge:

- Two gay men kissing.

- A woman breastfeeding in public.

- Bacon sandwiches.

- Sex outside marriage.

- Singing.

- Dancing.

These are just a very few of the virtually inexhaustible list of things that can provide adequate counterexamples to your argument.

*Okay, technically, these are things that I think are fine. I also think you're a bigot if you don't agree. I hope this offends you.

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