* Posts by parry.lost

8 posts • joined 2 Mar 2013

LightSail 2 successfully unfurls its silvery solar sails, prepares to become a truly solar-powered satellite

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Re: Third Solar Sail?

Wasn't IKAROS also powered entirely by solar cells? It would lose power at regular intervals in its orbit when it wasn't getting enough sunlight. It also sent back enough data to prove that it did get a fair amount of delta-V from the solar sail, and showed that it could manoeuvrer using the sail, IIRC.

To be fair, LightSail 2 cost less than half of what IKAROS cost; but the latter was set (and successfully met) far more ambitious goals.

Black and Latina boffins regularly mistaken for janitors, study finds

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Political correctness gone mad!

Well, uh, clearly women just have a natural pre-desposition to look like, um, janitors, and therefore there's nothing wrong with... er... Dang, there's got to be *some* way to spin this into a "feminism-is-dead, things-are-fine-just-the-way-they-are" narrative!

OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

parry.lost

People don't usually get married out of deep philosophical considerations about the social good. Usually, reasons are much more personal, and, often, more selfish than that.

There are straight people who get married but who don't want kids, or even can't have kids for medical reasons.

There are straight people who have kids without being married, for one reason or another.

There are gay couples who adopt children, or have children with the help of surrogates. The fight for adoption rights has long been another major front on the fight for LGBT rights.

"Those who lobby for gay-marriage are anti-family" doesn't make any sense. Family is exactly what gay couples who want to get married are all about -- they want their partner to be officially recognized as their family. You are the one making the assumption that it's all about "sexual proclivities." Gay people don't need marriage licenses to have sex with each other. They want marriage licenses precisely because, like most people, they sometimes want a deeper relationship than that, and they want that relationship to be respected and recognized the same as relationships between straight people.

parry.lost

Well... yes. No-one is threatening to put Eich in jail for not promoting gay rights, or whatever. If you mean it's the only "correct" view in the sense that it's morally correct to not limit people's rights based on their sexual orientation, then yes, it's the only correct view. Just like enthusiastic support is the only correct attitude towards the rights of black people, or women, or Jewish people, or whatever other group of people that's faced discrimination you care to name. Doesn't mean that you don't have a right to be racist, sexist, anti-semitic or whatever else you choose to be -- free speech! Oppose the rights of anyone you want! As long as you don't get violent, you have that right. And people have a right to criticise your views, on the front page of their websites, if they so wish.

parry.lost

Re: heterophobes

Yes, heterophobia! Why, even now the gay community is plotting to make marriage to Brendan Eich illegal!

parry.lost

Re: Land of the free?

"Free speech" means the government doesn't have a right to come and arrest you for saying something they don't like.

Free speech does *not* mean "freedom from criticism," or "freedom from any consequences whatsoever for anything I've said or done." If someone doesn't like your views, and feels like saying so, they have a right to free speech as well.

parry.lost

Ahem... Most of you are missing a part of this.

The article doesn't really make this clear -- but regardless of the official stance of Mozilla as a company, Eich himself has never actually recanted his opposition to same-sex marriage. He has promised not to discriminate against gay people within Mozilla, etc., but at no point -- as far as I have read, at least -- has he ever said that he has changed his mind, and that he is in favour of the right to equal marriage now.

If he did, I think -- despite what some of the commenters here are claiming -- that the attitude towards him would, indeed, change, and that his appointment as CEO wouldn't be seen so negatively. I think a lot of people who are upset about this would be perfectly happy with him staying on as CEO if he'd just make a public statement to the effect of "I was wrong, gay marriage is A-Ok, sorry about that." Maybe he could make a small donation to some pro-gay marriage cause, to "balance out" the donation he made for Proposition 8. I know that'd be good enough for me, anyway.

Also, I don't think that being for or against LGBT rights are just different flavours of political thought, as some commenters seem to be seeing it. Trying to pass a law to prevent gay couples from getting married isn't just advocating some harmless personal belief -- it's trying to force your personal beliefs onto others; in fact, it's being willing to hurt others in order to ensure that they comply with your personal beliefs.

Gay people don't hurt anyone when they get married. Advocating LGBT rights doesn't hurt anyone. Trying to take away gay people's rights, and trying to advocate for them, are not morally equivalent positions.

And free speech doesn't mean speech free from criticism, or free from consequences -- such as people no longer wanting to work with you. Eich is perfectly free to advocate against gay marriage. He's free to advocate against inter-racial marriage, for that matter, if he felt like it... But that doesn't mean he has a right to have everyone around him politely ignore his views, and carry on working with him like nothing in the world is wrong.

The only valid point I think I've heard so far in Eich's defence is that it's a reality of modern life that many of the products we use have morally-ambiguous origins -- obviously far more so than Mozilla, in most cases. That still doesn't mean any of us have to be OK with Eich, though.

SimCity 2000

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SimCity 2k is probably my favourite game of all time. I've tried SimCity 4, and it just didn't have the same soul to it -- it added some more detail and complexity, but somehow these details failed to coalesce into something truly great and enjoyable. 2000 had the feel of being greater than the sum of its parts, and it was always a real joy to watch your city spring to life. I remember having a lot of trouble getting sims to start moving into my town when first playing the game when I was little, and finally figuring that part out made me incredibly happy -- every extra bit of complexity I discovered on top of that just made the entire experience more and more wonderful. I still have my Special Edition CD lying around, and this review makes me want to install the game again...

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