commented on SL Letter of the Day: Drag ≠ Trans, Trans ≠ Drag
I was impressed that Dave Chappelle at the Neptune managed to deftly navigate the drag/trans terminology guidelines during a joke to subtly scoot the bit onto firm PC territory. It was a precision maneuver.
commented on When Our Galaxy Collides with Andromeda
Surprising revelation about this from last night's Cosmos: The distance between the stars in these galaxies compared to their size means that no stars would collide during the whole incident. People on Earths would be treated to a million year light show with no ill effects. That would be rad.
Nov 8, 2013
commented on "I'm Not Worried About Surveillance Because I'm Not Doing Anything Wrong"
To address your first point, I would restate it like this: Once your data leaves your house on a wire through a series of publicly and privately owned networks to publicly and privately owned servers, it is no longer private. Yes, privacy policies of the companies and agencies you deal with are great, but there's no guarantee that these policies will be honored in the future.
For point 2: There are federal, state, and local law enforcement agents that have long had the capability to kick down your door and shoot you in the face for no reason. The thing that keeps them from doing that is oversight - regulations about what is and is not allowed and consequences when these regulations are broken.
I am very concerned about *unchecked* surveillance. I wish the conversation would focus on how we can have oversight that we can trust instead of getting hung up on the capabilities for accessing not-really-private data that will almost inevitably be accessible to commercial, government, and criminal agents at some point.
Oct 30, 2013
commented on I, Anonymous: It's Coming from INSIDE THE BUILDING!
The obviously fake, violently loud, attention-seeking laugh is one of the behaviors that turns my misanthropy up to 11. Most people wouldn't let it slide if someone was yelling "LOOK AT ME!!" at the top of their lungs, but to wrap it in the guise of a laugh - what kind of Grinch would tell someone to stop laughing? Also, the blatant manipulation drives me crazy. It's like when someone sulks overtly in an attempt to get you to ask what's wrong, except that it's really aggressive and they're trying to get you to ask "What is up with that crazy laugh! You're so interesting!"