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Jun 17, 2015 gfish commented on Amazon to Congress: Don't Let State and Local Governments Regulate Commercial Drones.
@4: Seriously. We leave packages in mail boxes and on porches *all the time*. And neither of those tend to be covered in cameras the way a drone is. Just because something is new doesn't mean the basic working of society is going to break down suddenly, folks.
Jan 21, 2015 gfish commented on SL Letter of the Day: Closure.
...why did *I* read the comments?

She doesn't have to justify her goddamned feelings to you assholes. She feels them, therefore they're real, therefore shut the fuck up and let her try to deal with them. That's all she was asking here, after all. Advice on how to move on, not if you lot would be so magnanimous as to validate her subjective experience. No wonder the trauma is still fresh for her -- imagine facing this kind of reaction every time it is brought up. How could anyone process a trauma of *any* caliber in this environment?
Jun 5, 2014 gfish commented on In Defense of Maureen Dowd Getting Too High and Writing About It.
Half of one of the segments of chocolate bar that Winterlife delivers is sill too much for me. I recognize there is a wide range of tolerances, but I really don't see the advantage to having it that damned strong -- to the consumer *or* the manufacturer! That's so strong I'm paying less than $1.50 per high. You could charge way more than that in a more dilute product, and we'd both be happier!
May 21, 2014 gfish commented on Two Reader Responses to My Trigger Warning Post and One Sensible Defense of Trigger Warnings.
So... you say something deliberately provocative, and then point to the outraged response as evidence for how right you are? Cheap.
May 19, 2014 gfish commented on Let's Talk About Thomas Piketty's New Book at Vermillion Gallery.
Sounds fun. What time will people be meeting up?
May 9, 2014 gfish commented on The Robotaxis Are Coming.
A century? There will be moral panic pushes to ban human drivers in urban areas within 20 years. (For once, a moral panic I can get behind.)

Also, anyone who thinks that a robotic car will need a map update to recognize a bike lane or route around an emergency lane closure doesn't know anything about the subject and is embarrassing themselves.
Feb 13, 2014 gfish commented on Jazz and Modernism.
Fuck Le Corbusier.
Feb 5, 2014 gfish commented on Monogamish Is a Word I Made Up.
"[...] fidelity that is at the heart of this wholesome institution." Woah woah woah. I thought bearing and raising children was the heart of traditional marriage? It's almost like they keep changing the goalposts.
Oct 5, 2013 gfish commented on In Space, No One Can Hear You Say "Whoa".
@11 They were on STS 157, on the shuttle Explorer. We stopped at STS 135 and, of course, there never was a shuttle Explorer. It is thus explicitly set in either the future or an alternate history.

Also, it's not altitude that is the problem, but orbital inclination. I'm happy to ignore those details for what is otherwise the most scrupulously accurate space movie since Apollo 13.
Sep 23, 2013 gfish commented on Dress Codes? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Dress Codes!.
"I can only enjoy the opera if everyone in the audience is physically uncomfortable."