Oct 30, 2014 Paul F commented on SL Letter of the Day: Drag ≠ Trans, Trans ≠ Drag.
The objections I have heard of men dressing in drag for Halloween is that it seems to make a joke of women, in that a man dressing as a women is "less". You could back that up by considering a woman dressing in men's clothes does not have nearly the same effect. The writer's husband clearly is not intending to make a joke of drag or women, trans or otherwise.

I could also argue Halloween is like a stage where all sorts of fucked up things are explored. You are merely playing a character at a costume party. While the expression comes from you, but what you are presenting is NOT you.

I am a heterosexual cis male who likes to blur my gender presentation in spaces I can do do with relative safety. While I used to have concerns in the back of my mind similar to the writer's, I decided that I couldn't hold others responsible for their expectations of me based on my gender.
Jul 28, 2014 Paul F commented on Slog Poll: Are You Ready for Another Try at a Seattle Monorail? Because It's Gonna Be on Your Ballot This Fall.
What the fuck is it with Seattle? Repeating pattern of creating yet another agency to get 8 different votes, then hire somebody incompetent to totally fuck it up. I paid almost $3000 into the last monorail fuckup (which I even supported). If you want to repeat the same pattern, maybe give those of us who already got screwed a break and let the new batch of suckers get robbed.

Seattle will never, ever have sensible mass transit. Give up already.

Fool me once..
Jul 9, 2014 Paul F commented on Video of Oscar Perez Giron's Fatal Confrontation With Police at Sodo Light Rail Station.
As critical as I normally am of the police, I can't see what this officer could have done differently from the angle of the video.
Jul 9, 2014 Paul F commented on "If We’re Serious About Reducing the Number of Guns in Our World, Then We Also Have to Reduce the Number of Guns in Our Movies.".
That position is really not too different from the NRA's assertion that violent video games are to blame for all the shootings. There's no evidence to back that assertion up.
Jul 3, 2014 Paul F commented on Unless You Are a Professional, Don't Take Pictures of Fireworks Tomorrow.
@6 people using their fucking flash in take pictures of distant, lit objects in dark outdoor settings are my pet peeve.
May 5, 2014 Paul F commented on “DELIGHTED for you amigo – onwards and upwards!!"".
To call a company like RadiumOne a technology company is a bit like calling a fast food franchise a nutritional research facility. And while the real tech industry does have its issues, people who sell internet ads are total dude-bro's.
Apr 11, 2014 Paul F commented on Jesus Fucking Christ! The NSA Knew About Heartbleed for TWO YEARS?!??.
@4 @8 coding errors like that exist everywhere, and are very easy to make - especially in the mess of code that is OpenSSL.
Apr 11, 2014 Paul F commented on Jesus Fucking Christ! The NSA Knew About Heartbleed for TWO YEARS?!??.
Well, of course they did. As an intelligence agency, if you find a way to eavesdrop on what your adversaries think is a secure channel, you keep quiet about it.

The real outrage is the NSA considers their own citizens to be the enemy too, and in their mind, they exist to protect us from ourselves.

Expecting the NSA, CIA or FBI to publicly point out flaws in privately used cryptography is unrealistic. It's against their own interests. They have a long history of trying to weaken and thwart widespread adoption of private individuals using strong cryptography.

It's no wonder many software engineers are libertarian. Seeing your own government as your adversary can do that to a person.
Mar 12, 2014 Paul F commented on You Are Alive As Long As You Are Paying Bills.
@8 that's sort of what drew me to make the Bradbury reference. The machinery around her obliviously and dutifully trundled on maintaining the infrastructure supporting her house, yet she was so alone her entire world had ceased.
Mar 12, 2014 Paul F commented on You Are Alive As Long As You Are Paying Bills.
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