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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Bardez Re:So basically (445 comments)

I voted Libertarian on everything in Illinois, except Dick Durbin. I voted Republican there in order to not dilute the potential votes getting rid of him.

about a month ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Bardez Re:ISPs don't want to take Cogent's money (706 comments)

6) Netflix isn't exactly the white knight that everyone thinks they are. They're a for profit company; one that I stopped doing business with after they decided to double my price with little prior warning. They've cut deals that are detrimental to their customers (i.e., withholding new releases); any other company that behaved in such a fashion would be roundly hated around these parts.

They did double the price, from cheap to still cheap. "Double" as a measurement is relative, and it sounds like it sucks. "Raised by $5" sounds much more reasonable, at least to me.

It has always been -and continues to be- a reasonable price, ever since I rented porn from them when I was a teenager (14 years ago).

about a month and a half ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Bardez These Presbyterians (372 comments)

I gotta ask, what is it with these Presbyterians who keep getting people infected with ebola?

Disclaimer: Christian, raised Presbyterian

about 2 months ago
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Study Weighs In On the Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony

Bardez 12 Angry Men (102 comments)

This sounds exactly like what the movie 12 Angry Men was trying to say.

about 2 months ago
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Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

Bardez Re:Thought crime (165 comments)

Or they may have taken some steps toward actually performing the act. It might not just be a thought crime.

about 3 months ago
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Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

Bardez Re:Traditional crimes (140 comments)

You're on the internet. That sentence should be perfectly readable to you, because reasons.

about 3 months ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Bardez Re:PANIC! (409 comments)

That's why I *always* start in China or India. Shitty places to live, quick to spread a new disease.

about 5 months ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Bardez Re:Pft (962 comments)

<sarcasm>

Glad to know that you are mentally sound, of good health, mid-thirties, have a full head of hair, well endowed in the chest and/or genitals, physically attractive (but not overly so), weigh the correct amount for your height, have a nominal muscle mass, have a low count of body hair, speak the local language fluently without accent, have perfect vision and ocular muscle behavior and have had an average number of sexual partners.

Some of us aren't quite so lucky, you insensitive clod!

</sarcasm>

about 5 months ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Bardez Re:Blog post gone? (390 comments)

Because it's a percentage; L3 probably has way more bandwidth up to that point including the Netflix traffic, with space to spare, whereas Verison will not if the floodgates are opened. Verison needs to upgrade their network.

about 5 months ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Bardez Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

I would point out that at no time have I said that Thor cannot or should not be a woman. I pointed out that I do not believe that there was any misogyny as was implied.

The misogyny is actually in the new character of the female Thor, wherein Thor's breastplate now has protrusions for breasts (commonly referred to amongst roleplaying-, comic- and self-proclaimed nerds as "boobplate").

That is misogynist? Are female super heroes supposed to be flat chested? Is there historical context for plate armor built for women? Depicting ideal forms in comics, or any other entertainment, is how it is done. People read comics, or watch movies, or attend plays, to be taken away from reality. Not to be reminded of it.

Btw, how do you feel about codpieces?

I did not say that feminine attributes make the new Thor weaker; I was pointing out a weakness in the armor.

They are putting a weakness on the new Thor in order to make her pretty parts more clearly on display. That, I feel, is the true misogyny.

I believe that addressing codpieces or physical attributes of other female superheroes either in favor of or against is an attempted trap, and will simply acknowledge other superheroes, which are well known to put their endowedness on display, both male and female alike.

[...] Nobody is complaining about Thor being turned into a title. [...]

Personally, I think that turning Thor into a title is the absurdity here. I felt the same about Captain America. I think Thor would have worked as a female in, for example, the Marvel Ultimate universe. One of my favorite Thor moments was in the Marvel vs. DC crossover when Wonder Woman was able to wield Mjolnir; I was disappointed that the Amalgam comics went in a different direction with her.

I'd browse around for more... but honestly, I'm not inclined to do so considering the single word "Ridiculous!" is considered +5 Insightful with this crowd, while obviously thought-out, intelligent calls for discussion by opposing views are considered trolling. Too many signs its time to leave slashdot.

Actually, I am trying to engage in thought-out, intelligent dicussion, but ultimately, I seems you are trying to build a straw man out of my arguments to then refute, which disingenuously undermines what I have said while simultaneously undermines my ability to respect the speaker.

about 5 months ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Bardez Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

To be gender- and race-neutral, this would be the equivalent of:

  • Replacing Bruce Wayne with a female Batman and calling her Batman
  • Introducing a male character and taking the mutant Storm's powers and giving them to him, calling him Storm
  • Eradicating the established Norse pantheon in an event called Ragnarok and then bringing them all back later, only with Loki back as a female
  • Turning the established white male character Iron Man with his side kick and one of his best friends, a black man

The misogyny is actually in the new character of the female Thor, wherein Thor's breastplate now has protrusions for breasts (commonly referred to amongst roleplaying-, comic- and self-proclaimed nerds as "boobplate"). It has been argued (link; I know, it's just a blog post and the authority of it is beyond suspect) that a strong enough blow would be plenty to break a sternum. Thor is a warrior that is often engaging in battles of super-human strength, which would qualify as a strong enough blow. They are putting a weakness on the new Thor in order to make her pretty parts more clearly on display. That, I feel, is the true misogyny.

about 5 months ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Bardez Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

I think that you are mistaking misogyny for something else.

Misogyny: "dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women"
Misogyny: "hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women."
Misogynist: "a person who hates women"

There are female superheroes, so you couldn't be saying that there the statement indicated that there should not be any of those. And Thor was a male god in the mythos, so are you saying that not changing the mythos is hating women? Perhaps you meant that they were speaking in defense of continuity? Or do you instead mean that they are transexualophobes? (what exactly would be the word?)

Either way, my takeaway from your post is that if anyone were to say that George Washington did not have female reproductive organs, they must be a misogynist.

about 5 months ago
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Man Arrested For Parodying Mayor On Twitter Files Civil Rights Lawsuit

Bardez Please make youtube videos (163 comments)

You can help by showing that this Mayor Ardis is prone to making unwise choices. He released a press conference where he actually read some of the tweets aloud, and this video is on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

I think people know what needs to be done.

about 6 months ago
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Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

Bardez Re:Or (250 comments)

I extend this recommendation to +3

about 7 months ago
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ISS Studies Show Bacteria From Earth Could Colonize Mars

Bardez Re:how long? (103 comments)

And the American Bison are more delicious and somewhat healthier than beef. I, for one, am very glad that they were not driven to extinction. Because now I get to eat them, too.

about 8 months ago
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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

Bardez Re:Well DUH (302 comments)

Coupled with a 3D scanner, it would. Imagine your kid throws your remote. The plastic nub on it breaks off, and it is no longer a functional cover, but you have the cover and it's plastic peg nub, just separated. You put them into a scanner, it scans the dimensions. You open up some 3D modelling software to put the two pieces back together, then click print. You now have your replacement part.

about 8 months ago

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