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Comment Re:Science Fiction is busy destroying itself (Score 1) 252

Sci-fi and a lot of "geekdom" in general does have a misogyny problem.

No, "geekdom" has social-skills issues. A poorly done romantic overture isn't misogyny, it's just another clumsy social interaction. And it doesn't help the kind of people who take things literally that we have so many rules that are taboo to talk about - from "male sexuality is always seen as being dangerous, even if she has more control over the situation than you do" to "people will judge your behavior towards women more harshly".

If your book is about space marines and 90% of the characters are male, that's not misogyny... it's life. If the book were then to only refer to and treat women as sex objects, submissive servants, etc. That's misogyny.

No, that's also (in some cases) life. Or are we banning "The Stepford Wives" now? Or is it just positive or neutral portrayals of those subjects?

Too many people confuse omission for exclusion and both for derision and/or subjugation.

Exactly. Just like some people confuse portrayals or exploration of subjugation with endorsement of it. Or endorsement of ideas that they don't like with evil.

Regardless, you can write good sci-fi in the constraints laid out by the SJW.

You can write good sci-fi without aliens, too. The question should be "Why should fictional entertainment, especially a genre often used as an exploration of ideas, be forced to exclude ideas that one particular group has political issues with?". What's next, communism sucks therefore Star Trek shouldn't be allowed to show a money-free future?

Comment Re:Volunteer and donate (Score 3, Interesting) 428

How would you make the uber drivers go into an area they don't want to go into, if it isn't by offering them more money?? Armed police?

You ask for volunteers just like we do for most disasters.

Are all the cops volunteers who work for free?
Are all the doctors volunteers who work for free?
Are all the funeral homes going to work for free?
Are all the people who clean up and fix things working for free?

Are there ever enough volunteers?

So why are you picking on Uber?

Comment Re:This ruling is correct and just (Score 1) 166

He can come to the USA and face the charges, or he can flee.

So asserting rights in court (i.e. fighting extradition) counts as 'fleeing'? Does submitting a pretrial motion to suppress count as 'fleeing'? Turning down a plea deal? Pleading 'not guilty'? This seriously takes the legalistic redefinition of words to the next level.

Suppose he transfers $10000 into a USA account

Then those assets would be subject to US jurisdiction - it's the seizing of assets that are in other countries that's causing people the most concern. It suggests that I may be protected by extradition rules (e.g. dual criminality - I have free speech in the US, so they won't turn me over to Germany for mocking heads of state), but my assets are still fair game. Do I really have First Amendment rights in that situation?

Comment Re:(you lost the point) (Score 1) 183

Cancer is not something that can be cured. You can't cure "virus".

So say "No", but that is precisely what is meant by "overly rigid definition"

Again, no. It's clear from the original quote that they don't think that broad categories can be cured ('cancer', 'virus'), rather than (for example) thinking cancer can be 'treated' but not really 'cured'. Changing the definition of 'cure' wouldn't affect their critique, but saying "cure every kind of cancer" instead might.

Comment Re:No video, no evidence. (Score 1) 447

statistically speaking white people are more likely to get killed then black

Statistically unarmed, complying Black people are about 5 times more likely to be killed by a cop than a white person.

Wow, both of those pieces of information could be useful in trying to find a solution to our current issues. Let me just check the citations ... oh.

Comment Re: Great news everyone (Score 1) 161

The problem is I am not talking about gravity, I am talking about time. ... What I am saying is that there is no such "thing" as gravity. e.g. we will never discover gravitons because there are no particles needed to explain gravity.

Ok then.

Gravity is an effect caused by spacetime.

Yes, spacetime is curved/warped/distorted by mass/energy and this results in things with mass/energy tending to head towards each other.

When you condense matter from energy, one of the byproducts is a spacetime field.

No. Spacetime isn't a byproduct of anything like that.

I am not talking about gravity being the reason the outside edge of the galaxies appear to be faster, it is because time is moving faster.

Great! If time is moving twice as fast for some of them then all the light from them will be blue-shifted to twice the frequency (or they'll be twice as bright), and that should be easy to detect! Cite me a paper, and we're good to go!

To take this to an extreme, there are areas within the universe where 30 trillion years have passed.

Yeah, the relativity of simultaneity is pretty interesting. But you do realize that those places are also trillions of lightyears away, right? Not a few thousand?

Comment Re: Great news everyone (Score 1) 161

Because there are other star systems and a huge black hole making everything in the Solar system ROUGHLY homogenous. ... The effects are extreme and easily noticeable at the edge of the galaxy where there are relatively few star systems and the effect of the black hole is weak.

A. Being 'homogeneous' would only affect the things within the bulk of the galaxy, while, as you pointed out, it's the farthest objects that have the most unexplained speed. (Just as things weigh slightly less in deep mines because there's less mass below them and more above, but outside the atmosphere it falls off almost exactly with r^2.)

B: You really think that every scientist studying the problem, every college student that takes astronomy or advanced physics, in every country on earth wouldn't come up with that if it were the correct solution? At least have the decency to phrase it as a suggestion.

Why not start here.

Comment Re: Great news everyone (Score 1) 161

You seem to be under the mistaken impression that because the Solar system experiences a roughly homogenous spacetime field that everywhere else does too.

I'm pretty well convinced by the precession of the perihelion of Mercury that it isn't 'homogeneous' - if by that you mean that here's no significant space-time curvature.

The edge of the galaxy has no significant matter at all one one side and has an extremely limited distribution of matter on the other side.

As does, on a smaller scale, the solar system. Why are the results so different?

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