Conservative views? (Score: 4, Insightful)

by in Opensource game rejected from Debian for authors' social beliefs on 2014-11-23 13:19 (#2V6V)

It's hard for me to see how these views could be described as "conservative," unless you predefine that term to mean "sexist and/or generally distasteful." In any case, it seems clear to me that he was banned not for his views, but his socially poisonous rhetoric. There's a pretty clear line between "feminism is ultimately a bad thing" and "I hate you all, your group is terrible, and women are worthless scum, and by the way you're all also probably whores." The first might be described as a "conservative view"; the second is poisonous to all useful discourse (not to mention bad and wrong, but that's opinion). If this nastiness affected his code, then as someone who could reasonably be described as "conservative" on some issues, I have no problem with it being excluded. Maybe a cleansed fork would be possible.

Re: Usenet (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Temporarily Offline? on 2014-03-12 01:52 (#GP)

Can't this be solved by the judicious use of a killfile?

False Dichotomy (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in Dianne Feinstein Charges CIA With Spying on US Senate on 2014-03-12 01:48 (#GN)

"Is Senator Feinstein's outrage justified, or is she a a hypocrite as Snowden charges ?"

Yes. Or no, really. Does it have to be one or the other?

Least of the problems. (Score: 5, Funny)

by in Windows Finally Gets a Shutdown Button on 2014-03-09 12:49 (#BE)

I must say that shutting down Windows has historically been the least of its problems. *Not* shutting it down is usually worse. But I suppose we must take what we can get.

Interesting that they chose methane. (Score: 5, Interesting)

by in The SpaceX Nine Raptor Mars Rocket on 2014-03-09 12:45 (#BD)

Apparently this was at least in part in the belief that it could be found on Mars. But I recall reading that Curiosity has found no methane. I know that we still believe there to be some, but I wonder how hard it would be to access?