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Favorite kind of poll?

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Serious
  18% 47 votes
Humorous
  12% 33 votes
Exit
  2% 6 votes
Fishing
  4% 13 votes
Stripper
  24% 63 votes
poll(2)
  16% 42 votes
Magnetic
  8% 23 votes
Frederik Pohl
  13% 34 votes
261 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by The Shire on Monday July 23, @05:25PM (2 children)

    by The Shire (5824) on Monday July 23, @05:25PM (#711324)

    Too soon...

    • (Score: 2) by archfeld on Friday August 03, @06:33PM

      by archfeld (4650) <treboreel@live.com> on Friday August 03, @06:33PM (#716852) Journal

      Never too soon to celebrate genius and the creative masterworks that were produced by such gifted individuals.

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    • (Score: 1) by Vokbain on Friday August 17, @05:32AM

      by Vokbain (2372) on Friday August 17, @05:32AM (#722703)

      Frederik Pohl has done an amazing job, and is getting recognized more and more, I notice!

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by DannyB on Monday July 23, @06:16PM (9 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 23, @06:16PM (#711362)

    What kind of poll would be conducted that questions strippers?

    Or did you mean a stripper pole instead of poll?

    You forgot utility poll.

    A step up transformer: mounted high on a utility pole.
    Step down transformer: enclosed in metal box at ground level

    I wish I could

    SELECT * FROM Poll WHERE type='Serious' OR type='Humorous'

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    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 24, @02:00PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 24, @02:00PM (#711721)

      Perhaps we should poll strippers on reliable pole vendors.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by Thexalon on Tuesday July 24, @03:42PM (7 children)

      by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday July 24, @03:42PM (#711758) Homepage

      I would enjoy conducting a stripper poll, actually. I can think of worse things to do than hang out with strippers asking them questions.

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      • (Score: 3, Informative) by DannyB on Tuesday July 24, @06:24PM (3 children)

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 24, @06:24PM (#711815)

        There could be several polls for strippers.

        Vi or Emacs?

        Spaces or Tabs?

        Duck Typing? Strongly typed variables? Variables type inferenced?

        OOP? Functional? Bastardization of Both? Niether? Other?

        Paint strippers vs Wire strippers?

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        • (Score: 2) by chromas on Wednesday August 01, @02:14AM (2 children)

          by chromas (34) on Wednesday August 01, @02:14AM (#715485)

          Spaces or Tabs?

          Great idea for the next poll!

          • (Score: 2) by bzipitidoo on Monday August 06, @01:04AM (1 child)

            by bzipitidoo (4388) on Monday August 06, @01:04AM (#717686) Journal

            Don't make me open the can of ASCII criticism!

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 15, @02:16PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 15, @02:16PM (#721780)

              I would but powershell mangled it because the input file was UTF8 and now it's just custard

      • (Score: 2) by Fnord666 on Friday August 03, @06:44PM (1 child)

        by Fnord666 (652) on Friday August 03, @06:44PM (#716869)

        I would enjoy conducting a stripper poll, actually. I can think of worse things to do than hang out with strippers asking them questions.

        Are you from the confidential committee on moral abuses?

        • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Friday August 03, @07:34PM

          by Thexalon (636) on Friday August 03, @07:34PM (#716923) Homepage

          Are you from the confidential committee on moral abuses?

          Definitely not. Tom Lehrer explained it perfectly: "I do have a cause, though, it is obscenity: I'm for it! Unfortunately, the civil liberties types who are fighting this issue have to fight it, owing to the nature of the laws, as a matter of freedom of speech and stifling of free expression and so on. But we know what's really involved: Dirty books are fun!"

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 15, @02:53PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 15, @02:53PM (#721799)

        You bastard. Shoving electricity through a stripper pole? For shame. There could be a stripped on it at the time! What then?

  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Monday July 23, @07:45PM (4 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 23, @07:45PM (#711410) Journal

    I have wondered why the same poll stays up for so long. Seems a week is more than long enough for the same poll to be shown on the front page.

    Of the options offered in this poll - I suppose "serious" is the best choice.

    I was watching that poll suggestion on the submissions page, asking what member's professions were. I thought that might be interesting. But, even the most interesting poll seems to run out of steam after only a week or so.

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    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by DannyB on Monday July 23, @09:49PM (2 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 23, @09:49PM (#711458)

      Maybe good polls require time and effort to construct. Thus they are in limited supply.

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      • (Score: 3, Informative) by Ethanol-fueled on Friday July 27, @12:43AM (1 child)

        by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Friday July 27, @12:43AM (#713478) Homepage

        That's why the best polls are informative polls, because they're a place for people to say, "look how smart I am," (and a place for us to learn from them) in a more free manner than having to be coerced into a more specific topic.

        My second choice is magnetic poles, because I'm now dealing with them working for Boston Dynamics. You would wonder why people would pay lots of money to use primitive ol' magnet-and-wire contraptions such as resolvers. Well, the answer as applies to a lot of other seemingly-outdated military-grade crap is because they are fucking rugged, super-accurate (often down to 1 arc-second or below) and operate in extreme environments (heat, cold, dust, smoke, etc) that would defeat lesser positional sensors.

         

        • (Score: 2, Insightful) by anubi on Friday July 27, @05:58AM

          by anubi (2828) on Friday July 27, @05:58AM (#713565) Journal

          EF: I never found anything near as reliable and durable as those old magnetic resolvers. I have a shoebox full of 'em somewhere... all sorts of them. Some of them can do some really neat rotation calculations.. all magnetically.

          Have you used them with Goertzels to recover phase?

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    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by The Mighty Buzzard on Tuesday July 24, @12:08AM

      Congratulations, you've just volunteered to take care of the polls! Hit us up on IRC to get your staffiness squared away..

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by VLM on Monday July 23, @08:13PM (6 children)

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 23, @08:13PM (#711421)

    What, no /pol/ ?

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Subsentient on Tuesday July 24, @12:11AM (5 children)

      Ahh 4chan, the festering, diseased anus of the internet, pumped full of Hitler, Jared Fogle, and Ted Bundy's semen.

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      • (Score: 2) by VLM on Tuesday July 24, @01:08PM

        by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 24, @01:08PM (#711691)

        eh, tell us how you really feel

      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by isostatic on Tuesday July 24, @01:12PM

        by isostatic (365) on Tuesday July 24, @01:12PM (#711695) Journal

        You're being too kind

      • (Score: 2) by coolgopher on Tuesday July 24, @01:43PM

        by coolgopher (1157) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 24, @01:43PM (#711710)

        That's quite the polemic comment.

      • (Score: 2, Informative) by Sulla on Monday July 30, @07:46PM (1 child)

        by Sulla (5173) on Monday July 30, @07:46PM (#714906) Journal

        /pol/ is just counter culture and gravitates toward whatever will be the funniest, makes the most angst, upset the most people. 4chan was once all about the atheism and now is all about the Christianity as one went from the sideline to the mainstream. From jokes about pedo bear to trying to root them out on twitter. From anarcho-capitalism/communism and libertarianism to fascism. As Trump gets more accepted by the moderates, they slowly turn on him.

        If /pol/ had known that Jeb! was the true r9k candidate from the beginning they would have memed him and his pocket turtles instead of Trump.

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        • (Score: 2) by VLM on Tuesday July 31, @07:37PM

          by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 31, @07:37PM (#715355)

          Fascinating how my boomer parents generation complained about "generation gaps" so naturally the result of them embracing Communist Jews as their counterculture would be my generation and younger embracing the opposite as our counter-culture in an even larger "generation gap" than they ever could have imagined in 1968.

  • (Score: 4, Funny) by realDonaldTrump on Monday July 23, @08:59PM (1 child)

    by realDonaldTrump (6614) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 23, @08:59PM (#711435) Homepage Journal

    Rasmussen just came out at 46% Approval despite the Fake News Media. They were one of the three most accurate on Election Day. Just about the most inaccurate were CNN and ABC News/Washington Post, and they haven’t changed (get new pollsters). The American public is wise to the phony & dishonest press. Much of the media is a Scam!

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    • (Score: 1) by nnet on Tuesday August 07, @11:24PM

      by nnet (5716) on Tuesday August 07, @11:24PM (#718504)

      who? and whats the stripper pole's name?

  • (Score: 4, Funny) by Gaaark on Tuesday July 24, @02:46AM (5 children)

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 24, @02:46AM (#711538) Homepage Journal

    My favourite Pole is Nicolaus Copernicus... not on the list. So sad. :(

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    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Wednesday July 25, @11:29PM (4 children)

      by c0lo (156) on Wednesday July 25, @11:29PM (#712780)

      Huh. Pope John Paul II, he was double the poll your Pole was - and had a cool car too.

      • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Thursday July 26, @01:58AM (3 children)

        by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Thursday July 26, @01:58AM (#712864) Homepage Journal

        I disagree, so I think we should hold a poll on which Pole is the most important Pole to have in our poll when we have another poll that includes Poles!
        Dayum! :)

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        • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Thursday July 26, @02:12AM (2 children)

          by c0lo (156) on Thursday July 26, @02:12AM (#712871)

          I disagree,

          I don't see how you rationally can disagree.
          After all is self-evident that the Paul Pole is double the poll of a single Pole.

          • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Friday August 10, @02:23AM (1 child)

            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday August 10, @02:23AM (#719747) Journal

            Parsing that, it would seem that Pope Paul was married? To a Pole?

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            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 10, @02:58AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 10, @02:58AM (#719760)

              Nope. If you like it better this way, it means the John Paul II was shining from Poland.

  • (Score: 2) by Dr Spin on Tuesday July 24, @07:07AM (1 child)

    by Dr Spin (5239) on Tuesday July 24, @07:07AM (#711619)

    i vote for the South Poll

    (That is the one that is upside-down and backwards)

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    • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Friday August 03, @05:50PM

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Friday August 03, @05:50PM (#716822)

      See, we have the Magnetic option, but no North or South. In fact, aren't a majority of the choices not poll but pole choices?

  • (Score: 2) by shortscreen on Tuesday July 24, @08:47AM (3 children)

    by shortscreen (2252) on Tuesday July 24, @08:47AM (#711639) Journal

    Winsock 1 was designed to work on both WinNT and Win3.x, the latter of which did not have preemptive multitasking. There were three different schemes for doing I/O: blocking, non-blocking, and asynchronous. The async one sounded neat, it used window messages to communicate the status of I/O operations to your application. AFAIK that required having a window, which made it tricky to use in a command-line program. With blocking I/O, function calls would not return until the operation finished. If you didn't set a timeout value then your thread could be stuck indefinitely waiting for data (although Win3.x didn't really have threads so Winsock would yield to the OS and the OS could then call your functions even while you thought you were waiting for data). With non-blocking I/O the calls would return immediately but without anything necessarily happening. So you'd just keep calling the function and check to see whether the data showed up or not.

    I once made a thing that used Winsock 1 to download a file. I used non-blocking. Emptied the receive buffer and then slept for 20ms so the CPU wouldn't be tied up continuously. With a high-bandwidth connection that could fill the buffer in less than 20ms, throughput was suboptimal.

    • (Score: 2) by coolgopher on Tuesday July 24, @01:49PM

      by coolgopher (1157) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 24, @01:49PM (#711714)

      What about the I/O Completion Ports? Or that only came in with Winsock 2 & NT4.0? It's been a while...

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday July 24, @06:30PM

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 24, @06:30PM (#711818)

      Phishing Poll?

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    • (Score: 2) by isj on Friday July 27, @12:26PM

      by isj (5249) on Friday July 27, @12:26PM (#713640) Homepage

      My company needed a program to download files, and calling the command-line ftp tool in windows 3.11 wasn't good enough (users got confused about the terminal window).
      So I implemented a tiny FTP download client and used the asynchronous feature of winsock. That worked surprisingly well - it downloaded twice as fast as winsock's 'ftp' and there were no noticeable slowdown in the UI.

  • (Score: 2) by KritonK on Tuesday July 24, @04:01PM (21 children)

    by KritonK (465) on Tuesday July 24, @04:01PM (#711761)

    I never liked questions with a preset number of answers, as my answer is often different from the available options.

    E.g., in the often asked question:

    Sex:
        ☐ Male
        ☐ Female

    I want to answer "Yes".

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by urza9814 on Tuesday July 24, @04:33PM (19 children)

      by urza9814 (3954) on Tuesday July 24, @04:33PM (#711774) Journal

      I never liked questions with a preset number of answers, as my answer is often different from the available options.

      E.g., in the often asked question:

      Sex:
              ☐ Male
              ☐ Female

      I want to answer "Yes".

      To be serious for a minute, I often think the world would be a better place if more people had this philosophy. Just look at any political debate...same-sex marriage is a pretty easy example: You've got one side saying the government must ban it; the other side saying the government must approve it...but where's the "Get the government out of my damn bedroom" option? Why must they be involved in that question at all? Any time you see a debate between two or three choices, it's pretty much guaranteed that there's some options being hidden from view. That may come through malice, or through ignorance, or even for a legitimately good reason...but if you're picking only from the options that someone else has given you, then you aren't really making your own decision.

      • (Score: 4, Interesting) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday July 24, @05:22PM (11 children)

        by DeathMonkey (1380) on Tuesday July 24, @05:22PM (#711783) Journal

        You've got one side saying the government must ban it; the other side saying the government must approve it...but where's the "Get the government out of my damn bedroom" option?

        It's the second one.

        • (Score: 5, Insightful) by urza9814 on Tuesday July 24, @06:05PM (10 children)

          by urza9814 (3954) on Tuesday July 24, @06:05PM (#711807) Journal

          Consider:

          1) "The government cannot discriminate in issuing a certification of your romantic relationship"
          2) "The government should not be in the business of certifying peoples' romantic relationships"

          Do you really not see the distinction between these two statements? IMO, we ought to leave marriage to the church where it belongs. The only reason there is any debate is because our government, despite its claim of separation of church and state, has adopted its own process for certifying a religious ceremony. When is the last time you saw an argument that a man shouldn't be able to give his male lover power of attorney? Doesn't really happen, because "power of attorney" isn't something that religions have been doing in a particular way for thousands of years, it's purely a legal construct. Even if the government stopped certifying "marriages" and started doing the same exact thing through separate legal contracts, there would be no debate (well, maybe a few crackpots still, but nothing serious) because there would be no way to justify an opposing argument. The entire debate rests on the conflict between freedom of religion and non-discrimination, due to the government trying to be non-discriminatory in the application of a religious concept where religions are free to discriminate.

          • (Score: 3, Interesting) by VLM on Tuesday July 24, @08:25PM (9 children)

            by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 24, @08:25PM (#711890)

            it's purely a legal construct

            I agree BTW that the .gov should not be certifying some religious ceremonies and not others; keep big brother out of "first communion" or "last rites" ceremonies just as much as keeping out of marriage ceremonies... or baptisms, or sermons....

            However "a legal construct" as the argument is the fundamental problem.

            The purpose of legal gay marriage was to rub the noses of non gay people into it for punishment purposes. Sort of a pride parade mentality. Nothing to do with legal mumbo jumbo, just another "look at meeeeeee" event. The legal sob stories were only for propaganda purposes; people too stupid to get power of attorney letters getting screwed for being stupid, not screwed because the marriage laws somehow needed fixing; people too dumb to succeed in the previous legal environment will STILL be too dumb to succeed in the new legal environment, they'll just fail differently.

            Note that if you want a legal poly marriage today, you can effectively implement that with multiple agents on a power of attorney, so there's that. I've never researched it, but I would suspect this is how Mormons are tracked down and prosecuted for polygamy, it would seem fairly trivial and obvious way to prove it.

            • (Score: 3, Insightful) by urza9814 on Wednesday July 25, @02:23PM (3 children)

              by urza9814 (3954) on Wednesday July 25, @02:23PM (#712352) Journal

              Uh...you basically just claimed there's no issue and then proceeded to demonstrate exactly what the issue is.

              A heterosexual couple doesn't need any specific legal knowledge to get married. They just go to the court house, tell the first employee they see that they want to get married, and they'll get directed to the proper clerk who will give them the proper forms and explain how to fill them out. If a homosexual couple walks into the courthouse and says they want to get married and they get told "Sorry, that's not allowed"...then what? Why should they be required to have specific legal knowledge of exactly what rights and responsibilities a marriage contract grants and what other forms of contract might work similar? Why should they have to go find a lawyer to help them navigate that crap when nobody else has to do that?

              • (Score: 2) by VLM on Wednesday July 25, @03:29PM (2 children)

                by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday July 25, @03:29PM (#712416)

                Why should they have to go find a lawyer to help them navigate that crap when nobody else has to do that?

                Flip the argument to the divorce side of the relationship and ask the same question? If its just between two people and Jesus, why are all these lawyers making tens of thousands of dollars off the end of a marriage?

                If the averaged legal cost of a marriage from start to finish (finish as in post-divorce) is $5K, or the average total cost of a marriage ceremony/party is $20K before the divorce starts, the real discrimination question is why a gay couple is only charged $100 to fill in the blanks and notarize a DPOA form. The government seems to be unfairly favoring them.

                With a side dish of if you want all sorts of government cooperation and benefits from having an official love of your life, fine whatever, its not asking too much agency to invest $100 at a lawyer to make it all go away or far less if you do some google work and expend some effort. From memory I think we "donated" more than the cost of a DPOA to the priest back when I got married as his fee, although I'm sure if we were poor he wouldn't have hit us up for as much of a "voluntary donation". Just saying its kinda a cheap date argument, like "yeah thats my spouse but I won't buy him anything more expensive than a value meal at McDonalds when out on a date" isn't a good propaganda argument.

                Also you're still not flipping the argument correctly in that why should a marriage ceremony have Big Brother as a secondary involuntarily required best man, when seemingly more important religious events such as baptisms or Bar Mitzvah are not intruded upon?

                You might still have a good argument in there, just don't think you expressed it yet.

                Either the government is explicitly Christian and as such should have its nose stuck in the church and government should have policies opposed to non-Christians, or the government should butt out entirely. In my opinion the religious rites I may or may not participate in at church should be none of the business of the .gov or IRS or whatever unless its a tacit admission that all this "separation of church and state" is untrue propaganda. Which, obviously, it is.

                • (Score: 2) by urza9814 on Wednesday July 25, @05:48PM

                  by urza9814 (3954) on Wednesday July 25, @05:48PM (#712516) Journal

                  Also you're still not flipping the argument correctly in that why should a marriage ceremony have Big Brother as a secondary involuntarily required best man, when seemingly more important religious events such as baptisms or Bar Mitzvah are not intruded upon?

                  ...I'll just quote my previous post here:

                  IMO, we ought to leave marriage to the church where it belongs.

                  Although it's true that the post you last replied to wasn't quite making that argument, because that post was only arguing against the idea that the discrimination isn't *really* a problem as long as there's a separate system available with similar benefits. Separate but equal is not equal; we've already gone through that debate in this country...pick one system and stick to it, and the easiest system to stick to is probably to just drop the whole damn idea.

                  So I think I pretty much agree with you here. Although I will contradict myself slightly to say that there probably is some benefit to getting "government" involved, simply because it simplifies a lot of potential questions later. Same reason that power of attorney does have a reason to exist as a concept, and both are granting a lot of the same rights AIUI. "Divorce" -- or whatever equivalent process -- is probably always going to be messy and complicated if only because "marriage" tends to imply a lot of shared property that you'll have to deal with. There's other contracts to simplify that, but it's nice to have a simple, least common denominator that most people can use without too much extra effort. If you end up arguing this stuff in court later, it's a lot easier for the judge if you've got a signed document rather than having to drag in character witnesses just to prove you were "married". So stop calling it "marriage", but come up with something kinda similar that's available to everyone because it's just a contract without the thousands of years of emotional/cultural ties.

                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 23, @04:50AM

                  by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 23, @04:50AM (#725075)

                  If its just between two people and Jesus, why are all these lawyers making tens of thousands of dollars off the end of a marriage?

                  Regardless of whether one of the individuals is an undocumented immigrant, the most obvious legal issue is that polygamy is not legal in the US.

            • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Thexalon on Friday July 27, @03:36PM (3 children)

              by Thexalon (636) on Friday July 27, @03:36PM (#713711) Homepage

              The purpose of legal gay marriage was to rub the noses of non gay people into it for punishment purposes.

              The real reason for the push for legal gay marriage was about money. Some examples of why it matters:
              - Whether it's possible for someone to get on their spouse's employer-provided health insurance plan.
              - Visitation rights in hospitals.
              - For that matter, medical decision-making in the event that one partner is incapacitated.
              - Default inheritance rules in the event one of them dies unexpectedly.
              - Spousal privilege in the event of a court case. (there's no "20-year-roommate privilege")

              But what I'm really confused about is how the gay or lesbian couple down the street from you making it legally official has any effect on you whatsoever. If you don't want to see them kissing or something, don't look. That seems pretty simple to me. If you're really having a problem with it, my guess is that you have some issues you need to work out.

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              • (Score: 2) by VLM on Tuesday July 31, @07:59PM (2 children)

                by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 31, @07:59PM (#715365)

                has any effect on you whatsoever

                Its a horrible design to wedge some religious worship stuff into government regulation. Its just inherently a bad idea.

                Consider an alternate world where some cosmic ray bounced the other direction, leading to the government hyper-regulating all of your points but WRT the Catholic sacrament of God Parents for a Baptism, that would be F-ed up and the solution would be to un-F the government relationship, not to merely "permit" a bunch of new legal exceptions for the Methodists god parents and permit, uh, something for the synagogue and so forth. "Well, if you FEEL like you're Catholic God Parents, even if you're not Catholics nor believe in God nor are parents, then you can get the vast privileges and permissions granted to Catholic God Parents as listed in your post above". Its all a bunch of nonsense at a high level.

                Doing something dumb is inherently bad in and of itself; slapping a band aid of "OK now you two guys are cool too" is not a serious fix to the problem, regardless how happy/relieved any individual two guys may justifiably be

                The other way to attack it, which is pretty valid, is government exists to perpetuate society which must include reproduction. Hence we have things like free public schools, admittedly worth every penny the parents pay, but its the thought that counts. So there's a legit reproductive argument for a childbearing or theoretically childbearing couple who could be realistic role models getting all kinds of "reproductive privileges" that two close friends who like the feeling of gay sex don't earn by virtue of perpetuating society. From a large scale "survival of civilization" the gays tapped out and are not participating and are genetic dead ends. I can see the individual argument that the purpose of the government's laws is tranquilizing individuals, in which case making gay folks happy is useful as a distraction while ruling over them. Its kind of like the miscegenation vs multiculturalism thing, you can only be logically consistent by excluding one or the other, both together does not work, by definition.

                An interesting and highly relevant thought experiment would be imagine gay folk invented and perpetuated something of the level of complexity of marriage; would it be appropriate for the Supreme Court to demand equal access for straight people to that theoretical gay construct? Should every gay bathhouse in the country be forced legally at gunpoint to implement "Saturday Straight Day" merely because some straight folk want equal access to something the gays built by themselves and the straights finally badgered the Supreme Court into agreeing that big brother must force the gay bathhouse people to accept straights?

                • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Tuesday July 31, @08:31PM (1 child)

                  by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday July 31, @08:31PM (#715379) Homepage

                  An interesting and highly relevant thought experiment would be imagine gay folk invented and perpetuated something of the level of complexity of marriage; would it be appropriate for the Supreme Court to demand equal access for straight people to that theoretical gay construct?

                  Yes, of course.

                  Should every gay bathhouse in the country be forced legally at gunpoint to implement "Saturday Straight Day" merely because some straight folk want equal access to something the gays built by themselves and the straights finally badgered the Supreme Court into agreeing that big brother must force the gay bathhouse people to accept straights?

                  My understanding is that (1) gay bathhouses largely went away decades ago due to AIDS, and (2) they never kicked people out for being straight - among other things, you can't tell who's straight and who's gay by looking. As far as gay bars go, if you're a straight person who wanders in looking for a couple of drinks, you might get hit on a bit by someone who you don't want to get hit on, but your money is still green and nobody will complain or even know you're straight unless you start a fight or something.

                  As far as the rest of your point, I'd be totally fine with some other way of legally recognizing close relationships between adults completely absent of any religious baggage, especially when there's actually stakes involved (inheritance, insurance, medical decisions, etc). As an interesting example of a probably non-sexual version of this, after her husband died my grandmother lived with a female friend of hers for over 20 years, and while to the best of my knowledge they were never lovers they were certainly effectively a family after living together for that long, and were largely treated as such.

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                  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 04, @11:24PM

                    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 04, @11:24PM (#717356)

                    if you're a straight person who wanders in looking for a couple of drinks, you might get hit on a bit by someone who you don't want to get hit on, but your money is still green and nobody will complain or even know you're straight unless you start a fight or something./blockquote

                    Exactly this happened to me, except for the getting hit on part. Wasn't even obvious at first that it was a gay bar. Enjoyed my drinks at the bar and left.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12, @10:30AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12, @10:30AM (#720512)

              Both POA and DPOA terminate when you do. At the instant of death your life-partner has no further say in anything, and next-of-kin take over.

      • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Wednesday July 25, @12:45AM (2 children)

        by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Wednesday July 25, @12:45AM (#712061)

        "Get the government out of my damn bedroom"

        It has very little to do with sex. It's actually about next of kin, and the legality of same-sex relationships, and as we know there are people who refuse to admit gay people are actually people.

        That's why there a right answer and a wrong one.

        • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Ethanol-fueled on Friday July 27, @12:44AM (1 child)

          by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Friday July 27, @12:44AM (#713479) Homepage

          Sounds like somebody here's been smoking polls.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 08, @03:36PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 08, @03:36PM (#718816)

            Still better than ethanol.

      • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Wednesday July 25, @02:38AM (2 children)

        >You've got one side saying the government must ban it; the other side saying the government must approve it...but where's the "Get the government out of my damn bedroom" option?

        Welcome to the Libertarian party.

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      • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Friday August 03, @05:52PM

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Friday August 03, @05:52PM (#716825)

        In patient admission forms, sex choices are usually: M F U O

    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Friday August 10, @02:28AM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday August 10, @02:28AM (#719750) Journal

      I've actually written in "Yes" on forms where they as for sex. What can they say? You either get the job, or not - or the grant, or the building permit, or whatever.

      Also, write in "Yes" or "Human" in the box that asks your race. We have to amuse ourselves somehow when desk jockeys, bean counters, and pencil pushers get nosy.

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  • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday July 24, @05:20PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Tuesday July 24, @05:20PM (#711781) Journal

    OriginalOwner's favorite is a maypole.

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by takyon on Wednesday July 25, @04:10PM

    by takyon (881) Subscriber Badge <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Wednesday July 25, @04:10PM (#712443) Journal
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  • (Score: 1) by anubi on Friday July 27, @06:01AM

    by anubi (2828) on Friday July 27, @06:01AM (#713566) Journal

    My favorite

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us on Friday July 27, @09:05PM

    by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us (6553) on Friday July 27, @09:05PM (#713832)

    The annual survey of all excavations for utility and telephone above-ground services is my favorite: The whole hole pole poll.

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 03, @01:27AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 03, @01:27AM (#716521)

    How can the Festivus Poll not be included?

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