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Comment: Re:Pick one (Score 1) 429

So the genius marketers came up with this:

http://www.lionel.com/Products...

That's... fanTASTIC. It's like the train ran over the Easter Bunny, *splat*.

Anyway, it probably failed because it's a fashion disaster. I mean really. Who wears lilac and pink at the same time?

Comment: Re:I don't get it. (Score 2) 248

(for the record: i believe that ISP's should -try to- block access to such materials if users ask for it)

If you believe that, then you have failed to understand the Internet at a profoundly fundamental level.

The Internet was designed from the very beginning for all of the intelligence to be at the edges. The network itself is supposed to be as dumb as it is possible to be while still moving everybody's packets around. If you want censorship, it's your job to implement it on the tiny little network in your house, or even individual nodes on that network, and leave everyone else alone. No one else should be spending any CPU time for what you want.

Comment: Re:Blocking access (Score 5, Interesting) 248

And how exactly do you block access?

Easy. You call up the US vendor that sold China their Great Firewall and order another one. This one will be cheap, considering the UK's population is a fraction that of China.

And yes, you can hire enough busy-body bureaucrats to keep the blacklists up to date. China does. Think of it as a jobs program. If there's one thing history has shown, it's that 10% of the population is willing, eager, and waiting to oppress the other 90%, "for their own good." That plus a tiny number of sociopathic opportunists is all you need to get it done.

I'm sure when it's in place that the UK will become a beacon of morality for all the world to admire. Kind of like the Victorian era.</sarcasm>

Comment: Re:Not Surprising (Score 1) 734

The Greek government is a public body. Attacking private institutions to force the Greek government to do something would be, in essence, weaponizing the banking system.

The US did that with Goldman Sachs more than a century ago, and they've been a scourge on humanity ever since. I can't imagine why Europe thinks creating their own banking weapon is a good idea.

Comment: Spielberg pfft (Score 1) 101

by Areyoukiddingme (#49759015) Attached to: Cute Or Creepy? Google's Plan For a Sci-Fi Teddy Bear

Let's go even further back, to Anne McCaffrey's novel The Rowan, which featured a pooka—an animatronic stuffed bear used as a therapy device for the titular character. Published in 1990.

Technically not prior art, since it was a sci fi bear, far advanced of current robotics, with sensors in every hair, and squishable enough to be hugged by a child.

Comment: Re:Not news, not for nerds, doesn't matter (Score 1) 231

by Areyoukiddingme (#49756583) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

And except for AM radio conservatives, nobody gives a shit about Benghazi.

Are you kidding? One of the victims of the Benghazi attack was a major diplomatic power in EVE Online. The game was permanently altered by his death.

He served on the Council of Stellar Management, a position you get by player votes, and there are only 9 members. You have to be very visible and quite well respected to get a seat. You get a free trip to Iceland out of the deal, plus the ability to propose significant changes to the game with the assurance that CCP will seriously consider the proposal. It was a major loss for his corporation in particular and EVE Online in general.

He was also a Something Awful moderator, for what that's worth...

Comment: Re:Not news, not for nerds, doesn't matter (Score 1) 231

by Areyoukiddingme (#49756467) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

The people who actually know this, and who claim they don't care, are desperately hoping that Clinton's complicity in spreading that lie won't remain on people's minds during this upcoming election.

What makes you think anybody wants to see Mrs. President Hillary? (Again?) The last time she tried, an unknown senator from Chicago got the nomination, and I'm willing to bet only pat of the reason was "unknown half-black senator." The other part was "not Hillary."

Comment: Re:Also (Score 4, Interesting) 233

by Areyoukiddingme (#49754481) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

But even so....nobody is scared of that, even though we know for a fact that it will happen, it will kill most of north America, and it will plunge the entire planet into a year-long winter.

Well, almost. A good sized fraction of North America gets buried in ash, which is dangerous to inhale, and makes a mess of machinery, but it isn't immediately deadly if you make any effort at all to avoid inhaling it. It will definitely result in another Year Without a Summer, possibly two. But the ash in the upper atmosphere, the lightest and finest stuff, tends not to cross the equator, so the southern hemisphere won't suffer the serious crop failures that the northern hemisphere will. Given how much of North America's food (and Europe's food, these days) comes from South America, the resulting famine will only be bad, rather than catastrophic.

The problem is how many volcanoes get set off by a large asteroid strike, including possibly Yellowstone itself. Given the probability of an ocean strike (high), you get all possible fun: massive steam cloud and tidal waves, followed by volcanic ash everywhere.

Comment: Re:Camer was owned by the school (Score 1) 379

The school owned the camera he used. Therefore all work from that camera belongs to the school.

No. It does not work like that. If you borrow my guitar and write a hit song, it's your song, the copyright is yours. If you borrow my camera and take a Pulitzer-winning photo, it's your photo, the copyright is yours. Copyright goes to the creator of a work, not to the owner of any tools incidental to the creation.

A state of affairs that will undoubtedly be "fixed" in the next Mickey Mouse law...

Comment: Re:there aren't that many high paying wage (Score 1) 1090

by Areyoukiddingme (#49746689) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Costco hires even the most basic, unskilled shelf-stackers for well above minimum wage (closer to $19).

Disingenuous statistic is disingenuous. Costco is legendary for paying more than minimum wage and irritating stockholders in consequence. The famous quote from Deutsche Bank was "it's better to be an employee or a customer than a shareholder." Naming an extraordinarily unusual retailer does not bolster your point.

Comment: Re:My god you people need to think about economics (Score 1) 1090

by Areyoukiddingme (#49746497) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

The Waltons wealth did not come from their employees payroll. The Waltons wealth is in shares of the company.

It's that and it's money they didn't pay to their employees.

Walmart pays a dividend.
More than 50% of Walmart shares are held by Walton family members.
Walmart has 3.226 billion shares outstanding.
In 2014, Walmart paid a quarterly dividend of 48 cents, or $1.92 per share for the year.

So for 2014 alone, the Walton family collected approximately $3.09 billion in cash from Walmart. Completely ignoring the value of the shares themselves, and changing no ownership of those shares in any way...

Your argument seems to be: Owners of a valuable company should sell the company and give the money to the employees. Except who is going to buy the company if they too must then sell it and give the money to the employees?

The reason you made this argument is because you are an ignorant fuck that doesnt understand the difference between wealth and income.

...you ignorant fuck.

"What if" is a trademark of Hewlett Packard, so stop using it in your sentences without permission, or risk being sued.

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