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Comment Ha ha ha ha..... (Score 3, Funny) 81 81

Rate me -1 troll, but I think it's hilarious that "the science fiction future" for which everyone is optimistically hoping is being brought to us by something so prosaic and "dirty" and anti-utopian as murdering people. (Well, I guess it has been through much of the last 100+ years, as in the internet and aircraft.)

Kind of like the 'brave new world' of the internet and tech being driven by the porn industry.

Comment Re:Details (Score 1) 141 141

I thought about that, but what I'm terming the Streisand Effect here isn't so much "something bad happened that I don't want people to know about but my complaints publicize it" as a parallel "this is my joke and I don't want people repeating it, but now everyone is going to" and a second-order "I don't want anyone to find out that I purport to be a 'comic writer' but push this astonishingly un-funny joke and ultimately will regret it being associated with me, as well as the general douchiness thing...".

So yeah, I'm still going with Streisand in the sense of "your inordinate attention-whoring will get you publicity you really DON'T want".

And, for what it's worth, I think it's amusing that someone complaining about IP plagiarism has a twitter handle of runolgarun, I wonder if she's appropriately crediting the writers of Run Lola Run with every tweet?

Comment Re:When? (Score 1) 132 132

Well the US bailed out the US by just printing shit-tons of money, and nobody seemed to care.

So maybe the economic laws of gravity have truly been suspended. If you have debt that the political class feels you shouldn't (say, hypothetically, you buy a $500,000 home on an income of $24k/year), they just strike it out with a pen and let the taxpayers pay for it. But somehow when they WANT you to carry that debt (say, you're Greece and need to be "punished" for being "lazy") it's sacrosanct and cannot be paid for by the precious tax dollars.

Funny, it's almost like there are two standards.

Comment Maybe I just don't "get it" (Score 1) 253 253

I don't really even understand the app ecosystem.

It used to be we'd need to run a word-processor program to edit text.
A spreadsheet to manage numeric data.
An encyclopedia program to see images and text together.
Hell we even needed a 'website editor' to do that.

Now, ostensibly, we have a single browser on which I can do basic wordprocessing and spreadsheet work through google docs, edit websites, play fairly sophisticated games....all through the same browser.

Yet, on my phone I have 150 different goddamned apps, each for some teeny little function that someone feels they can 'deliver' better to me than the good old browser (yes, I'm looking at you BBC and NPR apps, for example).

Isn't the POINT of the internet browser and HTML concept a sort of 'Swiss Army Knife' of applications, meaning that it's the website's job to deliver content to the browser so that we don't need a separate "program" for every single stupid thing we're trying to do online? Wouldn't this seem to be a natural point of efficiency that would be especially useful in the power/resource constrained environment of a smartphone?

Comment Finally... (Score 2) 56 56

Now can someone start working on my idea of tortise and turtle shells with anti-vehicle mines embedded in them? Certainly, it will kill the turtle, but it will ALSO have the salutory effect of Darwinistically weeding-out the subhuman assholes that I have occasionally seen VEER TO HIT turtles making their way across an otherwise uncongested street.

Comment Details (Score 5, Informative) 141 141

The joke is stupid; "Saw someone spill their high end juice cleanse all over the sidewalk and now I know god is on my side". Honestly, why anyone would want to claim that is beyond me.

From digital spy:
Olga Lexell, a freelance writer in LA, is allegedly the first person to publish this joke to Twitter. Tweeting this afternoon, she confirmed that she did file a request to get the messages removed.

Well Olga, your shitty joke will now be an example of the Streisand effect.

Comment Yeah, "sharing" (Score 1) 252 252

"...because autonomous cars are more likely to be shared..."
I can't really understand why I keep hearing this utopian bullshit? The tragedy of the commons, anyone? Have you ever even BEEN in a public restroom?

Or, alternately, maybe we only share cars amongst the Eloi. Is that a better solution?

Comment Re:I'm surprised (Score 1) 109 109

If you think Chicago pols are just 'coincidentally' Democrats, please, give us an example of an equally fucked-up city plagues by crony politics inhabited forever by Republicans. I'm sure there must be one, right?
Let's just grab the 10 poorest cities in the US:
Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list) no Republican mayor for 54 years.
Buffalo, NY (2nd) no Republican mayor for 65 years.
Cincinnati, OH (3rd)...31 years
Cleveland, OH (4th)...26 years;
Miami, FL (5th) Never had a Republican mayor
St. Louis, MO (6th) ...66 years
El Paso, TX (7th) Never had a Republican mayor
Milwaukee, WI (8th) ...107 years
Philadelphia, PA (9th) ...63 years
Newark, NJ (10th) ...108 years.

All just coincidence, I'm sure.

Re MN: Median household income in MN is nearly 20% higher than WI.
So one COULD interpret that difference as "in MN the rich get richer". Is that what we want?

Comment Re:Obama's Justice Dept. will get right on it (Score 1) 429 429

I think you misread the level of hatred between the Obamas and the Clintons.
It's widely recognized within the Beltway.

Now, whether this is just a validation of that, or (wheels within wheels) a prophylactic action by a Democratic president "against" the putative Democratic candidate that's actually intended to protect her by locking the whole story up before the Republicans make it a daily talking point "I'm sorry, nobody can comment on that from the US gov't as it's an 'official' investigation...", well, you be the judge.

Like punning, programming is a play on words.