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Journal Journal: I guess New Orleans really is dead 4

Just washed away and scattered. Not that it matters now, but we all know it didn't have to happen. All the technical issues were trivial. Application is left wanting. I can only lament that the same people responsible continue to be rewarded and offered one chance after the other to do more of the same to whoever remains.

It's not New Orleans anymore. It's Orleans *Coffee Crystals*. They promise they won't know the difference. Well, maybe the tourists won't...

Bug

Journal Journal: Who Screwed Up Rendering This Week? 2

My browser didn't change (firefox 38.0). My OS didn't change (ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS). My internet connection didn't change (nope, not telling you who). I was travelling this week and thought maybe the craptacular rendering of slashdot was the result of it detecting me to be coming from some place else. Now I am back home and the page is still rendering poorly.

In particular:
  • When I view a comment there is no right banner, and the "the fine print" message is printed twice
  • When I click on messages (from the front page) it renders a mess as well; the right banner renders above the rest of the text and there is a nonsensical grey bar going across the screen left-to-right near the middle

I just love the arbitrary changes that they launch here all the time. It's like bug hunting, but without bugs ever being resolved or any bounties for the people who find them.

User Journal

Journal Journal: Gimpy text and Mars

I use the Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) to design book covers. It's an excellent free open source program that has three weaknesses -- its menu structure is completely illogical (but can be gotten used to), I can't find a full spectrum palette, and its text handling is so poor as to be useless.

I have a workaround for the bad text. Open a word processor that will output a PDF file, choose your typeface and size, choose the text's color and write the text. Save it as a PDF and GIMP will open it as an image in as high a resolution you need. Just make the background transparent, situate it over your graphic, and merge the layers.

Speaking of books, I made a Mars, Ho! YouTube video. Yes, there is a pussy in it.

User Journal

Journal Journal: When did I become an incompetent at TSQL? 18

What is wrong with this code? It's like I can have the inner loop execute, or the outer loop execute, but not both.

DECLARE @RC int
DECLARE @BatchMatch varchar(40)
Declare @mcount int
Declare @dcount int
 
Set @mcount=1
Set @dcount=1
 
While @mcount <13
    Begin
        while @dcount<32
            Begin
                Set @BatchMatch=Right('00'+Convert(varchar(2), @mcount),2) + Right('00' + Convert(varchar(2),@dcount),2)
                Print @BatchMatch
 
                Set @dcount=@dcount+1
            End
        Set @mcount=@mcount +1
    End
   

PS, no I don't care that all months don't have 31 days, but I must cover months that do.

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Update- failed to reset the inner loop counter, that's what.

User Journal

Journal Journal: "Emailgate" 36

I will preface all this with an honest admission that this...scandal...could derail her chance at nomination. It could even, theoretically, leave a bad enough impression on a big enough chunk of the electorate to lose her the general that far. It might. Certainly a lot of man-hours and money will be spent trying, that's for sure. Though it is nice to see Republicans finally doing something about unemployment.

But honestly, it's most likely going to blow over, and there are several solid reasons why.

1. No one gives a shit. Let's do the circuit: Leftists have 2 reasons not to care, not liking Hilary in the first place as well as considering it not an offense to have been sloppy in the handling of minor state secrets. Liberal Democrats want to woo her and conservative Democrats are her base. Independents are tricky, but this is still small cheese, so they'll vote for the person who's not going to invade the middle east and their uterus.

After that, you're left with the remaining 30% who are hoping for a Guantanamo Bay finish to this story. And they're kinda busy right now with the hands-down most interesting Republican primary in 40 years. Oh, and imminent doom, there's always imminent doom. Tends to make one want to focus. Anyway, they hate Hilary already, have done for almost a quarter century now. What are they going to do, hate her more?

2. I know the election cycle starts waaaaay earlier these days, but the shot, such as it were, was fired too damn early. It's 15 months until the election, ain't noody going to remember that shit, no matter how hard you pound the airwaves. All people are going to hear is "email". Hell, millenials barely know what email is, except that it's old and antiquated. You might as well be accusing Hilary of improper use of a horse and carriage.

3. You should have learned the lesson from Benghazi. If 9/11 and the worst implementation of a major land war in Asia cannot separate an apparatchik's head from his shoulders, what makes you think this will? Hell, what makes you think it should?

User Journal

Journal Journal: Two very simple statements: 50

1) All people born the the United States are US citizens* **

2) Opposition to equal rights and privileges under the law is bigotry

Please show any and all rationalizations in whatever refutations you may put forth.

*I am curious if anybody wants to change that.

thankyouverymuch

UPDATE:

**Okay let's print the interesting bits:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

'subject to the jurisdiction thereof'... It looks like some people are going to try and pull a fast one saying that undocumented people are 'not under US jurisdiction', which is bullshit. That only applies to diplomats and other foreign officials that are protected from the court system. Undocumented people, on the other hand, are completely subject to any whim of the state, definitely subject to the jurisdiction thereof...

User Journal

Journal Journal: Laying out some markers 27

Set in stone:

-Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for President

-Biden will never enter the race for nomination

-Neither will Warren

-Trump will not secure the GOP nomination for President

Highly probable:

-Trump will not go third party*

-Warren as Dem VP pick

I got no fucking clue:

-GOP nominee for President

-Whether it goes to convention or not

Happy to eat crow if I'm wrong. Mainly putting this up as a sanity check for all the political media I have to consume daily.

*I got a bad feeling I'm wrong on this one, but human laziness is as powerful a force as vanity. Always bet the long game.

User Journal

Journal Journal: It's by no means exhaustive 90

https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/
One great missing one is:

"The Man is Hiding the Stash" Fallacy
At Belmont Club, Richard Fernandez says of the Marxist Piven's philosophy:

The problem with Piven's theory is that events in Europe have shown those"âoemajor economic reform" to be unsustainable, if not actually ruinous. However, she appears to believe that the European crisis is only apparent, being the result of the Man hiding the Stash. Find that stash and things become sustainable again.

I think this fallacy deserves its own name because I think this is the central economic fallacy of leftists in general. Whether we are talking about unions, public workers, redistributionists, etc., there is always the implicit idea that somewhere there is this big pile of money that the rich business people are hoarding away like a squirrel with its winter store of nuts. Leftists tell everyone that all problems can be solved if we just use the force of the state to threaten the squirrels to give up their nuts.

User Journal

Journal Journal: I am very impressed by the lack of respect for women 17

I am very disappointed with the lack of pushback. Maybe I shouldn't be. Maybe from the individual perspective, it's no biggie, not enough to motivate any collective action anyway. The only accurate documentation we have are the voting records. Media polls and surveys are worse than anecdotal responses. There's not enough medical records. I mean, at the end of the day, the costumes come off, have some dinner, starting humping like rabbits, take some pills... and tomorrrow's just another day at the office. Why mess up a good thing? Don't believe the TV, people are happy!

But mom! He started it!

If mathematically you end up with the wrong answer, try multiplying by the page number.

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