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Comment: Re:Ban Disney movies (Score 3, Insightful) 584

by wonkavader (#48520409) Attached to: Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

This doesn't work.

The grandparents will show them to her when you've trusted them to babysit. And your relatives will send Christmas gifts all wrapped up and when your little girl open's 'em -- yep: Disney products. And she'll see them at her friends' houses... she'll come home singing some crap song from Frozen over and over.

Her baby-sitter will buy her a Barbie. Women in lots of ads she sees will have their necks lengthend with photoshop. Her school will sell her princess books just like the ones they stock their library with. Costco will aim 90% of the female children's halloween costumes at the princess segment, half of those will be marked Disney. Your daughter will drag you back to the costumes over and over looking for Disney princesses she's seen and beggining you to buy one while you want to just get some cheese and get out.

Because it's not just your daughter who's the target of this long-necked, big-eyed, princess bullshit -- everyone is. And that's why you do get concerned about it, because it's not just Disney telling her to be a pricess, it's EVERYONE.

It's really frustrating having some stranger on the street tell your daughter she's a princess, but it happens all the time. I suspect it's not socially acceptable to snarl back "you calling her a parasite?"

At 4 or 5, she has all the time in the world to decide what she wants to do and be and plenty of time to change her mind about things, but this crap isn't going to stop when she's 10 or 15 or 30 or 60, and her whole life she will be judged and praised or criticized by a nation of people who are hit with the same propaganda.

Comment: Re:2 seasons 1978 and 1980 (Score 1) 186

by wonkavader (#48407159) Attached to: Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Dirk made shallow trivial playboy flier work in the first 5 seconds if screen time. Katee was going for tough marine, and it NEVER worked. Her character was unpleasant from the first scene to the last one I watched. I think I watched all of season one. But I disliked the show right away and it only got worse. I personally stayed watching because of Grace Park (for the obvious reasons) and Mary McDonnell, because she was really the only character who did well.

They couldn't keep me watching past season one.

Comment: Re:Bah (Score 1) 308

This is a routine part of their normal strategy. AT&T is very inefficient by design so that it employs many people. They call them "voters" and use the threat of layoffs to get local politicos to do everything they want. They've done this again and again.

This is just the same sort of threatening on the national level.

Comment: Re:What rhymes with "douchebag"? (Score 1) 308

Because Google doesn't really want to be in the business. They do it to push the telco/cable ISPs. Or so they say.

If they really wanted to succeed on this, they'd provide free consulting/lawyers and other help to the Next Century Cities group ( This would get a BUNCH of fast Internet going really quickly and would terrify the monopolies. It would also very quickly multiply the number of cities in NCC.

Comment: Re: Obama screwed us intentionally or intentionall (Score 1) 308

I'm not sure you should attribute to malice/planning what could very well be complete, blithering, lazy, cowardly incompetence.

We'll find out in the next decade what people within the president's circle attribute it to.

I suspect H. Clinton will be more competent and you'll be able to safely claim malice when she does all the same crap as Obama.

Comment: Re:Bad precedent (Score 3, Interesting) 301

by wonkavader (#48363841) Attached to: Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

I think this is a great idea. They should set up a site with every single second of footage on it, with all faces and letter/numbers fuzzed and all the audio turned into mwaw-mwaw-mwaw sound ala Peanuts-adult-speech. That's just not technically all that hard anymore. It doesn't require any human work. Then the cops'll know that if they use force or anyone or pass cash, bored seniors will see it and request the clear footage where a human would make sure that it would be acceptable (manual censorship). Don't like th emanual censorship in the clip you got? Fight that.

You get an honest police force and very little actual labor, as compared to people making blanket requests becasue they don't know what's there and they're looking for something good to show.

Yes, you can request the footage now of when that cop hit your kid, but you can't find out about someone getting a bribe unless you do the blanket requests described in the story.

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