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Comment Re:Upooted (Score 1) 231

It's better than the plot summary suggests! The author has Polish ancestry, so some of her plot elements come from eastern European fairy tales. Since a lot of fantasy stories draw on western European/middle ages history, this made Uprooted more interesting to me. I also enjoyed translations of Stanislaw Lem's work when I encountered that for the first time.

Comment Similar activists once targeted Usenet (Score 3, Interesting) 249

Similar "hackers" were some of the most prolific spammers on Usenet in the early 90s. Everybody who administered a news server back in the day probably remembers the incident, and many of us felt like mass murdering these guys in response. They practically invented the spambot:

Comment Re:Our Tax Dollars (Score 0) 280

Not to mention the billions lost in tax evasion to the likes of Google, Twitter, and Facebook, among others. This is a manufactured controversy to distract the IRS from their job at catching tax evaders (which is what the video is about).

These employees have had their already pitiful salaries frozen for years. If 60k in entertainment is enough to keep them from going postal, it's money well spent.

Comment Re:Unprofessional (Score 1) 349

Check out the Democracy Now! 3rd party debates, which were produced by professionals. Gary Johnson turned those down, but you can still watch Jill Stein go up against Rocky Anderson and some redneck from the Constitution Party.

Unfortunately the sponsors of this one didn't seem to know what they were doing, and it didn't help that they were using Google+, which clearly deserves its "beta" label.

Comment Theme song (Score 1) 233

Killer Shrew!
Killer Shrew!
Don't know the difference 'tween me and you!
He comes out at night,
To give you a fright!
Don't look now
But he's gonna take a bite!
Killer Shrew!
Killer Shrew!
K-I-Double L-E-R Shrew
He's scary and tough!
If that ain't enough,
He's augmented with
Bat mites and stuff!

--MST3K ode to the Killer Shrews

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