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Comment Sealed hood (Score 1) 268

Didn't someone once say something about sealed hoods? Comparison to Microsoft... Something, something... I must not be remembering all the details correctly because Google isn't returning anything on my search queries. If I remember correctly it wasn't someone predicting something but more like a jab at how Microsoft was running their company. For some reason, all that just felt appropriate here. But I could be remembering it all wrong and I'll take the down vote to hell for my lack of recall.

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Journal Journal: Agorophobia 1

“Say, Ed! How was your trip? Lager?”
“Hi, John. Yeah, I’ll have a lager. The whole trip was lousy, a journey through hell all the way.”
“Didn't you fly Green-Osbourne?”
“Well, yeah.”
The bartender swore; he was a wealthy man who owned the bar he was tending and quite a bit of Green-Osbourne Transportation

Comment Re:Trump supporters? (Score 1) 40

That flag was the battle flag of an army who fought Unites States soldiers. As such, it belongs in the ranks of the Isis flag and the Nazi swastika.

And "overbearing federal government?" Hoo, boy... Here's a hint: Neighborhood associations are NOT part of the federal government.

Comment People have no couth. (Score 1) 5

The damned smart phones were invented fifty years too late, right when the GenXers were too busy to teach their kids manners. It's just plain RUDE to talk on the phone or text when you're having a conversation with someone else. Pulling out the phone when it hasn't rung is the height of rudeness.

Telephone etiquette was worked out a century ago. If you have compeny and the phone rings, you say "excuse me", answer the phone and say "I have company, can I call you back?" and the polite answer to that is "sure" unless it's an emergency.

My eighty eight year old mother rages about that behavior, and believes it's the smartphones themselves that causes it!

It isn't internet dysphoria, it's "I'm sick of assholes" dysphoria.

Comment Re:"IT" is on its way out (Score 1) 272

It's not a question of, "if you still need them." You do still need them, just need fewer of them. I can't speak for all the other parts but I can speak for the coding part. There's just too many things to list that's made making programs way easier today. Heck, even some of our engineers will do up BPMN and we'll just take it and run it through a processor to produce a lot of the skeletons.

Comment Re:All I saw was: (Score 1) 4

"Blah" originated with Lucille Ball in the "I Love Lucy" TV show, often seeming to say "Blah, blah, blah." But her husband IRL and on the show was a Cuban immigrant. What Lucy was really saying was in Spanish, "Habla, habla, habla," which translates to "Talk, talk, talk."

Comment Re:Can you turn autostart off (Score 1, Interesting) 76

I know off-topic, but you can do this in Firefox via an about:config setting called media.autoplay.enabled. Setting the value to false kills auto-play for everything.

What would be great is if website's allowed a white list for auto-play and banned everything else from auto-playing. And I mean it in the sense that "by default" or at the very least "built in", yes extensions are great but a browser packing something in indicates that they actually care about whatever it is they are packing in. Mozilla brought us pop-up blocker packed into the browser and eventually pop-ups died off because everyone hated them greatly. I would argue that video auto-play is the modern pop-up. Browsers should have "built in" methods to stop it. Browsers should indicated that they care about their users by listening to one of the biggest pain points about being on the web.

Comment FFS (Score 1) 1

He never bragged about grabbing mens' crotches, nor called Rosie a redneck, honkey, or cracker or insinuated that her ancestors made her unfit to be a judge, or said that Europe was sending rapists and murderers here, not their GOOD people.

Comment Re:Simple. (Score 1) 7

A trick I learned from my dad (which would no longer work, as incandescents are obsolete) was hang a trouble light next to the battery. Another was to warm the battery up slightly by turning the headlights on for thirty seconds. Where your starter will run that cold battery don completely and quickly, the small amount the lights need pulls anough electricity from the battery to warm it.

Comment Re:Simple. (Score 1) 7

My eighty seven year old mother calls it "having a senior moment". At 64 I have a lot of them. "What the hell did I want from the bedroom?" Only 50 and fearing a heart attack? Does heart disease run in the family?

Comment Re:(1,2,3,4!) (Score 1) 4

Kids these days! You've never heard of the Beatles? Opening lyrics to a song (linked).

As to "locker room talk" there's a difference between bragging about your sexual prowess and BRAGGING ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT. Honestly, I served four years in the military and never heard a singe man bragging about kissing women who didn't want to be kissed and GRABBING STRANGERS' CROTCHES, He's far worse than a pig, he's sick.

There are three kinds of Trump voters:
1. Hard-core Republicans like all four of my late grandparents who wouldn't vote for anyone who wasn't Republican (although my grandparents would have probably sat this election out)

2. Racists, bigots, and cowards who fear terrorists

3. Fools who are dumb enough to believe that Mars will look bigger than the moon tonight due to [Facebook gabble globbel] as well as Trump's equally stupid lies

Comment Story Behind the Story (Score 1) 4

There's a story behind this story; parts of it are actually real! Last year I got an email from a fellow who ran an iPhone app business and was hosting an art show there, and asked me to write about it and visit it if I was in New York. There were links to pictures of the exhibit, which I followed.

The story jumped into my head as I was looking at the pictures. So the email in the story is real, even though my name's not Stan and I don't work for a newspaper or am in New York. The exhibit itself was real when I wrote the story, although it's probably long been taken down. The address is real, the artist's name is real.

Of course, little if anything else is.

I shopped it around to maybe a dozen magazines, and Tor has had it since December. It will be in the book I'm releasing next year, Voyage to Earth and Other Stories.

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Journal Journal: The Exhibit 4

(Non-borked version is at my web log. Slashdot, please fix your buggy code!)

The entire universe was turned inside out and upside down and completely backwards today, and I must have been the only one to see it. It all started with an innocent looking email.

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