Who was the bright moron over at Evites who thinks that having planned maintenance on New Year’s Eve, one of the biggest party days of the year, when the highest number of people are depending on your services — makes sense on any planet in this universe? (more…)
December 31, 2008
December 31, 2008
So sometimes I think about sexonomics, and how in the sexual playing field, a female is a treasure, and a male is worthless. And it often goes back to testicles: Males are generating sperm that needs to be emptied, and thus it becomes a basic bodily need — at the base of Maslow’s triangle, along with food and shelter. Women? They don’t have any sperm to hold back.
But then I wonder if it’s deeper than that. A vagina is a hole, and a penis is the opposite. They’re meant to be together. But who needs who more? Does something that can have something stuck in it need something stuck in it more than something that can be stuck in something needs to be stuck somewhere? I’m leaning towards no.
Then I think about hardware, and male vs. female jacks. All stereo receivers, TVs, iPods, etc have tons of female jacks just waiting for something to be inserted in them. Yet have you ever seen something with every jack plugged (shut up Glen)? How often is the microphone jack in a computer plugged? Or the headphone jack in your home theatre station? Do you use every available input on all your devices?
Very unlikely. And that’s okay. The female jacks don’t need to be plugged in.
Yet if you have a pair of headphones with a male jack — There is an expectation that you’re going to use the headphones. They’re going to be plugged in. They need a jack to be plugged into.
And the cord that connects your guitar to it’s amp? Male on both ends. It needs to rock out with its cock[s] out.
So there you have it. Sexonomics in the hardware jack world is analagous to sexonomics in the real world. It had not yet occurred to me. (more…)
December 31, 2008
December 31, 2008
Remember the censorship of Fitna? Or the various other censorships of criticism of Islam (just click my 'appeasement' tag)? It doesn't work the other way around. Muslims in Canada are allowed to criticize anyone they want. Apparently "western women" and "infidels" are not "identificable groups" under their human rights law.
Worldwide, people are being censored, arrested, and hauled before their governments for daring to criticise Islam. Yet when the tables are turned, no Muslim is ever censored, arrested, or hauled before their government — even when they literally say "those of other faiths must be killed".
This is hypocricy of the highest form, and is proof that people are so scared shitless of Islamic terrorism that they are willing to enforce the law unfairly. Fear-based politics (and religions) must stop!
THIS EXACT SAME COMMISSION hauled someone in front of it for criticising Islam last year — but refused to hear the case when the tables were turned the other way.
Yup. I sure as hell would never, ever, ever, ever, ever choose to live in Germany. The hate is still not dead. Neo-Nazi groups are growing everywhere (and grow at greater rates during economic downturns), but last I checked mayors in America didn't ever have to go into hiding over the level of hate.
Not that America doesn't have it's share of racism. If I was black or arab and lived in another country, I'd never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever move to America.
This is very sad. I've been buying and building my computers exclusively with Abit motherboards for some time now — I want to say over 10 years. When I needed a motheboard with optical digital audio out ON BOARD, so I wouldn't have to research sound cards (And still haven't, a year later), Abit was the only one that also had spots for 10 harddrives and 2 network ports.
They were the best. And I hate Asus. So I am now soliciting my cutting-edge-hardware-geek friends to tell me what the new #1 motherboard manufacturer should be.
…But I'll listen to what you have to say a lot more if your favorite was Abit in the past :)
You gotta love how Apple people have managed to pay high sums of money to Apple so that Apple can prevent them from looking at boobs. Central authority and non-open devices suck. I prefer the freedom to DO WHATEVER I WANT with technology that I supposedly "own". (But you don't really "own" it if someone else is preventing you from using it the way you want, do you?)
Of course, if you are denied communion, you techniaclly go straight to hell and burn forever. So here we have it: An organization that has fostered more child rape than any organiztaion in existence (who else has been around for 2000 years and rich enough to defend themselves? Nobody) — which will then send your soul to hell to burn for eternity if you dare to call them out on this.
I don't know why people participate in systems like this. It's completely possible to believe in what you want — including good — without having to identify with this sick group, or with scriptures that are 1000s of years old and quite dated. The bible said you could keep slaves! C'mon. Grow up, people. Move on. The Bible is a worthless, censored, re-written document and is not the gospel of any sky fairy. And if it is, then our God is an evil malignant god who supported slavery, considered women inferior, and sends people to suffer eternaly out of his own self-admitted vanity.
It's about time. Do I get money from the work my great-grandfather did as an engineer? No. We already have a method for passing money onto our descendents: An inheritence. Life-saving patents can only give exclusive income for 17 years, yet non-life-saving cartoons are protected for 100+ years (assuming the author still has 30 years to live)?
Public Doman is an important thing for the public to have. As more and more intellectual "property" falls into this domain, expect the corporations to lobby to have copyright extended, as the UK did.
Of course it's been trademarked since, so it's not like it's REALLY in the public domain. Harbottle & Lewis will defend the Popeye trademark aggressively. How long must something exist before anyone can use it? We can use 400-year-old classical music from the 1600s in anything we want — but 400 years from now, will we have the same rights with what is around today? DOUBTFUL.
Really, these guys are bullies. Why do we support them? Because we share a common God? Because Jews were persecuted in the 1940s? That's a pathetic reason. If I was a Palestinian — even a non-religious one — I'd take arms against Israel for the way they behave. I guess this is an unpopular opinon, but I really would not care for living as a stateless refuge my whole life. This boat was carrying relief supplies. And a former U.S. Congresswoman. And Israel called them terrorists.
Anyone remember Israel's attack on the U.S.S. Liberty, where they killed a bunch of our sailors? Didn't think so.
December 30, 2008
Findings based on 315 responses to a representative survey of 393 academic emergency care doctors across USA:
99.8% believe police use excessive force
98% confirmed they treat patients they suspected were injured by police.
66% said they treated 2 or more cases a year like this.
71% said they had not reported these incidents, despite 70% feeling these incidents should be reported. 95% said there is no policy for doing so (like with child abuse), which is probably why they don't get reported despite the fact they feel they should.
Just over 50% believe mandatory reporting should be law – like with child abuse.
I'm going to have to agree. Police are granted more rights to legally commit violence against someone which means they should be watched, investigated, and punished with more vigor than a civilian.
Section 14 of the Toxic Substances Control Act, the foundation for all the EPA's toxic and chemical regulations, stipulates that chemical producers may not be granted confidentiality when it comes to health and safety data.
"The EPA has chosen to ignore that," said Wendy Wagner, a law professor at the University of Texas-Austin.
Why the corporations tag? Becuase our government largely exists to serve corporate profit now, and not the people. The only entity who benefits from this information being hidden is the corporation. No human (other than a CEO or two) benefits from this. Our government is largely corporatism, not capitalism.
In a FREE market, you can apparently buy your government's silence. After all, if hiding information has a monetary value, so why shouldn't someone be abel to buy it?
In a FAIR market, all information would be laid out in such a way that everyone is aware of just what they are buying.
I've been meaning to blog about some parallels I noticed with technology:
Email in the 1990s, like video in the 1990s, involved a lot of old, clunky technologies. Nowadays we have Gmail and DVD Menus that allow us easy access to our emails/movie chapters. Back in the day, we had VHS tapes. We had to press play, see where we were on the tape, if you were lucky you had a goto command that let you specify "rewind 2 hours and 30 minutes and then stop", and if you weren't you just had to pay attention the whole time. Similarly, there was no gmail search. I would have to use grep to grep the text files that represented my email folders, and then open that file up in a text editor to find the old email.
I'm glad that the video-of-the-90s, and the email-of-the-90s are both days best left forgotten. The technological dark ages, both in terms of personal communication, and personal video management.
Never has 1 video so thoughtfully encapsulated everything that is wrong with our consumerist society.
This truly relates things together in a way that is bound to annoy conservatives and free-market capitalists. But it's not a partisian piece at all. You'd really have to be stupid to argue with the sentiment of this video. It's brilliant.
Unfortunately, it's 20 minutes long. I thought there was 0% chance I'd get through it, but I ended up riveted. Thanks, Ryan!
The BDSM crowd will love this. Pretty much safe for work too.
This is exactly why net neutrality is impotant. Nevemrind the fact that BBC is supposed to be paid for via the taxes Brits pay on their television licenses. (Yes, in the UK you need a license to have a television, and police actually have TV detectors to detect people who don't pay for the liense…. which is a Technology War issue in and of itself.)
Uh, don't we already have a gas tax? Oh, I see. We're to be punished for buying fuel efficient vehicles by a 2nd tax, because now they can't make as much money with the gas tax.
Yes, pretend your poor as an excuse to expand the surveillance state. [sarcasm on] Gee, nobody will ever use this to violate someone's privacy or rights. And when they privatize roads and sell them to corporations who then maintain them, we'll end up paying tolls AND taxes. They *already tried* to turn the D.C. Beltway into a toll road. Can you imagine???!?!?!
The Founding Fathers could not possibly have understood how technology would change things. I've been saying for awhile…
Tthe future of the drug war is unmanned aerial vehicles with real-time gas chromatagraph spectrometers, wirelessly acting as a single cloud of surveillence.
By the time this comes around, the courts will have whittled the 4th Amendment away enough that this somehow wont be a 'search', in the same way that a drug dog sniffing your car (or your house's doorknob — they do that in places) somehow isn't a search.
This is exactly why it's important to scream that the sky is falling at every possible erosion of our rights, even if you can't imagine how it would be used against you.
Future technology will find ways to exploit those chinks in our armor that did not exist when they were made. We're being set up, basically.
And in the ultimate in-your-face follow-up, it looks like the jury instructions were indeed invalid; the RIAA's 11th hour tactic didn't work, the $220,000 damages were set aside, and now they've not been allowed to appeal that fact. Of course, I said this the night it happened: That the only way they won was by getting a bullshit argument into the judge at the last minute. And that argumnent has since been thrown out.
Even if they win, they are going to lose money (as this whole campaign has). This is around the time that they decided to start going after ISPs instead of individuals. Which would be like the FBI telling Verizon they have to listen to our phone calls to hear if we are talking about anything illegal….
Here's wishing for the complete and utter destruction of the music industry. Music existed before you, and music existed after you. The short period of time during which physical recordings are sold for profit is naught but a tiny blip in the long history of music.
December 29, 2008
I love McDonald’s. Not because the food is superb, but because I DON’T CARE if my food is good. Eating is a chore. I would gladly sacrifice all the great tastes in the world — and never eat ice cream again — to free myself of the burden of having to eat every 2 or 3 hours. And the monetary savings alone would put thousands more in my pocket. Remember this axiom:
Cheap, Fast, Good – pick two.
In most things in life, you can only pick two. If I want food that’s cheap & fast, I’m going to McDonalds. If I want food that’s cheap & good, I’m going to Subway (where it’s not nearly as fast). If I want food that’s good and fast? Well, I’m not sure where I’d go for that — but it isn’t going to be cheap, that’s for sure. And if I want food that’s good and cheap? It’s not going to be fast; growing your own food yourself is the healthiest, cheapest food you’ll ever have. But it’s slow as fuck.
Anyway, now that I’m done with my anti-anti-McDonald’s spiel, here is my review:
McDonald’s recently moved double cheeseburgers off their $1 menu (the only thing I order off of — if the food is fast and not good, it damn well better be cheap). Now they are $1.20. And now the $1 menu has a “McDouble” instead. What the hell is a McDouble?
I don’t know, so in the name of science, I ordered a $1.20 double cheeseburger, and a $1.00 McDouble. I opened them up and examined them.
As far as I can tell, the only difference is an extra piece of cheese. And that could simply be an error on their part while cooking. I see no difference.
So people — Don’t pay $1.20 for a $1 burger. The tin-foil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorist in me says that McDonald’s is testing to see how stupid Americans are, and to see if they are dumb enough to pay $1.20 for something they’ve been paying $1.00 for, even when faced with a choice of either. Don’t fall for it.
I’m sticking to the dollar menu. Nothing at McDonald’s is worth more than $1, and this is proof.
Alternately, maybe McDoanld’s personnel are not paid enough to bother making the burgers correctly. Maybe they are SUPPOSED to be differnet, but nobody making minimum wage cares enough to bother?
UPDATE: Chris Y confirms that the difference is indeed 1 piece of cheese. Wow. (more…)
December 29, 2008
Kind of a pointless story, but 2 interesting things.
1) The star of this porn, Georgina Baillie, is the granddaughter of Andrew Sachs, best known for playing “Manuel” on “Fawlty Towers”.
2) “Satanic Sluts” is an awesome title.
One blogger outlines why he thinks The Dark Knight sucked. I already wrote my review, which will be posted later. I certainly didn’t think it sucked; I thought it the best Batman movie ever. I was riveted, and stayed awake past my bedtime without getting tired due to how suspensful and exciting it was.
But there were definitely still a lot of weaknesses in the movie, and he helped remind me of them.
And were they arrested? OF COURSE NOT! If you are an officer, you are above the law. You can steal from a charity and keep your job. This is called the “Thin Blue Line”, and it’s why police get away with everything they do.
Notice how the officers aren’t named OR arrested?
Now think: If *YOU* were to steal something from a charity, wouldn’t YOUR name be in the paper (and the public arrest record) and wouldn’t YOU be arrested?
Police are above the law. They have their authority, and they abuse it. And they get away with it, which CAUSES THE PROBLEM.
I think D.C. people should fucking riot to have the names released, but of course nobody’s really going to give a shit and business will continue as usual. Nothing will happen to the police. And even if they were fired, they’d be re-hired a few months later. If not by D.C., then by another precinct somewhere else. These people are paid thugs. There’s a reason the word “PIG” was invented.
Anybody can do good. But it takes a real prick to take their position of authority and commit evil with it.
Gene wrote this Winamp plugin and started working on it again.
The Venture Bros. tend to put out an MP3 every Christmas. Here is the 2008 version, Henchman #21 and #24 singing Wonderful Christmastime.
It actually costs less to send and receive an equivalent amount of data to the fucking hubble telescope! Americans are so stupid! The way text-messaging works, the phone companies actually pay nothing to transmit them. Dumbass cell-phone users.
In a market, if a large group of people overpay for something, it creates an externality that inflates the price for the rest of us. Those of us who know the True Value of things thus cannot participate in the system because we know it’s overpriced and have actual principles. Too bad the world isn’t full of us, or text-messaging would be free 100% of the time. But Americans typically lack the brains and balls to actually stand up to an abusive market. They only care about consuming as much as possible. We’re too busy spending money we don’t have (everyone is in debt) to bother knowing money’s real value. It’s pathetic.