455 posts • joined 13 Mar 2010
As an American, you're right. All's this was was getting smoke blown up the world's collective asses. It isn't even to keep businesses going -- The American Toom Tabard is only concerned with political goals, and hasn't paid any attention to businesses in the US -- arguably to the world's detriment -- in general, his stunning lack of competence, coupled with his incredible ego and his hyper-partisanship has meant anything he has tried to "accomplish" has turned to shite. He needs to go back to being a nobody community organizer.
Re: Amazon is not Italy.
I remember the retail workers union in St. Louis -- we always marveled at them, as with their "bargaining skills", they wound up making minimum wage, while non-union workers in other towns made double that. The problem is they forgot that once you take that step into collective bargaining, you have to bargain for everything all the time. Non-union towns had to keep up with the market.
Re: No jail time?
Jail time's only for the little guys.
Re: shock horror!
It is not that simple. There was a lot more to the Civil War than the false dichotomy of "free the slaves" vs "keep the slaves" people have reduced this to. Lincoln was a political hack in the extreme. Slavery didn't need a war to bring it to an end -- in many nations at the time, it ended, simply because it was no longer profitable. (not that slavery has totally ended as of this day -- there is a lot of slavery yet in this world.)
Another use for goats.
You know, a good goat will do that.
a +1 for your +1.
Re: A can of worms..
Looks like the Dyson Sphere of influence is shrinking.
That's a joke, son, get it?
Re: A reminder of how puny we are
Easy there, Ozymandius.
Why "male(sic) a big deal about it"?
It's freudian! We have sunspots, and we now have sunspooge -- the stellar daytime equivalent of nocturnal emissions.
[I know. BAD DOG PERLCAT!! NO BISCUIT!]
That's going to lave a mark -- not.
A news organization that makes it a practice to not hear opinions and facts that it does not like? Humorous.
Re: @Ragarath - The Smell!
Bet it gave them no end of amusement to use that old saying: "Clean enough to eat off of."
./= "...and it burns burns burns us" ./=
Re: Right-angle poo
In the US, it's usually called a "mud pipe".
The Beast of Cupertino will be out at the dig with their C&D's in 3..2..1...
Have fun searching for pictures of a modern lissoir.
Alternate search suggestion:
"Did you mean pissoir pictures?"
Re: Just a heads up.
...actually, yes we can. We have to rise up, and push our states to use the 10th amendment tools we already have.
We can't rely upon ANY of the feds to rein in their lawlessness -- voting the bums out will just get us new bums in. There's a LOT of usurpation of State's Rights going on, from DOMA, to drug laws, to the whole metric shit-tone that has happened in the past 12 years.
I'll just stand way off while you...
try to fire a rocket engine that has spent 40+ years on the seabed. It's been nice knowing you. I've included a lovely icon of what the last moment of your life will be like.
"Carter", "non-functioning" -- in the same sentence.
You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.
I used to think he was a weathervane for crackpot ideas -- I'm not so sure anymore that there's even that much consistency to his babble.
Re: Nostaglia isn't what it used to be...
....and don't forget the Foul Beast's including an emulation of Netware 3.12 as network services. Novell left an opening at 4.x NDS, with small shops wanting to keep the bindery on their small networks, and M$ gave it away.
I saw that, and said "well, so much for me getting a 4.0 CNE."
In other news...
Moss is *shocked* to discover that the feds are spying.
Hope he gets over his case of the vapours pretty soon.
Re: Strongly Agree: Backups don't really matter.
I can condense it down even further.
Nobody ever gets fired for backup failures. They get fired for failing to restore.
Re: Alternatively, it might be home
Hooray for Hooloovoo.
Amusing. Criticising Simon's grammar.
"That's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it works."
Our government hates competition.
Re: Better left to the authorities
Tom 13's got a very good point. There are a LOT of innocent (or at least not proven guilty) people in jail because of faked results. We've descended a long way from Maimonides' ideal of letting a thousand guilty go free rather than imprison one innocent man. With predictable results.
Re: Carbon dioxide
You have to love our educational systems. They'll teach you how to be a good little slave of the state, but they cannot teach you how to succeed, nor how to think. Just believe whatever version of the truth they tell you. That is all.
Re: Compelling reasons for reviving the ether
Should be easy to detect, then. Just use an ether net. (Hey, it works for catching the ether bunny.)
I realize I should be beat for those puns. That's why I'm running for the door.
Re: Mostly harmless
I notice that while he wants to bring US leaders "to justice", he only wants to bring certain ones to justice. I call BS. This is not justice. This is just politics.
Re: Cue a random word generator.
I'd help contribute to their database, but my hovercraft is currently full of eels.
I prefer a viton barrier, due to the higher level of heat generated. Rubber tends to break down.
Helpdesk caller: "I knew that there was something strange about the helpdesk girl, but she was *so* convincing when she asked me what color my underwear was."
Re: Oh yeah?
At the risk of irritating people, I have a hard time getting excited about dual booting machines. M$ has never played nice, and probably never will. In the meantime, a *IX can host multiple virtual machines, including the M$ "products". All's it takes is a little beef in the machine spec, and you can have cake, and eat it too. Running OpenSUSE, with Virtualbox, have 5 different VM's running at same time, no appreciable performance deterioration. All on a laptop with 32GB RAM.
"Linux people do what they do because they hate Microsoft. We do what we do because we love Unix. "
Theo De Raadt. OpenBSD Founder
Now we have gasoline, air, and a match. Wacky hijinks to ensue.
Re: Ok, lets get this clear for people...
You don't need to add anything about computers; the conversation's about BACON!!!
While you're plugging different foods, in the States, R. M. Felts out of Ivor, VA makes traditionally cured bacon and ham. Cured to being shelf-stable, no fridge needed. They ship, too.
Very tasty. Just need some beer to go with your bacon sarny, and meat's back on the menu, boys!
No, Dilbert has no idea. The character that understands the BOFH is Wally. Wally is a Zen Master of a different dojo. Dilbert is just there as filler between Wally episodes.
Here we have another sad tale of two groups that forgot that it's "Pillage *then* burn."
Re: Is it good or bad?
I was always told to shave a strip down the middle. put lighter fluid on one side, light it, and stab the little bastards with a fork as they ran for cover.
Re: what you did there, I saw it
I hear that business is humming.
Re: What was that?
Which one of you is Brian?
Re: "Sound like the young man didn't have a sense of humour,"
Uhm, you read the part where they said he was a lawyer, right?
Re: Could it be Hungarian?
My nipples exploded with delight to read that!
Re: Uh oh - potential PR disaster
Yeah, I think that the way they've built this up, the public wouldn't settle for anything less than Deja Thoris.
Didn't the prototype also gain weight from mercury contamination? (The guy that polished it blew on it as he cleaned it over the years, and the mercury came from his dental fillings.)
A guy just can't win.
Spend your whole life trying not to stick it in the crazy, and the crazy sticks your bone in her anyway.
re: "...but a general making a phone call or email or whatever is not a law."
Let's try this little exercise. If a uniformed policeman told you you could not put a sign in your front yard advocating, say, to legalize marijuana (a worthy cause, IMO) -- is he impacting your free speech as an agent of the government? How about if he was *not* in uniform, and *clearly* not connected with the government -- just doing that as another citizen? In the first, this is restricting your free speech. No law needed. The potential threat of enforcement is all you need. In the second, it is two citizens both exercising their right.
Now, assume a General in the Army calls you personally, *as has happened*, to tell you not to say/do something. Legal authority or no, I'm telling you that as a representative of the government, he needs to have his tit put in the wringer. It is an ugly precedent. What's the next acceptable rank to tell you what to do or what not to do? Colonel? Major? Captain? Lieutenant? Where does it stop, when it never should have started in the first place? As a general, he should know the legality and ethics of this, but then, if he was so smart, he'd have kept his fly buttoned and saved us all a lot of trouble.
Free speech? Freedom of religion?
Not so much, apparently.
Deep frying the Koran is provocative and stupid -- even unnecessarily offensive. (but so is burning the US flag, or putting crosses in jars of piss) But it's our guaranteed right called "free speech". Is free speech to take a back seat to implementing what amounts to Shariah law in the US? Stopping this kind of speech in order to 'prevent bloodshed' is either cowardice or selective outrage -- which is it? Which other speech is to be stopped next? Why not just force the rest of the world to convert to Islam, (atheists and all) in order to prevent bloodshed?
Oh, for a US leader to say "Here we have free speech, it's a guarantee in our Constitution, and we can't do anything about it. I suggest you get used to it." instead of calling to put pressure on people, abusing their power. If you give in to mobs, you will be ruled by mobs. I can't see the advantage in that.
Re: Global Warming
...in the same sense that long underwear causes global warming of each of my bollocks.
Re: Seriously, though,
Pessimist? Why, yes, I am. Thank you. I prefer the phrase "able to learn from make past experience", or "willing to make an inference of future occurrences based upon past events.", but "pessimist" works fine, too.
I think it's a fair assumption that the entire rat population on these islands probably started from one or two breeding pairs. A thoroughly rat-infested ship would not make it all the way across the ocean -- once all the food is gone, the fun stops for the sailors as well, and so rat control en route would be a priority. Can you honestly say that you can eliminate 100% of them? If poison would work, why couldn't they be able to do that on ships, where there's fewer places to hide, and a LOT more motivation to eliminate them? Rats, even at that time, were not food animals -- but vermin to be destroyed out of hand.
Until those questions can be answered, I'm going to continue assuming that this is one of those sops to our collective conscience that doesn't actually *do* anything other than reduce the problem to somewhat manageable levels, while introducing toxins to an ecosystem that may not be as able to deal with it as we would hope. After all, something's going to eat those poisoned rat carcasses.
This is one of those situations where the phrase "what could possibly go wrong with this plan?" should be uttered.
There *is no freaking way* they can eliminate ALL of the rats. Not gonna happen.
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