48 posts • joined Tuesday 9th August 2011 17:05 GMT
Technically, calling Sarah Palin "white trash" is not parody*.
* parody: "a bad or unfair example of something" --Merriam-Webster
NSA on the job?
I don't understand;aren't they on furlough? Or is spying on citizens considered "essential"?
I'd post anonymously, but what's the point?
Yes, it's kind of sad that someone pointing out things that his fellow citizens really ought to know about ends up seeking asylum with the "bad guys" out of fear of, say, ending up on so-called "suicide watch" for 5 years. Democracy starts with transparency. What does it end with?
Just One Thing
Those who say Snowden is a "traitor" or "hurting the USA," I ask this question: can you name *one* piece of information that Snowden has released that US citizens should not know about.
Not what he might know, or what he could know. I'm talking about what he has released. What information should we, as US citizens not know about. Name it. One thing that makes him a traitor instead of a patriot. I'm waiting.
I think "disappearance" is a much better word or phrase than"solitary confinement" or "suicide watch," don't you? How about "waterboarding"? Disappearing is basic common sense under the circumstances, if you're even remotely aware of what happens to whistleblowers in the US.
One good thing about Obama
The best thing about having Obama in office is that this makes it acceptable among so-called conservatives to actually get upset over domestic spying, torture, and other things that were vigorously defended during the previous administration. So it's not a dead loss. But it's close, when an administration that speaks openly against these things but does little or nothing to stop them is considered the best of the only two options.
Loss of credibility is something our administration really can not afford, especially if they have more secret spying campaigns that we haven't yet been told about.
Now that I think about it, make that ADDITIONAL loss of credibility.
Oversight without transparency--can you really call that oversight?
I just came in here to upvote whoever said "profits dove," but nobody did. But I forget I'm at a uk site here... Merriam-Webster online says that use of "dove" as past tense is rare in British English and "equally common" with "dived" in American English, not that I've ever heard an American use it, then gives only two past-tense examples "She dove into the swimming pool." and "The whale dove into deeper water." If it's so common, what about an example? Alternatively, if M-W, an Encyclopaedia Britannica company, is so USA-focused as to only provide US English examples, what's all this talk about the "north Midland areas?" I've never heard of the "Midland." Is this some new politically correct way of talking about Indiana?
Re: @ AC (18:56) - Re :
" For future reference, a "criminal" is someone who commits a crime"
True, but not relevant. People are clearly using the term "criminal" here to mean "someone who deserves to be convicted" instead of "someone who *was* convicted." While not strictly correct, the rest of the pedants (and I include myself in this group) seem to be coping just fine. I find that beer helps.
Example of how to maintain core values
Honesty: We understand that we really have no right to this trademark,
Courage: but we're boldly CLAIMING it anyway, even though we know everyone will hate us.
Humility: We never claimed that we somehow deserve it.
Re: Nuke the site from orbit!
Oh come on, even I can work out that it's possible to be Honest, Courageous, and Humble and still be a total Asshat.
Of course, being a "good person" is actually very complicated, can be quite hard work at times, and is not something you can easily summarize. Which I suppose is why so many people settle for "denial," which feels just as good but isn't really the same thing.
I'm not saying that apps can't be nice but..
Am I alone in thinking that (maybe) a week of playing with the @media selector and a handful of tablets and phones for testing (or simply resizing the browser window) and the app would be made entirely unnecessary? I mean, yes, on some sites the layout is hopeless, but this is the reg, the basic page design is a natural for simple CSS restyling.
Or I suppose you could make an app. Hey it's not my money. It's certainly more *fun* to make an app. Although in that case I'd be inclined to include some fun third-party frameworks with flashy transitions etc.
Do we know the *brand* of the television in question?
Hold me back.
I believe I speak for the majority of professional programmers on the planet when I say, with sarcasm, "oh goody, another programming language."
Link to Facebook image..how?
I spent (nearly) 10 minutes trying to figure out *how* to link to an image that is on Facebook today. Could only figure out how to share it within FB. Sure I didn't try very hard--why would I?
I try to avoid FB anyway, just I have a few friends who seem as hopelessly trapped by the Facebook's garden walls as my parents used to be by AOL. Which is sad.
"Oh it's so sexist shame on you Sony etc etc!"
It's not so much "sexist" as it is "objectifying of women" but that's harder to say. Yes, it's basically unfair to gay men, straight women, and, you know, anyone who doesn't particularly want to touch boobies, but I'm not sure that counts as sexist, precisely. I
'm not sure it would come across the same in the "four man boobs" version.
There's worse than "minimum"
I worked at a company that declared bankruptcy on payday so they could avoid paying severance *and* our last two weeks of pay. Some people are scum.
Hooray, now we'll be able to get those patented "rounded corners" in a new fun size!
Well, you see, times are bad so we don't have much of a budget...
She managed to juggle the finances and, by making huge sacrifices in other areas, come up with a little cash to pay the musicians. (Where have I heard this line before.)
"I wish I could pay more, but we barely cover expenses, see? And you get to get paid to do something you love, that you would do for free anyway, right? Oh. Well that's a pretty poor attitude you have there, isn't it. You're lucky I let you play here, that's all I'm saying. But anyway, this is all we can pay, take it or leave it."
Beer, because you also get "one free draft beer per set."
What did you *think* the subsidy is supposed to do?
My immediate reaction was "well, yes, of course." Until electric cars are a commonplace, affordable standard, they will be a luxury item. If you use a subsidy in the hopes of increasing sales volumes and help boostrap the industry, you're not going to be giving that to the poor. Obviously, the idea here is to tempt those who *do* have disposable income to dispose it in the direction of a technology you'd like to see commonplace.
So the real question is one of whether the goal of "electric cars" is worthwhile. Notice how the comments threads immediately discuss its merits, while the classic "oh the government did something, and since you can't do anything for free it is by definition socialism" argument is generally not interesting.
Sure, giving money to the rich/upper-middle may be difficult to defend considering the current economic climate. If the goal was to provide efficient transportation for a broad range of classes, a better program might be to subsidize the purchase of scooters. :)
grindcore, yes. GRIMEcore? I guess if you're making up quotes you might as well make up musical genres as well.
So cutting edge!
Silicon based life forms that are completely nonhuman, possibly insectoid? Gosh that will take some imagination! Or you could just get some 60 year old back issues of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine...which is where I first saw this idea put forth. And, I might add, presented entirely from an alien point of view, which was quite awesome.
I say that if a scientist wants to talk about his neat theories for possible forms of alien life, he should learn to write a decent short story.
Beer, even though my work day is sadly far from over.
Re: Can you charge the battery?
Only with the official Apple charger. The battery can't be replaced when it fails, but that doesn't matter because next year's award will be smaller and lighter.
We promise to honor "do not track" as long as you promise nobody will use it.
We're not really sure what stops zombies...
The problem is that you don't really know what exactly will cause the zombie apocalypse. Will you need deep penetration or an expanding round? That's why I'm partial to Doubletap Ammo's 10mm "Equalizer" round.
Still, a machete only needs occasional sharpening and doesn't need reloading.
Because online multiplayer makes everything better...
I already play the single-player version of this game every day. Therefore I will *really* have a lot of fun playing it online with a bunch of 13 year olds teabagging me. Right?
This is just taking the "user created content frees the developer from having to spend money on any of the things that make a game fun" maxim to its logical conclusion. I guess.
Wow, the sappy music really adds that certain special... yuck... to the video. Was the video fake? I sure hope so, because they deserve it for inflicting that on us.
6000 years -- it does say in the FSM bible...
These "old" fossils are just more proof of the existence of FSM. All this "evidence" that people lived more than 4000 years ago is just His little joke. Practical jokes like this presumably help him to pass the time through the milenia. This is clearly yet another "fossil" planted by him with "DNA" that will keep our scientists entertained for a few decades while he laughs it up and drinks beer.
Excuse me, but...
Did you just say "emoticon patent?" Those two words together beautifully illustrate the problems with modern patent law.
I prefer ascii emoticons, and the modern tendency to "automatically ruin" my emoticons is really frustrating! I have a better idea: when the computer detects an emoticon, it should substitute a graphic of the same text, but presented in a proper fixed-width terminal font.
Exclusives never last long...
On the one hand, it will probably be out for other platforms after a few months.
On the other hand, and I'm speaking as a PS3 owner and a fan of Doctor Who from, well, before the new First Season: The new Doctor Who s... *Yawn* Sorry about that... I'm just saying that I'm not as excited about the new Doctor Who series... *yawn*... Sorry, sorry again! Look, if it was a game based on the old, non-pop-BS series /and/ if it the first game had been great, I'd be excited. As it is, I'm not sure it's even important enough for me to even comment on. Oh what the heck. It's Friday.
Rain wet, sun hot, voice dialing frequently chooses the wrong entry...
Nobody who has tried to use voice dialing features will be surprised by this news.
Also, Siri is a "killer app"? Really? Really??
This doesn't prove patents are bad, but...
We quickly accept the possibility that patents could be the reason the feature is unavailable. That in itself is sad. Patents encourage innovation and ensure that more better products are available for us, the end users. Does anybody really believe this?
Re: Maybe you should try playing it...
I played it. It was OK. It didn't change my life or cure world hunger, but I don't feel cheated. Better than most of the games out there, although that's not saying much. Certainly better than games that were reviewed much more favorably. I'd think it would rate about a 75 if judged as a new game, but when I consider the high scores of some stinkers I've played, that actually feels stingy.
I played it, and I say that reviewers were particularly cruel to DNF.
Hey, I didn't notice that...
Wow, that chick sure is hot, but I can't see what all the fuss... Hey check it out, did you guys notice there's also a dead horse in these pictures?
They announced this?
I figured this out by trial and error weeks and weeks ago. Google continues to find ways to make searches return more and more irrelevant results. I assume because 90% of the people on the internet can't spell.
Let me guess.
In this one, not only does your cell phone pester you endlessly to do inane tasks with your friends "or else," you will also be required to talk for an hour to your mother every day or so (using a headset with voice recognition) or else guilt will damage your max health and other stats, and the new "pumping gas" minigame is required when you jack a car, only to realize the tank is on Empty. The radio will now feature real advertisements (intended to be ironic but coincidentally providing convenient product placement) and real, new hit music from the co-sponsoring music label (so, just like GTA4). Talk radio will be even less funny, and missions even more linear.
Maybe they should just release GTA3 again with new graphics. At least it was fun.
Most of the comments here may or may not be free speech. I have a portfolio of patents on alphabetic usages and patterns, including one covering "a consonant that can either represent a soft or hard sound". At least one prominent commenter has agreed to pay licensing fees. Go ahead, keep commenting all you want, but realize that you're stealing from me when you do it, and I have not yet ruled out the possibility of future legal action.
Is this really that much sillier than software patents?
And on the flip side, we have sites insist on using your email address as the login--you find this out after you've created the account, and now "firstname.lastname@example.org" is my user name, and I have to type the whole thing every time I want to log in and shop for flatware. (OK, bad example. You get the point though.)
I've all but given up on the + suffix, as it seems like I get spam regardless. :)
Lard is a delicacy in some places
Taste more like brown candle wax to me.
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