1090 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007
As I was at pains to point out
I don't think all, or even most, of Hipster Hitler works. I certainly wouldn't walk down the street wearing that particular shirt. But though Hipster Hitler is about the Hitler not the Holocaust (the vast majority of items on the site don't reference the Holocaust) not mentioning it would be like talking about Jack the Ripper and neglecting to mention he was a murderer.
And no I'm not trying to defend "a bit of fun at the expense of the victims of the Nazis" What I'm trying to defend is actual free speech not the ersatz kind where you can say anything as long as there's no chance that anyone, anywhere, will ever be upset by it. The simple fact is that you don't know that publishing that shirt comes at "the expense of the victims of the Nazis". How is that supposed to work? It looks to me that the only harm is to your sense of propriety.
You mention the morons on Stormfront. So they like Hipster Hitler. They probably liked the Downfall parodies too. According to Wikipedia the American Nazis Party put Norman Spinrad's Iron Dream on their recommended reading list. Which proves only that fascists tend not to be very bright and don't get satire.
The problem is, your approach inevitably leads to a fear of discussing sensitive issues lest someone misunderstands and responds in the wrong way. And that way lies fascism by stealth.
none of "this stuff" is "parodying the holocaust". It's parodying Hitler, something that has a long and honourable tradition dating back to at least Chaplain's Great Dictator in 1940. (Actually a lot longer - there was a strong tradition of political cartooning in Germany in the 20s.)
As for David Duke, well that's the thing about free speech - it's always going to apply to people you don't agree with and that includes people you regard as outright evil. But, like democracy, it's the worst of the alternatives except for all the others. Incidentally while I don't find Hipster Hitler particularly funny or particularly effective satire a similar principle applies - genuine free speech is inevitably going to include things you regard as low quality or unsuccessful. freedom is the freedom to fail.
You find this stuff sickening and really off. I feel the same when I see a t-shirt with a picture of Mao (a man who killed millions more people than Hitler and managed to die in power thus making Hitler look like a rank amateur). And ironically that's the point of the parody which seems to have gone whizzing over your head.
You've just invented active camouflage or at least one version of it. (Other versions include Lewis' beloved invisible sheds .) Better give DARPA a call.
English is only at 3.31. If Linux can get to 3.0 after just twenty years I would expect English with a thousand years under its belt to do a bit better than that. Admittedly, it took several hundred years for Shakespeare to single-handedly bring it up to 1.0 standard but then he only had a quill and assorted pieces of parchment - haven't things sped up a little since then.
than there are comments in the thread is certainly an impressive achievement.
As was pointed out upthread
If you think open source is a gift
you don't understand open source. Also your understanding of the logic of gift giving is a little shaky. I'm guessing you're not very popular at Christmas.
The equivalent of almost 4000 bar radiators. That's sure to melt the glaciers!
Is that a bug
or. . .
The problem is not working out what sort of device we will all be using in five years time but coming up with a way of syncing the data on a range of devices without just dumping everything "in the cloud".
How can I
upvote the subhead?
How's that working out for
Try playing with a gravity simulator
The difficult thing is to create a system in which something doesn't get ejected.
Wait . . .
because it's just like Star Trek - if captain Picard wore a backpack with a bloody great box in it.
What is the radar on these boats?
Wired up to Huawei 3g units* which as we know send all their data straight back to the PLA.
*Black helicopter because I'm using one now.
All* airships look like giant penises
That's (the main) part of their appeal.
*except the ones that look like Thunderbird 2, obviously.
Don't you mean
People are just looking at it wrong.
I thought my brain had stopped functioning but, no, Google informs me that in the UK that is actually a thing.
"just had an explosion in my pants. It was ground shaking"
Of course, this being the internet, it's odds on that these are the results that matter to you. (For a random value of 'you")
Re: but the war is already lost
The only way to win a war against terrorism is to sit around a table with the terrorists and negotiate on what the best way would be to remove the conditions that gave rise to the war in the first place - abhorrent as it may seem.
Absolutely. That's how we beat the Red Brigades. All hail our International Marxists overlords!
Since it's Silicon Heaven
I'm afraid the lowly mechanicals are banned
Well that's him outed, then
A "renowned" nuclear engineer worked as a nuclear engineer, on major nuclear engineering projects. Who'd have thought it.
I want to change my user name
to Baldrick's Left Testicle.
Get rid of Paris?
Just when the joke was becoming funny again?
What am I talking about. The Paris joke is always funny.
Look, it's a rip-off
But that's not and has never been the point.
Generally a creative person, an artist or designer or novelist or whatever, tries to be creative. That's what adds value and wins awards. Generally, however, they fail. As a consequence they fail in the marketplace. We don't however punish then with the threat of an IP lawsuit. If we did, then for example, Tolkien's estate would be rolling in the proceeds of lawsuits against about 90% of 20th Century fantasy authors.
Of course, in this case, Samsung hasn't tried to be creative, or rather they have deliberately decided not to be. For that the market should punish them. (Hell, I'd be embarrassed enough to be seen to be a fanboi, but a fake fanboi?) If this lawsuit succeeded it would set a disastrous precedent. Which is why it won't. Originality is simple the price we pay for originality and even the law knows it.
From the linked story
"A FORMER female executive is suing a major Melbourne company for $1.1 million after it allegedly failed to act on her repeated complaints of serious sexual harassment."
That'd be right
According to the link the Netflix deal was for the entire series - something like 50 hours of programming. Now that actually sounds rather expensive for repeats but it was a flagship deal. For more ordinary programming $100 million buys you a lot of content.
So you think
Richard Stallman really is a ninja*. Look, I'm no fan of RMS. Sometimes I agree with him. More than often I think he's several kinds of wrong. But he's earned the right to be listened too. If you think he's wrong by all means say so, but then, the onus is on you to support your position, which I don't see you doing.
For the record I think he's pretty much right here - trusting MS to behave in an even moderately altruistic manner is a mug's game.
*Inevitable XKCD reference. Number 225 to be precise.
what happened last week to have happened a billion years ago and half a universe away. When you can go anywhere and tell any story story arcs become an encumbrance and a contrivance. Continuity's fine - the show's always has that - but lately it's become a fetish that's getting in the way of good storytelling.
Anyone who clams that that any wireless technology present or future could be a replacement for fibre automatically identifies themself as someone who deserves to be summarily ignored on the subject.
Bite your head off
That's the legal (and just) punishment for spelling 'Qantas' with a 'u'.
I was expecting a BOFH-approved zapper system. So many creative uses there.
Not quite £20 but close
Never underestimate the Chinese.
When nuclear energy goes wrong it goes so very very wrong
That's exactly what has just been disproved.
Would that be all right then ?
Yes, it's a safe limit. As long as you're under the limit you're safe.
Do you throw out your food the day before the use by date?
That's only the second biggest
The biggest: Oprah, Beyonce, Lindsay. One of these names is not like the other.
Can't wait. </sarcasm>
in the absence of VOIP, the only way you'll be hearing your neighbour's conversations is if you lean over their shoulder and read them yourself. And then you'll get both sides. Or if someone in the carriage talks to someone else in the carriage. Never been on the Underground - is that verboten?
but without a full set of ports on the keyboard section and pc compatiblity it fails at being a netbook replacement. That and the price.
C- Asus, we know you can do better.
Just call Fitzcarraldo - has to be easier on the way down.
Don't you mean Nonageddon
no need to be sexist.
Face it, Graham
If your storeroom was robbed it'd be in bootnotes the next day.
"The heat causes the water to shift from a liquid to a gas"
Interesting - someone should coin a word for that process.
This truly scares the shit out of me.
Otherwise known as
I can't get on der internet* - there's no blue 'e'.
*or das elektronischübahn or whatever.
"Not going to go away"
They said that about Myspace.
And probably about Geocities.
And probably about the Roman Empire etc. etc. etc.
Facebook will "go away" when people get tired of it and decide they like something else better.
True to the show?
I didn't watch it much but I'm pretty sure Adama wasn't made out of bronze.
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