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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

Man On Pink Corner Re:We need this why? (78 comments)

I still don't see the problem at hand. Is it so inconvenient to carry a few different credit cards that it's worth inventing some Rube Goldberg contraption to copy them onto one device?

2 days ago

Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Man On Pink Corner Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (418 comments)

Would you do it if they were reading comic books about war?

If the US DoD were spending enormous amounts of money developing those comic books with the express purpose of making war look as glamorous and consequence-free as possible, then yes, I would still let my kids read them, because I disagree with intellectual censorship in any form, at any age. But you can bet I'd talk with them about what they were reading, who wrote it, and why they might have written it.

about two weeks ago

Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Man On Pink Corner Re:Fiction. (418 comments)

It's a grayer area than that. Blasting Nazis on Mars or whatever was one thing, but the US Department of Defense now throws millions of dollars at game developers, tasking them with making war look like just another extreme sport.

IMHO (and in the opinion of most credible researchers) even these games are not directly psychologically damaging to young people. But I don't like the message they are engineered to send. It sounds like this father has found a great way to give his kids an inside look at the game they're really being trained to play.

about two weeks ago

CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

Man On Pink Corner Re:When will we... (266 comments)

That's pre-9/11 talk, citizen. Now pick up that can!

about a month ago

Amazon's eBook Math

Man On Pink Corner Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

Everyone else is getting contracts which require them to sign away their works forever, sign away any future works in the same genre, sign away all electronic rights, etc... for a $5K advance on a one or two book contract.

Exactly. Somehow, those predatory publisher contracts never come up in these threads about how evil Amazon is.

about a month ago

The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

Man On Pink Corner Re:Such a Waste (156 comments)

And the barrel riding was supposed to be a leisurely ride down the river

Yeeeeah, we'll get right on that. Everyone from the studio execs to the Oscar committee will positively leap with glee when we release our new $200,000,000 holiday-season spectacular, THE HOBBIT, PART II: A LEISURELY RIDE DOWN THE RIVER.

Pro tip: Don't quit your day job to move to Hollywood.

about a month ago

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Man On Pink Corner What a stupid question (190 comments)

"Why are scientists continuing to take chances with uranium?"
"Why are scientists continuing to take chances with high voltage?"
"Why are scientists continuing to take chances with dimethyl mercury?"

Because science.

Also, there's no reason to obsess over the presence of a few virus particles in a jar on a shelf somewhere, if we have the source code in the form of its gene sequence. In that case we'll be able to resynthesize the virus at our leisure, at some point in the not-too-distant future.

And if we don't already have the gene sequence in hand, well, that's a problem in itself.

about a month ago

The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Man On Pink Corner Re: The Heartland Institute (552 comments)

Not too familiar with Einstein's career and the massive amount of "consensus"-based opposition he had to deal with, I take it.

about a month and a half ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Man On Pink Corner Re: He cant or wont? (382 comments)

When you own the CIA, you're a little bit more responsible than the people in Congress who don't know anything about the supposed "threat" but what they're told.

about a month and a half ago

Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

Man On Pink Corner Re:hero worship (242 comments)

Probably so. Mahatma Gandhi advocated fighting the Nazis with a one-two knockout punch of surrender and mass suicide. Mother Theresa was a galactic douche with PR talents that you might expect from the love child of Oprah Winfrey and Gandalf. And FDR, well, about the best you can say about FDR is that he made World War II look like a lucky break for the US economy.

Woz? Um, well, I heard he was caught doing 115 MPH in a Prius. That's about the only bad thing anyone has ever said about him. Personally, I would have given him a trophy rather than a ticket, but that's probably why I'm not a cop.

about 2 months ago

After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

Man On Pink Corner Re:Everyone's Personal Email Server (372 comments)

So long as you set up an elaborate trap with the intention of killing, but don't pull the trigger yourself.

You're entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own dictionary.

about 2 months ago

Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

Man On Pink Corner Re:Price Wars (364 comments)

It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
    To call upon a neighbour and to say: --
"We invaded you last night--we are quite prepared to fight,
    Unless you pay us cash to go away."

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
    And the people who ask it explain
That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld
    And then you'll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
    To puff and look important and to say: --
"Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
    We will therefore pay you cash to go away."

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
    But we've proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
    You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
    For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
    You will find it better policy to say: --

"We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
    No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
    And the nation that pays it is lost!"

about 3 months ago

Interviews: Forrest Mims Answers Your Questions

Man On Pink Corner Re:Astounding answer on Evolution (161 comments)

...also sees cracks in accepted theory

And whose ability to spot those cracks mysteriously vanishes every Sunday morning for about two hours, along with any desire to do so.

Somebody should look into that. There might be a pill for it.

about 3 months ago

Turing Test Passed

Man On Pink Corner Re:Turing Test Failed (432 comments)

Yeah, it was a stupid idea to begin with, from an otherwise-brilliant man.

about 3 months ago

Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial – and Kerry Is Wrong

Man On Pink Corner Re:Ellsberg got a fair trial (519 comments)

Geez, a guy can't come out in favor of fair trials without getting called an authoritarian. Who knew?

OK, how about "concern troll?" Does that fit any better than "authoritarian?"

As has been pointed out numerous times, the days when someone in Snowden's position could get any semblance of a fair trial are long gone.

about 3 months ago


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