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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Seumas Re:Worse than it seems. (214 comments)

Okay. So. Do it. I'm not stopping anyone.


Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Seumas Re:Assault? (214 comments)

Yeah, it's not like Americans spent some $15,000,000,000.00 during Bush's second term to help fight AIDs in Africa, dropping the death rate by some ten percent and saving millions of lives or anything with the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (although, it seems like the funding may have been cut by the following presidency).

Or... any of the countless foundations that spend billions of dollars conducting charitable work in Africa, such as some of those sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Seumas Re:Grim (214 comments)

Burundi, Lesotho, and Malawi, Togo
The Spanish Sahara is gone,
Niger, Nigeria, Chad, and Liberia
Egypt, Benin, and Gabon.
Tanzania, Somalia, Kenya, and Mali
Sierra Leone, and Algiers,
Dahomey, Namibia, Senegal, Libya
Cameroon, Congo, Zaire.
Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar
Rwanda, Mahore, and Cayman,
Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Yugoslavia...
Crete, Mauritania
Then Transylvania,
Monaco, Liechtenstein
Malta, and Palestine,
Fiji, Australia, Sudan


New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Seumas Idea. (318 comments)

Hey, can we maybe put some effort into cracking down on government spending, too? I mean, it has only been like 240 years. Maybe it's about time we finally do some snipping?

2 days ago

What To Expect With Windows 9

Seumas Is it me? Or is it you? (534 comments)

I can't figure out if I'm just too old and grumpy or if operating systems are just desperately uninspired. I remember how exciting a new OS used to be. Couldn't wait to learn about it. To get your hands on it. To install it. To customize it. To get things just right. It has been a good decade since an OS -- OSX, Windows, Linux, etc -- made me do much more than groan and think "maybe I can skip this one and the next one will be interesting". The most thought I find myself giving any of them, now, is to wonder just how much stuff they're going to fuck up that I'm going to have to learn to deal with.

I think the last thing I ever got excited about, OS-wise, was when I gave up on everything and said "I'm sticking with XFCE as much as possible" -- and that was less glee than exasperation.

2 days ago

Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

Seumas VR is still pointless. (182 comments)

All the goggles are accomplishing is wrapping an image around your face. Until touch, movement, smell, and sound are also adequately reproduced, it's not virtual reality anymore than the Hard Drivin' arcade machine from the 90s was. And replication of those elements are not coming in our life time; likely won't come until we've figured out a way to trick the brain into doing the work for us.

Also -- holy shit, the pink eye this is going to cause. Gross.

4 days ago

US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

Seumas Re:Ask the US Postal Service (124 comments)

But then we need another layer of catwalks to watch the watchers.

5 days ago

Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

Seumas That's Cute. (108 comments)

Now that people aren't watching live television, probably aren't even watching *television*, and don't use television as the delivery method for their entertainment and are dropping cable, they want to roll out a la carte?

Thanks, but it's not 1999-2003, anymore. You need to deliver the content I want, when I want it, on whatever device I want it, through whatever delivery method I want it, for a very reasonable price. Cable subscriptions, live television, and television-bound viewing is something I ditched a decade ago and you're not getting me back.

I'd say you should look into these other demands from consumers, but frankly we all know that by the time you get around to delivering what we want today, *that* will be something we no longer care about, either.

about a week ago

Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

Seumas Re:So they cut it from $199 to $600. I see. (134 comments)

For a buck, I'd buy it. Hell, I'd buy it for $20 or $30, even though it's within the confines of Amazon. It's not like the entire phone is going to be locked down to just Amazon. You'd surely still have a browser and apps to do various things outside of Amazon. And probably wifi service if you wanted to connect it to your home network or something.

It's the phone contract that does it in for me. In an age where I can use Ting as my phone service for an average of $12/mo with no contract, why in the hell would I want to get a two year expensive contract with one of the old phone companies?!

about two weeks ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Seumas Re:Demographic (527 comments)

You'll notice that whenever companies engage in discussions about this sort of thing, they seem to be talking about households of one person. I have no idea how 10MBPS would suffice in a house of, say, four people. If two people are watching HQ videos (netflix, youtube, etc), that's easily 8-10mbps *minimum*. Figure the other two are listening to music and playing online games and maybe you have a guest who is using skype or something... bandwidth just doesn't go very far in today's world, unless you're living like it's still the late 90s as far as your entertainment consumption and communication.

about two weeks ago

Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

Seumas Re:Bah humbug censorship (307 comments)

No, it's the same argument as telling people that if you want something to remain private and within your control, don't stick it on the internet. Believe it or not, you can be *both* the victim of something *and* an idiot for not taking better precautions to protect yourself from being the victim of it.

about two weeks ago

Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

Seumas Re:Bah humbug censorship (307 comments)

Unfortunately, you live in the real world where your laptop is going to be stolen out of your car if you leave it visible on the front passenger seat while you go shopping in the mall. The thief is responsible for committing the crime and you didn't deserve to be the victim of that crime, but you *are* responsible for the circumstances which made it possible by not taking reasonable precautions like keeping your laptop out of site (or out of your car entirely).

Passwords, door locks, security systems, and safes exist for a reason.

about two weeks ago

Google To Refund $19M In In-App Purchases Made By Kids

Seumas Re:Sounds good, right? (88 comments)

Maybe don't give your toddler your $800 cell phone?

about two weeks ago

First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

Seumas Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

Name the amendments that *restrict* people's freedoms rather than serve to limit government over-reach.

about two weeks ago

First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

Seumas Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

Which is why any discussion or legislation of it is pointless.

All of these agencies have been doing what they want, with complete disregard for the Constitution. As a result, they have paid . . . absolutely no price. How would enacting legislation that says "no, really, you totally have to be bound by the Constitution like fucking everyone else" change anything? They've always disregarded it, so why would they change? If anything were to happen, it would simply be to drive them to further clandestine levels to cover up the shit they're doing.

Besides, it's all over anyway, come the next 9/11. All America needs is a second significant terrorist attack on its soil and the population will fold like a deck chair. Once was scary. We caved into a lot as it was. One more time, it'll be a pattern and we'll always just be waiting for the next attack to come. To avoid that, we'll let you install video cameras in our home and inject us with transponders, for all we care.

Our destination is sadly inevitable. It's only a question of how quickly we arrive there.

about two weeks ago

The Making of the Making of Nihilumbra

Seumas Re:TL;DR They don't really the English (16 comments)

Welcome to modern video game journalism, where people endlessly navel-gaze about how amazingly mature things like adult relations and romances in games are, because you can choose to fuck the chick with the gas mask on her face *or* the chick with the tattoos *or* the chick with the booty in Mass Effect.

about a month ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Seumas Re:Land of insanity (421 comments)

Not really. School is used less as a tool for actual enlightenment and education and critical thinking skills and more for indoctrination and acclimation to submission to authority throughout most of the world.

about a month ago

YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

Seumas Re:Are you Kidding Me (71 comments)

I agree that Chrome browser has a generally pleasant interface (to the point that other browsers feel cluttered, to me). However, look at everything else Google touches. It's always cluttered, clunky, and misleading. G+, youtube, youtube mobile clients, youtube clients on consoles and roku and other devices. Google Docs. Even Gmail to a degree. Google has two things that are pleasing as interfaces: Chrome and's main page. Everything else feels like an engineer tossed it together in a day after working on the backend for two years.

Granted, this is but one man's opinion. Maybe everyone else loves these interfaces...?

about a month ago

YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

Seumas Re:The subscription cancer spreads (71 comments)

I'm fine with subscriptions. I would rather pay $5/mo to RDIO for access to their massive library than buy music. What could that $60/yr get me? Four CDs? No thanks.

On the other hand, they're all missing a lot of content, too. It's frustrating to really want one chunk of music and simply not be able to get it. And, of course, no subscription service gives you Led Zep or Beatles and AC/DC and so on, it seems.

I just don't know that I'd give Youtube $10/mo. Double the price.. for what is probably a weaker selection (and one that is probably geared more toward Gaga, Bieber, PewDiePie fans).

Plus, Youtube means Youtube/Google interface. Fuck that. RDIO isn't great, but at least it wasn't designed by Google's interface guys. *shudder*

about a month ago

Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Seumas Re:As long as... (376 comments)

The difference is, you can't do much to force them to pay up, while they can cut off your internet access (and your livelihood) to get *you* to pay up.

about 1 month ago



Seumas Seumas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Seumas writes "Jack Valenti, who served as president of the Motion Picture Association of America for nearly four decades, has suffered a stroke and has been taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, officials said. Valenti was central to creating the MPAA rating system — now G, PG, PG-13, R and NC-17 — as a way to rate films as appropriate for certain age groups."


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