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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

cascadingstylesheet Almost amusing ... (237 comments)

... watching American lefties' discomfort in all this. Especially older American lefties.

"Can't ever say that Russia is the bad guy, but Russia clearly is the bad guy all too obviously ... head must explode now like a 1960's sci-fi robot caught in a contradiction ..."

2 days ago

Yahoo Stops New Development On YUI

cascadingstylesheet um (77 comments)

Yahoo announced that they will cease new development on their javascript framework YUI, bowing to industry trends towards Node.js, Angular, and others.

That's like when people used to talk vaguely about "talk radio" while somehow studiously omitting Rush L.

Just querying, ya know ...

2 days ago

Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

cascadingstylesheet been wondering many similar things (279 comments)

How's it going to park in a dirt lot? Recognize which spots are likely to be too muddy? How's it going to park behind the barn?

Don't some of the breathless stories talk about whether or not these cars will need steering wheels? What's going to happen when the steering wheel-less models meet something they can't deal with? Blue screen of death?

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

cascadingstylesheet shortwave (613 comments)

Well ... I finally donated my AM/FM/shortwave radio last year. My wife didn't want a permanent antenna wire strung across any room, so I couldn't get much reception.

3 days ago

Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

cascadingstylesheet Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (260 comments)

...unless someone was taught it over a series of Sundays. :/

I suppose ignorance on things like this is generational, and we'll stamp it out slowly, like racism or smoking.

Oh yes, I'm sure it's the massive fundamentalist Christian population of California that's doing all the dowsing, rather than minuscule population of oh so scientific crystal-using copper-bracelet-wearing leftist nutbars.

The Christian affinity for witches and divining and such being so well established and all.

Thanks Slashdot, for all the "insight"!

4 days ago

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

cascadingstylesheet Orwell missed out ... (525 comments)

... he should have invented "the Goldstein brothers", not just Emmanuel Goldstein.

There's just something more sinister sounding about brothers, isn't there?

(This comment has nothing to do with the merits or lack thereof of "net neutrality", BTW.)

about a week ago

Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

cascadingstylesheet terror? (97 comments)

before deciding to spread their terror to PlayStation Network.


These are games, people. Yeah, they are jerks and should be smacked around for it, but let's not lose our minds.

about a week ago

ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

cascadingstylesheet mass hysteria? (329 comments)

I give up. This is some sort of mass hysteria.

about a week ago

Western US Drought Has Made Earth's Crust Rise

cascadingstylesheet Ah (90 comments)

It's probably Dick Cheney's fault.

He also traveled back in time and caused the Dust Bowl.

about two weeks ago

The Making of the Making of Nihilumbra

cascadingstylesheet digital magazine (16 comments)

The first "digital magazine" I remember encountering consisted of mostly Quicktime videos on a CD. By the time I got it, it was on the bargain rack at a computer store (remember those?).

But ... you used it on a computer! So it was digital! And a magazine, kind of.

about two weeks ago

Securing Networks In the Internet of Things Era

cascadingstylesheet So ... (106 comments)

... we need to have an insecure buzzword, to "change our relationship" with the Internet? Why?

about two weeks ago

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

cascadingstylesheet Bleah (441 comments)

Real "tech", of course, thinks the opposite.

Unfortunately, they didn't vote the opposite.

about two weeks ago

Illinois University Restricts Access To Social Media, Online Political Content

cascadingstylesheet Gee (129 comments)

A student raised concerns after attempting to access the Wikipedia page for Westboro Baptist Church,

Aw, that'd be a shame if they couldn't access their totally inconsequential Two Minutes Hate target.

about two weeks ago

FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

cascadingstylesheet Um (338 comments)

So now Slashbots are hyperventilating with hatred at hypothetical Republicans?

You really need to get a life.

about two weeks ago

Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

cascadingstylesheet Re:Daily Currant (131 comments)

I wouldn't be surprised if Sarah Palin said something like that, and I wouldn't be surprised if Hilary Clinton was running for president. Except there's no humor in fabricating plausible stories.

They are designed to basically confirm people's existing biases. "Well, she would say something like that, she's so stupid." That she inconveniently didn't is no barrier anymore.

They are designed to bash, not to be funny.

about two weeks ago

Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

cascadingstylesheet she (371 comments)

Whereas in fact any engineer worth her salt will tell you that she makes business decisions daily–

I still find that cute - or stupid, depending on my mood - every time I see it.

All you've done is to reverse an arbitrary rule ... you haven't struck a blow for anything, other than preciousness or pointlessness.

about two weeks ago

Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

cascadingstylesheet Re:I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords... (304 comments)

You've got it backwards. The surge in socialism turned a recession into an ongoing depression (by real unemployment numbers, anyway). So your solution is more socialism?

about two weeks ago

Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

cascadingstylesheet Robotics didn't take a giant leap in late 2008 (304 comments)

Sorry, no. It's opening the government spigot that turned a recession into an ongoing malaise. Just like it did in the 1930s (must have been another huge era for robots, cough). We never learn.

I know you don't want to hear that though, so mod me down and blame robots.

about two weeks ago

The Benefits of Inequality

cascadingstylesheet Wow! (254 comments)

It's almost like division of labor and specialization is beneficial or something!

I for one demand that I pay my dentist no more than I pay the kid who mows my lawn ...

about three weeks ago


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