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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

paiute I have seen Plan B (228 comments)

This scenario involved flying saucers powered by strings. Bela Lugosi was to have been put in charge of the interim government, but this plan was deemed unworkable when the principal contact with the alien subcontractor concluded that earth people were stupid.

8 hours ago
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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

paiute He'll win in a landslide (117 comments)

All he has to do is shadowban all the voters in the other party.

yesterday
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The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff

paiute Martin Lomasney had it right (177 comments)

Perhaps people will now be more circumspect in what they put in emails. As Martin Lomasney allegedly said, ""Never write if you can speak; never speak if you can nod; never nod if you can wink."

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

paiute Maybe it's just me (258 comments)

I would really feel more at ease if it were the robots signing this promise.

about two weeks ago
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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

paiute Grit is overrated (249 comments)

It took me many years to realize that laziness was the best quality a person could have. A lazy person invented the shovel while the gritty geterdoners were still digging with their hands. A lazy person invented the backhoe when the industrious were busy digging with their shovels. A lazy person invented the automobile when their hard working neighbors were grooming their horses.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology

paiute Inventor? (183 comments)

Someone please tell me something Gates invented other than how to lawyer your way to a billion.

about 1 month ago
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An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

paiute its (190 comments)

damn it

about a month ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

paiute Watch out Nevada (484 comments)

If this argument has any legs, then states bordering Nevada can begin to stop and detain women on their way to work in legal brothels, citing the Mann Act.

about a month ago
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Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

paiute Re:Two separate models (222 comments)

Ah, we found the middleman.

about a month and a half ago
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Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

paiute Two separate models (222 comments)

If only the heat flow in the earth-ocean-atmosphere system was as easy to follow as the cash flow in the Koch-denialists-politicians system.

about a month and a half ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

paiute Re:EFF Says: (158 comments)

When an actor plays a role in a film they sign a release allowing use of their image in that film, but the argument here is that the contract was misleading as to the nature of the film and thus invalid, making the user of her image copyright infringement.

This is a dangerous precedent for Hollywood. Suppose I am a character actor in a major motion picture and my parts mostly end up the floor in the first release of the print. I could now go to court to stop the distribution on copyright grounds because I was mislead as to the extent of my screen time? Any one of the cast could hold the whole movie hostage under this ruling.

about a month and a half ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

paiute Re:Sounds like they should ban the cabbies (295 comments)

Try to imagine yourself in Boston. Limited number of cabs by statute. They are often dirty and unsafe. The drivers run the gamut from mediocre to crap. The credit card machines are always "broken".

about a month and a half ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

paiute Re:What the old farts did... (191 comments)

n...e...v...e...r...g...o...i...n... God damn it!

about a month and a half ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

paiute Re:Imagine that! (191 comments)

a lot of people across Europe are not fond of Google's obvious disregard of them as unimportant enough to not even be negotiated with.

In general, most European nations have a tradition that these things are negotiated on. US/UK tradition is in direct conflict with this, and is more of posturing and ultimatums.

Bullshit. European tradition is to have a monarch dictate policy. US tradition is to argue everything out because we got rid of our King, so we had to vote on policy.

about a month and a half ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

paiute Re:HAHA! (191 comments)

What's Spanish for 'Alta Vista'?

about a month and a half ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

paiute Re:The article mentions (153 comments)

Permanent? Ouch. "If erection lasts for more than 4 hours..."

Do not Google "necrotic penis"

about a month and a half ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

paiute Re:Magic Pill - Self Discipline (153 comments)

In Star Trek women aren't uniformly attractive; it's simply that the ones who aren't attractive don't get promoted into the "important" ranks who get all the screen-time. Does it still seem so far-fetched?

No, they just get beamed out on a transporter with the biofilter set to "hotness".

about a month and a half ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

paiute Re:Google needs to share (183 comments)

Where is my -10 Idiocy choice?

about a month and a half ago

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Universe now 1.4 hellameters across

paiute paiute writes  |  more than 4 years ago

paiute (550198) writes ""When Austin Sendek was growing up in Northern California, he was never allowed to use the regional slang term "hella."

Now the 20-year-old physics major at UC Davis uses "hella" often — and he's trying to get scientists from Boise to Beijing to do the same. Sendek, who was forced to use "hecka" as a child, has petitioned an international scientific body to make "hella" the name for the hitherto nameless, unimaginably huge, seldom-cited quantity of 10 to the 27th power — or 1 followed by 27 zeros."

Google, as one might anticipate, has embraced this whimsical unit and has incorporated it into the Google calculator:

"Now users can find out, with a little finagling, that our $13-trillion national debt, when expressed in hella-dollars, is a pleasingly tiny 1.3 times 10 to the minus 14th."

Slashdotters in the greater Boston area are readying their petition to the Consultative Committee on Units to make "wickedpissa" the new name for 10 to the 28th power."

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Free Netbook From Microsoft, Then Things Got Weird

paiute paiute writes  |  more than 4 years ago

paiute (550198) writes "Matt Karolian, a Marketing Communications major at Emerson College in Boston "won" a netbook in a Microsoft re-tweet competition (whatever that is). Then the prize arrived, and it was not exactly the high-quality major award he had expected from a Microsoft:

"A few months back I entered a re-tweet contest that Microsoft was holding. I know, I know, as a marketer I should cringe at the thought of a re-tweet contest but one of the prizes for this re-tweet contest was an xbox 360, so I caved and took part. Time passed and I heard nothing about anyone winning, and I eventually forgot about it...""

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