The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea
Pirates don't buy.
Of course they don't. They're too cheap to pay for something someone has produced and believe they are entitled to take what they want.
They're never a missed sale, they're simply a no-sale.
Hardly. They obviously believe the product has some value or they wouldn't have stolen it. Whether every single pirate would have paid for the product is another story.
If one doesn't believe something have value, why steal it in the first place?
Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force
and reports against officers dropped by 87%
While most people on here are focusing on the police portion, the civilian portion is more damning. It shows the amount of crap police have to put up with by people who think they'll file a brutality report so they can not be held responsible for their actions.
I don't have the link, but some on here will remember the video of the woman who was in the back of a police car yelling and screaming for the police to stop hitting her without realizing a camera was recording the whole thing. When she claimed police brutality, the video was shown and the charges were thrown out.
While there is certainly some police abuse going on, there are much more claims by people of police abuse where none exists. Just like dashboard cameras, it works both ways so when people claim they weren't doing anything when they were shot, the camera will show them reaching for their gun (see the most recent shooting in Missouri though we don't have video of the incident).
"Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin
Don't forget Sulo leaning back in his chair as he uses one hand to hit the control buttons.
Apple Pushes First Automated OS X Security Update
If you do manual updates you can wait to see if anything is broken before installing them. There is never a need to be the first one to get an update. Let some other poor sucker suffer the slings and arrows of breakage.
ESA Carries Out Asteroid Impact Drill
Because cowering under your desk will protect you from a nuclear blast!
It wasn't so much protection from the blast but from falling debris. If we assume one was far enough away from the blast to not be fried, getting under a desk would offer some protection from ceiling tiles and such which might fall, similar to how standing in a doorway during an earthquake offers some protection if you can't immediately get out.
This idea is still orders of magnitude better than former head of Homeland Security (and former Governor of my state who got the pension crisis rolling) Tom Ridge telling people to use duct tape to seal their windows and doors to protect them from chemical or biological attacks.
Apple Pushes First Automated OS X Security Update
How many times have we seen people who set their updates to Automatic in a Windows environment get in trouble when an update mangles their system? I know people who say, "I always get every update as soon as they come out" then bitch when an update did something to their system.
Can this auto-update be turned off or changed to manual?
An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM
Before I had to put my best bud to sleep, I had bought a small piece of carpeting (2' x 1'?) with a moderate pile and put it in front of the litter box. When he walked over it after taking care of business the litter would fall on to this and every so often I would take this carpet outside and give it a good shake and a few smacks.
Took care of 95% of litter trackage.
As to covered litter boxes, I have never had an issue with any cat using a covered box. I just made sure there was plenty of light shining into the front.
Hot Springs At Yellowstone Changed Their Color Due To Tourist Activity
As someone who goes to caves, you should be aware more than most of the cross-contamination you are unwittingly causing. One of the leading thoughts on white nose disease in bats is it is caused by the transportation of bacteria and such from one cave to another.
A family member works for the Bureau of Land Management and has seen firsthand what happens when people randomly go in and out of caves. Once a single bat has a white nose, the entire colony is on a death march, not to mention the general trash spelunkers leave behind or the damage they can cause.
Hot Springs At Yellowstone Changed Their Color Due To Tourist Activity
but things like this are used more and more to justify land closures.
If people wouldn't screw things up, or destroy parts of a park, or just not think, then this wouldn't be an issue, would it?
To use a phrase, this is why we can't have nice things.
TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords
You put the cannons at the windows, and shoot at the wings of the other planes. Once they are hit, you throw hooks to hijack and loot!
Similar to how Peter used cannons to loot this poor mans sugar cane, tobacco and spices.
Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens
"Your book, that I downloaded in digital format rather than the bulky dead wood format, is unreadable as I sit on the subway/bus on my way to work. This is an outrage!"
Apparently the person(s) who complained have such perfect lives and no other issues to worry about, they had to find something to complain about.
NASA Video Shows What It's Like To Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere
Since asshats like to take vertical movies with their phones,
Or maybe phone makers shouldn't make shitty products which create the sidebars in the first place. You never had this problem when shooting analog movies, it has only occurred when we "upgraded" to digital.
The world doesn't exist only left to right. It also goes up.
Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced
the case-sensitve file system was one of the major risk factors.
Don't worry, as XKCD shows, this is not an issue.
Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot
Colorado already proved that with the tax revenue they brought in from legalized marijuana,
False. Colorado brought in 20% of the promised revenue from legalization and the prospects of them meeting their initial projections are about as likely as Steve Ballmer running Linux.
Before you then say, "Well, they at least got something," I would like to remind you of this article wherein people on here were claiming Chicago's use of red light cameras a failure when they only got 44% of the initial projected income. Apparently getting 44% of of something is much worse than getting 20% of something.
Still further, Colorado is seeing the general effects of people being stoned, such as deaths, robberies and murder, and of course the general loss of productivity from people unable to perform their jobs such as two nurses who quit their good paying jobs at a hospital where a family member works because they would have failed the mandatory drug tests.
Just like Kansas' failed experiment of lowering taxes and cutting services didn't magically produce more revenue, whatever amount of money Colorado brings in will be eaten up by the side effects of legalization and, as this article clearly indicates, bordering states will also suffer financial losses and deaths.
Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance
It's not? Funny, I live in this country just as much as I live in my home.
The only ones who are insane are those who believe a country doesn't have a right to know who is coming and going across their borders.
Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance
Which has nothing to do with the question I asked.
No one is saying people from other countries shouldn't be allowed to work in the U.S. (I'm not), what is being asked is they do it legally and with proper documentation.
So again, I ask the question, do you let random people walk in and out of your place without knowing who they are?
Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance
Do you let random people walk into your home any time of the day or night without knowing who they are?
If not, why should the United States?
Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents
That is all.
Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents
to convince people to work where they live.
Because there's nothing I like better than opening my window on a nice spring evening and having to listen to the honking of car/truck horns, the accompanying smell of exhaust, people yelling up and down the street, drunk staggering about and talking to themselves at 2 in the morning and people who think it's acceptable to have a party on the street a 4 AM.
Maybe you like to keep your windows closed every day of the year, but there are those of us who like to breathe relatively clean air and not have to deal with inconsiderate slobs who think it's their right to do what they want, whenever they want, without consideration for those around them.
No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets
It's my understanding there are places called morgues where fingers could be readily obtained.
Woz: Android is better
All you Apple fanboys prepare to gnash your teeth, rip out your hair and throw tantrums, the Woz has spoken.
Essentially, Android is more versatile and does things better than the iPhone, including Siri which apparently has problems connecting Woz to one of his favorite steak houses. Woz also doesn't like the fact the you need a connection, at all times, to get voice commands to work.
In short, the iPhone seems to be a violation of Rule #1 of the Three Rules of IT That Should Never Be Broken: never let programmers design your applications.
Woz also isn't thrilled about the short battery life, though Android has its own problems with battery life.
It's official: Google sucks like Microsoft
No, not in the search field. Bing has that sown up quite nicely. I'm talking about getting the version of the software you want.
I had a request to install Google Earth on some machines here at work. Why, don't know considering who will be using it but that's my orders and I carry them out.
So I go to earth.google.com and get the message that I can download Google Earth 6. I select the option and find that 6 is a beta but, and this is key, they do offer the stable 5.2 version.
Obviously I select the stable version because this is a production environment. I also uncheck installing of Chrome and making Chrome my default browser.
I check the "Yes, I Agree" option and right before I click the button to download I notice something. My option for 5.2 is not available. In fact, I am now forced to download the version I didn't want.
Thinking I'm missing something, I go through the entire process again but this time, I watch how the screen changes before my eyes.
Yup, it doesn't matter if I want the 5.2 version, Google is going to force the 6 version on me. In addition, I am forced, yes, forced, to accept that Earth will check for updates automatically. I cannot unselect this option. There was another option I could not unselect but I'm so pissed I can't remember what it was.
So I forgo getting the beta and ask around at work until I find someone who has kept one of the old installers to use.
So there you have it. Google is officially as sucky as Microsoft when it comes down to getting the file you want.
This is precisely why I don't have gmail or signed up for anything Google-related. I don't want them to tell me what I want, I know what I want. Don't tell me otherwise.
/. is once again screwed up
Ok, so the title isn't telling you anything you didn't already know. However, this is a somewhat critical issue for those of us who get mod points.
Apparently, even though I have set my threshold to -1, I don't see anything below 1.
Having searched through all the nooks and crannies of the craptacular 2.0 (or is it 3.0 now?) version, there are no other settings to set to see low posters.
Normally this wouldn't be an issue as most people at 0 or -1 are just trolling, but on occasion there is that one comment which is unfairly knocked and I like to upgrade them.
Yeah, I COULD send an email and ask that this be looked into, but what are the chances that this would be given a high priority when one considers how much they listened to people about the new design.
So for now, those of you who get a 0 or -1 mod, sorry, I can't help you.
Just a quick Fox News faux paus
We all realize that Fox's distortion of reality is well known. We also know that terms such as "homicide bomber" or "homicide shooter" are an attempt to "update" ones vocabulary.
However, it seems that in their effort to widen their distortion field, they have unilaterally removed an entire country from the world map.
I give you (via Minyanville), the new map of the Middle East
It's that time again. The Japanese Auto Show booth babes are back
Once again we are graced by the sights of young, nubile asian women in what are mostly Hooters outfits. Oh, and there are cars in some of the pictures as well.
Creating domain list is bullshit Microsoft!
Trying to get newly imaged machines on the network is an exercise in bullshit. After the initial settings (turn off restore points, turn off OS selection, etc) and restarting, without exception when I changed from local machine to network the message about creating the domain list comes up.
Bullshit, bullshit, BULLSHIT! There is no need to create the ENTIRE domain list when all you need is to log onto your local domain. Having to wait MINUTES for the information to be updated is just BULLSHIT!
It's like dealing with the bad programming of certain games (*cough*Alpha Centauri*cough*). I don't give a flying fuck if the odds are against me. Make the fucking attack! I've turned off all notifications, just fucking attack.
It's the same thing with this shitty domain list creation. Just fucking log onto the current domain. There is only one option. Create the list later.
Fuck I hate programmers. This is why I will never be involved in a project dealing with programming something. I don't want my name associated with this shit.
And no, I did not get things off my chest. This is only the beginning.
Anime women are real!
From time to time I mention the Japanese and the unique differences they have compared to us (most aren't obese for instance). From time to time I also mention finding articles related to anime such a life-size Gundam or the Argo.
This time, I have come across something so disturbing (in a good way) that it truly boggles the mind. I'm sure you are all familiar with anime and the characters therein. If not by name, you can at least recognize when you see an anime-drawn character. In particular, the women of anime are drawn as having HUGE round eyes (except if they're evil in which case the almond shape persists), thin, lithe bodies and possibly lots of bouncy hair.
In that regard, I give you a real anime woman! No, not the first picture, the second. And third. And fourth. And so on. The main page for her is http://blog.crooz.jp/xx1xx/
So who is she? Believe it or not, she works at the Wakatsuki Chinatsu concession in the teen paradise of Shibuya 109. At least according to this article from whence I came across her blog.
Seriously, does she or does she not look EXACTLY like the women of anime (including the adult variety)?
I don't read kanji but if you hover of the various links, you can at least get an idea of where you're going. Start below the Hair Nail link to see the articles and the associated pictures.
Tron Legacy = Fail
As a rule, I don't watch commercials. As soon as I see one, I change the channel. However, there are a few that I do watch and with the sequel to Tron coming out, I've noticed a few promoting the movie.
Let me say straight away that if the commercials are representative of the movie, the remake is a failure. With the exception of blue and red lighting around the edge of things, everything I've seen leads me to believe this is going to be one big shitfest of explosions interspersed with some touchy-feely scenes (though one apparently doesn't get to touch Olivia Wilde).
And speaking of Olivia, the few words I've heard her speak are delivered in as bland a style as is possible. There doesn't seem to be any emotion behind her words.
While the first movie was ground breaking, this one seems to another in a long line of movies which takes a perfectly good story and tramples the lineage into dust. I'm looking at you Transformers. >:
Based solely on the commercials, I fail to see one redeeming reason to watch it unless it comes out on television.
The Argo is real!
Depending on your definition of "real". For those of you who watched the original broadcast series, StarBlazers was probably the first anime you saw. You watched as they fired the Wave Motion Gun for the first time and saw it obliterate a floating island. You held your breath as the relentless assault of the Gamalons threatened to destroy them. Your eyes, like mine, were probably as big as saucers as they found out they had to go into the Gamalon homeworld and take them out before they could acquire the device from Trelana.*
Now, for a mere $277, you can own The Argo. Well, a 1:625 scale model at least. One thing it has going for it is that it's metal, not plastic. Judging by the picture, it seems to be very true to the series.
I still have a soft spot for the final confrontation of The Argo inside planet Gamalon. When I decide to watch the show, I do so at night, lights off, volume up. The effect of The Argo's main guns firing every which way, the exploding bombs and rockets trying to find their mark, the sound of everything, is something that I thoroughly enjoy.
Mozilla takes a page from /.
Installed a new PC for one of the higher ups and was going through the process of configuring the newest version of Firefox (3.6.11). I wasn't able to do a copy and paste into the new, empty, profile directory of the users profile so I had to create one from scratch. After that, I figured it was easier to just go to the four web sites and rebookmark them rather than trying to do a copy and paste.
However, in my travels, I found that the option to not submit crash reports would not stay unchecked. I would uncheck it, click OK then come back in and it was rechecked.
I don't want to submit crash reports from this user's PC. They wouldn't know what to do with them anyway.
So I went to look for the 3.6.10 version. Found the ftp link but get this server message:
ISA Server: extended error message :
200 Switching to Binary mode.
200 PORT command successful. Consider using PASV.
550 Permission denied.
If one follows Mozilla's own directions on how to get an older version, you can't (at least I can't). Add in the fact that a simple checkbox won't stay unchecked and that when you delete some of the extraneous entries in the bookmark directory you are still left with lines, one begins to wonder if Taco and Company are giving advice to the Mozilla folks.
No, I'm not submitting a bug report. I'm not creating ANOTHER account somewhere just to let them know. This is my bug report. Anyone with connections or who has an account can submit it for me.
And more P.S. Taco
I guess there's someone who will fall for this
Everyone reading this should be aware of what the Nigerian 419 Scam is all about. You've probably received one or two of them (I've only ever received one). As more and more people wise up (or the older ones die off, depending on your point of view), these scams, while still raking in millions, are becoming less and less effective.
So, in good Evolutionary style, those who want to make you part with your money have come up with their newest ploy. I give you, the Enron letter.
I have a software firm named after me!
Ok, so it's not really named after me, but I was looking for a decent pizza place in lower Manhattan (if you know of any, let me know) and happened to see the following name at 55 Broad Street:
Wombat Financial Software
Funny how those things come about, isn't it?
See, we're not luddites!
With that little bit out of the way, nearly everyone I told the following piece about me seems shocked, especially when it is revealed that I am employed in the IT field. What is so shocking that people's mouths fall to ground in surprise? What is so unbelievable that they have to call their friends to spread the news?
I don't own a cell phone. Just as some on here will say they don't have cable, I don't own a cell phone. My job doesn't require it, nor do I want or need one. I don't want people to be able to contact me at a moment's notice. I most certainly don't people to be able to track me down.
And I'm not the only one. As the following article relates, many people, of both high and low stature, don't have cell phones. And it's not because they're luddites. They don't have one because they don't need one. Which is something I have said all along. The number of people who truly need a cell phone is insignificant compared to those who own one (or more) phones. Besides, as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of La Verne says in the article, "He says he has never overheard a cell conversation that wasn't banal."
So when you find out someone doesn't own a cell phone, don't think they're living in a backwards mentality. Think of them as being on the cutting edge of being a power broker.
Gundams are finally here
I'm not talking about some reproduction made in the basement of an agoraphobic teenager. No, I'm talking life-size, possibly functional, Gundams. You know, the kind that go bang and boom as they destroy things.
For your viewing pleasure: Gundam!
The Road Ahead, by Bill Gates, 15 years later
It's been 15 years since Bill Gates wrote his book, The Road Ahead, in which he talks about how technology would shape the future. In the intervening years, technology has changed most aspects of our lives for better or worse. So how did Bill Gates do on his predictions? The Atlantic takes a look at the good and bad of some of his prognostications. Overall, it appears Bill let optimism guide his thoughts, except when it came to the Internet"
Finally, a use for cigarettes
Go ahead, get on my case about harping about the evils of smoking. You may like to smoke, but I don't want you around me when you do. And if do you come around me, take a shower first. Just don't expect a good night kiss.
With that out of the way, it seems the country with the largest amount of smokers has potentially come up with a use for the filters of used cigarettes. You drop them in water, extract the volatiles from the water and use those volatiles to coat the inside of oil pipes and prevent them from rusting.
Weird, huh? Use known carcinogens to prevent pipes which carry oil from springing leaks. Who knew?!
You know you're bored when...
you're too lazy to write porn.
Yes, on rare occasions I write porn. Not well and not often, but enough to satisfy some people who frequent Literotica.
Currently, I am caught up on work stuff, too lazy to study for my quiz on Saturday and too bored to continue working on one of three different stories.
People talk about depression being bad (I'm not depressed). It's not. It's the boredom.
It would be nice...
if there was one time I could take a piss and not have someone else stop by. It's not that I'm shy, but dealing with people all day makes one want a moment of peace and quiet.
Standing there and having someone else come in and go take a dump with noises like something from Dr. Seuss does not allow one to decompress. Nor is it possible when someone comes in and tries to talk to you (yes ladies, there is a code in the bathroom). Of course there's always 'The Whistler'. Annoying is the word that comes to mind.
Peace and quiet are one of the two reasons bathrooms exist. If only solitude would be a third reason.
Never had a teacher like this
With Sunday being Pi Day, CNN is running a quick blurb about the whole affair. That's not what caught my eye (don't care about the day anyway).
No, what caught my attention was the picture they use(d) to accompany the story. For your reference.
Headlines that need a bit more work
This was the headline for a story on The Japan Times Online web site:
JBA sketches out plan for bj-league, JBL merger
It makes you think, don't it?