Monday, October 31, 2016

SMBC Funny - Welcome to Heaven, Loser

THIS is what the world has come to...

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Welcome to Heaven, Loser:

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SMBC Funny: Path of a Hero

An example of statistical bias...

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Path of a Hero:

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Person Of Interest Was Anti-Prestige TV And Too Smart For Primetime

Person Of Interest Was Anti-Prestige TV And Too Smart For Primetime: "First, let me tell you what Person of Interest is. Person of Interest is the inverse of Game of Thrones. For every shock death from the HBO’s version of George R.R. Martin’s book series, it had Kevin Chapman getting maced by a model and beaten up with a handbag. For every Game of Thrones setpiece that sent 49 bloggers into an ejaculatory frenzy over the ambiguous motives and bloodlines of royals, Person of Interest had a scene where Jim Caviezel kicks seven shades of shit out of the cardboard archetype of a bad person. It’s weird watching Jesus throttle people, but you know what, we’re all going to Hell anyway."

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

On Landry’s Significant Court Victory Yesterday… | The Hayride

On Landry’s Significant Court Victory Yesterday… | The Hayride: "So Edwards will go back to the drawing board and rewrite those contracts. And then Landry will reject them not on the basis of legal minutiae but as a matter of policy. When he does, we’ll eventually get to the meat of the argument, which is going to be a very big deal soon – which is whether the governor of Louisiana has the unilateral power to hire lawyers to sue on behalf of the state, or whether anyone in state government holds a check on that power. And this is virgin constitutional territory of sorts in Louisiana, and something of a constitutional crisis that Edwards has brought on. We’ve not had such a controversy previously, because (1) this is a level of gubernatorial overreach we’ve not seen even from some of the rather tyrannical governors we’ve had in the state’s past, and (2) because Landry is the first truly independent attorney general Louisiana has had in memory. Previous governors who decided to be sue-happy had the whole state government behind them; this one is trying to go it alone. And that constitutional crisis is a hell of a lot more important than the petty question about hypothetical discrimination against gays and transsexuals in some obscure legal contracts. Which is why it’s such a disservice that the state’s mainstream media is spending all its time huffing and puffing about the latter."

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Hospital Ward Gripped by Mysterious Hallucinations Quarantined After Five Fall Ill

Hospital Ward Gripped by Mysterious Hallucinations Quarantined After Five Fall Ill: "This week, an emergency room in the Pacific Northwest was briefly quarantined after five people—including two police officers and a hospital worker—experienced mysterious hallucinations from an unidentified illness believed to be spread by touch."

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Valeroni: Killer Clowns from (insert town)

This has been an ongoing discussion in our house...people are dumb and the referenced law is an attack on civil liberties!

Valeroni: Killer Clowns from (insert town): "I guess it's easier to believe something absurd than to think rational. "

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Is Elon Musk's Crazy Mars Plan Even Legal?

Bullshit! That would be the same as me licensing someone to breathe air in one on Earth has the authority to regulate what someone does on another planet.

Is Elon Musk's Crazy Mars Plan Even Legal?: "If you want to rove around on the surface, drill for precious metals, send a message back to Earth, or build a self-sustaining city, you’re going to need other licenses."

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

RE: Regulating the Cajun Navy

It's really funny(not funny) how some people will go to extremes to restrict liberty with the intention of making things easier/better.

We had a lot of people helped by "the Cajun Navy" during the flooding of 2016 in Louisiana. In case you are not familiar with the term, it was used to describe the unorganized group of civilians with personal boats who took to the flooded areas to rescue people stranded in their homes. Supposedly, some officials claimed to not want the civilians' help due to perceived liability. That did not stop the Cajun Navy from helping.

Now, Jonathan Perry, a politician from Kaplan is proposing legislation that would require anyone wanting to participate in rescue operations, similar to what the Cajun Navy did during the floods, would have to be trained, licensed, and have continuing education in those areas, at their own expense!

It seems to me that the result would be less people would want to participate just due to the hassle involved.

Mr. Perry posted a video explaining his reasoning. I have not watched it, but I cannot imagine any reasoning that would make me agree with it.

Usually when regulation is enacted, it is veiled as "for some group's safety"...when in reality, it actually is protecting or enabling another group or entity an upper hand. What are the possibilities here? Maybe someone has a rescue service and wants to be able to say all of our teams are certified...or maybe somebody has an interest in providing the training required by the regulation.

I don't know that either of these scenarios apply to the situation, but it begs the question "What is the real driver?

The other possibility is that Mr. Perry just doesn't realize that this type of regulation will almost guarantee that people will either not participate next time or will be breaking the law to rescue people. Does he really want that to happen?

Probably the best idea I have heard so far is from MACAOIDH (Scott McKay) over at The Hayride:

"If Perry really wants to promote the Cajun Navy and increase its access to disaster areas, there’s a good answer here which doesn’t involve state law at all. What we need isn’t legislation but rather a festival. If you want to keep the bureaucrats and the law enforcement control freaks from interfering with, as Dustin put it, people helping people, then let’s make the Cajun Navy a cultural phenomenon and let’s have an annual celebration of their heroism over a weekend in the middle of August every year. Let’s have it at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center or someplace similar, let’s have Bass Pro or Cabela’s bid to be the corporate sponsor of it, let’s have boat rescue safety courses or a seminar as part of the program along with chanky-chank music and jambalaya and beer and baby alligators or whatever else you want and let’s have the Cajun Navy get recognized annually as embodying our tradition of great citizenship and voluntarism."

You can read the whole article here:

Saturday, July 30, 2016

12 Amazing Free Plugins To Give Life To Your Mix - PSU

I haven't checked these out yet, but plan to in the near future...

12 Amazing Free Plugins To Give Life To Your Mix - PSU: "Thankfully, our DAWs are already packed full of great plugins. But sometimes it’s difficult to get the “character” we want out of them. What I mean by “character” is the way that certain pieces gear can add coloration to your tracks. For instance, if you use a vintage SSL console, you will get a certain sound due to the natural harmonics and distortion of the hardware. While it’s great that technology allows us to get a pretty much clean/un-colored sound with very little noise, sometimes it’s nice to have those extra artifacts to give life to our recordings/mixes. Luckily, we don’t need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on gear."

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Neither Charlie Hunnam Nor His Abs Will Return For Pacific Rim 2

Neither Charlie Hunnam Nor His Abs Will Return For Pacific Rim 2: "I can see the rewrite now. Charlie Hunnam will appear in a short cameo. The cameo would consist of the following scenes. Mako: The clock has reset, we have a category 2 event! Becket: We need to go now! Mako: Are you going to put a shirt on? Becket: There’s no time! (Becket runs across the screen, abs prominent) (Mako and Becket get intoGypsy Danger 2: Becket’s abs are still exposed. ) (Gypsy Danger marches out, as awesome guitar rift plays. A kaiju suddenly attacks) (Camera jostles, focuses on Becket’s abs.) Becket: It’s time to cancel this guy! Mako, Mega Zord attack number 5! Mako and Becket do a pseudo-kungfu move that looks like a series of vertical crunches, camera focuses on abs. (awesome explody C.G scene) Mako: Right, let’s finish him! (Kaiju feigns right and grabs Gypsy Dangers heads from the right. The claws sink through and evelope Becket. A finger covers his head, another his legs, camera can only see his abs.) Mako: Nooo! Becket: Kill em for me! (Set explodes as the Gypsy Danger’s head is ripped in half, the last we see of Becket is his nude torso and abs) Mako finishes off the kaiju single handedly, plot happens, and she gets all drifty and kinky with John Boyega."

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Evil Dead 4 Movie Hopes Revived By Ash vs Evil Dead

Evil Dead 4 Movie Hopes Revived By Ash vs Evil Dead: "Starz presented a panel for season two of Ash vs Evil Dead, their series based on the Evil Dead films. Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless and producer Robert Tapert spoke with reporters in roundtables, where Tapert stated that the current focus is to produce more seasons of the TV series. However, success means a fourth movie is more likely down the line than it would have been without a TV show."

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Halliburton sheds more jobs, looks to North America recovery

Halliburton sheds more jobs, looks to North America recovery: "Halliburton took a promissory note from "its primary customer" in Venezuela in exchange for $200 million of outstanding trade receivables, according to the statement. McCollum said at an investor conference last month that the company has a "need to really hit the brakes" in Venezuela because it’s not getting paid for the work being done there. The company said in May the amount it was owed in the country rose 7.4% in the first quarter to $756 million."

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NEWS  |  Under May's New Government, a UK Gas Fracking Push Is Probable  |  Rigzone

NEWS  |  Under May's New Government, a UK Gas Fracking Push Is Probable  |  Rigzone: "As Theresa May’s new government prepares to take the U.K. out of the European Union, it’s likely to promote one technology shunned by most nations on the mainland - fracking. May, her predecessor David Cameron, and newly appointed members of her cabinet including former Energy Secretary Amber Rudd have supported hydraulic fracturing of Britain’s shale rock to reduce the nation’s increasing dependence on natural gas imports. May voted in line with government policy against additional regulation on exploration companies and an 18-month moratorium on the practice in 2015. Cameron’s government planned to go “all out for shale” and the new cabinet probably won’t change its view as officials are set to decide whether to approve applications to frack by companies from Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. to IGas Energy Plc.  Fracking has been banned or suspended in EU nations including France, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as in Scotland and Wales. “The government policy on fracking hasn’t changed," May’s spokesman Greg Swift told reporters in response to questions about U.K. shale gas development."

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Monday, July 11, 2016

NEWS  |  Oil Price Rout Slams Houston's Commercial Real Estate Market  |  Rigzone

NEWS  |  Oil Price Rout Slams Houston's Commercial Real Estate Market  |  Rigzone: "The prolonged slump in oil prices has slammed the office market in the U.S. energy industry hub of Houston, where more than 10 million square feet is available and vacancy rates are at their highest in 20 years, the real estate firm CBRE reported. Thousands of energy industry employees have lost jobs and companies have slashed their capital budgets during the steep slide in crude prices, which are still down more than 50 percent since 2014. CBRE found that 10.2 million square feet of commercial real estate was available to sublease at the end of June, as companies sought to shrink their footprint and get others to cover the terms of their leases."

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Big Data Algorithms Optimize Oil Wells | Automation World

Big Data Algorithms Optimize Oil Wells | Automation World: "The global oil producing industry spends millions of dollars every week on preemptive well monitoring—sending technicians to remote sites to check wells for operational faults. Though the idea of operating oil wells with the help of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is catching on, labor costs still dominate operating expenses. Not only does the typical oil company still send field technicians out driving from well to well to regularly inspect the equipment and report back on findings, even using IIoT technologies in many cases does not resolve issues with labor costs, argues Nav Dhunay, president and CEO of Ambyint. “If you just analyze the data, all you’ve done is push the problem around,” Dhunay says, arguing that the main expense is still labor, albeit a different kind. “Now you have people staring at screens, looking at graphs, trying to understand the data. It just pushes up the labor cost.”"

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Liberals Intolerant Towards Local Dork Self-Identifying As Patriotic Warrior And Constitutional Scholar | THE PUSH POLE

Liberals Intolerant Towards Local Dork Self-Identifying As Patriotic Warrior And Constitutional Scholar | THE PUSH POLE: "Liberals, who claim to practice love and tolerance of all people, decided to vilify a powerless dork incapable of shaping the country in any meaningful way.  Even though said dork’s biggest impact on society would never be more than sharing a string of regurgitated pro-gun Facebook memes ejaculated into a sea of cyber nonsense, self-important liberals decided he needed to be mercilessly mocked on social media."

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

New FCC regulations may not give consumers true online privacy protection | TechCrunch

New FCC regulations may not give consumers true online privacy protection | TechCrunch: "Here’s the fundamental mistake in the way the FCC has framed the proposal. Google, Facebook, Amazon and a myriad of other “edge providers” are not covered by the eventual privacy rules that will be drafted. Their exclusion undermines the Commission’s laudable goals. There should be consistent, across the board rules for collecting and using consumer data regardless of the online company, platform, application or service being used. "

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Here are the FAA’s rules for commerical drone usage | TechCrunch

Here are the FAA’s rules for commerical drone usage | TechCrunch: "The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today published its final operational rules for the commercial use of small drones weighing under 55 pounds. These rules will guide the first major expansion of commercial drones after the FAA’s earlier limited exemption process for commercial operators. The rule also establishes a process for licensing commercial drone pilots."

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Monday, June 13, 2016

This Parody Of Every TED Talk Ever Is Absolutely Perfect - Digg

This Parody Of Every TED Talk Ever Is Absolutely Perfect - Digg: "This Parody Of Every TED Talk Ever Is Absolutely Perfect 217 diggs Funny "Let's look at a picture of the planet for no reason. What happens if I put some words over it? How about a number? By doing this, I've now made you think that I know what I'm talking about.""

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Friday, April 29, 2016

From TV trailblazer to IP afterthought: TiVo bought for $1.1 billion | Ars Technica

From TV trailblazer to IP afterthought: TiVo bought for $1.1 billion | Ars Technica: "Entertainment company Rovi announced that it has officially acquired DVR maker TiVo in a deal worth $1.1 billion. Rovi will pay for the deal mostly in stock at $10.70 per share, with approximately $277 million to be paid in cash at $2.75 per share. Rovi's CEO Tom Carson will continue to run the company, although it will now assume the "iconic TiVo brand" as its name."

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

5 New Cajun Reality Shows Airing This Fall | THE PUSH POLE

This is fucking hilarious!

"The chief export of Louisiana (besides oil and NFL talent) is reality TV shows. America can’t get enough of that spicy Cajun flavor, and they need it zapped straight into their brains through the airwaves. With demand at an all time high, five new Cajun-themed reality shows will be airing later this year. Below is a list of these exciting new programs."

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Senator: let’s fix “third-party doctrine” that enabled NSA mass snooping | Ars Technica

Senator: let’s fix “third-party doctrine” that enabled NSA mass snooping | Ars Technica: "Let’s take some of these devices one by one. As your readers know, for weeks now we’ve been told that there is going to be a Burr-Feinstein bill in the United States Senate that in fact would be a piece of legislation that would, in effect, mandate that a private company weaken the security of their products so they would be to comply with a court order. The first thing that I want to do as part of our strategy is to block that legislation. And I’m going to argue that it should be blocked on the grounds that it will weaken the security of millions of Americans. The second thing that I want to do after we block that bill is pass affirmative legislation that I’ve introduced called the Secure Data Act, where we wouldn’t be talking about blocking legislation, but talking about affirmative action to ensure the security of the data of millions of Americans. So those would clearly be two steps that would be very relevant to today’s discussion. Beyond that, with respect to the third-party doctrine. I think that when people enter into a private business relationship, they don’t expect that that’s going to be public. And particularly now in an age of digital services I think it’s important that that law be re-written: that law stems from a decision that’s decades old. And I’m encouraged that even people like Justice Sotomayor thinks it ought to be rewritten. So that’s the third area."

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 founder indicted for hacking Rigzone - Fuel Fix

Ruh-Roh...! founder indicted for hacking Rigzone - Fuel Fix: "The founder of the Houston-based networking website was indicted Wednesday for allegedly hacking Rigzone, a competitor that he created and later sold. David W. Kent, 40, of Spring, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit computer hacking and wire fraud for allegedly stealing information from more than 700,000 customer accounts in order to build up Oilpro’s network. He then recently tried to sell Oilpro, which he created in 2013, to Rigzone’s parent company, New York-based DHI Group, using beefed-up membership numbers, according to a U.S. Department of Justice’s statement. Kent founded Rigzone in 2000 with his father and sold it in 2010 for about $51 million to DHI. Kent left Rigzone one year after the sale. Oilpro, which was offline Thursday, is touted as a professional network for oil and gas professionals — essentially LinkedIn for the energy sector. Rigzone features oil and gas information as well as details on jobs in Houston and worldwide. The investigation and arrest were led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Manhattan-based U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. “Instead of relinquishing control of his former company, subject David Kent continued to illegally access data and information from his former business to help benefit a competing business he formed after the sale,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Diego Rodriquez said in a prepared statement. “Unauthorized access to a protected computer system is a federal crime,” he added. “The FBI will investigate and bring to justice criminal actors who commit computer intrusions, whether the unauthorized access is to a personal computer or a corporate server.”"

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