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28 Aug 22:00

Dying Wish

by Kristian

Excellent idea!

It was either Sunn O))) or Anal Cunt. (Both are actual band names. Apologies for that last one.)

Yes! Probably the most obscure comic in a while. Send it to every drone metal-fan friend you have!

28 Aug 07:01

First Day of Class

by alex

First Day of Class

26 Aug 23:22


26 Aug 09:16

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

by Unknown Lamer


Jason Koebler (3528235) writes American Commitment, a conservative group with strong ties to the Koch brothers has been bombarding inboxes with emails filled with disinformation and fearmongering in an attempt to start a "grassroots" campaign to kill net neutrality — at one point suggesting that "Marxists" think that preserving net neutrality is a good idea. American Commitment president Phil Kerpen suggests that reclassifying the internet as a public utility is the "first step in the fight to destroy American capitalism altogether" and says that the FCC is plotting a "federal Internet takeover," a move that "sounds more like a story coming out of China or Russia."

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24 Aug 09:05

Federal Appeals Court Demands Longer Sentence for Officer who Delivered Brutal Beating

by martyb

gewg_ writes:

The Center for American Progress reports:

One federal appeals court last week took a remarkable stand against leniency for police accountability. In a unanimous ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that 20 months in prison was not enough (PDF) for a former Des Moines police officer who brutally beat a couple on their way home from the movies.

Erin Evans and Octavius Bonds were driving home from a date at the movies in 2008 when they were pulled over for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. From the start, then-officer Mersed Dautovic and his fellow white officer approached the young African American couple with hostility. When Evans, then 21, rolled down her window, Dautovic flung the door open, asking "Are you from America?" and if she was stupid. As a now-flustered Evans attempted to find the appropriate papers in her glove compartment, a second officer ordered her to get out of the car or be pepper sprayed.

What ensued from there was a chain of violence in which Evans was dragged from the car, flung onto the hood of the car and then onto the ground as she screamed for help. When Bonds, then 25, heard her screaming and tried to get out of the car, he was doused with pepper spray continuously, even when he tried to turn his face away from the officer. Bonds eventually grabbed Dautovic's hand to resist, and then remembers being hit in the back of the head before he lost consciousness. When he awoke again, officers were standing over him with batons, beating him repeatedly, even as he lay in the fetal position and then possibly unconscious.

In the course of this beating, Bonds sustained a broken forearm, a split in his scalp that required seven stitches, a broken hand "so bad" that "two bones protruded through his skin" and bruises covering his body. Officers placed him face down on the road and continued to beat him, in what one witness called the motions of chopping wood. Others testified that as the officers waited for an ambulance, they left Bonds face-down on the road near the centerline, as other drivers had to swerve onto the road's median so they didn't run over Bonds' head.

After all of this, Bonds and Evans were arrested and charged with interfering with and assaulting officers. Dautovic lied in both the police report and in the testimony at their trial, so their story could have ended there, as many others likely have.

But a jury acquitted Bonds and Evans of all the charges against them. Dautovic, on the other hand, was charged and found guilty both of obstructing justice and excessive force. The trial court judge said, "These were just young people coming home from the movies. They did not deserve what happened."

He noted that although Dautovic was in many ways a good member of his community, he showed no remorse for what he had done. Dautovic was sentenced by that judge to 20 months in jail, even though the guidelines that federal judges generally use to calculate sentences called for a sentence of between 151 and 188 months in jail.

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25 Aug 13:40

MSFT Quits Reactionary Climate-Change-Denying Lobbyist Group ALEC

by LaminatorX

Good job Microsoft!

gewg_ writes:

Microsoft News reports

Microsoft has announced that they are dropping their membership with ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC) is a lobbying group that works to advance limited government, free markets, and federalism at the state level through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America's state legislators, members of the private sector and the general public. But it was recently revealed that ALEC was involved in lobbying for measures to repeal renewable energy standards, block meaningful disclosure of chemicals used in fracking and more.

Microsoft provided the following statement regarding ALEC:

"In 2014 Microsoft decided to no longer participate in the American Legislative Exchange Council's Communications and Technology Task Force, which had been our only previous involvement with ALEC, With this decision, we no longer contribute any dues to ALEC...we are no longer members of ALEC and do not provide the organization with financial support of any kind."

Greenpeace senior IT policy analyst Gary Cook commented the following to CNET:

"Microsoft deserves praise for living up to its sustainability values by ending its membership in ALEC, an organization which has attacked clean energy and climate policies in nearly all 50 states, Microsoft has demonstrated a commitment in recent years to clean energy and climate action by introducing an internal carbon fee and purchasing large amounts of wind energy to power two of its data centers."

ALEC is also a major force behind "Stand Your Ground" ("Shoot First") legislation.

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25 Aug 19:37




23 Aug 23:23

Frozach Submitted


More importantly, one of them is Adam West!

22 Aug 20:52


22 Aug 16:54

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21 Aug 23:18

Mayor's Minimum Wage Veto Overridden by San Diego City Council

by LaminatorX

gewg_ writes:

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports

The San Diego City Council voted Monday to override Mayor Kevin Faulconer's veto of gradual increases in the local minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2017, starting the clock on a referendum campaign that business leaders have said they'll pursue.

If opponents can collect the 34,000 valid signatures required for a referendum by Sept. 17, the wage increases will be held in abeyance pending an election in June 2016.

If the signature drive falls short, the wage hikes will go into effect in January with an increase for local minimum wage workers from $9 an hour to $9.75.

Faulconer's veto, which he issued Aug. 8, was overridden by six members of the council, the two-thirds of the nine-member panel required by city law. All of those who voted to override are Democrats.

Of the council's three Republicans, two voted against the override and one — Lorie Zapf — was absent from the vote. The mayor is a Republican.

Bob Filner, a Progressive Democrat who previously represented a San Diego district in Congress, got himself elected mayor in 2012.
There would have been a lot less drama to this workers' rights issue if he hadn't had to resign after a groping scandal.

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22 Aug 03:07


21 Aug 07:32

Game of Codes


Getting amped for this conference. Click through to see an amazing video. Especially if you have any knowledge about programming.

JavaZone 2014 – Game of Codes: The movie you, the people, voted for as this years JavaZone movie based on the teaser video (the teaser is here as well, right below). You picked it, we created it. Enjoy!

JavaZone 2014 Teasers, 1st place: Game of Codes with a total of 31 202 votes.

JavaZone 2014 Teasers, 2nd place: Writing Bad, with a total of 30 811 votes.

JavaZone 2014 Teasers, 3rd place: House of Codes, with a total of 25 361 votes.

JavaZone 2013: Write once, run everywhere? More like write once, ruin everything...

JavaZone 2012: Paper money is obsolete, so what would one nick from a bank these days?

JavaZone 2011: Be afraid! The JavaZone X trailer is in your computer! Do you dare to watch?

JavaZone 2010 Java 4-ever! A heartwarming story about forbidden love ... and OLE objects.

JavaZone 2010: The teaser music video featuring Jenny Skavlan as a floppy-rocking geek.

22 Aug 02:13

US National Guard to withdraw from Ferguson


US Attorney General Eric Holder said:
"At a time when we must seek to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the local community, I am deeply
concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message."

No shit.

Governor of Missouri orders withdrawal of forces from St Louis suburb where police killed an unarmed black teenager.
21 Aug 10:03

What Is Married?

by alex


What Is Married?

21 Aug 17:52

Why haven't you had kids yet?

by Matthew Inman


21 Aug 07:01

Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla

by Doug

Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla

This one is dedicated to Yolanda. Happy birthday to you!!

And here’s more Godzilla.

21 Aug 08:06

If you can't tell editorial from advertorial, there's a browser plug-in for that

by Mariella Moon

Great idea.

Google product engineer Ian Webster believes sponsored articles should be more easily identifiable (as they should be!), so he built the AdDetector plug-in in his spare time to make that happen. More and more publications turn to sponsored content or native ads these days (even Tumblr does it), but some of them just add disclaimers at the very bottom of the page or small, easy-to-miss bylines. Webster says the problem is that bad native ads depend on you, readers, not knowing that they're, well, sponsored. So, he designed the plug-in to plaster large red banners on paid article pages whenever it detects unfortunately small sponsored disclaimers, in order to boost transparency on the web. He also hopes that by making paid articles more obvious, sponsors would make an effort to put out better content. You can install AdDetector (and make sure this post wasn't sponsored) for Chrome and Firefox from Webster's website.

Filed under: Internet


Via: The Wall Street Journal

Source: AdDetector

20 Aug 18:50

Winner Winner Second Dinner

by nedroid

Winner Winner Second Dinner

19 Aug 12:04

systemd: Harbinger of the Linux Apocalypse.

by janrinok

I'm exhausted by this shit and can't be bothered even reading the article, but the blurb is a good and quick explanation of why this shit is exhausting in the first place. I lucked out with one of the few distros where it's easy to avoid, but the cancer is growing.

Subsentient writes:

The good people over at Infoworld have published a story outlining why they feel systemd is a disaster.

Excerpt from Infoworld:

While systemd has succeeded in its original goals, it's not stopping there. systemd is becoming the Svchost of Linux—which I don't think most Linux folks want. You see, systemd is growing, like wildfire, well outside the bounds of enhancing the Linux boot experience. systemd wants to control most, if not all, of the fundamental functional aspects of a Linux system—from authentication to mounting shares to network configuration to syslog to cron. It wants to do so as essentially a monolithic entity that obscures what's happening behind the scenes.

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20 Aug 00:21

Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

by Soulskill
KindMind writes: At Wired, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has posted his take on net neutrality. He lays the problem at the feet of the large ISPs. Hastings says, "Consider this: A single fiber-optic strand the diameter of a human hair can carry 101.7 terabits of data per second, enough to support nearly every Netflix subscriber watching content in HD at the same time. And while technology has improved and capacity has increased, costs have continued to decline. A few more shelves of equipment might be needed in the buildings that house interconnection points, but broadband itself is as limitless as its uses. We'll never realize broadband's potential if large ISPs erect a pay-to-play system that charges both the sender and receiver for the same content. ... It's worth noting that Netflix connects directly with hundreds of ISPs globally, and 99 percent of those agreements don't involve access fees. It is only a handful of the largest U.S. ISPs, which control the majority of consumer connections, demanding this toll. Why would more profitable, larger companies charge for connections and capacity that smaller companies provide for free? Because they can."

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19 Aug 14:49

Iceland's Seismic Acticity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

by timothy

Ugh, hope not.

In 2010, ash spewed into the atmosphere by the volcano beneath Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull glacier grounded European air traffic for days (and, partially, for weeks). As reported by The Guardian, a series of similarly situated earthquakes may herald a similar ash-ejecting erruption, and the country has raised its volcano risk to it's second-most-severe rating (orange). From the article: Iceland met office seismologist Martin Hensch said the risk of any disruptive ash cloud similar to the one in 2010 would depend on how high any ash would be thrown, how much there would be and how fine-grained it would be. Bardarbunga is Iceland's largest volcanic system, located under the ice cap of the Vatnajokull glacier in the southeast of Iceland. It is in a different range to Eyjafjallajokull. The met office said in a statement it measured the strongest earthquake in the region since 1996 early on Monday and it now had strong indications of ongoing magma movement. "As evidence of magma movement shallower than 10km implies increased potential of a volcanic eruption, the Bardarbunga aviation colour code has been changed to orange," it said. "Presently there are no signs of eruption, but it cannot be excluded that the current activity will result in an explosive subglacial eruption, leading to an outburst flood and ash emission." ... Hensch said the biggest risk in Iceland itself was from flood waves from any eruption under the glacier. He said the area of Iceland mainly at risk of flooding was mostly uninhabited but that roads in the area had been closed.

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19 Aug 10:00

Start Of Classes

by Justin Boyd

Start Of Classes

College is about to start up!  Many a people are starting to come back to my not-so-little college town.  And soon, some percent of them will be taking some quality naps in class.  Nap it up!

bonus panel
17 Aug 06:52

Daimler's solution for annoying out-of-office email: delete it

by Jon Fingas
A concerned man checking his laptop on the beach

Sure, you can set an out-of-office auto-reply to let others know they shouldn't email you, but that doesn't usually stop the messages; you may still have to handle those urgent-but-not-really requests while you're on vacation. That's not a problem if you work at Daimler, though. The German automaker recently installed software that not only auto-replies to email sent while staff is away, but deletes it outright. If there's a meltdown at the workplace, you may not have to deal with it at all. The move affects about 100,000 employees, so it's clearly going to make an impact.

The cut-off reflects a broader European rebellion against after-hours communication. Daimler believes that people on break actually deserve a break, and that managers shouldn't try to wring out a few extra hours of work that likely aren't necessary. It might have a point: studies even suggest that Germany, France and other countries that discourage overtime are very productive. There's no telling whether or not large US companies will follow suit, but it's doubtful that many Americans would object to less stress in their lives.

[Image credit: Alamy]

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Source: Time

17 Aug 15:14

To Know Suicide: Depression Can Be Treated, But It Takes Competence

by janrinok

mendax writes:

Given the recent high-profile suicide of Robin Williams, perhaps this would be a good time to discuss this difficult subject in this forum. With that in mind, I submit for your review the following op-ed from the New York Times where the author discusses her own struggles with depression and bipolar disorder. The article is an attempt to describe just how devastating deep depression is to those who have never experienced it. But I bet there are many here who have experienced it and several who experience it on a regular basis who will have no difficulty understanding her.

As someone who has struggled with chronic depression and anxiety attacks throughout his life (and is not afraid to speak about it) and has managed to survive somehow one suicide attempt, this article struck home, especially after reading the suicide note left by Ralph Barton, the once well-known cartoonist, linked to in the op-ed.

There seems to be a close correlation between brilliant and talented people and mental illness that often leads to depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, unsuccessful marriages and relationships, and, often, suicide. Given the average IQ of those who patronize this fine forum is probably up near the genius range, I suspect this op-ed will resonate with many others here.

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16 Aug 04:00

August 16, 2014


Haha, there must be some parallell to all the alien stuff on the History channel here.

16 Aug 13:58

Any American Can Take Any Police Officer's Photo

by LaminatorX

Hugh Pickens writes:

Olga Khazan writes in The Atlantic that police in Ferguson, Missouri, arrested two reporters Wednesday night as protests over the police shooting of an unarmed teenager continued for the fifth day. The journalists, the Washington Post's Wesley Lowery and the Huffington Post's Ryan Reilly, were only detained for about 15 minutes before being released, but the incident provoked widespread outrage over the Ferguson police's increasingly brutal tactics.

Lowery wrote that armed officers stormed a McDonald's in which he and Reilly were working and demanded to see ID. They then told Lowery to stop video recording them, and finally they ordered the reporters to leave and claimed they weren't leaving fast enough. According to other reports, the Ferguson police also demanded that an MSNBC camera man and a local Fox News crew take down their cameras. Police hit the crew of Al Jazeera America with tear gas and dismantled their gear.

"The arrest and intimidation of journalists for documenting the events in Ferguson is particularly disturbing because it interferes with the ability of the press to hold the government accountable. But actually, anyone journalist or otherwise can take a photo of a police officer," writes Khazan. "Citizens have the right to take pictures of anything in plain view in a public space, including police officers and federal buildings. Police can not confiscate, demand to view, or delete digital photos."

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15 Aug 13:32

Turns Out When Police Act Cordial, Rather Than As An Oppressive Military Force, Things Work Out Better

by Mike Masnick
After covering the militarized police fiasco in Ferguson, Missouri the past few days, including highlighting Anil Dash's rather simple point that the way to deal with angry protestors isn't to make them angrier, it appears that someone finally got the message. Missouri's governor kicked out the St. Louis County police, who were responsible for much of the previous escalation, and sent in the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who almost immediately set a very different tone -- one that involved a much smaller police presence, and one that was a lot friendlier. It even involved talking with (not just to) protestors in a cordial manner. The most striking image -- a complete reversal of the day before -- has to be Captain Ron Johnson, who was put in charge, walking with the protestors (in ordinary police garb) rather than having militarized police aiming high powered weaponry at them.

Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol walks along with the Ferguson march. Compare this to Wednesday.

— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 14, 2014
It's almost as if treating the public as people with rights who the police are supposed to be serving, rather than as an enemy that needs invading... works better. Who would have expected that, other than, well, most normal people?

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