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Aneristic Illusions / Re: How bad is it?
« on: June 04, 2012, 09:18:02 pm »

Seriously, though, I like the article, but I hate the way it starts out.  The first thing this article does is to insult the 70% of Americans who believe in the existence of angels, mentioning them as his first example of what's wrong with America and comparing them to people who can't find the United States on a world map.  The author has basically set up a filter at the beginning of his article to ensure that most of the 70% of Americans who believe in the existence of angels won't bother to read the rest of it.

I wonder if that was deliberate -- cause the people who might be hostile to what you have to say to tune out early on, so that you can spend the rest of your time preaching to the choir, as it were.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED Arizona Hilarity thread
« on: June 01, 2012, 09:52:12 pm »
I have been giggling lately over learning that not only does Sheriff Joe have a cold case "posse" investigating Obama's birth certificate, but his office is willing to spend taxpayer money to send them to Hawaii on an undercover wild-goose chase.

Quote from: Wing Nut Daily
In a major development in his probe of Barack Obama’s eligibility for Arizona’s 2012 presidential ballot, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has dispatched his lead Cold Case Posse investigator and a deputy detective to Hawaii.
Zullo’s investigation is a volunteer effort, but the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has sent him to Hawaii with an MCSO deputy detective for safety reasons and to act as a liaison between MCSO and local law enforcement.

WND reporter Jerome Corsi is embedded with the investigators in Hawaii with the provision that reporting during the trip be curtailed to protect the investigation.

I so want to see this story made into a cheesy action/suspense movie making these guys out to be heroes and the stonewalling Hawaiian bureaucrats as the villains.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED Arizona Hilarity thread
« on: May 23, 2012, 02:16:10 am »
They know where he is.  They should just go get him.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Financial fuckery thread
« on: May 18, 2012, 12:38:17 am »
Im really tempted to buy some puts for this titanic, could make some nice money on it.
I was thinking the same thing, but have no idea what duration to go for.  It would really suck to buy a bunch of puts and watch them expire out of the money, only to have a correction come a month later.  Overvalued companies never seem to have their prices corrected in the time frame I expect them to.  I realize that this is because I'm mostly trading against a bunch of robots who base their buy/sell decisions on analysis of trend graphs, who are in the market for milliseconds at a time, and who couldn't give a fuck about the actual worth or long-term prospects of the companies whose stock they trade.

« on: May 17, 2012, 09:36:47 pm »
Sunday's solar eclipse won't be able to be seen from the east coast.


Apple Talk / Re: Idea part two!
« on: May 17, 2012, 03:26:04 am »
murderous messiahs pursue pariahs
demonic devilry, rambunctious revelry
hybrid hellhounds hungry hounding
putrid pilgrims pummelled, pounding

edited to fix meter.

« on: May 16, 2012, 11:57:52 pm »

You mean this $40 pair of Skechers I bought WON'T tone my buttocks and give me curves like Kim Kardashian?


Aneristic Illusions / Re: Financial fuckery thread
« on: May 15, 2012, 02:57:19 am »
Wow, what a picture.  I wonder why the police shields are in English.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: May 13, 2012, 06:10:22 pm »

Apparently, a large part of the difference between human brains and chimpanzee brains is due to two successive duplication errors of a single gene.  Also, they put the human form of this gene in mice, so it turns out that the "Pinky and the Brain" cartoon was prophecy.  Narf!

Surprisingly, the SRGAP2C protein blocks the action of the ancestral protein, Polleux’s team discovered, effectively rendering humans as 'knockouts' for the ancestral SRGAP2 gene. The team then expressed the human form of SRGAP2C in the neurons of developing mice. The change didn’t cause the mice brains to enlarge, but their neurons produced denser arrays of brain cell structures, called dendritic spines, that forge connections with neighbouring neurons.

“If you’re increasing the total number of connections, you’re probably increasing the ability of this network to handle information,” Polleux says. "It’s like increasing the number of processors in a computer."

In mice, the gene also increased the migration speed of neurons across the developing brain. Polleux's team speculates that this trait could also have helped neurons to travel long distances in the enlarged brains of human ancestors.

Bring and Brag / Re: Terrifying works of art.
« on: May 12, 2012, 01:30:27 pm »

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Defund ALL the political science programs
« on: May 12, 2012, 01:02:30 pm »
All of that political science work can be privatized and done by private think tanks such as Center for Security Policy, and it will be just as good, right?

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Financial fuckery thread
« on: May 12, 2012, 12:49:21 pm »
If the pressure gets high enough, I'm sure that they'll find some low-level employee in their organization who they can scapegoat as a "rogue trader".

Apple Talk / Re: You know what makes me angry?
« on: May 12, 2012, 02:04:57 am »
I have two bosses and between the two of them, since I work from home and they don't see me, they seem to think I'm like four or five people and we all work around the clock or something, and they assign work to me accordingly.  I only get one paycheck, though.  I'm working right now, even though it's nearly 8pm on a Friday.  I have time to post right now because I'm in the middle of a 20-minute compile-redeploy cycle.

Here's something that has made me a little ticked lately.  In addition to being a front-line developer, I'm also the third-tier support guy for our whole team.  This means when a customer has a problem and first-tier support or second-tier can't fix it, then I have to fix it or find someone who can.  Two of these problems came to me last week, and the second-tier support guy couldn't fix them because he's on vacation, so they came to me.  They are supposed to be fixed by today, because we're scheduled to have the latest release to QA on Monday.  I took one for myself, but I preferred not to take other one because it was in fairly complex code in a module that I am completely unfamiliar with.

I fixed the first bug, and my boss is on vacation, but the guy substituting for him told me to fix this one.  I have lots of other things I am supposed to be doing, plus I'm constantly being interrupted by people needing to know shit, so it's ...

brb, compile-redeploy is done, need to test and see if my last change fixed the problem ...
FUCK YEAH! That fixed it.  The whole problem boiled down to a date format not being correct in a browser cookie.  Now I just have to get all this stuff checked in, reviewed by others, fill out a bug closing template, get a backport approved, do the backport, test it and get it checked in, and get everything packaged up for QA by Monday morning -- but that's monkey work; I can do all of that shit drunk.  brb, getting a beer while my code is being reviewed ...  there, that's much fucking better.

So anyway, it was like yesterday afternoon before I finally had a strong enough grasp on this code that what it's doing, but I still didn't understand what was going wrong.  My boss was back from vacation, so I asked him a question about it.  He said, if you need help with this, ask [guy on our team who wrote this module].  He has bandwidth.


So, basically, we have a guy who is intimately familiar with this code and could have fixed this bug in an afternoon, but no, it's better to jeopardize the release schedule by having me spending a week exploring this shit and getting behind on all of my other work.

Heh, re-reading this on preview and noticed the part about it being nearly 8pm.  I have been working as I write this and it's 9pm now.  I just finished doing the backport and am about to test it, even though the backport hasn't been approved yet, because fuck them and their rules, man.  I'm a rebel.  I'm dangerous and mean.  I will, of course, wait for the backport to be approved before I check it in and do the packaging.

Its not the not remembering.  It was the not caring, "I'm sorry if you were offended" bullshit.

Then again, he's probably got at least one spin doctor telling him that forcibly cutting the long hair of a hippie faggot will go down well with the GOP base.
Obama announced his support for gay marriage, while Romney announces his opposition and is revealed to have been a high school bully.

The latest Rasmussen poll now shows Romney with a 7% (50-43) lead over Obama, his largest ever.

Are these facts related?  I don't want to fall victim to the "after this, therefore because of this fallacy".  The story where I read about the poll said that the respondents were most concerned about the economy.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Why Debating Politics is Hard
« on: May 10, 2012, 01:42:53 am »
I've been away from the board for a while.  I'm glad I came here today and read this thread.  I've been getting caught up in the game, lately.  It's very easy to do when you live in a county that just voted 3-1 to constitutionally ban gay marriage and civil unions.

Now there's a lot of emotion nationwide around a polarizing issue, and I noticed that Obama and Romney were both quick to take opposing sides on it today.  Taking clear sides on this issue has already energized each party's base, and they will be able to use this issue to distract everyone from the fact that they differ on nothing else.  That's pretty clever.  You can say what you want to about Ron Paul's supporters, and you'll be right, but I did notice that some of them caught that today.

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