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Apple Talk / Re: Hopeful but realistic ten-year scenarios
« on: January 19, 2018, 04:42:28 am »
Ten years from now:

Trump is dead
Windows™ is bankrupt
Google and the CIA are now publicly known to be in on a massive worldwide scandal (and under severe investigation)
Conspiracy Theorists have taken over the white house and are taking the president of the time hostage
Anonymous opens a new bank branch

1. fine, whatever. won't do much good, but it couldn't hurt right?
2. i already barely use it, so who cares?
3. **see below
4. ...why?
5. see #4

as for the CIA and Google thing, I assume you're referencing some kind of future world where people give a fuck about privacy. While that may very well happen in the next 10 years, it won't do so on this planet. See, privacy is a myth. It always has been a myth, and anyone who believes in it might as well go to church on Sundays too, because it's that kind of fake. But not only is there no such thing as privacy, privacy has no right to exist anyway. If you're scared of men in black suits finding out what you fap to when nobody's looking, you're just not living. Plus, all this worrying about privacy is seriously impeding the cybernetic hivemind society I want to live in. We need to erase all concept of the self, forcefully, and over the corpses of whoever bitches about it. There's no other way to survive as a species. Plus, it would probably involve a lot of cool looking implants and wires and blinky lights and stuff, which is all far more important than not being spied on. Which isn't important at all. And no, I'm not being sarcastic or facetious. I fully support the transhumanist ideal of erasing the individual human mind from existence in favor of a collective consciousness aided by heavy and probably reckless use of technology. And, of course, gulags for anyone who doesn't like it.

Apple Talk / Re: Hopeful but realistic ten-year scenarios
« on: January 15, 2018, 10:50:41 pm »
10 years from now:

Ted Nugent is president, still shitting himself.
Joe Arpieo's festering corpse is nailed to a seat in the senate, and is a shrine to Nazis.
Public education tops out at 3rd grade, if you can pay the fees.
Youtube is nothing but Oasis tribute bands, but it doesn't matter because your service doesn't include youtube.
Warren Ellis still hasn't finished Doktor Sleepless.
The Republic of Texas fragments into 4 smaller states.
Anger is an official gender.

I see your much revered optimism has ony matured with age. Will there be an official pronoun to go with the angry gender? What will it take to upgrade to youtube? Also, so you do not predict a Major Human Population Reduction Event on that timescale, that's encouraging... I looked up the other guys you mentioned, Ted for Prez would also be an improvement, so really you are forecasting a happyfest. This Arpeio guy's local to your part of the world, right? and Ellis, he isn't even American! Public Education: do you really think it'll top out? Isn't it needed to produce reasonable-grade machine-fodder? 

Education stops at 3rd grade. After that, it's 10 years of "preemptive incarceration".

Apple Talk / Re: Help me get banned! Win prizes!
« on: January 14, 2018, 05:40:04 pm »
this thread is dumb, make it go away

Apple Talk / Re: Hopeful but realistic ten-year scenarios
« on: January 12, 2018, 05:33:57 pm »
Hopeful but realistic? In ten years, I hope life isn't too hard on the cockroaches.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Windows 10
« on: January 11, 2018, 03:00:15 am »
It's sort of funny, everyone doing everything they can to kill off Windows Update, and at work all day I've been banging my head against a brick wall trying to get the damn thing to work. I've got 150 endpoints that absolutely *refuse* to update, or at least to install the updates I want them to install.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:57:47 am »
Thousands of years ago, all the high fantasy shit was totally real, complete with magic and elves and whatever. But the elves got tired of our shit and decided to teach us a lesson by constructing a global network of magic-inhibiting monuments which effectively eradicated all forms of magic from the world. The idea was that we'd destroy ourselves and the whole planet with that kind of power, and they wanted us to develop into a wiser, more thoughtful race.

It's a comedy, of course.

High Weirdness / Re: Chicken grows face of dinosaur
« on: January 11, 2018, 01:36:51 am »
besides, they HAVE my ethical approval. Asking for approval from someone they know will not grant it, or not asking at all, shows a clear bias, and I think it invalidates their findings.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:00:43 pm »
fluoridation in our waters that are depleting our essential bodily fluids.


Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: January 07, 2018, 01:24:35 am »
I think he is basically a semi-aware collection of assumptions and insecurities more than he is an actual person.

I could describe myself this way in some sense. I certainly have felt like it sometimes.

The difference is that you have the ability to describe yourself that way. Trump, on the other hand, is constitutionally incapable of that level of self-reflection.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: January 06, 2018, 11:54:12 pm »
I think he is basically a semi-aware collection of assumptions and insecurities more than he is an actual person.

I spotted a new social media platform that takes an interesting approach to the problem of complex arguments not fitting into bite-sized blurbs and tweets. presents arguments where instead of endless threads full of people sniping at each other, every issue is supported by a number of "pro" and "con" arguments, each in short tweet-format, each of these arguments is in turn supported by its own set of pros and cons, and so on. Ranking is done by votes, but rather than voting on whether you agree with a given statement, you rank its effect on the argument it is attached to.

Arranging ideas this way allows small ideas to be voiced as part of larger arguments, and the complexity and nuances of a discussion can grow exponentially without descending directly into chaos. I don't know how useful or important the site will be over time, but I think the approach is neat.

i'm going to need a new pair of pance.

A major evil rises to menace America about every 70-90 years. The last one was the Third Reich and Imperial Japan, and before that there was the Confederacy

well, they say the third time's the charm. The thing about the last two times was that the South never really had a chance. They were outnumbered and outgunned and had no manufacturing base. WWII was a bit closer, but still, America didn't even show up to the fight in Europe until the Nazis were already in an untenable position. The war in the Pacific was harder, but even if we'd lost there it isn't like Japan would have also invaded and conquered the mainland, at least not without the help of a Europe unified under Nazi Germany. This time around is sort of like the Civil War, except that the Confederates are already in power.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: December 18, 2017, 08:39:25 pm »
They're already talking about how Mueller got emails from the Trump campaign "illegally" as if Mueller is the kind of person to make rookie mistakes like that. Of course it's all bullshit but as long as Fox News has something to beat over Mueller's head, nobody on the right (yes that includes Congressional Democrats) will do anything about firing him. Maybe they'll make some kind of general wishy-washy statement about allowing the (Trump-controlled) FBI to take on the "investigation" as a standard case (which will promptly go cold and won't even be mentioned anymore). The fact is there's no reason for Trump to hesitate on this. There is no one willing to hold him to any kind of standard whatsoever. He could have the Secret Service shoot Mueller in the back in broad daylight, and nothing would happen.

Apple Talk / Re: Introductions, Part VI: Welcome to Our PD Party
« on: December 18, 2017, 01:34:18 pm »
This is a lot of new blood. Looks like my riffraff conjuration spell worked.

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