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We have switched bundle providers. So far the savings will be (after the first month or two of paying the various fees for transfer and such) about 40 dollars.
And it will be even more of a savings if we (read: husband) decide it really won't hurt to go down a package with the tv.

Oh and faster internet is nice. My computer almost feels new with as fast as things are loading now.

Do yourself a favour, spend 70 bucks on a rooted android teevee box with XBMC - all the media you can eat free. Ditch the tv package. Thank me later!

Any shorter and you'd be able to see my johnson :ECH:

Babylon 5 rocked but it didn't age well  :sad:

Nearest thing I got is my drysuit which has waisband "power-ups" which serve a sort of corsetty - squeeze the flab in - function

As far as I'm aware, I'm in posession of all the Red Dwarfs, including specials and the new ones. You're right, the new one's aint quite as good but that still puts them miles above all other sitcoms ever.

I liked the BSG remake, including the religious stuff. One of my favourite scifi series of all time. The prequel, however, "Craprica" - fuck me how could anyone make a show so shit?

Seriously, tho, - P3nT being a dick - aside, Roger's point is solid. The only world I got is the one I can see. It's mine and I want it just so - no fuckheads allowed.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: June 11, 2014, 03:08:30 pm »
In contrast to a lot of the Berghdahl shit that's being spewed, this is a nice piece. Quoted in full as it's worth it:

So is Bowe Bergdahl a sinner or a saint? A deserter or a victim? A naive idiot or an active enemy of the United States?

Here’s the one thing: I don’t know.

Here’s the other thing: neither do you.

Oh, lots of you THINK you know. You’ve “heard” things. You’ve “seen” things. In most cases, if you are conservative in your mind set the things you’ve said and heard suggest convincingly that Bergdahl was a bad soldier and a bad American. If you’re somewhat more liberal in your politics, you’ve wiling to attribute any errors to complex times and the failed policies of the Bush administration.

The Bergdahl flare up is a classic case of what E.E. Schattsneider referred to as the “mobilization of bias.” What Schattsneider realized was that persons and institutions with power can mobilize that power in an array of direct and indirect means to achieve their goals. One indirect way is to drum up public opinion or social pressure against someone.

Think about it.

Almost no one in America knew anything about Bowe Bergdahl before his release. They might — MIGHT! — have known there was an American soldier in Taliban captivity, but they probably didn’t even know that. Then, suddenly, just a few hours after he was released, millions of Americans “knew” so much about Bergdahl they could cite chapter and verse about his military record, his political ideas, and his identity as a “bad” soldier.

This doesn’t just “happen,” folks. Lots of people had to coordinate their activities to construct this image of Bergdahl. Sources had to be found and made available to the media; media sources had to cooperate (not hard in the age of FOX, talk radio and the internet.) Into the void of NOT information poured the vitriol of biased information. And suddenly everyone “knew” what Bergdahl’s story is … and he hasn’t opened his mouth to talk to anyone other than military officials that we know of.

One needs to be on guard for the mobilization of bias at all times. Whether it’s the Dixie Chicks facing a “spontaneous” boycott of their music (all on Clear Channel Communications radio stations, mind you), or the “surprise” of being accused of a crime you did not commit (the “we’re sorry” coverage never seems to fix what the “this person is guilty!” coverage caused), powerful people and institutions have powerful incentives to use their power to make their enemies and opponents look bad.

I don’t know Bowe Bergdahl’s story. Then again: neither do you.

I'm going to turn that over to a script that replaces the words "Bowe Bergdahl" and "soldier" with the Emmanuel Goldstein du jour and occupation and posts it as a reply to facebook outrage threads

Well, that and a six figure income :lulz:

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: June 11, 2014, 02:59:48 pm »
Yeah, I caught something about him open sourcing a few of his IP assets. One of the few that realises which side his bread is buttered. Collaboration to the detriment of competition is one of the foundations required if we're ever going to advance to post-capitalism. Can't see it happening overnight, unfortunately but there's a new breed of $billion+ companies wising up. Things would appear to at least be crawling in the right direction.

The optimist in me could almost be forgiven for thinking this idiotic race of talking monkeys have a chance of survival in spite of all the evidence to the contrary.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: June 11, 2014, 12:09:07 pm »
I've just had a look into that and it's worth watching:
Page 124 onwards has the meat of what they're looking to test for. Potentially revolutionary worldwide. Assuming the usual rate of advancements in tech that 72 hour period should reduce significantly by the end of the decade or so.

As I understand it there's 5 groups currently likely to pick up a prize. There's one involving an ER doctor which has my money on it. Being able to get accurate information in those settings is literally life and death so I'm betting his way of displaying info will lead the way for others.

It'd be nice to see a competition of this nature that encourages more collaboration between groups, possibly with a larger prize for doing so. If this was one team instead of 5 I'd guess the device created would already be in use. 

I'm not so sure. I watched an interview with Diamandis on the thinking behind the x-prize and the way he put it, the Ansari Spaceflight prize cost $10mil - the prize money. To win this cash the various contestants spent (in some cases) slightly more than the fucking prize money! The upshot was, instead of just investing 10 mil on a team to do the work, Ansari and the other investors actually generated $100+mil of R&D.

It's also worth noting that it's not necessarily just the winners who end up with a viable business at the end of it.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: June 11, 2014, 09:07:30 am »
Grey goo panic probably won't happen until molecular assemblers and we might sidestep the phenomena completely if that ends up coming out of biotech, rather than nanotech. Right now the grey-goo contingent are probably too busy worrying about drones and privacy to bother with grey goo scenarios.

With regards being a lifesaver, there's quite a lot of stuff (terahertz detection included) that indicates a good chance of someone picking up the tricorder x-prize on schedule (august next year). Tricorder looks like it has the potential to be the biggest game changer in global healthcare since penicillin!

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: June 11, 2014, 08:42:56 am »
Terahertz detection gets a much needed shot in the arm from (you guessed it) carbon nanotubes

It's beginning to look like there's no real world application that isn't going to benefit from nanomaterials  :eek:

Or Kill Me / Re: One Millennial's Experience of a Lifetime.
« on: June 11, 2014, 06:38:31 am »
Let's be clear here, there's making up shit to pad out your experience and tailor it to the post you're applying for and there's saying you've flown fighter jets. If you know you can do something, there's no harm in saying you've done a lot more of it than you really have.

I'm reminded that we actually invented this as kids, using these

Why I Love The 21st Century, Reason #4238

So much so, it's currently top of the shortlist for my stag do :lulz:

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