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bfv  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "a rolled up Forbes magazine"

    his children thouuugh

Yesterday's news

bfv  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 17, 2018

bfv  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 17, 2018

North Carolina. Nothing so funny to report, just the usual everyone panicking and making runs on the grocery store as if they were preparing to wait out a nuclear winter instead of a couple of days with a little slush on the road.

tacocat  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·  

People in the South eat a lot of bread and drink a lot of milk during the one day there's snow on the ground

bfv  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·  

bfv  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 17, 2018
am_Unition  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Houston had at least one icy bridge:

I don't think the city stocks salt anywhere. Really, this place hardly functions under perfect weather conditions.

tacocat  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Where are you? Because the first snowpocalypse in Atlanta stranded people on the internet state for like a day and then the governor shut down the state when we got dusted to avoid more national embarrassment but ended up causing it by overreacting

bfv  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·  

North Carolina. Nothing so funny to report, just the usual everyone panicking and making runs on the grocery store as if they were preparing to wait out a nuclear winter instead of a couple of days with a little slush on the road.

tacocat  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·  

People in the South eat a lot of bread and drink a lot of milk during the one day there's snow on the ground

bfv  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·  

bfv  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Perfect Tech Crime

It's like stupid trusting trust.

bfv  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: We Used Broadband Data We Shouldn’t Have — Here’s What Went Wrong

I see more people using census blocks than tracts when looking at neighborhoods within a city if it's an option, which is what 538 was doing.

bfv  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The "Country" Is Getting an Upgrade
blackbootz  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    North Carolina is not only the worst state in the USA for unfair districting but the worst entity in the world ever analyzed by the Electoral Integrity Project.

Jesus.

    Practically we need to address the institutional failures which have cost us our democratic ranking – districting, equal access to the vote and the abuse of legislative power. An independent commission is the sine-qua-non of democratic districting (no democracy in the world outside of the U.S. allows the elected politicians to draw the lines). Voter registration and poll access should make voting as easy as possible and never be skewed in favor of any one section of society. Last, elected officials need to respect the core principles of democracy – respect the will of the voters, all the voters and play the game with integrity.

I'm anxious in the extreme because these tactical issues of restoring democracy are all on the Supreme Court's docket this last term and the next. Anxious because this is the last chance we have before the swing vote that is Kennedy retires and Trump starts nominating some more 40-year-olds to Court (let alone the score of other Article III judgeships he's already appointed). That is why I hope that among some of the standards for partisan gerrymandering advanced in Gill v Whitford, five Justices found one acceptable.

Edit to add: Apparently today oral arguments were heard about the Ohio-voter-rolls-purging case.

Isherwood  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's a fun article and all, but it does matter. With this ruling also comes an ultimatum - fix it or we will. Our legislature is now required to post a fair map or risk having an outside body do it for them. This is a first of its kind ruling and a great relief to me as a city dwelling North Carolinian.

bfv  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This Pricey 'Raw Water' Is a Total Scam—$64 Gets You Tap Water from Oregon

    Wiley Brooks later claimed that Diet Coke and McDonald's cheeseburgers have special "5D" properties. The idea of separate but interconnected 5D and 3D worlds is a major part of Wiley Brooks' ideology, and Wiley Brooks encourages his followers to only eat these special 5D foods, as well as meditate on a set of magical 5D words.

I was not disappointed.

OftenBen  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·  

bfv  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This Pricey 'Raw Water' Is a Total Scam—$64 Gets You Tap Water from Oregon

The matter-free diet fad is inevitable at this point.

veen  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm holding out for the anti-matter diet. Great way to get rid of some weight and release all your energy!

francopoli  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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am_Unition  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I can envision the Tim & Eric skit.

    With the new KaBOOM pills, from Cinco, just one, and you're done! After your stomach acids eat through the mag lev device, the antimatter is no longer suspended, and is free to annihilate with that pesky stomach lining. Although the pill will kill you, we are the first diet pill company to guarantee meaningful weightloss for any user. After your corpse is stitched back together for the funeral, some of your bits will have been left behind, on walls, floors, and ceilings, resulting in a second round of weightloss. You'll be thin, in your coffin, and that's how you'll be remembered.
francopoli  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Breatharians are the whackjobs you are looking for. These people were big for a while until they were caught shopping at 7-11's and I am not joking.

bfv  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Wiley Brooks later claimed that Diet Coke and McDonald's cheeseburgers have special "5D" properties. The idea of separate but interconnected 5D and 3D worlds is a major part of Wiley Brooks' ideology, and Wiley Brooks encourages his followers to only eat these special 5D foods, as well as meditate on a set of magical 5D words.

I was not disappointed.

OftenBen  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·  

FirebrandRoaring  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·  

In the same vein as francopoli: sun-gazers. People who believe they can survive solely by the energy of the Sun.

And apparently, NASA confirmed that sun-gazing is a real energy source. Of course they didn't: the article's first line goes:

    The title may have taken you off guard, but like all the other things in life you have to read between the lines and decipher the real meaning that is evident here.
bfv  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Leave A.I. Alone

But that's the point. Regulating "AI" is nonsense, regulating particular business practices which may or may not involve AI isn't. He's responding to guys like Elon Musk insisting that outlawing Skynet is a thing that is worth talking about.

bfv  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 259th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

    i also listened to a skinny puppy album picked at random - i picked vivisectvi and i liked it so thanks young klein

One of us one of us one of us

kleinbl00  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·  

They miss the part where we are all meant to feel earnestly bad about our greed

bfv  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cyberpunk isn’t just sci-fi — it’s Silicon Valley’s design theory

    . And while the heroes of cyberpunk generally break the law in order to take down large corporations, they do it for equality and equalization. The fundamental problem is there's no money in it so every Silicon Valley visionary you've ever seen turned to advertising.

I'd argue the free software movement, the subset of the crypto community that did things like PGP and Tor, and the more political pirates are counterexamples. With the exception of piracy they either don't involve breaking the law or the law changed to accommodate them, probably because everything subversive they do only ends up benefiting other techies and there's much more money to be made screwing everyone else.

kleinbl00  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'd humor that argument. I'd point out, though, that Tor was born at the Naval Research Laboratory and incubated via DARPA so regardless of whether or not it was sheep-dipped into looking civilian or merely unleashed unto the world, it ain't very hax0ry. The counterargument would be that whole RSA/PGP kerfuffle.

I think we can agree that there's an ethos in cyberpunk that likely influenced a few folx. I think we can also agree that capping it off this essay with some bizarre bit from Blade Runner (which is noir as fuck, not cyberpunk) does not enforce its point.

bfv  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Who Wants to Buy the Most Expensive House in America?

I think the gilded age comparison is unfair. The George Vanderbilt's house is a tourist trap and hotel now. I can't imagine this thing being that useful in a hundred years.

kleinbl00  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    But while Gilded Age mansions were built as family legacies to be passed down to future generations or endowed to universities, these tech-centric, ultramodern glass-and-marble behemoths are designed for living in the moment. They come furnished, often with artwork, wine and cars. Each represents a developer’s bet that an instant-gratification billionaire is willing to pay more for it than almost anyone else has ever paid for a personal residence before.

they thought about making that very point, then backed off a little.

Let's be honest: 100,000 square feet in the Hollywood Hills is going to be the ramshackle citadel of a Baja warlord in a hundred years.