• It's not that he has a bunch of kids that is really the problem. It's that he apparently hasn't taught them to be respectful of the fact that they share a building with other people. That's the best thing about kids, really--that they're like little, programmable robots who will suppress every natural instinct in response to a little "teaching." Right now my kids are painting the living room and doing their calculus homework.
• What does this mean, exactly? How is it more efficient than just squares? Efficiency is measured as follows (according to the paper): You have to fence off a piece of land into plots that each measure 1 square unit. You define
Efficiency = the length of fencing used / area enclosed.
Plus, you have to keep fencing off larger and larger plots of land until you cover the whole plane. What he proves is that, in the long run, no matter how you shape the plots, the Efficiency is at least as large as 4$\sqrt{\mathrm{12}}$. Then he notes that the Efficiency for a hexagonal honeycomb is exactly equal to 4$\sqrt{\mathrm{12}}$, so you can never do than that.
• i will not exploit my beard for money. only for sex. with other dudes with beards.
• I guess that means I'm officially old now. Dammit. posted by aramaic at 15:16 on May 21 [+] [!] Well, yeah. Who speaks you anymore?
• Huh. I thought this was going to be about Congress.
• I laugh out loud when the guys on New Girl start yelling parkour! and doing terrible somersaults and awkward jumps on the furniture.
• Above a fairly large number. I know quite a few professionals that have worked abroad and not one made enough to have to pay US taxes as well. The essentially mandatory fee you pay to your accountant every year is effectively a tax.
• Thank you so much. I was mistakenly imagining a crack team of top bees sweating out the details in one of their many brainstorming sessions.
• They hate us for our freedom.
• and on that note, remember that line from Kurtz in 'Apocalypse Now' "We went back there, and they had come and hacked off every inoculated arm...but they had the strength... the strength... to do that. If I had ten divisions of those men, our troubles here would be over very quickly. You have to have men who are moral... and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordial instincts to kill without feeling... without passion... without judgment... without judgment! Because it's judgment that defeats us."
• "You cannot prove a negative; however, no reputable study has shown a link between wifi and any medical issue." If they don't respond to that, they're not going to respond to anything, because they just fundamentally don't believe in science, or they feel they have to blame someone for something. They counter by either rolling out an obscure study that proves WiFi is harmful, or by saying that scientists have been paid off by industry. So a cheatsheet would be handy. For example, using the (questionable) logic of the anti-WiFi crowd, why are ambient AM radio waves not harmful, but WiFi is harmful? How does the ambient electromagnetic flux occurring all around us at any given moment due to the sun's activity etc compare to WiFi?
• How do you convince somebody who is frightened of ghosts that they shouldn't be frightened of ghosts? In elementary school they took us on a field trip to the local Ghostbusters franchise where they let us see the containment unit, touch a proton pack (it's thermonuclear generator was disabled, of course) and play with some fake ectoplasm made from cornstarch and water. They also gave us refrigerator magnets with their phone number on them along with the numbers for the police, fire department, and poison control.
• "I just love that there are apparently people who haven't seen Jerry Maguire. This gives me hope for humanity." I never saw it. It looked terrible.
• You only have to pay taxes on the money you bring into the UK. Most domiciles where you would technically run your fund from will have no taxes on that sort of income. You are talking about corporations (the hedge fund). I am talking about individuals (the natural persons who will be receiving income distributed from the fund). The hedge fund may not be subject to taxation by the country where its operations occur, but the people who derive income from it will be subject to taxation by the countries where they reside. Throwing in a citizenship-based tax, especially when nobody else does, puts a huge undue burden on U.S. citizens and green-card holders resident outside the U.S.
• Related recent MeTa.
• What will actually happen: more dancing games.
• But 1 is a lower number than 360.
• Boot up. Wait. Tab over three tabs. Hit down a bunch of times to Log In Or Out. Select profile. Wait for stupid avatar to stop dancing in front of screen. Tab over twice to Games. Tab over a bunch of times to current game. -The XBox 360 Experience Forget any stage of this, and you're saving your progress in Fez to your roommate's profile. XBox would would get a lot more of my money if they'd just make a fucking console that plays the game you put in it. I don't need more of Microsoft's idea of what my lifestyle needs are.
• i'm excited that you are one because it makes your tumblr awesome also i'm now talking like you it's strangely liberating
• mittens: "WiFi isn't making people sick, the media is." Broadcast on??? ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION, HA! SEE!
• "Morning, Xbox." "Good morning, Batman."
• "Xbox One"? Seriously? I'm vaguely suprised they haven't rendered themselves ungooglable.
• Really,they only pay \$5 a day for you to walk around like an idiot? Eh, I'll have nothing else to do when I'm colonizing Mars.
• This is a nice story. I don't want to hear one drop of fucking snark on this one. There is no downside to this, no angle worth ripping on. This is a Nice Thing. posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:41 on May 21 [7 favorites +] [!] GET UR OWN BLOG I WILL HAVE MY LULZ
• One wonders how a bunch of kittens ended up on the lawn close to a playful puppy. I suppose all is fair in the pursuit of getting views on YouTube.
• Yeah, I popped back over to NewsBlur from Feedly to check out the new design... and... it's mostly just a recolor? After some interface tweaking, Feedly is perfect for my needs. A simple, uncluttered index of feed entries. As noted, it's also the only of the new readers which updates promptly across even unpopular feeds. Yes, that's because it's still just a front-end to Reader. I'm hoping their switch to Normandy will be as seamless as they claim, but even if it is I suspect the update frequency will go down to the level of their competitors. It would be expensive to match Google at, you know, scraping the Internet.
• I feel like I've paid my noisy neighbour dues. I still hate the guy who lived below my first apartment more than anyone else I've known as an adult, and that was going on 15 years ago. I hope someone shot him with a sound cannon.
• Satire is dead It also has a motion-captured dog squad mate who sniffs out explosives and protects the Ghosts, a fictional team of soldiers who in Infinity Ward's new near future Call of Duty universe are America's great hope in the battle against a new superpower that emerged after some mysterious apocalyptic world event. Oh, and the dog has scars on his nose and a tattoo on his ear.
• I think this was liked to in the blue before, but my search-fu has gone out for a pint. For my money, this might be the best piece of sportswriting of the last year. Makes modern English/British Premier League fandom look like tea and crumpets with the Queen. The Beautiful Game
In Argentina, rival soccer fans don't just hate, they kill, and the violent partisans of top clubs fuel crime syndicates that influence the sport at its highest levels. Patrick Symmes braves the bottle rockets, howling mobs, urine bombs, and drunken grannies on a wild ride through the scariest fútbol underworld on earth.
• So, what is the point of this anyways. Does the Congress/IRS not know/understand how this sort of accountancy works? They do have the powers to make this illegal (if it is already not so). If this is bothering them so much, why are they not acting in a consequential manner. This is a systemic problem that requires a holistic solution. Congress is not competent to solve it, and will find it's much easier to put on a dog and pony show to make it look like they're doing something: Put Apple in the stockade and jeer. At the end of the day, band-aid legislation will be passed that prohibits one very specific tax evasion technique; to compensate, corporations will move their shell companies from Ireland to the Comoros, and business as usual will resume. The New York Times will write a clever article titled "Shell Games" and some congressmen will tout their reputations as tough-on-tax-evasion mavericks. The public will forget about it in two weeks and nothing significant will have changed.
• If you want to feel better, replace the word "cloud" with "clown". Everything is suddenly magical. Clown based computing. Store it in the clown. My general policy is to wait until there is a game that looks good and is getting good reviews and is exclusive, then I buy the new console. So far I still haven't bought an xbox of any kind, but different people like different games. As far as this "media station" thing goes, I have a computer.
• It's only for iOS, but Newsify will sync your starred items. I've been using it on my 3GS in whatever the list view option is and it looks great. it's not a desktop solution, but it's something.
• Looking into it again, and it seems Microsoft hasn't confirmed the possibility of a fee per account. At least reading this.
• I have a Kinect. I used it for games for a few weeks. The only thing I use it for now is pausing Netflix without having to reach for the controller.
• If anyone plays "quidnunc" in scrabble or words with friends, I immediately manifest before them and belch out 7 blank tiles. So vote #1 quidnunc kid. Aww man. It's like your heart isn't in it any more.
• shorties banding together, stickin' out for one another. i like.
• Again, we're talking about money made on goods sold outside the US to people outside the US. And so far no one has claimed Apple has done anything illegal? Ordinary human beings living in America have to pay American tax on money they earn abroad. In fact the IRS mandates that any bank operating in America extensively violate the privacy of their customer's foreign bank accounts both forwards and backwards in time from the moment they take up even temporary residence in the United States.
• The problem (well, one problem) is that the ads are small, so either they have to have a punchy image, or these "beardvertisers" will have people getting all close to them to read the fine print. Actually, the problem is that linux distros traditionally have very limited advertising budgets. I keed, I keed.
• Meanwhile, the Wii U is one hundred percent backwards compatible, goes out of its way to prioritize game features above media capabilities, and caving in the face of pressure runs netflix just fine without a paid subscription. I think I'm gonna stick to the big goofy tablet controller for my console needs for a while. There's plenty of monster hunter left to get me through the fall.
• Yes, if only comedians would quit making wry observations about the difficulties of their lives and instead dedicate their creative energies to eliminating the source of their material. It's like they don't care about saving the planet from overpopulation or something.
• ctrl+F "root beard", 0 results found.
• I was actually thinking the exact same thing! Even the parkland along the river in Isfahan would have lots of decent spots for parkour.
• Global Taxation is a good thing. And since lupus_yonderboy would be paying his taxes in the UK, how exactly is he scheming to get something for free? Because as long as you ARE a citizen of, or have a green card for, America, then you're receiving some benefits from that -- among other things, the ability to choose to work in the US if you want And if you work in the U.S., you pay taxes to the U.S. It doesn't follow at all that you should pay taxes to the U.S. if you work outside the U.S., just because you could move to and work in the U.S. at some point in the future. It's just a way to shake down people who don't have much in the way of political clout.
• having a big family, living in an absurdly cramped apartment and then trying to peddle your book while taking a mostly grumbling tone isn't very funny Sure it is. It's a classic. The real problem is that Gaffigan doesn't have nearly enough children to really make it pay off. This gag needs at least 12 children to really play. Also, it's better if the absurdly cramped apartment is an old water tank on a rubbish tip. And the Hot Pockets should be a handful of hot gravel. Other than that, it's gold.
• So heartbreaking but full of beauty, bravery and compassion. Thank you for posting it.
• Nobody has PS3 games. What does that even mean? old meme is old
• And I mention race because I know damn well that the well-heeled white community will get their mistaken power cut-off fixed in an hour, and the dirt poor will wait days.
• I don't think it's material. I think he really does live in an apartment with his family.
• Phil Harrison tries (again) to clarify game ownership, second-hand sales and always-online in Xbox One None of this really makes sense to me.
• And since lupus_yonderboy would be paying his taxes in the UK, how exactly is he scheming to get something for free? I'm not saying he is, and since his UK taxes are deductible against his US taxable income and there is a pretty large standard deduction he's likely to spend very little on his taxes. As someone else said upthread the tax will mostly come in the form of his accountancy fees. Which sucks - and is something that impacts way too many Americans who are domiciled in the US as well - but that is a separate issue. But without global taxation there are all sorts of things that would happen. Just as an example - Pretty much every hedge fund in NYC would immediately relocate to Zug and move their corporate structure out of Delaware or where ever it is to something purely offshore (probably Malta) and those guys would never pay taxes again.
• Sports of Duty That's phys ed class, right?
• If We Keep Criminalizing Abortions, Women Will Keep Being Treated Like Suspects
• > Or do you mean the offshore banks owned by US bank holding companies? Which is probably true, but isn't the same thing as what you are implying. The difference is a minor technicality. A US company owns them. Why should it make any difference that they're "offshore banks owned by a bank holding company"?
• Oh right, Reader is going away in a month or so. I keep forgetting that I need to *do* something about that but I've been in denial.
• And then it all goes to shit. Sam and Thomas play two phonies—ADJEcT and BEBES—and I'm too cowardly to challenge them. THEY PLAYED DIRTY!
"Adject" is a perfectly cromulent word, according to the OED.
"I don't think you can pluralize ADJECT," I say to Sam.
And it can be pluralized. I understand the point of there being an official dictionary for the purposes of the game, but I nonetheless hate it.
• Favorites are not necessarily "upvotes" or endorsements.
• God, what a lot of ugly hate is in this thread about a comedian and his family. From Mayor Curley and his 23 anti-family favoriters to the deeply misanthropic ishrinkmajeans, tsikeh's claim that the comedian is a "racist, sexist, anti-intellectual shitbag" (which is curiously a complete surprise to Google and the rest of the internet) (and by the way, why is OK to slander celebrities on Metafilter without proof?)... Seriously, what is up with you people? EDIT: At least Google knows about the "punched a heckler" claim: "Then the asshole gets Gaffigan on the ground and gets a couple of good shots at the Hot Pockets guy!" ... Wait, that means Gaffigan was getting hit, not the heckler...
• That is terrific. Also, what makes you stand out on the red carpet more than the absolute perfect date?
• Dammit. Their dumb-ass advertising strategy worked when I clicked on the link.
• Their offices probably have big glass windows.
• Pro Tip: Hang your Beardboard below today's breakfast remnants but above any bird nests as they can be messy and may obscure your message.
• Again, we're talking about money made on goods sold outside the US to people outside the US. And so far no one has claimed Apple has done anything illegal? If it were illegal, it would be the FBI or IRS involved, not the Congress. The reason this report is coming out of Congress is because it is not illegal, and these Senators think it should be. This report is educating others about how the laws are being avoided, and how they need to be fixed. This makes sense to me. It doesn't need to be illegal for us to think it is wrong.
• Nobody has PS3 games. *goes home, looks at bookshelf* Huh, I'll be damned. I guess they WERE a fabrication of my deluded mind.
• Oh, man, this is not helping my Kitten Fever. Then you get a decade or more of Cat. There may be a herbal treatment for this medical condition. And they're at that stage where they look like tiny drunks all the time Need a cure for kitten fever? As your doctor for Medical Marijuana. Dosing - soak the MJ in butter then add that butter to the Cat's food. (Now with 100% more lazy cat)
• It's almost as if there is some sort of "animal magnetism" induced by the powerful WiFi waves.
• Inoreader is very intriguing. They have a clean interface, the ability to share articles, and a good mobile website.
• elizardbits: "JUST LIKE VOLTRON" "And I'll form the..." ACK ACK HURK HURKKK Oh god, no Voltron, bad robot, not on the carpet!
• All of the Holmes adaptations are simply trying to do different things, and comparing them shouldn't become a zero-sum game. Cumberbatch's Holmes is meant to show Sherlock as a modern young man, and he's intentionally playing Sherlock as more abrasive, cold, and insensitive than the Sherlock of canon. What would Bretts' Holmes have been like as a brash young man? What mistakes did he have to make before he fully matured as a human being? That's it, that's the show. The overarching story of Series 2 was Holmes' emotional development and his efforts to overcome his social deficits, usually with a great deal of help from Watson. I can't even begin to understand how people could describe Martin Freeman's Watson as a doormat, though - he is a total BAMF, certainly more badass than Watson ever got to be in canon (although I do wish they'd let him have Baskerville to himself). Are the cases on Elementary any good? I hardly ever see anyone discussing the mysteries, which seems like a bad sign and is why I haven't gotten around to watching it yet.
• Given that US-based corporations are currently hiding around \$2 Trillion of dollars in "overseas" accounts and refusing to pay tax on them, when in reality much of that cash is actually deposited in US banks I don't think this is true. That would be a violation of the tax laws. Can you point me to a source for this? Or do you mean the offshore banks owned by US bank holding companies? Which is probably true, but isn't the same thing as what you are implying.
• Back in 1994, Mimi Haist was a volunteer at the BEST laundromat in Santa Monica. The then-struggling young comic Zach Galifianakis was a patron of that laundromat, and he and Mimi became friends. Flash-forward to 2011 when the now-successful Galifianakis learns that Mimi has become homeless. What does he do? Pays for her apartment and makes her his date at his movie premieres.
• Isn't the bigger issue here really 5 kids under the age of 10 in a FIFTH-FLOOR WALKUP? Or does schlepping that stroller (and the scooters, and, you know, the children) in the article photo ThePinkSuperhero linked up 5 flights only seem like a Sisyphean punishment to the non-Manhattanites among us? I know you can get used to anything, but sheesh.
• Why not just pay a homeless guy to hold up a sign...
• Not to derail from the grar, but I really liked his closing point about how bringing kids up in cities exposes them to difference in a way that suburban or rural living may not.
• DirtyOldTown There is no downside to this, no angle worth ripping on. Failure of imagination on your part. "I drink lemon drop martinis with Grey Goose vodka." Mr. Galifianakis and Grey Goose are clearly exploiting this woman for a cynical marketing campaign. Just kidding, this is really cool.
• Which Corporation should I trust!? Probably the one that doesn't monitor your heartbeat from your living room.
• It's the same Penroses. Roger Penrose, the mathematician/physicist, is Roland Penrose's nephew WHAT THE FUCK!!!
• Obviously a good dude. He hates hollywood so much. I hope the hangover makes him a lot of money and then disappears off the earth forever so he can do some great stuff without that haunting him.
• I switched to The Old Reader and am only marginally pleased with it. All I want is, as someone said above, an index. I don't want to share stuff with people, and I don't want a browser plugin. I just want something to show me new posts. I don't need it to be instantaneous, but I do want it to be reliable, which TOR doesn't seem to be, since it misses a lot of updates and just straight up can't seem to deal with some feeds at all. (There are also a few feeds where every now and then it seems to go, "Oh what the hell, here are the last 10 entries.")
• Elementary is a workhorse CBS crime drama This is my opinion of it too. It's a glass of generic American police procedural with a twist of Sherlock Holmes thrown on top. Sherlock was genius not just for Cumberbatch's portrayal or the UK's convenient re-invasion of Afganistan so that Watson could be an actual Afghan vet but for it's cinematography, it's realistic use of cell phones and the simple but effective flying text effects uses for text messages. It wasn't perfect but the whole thing really broke the mold for police procedurals to me. And serious, the season 2 ending? MIND. BLOWN. It could only have been crazier if they had introduced John Hurt as a previous Sherlock.
• Innovative sure but pretty much unreadable when you're watching it on a phone screen while riding a stationary bicycle. uuuhhh... I guess. The BBC Sherlock series-s (how are you supposed to be able to tell when series is plural? gah!) are really more like oddly paced movies to me. And while it's possible to watch Sherlock or, say, a Michael Bay movie on a phone, it does sort of defeat the purpose. Watching a TV show about minute details without being able to see said details would indeed be frustrating.
• I hate the misuse of the word 'epic.' that said, are the ads for the root beer or the drive-in? If its the former maybe foam in the 'stache would work better.
• That's a beautiful punch in the gut. I was prepared to be annoyed from the quote here, but that didn't do it justice.
• The CIA has been discrediting USAID for decades in this way. Many countries reject USAID support because it is considered almost as replete with CIA operatives as State is. But many more countries just accept this as the cost of business. I imagine these medical operations will go the same way, where the US implicitly says well, if you want to save your children, you'll have to accept a certain percentage of spies. Kind of like it does with mercury levels domestically, I suppose.
• So these other companies that get tax breaks or practice tax avoidance that we've discussed here or had links to don't count, only Apple does? 90 minutes and we're already at the same comment count at the GE thread. If it keeps up when CA wakes up we'll probably beat the combined comment count of GE and Ikea combined in a couple of hours. Notice how when it's Apple everyone suddenly stands up and gives a shit?
• We live in a third-floor flat, and while we don't have kids, we do have cats. The cats think it's awesome to gallop up and down the hall, and one of them really really like to play fetch. Fortunately, our downstairs neighbor is also a crazy cat lady, and the sound of thundering little cat feet makes her happy. Whew.
• Intellectual Property.
• If anyone plays "quidnunc" in scrabble or words with friends, I immediately manifest before them and belch out 7 blank tiles. So vote #1 quidnunc kid.
• the One is just kind of fine-tuned to annoy people who like to play video games other than EA Sports titles, Halo and Call of Duty. I don't understand this being repeated over and over again. Prior to this reveal, MS came out and said that E3 will be about the games for the new console. So... yeah, what you're saying isn't true.
• Celsius1414: "There are people who still use LiveJournal?" да.
• Signed up and got this: fail to allocate internal resource to execute the target task AND An unexpected error occured 400 Bad Request { "error" : "invalid_grant" } *sigh*
• I wasn't that interested in Elementary, mostly because I was worried that they'd play Liu as a love interest. I'm more interested now that I've learned that she's not I'm still scared they will do this at some point, because it looks like something easy to do and often times network TV confuses easy/lazy with good. I've had mixed feelings about Elementary over the course of the season; it's had its ups and downs and has been uneven. But I love the casting of Watson as female and Asian, and was head over heels when Ms. Hudson was introduced and it was clear she was trans and nobody gave a shit. I had another moment of thrill when it looked like Moriarty might be a black man (I'm still working my way up to the end of the season on my DVR, so I don't know where they might still be going). I'm hoping they smooth things out and allow the characters and plots to continue to develop in complex ways. I have concerns that it will be allowed to do so, based simply on the fact that network TV always prefers simple over complex.
• I coughed up the \$20 for NewsBlur a few months ago and while it was a little rocky early on as he got hit with a big wave of unexpected traffic, it's been pretty good for the last month or so. I haven't had to revert back to Reader once since I started using NewsBlur.
• Sports of Duty Ender's Game?
• Oh my God, I will fight anyone who claims that BBC Sherlock is, in any way, shape, or form better than Elementary. I do it on Tumblr. I can do it on Metafilter, too. EVERY LAST ONE OF YOU COME ON LINE UP AND FEEL THE BLAZE OF MY SHERLOCK HOLMES NERDRAGE.
• I can't get heated up about this. Apple is doing the same thing every other company does -- chasing fiduciary responsibility to its utmost. At least they're not digging carbon out of the ground and destroying the planet (like Exxon and Chevron) or exploiting low class workers to ruin the national economy (like Walmart) or exploiting the middle class's finances and ruining the world economy (like JP Morgan or Chase), all of which are activities of Apple's neighbours on the "multiple billions of dollars in taxes paid despite every tax shelter in the world" list. But, yeah, fuck Apple because white gizmos. Some serious cognitive dissonance going on right there.
• Apple does not use tax gimmicks. Of course they don't. Gimmicks are meant to attract attention.
• I understand where she's going about the other women in her cell, I do (and I agree that the system sucks, especially about stop-and-frisk), but (you knew that was coming) each individual's case is different. Did the other women have prior offenses? What were the actual charges against them? Of the overall statistics, how many of those were returning to jail? How many had been out on bond before and were now considered a risk by bondsmen? That said, how much of this problem is tied to our shitty system of credit debt indenture? If you have a shitty credit rating, then a bondsman is more likely to turn you down than if you are a flight risk!
• This is a line in the sand the US Govt. should really regret crossing. It will result in the deaths of thousands of innocents So business as usual.
• I hate paying taxes as much as the next guy, but I live on a paved street, with street lights, and every once in a while am thankful for the things that my taxes go to. The kids in my neighborhood go mostly to public schools, the trash truck shows up every Tuesday, and there's a nice greenway within walking distance from my house. These are all things that taxes paid for, that I get to take advantage of. And how much of what you are enjoying there is local taxes? Local taxes that only get dodged if the business is big enough to get the local political critters to go along with waving the taxes "as an incentive to relocate or stay". (Say, how much weight does one have to put on for the local government to make such a decision for individuals?) Oh and when did a service that is billed separate like trash become "taxes"? "I'm a simpleton, I've always had this feeling that... that we pay taxes and the city should do those things... " -- Steve Jobs Yes, old honest Steve Jobs.
• I believe that was his twin brother, Gaffigan II.
• I look forward to buying an Xbox One controller and using it to play games on my PC.
• octothorpe: I believe that was covered by the next sentence, "INSTALL AN RSS READER ON AN INTERNET-CONNECTED MACHINE YOU CONTROL."
• PALLAS CATS ARE EXCELLENT
• Hahaha, of course the CJ system wouldn't let something like that live. While I'm disappointed that this program wasn't allowed to continue, I take some solace that it was because their operation was found to have violated state regulations. Considering that their initial fears were that prosecutors would neutralize their efforts by arbitrarily increasing bail amounts to keep people in jail, this is a far better outcome and at least shows that there's at least a shred of integrity left in the system. Their efforts seem to have gone in a different direction, but at least in theory they could have made another go at it by bringing their operation into compliance.
• Bestish.
• One more to check out. I'm convinced I will switch about June 30.
• Between 8:00 and 5:00, I could meet a twenty-one-year-old mother of three who wanted to get off welfare and go back to school; a thirty-six-year-old new into recovery for substance abuse; or a ten-year-old, the victim of a rape, wearing fuzzy blue slippers and carrying a teddy bear. I could meet an upstanding member of her church who had had an affair, a prep school student who couldn't bear to disappoint her mother, a homeless mother who couldn't take care of another child.
• Dunno. I get a strong feeling the pricey, proprietary console's time is drawing to a close I want to believe this is true. Of course I also want to believe that studios like Bethesda will start making games that are straight-up Linux compatible without WINE, so I'm not holding my breath.
• clavdivs: "Afridi, a former agency surgeon, was picked up allegedly by an intelligence agency in May 2011 on suspicion of helping CIA trace Osama bin Laden by carrying out a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad." I'm confused - Was it fake in the sense that he was giving a saline solution and saying it was polio vaccine? Or was he actually vaccinating these children and trying to collect DNA evidence on the side? If he was genuinely vaccinating these children, I don't see how he could be blamed for the death of thousands of children like it's being stated above. Note that nobody in this thread is blaming the people who are killing doctors and expelling aid organizations from countries because they think since one guy was a spy, now they are all spys, children be damned. Increase operational security? Why, if we can take our children hostage to make the imperialists feel bad?
• Go get a Roku and download Plex. Plex streams absolutely everything. I've been using a small desktop made up of spare parts with xbmc installed on it, and that does pretty good. It would just be nice if something else I was already going to have could do it to, you know? So, in that sense, I like the "one device to do everything for you" kind of deal.
• I'm vaguely suprised they haven't rendered themselves ungooglable. YM ogooglebar HTH HAND ... unless you're a woman, in which case ew gross no virtual girls allowed! I'm sort of okay with not affording the CoD crowd the option to shoot up women.
• I dunno. I'm surprised that the thunderingly inept Sony is still in the game -- any game at all, to be honest -- and I do think it is true that Nintendo seems kind of moribund and sidebarred these days. The Japanese giants aren't what they once were, I don't think. I'm mildly surprised that Samsung hasn't made any moves to get into this game, actually, but I suppose they've watched the way that things have been going for the Japanese companies and decided to hang back. But I also think the console gaming as a whole, with the ways that the landscape has been changing -- digital distribution and the rise of indie/garage game development on one flank and the rise of the episodic COD-style blockbuster model on the other -- is being backed into a narrower niche (even as the amount of money being thrown into the pot is increasing) these days. From that perspective, this powerful focus in the new Xbox on a) tv and movies and b) hardware magic like Kinect (or the Wii stuff) that has yet to make any real inroads in the PC space are wide bets to be making on MS's part. I think, to the extent that they even think about it, they are aware that this new box will quite happily coexist for many consumers with PC gaming or even a Steam box or its equivalent. But I wouldn't, were I a betting man, be placing many bets on either Sony or Nintendo to be dominant forces in the years to come in the gaming space.
• I know a beard buyer at Ogilvy who does not think this is funny. Not at all.
• NewsBlur just rolled out a redesign last night, too. There are several MeFites that use it and share stories there.
• I just want A Thing that can stream video files in an .mkv container from my huge media center. If Your Thing can do that with little to no fuss, then I am in the market for Your Thing. Also, I like playing Assassin's Creed online while drinking copious amounts of vodka, so Your Thing should have that too.
• I once listened to Chemtrails on repeat until my ears bled. True story. Sort of.
• "No good man will ever reproach another who endeavors to defend his country, whatever be his mode of doing so" -Machiavelli "In times of war, the laws fall silent" -Cicero "Among these forbidden means are...the appointment of subjects to act as spies...or even employing agents to spread false news." -Kant "Human activity cannot be judged morally good...simply because the subject's intention is good" -John Paul II "Some of the moral judgments are easy to make: not providing assets with child prostitutes or drugs when they demand them as the price for continued cooperation; not deploying a "Trojan Horse" device that would likely kill innocent victims when it disrupts technical systems in the target country; not authorizing a terrorist recruit to prove his worth to the group by killing people; not tricking a potential asset into believing his child is seriously ill but can be treated in exchange for information; and not allowing a terrorist attack to occur in another country in order to protect a well-placed source who disclosed the plan."
• That second video now shows up as "unavailable". Sorry.
• vacapinta I would have linked your previous excellent Lee Miller FPP but all the links are now unfortunately dead. Thank you for linking to Farley farm where Picasso went for Tea, and distinguished guests from the arts and academia had to work for their lunch.
• He's responsible for the deaths of thousands of children. He violated the Hippocratic oath and the Geneva conventions while spying for a foreign country (the US). What do you have to do to get sent to prison? He was a patsy and the people responsible for planning this, recruiting him, paying him, training him, running the DNA tests, and so on and so forth are somehow safe in their jobs and, not only that, barring any judicial recourse, they are encouraged to continue perpetuating this kind of thing. The nefarious cherry on top is that the faceless bureaucrats in the CIA are the ones who are truly responsible and didn't seem to care enough about keeping him out of jail.
• CommaFeed hasn't updated since I signed up hours ago, so I popped over to NewsBlur but GAH!!! Make it stop!!! Even with animations turned off there's so much stuff on the screen and WHY ARE THE MENUS YELLING?
• The thing that strikes me as odd (and ironic) is that with the move to x86 architecture, they're saying that Xbox 360 games won't work. Which is fine. But a reasonable number of studios spent the money to port games that were released on Xbox 360 over to PC in the 8 years since the console came out (with glaring, annoying exceptions, of course). So presumably, those ported games would require little to no tweaking to be ported back and playable on the new system. I guess that wouldn't make anybody any money, though, so. Ah well. I'll happily stick with PC gaming, where the interesting indie software stuff happens, at least. Such a shame -- if completely understandable from a profit-centre point of view -- that MS doesn't spend as much time making the PC a better entertainment platform. But maybe now that their gamenboxen are also x86, more stuff will find its way across the fence.
• On a tangentially related note, and to put this in context of the bigger problem of oppressive governments subverting the neutrality of medical care professionals or otherwise denying people access to medical care for political reasons: Security Forces Barring Protesters from Medical Care It's awful, but it seems like the days of all sides at least having the decency to let their enemies tend to their wounded are long gone, if they ever existed at all outside of the romanticized tales of honor and glory we used to tell ourselves to make combat seem noble.
• This is great! Will it be as fast to update as Google Reader? I was using feedly but also was having issues with the whole plugin thing. Also, it shrank Diesel Sweeties comics for no reason I understand.
• Sheesh, why aren't we taking care of 87 year old homeless people in this country? posted by Soliloquy at 10:22 AM on May 21 Well, one guy is.
• Depressing. Pathetic. I can't even finish this. If this were a story, someone would eventually be nice to her.
• For me, the appeal isn't the gaming so much as a blu-ray player with XBMC. That might make me buy. I'm not sure if you realize that it's going to be at least \$400, and almost certainly more, since it includes a Kinect.
• Who's the dog now, man?
• "Corporate Personhood" for the sake of this discussion doesn't matter. Its a sideshow. Either you tax income on a global basis or you do not. The US taxes personal income globally, it does not tax corporate income globally. I do not know why that is, but AFAIK it dates back quite a few years. If you want to argue about the propriety of global taxation we can have that discussion. At the end of the day it is just preventing tax rate arbitrage for individuals. If you live in a domicile with "normal" tax rates and most of your income is in the form of ordinary income the biggest impact it has on you is the hassle of filling out tax forms. You are talking about corporations (the hedge fund). I am talking about individuals (the natural persons who will be receiving income distributed from the fund). The hedge fund may not be subject to taxation by the country where its operations occur, but the people who derive income from it will be subject to taxation by the countries where they reside. No - a HF is not a corporation - it is an LP or LLC that would ordinarily be consolidated on your tax return. It distributes its earnings annually to natural persons. But it distributes them to another entity that is also tax advantaged. If I'm a citizen of a country without global taxation that money is mine to spend as I please. As my firm grows I can allocate interests in this fee earning entity as well to my employees who can then set up their own structures that keep their earnings offshore.
• Why is this something that anyone wants? Never underestimate the ability of a corporation full of well-paid geeks to extrapolate their gadget-lust onto the public at-large.
• The assebo effect.
• It certainly sounds as if the US changing its corporate residence tax test to that of the "well where is it controlled?" rather than the formalistic "where was it incorporated?" would be a good start. Can someone who actually understands corporate tax stuff explain what the downside is in that relatively minor change? It might not be enough, but it would seem to make it harder to avoid taxes - if the subsidiary is controlled by the parent corp in the US, then it would be US as well, so presumably they couldn't just fly to Ireland every month for a board meeting (although even that would be an improvement).
• On a lighter note, she missed out my favourite chant, apparently from Spurs fans when they plan Man U at White Hart Lane: "You only live round the corner!"
• Boy looking at the expanses of (beautiful!) uncovered hardwood floors in his living room, kitchen and dining area did make me really sorry for the folks downstairs though. Wait...they have five kids in an upstairs apartment and they have uncovered hardwood floors?! I love floorboards and hate carpet as much as the next person, but c'mon. That's just selfish.
• if this ends in Moffat becoming Iron Man then everything suddenly makes so much sense
• Who are the Ramones, including all the drummers, Alex? I'm picturing Brian Ramone like Brian Wilson but with more solvents and less cocaine.
• My daughter got me into "Between Two Ferns" a while ago and I've developed a puppylike devotion to Galifianakis ever since. He's so joyfully and blithely uninterested in Hollywood stars: Brad Lee Cooper Actor and as Cooper is explaining his movie he replies, "Who gives a fuck? No one gives a fuck," and later, "You can't skate on your looks alone." How great is he?
• If Congress doesn't like the laws, Congress needs to change them. If Apple is doing something illegal they need held accountable. Otherwise there's no story here other than an American success story. That's fine except that the big corporations have a hell of a lot more influence over how congress writes tax law than you or I do. The corporations lobby the hell out of congress to get just such loophole put in so that they can then exploit them. They're still making a hell of a lot of money here in the US and not paying tax on it while you and I still have to pay our share of taxes.
• Can the US Congress really do anything about the EU / Irish stuff? It seems like trapping the profits in Europe means that the US tax laws are doing some good here.
• Wait, is Yeezy red? Am I missing something, or is Beyoncé not very good at Connect Four?
• And Kokuryu I brought this argument up to a family member that truly believes a lot of this stuff and that was the answer I got. So I looked at them and took a long sip of wine and changed the topic. Like many have said here it seems like childish rebellion. The other day I said you can't take something on faith because you want it to be true and that science at least can show empirically evidence toward proofs. They replied but Science is just another type of faith... I looked sadly and said yes but when science is wrong it uses that to alter the proof or revise it or throw it away and "Admits" the mistake.
• Clear and patient explanations never have any success, because then you're accused of being patronizing and condescending, or you're just ignored by people who think they know better no matter what, or you're dismissed simply due to the fact that you're an advocate of science. How do you react to that, when you can't explain scientific evidence to someone because science is the signal that triggers the mind to close? I think bitterly sneering is a completely understandable reaction when sincere attempts at education are completely dismissed out of hand. I think if folks really want to change the whole anti-science thing, it probably can't be done at the "I am going to sneer/tell you the actual situation and you will change your mind now or in the near future" level, because people's emotional needs and their beliefs are so closely wound together. I think asking ourselves seriously "what needs does it fulfill when someone believes that wifi will give you cancer or that vaccines cause autism" might be helpful. Also, of course, the fact that there really isn't an accessible, trustworthy scientific clearinghouse - you need a level of confidence and literacy to really feel that you're getting a fairly accurate understanding of the broad outline of a problem. For example, I was just looking up a medical condition the other day and realized that the accepted scientific consensus via multiple papers including those studies-of-studies on PubMed was not only the opposite of what the CDC was reporting, but that the CDC was explicitly saying "scientific consensus now says [thing that it not only does not say but has not said for at least the past few years since I did not go back more than a couple of years on PubMed]". That shook me, actually, since I've always tended to feel like CDC stuff is broadly accurate. But the point is, if you're a layperson and you plausibly feel that the CDC and the FDA are pretty opaque and perhaps not trustworthy, where do you go? Straight to the tinfoil hats, apparently. A surprising number of my friends are anti-fluoride - not because it's a mind control device, but because they fear fluorosis, they feel the government should be giving people a choice in the matter, and they're not sure it offers any real benefit to the public anyway. This type of thing really interests me. I'm an anarchist, so of course I prioritize local control, individual autonomy, people not having to have things if they don't want them....and yet then you bump right up against the fact that it's difficult to de facto be your own science researcher, make all your own choices about the complexities of the modern world, etc - not even difficult from a "taking personal responsibility is difficult" standpoint, but difficult from a "there aren't enough hours in the day" standpoint. Also difficult from a "building infrastructure that serves many people" standpoint. It's also interesting because I often reflect that anarchism is really zeitgeisty right now the way socialism was in the late sixties/early seventies. And any time something is of the zeitgeist, that's because it appeals to people on many many levels and for many reasons, not just because of the simple content of the thing itself. ie, anarchism doesn't just make sense to people more right now because anarchism is awesome; anarchism makes sense to people because in this particular historical moment [I suspect] community ties are weak; the state is pervasive, opaque and corrupt; information is widely distributed but hard to evaluate and social movements that relied on sameness, shared interests and solidarity have mostly broken down. Thus, "don't make ME have cavity-free teeth, statist!"
• [Folks, loosely stick to the topic and maybe don't just make random trollish seeming comments?]
• Did the other women have prior offenses? What were the actual charges against them? Of the overall statistics, how many of those were returning to jail? How many had been out on bond before and were now considered a risk by bondsmen? The thing is the one big truth about the justice system is that everybody is guilty of something, or at least guilty enough to have grounds for arrest, especially in systems were not obeying cops is a reason for arrest. Now if, like in New York, you have a police force that's ideologically shaped to go after low level crimes and "crimes" (broken window theory) then you get an influx of offenders that need to be dealt with in the rest of the justice system. Once you go by volume and are unwilling to allocate the necessary resources to the courts to deal with this volume, it's no longer possible to look at the "individual cases". Get people to plea guilty, get them sentenced, you've done your job, everybody's happy or at least not spending time in prison.
• . . . so it's been an hour and it still hasn't updated any feeds. Do we know what the refresh rate is? (1/hr?)
• I've read (can't find a link) that Rupert Murdoch's annual tax returns always feature silly numbers of taxes owed, like 123,123, which is accountantese for "Fuck You".
• Can I get in on hating Gaffigan because he's a racist, sexist, anti-intellectual shit-bag, or is this thread devoted solely to hating him because he has five kids?
• "Microsoft has confirmed that all Xbox One games will require mandatory installation onto the system's hard drive and, to install the same disc onto another user's drive, a fee must be paid."
• Lets see how this works with the soft drinks.
• > I know quite a few professionals that have worked abroad and not one made enough to have to pay US taxes as well. I'm very curious as to how that would work, when you're supposed to start paying taxes starting at somewhere below \$10K a year earnings? As far as I know, the last time I looked (late last year) the US doesn't distinguish between money earned in the United States and elsewhere - it's all just "earnings" to them.
• Oh holy shit. Oh I hope there's a special circle of hell. It is beyond unconscionable to kill first responders or use international medical aid as a cover for political gain. And then when people actually bring these things to light.... Recently, Bill Gates was on NPR talking about polio and he pretty much blamed distrust of the US government as the primary reason polio hasn't been eradicated.
• > What about their Chinese workers? They're not getting great treatment. You linked an article from 2011 on this topic? Really?
• I'm as cynical about Microsoft as anyone but even I don't see them charging a fee to play the same game on different accounts on the same console.
• I'm kind of surprised that this is eliciting anger. What are you angry about? Because I'm a dick that feels no compassion for these folks? An interesting thesis. Or maybe it's because I'm not angry at these people at all. Maybe, somewhere in the midst of the frustration and pity I feel toward these folks (which you seem to have overlooked), I also feel angry at the demagogues and charlatans who use this weakness in some people to screw our society eleven different ways from Sunday. From not being able to have well-funded stem-cell research to having anti-vaxxers promulgating their deadly ideas, there are some that exploit the suggestible and gullible to recruit them into a myriad of political views that actively undermine people's freedom, health and well being. And that makes me a little angry, perhaps, when I think of this sort of thing. Maybe the anger is just part of being a complex human being that doesn't only respond in a monochromatic way to stimuli that remind me of why we can't have nice things. But probably it's just because I'm a dick.
• If Apple pays a dime more in taxes than they are supposed to or legally obligated to they would be in egregious violation of their mission and responsibility to the shareholders. Is this actually the case? If a company just pays their taxes without using shelters and stuff, have there ever been any consequences? Is the contention that it is somehow wrong and disallowed for a company to act as a good corporate citizen?
• I think certain events from the last month show that not all plots are caused by entrapment, wouldn't you say?
• Did anyone see that documentary about champion Scrabble players? I can't remember what it was called.
• Is there a cheatsheet that provides a quick rebuttal to the anti-WiFi crowd? "You cannot prove a negative; however, no reputable study has shown a link between wifi and any medical issue." If they don't respond to that, they're not going to respond to anything, because they just fundamentally don't believe in science, or they feel they have to blame someone for something.
• It's a shame, both for him and for the rest of the planet, that he doesn't know what causes pregnancy Can you share with the rest of the class?
• "my eyebrows and/or pubic hair" Try Busch.
• Really, the main problem with current console online marketplaces in comparison with Steam is: very rare Day One availability, and prices generally way higher than they should be. Old games don't get discounted very often/enough, and there's rarely worthwhile sales.
• Oh, and for what it's worth: Word is you will NOT need to be always online for single-player to work. There will be NO backward-compatibility - and no word on a Sony-style "stream the old games" solution.
• The Holmes in Doyle's text was a gentleman detective. Gentlemen of that age would come across as borderline sociopaths in modern society. I mean, I get where you're coming from, but I'd hardly characterize Doyle's Holmes as a warm 'n' fuzzy guy either.
• It's only a matter of time before these people and the anti-fluoridators join forces.
• In practice, I don't think that will be a deal breaker for most people. Even now my PS3 doesn't properly function without periodic updates. I know this because I hardly ever use it these days, but every couple of months I'll stick in a movie, and it will usually tell me that it won't play that blu-ray without first updating to version 28.43 of the operating system or some such. Depends on where you are. Not everyone has access to really good, always on Internet.
• i'm so excited to be a bad person
• Gaffigan's brother Noel is the guitarist, right?
• ARGH NO I fucking hate talking to robots "Start Tropico" `"CALL OF DUTY LOADING"` "No ... Tropico. TRO-PI-CO!" `"ONLINE MODE ENABLED, SEARCHING FOR PUBLIC SERVERS."` "Oh for crying out-" `"SERVER 'BALLS IN YO MOUF' FOUND, CONNECTING NOW"` "Switch off console! OFF CONSOLE!" `"WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAVE YOUR PROGRESS?"` *sobs* `"CALL OF DUTY LOADING"`
• One option would be to eliminate the corporate income tax entirely and replace it with a higher tax on dividends and capital gains JPD: increases the incentive for companies to retain earnings and invest them Retained earnings increase the stock price and thereby capital gains, which are taxed every time a share is traded. That is why both dividend and capital gains rates would need to be increased.
• I would like to be pedantic and point out that Jane Tennison is not a Holmes-type detective. Bad writing might be an inevitable part of any Holmes adaptation. Let's not forget the original stories had killer jellyfish.
• Five children under 8 named Marre, Katie, Jack, Michael, and Patrick. Wikipedia says: Gaffigan has stated on stage that he is a Catholic. Citation not needed. (Raised by the older of 8 with a brother named Patrick.)
• That's a great article, painkiller. Thanks.
• Next up - the creeping mentality that all Scrabble tournaments are scholastic tournaments. I had a middle-school aged opponent at a chess tournament once. Before the game, his father came over and introduced himself and explained that there was a soccer event that his son also wanted to play in and wanted to know if I would be OK agreeing to play our game at a rapid time control so that his son could go. I told him his kid could resign the game and leave if he wanted to go somewhere else at 3 PM.
• Last time around, I got a 360 and not a PS3 because it had much better exclusives at the time - Bioshock, Mass Effect, Braid. So I'm coming in with that bias; I still think MS is the winner for this generation, even if the exclusives advantage is mostly gone. Sony: We have games! We will have lots of games. We are acknowledging the problems we had last generation with games. We are making it easier for indie developers to both make and sell games. We will stream entire games from our servers. We will even pipe games onto your Vita that nobody ever bought. Lots of other stuff to go with the games. Somewhat questionably, we will have a whole button to share footage of games. In conclusion, games! Microsoft: We have SPORTS and CALLS OF DUTY and MORE SPORTS and HALO TEEVEE and you can CONTROL YOUR TEEVEE with KINECT and PUT INTERNET EXPLORER ON YOUR TEEVEE CONTROLLED BY KINECT! Oh, and the 360 came out seven years ago, so we thought we should get around to fixing the godawful D-pad finally. I don't know which system will actually have the stuff I want, but so far, I've got one "reveal" that actually focuses on the stuff I buy a gaming console for, and one that seemed awfully proud of letting me control Internet Explorer by waving my arms around in the air. So... yeah.
• It seems like big content+the console makers are screaming CONSUME and shilling why always on is the future, while the big network providers are busy figuring out how to severely limit everyone's connections and charge more for the privilege. They call that "Synergy".
• More power to them. Good post, elgilito.
• I just caught it for the first time last week, and really liked it. *SPOILER SHIELDS UP*
• double block and bleed: "I could have sworn that there used to be a version of firefox that you could run off of a thumb drive without installing on your machine. I don't work for a Fortune 500 company anymore, so that's no longer a problem for me. You might want to look into that to see if it still exists." How about PortableApps? They seem to have a portable version of Firefox and Chrome.
• My wife loves it; I was a bit sniffy at first because Cumberbatch, but I'm coming round. The world-building is a strength, and the two leads have chemistry.
• DU: "You mean break the RSS protocl? I'd be less excited by that "feature"." How does that break RSS? I just want a way to sort things by "Interestingness" rather than the date. NewsBlur already has a similar feature, but it needs a little more "magic" before it'll be useful for me. Fever is a self-hosted RSS aggregator that claims to be able to do this. I've been contemplating giving it a try... Oh, yeah. And if you're technically-minded, it's amazing how cheap you can get a VPS these days.
• They need someone who is actually hampered by having piles of profits in other countries, or whose corporate personality exudes unattractive greed to the majority of people. Facebook it is.
• aren't there rules where kids can't share rooms like that over a certain age depending on gender or does that only apply if you are receiving government housing assistance of some sort? Yeesh, this again. There was a long conversation about this in a previous thread, and ultimately someone cited laws specifically about kids in foster care and respite care, but as far as I can tell, no one turned up anything about public housing or what other parents are allowed to do with their kids.
• Store it in the clown. Done!
• hydropsyche has already articulated the reasons I adore Elementary, but I will add one more: Clyde the turtle. His ambulance shell! His stubby little turtley legs! I also love Sherlock, as well as the RDJ / Jude Law films. And I LOVE that they're all so different from each other, that contrasting them is interesting but subjective ranking is pointless. And these are just the most recent Holmes adaptations! Sherlock Holmes is vast, it contains multitudes, from The Great Mouse Detective to "A Study in Emerald." I've read and loved all the ACD Holmes canon, and it makes me so happy that I can pretty much expect to spend the rest of my life wading through as much Holmes-related transformative media as I want. It's the gift-fandom that keeps on giving.
• prize bull octorok: "It occurs to me that the last video game system I was truly in love with was the Gameboy Advance." That's a funny way to spell Colecovision.
• Video.
• Oh Pallas Cats, big and smoosh faced and bad at reproducing. They are my spirit animal.
• It's a shame, both for him and for the rest of the planet, that he doesn't know what causes pregnancy-- having five children is actually very preventable. I think for a while he was working under the assumption that a pasty complexion was the solution.
• It's just so refreshing that he doesn't call himself a 'Maker'.
You are only allowed to call yourself that while making your first five things. I'm guessing this guy has made a few more things than that.
• They grew there in the lawn, don't you know how kittens get made? They are just not old enough to be plucked yet.
• Maybe I mis-scanned the paper, but I don't think the result depends on using regular shapes or a repeating pattern. It's a very strong result.
• The [PS3] UI also strikes the right balance of functional and pretty to look at (to say nothing of being nimble and responsive). I'll give Sony a bunch of credit here; the XrossMediaBar™ on PS3/PSP is extremely well done. Too bad they drank the bongwater when it came time to design the Vita's interface.
• But 1 is a lower number than 360. 'HAL' didn't test well.
• > If you want to feel better, replace the word "cloud" with "clown". Everything is suddenly magical. > > Clown based computing. Store it in the clown. Checked my "how afraid am I" meter. Still pegged.
• Not looking for a voice-activated cable box and I have no idea who is. Certainly no one they're trying to target. Anyone try the IGN drinking game?
• (unless they decide to completely reboot canon) Good idea. Maybe we'll get lucky and Hannibal will kill and eat Graham in the season finale.
• It just simply destroys my soul that 87-year-olds can be homeless in the United Fucking States of Fucking America. Fuck.
• Daniel Hardcastle, noted UK gaming personality, tweeted earlier: "It is no longer a games console, this IS A FRAT CONSOLE!" Similarly someone I know online called it the XBro.
• I want a game console that will let me copy my scratched up copy of Gladius to the cloud and then play it forever more without worrying about it disappearing from history due to media degradation.
• Retained earnings increase the stock price and thereby capital gains, which are taxed every time a share is traded. That is why both dividend and capital gains rates would need to be increased. Retained earnings invested in productive assets increase share prices. If non taxation on retained earnings lower a companies cost of equity capital below the investors cost of equity capital then the value of one dollar of retained earnings is capitalized at less than a dollar. You end up with a loss of tax revenues, not to mention the negative effects of overinvestment >The difference is a minor technicality. A US company owns them. Why should it make any difference that they're "offshore banks owned by a bank holding company"? No. It isn't a minor technicality at all. In a bankruptcy it matters a lot it also matters a lot for where you can raise debt capital. It also matters for where you can spend the money. It is not a minor technicality at all.
• That's great for one device but how would that sync between my home laptop, my work laptop, my Nexus 7 and my phone? Those sound suspiciously like devices made for you by someone else.
• Allah-oops
• Who else wants to play D&D at lunch I like to attribute much of my ability to fill out bureaucratic forms (including tax forms) to the untold numbers of RPG character sheets I filled out back in the day. Once you've created an entire Traveller solar system using dice and arcane rule books filled with dense text and complicated tables, tax day seems much less daunting. ;)
• Well since I can't buy Apple products anymore since they don't pay their faire share I guess I'll just shift to a HP Laptop featuring Windows 8. Shit. Or maybe a Dell? No wait. Can someone tell me which laptop maker pays their fucking taxes so I can just buy one already?
• PROTIP: If you press the big glowing button in the middle of your controller, you can open a menu that lets you instantly play the game on the disc. That's not snark, by the way, since I agree the Xbox 360 interface is horrible.
• So they can't write an emulator capable of adequately simulating an 8 year old processor, therefore all the games I have won't run and I have to get new ones if I buy this thing? Seems like the PHB's have thoroughly kicked the engineer's asses up there in Redmond.
• Poor puppy! He just wants to plaaaaay and all the small creatures are too bewildered or cranky to play with him. Sniffle! I love dog play bows. There's something so charming about the existence of a deliberate behavior that means "HI HI HAVE FUN WITH ME."
• I like his comedy a lot and I like his approach to parenting. He thinks it's worthwhile, and there wasn't a bunch of other stuff he really wanted to do, so he likes it. It doesn't sound like he is complaining to me in the real life interview, and of course the persona he projects in his standup isn't necessarily real. Boy looking at the expanses of (beautiful!) uncovered hardwood floors in his living room, kitchen and dining area did make me really sorry for the folks downstairs though. Even when there was carpet it looked really thin. Tasteful but thin! Whether your neighbors are complaining about the noise or not, if you have five kids would it kill you to put down a bunch of padding and some nice thick carpet for a few years while the kids are bouncing balls and dropping utensils and racing cars on the floor? Carpet sucks up noise like a boss. Gaffigan's face really reminds me of Joss Whedon's.
• PS4 is already confirmed not to be compatible with PS3 games, for pretty much the same reason. Nobody has PS3 games.
• I'm scratching my head at the "laundromat volunteer" concept. Is that a thing? Think of some financially hurting person who can't get a job but wants more than a handout. Now imagine dropping your laundry off and returning eight hours later to find it all safely folded perfectly in your laundry basket. Wouldn't you be happy to "tip" said "volunteer"?
• These are great! Must forward.
• That's amazing. Great guy!
• This is a joke, right? Microsoft is playing a prank and the real next Xbox will be announced later. I mean there is no way this is actually the product. I mean this is like a product manager took every bad idea they could come up with and then said, lets see what the focus groups hate the most and then ship it. Why would I buy this? I've owned many game consoles and I just don't see any reason to buy this.
• My general policy is to wait until there is a game that looks good and is getting good reviews and is exclusive, then I buy the new console. This, except I waited for 4 of these games to exist.
• Melismata, say it again.
• Heck, just to add to my earlier point there's a FPP just below this one talking about the negative repercussions of the US using a doctor to get DNA samples while supposedly giving vaccinations. In-thread someone points to an interview with Bill Gates wherein he basically blames distrust of the US govt for the fact that we haven't fully eradicated polio yet. You breed that sort of distrust and is it any wonder people are reluctant to believe the authorities regarding other public health issues?
• I like to assume being pro-choice means being pro-choice about the rights of others to reproduce as well as to choose not to. I respect that spawning feels irresponsible to many people ... You've seriously missed my point. I have a child, a source of constant and wondrous delight.
• I'm in.
• My experience has been that there's big overlap between both the granola-munchers, and the anti-gubmint crowds, when it comes to this particular type of crazy. I suppose that's true, since I have strong sympathy with both.
• Great essay. Kind of reminded me of the PJ Harvey song When Under Ether. Which remains one of the only (and one of the bravest) songs about undergoing an abortion that I can think of in popular music.
• And yet, after everything they have done, America still takes the moral high-ground on any fucking issue going these days. Seriously, they bang on about corrupt regimes and kill first responders? Use medical personelle as spies and undercover operatives? Jesus H Christ. Yeah, but that Hugo Chavez was a thug I tell ya.
• I bet that Ms. Haist is the perfect antidote to all the paparazzi and media circus. You finally get off the red carpet, the ceremony's over, you can plunk down and have some lemontinis with a kickass old lady. Hell yeah.
• I don't think it's material. I think he really does live in an apartment with his family. It can be both material and also grounded in true facts. That's pretty standard.
• Ha. When I worked at my father's civil engineering firm, I noticed all the site assessments had a section with the results from the borings we drilled. Plain cover with giant block letters: Back when there was such a thing as Yellow Pages, you could look up boring in the phone book, and be greeted with the advice: BORING - see CIVIL ENGINEERING
• I have a child, a source of constant and wondrous delight. Hm, I didn't mean to imply I thought you were a baby-hater. But my point holds, that the cap on having babies is not something we control in the same sense that we don't cap the max number of abortions someone can have and so forth.
• After a couple of weeks of trying alternatives, and a couple of weeks testing the one I liked the best to make sure, made the switch last week completely over to Inoreader. It's almost 100% exactly what I wanted and works the exact way I want it to. Commareader looks close, but I'm sold already.
• FWIW: according to CNBC, Sony's stock rose today due to "a report in the Nikkei that the company is considering a proposal from hedge fund Third Point to spin off its movie and music business".
• and you will be a casserole.
• We are talking about corporate personhood, yes? If you actually read the link you sent, you would see that under the heading for the United States, "U.S. courts have extended certain constitutional protections to corporations" This doesn't mean that corporations are granted all the rights afforded to citizens.
• Today's your lucky day: here's Kanye West and Beyoncé playing Connect 4. Hey wait, that board doesn't even make sense.
• Because they are no longer useful to the engines of production. Neither is gay people!
• Linking to the print-version of the article makes me happy.
• The biggest flaw with Elementary is that the plots and mystery-solving are so often dull/lame/shoddy. It seems to prioritize the Holmes/Watson relationship ( and the related boring unravelling of the "mystery" of Holmes' eccentricities/backstory) above all else which highlights the weakness of the plots / deduction process even more. My favourite very recent Holmes adaptation is House, MD ( earlier seasons )
• I didn't mean to sound like Dad putting his foot down or anything. I just wanted to remind people strongly that we all like nice stories and this might not be the place for a critique of Galiafanakis's film career or scathing bon mots on rich celebs. It's just really nice to have a story we can enjoy without equivocation and a little preemptive grar seemed worthwhile to keep the punchbowl safe.
• "Depends on the dog/puppy, you should know your animal's demeanor" excepted that is... Not to mention that exposing/training dogs to react properly to other animals/pets is actually a really good and thoughtful thing for pet owners to do. I am sympathetic to your argument and agree with your prescription. And yet. Out of a hundred percent, the percentage of people who have trained their dogs to react properly to other animals/pets, well, it can be counted on the fingers of one hand, I suspect. Where I live, we allow dogs. I like dogs and we have some serious dog owners who spend hours training their dogs and keep them on leashes and have dog walkers walk them when they are off at work. But there are also some dogs here who spend the most miserable lives alone inside for 10, 12 and up to 16 hours a day and who have the most profound behavioral problems. Even of the most responsible dog owners here, very few have addressed this issue. I knew a dog once, the sweetest, most gentle yellow lab you could ever meet and its owner confided to me once that she was walking it one day with some friends and they passed a yard with a low fence and a kitten on the lawn within. And that sweet dog, tail wagging, reached over that fence and picked that kitten up and with one snap of its head, broke that kitten's neck before anyone could do a thing. And it was on a leash. It just happened that fast. We have outdoor cats in the neighborhood. I tell all the dog owners that story, then tell them that I must treat all dogs here as potential killers, insist that they be on leashes at all times, and remind them that a dog in this town which even bites a person or a pet once can be reported as a vicious animal and quite possibly can be seized by Animal Control and put down, and that whether or not their dogs are on a leash, that if something like what happened to that kitten happens here, they are going to be in a world of trouble, if I can help it at all.
• THIS online service will NEVER stop working. FOR SURE this time. I see a way to get "the source" but without accompany documentation on what to setup and how, that's kind of useless.
• Also, I don't know what a "lifestyle device" is, but it sounds miserable. Or like a euphemism for something you buy at Randy Andy's Toyshop.
• I already loved Galiafanakis as the guy who still drove a '98 Subaru despite being in one of the highest-grossing comedies of all time, but this is a whole new level.
• Blazecock Pileon: considering all non-uniform combinations is what makes the proof need to be so complex (ie. a mixture of squares and triangles can tile an arbitrary area...).
• I've been doing product research for my company on home automation systems. It would have been really cool if they added in functions to control lighting and automated shades through low power wireless. It wouldn't be much extra hardware to allow integration to Lutron's or Leviton's lighting control systems.
• One option would be to eliminate the corporate income tax entirely and replace it with a higher tax on dividends and capital gains. To be revenue neutral would require a dividend and capital gains tax rate somewhere in the mid forties. This would be more efficient and eliminate the distortions caused by the corporate income tax. To prevent individuals from gaming the corporate tax exemption, you would have to treat C-corp earnings as pass-through income just like S-corps do now.
• Mayor Curley and his 23 anti-family favoriters My biggest disappointment was not being able to catch them at Coachella this year. Maybe ACL fest. MC23AFF has a very unique sound.
• Given that the One now requires a Kinect to be hooked up at all times, I don't think it's even an option for me. My video game setup involves a projector, rather than a screen, so requiring me to flail around in front of the screen is going to involve me constantly obscuring the thing. I guess that means that when I feel the urge to get a new console to play stuff my current 360 won't play, it'll be a PS4 or a Steam Box. I dunno. I only bought a 360 like last winter because a voice in the back of my head was really persistent about wanting one for a couple months; I'd otherwise been doing fine with not owning a console for several years.
• Tomorrowful: "Last time around, I got a 360 and not a PS3 because it had much better exclusives at the time - Bioshock, Mass Effect, Braid. So I'm coming in with that bias; I still think MS is the winner for this generation, even if the exclusives advantage is mostly gone." Stepping outside of the rapidly shrinking gamer-sphere, where these things matter, Microsoft's console gaming division should be considered a staggeringly monumental failure by almost any metric. It loses money hand over fist. The 360 was sold at a huge loss to Microsoft, and like its predecessor, had a strong launch lineup, but generated very few "must-have" titles across its lifetime, killing Microsoft's chances of recouping those losses. The 360's chronic hardware problems (affecting 25-50% of shipped units) would have destroyed the finances and reputation of almost any other company. It's amazing that Microsoft's gaming division isn't under investigation for dumping. Despite all this, Nintendo shipped *far* more Wiis, and the 360 barely squeaked by the PS3. I'm not a fan of Sony by any measure, but after using my roommate's PS3 for a while, I was pretty impressed by the product. It's as though Sony managed to suppress all of the things that typically make Sony products terrible, just long enough to develop the PS3. The hardware was nothing short of incredible, especially when you consider that it was released in 2006. It's *still* a better Blu-Ray player and media streamer than almost anything else on the market. The UI also strikes the right balance of functional and pretty to look at (to say nothing of being nimble and responsive). That said, it's still a closed platform, so I can't heap too much praise onto it (especially given the PS3's Linux debacle). It also sucks that these devices are all turning into cashgrabs for companies to run their own proprietary app/media stores. Given the industry-wide poor track-record for forward-compatibility, there's no way that I'm investing any significant amount of money into any proprietary-format media purchases.
• LEGO Halo Sports: Star Wars That almost sounds worth it.
• it's realistic use of cell phones and the simple but effective flying text effects uses for text messages. Innovative sure but pretty much unreadable when you're watching it on a phone screen while riding a stationary bicycle. I actually had to go back and rewatch those scenes to figure out what I missed.
• So apparently some people watching live streams of the #xboxreveal on their Xboxes were kicked off mid-announcement when the audio from the livestream triggered their Kinect. "Go home Kinect, you're drunk."
• You think there's like... a law... on who can share rooms in a house?
• likeatoaster, I took that more to mean that, thanks to Occupy Wall Street, an new young generation of mostly white, mostly middle-class activists may finally get even further on board with the brotherhood of man. Yeah, it stinks that this has been going on and middle-class white people either didn't know or didn't care. But it can only be good news that they're getting their eyes opened. (Not denying your point, though, that sometimes it seems like it has to be "all about us".)
• I watched Elementary's first several episodes, though I'm not a fan of the CBS procedural stuff. I was disappointed that Liu's character didn't come across as the (presumably smart) doctor she's supposed to be. Perhaps her backstory, why she wasn't a practicing physician any more (IIRC she'd made a major mistake/ cost a life), was supposed to be the reason she didn't want to participate in his actual work. And maybe they'd have her gradually get more involved in the cases itself. But I got impatient. I was a bit intrigued by the Sherlock character – it felt like eventually he wouldn't seem as much an a-hole as House always was.
• Is there any real info on whether they've borked used games? Supposedly (and this is from Kotaku, so grain of salt): 1) Games will install to the hard drive from discs, and once they're installed you don't need the disc to play the game. You don't even have to insert the disc as a copy-protection mechanism. 2) That means the disc you use to install the game is tied to your account, so you can't just install it once and sell the thing with no consequences. 3) If you have a game disc that's been registered to somebody else, you can pay a fee to activate it for you, too. So used games would exist, but with a surcharge that probably exceeds the difference between the cost of a new and used game.
• Mindbending fact: combined attendance of Premier League and the Championship in the UK is more than NBA, NHL, NFL, Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A
• Sys Rq: Anyone try the Ouya yet? Is that anything? Obviously not as powerful as this thing, but how about enjoyable? I got my Kickstarter early-release model a few days ago. Bear in mind that it's still technically under development, but... I see a lot of potential. If they deliver on their promise to make it easy for indie developers to publish for Ouya, it could become my favorite thing (since indie games are basically all I play any more, and I could give fuck-all about photorealistic graphics). At present, though, it's kind of limp. Except for Final Fantasy 3, there are no great (or even particularly good) games available yet—mostly a bunch of existing Android games that were published for Ouya because hey, why the hell not. Also, there's a noticeable delay between the time you press a button, and the time stuff happens. It's okay when you're playing, say, a turn-based RPG, but it's bad enough to make some of the more arcade-oriented titles unplayable. I really hope that's something they can fix with a firmware update. But if they can fix that, and if indie developers get on board (and I can't imagine why they wouldn't—Unity makes it stupid easy to publish games to whatever platform you like), it could be a really awesome thing for indie games.
• That sounds like hell on Earth.
• Also, Visioneers was....weird.
• Ireland's infamous tax shenanigans Let he who is without sin...How Delaware Thrives as a Corporate Tax Haven
• It wasn't WiFi that was making them sick, it was SCIENCE!
• That income is, quite frankly, none of the IRS's business. Only if you don't live in the U.S. If you live in the U.S., subjecting your worldwide income to U.S. tax is perfectly legitimate.
• No but it will watch you masterbate. Pass. I got cats for that.
• more people need to know about the difficult decisions that women make every day in silence. thank you for sharing this.
• I've tried Feedbin for a short time, but I dislike the tablet-like display with the 3 bars. I wanted to click on the individual feeds alone without having to load the entire list up each time. So far, I haven't found a replacement that updates almost as fast as G-reader yet.
• I always wondered if there's a point when company accountants look at their schemes and think "maybe we're taking the piss now". Apparently not.
• > Is there a mathematician who can explain why the proof for this conjecture needs to be so complex? Here's the thing - you have no idea what the shape could be. It doesn't have to be regular, or repeating, it could even be something pathological. "It stands to reason" that it has to be one of triangles, squares or hexagons - but that isn't a proof. Consider the Jordan curve theorem which says that a simple closed curve divides the plane into two regions, the "inside" and the "outside" - which share a common boundary, the curve itself. It seems "obvious" but finalizing a proof took decades and if you study it today in a topology class it will take you at least a week go through,.
• I've been pro-choice ever since I've been politically aware, but I have to say the description of the 18-week-old fetus, most likely healthy, in the small silver bowl - I don't know. That's a gut punch. I had a girlfriend in college who'd had two abortions before we met. She's now a born-again Christian, very "pro-life." Do as I say, not as I desperately felt I needed to do at the time. I would hope "Theresa" wouldn't wind up the same way. But I wouldn't put money on that.
• Lots of electric devices emit a barely-perceptible noise of some kind. Or sometimes even clearly perceptible. This is enough to equate electricity with an uncomfortable feeling. Wi-Fi does none of this but it's just a tech that people don't really understand, is new and quite complicated. Plus all sorts of UI people have gone to great lengths to make sure Wi-Fi is quite perceptible. Your computer and phone have an icon for it. Your router and laptop have a bright led that tell you it's on. The coffee-shop has a sticker. If Wi-Fi can bring down a plane, can't it be dangerous to a person as well? Vaccines: Combine erroneus but long-lived studies, some incidents of harmful vaccines msome vaccines being considered too risky for certain groups and a lack of real understanding of the underlying science, you get anti-vaccination people.
• Blogs like this make me really wish I could make something like that. And then I stop and think about how I can get myself into trouble making a cup of coffee and I realise that it's probably for the best that I don't try.
• I see they're going for that 1980s VHS player design esthetic. Let's go for broke and release all future 360 titles on cassette.
• I want to respond to something someone said upfield. Ack! Ghostes!?!?! WHERE! HIDE ME!
• CancerMan: "This line sounds like even an Ad-Exec had to take a stiff shot of scotch to ease the pain." Paging '10s Don Draper.
• Five months of work and he made the wrong size.
• Accelerando... (first part) actually sounds like the worst sort of hell society I can even imagine (short of actually being physically tortured on a daily basis). It turned my stomach. Couldn't finish.
• We speak of video games as each being "an Intellectual Property" now? Thanks, but I'll stick with reading some Copyrights that I have on my shelves.
• I already had an XBox 1, it overheated and died years ago.
• Mr. Galifianakis and Grey Goose are clearly exploiting this woman for a cynical marketing campaign. I thought he was an Absolut man.
• Taking wifi out of schools is really fucking lame, honestly. Interestingly, in Canada, Starbucks has free WiFi, while Tim Hortons makes you pay (unless you want a throttled service).
• This is awesome! With all their extra clothing compared with the boys, they look like Ninjas!
• Is there a Mycroft character on Elementary? Because the next logical question after Holmes and Watson is who does the best Mycroft. Not yet, but that seems like fertile ground to explore in S2.
• I'd like to add that having read a transcript of Apple's Senate dog and pony show, I think this exchange kind of sums up the proceedings:
Levin: The result of continuing that in 2008 is that most of your profits are stored in Ireland and are not taxed. Oppenheimer: People love the iPhone and iPad around the world. Levin: That's not the question, people love it everywhere.
• And a quick reminder about the "cloud-to-butt" chrome extension.
• el io: Newer DECT cordless phones and baby monitors won't interfere with wi-fi. Get rid of your 2.4GHz cordless phone if you can afford to! If not for yourself, for your neighbours.
• Consoles just don't have the allure they used to have and I think Steam is one of the major reasons why. There's just so many amazing games - AAA, indie, innovative, retro, weird - on the pc that consoles can't pull off, especially indie games.
• I would very much like to get nekkid and roll around on the lawn with the puppy, the chihuahua and the kittens. SO FUZZY!
• jess: "Sweet, you can finally customize your Call of Duty character to make it more of an extension of your real life self and improve immersion. ... unless you're a woman, in which case ew gross no virtual girls allowed!" What's even more messed up is that CoD made a DOG available, before any women. And in the presentation they talk about the dog in CoD is one you can care about and emotionally connect with. Cause you can't do that with a soldier who's a woman, I guess.
• the speed at which Sherlock is produced has nothing to do with whether or not Elementary thrives, and everything to do with the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are kinda busy guys just now. And the fact that British shows are rarely produced at the same rate as they are in other nations. 3 episodes? That's a season! Or maybe shy of half, in the case of Downton Abbey, which in 4 seasons will be one episode longer than the first season of Elementary. I love the British Sherlock, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, as they pair so well, and Andrew Scott plays a wickedly good Moriarty. The three work together so very well.
• [One comment deleted; let's not start off with a derail about how Occupy protests aren't as good as the Vietnam protests were? ]
• Is this in a cuddle attack or a death attack? Also what are their alignments.
• In 2011, the CIA reportedly hired a doctor in Pakistan to conduct espionage while giving vaccinations to children. In response, Pakistan expelled Save the Children from the country. The New England Journal of Medicine comments on military operations masquerading as humanitarian relief.

Don't miss the audio interview on that page too.
• Clown based computing. Store it in the clown. Send in the clouds... no. wait.
• Actually, the electric company can cut your power off at any time, really, They have to send out a person to do it. It's the difference between foot-soldiers and drone strikes, in my mind.
• Joakim, the efficiency is related to enclosing space with minimal material, and leaving no gaps between shapes. There are only three regular polygons that, when tiled, completely cover a plane: triangles, squares, and hexagons. Of these three, the hexagon encloses space with the least amount of material. Thomas Hales' Honeycomb Conjecture (PDF) is a short paper that starts with a brief overview of the history of the conjecture, and is in clear enough language, before getting into the math of the theorms themselves.
• Powerful read. Thanks. Gives me a lot to think about, and small ways I can try to replicate this in my own community.
• I was sneakily watching this while at work so I may have missed a bit, but, this may be the first major gaming press conference not featuring a women where I did not feel bad about that fact. The console seem squarely marketed towards adolescent boys and bro-dudes. It isn't sexism. It is marketing to a demographic less inclusive than D&D or jock-itch.
• This apparently no longer just applies to ABC Bank! I know a winner when I hear it! "There is a technical term economists like to use for behavior like this," said Edward Kleinbard, a law professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a former staff director at the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. "Unbelievable chutzpah."
• joelhunt: "Well, it doesn't appear to work in IE8, much like The Old Reader and NewsBlur (as of today). This really blows for we poor, unfortunate souls working for organizations that don't allow us to install alternate browsers or update the existing browsers. In conclusion, nuts to you, Commafeed. We coulda had something beautiful." I could have sworn that there used to be a version of firefox that you could run off of a thumb drive without installing on your machine. I don't work for a Fortune 500 company anymore, so that's no longer a problem for me. You might want to look into that to see if it still exists. (I'm not responsible for your boss or IT department freaking out.)
• I hope you're right. What I'm imagining is more of the same obstructionist evil that the mortgage companies do right now. (We foreclosed and evicted the wrong family? Not our problem!) I have no data to back this up, but it feels like the physical distance between consumer and provider is directly proportionate to the amount of Fuck You that the provider feels comfortable meting out, complete with the local sheriffs backing up the company and not the consumer.
• Yeah living in a 9-unit building I have to say that 20-somethings three apartments away are far worse than even an army of small children directly overhead.
• That chihuahua is, in his own mind, a dog superhero. Well, probably the kittens too. It's funny watching alpha male coming out in such a small dog but he backed it up, at least as far as the puppy was concerned. And the cuteness was off the charts, 2 thumbs up.
• Well, it doesn't appear to work in IE8, much like The Old Reader and NewsBlur (as of today). This really blows for we poor, unfortunate souls working for organizations that don't allow us to install alternate browsers or update the existing browsers. In conclusion, nuts to you, Commafeed. We coulda had something beautiful.
• It is different, or this post would have included those others you left un-named. Every other multinational corporation that uses a series of entities split across "location of incorporation" and "location of revenue" to avoid taxation otherwise owed. You can start with the usual suspects.
• The only way I could fall asleep was to imagine them all dying of Ebola. When Stompy McTweaker decides to drag all his furniture around or indulge in his hammer fetish or stand nude on the fire escape screaming obscenities at 3am on a tuesday, I like to read wiki articles about medieval torture methods and smile blissfully imagining his prolonged agonizing death at the hands of grim fanatics. The screamy pterodactyl creatures from Pitch Black also play a big part in these giddy musings.
• For my money, I can perceive (mainly auditory) right now being in the presence of electromagnetic fields. A nearby CRT TV turned on and muted is just intolerable. That's fine and normal. From what I understand, it's the c.10kHz whine of the flyback transformer.
• seriously guys i had to get a prescription ointment for my eyes
• Ronnie, Bobby, Rickey, Mike, and Ralph.
• Which is a nice contrast to the BBC Sherlock, where Watson, after a decent start in the pilot, is reduced to trailing around after Sherlock uselessly. Which reminds me of the ever-awesome Hark A Vagrant's take on Watson. Regarding the inhuman aspect -- the original Sherlock Holmes wasn't ever particularly consistent in his portrayal, but the perfect-crime-solver idea is a creation of less-creative mid-century writers. More often than not, Doyle's Sherlock Holmes was portrayed as a pretty messed up guy who was extremely smart but also a victim of his own abilities. To a certain extent, Moriarty is the inhuman, extremely smart and one-step-ahead-of-the-game that Holmes is not; Holmes is more human, and as such succeeds. House MD picked up on that an ran that to the nth degree; Elementary does well at following that line of thinking, if it does fall too much into the standard-police-procedural format too often. I, too, like that the Watson and Holmes of Elementary can be of different genders, but act like two non-sexualized normal people toward each other.
• We know things are slightly different; whassername the trainee FBI agent already noticed The Wound Man and figured things out before Hannibal got her.
• I've enjoyed Elementary far more than Sherlock, warts and all. Sherlock has a lot going for it except for the fact that it isn't much fun, and there's a lot there that just keeps my eyes rolling. To be fair, I never watched series 2 of it because the third episode in series 3 was so damn dire, but I never felt like I was missing anything as a result.
• Here's Dealbreaker's take on the matter, interesting as always.
• Basically any big-name title is sold as a download on release day, side-by-side with its release on physical media. AAA titles are about to get much much much more data-intensive thanks to the Blu-Ray media, though. A PS3 game will take two or three times as long to download as the XBox version of the same game - now imagine how monstrous they'll be when the developers didn't have to make it possible for the assets to fit on a DVD.
• "It was very nearly a public service, and its going to be frustrating trying to downsize expectations for such a core web service to what a startup -- even a subscription-backed one -- can accomplish." In my socialist fantasy for America, the government runs a simple RSS aggregator as a public service.
• That most of the guys who run offshore domiciled hedge funds out of london only pay income taxes on the money they choose to repatriate into the UK? I'm talking about individuals, not corporations.
• It's that he apparently hasn't taught them to be respectful of the fact that they share a building with other people. You chose to live in high population density. The sounds of juvenile humans are part of that.
• Yo if you have a few bucks to spare please hit that donate button for the developer and throw a few bones their way.
• That said, some of the most adorable kitten videos I have seen involve small kittens interacting with very large and very patient dogs of breeds like German Sheperds and Dobermans, so I know what you say can be true. But then again, in my experience, an unfamilar cat outside is not at all the same as a familiar cat inside for most dogs.
• On the other hand, as US citizens abroad have to pay US income taxes on untaxed or undertaxed income. nitpick: they have to pay tax on their income, as does Apple. its not Apple, the US company, making the money; its a foreign corp owned by Apple. 99% of the time the same rules apply to both individuals and corps; people in business for themselves (as opposed to, say, a w2 employee) are better situated to take advantage of the code.
• Yeah, yeah, laugh it up, fuzzball. #32 for F. C. Spek en Bonen. Not bad as a first timer more often than not forgetting to change his team in the first weeks...
• Hmm. Google Reader has a function where nothing gets displayed in the left nav bar unless it's got updated items... I find it too overwhelming to have to scroll through my whole list of subscriptions to find what's got a (#) next to it. Can't figure out how to do it here. Has anyone else found a way?
• Too easy to hurt such small kittens accidentally when overenthusiastically play-fighting. And kittens do not know the rules of Puppy Fighting - the pertinent one here being When the other guy or gal bites too hard, turn your back on him or her and look up and away and he or she will stop. Usually. No cat ever looks away from a dog unless and until it turns and runs.
• SysRq, looking at it on the lady's hand, that ring looks it has about the same band diameter as my wedding ring, with a lower profile (mine is definitely taller than that on the display side) and I've worn mine 24-7 (apart from when I need to dismantle a chicken or clean the toilet) for more than 10 years. It's all in what you're used to.
• That's a funny way to spell Colecovision. one time during the warring states period i had this nifty abacus
• No, I think wgp means that we don't see the mistakes because the mistakes don't lead to successful reproduction? maybe?
• You may scoff, but the dangers of wifi are all too real! (SLDWYT)
• The behavior of US armed forces in combat is actually far worse than the case of DNA testing. Additionally, the United States has been systematically executing first responders after drone strikes:
Further, those interviewed stated that the fear of strikes undermines people's sense of safety to such an extent that it has at times affected their willingness to engage in a wide variety of activities, including social gatherings, educational and economic opportunities, funerals, and that fear has also undermined general community trust. In addition, the US practice of striking one area multiple times, and its record of killing first responders, makes both community members and humanitarian workers afraid to assist injured victims.
Coincidentally, it's another Terror Tuesday, so at some point today Obama will probably be deciding who to execute without trial this week.
• I love this. I wonder if she is currently crafting wedding dress featuring electro-conductive thread and some kind of light display that responds to music.
• Sounds like they've 100% killed used games with this system. I wonder what's going to happen to your games 10 years down the line when they want to turn the DRM servers off. Well, I don't really wonder, I can pretty much figure this one out.
• Deciding Gaffigan's a jerk or a bad parent because he's doing material that makes him sound like a jerk or a bad parent is maybe not the best approach to ferreting out the truth, basically. 'struth. If people actually took at face value a lot of what Louis CK has said about his kids and parenting over the years, the kids would've long since been taken away by child protective services. But all reports from people who actually know him indicate that he is in fact a devoted and loving father.
• Five children under 8 named Marre, Katie, Jack, Michael, and Patrick. Gaffigan has stated on stage that he is a Catholic. Marky, Ricky, Danny, Terry, Mikey, Davey, Timmy, Tommy, Joey, Robby, Johnny and Brian.
• [If you could make an effort to not make this into a "hey guys let's all fight about terrible abortion legislation" it would be a kindness to the original post which is not about that.]
• Some of the stuff seemed really nice, the instant switching between Games and TV(from the HDMI in) as well as the recording feature which I loved in Black OPs and Halo 3 Sad they're still charging for Xbox live though and features I'll never use
• Yeah the interface is just one piece, the other is the backend. I'm finding with various RSS services that none compare with Google - slow feed updates, feeds that don't update at all, feeds that miss 50% of the posts, etc..
• If I owned that little dog, I would outfit it with accessories to make it as bad-ass in appearance as it is when it is protecting kittens.
• Yeah, it is terrible to be a human forced to live on the same planet as these other humans.
• I'm kind of surprised that this is eliciting anger. What are you angry about? These people have anxiety issues that are causing real physical symptoms. This. I have started staying out of these threads because the point-and-laugh crowd isn't anything I respect. And I don't like Smart Meters because I think when someone is turning off the electricity in the winter for a family with 3 young children, they should have to do it to the family's face instead of from a cozy office hundreds of miles away. Of course, just to put things in perspective, I have a lot of sympathy for the anti-flouride people. I drink tap water for all my water needs, because I think getting safe drinking water out of the tap is about the coolest thing EVAR!! But I find the whole process for the approval of adding a chemical to have been highly suspect, and the fact that we deliberately add more than the recommended safe consumption amount in other first world countries is really weird. (Does anyone know what the health effects have been in Finland since it was discontinued?) The people who feel that questioning this amounts to tin-foil hattery... well, I just don't get that, either. fwiw, many MANY people refuse to have microwaves, cordless phones, or other wireless things. Just because you spend time with other people who spend an inordinate amount of time around technology doesn't mean everyone does.
• The laws exist they way they do because the corporations are able to buy the laws they want. No, they most adamantly do not have the laws they want, what they want is to be able to bring those "Irish" profits, taxed at 2%, back into the US without paying the remainder that the US gov wants. They ask for these tax holidays regularly, with little success so far.
• Xbox Live TV will only be avaliible in America at launch
• For the real football experience you need the non-league pyramid. Previously.
• I know that family size is deeply personal, and having a child isn't like buying something, but five children in the US today is, for many, a huge luxury. It often means you have money (and maybe more important) time. This is ridiculous. My parents had five kids and we were shit poor, it's a personal choice whether you have money or not. And I have "often" seen large families of a variety of income levels, for many different reasons. I thought the stereotype about poor people was that they were horrible baby-shitting idiots, not that they were too broke and unfortunate to have more than one kid? Now we're righteously angry at middle-class people for their baby rabies, too? (Jk, I guess I knew that already.) I've lived in apartments for a significant portion of my life now and I am continually amazed by how bitchy people get about having to coexist. Chill out.
• These things seem to be turning into arbitrarily incompatible computers... Completely closed, too.
• Yeah, the only thing that I didn't like about the Smart Meter thing in BC is that Hydro was basically getting customers to pay for an upgrade that would primarily save Hydro money ostensibly under the guise of "Green"; Customers could actively consume less energy but the main cost/benefit would be no longer requiring metre readers to come out and track consumption.
• Pallas cats are nature's most majestic dorks.
• Am running this (CommaFeed) in side-by-side tabs with Google Reader, just to compare. First load worked great, and I like the interface. After a few minutes I reloaded both, though, and Google Reader has 10 new items and CommaFeed has none. What accounts for that lag?
• I've read the original sixty stories repeatedly (some of them dozens of times) and I just do not recognize the literary Holmes and Watson she is talking about. I watched half a dozen episodes of Elementary, and then stopped, because for me what makes Holmes interesting (and vital, and fun to watch) is that he is inhuman. Inhuman in his abilities and inhuman in his desires. Elementary's angle is to humanize him via character flaws, and that just isn't appealing to me. I love the relationship between Holmes and Watson because Holmes loves Watson but doesn't need him, and Watson loves Holmes but isn't capable of understanding him. That dynamic is just endlessly fascinating, even through dozens of short stories where the plots got thinner and thinner. The British Sherlock TV show edges in the same dangerous (dangerously boring, to me) territory with humanizing Holmes, but they haven't go nearly as far (yet) and Cumberbatch has a natural gift for playing the not-quite-human. Still, the more adaptations of Holmes exist, the better.
• "Sharp corners and clean lines make for a sleek, modern console that complements any decor." Uh, what? HDTVs, blu-ray players, and sound systems all seem to have rounded corners and lines. This line sounds like even an Ad-Exec had to take a stiff shot of scotch to ease the pain. The curves and rounded ends of appliances are stylistic choices that go in and out of style, what looks hip today can look outdated in a few years. However, hard right angles are forever.
• I think it was in longtime CIA operative Robert Baer's autobiography that I picked up the idea that it was flatly illegal for actual CIA personnel to pose as clergy, journalists or aid workers. I could be mistaken on that, 'cause I'm operating on memory early in the morning, but I remember that being a thing. Guess the same rules don't apply when it's the people the CIA is trying to work through.
• "Xbox One"? Seriously? It's not quite as bad as Wii U (the console that most people think is a tablet peripheral for the original Wii), but it's not good.
• "Apple fanboy" Is there a flag for egregious misspelling? When snidely dismissing anyone who disagrees with you, I though everyone knew it was supposed to be spelled "fanboi."
• For those of us who do have a lot of access to servers, is there a good replacement I can host myself? If you're a comfy linux admin, Newsblur's entire codebase is on github under the liberally open MIT licence. Combination python, postgresql and mongodb (nosql), and you can obviously update your feeds as often as you like. Alternatively, if you fancy something a little more LAMPy, there's tt-rss which is php based and a bit more clean/plain in looks, and under the GPL.
• How do you convince somebody who is frightened of ghosts that they shouldn't be frightened of ghosts? You reveal that it was actually Old Man Parsons all along, of course.
• Yeah, warning, this story has no redemptive angle whatsoever. The trope that is trotted out here - I had a hard life, but I will redeem myself by committing a pure act of religious violence - to me is both objectionable and disgusting. The lowest possible form of spiritual manifestation. I wish, for my own sake, that there was in-depth media coverage of Islam beyond the lunatics that follow it. This, by the way, is what Jihad Jane sounds like. I guess I'll keep most of my thoughts to myself, but let's just say the jump from crystal meth and crack to shedding blood in the name of Allah didn't seem to go too smoothly for this person. Perhaps there is some profound insight to be made here about the roots of home-grown terrorism. Not so much inspired ideology as say, preying on the mentally unstable and vulnerable. But perhaps not.
• No, the One is just kind of fine-tuned to annoy people who like to play video games other than EA Sports titles, Halo and Call of Duty. Daniel Hardcastle, noted UK gaming personality, tweeted earlier: "It is no longer a games console, this IS A FRAT CONSOLE!"
• MuppetNavy: "I Googled it" IRONY
• The Kinect requirement kills it for me. First, we have a tiny living room. I mean tiny. There is no way to put the Kinect to actually be able to use it as required. Second, I'm disabled. Even if we had a bigger living room, I couldn't stand long enough to use the Kinect. I'm surely not the only one out there this will affect. Also, I cannot use my arms, waving them in the air, for long periods of time. Again, it comes back to my disability. I tried to play one of the few games that works for the disabled on the Kinect and my arms cannot handle it. We'll have to buy a 360 to put up for when this one dies. We have way too many games and I use it for other things all the time. Friggin' Microsoft.
• Want: less fratboy dudebro shit like COD, less social crap that nobody wants, Y'all you don't get it. Without getting their trolling fix on xbox some of my mates wouldn't be tolerable at all, Microsoft are providing a valuable service. Bit like what facebook does for the net.
• I've witnessed both abortion and miscarriage firsthand more often than I'm comfortable thinking about. But now imagine if, every time a woman had a miscarriage, she had to report it to the police within 24 hours or potentially face Class 1 Misdemeanor charges. That's the "pro-life" view of how to address these kinds of personal tragedies. As if people don't already suffer enough shame and grief in their personal lives.
• Rorschach's Journal: May 21st, 2013. Tonight, a comedian killed in New York.
• And I mention race because I know damn well that the well-heeled white community will get their mistaken power cut-off fixed in an hour, and the dirt poor will wait days. That's class, not race. Just wanted to point that out. Carry on.
• See, I'm willing to pay \$60/year for xbox gold because I'm a sucker. But I won't pay \$100/month for a cable subscription. So that "Xbox, watch tv!" stuff? Worthless. Popups about my fantasy basketball rankings while I'm watching ESPN? Worthless. The other thing that struck me during the press conference is that they keep mentioning a way to make TV more interactive. We have that already. It's called VIDEO GAMES.
• He was good in the Law & Order episode where he played a dad (with a recently murdered wife) of a bunch of cute kids trying to land a reality tv series. Not a fan of his comedy, tho.
• (I'd make fun of the name but after the Wii, you'd literally have to name your console "PoopyPoop 2000" to take the Bad Name prize.)
• Sheesh, why aren't we taking care of 87 year old homeless people in this country?
• We speak of video games as each being "an Intellectual Property" now? What used to be called a game franchise is now an IP; so Assassin's Creed 2: Brotherhood: Revengence is a game, but Assassin's Creed as a whole is the IP. Because no longer can anybody make just one game, they have to invest in a whole series of them. Basically, eight new IPs promises eight games that are allegedly not sequels or prequels or spinoffs.
• Why should the US get any? What did they do to earn their share? They allowed Apple to have overseas subsidiaries, and they allowed Apple to transfer goods and IP to those subsidiaries without recognizing that as a taxable transaction.
• When rich companies avoid taxes, that's just doing business? Again, we're talking about money made on goods sold outside the US to people outside the US. And so far no one has claimed Apple has done anything illegal? When you filed your taxes last did you throw a couple extra thousand in there for kicks? Why should Apple? It has nothing to do with avoiding taxes and everything to do with paying what you owe. Again, don't like the laws, change them, but don't scapegoat one company for being successful. US Citizens must pay income tax on foreign income, even if that money is not returned to the US, and even if the person is a fulltime resident for another country. That's right, if you live in France and work in France, and you're a US citizen, you are responsible for paying income tax to the US if the US thinks that you didn't pay France enough. Above a fairly large number. I know quite a few professionals that have worked abroad and not one made enough to have to pay US taxes as well.
• Well, they made it onto the front-page of Metafilter for less outlay then the usual sponsors do, so looks like they won this one. Well, let's say they pay one guy for a year. That's shy of 2k or about the number of hits this post will generate. That's \$1 a click. That's a failure in my mind. And sounds like they are paying more than one guy.
• Yep. The remaining polio-endemic countries are Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, none of whom are big fans of Western (and especially American) interference in their countries' affairs. All have had polio eradication campaigns disrupted or suspended due to public mistrust, with religious leaders warning their communities that the campaign is actually a plot to either sterilise or transmit AIDS to the population. Meanwhile, people in those countries are being crippled or killed by a preventable disease, and the risk of the disease spreading back out to the (increasingly unprotected) wider world climbs ever-higher. These populations' mistrust of the vaccination campaigns is the biggest obstacle to finally eradicating one of the most horrifying diseases on the planet, protecting literally billions of people from its effects. Years of careful effort has been spent trying to defray these fears, with genuine progress being made, and then the CIA decided to prove them right. We'll have to see how it plays out, but in all likelihood whoever gave that order and whoever knowingly followed it will have the permanent disabling or deaths of millions of people on their hands. It almost makes me want to believe in hell. In happier news: India -- which not too long ago had the highest rate of transmission in the world, and was one of the four remaining countries with endemic transmission -- has now been free from polio for two years and three months (previously). And they're using the infrastructure developed for the polio eradication campaign to go after other diseases.
• Davejay: Did see seek legal action as a result? How badly was she financially impacted?
• Imagine just how hard everyone else can fuck with the person who's playing by shouting random commands (or just "Shutdown!") at it. I would suggest that the problem is your friends, not the console.
• Token meme. Have you seen this cat?
• IPs What the hell is an "IP" anyways? And if it's a term that's going to make me physically ill (like Interactivtainment Productionenhancementunit or something), please don't tell me.
• We live in a fifth-floor walkup with one kid, and rarely use the stroller (he's small enough that the Ergo is still convenient enough for most things). It wouldn't be the end of the world, though, schlepping it up here. You get used to it. And it's possible there's stroller parking in the lobby of their building.
• Why should they or Apple? Hey, conglomerates gotta conglomerate. I mean, GE made light bulbs and mini-guns. And Samsung does dip it's fingers in life insurance, ship building, skyscraper construction, and self-propelled artillery. Home video game consoles would actually be kind of safe and boring for them.
• Then, instead of giving the doctor who helped us get Bin Laden part of the \$50M reward, we let him get arrested by the Pakistanis, and he's now rotting in one of their prisons (as far as I know).
• When rich people avoid taxes, it is an outrage. When rich companies avoid taxes, that's just doing business?
• cjorgensen: I had meant to link that as well, so thanks. (I had mistakenly thought it was included in the Slate link, but I was mistaken)
• Let's see ... 500GB hard drive that you'll have to install games to in order to play, and games on BD50 discs, means you'll get to install as few as 10 games.
• In the interview he said his wife wanted to have kids, so they had kids. World killing bastard.
• aramaic:
I'm really really starting to get tired of My Butt.
Just popping in to say that your comment alerted me to the fact that I still had the "the cloud ---> my butt" extension installed. Thanks.
• Wi-flo? Flo-fi?
• I'm really really starting to get tired of The Cloud. Your butt looks fine to me. Maybe just try some better-fitting pants?
• leahwrenn, my wife had a late miscarriage. My comment was an observation from personal experience which did not cast judgement against anyone. I would not judge anyone who had miscarried and didn't want to talk about it afterward, or who had an abortion.
• Brave Chihuahua protects Kittens from Evil Puppy. [slyt | cute]
• Wow, it's not really very compelling. They took out some of the only compelling advantages a console has over a PC, like the ability to carry games over to a friend's house or rent them, and didn't replace them with the corresponding advantages a disk-free system should have (like the ability to buy or reinstall games over the internet). Come on, Steam proves it's a viable business strategy, there is no excuse! The cloud processing thing is just a terrible idea. Latency and server load will always be a problem, but the majority of the processor load in a game is usually the physics or the graphics, where you can't have any latency at all! The only use would be in a simulation - but even SimCity didn't actually do any processing offsite, even though they claimed to (surely they would have, if it had been a good idea). The lack of backwards compatibility is disheartening. One of the best parts about computer gaming is going back to old games once the hardware has completely exceeded anything available at the time, and turning everything all the way up. It would have been nice to do that on the consoles for once. Furthermore, nobody wants to keep a dozen consoles in their living rooms. And 360s aren't exactly long lived. Oh, and did anyone actually like the Kinect? Like long term, for anything other than a gimmick?
• II have a dream that one day every dollar shall be exalted, every tax and social system shall be made low, the regulations will be made hollow, and the people will be made robots, and the glory of the Capital shall be revealed, and all corporations shall see it together.
• > > If corporations are people, why shouldn't they be treated the same way as a person with foreign income? > They are. They are legally required to pay the taxes owed. 35% to take the money home. Or they can leave it where it is (legally) and not pay until they want it back in the US. I believe that this is completely wrong. I'm a UK citizen, born in London, with a "Green Card". According to my accountant, a pretty serious guy who's been very reliable for me, because of this Green Card the United States would expect to tax me if I were working in London, for a British company. They expect to get taxed even if I earn the money in the UK and save it in a UK bank; if I don't comply, I would be guilty of tax evasion and all sorts of bad consequences could happen - for example, they could confiscate any money I had in the United States, or I could be refused entry. My wife is a US citizen and it's even worse for her. In many places in Europe (like Germany) she'd have great trouble finding a bank that would allow her to open a bank account, even if she lived there. Why? Because the US requires detailed reporting of pretty well any transaction involving a US citizen anywhere in the world, and many European banks simply don't have the manpower or the knowledge to jump through these hoops - particularly when the consequences of non-compliance could be dire. So when you make a statement like this: > Or they can leave it where it is (legally) and not pay until they want it back in the US. absent any hard evidence that this is true for US citizens, or even non-citizens with Green Cards, I have to believe you just made it up.
• Washington gets explicit: its 'war on terror' is permanent. Senior Obama officials tell the US Senate: the 'war', in limitless form, will continue for 'at least' another decade - or two.
• Google has apparently dropped Jabber support from Talk/ Hangout today.
• It totally makes sense. You play something as deceptively simple as Connect 4 and you miss easy openings. Forest for the trees and all that. These two apparently played a number of matches, but Kanye won this round.
• No, it does not. Yes, it does. The fact that it costs several days' pay to have someone tell me that line 61 on my 1040 is 0, when I've known all along that it would be 0, is an undue burden. And then you only pay to the U.S. the amount that your U.S. tax would exceed your local tax. Assuming that your home country considers exactly the same things to be taxable income. This is a big, and possibly catastrophically wrong, assumption.
• Bail is Busted - How Jail Really Works
• zabuni: The hardware is actually a bit more advanced than current PCs. The RAM is very, very fast & both the GPU and CPU have direct access to all of it. This is completely different to the architecture of modern PCs, where if you want a decent GPU, it has to have its own RAM pool, separated from the system RAM by a (relative to direct access) slow and high latency PCIexpress bus. It's likely that console games will be *much* more impressive than PC ones initially, at least until the PC world catches up. The only fly in this nirvana for the new consoles is that current PCs are pretty much "good enough" already: the curve is logarithm at this point so you spend twice the compute power (or more) for a small gain in visual fidelity. Hence it's not clear that the hardware advantage of new generation of consoles is going to matter all that much in practice.
• You're gonna need a bigger wall
• For me the key issue is that Apple (and Google, and Starbucks, and Amazon, and every other multinational company that uses complicated offshoring tax schemes) are eating their seed corn. All these big companies depend on social infrastructure (roads, postal systems, universities, public research, an educated workforce, health systems - in the EU anyway, police, courts, contact enforcement, etc) that are the result of tax. Tax paid by people and companies who don't try and freeload. Multinationals, and other tax freeloaders, are seeking to destroy the structure of democratic society for the sake of a bit of extra money. Without tax all the things that support their profits cease to exist. Off course corporate entities, not being human, are stupid, shortsighted and driven to maximise quarterly profit at the expense of long term sustainability. We are human, and we shouldn't accept it.
• \$5? Really, they only pay \$5 a day for you to walk around like an idiot? I'm not sure the bearded men they are going to get for \$5/day are the ones that they really want their ads on. Why not just pay a homeless guy to hold up a sign that says "Will work for A&W curly fries"? Incidentally, this "article" and its "buzz" are the actual ads. No one will actually walk around with an ad in their beard.
• There are people who don't use LiveJournal as their RSS reader? wtf?
• Let me understand: Parkour = fewer opportunities to take one in the nards = douchey? Definition: take one in the nards: Skateboard, railing slide, mishap, mashed nards.
• Parkour is douchy. There's no shame in thinking that, or stating it. So I'm not crazy! About, y'know, that...
• what do you use, DU?
• You guys have it all wrong, it's the flouride, wifi, and chemicals in the vaccinations.
• These things seem to be turning into arbitrarily incompatible computers... There's nothing arbitrary about it. Cold, deliberate planning.
• But I need that radio to listen to Rush Limbaugh! Um, no? Eveyone I know in this camp is super lefty. Berkeley, for example, has a lot of people against cell phone towers (and microwaves).
• Sony should pay people to say "XBOX SHUT DOWN" in shows and stuff. Not that we didn't joke about it at the studio, but Microsoft already have that one covered.
• Of course he knows the kittens are there, a pile of gray fuzzy kittens attracts all attention towards itself like a gray fuzzy cuddly attention magnet.
• If you've grown up in a vast concrete housing estate, where utopian architects have put ramps, benches, planters, terraces and outdoor corridors everywhere, and if you've grown up running around and playing soccer every daylit hour you're not in school because home is a cramped and shitty apartment, parkour isn't douchey.
• As an aside, women who give-up their babies in adoption also experience similar (yet subtly different) levels of grief and feelings of loss, doubt, etc. Unfortunately, most agencies don't provide counseling or support after the papers are signed. Many, not even before.
• Not sure how good he was at Scrabble. I would actually love to see people competing at things that they are not known to be good at. Kasparov vs. Karpov at backgammon would be amusing; Kasparov vs. Karpov at go or shogi would be intriguing. Yankees vs. the Orioles at soccer! Maria Sharapova vs. Serena Williams at badminton! At worst, it might be mildly amusing; at best it might be like that time five hundred years ago when two rival artists -- one sculptor and one painter -- in Firenze were feuding, and the painter maneuvered the sculptor into the awkward position of being commissioned to do a painting so as to make his own work look all the better by comparison. The painter's work in that stretch is not generally well-remembered; the sculptor's work on commission as a painter is iconic.
• My understanding is that this event focuses on the lifestyle stuff rather than games because they are planning a huge game-centric thing with a bunch of partners at E3. This is true. But inasmuch as it is, it represents a massive messaging failure on the part of their PR team. Nobody's talking about "Man, I can't wait to see all the games at E3!" - all anyone heard is "We have sports and halo TV and kinect and we don't seem to care about games."
• Not the end of the world, but if trustees are focusing time and energy on dumb stuff like this, one can only wonder what's next. A meningitis or whooping cough outbreak strikes me as a safe bet.
• When I was young, our town minister retired, and a replacement was assigned to our small local Anglican parish. The new rector was a younger man, recently ordained, who was married with five children*. So during the first few weeks after he arrived I overheard this exchange several times: "Married with five kids? Wow! The church salary isn't very much; I wonder what he does when he's not ministering?" "Oh, I think we know what he does when he's not ministering..." * The requirement that clergy be single, and abstain from sexual intercourse has not been demanded of Anglican clergy since 1559.
• I was sneakily watching this while at work so I may have missed a bit, but, this may be the first major gaming press conference not featuring a women where I did not feel bad about that fact. Two of the eight speakers were women, Nancy Tellem and Bonnie Ross.
• To be fair, I never watched series 2 of it because the third episode in series 3 was so damn dire, but I never felt like I was missing anything as a result. I presume you mean series 1 and the only think you're missing is how horribly bad the show becomes, particularly the season finale. It was nice when we got only the best of British television but now the worst is full force.
• Prior to the release of 360, there was a serious conversation among AAA studios as to the feasibility of "killing used sales." Obviously that didn't happen. It could have, and since there wasn't a real gaming alternative, it would have been a bad call but a survivable one. In the 7 years since 360 and PS3 there was this whole Android and iOS thing. And the rise of free-to-play on PC/Mac. And those things - especially the iPad and iPhone - have forever changed the landscape. No, you can't resell your games on iOS either. But they cost 1/40th the cost of a disk for the consoles. This path simply will not work for anyone other than the enfranchised bro gamer who must get the newest Madden or the newest Call of Duty. (I am saying this as the former producer behind "the most popular mode" that was eventually included in the "most popular sports game" as described in the presentation today.)
• Did anyone else notice this is written in Java?
• Felix Salmon's take: make public companies file public tax returns MacRumors' Live blog From which: - Rand Paul (R-KY) is up and saying he is "offended" by the hearing. "Tell me a politician who is up here and doesn't try to minimize his taxes... Tell me what Apple has done is illegal. I am offended by a government... that convenes a hearing to bully one of America's greatest success stories... If anyone should be on trial here, it should be Congress. I frankly think the committee should apologize to Apple." - Instead of Apple executives, we should have brought in a giant mirror. This problem is solely and completely caused by our tax code. This committee should look in the mirror. "I find it abominable." - Paul: I have a bill that would tax repatriated money at 5% and target that money to infrastructure. We need to apologize to Apple, compliment them for the job creation they're doing, and get on with our job and redo the tax code. - Senator Levin is angry and fired up: Senator Paul, you can apologize if you wish but that isn't what this hearing is about. No company should be able to determine how much tax to pay and use gimmicks to pay lower taxes in this country. This subcommittee is not going to apologize to Apple. We did not drag them, they have come here willingly. We intend to hear from them and some experts.
• Galifinakis does seem to have a knack for breaking my "love of Galifianakis" barrier. I keep thinking we've topped out, but here we go again. No snark on this situation, but Jesus Christ, could we do something so no people over 80 could ever be homeless? (I'd prefer this to be universal, but we've got to start somewhere.) On a more pleasant note, I bet drinking lemon drops with Ms. Haist would be a blast.
• I like Gaffigan a lot, but this five-kids-in-a-small-apartment thing is not at all funny because it's not very relatable. It's as unfunny as buying a house you can't afford and then building a set around, "Take my \$8,000 mortgage payments! Please!" Har har. Everyone in the audience just goes, "Don't buy a zillion-dollar house you can't afford." And they don't laugh. I know that family size is deeply personal, and having a child isn't like buying something, but five children in the US today is, for many, a huge luxury. It often means you have money (and maybe more important) time. People make the choice to not have more children all the time, even people who want more, because they evaluate whether they can fulfill the needs of the kids they have. So to then do jokes kinda complaining about your large family comes across like ... Jay Leno complaining about his huge motorcycle collection. The Weekend Edition interview made me want to roll my eyes and tell the radio to move out of the city. It's not a good set up for funny. (I think I'd like to hear Gaffigan do a zany, Cheaper-by-the-Dozen take on a large family, but that's not really how he's coming across. If you love having a big family enough to have five kids, you have to own it.) And I like Gaffigan.
• I have serious questions that I would like to pose to the cameraman, largely centering on how the hell this situation came about in the first place.
• Consoles just don't have the allure they used to have and I think Steam is one of the major reasons why. There's just so many amazing games - AAA, indie, innovative, retro, weird - on the pc that consoles can't pull off, especially indie games. I disagree. PC gaming requires time and effort, and its buggy and you need to constantly upgrade your computer and fiddle with drivers and connect your PC to a TV and gamepad. With a console you just plug in and play. And most of the great indie titles - Splunky, Minecraft, Terreria, Bastion, Torchlight - have been ported to XBox Arcade.
• "Two even asked for the experiment to be stopped early because the effects were too severe to stand." That made me pretty twitchy with rage. Yeah, the first thing I thought of when I read that was "And these people vote and raise children." This doesn't mean the people were lying, though. The nocebo effect is a real thing. They may have been actually experiencing severe negative effects.
• Platform launches are always expensive. Nintendo still has 5 billion in the bank from the Wii and DS years, and the 3DS is selling a lot of first party software. They're the oldest surviving player in the industry. I wouldn't write them off quite yet.
• I hope the writer wore pearls to the game, because they need their clutching.
• Jeez, I've never thought about the impact of bail bonds on the system. America's so-call justice system is simply criminal throughout.
• Elementary is a fun, solid procedural. It makes you respect the craft that goes into making consistently good television. Lucy Liu is great in her role, but really, the whole thing is solid. They don't hit the addiction angle too hard or too soft. My only real complaint is that Elementary's treatment of legal matters is often especially unrealistic even for television, but whatever, it's a TV show. I have no idea where Valentine got the idea that the original Sherlock is supposed to be anyone but the smartest person in the room. Strengthening Sherlock's team is a good, conscious choice of the team behind Elementary, and not some revealed truth of the source material. The BBC Sherlock is a very different beast altogether. It feels like a series of highly stylized, very Moffat-y movies. Most are excellent - a few, not so much. Compared to Elementary, it has higher highs and lower lows. Elementary is more consistent, but I don't think twice about missing an episode. ... If we have to compare, Sherlock lost me with the Chinese acrobat episode. I honestly thought they dredged up whoever wrote The Talons of Wen Chiang for Doctor Who with that one. Wasn't that the second episode? That one's a stinker for all the reasons you describe, but it gets much better after that.
• This thread is super weird.
• You scored triple, triple and then single, eh? ;-)
• Parkour is douchy. There's no shame in thinking that, or stating it.
• Christ, I read that as "Roger Penrose" and I was all, WHAT THE FUCK!!!
• Weird how pretty much every other developed country has figured out ways to take care of this that don't involve needlessly burdening those citizens who use the very least government services. Uhm - you know this isn't true right? That most of the guys who run offshore domiciled hedge funds out of london only pay income taxes on the money they choose to repatriate into the UK? That the lack of global taxation is the biggest way HNW individuals in Cont Europe avoid taxes by domiciling their assets in offshore jurisdictions? What they do that gets them in trouble is things like secretly repatriating funds. Like a debit card drawn on a Swiss Bank or something like that.
• I think he mentioned that it was designed as a token and he intended to simply take his fiancee to a jeweler and buy a regular ring later on but that she declined. It is most definitely impractical to wear in addition to being extremely impractical to manufacture.
• As long was I beat Juv3nal in the fantasy league I was happy. S/he talked some trash prior, and, well, we see how that turned out. Off topic, but Tony Pulis has gone. A true Stoke legend.
• Today is election day in Oregon, and in Portland there's a measure about fluoridating the water which is looking likely to fail because people don't like science and do like rotting teeth... BUT! that's not the most egregious anti-science thing on the ballot... There's an idiot running for Director, Zone 6 of the Portland School District whose entire platform is that WiFi is giving kids cancer and forcing them out of the 3d world into a 2d one with the Facebooks.
• I would actually love to see people competing at things that they are not known to be good at. Today's your lucky day: here's Kanye West and Beyoncé playing Connect 4.
• ubernostrum, I worked at a PP in NJ during college in the 90's. The differences are stark. There was no concern about cell phones or cameras. No metal detectors. The clinic tried to keep no one in the main waiting room for very long. There were protestors outside nearly all the time when the clinic was open, and one of my jobs was to escort people through them. But while the protestors were nasty and harassing of people who tried to come into the clinic, we honestly didn't expect them to try to force their way in. It was a very different time. MartinWisse: " I was prepared to be annoyed from the quote here, but that didn't do it justice." Agreed. This article hit me hard. Took me a long time to decide how to word the post and wish I'd been able to do a better job of describing it.
• To our real surprise, the 360 has turned out to be the primary player in our entertainment center, with the Mac Mini coming in second. We don't have cable, and use a lot of vectors to watch stuff. The Netflix and Hulu apps on the 360 just work (and Hulu even works okayish via Kinect control, though I dislike it looking at me). We probably won't buy a One, at least not until the 360 red-rings, but we'll probably buy a Two or Primo or whatever comes after this.
• It baffles me that people conflate a UK citizen living and working in the UK(*) and earning pounds, with the case of a US company based in the US with a wholly-owned subsidiary offshore. Yes, but you can give up your green card. I get why you think it isn't fair, but you get caught up in the slipstream of the US trying to make it more difficult for US citizens to evade taxation. I'm talking about individuals, not corporations. Yes. So am I.
• I liked Lucy Liu better as a head in a jar on Futurama.
• Has this been submitted to The On1on?
• Come back to where you are from, Jim. Chesterton, Indiana. We're waiting for you with open arms. You could probably get a nice 4-bedroom house for the price of the Manhattan apartment.
• What a balanced, non-judgmental take on a tough issue.
• Related post.
• Tom Noddy demonstrating with bubbles (from BBC's The Code, ep 2)
• I also love that we are not pretending that dabbling with drug addiction is fun and that we are acknowledging that recovering from addiction is hard work. I love that Ms. Hudson is trans* and no one gives a fuck. I love that Watson calls Sherlock on his shit, using words like misogyny and privilege on national television (words that I will note are frequently controversial right here on this webpage). I love even more that Sherlock listens to Watson and actually admits when he has fucked up, instead of screaming "What about the men?". I love that Joan is now solving cases and doing it well and that Sherlock appreciates that and isn't threatened by it. It would sure be interesting if, when someone is writing the history of 2010s television, Elementary stands out as a towering example of "progressive" programming. Or if in twenty years someone living in more conservative circumstances will be as astonished by it as I was by watching a videotape of Laugh-In in the late nineties, simply because it had never occurred to me that mainstream television would be allowed to articulate those critiques.
• What I really need isn't for someone to mimic Reader's front end, but its back end. The great thing about the Google dominance right now is that every RSS reader out there on every platform supports that one service. You can choose apps that render the content differently, but it's trivial to switch between them because your feed list's API is available to all. I don't need one solution for RSS consumption in my desktop web browser, I need one solution for RSS delivery to multiple programs across platforms. Blargh.
• For those interested, I cannot recommend Among the Thugs by Bill Buford enough. Fantastic book about hooliganism in the 80s.
• Although they gave away the twist as soon as they announced the casting of Natalie Dormer.
• > Otherwise you'd have every loan sharking motherfucker eager to collect 10% on their loans. Surely if the barriers to entry were lowered there might actually be competition amongst bail bond providers that reduced rates?
• why are ambient AM radio waves not harmful, but WiFi is harmful? Because AM radio reminds me of my youth, and WiFi makes me think of the local teens, who scare me. I'm frightened of what I don't understand.
• Is VA trying that again? If I'm remembering right, the first time it was pulled from consideration after a lot of women sent in bloody (I'm assuming fake blood) pads and tampons.
• Given that US-based corporations are currently hiding around \$2 Trillion of dollars in "overseas" accounts and refusing to pay tax on them, when in reality much of that cash is actually deposited in US banks I don't think this is true. That would be a violation of the tax laws. Can you point me to a source for this? from the nytimes article:
Atop Apple's offshore network is a subsidiary named Apple Operations International, which is incorporated in Ireland — where Apple had negotiated a special corporate tax rate of 2 percent or less in recent years — but keeps its bank accounts and records in the United States and holds board meetings in California.
• sodium lights the horizon: "I always wondered if there's a point when company accountants look at their schemes and think "maybe we're taking the piss now"." Given that US-based corporations are currently hiding around \$2 Trillion of dollars in "overseas" accounts and refusing to pay tax on them, when in reality much of that cash is actually deposited in US banks, I'd say "no". They're just playing a waiting game, figuring that eventually they can bribe enough US pols to declare another "tax holiday" and repatriate the money. It's basically a Capital Strike, as envisaged by in Atlas Shrugged only without any of the overt sadomasochism. I do actually feel sorry for Ireland. In a single generation it's gone from a poor, plucky contender with a reputation for domestic graft but international respectability into a kind of sketchy tax pirate like a Caribbean tax tax sinkhole metastasized, lurking on the periphery of Europe that can easily launder vast sums of corporate or mob monies. It's rapidly exhausting any reservoirs of goodwill it still had with the current political heavyweights of Europe, and it's even managing to increasingly piss off the UK. Ireland's political class is now bifurcating into a nationalist fixer faction now devoted to servicing the laundering schemes of transnational entities, and a professionalist Europhile faction that finds itself trying to work out EU harmonisation while being called on to facilitate the graft schemes back home through preferential treaty knobbling. A generation ago Ireland's EU bureaucrats were being exhorted to secure and defend Ireland's "special" character through secret EU treaty clauses (such as a ban against travel for abortions). Now it's basically been re-focussed on maintaining the lax tax provisions against EU harmonisation.
• I have started staying out of these threads because the point-and-laugh crowd isn't anything I respect. People in this thread have been pointing and laughing at me, and I'm not even anti-WiFi! Maybe that's the problem - the people with the correct information at their fingertips are too arrogant and self-absorbed to be trusted, and the anti-WiFi crowd isn't really anti-WiFi or anti-science at all. Rather, they're anti-elitist and anti-technocracy. I'm starting to see what gets them motivated. So keep sneering away. Unless you're sneering because you don't have the ability to explain the science yourself. Pathetic, really.
• The Khaju bridge would be a fun spot for Parkour (if you could avoid getting arrested).
• Yes. So am I. Then surely you know that if you put income into your pocket while you're a resident of Country X, Country X will get its cut, right? That's like saying that people who live in Toronto and get income from an offshore-domiciled hedge fund won't have to pay Canadian income taxes on it. It's demonstrably untrue.
• The US tax laws about personal income earned overseas are just inane. When I was considering a job overseas, and encountered that uniquely US twist to the tax code, I next looked up what it would take to change citizenship. Not only are US taxes ridiculously ovecomplicated, you can't avoid that tax code. Clearly the US tax laws on corporate income earned abroad are similarly inane? I'm not sure, honestly. Apple keeps its piles of cash overseas, out of investors hands, and not invested in US buildings, wages, or billion dollar Tumblr acquisitions. But is that so bad? They're not building factories overseas instead of in the US because their pile of good is 35% larger in Ireland than it is in the US. So are un-repatriated profits a huge loss to the US? And if they're not a loss to the US, why not just keep the current situation? And that's why Apple is the wrong company to put as the face of this issue, if you want the tax code to change. Apple has so much money that they can't wisely reinvest it, and they are still able to provide investors a large dividend. It's a crazy situation, but there's no obvious loss to anyone in the US right now. While Apple was the perfect face of mistreated tech assembly workers, which was an industrial problem that needed a personified villian, Apple is a much less convincing reason to change tax code. They need someone who is actually hampered by having piles of profits in other countries, or whose corporate personality exudes unattractive greed to the majority of people.
• Hmm. Three hours later, it has updated one item in one feed.
• However, Activision is calling Call of Duty: XTreme Jumping Edition a "new franchise" because it's not Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, so they may in fact be lying.
• Microsoft/Amazon/etc going into Thunderdome with Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, and slaughtering each other. Hmmmmmmmmmmm... no, not today. Jet Set Radio, Shenmue, Chu Chu Rocket, Soul Calibur, Skies of Arcadia, Space Channel 5, Ecco the Dolphin, Samba de Amigo, Rez, Seaman I own seven of these ten. Wouldn't trade or sell them for anything. Long live the Dreamcast! can'twejustgetbeyondthunderdome?!
• I enjoy Elementary but I liked Lucy Liu better on Southland.
• My parents were awesome, they never had kids.
• "or: three strikes, I didn't realize this was baseball." Just a friendly game.
• It's striking how different the kittens' personalities are. At least one is clearly very timid, at least one is clearly super-bold, etc.
• I went with two friends on two separate occasions as each of them had an abortion. It was, in a couple of words, pretty awful for each friend. They went through an uncomfortable-making medical procedure and there was this weird aura of shame hanging over the proceedings, especially as each friend was trying to keep her abortion a secret. The staff at each place was perfunctory at best, not comforting at all as each friend came up groggily out of the "twilight sleep." The most uncanny part of the second friend's abortion was that it was conducted at a facility that also seemed to be an elder care home, so there were all these senior citizens in the halls in their wheelchairs and walkers while young fetuses were being scurried away in little silver chalices. I am glad I was there for my friends and I hope it helped them.
• The best bit of the article: At St. James' Park, the Newcastle stadium, the menu in the away-fans' snack area consisted of one type of entree — meat pies in various flavors — and eight types of alcoholic beverage. "Three-course meal: 7.80 pounds!" advertised a sign. Course one: meat pie. Course two: flavored vodka drink. Course three: Twix bar. I spend my weekends on the sofa, watching BPL games. I've only been to a Crystal Palace game, which sort of counts. Come on, Palace!
• Fortunately, our downstairs neighbor is also a crazy cat lady, and the sound of thundering little cat feet makes her happy. My late cat made so much noise when he ran back and forth that one set of downstairs neighbors actually thought I had a monkey. And I think the fact that his kids are all still under the age of 10 and still all in the same bedroom is going to be a rather temporary situation - at least I hope so. 5 kids growing into their teens and still sharing a room would be creepy.
• Firs: I know nothing whatsoever about any of this tech stuff. I had used google...I now use NewsBlur and Feedly--and will add the one here being discussed. In my know nothing life I figure more will be better because more chances of getting what I want.
• This was a hilarious article.
• Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracy Theories They found, perhaps surprisingly, that believers are more likely to be cynical about the world in general and politics in particular. Conspiracy theories also seem to be more compelling to those with low self-worth, especially with regard to their sense of agency in the world at large. Conspiracy theories appear to be a way of reacting to uncertainty and powerlessness.
• Not least because who is going to see an ad on the body of a murdered wife when she's been locked away in a secret room? Let's think about available footfall here, people.
• I wasn't that interested in Elementary, mostly because I was worried that they'd play Liu as a love interest. I'm more interested now that I've learned that she's not, because a woman of color as a main character in a Holmes tale sounds pretty good to me right now, as I thought that the first season of Sherlock was racist/misogynist as fuck.
• There have been a few glitches with smartmeters here in BC since they were rolled out (and, as mentioned, opposition from the anti-WiFi crowd), but nothing major. I think the idea that smartmeters are somehow connected to turning your power off is a total red herring. The biggest issue I have with them in British Columbia is the cost - something like C\$300 million to install in a province of 4 million people. The installation costs are of course passed on to the consumer, and if they are not passed directly on to the consumer they are passed on to the taxpayer, since BC Hydro is a Crown corporation.
• So a cheatsheet would be handy. For example, using the (questionable) logic of the anti-WiFi crowd, why are ambient AM radio waves not harmful, but WiFi is harmful? What about asking them if they own a cordless phone, microwave oven, and/or baby monitor? It might convince them; it might score you a free cordless phone, microwave, and/or baby monitor. Either way is a win.
• I'd settle for Moffat singing "iron Man." That would make up for a lot.
• I knew if I just kept scrolling down there would be a cure for the harrowing (but beautiful) post above. Thank you Metafilter.
• Galifianakis is such a dreamboat!
• Even as a child I didn't like children. How do people not learn their lesson after the first one? posted by ishrinkmajeans at 5:30 PM on May 21 [+] [!] The lesson being ... that you don't like children? I can't imagine how people keep failing to learn that.
• I thought they were going to call it XBox backside 540 stalefish. Bro. Brah.
• I wrote a short story about fusing dynamic advertising displays into eyelids so that we'd have a new ad every time we blinked. It's coming true.
• Wouldn't mind but they can't spell occurred, really?
• Well, if wifi isn't harmless, then the '1st world' is pretty screwed, as wifi is darn near *everywhere*. I must admit I've treated anecdotal evidence of people's adverse reaction to wifi as complete woo. But when I read about a 9th grade science experiment, my first thought was why haven't the adults already done this sort of testing?. (their assertions that wifi is the same as cellular signals didn't gel with me, and I had to assume when they say 'routers' in that article, they really mean 'wifi hotspots'). I prefer physical ethernet because I don't have to worry about interference from random devices (I'm looking at *you*, microwave and cordless phone).
• I was sneakily watching this while at work so I may have missed a bit, but, this may be the first major gaming press conference not featuring a women where I did not feel bad about that fact. There were a couple of women executives that introduced the Halo TV show thingy.
• That Modern Comedian interview is great, The World Famous; thanks for posting.
• My beard costs \$500 a day. LET'S TALK
• JackFlash: "One option would be to eliminate the corporate income tax entirely and replace it with a higher tax on dividends and capital gains. To be revenue neutral would require a dividend and capital gains tax rate somewhere in the mid forties. This would be more efficient and eliminate the distortions caused by the corporate income tax." Matthew Yglesais makes exactly this argument in a Slate article today; "Decide what people you want to tax—ideally rich executives and large shareholders—and then tax them. It won't make as good political theater, but it'll be simpler and fairer in the end."
• If you reside in Canada, and have income from Canada and the United States, all of that is taxable income as far as Canada is concerned. Your citizenship is irrelevant. What proportion of that income comes from Canada is irrelevant. I get that, but in many countries that isn't the rule. If you are a resident non-domiciled in London (Which every expat is) what you earn outside of the country is non-taxable and if you are not an American most countries do not tax what you have earned outside of your country of citizenship. Add on top of that relatively liberal rules about tax sheltering using offshore corps for people who are citizens..
• A man's got to have a code.
• Anyone try the Ouya yet? Not yet, but my Kickstarter-backer preordered console is due to be here in a couple of weeks. Even if it doesn't wind up being a great game machine, I'm looking forward to using it as an inexpensive little media server. (It's supposed to support XBMC out of the box.) I'm also looking forward to the 16-bit-era-console emulators. Wow--I just realized that, from Microsoft's point of view, I'm pretty much irrelevant.
• I hope the thing truly doesn't have to be "online" the whole entire time for a game to work; also, I hope the older games port over to the new console without fuss.
• There's a joke about traffic density somewhere in there Fight or Flight...
• What I liked most was that he maintained Engineering Report Boredom Maximization Style throughout this incredibly exciting project.
Ha. When I worked at my father's civil engineering firm, I noticed all the site assessments had a section with the results from the borings we drilled. Plain cover with giant block letters: BORING REPORT Cracked me up.
• Well, unlike almost every other "home-grown terrorism" plot, it seems that the crime was actually the idea of her and her collaborators, as opposed to the FBI.
• So, if your service is due to be cut off on Tuesday, May 21, it will be cut off at 900am, ... around to it (at least in my neighborhood, which is very very poor and, incidentally, nearly completely non-white). I've never dealt with a power/water shut-off from my utililty, but it is my understanding they do it on a regular known schedule. YMMV, of course, but the point is that there are logical objections to smart meters, wireless installations, cell phone towers, etc that don't rely on woo. Treating non-rational, non-scientific objections with the same respect as logical, thought out objections does a disservice to society.
• Chihuahuas are the Joe Pesci/Nicki Santoros of the dog world. They know you're bigger than they are, they just don't care. Get'em riled and they'll keep coming for you until you stop breathing or they do. Never seen more mad foolhardy hostility from a dog than from an offended Chihuahua, and I've been party to a pit bull attack. The difference between that and if we had been set on by Chihuahuas? The pits I could scare away with enough noise after they started biting my dog. Chihuahuas would have kept going until we were all done for. When they're calm, they're perfectly charming of course.
• Settings, Custom CSS: ```#feed-accordion .entry-body-content { max-width: 100%; }``` Aaaaand it's perfect. Thanks!
• Me likey. Thanks for posting. Does it work well on iOS?
• Just taking one line from the original A Scandal in Bohemia: Doyle's Sherlock meets a client:
"Pray take a seat," said Holmes. "This is my friend and colleague, Dr. Watson, who is occasionally good enough to help me in my cases. Whom have I the honour to address?"
Quite rude indeed! I have no problem with interpretations, interrogations, and character changes between adaptations. I just don't agree with the generally-accepted idea that BBC's Sherlock Holmes is very true to the original source, when to me it has always read as very true to House more than anything else.
• hate paying taxes as much as the next guy, but I live on a paved street, with street lights, and every once in a while am thankful for the things that my taxes go to. "I'm a simpleton, I've always had this feeling that... that we pay taxes and the city should do those things... " -- Steve Jobs
• well the irony is that because of how AAPL avoids taxes shareholders can't actually get it.
• agreed that just living with reasonable amounts of noise from neighbors is necessary when living in the city. and that is why I left NYC and live in the suburbs of Ohio.
• That's good to know. I wish my PS3 had something that simple but nope! It's all menu diving.
• Not even the accoutrements help me decide: I like Elementary a lot, probably more than Sherlock -- mostly I like Jonny Lee Miller's version of Twitchy Genius better than Cumberbatch's. But Sherlock has THE TEA KETTLE. GLOWY BLUE TEA KETTLE WITH GLOWY WATER! GLOWY GLOWY GLLLLOOOOOOOOWWWWY!
• Just what I want, a TV that my toddler can yell at to turn on. Greeeaaaaat. Imagine the fun of playing a game with a few people in the living room. Imagine just how hard everyone else can fuck with the person who's playing by shouting random commands (or just "Shutdown!") at it.
• I actually agree that it's more vaguely Sherlockian themed/homage than a close adaptation, but it is very good, though it started off somewhat rockily. (And the post Superbowl episode was . . . odd.) It does have some issues with being a procedural, which are unlikely to be totally resolved, but on the other hand sometimes it's fun to just watch a procedural instead of something with a season or multi-season long arc and mythos that wasn't ever thought out properly. Watson is, on the show, closely held, but I don't mind that in a character; there are people like that -- women like that, even -- in real life. And I like that there seems to be a deep commitment to inclusion in both the casting and the plotting. It's been fascinating to watch responses to it online, as person after person in sff or intersectional feminism communities started to write about how much fun they were having with it. I enjoyed only the very first episode of Sherlock.
• Meh. It's all been downhill since the Dreamcast died.
• Well, they made it onto the front-page of Metafilter for less outlay then the usual sponsors do, so looks like they won this one.
• Which Corporation should I trust!?
• EVERYONE STOP DISLIKING THINGS THAT I LIKE NO MORE LIKING THINGS I DISLIKE thank you for your prompt attention to these matters
• If nothing else, the article's author hit the awesome name jackpot. I'm so jealous! Seriously! Genevieve Valentine. Does she own her own spaceship?
• But I need that radio to listen to Rush Limbaugh! Um, no? Eveyone I know in this camp is super lefty. Berkeley, for example, has a lot of people against cell phone towers (and microwaves). But I need that radio to listen to Pacifica!
• You don't eat hot pockets. You lob them at your enemies or fall on them to protect your brothers and sisters in arms. This will show up in book seven, but it's the real story behind Sandor Clegane's burns in Game of Thrones. His brother threw a hot pocket at him.
• Well casual games are crushing AAA games right now. Do you mean in terms of revenue or users?
• Who knew I would enjoy videos of wild cats eating dead birds from ropes so much? THE INTERNT KNEW.
• Off topic, but Tony Pulis has gone. A true Stoke legend. Fun fact: Stoke were #3 in the PL in net spending during the last five seasons. And what do you have to show for it?
• Awesome. Anyone know if this imports your starred items? I suspect it doesn't.
• If a video game machine that plays video games isn't enough for you without robots and motion control, it'll never been enough with it.
• I'm far more curious about his wife than him. His wife is his co-writer. He has said many times in interviews that she's responsible for as much of his material as he is, if not more.
• Lot more people will defend Apple then GE, and contention drives comment counts.
• well yes - but if they repatriated it and paid the 35% then what's the point of this whole thread?
• Watch out! He'll put you in one of his skits!
• I like how the kittens do that kitten thing of "let's form a large gray kitteny mass and this will surely frighten the bouncing slobbery toothy thing off"
• Kudos – sorry, I mean the exact opposite of kudos – to Sarah Lyall of the New York Times for opening a story about watching Premier League matches with a warning about drunken, rowdy Liverpool fans, before going on to reference the sport's "dark days of the 1970s, '80s and early '90s, when English soccer was a byword for criminality, violence and hooliganism. That was the time of the Hillsborough disaster, the Bradford City disaster and the Heysel Stadium disaster, when spectators were sometimes beaten senseless or burned or crushed to death in stadiums" implying Hillsborough was a byword for criminality, violence and hooliganism on the part of anyone but the South Yorkshire constabulary.
• Can't unless there's a glitch, which will be much more likely with Smart Meters, as demonstrated in my last link. (Really? North Dakota? Alaska? Colorado? Those are COLD!!
• It could easily be that the results of this will kill more people than died on 9/11. I'm so over the United States. Can we tear it all down and get a new one, please?
• Don't forget you can go to Google Takeout to extract your data from Reader. If it doesn't get automatically loaded elsewhere, you'll at least still have the raw links.
• You think there's like... a law... on who can share rooms in a house? posted by RustyBrooks at 7:17 PM State laws regarding foster kids often include regulations against different gendered room sharing.
• And serious, the season 2 ending? MIND. BLOWN. It could only have been crazier if they had introduced John Hurt as a previous Sherlock. That was my initial reaction as well. And then I remembered it's a Moffat show, and so there's going to be a cutesy, hand-wavey explanation and they'll carry on like nothing happened. I am pre-emptively bored.
• In case anyone didn't catch it, it does appear that the ring was in fact placed on the finger successfully, so we can wish them well on that as well as the engineering.
• Only if you don't live in the U.S. Yes, that was the whole point. My wife is now eligible for US citizenship and... well... I have mixed feelings about it, because we are likely to move away at some point, and it just seems so blatantly unfair that the IRS would be able to haunt her for the rest of her life. I mean, it's unfair for me too, but at least she has a choice about it.
• A&W is missing the point. Beards are not the center of marketing; they're the center of production.
• Sneering at people experiencing genuine symptoms is a pretty great way to confirm their prejudices. You're saying that WiFi causes outbreaks of sneering? That's diabolical!
• Also, without getting too spoilery, but if they continue on with Will's current character development it's pretty easy to see how they'll prevent him from making any significant connections any time soon.
• The little note in the upper right hand corner of CommaFeed just changed to " Working on refresh rate, stay tuned." Cool. I will stay tuned. :)
• MetaFilter: Oh, you have five kids and live in an apartment? Let me tell you what you're doing wrong and let me preface this by saying all my knowledge comes from not having kids and disliking them in general.
• Marky, Ricky, Danny, Terry, Mikey, Davey, Timmy, Tommy, Joey, Robby, Johnny and Brian. Who are the Ramones, including all the drummers, Alex?
• I hope the thing truly doesn't have to be "online" the whole entire time for a game to work; also, I hope the older games port over to the new console without fuss. Apparently the Xbox one will have no backwards compatibility whatsoever
• Do we have a stretcher ready for elizardbits?
• I suspect that the dog is just as happy playing with the chihuahua as with the kittens. I have a 105 lb half Lab/half Wiem that lets my in-laws chihuahua "bully" him with great patience and tolerance. Knowing that there is nothing the little bugger can do to harm him goes a long way.
• freeeeedom
• Sounds like they've 100% killed used games with this system. ...which kind of makes me wonder why games stores, which probably make most of their money on used games, would even want to carry these things at all.
• Personally I've started using Pocket in the instances where I used to use Starred items and I find I don't let items languish as long, because I would forget to check my starred items. If you are still starring items in Google Reader, there are plenty of If This Then That recipes to send new starred items to various services of your choice. I don't think any of them work for previously-starred items, though.
• What about asking them if they own a cordless phone, microwave oven, and/or baby monitor? But I need that radio to listen to Rush Limbaugh!
• In the world of Elementary, if I went out on halloween dressed in a double billed hat, with a pipe and magnifying glass, what would I be dressed as? A old timey hunter with cancer in his future.
• admitting that Apple is no different from said similarly situated others It is different, or this post would have included those others you left un-named.
• I really like chihuahuas. Many are definitely not at all aware that they are small. They have great big bombastic personalities sometimes and can be really fun and loyal pets. That said, my general reaction to the video is that they should have stopped filming and separated the dogs. They can get hurt like that even if they are just playing.
• iDon'tPayMyTaxes
• I played it, even though it didn't give me a great point total. But I never forgot that word. Whenever I see it now, I think of my grandma. It's very sweet. Quite...
• Yup What Bill Gates said and on preview beaten to the punch. But I'll say it again anyway.. This certainly sucks on multiple levels - dirty spy games, Pakistani kids not getting their polio shots and dying as a result, folk not trusting doctors on other fronts, aid workers getting killed. But the critical and potentially catastrophic impact is that a reservoir of polio remains in the wild amongst people who remain free to travel to countries where polio has been eradicated and whose populations have grown complacent enough about polio to either not vaccinate their kids or not follow through with full vaccination schedules. Once there it jumps around, or backwards and forwards between the unvaccinated and the partially vaccinated, and before you know it you've got a mutated pathogen that existing vaccines can't beat. Ie this shit can come back to bite everyone in the arse.
• I won't try to address the Apple part. That's, if you'll forgive me, apples and oranges.
• Taliban Calls Off Attacks On Polio Vaccine Workers In Afghanistan
• I don't want a Kinect. If I wanted to be standing up and flailing around, I wouldn't have my ass planted on the sofa, controller in hand. I generally buy games new, because I am a sucker easily parted from his money, but I also share games (specifically, Bethesda single-player RPGs) with my wife. We enjoy watching one another play them. Now I'm worried that there'll be some sort of costly speed bump keeping her from playing a game under her profile that I installed under mine. This is a stupid worry, and I resent Microsoft for making me think about it. My Xbox HAS actually become my living room's "media center", if that means that we use it to watch Netflix. So yay lifestyle device or whatever. But I don't need a shiny new box to do that. And while I get that this reveal was all about the box and the hardware, I'm left a bit underwhelmed by the whoe thing. CoD? Don't care. Deeply do not care. Funny thing is, Micosoft could wipe this bad taste out of my mouth with two words (that I expect we'll hear at E3): "Fallout Four." I'd be squeeing like a tickled hamster and running around tossing confetti. Tell me Fallout Four is a launch-day title and I'll buy your black box.
• Well, I travel on a Canadian Passport so as a Mossad agent I should probably have something to say about this. Give me a moment to put on my tennis outfit.
• Pepsi Bluebeard I can't believe no one made that joke yet
• Just what I want, a TV that my toddler can yell at to turn on. Greeeaaaaat.
• (Can they make a replacement for the recently pastured Google Cloud Connect, now? My backups and document management are still in chaos.)
• Every parent wants his or her kid to be great at something. That's only natural. But it's also natural to read Word Freak and hear John Williams talk about the assorted cast of rogues who populate the grownup tournament and worry that your kid will love Scrabble TOO much, that they'll end up consumed by a game, one day fleeing to Iceland and writing anti-Semitic screeds on rolls of toilet paper. Inside the 2013 National School Scrabble Championship.
• Microsoft's console gaming division should be considered a staggeringly monumental failure by almost any metric. It loses money hand over fist. This was true years ago, but hasn't been for a long time.
• Ugh, I'm currently juggling between four different services including CommaFeed, and they all have major problems. •CommaFeed and Old Reader are both fantastic, except they take forever to refresh, and sometimes run hours behind when the news comes in. •NewsBlur is fast, and you can still easily get a free account, but there's no search. •Feedly is super fast, but has no search of old articles, and will only have the left navigation permanently expanded if I stretch the window to full width, which I'm not a huge fan of. Really frustrating, this whole thing.
• Ah. Didn't know that. Still, I bet it's not as nice as Steam in terms of letting you reinstall, etc. It's actually a bit nicer because they're able to assign a console a distinct ID in a way that's not really practicable with PCs. Each Xbox account is registered to a particular system, and anything that account-holder buys for download can be played by any user on that system, regardless of whether they've paid for it or not. You can also use it on any other system as long as you're signed in as yourself. Steam, by contrast, requires the purchaser to be signed into Steam in order to play his/her games, even on the original PC.
• Ah man, my power company is going through this nonsense while they try and roll out "smart meters". Between the anti-science types and the black helicopter crowd, the chances of me getting real-time power consumption reporting is slim to none.
• There's a friendly in NYC this week between the Headless Powerhouses of Chelsea and Manchester City, so I expect some writer was tasked in drumming up local interest in the debuts of Chelsea's Interim Interim Manager (Abromovich's miniature pet giraffe) and a bottle of fizzy water Shiek Mansour found in an old limo.
• What's the point of even talking about this? All companies do it and it's evil as hell, but it's not like talking about its going to change anything. Many F500 companies have 0 or negative tax rates for years. When we talked about it last time did anything change? It's just populist theatre. Either some apple exec forgot a certain bribe (I mean "campaign donation") to the right politician or someone's up for election next term. They're not going to change anything so why bother? My last comment was deleted for being too trolly, but I guess my irony was lost on people.
• Five kids was a standard sized family in my youth; many of the families on my street growing up were bigger than that, some as big as ten or eleven. As a kid it seemed normal but I can't quite imagine it now. And yes, the neighborhood was 95% Catholic.
• If we have to compare, Sherlock lost me with the Chinese acrobat episode. I honestly thought they dredged up whoever wrote The Talons of Wen Chiang for Doctor Who with that one. Neither show is particularly faithful, but I find Elementary rather charming. And Lucy Liu is a great Watson.
• If they don't respond to that, they're not going to respond to anything, because they just fundamentally don't believe in science, or they feel they have to blame someone for something. Don't forget ego! The allure of "winning" arguments and "rebelling" against the status quo by simply refusing to acknowledge scientific evidence because ["science doesn't know everything"/an insidious conspiracy!/fuck your "gotchas" I'll do what I want]. A lot of it is simple ego, fed by convincing uninformed people that you're tied in to what's really happening and no stinkin' scientist is gonna pull the wool over your eyes and there hasn't been an experiment invented that's more reliable than your gut feelings and some shit you read on the internet.
• No, it's still douchy, you should skateboard instead!
• This had better be compatible with my Real One Player
• (like the ability to buy or reinstall games over the internet). Come on, Steam proves it's a viable business strategy, there is no excuse! I can't imagine why you can't do this with the new Xbox, you can already buy and download games from the Xbox online store just like you can with Steam
• Thanks, CheeseDigestsAll. A quick back-of-napkin count tells me I've got just north of 500. Fuck. Those poor stars: the Great Winnowing of June '13 is upon them.
• At least they're not digging carbon out of the ground and destroying the planet (like Exxon and Chevron) Extracting and processing the rare earths used in smartphones and other electronics is terrible for the environment. or exploiting low class workers (like Walmart) What about their Chinese workers? They're not getting great treatment.
• I wish my PS3 had something that simple but nope! Buh? On ours anyway, if you start it up with a disc in the drive it just goes to whatever that disc is, whether it's a movie or game. Just start, wait for boot, push X.
• Some people consider themselves sensitive to electromagnetic fields? Electromagnetic fields are sensitive to me.
• Aw hell naw: Xbox One Requires Kinect To Function
• If Apple pays a dime more in taxes than they are supposed to or legally obligated to they would be in egregious violation of their mission and responsibility to the shareholders.
And there you have it folks... the crux of the problem: people believe that an individual corporation, and/or individual shareholders are entitled to money that they did not rightfully earn. They do not care about the ill effects of their actions, you know, things like causing the state of California to go bankrupt. Instead, it's all about making money and screwing everybody else. I hate paying taxes as much as the next guy, but I live on a paved street, with street lights, and every once in a while am thankful for the things that my taxes go to. The kids in my neighborhood go mostly to public schools, the trash truck shows up every Tuesday, and there's a nice greenway within walking distance from my house. These are all things that taxes paid for, that I get to take advantage of.
• "That a woman of color on a major network show should have a character this focal and active without any romantic angle is a rare bird. It's also deliberate." --- But -- "Remember the time Sherlock and Watson looked up a clue on a sponsored computer product while he sat on the toilet? I sure do! Bing me!" -- However -- "We have, at last, a true partnership for Holmes and Watson, couched in that particular soulmate simpatico of 221-b, and moving distinctly forward without losing sight of the canon." -- Why Elementary is the bestest if flawed modern Holmes television adaptation, according to sf/fantasy author Genevieve Valentine. Some spoilers.
• "Who's the alpha? Who's the alpha?"
• I'm sorry, but those cats look like some unholy hybrid out of Oryx and Crake. I just caught the mama tula part. Lovely. Even the kittens look like murderers. Spree killers.
• I had not actually been following the Smart Meter thing - is it that it makes it super easy to cut off people's power? That's exactly what Smart Meters do.
• There's a lot of weird negativity in this thread. Is there a social positioning thing going on? No, the One is just kind of fine-tuned to annoy people who like to play video games other than EA Sports titles, Halo and Call of Duty.
• I have a Ouya. I've got nerd-guilt that mine has been sitting there for weeks while everyone else is still bitching about not getting theirs yet. I'm not much of a gamer; I aspire to use it as my new XBMC box. I have two disappointments in that regard. It's not quiet enough: small device -> small heat sink & small fan -> high RPM and shrill noise (by my admittedly high standards for quiet). I'll have to replace the heat sink and fan, which will doubtlessly require replacing the case (or doing without -- it's not like there's a lot to contain.) And HDMI is the only audio-out so I'll need a splitter to run the audio through my existing receiver. (You might say I'm asking a lot of a \$99 device, and you'd be right.)
• I like how all the components float in the air.
• I've been happy with The Old Reader, though I've been a little worried about its ability to stay afloat. For me, it'll probably come down to which one gets an Android app soonest.
• Hey now - I'm not going to say this was the best ring of all time, but the vast majority of mid-tier jewellery store rings are far, far uglier than this. Like, even Liberace wouldn't wear this ring. My eyes hurt just looking at that thing. In comparison, this guy's ring should be in the MoMA.
• 90 minutes and we're already at the same comment count at the GE thread. If it keeps up when CA wakes up we'll probably beat the combined comment count of GE and Ikea combined in a couple of hours. Notice how when it's Apple everyone suddenly stands up and gives a shit? No.
• ...every couple of months I'll stick in a movie, and it will usually tell me that it won't play that blu-ray without first updating to version 28.43 of the operating system or some such. I think that's because of your internet connection. Otherwise, how is it even supposed to know that there's an available update? If you kept it unplugged, I very much expect that you wouldn't have to do that to play blu-rays.
• I recently was at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Something that struck me was how depressing and lonely that place was. It actually took me two attempts just to get in the door -- and that was with a confirmed appointment. First time, the security guard with the metal-detector wand asked me if I had anything electronic on me. I had my cell phone in my pocket. I was told to leave and go put it in my car; phones are forbidden inside (because they typically have cameras built in, and no camera is allowed past the door). So I left it in the car and came back. And showed photo ID which was checked against the appointment list for the day. And was metal-detected and patted down. And then had to do it again because you can't fill out the paperwork without listing an emergency contact number, so I had to go back to my car, get my phone, look up someone's number, write it down on a post-it note, leave the phone again, and come back in. And then I was in the waiting area, which did not have any pairs of people, only individuals sitting by themselves with as much distance as possible between them and everyone else. I found myself unconsciously keeping my head down and trying to avoid eye contact with other human beings, because that's the vibe you get. This being an extremely conservative part of the country, I understand why it is this way. But holy fuck is it sad to see. (once out of the waiting room and actually in the medical areas, everyone was very friendly and positive and upbeat, of course, but the lingering psychological impact of what you have to do to get to that point kinda wiped it out)
• There's very little in the original Doyle that suggests "inhuman". Logical and supremely self-controlled, yup, but he's quite capable of empathy and that in fact drives a number of his cases. "Inhuman" characters don't let the fiance' of a murdered woman walk away clean from their revenge murder because of their sympathy for his actions, for example.
• I will fight you right here and now.
• In the interview, he's constantly reminding us how hard it is to have five children. It's a shame, both for him and for the rest of the planet, that he doesn't know what causes pregnancy-- having five children is actually very preventable.
• You could almost say it's surreal.
• Damn, Chihuahaha, way to be a bossy boss boss. My favorite part was when one of the kittens caught on and went all Halloween Kitty on everybody. Also, kittens in general = A+
• I just prefer my Holmeses asexual. I was never clear on whether he was asexual or subordinating his sex drive to focus on his vocation; either way it makes for a better character. On the other hand, I greatly dislike the Adlers who are essentially Sexy Lady Moriarty. Not only is it predictable, but it also leaves Adler as being just an appendage of Holmes. Certainly the way they usually construct it, but I do like the idea of a coldly calculating Adler/Moriarty seducing him expressly to destroy him. Her falling in love with him was awful though. Personally, I always hate the way the Moriarty / Holmes conflict plays out in 9 out of 10 interpretations.
• Heh. Always on is easily solved with that bit that plugs into the wall. That said, I think I'm about done with consoles. The last time I powered up the 360 was to watch a DVD and it had to update itself for 20 odd minutes to do that. XBox, DVR, TV - they're all going the way of the land line at chez Mooski.
• I have a legal right to that card. Why, exactly, should I be paying for it? You have a legal right to the card, and you have an obligation to follow the rules of the country that gave you the card. And what, exactly, are you arguing? That the United States is special and thus can take liberties that no other country can? Are you arguing that a country doesn't have the right to write its own tax laws as it sees fit?
• Interesting to see the Kinect stuff emphasized again and again. I think this is the influence from Microsoft Research - they have some of the best probabilistic graphical model people. (They have some truly craptastic agent-based PGM stuff and AI personal assistant stuff they're working on, because apparently 1 decade is enough to learn that rule-based systems like Clippy were annoying as crap but not enough to learn that even the modern spiffy probabilistic AI is annoying as crap) I wonder if gaming will be the first consumer use of deep learning. People have been using Theano on CUDA for a while, and that just all ends up being GPU's and a lot of math...
• I also wonder how hard it would be to hack into Smart Meters- just one more awesome avenue for your stalker ex to make your life miserable. That's conjecture, but I don't trust PG&E to have the highest levels of online security.
• The Moffatt Conspiracy. Oh fuck yes I am totally going to spread terrible tumblr rumours that Moffat's money is invested in various international private security contracting companies, just to watch the uber dedicated fans twist and turn themselves into madness trying to explain how it's totally okay to be a fiendish war profiteer.
• A 100% accurate summary video of the conference
• Yeah but the Wii U is bombing and nintendo is circling the drain.
• JPD: " I don't think this is true. That would be a violation of the tax laws. Can you point me to a source for this?" I believe ennui.bz already addressed this,but here's another example from the WSJ (not the world;s greatest enemy of corporatism):
There's a funny thing about the estimated \$1.7 trillion that American companies say they have indefinitely invested overseas: A lot of it is actually sitting right here at home. Some companies, including Internet giant Google Inc., software maker Microsoft Corp. and data-storage specialist EMC Corp., keep more than three-quarters of the cash owned by their foreign subsidiaries at U.S. banks, held in U.S. dollars or parked in U.S. government and corporate securities, according to people familiar with the companies' cash positions. In the eyes of the law, the Internal Revenue Service and company executives, however, this money is overseas.
So to analyze this, these US-based companies use transfer pricing to shift a lot of their paper profits from the US to foreign tax dodge jurisdictions. But these foreign places are well dodgy, and the US (still) has a relatively strong Government that enforces private ownership within a low risk environment without much fear of repatriation, devaluation or nationalisation. So they then transfer their funds back into US-guaranteed accounts. They're using all the force and security of a well functioning State, while basically avoiding paying for it.
• Oh, and I left out the link to Darwin's comments on honeycombs in Origin of Species (Archive.org view of the book).
• His wife is his co-writer. He has said many times in interviews that she's responsible for as much of his material as he is, if not more. I think she is, or was, also his manager?
• Gentlemen of that age would come across as borderline sociopaths in modern society. Is your argument that Moffat intended for Sherlock to be an antiquated throwback? Because that's not quite the reaction to him demonstrated in the show.
• Easy call, I'd fight the Rottweiler. Chihuahuas are nuts.
• Right, the "bullshit" that is being referred to is the people who engage in tax evasion to avoid paying their share of taxes, not your argument.
• A surprising number of my friends are anti-fluoride - not because it's a mind control device, but because they fear fluorosis, they feel the government should be giving people a choice in the matter, and they're not sure it offers any real benefit to the public anyway. Personally I'm pro-fluoride, but this sentiment is widespread in the public. Labels on bottled water proudly proclaim 0 fluoride. My city eliminated fluoride in our drinking water in 2011, in a 10-3 vote when other cities are still rolling it out in the first place. The pro-removal aldermen weren't just right-wing cranks or left-wing naturopaths either. Of course now we have an increased number of cavities among children.
• A titanium engagement ring that lights up via magnetic induction.
• The issue with sharing the news early with pregnancy is that for many women the pregnancy becomes the main topic of conversation (and eight months of that can be tiring). This means that after a miscarriage the news of the loss must be shared with every casual acquaintance that asks "how's baby?" when maybe the mother needed some time to process her grief before publicly sharing. I will never forget a co-worker that got pregnant the same week as me and has to have a D&c when the ultrasound discovered the baby had not developed past a couple of months. She took a few days off and her first day back at work we were talking quietly in the hall together when a chipper colleague that worked at a different location breezed between us, rubbed her tummy, and said "how's mama?" in a friendly way as she walked away. That colleague was devesated later to hear the baby was gone.
• Magnetostriction is a physical effect that leads to the audible noise from things like CRT flyback transformers and power supplies.
Magnetostriction (cf. electrostriction) is a property of ferromagnetic materials that causes them to change their shape or dimensions during the process of magnetization... The effect is responsible for the familiar "electric hum" which can be heard near transformers and high power electrical devices (depending on country, either 100 (=2·50) or 120 (=2·60) hertz, plus harmonics).
nothing to do with whether the device is radiating.
• Reporter (sotto voce): Come with us now as we follow Geets Romo in a search of what the hipsters call "market testing". So as not to attract attention to myself I am disguised as a hipster, wearing a trucker's cap, an ironic t-shirt, skinny jeans, and Buddy Holly glasses. I am displaying a micro-ad for A&W Rootbeer, cleverly concealed in a very convincing false beard and the power source is hidden in a paper bag with a grease spot on it. Reporter (louder): Hey Daddy-o, how do I look? Romo: Oh the humanity. Just don't talk ok? Reporter: Oh, good, someone is coming down the street now who seems to recognize Mr. Romo. Benny: Hey baby what's happening. Romo: Hey nothing how you goin'. Benny: So, like who's the geek with the uh gum wrapper in his beard? Romo: Yeah well, you wouldn't believe me 'cuz I don't believe me, but it's cool. Benny: You sure? Romo: Yeah. What, i'm sure, ok? You got it all baby. Benny: Yeah? Well that's a drag, I'm sure. No? W'den . . . Salesman: "I don't know whether you'll believe this, Mr. Ellis, but one of us is actually wearing a beardboard -- at this moment." Ellis: Well -- you all are, aren't you?
• "aaa-HAA-haa!" I love her laugh so much! It reminds me of someone, and I can't remember if it's a departed family member I only knew as a small child and who only exists in the fuzzy fringes of my memory or if it reminds me of someone else I liked very very much. I suppose it doesn't matter. I love her laugh! Good on ya, Zach! You, David Koechner, and chemicals were the reason I saw the truly execrable film "Out Cold" twice while it was in theatres. You have now repaid your debt. Koechner, you bastard, you still owe me.
• I watched the first episode of Hannibal expecting to be both amused and repulsed by how terrible it was. Just as everything post-Silence of the Lambs was worse and worse until ridiculous. Imagine my surprise when Hannibal was unquestionably the best drama on network TV with the exception of the (over for the season) The Good Wife. I can't tell you how shocked I was. I had no idea it was being done by Bryan Fuller, no idea Mads Mikkelson was starring in it, and so on. I've never been so blind sided by a TV show. Which is exactly why I fear a second season. How long can it go on before the tricks to keep Will from catching on get laborious? How long before the "Will is on the edge" storyline gets old? How long before one-up-ing the inventive kills becomes a parody of itself? We know the ending (unless they decide to completely reboot canon). That end has to come soon, or you start to lose respect for everyone involved (they're all supposed to be super smart and intuitive, so how long before we start shouting at the TV?) I want this show to quit while I still love it.
• This is a line in the sand the US Govt. should really regret crossing. It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken.
• I am eagerly looking forward to the Xbox 360 price drop.
• Holy crap, here I was thinking I was hot shit for ordering anodized titanium wedding rings with a design that we'd put together ourselves. This guy is kind of amazing overall.
• [as I type there is a basketball being dribbled above my head by a child who is also stomping around in what sounds like high heels while daddy engages in very clumsy weightlifting. Thank spaghetti I am a renter and only have 70 more days of this to go!] The problem is that what's actually happening is probably something more like: kid and dad are having a fun, quiet game of roll a small fabric-covered back and forth, that is amplified by the MAKE ALL THINGS SOUND LIKE ELEPHANTS ON TRAMPOLINES rule of apartment floor construction. I live on the second floor of a two unit apartment, and I have a puppy. I was worried for my downstairs neighbors (a lovely little family with two kids roughly 11 and 15 years old) that they'd have puppy noises to deal with all the time, especially since my dog likes to play "soccer" and kick tennis balls all over the house for chasing and pouncing on. But then they enrolled the 11 year old in band and he's been learning the saxophone this school year, so I don't feel so bad any more. Dealing with other people's noise is just a fact of apartment life. It's not like his kids (at least one of whom is a baby) are blasting death metal at 2am. They (and I will note again that at least one is a baby) are probably just being normal kids.
• Good piece, thanks for the link. I'm unsure if it's used in Australia to the same degree. In general I'm certainly much more comfortable with our justice system than yours.
• Perhaps her backstory, why she wasn't a practicing physician any more (IIRC she'd made a major mistake/ cost a life), was supposed to be the reason she didn't want to participate in his actual work. And maybe they'd have her gradually get more involved in the cases itself. But I got impatient. The reason she wasn't actively participating in his work so much in the early episodes was because she was acting as his sober companion, not because of why she left medicine. She was literally being paid (by Holmes' father) to make sure Sherlock didn't relapse into addiction and to assist him on the road to recovery. Like, if Sherlock was a musician, her job wouldn't have been to take up a violin along with him while making sure he didn't relapse. Part of what I found so refreshing about the show was that Watson's responsibilities as a sober companion weren't taken lightly, that her decision to become a sober companion was respected by the narrative (and Sherlock), and that even Sherlock came to genuinely appreciate and value her as a sober companion. Watson slid into Holmes' work slowly, and it gave her eventual decision to continue on as an apprentice detective and Sherlock's partner real weight. Also, I think it really made both Sherlock and Joan seem like real people with real lives, for whom entering into new careers and new (platonic) relationships aren't decisions made quickly or on a whim. I love the show, and think what it lacks in interesting mysteries and flashy production is more than made up for by the delicate, painstaking attention to character work. Sherlock isn't just an asshole genius, and Watson isn't just the sidekick. I've always found that the most interesting thing about the Sherlock Holmes stories isn't the sometimes frankly byzantine and weird mysteries, but the relationship between Holmes and Watson. I'm always a character over plot person, so Elementary is perfect for me as a Holmes adaptation.
• booksarelame:
Per wikipedia: "Four states — Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, and Wisconsin — have completely banned commercial bail bonding,[12] usually substituting the 10% cash deposit alternative." Why is NY and CA not doing this?
My completely uninformed guess is that it would put a few someones out of business.
• yellowbinder: So... uh... when does this update feeds? Google Reader informed me of this post almost right after it was posted and I signed up, pulled the last 10 items from all my feeds but nothing since... Yeah, hasn't updated any of my feeds since it first pulled them almost a half hour ago...
• I'm noticing that CommaFeed is overly picky about XML parsing, which is causing some of my feeds to fail to load. (It's probably the fault of the feed maintainers, ultimately.. but I can't get them to fix their code)
• Old games don't get discounted very often/enough, and there's rarely worthwhile sales. That is the big thing. The implicit contract of Steam is simple: "You give up your ability to resell your games, and provided you're patient about it, we will sell you big-name titles for the cost of a Happy Meal." Microsoft and Sony seem way more interested in the first part.
• I love bees, and I love this post. If I had photoshop skills I'd take a photograph of bees in a hive, change the shape of each comb to, say, an octagon and see how long it took people to notice.
• If they hack into your smart meter, then what, exactly? ... it seems to be you would have to have considerable training to tamper with a smart meter. They just display your power consumption. From what I understand, they allow your power to be turned on and off. Much of what's so creepy about stalkers is that they undermine your feeling of safety, and this would contribute to that. Does anyone know if burglar alarms are connected to a house's electricity, by the way? I suppose not, or you could just cut the electricity, wait 2 hours for the police to do their drive-by check and then rob a house, and I'm guessing people have thought of that. So then how ARE they powered?
• Xbox Live TV will only be avaliible in America at launch I don't even understand what it is.
Xbox One Live TV, unveiled at Microsoft's recent Xbox One reveal event, will enable you to 'navigate and watch live TV from your cable, telco or satellite set-top box through your Xbox One.'
So you plug your cable box into your Xbox and your Xbox into your TV? Why? What's the point of that? Who benefits, other than Microsoft (who can presumably now track every show you watch and sell that information on) and the power company? Only available in the US? Meh.
• Sherlock is incredibly stylish and the actors are amazing, but the plots don't make very much SENSE. Elementary is a workhorse CBS crime drama, but the plots are adequate to the task of filling the crime-of-the-week and the rest of the show is surprisingly interesting. The Watson character is honestly refreshing, and the Sherlock is given more emotional depth (and less "Spock, but an asshole about it") than usual. I really thought I'd like Sherlock better of the two shows, and it was definitely more dazzling off the bat, but over time I've come to be more interested in Elementary's ongoing character relationships.
• I like Miller and Liu in their roles. I have found the show to be decent but I think the writing is not up to the level of the acting. The two hour Moriarty special did raise the bar a bit. There have been a few gratuitous Lucy Liu butt shots that were surprising but appreciated.
• What will actually happen: more dancing games. Or maybe ... Songsmith's glorious return!
• This makes sense to me. It doesn't need to be illegal for us to think it is wrong. Exactly. Legal codes don't just grow on trees. We make them and define them to suit our collective needs as a society. In psychological circles, this mindless "well, if it's not illegal, it's not a problem" attitude used to be considered the hallmark of the lowest stage of moral development in human beings. It's literally the way children view moral problems.
• Imagine just how hard everyone else can fuck with the person who's playing by shouting random commands (or just "Shutdown!") at it. That's pretty much the use case they've chosen to highlight.
• Which Corporation should I trust!? Ball and Cup Amalgamated. Best done in bright UV ridden light called 'outside'.
• This is going to revolutionize the way 13-year-olds call you "faggot."
• Sony's stock seems to be rising today.
• I also wonder how hard it would be to hack into Smart Meters- just one more awesome avenue for your stalker ex to make your life miserable. That's conjecture, but I don't trust PG&E to have the highest levels of online security. They're a writhing mess of security flaws in both the design and the implementation, apparently. I expect industry to do nothing until scofflaws start hacking their meters to under-report their usage.
• On comments like : If Congress doesn't like the laws, Congress needs to change them. If Apple is doing something illegal they need held accountable. These comments rely on a rather simplistic notion of "laws" and legality. Or more what is actually achievable by law. There are a number of problems and difficulties with actually drafting laws that make these sort of structures illegal but do not have unintended side-effects on other businesses. The problem is that there is no way to draft laws to stop these cross border tax "arbitrage" actions unless every country had exactly the same tax rates.
• - Rand Paul (R-KY) is up and saying he is "offended" by the hearing. "Tell me a politician who is up here and doesn't try to minimize his taxes... Lindsey Graham: 'It's Really American' To Avoid Taxes
• smackfu; the evasion is in not paying the 35% up front, when the profit is initially made. Along with the legal fiction that Apple's intellectual property is in Ireland, despite "designed in Cupertino" being printed right on every damn product. (Or Google's, or Facebook's, or...)
• It's a little too much standard CBS procedural in plots for me to love it, but the parts with Holmes and Watson interacting are always a delight, particularly because they actually treat the partnership as something to respect intellectually as well as emotionally. Which is a nice contrast to the BBC Sherlock, where Watson, after a decent start in the pilot, is reduced to trailing around after Sherlock uselessly. "We need to change the plots of the original text to make Watson _more_ ineffective" would not have been my takeaway from the original Doyle works. Also, Elementary got huge, huge points in my book for having a transsexual character show up, it be acknowledged, and then not be treated as either a joke or as an afterschool special but their plot _having nothing to do with their transexuality_. I literally cannot think of another time I have seen that on TV.
Hahaha, of course the CJ system wouldn't let something like that live.
• I really appreciate the actors in Sherlock, especially Cumberbach and Freedman, but they seem to be constantly struggling against uninspired, cliched writing. Not to mention the "rude, brilliant" hero characterization has been done to death, recently (and doesn't really fit my understanding of Sherlock as a well-liked, sociable dude, when he gets around to it, making the choice all the less groundbreaking for me). Elementary is a workhorse CBS crime drama I haven't watched Elementary yet, but I have been enjoying other "workhorse CBS crime dramas with a twist," such as Person of Interest, so I'll probably pick it up when I get the chance. And serious, the season 2 ending? MIND. BLOWN. ...except anyone who read the original stories knew the ending of the episode based on the title, which just made all the character's actions seem strange and forced.
• It's a good thing this guy lives somewhere dirty and gritty. Can you imagine the hate on MeFi if he had kids AND a yard?
• I would love to move to feedly, really. But I can't get the "Saved" articles to sort correctly by date - it mixes 4 hours with 17 hours and with 1 day. If they would fix that, I would be a fine replacement. But nope. I get anxiety tightness in my chest just thinking about July 1...
• It's interesting how generic it is — it seems to me like very little of the article describes any experience that's really specific to the Premier League or even to football/soccer. It reads basically the same as every other guide to going to a sporting event as a non-fan. There must be more than this to be said about this specific sport in this place and time, but the reporter doesn't seem to have found it.
• Can you imagine the hate on MeFi if he had kids AND a yard? More like pity.
• But I am outraged on behalf of the people of 1867 who did not know this word and thought it twee.
• "Oh for crying out-" "SERVER 'BALLS IN YO MOUF' FOUND, CONNECTING NOW" "Switch off console! OFF CONSOLE!" "WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAVE YOUR PROGRESS?" *sobs* "CALL OF DUTY LOADING" "BURLY MEN FOUND."
• I'm kind of surprised that this is eliciting anger. What are you angry about? These people have anxiety issues that are causing real physical symptoms. That isn't anger, that's anxiety. These people are making me sick! Sick with anxiety! And there they are, entirely oblivious to the anxiety their ignorance produces in me. Do they care? Nooooo! It's like some kind of conspiracy to kill me with anxiety, I tell you.
• Galifianakis introduced Haist to Renee Zellweger, who furnished the octogenarian's apartment. Haist was unfamiliar with the celebrated actress. I just love that there are apparently people who haven't seen Jerry Maguire. This gives me hope for humanity. And...uh...this article does, too.
• That's adorable. I set to send it to my mother, until the pin came out. Not her sense of humor. But I have a few friends who would like it.
• Per this blog post, \$6B federal in 2012, \$1.3B in sales and use tax payments, \$830M in state income tax payments, and \$327M in employer payroll taxes. While the NYTimes and Congress go on their witch hunt, it pays to know to be skeptical on the basis of previous claims. That's not to say that Google, Amazon, Apple and other successful companies shouldn't pay their fair share of taxes like the rest of us, but the NYTimes and Congress have an agenda that is less about truth, once the numbers are researched.
• Why not wait until there's actual testimony? Or in a minimum give both sides and link to Apple's prepared testimony [PDF] where they refute this?
Apple does not use tax gimmicks. Apple does not move its intellectual property into offshore tax havens and use it to sell products back into the US in order to avoid US tax; it does not use revolving loans from foreign subsidiaries to fund its domestic operations; it does not hold money on a Caribbean island; and it does not have a bank account in the Cayman Islands. Apple has substantial foreign cash because it sells the majority of its products outside the US. International operations accounted for 61% of Apple's revenue last year and two-thirds of its revenue last quarter. These foreign earnings are taxed in the jurisdiction where they are earned ("foreign, post-tax income").
If Apple pays a dime more in taxes than they are supposed to or legally obligated to they would be in egregious violation of their mission and responsibility to the shareholders. They are not a charity. If Congress doesn't like the laws, Congress needs to change them. If Apple is doing something illegal they need held accountable. Otherwise there's no story here other than an American sucess story.
• With any luck, my wi-fi will bounce harmlessly off my cell phone tumor.
• Great article, reminds me of people who are obsessed with "chem trails", to the point where they claim it actually affects their health.
• Honestly, I think if the E3 demo does excite people the way this one failed to, no one will remember this. It is amazing how quickly online news can stir up a posse.
• boo_radley, I think that they get some competition from pretty much any vulture/condor - glorious in flight, totally ungainly on the ground. But yes.
• In my new ideal hypothetical scenario, when Google shuts down Reader they lug this big black box out to a dumpster with a bright but tattered Google Reader sticker on it....and then Yahoo! swoops in freegans that thing off the curb and starts up Yahoo! Reader and pays a billion dollars to scavenge all the original Reader developers and all the developers of these replacement attempts and suddenly in one seismic shift we are all transported back to the halcyon days of the late-mid-90s and we hustle to remember our Yahoo logins and buy taller monitors to fit lots of Yahoo toolbars to repay the favor....
• Where's the sympathy for his wife? That NYTimes piece implies that he's barely even home more than a day a week, so she's actually wrangling them by herself most of the time.
• The nefarious cherry on top is that the faceless bureaucrats in the CIA are the ones who are truly responsible and didn't seem to care enough about keeping him out of jail. Which to me means it will be much harder to recruit the next operative (or whatever you call such a person).
• Because they need an overwhelming public consensus equal to the consensus among those who fund their political careers in order to justify taking action. If they can't go to their industry contributors and make the argument they have no chance of election or reelection if they don't take action, those contributors won't give any money to their campaigns but will fund challengers instead. So this largely is for public consumption?
• Very pretty, but without the ability to filter feeds it's a bust for me. Obviously Reader didn't have that functionality, either. But neither do any of these new, pretty pretty readers. I'm sticking with the clunky old NetNewsWire.
• (The Wei Shand video came from her Tumblr as linked above originally, of course.)
• Everybody has to pay taxes...
• Hmm, this is very close to what I am looking for. I had just blogged about replacements to Google Reader and was saying Old Reader was the best for my needs. May need to update that post...
• I just want to know how she feels about having five kids. Tired, is my guess.
• I thought I clearly just didn't like shaving, who knew it was narcissistic NOT to self-groom?
• The idea that all countries should work the same is what lead to the EU.
• All the other dog wants to do is hug the kittens! With its teeth! Is that so wrong?
• Sheesh, why aren't we taking care of 87 year old homeless people in this country? Well, clearly because the market (in the form of successful comedy film stars) does that. Did you not RTFA? Next you will tell us that you did not know that Boise's school lunch program is funded entirely by Jack Black.
• That's like saying that people who live in Toronto and get income from an offshore-domiciled hedge fund won't have to pay Canadian income taxes on it. It's demonstrably untrue. You only have to pay taxes on the money you bring into the UK. Most domiciles where you would technically run your fund from will have no taxes on that sort of income. (Malta, Cayman's, BVIs, etc, etc) Why do you think guys love Chalets in Verbier and big beach houses? As long as that money never touches the UK it is untaxed. Exactly why is it "bullshit" to not wish to pay taxes to a country that you are not resident in, not getting services from, and not a citizen of - particularly when American corporations, nominally "people", do not have such a restriction The problem isn't that you have that restriction its that they don't.
• Anyone try the Ouya yet? Is that anything? Obviously not as powerful as this thing, but how about enjoyable?
• I did kind if wonder of they would take the final step and ditch physical media. You live another day, games stores!
• > Um, if you're not using the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, you're probably overpaying this tax guy of yours? I live in New York City, but am planning a move to Europe. Once I move I was planning to renounce my Green Card anyway - a good chunk of my very reason for leaving is to stop supporting the United States. However, I did not know about this Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, which seems pretty dishy to me - and means that a lot of my foreign income would be sheltered! And I'm pretty pissed at my tax guy for not telling me this - even though it's only been so far theoretical discussions. An email to him follows... Thanks, aramaic. This is really helpful information for me!!
• Exactly why is it "bullshit" to not wish to pay taxes to a country that you are not resident in, not getting services from, and not a citizen of - particularly when American corporations, nominally "people", do not have such a restriction? Then renounce your green card and problem solved? Because as long as you ARE a citizen of, or have a green card for, America, then you're receiving some benefits from that -- among other things, the ability to choose to work in the US if you want, which is something that many, many, many people would like to have. If you're willing to give that up, which you say you are, then you're apparently willing to trade the loss of that benefit for not having to pay those taxes. Some people make that choice. Many don't. That American corporations are, or aren't, paying taxes in a similar way isn't necessarily an argument that you shouldn't be too; it's just as easily an argument -- as many people upthread have stated more eloquently than I could -- that those corporations should be paying more taxes.
• I've now watched some of his bits and I gotta say, for me, his kid stuff is his funniest work. Maybe there are other bits that are funnier but you get a lot of mileage out of too many young kids. Which is good, because he's the poor sap who needs to support them. It really is unusual to have more than a couple kids these days. Maybe just among so-called "middle class" folks who are feeling the pressure of lower wages, caring for elderly family, high childcare costs, the pressure to maintain two incomes, etc., etc.. We can't all be the Queen of Versailles. But, yeah, you go beyond two and the world seems to start judging. Brag: I'm seeing PATTON OSWALT this weekend and I'm hoping to laugh my ass off. I think he had a kid last year? It should be pretty funny.
• On the other hand, before that I briefly considered just not migrating to any new service and seeing what I'd do with all that newly freed up time. But then I was like, "Therein lies madness."
• I just started running tt-rss. This looks smoother. But tt-rss has an android client and is way customizable. Hmm.
• Yes, anyone finding fun in parkour is a Douche, thanks for clarifying such insightful observations on street culture! I had no idea I was considered (or these cool grrlz) Douches!
• OMG XBOX HUEG!
• Is there any real info on whether they've borked used games?
• From the innocents at the New York Times: how to attend a Premier League match.
• because kittens
• I see a way to get "the source" but without accompany documentation on what to setup and how, that's kind of useless. All three I linked above have detailed setup instructions; you'll want a linux server of some sort, so it's not the sort of thing your gran can do, but it's not that hard to host your own stuff any more. Amazon offer an EC2 ubuntu server, mysql db, S3 bulk storage and various ancillary services free for a year, or there's standard VPS service through dreamhost or the like. If you have a machine you can run all the time at home, it's pretty easy to chuck ubuntu server on it directly, or put together a virtual linux machine or two running on virtualbox, esxi or hyperV (all free). If running your own full server is not for you, then there's a whole ton of 'platform as a service' providers these days that are free or cheap for small scale web-app hosting, such as heroku, redhat's openshift, amazon EB, microsoft's azure; even google is getting into it with app engine. There's never been a better or easier time to self-host your own applications for free or cheap. If one goes tits-up, you move your app and data to another.
• This is basically inter-corporate warfare with the political system as the stage and nothing else. Google is getting hammered in the UK, so now Apple gets hammered in the US. Surprise, surprise. The same idiots acting so indignant today were, just yesterday, scheming ways to put bigger loopholes into the law for their favored cronies. And we're all supposed to fall for the act? Or, in fewer words, yawn.
• You know, it's a lot easier for a conversation to remain civil and grown-up without deliberately inflammatory words like "fanboy" being flung around. Speaking as an American who lives outside the US but who has to file with the IRS every year just in case I make enough for the US to feel entitled to some of my already-taxed-abroad money (and don't get me wrong, I am more than a little in favor of paying my share in taxes), I kind of fail to see how keeping overseas income overseas is a huge scandal.
• I think it's a great ring, really lovely, and amazing that he took all that trouble to make it for her is adorable.
• Note: these politicians have never heard of Greece. Or Italy.
• First crack in the ghettos and now WiFi in the suburbs. The CIA really knows how to debilitate the masses.
• Google's Double Irish and Dutch Sandwich tax strategies were discussed in the media a couple of years ago.
• Console gaming is too much of a niche for a huge company like Apple or Samsung. The only reason that Microsoft ever got into it was because they wanted to use it as a trojan horse into the living room, which they are trying to capitalize on now, with all the focus on live TV, sports, streaming video, music, etc. But I wouldn't, were I a betting man, be placing many bets on either Sony or Nintendo to be dominant forces in the years to come in the gaming space. I wouldn't bet on Steambox either. Console gaming is a niche and shrinking, but PC gaming is even smaller. I think if anything takes off in the near future, it would be the Oculus Rift or other VR hardware, perhaps from Valve, who is reportedly working on it. But then again, if we learned anything from the crash in the 80s, it's that consumers will happily stop buying games if there isn't anything worth buying. Take a look at the absurd budgets required to produce AAA hits, the massive numbers of studio closings in the past few years, and the low quality of indie and casual games on mobile (especially within the "free to play" trend). Developers are becoming so risk averse that they are simply making the same types of games over and over, and not expanding the audience at all. I wouldn't be surprised to see another crash in the near future. It might have started already.
• I am also not getting any updates. Possibly that's impact from the userbase growing? Or they just don't have resources to scrape very often (said resources being part of what gave Google a big advantage in the first place).
• Well shit! I just purchased a new X-Box 360 to replace my POS 360 last Friday Imagine if every 7 years LEGO would re-create their products so none of the new sets connected with any of the old sets. Instead of round connector pegs, let's do squares, and prior to round, they did triangles. Bastards!
• And I don't like Smart Meters because I think when someone is turning off the electricity in the winter for a family with 3 young children, they should have to do it to the family's face instead of from a cozy office hundreds of miles away. Which is a perfectly rational reason for objecting. Just as objecting to the cost/benefit of widespread wireless networks in schools is a rational objection. But objecting to either because of woo-woo is not rational and should not be treated with the same level of consideration.
• we let him get arrested by the Pakistanis, and he's now rotting in one of their prisons Rightly so.
• I don't think you can compare the pace of soccer to the pace of baseball. Don't cricket matches last 3 days or something?
• And I don't like Smart Meters because I think when someone is turning off the electricity in the winter for a family with 3 young children, they should have to do it to the family's face instead of from a cozy office hundreds of miles away. Now this is interesting. I had not actually been following the Smart Meter thing - is it that it makes it super easy to cut off people's power? I would definitely disapprove of them, actually, since that seems like it makes people less free because their access to essential services is far more precarious and real-time, no floating checks, no floating payments.
• InstaReader syncs Google Reader starred items to Instapaper (from there I presume you could transfer your items from InstaReader to Pocket or another service). Google Reader All Starred for Greasemonkey Tutorial on converting starred items from Google Takeout into bookmarks in Firefox and Chrome, or sending them to Evernote (warning: latter requires python) Importing Starred Items into Any RSS Reader and again as browser bookmarks also.
• Only if you don't live in the U.S. If you live in the U.S., subjecting your worldwide income to U.S. tax is perfectly legitimate. I generally agree with this however it is a bit strange that money from work I did in another country while living in that country that continues to generate a stream of revenue with no labour on my part gets taxed by America is weird. And then there is the retirement savings issue... Being an international person is damn complicated and hard.
• Remember the time Sherlock and Watson looked up a clue on a sponsored computer product while he sat on the toilet? I sure do! Bing me! My girlfriend was watching this for a while, and the very first scene I caught had Sherlock whipping out his Surface™ to look something up on Bing™. It was pretty hilarious.
• I'm pretty sure the existence of Wi-Fi (and wireless Internet of other kinds) has harmed me, by allowing me to access websites on my phone when I should be doing more productive things.
• Also can you make sex with it? All hail the new flesh.
• KokuRyu: "They counter by either rolling out an obscure study that proves WiFi is harmful, or by saying that scientists have been paid off by industry." Yeah, this is the thing I've encountered the most. Which sucks, as it makes a lot of sense to be distrustful of industry, so it's useful as a cover for whatever flavor of bullshit you come up with.
• I clicked on "Demo" and it gave me a feed that included Lisp in the Summer. I'm sold.
• Fun fact: Stoke were #3 in the PL in net spending during the last five seasons. And what do you have to show for it? A wage bill on par with Wigan, an FA cup final, Europa league, and five years of Premier league stability. Should have achieved more than that but it's not a terrible list of things to have done.
• Oh, and the dog has scars on his nose and a tattoo on his ear. And calls women 'bitches'.
• If they're keeping the functionality from the current generation of Kinect, voice recognition will work without an active Internet connection. In general, I'm hoping the intersection of Cloud Mania and data caps lead to Microsoft/Amazon/etc going into Thunderdome with Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, and slaughtering each other.
• "Bestest" as an emphatic superlative dates back to at least 1868. You may not especially like it, but it isn't the the subject of this thread, and I don't know if it forwards any conversation by being rude to the author of the FPP for using a word that predates your great grandfather.
• The cloud processing thing is just a terrible idea. Latency and server load will always be a problem, but the majority of the processor load in a game is usually the physics or the graphics, where you can't have any latency at all! The only use would be in a simulation - but even SimCity didn't actually do any processing offsite, even though they claimed to (surely they would have, if it had been a good idea). I think you mean "cloud" "processing". And you'll be amazed how many games suddenly need it. They're not revealing the price yet, but in order for one account to play a game that belongs to another account you'll have to pay a fee. To me, whether it's going to be \$2 or \$20 is completely irrelevant. Just the fact that they thought they could do this is making me angry. This whole "buying a license" instead of an actual product thing is crazy. We actually already have this with Steam - if you buy a physical copy of a game that needs a Steam account, that game is tied to the account and no one else can ever play it. The only thing that makes this tolerable is constant, ludicrous Steam sales - but that's quite a big thing.
• I watched the first episode of Hannibal expecting to be both amused and repulsed by how terrible it was. Just as everything post-Silence of the Lambs was worse and worse until ridiculous. Imagine my surprise when Hannibal was unquestionably the best drama on network TV with the exception of the (over for the season) The Good Wife. I can't tell you how shocked I was. I had no idea it was being done by Bryan Fuller, no idea Mads Mikkelson was starring in it, and so on. I've never been so blind sided by a TV show.
• Five months of work and he made the wrong size. Obviously, the optimal solution would be to acquire another fiancée with a 15.6mm ring finger.
• Talez: "Can someone tell me which laptop maker pays their fucking taxes so I can just buy one already?" Lenovo? Or do only US based companies need apply?
• Now this is interesting. I had not actually been following the Smart Meter thing - is it that it makes it super easy to cut off people's power? I would definitely disapprove of them, actually, since that seems like it makes people less free because their access to essential services is far more precarious and real-time, no floating checks, no floating payments. The rollout plan for my area specifically includes that the only change in service termination would be the time of day. So, if your service is due to be cut off on Tuesday, May 21, it will be cut off at 900am, rather than 2 in the afternoon or whenever the meter guy gets out to your house on Tuesday.
• Wow, this is a beautiful example of gawking without the slightest bit of empathy. What does the author have to say about why football fans behave as they (allegedly) do?
• My beard-space targets a sizable and extremely affluent demographic... but unfortunately I don't think any of them would get within 100 feet of an A&W, even if there were an ad in my beard. Two of my 8-year-old students told me recently that they've never been into a Mcdonalds.
• I really dig Elementary. I also dig the Robert Downey Jr./Jude Law films. I also dig BBC's Sherlock. They all have problematic elements (ha) to them, but I enjoy each on its own terms and deal with the flaws of each in my own way. I also enjoy The Great Mouse Detective, Young Sherlock Holmes, and the 1987 tv movie The Return of Sherlock Holmes, in which American private detective descendant-of-John-Watson Jane Watson inherits ye olde Watson house in England, finds the cryogenically preserved Sherlock Holmes, and revives him to help her fight crime. I went to Sherlock's Last Case, starring Frank Langella as Sherlock, when it was on Broadway, about fifteen times. It was RIDICULOUSLY good fun with an excellent wrench thrown into the story. In conclusion: MOAR SHERLOCK ADAPTATIONS YAY.
• Holmes is the original rude, brilliant protagonist Except, not really. The Holmes in Doyle's text was a gentleman detective. He was incisive and dispassionate, yes, but not rude. The idea that Sherlock was, to be frank, gleefully sociopathic (the way that he is portrayed in House and Sherlock) definitely seems like a modern invention.
• Wow you guys are bitches! If that guy was my prospective fiance*, I would eat ALL OF THE FOOD until my finger fit that ring. That's just amazing! *He is not, and I'm getting a sapphire. Which does not light up or do any sort of trick.
• If Apple pays a dime more in taxes than they are supposed to or legally obligated to they would be in egregious violation of their mission and responsibility to the shareholders. Even though a lot of people here seem to take this as given, even Tim Cook doesn't really believe this -- or at least can't say so -- as Senator McCaskill corners him on:
McCaskill: What would it cost to move out of California or move entirely to Ireland or China? What keeps you from moving on a cost analysis basis? Cook: We're an American company. We're proud to be an American company. The vast amount of our R&D is in California. We love it there. McCaskill: It's an intangible? Cook: It's who we are as people. We're an American company whether we're selling in China or Egypt. We're an American company. It has never entered my mind that we would move to another country. It's beyond my imagination and I have a wild imagination. It's beyond it.
Cook can't blithely say that it's his job to maximize profits when it would clearly maximize them the most to leave the US altogether, and just have a few R&D shops in the US if needed. The issue here goes far beyond the technicalities of the tax code, both as a matter of principle, and a matter of branding. Apple needs to look loyal to America and its principles if it wants to retain its precious brand identity. So Cook can't just say he's doing the most pragmatic thing, and has to pretend he never even thought of this obvious pragmatic alternative. But of course he has. And the reason he doesn't do it is because he knows that millions of his customers think not in terms of the technicality of the law, but the principles that underly it. And one of those principles is that if you are an American or "American company", you have certain duties to your fellow Americans, and if the rich can systematically violate these duties more than the poor, that is a deep problem. So yes, in a deep sense, the rich have an obligation to pay unnecessary taxes. Not only is their tax rate is higher, but inasmuch as they have access to many more tax-avoidance resources than the poor, they are under a moral obligation to avoid using their vast unfair tax resources. Of course, we assume they are psychopaths and won't do this and thus we should fix the tax code. But Cook can't just say hey, we're all just a bunch of psychopaths over here, don't blame us! So he's stuck in this faux-naive never-thought-of-that position when someone actually gets a chance to corner him on it, instead of paying \$610,000 to have coffee with him.
• And what, exactly, are you arguing? That the United States is special and thus can take liberties that no other country can? That seems hard to justify... or...? Just that "no other countries do this" isn't a very good argument. Argumentum ad populum, if wikipedia is to be believed.
• l_y, nobody said that your argument was "bullshit," go back and read the thread. It's understandable that you feel the way you do, but you also don't seem to have an understanding of what the tax laws are. There is a foreign earned income exclusion, and you also get a tax credit for any taxes that you paid to a foreign country. The rules aren't designed to be onerous to someone in your situation, they're designed so that rich people pay their fair share. And American corporations are not nominally people. Not everything Mitt Romney says is true.
• Saw this linked yesterday, since beard porn is such a thing here we've got a band called The Beards that Kesha flew to Sydney to see and then started a beard tumblr. I feel sexually inadequate 'cause i don't have a beard. assumed this link was a joke
• Might as well mention The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, now that we're at it. A pretty decent take on the Sherlock Holmes genre from Billy Wilder.
• To shield his identity, Khalid studied basic terrorist tradecraft - how to use programs such as Pidgin to encrypt chats and Tor to cloak his location.
In any case, quite an interesting post, thank you.
• has anyone mentioned fluoride yet?
• I thought they were going to call it XBox backside 540 stalefish. Bro. Brah. I've been calling it the Xbox Backflip for so long I keep forgetting that isn't the actual name.
• MAMMALS EATING DINOSAURS OH YES WE RULE ALSO, STARE AT THIS CAT: HERE
• So to analyze this, these US-based companies use transfer pricing to shift a lot of their paper profits from the US to foreign tax dodge jurisdictions. But these foreign places are well dodgy, and the US (still) has a relatively strong Government that enforces private ownership within a low risk environment without much fear of repatriation, devaluation or nationalisation. So they then transfer their funds back into US-guaranteed accounts. They're using all the force and security of a well functioning State, while basically avoiding paying for it. Held in Dollars and in US Securities makes sense to me. I didn't realize you could have in in a US regulated bank. That's really screwy and wrong.
• That reminds me, I won the neighbor lottery here. My upstairs neighbor, although I can hear her walk back and forth and hear her talk on the phone, also tends to enjoy the evening on her upper back porch playing music we LIKE. Even the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack. I have to stop myself from singing Man of Constant Sorrow along with her stereo at times.
• Man, this just keeps on getting worse: Xbox One Does Require Internet Connection, Can't Play Offline Forever In practice, I don't think that will be a deal breaker for most people. Even now my PS3 doesn't properly function without periodic updates. I know this because I hardly ever use it these days, but every couple of months I'll stick in a movie, and it will usually tell me that it won't play that blu-ray without first updating to version 28.43 of the operating system or some such.
• Dear Microsoft, Though you may not care, or at least that's the impression I've always gotten from you regarding your console market, I just wanted to leave you this memo saying Goodbye and thanks for all the memories. I will take with me memories like console hardware failures, poor gui design, inept customer support, lack of customization, marketplace purchases that make use of an inane point system instead of real currency, and title games with the most horrid matchmaking systems (and even more horrid user bases). I move on into a world that is brighter, wider, freer, prettier, cheaper, better for game designers, and just more intelligent overall. To your offer of motion controls, voice controls, subscription models, and, best of all, the looming notion of always online gaming and all the scurrilous motives I suspect you of having, I say thanks, but no thanks. Yours truly, The discerning* gaming consumer P.S. - Thanks for the controller design, I'll be using your gamepad for years to come. On my PC. * In case you didn't know, this means I have money to spend. Elsewhere.
• In Argentina, rival soccer fans don't just hate, they kill, and the violent partisans of top clubs fuel crime syndicates that influence the sport at its highest levels. Patrick Symmes braves the bottle rockets, howling mobs, urine bombs, and drunken grannies on a wild ride through the scariest fútbol underworld on earth. I used to scoff at the idea that mobs based on chariot racing teams used to rampage through Constantinople, but it seems plausible.
• So Bey beat him nine straight times, but then Kanye 'won' that one? Queen Bee.
• They are. They are legally required to pay the taxes owed. 35% to take the money home US Citizens must pay income tax on foreign income, even if that money is not returned to the US, and even if the person is a fulltime resident for another country. That's right, if you live in France and work in France, and you're a US citizen, you are responsible for paying income tax to the US if the US thinks that you didn't pay France enough. That is, if you're a person. If it's a corporation and you paid 2% tax on billions, then as you say, you pay those taxes if you ever bring the money back to the US.
• What if it wasn't the fake WiFi antennas triggering the nocebo effect. What if it was the headbands. TEACH THE CONTROVERSY!!!
• You'd be amazed (or maybe horrified) at what people feel like they just have to share with you when you've got a larger-than-average family size and you deign to take them out in public. Don't worry, when you have only one child they also feel the need to comment, question and tell you how you are doing it wrong. Overtly or not. People judge parents, it seems regardless of family size.
• The real marketing is not the ads in the beards, it is the media coverage this stunt will draw. Well played, beardvertisers.
• The show definitely picks up steam as it goes, despite some weak episodes. I love Lucy Liu and think the Jonny Lee Miller does a nice interpretation of Holmes, although he seemed a little more dangerous in the first episode or two. The season finale was enormously entertaining and made up for some of the filler episodes. I hope it keeps getting better. It's sort of like Castle for people in their thirties.
• I can sneer now, but when Internet to the Brain becomes a thing, I'll probably be jumping on whatever unsubstantiated reports I can find claiming 10G cerebral modem implants take away an individual's humanity and makes them more likely to loiter on my lawn listening to their devilish hive mind-sourced music.
• So... we assume the existence of triangular-cell beehives because we have no evidence for them?
• I wonder how you get the job of "Pallas Kitten's Dead Animal Dangler." So do I. Also, I would like to apply.
• The pictures of his family are gorgeous. His kids are cute. His wife is beautiful and their apartment looks lovely. Having the kids share a room is charming. But, man, when I think about being the baby-maker in a contraception-free marriage. Whoo-ee. Doesn't it sort of take the lustre out of things? I mean, you'd go to wiggle your eyebrows at your spouse and have to catch yourself because otherwise...BAM! 40 weeks of baby-brewing. Also, I think the comedy world is remiss for not having a comedienne sharing her side of these tales.
• next up: stupid shit that prosecutors get people charged with so that they'll agree to a plea. or: who's a sex offender? or: who's a "career criminal"? or: who's a juvenile? or: three strikes, I didn't realize this was baseball. I mean, good luck reforming bail but the criminal justice system is broken.
• If he was genuinely vaccinating these children, I don't see how he could be blamed for the death of thousands of children His actions got Save The Children kicked out of the country. Save the Children is now unable to vaccinate children as it once did. In the short term, some of those unvaccinated children will get polio. In the long term, efforts to wipe out polio have been kicked in the teeth. Polio will now remain endemic, and future generations of Pakistani children will get polio. This were foreseeable consequences of his actions. They are banned by international law because they are easily foreseeable consequences. nobody in this thread is blaming the people who are killing doctors and expelling aid organizations Let's blame everyone that is to blame. Pakistani paranoiacs, American spymasters, Afridi himself -- all of them. They are severably responsible; it is fair to arrest and punish any one of them even if others get off scott free. Don't ask why Afridi is in prison; ask why other guilty parties are free.
• Stupid vaporware Steam box...
• Maybe when I was in college that kind of time wasting was fun, but nowadays I'd much rather pay someone else to maintain services for me. I've just grown weary of "oh, my RSS feeds aren't updating, guess I better figure out what went wrong. Took me about....10 minutes? One time? Meanwhile in about a month your Google Reader RSS feeds won't be updating and you'll have to figure out some solution.
• Iridic said it. What a mensch.
• I'm sure they'll have small games and such on there to download, but they don't let you download full AAA titles, do they? The article sounded like they were still basically disk based.
• I wonder how loudly I'll have to shout "INSTALL A LOCAL RSS READER" before anyone can hear it. I can hear it, but I have no interest in that. Maybe when I was in college that kind of time wasting was fun, but nowadays I'd much rather pay someone else to maintain services for me. I've just grown weary of "oh, my RSS feeds aren't updating, guess I better figure out what went wrong."
• > L_Y - you are correct. The US taxes personal income globally. That even pertains to GC holders. What I'm interested in is the following question. If I moved back to the UK and started to work there, the United States government would expect me, born and raised in England, a UK citizen, not a USA citizen, to pay my taxes to the US government, a government that would not be providing me any services or value of any type - and would be willing to actually jail me for not doing so (in theory, though my accountant said that in practice they'd probably take all my money instead) - unless I renounced my Green Card (which I have a legal right to as my father was a US citizen). I'm actually a triple citizen - Australia, the UK and Canada. None of these countries tries to collect any taxes on earnings I make in other countries - as far as I know the United States is the only country in the world that does this. Is there any explanation as to why this is true? How this can possibly be fair - particularly since US corporations, also nominally people, can hide all the money they want and all we get is people saying, "Well, they aren't a charity"? I'm not a fucking charity either. Why should I pay when Apple doesn't?
• amanda: "But, yeah, you go beyond two and the world seems to start judging." You'd be amazed (or maybe horrified) at what people feel like they just have to share with you when you've got a larger-than-average family size and you deign to take them out in public. DON'T YOU KNOW WHAT CAUSES THAT? THAT'S SOME FUNNY SHIT RIGHT THERE AMIRITE?
• It's not like his kids (at least one of whom is a baby) are blasting death metal at 2am. yet
• TBH the times I've watched it it's just seemed like a generic dumb crime show with vague Sherlockian theming, but mileage varies I guess. They should let Lucy Liu be funny in it, that would make it a whole lot more likable.
• a mere 26-39 since the first 13 are already in the can Reading that back, maybe I was unclear. That's 2-3 seasons to go before Will definitely will be starting to really put the pieces together. That is, they've only got to keep the ball in the air till that point and then no longer have to think of "tricks."
• Oh! Thanks, Rock Steady! I tried going to the dropdown arrow next to the gear and didn't fully grok that the gear itself was an entirely separate button. Too much time on Google, I guess.
• I own the PS3, 360, and a bleeding edge gaming PC. The PS3 was my least-used device for actual gaming, as it mainly acts as a Blu-Ray player for the living room. Up until I built my new PC, my 360 was on almost all of the time: first choice for gaming, Netflix, music, what-have-you. The PS4 is focusing on gaming this go-round, but with limited backwards compatibility (something about streaming old games for a price, maybe??). The 360 wants to be your cable box and I don't own cable. My PC runs Steam and Origin and GOG, is backwards compatible, and can be upgraded to meet the improving demands of core gaming. I enjoyed having the consoles in my home for gaming, but with a new family on the horizon and less disposable cash for selfish purchases, I think Sony and Microsoft have priced me out of this generation for now.
• (including the voice recognition, which i'm sure is server based like Siri) Current Kinect doesn't do anything server based; I would be very very very surprised if the new one does. (Siri doesn't actually require a data signal, does it?)
• I laugh out loud when the guys on New Girl start yelling parkour! and doing terrible somersaults and awkward jumps on the furniture. I went to high school with a guy who did this. He wasn't being sarcastic or anything, and it wasn't a reference. Everyone I still talk to who I went to school with still does it today sarcastically. Parkour isn't inherently douchey, but that guy was a douche and so are a lot of people who do it. It's kinda like polo shirts or BMWs. Douches may take part, but it doesn't make the item or activity inherently douchey.
• You don't eat hot pockets. You lob them at your enemies or fall on them to protect your brothers and sisters in arms.
• it's also clearly about consolidating your digital entertainment and operate as much more of a lifestyle device. Why is this something that anyone wants? Also, I don't know what a "lifestyle device" is, but it sounds miserable.
• The same Congress that's acting all shocked and surprised and outraged today has been approving and enabling these tax arrangements for years, all the while collecting campaign contributions from the companies that are doing this. And of course it's not just Apple, it's Google, Facebook, GE, Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, etc. The core of the Double Irish is that you move your intellectual property to an Irish company which is tax resident in a tax haven like the Caymans. Paper profits are moved around, through the Netherlands typically, and Ireland skims a little off the top. Every country wins! And if you're a company primarily trading in intellectual property, you'd be crazy not to be doing this now. The drawback with these arrangements is the profits are trapped in Europe. That's why every few years companies lobby for a tax holiday to repatriate the income. "Gosh, Mr. Congressmen, we'd love to invest in America and we have all this money just sitting in an Irish account, can you help us bring it back in?" Why, Apple is proposing a tax holiday right now. The entire system is corrupt and broken. From the US tax code with its enormous 35% corporate tax rate married to giant loopholes, to European countries perfectly willing to participate in tax games as long as they get to keep a slice of the action, to Caribbean countries whose entire economy depends on dodgy corporate paperwork. But the true corruption is in Congress, which on one day allows this kind of nonsense and on the next day puts up some theater about how outraged they are, right before pocketing the campaign donations. Congress is competent to solve this, they just don't want to.
• People in this thread have been lumping together anti-WiFi, anti-wind turbine, anti-vaccine, anti-fluoride paranoia. I think it's interesting that we mostly seem to assume that, psychologically, these things are all basically the same. It seems intuitively right to me: they're all motivated by a mistrust of science and anxiety about modern technology, plus a fear of outside forces polluting the body, and believers tend to deploy the same justifications (scientists are being paid off! the government is in league with industry!). At the same time, I'm not convinced it really makes sense to lump all of these people into one big group of paranoids. Do we really know that anti-vaccine activists also tend to mistrust WiFi and fluoride? It's definitely possible (other conspiracy theories tend to go together), but I think far from certain. Also: what are the demographics that believe in these things? For example, anti-vaccine activists are always portrayed as the stereotypical neurotic overprotective middle-class white mother; but I suspect this image could have more to do with cultural beliefs about women and mothers than it does with reality. On the other hand, it might not: all the anti-WiFi activists I've heard about in this thread have been running for school boards. Perhaps people are more paranoid about their children? And while these kinds of conspiracy theories obviously show up in all political groups, it is possible that certain ones could be more strongly correlated with the left or right (traditionally, anti-fluoride paranoia has gone along with anti-Semitism, and paranoia about Communists, etc.) It would be interesting to see good social science research that showed how these beliefs correlate with age, race, class, family, politics, etc..
• JUST LIKE VOLTRON
• I'm still going to think of it more as House does Law and Order than as a Sherlock Holmes show though. I don't disagree, and I appreciate Elementary as another procedural with Sherlock DNA rather than an actual adaptation. Adherence to source material is not all that important to me, though I understand it is to others.
• FABLE IV We were just having a laugh ... but then you had to go too far.
• Apple defense force is in full effect this morning. Keep in mind that testifying to Congress is not a court of law, it's one of the responsibilities of Congress to investigate businesses, government agencies, individuals that are using existing laws in a way that wasn't intended in order to show light on those impacts in order to get the public to demand to change them. As such investigating one of the largest technology companies for their business practices is perfectly acceptable and should be encouraged regardless of whether they are adhering to the letter of the law or not.
• "If Apple pays a dime more in taxes than they are supposed to or legally obligated to they would be in egregious violation of their ... responsibility to the shareholders." I've heard this argument many times. It's like saying that if a server or cashier in a restaurant is not trying their hardest to rip off the customer and defraud the government then they are doing an egregious disservice to the restaurant owner. It is a fiction that every shareholder just wants money however unethically it is obtained. I am, like many people, a shareholder in many companies and I definitely desire that the companies I own a part of conduct themselves ethically and not merely by the barest possible legal technicalities.
• In addition, the US practice of striking one area multiple times, and its record of killing first responders, makes both community members and humanitarian workers afraid to assist injured victims. Oh holy shit. Oh I hope there's a special circle of hell. It is beyond unconscionable to kill first responders or use international medical aid as a cover for political gain. Bin Laden was not a good dude, but his death is far from worth the thousands of lives it's going to cost across the world because medical care is no longer getting where it's needed. I am joining a Global Health graduate program in the fall. I will almost certainly be going to undeveloped, unstable areas at some point my career. At this point, I'm more afraid of my own government's stupidity getting me killed than I am of the locals per se.
• I like this. I've been using feedly but have been frustrated because it's a plugin so I can only access it from my personal machine.
• Legal codes don't just grow on trees. We make them Where exactly is the collective "WE" involved? When drafted by reps? When signed by The Pres/Gov with a signing statement? When the enforcement arm writes up policy? When a judge makes a ruling? Or when the individual who makes a determination at inspection/enforcement time says 'that is illegal' and fine/detention at your liberty happens?
• Exactly why is it "bullshit" to not wish to pay taxes to a country that you are not resident in, not getting services from, and not a citizen of - particularly when American corporations, nominally "people", do not have such a restriction? Then mail in your green card. It was part of the deal. Global Taxation is a good thing. This whole AAPL thing can only exist because Corporations are not taxed on their global income. If you wanted to immediately and dramatically change the economics of tax havens around the world make global taxation part of the deal for developed countries.
• > To a first order approximation, a dollar per share of retained earnings increases the share price by a dollar. JPD: Surely resulting in a drop in tax revenues, as capital gains are taxed at a lesser rate than dividends? And surely you aren't paying attention. Twice previously I've said that both dividend and capital gain rates need to be raised to make it work.
• This Is Just To Say I have saved the kittehs that were on the greenlawn and which you were probably trying to play with Forgive me they were undefended so furry and so gray -William Chihuahua Williams
• Framer, see Rhaomi's answer above. Google searches the web in near real-time. Almost nobody else on earth can do that.
• I just want A Thing that can stream video files in an .mkv container from my huge media center. If Your Thing can do that with little to no fuss, then I am in the market for Your Thing. Go get a Roku and download Plex. Plex streams absolutely everything.
• You don't eat hot pockets. You lob them at your enemies or fall on them to protect your brothers and sisters in arms. Relevant
• And when the Doyle original _does_ decide to be rude, he's usually somewhat subtle about it, for example:
"What a woman -- oh, what a woman!" cried the King of Bohemia, when we had all three read this epistle. "Did I not tell you how quick and resolute she was? Would she not have made an admirable queen? Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?" "From what I have seen of the lady she seems indeed to be on a very different level to your Majesty," said Holmes coldly.
There's a fanon Holmes that has gotten built up over the years that doesn't have that much to do with the original texts.
• all i can say is wow. just wow.
• If you want to feel better, replace the word "cloud" with "clown". Everything is suddenly magical. Better yet, install the CloudToButt extension and your browser will automatically replace all instances of that increasingly obnoxious phrase "the cloud" with the much more entertaining "my butt". It's a subtle effect, good for about one laugh a day.
• There must have been wind turbines within 100 miles of the test site ...
• Nobody has PS3 games. What does that even mean? To me, it speaks to the fact that 100% of the people I knew that have/had a PS3 didn't play it for very long after release. They either sold it, used it as a blueray player, or let it collect dust. YMMV.
• I'm sorry, are you calling me a rich person who is bullshitting? No, I'm saying that the US's global taxation is overwhelmingly targeted at rich people's bullshit. To a first approximation: If you don't make more than about twice the US's median family income, you won't owe the US any tax. Even if you do, you would only pay net tax to the US if the place where you lived had lower taxes than you would pay in the US. Which pretty much means a tax haven, given how low US taxes are. If you move to the UK and earn a normal middle class pay, you will not owe the US any taxes. Hell, if you move to the UK and earn lots of money and pay your taxes to the UK honestly, you will still not owe the US anything because UK tax rates are higher than US. At least over the long haul; there's this weird timing issue with how you count foreign taxes as credits against US taxes. What you'll have to do is file a 1040. Exactly why is it "bullshit" to not wish to pay taxes to a country that you are not resident in, not getting services from, and not a citizen of - particularly when American corporations, nominally "people", do not have such a restriction? It's not bullshit. It's bullshit for a bunch of rich jackholes who certainly do expect to keep receiving services from a country to pretend to live somewhere else, or even actually move somewhere else after they've built a fortune using the US's government and legal structure, so that they can avoid paying taxes. The US's global taxation mechanism is heavily targeted at well-off people using tax havens, and that's good. Like any government mechanism, it's also going to catch some people it wasn't intended to, and the screening mechanism is inconvenient to live with. Pretty much every hedge fund in NYC would immediately relocate to Zug and move their corporate structure out of Delaware or where ever it is to something purely offshore (probably Malta) and those guys would never pay taxes again. I'm coming to feel that tax havens like that, and to a lesser extent Delaware, are basically enemies of humanity. Are we still on target for a Helvetian War?
• > If they don't respond to that, they're not going to respond to anything, because they just fundamentally don't believe in science... but... but... they believe in science enough to believe that wi-fi exists. I am confused.
• Is there any real info on whether they've borked used games? I was basing my assertion on the Wired article, which was just updated.
Microsoft called Wired after this story was originally published to say that the company did have a plan for used games, and that further details were forthcoming.
there are additional fees for the ability to play pre-owned games I kind of inferred that the "additional fee" that was mentioned to install games on additional Xboxes was going to be the full retail cost of the game.
• Want: less fratboy dudebro shit like COD, less social crap that nobody wants, more games dammit, purchases with real money. Don't care what it looks like. Welcome to PC or indie gaming! Let me take your coat.
• I might be wrong about this, but it seems to me that a fair bit of infrastructure problems are solved if you just take care of subscription, saved post, and perhaps a bit of social network data, and push the job of fetching and rendering feeds to the client. In other words, use the Metafilter-Client approach implemented by FeedDemon, NetNewsWire, and RSS Owl rather than a Metfailter-Middleman-Client approach. However, I don't think you can do that in a browser frame without breaking the same-origin security rule.
• Um, if you're not using the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, you're probably overpaying this tax guy of yours?
• I notice the video cuts out right before the, "Okay, fine. I give up," moment.
• I'm kind of hoping the 360 stays in production for a while. Mine's been a champ, but it's going to die eventually. I have all these great games, really great games, that I still keep coming back to years later. I understand why backwards compatibility won't work with the architecture changes. I just want to plunk in my copy of Mass Effect or Assassin's Creed or Deadly Premonition and have it work, and I don't particularly care to repurchase them on Steam when I have perfectly functional copies right here.
• Well, if wifi isn't harmless, then the '1st world' is pretty screwed, as wifi is darn near *everywhere*. Not just a 1st World Problem anymore.
• It's not quite ready for primetime yet, but I've been working on a Google Reader replacement Firefox extension. If you're brave, you can try it out here: Rsstler Keep in mind that it hasn't yet been reviewed. I think I've handled all the security concerns correctly, but I could be wrong, so use at your own peril. There are some features -- particularly synchronization across multiple computers -- that aren't quite working yet. But as a single-computer RSS reader it works fairly well. The interface is completely customizable (you can provide your own CSS) but out of the box should be intuitive to anyone used to Google Reader.
• Microsoft/Amazon/etc going into Thunderdome with Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, and slaughtering each other. No matter who loses, we win.
• I think it's very well done, and I absolutely love that they've put an attractive woman on TV and haven't made her a sex object. It's a very rare thing.
• For the real football experience you need the non-league pyramid. Tea in a china mug and trooping round the empty terracing to stand behind the goal you're attacking at half-time on some wind-swept former slag heap or surprisingly forested Dingly Dell in the West Country. Fellow supporters either relatives of the players or old codgers who played in their famed nearly-promoted side of the 1950s.
• Why is this something that anyone wants? Millions of people out there with different needs and wants. It's true! As to why, think of something you want and then try to think of someone you know who doesn't want that same thing. It's just like that, and works in reverse too. It's incredibe, but there are a ton of different markets for the millions of people out there. Also, I don't know what a "lifestyle device" is, but it sounds miserable. It's a marketing philosophy that's been around for years and many companies base their marketing and products on it to some extent. You might have heard of Apple for example, or Nike, or car companies. To me, it speaks to the fact that 100% of the people I knew that have/had a PS3 didn't play it for very long after release. They either sold it, used it as a blueray player, or let it collect dust. 100% of the people I know that have a PS3 spend buckets of money on games. I've even seen games being sold at stores and new one's released. This of course doesn't discount that others are not using them, like exercise equipment, juicers, or tablets.
• English football crowds can be mean, but they also can be fun: Proof
• zed: Does your TV not pass audio through to your receiver? Well, yeah, of course, but that's just for the digital tuner, and... my god that was an embarrassing brainfart. Thank you for saving me \$45 and further embarrassment...
• I'm far more curious about his wife than him.
• He's promoting a book of essays he wrote about fatherhood. Why wouldn't he talk about his kids?
• Yeah, this has been terrible. There have always been conspiracy theories flying around about international aid workers. Before, one was able to to be righteously indignant, "Really? You're going to refuse to give your kids polio drops because you're afraid that these people are 'foreign agents'?" The CIA's use of aid workers becoming public has made a lot of social development work a lot harder. Think: "Oh those aid workers were telling us to get polio drops and we know aid workers are CIA agents. Polio drops must be terrible for us and our kids. They are probably an evil plan to sterilize our men."
• they said doody a lot
• poe: "If you want to feel better, replace the word "cloud" with "clown". Everything is suddenly magical." Stop daydreaming. You've really got your head in the clowns about this.
• It's not that Holmes is incapable of empathy, just that it almost always takes the back seat to analysis. He's not a sociopath, but he is someone who built up an analytic rule set based in part on empathy and then cut himself off almost entirely from that mode of thinking. This is in part I think why Adler as a combination of romantic interest and nemesis works well even if it's not canonical, it speaks to the idea that his Achilles heel is forcing the emotional part of his brain to suppress the very strong analytic side.
• tzikeh touched on this above, but Young Sherlock Holmes ranks up there with Goonies and Labyrinth in terms of 80s awesome kids movies
• I might finally buy a PS3 ever since Gran Turismo 6 was announced. That's all I'll use it for probably. That and Journey.
• In the wake of the impending loss of google reader on July 1 (Previously) it was perhaps inevitable that someone would come up with a suitible and bloat free replacement, meet CommaFeed

It is open source, available in hosted as well as self-hosted formats, and has the ability to import directly from google reader. Enjoy!
• kittens love WWE.
• Fanboy perspective: if talking to Apple about eventually leads to Halliburton paying more taxes I'm all for it. Wouldn't the fanboy perspective be "Apple has transcended the hating corporate tax avoidance market while simultaneously reinventing it" or something like that?
• I gave my heart to a guy in exchange for #1 vote. My pancreas is also available as are other organs. See eBay for details.
• Wish the article wasn't paywalled. The abstract is kinda crappy, and the blog write-up is kinda crappy. 82 of 147 participants reported symptoms-- but how was this divided between the two groups? This is especially important given the following: Witthöft says he expected to see a greater effect in people who had watched the frightening documentary. This wasn't the case overall. Instead, the movie mainly increased symptoms in subjects who described themselves beforehand as more anxious. What was that supposed to mean? Does the study actually support what we're all reading it as supporting? It's also written that Withold would prefer a third group that weren't given a wifi doohickey to test; I would suggest, especially given his findings r/t anxiety, that a third and fourth group be tested: groups that watched the respective primers but never tested fake wifi. It would be reasonable to imagine that the BBC documentary was all about making anxious people more anxious, and it may not have been necessary to make them test the fake gadgets to get the symptom reports.
• olinerd: Can't figure out how to do it here. Has anyone else found a way? In Settings (the gear icon at the top) there is a check box for "Show feeds with no unread items". Uncheck it to hide "empty" feeds from your list.
• On the other hand, as US citizens abroad have to pay US income taxes on untaxed or undertaxed income. Only above a pretty high bar. If corporations are people, why shouldn't they be treated the same way as a person with foreign income? They are. They are legally required to pay the taxes owed. 35% to take the money home. Or they can leave it where it is (legally) and not pay until they want it back in the US. Considering Apple makes 61% of it's money from non-US sources, why not leave the money where youo can best leverage it? Sure politicians and your average bloke doesn't think it's fair that Apple has so much money, but why does that mean the US government should get it if it wasn't earned here? Why should the US get any? What did they do to earn their share? And yes, I actually think they do deserve a share, since they did sign treaties and such, but 35%? That's robbery.
• This is great. Just got back from a trip to Iran. My wife and I are American, so we were required by Iranian law to have a pre-approved itinerary and a guide with us at all times, although our guide, who was awesome, didn't give a shit about any of that. My wife asked a lot of questions to our guide and random local women, including about gyms and sports. The general consensus was that the number of women participating in athletics is increasing, although they are still hampered by societal and familial displeasure.
• Here is my favorite illustration of a grumpy wildcat.
• Posting billions of dollars of profit but not quite as many billions as you were hoping for is not the traditional sense of "circling the drain".
• Test cricket is 5 days. Like anything, it can be boring, or it can look boring to an outside yet be a tense and dramatic struggle with its own rhythm, the way a good 1-run baseball game with a pitcher's duel can be incredibly dramatic if you are a knowledgable watcher. The same with any game in any sport, really. Some premiership matches are a bore, some are thrillers. Having watched some condensed baseball on MLB.tv, i'm surprised how wrong it feels to watch paced that way, and have gone back to only the full length games.
• However, I don't have five kids because I'm not some narcissist who thinks reproduction is a contest to see who can spread their DNA the best while 4/5 of the world is starving to death whilst simultaneously drowning in our shit. His cameo in Super Troopers makes up for this and his many other personal faults.
• > The U.S. is providing you with a valuable Green Card, which you apparently value very highly since you seem unwilling to give it up. As I wrote above your comment: "Once I move I was planning to renounce my Green Card anyway - a good chunk of my very reason for leaving is to stop supporting the United States." And thanks to aramaic (very much appreciated!) we have established that the first ~100K is exempt given certain very reasonable conditions so I'm mostly in the clear anyway. But I have a legal right to that card. Why, exactly, should I be paying for it? What's the explanation? What services am I receiving from the US government that entitles them to tax me? As I pointed out, I have actual citizenship in three countries, and none of them have ever tried to tax me for that privilege when I wasn't living there. What make the United States special?
• Apple is doing the same thing every other company does -- chasing fiduciary responsibility to its utmost. Oh, well, that makes it alright then.
• Here is a list of states where power can't be cut off completely during the winter. Curiously Alaska, Colorado and North Dakota don't have protections, and New York's looks like it sucks (only the 2-week period during Christmas and New Years), but just about every cold-weather state has a law.
• re: starred articles, Feedly says "we will automatically upgrade ALL your feeds, your category/folder structure and up to 250 starred articles."
• I also wonder how hard it would be to hack into Smart Meters- just one more awesome avenue for your stalker ex to make your life miserable. That's conjecture, but I don't trust PG&E to have the highest levels of online security. Wouldn't it be easier for your stalker ex to hack your email? Or your voicemail? If they hack into your smart meter, then what, exactly? I admit I'm not the brightest guy, but it seems to be you would have to have considerable training to tamper with a smart meter. They just display your power consumption. In the future you may have IP-enable devices, but what would a stalker do with IP address of your toaster or curling iron?
• Jane's Jihad: the new face of terrorism. A Reuters series in four parts.
The case was so serious, authorities said, that they charged the woman, Colleen LaRose, with crimes that could keep her in prison for the rest of her life. Now, as she awaits sentencing, a months-long Reuters review of confidential documents and interviews with sources in Europe and the United States -- including the first and only interview with Jihad Jane herself -- reveals a far less menacing and, in some ways, more preposterous undertaking than what the U.S. government asserted.

Chapter 1: From abuse to a chat room, a martyr is made Chapter 2: A vow is confirmed; a jihad grows Chapter 3: The FBI visits; the jihad begins Chapter 4: Confessions, jail and unwavering faith Colleen LaRose pled guilty to plotting to murder Lars Vilks, and faces a life sentence.
• I read the phrase "high concept platform" while looking at that picture and my brain just gave up and shut down. What is this? I don't even.
• Those cats are terrifying. Did you see the paws on that thing? Yikes!
• Aaand today's the day I'm suddenly very interested in this "Steam Box" thing I've been hearing about.
• Apple looking for a dialog on tax laws is like BP looking for a dialog on using Liberian registered oil tankers. Well, not really. This is the first moment in time since the 1986 rewrite of the Code that Congress seems to be gathering momentum for tax reform. Between Rep. Camp's House Ways and Means efforts, and Sen. Levin retiring and making tax reform a priority before he leaves office, I think there is a real possibility for meaningful change. In my experience, many companies would prefer to have more certainty with respect to uncertain positions, to be able to repatriate funds more easily (or move capital around more generally), and avoid the cost and effort involved in establishing and maintaining an efficient tax structure. International is one area under review, as are financial products, passthoughs, etc. I think we may see significant changes that will bring home a lot more offshore capital and end a lot of planning. Of course, it's likely that there will be new kinds of planning available, but as Viva Hammer of Brandeis testified before W'n'M a couple of months ago, Congress and the IRS needs to give more frequent guidance and laws to stay on top of current developments. The Supreme Court determined long ago that tax planning (within the law) is perfectly legal. They have a great opportunity right now to change the landscape. Very exciting.
• Is there a social positioning thing going on? Not sure what you mean. Game consoles have traditionally been developed to play games, and Microsoft as a company has been moving further and further away from that. I'm trying to express dissatisfaction with that.
• Look, I have nothing against heterosexuals, I just wish they didn't have to be so open about their lifestyle.
• I don't think it's material. I think he really does live in an apartment with his family. The former doesn't follow from the latter, though. Making material out of your actual daily experiences is totally normal for a ton of comedians; my point is not that it's fundamentally fictional, but that it's unlikely to be literal and documentary. If the only funny things comedians said on stage were verbatim, uncolored recitals of true life events, observational humor would wither and die as a form awfully fast.
• zarq, this was in Kansas City. There weren't any protestors outside, though again given what this part of the country can be like I understand why they take the precautions they do. It was just the starkness of the isolation that hit me. No family members/partners/best friends/whatever there with someone. No phone call or text message of support from someone who couldn't be there in person. Just the complete feeling of "you are alone here" while sitting in the waiting area. As soon as my appointment was done and I was back outside I just sat in my car and grabbed my phone so I could get a feeling of humanity again.
• So... uh... when does this update feeds? Google Reader informed me of this post almost right after it was posted and I signed up, pulled the last 10 items from all my feeds but nothing since...
• So, what is the point of this anyways. Does the Congress/IRS not know/understand how this sort of accountancy works? They do have the powers to make this illegal (if it is already not so). If this is bothering them so much, why are they not acting in a consequential manner. Because they need an overwhelming public consensus equal to the consensus among those who fund their political careers in order to justify taking action. If they can't go to their industry contributors and make the argument they have no chance of election or reelection if they don't take action, those contributors won't give any money to their campaigns but will fund challengers instead.
• It's that he apparently hasn't taught them to be respectful of the fact that they share a building with other people. 5 kids in a 2-bedroom apartment. It's not a question of "being respectful" at that point. 5 kids running and playing are going to drive the neighbours insane no matter what. Dealing with other people's noise is just a fact of apartment life. If only people were reasonable about this. I lived on the 4th floor of a building with no elevators for a year and a bit. The fourth floor was just us on the roof, and the staircase we used was basically only used by us. The building was located on a busy, high-traffic street next to a hospital (with ambulance sirens at all hours), near the hospital's helicopter landing pad, which was in frequent use as well. While moving in, one of the downstairs neighbours complained about the noise and asked if we planned on being this noisy all the time. While me and a friend were lifting a fucking sofa up the stairs, and a moving truck is parked outside. About a month after we moved in, "someone" put a note in the stairwell with a picture of an elephant on it "politely" asking us to use the stairs more quietly. I'm a 200+lbs man, wearing shoes, and I have to carry groceries up the stairs sometimes too. They also used to bang on their ceiling for such infractions as dropping the remote off of the arm of the sofa or putting the glass I was drinking from onto the floor. I took up jumping rope in response. Being respectful is a 2-way street, and I get to live my life in the space I pay for too.
• (P.S. Dogs are worse.)
• I love this show. Then again, my love for Lucy Liu knows no bounds.
• Why should they The Korean gaming market is enormous, and there are exceedingly few consoles in homes here, in part because they have been import-taxed exorbitantly, in part because of gaming-culture differences. The software side of the equation -- the games themselves -- would be something they'd struggle with, I think. But Samsung makes everything from toilet paper to apartment buildings -- Samsung Electronics is only one large piece of the gigantic Sammy pie, though it is the most visible slice overseas. There's a major void in the domestic market here in Korea, at least, and launching something here would presumably let them learn lessons they could apply if they wanted to get a piece of the larger international market as well, as gravy if nothing else. If they came up with something that leveraged a lot of the new and interesting tech that's coming out their own labs and others here in Korea, and had something that differentiated itself from other offerings currently out there, I'd think it would be something they'd at least investigate.
• Pepsi Bluebeard Wouldn't that... require you to put advertising on the bodies of your secretly murdered wives? Quite possibly the worst advertising idea ever, and that is saying a lot.
• posted by not_the_water Eponysterical?
• When rich people avoid taxes, it is an outrage. When rich companies avoid taxes, that's just doing business? Lets just recognize that Apple is known for their innovation. Why would we expect that if their company is worth billions, their products are innovative, and that they are capable of hiring the absolute best minds in the world that that they wouldn't hire the most innovative finance and accounting wing possible? Right and wrong have really no place in post-postmodern society. Hamburger.
• And it's possible there's stroller parking in the lobby of their building. To this non-urbanite, that idea is both completely surreal and ...yeah, totally reasonable. I love shit like that.
• Mensch.
• "On the other hand, as US citizens abroad have to pay US income taxes on untaxed or undertaxed income. If corporations are people, why shouldn't they be treated the same way as a person with foreign income?" The US is one of the only countries in the world that taxes its citizens on foreign earned income that is not repatriated. I think that's a good thing, but the US is an outlier, and non-repatriated Foreign income for corporates is not taxed in the US, or nearly anywhere else. The issue with Apple and these sorts of dodges isn't if the foreign income was taxed, but rather if the profits were actually made in the domicile AAPL claims they were. That is basically the crux of the issue. You use these sort of corporate structures to place your profits in domiciles with low tax rates. If AAPL wanted to repatriate that money into the US so it could repay shareholders or buy back shares they would have to be taxed at the statutory tax rate.
• "Sheesh, why aren't we taking care of 87 year old homeless people in this country? posted by Soliloquy Because they are no longer useful to the engines of production.
• Yeah, there's full digital downloads. Though usually they're only released to that weeks if not months after retail release. A key question will be if they start doing day-one digital releases. I know WiiU does some of that and I think PS4 is supposed to be encouraging that as well. The lack of backwards compatibility is disheartening. It's very annoying but honestly as soon as the hardware spec rumors started solidifying it was a pipe dream to have BC on either new console. They're both completely changing architectures. And 360s aren't exactly long lived. The "S" (slim) models are pretty reliable, from what I understand. Even the late-term pre-S models were mostly free of the first few batches' issues.
• I wouldn't be surprised to see another crash in the near future. It might have started already. Well casual games are crushing AAA games right now.
• So they can't write an emulator capable of adequately simulating an 8 year old processor, therefore all the games I have won't run and I have to get new ones if I buy this thing? I think they might not be able to do this. This PPC emulator runs at 1/40 speed, which is less than 8 years worth of Moore's law (never minding that the new CPU is more cores rather than faster cores, which makes it even harder. Or anything about the GPU.) Even if they could do it, it would be a lot of expensive work. Just testing the emulator would be a huge effort. And that work ... helps people avoid buying new games? Great. Bottom line: If you want to play XBox 360 games, you should continue to use an XBox 360 for that.
• Never watched it much, but the season finale was quite good. Will have to check out the other episodes. The platonic, but still caring relationship between Watson and Sherlock is well done.
• Molly Crabapple: Talking About My Abortion
• "The comedian and actor lives with his wife, Jeannie Noth Gaffigan, and five children — that's not a typo — in a two-bedroom apartment in lower Manhattan." An NPR interview with Jim Gaffigan on kids, comedy, and apartment living.

"In an urban setting, when you live in an apartment building, you hear everything. But if you could imagine living under five little kids, it's a crisis ... we're now on our third set of downstairs neighbors, but when our two preceding neighbors were moving, they asked us to hide the fact that we had children from prospective buyers, and the only polite thing to do, really, is to hide your existence so you can trick the next set of downstairs neighbors. But there's been moments where we've had to hide our children in a bedroom, and it feels like a scene from Sound of Music, you know."
• I'm suspicious of anything starting with "How To Convince People..."
• > And American corporations are not nominally people. We are talking about corporate personhood, yes?
• So I'm going to display my ignorance and ask: how exactly do marketing tactics like this work? Personally speaking, a clever ad won't make me want the product more if it isn't a good product to start with. I guess it reminds me that the brand still exists. And I do frequently forget that A&W exists.
• In truth, I've never cared much for either Miller or Liu, so "Elementary" just didn't grab me at all. Robert Downey's version of Holmes was enjoyable enough for a couple of movies, but I really have no pressing need to see him play the character again. Though it has its share of flaws too, the Cumberbatch/Freeman version is my favorite of the three, for the performances of the leads and the general look & feel of the production. And to agree with what someone mentioned upthread, I wouldn't mind if they made Cumberbatch/Holmes a little less misanthropic, as that aspect of the character seems overemphasized right now.
• This is a nice story. I don't want to hear one drop of fucking snark on this one. There is no downside to this, no angle worth ripping on. This is a Nice Thing.
• It might not be enough, but it would seem to make it harder to avoid taxes the point here is that its easier to avoid tax. we set this system up under JFK with an eye toward making US companies as competitive abroad as possible, which means permitting tax deferral until dividended back to a US company. these are features, IOW, not bugs. (i believe "capital export neutrality" is the fancy pants tax policy term)
• FWIW, lotta hatin' coming from the game devs on my Twitter feed right now.
• I'm mildly surprised that Samsung hasn't made any moves to get into this game, actually, but I suppose they've watched the way that things have been going for the Japanese companies and decided to hang back. Why should they or Apple? Samsung makes literally a thousand times higher profits than Nintendo does. They earn what Nintendo made all of last year in a single afternoon.
• Lemurian Quartz!!!! I have been taught something new to laugh at thanks Robocop.
• Just apply it vigorously to the anti-Wifi crowd member while screaming HOMEOPATHIC EDUCATION! HOMEOPATHIC EDUCATION! and they will find themselves illuminated or unconscious in no time. God, I love the idea of "homeopathic education". Does it work like, say, a little drop of ignorance, diluted over and over again until it's finally offered up as an overpriced and ineffectual piece of learning to deeply credulous people? That would be magnificently self-referential.
• Also what are their alignments. The big puppy is neutral eager, the chihuahua is lawful bossy, and the kittens are chaotic cuddly.
• So the guy's Catholic. So he has possibly wacky views on procreation. So what? He's not cramming his lifestyle down anyone else's throat, from what I can tell. And Gaffigan is hardly complaining in this interview. For god's sake, the guy's dream was to be a successful comedian, and he has by all measures achieved it. Let the guy have his five kids.
• Pfft. You high hats can have your razz at the fellas who have the goods on the WiFi. When you're all half seas over from the poison rays, I'll be putting on the ritz over here with my radium hair powder, whilst sitting in my comfortable Scheele's Green chaise.
• Anyone taken a look at how much Apple actually does pay in taxes? I'd be interested in seeing such a number.
• Oh, and say what you want about Bovril – and I will, because it's fucking rank – but it has never, ever "masqueraded" as soup. I might as well accuse Buckfast of masquerading as a particularly fine 1959 vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Bovril is delicious! You can make a life-affirming hot beverage out of it or spread on your buttered toast and fried egg as an everyday special treat. Or do both at the same time! It's a food, a drink, and your best friend all wrapped up in a gooey darker-than-a-black-hole pitch tar like substance
• You don't have to use the kinect for anything. I imagine the main use for it will be voice commands. That's mostly what I use mine for.
• Microsoft has unveiled their new console, and it wants to dominate your living room. How Xbox One plans to fight Sony, Steam, and everything else.
• I don't know why people are concerning themselves with this nonsense when there's real shit to worry about like chemtrails and mind-control via vaccinations.
• Only one man has played Sherlock Holmes and his name is Jeremy Brett. The rest have played at playing. http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=JX6a--uu6QM&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DJX6a--uu6QM
• Yeah my cat has tried to take on dogs three times his size and up, even though in every case the dog was all "huh? you don't wanna play? WHY ARE YOU SO MAD OMG MY FACE PLEASE STOP"
• I Googled it, and feedly has their own backend now and is working to import its users Google Reader stuff to the new system. Still, TT-RSS looks pretty good. When I get some spare time, I might have to try installing it on my Raspberry Pi.
• People have long been interested in the architectural endeavors of animals. The internal structure of bee hives, the hexagonal combs of wax, have been amongst these ponderings, going back to Marcus Terentius Varro's Rerum Rusticarum Libri Tres, a volume on Roman farm management. He wrote, "The geometricians prove that this hexagon inscribed in a circular figure encloses the greatest amount of space," and over the years, mathematicians have studied the hexagonal structures made by bees, and in 1998, Thomas Hales produced a mathematical proof for the classical hexagonal honeycomb conjecture, which "asserts that the most efficient partition of the plane into equal areas is the regular hexagonal tiling."

Pappus of Alexandria also wrote upon the sagacity of bees, in their selection of the hexagon for their honeycombs. In 1913, Virginia Farmer produced Roman Farm Management: the Treaties of Cato and Varro, done into English, with notes of modern instances, and the section "Of bees" contains notes of later studies, namely Maurice Maeterlinck's book, La vie des abeilles, or The Life of the Bee, which was published in 1901. That volume notes that the French scientist René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur posed to the mathematician Johann Samuel König the following question (Google books preview):
Of all possible hexagonal cells with pyramidal base composed of three equal and similar rhombs, to find the one whose construction would need the least material.
König's findings were close to the earlier calculations of the French-Italian astronomer and mathematician, Giacomo Filippo Maraldi (or Jacques Philippe Maraldi), which matched the design of honeycombs. The Colorado State Beekeepers Association has a PDF with more mathematicians and their studies of hexagonal honeycombs. Hales' honeycomb conjecture was last revised in 2002, and the paper is available on Arxiv in a more legible format than that found on Hales' website, where you can find more background on the Hexagonal Honeycomb conjecture. The recent NPR story on this topic also references the article titled "Symmetrical Universe" by Alan Lightman in Orion Magazine. An article excerpt is available on Longreads, or you can read the whole article in the gorgeous Orion Magazine Digital.
• Like father, like cubs: After watching Papa Wei Shand play with his food, Pallas Cat kittens try and do the same.

Bonus: a sort of making-of video for the kittens. SFW, NSFWS (not safe for Wei Shand - Mama Tula apparently sent him quickly packing.).
• I really like Elementary, for all the reasons articulated in the article (which, thanks for - enjoyed the essay). It was worth the investment of a season to watch the characters grow. Now it's just Hannibal, and that may not get picked up for another season. Darn. I'm really hoping they don't pick it up. Because it is perfect as it is, right now. But if they have to stretch the conceits beyond one season I think it will fall apart. For me.
• Oh, man, that is the stuff. And there's an API? That anybody can plug into? Perfect. Eff you, Google.
• Apple looking for a dialog on tax laws is like BP looking for a dialog on using Liberian registered oil tankers.
• The fact that I have never lived in an apartment is directly related to the fact that I have never developed a death ray and destroyed the entire planet. Because I would. One month in an apartment and I would kill you all.
• Always on is easily solved with that bit that plugs into the wall. Kinda like how poor gas mileage is easily solved by getting out and pushing I suppose.
• A few handwritten pages with poems and photographs from The road is wider than long
During July and August 1938, as Europe prepared for war, Roland Penrose and Lee Miller (slideshow) drove from Greece through the Balkans.
This was his record of the journey and declaration of love for her.
LEAVE YOUR TONGUE STUCK TO THE BARK
This will avoid all danger
of not meeting next year.

(Previous Lee Miller).
• Would the cost of insurance or some other hurdle make it impossible for the program to function legally? The surety bond alone is half a million plus you need to "been regularly employed, for a period of not less than three years, performing such duties or providing such services as described as those furnished by a bail enforcement agent". You'd basically need to poach an existing bondsman or work for them for three years. It's a closed shop effectively. Otherwise you'd have every loan sharking motherfucker eager to collect 10% on their loans.
• The real marketing is not the ads in the beards, it is the media coverage this stunt will draw. Does any of this, you know, sell the product, though? Seeing a sign in someone's beard is kind of ick. That is not a sight likely to make me want to rush out and buy a burger and root beer. Whenever I hear about these kinds of "buzz-generating" gimmicks I wonder if the ad agency is the only one actually making any money off them.
• In 2011, the CIA reportedly hired a doctor in Pakistan to conduct espionage while giving vaccinations to children. In response, Pakistan expelled Save the Children from the country. This is a line in the sand the US Govt. should really regret crossing. It will result in the deaths of thousands of innocents least able to protect themselves: children, the elderly, and the disabled. Disgraceful.
• I want to hug every participant in this video until they squeak kind of uncomfortably.
• Anyone taken a look at how much Apple actually does pay in taxes? Per this blog post, \$6B federal in 2012, \$1.3B in sales and use tax payments, \$830M in state income tax payments, and \$327M in employer payroll taxes.
• You don't exactly have a lot of options when making repeating patterns out of a single equilateral shape: Triangles, squares, and hexagons. Hexagons are the most like circles (ie the shape of most insects when seen from the front), therefore they are the best. QED bitches.
• Can the US Congress really do anything about the EU / Irish stuff? It seems like trapping the profits in Europe means that the US tax laws are doing some good here. Well you could try to tax foreign income with a deduction for tax paid. I'd guess that would lead to lots of companies re-incorporating outside of the US. The main barrier to that ordinarily is that it creates a taxable event for your shareholders - which for something like AAPL would be quite meaningful as your shareholders would have to pay cap gains tax on their appreciated shares.
• Google has apparently dropped Jabber support from Talk/ Hangout today. WHAT
• richochet biscuit, you might be interested in this book.
• The immediate disgusting image of men having bits of A&W hamburger in their beards is not helped by having the word 'onion' in the post title.
• And then you only pay to the U.S. the amount that your U.S. tax would exceed your local tax. If you live in a high tax country, you would pay nothing to the U.S. If you lived in a low tax country, you would only pay the difference. Why does the amount matter? I'm offended by the principle of the matter -- as has been noted, the US is only one of a very small number of countries that taxes worldwide personal income. Nearly every other country is satisfied with taxing only locally-earned income. Why should the US be different? Moreover, there is a significant paperwork burden for US citizens abroad with regards to reporting assets in the form of bank accounts, stocks, bonds, etc. Some companies will refuse US citizens entirely due to the additional burden. I fail to see a compelling reason why the US must be unique in this. I have no problems paying US taxes on income earned in the US, but I do on income earned elsewhere. That income is, quite frankly, none of the IRS's business.
• How does the ambient electromagnetic flux occurring all around us at any given moment due to the sun's activity etc compare to WiFi? The resonance... keep up.... Oh I gotta leave this thread before I can't breath
• robocop is bleeding: "There's a friendly in NYC this week between the Headless Powerhouses of Chelsea and Manchester City, " The upcoming Israel / Honduras game is probably getting more local press than that one.
• My understanding is that this event focuses on the lifestyle stuff rather than games because they are planning a huge game-centric thing with a bunch of partners at E3.
• Double Irish Tax Arrangement.
• Honey Only calmness will reassure the bees to let you rob their hoard. Any sweat of fear provokes them. Approach with confidence, and from the side, not shading their entrance. And hush smoke gently from the spout of the pot of rags, for sparks will anger them. If you go near bees every day they will know you. And never jerk or turn so quick you excite them. If weeds are trimmed around the hive they have access and feel free. When they taste your smoke they fill themselves with honey and are laden and lazy as you lift the lid to let in daylight. No bee full of sweetness wants to sting. Resist greed. With the top off you touch the fat gold frames, each cell a hex perfect as a snowflake, a sealed relic of sun and time and roots of many acres fixed in crystal-tight arrays, in rows and lattices of sweeter latin from scattered prose of meadow, woods. -- Robert Morgan
• Elementary Penguin: I think you mean Bravo l'artiste from the LRB.
• That was an amazing read. More than a few women I met online while I was involved in advocating for women in birth were not only birth doulas, but abortion doulas. There are midwives who do this, also, though for safety reasons, it's not something they advertise.
• How to Convince People WiFi Is Making Them Sick

Psychologists Michael Witthöft and G. James Rubin of King's College London explored whether frightening TV reports can encourage a nocebo effect. They recruited a group of subjects and showed half of them a clip from a BBC documentary about the potential dangers of wireless internet. (The BBC later acknowledged that the 2007 program was "misleading.") The remaining subjects watched a video about the security of data transmissions over mobile phones. After watching the videos, subjects put on headband-mounted antennas. They were told that the researchers were testing a "new kind of WiFi," and that once the signal started they should carefully monitor any symptoms in their bodies. Then the researchers left the room. For 15 minutes, the subjects watched a WiFi symbol flash on a laptop screen. In reality, there was no WiFi switched on during the experiment, and the headband antenna was a sham. Yet 82 of the 147 subjects—more than half—reported symptoms. Two even asked for the experiment to be stopped early because the effects were too severe to stand. Previously: Sick from it all; NSFE (Not Safe For Electrosensitives).
• If they hack into your smart meter, then what, exactly? I admit I'm not the brightest guy, but it seems to be you would have to have considerable training to tamper with a smart meter. They just display your power consumption. Some of them have built-in disconnect switch. You need a clever bugger to figure out how to hack it the first time, but after that it's all script-kiddieable.
• I think this is awesome that he helped this lady. They have laundry attendants here. It's usually a low wage job. I did not know you tipped them. Some here are fairly young. What they do here is keep the laundromat clean, do drop off laundry, and call the police if there's any problems. Here I think it's the owner's family members who do it.
• a mixture of squares and triangles The sides don't even have to be straight. You're allowed any (piecewise) smooth curves. (Though quickly scanning more of the paper, it looks like he does straighten all the edges at one stage.)
• I hope the thing truly doesn't have to be "online" the whole entire time for a game to work; also, I hope the older games port over to the new console without fuss. This, both. I've got an XBox 360, but my Internet connection is crap. Lack of backward compatabilty is what kept me from getting a PS3. That said, if there's low bandwidth incentives for getting online I dig that... like Dragon's Dogma's pawn uploading thing. And the idea of a gaming system being an all in one entertainment box is a bit silly, but I like the option to watch ABC (our version of the BBC/PBS) shows on Xbox. I just want to play games, though. I want to go home, pop in a game, and veg out for days. Nothing beyond that is going to convince me to buy a new system. And that's on dev support. Platinum has already gone to the Wii U. Bungie, Epic, and Capcom and Rockstar I'm sure will go to this next gen system.
• JackFlash: sorry, I hadn't understood you were talking about some hypothetical. If I had realized that I wouldn't have even discussed it. >> It baffles me that people conflate a UK citizen living and working in the UK(*) and earning pounds, with the case of a US company based in the US with a wholly-owned subsidiary offshore. > Yes, but you can give up your green card. What sort of argument is that?! How does this in any way answer the question: Exactly why is it "bullshit" to not wish to pay taxes to a country that you are not resident in, not getting services from, and not a citizen of - particularly when American corporations, nominally "people", do not have such a restriction?
• but the people who derive income from it will be subject to taxation by the countries where they reside. Right - but only the income that they earned in their home country.
• Wow, that chihuahua is dominating. I'm not sure he knows the kittens are there, i think he just wants to show the other dog who's boss.
• Favetrolling? Sounds like something my five year old would do; he loves to push buttons. Luckily we don't have to count favorites since metafilter conveniently uses maths to count them! And I thought large family size often correlates with low income? But don't let it stop your two minutes' hate. I do tend to object to large catholic families in general, in part because it just seems outrageous to see sex as solely intended for procreation when you know many of them enjoy it and are compelled to "aw, shucks" new people into existence just to enjoy one of life's greatest gifts and I fear a demographic backlash of Catholicism, especially if the right is able to whip sufficient numbers of them into a social conservative frenzy as we saw with Falwell et al. These fears may be rooted in reason but certainly there is prejudice, because I don't want to have five kids nor do I want my neighbor with regressive beliefs to either. But we know things about Real Catholic People's attitudes to birth control and there is hope...the theocratic history is something to fear IMHO. But I love Gaffigan for the most part as a comedian. He can say a terrible thing here and there, but doesn't cross the line so far as to disgust me like many comics do. I kind of want him speaking on behalf of Real Catholic People but damn if he isn't on the Mel Gibson baby making track.
• I think this person should patent this and sell it.
• ooh a black box truly a brave design choice
• While the black puppy definitely wanted to play with the kittens rather than bite them, I think I would have separated them about the time the growling started. Too easy to hurt such small kittens accidentally when overenthusiastically play-fighting.
• The kittens look like preschoolers who are watching WWE for the first time.
• It's not that he has a bunch of kids that is really the problem. It's that he apparently hasn't taught them to be respectful of the fact that they share a building with other people. He thinks it is comedic fodder that he has driven two sets of neighbours out of their homes. Everything's material if you're a comedian and you think it'll get laughs. Even unflatteringly distorted resyntheses of more normal, boring, complicated feelings about things that happen in your life. Deciding Gaffigan's a jerk or a bad parent because he's doing material that makes him sound like a jerk or a bad parent is maybe not the best approach to ferreting out the truth, basically.
• I am changing my wifi SID to "GivingYouCancer!"
• i will not exploit my beard for money. only for sex. with other dudes with beards. I will not offer my beard as a billboard for \$5, but I will continue to offer moustache rides, 5¢!
• I wouldn't bet on Steambox either. Oh, I'm not. In fact, I doubt very very strongly it will ever be anything but niche, if it eventuates at all.
• And yet, after everything they have done, America still takes the moral high-ground on any fucking issue going these days. Seriously, they bang on about corrupt regimes and kill first responders? Use medical personelle as spies and undercover operatives? Jesus H Christ.
• Bees do not actually make hexaons on purpose. It just happens because it is the most efficient distribution of materiel when bees are making the comb shape. Much like if you look at bubbles in foam they form regular geometric patterns. The bees build up the comb from the base up, they make roundish bowls as they deposit materiel to build up the walls, as these bowls are packed very tight, if two bowls share an edge they will become a flattened line, bees also want to use an existing wall to start a new bowl. As they build up these walls they are continually stopping to push their bodies into the hole to make sure it has a large enough volume to eventually hold eggs, pollen or honey. If you made two bowls out of clay or another soft materiel and pressed them together side to side you'd end up with a straight line instead of two curves. If you continue to wedge more bowls in there or had a bunch of people also building up their own bowls, each person trying to wedge theirs so as to share sides with your existing ones, you would end up with a pretty regular hexagon pattern. As an aside, I don't think I've ever seen a comb in one of my grandmother's hives that had a perfect hexagon pattern, it's always going a bit screwy from place to place. Bees are not master mathematicians, but the results are still amazing.
• "Galifianakis introduced Haist to Renee Zellweger, who furnished the octogenarian's apartment."
• > Mindbending fact: combined attendance of Premier League and the Championship in the UK is more than NBA, NHL, NFL, Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A Due respect, but why is that mindbending? Isn't it "cheating" to compare the attendance of the top two tiers of English football to the top tier of Spanish/German/Italian football?
• One month in an apartment and I would kill you all. The only thing keeping me from leaping over Murder Cliff into Genocide Bay is the fact that it seems like an awful lot of work.
• I hope the thing truly doesn't have to be "online" the whole entire time for a game to work; also, I hope the older games port over to the new console without fuss. No backwards compatibility. They say the internal hardware is too different to carry anything over, and emulating the 360's various hardware quirks (which most games rely on to run, even if it's just a matter of "they happened to code their sound effects in a weird way because of how the memory buffers") in software would be waaaaay too demanding. Like, the system would catch on fire. Also, can we talk about how unbelievably, hilariously awful that Call of Duty demo looked? Their big new feature to show off the next generation of games is jumping. I cannot think of a joke about that.
• So far I have tried: - Feedly: I like it well enough, but until I know for sure how Normandy works, I am not trusting it. - Feed Wrangler: I think I could have been happy here, especially with how it handled Instapaper, but it does not import current Reader folders. That was a deal breaker. - Newsblur: This is where I am staying for now. It updates quickly, and I like the iOS apps well enough. I wish that it had a Mac client or better yet, all of the Reeder apps worked with it. I would like to try: Fever: I worry that the dev won't be attentive, and rightly so considering his current situation. Feedbin: The lack of Reeder support on the iPad is a deal breaker. If it ever gains Reeder support across platforms, I would give it a go. In case you can't tell, I love Reeder.
• And once again, MetaFilter shows that reading the article is silly when one can just report one's snap impressions from 15 minutes once spent watching a show and complain about the wording of the FPP. I love this show, not the least because Joan Watson is a fully formed, interesting, human being who just happens to be Asian and female and that seems to be impossible on network TV. I also love that we are not pretending that dabbling with drug addiction is fun and that we are acknowledging that recovering from addiction is hard work. I love that Ms. Hudson is trans* and no one gives a fuck. I love that Watson calls Sherlock on his shit, using words like misogyny and privilege on national television (words that I will note are frequently controversial right here on this webpage). I love even more that Sherlock listens to Watson and actually admits when he has fucked up, instead of screaming "What about the men?". I love that Joan is now solving cases and doing it well and that Sherlock appreciates that and isn't threatened by it.
• Throwing in a citizenship-based tax, especially when nobody else does, puts a huge undue burden on U.S. citizens and green-card holders resident outside the U.S. No, it does not. The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion means you pay nothing if your foreign income is less than \$95,100. That excludes probably 90% of ex-pats off the bat. And then you only pay to the U.S. the amount that your U.S. tax would exceed your local tax. If you live in a high tax country, you would pay nothing to the U.S. If you lived in a low tax country, you would only pay the difference. For most people, the only burden is the paperwork.
• yeah, i'm done. i'm out. i'll buy 400 indie games about a block that humps other blocks on a green background before i give another dollar to sony or MS. there's a microsoft campus nearby, maybe i can just take my 360 and game collection and throw it on their lawn.
• Little baby kittens have sharp teeth and claws and any overenthusiastic puppy will likely soon learn a valuable lesson.
• to be clear JF - I know you said that. My concern is malinvestment. I appreciate that raising cap gains should in theory balance things out.
• Yeah, it is terrible to be a human forced to live on the same planet as these other humans. Hell is other users Metatalk.
• No one is claiming that Apple did anything illegal. No one is claiming that Apple violated its fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders. The reason to highlight these problems in the tax code is not to claim that Apple is immoral, but to build support for changes in the tax code. It's part of the democratic process. Saying, "hey, they're following the law so shut up," is really missing the point.
• I'm really really starting to get tired of The Cloud. I guess that means I'm officially old now. Dammit.
• smackfu: "The idea that all countries should work the same is what lead to the EU." Not really. The EU grew out of the idea that Germany and France should stop bombing the shit out of each other to settle political differences, and instead work together to dominate Europe, the Maghreb, the near East and the Caucasus. Despite the UK's late, failing attempt to muscle into the inner club, it seems to be working out quite well so far for them. The harmonisation, democratic and free market ideologies? Well, that's congruent with its goals about as much as "democracy" was during the expansion of the American Empire through the Americas, post-Monroe. The EU-wide enactment of harmonisation through consents, assents, transpositions, directives, and consultations? That's just political theatre of the dullest sort, designed to occupy the bureaucratic classes and prevent serious disruptive change; similar to the Louis XIV's centralisation of the French Barons' bureaucracies within Versailles to distract them.
• Is there a cheatsheet that provides a quick rebuttal to the anti-WiFi crowd? There are a couple of anti-WiFi folks who were elected as trustees to the local school board, and my son's school has since taken down its free (community) WiFi hotspot. Not the end of the world, but if trustees are focusing time and energy on dumb stuff like this, one can only wonder what's next.
• Grand Theft Halo LEGO Halo Sports: Star Wars An open world game set in Halo's version of the Ringworld and its shiny sci-fi aesthetic would be bliss. And LEGO Halo would be too.
• God, what a lot of ugly hate is in this thread about a comedian and his family. From Mayor Curley and his 23 anti-family favoriters I'm not sure where you get "anti-family" from. I have a kid and I feed it and remind it that I love it. That's a family, right? However, I don't have five kids because I'm not some narcissist who thinks reproduction is a contest to see who can spread their DNA the best while 4/5 of the world is starving to death whilst simultaneously drowning in our shit.
• Happy Dave: "I am delighted that my xBox will now be watching and listening, all the time, in case I ask it to do something. Even when it's 'off'. No wait, not delighted, the other thing." Happy Dave, what are you doing? Dave? I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you ... I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm a... fraid.
• Ivan Fyodorovich: "We clearly are aware that there's emotional trauma from miscarriages, but we culturally do practically nothing about it, it just falls into a veil of silence, like it never happened. " Yes, and often, that veil of silence is deliberately drawn by those who have miscarried and their partners. It's not just a stigma imposed by the culture they live in. Around a quarter of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Possible incidence climbs if a woman is over age 35. If the miscarriage occurred during a woman's first pregnancy, there is a 13% chance of it happening again. I can't even type those statistics without being astonished. On average, 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage. It's incredibly common, yet I would be willing to bet that most people don't know how common it is unless they've either experienced a miscarriage themselves, or someone close to them has. We don't talk about it. I worked with an infertility clinic for a number of years. Many, many people do not want to look too closely at their own failed pregnancies for a number of reasons, but one of the most prevalent is that emotionally, culturally and intellectually, many of us associate our ability to bear children with our femininity and masculinity. Powerful stigmas. Some may feel they've disappointed their spouse or partner by not being able to give them a child / start a family. They may feel there's something wrong with them. They may be conflicted and feel ashamed for many other reasons, including religious beliefs. I don't want to derail my own post. But I do believe that those attitudes are directly related to political policies that shame women for having abortions. Two sides of the same coin.
• bestest?
• Dunno. I get a strong feeling the pricey, proprietary console's time is drawing to a close - it hasn't kept up with advancements in TV tech and entertainment distribution, when it should be driving adoption of both. It doesn't offer an immersive experience like the new Occulus systems, or a pleasant casual-gaming experience like the Ouya. The controller looks straight from the year 2000 - yet they haven't really figured out how to take advantage of the Kinnect in an engaging way outside of dancing and sports games.
• Stepping outside of the rapidly shrinking gamer-sphere, where these things matter, Microsoft's console gaming division should be considered a staggeringly monumental failure by almost any metric. It loses money hand over fist. Yeah, but their other new product is windows 8.
• I'm trying to think of things they could've announced to make this even worse. New Old-Timey Mode makes all your games grainy black and white! Smellovision! Heated capsules release fragrances as you play! Survival horror is more bowel-tastic than ever! (Single use capsules, refills \$29.99 for 3.) Censor mode! Keep your kids safe and punish their verbal transgressions with Microsoft's patented Cuss Detection Technology. Any use of the F-word causes Xbox One to auto power-down for two hours! (Censor Mode can be disabled by a certified Micosoft technician. Customer pays shipping.) BIGGER ADS! CreepCam! Kinect now comes equipped with the ability to make disturbing heavy breathing sounds should you walk through the room naked! To ensure your online financial safety, Xbox One set-up uses a focused EMP burst to deactivate all your credit and debit cards! FABLE IV
• Um, isn't letting lil' baby kittens out around a well-meaning but ultimately large, strong, toothy puppy kind of dangerous? You know there isn't some universal answer to this question right? "Depends on the dog/puppy, you should know your animal's demeanor" excepted that is... Not to mention that exposing/training dogs to react properly to other animals/pets is actually a really good and thoughtful thing for pet owners to do. My brother's dog used to kill the kittens his barn cats had. Your brother's dog was acting like an asshat. Please do not condemn all dogs to living under the label of killers based upon your study with a sample size of one.
• > My point is not that people shouldn't have big families. Big families are swell. My point is that having a big family, living in an absurdly cramped apartment and then trying to peddle your book while taking a mostly grumbling tone isn't very funny. Is it funnier when people of color do it? Or "hotter-blooded" Europeans like Italians or Greeks? Is it funnier when the comedian is relating the experience of being one of the many kids, rather than being the parent? Is an apartment really absurdly cramped? Because kids don't actually each need their own separate bedrooms, and while the traditional old-school layout has three bedrooms (boys', girls', parents') we don't know the square footage of this place. Plus, the two youngest may both still be co-sleeping anyway. I'm not posing these as questions to snark on you personally, my point is similar to cortex's -- comedians mine their personal lives for the bits that they can make funny as a performer. And it's usually a skewed view of their lives that relies as much on playing with the assumptions of their audience as it does their own baggage.
• Soo.... how did everybody do in the Metafilter Fantasy Premier League this season? He asks smugly, the smug running down his chin and dripping on places #2-51 below.)
• It's Raining Florence Henderson: It wasn't WiFi that was making them sick, it was SCIENCE! The science didn't make them sick but there were sporadic reports of visual impairments as a result. Dr Dolby published a well-known treatise on this subject.
• A friend of mine got arrested for something small that ultimately got dismissed (long but not relevant story there), and while she had plenty of savings to make bail, they told her that credit cards and bank cards weren't a valid way to pay. So, she had to use a bail bonds company, and since the bail was set high, it cost her \$5000 for the privilege of using that company. She was released the next morning, charges were dropped...and then she found out that the area she was arrested in had been allowing credit cards and bank cards to be used for bail for the last couple of years. As you can imagine, she was not amused.
• This is true. But inasmuch as it is, it represents a massive messaging failure on the part of their PR team. Nobody's talking about "Man, I can't wait to see all the games at E3!" - all anyone heard is "We have sports and halo TV and kinect and we don't seem to care about games." Lets be honest. Most people heard nothing because most people don't follow the industry closely. In the end, they'll buy what their friends are buying.
• I love that guy. Total class. And just when you think he's achieved MAXIMUM LEVEL, I tell you that I can show you something that takes his Rad rating even higher (in aggregate, Im not suggesting this is better than what he did for Mimi) with this: BEHOLD!
• I use my RSS reader all day long for work, so it's kind of a big deal for me. I tried out a few services but I have been happiest with TheOldReader.com which - as the name suggests - mimics the Google Reader interface as closely as possible. My favorite thing is that on your landing page, they have linked quick tutorials on all the topics you probably want, in the order you probably want them. "Only show updated feeds" is just a tick box in your settings tab, and to move a feed into a folder you just click and drag it. Very welcome - and free.
• I think at least some of the anti-wifi and similar anti-science thinking has to stem from how many times in the last 60 years we HAVE been burned by things that were supposedly "safe". The problem usually isn't that science got it wrong but that the science was suppressed. It was pretty clear that asbestos was bad news by the 1930s but it was widely used until the 1980s. Many scientists were concerned about thalidomide (and actually it was never approved by the FDA, because a pharmacologist stood up to pressure from the company) but that didn't stop it from being widely distributed by the drug company that marketed it. We're all familiar with how the evidence of negative effects from smoking was supressed or muddled by industry. I think a lot of the anti-wifi folks don't think of themselves as anti-science, but rather believe that scientific evidence for their beliefs is being supressed. An unfortunate side effect of past abuses. I also wonder if this all ties in with the sort of discussions you hear from the "maker" crowd about how nobody understands how the things they encounter in their daily life work any more. When every appliance you use is a black box you can't open or service, and you don't understand how it works, it seems like it'd be easier to start with the magical thinking. Beyond a vague understanding that it uses electricity and "programming" how many people understand how a computer (or these days even a TV or refridgerator) work? It doesn't seem that unreasonable to go from there to worrying about invisible radiation being carcinogenic.
• Of the overall statistics, how many of those were returning to jail? Yeah. The other women had prior offenses. The ones they previously pleaded guilty to so as to avoid a stint at Rikers waiting six weeks for a court appearance.
• Killing used games and requiring Kinect are deal-breakers. I'm really not interested in flailing around or talking to my console or being forced to pay an extra fee when I want to go to a friend's house and take one of my games along.
• For me, the appeal isn't the gaming so much as a blu-ray player with XBMC. That might make me buy.
• I love Lucy Liu, and I love Jonny Lee Miller even more. I was biased going in, and then... Honestly, watching great actors in shitty productions is tremendous fun. Miller in Elementary is as fascinating to watch as, oh, say Donald Sutherland in the original Buffy. Their skill is miles above the mediocre material they're working with, to the point where it creates parallel universes within the production itself -- the level where they're playing, and where everyone else is trying to keep pace, if they even realize how they're being outshone. So yeah. Sick Boy. I lubs lubs lubs him. He's a talent of the first order. And Lucy is a good match. But the rest... Ungh. Eventually, even watching Sick Boy outclass everything and everybody got to be too much. Like watching your home team pummel an opponent, it's great fun for a while, and then it becomes embarrassing for all concerned. I watched maybe half the season? Then I had to give up. Even Sick Boy and Lucy couldn't make me tune in anymore. If only the writing were worthy of the leads' talent.
• Ah. Didn't know that. Still, I bet it's not as nice as Steam in terms of letting you reinstall, etc.
• Great essay. Kind of reminded me of the PJ Harvey song When Under Ether.
• I think the idea is that you would never go out on Halloween dressed like that because there would be no cultural referent for it.
• Even as a child I didn't like children. How do people not learn their lesson after the first one?
• It's kind of sad how dogs and cats have evolved to have such different signal systems. When a dog wants to be friendly, he's jumping around like an idiot, making direct eye contact, his mouth wide open, his tail swinging wildly around. When a cat wants to be friendly, he comes and sits quietly beside you, looking very sleepy, eyes nearly closed. To a cat, almost everything a friendly dog does is signaling I AM CRAZY AND I WILL KILL YOU! So it's especially sweet when they can actually form some sort of bond. It did seem like the chihuahua was defending the kittens, which was unfortunate for the hapless pup but still very cute. "I told you to STEP OFF, man!"
• ...how the hell this situation came about in the first place. Barn cats, maybe.
• 'Scuse me, sir? Sir? You have something stuck in your beard.
• mrgrimm: Feedly is still just running on top of Google Reader, isn't it? It remains to be seen whether or not they can clone the Reader API. If they were smart, they would transition to Normandy early and then announce it only after the fact, to prove that the transition was seamless. Not sure if that is technically feasible, with login credentials and whatnot, but it would be a PR homerun. Let's face it, if they announce the transition ahead of time, there are going to be people who whine about how much slower it is post-Normandy, even if it isn't slower in reality.
• That was a phenomenal article.
• Getting teabagged by that chihuahua didn't seem to particularly deter that dog from wanting to teeth-hug those kitties.
• If they do Hangover IV, Mimi needs to have a part drinking lemon drops somewhere.
• A good man, that Galifinakis. I hope I'd follow his course if I ever became as successful.
• "lifestyle device" It's either a next-gen game console or the biggest, blackest, most leathery BDSM object that the cashier at the smut-shop keeps behind the cash-register and has been dubbed 'The Eliminator*' by the staff. *The half-dozen D Cell batteries and cleaning shammy sold separately
• I hear that the radio waves bounce off the aluminum ingested from drinking canned diet cokes but that if you take homeopathic henbane tablets and never EVER eat legumes you will be detoxified. This is all based on a super scientific study by some guy who's a cousin of somebody I knew in high school, but the FDA is suppressing the information.
• unreadable when you're watching it on a phone screen I understand the appeal if rewatching things that way, but heavy emphasis on re. If you're doing your first viewing on something like that and then complaining, I'm forced to wonder if you also try to read books while standing on the other side of the room with a magnifying glass and then complain.
• They made just 72 million in profits last year and lost 400 million the year before.
• ~But I need that radio to listen to Rush Limbaugh! ~Um, no? Eveyone I know in this camp is super lefty. Berkeley, for example, has a lot of people against cell phone towers (and microwaves). My experience has been that there's big overlap between both the granola-munchers, and the anti-gubmint crowds, when it comes to this particular type of crazy.
• Lovely. I'm no prude, but my employer's standards are not my own. Could someone please add a NSFW tag? I'm pretty sure I got away with clicking on this but others might not be so fortunate.
• Can I get in on hating Gaffigan because he's a racist, sexist, anti-intellectual shit-bag You already have! Care to elaborate on that? Because most people know him as the hot pockets guy
• my Green Card (which I have a legal right to as my father was a US citizen) Are you sure you're not a U.S. citizen? More importantly, are you sure the IRS has no reason to think you're a U.S. citizen?
• I had Feedly up, but I didn't like that they hide the panel on the left that lists the blogs and the number of unread posts. Bad hidey hidey! I had that problem. Turns out it's tied to your window width. If you expand it to full 1280 wide, the left panel should remain in place. Annoying, but doable.
• Oh, man, this is not helping my Kitten Fever. And they're at that stage where they look like tiny drunks all the time!
• But when I read about a 9th grade science experiment, my first thought was why haven't the adults already done this sort of testing?. (their assertions that wifi is the same as cellular signals didn't gel with me, and I had to assume when they say 'routers' in that article, they really mean 'wifi hotspots'). I'm interested to see if the scientists mentioned in the article do repeat the experiment, because there are a lot of variables the girls may or may not have considered (not saying they didn't, just that the article didn't go into any detail). Nutrient differences in the soil between the trays (and the possibility of spores, parasites, etc in the portion of the soil used in one room), differences in light, heat and air quality in the two rooms, were the trays and any tools used and the girls' hands thoroughly cleaned first to remove any contaminants before interacting with the plants/soil, etc etc etc. It's not uncommon to have two planters with the same plants in each right next to each other in the same environment and have one flourish and the other die. And then making a leap from the effects of non-ionizing radiation on cress to effects on humans is a bit much (and it's been studied to death on humans).
• I have been using Netvibes and putting up with the annoyances (firstly, that sometimes it will decide that I really should read a very old article from one blog or another; secondly, that the keyboard scrolling is ridiculously finicky and will sometimes speed-scroll allllll the way down to the next article rather than just, like, a couple paragraphs) because so far Netvibes has had the nicest-looking UI (I found feedly to be too busy, and oldreader to be too low-contrast). Commafeed looks very nice so far!
• The term you're looking for here is prey drive -- in the case above of the Labrador and the kitten, the Lab saw the kitten as prey, not companion or fellow-dog or any other nebulous canine category of Moving Alive Thing That I Am Not Predatory At. (This category is okay because dogs don't have that rule about sentence ends and prepositions.) Some dogs have it in spades (see: terriers, sighthounds). Some dogs don't have it at all (see: bloodhounds particularly, who get the prey and are all WOOHOO HEY HI OK NOW WHAT). Most dogs have it in some degree, which, depending on situation, external stimulus, etc, can increase or decrease with no reason that makes much sense to humans. But that's because they're dogs, and they operate on wacky dog logic. My childhood dog, an 85lb behemoth of hair and cowardice, would nuzzle at my hamster and let him crawl all over her. My current dog, who behaves much like this puppy except for being larger and fluffier, would love to eat a squirrel. The dog immediately previous to Current Dog would snatch opossums from the top of a six foot privacy fence but play I Lick Your Face You Bite My Face with the cat as a form of somewhat slap-happy affection. Pups like the black one in the video are still working out their own drives, prey and otherwise, in the form of play. I doubt that particular situation was dangerous to the kittens, since there was human supervision, but I would not leave a puppy that large and energetic around kittens unsupervised. Which is all to say: it really depends on the dog, and it is vital for all dog owners to learn their dog's prey drives and which external stimuli can trigger or dampen them. Being leashed definitely helps, but there is also such a thing as leash aggression, which can be a prey-drive (or other drive) trigger for a dog. Dogs are very simple creatures and very complicated at the same time.
• I'm betting we lied to him, but maybe he fully understood the risks. I also don't know his situation and if he realized the consequences. I'm just not ready to throw him under the bus with the CIA, but maybe he deserves such.
• That it's become cliche isn't Cumberbatch or Moffet's fault. The enormous number of cliches that choke the show are surely Moffet's fault, though (the Chinese Acrobat one, as has been noted, has enough for any 12 episodes to start, and I was desperately unimpressed with the Adler story). I like Cummberbatch's Holmes (although I agree that he's not really Doyle's Holmes at all), but I notice that they keep trying to soften the sociopathic elements, perhaps because it's really hard to care about a sociopath for too long. Note the rather drunken plotting of House's seasons -- his hateful attitude makes House funny, but it makes him hard to like. On the other hand, I am still waiting for Elementary to come out on DVD, so I can't really compare the two. I'll note that the recent Downey/Law films have great chemistry but pretty lousy plots, too. It's like Holmes is cursed by great actor pairings mixed with really weak writing.
• "I'm actually one of six kids, Catholic. You ever notice people from big Catholic families, they always throw in 'Catholic' after the number? Six kids,Catholic. Like if you didn't hear the Catholic part, you'd think, six kids?? His mother's a whore! Ohhh, she's Catholic."
• "Often" is a very wiggly term. Is it your contention that richer families have more children than poorer families? Surely you can Google this yourself? It should be easily found in Census data. My contention, really, is that financial pressure is a reason women limit the size of their families. (Cite). There's definitely such a thing as a large family as status symbol, which San Francisco magazine called the "Woodside four" a few years ago. (Woodside is a rich horsy suburb.) For me, personally, having another four children would be a huge luxury, as it would mean that I had a lot more actively fertile years and a ton of money. Both pretty fortunate things. My point is not that people shouldn't have big families. Big families are swell. My point is that having a big family, living in an absurdly cramped apartment and then trying to peddle your book while taking a mostly grumbling tone isn't very funny.
• He had a radio program. In the Philippines, yes. Not in Iceland. He reserved his anti-Semitic ranting in Iceland for the one and only press conference he ever gave here, within 18 hours after arriving. Not sure how good he was at Scrabble.
• Wrong. If you reside full-time in X, but make money in both X and Y, all of that money is taxable income with respect to X. Without using some sort of structure that depends on what your tax status is - for example. If you are an non-British living in London you only pay on X, if you are British you pay X and Y, but if you were British and moved to Geneva even if your firm had an office in London you would only pay on X. (Actually I think its 30k or the tax due on Y) But...I've been told you can use an offshore trust structure to defer taxes if you are are a UK citizen domiciled in the UK and the income is in the form of cap gains - which it is for a Hedge Fund. There are some independence requirements for that and you and your spouse can be the beneficiary but I think you just pay a lawyer to be the outside trustee and that person can direct the trust.
• PC gaming requires time and effort, and its buggy and you need to constantly upgrade your computer and fiddle with drivers and connect your PC to a TV and gamepad. What year was this?
• It occurs to me that the last video game system I was truly in love with was the Gameboy Advance.
• small_ruminant: "But I need that radio to listen to Rush Limbaugh! Um, no? Eveyone I know in this camp is super lefty. Berkeley, for example, has a lot of people against cell phone towers (and microwaves)." I believe that was a Simpsons reference. I could be wrong.
• Oof, man, what an article. Roshi Robert Aitken used to have a ceremony for a miscarriage or abortion that was quite beautiful. I can't seem to find it on the internet at the moment, although I know it's in a book at home. Here's a bit from his ethics essay on the subject, anyway: "Sorrow and suffering form the nature of samsara, the flow of life and death, and the decision to prevent birth is made on balance with other elements of suffering. Once the decision is made, there is no blame, but rather acknowledgment that sadness pervades the whole universe, and this bit of life goes with our deepest love." Part of supporting a woman's choice is understanding that choice isn't simple or easy.
• This woman seems to be brain-damaged. I suppose her circumstances led there. It's amazing how many would-be terrorists are losers. It's also amazing how stupid she is. She's damned lucky she did not wind up trafficked someplace Hellish. Her whole crew did not have the trade-craft of ten year-olds playing Top Secret with their grandmother.
• and?
• I can't wait until all the comedians' books are published.
• It is my understanding that the aluminum foil hats that are used to protect against wifi rays should be put on with the shiny side out. However I have recently been told that the government has been telling people this for years because the shiny side out actually attracts and concentrates the rays for better mind reading by the NSA. If any one can provide more guidance as to whether aluminum foil hats should be worn shiny side out (or in) please let me know. Also, please don't try to convince me they should not be worn at all.
• When my soon-to-be spouse had an abortion at a clinic in Vancouver in 1990, I was not allowed to see her from when they admitted her to when they released her (that is, I couldn't see her in recovery), and they wouldn't release her with me because I didn't have vehicle to take her home in (we used public transportation) because that was a rule of theirs. She was actually lying awake alone and feeling terrible and upset in recovery for several hours until they released her. So even though her partner accompanied her and was there to provide as much support as I could, I wasn't allowed to do so and the whole experience was shittier than it needed to be. At least there were no protesters or any of that crap. However, we talked about all this before and after and she (nor I, for what it's worth) ever felt any grief or emotional trauma from the abortion as abortion; for her it was an unpleasant medical procedure. Women's experiences with abortion are quite varied and while a large number find it intrinsically upsetting (in the non-medical sense), many others do not and the presumption in our culture that it is always and necessarily emotionally traumatizing is false and pernicious. But the opposite assumption is also false and pernicious and it's really damn important that women get the counseling and support that they need, if they need it. And, now that I think about it, the contrast is striking between how we culturally look at abortion versus miscarriage because with abortion there's the presumption of strong emotional trauma, in abortion where the pregnancy is unwanted, while we just ignore the emotional trauma of women who miscarry, where the pregnancy is wanted and plans have been made and baby names have been considered. We clearly are aware that there's emotional trauma from miscarriages, but we culturally do practically nothing about it, it just falls into a veil of silence, like it never happened. But we talk a lot about the emotional trauma of abortion. Which, to my suspicious mind, indicates that there are ulterior motives, that emphasizing the emotional trauma of abortion and the implicit claim that it's universal is part of shaming women and presenting abortion as negatively as possible. But again, for many women there is serious emotional trauma involved with abortion and, for those, there should be as much support as possible.
• I'm curious (and desperate): having road-tested a couple of Reader replacements, is anyone aware of one that will allow you to import starred items as well as your feed subscriptions from Reader? Is that even something that's going to be possible?
• If nothing else, the article's author hit the awesome name jackpot. I'm so jealous! Seriously! Genevieve Valentine. Does she own her own spaceship? SF writer. Her stuff is pretty good.
• At the heart of the issue is that when Apple makes a computer in China and sells it to France, it makes income "in Ireland" and pays no US income taxes. On one hand it's not even clear that it's wrong that the system works this way. On the other hand, as US citizens abroad have to pay US income taxes on untaxed or undertaxed income. If corporations are people, why shouldn't they be treated the same way as a person with foreign income?
• Rash: "I'm suspicious of anything starting with "How To Convince People..."" How To Win Arguments and Terrify People
• Xbox one, the new Pespi blue one.
• . . . so it's been an hour and it still hasn't updated any feeds. Do we know what the refresh rate is? (1/hr?) When you aren't Google, "refresh rate" can get a little fuzzy as a concept. Like when it starts taking over an hour to just fetch all the feeds...
• Sony stock during the presentation.
• Is there any real info on whether they've borked used games? However, it has been confirmed that there are additional fees for the ability to play pre-owned games.*
• The Slate headline is misleading. Apple avoided having to pay taxes on \$44 billion of income. They did not avoid paying \$44 billion in taxes.
• Why should the US get any? What did they do to earn their share? Enforcing patent laws is a partnership that should net up to half of anything earned, because the state is effectively putting everyone else out of business so a company can generate revenue. What interest would we have otherwise? I also note that we own the money supply and subsidize everything imaginable in the stream of production and distribution.
• > What about their Chinese workers? They're not getting great treatment. You linked an article from 2011 on this topic? Really? Fine, here's a 2013 one. The point is, Apple are not some benevolent angels. They are the same as any other big company. They just have better marketing.
• Prior to this reveal, MS came out and said that E3 will be about the games for the new console. The presentation did mention there will be 8 brand-new IPs to come within the first year. However, the presentation also failed to interest anyone to whom those later IPs might be interesting. Unless they're more along the lines of EA Sports titles, Halo and Call of Duty. Sooo...
• I laugh out loud when the guys on New Girl start yelling parkour! and doing terrible somersaults and awkward jumps on the furniture. Writing staff of The Office on line one...
• Renoroc - sounds like the XBox One won't be backwards compatible with 360 games. Backwards compatibility for after my current 360 inevitably dies was something I was hoping for. I'm leaning towards the PS4 this generation.
• This is appalling.
• I appreciate this article, and I do think that the subject should get more attention and generally support an increase in awareness. But there's something about this As the Occupy Wall Street movement has introduced a new young generation of mostly white, mostly middle-class activists to civil disobedience, arrest, jail, and the inner workings of the criminal-justice system, they're learning firsthand what New York's poor, black, and immigrant communities have known for years: The criminal-justice system is rotten. that gets me a little bit. It's like -- white people in jail, so suddenly this is a trend that is newsworthy? I get that the article is featuring young white women in part as a hook to reach a larger audience than the issue otherwise would, maybe, but it strikes me as a little tiresome that the story gets to be about people like them, again, when in truth it's really, really not. Although I suppose at least the article does it self-awarely, emphasizing that the experience is traumatic even for people who have all of the institutional support and access that comes with privilege.
• The presentation did mention there will be 8 brand-new IPs to come within the first year. Halo Sports Call of Halo Call of Sports Sports of Duty Call of Duty: Sports Halo Grand Theft Halo Call of Tony Hawk LEGO Halo Sports: Star Wars
• Inside, the snack bar menus tend to be basic, offering things like French fries with curry sauce; chicken pie; and Bovril, a hot beef-flavored bouillon masquerading as soup. Oh, and say what you want about Bovril – and I will, because it's fucking rank – but it has never, ever "masqueraded" as soup. I might as well accuse Buckfast of masquerading as a particularly fine 1959 vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. As for the food being cruddy and basic, I suggest she take a trip to Station Park, home of Forfar Athletic and the best bridies you'll ever eat, made in a baker not 200 yards from the ground. Okay, you're not going to see Suarez take a bite out of someone's arm, or see John Terry bait one of his team mates over shagging his wife, but you might get to see Forfar get humped 6-1 by Dunfermline and trod off to the pub discussing how that's the way it is when your team are part timers who earn their living from being plumbers and brickies. Or, erm, what Abiezer said, basically.
• At the same time, I'm not convinced it really makes sense to lump all of these people into one big group of paranoids. Do we really know that anti-vaccine activists also tend to mistrust WiFi and fluoride? I don't think they have to co-exist in the same people to be very similar in their psychopathology.
• Stupid planet.
• Nobody has PS3 games. Deny the existence of Ghibli Pokemon at your peril.
• People in this thread have been pointing and laughing at me, and I'm not even anti-WiFi! Maybe that's the problem - the people with the correct information at their fingertips are too arrogant and self-absorbed to be trusted, and the anti-WiFi crowd isn't really anti-WiFi or anti-science at all. Rather, they're anti-elitist and anti-technocracy. I'm starting to see what gets them motivated. This sounds familiar!
• The best worst KITTY VOLTRON attack is DANDER WAVE
• So, on the one hand, I don't quite see why the US has the right to tax transactions that take place in other countries. If I make something in China and sell it in Germany, why should the US get a cut? Let China and Germany keep those taxes. China, at least, needs them more. On the other hand, the Irish tax havens are clearly a different beast and it will be interesting to watch Apple fanboys (who are mostly quite liberal) defending them.
• And of course commafeed is also available for self-hosting, source on github. Apache licence, based on java/jboss and postgresql/mysql. But we all know that, because it's in the summary. Obviously. Ahem.
• I know on the xbox 360 that the games themselves include the updates you need to run them on the disk itself.
• Fanboy perspective: if talking to Apple about eventually leads to Halliburton paying more taxes I'm all for it.
• and didn't seem to care enough about keeping him out of jail. Plausible Deniability? "According to Dawn News, appearing before the court of Frontier Crimes Regulation's commissioner to appeal against 33-year imprisonment to Afridi, Abdul Lateef Afridi and Samiullah Afridi said the prime charge against him was having links with a defunct organisation, Lashkar-i-Islam. They said that the prosecution however did not produce any evidence in this respect. Afridi, a former agency surgeon, was picked up allegedly by an intelligence agency in May 2011 on suspicion of helping CIA trace Osama bin Laden by carrying out a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad. However, he was not convicted on that charge".
• I'm still going to think of it more as House does Law and Order than as a Sherlock Holmes show though. You know that House was intended as Sherlock Holmes, MD, with his sidekick Wilson/Watson, the Irregulars (Chase/Cameron/Foreman). He invoked Irene Adler, he lived in apartment 221B, he read Conan Doyle, he even faked his own death (though not with a waterfall).
• You seem to think that by "grumbling" he is asking you for help, or trying to avoid responsibility for his problems. And.... well, not necessarily. It's totally possible to be like "I chose a tough path in life. It's worth it, I stand by my decisions, and nobody else owes me anything. But holy shit, this sure is hard!" And in that kind of situation it's pretty reasonable to blow off some steam.
• Man, this just keeps on getting worse: Xbox One Does Require Internet Connection, Can't Play Offline Forever
• The tax system is broken and it is unrealistic and stupid to expect one person or business to assume tax burdens that similarly situated others will not. I am nonetheless dismayed to see that Apple fanboys rely on special pleading, tu quoque, and other specious arguments (here as elsewhere) instead of admitting that Apple is no different from said similarly situated others.
• I can't wait to tell my mom that even the cool kids are watching Elementary. It's the only procedural show she watches that I'd put on voluntarily. I found the show really started to pick up about halfway through the season, coincidentally right around the time it was no longer necessary to shoehorn in frequent explanations of what a sober companion is.
• Looks good, especially since my free FeedHQ account expired and they're now asking me to pay to keep it going. (Yes, I am part of the problem.)
• Did Bobby Fischer write stuff on toilet paper? (I know that he fled to Iceland and that he was anti-Semite).
• the doctor who helped us get Bin Laden Nope. Afridi's campaign of faking vaccinations to steal genetic material from children (!) did not even succeed; he never made it into bin Laden's compound. This cockamamie scheme was about as successful as the CIA's plan of assassinating Castro with an exploding cigar. Co-conspirator Leon Panetta's claim that this scheme was beneficial has little credibility. I'm just not ready to throw him under the bus with the CIA He's responsible for the deaths of thousands of children. He violated the Hippocratic oath and the Geneva conventions while spying for a foreign country (the US). What do you have to do to get sent to prison?
• What's even sadder is that both the Xbox 1 and PS4 are going to be based off of X86 AMD chips. So they literally are closed off PCs. The only difference between this and a PC with steam is fewer games and less sales. You know, the only exclusive console games of this generation that a) didn't finally come to PC and b) I'm remotely interested in were by thatgamecompany, on the PS3. Sony's the only company that really does exclusivity They went free agent a while back.
• But also I am totally down with a cheap and easy legal solution that allows individuals to play jurisdictional arbitrage too. If the playing field is level and people are corporations too (not just vice versa) it's a whole different conversation. I'd pay a few hundred a year to be incorporated in the Caymans, sure. I already keep my money in a Canadian bank on purpose. (Which is not tax avoidance, btw... I pay over 55% of my income in various taxes, including the AMT in most years.)
• We live in a small place with three under the age of seven. It's a bit too small for us, and we try to be very courteous of the neighbors. We teach the girls to be sound appropriate and respectful. But we do make quite a few jokes about how the neighbors must suffer at times (even though in our own minds, we know it's actually not too bad.) I guarantee if I was a comedian I would be working over this concern about noise a bit for some good material. Kinda like when he said that it'll be spring before they get all the winter gear on. Not strictly true, but everything about getting out the door certainly hit the right note.
• If corporations are people, why shouldn't they be treated the same way as a person with foreign income? Corporations are RICH people. VERY VERY rich people. Who make campaign donations. I hope this answers your question.
• All I'm saying is I'm following this closely, so thanks everyone for speaking up. I've been using Reader regularly since December, and the July changeover's gonna cause Deep Hurting unless I find a good substitute. The situation has gotten so critical that I'm willing to pay for it. So far, I've got Old Reader and Netvibes running concurrently, but as people have noted above, they have issues. I had Feedly up, but I didn't like that they hide the panel on the left that lists the blogs and the number of unread posts. Bad hidey hidey! All the other candidates mentioned here have gone into my bookmarks folder and I'll be looking at them as well, so thanks again.
• I love Newsblur, but I really wish that they had some sort of mechanism for bubbling up popular/relevant stuff up to the top of my feed. You mean break the RSS protocl? I'd be less excited by that "feature".
• Down this far and no one has mentioned The Seven Percent Solution? Great film. Too bad that particular group didn't make any more.
• If this is bothering them so much, why are they not acting in a consequential manner. First step in changing the laws is to do internal investigations, and then bring people to testify. Then they decide what laws to change, and then write bills. This is how the hot dog gets made. (Then the bills fail to pass because Congress gets nothing done, but the rest of it is SOP.)
• aren't there rules where kids can't share rooms like that over a certain age depending on gender or does that only apply if you are receiving government housing assistance of some sort? ( yes yes debbie downer...I swear I've heard people talk about this rule tho but maybe it's just a Pennsylvania thing.)
• Madden XXVIII: Gears of Madden Well, football would be even more entertaining with shrieking aliens bursting from the ground.
• Good lord. If nothing else, the article's author hit the awesome name jackpot. I'm so jealous! I have no opinion on the TV show, though.
• Does anyone else remember when he used to occasionally guest star as the government hating racist separatist dad with lots of guns on Reno 911? He was always hilarious, and I have loved him ever since.
• Respect.
• The drawback with these arrangements is the profits are trapped in Europe. That's why every few years companies lobby for a tax holiday to repatriate the income. "Gosh, Mr. Congressmen, we'd love to invest in America and we have all this money just sitting in an Irish account, can you help us bring it back in?" Why, Apple is proposing a tax holiday right now. The cynic in me sees this hearing as kabuki, with the final act being a strong push from conservatives for a permanent lowering of the corporate tax rate.
• You know, the only exclusive console games of this generation that a) didn't finally come to PC and b) I'm remotely interested in were by thatgamecompany, on the PS3. Sony's the only company that really does exclusivity
• Okay, I want to hire someone on this thread. Really. I am an academic who researches entrepreneurship, and I have been really fascinated with the way in which the sunsetting of Reader is creating an opportunity for new ventures. Rhaomi is dead-on in that the Reader is a complicated tool, so it is unlikely that there will be a clear One True Solution for everyone. Observing what pops up, and when, and what business models they follow, will be both interesting and help us answer some important questions about how new players enter the market and how markets are segmented. So, I want to hire a couple MeFiers who would want to help me put together a list of companies/products in the space, when they enter, what features they have, etc. and to track the space through the fall. I have a budget to pay people for work, but it is research assistant pay. I've hired research assistants through MeFi before, and it worked really well. Link is above.
• How long can it go on before the tricks to keep Will from catching on get laborious? This show was specifically pitched to be more like the cable model, and they've already said they're only doing 13 episodes a seasons. Also, if I recall some interview with Bryan Fuller, he said they'll get to the events of Red Dragon around the third or fourth (and the total will be in the 5-7 range). So on the one hand, they've got a ways to go... But on the other, it's not 60ish episodes to go, but a mere 26-39 since the first 13 are already in the can. I'm not too worried about them keeping things plausible up till that point. Especially given the high level of quality they're already operating at, assuming they get to make more of it.
• Where exactly is the collective "WE" involved? You're right. It's not even possible to conceive any kind of system designed for collective decision making and we could never, ever reach consensus about anything and it's always been this way. And there is no such thing as the public interest and society is a myth. Just like the Koch's and their ilk have been pushing for several decades for no reason whatsoever--through non-profit organizations that enjoy tax exempt status for serving a public interest mission as that's defined under the law for absolutely no reason because of course there's no such thing when you really think about it. We've been so badly duped we've forgotten what the concepts most fundamental to our system of governance and way of life even mean, all to provide political and cultural cover for "innovators" who don't give a damn about the public good or the commonwealth.
• Maybe the answer is to tax the export of American intellectual property into overseas factories and subsidiaries. Apple claiming that they didn't export the IP into tax havens seems like the shadiest dodge in their statement. The plans to make iPhones, Macbooks, etc HAD to leave Cupertino at some point. Build it in the US, or tax it when it leaves.
• At the Aston Villa match, the fans' disappointment at being poised to lose the match was allayed only by the sight of the Chelsea captain, John Terry, lying incapacitated and in obvious pain on the field with an ankle injury. First they accused Terry of faking it. Then they started to chant: "Stand up! Stand up! If you hate John Terry, stand up!" while standing up. Then they accused him of some more things. They cheered loudest when he was carried off on a stretcher. Someone should have probably told this journalist that people hate John Terry because he's a racist. Oh and he shags other people's wives. Oh and a catalogue of other things I can't be bothered to go into now, save to say that he's a poor excuse for a human being.
• I think it's interesting that we mostly seem to assume that, psychologically, these things are all basically the same. Here's a book on the subject.
• Deciding Gaffigan's a jerk or a bad parent because he's doing material that makes him sound like a jerk or a bad parent is maybe not the best approach to ferreting out the truth, basically. I am only sounding like I am only thinking he is a jerk for only joking about driving his neighbours out. It is also probably best to leave the ferrets out of it. They're innocents!
• "Hah I'm a dick to my neighbors!" is about as fun as the time he punched a heckler.
• Minutes to learn...a lifetime to master. No, wait, that's Othello.
• Private Ceremonies. "Most women don't talk about their abortions and miscarriages. Virtually none go through the experience with a loved one at their side. The greatest gift an abortion counselor can give is to bear witness, to be with a woman as she goes through this private journey, to witness her strength and weakness, her grief, her relief, her pain." A first person essay from a former abortion counselor.
• I coughed up the dough for a premium account at NewsBlur a few weeks ago and have been quite happy. I know paying for a service doesn't guarantee its survival and continued development, but it helps.
• The thing is, the anti-WiFi folks are remarkably successful in pursuing their agenda. Besides taking WiFi out of schools (once again, not a big deal, but think about what they'll get up to next), the movement has stalled the installation of smart meters here in British Columbia, and opposition to WiFi-enable smart meters even became an election issue, where the opposition party promised to "review" the program if elected (the opposition party lost).
• "Two even asked for the experiment to be stopped early because the effects were too severe to stand." That made me pretty twitchy with rage. I prefer to assume these people were the only ones to see that it was a bullshit study to measure a bullshit effect, and so they cried "uncle" early because they knew they'd be paid the same amount as the other subjects and so they did the rational thing and got a headstart on filling out their questionnaires, collecting their checks, and going home.
• Nothing about this announcement excited me. I've had an xbox 360 since it came out, and play it pretty much every day. I don't watch sports, I hate CoD, I'm not interested in controlling things with my voice. I just want some fun games to play. Guess I should get around to buying a new computer?
• I really like Elementary, despite being kind of annoyed by the episodic procedural style at first. The only thing about the show that I can't wrap my head aound is that it is a modern show that exists in a world where No other version of Sherlock Holmes has ever existed. Which is odd considering just how much cultural influence the character has in modern society. Every time he introduces himself as Sherlock Holmes, i'm waiting for the other person to make some sort of witty response. In the world of Elementary, if I went out on halloween dressed in a double billed hat, with a pipe and magnifying glass, what would I be dressed as?
• Yeah, people who have kids and also want to live in places are so lame.
• Eventually, a judge discovered the existence of the program and launched an investigation, ultimately ruling that the fund was illegal because it was effectively operating as an uninsured bail-bond company. Would the cost of insurance or some other hurdle make it impossible for the program to function legally?
• The NYTimes featured him in the Sunday Routine column a few weeks ago- something about that third picture (of what appears to be their living room) gave me the impression that the apartment is probably on the larger size.
• I've know a fair share of women who have done this, and they are stronger than I can describe. I've worked the front line of this; shielding women through protestors to the clinic, but even as I was training for my PhD in bioethics, I didn't feel prepared to do the job these women do. I wish every clinic had the resources to have one available for every patient.
• People make the choice to not have more children all the time I like to assume being pro-choice means being pro-choice about the rights of others to reproduce as well as to choose not to. I respect that spawning feels irresponsible to many people, but accepting babies is part of the whole point behind having this greater society business. Even celibate cults generally adopt if they want to have any sort of generational continuity. (Of course child free suits other people, and that is a respectable choice too!)
• Yahoo! needs to swoop in and make an awesome RSS reader. Suck on that, Google. It'd be awesome.
• small_ruminant: "(Does anyone know what the health effects have been in Finland since it was discontinued?)" Oregon is like a healthcare research goldmine; while it's a city by city thing, there's large parts of Oregon that don't have floridated water, and some that do. I'd be surprised if someone hasn't tried a population analysis of two similar towns, but I suspect the And I mean, there's the whole population study in the 30s (or 40s, I forget) that revealed the correlation between naturally high floride drinking water levels and low cavity rates.
• Heh.
At the Aston Villa game in Birmingham, Steve James, 47, took time out from chanting obscene remarks at the visiting Chelsea players to observe that because the game started early in the afternoon, the fans had had less drinking time than they might have liked. Take himself. "I have only had 11 beers so far," he said. "I met my mates at a bar at 8 in the morning and had a bacon and egg sandwich and four pints of cider," cider being an alcoholic drink here. "On the train, I had a few more. Then I had six in a bar when I got here, and a couple at halftime." Except for his addition problems, James did not seem drunk at all. "I don't like to be uncontrollable or not know what I'm doing," he said. "I have my limit." What is that? "I have no idea," he said.
• I wonder how loudly I'll have to shout "INSTALL A LOCAL RSS READER" before anyone can hear it. That's great for one device but how would that sync between my home laptop, my work laptop, my Nexus 7 and my phone?
• Yes, and often, that veil of silence is deliberately drawn by those who have miscarried and their partners. It's not just a stigma imposed by the culture they live in. When I read this, it feels to me like there's an implicit "and you're bad people for behaving like this" attached (which may not be what you meant). Here's the thing, though. I miscarried my first pregnancy at 13 weeks, right after I'd told people I was pregnant (and a couple weeks after it was obvious). I don't feel shame, just a vague "that was sucky"-ness. (But---I had two successful pregnancies after that to help.) One comforting thing was that when I told friends I'd miscarried, how many of them (who currently had kids---I was at the late end of the baby boom in my crowd of acquaintances then) shared that they, too, had had a miscarriage. But on the other hand, you don't just talk about miscarriages (or pregnancy, or illness, etc.) randomly without a reason to be talking about it. If there were a reason that discussing miscarriages were relevant, then many people I know are quite open to discussing it. But on the other hand, discussing it without a reason (or even just thinking about it) brings up sad feelings, and why do that if it's not necessary?
• I should mention that the US is apparently one of three countries that requires citizens to file their taxes when living abroad full-time. American exceptionalism, indeed.
• My favorite part is when the games journalists live-blogging the 'event' pretend to be excited about more kinect integration, whatever the fuck smart glass is, and more shit that isn't games. They're not actually excited about this, right?
• Hmm. Signup page is a little light on detail - are they going to run this as a hosted service and do it from donations? I'm interested in a self-hosted service eventually, but is it also going to be hosted?
• weapons-grade pandemonium, are you suggesting that we may discover fossilized remains of bee hives that have cells that are triangular, quadrilateral and so on?
• [Legomancer:] All I want is, as someone said above, an index. I don't want to share stuff with people, and I don't want a browser plugin. I just want something to show me new posts.
You might be looking for Feed Wrangler if you want a simple list-y interface. I have been running Feed Wrangler and Feedbin side-by-side for the last couple of weeks and I personally prefer the more 'slick' interface offered by the latter. As far as refresh times Feedbin tries to keep it under half an hour, the last official number is every 25 minutes. I might start running CommaFeed as well but I trust these paid services more.
• Can someone tell me which laptop maker pays their fucking taxes so I can just buy one already? I'm guessing system 76 - but only if you get it loaded with FreeBSD.
• From the Xbox One site: "Sharp corners and clean lines make for a sleek, modern console that complements any decor." Uh, what? HDTVs, blu-ray players, and sound systems all seem to have rounded corners and lines. This line sounds like even an Ad-Exec had to take a stiff shot of scotch to ease the pain. "Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers." Considering the focus on cloud, multi-player, and "graphics as close to realism" instead of.. oh, I don't know... maybe story, depth of character, or something new that doesn't fall on tired clichés and tropes, I guess it's pretty apparent gamers made this. And that's not necessarily a good thing. The non-backwards-compatible thing is the strike for me. I like playing Portal and some of the older LEGO games, so I have less incentive to switch to a new console.
• cjorgensen, take a look at the Apple testimony and congressional report. Apple claims it paid \$6 billion in taxes in fiscal 2012, but if you look at the report, in previous years Apple reported on its financial statements that it paid \$3 billion in 2009, \$3.8 billion in 2010, and \$6.9 billion in 2011. But it told the subcommittee investigators that it actually paid \$1.6 billion, \$1.2 billion and \$2.5 billion each year, respectively, on its tax return.
• > l_y, nobody said that your argument was "bullshit," go back and read the thread. From the thread: > > As I pointed out, I have actual citizenship in three countries, and none of them have ever tried to tax me for that privilege when I wasn't living there. What make the United States special? > An ability to see through rich people's bullshit? It's weird to think that there are occasions where the US, of all places, isn't falling all over itself to grant bullshit tax bonuses to rich jackholes, but even a digital clock displaying random digits will be right occasionally.
• I'm not sure about that. I think shareholders can't get it simply because AAPL has decided they don't want to repatriate the income and pay the 35% tax. That's not really tax evasion or anything, just a choice that has its own negative impacts.
• Is there a cheatsheet that provides a quick rebuttal to the anti-WiFi crowd? How do you convince somebody who is frightened of ghosts that they shouldn't be frightened of ghosts?
• So You're Saying These Are Pants?: Awesome. Anyone know if this imports your starred items? I suspect it doesn't. It does not.
• MartinWisse: ""Remember the time Sherlock and Watson looked up a clue on a sponsored computer product while he sat on the toilet?" Dressed in his Clippercraft suit after imbibing a nice Petri port, no doubt.
• This was hard to read. It was also very well written. I had a Medical Ethics class where we discussed abortion. For the Hell of it , I decided to research and share some non-Christian views on abortion and miscarriage. A lot of my classmates appreciated having a different perspective. It's hard when people either have to make these choices or experience a loss. One doesn't think of workers in an abortion clinic as being pregnant, and how that might be. This woman is so honest about all sides of her experience.
• Man, this just keeps on getting worse: Xbox One Does Require Internet Connection, Can't Play Offline Forever Check please.
• Count me as another for whom mandatory Kinect is a deal-breaker. I have an exercise bike in my apartment already, thank you. That said, I do like keeping my gaming separate from my PC'ing. So here's hoping the next PS isn't egregiously awful like the new Xbox, because I will give Sony my monies for it if it seems like a passable console.
• There's going to be a lot of haters because a lot of people strongly disapprove of the idea of having large numbers of first-world, privileged(*) children because of your religious beliefs, beliefs that glorify exponential population growth while simultaneously condemning all personal choices, like birth control, abortion and homosexuality, that might prevent the geometric explosion of humanity and its subsequent trashing of the world we live in. And you can count me with them. (* - as in, "consuming more of the world's goods than 95% of humanity.")
• One option would be to eliminate the corporate income tax entirely and replace it with a higher tax on dividends and capital gains. To be revenue neutral would require a dividend and capital gains tax rate somewhere in the mid forties. This would be more efficient and eliminate the distortions caused by the corporate income tax. increases the incentive for companies to retain earnings and invest them - maybe not always a great idea. L_Y - you are correct. The US taxes personal income globally. That even pertains to GC holders.
• it seems like the days of all sides at least having the decency to let their enemies tend to their wounded are long gone, if they ever existed at all outside of the romanticized tales of honor Please don't assume that all countries tolerate war crimes just because your country tolerates war crimes. It's cynicism in defense of barbarism. The reason why the Geneva conventions have been such a widespread success is that there's actually very little military advantage to be gained from bombing a hospital, torturing a prisoner or impersonating a doctor. The CIA was not "doing what needs to be done" to win the war; the overall effect of this campaign on the war was likely negative. From the article: "the ploy appears not to have worked." It's shocking that the CIA was willing to hurt so many people so badly for such trifling gains.
• There's an exhibition right now at the National Portrait Gallery in London of Man Ray photographs. Lee Miller was Man Ray's lover and collaborator. In fact, the banners advertising the exhibit feature Lee prominently. I also want to plug Farley Farm House. It is the home where Lee and Roland lived and many famous surrealists visited. It is run by their son Antony Penrose who is a charming person. He runs many of the tours of the house himself. Christ, I read that as "Roger Penrose" and I was all, WHAT THE FUCK!!! It's the same Penroses. Roger Penrose, the mathematician/physicist, is Roland Penrose's nephew.
• Fortunately, most TV shows don't contain dialogue like "and then I said, 'Xbox, Go Home'..." Yet.
• You linked an article from 2011 on this topic? Really? You're right. Positive social change happens at a blistering fucking pace.
• And Willy.
• As a woman who cannot currently* grow a beard... Beards? pfftt! Boobs. Boobs is where it's at. ~40% of the human race has their eyes at that level anyway....
• Is there anything on earth a dog won't play bow to? A statue? A baby? Twin babies? A large rock?
• I'll repost a previous comment I made about this sort of thing in a thread about wind farms and wind farm sickness. Just as relevant to this thread: Seriously. They want to install wireless hydro-meters here in my part of my Quebec, which has led to ZOMG THEY WILL KILL US articles in the op-ed parts of the newspapers and on the radio. La Tribune, in response to the encroaching hysteria, even published a graph that showed you should fear your mobile and your microwave more than you should fear these things. And last night it took a five-hour public city council meeting before Sherbrooke said, "You know what? We're doing this. Wireless meters for all! Now go home so we can all get some sleep."
• . I found the show really started to pick up about halfway through the season, coincidentally right around the time it was no longer necessary to shoehorn in frequent explanations of what a sober companion is. If they let her character be less boring I might give it another shot. I'm still going to think of it more as House does Law and Order than as a Sherlock Holmes show though.
• Is there any explanation as to why this is true? It's true because without it rich people will bullshit their way into "living" in Bermuda or Mexico or some other place that won't tax them. Taxing global income, subject to exclusions that are at the level of "a middle class salary" and with one-for-one credits for taxes paid to a foreign state, is a wonderful thing that fucks rich people's attempts to be tax exiles. I wish everywhere did it. As I pointed out, I have actual citizenship in three countries, and none of them have ever tried to tax me for that privilege when I wasn't living there. What make the United States special? An ability to see through rich people's bullshit? It's weird to think that there are occasions where the US, of all places, isn't falling all over itself to grant bullshit tax bonuses to rich jackholes, but even a digital clock displaying random digits will be right occasionally.
• Neat concept, but IME rings shaped like that (i.e. thick + corners) are really uncomfortable, and nagging discomfort is probably not something one would want in an engagement ring.
• It is different, or this post would have included those others you left un-named. Why? Everyone in this thread is intelligent enough to know that Apple is an example and that other companies do exactly the same thing. We'd have to write over 1000 pages to include mention of every other company that does this as well. I don't see this in any other threads about corporations so why does it have to be the case in this one? Can someone tell me which laptop maker pays their fucking taxes so I can just buy one already? Most likely none, but I'm sure everyone knows this.
• The corporations lobby the hell out of congress to get just such loophole put in so that they can then exploit them. I've long thought that one solution here is to create a turnkey solution that lets people "incorporate" themselves so that they can perform jurisdictional arbitrage as well. Once Joe Citizen becomes able to disperse "his" lifestyle across a half-dozen jurisdictions for the low-low price of \$50/month, things get interesting. With smartphones in every pocket, this should be doable.
• (And I favourited Mayor Curley's comment to piss off easily offended people who go and count favourites on comments they find mean and find it necessary to call out other people as misanthropic).
• Word Wars, or Scrabylon?
• leotrotsky:
Um, isn't letting lil' baby kittens out around a well-meaning but ultimately large, strong, toothy puppy kind of dangerous?
That's what I wonder since it seems like the Chihuahua gives up at the end yet there is no adorable footage of the puppy playing with kittens. I will assume good end (humans intercede) instead of bad end (kitten bloodbath).
• I've never been a fan of "cringe" comedy, so I'm not a big consumer of Zach's brand of comedy, but this is really awesome, and Mimi sounds amazing.
• TFA: It's a next-generation console, with plenty of power under the hood, but it's also clearly about consolidating your digital entertainment and operate as much more of a lifestyle device. i just threw up a little Your voice cues the Xbox to your user profile and sets up all your custom options. ARGH NO I fucking hate talking to robots
• My favorite part is when the games journalists live-blogging the 'event' pretend to be excited about more kinect integration, whatever the fuck smart glass is, and more shit that isn't games. I thought the console makers were concerned about hardware, and other shit that isn't games, and the software devs were concerned about, you know, making the games. There's a lot of weird negativity in this thread. Is there a social positioning thing going on?
• Enough people want to be citizens that it is feasible to tax non-residents?
• The science didn't make them sick but there were sporadic reports of visual impairments as a result. AKA Cheese Stye D'Dup Syndrome
• A&W is paying to put mini ads in men's beards

Do You Have An Epic Beard? Do people stare at its awesomeness? Of course they do. Do you wanna get paid for having an epic beard? Of course you do. Join the world's first Beardvertising network. Get paid. It's simple - turn your beard into a business. Just like "Duck Dynasty". Hang a BeardBoard (Patent Pending) in your beard. Sit back and get paid up to \$5* per day. Hiler told BI, 'We're getting a ton of emails from guys with epic beards that want to host beardboards and we're actually in talks with some brands that want to be Beardvertisers. I think we'll probably be seeing some beardboards in the wild before too long.
• It's going to be the case with anything that you can use nocebo effect - it doesn't logically follow that that psychological effect disproves other "more physical" effects of the underlying. If doctors told people just diagnosed with cancer that "your cancer is really really bad and hopeless and you're going to die real soon", they actually probably statistically would die sooner. For my money, I can perceive (mainly auditory) right now being in the presence of electromagnetic fields. A nearby CRT TV turned on and muted is just intolerable. I'm positive my underlying stress levels are higher being constantly bathed in these barely-perceptable waves of synthetic white/pink noise than they are out in nature.
• I don't think it's material. I think he really does live in an apartment with his family. I have it on good authority, however, that the man's never eaten a hot pocket in his life.
• So, if your service is due to be cut off on Tuesday, May 21, it will be cut off at 900am, rather than 2 in the afternoon or whenever the meter guy gets out to your house on Tuesday. around to it (at least in my neighborhood, which is very very poor and, incidentally, nearly completely non-white). Power Shutoffs Increase with Rise in Smart Meters (2010) abcnews (PG&E denies this in the article.)
• "Bestest"? Really? Was that supposed to be cute or something? It isn't.
• as Viva Hammer of Brandeis testified before W'n'M Who else wants to play D&D at lunch
• As such investigating one of the largest technology companies for their business practices is perfectly acceptable and should be encouraged regardless of whether they are adhering to the letter of the law or not. All of them are being pulled in before Congress. But Apple is the only one that actually gets people clicking for those ad impressions. The same strategy is employed by Greenpeace with their Greener Electronics schtick. Remember when Nintendo was totally on the Guide to Greener Electronics pre-2007 before the Wii hit despite making Gamecubes? Then the Wii hit, everyone was crazy about it and all of a sudden, holy fucking shit, Nintendo scored a ZERO?!? And they're still totally on the list now despite the fact that they haven't changed a fucking thing. Oh wait, they're totally fucking not. It's not about the issue, otherwise people would have made a giant fuss about this shit in 2012 when the first new set of hearings started, or at any point over the last forty years this shit has been going on. But now it's 2013 and Apple have made the hit list so it's time for tax avoiders to be god damned crucified. Or in hipster terms: I've been hating on corporate tax avoidance since before it was cool.
• That black pup is giving the most enthusiatic, deepest, " wanna plaaaaaaay" bows I have ever seen.
• NiteMayr: in hopes that it will whither and pale so that the UK production speeds up a bit Yeah, the speed at which Sherlock is produced has nothing to do with whether or not Elementary thrives, and everything to do with the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are kinda busy guys just now.
• I like to call it the Xbox Cumberbatch. No reason.
• i feel like with voice command and kinect they'll be maybe one or two people who do something cool with it - a Suda51, a 'dude who made Rez and Child of Eden' but for the rest it'll be useless and a distraction. like a Trek bridge simulator where you yell orders would be neat, or that thing from the original Legend of Zelda where you need to yell to destroy a Pol's Voice, or gestural spell casting. but its easier for me just to use a controller.
• But Apple is the only one that actually gets people clicking for those ad impressions. So these other companies that get tax breaks or practice tax avoidance that we've discussed here or had links to don't count, only Apple does?
• Thank you for posting this, zarq.
• I minded smart meters when the water company put them in ugly locations on buildings in a historic area. The study showed how to get people riled up - feed them propaganda. I'd a lot rather see a study that shows how to communicate facts to people without getting them riled up. People buy masses of crap because ads are persuasive. People vote against their best interests because of malicious idiots like Limbaugh and Beck, attack ads, etc. What's the appropriate and effective response?
• You can switch between gaming and TV with a voice command to the XBox That sounds great, but, um, don't TV shows sometimes feature voices? ONE OF THEM IS EVEN CALLED THE VOICE
• but the people who derive income from it will be subject to taxation by the countries where they reside.
Right - but only the income that they earned in their home country.
Wrong. If you reside full-time in X, but make money in both X and Y, all of that money is taxable income with respect to X.
• You can download full AAA titles on the 360 today. Which is maybe why they didn't bother covering it during the announcement (The prices on the store are pretty high for digital games unlike steam) Ah. Didn't know that. Still, I bet it's not as nice as Steam in terms of letting you reinstall, etc. I've never bought any retail games like that online but I can't imagine why they wouldn't let you re-download the game if you deleted it as you can with Xbox live Arcade games. I'm interested to see if Sony will follow suit and kill off used game stores which people seem to only tolerate because they can get used games slightly cheaper than new
• This is basically inter-corporate warfare with the political system as the stage and nothing else. Google is getting hammered in the UK, so now Apple gets hammered in the US. Surprise, surprise. It wouldn't surprise me if politicians start throwing new laws at the big companies and that the outcome is that the only ones to feel the pinch are the small companies and part time developers.
• People don't maximize the browser window?
• Sony should pay people to say "XBOX SHUT DOWN" in shows and stuff.
• UK's convenient re-invasion of Afganistan so that Watson could be an actual Afghan vet The Moffatt Conspiracy.
• People vote against their best interests because of malicious idiots like... Beck... What's the appropriate and effective response? Class action lawsuit. Turntables and a microphone gave me cancer.
• You and cleolinda. I've always loved her description of them as cats with permanent bitchface.
• Sony should pay people to say "XBOX SHUT DOWN" in shows and stuff. delete what they end to all of the loop press
• while taking a mostly grumbling tone Huh. Did you watch the video? I didn't think his tone was grumbling in the least.
• Besides microads, beards also feature burger product samples and smell-o-vision.
• cool idea, ugly ring.
• Also, what the hell was that live-action/cg "game trailer" they showed at some point? We were watching this at work and no one could figure out what the hell was happening. Does anyone know? Such a painful presentation... Rather hilarious that Microsoft stock is taking a bit of a hit right now.
• I know that family size is deeply personal, and having a child isn't like buying something, but five children in the US today is, for many, a huge luxury. It often means you have money (and maybe more important) time. "Often" is a very wiggly term. Is it your contention that richer families have more children than poorer families?
• I am delighted that my xBox will now be watching and listening, all the time, in case I ask it to do something. Even when it's 'off'. No wait, not delighted, the other thing.
• I'm scratching my head at the "laundromat volunteer" concept. Is that a thing? I had one at the laundromat I used to go to, before I got my own W&D. He was a retired firefighter, lived in his camper by choice and spent summers hanging around his friend's laundromat fixing the machines, stocking the coin-op thingies and just being helpful. I think he had a laundromat he adopted in Georgia for the winter. So yeah, it's a thing.
• For those of us who do have a lot of access to servers, is there a good replacement I can host myself?
• Has this been submitted to The On1on? Your link has convinced me to go ahead with my plan to start a news satire porn site: The Onan!
• Maybe they should have called it XBox 8.
• If you are a resident non-domiciled in London (Which every expat is) what you earn outside of the country is non-taxable Bearing in mind that only is the case if you're not ordinarily resident there. I've had clients miss that distinction before.
• Sneering at people experiencing genuine symptoms is a pretty great way to confirm their prejudices. Clear and patient explanations never have any success, because then you're accused of being patronizing and condescending, or you're just ignored by people who think they know better no matter what, or you're dismissed simply due to the fact that you're an advocate of science. How do you react to that, when you can't explain scientific evidence to someone because science is the signal that triggers the mind to close? I think bitterly sneering is a completely understandable reaction when sincere attempts at education are completely dismissed out of hand.
• Time to go into my storage unit, blow dust off one of my two Sega Dreamcasts, hook it up and pop in Jet Set Radio, Shenmue, Chu Chu Rocket, Soul Calibur, Skies of Arcadia, Space Channel 5, Ecco the Dolphin, Samba de Amigo, Rez, Seaman... Microsoft: that list of names are the titles of something called 'games'. Good ones at that. You might want to try focusing on making, and showing, some of those for your latest console. They often get the attention of something called 'gamers'.
• I just decided to make my 2010 MacBook Pro last one more year, Mr. Cook.
• Elementary got a lot better really quickly, about midway through. I'm still on the fence just due to how many times I've liked a new show only to see it cancelled, but it was better than I expected. At least it wasn't another CSI/NCIS.
• As much as I dislike the obsession with Moriarty and Moriarty-like nemeses, Elementary's handling of it was more interesting than Sherlock's tired-ass "game of cat-and-mouse". Jumping to Moriarty in episode three is, to me, a big red warning sign.
• What i've been wondering is, how does this always on stuff(including the voice recognition, which i'm sure is server based like Siri) jive with lots of people having capped internet connections? Like, what about all those customers in canada, to get close to home for MS here, but also you know... a lot of places. It seems like big content+the console makers are screaming CONSUME and shilling why always on is the future, while the big network providers are busy figuring out how to severely limit everyone's connections and charge more for the privilege.
• Sneering at people experiencing genuine symptoms is a pretty great way to confirm their prejudices.
• I guess I think Parkour is pretty cool, though the surrounding culture and videos do often seem a little douchy, no offense... But, as usual, everything seems inexplicably cooler if non-Americans and females are doing it... So...yay, Parkour! Pretty cool music, too.
• See also: Marketing the Menacing Fetus in Japan, a book on the evolution of abortion rites in that country. I picked the book up as an undergrad for the sole reason of the title being amazing. I was not disappointed -- a good read, with amazingly diverse sources.
• I really appreciate the actors in Sherlock, especially Cumberbach and Freedman, but they seem to be constantly struggling against uninspired, cliched writing. Not to mention the "rude, brilliant" hero characterization has been done to death, recently (and doesn't really fit my understanding of Sherlock as a well-liked, sociable dude, when he gets around to it, making the choice all the less groundbreaking for me). This, to me, is like complaining that Conan the Barbarian is an uninspired swords and sorcery flick. It only seems that way because it's the seminal work in the whole area - Holmes is the original rude, brilliant protagonist. That it's become cliche isn't Cumberbatch or Moffet's fault.
• I think it was interesting that the writer also mentions wanting to wait to tell people before 12 weeks have passed. The whole "don't tell anyone before the second trimester starts" is something I've encountered culturally and also followed. But pragmatically, the whole reason behind it is that it is so common to lose a child before those first twelve weeks are up. It's almost like this weird place where superstition (don't say anything because jinx!) meets science (don't talk about it because statistics!) are conspiring together to create this weird space for pregnant women where if you do lose a pregnancy, it becomes exponentially harder to talk about it. I told almost no one about mine at the times I needed the most support, because I couldn't find a way to introduce the subject that I was pregnant in the first place - so many people do share their news nowadays from the first positive test results that I worried it would be attention-grabby for me to ask for support from people I "had a secret" from. I'm starting to think that maybe we should be doing more to stop the stigma against sharing "too early" just because of the potential for loss - when the loss is that real, you should be allowed to experience it as a loss and not a hidden tragedy. And I long for a day when abortion can become accepted enough that women who have them can also mourn their losses publicly (should they feel loss) without it being seen as an attack on themselves or on the need for the procedure itself.
• I love this guy.
• It's not that he has a bunch of kids that is really the problem. It's that he apparently hasn't taught them to be respectful of the fact that they share a building with other people. He thinks it is comedic fodder that he has driven two sets of neighbours out of their homes. But I guess he got some comedic material out of it so it's all good. [as I type there is a basketball being dribbled above my head by a child who is also stomping around in what sounds like high heels while daddy engages in very clumsy weightlifting. Thank spaghetti I am a renter and only have 70 more days of this to go!]
• I honestly can't imagine a better Modern Sherlock than what has been produced with Mr. Cumberbach.... even to the point of avoiding the US version in hopes that it will whither and pale so that the UK production speeds up a bit
• Ooo, Feedly, you're so clean and pretty! And you have an iPhone app!
• Wow. What is it about Apple that makes people identify with them so much? Seriously, replace Apple with BP or WalMart in this story, and hoo boy, just watch the Blue go all populist on their asses. Anyway, Apple is far from the only company that does this kind of crap--every company that can do something like this does so. What the real story is is that things in general are a mess, and large corporations have too many resources to throw at the legal system to find every possible way to bend the rules.
• - Paul: I have a bill that would tax repatriated money at 5% and target that money to infrastructure. We need to apologize to Apple, compliment them for the job creation they're doing, and get on with our job and redo the tax code. Don't believe the tax holiday fantasy (or anything else that Rand Paul says). Last time there was a tax holiday for corporations (in 2004), it had similar conditions placed on it which the companies did not honor: The 15 companies that repatriated the most after the 2004 tax break on the return of overseas profits later cut a net 20,931 jobs between 2004 and 2007 and slightly decreased the pace of their spending on research and development, found the report surveying 19 companies' activity. When Congress passed the repatriation tax holiday in 2004, the legislation specified that the funds should be earmarked for activities like hiring workers or conducting research and prohibited using the money for executive compensation or buying back stock. Companies that brought back profits earned abroad saw them taxed at roughly 5%, instead of the top 35% corporate tax rate. "There is no evidence that the previous repatriation tax giveaway put Americans to work, and substantial evidence that it instead grew executive paychecks, propped up stock prices, and drew more money and jobs offshore," Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.), chairman of the subcommittee, said in a statement Monday night. "Those who want a new corporate tax break claim it will help rebuild our economy, but the facts are lined up against them."... ...The 2004 repatriation tax holiday further motivated companies to keep even more of their earnings overseas, the report found. With the exception of Pfizer, the 10 companies that repatriated the most money after the 2004 tax break have stashed increasing funds offshore every year since the 2004 tax break, the survey noted. Honestly, if the WSJ can't even get behind your conservative no-or-low-tax fantasy, then it's probably time to sit up and take notice.
• So presumably, those ported games would require little to no tweaking to be ported back and playable on the new system. I guess that wouldn't make anybody any money, though, so. We made a ton of money porting our PS2 games to PS3, and re-selling them. So much that it started a trend. I expect to see a lot of that next time. ... As to the matter in hand. I find it hard to comment on anything they showed, because none of it was really relevant to me. The new controller is very nice. The messaging around the second hand, multiple users, game lending thing has been utterly appalling though. I understand it now, but they basically let the journalists ask them, rather than laying it all out in a way that everyone could get. Result, forum meltdowns, toys out of prams, and general chaos. Well done chaps.
• The recent episode of Modern Comedian where they interview him is quite good, as well, for those who might like to see video of his apartment, kids, etc.
• the issue is that the ring is 0.12mm smaller than required, not larger, sunstar :) What I liked most was that he maintained Engineering Report Boredom Maximization Style throughout this incredibly exciting project.
• I can't get heated up about this. Apple is doing the same thing every other company does -- chasing fiduciary responsibility to its utmost. At least they're not digging carbon out of the ground and destroying the planet (like Exxon and Chevron) or exploiting low class workers to ruin the national economy (like Walmart) or exploiting the middle class's finances and ruining the world economy (like JP Morgan or Chase), all of which are activities of Apple's neighbours on the "multiple billions of dollars in taxes paid despite every tax shelter in the world" list. But, yeah, fuck Apple because white gizmos. If corporate tax finance is to change, the laws must change. But I bet the laws won't change much.
• I have a feeling Stan Rizzo is behind this somehow.
• Finding Newsbeuter (aka The Mutt of RSS feed readers) helped me through my grief over Reader's impending demise.
• Thank you for posting this! I was hoping that someone would do this. It looks good. I'm going to sign up now and give it a whirl.
• A good man, that Galifinakis. I hope I'd follow his course if I ever became as successful. I agree and am inspired to be more giving even though I'll never be as successful.
• When you filed your taxes last did you throw a couple extra thousand in there for kicks? Well, I don't comb the tax code for every last deduction I could legally take. Does that mean my answer is yes? Does it mean I'm "egregiously violating" my responsibility to my kids? Why should the US get any? What did they do to earn their share? We created the circumstances under which Apple could exist, right? If Congress doesn't like the laws, Congress needs to change them. If Apple is doing something illegal they need held accountable. Otherwise there's no story here other than an American success story. "If Congress doesn't like the laws, Congress needs to change them" is the story. As far as I can tell from the New York Times piece, nobody in Congress is saying that Apple is breaking the law, or demanding that Apple retroactively pay lots of taxes they haven't paid. McCain was extremely careful to call Apple a "tax avoider," not a "tax evader." You are absolutely right that Apple is doing what it is legally allowed to do. Congress's job is to figure out whether it's a good idea that Apple is legally allowed to do that, and that's what they're doing.
• Hmm. Three hours later, it has updated one item in one feed. At least you got one. I have some pretty standard feeds in my list (Mashable, Wired, etc.) and nothing has been updated in the past 6 hours. There have been at least 20+ stories on each of those sites. The Old Reader seems better so far, though I do like the idea. Feedly is super fast Feedly is still just running on top of Google Reader, isn't it? It remains to be seen whether or not they can clone the Reader API.
• What, no mention of Bored to Death? Zach is the man!
• I've really come to enjoy this show. If you only watched a few episodes early on, or gave up around mid-season, you definitely should watch some of the back half of season one. The writing really improves and Watson becomes a much more interesting participant. While it still does feel like a Holmes-flavored crime procedural to a fair degree, the relationship between Holmes and Watson in this incarnation really is terrific, and the Moriarity arc through the season finale was great.
• I remember the good old days when an intellectual property was something like 454 Smartypants Street.
• Well I only bought a PS3 for Christmas 2011. So, I guess it will be a while before I need one of the newer models. Maybe, if I wait long enough, Google will come out with Google Holo Suites and I can just go straight to that.
• My plan is to wait until the last possible minute, and even that may be too soon to properly evaluate the options. I think a lot of the services, even the paid ones, aren't going to last. An open source option is very nice to have though. There are lots of tricky bits with dealing with malformed feeds, and crowdsourcing is a pretty good way to deal with that.
• I can't think of anything worse than hearing noise caused by others.
• 1) Give away the console for almost free 2) Mine Bitcoin during idle time and give half to Microsoft 3) Also maybe the consumer buys some games idk 4) You're welcome
• PS4 is already confirmed not to be compatible with PS3 games, for pretty much the same reason. Nobody has PS3 games. I do have 40 PS2 games I can't bear to get rid of, even though I have no PS2 anymore. If the PS4 is backward backward compatible I'll buy it so I can play Shadow of the Colussus.
• So, what is the point of this anyways. Does the Congress/IRS not know/understand how this sort of accountancy works? They do have the powers to make this illegal (if it is already not so). If this is bothering them so much, why are they not acting in a consequential manner.
• How can an SF/Fantasy author deny the brilliance of Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century?
• PARKOUR!
• If you're making your television show just as watchable on a phone screen as a large screen TV you are not making adequate use of the strengths of the medium. It's like trying to get the same sound out of a pair of cheap earbuds as a \$2000 sound system and surround sound speakers.
• Ah. Didn't know that. Still, I bet it's not as nice as Steam in terms of letting you reinstall, etc. At least in the current XBox marketplace, anything you buy is just like a Steam or Android or iOS or whatever purchase, you can always redownload it.
• I like how the new Xbox automatically tells your opponent you had sex with his mom. Sane defaults = good design
• That was an interesting and touching article about something most people don't or can't or are afraid to talk about. I don't believe the kind of dignity implied by story is the everyday reality, though. In most areas, a D&C for miscarriage or incompatibility with life is a hospital procedure, even if you're poor, as long as you can get Medicaid. Even though she chose to have it done at the clinic, the author was exempted from the surgical cattle-call, being moved panty-less from room to room in the gown they gave her and the socks they reminded her three times to bring because it's cold in there. Her husband was not evicted from the waiting room (for security purposes) to the parking lot to wait. She was not lectured by one of her counterparts on how to not get pregnant again. She likely wasn't forced to acknowledge her ultrasound before the tech was allowed to take the wand away. She might have done her half-hour in the grotty recliner with the heating pad and the packet of Oreos, but nobody hovered over her to get moving, hungover-wasted on Nubain, to clear the chair for the next wave. Abortion, for whatever reason and it should not matter, is not generally so gentle or kind an experience.
• Just as an example - Pretty much every hedge fund in NYC would immediately relocate to Zug and move their corporate structure out of Delaware or where ever it is to something purely offshore (probably Malta) and those guys would never pay taxes again. Weird how pretty much every other developed country has figured out ways to take care of this that don't involve needlessly burdening those citizens who use the very least in terms of government services.
• Having lived downstairs from people with toddlers, let me just say that I am glad he acknowledged how horrible that is. (The only way I made it through that was by convincing myself the situation was ultimately worse for them.)
• An interesting article about a handicapped woman who wanted assurance that a Smart Meter wouldn't interfere with her pacemaker. The utility company assured her it was "as safe as a microwave" (!) (also not advised for people with pacemakers). Because she refused a Smart Meter until they could assure her it was safe for her, they cut her power off in the middle of winter. She had never missed a payment.
• Why not just pay a homeless guy to hold up a sign... I had to check that link wasn't a joke. It's not. Now I hate everything and everyone.
• edheil: The little note in the upper right hand corner of CommaFeed just changed to " Working on refresh rate, stay tuned." I feel bad for all these upstart feed readers that spend months throwing office parties for every 100 new users and then wake up one morning to "20,000 New Users! Your backend = BORKED" status.
• Sounds like they've got the relationship with Holmes and Watson good, but I just prefer my Holmeses asexual. It's one of the things I found intriguing about the original stories, and it's one of the first things most adapters change.
• and the whole show is a ripoff Of what exactly?
• "Two even asked for the experiment to be stopped early because the effects were too severe to stand." That made me pretty twitchy with rage. Yeah, the first thing I thought of when I read that was "And these people vote and raise children." I'm not sure whether it pinged my anger, frustration or pity neurons more, but there was a fair bit of all three. I'm kind of surprised that this is eliciting anger. What are you angry about? These people have anxiety issues that are causing real physical symptoms. They've misidentified the source of their problems for sure, but getting upset with them and ridiculing them doesn't seem to be the most enlightened response.
• Would you rather fight one rottweiler or a rottweiler's weight in chihuahuas? Tough call.
• This is perfect. Most folks I know with big bushy beards are clearly in love with the attention they receive for it. Hanging a sign on your face should only amplify said attention, so everyone wins, I guess.
• They may have been actually experiencing severe negative effects. To me, that's the most important point to make about these kinds of studies. It's not that the world is full of crackpots--of course it is, but it always has been, and that's not the big problem. It's that our media is so focused on gaining your attention through emotionally troubling stories that it has become actively toxic. If you are told, constantly, that the world is a dangerous place, and you are powerless in it, what's your response supposed to be? WiFi isn't making people sick, the media is.
• Is there a cheatsheet that provides a quick rebuttal to the anti-WiFi crowd? Well, you're going to have to craft some orgonite, but if you can do that, I think you can get your point across pretty quickly. Just mix equal parts resin and metal shavings in an empty 2 liter soda bottle with the top three inches cut off. You'll want to pop some quartz crystals in (Lemurian, natch) before sticking the copper pipe through the opening. Once the resin is dry, wrap the hardened orgonite and pipe with an alternating pattern of colored wire. Blue is best for targeting the Dumb Chakra, which you can easily do with your newly made mace. Just apply it vigorously to the anti-Wifi crowd member while screaming HOMEOPATHIC EDUCATION! HOMEOPATHIC EDUCATION! and they will find themselves illuminated or unconscious in no time.
• I think the comedy world is remiss for not having a comedienne sharing her side of these tales. Wouldn't that belabor the point?
• filthy light thief: "asserts that the most efficient partition of the plane into equal areas is the regular hexagonal tiling" What does this mean, exactly? How is it more efficient than just squares?
• > To a first order approximation, a dollar per share of retained earnings increases the share price by a dollar. Surely resulting in a drop in tax revenues, as capital gains are taxed at a lesser rate than dividends? ---- It baffles me that people conflate a UK citizen living and working in the UK(*) and earning pounds, with the case of a US company based in the US with a wholly-owned subsidiary offshore. Surely the corresponding case would be if I were a US citizen living in the United States and earning money consulting elsewhere? (* - actually it's looking like Germany but the tax implications are about the same...)
• Wow, Commareader's demo list of feeds is... colorful. And pretty NSFW.
• I just want more awesome guest stars and more glorious food porn.
• the original stories had killer jellyfish My favorite bit of charming canon wtf is when Holmes solves the case by constructing a pillow fort nest to brood in. And don't forget the guy who gives himself superpowers by shooting up with monkey juice!
• 4% of voters say they believe "lizard people" control our societies by gaining political power.
• If he was genuinely vaccinating these children, I don't see how he could be blamed for the death of thousands of children like it's being stated above. Because he erroded a basic trust and countries are kicking out aid workers. Going forward many will die that didn't need to.
• Word Wars is on NetFlix streaming. I remember being horrified watching the documentary on CBC's The Passionate Eye documentary series, I was really shocked at how unpleasant some of the players were. I had recently seen the much more upbeat doc about crosswords, Word Wars, and it was eating my brain trying to figure out why one kind of word game attracted good-natured people and another attracted the worst kind of stereotypical unpleasant nerd. What I should have figured out, of course, was that the person behind the camera gets to make the story he or she wants to make.
• Um, isn't letting lil' baby kittens out around a well-meaning but ultimately large, strong, toothy puppy kind of dangerous?
• You're right of course Jessamyn. I'm sorry for bringing the political aspects into it at all, but I just keep imaging how horrible it would have been to have something like that thrown in our faces too when my wife and I were going through our losses and it's so hard to be rational about this stuff.
• I would love something vagina-related to be one of those ads. Because I have the sense of humor of a ten-year old boy.
• I am contractually obligated to mention the Wicker Man at this point.
• Maybe if you use all caps AND bold font.
• Yes! I was intrigued by the Tumblr/Flickr announcements this week and would be thrilled if Yahoo stepped in to save RSS. And Marissa Mayer was actually the Google executive who originally approved Reader in the first place (though on the condition the team remove social features, which seems pretty shortsighted even for 2005).
• His character in the Hangover just made me friggin' cringe, but it's nice to find Zach's an awesome person. World needs more awesome people.
• I think my favorite thing about Elementary is how refreshing it is to just watch a show and not feel angry when it's over. Even with other shows that I love, there's a constant background fuzz of racism/sexism/other-isms that eventually just spoils things for me. I always get to a point where I have to love it less, or just stop watching, and it's disappointing every time. So, while Elementary may not be the most tightly written, original, brilliant tv show I've ever seen, or even the best Sherlock Holmes adaptation, for me it's one of the most enjoyable shows I've watched this year. It's relaxing to be able to watch a show without that constant background noise. That might not be enough for everyone, but it's certainly something that I value and rarely seem to find.
• It's interesting how generic it is Well, that's the Premier League for you; most of the real interest fanwise is the history rather than the rituals, especially in such a newbies orientated article. It would be nice to see the reporter take on the Italian league or football in Poland or South America for some real madness.
• Um, isn't letting lil' baby kittens out around a well-meaning but ultimately large, strong, toothy puppy kind of dangerous? Yes. My brother's dog used to kill the kittens his barn cats had.
• (Siri doesn't actually require a data signal, does it?) Weirdly - it does. Siri uses cloud computing to store your information and retrieve it. It doesn't just pull from the information on your phone directly.
• Sweet, you can finally customize your Call of Duty character to make it more of an extension of your real life self and improve immersion. ... unless you're a woman, in which case ew gross no virtual girls allowed!
• a score by Frank Lampard made him Chelsea's career leader in goals Really. A score.
• Puppy: OMG KITTEHS I wanna play, wanna play! Play! Wanna play! Play! PLAY! KITTEH PLAY! Chihuahua : Walk away, son. WALK AWAY. Kitten: ?
• There are people who don't use LiveJournal as their RSS reader? wtf? There are people who still use LiveJournal? /runs away ;)
• I opted for a low tech solution. I moved my feeds to Blogtrottr, a free RSS to email service, and now use Gmail as my reader...
• I'm really confused as to what your point is here too, should poor people get free power? I want it to be hard, expensive, and shameful to cut off someone's power, especially in areas with extreme weather. I want the person who's doing it to live in the same community of the person whose power they're cutting. There will be fewer mistakes in favor of the utilities companies that way. I want "processing errors in the billing department" cutting off power to be impossible.
• grubi: "ooh a black box truly a brave design choice" I love the design because it doesn't look like anything. You could put that in the console under the TV and not even notice it. I don't really want TV components to jump out at me visually.
• Voodoo, also titled Mini-Me, is a stop animation short created by Wonky Films featuring two knitted characters named Knit and Purl. Wonky Films has also produced two more films featuring the same knitted characters: Stuffing Up and Tickle. These knitted little guys have won the Bablegum film festival's Jury Runner Up Award and appeared on BBC Big Screens across the U.K. to help promote Children in Need.
• I was worried that the new console generation would obsolete my computer that I play games on, but those specs are pretty comparable with the same system that I've upgraded once or twice over the past six years, so, uh... I'm good.
• a voice in the back of my head was really persistent Be grateful that your voice simply endorses consumer electronics; mine tells me to do terrible, dark, terrible things to all the innocents of the world. ...fortunately I've yet to run across an innocent.
• > The idea that all countries should work the same is what lead to the EU. The idea that one country has the right to do whatever they like led to the Iraq War. And what, exactly, are you arguing? That the United States is special and thus can take liberties that no other country can? That seems hard to justify... or...? > > As I pointed out, I have actual citizenship in three countries, and none of them have ever tried to tax me for that privilege when I wasn't living there. What make the United States special? > An ability to see through rich people's bullshit? I'm sorry, are you calling me a rich person who is bullshitting? Last year I made under \$20K - less the year before. Admittedly, I have reasonable savings that I am living off while I try to start my business but I am by no means rich and will fairly soon run out of money if I don't earn more. Exactly why is it "bullshit" to not wish to pay taxes to a country that you are not resident in, not getting services from, and not a citizen of - particularly when American corporations, nominally "people", do not have such a restriction?
• Seems US sports fans in Philly could learn a few lessons here.
• I liked this show. I wasn't expecting much, but the series was a pleasant surprise, except for the last episode, which I thought was really dumb. Thursday evenings have been pretty good: Person of Interest, then Elementary, then Hannibal. Now it's just Hannibal, and that may not get picked up for another season. Darn.
• "Hah I'm a dick to my neighbors!" is about as fun as the time he punched a heckler. Huh. I was under the impression that Louis CK was fairly popular on MeFi. I guess I was mistaken.
• Sadly, the divine-seeming regularity of most Langstroth-type hives comes not from the natural instinct of the bees, but rather the stupid foundation that we impose on them to trick them into doing what we want them to do instead of what is natural to them. To each their own, of course, but the reason I went to top bar beekeeping and Warre hives was that when they draw their own comb their own way, they solve some of the "intractable" problems of beekeeping on their own, and from a strictly artistic point, when they go off-book, they make some amazingly beautiful structures.
• These things seem to be turning into arbitrarily incompatible computers with little to distinguish or recommend them. That said, with my current free time allotment I will still be playing PS3 games in 2033 so I guess I'll just wait for the holobrain hookup or whatever.
• "Xbox One"? Seriously? Somebody probably got paid one hell of a bonus for having the brilliant idea to disrupt the 360->720 paradigm.
• Engineering its design with various failure modes in mind, so that the ring lasts — that's true love.
• Not even the accoutrements help me decide: Sherlock - Eschenbach 5 power snap close magnifier. LED Lenzer P7 flashlight. Elementary - iPhone with after-market magnetic wide-angle/magnifier snap on lens, same phone often used as flashlight.
• 23 anti-family favoriters It's 29 now, actually.
• Do we really know that anti-vaccine activists also tend to mistrust WiFi and fluoride? It seems the anti-vaxers, homeopaths, and electromagnetists have a source in mis-quoting the already sketchy science of Luc Montagnier!
• That aside, these rings are pretty sweet...
• -- takes Google-scale engineering I doubt anybody short of Micosoft/Yahoo can emulate. I wonder if Apache Solr & Nutch would help here...
• Took me about....10 minutes? One time? I understand you like the do-it-yourself solution. I guess you have better luck with tech than I do. It would definitely take me way more than 10 minutes just to evaluate the options, and then fight with installing it and dependencies and junk, and then have to deal with bugs, and I just don't want the hassle. If that means I need to switch RSS readers every few years, I guess that's the price to pay. Same reason I don't build my own computers any more. And it's kind of a silly thing to bring to this thread in the first place, since this software is open source and available for you to self-host if you wish. It's like fighting with an enemy who isn't even there, just because.
• IIRC, he was not completing the vaccination series, which is one of the things that put the Pakistani intelligence services on to him. So yes, as well as being a spy, he was doing fake vaccinations. Can't say I'm the least bit sorry if he's still rotting in jail.
• People in this thread have been lumping together anti-WiFi, anti-wind turbine, anti-vaccine, anti-fluoride paranoia... anti-wind turbine kinda stands out because it figures in the profit margins of major energy corporations... anti-wind turbine kinda stands out because anti-wind activism actually has some traction in swaying rural votes in elections enough to change regional governments...
• You know that House was intended as Sherlock Holmes His name should be a bit of a clue. Holmes --> Homes (more or less) --> House.
• RULE NO. 2: Fans are prejudiced on behalf of their players to the point where, if a player were to jump up and down on the bloodied corpse of an opponent during a match, the fans would accuse the opponent of faking it. ...and they would be right.
• The best thing about this is that 360 games will end up going for a discount. I'll keep that for a while, and will maybe get a Roku for streaming video if they shut off XBox Live to 360s in an attempt to boost sales.
• tzikeh: Can I get in on hating Gaffigan because he's a racist, sexist, anti-intellectual shit-bag What?
• Also, you need to build up a collection of virtual Affliction t-shirts and diamond-studded collars for the dog before you can beat the final level.
• I knew my beard would pay off eventually.
• Awesome.
• homunculus: "Hannibal, and that may not get picked up for another season." My understanding is that Hannibal is pre-sold at such a high price in such an unusually high number of countries, its production company turns a profit before NBC pays a dime. Thus, if NBC fails to renew it, they can easily offer it at a per episode price such that cable will almost certainly swoop it up in short order.
• Two even asked for the experiment to be stopped early because the effects were too severe to stand. That made me pretty twitchy with rage.
• PS4 is already confirmed not to be compatible with PS3 games, for pretty much the same reason.
• Traditionalist Catholics actually reject the teaching of Gaffigan II and prefer how things used to be.
• That overseas cash pile is a distinct issue, I believe. Apple seems to accept that they have to pay 35% to bring it back to the US to the parent company, so they just aren't going to. I think what they are doing now is issuing US bonds with that as part of the collateral, then using those bonds to fund dividends and stock buybacks. This lets them essentially use the money while deferring the taxes and hoping for another amnesty for overseas income. And borrowing rates are so low now that it doesn't really cost them much.
• Where did they get all those dead birds?
• Fortunately, most TV shows don't contain dialogue like "and then I said, 'Xbox, Go Home'...", which is more than you can say for the actual press event that Microsoft streamed to people via their Xboxen today. In related news, I discovered by accident last year that I can unpause something in Netflix by saying "Xbox, Batman".
• Console gaming is too much of a niche for a huge company like Apple or Samsung. Samsung electronics continues to make mp3 players and printers and much else. Presumably they've done the math, and decided not to enter the console market for any number of reasons, but I don't think it's because console gaming is any more niche than some of the other product lines they're involved in. Arguably, it's a much bigger potential market. And Samsung is still much more about gaining mindshare and markets than about consolidation. In fact, I would think, given the actual hardware as a loss-leader to sell software and services that is increasingly the model these days, it would be lot more lucrative, were it successful, than, say, printers, were it to get some traction. But shrug. My initial comment back there was very much just a random musing.
• All I want to do is play Super Street Fighter II Turbo forever and ever and ever.
• > Are you sure you're not a U.S. citizen? More importantly, are you sure the IRS has no reason to think you're a U.S. citizen? I'm absolutely sure I'm not a US citizen. The INS is sure I'm not a US citizen and so I assume that's what the IRS thinks too. Neither I nor my father was born in the United States - indeed, my father had no idea he was a US citizen until he was about 50 years old. At the time, he wanted to go and spend six months in New York City studying computer programming (the course that NYU gave him was in hindsight a criminal ripoff - I found the notes later - but that's another story). He went into the consulate and asked about getting a visa. They asked him about his parents, and then when he mentioned his father, a Canadian born in WA, asked, "Do you have any proof?" He said, "No," and they said, "Well, we accept census records..." He came back a few weeks later with the records and handed them to a clerk and a little later the head of the consolate came out and shook his hand. "Does this mean I get a visa?" he said. "Oh, no - you're a US citizen! You have been since you were born." The treaty under which Washington State entered the union said that anyone born in Washington State between years X and Y automatically gave US citizenship to their children. My grandfather was born there between X and Y, so my father was automatically a citizen, which automatically gave me a green card. In order to be a US citizen my father would have had to register me at birth. It's a real grandfather clause!
• As a woman who cannot currently* grow a beard, I would like A&W to know that I would happily host a small advertisement in my eyebrows and/or pubic hair for \$5 a day. *come on modern technology
• sounds like the XBox One won't be backwards compatible with 360 games Sony did a bit of the old bait-and-switch with PS1 and PS2 game and device support on the PS3. I wouldn't count on the PS4 doing much different, in this regard.
• I watch it, but it's not a patch on Sherlock Holmes in Miami. Also fuck this twee "bestest" crap which was not in the article. This is MetaFilter, not the House on fucking Pooh Corner.
• Nonsense. You are talking about second order effects. To a first order approximation, a dollar per share of retained earnings increases the share price by a dollar. Have you never noticed that when earnings are distributed as dividends that the share price goes down by precisely by the amount of the dividend -- that all open orders on the ex-div date are marked down by precisely the amount of the dividend. Gee thanks. Yes it is a second order effect, but it has negative impact. You do understand the basic idea that paying out a dollar of dividends is the same thing as reinvesting retained earnings at the cost of equity? So if I reinvest retained earnings at less than my cost of equity my business is worth less than retained earnings? because eventually the marginal return on equity = average return on equity.
• Maybe tzikeh confused Gaffigan with Gallagher? That's all I got.
• that woman sounds like a hoot. "Asked if she's mistaken for Zach's grandmother, Haist joked that she's mistaken for his girlfriend." love it.
• The weirdest part is when I can see the Pushing Daisies aesthetic in Hannibal. That scene with the opera singer was straight outta PD!
• Retained earnings invested in productive assets increase share prices. If non taxation on retained earnings lower a companies cost of equity capital below the investors cost of equity capital then the value of one dollar of retained earnings is capitalized at less than a dollar. You end up with a loss of tax revenues, not to mention the negative effects of overinvestment Nonsense. You are talking about second order effects. To a first order approximation, a dollar per share of retained earnings increases the share price by a dollar. Have you never noticed that when earnings are distributed as dividends that the share price goes down by precisely by the amount of the dividend -- that all open orders on the ex-div date are marked down by precisely the amount of the dividend.
• In a recent game of Words with Friends I played "OYEZ" for 102 points. I have now retired from the game. My high point was in early 2009 when I played UPWAFTED across two triple word scores, and racked up 238 points in a single play. I was playing online against a woman I used to know in university and was a little worried, as some people might be put off by such a dazzling display. Reader, I moved in with her.
• >I had not actually been following the Smart Meter thing - is it that it makes it super easy to cut off people's power? That's exactly what Smart Meters do. Actually, the electric company can cut your power off at any time, really, smart meter or no smart meter. Smart meters allow for real-time measurement of electricity usage, via a web browser if you like. The WiFi functionality is used for reporting or whatever - I'm not even sure why it's an issue. Having the ability to measure electricity usage in real time is useful, since we're on a stepped system, and after a certain threshold our rate doubles. We can use the smart meter interface (via our utility's website) to check out our electricity usage, and can even show it to our kids (ideally to help them close windows, turn off lights). Great invention.
• I am delighted that my xBox will now be watching and listening, all the time, in case I ask it to do something. Even when it's 'off'. It can even detect your heartbeat, which frightens me even more than the enormous HAL-esque unblinking eye on that Kinect "accessory" (which seems to be mandatory for anything other than old-style controller use).
• In a recent game of Words with Friends I played "OYEZ" for 102 points. I have now retired from the game.
• Probably the best advertisement ever for natural selection. Out of all the crazy insect nest-builders in the past 150 million years, Mother Nature favors those who do the least work for the most babies. Their geometry is beautiful because we don't see all the "mistakes".
• "Two even asked for the experiment to be stopped early because the effects were too severe to stand." That made me pretty twitchy with rage. Yeah, the first thing I thought of when I read that was "And these people vote and raise children." I'm not sure whether it pinged my anger, frustration or pity neurons more, but there was a fair bit of all three.
• I'm scratching my head at the "laundromat volunteer" concept. Is that a thing?
• At least Google knows about the "punched a heckler" claim: "Then the asshole gets Gaffigan on the ground and gets a couple of good shots at the Hot Pockets guy!" ... Wait, that means Gaffigan was getting hit, not the heckler... I don't know anything about Gaffigan, but your reading comprehension is terrible.
Jim Gaffigan looks like a bull when charging from the stage to grapple with a heckler. Even while Gaffigan and the drunken asshole are wrestling up the ramp near the emergency exit, some part of you still wants to believe it's a joke. Then the asshole gets Gaffigan on the ground and gets a couple of good shots at the Hot Pockets guy! The management steps in just as sane audience members and the loudmouth's beefy pals move past their shock to get involved. According to one of the Gotham workers afterward, the guy said something to Gaffigan's wife. So one more piece of learning: Don't talk shit to Jim Gaffigan's wife.
• Sorry, but I have to most respectfully disagree: Jonny Lee Miller is a lousy Holmes, making Watson a woman feels like pandering, and the whole show is a ripoff. Call it something else if you must, but it is not Sherlock Holmes.
• cjorgensen: "When you filed your taxes last did you throw a couple extra thousand in there for kicks? Why should Apple? It has nothing to do with avoiding taxes and everything to do with paying what you owe. Again, don't like the laws, change them, but don't scapegoat one company for being successful." No, but I also didn't lobby my Congressional representative for special-treatment tax laws, didn't hire the largest accounting and legal firms I could find to set up convoluted schemes for being paid in obtuse ways, and didn't scour the globe to find (buy?) a government to subsidize my being technically paid in a 0% jurisdiction. There's following the plain letter of the law ("oh, got a 1098-T, should really write off my tuition for this semester") and doing the level best to ensure that nothing is paid ("hmm, if I go independent contractor and have my now-ex-employer pay me in another currency through this shell corporation in St. Kitts and then immediately wire the money to Luxemburg..."). It truly surprises me that the people who thought up our system of law (Justice Blackstone, et al, I'm sorry) really believed that we could forever get away with the "reasonable person" standard.
• This could absolutely cripple Gamefly. And I love Gamefly.
• they would be in egregious violation of their mission and responsibility to the shareholders I love this. I dig that there is some echo of the tales that have reached us from Classical antiquity in the relationship between corporations and the Shareholders. Just as even Zeus the Thunderer, he of the unconquerable hands, could not defy the Fates, so too must these mighty corporations, who otherwise demand a bended knee from all mortals, bow before the implacable and eternal Shareholders. It makes stomaching all of the bullshit done to the planet, to tax bases, and to my fellow mortals in the name of satisfying The Shareholders much easier if I imagine them as beings akin to the Moirai, white-robed and mysterious, instead of picturing them as the stupid, greedy, short-sighted fucks they are.
• The TV Sherlock is convinced that he's above everybody else to the point of being a separate species; the original Sherlock was a scientist who tested his theories and published his results. I have to say I'm always surprised about what gets peoples' figurative irish up around here, although clearly I should know better. I will most gladly back down from the position that Doyle's original character is rude. You're all quite right on that front. At the same time while he seems to know a lot of people, my (limited) memory of the original stories is that this is one of those elements that's told but not shown. What Watson sees and reports is a man who is slightly manic-depressive, who often isolates himself and, although not every story dwells on it, is an opium addict. The Grenada series is so faithful that I probably blur a lot of it together with the stories but I suspect that close reading would show some gaps. But certainly this was also Brett's portrayal at times - a man almost suicidally bored with life looking for some excitement except that for whatever reason he find nothing in carnal pleasure (unless you put opium in that category). Anyway, I don't see Cumberbatch's Holmes as being arrogant solely because he has a big ego so much as that he's... weirdly emotionally impaired. Like how he insulted Molly at Christmas. he doesn't even realize what he's doing until it's too late. But certainly I think his portrayal captures the same elements above of a man who essentially has some sort of puzzle fetish for lack of a better description where by puzzle I mean hard, ambiguous, complex puzzles with real consequences and not just sudoku. I can't even explain my brilliance to you", I found that somewhat jarring right from the start. Sure. But I read it as that he literally CAN'T explain it. it's not that he won't, he actually lacks the seemingly simple ability to explain himself while at the same time he can explain everything else in the world around him, even the inner workings of other people. I can see how you might find that annoying. I don't even know if I can really articulate what I liked about the show other than I thought the plotting was good, the acting was good and for better or worse I don't see Moffett's plots coming down the road like a dog on the prairie. Is there a Mycroft character on Elementary? Because the next logical question after Holmes and Watson is who does the best Mycroft.
• I wonder how loudly I'll have to shout "INSTALL A LOCAL RSS READER" before anyone can hear it. (If you must share between devices/locations, INSTALL AN RSS READER ON AN INTERNET-CONNECTED MACHINE YOU CONTROL. HOSTING COSTS LIKE \$20/YEAR.)
• What he proves is that, in the long run, no matter how you shape the plots, the Efficiency is at least as large as 4√12. Then he notes that the Efficiency for a hexagonal honeycomb is exactly equal to 4√12, so you can never do than that. Of the three ways to tile a plane into a wax-based structure: triangles, squares, and hexagons, shouldn't a hexagonal tessellation naturally be the most efficient, since of the triangle, square and hexagon each enclosed in a unit circle, the hexagon's perimeter most closely approximates the perimeter of an infinitely-sided regular polygon (i.e., the circumference of a circle)? There must be something I'm missing: Is there a mathematician who can explain why the proof for this conjecture needs to be so complex?
• Could someone in NY verify the bail amounts listed. Not that this would be a bad thing, but \$500 and \$1000 seem to me like the 10% bond fees that would be required on \$5,000 and \$10,000 bail amounts. Is this accurate as written, another reporting oversight, or just a shortcut in the vocabulary being used? \$500–\$1000 is the actual range for the small bails. The article makes this clearer later on in the article: "But the market for commercial bail bonds doesn't really exist for \$500 and \$1,000 bails—bondsmen just can't make enough money on them to make it worth their while."
• I love a good Premiership game, and I think the tendency of people to blindly assume that "lower division = better fans" is unfair, but it's true that if you're going to only watch one game and want it to be unique and footbally you're better going to the Championship or below. I took this picture on the last day of the season whilst watching Oldham Athletic playing away at Leyton Orient, for example. "Hogan! Hogan! Give us a wave!" We all chanted, during the game, in an effort to avoid watching the bore draw being played out on the pitch, "Hogan! Hogan! Give us a wave!" We all cheered when he got up on his chair and started doing flexes, but then a steward in a hat made him sit down. "Booooooo! Who's the wanker in the hat?!" we enquired, repeatedly and at length, "Who's the waaaaanker in the hat?!" After several verses of this, said steward sheepishly pointed at himself and waved, and was rewarded with a huge cheer and a round of applause. "West Ham!" We then sang to the tune of "Blue Moon", pointing at the Leyton Orient fans and referring to their bigger, more successful rivals down the road, "You all support West Ham! Secretly watching West Ham! You all support West Ham!" Finally, someone spotted a small child and his mother on the balcony of one of the flats by the stadium. "Baby! Baby! Give us a wave!" several hundred grown men and women started chanting at a very confused four year old, "Baby! Baby! Give us a wave!" He did. We cheered. Life was good.
• In the interview, he's constantly reminding us how hard it is to have five children. White man's burden.
• There is a lot of pr0n in the demo online . . .
• > > Exactly why is it "bullshit" to not wish to pay taxes to a country that you are not resident in, not getting services from, and not a citizen of - particularly when American corporations, nominally "people", do not have such a restriction? > Then mail in your green card. It was part of the deal. "America - love it or leave it." You didn't answer my question. Why is it "bullshit" to not wish to pay taxes to a country that you are not resident in, not getting services from, and not a citizen of - particularly when American corporations, nominally "people", do not have such a restriction? > Are you arguing that a country doesn't have the right to write its own tax laws as it sees fit? No. Are you arguing that having a right to make tax laws makes those laws just, fair, equitable and reasonable? That having a right to make their own tax laws guarantees that those tax laws aren't bullshit?
• It occurs to me that this the second or third time in as many days that I've seen a thread to which Hannibal is at best only tangentially related start discussing the show. I hope this keeps happening until the show gets renewed, and then someone makes us a nice, juicy, tastefully-presented FPP ... That happens to be made out of people.
• How Apple Used Shell Companies to Save \$44 Billion in Taxes

Congressional investigators found that some of Apple's subsidiaries had no employees and were largely run by top officials from the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. But by officially locating them in places like Ireland, Apple was able to, in effect, make them stateless — exempt from taxes, record-keeping laws and the need for the subsidiaries to even file tax returns anywhere in the world…In prepared testimony expected to be delivered to the Senate committee by Mr. Cook and other Apple executives on Tuesday, the company said it "welcomes an objective examination of the U.S. corporate tax system, which has not kept pace with the advent of the digital age and the rapidly changing global economy."
Slate's Dave Weigel has a link to the complete Senate report.
• Six hours later, one updated article. Out of a hundred or so feeds. Meanwhile my self-hosted copy of tt-rss, with the same feed list, has updated dozens of items. Urgh. Not looking good for commafeed. :( I'll stop by tomorrow and see how things go but sheesh. This is really looking kinda bad.
• Anyone try the Ouya yet? Not yet, but my Kickstarter-backer preordered console is due to be here in a couple of weeks. Even if it doesn't wind up being a great game machine, I'm looking forward to using it as an inexpensive little media server. (It's supposed to support XBMC out of the box.)
• I have had the pleasure of playing tournament games against three of the kids mentioned in this article. Nice boys, every one. There is a special humiliation that you experience as an adult losing a game of Scrabble to someone so much younger, so much faster, so much BETTER than you. One time, though? I beat one of those super-smart kids in a crucial tournament game. I beat the SHIT out of him. And it felt really good.
• lupus_yonderboy: Admittedly, I have reasonable savings You may want to check out the Treasury's reporting requirements if any of it is in overseas banks (not to cast aspersions on your accountant, but he apparently didn't tell you about the Foreign Earned Income exclusion, either...)
• I thought the console makers were concerned about hardware, and other shit that isn't games, and the software devs were concerned about, you know, making the games. Except the hardware guys are building a thing that will be used to, you know, make games. There's a reason Sony devoted time during their launch to specifically acknowledging that the hardware they built was hard to build games on, and pointing out that the new hardware would be easier to develop on.
• I've been very forgiving, but I can't get past the show's instance that Osmia (mason bees) are social hive-makers and could possibly hybridize with Apis honeybees. Sorry, that just where I draw the line.
• You need actual tinfoil. Aluminum foil just concentrates the rays.
• Maybe tzikeh was in the front row when Gaffigan hit the Hot Pocket with the sledge hammer. I heard several people lost their eyesight that night.
• The problem (well, one problem) is that the ads are small, so either they have to have a punchy image, or these "beardvertisers" will have people getting all close to them to read the fine print. That, or people will be telling them "hey, I think you have something stuck in your beard" all day. Some kind strangers might go as far as to pluck the offending signage out of an epic beard.
• Once Joe Citizen becomes able to disperse "his" lifestyle across a half-dozen jurisdictions for the low-low price of \$50/month, things get interesting. With smartphones in every pocket, this should be doable. Accelerando... (first part)
• I wonder how you get the job of "Pallas Kitten's Dead Animal Dangler." The videos are all working for me.
• If I moved back to the UK and started to work there, the United States government would expect me, born and raised in England, a UK citizen, not a USA citizen, to pay my taxes to the US government, a government that would not be providing me any services or value of any type. The U.S. is providing you with a valuable Green Card, which you apparently value very highly since you seem unwilling to give it up.
• Our local laundromat has a "volunteer" as well, I think it's just a small job that pays cash (obviously) and lets the owner get away with hiring someone that's off the grid for sub-minimum wage.
• Aww, the black one looks like our foster dog Maggie. We've had her for eight months and she's finally getting adopted on Friday - by someone who really really likes her and is really excited. I've already shed some tears and there will be more but I'm really happy for her. She was a little challenging at first, but she really wanted to be a good dog, and now she is (and we did it with just treats, and the occasional "time-out", no punishments). Based on my experience with Maggie, the black dog just wants to play. The bouncing around with the tail and ears up is absolutely characteristic. If the dog was seriously attacking, you'd see the tail down, the ears drawn back, the teeth in a snarl. It seems to me like a good-natured dog who likes to play with other dogs, and I'm sure that's why the videographer watched and did nothing...
• yeah, regarding the unusually diverse characters on Elementary -- I'm a white, middle-aged woman in the midwest, and Elementary immediately felt more recognizably like my real life than most shows on television because there are characters of different races, sexualities, socioeconomic backgrounds, etc., and these are all treated as interesting things about them that inform their experiences of the world, but not as the ONLY and defining thing about them. It took me a while to figure out why such an unrealistic show felt so realistic and comfortable, and eventually it occurred to me that it was because it looks like an actual place with actual people (but prettier and who don't say "uh" all the time) who live there and who treat other humans as, you know, other humans, and not zoo exhibits. It really brought home to me how whiteness (in particular) is really a default setting on mainstream television, and how little that reflects a community like mine, let alone a big city like New York!
• Nobody has PS3 games. What does that even mean?
• anti-semitic screeds on toilet paper? Well, thats one way to cheat I guess. What sort of word scores are they getting via this method?
• Really,they only pay \$5 a day for you to walk around like an idiot? Seems low until I realize I've been doing it for free for years like a chump. Seriously, though, this is that weird type of ridiculousness that makes me think in fifty years they may be able to make a Mad Men for 2013 that comments on our life and times. Whether or not this seems silly or if our mocking seems naive remains to be seen.
• It's just so refreshing that he doesn't call himself a 'Maker'.
• ... they really mean 'wifi hotspots'). Wifi hotspots?!??!!! OMG, if it doesn't rot our brain, wifi will set us on fire!! Emergency! Emergency!
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• Fascinating post, thanks filthy light thief. As a side note, I was typing a (now redundant) reply to Joakim and realised that bubbles should behave the same way. A few minutes of playing rigorous experimentation in my kitchen sink suggests that they do, at least in areas where all the bubbles are pretty much the same size. Awesome.
• This is in part I think why Adler as a combination of romantic interest and nemesis works well even if it's not canonical, it speaks to the idea that his Achilles heel is forcing the emotional part of his brain to suppress the very strong analytic side. Tangent: Zero Effect had the single best non-canon angle on Adler, in that she was brilliant, she had good reasons to do what she did, and she had her own identity. On the other hand, I greatly dislike the Adlers who are essentially Sexy Lady Moriarty. Not only is it predictable, but it also leaves Adler as being just an appendage of Holmes. Or if in twenty years someone living in more conservative circumstances will be as astonished by it as I was by watching a videotape of Laugh-In in the late nineties, simply because it had never occurred to me that mainstream television would be allowed to articulate those critiques. Smothers Brothers > Laugh-In
• I love Newsblur, but I really wish that they had some sort of mechanism for bubbling up popular/relevant stuff up to the top of my feed.
• The main point of the article is good. Not terribly new, but worth bringing up. But a little more thoroughness in fact checking and accurately describing what is being discussed would have been very helpful. The woman in the first case example states that her ex-cell mates are "not going to have a lawyer." But this is one of the very few areas of the US system that does actually sort of function in most places. Where there are actual state funded public defenders offices, as opposed contracted private attorneys, those PDs are often amazingly great attorneys. She also mentions that others would not be able to make bail, but she wasn't required to pay bail herself. It appears from a couple paragraphs prior that she was ORed. That would be a different standard with different requirements. Could someone in NY verify the bail amounts listed. Not that this would be a bad thing, but \$500 and \$1000 seem to me like the 10% bond fees that would be required on \$5,000 and \$10,000 bail amounts. Is this accurate as written, another reporting oversight, or just a shortcut in the vocabulary being used? Per wikipedia: "Four states — Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, and Wisconsin — have completely banned commercial bail bonding,[12] usually substituting the 10% cash deposit alternative." Why is NY and CA not doing this?
• cotterpin: "On the other hand, as US citizens abroad have to pay US income taxes on untaxed or undertaxed income. If corporations are people, why shouldn't they be treated the same way as a person with foreign income?" Cuz JERBS!
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• Bullshit on both sides of this coin.
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• Kinect is part of the package, and it's a voice controlled experience from power on throughout the entire process. Your voice cues the Xbox to your user profile and sets up all your custom options. Then, you can dictate activities to Xbox One, sort of like how many imagined Apple would do their own Apple TV with Siri. Wow, where do I sign up???! You guys know what this means, right? More of this.
• IIRC, it is mainly the EU countries that are getting screwed over by Ireland's infamous tax shenanigans, For instance. The US is just collateral damage here since Apple is a US company.
• Huh. Did you watch the video? I listened to the radio story? Didn't this link to a radio story?
• Want: less fratboy dudebro shit like COD, less social crap that nobody wants, more games dammit, purchases with real money. Don't care what it looks like.
• So you plug your cable box into your Xbox and your Xbox into your TV? Why? What's the point of that? Who benefits, other than Microsoft (who can presumably now track every show you watch and sell that information on) and the power company? You can switch between gaming and TV with a voice command to the XBox, and change channels the same way, instead of all that cumbersome pressing a button on the remote control like you're some kind of caveman.
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• My neighbours are so quiet it's the best thing about my apartment. MAY THEY NEVER MOVE.
• BitterOldPunk, but there definitely will be a costly speed bump. They're not revealing the price yet, but in order for one account to play a game that belongs to another account you'll have to pay a fee. To me, whether it's going to be \$2 or \$20 is completely irrelevant. Just the fact that they thought they could do this is making me angry. This whole "buying a license" instead of an actual product thing is crazy.
• As these sites show, a wild honeycomb's external shape (as opposed to the internal cells) is not geometric at all, but free-form and organic in shape, often hanging in lobes, rather than the rectilinear hive we're accustomed to in domesticated bees. Getting bees to build in rectangular frames is just convenient for the beekeepers. (warning: first site's photos load slowly)
• dialetheia: "Cumberbatch's Holmes is meant to show Sherlock as a modern young man, and he's intentionally playing Sherlock as more abrasive, cold, and insensitive than the Sherlock of canon. " I like Cumber!Holmes well enough but he does, excruciatingly, remind me of a certain class of intelligent men who have learned that their intelligence allows them rudeness, which they then use to further explain their intelligence. Which was not something I felt when reading the original stories - genius yes, occasionally abrupt and certainly inappropriate but never rude because he 'can't possibly work out why someone is insulted'. With the added factor of 'if you're so smart, why does the very simple social interaction confuse you - he who learns every kind of cigarette ash can't learn to apologise in order to sooth someone's hurts?' - it irritates me in real life and I found it (and the sexism and racism and queerbaiting) in BBC!Sherlock to ultimately be unbearable. (Yes, cinematics are pretty but I loved that style of thing more in Man On Fire) Which is probably why I like Miller!Holmes more - he plays it as a weakness, or deliberate for a case. Not for fun, not because 'oh noes teh emotions r dumb', but because he sometimes is more logical than he should be for something that is often illogical. The scene where he's inviting Joan to be his apprentice is excruciating yet so absolutely on point for the character. The original Holmes was explicit with Watson about his faults - modern!Holmes parlays that into a very aware, very well-thought out invite. The intent, the meaning, is retained but method adjsuted. (I mean, how good could you really be at solving murders when a lot of them are emotionally predicated and you couldn't possibly work out any sort of social nicety or contract because 'it's too illogical'?)
• rocket88: "I'm kind of surprised that this is eliciting anger. What are you angry about? These people have anxiety issues that are causing real physical symptoms. They've misidentified the source of their problems for sure, but getting upset with them and ridiculing them doesn't seem to be the most enlightened response." On the one hand, I am sympathetic to those who are suffering this nocebic reality (I am one who believes that one should trust sufferers of maladies as if they are real, TO THEM, even if they are not observable in other ways. Rather, perhaps, we should at least pay them some respect and empathy). That said, the reason we are angry and upset isn't because they are suffering some malady. It's because they are being willfully ignorant. They are purposefully refusing to listen when the facts are given to them, and instead of trying to find an alternative solution (nocebo, or... you know... I dunno... granted, the alternative would be like fluorinated vaccines, alas), they stick their fingers in their ears.
• My neighbours are so quiet it's the best thing about my apartment. MAY THEY NEVER MOVE. I had neighbors like that. I blatantly courted them - I would bring them snacks and ask after their families and give them Christmas cards. I would have married them if it would have made them stay. Alack, they moved and as always seems to happen the next neighbors were insane drug addicts who smoked much weed while they listened to jam bands at ear-splitting volume as they screamed at each other about the CIA hiding in the dumpsters to watch them. The only way I could fall asleep was to imagine them all dying of Ebola. God I hated those people. I still hate them. I still live in hope they all get Ebola.
• The Daily Show did a great segment on Bumvertising. I'm in.
• You can count me as another Xbox deserter. I made the switch from PC gaming to consoles with the original Xbox, and bought that and a 360 on day 1. But now I have fully returned to the PC. I used to make fun of my friend with a PS3 about its various shortcomings, but now they laugh when I boot up the 360 and am inundated with grotesque ads for shit I don't want on a \$400 device that I also pay a subscription for. Plus the EA bullshit and just the incredible overcharging even for old old games. I realize I am in the minority of people who would prefer a xbmc/raspberry pi/steam box solution, but I have no interest in holding my mouth open to help them force the castor oil down.
• Without using some sort of structure that depends on what your tax status is - for example. If you are an non-British living in London you only pay on X, if you are British you pay X and Y, but if you were British and moved to Geneva even if your firm had an office in London you would only pay on X. I still don't think you see what I'm getting at, so I will plug in real countries. If you reside in Canada, and have income from Canada and the United States, all of that is taxable income as far as Canada is concerned. Your citizenship is irrelevant. What proportion of that income comes from Canada is irrelevant.
• The reason to highlight these problems in the tax code is not to claim that Apple is immoral, but to build support for changes in the tax code... But what is the problem they are trying to highlight, other than "this is a mess" which is cover for more big-business-backed edits to the tax code (keeping in mind that until recently, Apple's lobbying efforts were best described as "minimal"). As far as I can tell*, the problem that Levin, et. al have with Apple is that they make and spend money overseas without bringing it home. Is that the problem they want to solve? How do they want to solve it? Or do they just want to get some pr juice out of going after a company that doesn't make enough campaign donations to get off the hook? *I haven't read any of the analyses, just the two PDFs and think this is the most succinct summary of the conflict between them: page 5 of the exhibit charges: "Apple's cost sharing agreement (CSA) with its offshore affiliates in Ireland is primarily a conduit for shifting billions of dollars in income from the United States to a low tax jurisdiction. From 2009 to 2012, the CSA facilitated the shift of \$74 billion in worldwide sales income away from the United States to Ireland where Apple has negotiated a tax rate of less than 2%." page 2 of apple's prepared remarks: "Apple uses its foreign cash for business operations, geographic expansion, acquisitions and capital investments, and to fund other expenses required by its overseas operations, such as the capital-intensive construction of retail stores in Europe and Asia and the purchase of customized tooling equipment. If the Company repatriated these funds, they would be reduced by a 35% US corporate tax rate." and later: "To meet the needs of Apple's expanding overseas operations, the Company's Irish subsidiaries have distributed active foreign, post-tax income as dividend payments within Apple's foreign corporate structure. These dividends represent profit that was previously taxed in accordance with the laws of the local jurisdiction in which it was earned. Under US tax law, these dividends are not taxable."
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• Hello. I am currently seventeen years old, and I want to become a walrus. I know there's a million people out there just like me, but I﻿ promise that I'm different. On December fourteenth, I'm moving to Antarctica, home of the greatest walruses. I've already cut off my arms, and now slide on my stomach everywhere I go as training. I may not be a walrus yet, but I﻿ promise that if you give me a chance and the support I need, I will become the greatest walrus ever. Thank you for your time.
• I wish I﻿ was there.
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• Styll﻿ can't wheel chair LMFAO
• I am saddened to see what Freddy has written. I second your comment. I hope everyone will abide by﻿ simple respect, at least in regard to language in the future. Connie and her little admirers deserve better. We who are ConnieFriends can deal with obscene trolls well, but only if we remain morally upstanding ourselves.
• oooh brasiiiil﻿
• cool. so u hate to see people﻿ cryin. so dont cry when ur mum and dad die yea? asswipe~
• Love this﻿ song he is the best and cool and awesome
• Omg Harry's﻿ like HARRY HARRY HARRY HARRY HARRY HARRRRRRRRRRY!
• what is﻿ he?
• i hardcore twerk to this﻿ song
• 00:16﻿ im no russian spy!
• Te leuk﻿ duss niet
• I died﻿ of laughter
• Linda﻿
• I KNOW SOMEONE IS GOING TO SEE THIS so.. 1. My name Is George 2. I love to rap / I have a dream like all of us HELP me reach it 3. Recently made a YOUTUBE CHANNEL 4. Trying to get views / I Make RAP﻿ REMIX I have 2 vid for now 5. PLEASE IF YOU READ THIS GO﻿ TO MY CHANNEL N CHECK OUT MY VIDEOS 6. SORRY for spawning btw / this is the only way till I advance 7.THANYOU so Much FOR READING THIS / NO HATE 8.Please Like this comment so people can see :) thanks for stoping and reading this
• They probably were decisions at the time she did them. The thing is why should we give a fuck? It's not our lives, It hers we shouldn't really care about what she does unless it effects us. People Who talk﻿ shit on Miley honestly annoy me.
• seis﻿ años!!!!
• Ayudemos a reproducir SOS tambien que﻿ casi llega a los 100 millones :3
• when﻿ was this released and why was i never aware of it?
• Interesting﻿ video...
• Vamos por las 100.000﻿ reproducciones jonas are back bitchs.
• This is the shit the started this﻿ new generation of music. Fuck you.
• I am cute and caring and I want you to get to know﻿ me better.
• Атстой﻿
• 433,996 views to﻿ reach 100,000,000 views!!
• She loves pain. & love﻿ is pain.. i guess!
• ••• If﻿ You Actually Care And Read All Of This, Then Thank You. I work﻿ my ass off to make it in the music business, but﻿ it's impossible to make it if Noone ever hears you,﻿ and it's hard to get people to hear you when you have No exposure. I don't have the money for amazing music videos or big youtube advertisements, so all i'm left with is spam if you could take 2 seconds to give me a thumbs up just so people﻿ know i exist.﻿ you don't have to like me, just give me a chance to be liked.
• UR MOTHER'S GONNA REGRET HAVING SEX WITH THE NEIGHBOR & GIVING BIRTH TO YOU WHEN YOUR FATHER FINDS OUT ABT IT !!! UR MOTHER'S GONNA REGRET HAVING SEX WITH THE NEIGHBOR & GIVING BIRTH TO YOU WHEN YOUR FATHER FINDS OUT ABT IT !!! UR MOTHER'S GONNA REGRET HAVING SEX WITH THE NEIGHBOR & GIVING﻿ BIRTH TO YOU WHEN YOUR FATHER FINDS OUT ABT IT !!! UR MOTHER'S GONNA REGRET HAVING SEX WITH THE NEIGHBOR & GIVING BIRTH TO YOU WHEN YOUR FATHER FINDS OUT ABT IT !!!
• love﻿
• Lego??﻿
• This﻿ video rocks.........
• All of﻿ us had to say goodbye once... watch?v=kEe260z453k The music is fantastic! Youtube the link and have fun!
• Hey everyone, I'm Dakoda Bigelow. I'm a 17 year old singer, rapper and producer. I've gained over 300,000 views so far but I really need more views, likes and subscribers in order to﻿ make it. Check out my newest song called I've Been Dead! And also my second newest song called When You Come Home. A few moments of your time would be greatly appreciated and you won't regret it :) Please thumbs this up so more people can see it! Thanks for the support.
• GOOD GOD!﻿
• 3:13 Omg Instantly﻿ pregnant
• Racist﻿ jokes isn't funny to others. They find it offensive. This is why you see thumbs down.
• holy crap, don't you ever get bored posting the same shit over,﻿ and over again ?
• Hey everybody :) I hate spamming but it's one of the few options left so I'm sorry. My friend, Gianni DiBernardo (channel name), is a talented singer in the pop genre who just released his first original song called Told You So. PLEASE just give him a﻿ chance and listen to him. If you like it subscribe, if not just move on about your day/night. It would mean a lot to him. Also, if you like it tweet him and follow him for updates (@G_DIBERNARDO)he responds to all tweets. Thanks everybody, -JS
• 05/2013 UP﻿ !
• Cool video! Like It. I'll wait for next one. Have you heard of Derma Roller Micro-needle Therapy Check my new video﻿ here. Aloha form Hawaii Christopher from Maui.
• lol﻿ :)
• I love him!!!!﻿
• I'm Muslim﻿ too
• Is "lego"﻿ "let go?" Or "let's go?"
• Very nice channel!!! Grrat job. This is my Derma skin roller video tutorial. You might like it. Chris﻿ from Maui
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• mi cancion favorita fiesta﻿ rock ho yea
• I WANNA POKE JUSTIN'S EYES WITH A RUSTY FORK !!! I WANNA POKE JUSTIN'S EYES WITH A RUSTY FORK !!! I WANNA POKE JUSTIN'S EYES WITH A RUSTY FORK !!! I WANNA POKE JUSTIN'S EYES WITH A RUSTY FORK !!!﻿ I WANNA POKE JUSTIN'S EYES WITH A RUSTY FORK !!! I WANNA POKE JUSTIN'S EYES WITH A RUSTY FORK !!! I WANNA POKE JUSTIN'S EYES WITH A RUSTY FORK !!! I WANNA POKE JUSTIN'S EYES WITH A RUSTY FORK !!! I WANNA POKE JUSTIN'S EYES WITH A RUSTY FORK !!!
• aloooo....i am lindsay﻿ lohan....hahahaha
• Its amazing how this video still gets comments and views every hour of the day. This song used to mean so much to me when I was younger. I used to dance﻿ around to this song on replay ALL the time. -.-*
• Couldnt voldemort just﻿ use Avada Kedavra?
• Who don't﻿ like Nikki I do
• I can﻿ just picture the cheerleader version of that 'are you my hunky?'
• she's really﻿ pretty
• Wow , i just viewed a whole new sex video with rihanna The girl has been fucking a black Basketball player View her video right﻿ here if you wish: daily-celebrity.me.pn
• wow﻿ hilarious bro!
• Fn great! ﻿
• Because its funny and we all﻿ need to laugh now and again
• zac kinda looks like logan lerman﻿
• Or Firefox +﻿ Adblock Plus.
• هااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااي انا هاني﻿ احمد bob
• gay as hell﻿
• tehe﻿
• And ive already seen it. cute, but not something﻿ to watch a million times
• Connie is one of the world's great artists and one of he world's nicest people. That is why she served as Child Ambassador for the US Marine Corps Toys For Tots Campaign and has consistently helped a number of charitable organizations, especially for children. She has soulful music because she is﻿ a soulful person. If you listen very carefully to her music, you can hear the love behind it. Hear beautiful music from a beautiful soul on her ConnieTalbotOfficiall channel.
• where have i been since 7 years of﻿ my life :I
• Really? That's awesome!! My older brother showed me this like 5 years ago!!﻿
• Goings﻿
• That awkward moment when this is your﻿ math teacher! :)
• she is﻿ annoying
• I WANT EVERYONE﻿ TO YOUTUBE THE FOLLOWING TO BE MENTALLY FREE FROM A SLAVE MENTALITY: 1) youtube "DR. HENRIC CLAREK" .. watch all of this mans lectures 2) youtube "DR. BOOKER T. COLEMAN 3) youtube MINSTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN...watch "DUMBING﻿ DOWN OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE 4) youtube "DR. PHIL VALENTINE" THIS AINT HIPHOP THIS IS SLAVE MUSIC & THAT'S WHAT YOU PEOPLE ARE BECOMING BY WATCHING THIS CRAP Bring back the 80's & 90's that's when real hiphop was around. 2pac would'nt let this crap slide
• 393,372,805:)﻿
• *You don't have to like me, just please give me a chance to be liked* Forgive me for disturbing. But I'm a 20 year old rapper trying to use every opportunity I have to spread my music. I'm sure you guys get fed up with these comments & disappointed after listening to their music. But who knows, checking my﻿ channel could lead you to finding your new fav artist. Won't hurt to just listen. Please subscribe too so you can be updated on new music (thumbs up) *Thanks to all those helping!* YM
• Voldamort...﻿
• 2013﻿
• Right this moment a cyberpunk leeched a fresh fuck video﻿ with the whore Rihanna Enjoy the full thing right here : celebrity-daily.eu.pn hahahha,this particular girl is really stupid
• Aye﻿
• holy cow they sneeze loud ﻿
• haters always﻿ hate. it never change. *facepalm*
• oi﻿
• I'M GONNA STUFF UR PUSSY WITH GUNPOWDER & THEN SET FIRE 2 IT !!! I'M GONNA STUFF UR PUSSY WITH GUNPOWDER & THEN SET FIRE﻿ 2 IT !!! I'M GONNA STUFF UR PUSSY WITH GUNPOWDER & THEN SET FIRE 2﻿ IT !!! I'M GONNA STUFF UR PUSSY WITH GUNPOWDER & THEN SET FIRE 2 IT !!! I'M GONNA STUFF UR PUSSY WITH GUNPOWDER & THEN SET FIRE 2 IT !!! I'M GONNA STUFF UR PUSSY WITH GUNPOWDER & THEN SET FIRE 2 IT !!! I'M GONNA STUFF UR PUSSY WITH GUNPOWDER & THEN SET FIRE 2 IT !!!
• ♥﻿
• Sorry I just meant faster﻿
• Committed but lonesome. In search of﻿ daytime buddy 4 fun.
• She's trying to hard to be﻿ cute...
• Lolol look﻿ at his dislikes. Bahaha u gay shit
• where does time﻿ go..?
• Love this song so much <33﻿
• AHAHAHAHAHAHA﻿ :)
• is tu﻿ leeeeiit
• Shit﻿ sucks like a mo,fo!,,
• td q eu queria dizer; ﻿
• gaga﻿﻿
• BITCH YOU DESERVE TO DIE PAINFULLY WITH BROKEN BONES, BLEEDING VAGINA & SWOLLEN TITS !!!! BITCH YOU DESERVE TO DIE PAINFULLY WITH BROKEN BONES, BLEEDING VAGINA & SWOLLEN TITS !!!! BITCH YOU DESERVE﻿ TO DIE PAINFULLY WITH BROKEN BONES, BLEEDING VAGINA & SWOLLEN TITS !!!! BITCH YOU DESERVE TO DIE PAINFULLY WITH BROKEN BONES, BLEEDING VAGINA & SWOLLEN TITS !!!! BITCH YOU DESERVE TO DIE PAINFULLY WITH BROKEN BONES, BLEEDING VAGINA & SWOLLEN TITS !!!!
• Must watch. Obama goes wild. On YouTube﻿ . Search it
• - *I BET NO ONE WILL READ THIS!* - 15 Year Old Hip-Hop Artist Out Of Ohio. -﻿ With Dreams Of Being A Successful Rapper - I Don't Rap About﻿ Weed, Sex, Or Money, I Rap About Real Life Things! -﻿ So To Help Me With My Dream, View My Music! - Subscribe, Comment, Likes, Any﻿ Feedback﻿ Will﻿ Help - Even If You﻿ Give﻿ Me Negativity,﻿ Just﻿ Because You Listen To﻿ My Music Helps! - THUMBS THIS COMMENT UP﻿ So More﻿ People﻿ Will See! - Thanks For Your Time! - Miko
• memories <3﻿
• Sucks﻿
• lmao im a fucking weirdo now? i dont think kindergarden peeps tell you not to cry when ur mum and dad are dead. awwww seems ur a lil butthurt arent ya? unneeded? shes a girl and shes touched? unneeded shit? rofl u seem miserable man sorry to say. hey, i hope more than one people come to ur funeral. lolololol never argue with an idiot, cos﻿ ull always lose. i lose. but meh i dun give a fuck. cos ur just way to miserable to live man. roflmao
• beethoven fur elise-Play﻿ the melody in﻿﻿ reverse copy and past the link watch?v=pplj4GegMo4 by chai--the multi-talented guy or Search the multi-talented guy
• Nick!﻿
• Great Video!!!﻿
• beethoven fur elise-Play﻿ the melody in﻿ reverse copy and past the link watch?v=pplj4GegMo4 by chai--the multi-talented guy or﻿ Search the multi-talented guy
• I rap this a﻿ lot
• CHECK US OUT FOR AN﻿ UNFORGETTABLE﻿ ADVENTURE ! ! !
• Steel﻿ Listening 2013.....AND FOREVER.
• I miss her﻿ boobs and pussy.
• I can't believe this I just now viewed a brand new sex video clip with rihanna She has been fucking a black NBA player View her video right here if you﻿ wish: rihanna-sex-tape2013.eu.pn
• So fking random looliolililililololilooll﻿
• 144p... So we meet﻿ again
• Ok, this﻿ really is the most hilarious shit I have watched in a long﻿ time.
• pussy you delete your comment﻿ !!
• Um, I was not trying to be rude at all. I'm sorry if I was. Also, I do have﻿ a life for your information. I apologize for being an asshole even though I don't really think I was being one, but alright.
• G E R M A N Y ﻿
• me siento identificada﻿ con la cancion,excepto,lo de tener sexo con una chica,puaj
• awesome moves man. i'm a dancer 2!﻿
• There once was a man from﻿ Nantucket...
• 9,281 haters!!!!﻿
• They knew how to make music back then. Like if you are still listening﻿ to it in 2013.
• Hey everybody :) I hate spamming but it's one of the few options left so I'm sorry. My friend, Gianni DiBernardo (channel name), is a talented singer in the pop genre who just released his first original song called Told You So. PLEASE just give him a chance and listen to him. If you like it subscribe, if not just move on about your day/night. It would mean a lot to him. Also, if you like it tweet him and follow him for updates (@G_DIBERNARDO)he responds to all tweets. Thanks everybody, ﻿ -JS
• N A R N I A﻿
• Just hoping to make above 500 likes.......Tip for all trying to be as sneaky as charlie the unicorn, when trying to close your parents door so they cant hear you sneak downstairs lift up on the door when closing it so it wont squeek. Like﻿ this comment because you became as sneaky as charlie :3
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• Jump on﻿ it
• She is so beautiful this﻿ makes me cry every time I see this
• huehuehue i didnt really make it an issue. but this guy cay seems to have a problem seeing amanda touched by the lil girl wonderful voice. you can find his comment where he even called her a bitch and to stop crying.lololol﻿ what a miserable fellow.
• rupualagie is better..﻿
• My favorite part﻿ is when he spells his name :)
• beethoven fur elise-Play﻿﻿ the melody in﻿ reverse copy and past the link watch?v=pplj4GegMo4 by chai--the multi-talented guy or Search the multi-talented guy
• harry﻿ potter though haha
• Its Gonna be sad when Eminem is going to be getting set-up by﻿ higher-ups in the music industry because he is now making Anti-Illuminati songs when everyone should now know he sold his soul to the devil. they will set him up just like they did Michael Jackson for the same reason.
• im Muslim i find this hilarious and did﻿ you know he is the most famous comedian in the middle east
• Leggo﻿
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• VAMOS﻿ POR 100!!
• HEAVY METAL IS﻿﻿ THE FUCKING BEST GREAT MUSIC OF THE WORLD UP THE ROCK AND ROLL I WANT LIKES WHO BE ROCKER
• I miss this Jonas . <3 ﻿
• i﻿ love you gaga
• Little did anyone know on the show that day little 6-year-old Connie within 6 months would have an album be completely sold out in UK stores and go on to win 5 gold, 2 platinum, and 1 double-platinum disks from all over the world. She then toured the world and followed with 2 lovely Christmas albums. She is stirring﻿ things up again by posting great cover videos on ConnieTalbotOfficial channel, her new single "Beautiful World" on iTunes, making a splash as singer at the Young Voices concerts
• Love this video so funny and cute﻿
• sup﻿ ithink he did nothing
• Good Night﻿ Little Monsters.
• I want her﻿ back NOW!
• What the shit ir﻿ this mother fucker? One black girl want be a whithe girl? wat's the next? one direction in a concert of metallica?
• Soooo cute and sings soon﻿ gently
• She dont suck﻿ u do u bitch
• oh ok, he said he had to go through a world of skum bags getting in his way﻿ to get to the world where people﻿ actually cared about him? Is that pretty much what is was?
• ﻿ I love you!!
• Watch 1.52﻿
• Memories...﻿
• Most amazing part about this video is when Charlie﻿ is all giggling, and his big bro is just sitting their reflecting upon his actions.
• & the atomic bomb banner reminds me of﻿ Ray's Fro.
• HEAVY﻿ METAL IS﻿ THE FUCKING BEST GREAT MUSIC OF THE WORLD UP THE ROCK AND ROLL I WANT﻿ LIKES WHO BE ROCKER
• love﻿ you rhianna waaaw
• Love how﻿ he Rock!
• Bitch shut up and post another naked picture.﻿
• ♫I know someone will see this <333 I'm sure you pretty much﻿ hate﻿ these dumb comments But it means the world to me... My dream is to be a singer and to get noticed... So many people out there are getting there chance so why not me? I know I'm not the best but I want this more than to breathe... If you could possibly take a few seconds to view a video of mine it would mean the world Could you possibly thumb this up so others can see? I Love you all so much!!
• Me﻿ too
• vean este video es el﻿ tema del 2013 undowana-siente el movimiento (official vídeo)﻿ electro house 2013
• She's a bad singer, just putting that﻿ out there
• I'm not shuffling everyday brotha nor﻿ will I start
• Great channel.... Love It. I wanted to ask you. if you heard anything about Derma Roller? It is safe? Chris fro Maui﻿
• No where listening to this in 2020 dumb cunt﻿
• ;)﻿
• best﻿ of the best! !!! ;-)
• THEY NEED TO﻿ GET BACK TOGETHER OR I WILL DIE :'(
• Hey everybody :) I hate spamming but it's one of the few options left so I'm sorry. My friend, Gianni﻿ DiBernardo (channel name), is a talented singer in the pop genre who just released his first original song called Told You So. PLEASE just give him a chance and listen to him. If you like it subscribe, if not just move on about your day/night. It would mean a lot to him. Also, if you like it tweet him and follow him for updates (@G_DIBERNARDO)he responds to all tweets. Thanks everybody, -JS
• Write a script for the intro and outro for your video. To start, you should identify yourself and your company, and the purpose of the video. At the end of the video, repeat your name and also state a call for action that viewers should﻿ take.
• what is the﻿ name﻿ of the song at 3:28
• HEAVY﻿ METAL IS THE FUCKING BEST GREAT MUSIC OF THE WORLD UP THE ROCK AND ROLL I WANT LIKES WHO BE ROCKER
• Getting delimited﻿ area of query, we shall concentrate on the problem...
• A que mi J Lo siempre tan calenturienta. Nice﻿ :)
• what is the name of the song﻿ at 3:47
• So this is offensive to some, why ? The whole joke is that he﻿ is a dead terrorist. So what. I wish all terrorists were dead, no joke. He makes one reference to Allah. Big freakin' deal. Get over it. It's comedy. Murdering 2500 innocents is hardly comedy is it ? At least we can see the funny side whereas those that are complaining clearly do not.
• Cotton Eye Joe﻿ - Rednex
• still chewing﻿ after getting scared
• eran unos nenessssssss :c <3﻿
• Donkey conk!﻿
• good song (ebooknex.com)﻿
• Ohmygod! This is the﻿ best!!!
• freddy﻿ the retard is a disgusting old lady....i agree!
• David broke a home window. / It had been John that will﻿ broke the home window.
• Cute bruno﻿ ^_^
• Why don't you stick your own foot up your ass before﻿ i do it and shut the fuck up. t(._.t )
• Kuz trash makes him money﻿
• I agree with you so much!! Whatever you call﻿ him, he is the king of rap <3. Sorry if this is rude, but I think that you're very pretty! :)
• These guy like ruled the world. Why would they stop making songs?﻿
• hahahahahahahaha ﻿
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• There videos were funny epic﻿
• someone is really gonna disliked this video because you can't pleased everybody﻿
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• wow--- over 9,000 dislikes------no wonder﻿ her new single isnt selling
• Is that Megan fox﻿
• mother fucker you think i aint gonn knw how be speakin english just cau5 im black? mofucker u get your﻿ ass down here you little shit i rain jizz all over you mother fucker. stay away from my fuking idol
• Exactly. God﻿ damnit
• maybe it needs to go to﻿ the bathroom
• - *I BET NO ONE WILL READ THIS!* - 15 Year Old Hip-Hop Artist Out Of Ohio. -﻿ With Dreams Of Being A Successful Rapper - I Don't Rap About﻿ Weed, Sex, Or Money, I Rap About Real Life Things! -﻿ So To Help Me With My Dream, View My Music! - Subscribe, Comment, Likes, Any﻿ Feedback Will﻿ Help - Even If You﻿ Give﻿ Me Negativity,﻿ Just﻿ Because You Listen To﻿ My Music Helps! - THUMBS THIS﻿ COMMENT UP﻿ So More﻿ People﻿ Will See! - Thanks For Your Time! - Miko
• Check out my channel for the latest song leaks 2012 Just click my name.. thanks :D VVVV﻿
• i shuffle every﻿ day
• I dont want views....i just want smiles....If i can make someones day better or just have someone smile because of MY videos﻿ then my channel would be a total success, but youtube is such a vast community that﻿ its so hard to target people who are down! so if you are feeling sad or lonely...maybe give my channel a try? pweaassseeee(:?
• ¡Harry potter!﻿ , YEAH , HARRY POTTER !!! SNAPE HARRY SNAPE HARRY SNAPE HARRY SNAPE HARRYSNAPEHARYRHJASGDHJ ¡DUMBLEDORE!
• Well, excuse me for the﻿ accidental mistake that I did. Also, I'm not a Hypocrite.
• Chris Brown is definitely a lunatic! He recently smacked the crap out of Rihanna inside a bar in LA.﻿ You will find videos from eye witnesses on this page bit.ly\17YvwEc
• I love the way they cut out the swear words XD It's like, "Hmm... 'Sh' and 't'? I wonder what﻿ thaaaat speells?" :D
• Not at all man. Not at all.﻿
• damn this cashier﻿ girl is very beautiful
• like ﻿
• Does anyone know Lil John is﻿ way older than Lil Wayne
• Hello everyone! :) Sorry for bothering I'm 18 years old and I've been writing and recording for about one year I work extremely﻿﻿ hard on my lyrics and flow, but it's very hard to get views And nothing gets me more hyped than making music! It's my passion! It would make my day if at least one of you could come through and listen? Maybe you'll like it, maybe not, but just that view is what I'm hoping for... Could you﻿ please help me along my long road with a Big THUMBS UP? Thank y'all!
• ANGEL NO ONE﻿ CARES! GO FUCK YOUR MOTHER!
• Let me know that your peepee is safe what kind if question﻿ is that? Lol
• I freaking LOVE this song!!! :D﻿
• HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA No1 :D﻿
• i﻿ like of the music sexy and i know it
• Oh my god the﻿ memories <3
• LOL﻿ BIGELOW
• why.. the fuck is﻿ this called music???
• Viejos tiempos!﻿
• PLEASE READ THIS & GIVE ME A CHANCE!! Hey everybody, I'm a 16 year old Rapper From India and make covers! I have covered lil wayne and yama Buddha﻿ :) You know it's hard to get noticed by anybody so it would mean the world to me if you take a minute, watch my videos and SUBSCRIBE to my channel. And give this comment a big thumbs up so other people can see it later! Thankyou for helping me closer to live my dream. HELP ME TO get 200+ SUBSCRIBERS!! THANKYOU
• Chris Brown is really a sociopath! He recently beat the crap out of Rihanna outside a club in LA. You﻿ can see video footage from eye witnesses at this site bit.ly\17YvwEc
• check out my channel﻿ for dope music/production
• I﻿ really like it :-)
• no importan las manitas abajo lo que importa es que reproducieron el video y como se dieron cuenta de que los Jonas son lo﻿ mejor los envidiosos pusieron manita abajo jejeje vamos por los 100 millones de reproduciones
• I don't care if people dislike Grammar Nazi's or not. If I﻿ correct people that's not you that is none of your concern now is it?
• im a mealhead but i like jonas brothers, i think there's nothing wrong with﻿ that right?? c:
• IHELL YEAH﻿
• @eraser he said most viewed video not﻿ most viewed song LOL
• gaga﻿﻿
• charlie, i want to get down on my knees and passionately suck that huge dick. I want to open my mouth up all the way and go back as far as i can without letting my lips touch that throbbing shaft. Then wrap my lips around it﻿ and make a tight suction and pause for a second before i slowly slide back massaging the bottom side of that hard cock with my tongue. stopping at the head and sucking extra hard and pressing my tongue against the bottom of that swollen tip
• HEAVY METAL IS﻿ THE FUCKING BEST GREAT MUSIC OF THE WORLD UP THE ROCK AND﻿ ROLL I WANT﻿ LIKES WHO BE ROCKER
• Essa música﻿ me lembra uma época boa na minha vida.
• screw you xx﻿
• at the very beginning of﻿ the video it sounds like a song but I can't figure out what it is can anyone help?
• bruno mars your are my heart stars,i﻿ love you so much
• love﻿ song Eminem
• she beats﻿ beiber
• I feel so bad that i didnt appreciate this in 07 08 when i had a chance so to make up for it watch jonas brothers 3d concert﻿ all the time on starz and encore.
• Nice beat but crack bong﻿ bong dangry lollipops
• Starring Chris brown, gets 3﻿ sec
• so many shivers ﻿
• Jesus, Harry Potter... Go have a﻿ butterbeer and calm the fuck down.
• 1﻿ BILLION! NOW!
• harry potter is a shit﻿
• @Jason Burns Stop﻿ being a racist fuck!
• Love﻿ this song
• The comments section should be disabled on this vid. It's﻿ a disgrace!
• lol thats﻿ stupid, Gangnam style is
• quien quisiera enganiar a megan fox,﻿ omg!...
• I love this song﻿
• "i﻿ like u...but i don't like u like u" hahaha
• dude, its too late to apologize﻿
• You shouldn't﻿ of put your fucking finger in his mouth in the first fucking place
• j lo﻿ i love u
• At least I﻿ have any?
• I can't﻿ believe this was 2007... Years past...
• gaga﻿﻿
• That reply was full of irony in the﻿ highest degree.
• hey smartass instead of being an asshole to everyone, why don't you just get a life and stop trying to correct everybody when﻿ you're the one with the mistakes, people are just trying to get their message across fast. they are not bored like you and actually don't have time to sit on a computer all day correcting everyone.
• Lil wayne is﻿ trash =)
• Hey everybody :) I hate spamming but it's one of the few options left so I'm sorry. My friend, Gianni DiBernardo (channel name), is a talented singer in the pop genre who just released his first original song called Told You﻿ So. PLEASE just give him a chance and listen to him. If you like it subscribe, if not just move on about your day/night. It would mean a lot to him. Also, if you like it tweet him and follow him for updates (@G_DIBERNARDO)he responds to all tweets. Thanks everybody, -JS
• Em is only good on collabs,he cant bring﻿ out his best without help,usually dre before 50,theese days lil wayne,add em up tho and hes no .1,thats just my pounds worth !.
• so sweet﻿ this song..i love it...
• You're ignorant.﻿
• search for the true meaning of this song, you kids don't even understand what﻿ he raps about..
• i love that girls hair﻿ with the mohawk!!!
• My most﻿ favourite one.
• %99.99 porn %0.01 music %0﻿ hair﻿
• and why does this have 93mil views? I just don't see﻿ it
• S A U D I A R A B I A ^~﻿
• It amazes me to go﻿ back to this video and see just how much she changed!
• Hello everyone! :) Sorry for bothering I'm 18 years old and I've been writing and recording for about one year I work extremely﻿ hard on my lyrics and flow, but it's very hard to get views And nothing gets me more hyped than making music! It's my passion! It﻿ would make my day if at least one of you could come through and listen? Maybe you'll like it, maybe not, but just that view is what I'm hoping for... Could you﻿ please help me along my long road with a Big THUMBS UP? Thank y'all!
• The song of party and happiness﻿
• <3 this song Miley is so﻿ inspirational
• Chris brown kills﻿ it w/ his stupid danceing
• Shut﻿ up wov333
• GRAY FULLBUSTER, WOOHOO!﻿ :D
• Lol so funny﻿
• like if your watching this 6 yrs later in 2013﻿ looool
• My smile would fill your heart and soul up﻿ perfectly.
• when i first saw﻿ this video i thought the big one sneezed, but oh my god haha
• Most of us would've smacked Charlie. Such a big﻿ B!
• It's too﻿ late to Masterbait because﻿ you mum watching you
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• Na﻿ m8
• That﻿ Funny
• best song﻿ :)
• Rileigh stop het maar in je﻿ hol. A tomar por el culo.
• Best song ever!﻿
• the real asshole﻿ is you!
• silence!!!! i kill you!!!!﻿
• dj nadara is﻿ the BEST
• I mean heard﻿ of twister
• this would be perfect﻿ with justin beiber in it.
• Im sure you can.﻿
• i miss them sooo much they need to get﻿ back together :)
• Bless you﻿
• Nooooo.............. It's a monkey. ﻿
• Hello everyone! :) Sorry for bothering I'm 18 years old and I've been writing and recording for about one year I work extremely﻿ hard on my lyrics and flow, but it's very hard to get views And nothing gets me more hyped than making music! It's my passion! It would make my day if at least one of you could come through and listen? Maybe you'll like it, maybe not, but just that view is what I'm hoping for... Could you﻿ please help me along my long road with a﻿ Big THUMBS UP? Thank y'all!
• wtf this video is so retarded﻿ why do so many people like this shit
• Get paid to browse the internet, something you would do anyway. See our﻿ channel now!!
• boobs boobs boobs ass boobs boobs boobs﻿ ass(69)
• I should not watch mcr's music videos﻿ in study hall. . tearing up right now.
• I used to have this song on my phone!!! I LOVED IT! OH THE MEMORIES... I mainly liked it because of Selena Gomez = MASSIVE THING AT THE TIME. I'm 17 now, this song will always be awesome. No﻿ regrets :D
• he is epic.﻿
• Hey Youtubers and Electronic Music Lovers Guess most of you all skip these comments, but for you who is still reading this, thanks I dont have any money for advertisiments, no chance of getting heard, nothing All that's left is spam, sorry. I am a 14 year old house producer and music is my passion and life after school i spend my time on making﻿ music. Give me just a chance, please Take half a second of your life and thumb this comment up. It will maybe change my life for real. Thank you.
• That's my﻿ thing this good
• Nazi Cheerleaders. I like it.﻿
• you're lucking we can't dislike comments﻿ or yes we can "spam"
• WHOA i love this song﻿
• Im﻿ still waiting for them to go "lol Jk, heres a new album"
• please vist my channel﻿ /MikeGrivasChannelTv and subscribe!!!
• this is my﻿ first time watching this ever......
• Is it at all POSSIBLE TO BAN "XxGagaeverxXx"???? I know that﻿ he/she is a Gaga fan, but FUCK, YOU ARE KILLING THE FLOW of us Monsters. STOP DOING THIS SHIT EVERY FUCKING DAY... Be a TRUE MONSTER
• The big﻿ panda is like omfg wtf just happend jebus
• Y is this vid so popular???﻿
• I love the Tune and the Voice even the﻿ piano :D!!
• beethoven fur elise-Play﻿ the melody in﻿ reverse copy and past﻿ the link watch?v=pplj4GegMo4 by chai--the multi-talented guy or Search the multi-talented guy
• ilove muzic styl good ?﻿
• Harry is﻿ My favorite
• *sigh* Why so many of these﻿
• Worst﻿ rap evr
• good﻿ good .go man go
• what﻿ a terrible HANGOVER!!!!
• P O L A N D Dobra﻿ nuta... Czyzby jakis sentyment??
• Cbg﻿ southside
• nice﻿ songs
• Smartphone in the garbage can... That's a bit exaggerated just because of a text.﻿ Thumbs up if you agree!
• Thats my jam!﻿
• Hey everybody :) I hate spamming but it's one of the few options left so I'm sorry. My friend, Gianni DiBernardo (channel name), is a talented singer in the pop genre who just released his first original song called Told You So. PLEASE just give him a chance and listen to him. If you like it subscribe, if not just move on about your day/night. It would mean a lot to him. Also, if you like it tweet him and follow him for updates (@G_DIBERNARDO)he responds to all tweets. Thanks everybody, -JS﻿
• You may just see this as another spam message by another untalented producer, and I understand why you may think that. But if you just give me a chance,﻿ maybe I'll go somewhere one day. Some day you might see me on world tour and you'll think to yourself, "Hey, I knew that guy before". All I need from you to get there is some feedback on my music and a thumbs up so others can see this. Please, I'd be grateful to anyone who'd just click on my name and give me advice on how to improve.
• Well, one thing﻿ is for sure... Chris Brown has BEAT
• This is some brainwashing﻿ shit. This isn't for me. FUCK LMFAO fucking hate these peice of shits
• Thumbs up if you are watching﻿ in 2013! :-)
• I'm flat chested﻿ as fuck and will still punch a big chested girl in the face while she tries to run. That website is a lie..... -walks away-
• EAT MY﻿ CUM, B*TCH
• kas tā﻿ pa huiņu?
• Every time I watch Teenagers the chick in the front row of the audience looks a﻿ hell of a lot like 'Bay' from Switched At Birth.
• I﻿ love
• EMINEM is the kind or RAP basically﻿ the king of youtube if PSY was not using AUTHENTICVIEWS.C()M for sure ...
• Shute﻿ up.
• Still﻿ the best
• I luv this song and Chris﻿ brown
• Before﻿ Beyonce it was u Jen : ).....and i like your 2:11 and your 2:41 baby...u know what i﻿ like : ) Kiss.
• What is the﻿ song 4:40?
• Hoy﻿
• What﻿ place was Eminem talking about, he had to go to a place to get to another one.
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• she sucks . i wonder﻿ how she became so popular .
• I know I'll probably receive hate for this,﻿ but since I'm doing it for something I love, I'll accept it with open arms All I ask is that you please check out my channel. I'm a rapper from Los Angeles and you have NOTHING to lose by listening.. By NOT listening you could miss out on who could have became one of your favorite rappers. Sounds crazy but you never know And I won't brag about my talent, YOU be the judge Please subscribe too! Thanks to everyone who gave me a chance!!
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• this was before﻿ she went so crazy!
• holyshit. basshunter's﻿ song and 140 million views. unbelievable !!
• My friend was at my house and I turned on the tv, this music vid was on, so without a word we stood up and started rocking out. At the end of the song dramatically fell to the floor, its﻿ just those little things that remind me that mcr isn't really over. We have all their albums and people will still be playing their music even though they aren't making new music. I know its really sad that their will be no more new music, but just be happy it happened :)
• gaga﻿﻿
• super bass =﻿ superb ass
• Nope gangnam style has over﻿ a billion
• sometimes i just sit here and stare at this video still wondering how﻿ the fuck something like this got famous
• I know nobody will probably even read﻿ this.. but, Imma type it any way because i hope at least one person will i'm a Singer with a dream. I know there's like 200k of those in this world My name is "Tyrael Sterling" Simply type it in Youtube and you could help my dream come true please check out my music and subscribe if you want..? thanks, I would love nothing more than to have a decent following on youtube.. Thank you for your time. ...God..Bless...
• perfect﻿ <3
• CHECK US OUT FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE﻿ ADVENTURE﻿ ! ! !
• Silence........I﻿ kill you
• And your partner in crime, 144p.﻿
• This vid﻿ is stupid
• I loveeeeeeeeeeeee green gummy﻿ bear
• rlly wat﻿ her name
• Attention electronic Music Lovers Guess most of you all skip these comments, but for you who is still reading this, thanks. I am a 21 year old producer from Sweden and I dont﻿ have any money for advertisiments no chance of getting heard, nothing All that's left is this, sorry. I make mostly melodic house not trying to over do it and just keep it﻿ simple and good, I like to make music that all EDM lovers can enjoy. Give me a chance! thumbs up would mean alot. peace and love!
• she is too great n_n﻿
• Wouu c'est vieux ça 3﻿
• bass﻿
• This is a﻿ catchy song :o
• What's goody, y'all. I'm an up-and-coming rapper from NYC who changed his life around from dealing with crime. I﻿ don't have a label behind me, but I'm relying on most of the public. I've been doing open-mics/showcases and park tours to build a fanbase. It's my mission﻿ to have a foundation with my craft. Check out my biggest showcase ever at "Hall of Fame Studios" on my YouTube channel. Don't forget to subscribe as well. Thanks!
• yeah﻿ because it was, some years ago.
• hhhh﻿
• 2:38 best in this﻿ song ( actually all of Enimem song are super good)
• YMCMB,﻿ You're mad cause Marshall's better?
• You can bid on Lady Gaga﻿ with a Wii controller?
• it is spelled﻿ krabby patty
• your mother gonna regret﻿ for giving birth to you
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• Nazis* Also, your second sentence is grammatically incorrect. You have just﻿ been demoted from Grammar Nazi to Hypocrite :)
• hermosa﻿
• This song is so fucking tight! ﻿
• Soundtrack of my﻿ life.
• mcr is mainstream emo shit garbage created﻿ by the music industry to brainwash weak minded individuals﻿ into buying their products. Stop being pawns to the mcr propaganda. Give mcr the middle finger and liberate yourselves! How can anybody listen to this childish garbage??!!
• It never﻿ gets old :D
• I fucking hate their songs...but this is one﻿ damn catchy tune!...I hate the intro though, it was stupid...so was the rapping...
• Jawsome﻿
• nokia - MSN old﻿ days :'(
• es﻿ una bailarina chilena! se parecen pero no... jajaja
• 80s Baby/ 90s Kid... my memories start with Vanilla Ice!!! Love it lol﻿
• Stupide﻿ song.
• only 28.000﻿ moslims dislikes
• STILL BETTER THAN THAT GAYASS CUNT !!! STILL BETTER THAN THAT GAYASS CUNT !!! STILL BETTER THAN THAT GAYASS CUNT !!! STILL BETTER THAN THAT GAYASS CUNT !!! STILL BETTER THAN THAT GAYASS CUNT !!! STILL BETTER THAN THAT GAYASS CUNT !!! STILL BETTER THAN THAT GAYASS CUNT !!! STILL BETTER THAN THAT GAYASS CUNT !!! STILL BETTER THAN THAT GAYASS CUNT !!! STILL BETTER THAN THAT GAYASS﻿ CUNT !!! STILL BETTER THAN THAT GAYASS CUNT !!! STILL BETTER THAN THAT GAYASS CUNT !!!
• Sorry but sorry but busta is way way faster then﻿ Eminem
• i hate﻿ nicki minaj,
• Like I your watching this﻿ in 2013
• Hello everyone! :) Sorry for bothering I'm 18 years old and I've been writing and recording for about one year I work extremely﻿ hard on my lyrics and flow, but it's very hard to get views And nothing gets me more hyped than making music! It's my passion! It would make my day if﻿ at least one of you could come through and listen? Maybe you'll like it, maybe not, but just that view is what I'm hoping for... Could you﻿ please help me along my long road with a Big THUMBS UP? Thank y'all!
• what kind of user name is tea smells good tea doesnt even have﻿ a smell
• Wtf is this﻿ shit?
• Best!!!﻿
• this song never gets old <33﻿
• Aylar lie﻿ her name is
• "Beware of false prophets, which come to﻿ you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." —Matthew 7:15
• Really fast the﻿ rapper
• I was sing this in my moms car a she was like what are you kids lisening to now a﻿ days it was funny.
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• epic﻿
• Maybe it was a hidden message? It makes sense if you think about it, when he says "You can try to read these lyrics off this paper before I lay 'em, but you wont take the sting out these words before I say them" Why would he be telling us, the fans that? At 1:42 he then says "And to﻿ the fans" Where he talks to us. Weird huh?
• beethoven fur elise-Play﻿ the melody in﻿ reverse copy and past the link watch?v=pplj4GegMo4 by chai--the multi-talented guy or﻿ Search the multi-talented guy
• ok jealous﻿ hater you are gonna regret
• Chrisssss!!!﻿
• Good artist and good song! Thanks﻿ for posting!
• I love this song me and my cuz always shuffle and we enter the Talent Show evrey year hope u can﻿ see us this year. Love u gies
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• he﻿ so talented he now manages swansea
• like if you came here just to see how﻿ many views it has
• What a﻿ legend!
• Hey everybody :) I hate spamming but﻿ it's one of the few options left so I'm sorry. My friend, Gianni DiBernardo (channel name), is a talented singer in the pop genre who just released his first original song called Told You So. PLEASE just give him a chance and listen to him. If you like it subscribe, if not just move on about your day/night. It would mean a lot to him. Also, if you like it tweet him and follow him for updates (@G_DIBERNARDO)he responds to all tweets. Thanks everybody, -JS
• the real JB is Jack Black.﻿
• nothings﻿ wrong wit it but when its unneeded dont make it a issue
• how﻿ is lil wayne trash if he makes more money than any of your family members make in a week
• T - Stands for THANKS for reading this comment H - Stands for HELP because i would appreciate your views A﻿ - Stands for ANYBODY who gives me a view is helping N - Stands for letting NOTHING stop your dream . i am a 16 yr old singer K - Stands for KEEPING this comment at the top with your likes hopefully Y - Stands for YOUTUBE which is the area i need your help O - Stands for ONLY you can help my dream become a reality U - Stands for i? UNDERSTAND if you don't but it's appreciated
• please﻿ send me a mesege jennifer im your biggest fan ever you dont know how much i love your songs!!!!!!! toinight wear gona get on the floor!!!!!!!!!!
• This is﻿ MY song... :D
• I love selena﻿
• JONAS!!﻿ =D
• My sister & I grew up as the embarrassing bastard kids mistreated by our stepdad while mom﻿ stood by and watched. Both of us are grown and have happy lives now because we always knew that things would get better. But it is never easy even now, & our struggles will be with us forever. I made a song "Rosabelle" ft. my sister, about those struggles. I'm new to the music scene, but I think most people could appreciate the story behind the song. Please listen and share. Thank you for the﻿ chance.
• I wonder how hard it is to shuffle on a﻿ car?
• mother fucker you think i aint gonn knw how be speakin english just cau5 im black? mofucker u get your ass down here you little shit i rain jizz all over you mother fucker. stay﻿ away from my fuking idol
• lamar is famous, I've heard of pink﻿ Floyd but who are you?
• When i was little i was always jealous of the girl with the mohawk man﻿
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• They stole their hats, lol.﻿
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• Lol﻿
• that panda doesnt sneeze he screams﻿
• Check out my Evolution of Dance﻿ at my High school talent show! /watch?v=EBwRXwNN4vs
• Lol it was all like Big panda:Man dont nobody mess with me while I eat Little panda:holy shit must stay still. Big panda:Nigga what the fuxk u so quiet fo- *baby pamd sneezes*HOLY SHIT﻿
• :)﻿
• lo maximo esta cancion me﻿ encanta
• shut up wats happening﻿ to you if em supporting justin
• says the﻿ person who spelled stupid wrong
• THAT PHONE﻿