Category Archives: Pottersville

The Entire Tech World In One Photo

BuildPeePhoto

The Microsoft Build conference.

Techies and what looks like a homeless guy sitting in his own piss.

— via Twitter

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How The Hell Does This Even Make Any Sense?!

POLICE: FIGHT OVER $500 LOTTERY WIN LED TO MURDER-SUICIDE

A guy wins $500 on a scratch-off lottery ticket. His girlfriend wants some. He doesn’t want to share. He shoots her and then shoots himself dead. She later dies at the hospital.

Neither one of them gets the money.

This country is spinning into a whirlpool of insanity.

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Ignorance And Hubris In Silicon Valley

How Silicon Valley Shapes Our Future

In such a worldview, politics and policymakers are the great enemy because they slow down progress. “Rules are made to cement existing structures,” Thrun says. “We are trying to circumvent them.”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

He’s absolutely ignorant of social history and doesn’t even realize it.

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire

Their findings led to thirty-eight new laws regulating labor in New York state, and gave each of them a reputation as leading progressive reformers working on behalf of the working class. In the process, they changed Tammany’s reputation from mere corruption to progressive endeavors to help the workers. New York City’s Fire Chief John Kenlon told the investigators that his department had identified more than 200 factories where conditions made a fire like that at the Triangle Factory possible. The State Commissions’s reports helped modernize the state’s labor laws, making New York State “one of the most progressive states in terms of labor reform.” New laws mandated better building access and egress, fireproofing requirements, the availability of fire extinguishers, the installation of alarm systems and automatic sprinklers, better eating and toilet facilities for workers, and limited the number of hours that women and children could work. In the years from 1911 to 1913, sixty of the sixty-four new laws recommended by the Commission were legislated with the support of Governor William Sulzer.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

The overarching “existing structure” of everything is human beings. If you don’t understand that, you shouldn’t have the power to do anything.

Previously here:

More Reasons To Despise The Techies
The Silicants
Sellouts, Shills, Con Men, And Egress Pushers

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The Lowest Bastards Are Book Burners

Because they promote ignorance. And ignorance leads to all other evils and ills.

Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas.

Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books — including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science — into six pickup trucks. They left only Islamic texts.

The rest?

“These books promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. So they will be burned,” a bearded militant in traditional Afghani two-piece clothing told residents, according to one man living nearby who spoke to The Associated Press.

We need a worldwide program to digitize every damn library.

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Grave-Robbing The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Sequel to Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy set for 35 countries

This is the world as remade by lawyers. This is why movies are shit reboot after shit reboot. This is why TV does shit reboot after shit reboot. Art becomes “property,” like fucking real estate. Those who can’t do, who can never understand, rape the dreams of creators and turn them into whores for all the world to see.

Previously here:

The Girl With The Bank Account Tattoo
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Book And Movie Versions
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trailer Mashups
Shot By Shot: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Red Band Trailer
New Statesman – Girls, tattoos and men who hate women

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No IQ Wanted

Overqualified and Unemployable

Sally had applied for a job at a college teaching the computer language she’d been writing about for years. In fact, the college was using her book as the textbook for the course. But they wouldn’t hire her. Why? She didn’t have a Master’s degree.

And:

It gets worse. Sally wanted to work for a local organization that has a tendency to hire young people at low starting salaries. When she applied, she even offered to work at that low salary. And she was turned down.

I know why. Young people are inexperienced and far more likely to do what they’re told instead of tapping into experience to suggest improvements as they work. Employers don’t want smart, helpful people. They want drones — bodies to fill seats, push pencils, and get a job done without questioning what they’re told to do.

Yep.

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American Wasteland

The Cruel Waste of America’s Tech Talent

This ragtag group from Carl Hayden Community High School in West Phoenix constructed the robot out of cheap plastic tubing and garbage. It smelled so bad, they called the machine Stinky. The other entrants — almost all college students — had corporate sponsors and serious budgets. This was an underwater robotics contest, but Carl Hayden didn’t even have a swimming pool. Nonetheless, Stinky came in first place.

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
— Thomas Jefferson

Previously here:

What Having No Help Can Lead To

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Ebola Back In NYC Again?

Next-day update: Negative.

Previously here:

Ebola Again
The CDC Can’t Handle Hyperlinks And They Expect Us To Trust Them With Ebola
Oh Look. More Ebola “Hysteria.”
Word: Ebola Edition
Ebola Now In New York City
USAMRIID Finally Involved For Ebola In U.S.
More About Ebola
Good Morning, Ebolageddon!
Ebola Shit Hits The Fan, American-Style
Ebola: Makin’ Those Tracks
Ebola: The Ad-Targeting Facepalm
Ebola: The Facepalm
Trained Professionals Getting Ebola
Ebola Nightmares
CDC’s Frieden Makes Claim. This Is So No One Forgets.

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Two Members Of NYPD Murdered

December 7:

Today, December 20:

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Not Even Video Can Indict A Murderer, If The Murderer Is A Cop

What a disgrace.

At post time, there is still no official press conference. But with even The New York Times now reporting it, the “source” must be high and credible.

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R.I.P. Eric Garner

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