Sign in or Join FriendFeed
FriendFeed is the easiest way to share online. Learn more »

Tudor Bosman › Comments

Victor Ganata
While I think it sucks that net neutrality is officially dead, I'm not sure it's going to be as obviously catastrophic as people make it out to be. I think the main problem is going to be the lack of transparency (am I getting time outs because of technical difficulties or because my ISP is throttling this site?) and…
…while they could easily throttle streaming services and MMOs and force you to pay more for a more reliable/faster connections (which they kind of already do), I think it would be harder to do it for sites that don't require persistent connections. And if they straight-up blocked sites, that would just break the Internet entirely, and I'm not sure they really want to go there (but I guess you never know.) - Victor Ganata
My fear is that we'll see this in a couple of years: - Tudor Bosman
The thing is, it feels like net neutrality has been dead for a while already, but the FCC finally just officially called it. I imagine most of the breakage is going to be insidious and hard to discern. - Victor Ganata
Like the Netflix-Comcast deal that happened even before net neutrality was declared officially dead. On one hand, it seems like a problem of who is going to pay for infrastructure since current bandwidth was already saturated by existing traffic (at least if you buy the Comcast, Cogent, and Netflix explanation) but on the other hand, Netflix is obviously paying more to make sure their customers actually get their content which breaks net neutrality at least in spirit. - Victor Ganata
Reading that Buzzfeed article that Tudor linked, the stifling of competition is probably going to be the most obvious deleterious consequence. There won't be any real way for new companies to compete with established companies that already have deals with the ISPs (and are subsidizing data transfers.) - Victor Ganata
That's why it's so insiduous, I guess. The average user might not notice a thing, so they won't really fight that hard to restore net neutrality. - Victor Ganata
Every American user of the internet should be concerned by this; they will be affected if neutrality is lost. I've been reading a lot about this and it scares the shit out of me and makes me feel very grateful I'm now living in Norway. Here's a good overview by Tim Wu: I'm also reading a book by Tim Wu... more... - Jenny H. from Android
Bret Taylor
We had some networking issues that were causing packet loss over the past couple days that (we think) have been resolved. If you noticed the site being a bit sluggish, it should be improved now.
ddos? - Hüseyin Mert
Not DDOS; bug on our side. - Tudor Bosman
oh, thanks God :) - Hüseyin Mert
با عضویت در اتاق " در ارتباط با توییتر... " از جدید ترین متعلقات این سرویس با خبر شوید... اسمایلی : (تبلیغات). - سینه سرخ
bret neler oluyor? hani ben yaşadığım sürece ff kapanmayacaktı..hani ff'yi benim üzerime yapmıştın..nedir bu dedikodular??? - Aynebilim G.
Bret yavşaksın olum sen. 2009'dan beri hiç mi siteye girmez lan adam. Olum ne Fb merklısı bir adammışsın lan sen. İnsan merak eder ne var ne yok diye girer de bir selam yazar. Senin amk lan ben. Siktin gül gibi siteyi şimdi de kapanacak diyorlar. Kapatacağına biz Türk kardeşlerine devret kardeşim. Biz domain falan alırız, sokayım boktan domainine. Yönlendireceksin sadece panelden. Ne dersin Bret? Hadi kardeşim bir düşün. gerçi girmiyorsun di mi sen buraya. Hay mk ya. - EG
Hi Bret, we recently heard that you're shutting down Friendfeed - is this true? Please clarify this for the sake of FF Turkish Community :) - DenizTuran
cool - solncee
cool - arieana for shoring in the Turkish Community. - Anthony Berkut
nice to see you againe . - meseret mihreteab
PATRON, GEL BI SAHIP ÇIK ORTAMA! dedikodular aldi yürüdü! - ani
Cool! - Riya Banerjee
Louis Gray
Happy Birthday to both Stephen Mack and Tudor Bosman today! Both great guys and good dads too!
I'll let you guess who is who. Photo 1 I took and Photo 2 is courtesy Thomas Hawk. - Louis Gray
Happy birthday Stephen and Tudor! - Georgia
Happy birthday Stephen and Tudor. - Jim: with more caffeine!
Happy Birthday! - Kevin Johnson
Happy B-days! - Ken Gidley
Happy Happy - Rodfather
Happy Birthday, gentlemen. - Monique the crochet freak
Happy Birthday! - NOT THE CRICKET
I know who is who but I'm not gonna' tell... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOYS!!! - Lisa L. Seifert
Thanks Louis and all! But don't forget it's also Kelly's ( birthday today too! - Stephen Mack
Happy birthdays! - LB hates stale candy!
Happy Birthday, Tudor and Stephen! It's a great day for birthdays! - Anne Bouey from iPhone
Happy Bday! - Heather
Happy Bday guys! - Steve C
Happy birthday great guys and dads! :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Happy birthday to you both! - Jenny
Thank you! - Tudor Bosman
Whose code are you looking at in that picture? :-) - Bruce Lewis
Happy Birthday Stephen! - AJ Batac
Happy Birthday Tudor! - AJ Batac
Thank you! - Tudor Bosman
Happy Birthday, Stephen and Tudor! :-) - vicster: full-bodied
I will reshare this every year. - Louis Gray
I will comment on this every year, provided Louis finds it and bumps it first, of course. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Victor Ganata
The NSA Has Been Spying On World Of Warcraft - TPM
Just… LOL. I can't. - Victor Ganata
Well now I can't trust any o' y'all. *sideeye at DYSP guildies* - Hookuh Tinypants
I wonder how it started. "I bet you $50 that I can get the US Government to pay me for playing World of Warcraft." - Tudor Bosman
From a thread on this topic in a different forum: "Imagine who they assign to monitor barrens chat. It's probably how they wash out interns, actually." - Tudor Bosman
I wonder if there is a modern day equivalent to Barrens chat now? I guess there's always the cesspool of Trade. Although I hear that Elwynn Forest gets really freaky on some RP realms. I imagine monitoring Goldshire on Moonguard could be a hazing ritual for an NSA noob. - Victor Ganata
I DID tell all those people that made threats to the President's life in trade chat that they should be careful with what they say >.> - Chris Topher
I do kind of wonder what they're looking for. "LFM Al Qaeda cell, need tank. No, really, need actual tank." "IRL assassination rogue LFG to take out IRL faction leaders. PST if interested." - Victor Ganata
^HAHAHA! - Stephen Mack
Eric - Back to the Grill
After trying to recreate the Friendfeed experience in other social networks, I've realized it's going to be very hard to do. Facebook is slow and clogs up with notifications. It's designed for a slower pace. Google Plus doesn't scale out to multiple interests of a similar group. Again, notifications are an issue there. Twitter is fast but public.
Groups, My Discussions, hides, Best of, quick interface that rolls. Come on, who is doing this now? - Eric - Back to the Grill
FriendFeed is all about the people - Iain Baker
[disclaimer: I work for FB] I've found that Facebook can be tweaked to produce a similar experience. (turn off most notifications first). Groups work well. "My Discussions" can be replaced by the remaining notifications -- that's usually the first thing I look at when I log onto Facebook. (New activity on posts that you comment on will show as a notification). We'll launch posts search soon (already announced) so you'll be able to find "posts I commented on". - Tudor Bosman
Tudor, the biggest issue for me, wasn't anything to do with notifications. But the lack of real-time bubble-prioritization. I was even having to refresh the page to get updates to comments even though I know you guys have real-time commenting now. It just was super slow. - NOT THE CRICKET
Tudor, Facebook is a fine product and I'd like to tune it further. - Eric - Back to the Grill
I like FF ability to cross-post to multiple groups. I never felt comfortable with FB's group system, it seemed so separate. - Heather
Cross-posting is one of the very cool features of friendfeed. And being able to DM multiple people. One thing it doesn't have is @mentioning people in comments, though. That's kind of a cool Facebook feature. - Laura Norvig
Woah, pepyatka does have great similarities indeed! We should make a chart based on a poll for kicks see how people see a need to keep coming back here. I adore the way search works. Again, it's the people that makes it exceptionally and exponentially more valuable. Such a tight system wouldn't work without the willingness of the participants to pursue, like I often do albeit my... more... - Zu from AOD
Victor Ganata
Elevation Plays a Role In Memory Error Rates - Slashdot
Because I forgot this was Slashdot, I totally thought this was about the brain, but instead, apparently SRAM (specifically L2 and L3 caches) are less reliable at higher elevations. - Victor Ganata
So the lesson here is encase your supercomputers in lead? - Victor Ganata
Google had data on memory error rates. There was a measurable, statistically significant correlation with solar flares. - Tudor Bosman
In my early days at TiVo tracking RMAs (defective units returned to us), we cut the data by region and tracked monthly. There were enormous spikes in certain regions over the summer months due to lightning storms frying power supplies. We began recommending customers purchase a shielded UPS based on what state they lived in. - Stephen Mack
Since the brain is also uses electricity, though, now I'm wondering how much of an effect cosmic rays have on biological cognition. This also reminds me of one of my professors' (or attendings') rampant speculation that the evolutionary development of the skeleton has as much to do with radiation shielding as it does for protection and structure. - Victor Ganata
When I saw the headline I was wondering whether it was possible to calculate mental errors reliably. - John (bird whisperer)
Stephen Mack
How to switch off Facebook's notification sounds
Show all
1. Log in to your Facebook account. Click the gear icon in the upper right. - Stephen Mack
2. Choose Account Settings from the pulldown menu. - Stephen Mack
3. Select the "Notifications" link on the list on the left (sixth item down) - Stephen Mack
4. At the top, next to where it says "How You Get Notifications," click the "On Facebook" section. - Stephen Mack
5. Deselect the "Play a sound when each notification is received" option. Click Save Changes. - Stephen Mack
They added this back in January, apparently? I didn't notice prior to today, because I don't often have sounds on on my laptop and don't use Facebook on my desktop much, but it was driving me crazy today. - Stephen Mack
Oh thank goodness. This makes me nuts. - Mary Carmen from iPhone
Oh my god. Thank you. - Monique the crochet freak
Glad to help. The Picard image I added above is for the two of you. - Stephen Mack
Lololol - Mary Carmen from iPhone
There's another way. In the settings in the account, simply select "close account". - Uli
Uli is wise. - Stephen Mack
Riii-iiight. And tomorrow is Christmas. - Uli
It is? Merry Xmas Eve, Uli. - Stephen Mack
I think that notification sound is on the wrong website. Would serve people better if it were on GMail, notifying us of new incoming mail. - April Russo
Stephen, I followed the instructions, and it doesn't seem to work for the chat/messenger messages. Any idea how to stop those? - Monique the crochet freak
Momo, in the lower right, with the side bar, there's a grey gear. Click that, then uncheck Chat Sounds. (Took me a while to find it.) - Stephen Mack
I will say that the notifications launched to employees one day before the checkbox to turn the notifications off. That was not a good day. - Tudor Bosman
Thank you for posting this! I finally did it. EDIT: not that I even have a lot of fb notification pings but it only takes one time to drive me insane. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Bump. - Stephen Mack
Stephen Mack
The creepy but definitive list of FriendFeed employees and where they work now. UPDATE: As of October 2, 2012, *three* still work at Facebook. Still true as of November 20, 2013.
Show all
With Paul's departure from Facebook today (November 12, 2010), I've heard several FFers talk about who's still at Facebook. I've seen various different numbers, none of which I think are accurate. This is my attempt to be more accurate. Information comes from publicly available sources where available. I drew on the list of FF employees from and - Stephen Mack
Ana Yang Chief Miscellaneous Officer at Quip, per and had left Facebook around September 2012 (see Tudor B.'s comment from 9/20/2012 below). Formerly Places Product Manager at Facebook (see - Stephen Mack
Ben Darnell DropBox (per Tudor Bosman below, updated 5/22/2012). Prior to that, AOL (Brizzly until their acquisition by AOL in September, see - Stephen Mack
Ben Golub Software Engineer at Facebook (see - Stephen Mack
Bret Taylor Co-founder and CEO of Quip, per his FF page profile. Was previously CTO of Facebook (see FF profile). On June 15, announced he was leaving FB: - Stephen Mack
Casey Muller Quip, per Per Tudor on 10/2/1012, no longer at Facebook, confirmed by Casey's FB page listing "formerly" there (see - Stephen Mack
Dan Hsiao VP of Product @ Soldsie, per his FF page profile. Per Tudor on 5/22/2012, he is no longer at Facebook (see comment below). Previously was Program Manager at Facebook (see bio of twitter feed, - Stephen Mack
Gary Burd Managing Director at BeagleDreams per his Facebook page (; it previously said he left Facebook in October of 2009. - Stephen Mack
Goutham Patnaik (private feed): Google. Summer intern, left on 9/18/2009 (see Update 5/22/2012: Per below, now at Google. I previously listed him as "unknown." - Stephen Mack
Jim Norris Entrepreneur In Residence at Funemployed per his FB page, (updated 11/20/2013). Previously AeroFS per his mom (comment below). - Stephen Mack
Kevin Fox Electric Imp (see Previously Mozilla Labs. Kevin left Facebook in May of 2010 (see below) and announced on 10/27/2010 that he joined Mozilla Labs (see - Stephen Mack
Paul Buchheit Y-Combinator as of 11/12/2010 (see - Stephen Mack
Ross Miller Taylor Engineering in Alameda per his Facebook page ( (Ross was a two-time intern at FF.) - Stephen Mack
Tudor Bosman Software Engineer at Facebook (see - Stephen Mack
Overall status as of November 2010: Of the 14 people who were ever FriendFeed employees, 8 are still at Facebook (Ana Y., Ben G., Bret T., Casey M., Dan H., Jim N., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), 5 have departed from Facebook (Ben D., Gary B., Kevin F., Paul B., Ross M.), and 1 is unknown (Goutham P.). - Stephen Mack
I will update the above if I hear news. - Stephen Mack
Technically my first day at Mozilla isn't until Monday. :-) - Kevin Fox
I will also remove this if any FF employees think it's too creepy. :) - Stephen Mack
Ross Miller's account: - Rochelle
You are both thorough and scary :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
KLevin, tehcnically, this is your last day here and your not part of the FF team ! - Peter Dawson
Me too, Geoff. - Kevin Fox
Thanks Rochelle, updated! Kevin F., edited now, thanks. :) - Stephen Mack
Peter, what? Today is my last day where? And I left Facebook (and the FF team) back in May. - Kevin Fox
Of those still left at FB, I only see Tudor and Ben who are still active here and have contributed to FF fixes since the buyout. - Rodfather
Kevin mea culpa .. now i remember you want on a summer sabbatical ! - Peter Dawson
No worries. :-) - Kevin Fox
Rodfather, I'm not active here? - Kevin Fox
Of those still left at FB. ;) - Rodfather
I love the iFly photo of us. We are a great big arm rainbow!! - Rachel Lea Fox
Yeah, Paul and April were missing from that picture because that was the day Thomas was born! - Kevin Fox
Rod: Oops, my bad. I saw 'left FB' and missed the 'at'. - Kevin Fox
Wild AND Crazy - Eric - Back to the Grill
OK, took some editing but I think the above is accurate. If anyone knows where Ross M. or Goutham P. are now, please let me know! - Stephen Mack
Many thanks to people who provided info, especially Rochelle. - Stephen Mack
Rachel: That's definitely an awesome pic. I had a hard time choosing, you guys had a lot of great events. - Stephen Mack
Wow that is a great list I should probably try an add a few people. FriendFeed very good micro blogging, thanks. - Robert Bridge
Thanks Robert! Updated Ross's employer with information Anne B. found on his Facebook page. - Stephen Mack
He made them an offer that they could eventually refuse? - Stephen Mack
*snicker* - Big Joe Silence
Bump in honor of today's FB IPO. Time to do more creepy digging to see what's up with the FF team! - Stephen Mack
Updated Gary's entry. - Stephen Mack
Updated Jim's entry. He's apparently left Facebook. (I think I remember him confirming this when I had lunch with him last month!) - Stephen Mack
Updated Kevin's entry. - Stephen Mack
Overall status as of May 2012: Of the 14 people who were ever FriendFeed employees, 7 are still at Facebook (Ana Y., Ben G., Bret T., Casey M., Dan H., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), 6 have departed from Facebook (Ben D., Gary B., Jim N., Kevin F., Paul B., Ross M.), and 1 is unknown (Goutham P.). - Stephen Mack
Stephen, Goutham worked at RockYou for a bit in 2010 and now works for Google. Also, how have I not seen this thread before?! I remember you taking that picture at Kitchen Table - fun times :) - Ross Miller
now this is creepy.. some1 is stalking all the former employees of FF :)- - Peter Dawson
Peter, I wonder who? Ross, thanks! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Jim is now at AeroFS. - Anne Bouey
Stephen, also Goutham was a summer intern the year before the Facebook buy. He did not transfer to Facebook. Ross did you transfer to Facebook, I can't remember. - Rachel Lea Fox
oh and I think Ben D. has left AOL. But I can't confirm that, I just seem to remember something about that. *shrug* - Rachel Lea Fox
Anne, AeroFS looks cool! Congrats Jim!! - Rachel Lea Fox
Ben Darnell is at Dropbox. - Tudor Bosman
Also, Dan Hsiao is no longer at Facebook (no more details). - Tudor Bosman
Goutham Patnaik is at Google. - Tudor Bosman
And yes, both Ross and Goutham were interns and were never Facebook employees after the acquisition. - Tudor Bosman
Thanks Tudor! Updated above. - Stephen Mack
Overall status as of May 22, 2012: Of the 12 people who were ever FriendFeed employees plus 2 interns, 6 are still at Facebook (Ana Y., Ben G., Bret T., Casey M., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), 6 have departed from Facebook (Ben D., Dan H., Gary B., Jim N., Kevin F., Paul B.), and 2 were interns who never went to Facebook (Ross M., Goutham P.). - Stephen Mack
And now there are five. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Indeed. I'll update when I get back from vacation -- by then we should know more about Bret's new venture. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Oops, I see I never updated this. Stand by. - Stephen Mack
Bret's entry updated. - Stephen Mack
Overall status, as of June 15, 2012 (updated on September 13, 2012): There are 12 people who were ever FriendFeed employees. (In addition, there were 2 interns (Ross M., Goutham P.) who never went to Facebook, per Tudor B., above.) So, of the 12 official FriendFeed employees: Currently, 5 of 12 are still at Facebook (Ana Y., Ben G., Casey M., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), and 7 of 12 have departed from Facebook (Ben D., Bret T., Dan H., Gary B., Jim N., Kevin F., Paul B.). - Stephen Mack
So basically we're gradually losing FF advocates within the mothership. :-( - DB, Lil LB's Dad
So clearly we need to either recruit current FB'ers to start using FF or get FF users employed FB, or both. - Andrew C (✔)
13 Sep 2012: what was the cause of the outage? But perhaps more importantly, *who* kindly fixed it (and from where) ? [If FB open sources FF, who would be willingly to maintain it?] - Adriano
And whoever it was, I'd happily buy them a nice dinner. - Meg VMeg
Per Tudor (in this thread it was Sanjeev who saved us. THANK YOU SANJEEV! - Stephen Mack
SANJEEV! - Josh Haley
I think Sanjeev is most eligible for a FF Rent Party of sorts. More of a FF Thank You party. - Janet
bump just to immortalise this pix and the start-up crew ! - Peter Dawson
Ana left Facebook, no more details. - Tudor Bosman
Thanks Tudor -- I updated her entry. Overall status, as of September 20, 2012): There are 12 people who were ever FriendFeed employees. (In addition, there were 2 interns (Ross M., Goutham P.) who never went to Facebook, per Tudor B., above.) So, of the 12 official FriendFeed employees: Currently, 4 of 12 are still at Facebook (Ben G., Casey M., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), and 8 of 12 have departed from Facebook (Ana Y., Ben D., Bret T., Dan H., Gary B., Jim N., Kevin F., Paul B.). - Stephen Mack
Thanks Tudor and Stephen for the update. - Meg VMeg
Casey left Facebook as well (which, as he's Ana's husband, is no big surprise :) ). No more details. - Tudor Bosman
Ah, so three now. Thanks Tudor. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Not sure how I missed Tudor's update back on October 2, but I have now updated Casey's entry. - Stephen Mack
Overall status, as of October 2, 2012: There are 12 people who were ever FriendFeed employees. In addition, there were 2 interns (Ross M. and Goutham P.) who never went to Facebook, per Tudor B., above. So, of the 12 official FriendFeed employees: Currently, 3 of 12 are still at Facebook (Ben G., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), and 9 of 12 have departed from Facebook (Ana Y., Ben D., Casey M., Bret T., Dan H., Gary B., Jim N., Kevin F., and Paul B.). - Stephen Mack
An update of sorts, which I guess is in and of itself creepy. I was reading a recent piece on Google Reader, and I was struck by the fact that Darnell jumped from Google Reader to FriendFeed (there are similarities between the two orphaned applications, when you think about it). Then I saw that Darnell made his move right before the Facebook acquisition. After reading subsequent... more... - John E. Bredehoft
Bump. Updated a few folks above to show they're at Quip. I think it's still the case that 3 of the 12 are at Facebook (Ben, Sanjeev, Tudor). - Stephen Mack
Thanks for the update Stephen! - Zu from AOD
Eric - Back to the Grill
Lavabit Founder Takes To Kickstarter To Open Source A New End-To-End Encryption Messaging Protocol | TechCrunch
Lavabit Founder Takes To Kickstarter To Open Source A New End-To-End Encryption Messaging Protocol | TechCrunch
"Dark Mail" though? I think he could do better. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It should have been "Darth Mail", clearly. - Tudor Bosman
Haha! - Stephen Mack
Mary Carmen
Watching an interesting documentary on HBO. If you were suffering from kidney disease and needed a kidney transplant and you've been on the donor list for a number of years and it is looking like it is not going to happen, would you purchase a kidney off the black market? If your choices are death or black market?
It wouldn't have been years in the first place, for me. I'm morally against sustaining my life through prolonged treatment. - NOT THE CRICKET
Probably not, but it is so hard to say not having that choice to make. I'd imagine that anyone desperate enough to sell an organ is not in a good position either (and likely may be taken advantage of by some sort of shady business.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Most of the donors are living in poverty overseas....apparently the Philippines is one of the hubs for kidney procurement. - Mary Carmen
I don't think I would. - Friar Will
MC, that's what I figured. It just seems wrong to profit off of that (both myself and the brokers.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I kind of wonder how that works. Would nephrologists in the U.S. assume care and give you immunosuppressants, no questions asked? Or would you be completely at the mercy of the black market to make sure you don't lose your new kidney(s)? - Victor Ganata
My guess is that you'd get immunosuppresants but also a referral to law enforcement. - Tudor Bosman
Victor, how would they do it assuming the person was an immigrant with a prior transplant? I'd assume that would most likely be the case, like grey market plastic surgery. You go to a different country, have the surgery, stay for recovery, and then go back. The U.S. government wouldn't be able to say anything, and wouldn't the Hippocratic Oath mean that they couldn't refuse to provide immunosuppressants? - NOT THE CRICKET
You go to another country, where there are clinics set up to perform the harvest and the transplant. You get your meds and your scripts and you go home. It is basically surgical tourism.....kinda like other forms that happen. - Mary Carmen
Yeah, but you need meds forever. I just wonder, if you have definitive proof that someone got their kidneys through an illegal process, if you're required by law to report that. So, yeah, you'd definitely treat them and give them the meds they need, but you might also have to report them to the cops. - Victor Ganata
From what I can tell based on the US recipients they are interviewing, the answer is no. And to get around that, there is all kinds of documentation that is provided showing that the donor made an altruistic money changed hands. Recipients sign a statement that they did not pay and everything was on the up and up. So, paper trail doesn't implicate anyone. - Mary Carmen
I gotta tell you....the organ donor list politics sounds like a bunch of bullshit. - Mary Carmen
Yeah, the transplants lists are definitely susceptible to corruption. But I'm not sure harvesting the organs of the desperate is the way to go, either. I mean, if you need a new kidney, you're not usually choosing between breaking international law and instant death. It's usually between breaking international law and being on dialysis forever. - Victor Ganata
I think a lot of folks on dialysis would prefer not to be on it forever. I don't know what to say, I am not in this position, but it's an interesting question. - Mary Carmen
Also, I think it is pretty genius to have David Cronenberg narrate this documentary. - Mary Carmen
I'm not saying dialysis is a picnic, but being on immunosuppresants for the rest of your life isn't that great either. You're basically trading one major problem for another. And since black market kidneys probably don't have the same quality assurance that above-the-board kidneys do, it's still a gamble with your health even ignoring the ethical issues. - Victor Ganata
Yep. Dying is no way to live. - Todd Hoff
Chris: *watching cut-scene on video game*
Me: "Plot twist! That's a girl!" - Heather
Chris: No, it's a guy. But I did think he was woman at first. - Heather
Character: *is a woman* - Heather
Me: *is all powerful* - Heather
Chris: *confused* - Heather
Wedge? - Tudor Bosman
Victor Ganata
“In the end, it was the Sunday afternoons he couldn't cope with, and that terrible listlessness which starts to set in at about 2:55, when you know that you've had all the baths you can usefully have that day, that however hard you stare at any given paragraph in the papers you will never actually read it, or use the revolutionary new pruning…"
"…technique it describes, and that as you stare at the clock the hands will move relentlessly on to four o'clock, and you will enter the long dark teatime of the soul.” - Victor Ganata
This passage convinced me that if you ever happen to meet an immortal creature, it will most likely be completely and totally insane. - Victor Ganata
Ah, dear Wowbagger. An utter and complete arsehole, he was. - Tudor Bosman
Stephen Mack
Only you can help spread the word and stop the madness.
octothorpe! - Brian Johns
#!/bin/sh - Tudor Bosman
Nice hash bang, Kevin. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Sparky, I know of that term only from the jargon file. I never actually heard someone call it that in seriousness. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Inspired by Derrick's post: - Stephen Mack from iPhone
From wikipedia: "Beginning in the 1960s, telephone engineers have attempted to coin a special name for this symbol, with variant spellings including octothorp, octothorpe, octathorp, octotherp, octathorpe, and octatherp,[2] none of which has become widely accepted." - Brian Johns
What's the null and identity hash tag then? - Todd Hoff
# = le dièse - Adriano
Pound! - AJ Batac
Strangely, Mo, only you have ever used that tag. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I fear the battle is lost. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
tag# - Johnny from iPhone
I'd call it a pound sign, outside of computer stuff. (Although, reading the Wikipedia essay, "number sign" is also reasonable. Or just Shift-3.) - Walt Crawford
This is not a #pipe - Victor Ganata from iPhone
#poundtag# - Joe from iPod
Victor Ganata
Do you prefer binary units (kibibytes, mebibytes, gibibytes, tebibytes) or decimal units (kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes, terabytes)?
Kibblesnbits - Rodfather
1/16 of the time I prefer binary. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Kilobytes are binary. - DJF from Android
Yeah, I guess most people still use 1 kB = 1024 bytes, but technically 1 kB = 1000 bytes while 1 KiB = 1024 bytes. - Victor Ganata
Bullshit. Nist is rewriting history. - DJF from Android
I remember that this basically came about because hard drive manufacturers started being shady about what they meant by 1 megabyte. - Victor Ganata
I think it's more the IEC than NIST - Victor Ganata
I have actually been bitten by the issue in production code, so I try to be precise. KiB, MiB, GiB, TiB. - Tudor Bosman
I drop the 'i'. Capital = "larger size" E.g. kb = kilobit, kB=kilobyte, Kb = kibibit, KB = Kibibyte. - NOT THE CRICKET
How about MB? - Tudor Bosman
MB = Mebibyte & mB = Megabyte. MB in a slightly alternate context could be MotherBoard. And to answer Victor's question, I prefer the binary units. - NOT THE CRICKET
mB = millibyte, which doesn't really make sense unless you're talking about really slow network speeds. (a 1Bps network link transfers one millibyte in one millisecond) - Tudor Bosman
But, a silly-sounding standard is better than inventing our own conventions, so 1MB = 1000000 bytes, 1MiB = 1048576 bytes. - Tudor Bosman
I agree, but I've never had to use it in any professional circumstance. Just in quick interactions or personal notes. I've been doing this since I was about 13-14, because it was noticeable at a glance and I didn't have a clue about the binary standard. - NOT THE CRICKET
Out of interest, how exactly would you send a millibyte? I can't figure any use for a millibyte, even in the case you provided. I can wrap my head around it in theory, but still seems like the lowest signal entity would be 1 bit, which at 1Bps would be 1bit in 125 milliseconds. So it seems great in the mathematical case, but less so in the practical case, if the lowest possible signal value is still 125x larger. - NOT THE CRICKET
I guess I could see millibits being used, in a few cases. Though they would require either extremely low tolerances in attenuation, and/or high voltage. - NOT THE CRICKET
i've been used to the 2/4/8/16/32/64/128/256/512/1024/2048/4096/etc. system for so long that i can't count it any other way. my brain is broken? - Big Joe Silence
The point, though, is that m (milli-) and M (mega-) have standard meanings even ignoring the whole binary vs. decimal distinction. Admittedly, you can usually figure it out by context. No pharmacist is going to interpret Mg as megagrams and chemists measuring atomic bonds probably won't think that Pm means petameters, I imagine. - Victor Ganata
What sometimes throws me off in discussions where bioinformatics and mainstream IT overlap is the fact that bps never represents bandwidth, and information-wise, 1 bp = 2 bits = 1/4 byte. Conversions between Mbp and MB versus MiB would definitely be important. - Victor Ganata
Victor, I get that, but I still disagree with the standard, it works, but it's still got some unneccessary noise with the extraneous 'i'. When by all practical means there is no reason for milli- (or other submultiple prefixes) to exist in the context of binary prefixes. Even Knuth disagrees with the standard, though his suggestion (Double prefixes) is even noisier. The informal system... more... - NOT THE CRICKET
@Tudor: 1MB doesn't equal 1024 bytes. it equals 1024 kilobytes. - Big Joe Silence
Good luck getting all the bioinformatics peeps to be cool with switching to BP. Hell, a lot of papers even use kb, Mb, and Gb for kilobase pairs, megabase pairs, and gigabase pairs instead of kbp, Mbp, and Gbp. - Victor Ganata
As long as the P was capitalized, the confusion would stop. ;p But yeah, in the specific use case, it probably makes sense the majority of the time. - NOT THE CRICKET
Actually "bp" for base pairs is fine, so long as you don't add the s for multiples, as is generally standardized. How many base pairs you've processed per second should be: bpps. - NOT THE CRICKET
Nah, that would be bp/s or bp⋅s^−1 - Victor Ganata
True, that would be optimal, and better than forcing another unit measure directly into bandwidth calculations. It's not like the dimensional analysis is hard. - NOT THE CRICKET
That's usually how they report how quickly DNA and RNA polymerases can replicate or transcribe a strand of DNA. It's really abbreviations like mph (miles per hour) or Mbps (megabits per second) that are anomalous. - Victor Ganata
Big Joe: corrected, thanks (d'oh). - Tudor Bosman
And millibit obviously doesn't make sense as a physical quantity, but millibit-per-second does -- purely out of mathematical convenience. If it takes 1000 seconds to send a single bit (as stupid as that might sound, it may make sense in conversations about covert channels), then you're sending at 1 millibit per second. - Tudor Bosman
It probably makes sense when talking about deep space communications :D Also, it might make sense when discussing information entropy or error rates. (Like 1 millibit per byte) - Victor Ganata
That cancels out; the error rate is not dimensional. 1 millibit per byte = 1/8000 (no unit). - Tudor Bosman
And Victor, Voyager 1 and 2 send data at 115.2kbps. - Tudor Bosman
I propose b*10 ^-3, to solve the issue. ;P - NOT THE CRICKET
Admittedly, the uses for millibits are esoterical, but when you're considering the information content of things like semaphores, optical telegraphs, and smoke signals, that would be the natural unit to use. And even though Morse code transmission rates can be translated into bits per second, discrepancies between rates of transmission would also naturally be delineated in millibits per second. - Victor Ganata
Just to confuse things even further, NASA says that Mbps stands for millibits per second If you want to say megabits per second, it should be Mbits/s (!) - Victor Ganata
The IETF wrote a (joke) RFC for transmitting IP traffic over semaphore - Victor Ganata
How would you pronounce the (hypothetical) 1mib, 1uib, 1naib, 1pib? millibibit, microbibit, nanobibit, picobibit? - Tudor Bosman
decimal units - Ashish
Here's a sentence in the Wikipedia article for the Pioneer 10 space probe that uses millibits per second to measure how quickly the signal degraded: "The data transmission rate at launch was 256 bit/s, with the rate degrading by about −1.27 millibit/s for each day during the mission." - Victor Ganata
Apparently the Guardian style guide addresses the proper use of "mbps": "Megabits per second is correctly abbreviated to Mbps, not mbps as we had it in an article about internet connection speeds (Some city dwellers in the broadband slow lane, tests show, 28 March, page 30). As the Guardian style guide points out, mbps stands for millibits per second, which would be more appropriate for measuring the speed of smoke signals." - Victor Ganata
CAJ hates pants
wait but why: 14 Shitty Sayings -
wait but why: 14 Shitty Sayings
"There are a lot of sayings out there. So many that they just kind of blend into normal English. People say things like "enough is enough" and "it goes without saying" and "first things first" without even realizing they're quoting some proverb. Some sayings originated in movies. Others were coined by famous writers or celebrities. A shocking amount were coined by Shakespeare. And while most of these idioms are serving us just fine, there are some that need to go:" - CAJ hates pants from Bookmarklet
"9) The early bird catches the worm! The early bird is also kind of a smug piece of shit. This country has a discrimination problem when it comes to early risers and night owls. If someone works eight hours from 7am to 3pm, everyone's like, "What a great adult!" But if someone works 10 hours, from 11am to 9pm, people are like, "He didn't even get to work until 11 today—he really needs to get his life together." And yes, this is personal." - CAJ hates pants
At my last workplace, regular hours were somwhat flexible (lunch did not count, so 10-7, not 10-6), but you couldn't get in later than 10. Nearly everyone came in at 10. - Andrew C (✔)
In my house the early bird is responsible for making the coffee. - Janet
It is better to have loved than not loved at all. I HATE that saying. - Shevonne
i hear many people say "do what" in stead of "excuse me" when they need you to repeat something. I am baffled by this. - Mike Nencetti
I wish the phrase, "it is what it is" would die a fast death. So damn tired of hearing it. - Janet
Regarding "it's déjà vu all over again", even I know who Yogi Berra is and what his quotes are usually like. And déjà vu is a documented neurological phenomenon that isn't necessarily paranormal…. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I'm a big hater of "Everything happens for a reason." I guess in the strictest sense, that's true, but the reason might be very stupid and meaningless. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Then there is "She eats like a bird" to describe someone with a small appetite. Birds do not have small appetites! They eat all day! We used that line to describe my daughter when she was small...a bit of a humorous exaggeration about her eating 3X her own weight. - April Russo
Do what, Mike? :) - CAJ hates pants
Janet, you're right is what it is. *runs for the door* - CAJ hates pants
Additional Yogi Berra quotes: - CAJ hates pants
I don't dislike "it is what it is". I used to, because I was used to analyzing and dissecting everything -- "but why?". But now I see the value in taking things as they are -- the wisdom in figuring out what you can change and focusing your energies appropriately. Don't overthink and overstrategize. - Tudor Bosman
*chasing you down the street young man!* @Tudor, I would rather hear "such is life" versus the "it is what it is". The latter phrase has been overused on so many levels. *back to chasing CAJ! - Janet
I find "such is life" to be a generic platitude but "it is what it is" to refer specifically to the item being discussed. I don't know why they sound differently to me. - Tudor Bosman
Stephen Mack
Idle since 6:07 PM (GMT-7)
time for a party at stephen's house! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Gah! - Stephen Mack
Idle chat sessions are the tools of the devil... - Brian Johns
Grr, sorry for the spam, all. (Louis, thanks for letting me know.) - Stephen Mack
The Jabber daemon is still working? whoa. - Tudor Bosman
Yeah, just started re-working today. I removed the service from my FF profile now. - Stephen Mack
April Russo
$9 is NOT free!
Just got an email from a wp theme developer announcing in the subject line that all of their premium themes are now free (literally) then in the body of the email it says they have dropped the price of their membership to $9 for the next 2 days. So, you can get all 60 of their premium themes for the low price of $9 instead of the usual $99 fee. And they actually did put "(literally)" in the subject of the email. - April Russo
False advertising? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
deceptive, certainly. - Big Joe Silence
Were the themes free to members before, or did they have to pay for them individually or have a limit to how many they had access to? - NOT THE CRICKET
What Jimminy said. - Tudor Bosman
Standard price is $99 for access to all of their premium themes. This is a 2 day sale, where it is reduced to $9 for access to all of their premium themes. You don't get access to any of their premium themes without paying for a membership. Without a membership, you can only have their (literally) free themes. - April Russo
Oh, wait a minute. I see what they did. There is a $99 signup fee, and you pay $9/month access. What this 2 day sale is, they are waiving the signup fee and allowing people to buy a month of access without it. And unless you are a current paid member, there is absolutely no support or updates on their premium themes. So, any premium theme you get with this special, your updates and support will end in a month, unless you are willing to pay the additional $99 + $9/month. - April Russo
but why you spend money on wp? it is like buying breathing air :) try something else anyway - wp are food for malware bad boys ;) - непростые коротышки
I don't spend money on wp, I try to make money on wp services. And as long as wp continues to remain popular, and the malware bad boys are still having fun with it, I figure there is plenty to be made in providing reasonably priced wp security services. If I know how to secure it, why not charge for my time doing so? ;-) - April Russo
Sarah G.
People that don't care about your feet, take a break. Everyone else, I got this yesterday and it CHANGED MY LIFE.
People that don't care about your feet, take a break.  Everyone else, I got this yesterday and it CHANGED MY LIFE.
seriously you guys. omg. it was SNOWING i was getting so much dead skin off. I sent the link to Mother and told her to hold smiley down and do his feet. - Sarah G.
sold. - Lnorigb
It will change your life again a week after using it, as your feet will be in pain. At least Jeanette's and mine were. - Tudor Bosman
You gotta stop when you hit the pink meat! - Sarah G.
Tudor Bosman
British man becomes first person in world to visit every country in the world - without flying - Mirror Online -
British man becomes first person in world to visit every country in the world - without flying - Mirror Online
"Intrepid explorer Graham Hughes can certainly never be accused of having his head in the clouds. That’s because the 33-year-old has set an astonishing new world record by becoming the first person to visit all 201 countries of the world - without flying. It’s taken 1,426 days, or four years of his life, cost him his job and his long-term girlfriend, but on Monday he was officially stamped into South Sudan to complete his amazing quest." - Tudor Bosman from Bookmarklet
Now what's he gonna do? - Stephen Mack
Stephen: from the article: “I guess it’s time for a small break now. But I’m sure I’ll have another idea soon. I’m thinking of a trip where I visit all the different festivals around the world....” - Tudor Bosman
There's also the International Space Station; reaching that without flying would definitely be a first :) - Tudor Bosman
He's going to create a lot of new countries to visit. - Todd Hoff
Jealous - Shevonne
I wonder if he went to Sealand. - Betsy
He's going to create a lot of new countries to visit. - Todd Hoff - Ahmet Yükseltürk
"The Liverpool man was thrown in jail in Cape Verde after being mistaken for an illegal immigrant and was also put behind bars in Congo when they wrongly thought he was a spy." - Ahmet Yükseltürk
quindi la notizia è OALD - ॐ Betsileo Maximo Ω
I always wonder where these dudes get the $$ to do this... - Spidra Webster
Sponsorship. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Victor Ganata
It's kind of trippy that the guy who invented the warp drive is on Twitter
"Invented" is a big word. "Postulated the possibility of" is more accurate :) - Tudor Bosman
Well, in the same sense that Turing invented computers and Einstein invented nuclear bombs and reactors :) - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
Some pro-Zimmerman fools have been passing along an idiotic piece of speculation that Martin was abusing "lean", a DIY DXM extraction, pointing to the Skittles and Arizona drink he had on him as part of the recipe. Slight problem: lean uses "skittles" - a slang term for coricidin tablets - not real Skittles.
Good grief. - Jennifer Dittrich
One thing that annoys me about those people are the ones who always want to claim 'facts' but ask why was he wearing a hoodie and/or walking out late. FACTS: It was 7pm in February. The sun sets at like 5pm then. It was also raining, so why wouldn't he be wearing a hoodie? Since they can't grasp simple facts, it's no wonder they make idiotic drug stories. - Anika
It's just so amazingly dumb. Why would [real] Skittles be a key part of the recipe? They're just flavored sugar with some additional chemicals for texture. Surely any number of candies could be substituted if that was what they needed. But no, the actual recipe uses both cough syrup and/or "skittles" because both have DXM. - Andrew C (✔)
Also: no one should have to justify wearing a hoodie or walking, regardless of how late it is or whether it's raining. - Tudor Bosman
Wouldn't thy have come out in the coroner's tox report? - Eric - Back to the Grill from iPhone
There are anecdotes that dextromethorphan can show up as a false positive for PCP and/or opiates (let that be a warning!) But the only other psychotropic ingredient in Coricidin is just an antihistamine, which aren't on standard drug panels. - Victor Ganata
Best not waste time in correcting their message with reality. They just ignore reality anyhow. - Me
Good grief on a stick! People are fucking ridiculous. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I have a feeling that George Zimmerman will be found not guilty.
I hate that I called it. - Julian
I think everyone called it. - Akiva
To be honest, there was no way not to. There wasn't enough evidence to convict. If the jury chose guilty, it would have been based more on their personal feelings than evidence. The only people who actually know what happened are the victim and the accused. Everything else is speculation by the prosecution and defense, and a lot of manipulation by the media. The court and the jury did... more... - Hookuh Tinypants
Amen. - Akiva
It's not that I don't want killings to be news -- I want all killings to be news. I want them to be so infrequent that every time a human being kills another human being, it makes national news. - Tudor Bosman
Agreed - Tamara J. B.
Totally. - Hookuh Tinypants
Playing Devil's Advocate: If the US didn't 'go after' Snowden, does that render all 'secret things' open? If you can release State secrets without persecution, what is there (except honour) stopping every person in charge of private information releasing it at whim? As long as the leak is 'popular', it's ok?
Well, at least in the one previous famous case, if it is seen to be serving the public good (ie - exposing a crime being committed by the government, or a miscarriage of justice) it is justifiable, popular or not. A lot of what you're seeing in the media right now are people replaying the Pentagon Papers and hoping for a different outcome. - Jennifer Dittrich
But in that case, did they face a court or a legal system or was it just waived? - Johnny from iPhone
Nope, they were charged with espionage, too. - Victor Ganata
And had a mistrial declared when it came out the that government had lied a shit ton about illegal things it was doing (including wiretaps, hilariously enough.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Tellingly, our current AG still refers to those as some of 'the worst leaks,' despite the overwhelming amount of corruption and crime it revealed. - Jennifer Dittrich
I suppose it's kind of ironic that half the things that were illegal during the Nixon era are now totally and completely legal. - Victor Ganata
It means nothing. The US is treating him like a criminal, not like anything more. The US has charged him with 3 felonies adding up to 30 years in prison (no death penalty, no life without parole, see for yourself: The US had his password revoked based on him having a felony arrest warrant -- this is also not unusual. - Tudor Bosman
I actually admire the administration's restraint, given some prominent politicians' calls to bring out the hounds. - Tudor Bosman
I mean, it's not like he killed anyone or compromised vulnerable military units on the field. Sending out drones with missiles might be a little disproportionate. - Victor Ganata
Just because there are criminals who have evaded capture doesn't mean that all crime is okay (save for hono(u)r). The US's official stance is that this is what is happening here. We want to get him, try him, and send him to jail, but we're bound by international law, which we will respect. - Tudor Bosman
On the flip side, just because the government has called someone a criminal doesn't mean that they are one. That's the whole 'innocent until proven guilty' thing we're so fond of. Well, until we decide not to because reasons. - Jennifer Dittrich
Jennifer: yes, okay, I should have said "alleged criminal". The US revokes passports to people *accused* of felonies, whether these felonies are espionage-related or not. - Tudor Bosman
Also, there's a high chance that he'd be pardoned on Obama's last day anyway; there is precedent for that in a not-dissimilar case ( - Tudor Bosman
I guess "alleged spy" would work. - Victor Ganata
And that's the thing - I'm totally comfortable with 'alleged.' I'm less comfortable that we seem to ditch all pretense at following our own (fairly loose) laws when it suits the government to do so for whatever reason is currently popular. I think there's a good chance he's done something wrong, I think there's less of a chance that it is espionage than a lot of other things. - Jennifer Dittrich
My reading of 18 USC 793 and 798 (NOT 794, which he wasn't accused of violating, and that has the hard death-penalty stuff) seem to cover what he's done pretty well. We can argue whether these laws are constitutional, and that's for the SCOTUS to decide, not me. - Tudor Bosman
Well, I guess, technically, being a spy and violating the Espionage Act are not necessarily equivalent. The way the Espionage Act is written, it seems pretty rife for total abuse. I do think that, precisely because of the Pentagon Papers, the Feds want to do this by the book. So while he may be—in some quarters, at least—already convicted in the court of public opinion, I don't think that necessarily precludes an actual fair trial. - Victor Ganata
Victor: agreed. My prediction is that, if they get him, it will be much like the Morison case (see above) - Tudor Bosman
Victor Ganata
Day three of the post-Google-Reader-apocalypse: Flipboard has lost all of the feeds, Digg Reader is completely unusable on a tablet, Feedly is over-capacity. Damn you, Google!
Digg Reader has an iOS app, apparently. I'm still waiting for the Android app. - Tudor Bosman
Feedly on the desktop has worked for me while on the ipad it has said it's over-capacity. Not sure what that means exactly. Losing all the feeds is a very bad thing. - Todd Hoff
But, but, what do you even need RSS for? Just use Google Currents and let Google choose what you need to read! - Tudor Bosman
I'm starting to wonder what exactly I need Google for. - Victor Ganata
Google is for Google of course - Todd Hoff
Feedly isn't over capacity - it's mobile apps are broken due to Google changing/turning off it's API. See Waiting for an iOS app update, Andriod app should be updated already. - Ken Gidley from iPhone
Thanks Ken - "Google changed last night and is returning HTML instead of JSON" - that would be a problem. - Todd Hoff
Amit Patel
New Work: NYC Wayfinding | New at Pentagram -
New Work: NYC Wayfinding | New at Pentagram
New Work: NYC Wayfinding | New at Pentagram
"Finding one’s way through the streets of New York when coming up out of the subway or walking through an unfamiliar neighborhood can be confusing, even for the most seasoned New Yorker. On Monday the New York City Department of Transportation introduced WalkNYC, a new program of pedestrian maps that makes it easier to navigate the city streets." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"A range of kiosk and signage types have been designed for the various urban environments and locations around the city (at intersections, mid-block, in plazas, etc.) The maps are printed on clear vinyl, which is applied to the second surface of the glass. The vinyl is easily removed and the glass reused for any updates to the map." - Amit Patel
"Each side of the 8 ½ foot tall kiosks displays a large map of the streets within a 5-minute walking distance and another map showing the area in relation to a larger section of the city. The orientation of the WalkNYC maps uses “heads-up mapping,” in which north, south, east or west is rotated to correspond with the direction the user is facing. " - Amit Patel
Surprises me because NYC seems like one of the easier cities to negotiate due to a mostly rectilinear layout and the numbered street names. - Spidra Webster
The neighborhoods they're starting with don't have the numbered streets and also have a few weird, jutting diagonals (except Midtown Manhattan, I really don't understand that one, nor why someone would want to go there, unless they worked there). - Meg VMeg
Meg: To help people who need directions to/from Grand Central? - Tudor Bosman
Actually, now that I think about it, I always get ridiculously lost when I'm trying to get to Penn Station while aboveground, so I only take the subway there. And that's also where Broadway transects everything the most confusingly. - Meg VMeg
As a tourist, if I can't see the ESB, then I can get pretty disoriented fairly easily. And I can never tell if I'm staring at the Hudson or the East River. And outside of Manhattan, I think all bets are off. - Victor Ganata
I only recently learned the trick of imagining whichever quadrant (NE/NW/SE/SW) mentioned on the subway exit sign to be superimposed on a mental map of the corner that you come out on. Before then, I was constantly depending on my knowledge of one of the directions (N/S or E/W) and figuring it out from there. NOT ANYMORE, CONFUSATRON #worldismyoyster - Meg VMeg
We're going to jump ship on our guild, we can see where things are headed and even if they improve, it wont be by much. So here's the dilemma: Do I name the new guild "Something Clever" or "Maladjusted"?
Or have you been sitting on a kick-ass guild name that I could use? - Heather
"The Meter Maidens" - Tudor Bosman
horde or alliance? I can't remember right now - Joe "The Anvil" Pierce
Alliance - Chris Topher
Snuggle Thugz - Joe "The Anvil" Pierce
Quit the guild, feeling very naked without a guild tag. Trying to get sigs for Separation Anxiety. - Heather
Glad I did leave. Chris got into a Nalak group and a bunch of ev-guildies were in it. One of the officers misdirected the boss to him before they were even ready for the pull. Maturity, it does not mean what they think it means. - Heather
Wow. I was wondering if the Guild Leader was such a jerk, why didn't you grab some of the guildies and form your own guild. I guess there are more jerks in that guild that cool peoples. - Arlan K.
Two of our former guildies did join us in our new guild...time will tell if more join us. - Chris Topher
you are nicer than me, I would have considered that a form of griefing and filed a complaint. - Joe "The Anvil" Pierce
We had a lot of trouble with leaving a guild and forming our own. I had to make a policy that any drama of any kind would be screen capped and sent to me, guildies were not allowed to talk back. Too many people got whispers saying we tricked them into joining, we are trouble makers, and we were stealing people just to mess with the officers. I so don't want a repeat. - Heather
Heather: If that is only related to dealing with outsiders, sure. Requiring that all internal drama be sent to you would be draconian -- and equivalent to requiring employees to rat on each other at work. - Tudor Bosman
Oh no, I meant any drama from the guild we left. I didn't want them to be right when they were bad-mouthing us in Trade chat. If things got really out of hand I wanted to be able to go to a GM and say that we were 100% innocent. - Heather
Steve C
There is a gas station in Die Hard. Gas is listed at 78 cents a gallon.
That was considered expensive for 1987/1988. Another place on TV/movies where I specifically remember gas prices under a dollar: the opening credits to The Sopranos. 1998, in New Jersey. - Julian
If it weren't for Harry Potter Alan Rickman would be best known as the bad guy in Die Hard. - Steve C
I remember paying .89 in 1998. That wasn't that long ago. - Eric - Back to the Grill
Oh man. Seems like I haven't seen prices like that since the '70s. - Spidra Webster
Alan Rickman was also in a film with Sigourney Weaver and Carrie-Anne Moss. it was good. - Big Joe Silence
I remember seeing 99.9 cents/gallon in New Jersey as late as 1998. (I remember being shocked by it.) But I can't remember when gas was under $1/gallon in California. - Victor Ganata
Victor: It surely was 99c at the Arco at California & Lake in Pasadena in 1997 - 1998. And I remember it being 79c in Austin, TX in early (February?) 1999. - Tudor Bosman
I think maybe the reason why I can't remember gas being that cheap is because the first car I ever drove took diesel, and I didn't drive a car that used unleaded until 1998-1999. - Victor Ganata
I think that gas station in the Sopranos opening credits may have been the Sunoco station on McCarter Highway, in Newark. They aren't exactly known for having cheap prices, so if that's the same gas station, that amount displayed on the sign was probably a bit inflated. - April Russo
@Victor: Generally speaking, gas prices are lower in NJ and Oregon than the rest of the country. (the only 2 states that don't allow you to pump your own gas) - April Russo
Victor Ganata
Who would win in a fight between Tolkien characters and Game of Thrones characters? George R.R. Martin weighs in - io9 - 2012 Nov 11
*shakes fists at non-mobile-friendly video* :( - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
It just occurs to me that Gandalf wields a two-handed sword with one hand. o_O - Victor Ganata
Red witch vs galadriel? - Todd Hoff
I'm not sure Valyrian steel necessarily beats Noldorin steel. Both can apparently survive dragonfire. - Victor Ganata
Actually, the match up was Melisandre vs. Saruman. Movie Saruman/Count Dooku/Christopher Lee would just Force-throw her off Orthanc and then shoot her repeatedly with a golden gun while she's falling, but I'm not sure if book Saruman would do very well in true one-to-one magical combat. - Victor Ganata
Wouldn't "Frodo vs. Tyrion" boil down to a drinking contest? I can't see either of them purposefully rushing at one another with something pointy (besides their wits.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I'm not sure what Frodo would do. Even if he had the Ring, he probably wouldn't kill Tyrion anyway, he'd just find a way to avoid conflict. Now, if it were *Bilbo* and Tyrion, it would easily be a Riddle Game. Probably combined with drinking, as per Tyrion's conditions. A Battle of Wits? To the death? I accept! - Victor Ganata
See, that makes sense to me. - Jennifer Dittrich
Interestingly, I think a fight between Gimli and Gregor Clegane would turn out a lot like the fight between [redacted] and Gregor Clegane, except without the poison. Sure, the Mountain could probably just try to pound Gimli into the ground, but Tolkienian dwarves can still get up and fight after getting punched by trolls who have fists of rock. So basically, Gimli would eventually end up crushed to death, but the Mountain would still exsanguinate from all the brutal axe wounds. - Victor Ganata
"Ned Stark vs. Boromir (Of course)" -- That one's easy. They both lose. - Tudor Bosman
So much depends on how the rules for magic interact. Even with movie Saurman, both can see the future, but (as far as we know,) Saruman's view is far more compromised. They might not even meet face to face if Melisandre knows he's gunning for her. Why take on Saurman, when you can sucker Wormtongue into stabbing him? - Jennifer Dittrich
That's true, it's going to be highly context dependent. Saruman's view of the future is only clouded because of Sauron feeding him deliberate misinformation. Movie Saruman can also affect people over huge distances, so he might never have to leave Orthanc. (I don't think book Saruman really has this power, at least, not in his corporeal form.) - Victor Ganata
In context, the fight would really be Saruman commanding his army of Uruk-hai, half-orcs, Dunlendings, and wargs, while Melisandre would have control of Stannis's forces as well as whatever demonic minions she could summon. I think the Uruk-hai alone would literally have Stannis's army for breakfast, unless Melisandre can birth more than one shadowbaby at a time (and this would likely kill Stannis anyway.) - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
The Case Against Reason - Slate — reductionism is not the only way to look at the world
"His anger can be rhetorically persuasive, particularly when he’s taking on sci-tech evangelists for ignoring the extent to which post-Enlightenment rationality has been responsible for at least as much human suffering as religion." - Victor Ganata
"…'the horror of Nazism was not a religious nightmare; it was a nightmare of administrative efficiency.'" - Victor Ganata
"There’s certainly a very real need to march on that citadel, because the idea that there can be only one kind of truth has to be deeply damaging to the intellectual development of a culture. You don’t have to devalue empiricism to believe that there are kinds of understanding that can’t be accessed in a controlled, peer-reviewed experiment." - Victor Ganata
"The problem, obviously, isn’t science; it’s the arrogance with which many scientists, and popularizers of science, dismiss the value of other ways of thinking about questions of meaning, about the world and our place in it." - Victor Ganata
"Scientism is essentially the belief, the faith, that all problems and questions are potentially soluble by empirical investigation (and that if they’re not, they’re somehow not real questions, not real problems). But there are large areas of human experience for which science has no convincing or compelling means of accounting." - Victor Ganata
Ironically, Curtis White's book critiquing scientism seems to also be fraught with reductive arguments. - Victor Ganata
While the textbook answer for the motivations of those who participated in the Age of Discovery is often cited to be "gold, glory, God", colonialism was mostly a post-Enlightenment rationalist endeavor, too. - Victor Ganata
Missing the point: most scientists don't claim that questions that can't be solved by empirical investigation are not real questions, but that you can't know that a question is unsolvable, so you can't possibly know when to stop trying, so any appeal to faith must be presumed defeatist. History is full of questions that were firmly in the spiritual domain (the origin of the universe; the origin of life) and were then answered scientifically. - Tudor Bosman
That's true that most scientists do not claim they have the answers to everything. But most people who espouse scientism aren't actually scientists. Often times, they're science writers/popularizers or sometimes they're scientists who may be expert in some narrow field but who have decided to expound on fields and disciplines they actually don't have any expertise on. - Victor Ganata
I mean, it's one thing to have a testable hypothesis that you haven't run an experiment on yet and believe that you might be able to figure it out eventually. It's another thing to look at some random situation and prima facie believe that if you just collect enough data or apply the right piece of technology, you'll figure out something. - Victor Ganata
What was the case again? It sounded a bit like neo scholasticism. - Todd Hoff from Android
I understand why you liked the rationality is just as bad as religion quote, Victor, but I don't understand that Nazi quote? "Efficiency is just as bad as religion"? - Eivind
It's not the first time I've heard the argument that WWII was the culmination of positivism taken to its logical extremes. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
The science fiction trope of machines realizing the extermination of humans is the only logical way to end human suffering is just a hyperbolic example of positivist rationalism gone horribly wrong. It doesn't take much logic to generalize "kill some humans" to "kill all humans" - Victor Ganata from iPhone
White's rant is the fourth book with 'Science Delusion' in the title when I do a search on Goodreads. I bet they're all as good as this one sounds ;) - Eivind
Best female villain ever:
Catwoman (NOT the movie versions) - Spidra Webster
Cruella de Vil - Kevin Johnson
Morgan le Fay - Jennifer Dittrich
Mother in law. - Steve C
Mother Nature - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Glen Close's character in Fatal Attraction - Rodfather from Android
Mama from Goonies - Rodfather from Android
GLaDOS from Portal (sorta) - Rodfather from Android
Endora - Spidra Webster
The Evil Queen Bavmorda from Willow - Jennifer Dittrich
The one in the Cinderella Fables comics is pretty good (naming her would be a spoiler, unfortunately). - Andrew C (✔)
Psychiatrist in Bourne Legacy - scary evil - Bruce Lewis from Android
Eve - Todd Hoff
Lilith - Friar Will
Marge. - Akiva
O-Ren Ishii - Meg VMeg
Nurse Ratched - Tudor Bosman
Not that I've seen nor read Misery, but... Annie from Misery. - Andrew C (✔)
Queen Isabella I of Spain - April Russo
Jessica Lange's character from The Manchurian Candidate. EDIT: I meant "Angela Landsbury".... Maybe I need to go back to bed? - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte from Android
Frau Farbissina - JA Castillo
Erica Pierce. - Steven Perez
Other ways to read this feed:Feed readerFacebook