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Ooooooooh dear, Amazon is now picking a fight with Disney.

You can fuck with a lot of people, but now you're fucking with Disney? You're taking away Disney fandom and Marvel fandom's ability to order their movies? You're going to take on Captain America's fandom? That... is probably not a good idea.

Warner was one thing. Hatchette was another. This, though - yeah.

Seriously, though - this appearing/disappearing bullshit doesn't give Amazon leverage. It makes Amazon look unreliable. A retailer can be a lot of things, but unreliable? That is not good.
solarbird: (molly-kill-everyone-with-sticks)

James Nicoll pointed to this post on Scripting News, wherein the author tells a story about a guy he hired who didn’t do any work, had to be fired, then sued on the basis of discrimination, all back in 1985. The author lays out this gem:

[E]very time a company hires someone who is not a young male, they run the risk that the new hire isn’t there to work, rather is there to scam you.

…and proceeds to deny that he’s advocating only hiring young white men. (The white part comes in later, in comments.)

Here’s my reply, in case it doesn’t get unscreened:

The statement that you made very much advocates hiring only young males, whether you want it to or not.

”[E]very time a company hires someone who is not a young male, they run the risk that the new hire isn’t there to work, rather is there to scam you.”

The meaning of the sentence is that people who aren’t young men might just be scamming you, and that young males, by exception, are not out to scam you.


Young women need not apply: might be out to scam you! Anyone over whatever your definition of “young” age is need not apply: might be out to scam you! Risky! Young men, by contrast: not part of the problem; not out to scam you.

What do you think this advocates?

And yes, there is an implicit whiteness in this, by virtue of the point of “Roy” using civil rights laws to sue you. C.f. all the people in comments picking it up, and comments already made that “this scam only works because of protected classes.” You may not want to own that, but you put it out there.


The underlying assertion, of course, is bullshit. I’ve seen exactly this work behaviour out of your “young males” more than once. When I was at Microsoft in particular, I saw this a couple of times, and how your “young men” had to be so carefully nudged out the door to prevent them from being able to sue either. I saw your “young males” doing it when I was doing research in academia. It was project-destroying.

But that’s not part of your story, now, is it?

Stories matter. We tell stories for reasons, and we pick stories we think have meaning, and meaning we want to communicate. And yours, here, communicates certain things very clearly – whether you want to admit it or not.

My only regret is failing to mention that exactly this thinking is exactly how Bitcoin’s Reddit forum had posted in their FAQ not to do business with people identifying as women online, because it was probably a scam.

Awfully similar language, don’t you think?

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solarbird: (molly-angry)

James Nicoll reports on his blog that Orson Scott Card has declared marriage equality ‘moot’ and asks for ‘tolerance’ from ‘victors’ – oh, and please don’t boycott his movie. Bleeding Cool asks whether it’s enough.

No. It’s not. Honestly, I’m shaking a little with rage. That stinking S.O.B., whose legions and allies both active and advantageous have worked throughout my entire life to make me a non-person, who has advocated that I should be illegal and in jail and worked towards that goal, whose nationally-organised well-funded partners have actively persecuted me my entire life… who’ve harassed me, who’ve sent anonymous rape and death threats, who’ve assaulted me, sent me to hospital… I’ve sidetracked career, I’ve sidelined huge chunks of my life, I’ve spent – as they used to say – blood and treasure in fighting off these bastards… and knowing full well that they’d make me a nonperson again in a heartbeat if they could…

…the most we get out of this duplicitous steaming bile is “moot”ness and a request for “tolerance” (and don’t boycott my movie)?

Seriously?

Fuck you, Orson. Fuck. You.

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...WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU? And now your host, Solarbird!

2,000 calorie drinks. That's >33% more food than I eat in a day. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?

Texas Representative Ralph Hall (R) hates science, and uses porn to kill research funding! Democrats cower in fear and let bill die. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?

California has approved methyl iodide for use on strawberries. Methyl iodide is a carcinogen, fucks up your thyroid, and, in general, is really bad for you. I can see what they're thinking a little here because they need a replacement for methyl bromide, but a thyroid-monkeying carcinogenic mutagen? Is that really the right answer? Honestly, WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?

Transocean Ltd., owner of the former Deepwater Horizon rig currently spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, is throwing all its cash out the door in a massive dividend distribution to shareholders so it won't have the cash to pay fines or lawsuits. They'd previously moved corporate headquarters to Switzerland so they wouldn't have to pay any taxes. I guess this isn't WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU so much as it's IF YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE THE MONEY ANYWAY WHY ARE YOU WORKING SO HARD TO AVOID PAYING FOR YOUR MISTAKES?! but I imagine a bunch of executives are shareholders, which means ka-CHING! Fun looting tiems on the way down! Enjoy!

ps: €1 below US$1.22 omg! But that's for economics. I might post that later.
solarbird: (pindar-most-unpleasant)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH

WHY DOES THE EPSON DRIVER INSTALLER FOR THE INTEL VERSION OF THE EPSON SCANNER DRIVER WANT ME TO INSTALL ROSETTA

WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY
solarbird: (cake)
So get this: [livejournal.com profile] filkertom's washroom turned out to have a slow rot problem, and the floor sank and almost collapsed. Tom, cleverly, has insurance against water damage! But because the damage didn't occur in a short enough time period(!), the insurance company told him to go fuck himself.

So he's having a big sale! He's funny, go listen to his stuff and buy something. He's just put out a collection of old rarities and live tracks from the very beginning of his career, too. Clickie!
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Not many links this time, but they're of quality:

GETCHER GEEK ON: Street-legal Viper Mark II.

Disgraceful: Evolution, Big Bang Polls Omitted From NSF Report.

I keep not quite getting around to reading this paper on fluid intelligence and working memory, but the abstract looks interesting.

Finnish children's television is really, really odd. But I like it! Clickie!
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[livejournal.com profile] annathepiper points everybody at [livejournal.com profile] save_liz, which is helping [livejournal.com profile] denelian with her medical issues and the resulting school clusterfuck, which you can read about here. Also you can read Anna's post about it here, which would probably be good.
solarbird: (cheating-at-scrabble)
Interview with Richard Cleland of the FTC regarding new rules requiring individual bloggers - specifically including unpaid bloggers of any kind - include disclosures with reviews of any sort - books, devices, and so on. Book reviews are the big cranky right now, because it's normal for publishers to send out a bunch of copies of any book for review, for free, with no expectation that they be returned. This has been true for decades. I've received an assload of such books and I still have a fair number of them. Newspapers, et al, don't have to disclose that; the FTC is taking the position that bloggers should be treated differently and be subject to disclosure requirements. Even when, say, tweeting a picoreview. No lie. Oh look, I think it's time for a visit by



...yeah, there we are.
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Somebody Get the Memo


eta: I learned something today! I've never heard of BOGO as Buy One Get One Free. I'm only (and am strongly) familiar with it as a prefix meaning fake. (BogoMIPS, et al.)
solarbird: (molly-angry)
So [livejournal.com profile] spazzkat pointed out - probably correctly q >_< p - that my BAND NAME gives TSA an extra EXCUSE to fuck with my travel case (and the bouzouki inside it), as in, say, KEEP IT or something else similarly idiotic. He popped out with this when he saw that I have a sticker on the top talking about Crime and the Forces of Evil tour:


He thinks it gives them an EXCUSE, so he says I should TAKE IT OFF MY CASE. And the thing is he's RIGHT. It's fucking AIRLINE TRAVEL in the fucking US. They've fucked people people for wearing the wrong T-SHIRTS.

And the big problem is that pulling it OFF means going ALONG WITH all this BULLSHIT that I HATE. I mean, I'm going to great lengths to avoid some of the crap I've read about on airlines - hardcore Anvil-made travel case, diagrammatic instructions on how to open the latches even though they're bog standard, multiple identification notes on the case... and THIS.

CHRIST this pisses me off.

He thinks I should take the Property Of sticker off, too, because it also has the band name in big letters, with my name, address, phone number, all that crap.

Here's what it looks like on the inside almost finished, btw. The only differences now are that the rest of the recessed blue area on top is covered with layers of egg crate foam. I'd put Kohaku back in and take another picture except the foam glue is still drying and I want it nice and dry before putting in the instrument. I'm really pleased with how it looks all cleaned up but AGH HATE TSA.

They've got to me, too. I mean, I had the same thought when I was making the sticker. But then I thought "oh settle down, it's a band name on an instrument case, don't be paranoid." BUT WAIT
solarbird: (pindar-most-unpleasant)
So the washing machine at murksouth died for the third time two and a half weeks ago, which means it's time to order a new one. And that's fair enough, the broken one is a bit old at this point, and well past the "repair this/replace this" border as described by Consumer Reports, and all that.

I shopped around a bit and ended up ordering from Best Buy, for delivery last Wednesday, which was the soonest their online form would give me. Wednesday came and it didn't happen; I found email in my junk folder saying "we've cancelled your delivery, call to reschedule." An hour-fifteen or so later, I was finally off the phone with some idea of why delivery had been revoked - their computer system had somehow managed not to include sales tax, which put a stop on the order - and got delivery rescheduled for this Wednesday.

This morning I got mail saying they'd cancelled delivery AGAIN, and to call their support number to reschedule AGAIN, and when I did, after 15 minutes on hold, the person I got didn't know anything, couldn't tell me anything, couldn't transfer me to someone who would, and wouldn't take my case number from last time to see whether there was any relationship. The closest she could give me to an answer is that somehow the delivery date was "too close to" the order date, which is pretty laughable even if you consider it to have been ordered last week, because week-later delivery is not exactly a rush job.

And all she'd do was re-dispatch it for delivery to some delivery agent who would eventually send me email. Supposedly. Not being interested in playing this game a third time in order to still have no washing machine, I told them to cancel the order and refund my money.

So, 35 minutes on the phone later, it's no washer last week, no washer today, no washer tomorrow, and no idea why not. I'll be talking to Sears and Home Depot in a few minutes - they're not great, but they've managed to deliver appliances on time in the past with pleasant regularity. The moral of the story: don't order appliances for delivery from Best Buy. So noted.

eta: Oh, I think I get it.

I think I ordered last year's model and they don't actually have it anymore. And instead of saying that they were jerking me around because the replacement model costs more. Because finding the model I ordered isn't happening, but finding the new model ($50 more) is easy.

Fuckers.

o.O

Sep. 17th, 2008 10:57 pm
solarbird: (molly-braceforimpact)
I saw this on Naked Capitalism and thought it was a joke, but it isn't:
The action by the four banking agencies provides more favorable accounting treatment of so-called good will, an intangible asset that reflects the difference between the market value and selling price of a bank. ... Under the proposal issued this week, the regulators would permit buyers of banks and thrifts to count some of the good will toward meeting their regulatory capital requirements.
GOODWILL IS NOT FUCKING FUNGIBLE. GOODWILL IS DEFINITIONALLY NOT QUANTIFIABLE. GOODWILL IS. NOT. MONEY.

...this is Imaginationland crazy. This is Wackyland crazy. I...

Good luck.
solarbird: (molly-oooooh)
Premier Elections Solutions, formerly Diebold before a rename to attempt to shake their wretched reputation, has just fessed up to a massive vote-dropping bug that has been in their voting machine software for 10 years. Districts with higher populations and higher turnout are affected more strongly. 1,750 jurisdictions are affected, and it will not be fixed by election day.

(Found via several hops, including [livejournal.com profile] radarrider.)
solarbird: (sb-worldcon-cascadia)
Stupid, stupid, stupid! It's a stupid festival!

So it's stupid enough of Dino Rossi's stupid operatives to drag somebody out of a police-endorsement Rossi press conference if they aren't doing anything disruptive, even if they work for the Democratic party; it's very stupid to then call in an on-duty uniformed officer to harass them further on the sidewalk. I feel sorry for the officer called in, he probably doesn't know anything about what's going on - he just ends up looking like a stupid dick. The Democrats have already made a point of letting it be known that they don't harass the "operative" Mr. Rossi has following their events.

Meanwhile, Stupid Focus on the Stupid Family was asking stupid people to pray for torrential rain during Senator Obama's acceptance speech, complete with street and small flood advisories. "It's not boyish humour, and you're a selfish hypocrite." Also? Stupid.

In related, and also stupid, political weather news, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (S-MN) says we don't have to worry about stupid global warming because Jesus already saved the stupid planet.

Coincidentally, over at the Tulsa World, where stupid state rep. Sally Kern (R-Stupid) has declared herself "a cultural warrior for Judeo-Christian Values, there's a big ol' ad for the Weather Channel. Stupid meets irony!

Finally, over at The Stupid Roundtable, stupid Cokie Roberts calls Senator Obama going on vacation in Hawai'i - where he's from and where his grandmother lives - a big mistake because it's too foreign. Please, please, please kick us out too, stupid people! Please!
solarbird: (fascist sons o bitches)
Solarbird laughs and LAUGHS and laughs and laughs
Solarbird sends openly ** I went bitterly trolling for users with interest "fascism" on LJ **
Solarbird sends openly ** I hit "nazi_furs" **
T[dacted] boggles.
A[dacted] snickers.
Solarbird sends openly ** wait for it **
Solarbird sends openly ** from a post by community mod: **
Solarbird | We are a mish-mash community. I founded this community back in march of last year because I noticed a lot of furs had "Nazi Germany" and "Hitler" and other WWII axis related interests listed on their info pages. This is why I chose the name "nazi_furs" rather than something less sinister sounding.
Solarbird THIS IS WHY I CHOSE THE NAME "NAZI_FURS" RATHER THAN SOMETHING LESS SINISTER SOUNDING
solarbird: (molly-crying-sad)
Tonight's Bad Movie Suckoff: Decoys 2: Alien Seduction vs. Incubus (1965, William Shatner et al, filmed in Esperanto, subtitled in English).

I have never before been defeated by a movie, but Decoys 2 did it. My gods. I have lost to a bad movie. The unremitting smashing of my pop culture sensibilities simply overwhelmed me. [livejournal.com profile] annathepiper and I lasted 32 minutes, 20 seconds. We've started Incubus. If it can also defeat us, but in less time, it can still "win." Still - the odds are small.

AND ALL THIS ON HOMECOMING! The ashes of my winning streak, they are bitter in my throat.

oh ho ho

May. 25th, 2008 10:39 pm
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United Steelworkers and UNITE, a two-milion-member UK union, merge:
"We're dealing with global companies that can move capital — and employment — around the world, at will in many cases," he said. "While big business is global, and labor is national, we're going to be at a disadvantage."

Murray said the new super-union's structure was still being worked on. He said its two component parts would maintain their separate identities, at least at first. He added that the new grouping hoped to enlist other foreign unions.
While we're on international issues, Canada is working towards joining the nacient Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) which includes the kind of so-caled intellectual property border actions that the RIAA could only dream of for Christmas. The Post says:
The deal would create an international regulator that could turn border guards and other public security personnel into copyright police. The security officials would be charged with checking laptops, iPods and even cellular phones for content that "infringes" on copyright laws, such as ripped CDs and movies.

The guards would also be responsible for determining what is infringing content and what is not.

The agreement also proposes that any content that may have been copied from a DVD or digital video recorder would be open for scrutiny by officials -- even if the content was copied legally. ...

Anyone found with infringing content in their possession would be open to a fine. They also may have their device confiscated or destroyed, according to the four-page document.
There's lots of more, including handoffs of customer data by ISPs without court order, and so on. If this article is accurate, it really is bad.

Unrelatedly, except in being bad, mortgage fraud has re-emerged in a new and more fucked up form, in part as banks are desperate to move bad funds off their books and don't care what happens. Other people care, though, but it's going to be extremely difficult to stop; I'm hearing things from individual people - anecdotal - describing lots and lots of increasingly blatant misrepresentation of fund content and mortgage conditions, too.

And also in category bad, FoxNews contributor Liz Trotta jokes about how it'd be funny if "someone knock[ed] off Osama, umm, Obama, well, both if we could" in a discussion of the recent flap involving Senator Clinton's reference to Robert Kennedy's presidential run in 1968. A longer clip has reappeared here (courtesy [livejournal.com profile] urbaniak). This comes right against her condemnation of Senator Clinton's remarks, and apparently without irony. Ms. Trotta's bio is here, at least for the moment, and copied here for record-keeping:
FOXNEWS.COM HOME > BIO
Liz Trotta
Monday, October 04, 2004

Liz Trotta is the former New York bureau chief of The Washington Times and is a contributor for FOX News Channel.

The author of Fighting for Air: In the Trenches with Television News, Trotta was the first woman to cover a war for broadcast news.

She began her career in journalism in 1965 working for the NBC affiliate in New York and won network recognition by taking on tough assignments including covering the Vietnam War and 1984 presidential candidate, George McGovern.

Trotta has worked for Hillman Periodicals; Inter-Catholic Press Agency; Long Island Press; Chicago Tribune; Newsday; NBC and CBS. She has taught Journalism at Stern College of Yeshiva University.

The winner of three Emmy awards and two Overseas Press Club awards, Trotta is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
So that's fun. The flap over Senator Clinton's remarks has struck me as a tad overblown, because frankly, I think it's stupid to pretend that Senator Obama isn't a higher-than-average target for crazies. I think it's also desperately stupid to suggest that this is a reason to nominate Senator Clinton instead, but whatever. This, however, is much worse, in that it's a Fox News employee actively wishing for someone to assassinate Senator Obama, while engaging in what must be official Fox News policy at this point of attempting to confuse Osama Bin Laden and Senator Barak Obama in their viewers' minds.

This Wall Street Journal Story about a college student expelled and temporarily involuntarily committed for a short-story he wrote is particularly spectacular in that the instructor is, as [livejournal.com profile] nihilistic_kid points out, Supreme Court Justice Anton Scalia's son, and utterly unqualified to either teach English or psychoanalyse students.

Finally, I'm elevating a link from [livejournal.com profile] agrumer in previous comments to this excerpt from a book condemning the "9/11 Truth" movement for the whackjob clowncar it is. I particularly like these two paragraphs, one of which [livejournal.com profile] agrumer quoted:
The truly sad thing about the 9/11 Truth movement is that it's based upon the wildly erroneous proposition that our leaders would ever be frightened enough of public opinion to feel the need to pull off this kind of stunt before acting in a place like Afghanistan or Iraq. At its heart, 9/11 Truth is a conceit, a narcissistic pipe dream for a dingbat, sheeplike population that is pleased to imagine itself dangerous and ungovernable. Rather than admit to their own powerlessness and irrelevance, or admit that they've spent the last fifty years or so electing leaders who openly handed their tax money to business cronies and golfed in Scotland while middle America's jobs were being sent overseas, the adherents to 9/11 Truth instead flatter themselves with fantasies about a ruling class obsessed with keeping the terrible truth from the watchful, exacting eye of The People.

Whereas the real conspiracy of power in America is right out in the open and always has been, only nobody cares, so long as Fear Factor and Baseball Tonight come on a the right times. A conspiracy like the one described by 9/11 Truth would only be necessary in a country where the people are a threat to actually govern themselves effectively.
solarbird: (pindar-most-unpleasant)
WHAT THE FUCK DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A FUCKING MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL FUCKING LISTEN TO YOU WHEN YOU FUCKING TELL THEM THAT IF THEY GIVE YOU CODINE IT WILL MAKE YOU PARANOID AND HALLUCINATE?! WHAT THE FUCK DOES IT TAKE?! WHAT? WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE FUCKING TELL ME BECAUSE I APPARENTLY CANNOT GET IT THROUGH THE HEADS OF ANY. FUCKING. BODY.

For those wondering, my GP, who has been told this MANY times, prescribed me a prescription cough medication because the latest fucking permutation of "hi dara spends more time sick than she has her entire life" is apparently an opportunistic nasal infection. I also got antibiotics. The prescription cough med has, yes, SEKRIT CODINE not listed on the bottle but listed by the manufacturer.

Similarly, when I was in the neuro ward after I got hit by that car, they had me hopped up on codine (and it was horrible) and when I got sober/sane enough to get my shit together to ask about it, they said ok, they'd take me off it -- except that then they tried to give me more painkiller and I said "is there any codine in this? I can't take codine, it makes me paranoid and gives me hallucinations." And she said "nope!" and I said "Okay, what is it?" and she said "it's just Tylenol" and alarms went off and I said "...is it Tylenol 3?" and she said "...yes" and I said YOU MEAN THE KIND WITH CODINE, THAT MAKES ME PARANOID AND HALLUCINATE?

motherFUCKER.

HATE

Feb. 27th, 2008 11:32 pm
solarbird: (pindar-most-unpleasant)
I DEMAND THE HEAD OF WHOEVER THE FUCK THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO COMBINE WATER PLUMBING INTERFACES AND DUAL 20A POWER JUNCTIONS INTO A SINGLE PACKAGE.

I MEAN SERIOUSLY WTF PEOPLE

the leak - in that package - has been found, the water plumbing has been disconnected, the refrigerator still runs, the subflooring is drying, the crawlspace is also drying (fans above and below, hopefully it'll dry sometime this year, the towels are in the washer. i didn't get knocked across the room because i know not to touch things i don't know what are yet. but jesus fucking christ what. the. fuck.

ETA: This is a refrigerator component, not part of the house proper. Underwriter Laboratories, you also got some 'splainin' t'do...

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