Posts Tagged ‘stupidity’

Television shows seldom get computer stuff right, so I shouldn’t be surprised.  But then I heard this humdinger on CSI New York during the 1 minute I was watching it.  After I simultaneously guffawed and snorted in derision, I changed the channel.

Indeed not!

Posted: 12 February 2008 in Uncategorized
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It doesn’t inspire confidence in a jobs posting site when you get results for job salaries like this:

Comparison of salaries for rapists, serial killers and republicans from

I must admit, I am surprised. I thought for sure being a Republican paid better than raping people, or at least paid the same. Time travelers have an unfortunately low salary. Obviously, they are too stupid to realize they could be hocking artifacts from the past for millions. Oh well.


Posted: 13 November 2007 in Uncategorized
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Now here’s a great idea.  StupidFilter is an open-source project with the goal of rooting out and destroying stupid comments in blogs, wikis, YouTube, flickr, and just about any place morons are allowed to voice their opinions.  Pulling this off would allow me to read the comments on Flickr without wanting to rip my eyeballs out.  No longer will I gag when I accidentally allow myself to glance at the comments on a YouTube video.  Yes, the world will be a better place.

The best part will be the complaints by users who are no longer able to leave comments.

“Yo I tired like 333 tiems to comemt and can’t!!!111  watfxup?!?!”

Hat tip.

You have no soul

Posted: 9 November 2007 in Uncategorized
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There’s a food drive going on in the School of Computer Science at CMU right now. I came in yesterday and found this sign:

Food drive - no soul

I think if I were running the food drive and found the container full of trash, I would have vomited the hot blood of righteous anger in a similar fashion.

Not only are honeybees disappearing, but bumblebees are going the way of the dinosaurs too. Bumblebees pollinate roughly 15% of crops, which are worth about $3 billion dollars. While there isn’t a definitive cause yet, the National Academy of Sciences has reported that a combination of habitat loss due to housing developments, intensive agriculture, pesticides, pollution and disease are contributing to a worldwide decrease in pollinators. I wonder how long before global warming is added to that list?

A couple of quotes caught my attention from the article in Discovery News:

“We have been naive,” said Neal Williams, assistant professor of biology at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. “We haven’t been diligent the way we need to be.”

“We are smart enough to deal with this,” said Laurie Adams, executive director of the Pollinator Partnership. “There is hope.”

Well, I hope Laurie Adams is right, but I don’t have much faith in the intelligence of mankind. Pollinating insects are one of those things that most people don’t even realize we depend on. Probably given the choice, many people would rather do without bees altogether, except for the honey they make. I know I’ve said something to the effect of “I wish all bees would die” after getting stung. I hate it when trite sayings like “be careful what you wish for” come true. Why didn’t my wishes for no mosquitoes come true instead? I suspect they will only continue to flourish.

A friend of mine sent me an odd story about how Italian police officers are now spending their time: stopping the heinous crime of washing your car windows at a stoplight. At first, I thought, well that’s a bugger-all odd thing to be concerned about (I always think to myself in incorrect, bastardized British slang). Then it became clear:

“Foreigners are also blamed for much of the street crime in a relatively safe country. Most people wielding sponges on street corners are Romanian gypsies, often young women and children.”

And there we have it. The gypsies. For as long as there have been gypsies, the good people of Europe have shunned them. And now they have found one more way of making their lives that much harder. Anyone caught committing this godless act (window-washing) is subject to confiscation of the tools of the trade (sponge, rag, dirty water), fines, and imprisonment. The magnificent mayor of Rome justified these draconian regulations:

“People must realize that behind the window-washers there is exploitation of minors, which is a crime. Like prostitution this is a racket that must be smashed.”

I can just see him banging his fist down on a podium as he says that last bit. So now window washing is on the same level as prostitution, which is exactly what these gypsies might have to resort to if they want to eat.

Mt. Everest, that bastian of adventure that draws thrill-seekers and wall street brokers with nothing else left to accomplish alike, is three times more likely to kill people over 60. No kidding. Actually this shouldn’t be as obvious as it seems to be, since apparently old people adjust to higher altitudes more quickly and have more experience. So why do they die? Who freakin knows. Thanks to Wired’s less-than-completely-informative-article, I’m in the dark. They hint at the proliferation of older people in these expeditions, but really shouldn’t that have been adjusted for in the statistics?

However, there is an up side. Fun facts:

  • 1.5% of climbers under 60 die attempting Everest
  • 5% of climbers over 60 die
  • 31% of climbers under 60 make it to the top
  • 13% of climbers over 60 make it to the top

Just something to consider if you’re old and seeking to conquer the world’s tallest mountain.

Wired has a story on the fact that almost all the mice used in laboratory research today are descended from a few inbred mice about a hundred years ago. It seems like there are advantages to having inbred mice in terms of experimental control, which may have been part of the original motivation. The fewer factors that change from experiment to experiment the better you can isolate /attribute causality. But of course, the criticism here is that the lack of diversity in test-mouse genetics may be the reason that problems with certain drugs didn’t become apparent until after the drugs hit the market.

All this interesting stuff about mice aside, we are then given a quote by the illustrious Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena:

“To make an analogy between mice and humans, using the classical inbred strains is like doing studies on 10 people selected from one small town in Appalachia.”


Posted: 7 August 2007 in Uncategorized
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social operating system n.  A social networking site like Facebook or MySpace that seamlessly integrates activities, including entertainment and shopping, to become a platform for online living.  (Wired News)

I’m always on the lookout for new words.  This one isn’t especially innovative, but the last phrase caught my notice.  Online living.  Indeed.  Now I like Facebook and actively maintain a profile as a way of keeping in touch with family and friends.  But online living?  I think that day is still a long ways off.