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June 20, 2022

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David

told so often that the only reason they don’t have riches is because people are keeping it from them.

If you create a Designated Victim Group and exempt its members from normal proprieties, including expectations of reciprocation, and tell its members that almost any kind of difficulty or failure or personal shortcoming is damning evidence of enemy action, then the result will not be gratitude. A contemptuous sense of entitlement, expressed with increasing boldness, seems more likely.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...and now for something completely different, Japanese sorcery.

Sam Duncan

“Are you sure this will help sell race tickets?”

Ah, who needs all those right-wing Hatey McBigots anyway?

pst314

...and now for something completely different, Japanese sorcery.

"What strange power did these mysterious beings possess?

pst314

...and now for something completely different, Japanese sorcery.

Richard Cranium

@pst314, there's a story where a US company tells a Japanese company that the US company will accept a certain percentage of defective parts. Supposedly, the first shipment of parts had a sealed bag containing the exact percentage of defective parts with a note indicating that the Japanese company didn't understand why the US company would want a specific percentage of defective parts but those parts were in a separate bag so they would be easy to identify.

sonny wayz

Fake. She just stands there

I figured it was fake when the camera panned down to the bucket o' crud. What, Michael Moore was holding the smartphone or sumpin?

Daniel Ream

Japanese sorcery.

Some undergrad friends of mine went on to work for a subway switching control software company after acing the 4th year Real-Time Computing course. The course lab had a very elaborate model train set up with computer-controlled switches. It was at the time considered the single hardest course in undergrad Comp Sci.

That company's release criterion, by the way, is "no bugs". Period. Ever. If a bug is found after shipping, the customer's money is refunded until the bug is verified fixed.

Software quality is possible as long as you make it a real priority.

PiperPaul

That company's release criterion, by the way, is "no bugs". Period. Ever.

Is it AutoCAD?

[muffled guffaws]

Richard Cranium
Software quality is possible as long as you make it a real priority.

Telephone switching systems used to have a 99.999% uptime requirement. That allows you ~5.25 minutes of downtime every year; if you exceeded that number, you had to file a report to the FCC explaining why you missed that target.

Richard Cranium
That company's release criterion, by the way, is "no bugs". Period. Ever.

Various medical software (especially embedded software in pacemakers and what not) follow that rule as well.

Darleen

Retail experience number ... ... ... oh heck, I've lost count.

WTP

You do understand that the acceptable level of quality for any free market product is determined by the consumer, not the producer, yes?

pst314

I figured it was fake when the camera panned down to the bucket o' crud.

I figured it was just another instance of punks who wanted to record their attacks. That does happen a lot now.

pst314

Compost him: "Ubiera has 22 prior arrests, with three felony convictions and 11 misdemeanor convictions."

pst314

David's new bar snacks supplier.

pst314

If the firefighter had been armed he could have shot his attackers. And the world would have been a better place.

Steve E

David's new bar snacks supplier.

I'm not sure what was more disturbing the pickled frog or the creamed possum in coon fat gravy below it. Kinda makes camel hump fat look gourmet.

Cloudbuster

Thin privilege absolutely does exist. And it's fantastic!

Richard Cranium
You do understand that the acceptable level of quality for any free market product is determined by the consumer, not the producer, yes?

Are you responding to anything in particular? If so, you should provide some context; the little voice in your head can only be heard by yourself, so we are not privy to what it tells you.

Pooklord

Stephanie Richer

That is a fascinating website--I ended up reading every installment about those unfortunate Germans.

David

She’s “really, really tired” because they won’t jump through her hoops.

David
“I’m not playing a character. I’m 100% for real… And you are safe, here, with me.”

Please ignore the flashing red light.

Rob

… And you are safe, here, with me.”

*backs away slowly*

David

*backs away slowly*

Are you not feeling… safe?

Princess Cutekitten

“Education.” With stupid smirk.

What a smug [bleep]. What she doesn’t understand is that no one CARES about her ridiculous pronouns, and if she wants education, she might start with English.

I suspect her colleagues cringe when they see her coming.

David

“Education.” With stupid smirk.

I’ve generally found it best to explain to narcissists quite early on, and quite firmly, that their mental dramas will not be indulged, and that attempts to impose them will be considered an act of hostility. Or wherever possible, to avoid their company altogether. That they seem to be hired as teachers in remarkable numbers, such that preferential selection could conceivably be in play, does not bode well. Not least for any children to whom they’re exposed as a supposedly adult role model.

WTP

Are you responding to anything in particular? If so, you should provide some context; the little voice in your head can only be heard by yourself, so we are not privy to what it tells you.

Sorry dickhead. It was inline with several comments in a row regarding the same software quality subject. Darleen's comment did slip in between mine and you last one. Didn't think it would be all that hard for a reasonably intelligent person to figure out. Please forgive me for overestimating your intelligence. I will try not to let it happen again.

asiaseen

please ignore the flashing red light

It was the greying 5-day stubble that alerted me.

David

It was the greying 5-day stubble that alerted me.

“You’re safe with me, child,” said the sinister clown.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

*backs away slowly*

*stares in morbid curiosity*

Farnsworth M Muldoon

(cough) Bullshit (cough)

David

It was the greying 5-day stubble that alerted me.

It’s not a look that will wear well as the years go by.

Poking through the TikTok videos by Mr Marsh, our “activist and healer,” there is, I think, an air of psychological brittleness. As if the whole edifice might collapse at any moment.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"I'm Your Mom Now"

David

“I’m Your Mom Now”

I’m getting a lot of red lights on the board.

David

By the way, this is me being on holiday. But doing it badly. Don’t worry, I’m working on Friday’s pile of oddments.

pst314

I'm not sure what was more disturbing the pickled frog or the creamed possum in coon fat gravy below it.

Glad you noticed that. I long ago learned that there is just as much good material to be found by scrolling down.

pst314

...the creamed possum in coon fat gravy below it.

Such foods were a running joke in The Beverly Hillbillies. I liked the jokes, and still smile, but they do fall into that category of jokes that are guilty pleasures, like the one that got Dave Weigel in trouble at the Washington Post. ("Every girl is bi. You just have to figure out if it's polar or sexual.") Jokes can be funny even if they only contain a speck of truth--or even if they contain no truth whatsoever as long as they play cleverly with well known stereotypes. (Is it time for another joke about the frog-eating French?)

pst314

please ignore the flashing red light

[ Ponders the best ways for society to deal with monsters like him. ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I liked the jokes, and still smile, but they do fall into that category of jokes that are guilty pleasures...

Jokes are no laughing matter. Educate yourself, do better.

Jim Whyte

Stephanie: I'll add my thanks to Pooklord's. Well worth the time spent in the rabbit hole!

Jen

there is, I think, an air of psychological brittleness. As if the whole edifice might collapse at any moment.

That. He's one bad day away from a police chase.

pst314

Jokes are no laughing matter. Educate yourself, do better.

If someone had told me, back in the 1970's, that English police would be investigating (and arresting!) people for telling jokes, I would have laughed at him. The idea that the land of Britons never will be slaves would criminalize speech was inconceivable.

pst314

Such foods were a running joke in The Beverly Hillbillies...

I have read that actual hillbillies liked the show, even though most of the humor was at the expense of such people. I have long wondered why they liked it: Did they not mind the condescending stereotypes? Did they enjoy seeing the "dumb" Hillbillies getting the better of the smart, wealthy Beverly Hills folks? And laugh at how Hollywood reacted to their traditional foods?

David

He’s one bad day away from a police chase.

It has been known.

pst314

It has been known.

"Now serving 14 years in prison for attempted murder."

Only 14 years. Should be life without parole.

pst314

One bullet, center mass, solves the problem.

ccscientist

Just a comment on Native Americans trying to stay "authentic". In 1600 or so, when colonization of the Americas had been going on for 100 years, in Scotland people lived in huts with dirt floors and brought their animals inside with them (and I don't mean dogs) at night. Those from England who tried to sell soap got no customers. Would we not think it absurd if Scots still tried to live like that? Those in the British Isles who try to recapture druid beliefs we don't take seriously. Indians likewise are not really as genuine as they claim, because they grew up with cars and tv and blue jeans. Indians had no beads for decoration until whites brought them. They have never ground corn by hand or made deerskin leggings. If I was an Indian on a reservation I would do everything possible to get away from there.
There are of course, South American Indians and Africans who do in fact live a pretty primitive life. This is not noble and wonderful. It is sad. The woke try whenever they can to keep primitive people primitive (it is "better").

Daniel Ream

I have read that actual hillbillies liked the show, even though most of the humor was at the expense of such people.

I've mentioned before that Season 1 of The Dukes of Hazzard, despite being produced by Gy Waldron and based on the life of Jerry Rushing, is full of negative stereotypes and nasty jokes at the expense of Southerners generally.

Although I did like the idea of Roscoe actually being the brains behind everything in S1.

You do understand that the acceptable level of quality for any free market product is determined by the consumer, not the producer, yes?

And your thesis is...what, exactly? That this company implemented > S5 levels of QA for shits & giggles rather than because their customers don't want hundreds of people to die because of a software cockup?

Or is it your thesis that the public transportation sector is completely unregulated by governments, a veritable Wild West with no market externalities whatsoever?

You're not as smart as you think you are, and take the cactus out of your ass.

Steve E

The woke try whenever they can to keep primitive people primitive (it is "better").

They need a Savage Reservation for shits and giggles just like Brave New World.

Indians likewise are not really as genuine as they claim

Our National Post featured recipes from an indigenous "chef" last week. One of his "authentic" recipes was arctic char covered with Montreal Steak Spice. We visited an Indian Reservation a few years back. One of the "authentic" Indian foods served at the snack bar was fry bread. I asked them where their ancestors got the flour from for this traditional food. Blank stares.

WTP

I’m getting a lot of red lights on the board.

Unfortunately most people, even conservative..."conservative" people, are too dim to see the grooming going on there. It doesn't only mean that you know.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Three men discuss exclusions from Aussie female rugby.

...they didn't want "Hanna" representing their league, they wanted a presentable beautiful female who could be the face of AFLW, a "trans"woman may not be what they desired...

Yeah, that was it, not the fact that "Hanna" was twice the size of real women, "...shes [sic] now at a disadvantage..."

Sam Duncan

“please ignore the flashing red light”

Please be resentful. Please be angry.

“Jokes are no laughing matter.“

I love the totally matter-of-fact reporting in the Guardian there. This sort of thing happens all the time in perfectly normal and healthy societies, doesn't it? Just your average everyday silly human-interest story of a comedian having to explain his act to the coppers. Nothing to see here.

Of course, the Groan never gets outraged about anything, right?

“If someone had told me, back in the 1970's, that English police would be investigating (and arresting!) people for telling jokes, I would have laughed at him.“

Could be worse. People in Scotland have served jail time for singing songs.

WTP

Jokes are no laughing matter.

Of course Janine Garafalo, George Lopez, and Amy Schumer..along with quite a few others...already knew this.

pst314

the Groan

Which is the more commonly used name? Groan or Grauniad?

Farnswoth M Muldoon

Good news everyone! At long last a fault in The Constitution is rectified, and now there is a Federal Definition of "dating".

How we muddled these last 246 years without and haven't completely descended into chaos and anarchy is a mystery.

WTP

And your thesis is...what, exactly? That this company implemented > S5 levels of QA for shits & giggles rather than because their customers don't want hundreds of people to die because of a software cockup?

Or is it your thesis that the public transportation sector is completely unregulated by governments, a veritable Wild West with no market externalities whatsoever?

You're not as smart as you think you are, and take the cactus out of your ass.

See, this is why I get dickhead and DR mixed up at times. Same 'tude. Though I must congratulate the big brain on DR for being able to solve the enigma as to what I was referring...maybe.

WTLF was it in that comment that set you two crybabies off like this? It's a bloody obvious deduction from how free markets actually work. In no way am I saying that quality, especially in life-critical applications, should be sacrificed. I have fought for better quality software throughout my career. The point is that the customer will wait or pay for better quality if he thinks that he must have it. But to lump all software, or any product/industry into the same category of standards is absurd. As with any product you can have it good, cheap, and fast so long as you pick any two. This isn't that hard to understand. Similar to something Mike Rowe says, safety third. In certain situations.

pst314

The point is that the customer will wait or pay for better quality if he thinks that he must have it.

And higher quality costs more. Thus, a zero-defects policy may require a price so high that customers choose to go with a cheaper competitor.

I, too, was put off by DR's gratuitously obnoxious comment. It seemed more suited to the cesspool of Facebook and Twitter than to this forum which is supposed to remain more civil. I did not reply to DR because I decided the other day to ignore him from her on out.

pst314

this forum which is supposed to remain more civil

Usually. Will the spelling of 'aluminum' become a banned topic, or will David's Galleons of Retribution settle the matter once and for all?

pst314

From the annals of progressive law enforcement: Chicago cops barred from chasing people on foot who run away.

David

the spelling of ‘aluminum’

[ Sounds of shattering vase. ]

pst314

I'm surprised there are any vases left to shatter.

David

I just pray we don’t wind up with a debate about the pronunciation of vase.

pst314

the pronunciation of vase

Take Gershwin's advice?

ccscientist

Rugby: There is always the careful sidestepping of the size and strength of XY athletes vs women. Rugby is certainly a sport where women will get seriously injured by men. In swimming of course Lia Thomas and his ilk are setting records that no woman will ever beat. A different kind of injury. So they pretend that all you have to do is suppress testosterone and it is a level playing field. Sorry, is not.

Another example: during the bathroom wars in NC, opponents of trans in women's spaces talked about privacy and safety. Proponents claimed that "it is already illegal" to take pictures or assault someone, when the point is that the first line of defense is to keep males out of these spaces. They also kept talking about single person restrooms like at gas stations, not large shower and locker rooms. Even in that case, door locks don't always work.

Finally, feminists kept talking about women in combat as if shooting a gun was the only thing necessary, ignoring the need to carry food, water, ammo, and mortars on a mission. Ignoring the need to carry the wounded out. In college us guys would throw another guy over our shoulder and run around just for a hoot. I even did that with my nephew when I was 55. Easy. Women cannot.

It is bait and switch, moat and bailey all the way down.

Sam Duncan

“Which is the more commonly used name? Groan or Grauniad?”

Probably the latter. But Groan's shorter.

pst314

It is bait and switch, moat and bailey all the way down.

That's Mott and bailey, but yes I agree wholeheartedly. I have given the examples of infantrymen unloading heavy equipment from trucks and AFV's, infantrymen carrying their wounded buddies over their shoulders, and two-man Navy stretcher teams navigating narrow passageways and companionways, but my feminist friends refused to recognize the importance of those examples. Feminists: Is there anything they cannot f**k up?

PaulF

That's Mott and bailey

Actually, if we're going to get arsey about it, it's more usually MOTTE and bailey.

Sam

“it’s like shouting at the rain and expecting results.”

But enough about blogs…

pst314

"Motte"

Ack!

David

Actually, if we’re going to get arsey about it, it’s more usually MOTTE and bailey.

[ Hides remaining priceless vase. ]

WTP

I thought it was Mork and Mindy?

(* Someone explain this to dickhead. It might be too hard for him to follow.*)

pst314

I suspect that a Mork and Mindy defense would give me a headache as I tried to make sense of Robin Williams' stroboscopically off-the-wall nonsense. (Me: "You're giving me a headache." Robin: "Run, you little nimno.")

pst314

Only 16 years in prison for murder. In a more sensible time he would have been hanged.

pst314

Who are we to question their ethnic folkways?

ccscientist

16 yrs for murder: and he will probably serve 8. Life getting devalued, like our currency, like grade inflation.

pst314

"Um, don't take drugs, man. Drugs are bad". And the worst drug of all is the Progressivism that allowed this hellhole to exist.

pst314

Blacks in BMW pause to harass, assault, and steal from Hispanic street vendors.

There are people in America who should never be free but should be confined for their natural lives. No civilization should tolerate them.

pst314

Life getting devalued, like our currency, like grade inflation.

The left devalues the lives of good people, while grossly overvaluing the lives of evil people. A wise civilization devalues leftists.

NateWhilk

Via https://twitter.com/FrancisAaronUK/status/1415325193468325888

From 2018:

https://janeclarejones.com/2018/11/13/the-annals-of-the-terf-wars/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Trans activists: You are cis women, cis people are our oppressors.

Feminists: We’re what?

Trans activists: It’s your new name, it comes from Latin, and means you have a magic gender essence that matches your body, and because your magic gender essence matches your body you are privileged…

(I really did search here for this, but didn't get any hits.)

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Blacks in BMW pause to harass, assault, and steal from Hispanic street vendors.

Well, year, they are clearly oppressed because they are rolling in an puny X3 and not a Mercedes-Maybach GLS.

JML

Stephanie: I'll add my thanks to Pooklord's. Well worth the time spent in the rabbit hole!

Me too. The search for the A-12 crash location at that site is a pretty good read as well.

David

And the worst drug of all is the Progressivism that allowed this hellhole to exist.

I’m guessing the incongruous nudists we’ve been seeing recently are high on ‘flakka’ or ‘gravel’, which induces hyperthermia. Along with severe agitation, hallucinations, psychosis and aggression. So, if you see a randomly naked person ranting and twitching, best not to stop and chat.

David

The left devalues the lives of good people, while grossly overvaluing the lives of evil people.

Somewhat related.

See also the fashionable Marxist Mr China Miéville, who gets terribly indignant and upset if the word feral is used to describe the kind of animals who burn random women out of their homes, for entertainment, and who, when firefighters arrive, drag them from their vehicles and beat them unconscious, also for entertainment.

And let’s not forget Mr Clive Stafford Smith, who gushes with theatrical sympathy for working-class criminals - often habitual criminals who prey on their neighbours for years - while dismissing the equally working-class victims of such creatures, whose expectations of lawfulness he finds much less compelling - indeed, “idiotic.”

There’s a lot of it about.

More than one would wish.

TomJ
Rugby: There is always the careful sidestepping of the size and strength of XY athletes vs women. Rugby is certainly a sport where women will get seriously injured by men.

Not in rugby union. Having looked at the evidence the IRB (as I still insist on calling it) decided:

Transgender women may not currently play women's rugby
Why? Because of the size, force- and power-producing advantages conferred by testosterone during puberty and adolescence, and the resultant player welfare risks this creates.

League has, in the wake of this and the FINA decision, put a similar rule in place for internationals pending a wider review.

PiperPaul

severe agitation, hallucinations, psychosis and aggression

The worse, the better.

What could be worse symptoms to inject into a society?

David

What could be worse symptoms to inject into a society?

If memory serves, one flakka-related news story involved someone actually trying to eat the face of the person they’d attacked. It’s zombie-movie stuff.

Sue Sims

“Which is the more commonly used name? Groan or Grauniad?”

Probably the latter. But Groan's shorter.

Different histories. 'Groan' is more recent, relating to the tendency of the Guardian to publish opinion pieces by people* lamenting ridiculously esoteric problems: David's drawn attention to some of these over the years. (My favourite was the cup-cake article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/18/trouble-with-cupcakes) 'Grauniad' (a term invented by Private Eye) parodies the historic troubles the paper had with proof-reading: that's mainly in the past now, presumably because computer spell-checkers have got rid of the more egregious mistakes.

*I'm being charitable here.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Trouble with cupcakes link (terminal parenthesis got included in link above), but RTWT.

You know what cupcakes really are? – butter-iced snares of self-loathing that sell precisely because they exploit young women's insecurity about their looks and identity, and offer a completely false and self-defeating solace of temporary gratification, almost certainly followed by remorse and disgust.

Kids, just say no to drugs.

pst314

See also the fashionable Marxist Mr China Miéville

I remember that post: Very interesting. But as I scanned the comments I was reminded of how thankful I am at the disappearance of two trolls whose names Shall Not Be Mentioned.

And speaking of such toxic leftists as China Miéville and Cory Doctorow reminds me of the numerous "smart" science fiction fans who made excuses for their evil ways.

pst314

reminds me of the numerous "smart" science fiction fans who made excuses for their evil ways.

A recurring pattern: Find one unobjectionable or respectable thing, and use that to dishonestly defuse all criticism of the awful person being criticized. Sort of the "he is always kind to his mother" defense.

pst314

cupcakes...temporary gratification, almost certainly followed by remorse and disgust.

Are we talking about the women or the bakery item?

[ Edges closer to door while keeping a wary eye on David's spray bottle. ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Pride Month? Only a reich wing reactionary conspiracy theorist would call it grooming.

LA Schools - Hold my glitter.

pst314

Well, year, they are clearly oppressed because they are rolling in an puny X3 and not a Mercedes-Maybach GLS.

Well, I am clearly oppressed because I do not know the difference. Gimme my reparations!

"Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz. My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends..."

David

ridiculously esoteric problems

My comments on Mr Seaton’s piece can be found here.

And via which, I rediscovered this fine example of Guardian journalism.

It’s the paper of our betters, you know.

pst314

"Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz. My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends..."

And that reminds me of something I just read in Nassim Taleb's Fooled by Randomness: A highly successful trader who was stressed out from overwork while his wife was deeply unhappy because everyone else in their Manhattan Co-op was even more successful and some of the wives would snub her. The lesson: Live among people with similar incomes/wealth/etc. Not a surprising lesson, but one people sometimes forget.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

See also the fashionable Marxist Mr China Miéville

First comment:

It's funny how so many far-left posers get a hard-on for violence and smashing stuff.

All this time you thought that was a figure of speech.

ccscientist

"Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz. My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends..." I heard Janis Joplin sing that live. It was something. Hendrix played the same night. We didn't know they were doomed.
If you get all worked up over cupcakes...it makes me wonder how many you eat.
The Woke have realized that the world is not perfect and are horrified. As if a perfect world is to be expected. This makes them angry and so they are going to burn it all down in revenge for their expectations not being met. Seems fair.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

This young lady informs us that if one is a cracker ass mofo, you mustn't go out in the sun unless you are an ally and can say black lives matter.

It is unclear if an albino or one with severe vitiligo can go out.

David

This young lady informs us that if one is a cracker ass mofo, you mustn’t go out in the sun unless you are an ally and can say black lives matter.

They’re just nasty bitches. The rest is merely an excuse for being how they already are.

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