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Posted on March 21st, 2011 at 18:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


Ah, Fark headlines. "AT&T is getting married to T-Mobile. There will be no reception afterwards"

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A true apology from the Pope would acknowledge that Catholic Priests are 100 times more likely to be a child sex offender

Posted on March 21st, 2011 at 17:05 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


After blaming homosexuality for the crimes committed by its own members, Church apologists tend to trot out the old canard that you can’t judge the Church on the actions of a few bad apples "like you would get in any profession". Okay, let’s assess that claim.

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Listen: Secret Libya Psyops, Caught by Online Sleuths

Posted on March 21st, 2011 at 15:38 by John Sinteur in category: News


The U.S. military has dispatched one of its secret propaganda planes to the skies around Libya. And that “Commando Solo” aircraft is telling Libyan ships to remain in port – or risk NATO retaliation.

We know this, not because some Pentagon official said so, but because one Dutch radio geek is monitoring the airwaves for information about Operation Odyssey Dawn — and tweeting the surprisingly-detailed results.

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Posted on March 21st, 2011 at 7:50 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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  1. Nuclear is not economical when you factor in disposal costs. That question was settled years ago.

  2. @itspast: “economical” compared to what? Oil and coal today, or with the full cost of global warming impact?

  3. RE the first cartoon: decisions that come to the President are hard ones that could not be made by people with less authority. Is making those decisions slowly not desirable? The cartoon seems to imply that Obama is somehow *limited* to making decisions with care and inspiring people through his words. What is the insight being communicated here?

  4. The nuclear industry is green?

  5. Oh, how I miss the days of “the decider.” NOT

  6. Here were the real American choices, Desiato, as voiced by those safely ensconced behind the safety fence in their permanent seats in the bleachers

    A) Criticized for doing nothing
    B) Criticized for doing something too soon
    C) Criticized for doing something too late
    D) Criticized for doing too much
    E) Criticized for doing too little

  7. When I discuss energy politics with my (very conservative) father, his first (and mostly only one) argument against renewables is: “But these wind turbines are ugly! They are disfiguring the scenery!”

    Needless to say, he is staunchly convinced of nuclear energy. His ‘argument’: “What do you have against nuclear power? After all, it’s all natural, isn’t it?”

    Regarding fossile fuels, he denies climate change completely (of course). When I mention “Peak Oil”, he ignores it, and argues: “There will always be oil and coal!”

    The scary thing: He is not saying these things just to provoke. He is really convinced of it.

  8. F) Criticized for doing something not actually done
    G) Criticized for not doing something that was actually done

    And, of course, combinations thereof. For example, Criticized for doing too much when nothing was actually done.

  9. Exactly, John.

  10. @Rob: I’m not following your response. The cartoon seems like a general comment on Obama, not about Libya in particular, which it seems is what you’re referring to?

  11. I the cartoon is specifically about Libya and Egypt, Desiato.

  12. Hmm, I don’t see any reason to think that. (Unless I’ve missed notable speeches since the revolution in Egypt got underway?) Difference in interpretation, I guess.

  13. (I would argue that Obama’s decision-making on the surge in Afghanistan and his speech in Cairo early in his Presidency fit this pattern exactly but are outside the current Libya-Egypt news, so it makes sense to see the cartoon as commentary on his longer-term behavior.)

  14. There are some that think all of his speeches are “pretty”, which I think has a lower standard than “notable”. That said, I suppose the cartoon works long term or short term. 🙂

  15. Some cartoons are made to go “ha ha!”

    Some are made to get a discussion going. I think that worked nicely.

    By the way, have you noticed that to do a good cartoon of Obama, you have to exaggerate the ears a lot?

  16. You missed the category “some cartons are weak efforts probably produced under deadline”. 🙂

  17. Note that the title is “The two modes of President Obama”, no reference to recent events. It’s intended to be a general statement about Obama saying “he does only two things and both of them are weak”, “pretty” speeches and “agonizingly slow” decisions. Obama is less than one-dimensional according to this cartoon, for doing two things that I think are both valuable. QED, lame cartoon. (It’s only generating discussion here about what the cartoon says, not about societal values, so I don’t see any credit due there either for getting discussion started.)

    The more I think about it, the more I’m inclined to argue that this is actually sarcastic commentary on the often-heard weak criticisms of Obama…

Flash 10.2 hits Android today, Adobe hopes for viewable 720p playback in a matter of weeks

Posted on March 21st, 2011 at 7:39 by John Sinteur in category: News


First off, you don’t absolutely need a dual-core phone to take advantage of Flash 10.2 — Adobe VP Danny Winokur told us, and we confirmed in testing, that there are slight performance improvements on earlier devices too. With our trusty Droid 2’s 1Ghz OMAP3 chip, we saw a slight but noticeable boost in framerate when playing a YouTube trailer at 480p, which admittedly only took took that particular video from "unwatchable" to merely "fairly jerky."

And that’s an improvement?

Then why not download it yourself this evening and give it a go?

Ehm, no, thanks, I’m not going to bother. Come back to me when Flash doesn’t suck.

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