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Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen.

Posted on April 17th, 2015 at 15:22 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!, What were they thinking?


When I was asked to live blog a Borussia Dortmund press conference I thought it would be a normal task. Then a problem became apparent: I didn’t speak German…

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  1. Wenn ist das Nunstück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!

Average housecat shown for scale. Difficulty: housecat not to scale

Posted on August 13th, 2013 at 22:27 by John Sinteur in category: What were they thinking?


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  1. The scale looks correct to me. Are you saying 15 inches is not a typical height for a standard house cat? The cat is resting on a line 13’6″, and the center of the face is at 14’6″.

  2. What’s a factor 12 between friends?

Part of the CA unemployment package

Posted on March 1st, 2013 at 9:23 by John Sinteur in category: What were they thinking?


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Twitter, Amex enabling shopping, 140 characters at a time

Posted on February 12th, 2013 at 17:07 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, If you're in marketing, kill yourself, What were they thinking?


According to an Amex Web page, the arrangement works like this. Amex cardholders first sync their card with Twitter. Then, when they come across products that are eligible to purchase under the plan — products that American Express will promote through a Twitter feed — they simply send out a tweet that includes a special hashtag. Amex will then send them an @-reply with a confirming hashtag. Finally, the buyer has to send out a second tweet with the special hashtag within 15 minutes.

I’m going to “synch” my credit card with my twitter account?

And I’m going to wait for them to send me tweets?

And then I’m going to tweet them back when I want to buy something?

Why would I want to do this?

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Fox News expert on solar energy: Germany gets “a lot more sun than we do.”

Posted on February 8th, 2013 at 13:31 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame), What were they thinking?


Thanks to Fox News and its expert commentators, millions of Americans now understand the real, hidden reason why Germany’s solar-energy industry is so much further along than ours. Turns out it has nothing to do with the fact that Germany’s government has long supported the industry far more generously, with policies like feed-in tariffs that stimulate investment in green technologies. No, the real reason is much simpler, explained a trio of journalists on Fox & Friends: It’s always sunny in Germany!

“The industry’s future looks dim,” intoned host Gretchen Carlson at the beginning of the segment, which was preserved for posterity by the liberal blog Media Matters for America. She and her co-host went on to ridicule Obama’s “failed” solar subsidies, adding, “The United States simply hasn’t figured out how to do solar cheaply and effectively. You look at the country of Germany, it’s working out great for them.” Near the end of the segment, it occurred to Carlson to ask her expert guest, Fox Business reporter Shibani Joshi, why it might be that Germany’s solar-power sector is doing so much better. “What was Germany doing correct? Are they just a smaller country, and that made it more feasible?” Carlson asked.

Joshi’s jaw-dropping response: “They’re a smaller country, and they’ve got lots of sun. Right? They’ve got a lot more sun than we do.” In case that wasn’t clear enough for some viewers, Joshi went on: “The problem is it’s a cloudy day and it’s raining, you’re not gonna have it.” Sure, California might get sun now and then, Joshi conceded, “but here on the East Coast, it’s just not going to work.”

The vast Basin-and-Range district of Nuremberg, the Mojave area around Stuttgart, the Sonoran expanse of Bremen, the wide open praries of Munich, the Saxon Death Valley….

And who could forget the Alpine salt flats!

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  1. Am I being weird or are the many brief clips of Mr. Obama saying, “Clean energy” over and over designed to trigger some kind of cognitive meltdown in the target audience of dead, white males? (The reason that only ugly men and pretty women with lots of makeup and cleavage are depicted is too obvious to mention).

Pharma Companies Try ‘DRM’ For Drugs As A Ploy To Stymie Generics

Posted on January 17th, 2013 at 21:15 by Paul Jay in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself, Robber Barons, What were they thinking?


One of the striking features of the drug world is how pharma companies become noticeably more inventive immediately before their patents are due to run out and their drugs are about to enter the public domain. That’s because they need to find a way to differentiate themselves from the generic manufacturers that are then able to offer the same medicines for often vastly lower prices.

Usually this takes the form of modifying the formula of a drug slightly, patenting it, and then seeking to convince the medical profession that the new formulation is better in some way. Butsometimes it involves more novel approaches, as here:

In coming months, generic drug producers are expected to introduce cheaper versions of OxyContin and Opana, two long-acting narcotic painkillers, or opioids, that are widely abused.

But in hopes of delaying the move to generics, the makers of the brand name drugs, Purdue Pharma and Endo Pharmaceuticals, have introduced versions that are more resistant to crushing or melting, techniques abusers use to release the pills’ narcotic payloads.

As the New York Times article quoted above reports, having introduced these “tamper-resistant” designs, the pharma companies are now pushing to get a ban on generic versions that lack this feature. If you think of “tamper-resistant” techniques as a kind of DRM for drugs, the pharma companies are effectively asking for their own version of the DMCA, which forbids the circumvention of DRM.


The drug companies have dressed this up as a service to society, but some aren’t buying it:

While companies like Purdue Pharma insist the public’s health is their main concern, others note that producers introduced tamper-resistant versions of their products just as the drugs were about to lose patent protection. In court papers filed in response to Endo’s lawsuit, the F.D.A. described the company’s action as a “thinly veiled attempt to maintain its market share and block generic competition.”

There’s no doubt that the abuse of painkillers is a significant problem, but according to another recent story, in The Washington Post, alarming levels of addiction to OxyContin and similar painkillers may be partly the drug companies’ fault. For instead of warning doctors about this issue, the latter were assured that there were “minimal risks of addiction and dependence” if they prescribed these kinds of drugs for their patients:

according to a Washington Post examination of key scientific papers, a court document and FDA records, many of those claims [about minimal risks] were developed in studies supported by Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, or other drug manufacturers. In addition, the conclusions they reached were sometimes unsupported by the data, and when the FDA was struggling to come up with an opioid policy, it turned to a panel populated by doctors who had financial relationships with Purdue and other drugmakers.

So it would seem that rather than mandating the use of tamper-resistant packaging for these kinds of painkillers, a better long-term solution would be to avoid the use of these drugs altogether, where possible.

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  1. Can’t rely on the medical profession to be sensible about drugs. In Canada they have been prescribing fentanyl patches to people with “back pain”, with predictable horrible consequences. 240 deaths in 3 years.

The wurst nativity set is now bacon in the oven

Posted on December 13th, 2012 at 16:25 by Desiato in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Great Picture, What were they thinking?

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When A Mouse Requires An Internet Connection, You’re Doing ‘Cloud’ Wrong

Posted on November 8th, 2012 at 12:37 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Software, What were they thinking?


This really took me by surprise. Just bought a new Naga 2012 mouse, installed the software and get greeted by a login screen right after. No option to bypass it to use the software to configure the mouse, set the options, sensitivity, shortcuts, macros etc.

So I go ahead and create an account and try to log in. Nothing. Try several more times, and still nothing. Try to make new accounts with different email addresses and it still wont work.

Finally call Razer who tells me the activation server is down, and I wont be able to use the mouse until it goes back up and will only be able to use it as a standard plug and play mouse til then. I ask about a workaround to use the mouse offline and they say there is none. Supposedly once the mouse is activated on the computer offline mode will work, but it needs to upload my profile and activate my account first and since their server is down its not going to happen. I ask for a supervisor to confirm this is the case and ask again for a workaround to use it offline. He said sorry theres nothing they can do, tells me the call center is closing and hangs up on me.

I’m pretty shocked Razer thought it was a good idea to do this to customers. Nowhere on the box does it say anything about needing an internet connection to “activate” a mouse. If the servers go down in the future, anyone who buys this mouse is out of luck.

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  1. I’d say when a mouse requires an internet connection, you’re doing “mouse” wrong.

  2. Razer missed a trick there, they could have charged the purchase price all over again to ‘unlock’ the device. That’s how capitalism works. If you don’t believe me ask someone whose just spent $390 million with nothing to show for it.

Warp factor one

Posted on October 16th, 2012 at 0:51 by John Sinteur in category: What were they thinking?

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  1. Why factor one? FTL can mean anything faster than light, like 27 times (warp 3) or whatever. Though probably less than 14.1 (2800 times FTL) for, clearly, only the Enterprise is capable of that. 🙂

  2. Maybe they had been consulting with astronaut Neil Young?

No capital gains tax on employee share ownership for new owner-employees – HM Treasury

Posted on October 8th, 2012 at 19:02 by John Sinteur in category: What were they thinking?


Under the new type of contract, employees will be given between £2,000 and £50,000 of shares that are exempt from capital gains tax. In exchange, they will give up their UK rights on unfair dismissal, redundancy, and the right to request flexible working and time off for training, and will be required provide 16 weeks’ notice of a firm date of return from maternity leave, instead of the usual 8.

Owner-employee status will be optional for existing employees, but both established companies and new start-ups can choose to offer only this new type of contract for new hires. Companies recruiting owner-employees will continue to have the option of inserting more generous employment conditions into the employment contract if they want to.

Is there some problem workers have that this is trying to solve? I see no reason why I would ever want to work for (or own shares in) a company that does this.


Mark Serwotka, leader of the Public and Commercial Services Union, challenged claims that the move would result in a form of “employee ownership”.

“There are so many holes in this it deserves to sink without a trace,” he said.

“The idea that owning a few shares amounts to ’employee ownership’ is laughable, but also even a modest amount wouldn’t qualify for capital gains tax anyway, and would be worth nothing to someone who had been sacked after giving up their right to claim unfair dismissal or qualify for redundancy.”

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  1. Fun times.


Posted on October 4th, 2012 at 11:40 by John Sinteur in category: What were they thinking?


It’s blooming embarrassing, is what it is.

The best part: police still won’t admit the plants they seized in what was supposedly the biggest outdoor marijuana bust in Lethbridge history are plain old flowers — daisies, to be precise.

All police will concede at this point is the 1,624 plants torn from a suburban Lethbridge garden on July 30 isn’t marijuana, as first claimed after a phalanx of police marched in and starting plucking.

“This is a significant bust, given the size of this operation,” is how a senior officer put it at the time, while proudly displaying garbage bags full of the dastardly daises.

That same officer, Staff Sergeant Wes Houston, now admits the plant haul was a mistake.

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  1. Will they be chaining up the daisy’s.

Peeled bananas offered by common sense supermarket

Posted on September 29th, 2012 at 10:10 by John Sinteur in category: What were they thinking?


A supermarket chain which advertises using a slogan that urges more common sense in shopping has been selling peeled bananas on plastic trays wrapped in foil.

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Brazil releases Google executive in video row

Posted on September 28th, 2012 at 2:41 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: What were they thinking?


Police have released the head of Google Inc’s Brazil operations after his detention for not taking down a YouTube video a judge ruled violated local electoral law.

A police spokeswoman said on Thursday Google’s most senior executive in Brazil, Fabio Jose Silva Coelho, was released after agreeing to appear in court at a still undetermined date.

A Brazilian court had ordered YouTube to remove the anti-Islam video that prompted violent protests across the Muslim world, just as an elections court separately ordered the arrest of Coelho after the popular video-sharing service failed to remove another, unrelated video attacking a mayoral candidate.

Oh for heaven’s sake Brazil, just stay out of it. Pull your internet cable out of the wall and put your head under the covers.


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  1. As I posted somewhere else about this, Google should just drop service for all of their products to Brazil for a few days to a week. The fall-out from that would get someone’s attention that this action by a brain-dead judge is not a good idea!

Fisheries cleared to catch, kill sharks

Posted on September 27th, 2012 at 20:29 by Paul Jay in category: What were they thinking?


Authorities will have greater powers to pre-emptively kill great white sharks swimming close to popular beaches under a raft of new measures announced by the State Government this morning.

Premier Colin Barnett and Fisheries Minister Norman Moore moved to head off growing concern about the risks of shark attack by unveiling $6.85 million in new so-called “shark mitigation” strategies.

It follows a horror 12-month period in WA in which five people were killed in attacks by white sharks and significant numbers of the predators were spotted.

Chief among the measures was $2 million to allow the Department of Fisheries to track, catch and kill white pointer sharks if they are deemed to be an imminent risk to public safety.

They also contain $200,000 for a feasibility study to trial shark enclosures, which safeguard swimmers by completely quarantining an area of water – typically a protected area such as Cockburn Sound or Geographe Bay.

Local governments would be called to bid for the right to host a shark enclosure – which are different to shark nets – off one of their beaches.

Other proposals to be given funding in the announcement were $2 million for further shark tagging activities, $2 million for research into shark repellent devices and $500,000 for surf clubs to buy jet skis.

Mr Barnett said the measures would help authorities gain a better understanding of white pointers while also providing extra safety for beachgoers.

“These new measures will not only help us to understand the behaviour of sharks but also offer beachgoers greater protection and confidence as we head into summer,” Mr Barnett said.

Mr Moore said redefining what constituted imminent risk would give authorities much better ability to kill sharks because previous destroy orders had only been issued after an attack.

“Now proactive action will be taken if a large white shark presents imminent threat to people,” Mr Moore said.

However, Mr Moore conceded there were no guarantees that Fisheries officers or the commercial operators they enlisted to help would be able to kill any shark identified as an unacceptable risk.

Humans are morons.

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Study: Doctors Using Dangerous Steroids On Fetuses In Experiment To Reduce Lesbianism, Tomboyism, Intersexuality

Posted on August 20th, 2012 at 21:24 by Paul Jay in category: What were they thinking?


CHICAGO — A new paper just published in the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry uses extensive Freedom of Information Act findings to detail an extremely troubling off-label medical intervention employed in the U.S. on pregnant women to intentionally engineer the development of their fetuses for sex normalization purposes.

The paper is authored by Alice Dreger, professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is co-authored by Ellen Feder, associate professor of philosophy and religion at American University, and Anne Tamar-Mattis, executive director of Advocates for Informed Choice.

The pregnant women targeted are at risk for having a child born with the condition congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), an endocrinological condition that can result in female fetuses being born with intersex or more male-typical genitals and brains. Women genetically identified as being at risk are given dexamethasone, a synthetic steroid, off-label starting as early as week five of the first trimester to try to “normalize” the development of those fetuses, which are female and CAH-affected. Because the drug must be administered before doctors can know if the fetus is female or CAH-affected, only one in eight of those exposed are the target type of fetus.

The off-label intervention does not prevent CAH; it aims only at sex normalization. Like Diethylstilbestrol (DES) — which is now known to have caused major fertility problems and fatal cancers among those exposed in utero — dexamethasone is a synthetic steroid. Dexamethasone is known — and in this case intended — to cross the placental barrier and change fetal development. Experts estimate the glucocorticoid dose reaching the fetus is 60 to 100 times what the body would normally experience.

The new report provides clear evidence that:

  • For more than 10 years, medical societies repeatedly but ultimately impotently expressed high alarm at use of this off-label intervention outside prospective clinical trials, because it is so high risk and because nearly 90 percent of those exposed cannot benefit.
  • Mothers offered the intervention have been told it “has been found safe for mother and child” but in fact there has never been any such scientific evidence.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has indicated it cannot stop advertising of this off-label use as “safe for mother and child” because the advertising is done by a clinician not affiliated with the drug maker.
  • A just-out report from Sweden in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism documents a nearly 20 percent “serious adverse event” rate among the children exposed in utero.
  • Clinician proponents of the intervention have been interested in whether the intervention can reduce rates of tomboyism, lesbianism and bisexuality, characteristics they have termed “behavioral masculinization.”
  • The National Institutes of Health has funded research to see if these attempts to prevent “behavioral masculinization” with prenatal dexamethasone are “successful.”
  • The United States’ systems designed to prevent another tragedy like DES and thalidomide — involving de facto experimentation on pregnant women and their fetuses — appear to be broken and ineffectual.

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James Watson, Co-Discoverer Of DNA’s Structure, Says ‘Patenting Human Genes Was Lunacy’

Posted on July 3rd, 2012 at 22:29 by Paul Jay in category: What were they thinking?


Techdirt has been covering the important Myriad Genetics case for a while. Although the CAFCdecided that isolated genes could be patented, the Supreme Court has asked the appeals court to review the case in light of the former’s rejection of medical diagnostic patents.

The importance of this case is highlighted by the amicus curiae brief filed by James Watson, co-discoverer with Francis Crick of the structure of DNA, for which they received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962 (along with Maurice Wilkins for related work.) Watson makes his views plain from the start:

what the Court misses, I fear, is the fundamentally unique nature of the human gene. Simply put, no other molecule can store the information necessary to create and propagate life the way DNA does. It is a chemical entity, but DNA’s importance flows from its ability to encode and transmit the instructions for creating humans. Life’s instructions ought not be controlled by legal monopolies created at the whim of Congress or the courts.

Watson recalls discussions on the topic during the $3 billion Human Genome Project to sequence human DNA as completely as possible:

Even at the early stages of the project, we were concerned about the issue of patenting human genes. Most, although not all, eminent scientists recognized that human genes should not be monopolized by patents. I believed at the time — and continue to believe — that the issue of patenting human genes went to the very crux of whether the information encoded by human DNA should be freely available to the scientific community. Some twenty years ago, I explained that patenting human genes was lunacy, and I was not a lone voice.

He also points out some concrete problems with gene patents in terms of their impact on assays (tests) that involve multiple genes:

If each of the human genes used in a new multi-gene assay are subject to patents, I fear that useful tests requiring multiple human genes will be unnecessarily delayed, become prohibitively expensive, or, worse yet, never be made available to patients at all. For a new assay using hundreds of human genes, the sea of patents and patent applications would create hundreds, if not thousands, of individual obstacles to developing and commercializing the assay. The best way, in my view, to resolve this problem is to eliminate the unnecessary patenting of human genes.

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  1. Not just human genes. The fact that genetic material can (and will) be moved from one organism to another means that living material should not be patentable, imo.

Finally you can be a card carrying communist!

Posted on June 18th, 2012 at 9:15 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons, What were they thinking?


from each according to his volatility, to each according to his greed

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  1. To be fair, one should add that the german Sparkassen system hasn’t much to do with ruthless investment banks. They are decentralized savings banks, often in ownership of the state, the local town or similiar. As of german law, their primary goal is not to make profits, but to provide monetary services like savings or deposit accounts the citizens, to give loans to local businesses etc. Profits go mainly into safety reserve funds or are donated to local charities. Another comparable banking system are credit unions. It would be absurd to compare a Sparkasse to the greedy sharks like Deutsche Bank or Goldman Sachs.

    Interestingly, the USA also had a savings-and-loans banking system, which worked quite well while they were tightly regulated. At the start of the 80s, these banks were heavily deregulated. Consequently, only some years later, the devastating savings-and-loans-crisis occurred, which was ghastly similiar to the great financial crisis of 2007, also had its cause in highly risky real estate deals to pursue profits, countless banks needed heavy bailouts, and the crisis was among the reasons for the huge deficits the USA had end of the 80s.

  2. @Steffen: In retrospect this shows how much the US & UK governments were under the influence of the financial sector – did no legislator ask, “What could possibly go wrong?” during the deregulation process?

Scots council: 9-yr-old lunch blogger was causing ‘distress and harm’

Posted on June 15th, 2012 at 14:10 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame), What were they thinking?

Imagine a 9 year old kid posting this picture on her weblog:

What do you do as a school council? Indeed, you make taking pictures in the lunch room illegal, based on the “distress and harm” the picture caused.

UPDATE: Ban lifted

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  1. Helloooooo parents, wake up! Fer frack’s sake, this shouldn’t need the internet to get fixed.

  2. Ah…the green vegetable portion of this balanced meal is three thin slices of cucumber. How very British. On second thought, in England they would have been boiled, so perhaps the Scots have a nouvelle cuisine movement going on?

  3. I thought the vegetable portion was on the bun.

  4. In Scotland it’s a very real problem that people don’t get enough vegetables.
    Access and price are a real problem, at least according the interviews I’ve heard on the radio.

    I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if that pic up there showed the regular, daily food.

  5. mmmm popsicles.

    We didn’t get those when I was in school 🙁

Skywalking: A Dangerous New Photo Fad Popular Among Russian Teens

Posted on May 20th, 2012 at 11:02 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, What were they thinking?


If you’re afraid of heights you may want to look away, and you should certainly never make friends with these daredevil photographers from Russia. We here in the U.S. have memes, young Russian photographers, it seems, have “skywalking”: the newest extremely dangerous photography fad to hit the Internet.

Skywalking basically involves a photographer making his way up to a death-defying height, and snapping a photo that’s meant to give you both a perspective you’ve never seen before, and that feeling like your stomach just made its way into your throat. Many of the photographers are in their teens, and unfortunately, with no sign of safety equipment anywhere in these photos, someone is gonna get hurt.

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It’s a sorry story

Posted on May 16th, 2012 at 15:04 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: What were they thinking?

The Story of Send.

You’d think that Google would make sure this children’s book worked on an Android tablet, instead of looking like a dog’s breakfast.

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  1. After working with many google products, I know the compatibility between them is *far* from guaranteed

Clicking ‘Like’ on Facebook Is Not Protected Speech, Judge Rules

Posted on May 6th, 2012 at 22:12 by John Sinteur in category: What were they thinking?

A bag full of money: political speech
Like button on candidate’s facebook: unprotected non-speech

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Bouncers ‘checking Facebook on phones’ as identification

Posted on May 5th, 2012 at 21:28 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Privacy, What were they thinking?


Some bouncers have been demanding people hand over their smartphones so they can check Facebook accounts, Newsbeat has been told.

It’s claimed that it is to make sure the person is who they say they are and isn’t using fake identification.


“If you’re not doing anything wrong you shouldn’t have a problem.”

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  1. This is totally bogus since FB won’t let you have an account unless you tell it you are over 18. I had to lie about my cat’s age to get her an account (it’s OK, she’s 19 now). I told them I was over 90, which is why I get a lot of ads for oldies homes and incontinence products. Fascinating.

  2. The oldest I’ve ever claimed to be on a website is 102, that was about ten years ago, same place I claimed to have been born in the Antarctic, does anyone take these trawls for information seriously?

European e-identity plan to be unveiled this month

Posted on May 4th, 2012 at 17:16 by John Sinteur in category: What were they thinking?


On Wednesday, the European Commission published a strategy document aimed at setting up systems to protect children online. In the document (PDF) — but not in the accompanying press release nor the citizens’
— the Commission mentioned that it will soon propose a “pan-European framework for electronic authentication”.

A spokesman for digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes said the Commission “will have full e-ID proposals on 30 May”.

The document, entitled European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children, gives a rough outline of proposals to harmonise protections across member states for children using online services. It contains many suggestions for the increased use of age classification, as well as the inclusion of “efficient” parental controls “on any type of device and for any type of content, including user-generated content”.

So all EU citizens will lose online anonymity, gain a central attack node for all identity thieves, and all that just to force teenagers to find their porn outside the EU?

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Stopping Alien Abductions by Screaming Jesus’ Name

Posted on May 1st, 2012 at 9:16 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, What were they thinking?


Through the research into the case testimonies it was found that some of the experiencers were able to stop or terminate the experience. There was a recognized commonality in the method that was used among the Christian experiencers. The experience was shown to be able to be stopped or terminated by calling on the name and authority of JESUS CHRIST. Not as a magic word but by their allegiance to and personal relationship with Him.

We also found that by sharing this with other experiencers we could help them also stop their experiences.

This is called repeatability.

The UFO community has been looking for that repeatable event that research demands to verify the data. We have documented this in our research. There is no other documented repeatable event recorded in any other UFO research. Not only has it been shown that the experience can be stopped or terminated in the name and authority of JESUS CHRIST, but we are able to help you stop the experience.

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  1. Doesn’t sound like a good safe word or phrase does it?

  2. I hope this was a proper scientific examination of the widespread alien abduction problem, what did the control group shout instead, Shazam?

  3. Dr. John E. Mack is more impressive to me.

  4. It’s not that surprising, if I saw an alien I would shout JESUS CHRIST! too. Or CHRIST ON A BIKE, even JUMPIN’ JEEEEEEEE-HOSAPHAT!

  5. Taking the report at face value – but rejecting alien abduction as essentially a hallucination – it’s reasonable to assume that this phenomenon is true. Faith in a higher power essentially translates as trust that something will save you. Therefore, invoking that faith during a subconscious-dominated experience will remind the brain that all will be well, and the Bad Thing will Go Away.

    It would be interesting to see some actual research on this, e.g. whether faith is effective in fending off nightmares.

  6. i (and a lot of my family members) have a sleep disorder called “sleep paralysis” – a form of narcolepsy. Being a black female raised in the deep south, for years we referred to this as “witches riding our backs”. One of the symptoms is – you guessed it – you think you were kidnapped by aliens when you sleep. Also a lot of other wierd things (I still refuse to watch that stupid low-budget sleep movie). It wasn’t until I was in middle age that I went to see a sleep doctor and got diagnosed. This disease can do terrible things to your mind, and I have to admit a lot of times I’ve woken myself up by praying. Sometimes you have to use what you have. Wikpedia has a nice article on it with more info if you’re interested.

  7. link to the wikipedia page is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis. I like the wikipdeia page because it focuses more on the science of why this happens. Other sites (such as web md – NOT linked here) incorrectly attribute the problem to more of a psychiatric nature rather than a physiological/neurological problem. Since this started happening to me (and my sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles and grandma) since we were very young, I doubt the psychiatric reasons given. I don’t think I was stressed out at 5 years old. A sleep study is needed to diagnose the problem. About 50% of my immediate family has had a sleep study done; the rest just self-medicate (think drugs, alcohol, and marathon running). One odd thing I found out from the sleep doctor is that if you have frequent bouts of sleep paralysis, you are likely to have a “sleepy” brain. If you take sleep medication, even over the counter meds, it makes your brain even SLEEPIER. So, instead of getting better, you are actually making the problem much worse. Treatment varies from behavior modification – staying awake all day so that you can fall asleep properly at night – to very light stimulants to help keep you awake during the day. I was drinking about 15 cups of coffee; the stimulant was less than that (and my teeth didn’t turn brown). Another odd thing – we tend to be adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers. Basically, we’re trying anything to stay awake. I’m still looking for the name of that sleep movie; I’ll post it when I find it.

    Sorry for the long post. I’ve been reading this site for years and never posted. This is something I’ve been trying to get one of my sisters to get evaluated for, and I think it’s really important that people not feel like they have a mental illness, that they’ve been kidnaped by aliens, or that there are demons watching them sleep – when there is a somewhat simple solution to the problem.

  8. @viv d: CBC radio had a documentary on this a couple of months ago. It seems to run in families. One family in Newfoundland has this same difficulty:


  9. movie is “body snatchers” 1993 version . . . “they get you while you sleep” . . . not a good movie to watch if you already have sleep problems. Originally made in the 1950’s, remade not once but twice. I wonder why. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_Snatchers_(1993_film)

Tumblr to introduce paid advertisements for brands

Posted on April 19th, 2012 at 14:55 by Desiato in category: News, What were they thinking?


Blogging platform Tumblr is to introduce paid advertisements on its service, despite its owner once saying that online ads "turn our stomachs".

“If you’re not paying for it, you are the product.”

Updated to fix the quote.

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  1. So John, when are you going to start charging money?

    Srsly bummed out that Tumblr is adding advertising. I’d rather pay for the site. But all those 40 millions 14 yo wouldn’t I guess. And probably there will be a browser extension that can fix this.

Hotel Wifi JavaScript Injection

Posted on April 6th, 2012 at 10:13 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself, What were they thinking?


In short, Marriott is injecting JavaScript into the HTML of every webpage its hotel customers view for the purpose of injecting ads (and in the meantime, breaking YouTube). Marriott’s wireless internet service provider is a third-party company called Hotel Internet Services, so it is possible, though unlikely, that Marriott doesn’t know what’s going on. But it’s crazy to me that I’m paying $368 a night for a hotel room, and this is how I get treated.

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  1. I think for the first time ever I’m seriously in the market for a (paid but affordable) VPN service.

Herman Cain and Republican economic policy: Developed and best explained by sadistic children.

Posted on March 26th, 2012 at 18:44 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Indecision 2012, What were they thinking?

Well, many questions, actually.

Let’s start with What the Fuck?

And to think this guy was a supposedly serious candidate for President..

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  1. Second Video “removed”, find here:

  2. Isn’t Cain the dude that murdered his brother Abel?

  3. Crikey! (Wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of that little moppet.)

    However, all that “raven’s o’r the ruined land” stuff is a bit much guys. Especially if the U.S. economy isn’t quite tanking just yet.

Why Santorum is The One

Posted on March 18th, 2012 at 18:41 by Desiato in category: awesome, ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Can you Trump this?, Funny!, Indecision 2012, News, What were they thinking?


[Santorum:] "People ask me why I am the best candidate to run against Barack Obama. I feel like in many respects like I am running against Barack Obama here in this primary because Mitt Romney has the same positions as Barack Obama in this primary," Santorum said Saturday in Effingham, Ill.

Obama and Romney are basically the same, and I’m losing against Romney, so you should pick me to run against Obama!

Logic that cannot be denied.

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  1. Every time I think “this is it, he has gone full retard”, a few days later something like this happens and he manages to top his previous statements…

  2. Admit it, we all thought Idiocracy was a comedy not a horror flick…

  3. unless you include the fact that he really thinks he is winning.

CEO of FoxConn: ‘Managing One Million Animals Gives Me A Headache’

Posted on January 19th, 2012 at 18:39 by Desiato in category: Apple, What were they thinking?


According to WantChinaTimes, Terry Gou, the head of Hon Hai Foxconn, the largest contract manufacturer in the world, had this to say at a recent meeting with his senior managers:"Hon Hai has a workforce of over one million worldwide and as human beings are also animals, to manage one million animals gives me a headache," said Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou at a recent year-end party, adding that he wants to learn from Chin Shih-chien, director of Taipei Zoo, regarding how animals should be managed.

Apparently there are no psychologists in China.

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  1. So he’s not happy with his slaves’ behaviour. Poor baby.
    Perhaps there are limits to the size of human organizations.

Boing Boing is right: Hollywood locates barrel’s bottom

Posted on December 11th, 2011 at 9:07 by John Sinteur in category: What were they thinking?

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  1. That’s kinda cute, actually. A tribute to traditional slapstick. It’s pretty awesome!

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