Thursday, January 19, 2017

Overnight

Rick's the DJ.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

83

The Buggles - Adventures in Modern Recording

Let Me Google That For You, Rick

I'm sure the people who offered him the job didn't know, either.

WASHINGTON — When President-elect Donald J. Trump offered Rick Perry the job of energy secretary five weeks ago, Mr. Perry gladly accepted, believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state.

In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing — that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States’ nuclear arsenal.

Good thing it isn't all that important.

But, hey, not like our crack reporting staff knew either.



...and another:

And My Sleepiness Is Explained

Getting sick. boo.

Win-Win

Something I keep coming back to is how we should be able to pay the corruption tax and get overpriced nice things, that we can pay off existing "stakeholders" and get the result we want.

Instead we pay the corruption tax, bribe the existing stakeholders, and get nothing in return.

Afternoon Thread

Make America sleepy again.

You can check out all the construction activity at the America Dream site here.

Nothing to See Here

Move along.

Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016 — trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures have blown past the previous record three years in a row.


The industries that were powerful enough to prevent meaningful climate change action would have been powerful enough to get adequate "compensation" for doing something to not destroy civilization. They just wanted to roll coal to piss off liberals.

While We're On My Favorite Subject

That "we're" talking about these issues just shows they can't solve the actual issues.
BOSTON (AP) — Imagine you're behind the wheel when your brakes fail. As you speed toward a crowded crosswalk, you're confronted with an impossible choice: veer right and mow down a large group of elderly people, or veer left into a woman pushing a stroller.

Now imagine you're riding in the back of a self-driving car. How would it decide?

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are asking people worldwide how they think a robot car should handle such life-or-death decisions. Their goal is not just for better algorithms and ethical tenets to guide autonomous vehicles, but to understand what it will take for society to accept the vehicles and use them.

Such research might say something interesting about us, but will have little value in making a "better" self-driving car. Let a thousand thinkpieces bloom! I'll be on the bus.


Who would HAL choose to kill?

All You Need

And more inklings about how they'll try (and still fail) to solve self-driving car issues.

Autonomous vehicles, the patent warns, “may not have information about reversible lanes when approaching a portion of a roadway that has reversible lane”, leading to a worst-case scenario of them driving headfirst into oncoming traffic.

More generally, the inability to plan for reversible lanes means cars and trucks can’t optimise their routes by getting into the correct lane well in advance, something that could otherwise prove to be one of the benefits of self-driving cars.

Amazon’s solution to the problem could have much larger ramifications than simply dealing with highway traffic in large cities. The patent proposes a centralised roadway management system that can communicate with multiple self-driving cars to exchange information and coordinate vehicle movement at a large scale.

It isn't entirely clear what this means, but I look forward to legislation requiring that all roadworks, with precise measurements, be submitted in advance. Anyway, point being is that the only chance this works (it still won't) is a lot of external infrastructure and changes to how things are done. And who will pay for all of that?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

84

Gogol Bordello - Alcohol

Tuesday Evening

How is it Tuesday already? Only another 208 or so of these to go...

For Your Consideration

On the way out the door.
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the administration, and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous.

Nutpicking

La Resistance will have protests. People will spend most of their time nutpicking the protests. As always happens.

Conservative Health Care Plan

Liberal Trump fanfic scenarios aside, the conservative plan for health care is "if you can't pay for it, you suffer and then die." This could be modified slightly to setting up a system by which your income is garnished for the rest of your life to pay for your treatment (not so different than what we have now, except with more pressure to actually treat people), or with a system that forces you to buy shitty health care insurance that you can't afford and which won't cover treatment anyway (ACA does this to some, though with health care that isn't entirely shitty and which might actually cover you).

That's how it is, and anyone who pretends otherwise is stupid or lying. I suppose there's some slight chance they'll blackmail Democrats into supporting some plan which is only 90% as bad as this sounds, so that Republicans don't get blamed for it, but otherwise that's the only template for "replacement."

Lunch Thread

Survived a trip to the dentist with all of my teefers intact.

Fee Fees

Rumors are a couple of Trump nominees don't like people being mean to them and want to retreat to their safe spaces under their mountain lairs of gold.

What did they expect?

Monday, January 16, 2017

85

Maria Taylor - Song Beneath the Song

Miserable Failure

One frustrating thing during the Bush presidency was that this horrible person remained popular for so long. Yes it was post-9/11 and rally around the flag, but still. The second frustrating thing about the Bush presidency was that even when he was unpopular the press talked about him like he was popular, until he went so low that they couldn't so they started writing comeback story fan fiction.

Trump's already quite unpopular, and I'm pretty sure he'll stay that way. The press will, however, keep writing about how he's winning the news cycle or whatever due to his BOOYAH tweets. This is not opinion, this is ANALYSIS, and it is true no matter what the polls say.

Afternoon Thread

I'm all deepthoughted out. Who has one?

Extraordinarily Profound Thought For The Day

Even when people fundamentally agree about things, they can differ wildly about how to prioritize those things.

Lunch Thread

Get your lunch on.

Troll The World

Don't worry, I'm not one of those "maybe Trump won't be so bad" types. My estimation of how bad things will be probably exceeds that of most people, which is why I'm subsisting on a diet of ketamine and bath salts. Still the one way to shut most of his critics up for awhile (not that I think he cares to, really, he just wants to be loved and worshiped for being just the way he is) would be to actually ram through a better health care plan.

No it won't happen.