July 18, 2010

Concern trolls

They're not just for blog comments anymore!

I hear consistently from conservatives who want The Star to write negatively about the tea party, too. One agreed the story soft-pedaled: “We used to be the party of William F. Buckley, of discourse and intellectual debate, not juvenile pranks picked up from 40 years of watching the street-theater clowns smashing windows at World Bank protests.”
That's from a Kansas City Star column by a guy named Derek Donovan, who apparently hosts a local talk radio show. It's actually part of a piece where Donovan lists responses to a previous discussion of supposed Tea Party racism, and he prints what he calls "rational and civil" criticisms of his earlier article.

I'm glad that he did so, but I'm disappointed that anyone could fall for the kind of bullshit that he fell for from the so-called "conservative" who wrote to him about the character of the Tea Partiers.

(Oh, wait, did the corespondent happen to have the initials "DF"?)

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July 16, 2010

Great concept meets weak execution

Alvin Greene Bobblehead Night = TEH AWESOME!!!!

The actual Alvin Greene bobblehead = not so much.

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July 06, 2010

Shitty: Hoaxer spreads false rumor claiming Frank Lautenberg had died

Not cool.

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July 02, 2010

Math is hard...

So hard it causes the capacitors on Dell computers to fail:

Dell, along with many other manufacturers of PCs, used capacitors produced by Nichicon, a Japanese electronics giant. According to court documents [PDF] in the suit against Dell brought by a major customer, Nichicon sold faulty capacitors, a key motherboard component, that leaked and failed with alarming regularity -- and Dell knew it.


Dell didn't make those capacitors, but once the company knew they were faulty, it obviously had a duty to its customers to recall the affected machines. It didn't. Instead it covered up the problems, relying on ridiculous excuses and blaming its customers.

According to the Times, when the University of Texas complained that its Dell PCs were failing, the company said the school's math department had pushed them too hard, making them solve difficult calculations.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that what computers are supposed to do? I work in the ITE industry (or worked actually until I find another ITE job) and I remember the Taiwanese capacitor fiasco very well. It wasn't just Dell that was affected, but most companies fessed up to it immediately.

If the title seems familiar that's because it is

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July 01, 2010

Hitchens has esophageal cancer

I was never a big Hitch fan, but this is very sad news, I cannot begin to tell you how horrible a way esophageal cancer is to go, my great grandfather died from it.  And I hate to sound so concrete on that, but esophageal cancer is one of those ones that is pretty much a death sentence. 

And yes, Allah's got that right, cigarettes and excess alcohol will absolutely do this to you, it was rare to see my great grandfather without a lit cigarette in his mouth until his health started going downhill.  Which is why you'll never, ever see me touch a cigarette (well, that and they smell wretched and cheap, yes it's partly tobacco snobbery, too), and only smoke a pipe or cigar on occasion. 

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