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Contradicter in chief 01/25/2018

I don’t know yet where to find the most influential blog to deny climate change, but I knew exactly where to locate its most prominent opposition:

That followed one of his all-time classics:

In fact:
The polar ice caps are at an all-time low.
The polar bear population has never been weaker.
Global warming is everywhere; that is, global. (“I feel very strongly about the environment,” Trump said Jan. 10 in a joint press conference with the Norwegian prime minister.

That was the only tweet he’s made regarding the sea bear, which is what I’ll see in the blogs maintained by his fellow deniers.

According to a study published in the American Institute of Biological Sciences journal, Internet writings by climate change disclaimers are identifiable by their lack of attention to the polar bears, the “poster species” for the consequences of global warming.

Among the contributors to that study are Dr. Steven Amstrup, who directed the Polar Bear Research Group for 30 years following its inception; and Dr. Ian Stirling, who’s known as “the godfather of polar bear research”.

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Is it an intermittent bug or an incomplete, undocumented feature? 12/25/2017

Software (almost) never works as expected. Sometimes the user reports behavior that blows up the application, and maybe it gets fixed — if it blows up for nearly everybody, following events that can be replicated. If it’s solely your device or machine that blows up, the fault is on your end.
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Occasionally, a bit of peculiar software behavior is reported as failing, but the developer says the exceptional behavior isn’t a bug, but a feature (and if there’s a problem, it’s that it doesn’t work that way all the time).

There’s an intermittent anomalous behavior in South Park: Phone Destroyer. If a character is cast directly behind new kid, sometimes the character can’t move from that spot.

Some players lose matches because that character was vital to the game plan. They report that as a bug, angrily.

Then there were the players for whom that unexpected bit of behavior saves the game. They think it’s a great feature, and try to replicate it in the future.

That second, happy case happened for me when a decisive skirmish took place in front of new kid, and Pirate Ship Timmy was locked behind new kid, lobbing cannonballs into the fray, while never exposing his fragile wheelchair to danger.

After that happy conclusion, I tried again and again to cast Pirate Ship Timmy in the same place, but he kept moving outside and getting killed. I figured it was my fault for not finding the sweet spot.

On Reddit, a thread arose in which unhappy players discuss that as a bug, while someone else and I — who benefited from a shielded Pirate Ship Timmy — said “what’s the problem?”.

It’s almost surely an undesirable bug, because if players could lock Nathan back there, the game wouldn’t be much fun anymore. Whether it gets fixed, who knows, because there are more critical bugs than that in the queue.

I do what I can to help the SPPD developers. Whenever there’s weird behavior, I screenshoot it and report it in the Ubisoft forum. I’ve reported two instances of crappy behavior. One had to be fixed immediately, because it made them look dumb. The other will go into the “just one of those things” file.

I also made corrections to their online help documents. That will take a minute to implement, because it’s a matter of changing content, not mechanics. I’ll feel better about my South Park: Phone Destroyer experience if they implement, or read, or care about what a user did to help them in an area that every customer and  prospective customer uses.

 

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Peter Thiel and the secret club handshake 12/15/2016

At Trump’s summit with tech leaders, he said:

We’re going to make it a lot easier for you to trade across borders because of a lot of restrictions, a lot of problems that I think you’ll see.

Trump summons the only people in tech who might relate to him: billionaires, and — given a logical pruning — here’s what he said to them:

The logic operator in trump_sentence is “because”. A, because B.

There are two chunks in Part A:

A1) “We’re going to make it a lot easier for you”. Boil as “My administration shall ease”.

A2) “trade across borders”. There’s the bait — tech billionaires appreciate their international trade.

In Part B, Trump says lots of restrictions and problems. Bad things, let’s say.

In other words, Trump said: “My administration shall ease your global technology commerce because of bad things”.

Trump is predicting bad things. A lot of restrictions, he said. But we’ll go easier on you if you join me.

He’s selling this to people with tech money and influence: Bad things are coming — like, am I here or what!? — but my government fucks you less if you join me. Even if you don’t join us, you’re sucking my dick on the webcam.

If I were a nervous shareholder, I might urge my CEO to keep sucking Trump’s dick — the networked Russians helped put Trump where he is; if they’re not already winning in network intelligence, how much easier does it get after Trump takes office?

Steve Jobs might have said the emperor’s wearing no clothes, and he wants us to suck his dick on his Android.

Eh, who needs Steve Jobs when there’s Peter Thiel and the secret club handshake.

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Eternal September crests on violent, racist, sexist freshmen who are old enough to vote and buy guns 12/03/2016

Usenet was one of the first social networks: text-only,  and very cool in some of its places. Usenet went into a death spiral in 1993, when it spawned the phrase “September that never ended”.

Every September, incoming college freshmen would be exposed to Usenet on school networks. Network traffic and content would suffer until the novelty wore off.

Then in 1993, America Online began offering Usenet access to its millions of users, which meant the discussion network welcomed a new crop of college freshmen with each mailing of free AOL trial disks.

Still one of my favorite online writing gigs was Newsgroup Scoop for AOL. The idea was to educate AOL’s Usenet novices about how some of these newsgroups were like ancient burial grounds, not to be fucked with. We did not make a dent in Eternal September, but I enjoyed writing about Usenet culture for a year after Scoop ended.

Usenet’s trolls were among the social net’s original trolls. I used to read rec.games.chess.politics — I was well acquainted with two of its trolls: My best friend employed one useless asshole of a sockpuppet, while Gordon Roy Parker was a loon with scary fetishes, and a comical serial litigant. Gordon Roy sued Google for a kajillion dollars. My best friend was a better chessplayer than Gordon Roy Parker, who went over 2000 USCF for a month.

Parker played some very witty online miniatures. When I commended him for this, he sort of disowned them. That annoyed me, because those chess games were something cool and verifiable, but seemed to mean less to him than maintaining grandiose fabrications about other accomplishments.

He wrote some hardcore Olympic gymnast torture porn, and disowned that, too. Serial litigant and sexual criminal at heart, streaming bullshit and self-importance.

Donald Trump is like Gordon Roy Parker had Gordon Roy won a settlement from Google, then ran for president. Eternal September crests on violent, racist, sexist freshmen who are old enough to vote and buy guns.

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