Fate's Interesting News Bits V.7

Ukraine Crash – No funny things to say about this. It’s sad, tragic, and disgusting.

Microsoft Resizes – 18,000 people to be laid off. It really sucks to be a Nokia employee right now, but I doubt that anyone there is completely surprised by what’s going on. If Microsoft is SMART, they’ll be axing or refreshing most of the management structure there. From the sound of things…. they’re being smart, but I’ve yet to see any real detail.

New York Lyft – The courts have basically barred Lyft from operating in its designed model in New York. Lyft will have to work with regulators to get “approval” for how they dispatch vehicles and pricing. Regulatory Capture isn’t real at all, nope…

Most Awesome 3d Printer Ever – 3d printed ice cream.

Marvell Goes PC – Instead of inventing new Super-Heroes, Marvell is rebranding old ones to help add diversity. The purist in me says don’t mess with my childhood. At some point, does modifying characters so drastically and intentionally stop becoming inclusive, and start becoming condescending?

Eating Electricity – Bacteria that lives directly off electricity. Sounds like Sci-Fi, but it’s out there. How cool is that?

Comcast Still Sucks – 20 minutes to cancel. I’m not surprised. Of course, they have “more work to do”. I’d guess in figuring out how to detect and avoid people recording the 20 minutes it takes to cancel. Just another reason to say no to the TWC/Comcast merger.

“Greens” Use More – Shocked! Shocked! There’s a reason I’m more a fan of “sustainable” culture than “green”. And even then, the terms are coopted and abused. If you insist on buying the latest / greatest gadgets because they are “better for the environment”, then your just a mindless consumer, not an environmentalist. The article is a bit more mild than that, but it does reveal that people saying they care about climate change don’t move that into their personal use of energy.

Craigs List Danger – Use caution buying / selling on craigslist… people can suck. Looks like police have hopefully broken up a robbery ring locally, but I’d give some time in case other people decide to copy the idea.

Park Pianos – Seattle, WA is doing the community piano thing. This has been done around the world multiple times, maybe it’d be fun to try to do it locally. More exposure to music, art, and the outdoors. Less exposure to video games. Good things.

Obama Goes Conservative – Mind you, the talking heads didn’t really notice, except a few to criticize for this being very “Reagan”.

Fate's Interesting News Bits V.6

Israel Escalates – From the tragic deaths of a  few children to now many more. Sad, but not surprising.

Germany Spanks Brazil … and then is overly polite about it – The real story here is seeing the general level of sportsmanship going on in Soccer…er, football. Sorta weird, as an American it feels a bit out of place. Shouldn’t Germany be like – “We crushed Brazil, now it’s you Argentina”, and then Argentina can trash talk back?

One Terminal KCI – I Love our Airport, and the “one terminal” stories sadden me. Talking to some people that fly more often, I can understand some of the desire, and the crumbling infrastructure… Still… I hope it doesn’t turn into some of the madhouses I’ve seen elsewhere in the country.

Pat Roberts Thinks Musicians Should Work For Free – I don’t agree with Knapp’s politics, but seeing several of my friends faced with extreme challenges being musicians – expected to work for free – I’m highly annoyed by the Roberts’ campaign would go after Knapp for being paid to provide band service. I’d be more disturbed if Knapp played for free than asked for money for an event. He’s an entertainer, he deserves to be paid. And, really, Roberts whole “gaffe” is just nothing more than the TRUTH biting him on the ass. I’ll cross my fingers for a sane candidate to win (hint: not Wolf or Roberts).  Given the lax residency standards, we should just find a bunch of crazy liberals willing to rent a room in the state with the “intention” of staying.

Elon Musk Donates $1mil – The Tesla museum thing might actually end up happening. The Oatmeal managaed to bring him out for a solid million dollar donation.

Skeet Shooting With Prizes – Amazon is going to start testing drones for package delivery.

Claiborne Richardson Wants Pictures of a Kid’s Cock – One of the most enraging news stories I’ve seen in a while. Hopefully this worthless pile of human excrement looses his position as a DA. Because the point of child-porn laws is to go after teenagers sexting. Of course, we prosecute the MALE only. If this isn’t selective prosecution, I have NO IDEA WHAT IS.

Mind Controlled Google Glass – Maybe just a little bit more creepy? Technology is moving in interesting directions. In other brain control news, a quadriplegic can now move his fingers.

Verruckt Open – No news yet of mass accidents on the waterslide. I’ve already added this to my “TODO” list.

Live Smallpox – Nature will find a way… In this case, apparently, an old broom closet left forgotten for years. Scary.

Fate's Interesting News Bits V.5

Ebola Desperate Measures – The continuing Ebola outbreak has people calling for using experimental treatments. The lack of a coordinated response in West Africa is scary.

Revenge Killings Jerusalem – An eye for an eye…. People are angry.

Hobby Lobby Ends the World – Supreme Court helps. I need to read the opinion still, but have my doubts that this is the world ending decision people make it out for.

Facebook Still Evil – I completely hate the “news view”. I usually end up looping through my friend’s pages to get a feel for what they’re doing. It’d be nice if a distributed solution took over.

First Female 4star Admiral – Woman continues to show young girls what they can accomplish should they desire  a military career.

Video Game Gender Stupidity – Shockingly, girls can play games just as good or better as boys? We don’t need gendered tournaments for games? Really…. nahhhhhhhh, you don’t say. Dumbasses. Glad things got corrected.

Sad Story – I really hope this ends with the maximum possible penalty for this evil turd. It made the rounds, and reminds me that as positive as I think people can be… some people just need put down.