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Saturday, 13 January 2018

How to Turn a Red State Purple (Democrats Not Required)

quote [ A tiny group of political renegades is transforming one of the reddest states in the country through a surprising strategy: ignoring their own party. Could it work elsewhere? ]

This is how you fucking do it.
[SFW] [politics] [+10 Good]
[by hellboy@9:18amGMT] [19 comments]

Friday, 12 January 2018

3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upends What We Thought We Knew About the Roots of Western Civilization

quote [ The recent discovery of the grave of an ancient soldier is challenging accepted wisdom among archaeologists ]

I love this stuff. There's so much we still don't know about the early days of human civilization, and so much we can never know. It's exciting when we discover new evidence that changes what we think we know and gives us a surprising glimpse into people who lived and died thousands of years ago, so alike us and so different.

Warning, rabbit hole ahead:

[SFW] [history] [+9 Interesting]
[by hellboy@1:00amGMT] [11 comments]

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

quote [ A fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug. Other OSes will need an update, performance hits loom. ]


Affects pretty much all Intel CPUs going back a decade (Coffee Lake appears to be the only exception). MacOS will need a patch too, it's a hardware problem so I'm not sure why they called out Windows and Linux. This looks to be worse than the Pentium floating-point bug - there's no hardware fix, and the software fix will impose a 5-30% performance hit. And I just bought a new computer with a 10-core Xeon CPU. Think I'm going to keep it off the internet and avoid the patch, I need maximum horsepower.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+10 WTF]
[by hellboy@8:50amGMT] [51 comments]

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Fuck These Guys Dot Com

quote [ Have you ever been in an actual bodega? Have you noticed that “mom-and-pop” store is often a literal description of these places and not just a line on your pitch deck to a bunch of “angel investors” who drive Teslas and haven’t called their actual moms or pops in months? ]

Silicon Valley isn't a bunch of libertarians who've discovered European social values. It's a bunch of emotionally-stunted entitled jackasses who think being a grown-ass adult means no one ever tells you what to do. Or as someone once put it, "SF tech culture is focused on solving one problem: What is my mother no longer doing for me?"

[SFW] [business] [+3]
[by hellboy@11:11pmGMT] [11 comments]

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Angry White Boys

quote [ A great many of these young men have an interest in evolutionary psychology and evolutionary sociology — they like to think of themselves as “alpha males,” as though they were living in a chimpanzee troop — but it never occurs to them to consider their own status as rejects and failed men in that context. Online fantasy lives notwithstanding, random girls do not want to have sex with them. How do we know this? Because they are carrying tiki torches in a giant dork parade in Charlottesville. ]

Turns out carrying torches is a good way to get burned. I've been saying this a lot lately: there's nothing more pathetic than a butt-hurt white guy.

(The National Review is a right-wing journal. You know, the old right wing, that was frustrating but still sane.)
[SFW] [politics] [+8]
[by hellboy@7:17pmGMT] [12 comments]

Friday, 4 August 2017

Evidence that humans had farms 30,000 years earlier than previously thought

quote [ Until recently, anthropologists believed cities and farms emerged about 9,000 years ago in the Mediterranean and Middle East. But now a team of interdisciplinary researchers has gathered evidence showing how civilization as we know it may have emerged at the equator, in tropical forests. Not only that, but people started farming about 30,000 years earlier than we thought. ]

If true, big news that overturns our understanding of the origins of civilization.
[SFW] [history] [+10 Interesting]
[by hellboy@12:44amGMT] [5 comments]

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Comey testimony recap: Saw 'letting Flynn go' as Trump order; also implicates Pence, Sessions

quote [ Today saw the long-awaited public testimony of James Comey, former FBI director, before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Comey testified as to the circumstances surrounding his firing by Donald Trump shortly after Trump requested that he drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. ]

Not like you weren't all thinking about it.

[SFW] [politics] [+3 Informative]
[by hellboy@7:46pmGMT] [15 comments]

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Football fan fought London terror attackers with his fists shouting "f**k you, I'm Millwall"

quote [ A football fan reportedly yelled "F**k you, I'm Millwall" as he single-handedly took on the three knife-wielding London terror attackers armed with nothing more than his fists. ]

Best part (of multiple good parts) is the magazine his friends got him after...

[SFW] [sports] [+10 Good]
[by hellboy@8:41pmGMT] [2 comments]

Friday, 2 June 2017

FCC ruling could allow marketing calls to go straight to your voicemail

quote [ Companies are arguing to FCC that since the phone never actually rings that their ringless voicemails shouldn't be regulated. ]

Friday is the last day for public comment on the FCC's open petition.


[SFW] [business] [+6]
[by hellboy@7:11pmGMT] [9 comments]

Sunday, 23 April 2017

This Is Spinal Tap’s $400 Million Lawsuit

quote [ The creators of This is Spinal Tap, the most influential mockumentary ever made, have been paid almost nothing. The rock gods are angry. ]

Hollywood is a cesspool full of parasites and pathological liars.
[SFW] [tv & movies] [+3 Interesting]
[by hellboy@10:04pmGMT] [1 comment]

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