Archive for January, 2012

Don’t be evil?

Posted: January 26, 2012 by chad98036 in Uncategorized

See if you can guess the company described here:

When news arrives that Xxxxxxx is interested in a particular product or service, small celebrations often erupt. Whiskey is drunk. Karaoke is sung.

Then, Xxxxxxx’s requests start.

Xxxxxxx typically asks suppliers to specify how much every part costs, how many workers are needed and the size of their salaries. Executives want to know every financial detail. Afterward, Xxxxxxx calculates how much it will pay for a part. Most suppliers are allowed only the slimmest of profits.

So suppliers often try to cut corners, replace expensive chemicals with less costly alternatives, or push their employees to work faster and longer, according to people at those companies.

“The only way you make money working for Xxxxxxx is figuring out how to do things more efficiently or cheaper,” said an executive at one company that helped bring the iPad to market. “And then they’ll come back the next year, and force a 10 percent price cut.”

WalMart you say?  It must be since this behavior sounds like the very epitome of evil capitalist behavior.  You would be wrong, it’s every hipster’s darling (and America’s most profitable company) – Apple.

The NY Times continues it’s series on Apple and it’s (main?) overseas supplier Foxconn.  The subject this time is employee safety. Again I am going to let you draw your own conclusions without too many comments.  I just want to note that however you may feel on this subject I find it interesting that these articles start the same week as the President’s State of the Union address, in which he castigated American companies for using overseas manufacturing.  Which was the cart and which was the horse?

iTampon v2

Posted: January 25, 2012 by aliceaitch in Ewww - taste this!, Geektasticity

Fleshlight is making a cover for your iPad.  A vagina cover.  Which I’m sure will shortly become a sloppy vagina cover for your iPad.

I’d include pictures but they’re graphic enough that they might even overstep the bounds of what we post on this blog.  Censored images are available at Gizmodo, or you can click right through to the raunchy stuff at TVMiller.

At least it doesn’t have hair – that would be hard to clean. But it does make it look like something Pedobear would appreciate.

I’m writing this as the SCOAMF is preparing to speak…

Screen-capped from Drudge.

Guys, we’re boned.  Seriously.  It really doesn’t matter who we nominate, so no use getting all upset about it.

Just stock up on ammo, canned goods, and booze.

Go team-meteor!

Edited to move this to the top, as they deserve more recognition than a footnote: (BTW – this post is all the fault of the Stop Ron Paul 2012 Facebook group.)

Stupid question time…does this guy, identified by Fox News as Anthony Graziano of Lodi, NJ:

Look like this guy?

(I apologize for the eye-bleeding graphics – apparently Anthony Graziano’s taste in art is as stellar as his taste in politicians.)

That photo was screencapped from this Facebook page.  Sure, there are probably a million billion Anthony Grazianos on Facebook, but the similarity is rather startling.  Or am I suffering from a moment of “All those Eye-talians look alike to this poor redneck”?  The 201 area code is New Jersey, the 982 prefix is for Hackensack, which is 9 minutes from Lodi – certainly close enough to be a mailing address mixup.

That same Facebook page has the following postings on its Wall:

and this…

Oh yeah, and this….

So…is this the same guy?  I’m not 100% certain, but I’m fairly convinced.  The only thing that’s holding me back is that there apparently are two “Decisive Images” photography companies, one owned by father Anthony P. Graziano, one owned by son Anthony M. Graziano.  It’s within the realm of possibility, I suppose, that Daddy is the Paultard.  In which case, I think the son might be able to plead an abusive childhood devoid of any moral guidance and support.

 

Not enough fuck, not enough bacon

Posted: January 24, 2012 by aliceaitch in Baconblogging, Random Crap

 

Someone needs to fix that, pronto.

(via Wordle)

Another bacon delivery device

Posted: January 24, 2012 by aliceaitch in Baconblogging

Up your nose.  (Rubber hose optional.)

Lexmark: It eats children and beats women with gerbils

Posted: January 24, 2012 by doubleplusundead in Random Crap

So, was reading the wiki on Kodak (they Chapter 11’d if you hadn’t heard), and they mentioned they first entered the printer market with Lexmark, so I clicked Lexmark’s wiki (I love wandering aimlessly through wiki if it isn’t obvious yet), and apparently Lexmark has some interesting roots,

LOL.  Who would have guessed Lexmark was created to devour small children and batter women with small rodents?  Not me, I just assumed it was built on badly overpriced ink cartridges.

Yes, I amuse easily.

Well I feel safer now

Posted: January 24, 2012 by chad98036 in Uncategorized

Microsoft says botnet kingpin worked for antivirus vendor

Cheer me up section below

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Stunning!

Posted: January 23, 2012 by veeshir in Fun With Media, Funniest End of Civilization Evah, Obama's Fault

Stunning:  (stnng)adj.

1. Causing or capable of causing emotional shock or loss of consciousness.
2. Of a strikingly attractive appearance.
3. Totally and blatantly fucking obvious to anybody with a fucking brain.
Stunning? Really?
Headline: “11 Stunning (definition 3. V) revelations about Obama’s payout to his political supporters…errr….. from Larry Summers’s secret economics memo to Barack Obama”.
I’ve seen it linked a few places, including the Puppy Blender who should know better. It’s one long, “Rube self-identifies”.

1. The stimulus was about implementing the Obama agenda.

“Let no crisis go to waste” ring a bell? jeez.

2. Team Obama knows these deficits are dangerous (although it has offered no long-term plan to deal with them).

You’re finally figuring that out? Jeez. This whole thing is just one long “Rube self-identifies”.

3. Obamanomics was pricier than advertised.

You’re just figuring that out? Most of America (the non-‘intellectual/elitist/better than us’ part) knew that even before they passed it so we could find out what was in it.

4. Even Washington can only spend so much money so fast.

I’ll agree with that only if the amount you’re taking about approaches infinity. Besides, we all know they had a shitload of “stimulus” money laying around and we kept saying, “Use that to pay down debt” and were ignored. The puppy blender had a whole series of posts on that.

5. Liberals can complain about the stimulus having too many tax cuts, but even Team Obama thought more spending was unrealistic.

Okay, that one is actually stunning. (definition 1)

6. Team Obama wanted to use courts to force massive mortgage principal writedowns.

Ummmmm, we watched him try that. In real time. Where was this fool in 2009? China?

7. Team Obama thought a stimulus plan of more than $1 trillion would spook financial markets and send interest rates climbing.

Wait, Obama and his “team” have no idea how an economy actually works? Holy crap! Now that’s stunning!!!! (definition 3.)

8. Greg Mankiw, economic adviser to Mitt Romney, was dubious about the stimulus.

Ummmm, no shit. I’m gonna guess whoever wrote this never actually read Mankiw’s blog.

9. But the Fed was a stimulus enabler.

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahhahaha. Oh, you were serious.

Bwahahahahahahahahaha snort bwahahahahahahahahahahahhahaha.

10. IPAB was there at the very beginning.

IPAB is a gov’t committee that decides on how to spend money. It screwed things up. Quelle surprise.

11. The financial crisis wasn’t just Wall Street’s fault.

No shit sherlock. It wasn’t even primarily Wall Street’s fault. It was idjit politicians trying to screw with various laws like supply and demand.

That article is why I’m avoiding politics. It’s like banging your head against the wall trying to pay attention to reality.

All we can do is wait for our political, intellectual, social and moral betters figure out exactly how fucked we are.

I expect them to figure it out when I’m through burning my non-sci-fi books and about half-way through burning the sci-fi ones. Just before I get to my engineering textbooks.

I hope the dog tastes good, that’s all I have to say.

Via the Puppy Blender

Contrary to what Daniel Patrick Moynihan said…

Posted: January 23, 2012 by chad98036 in Uncategorized

Nina Totenberg believes she is entitled to her own facts (via NewsBusters)

NINA TOTENBERG, NPR: You know, Newt knows how to play this game. And as Charles said, he is in his own backyard, right next to Georgia, and he is incredibly glib. It doesn’t matter that, you know, that there were more people on food stamps under George W. Bush. It doesn’t matter that his suggestion is that minorities are the ones who get food stamps, that far more white people get food stamps. It doesn’t matter that working people get food stamps in order to feed their families. Facts don’t matter to him and it makes for great, it makes for great talk.

Ooops:

Food-Stamps-Yearly

Oops again:

According to the USDA, 35 percent of SNAP recipients are white. That means that 65 percent are minorities or are of unknown race or ethnicity.

To paraphrase Ranier Wolfcastle – “The facts, they burn!!!”