Friday, February 27, 2015

Apple's Surprise Announcement

Oh great, even without Jobs being there to insert his reality distortion field into the announcements of the upcoming announcement to be announced on March 9th the interwebs are going at least gaga, if not worse.

Just so you don't have to wait more than a week to find out just what those secretive geniuses at the infinite loop (Fruit Lops, anyone?) are going to say, here are the actual facts as we now know them.

Those amazing innovators aren't going to announce a new watch (that was Pebble, did you miss it, bub?). They aren't going to announce a car or truck (Tesla and Google are already busy trying to dismantle the recently-rescued rusty three don't you know). They aren't even going to announce a new iPhone, iPad, or a new name for Siri.

No, they seem to be channeling Luther Burbank rather than Irving Cupertino (or whatever his name really was). After a decades-long program of grafting and cloning, Apple scientists have actually succeeded in creating miniature (or bonsai) versions of the original Macintosh apple tree - and they claim these miniature trees (shrubs?) actually bear full-size fruit. The first successful tree-let was named LISA - Living In-Situ Apple-producer. I kid you not - these guys are brilliant (just ask them).

Now you can belly up to the genius bar and have a glass of hard apple cider while you wait for the indentured hipster to replace the shattered glass in your iPhone.

Yes, the mighty have fallen, folks. Apple is reduced to producing apples.

Posted by Gyro Gearloose

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Threat of Transparency - UPDATED!!

Perhaps you recall this post from some time back?

The Threat of Transparency

  1. Scientists have added colors to worms through genetic coding.
  2. There may well be plans by governments and law enforcement agencies to use these colors as markers and tracking systems for criminals and other citizens.
  3. Japanese scientists at RIKEN have found a way to make human tissue transparent.

Treating biological tissues with the newly discovered reagent renders it transparent, allowing the underlying structures to be easily examined.
Administering the next generation of this reagent intravenously is expected to render all parts of the treated subject equally transparent.
Work is underway on an antidote to this reagent, and the word is that it's being called a deagent. It seems clear that a transparent man could be a very effective spy, especially when that deagent is available to restore his opacity. The one sticking point seems to be a way of retaining some level of opacity in the retinas, to allow for vision, while still reducing the appearance of floating pink discs.

When more information becomes available, we'll report back here.

Posted by Listener 43

Well, they're at it again. Scientists at Cal Tech have created a transparent mouse - complete with transparent organs! (Why that is supplied as extra information is a bit hard to
 understand. If they're transparent, then their organs must be as well, no?)
Now all we need is for Putin to steal this technology and Ukraine won't be the only soon-to-be-former nation in his sights.

Posted by Listener 43

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dinosaurs, Birds, and Aussies? - UPDATED

  1. Scientists from Emory University in Georgia (USA) claim to have found bird fossils in Australia.
  2. They claim these fossils are contemporary with others of standard dinosaurs.
  3. They further claim that these fossils are evidence of birds having landed in soft rock or sand which then hardened, retaining the "footprints" of the purported avians.
How reasonable is it to believe that a bunch of guys from Georgia would take a trip to Australia and end up finding fossilized bird footprints at the beach? Australia (and New Zealand, a similar and nearby island nation) are home to flightless birds such as the emu and the kiwi, and these "scientists" want us to believe they've found tracks that are "remarkably similar to those in the sands and muds of the Georgia coast, made daily by the herons, egrets, and shorebirds."

When will these scientists release the results of the soil composition tests?
When will they release full-size castings of the "feet" which supposedly made these tracks?
When will they admit that birds large enough to have left these tracks would have left other evidence as well?

It seems more likely that these are either much more recent tracks of current era birds, or that these are actually the tracks of the beings who taught the Australian Aboriginal peoples to make the strange, Nazca-like figures in the deserts of the island continent. Why no mention of either of these much more likely, Occam-approved possibilities? Perhaps government funding is involved, and dinosaur-age birds are on the green-lighted list, while Aboriginal Alien Encounters are not to be publicized!

We'll continue to investigate and report back when we have even more facts.

Now we hear that a new species of humpback dolphin has been identified off the coasts of Australia (no word on whether they sport near New Zealand at this point). See here for the detailed report:
Can we really be expected to believe that this is purely a coincidence?
Do they really think us that gullible?
Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

Posted by Listener 43

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Friday, May 10, 2013

"Learn How It's Done."

“…I think if you mention the name Ted Cruz to other Senators, you just get titanic oceans of eye-rolling, because you’re a freshman, you don’t go in and take over hearings. You, like, hang around and learn how it’s done.”
-  New York Times Columnist David Brooks, 4/21/13
The way this reads might sound reasonable to some; but given the actual context, it's clear that Mr. Brooks is really saying something more like this:
"Voters who are foolish enough to vote for someone who is not an incumbent don't deserve to be represented in the Senate."

As my friend, Lewis Cannon, might well say, "This fellow needs a good thrashing."

Posted by Pygmalion 56

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Knives don't kill people, people do.

I have to believe that I'm not the only one who heard about the mass stabbing in Texas and thought, "Oh great, now they're going to come for our cutlery."

I'm just waiting for the first story telling how this maniac bought his knife at an unregulated knife show where there was no background check and no waiting period before he could take his knife home, or that he failed to register the knife with his local sheriff, or something insane like that.

I find it totally unconscionable that our rulers elected representatives have yet to propose a new raft of knife regulations. Don't they care? What about the children?

Posted by Lewis Cannon

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Tales from the Senate

Senior Senator from Michigan, Carl Levin, has announced that he won't be running for re-election when his term is up in two years.
“I love representing the people of Michigan in the U.S. Senate and fighting for the things that I believe are important to them,” he said. “As Barbara and I struggled with the question of whether I should run again, we focused on our belief that our country is at a crossroads that will determine our economic health and security for decades to come. We decided that I can best serve my state and nation by concentrating in the next two years on the challenging issues before us that I am in a position to help address; in other words, by doing my job without the distraction of campaigning for re-election.
Perhaps many of us took that to mean that it's a distraction to campaign for re-election, despite the fact that that appears to be exactly the job to which these folks believe themselves to have been elected.
In fact, the most likely "translation" or parsing of that phrase would be:
"I want to do all the things I've wanted to do, but couldn't get a vote from my constituents because they don't want me to do it."

This fellow will bear watching. He seems to have some obfuscatory skills.

Posted by Pygmalion 56

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Why Is Anyone Surprised?

I don't know about you - OK, I probably really do know about you, but let's leave that for another post, shall we? - right, I don't know about you, but I'm totally stunned and amazed that other people who should know better are stunned and amazed that Huawei and ZTE might not be good guys just selling knockoff products cheaper than we can make them here in the USA or even in Japan or Mexico or something.

Why is it a surprise to think that the Chinese government is using the companies they control to get access to the computer systems of other countries' companies? Isn't that exactly what all the tracking of hacking has told us? that it's all coming from China or Russia or Iran? Good grief, folks, use your brains once in a while instead of just your credit cards. Remember when we used to say that you get what you pay for? Now you're finding out what that might mean in an interconnected, always-on, internet-dependent society, and it means that the ones who sell you something for less than it's worth are probably making up for that apparent loss somewhere else - not like the old "we lose a little bit on each sale, but we make up for it with volume" kind of scam; this is more like the we'll sell you a magazine for less than it costs us to make because you have to take some advertising in there along with the "articles" and such, only where you didn't know the ads were going to borrow your computer to dig up your personal details for auction on the open black market or steal your company's plans and designs to make it easier to create knockoffs and counterfeits of your products before you can get them out the door and for less money because they're going to do the same thing to the next suckers who become customers.

Get a grip on reality and realize that Chinese companies may be owned by those rich Chinese guys you deal with, but those guys and the companies and their customers are pwned by the Chinese government, and that's the way they play the game, bub!

If you don't want to look like a total chump, you'd better wake up and smell the oolong tea and start buying equipment from reputable manufacturers who don't have a business model of sell stuff to chumps for less than its worth, but steal everything that's not nailed down to turn a profit for your commie masters.


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