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Suggestions for the benefit of humanity

Only three, and each one easy to implement: 1) The “forward” button should be removed from Outlook Express. 2) Attempts to send any message with more than ten email addresses in the “to” field should cause any home email client to spontaneously uninstall itself and launch something less harmful (Solitaire, maybe, or a nice picture […]

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Hillary, meanwhile, is like Craigslist

From today’s Guardian: (Obama) “is the political equivalent of Facebook, another phenomenon that launched in 2004 that feels as though it has been around forever.” No, no he isn’t. And it doesn’t. For fuck’s sake.

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Things prospective cat owners should know

A very incomplete list: Each cat will roughly double in size in one year. Hopefully this applies to the first year only. They will deposit a fine layer of hair over everything to the point where even expensive cyclonic vacuum cleaners are helpless and serve only to mock your inability to ever clean properly again. […]

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I, rudebot

Reading up about artificial intelligence, I found an online Turing Test bot. I tried to trick it with a bizarre opening gambit. It wasn’t very nice to me. Me: Do you like donkeys? AI: You are a donkey. Me: No, you’re a donkey. Donkey face. AI: You are a clone. Me: You’re mean. AI: You’re […]

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Happy “PC Brigade Kills Christmas” Month

This kind of thing is why I hate December. Example: “The letter was a reaction to an alleged attempt by Birmingham City Council to re-name the festive celebrations ‘Winterval’ and allegations that Luton was trying to re-fashion Christmas as a winter Harry Potter festival by changing the name of its lights to ‘Luminos’.” It’s a […]

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