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Ebola reaches Nigeria's largest city
I mean it's not worrisome because it's "spread to a major city and that there are plausible transmission paths to the developed world," it's worrisome because--Jesus Fucking Christ--more than 5 million people live in Lagos alone.

One worry is about other people, and the other is about you personally.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 4:41 PM on July 29, 2014
The more to it is that people aren't willing to avoid each other, yet.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:31 PM on July 30, 2014

No stakes, not relatable. I think I'm realizing: Shakespeare sucks.
Man, the only thing that could make this thread more metafilter is if he saw the play in Portland.

Shakespeare is kind of meh, IMO. Middlebrow, emotionally manipulative, course, often written as political propaganda in service of an elite agenda and hasn't really aged well, aside from Romeo and Juliet, I guess.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 2:49 PM on July 30, 2014
He was also a serial plagiarist.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 2:50 PM on July 30, 2014
I get it, everyone has their own favorites and Ira Glass was being stupidly flip (sagging ratings?), but when the overwhelming preponderance of opinion is so dramatically against you, it's time to check again and see if maybe you're missing something.

So it's a popularity contest?
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:25 PM on July 30, 2014

The achievement that couldn't be unlocked
I didn't really love a hate story, is hate plus better? I loved digital and don't take it personally.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:46 PM on July 29, 2014
Suicide has been a fairly regular-ish theme in her stories and to me, it reads like a reference to the kinds of what-could-I-have-done? obsessing that loved ones go through.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:27 PM on July 29, 2014
Carillon is on to something. Shouldn't the achievement been something like "Accept The Things I Can't Control" if that was the behavior she thought was positive?

Why would you assume she wanted to encourage a positive emotion. Maybe she wanted to make you feel frustrated with the futility.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:56 AM on July 30, 2014
The experience of agency is unique to games and playing around with it is one of the ways artists have of achieving their aesthetic goals.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 2:08 PM on July 30, 2014

"This is why white people are so healthy"
Keep in mind that chocolate isn't native to Africa. If you go to the other place that grows chocolate, they know very well what to do with it.

I think it's an intentional strategy of colonialism in general to prevent them from making any finished goods instead of exporting raw materials.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 3:21 AM on July 30, 2014
Yeah the coffee in Central America is almost universally awful, unless you go someplace owned by Italians. The chocolate, otoh, is excellent. The Mayans tend to drink herbal tea more than coffee, from what I can tell.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 12:00 PM on July 30, 2014

No lump of clay needed.
I think passwords and keys are doomed to the dust bin of history eventually. I sometimes feel like the only way to protect yourself is to not have anything that someone else wants.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:24 PM on July 29, 2014

After the App Goldrush
The App Store is awful, but I'm not in general unhappy with the state of ios apps. I just kinda feel like most use cases for the phone have been explored and some neat UI tricks aren't really enough to differentiate something that's yet another take on a text editor or a weather app. IMO, if you aren't selling a service like drop box, you better be making something spectacular for me to be interested.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:18 PM on July 29, 2014

-STILL- RITUALLY MUTILATED
It was more common to make them female because "it's easier to dig a hole than build a pole" in the wonderful phrasing I read in an article about one of these cases.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:43 PM on July 27, 2014

run-of-the-mill work friendship
All the pr in the world wouldn't matter if journalists actually did their fucking jobs. The basic fact is that if you're getting your news from an institution that derives their income from advertising, you've lost before pr even gets involved. Newspapers exist to sell you shit you don't want or need.

At least with pr, you usually know what their agenda is. I have no fucking clue who the New York Times reporters work for, but it's not me.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:36 PM on July 27, 2014
But it's presented as such by *reporters*.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:21 PM on July 27, 2014

Lyft now allowed in NYC but as a fully-regulated livery service
Uber and airbnb aren't about saving money, at all, it's about quality.

Peer to peer services require a different set of regulations. Trying to shoehorn in a couple renting out their vacation condo into the same rules that regulate hotels is ridiculous. Same deal with uber and lyft. I think requiring insurance and taxes is reasonable, but adding in fees and regulations just for the sake of protecting entrenched business is awful.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 12:13 PM on July 27, 2014

Dilemma in Tromsø
It really does seem that the most internally consistent answer is not to live there.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:15 PM on July 26, 2014

How I learned to start worrying and hate the bomb.
It meandered a bit, but it was well worth the read.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:10 PM on July 26, 2014

"'Aha' Moments: Biblical Scholars Tell Their Stories"
Reading about the rock in exodus, it occurs to me how absurd it is that they said it took 40 years of travelling in the desert to 'find' jerusalem.

One, it would probably take no more than a couple of weeks to walk from, say, Cairo, to Jerusalem. And two, there was already plenty of contact between Canaanites (or Phoenicians) well before the Exodus is supposed to have happened, so they didn't discover anything -- they had to have already known it was there.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:47 PM on July 19, 2014
this is no big surprise to anyone familiar with the Bible.

XKCD
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:41 AM on July 20, 2014
Wow, that's a tone deaf article. The "technically we’re not allowed to go to the bathroom” joke makes no sense as a riff on Lutheran " all have sinned" theology. It's clearly a joke about the specificity of the Mosaic code (and possibly the perceived arbitratiness of which parts Christians observe).

Yes, it's a joke about the mosaic law, but it's mostly a statement that since sins are impossible to avoid, feel free to commit them.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:48 AM on July 20, 2014
Who decides what he said and did if not the bible? If the bible isn't to be relied on for such details... Well I'm quite lost. (Insert salvation puns here.)

I don't personally believe this, but it's not absurd to believe that the bible was written by human beings in a flawed attempt at capturing a real truth. Christianity as formulated by the church fathers (By that I mean from Paul to Augustine, etc) was a relatively coherent philosophy and... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:09 PM on July 20, 2014
I've always been fond of the gnostic/neo-Platonist idea that the creator god was actually a different being that The One, and was kind of a jerk.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:08 PM on July 26, 2014

Re: Applicability of Federal Criminal Laws and the Constitution
Rand Paul hasn't run for president
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:30 PM on July 26, 2014

MH17
There Were Multiple Warnings About The Dangers Of Flying In Ukrainian Airspace Prior To Malaysian Plane Crash

They should probably just shut the airline down at this point. They don't seem to know what they're doing.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 3:33 PM on July 17, 2014
There's no chance we go to war with Russia or even Russian separatists over a downed airliner. Three hundred people is a tragedy, but war with Russia is gambling with the lives of billions.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:24 AM on July 19, 2014
Of course, Russia's actions in the Ukraine are all about protecting Russians.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 12:54 PM on July 19, 2014
It's really up to the Ukrainian government to charge them with a crime, and they're already guilty of many.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:20 PM on July 19, 2014
The situation I think is kinda like if they gave the wackos at Ted Bundies ranch RPGs and Javelins..
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:14 AM on July 20, 2014
It's amazing how similar putins reaction to this is to bush/Cheney/rumsfelds reaction to the unfolding catastrophe in Iraq.

Not to downplay the tragedy here, but America is responsible for the deaths of more civilians over the past decade than Russia by an order of magnitude at least.

Putin isn't going to accept blame for this, and his government is not going to fall, and the toothless sanctions being put in place will only make Putin stronger.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 4:34 AM on July 21, 2014
He's lost control of the rebels, he's lost control over his relations with the EU, and he's lost control of his people. If it's true that the very popularity and propaganda that gives him power is now making it harder for him to rein in everything around him, then the narrative is true.

Eh. He brings the aa missiles back, stonewalls the investigation and everyone forgets about it in a year. Maybe five years from now, there's a multimillion dollar... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:35 AM on July 21, 2014

YOU WERE MADE FOR LONELINESS
I didn't get very far into it. There are a couple of well crafted scenes, but really, it's a lot of words and very little compelling reason to invest my time into reading them.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:03 PM on July 20, 2014

How Dungeons & Dragons Influenced a Generation of Writers (SLNYT)
Not just storytelling, but also getting into the mindset of modelling, simulation and creating systems that work consistently and coherently. So a generation of storytellers AND a generation of scientists and programmers, I'd reckon.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:25 AM on July 20, 2014

Currency Wars
I'm surprised there wasn't a single word on crypto-currencies.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:34 AM on July 19, 2014
The main reason to mention crypto-currencies in an article about currency manipulation is that they make it more difficult to manage currency controls.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:02 AM on July 19, 2014

Last week in my email to you I synthesized our strategic direction
Basically this was a warning that everyone in an administrative position at Nokia is going to get fired. Which they should have known anyway.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 4:52 AM on July 18, 2014
So it appears that Stephen Elop first worked for Microsoft, then became CEO of Nokia, then ran the company into the ground, then sold it for scrap to Microsoft, and then returned to Microsoft.

Nokia was already in the toilet before MS bought them. I'm sure the board brought him on board with the expectation that he was there to manage the merger with microsoft.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:49 PM on July 18, 2014

The CD Case: like discovering that Hollywood is financed by VHS hoarders
M83's last double-cd is a great use of the format, IMO.

Until you get hooked into a scene and trade tracks directly with producers, then I've heard it's all digital.

Yeah, it's all digital, and much of it never gets released in any format. Very few edm producers make any money from song sales, so they have almost no incentive to actually release songs until they're already sick of playing them at gigs.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:47 AM on July 17, 2014
Actually, adding noise to a record is a fairly common production trick in dance music, especially the more minimal kinds. When you're making a fairly sparse track, there's a lot of empty space in the sound, so people will add fake record crackle, noise from people talking, etc so it's not just dead silence.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:06 AM on July 17, 2014

2014 won't be like '1984' either
Basically IBM is going to take already overpriced Apple hardware and add an overpriced support contract to it. It's so awful that it can't fail.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:32 AM on July 16, 2014

The *first* revelation this week, at least
I would be extremely surprised if intelligence organizations don't have the ability to alter the results of electronic voting machines used for regular elections. We all remember the black-box voting scandal from when they were released that was basically swept under the carpet with no action taken.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:22 AM on July 16, 2014
And the JTRIG developer team was also working on Glitterball: "Online Gaming Capabilities for Sensitive Operations. Currently Second Life."

I plotted out a sci-fi story years ago where intelligence agencies where using World of Warcraft characters as covers so they could communicate with agents around the world without drawing attention. You just set up the whole operation as a guild on a warcraft server and use gamer lingo as codewords. I... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:50 AM on July 16, 2014

After a decade!
I called to just cancel the cable tv portion of Cox and my end of the conversation was basically like this:

"I would like to cancel the cable tv, but keep Internet... Because I want to... I don't have to tell you why... Okay fine, just cancel everything... Because you're asking too many questions...Great, thanks..."

But yeah, the face-to-face interaction at the comcast store is much better. People don't like to make you cry in front of... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 4:10 AM on July 15, 2014
Being nasty to people who are doing their jobs is a shitty thing to do. I guess it's possible that the rep enjoys hassling people on the phone all day, but it's more likely that he has targets to meet so he can put food on his table and a roof over his head. I can't imagine there are many people out there who actively enjoy behaving in the way that rep did. It's frustrating for the customer, but the customer has to deal with one phone call. They don't have to behave like this so they... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 4:13 AM on July 15, 2014
I'll go further, find out and contact your division manager, take the time to write him an actual letter and give him everyone's name and ID that I've talked to - inform him of how broken the system is - explain to him that both of you were unwilling to provide adequate customer support. I'll recommend he listen to the calls and use them as what not to say to customers. In essence, I will do everything possible to not only cancel my contract, but to make sure that you have a big black... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:34 AM on July 15, 2014
One of the things I learned when I used to sell cars for a living is that sometimes you can win an argument or you can have a chance at making a sale later, not both. Sometimes your customer is going to leave even though you know that they aren't going to get a better deal anywhere else.

The car dealer I bought my last car from was pretty honest with me about that, surprisingly. I came with an internet price, he tried to sell me a bunch of options... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:06 AM on July 15, 2014
If one were an investigative reporter with time on their hands, I think one could sell an article attempting to cancel accounts from various subscription services to see if comcast is just flat out lying about what they train their employees to do.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:00 PM on July 15, 2014

Bug spray. Don't forget the bug spray.
I think there are Hutterite communities in the Amazon.

There are Amish/Mennonite communities on Ometepe island, in Nicaragua. Which is for sure one of the places I'd consider moving if I wanted to create an isolated utopia.

The people in the article seem like later Heinlein characters. With all the self-absorption and cluelessness. I definitely understand the impulse to do what they did, though.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 4:40 AM on July 15, 2014
Because I don't think I've ever heard of Northeastern International, which was supposedly once the largest airline in America.

Wiki
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:37 AM on July 15, 2014

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