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https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2016/sep/22/rush-limbaugh-fcc-complaints/

Love or hate him, I don't really care. If you are offended by the word BullShit, then I really am not too worried about whether you can grasp the amazing part of Limbaugh.

He is still on the air. He is still has 600 radio stations playing his show.

The radio stations do not pay him directly. They get to play the show "free". "free" is relative of course. He gets to run ads on his show. He gets some number of ad spots per hour.

Air America was a fascinating case of Liberals demonstrating that they do not get it. Air America ran out of money fast. They didn't get what Limbaugh did. There are many many people who replicated Limbaugh's technique. God forbid someone use a conservative ideologue's technique to make a liberal radio show work.... I can't actually say that it was Limbaughs idea. There are a bunch of shows that worked this way...

Most of the complaints I see in this list are from folks who got offended because they couldn't understand the situation. You got offended by his words... Twist the dial and find something less offensive. I find NPR offensive. I am not opposed to pull federal funding from NPR. I do not support banning NPR even though so many times they don't get what they are saying. Once upon a time I loved them.

I know how to change stations. Apparently some folks don't.
Listeners from all across the country have come to the FCC with the same desperate entreaty: please, do something, anything, to put an end to Rush Limbaugh's "bullsh*t."
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Spent an hour helping someone get his wordpress working. Importbuddy did its thing. The page wouldn't load. Log files gave some information. Most of it was pointing us the wrong direction. Finally looked at the access file.

Get / was returning importbuddy.php

So we forced Get /index.php

Fixed the problem. 
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http://xkcd.com/1732/

I love XKCD. I apologize for suggesting at this time that his chart expresses the same ludicrous notion that ClimateGate and HockeyStick exposed.

Everything in this timeline before 150 years ago is from data extracted from ice cores and bristlecone pines (there are other proxies, but these are the two extremes). In order to get the Bristlecone pine study to provide data that correlated with the narrative of "The world is coming to an end", they excluded many trees that showed correlations that disagreed with the narrative. In order to make the hockey stick, they let some of their data point die behind other data points.

I will act like the broken record I am. PLOT THE DATA. BerkeleyEarth.org has their version of the "raw" data available for you to download and plot. If you don't know how to do it, drop me a line and I will help you through the hurdles. Know ahead of time that the Data at berkeleyearth is not raw. It has already been pushed through a model. (Averaging is a model).

If you believe I am a denier and want to convert me back to "reality", I am going to expect you to be able to do a couple of things.

1. Tell me what temperature is.
2. Tell me what humidity is.
3. Tell me what enthalpy is.
4. Tell me how a psychrometric chart is used.
5. Be able to link the 4 ideas above without using the words "But the experts say"

If you can wave your hands around enthalpy and move forward thinking I am just a nutcase, you are not going to change my mind.

If you think that temperature is easy to explain, explain in your own words. If you cut and paste from SkepticalScience or some other "expert", it will show.

If you think that Pyschrometric means the psychological impression of temperature, you are correct. If you believe that makes it not a scientific chart you are wrong.

My apologies to xkcd for suggesting his chart is a demonstration of a fundamental error of science, but he should visit numberwatch.co.uk/chartmanship.htm .. He attempted to overcome one of the problems of charts but incorporated an aspect of lie anyway. I don't think he means to lie, but he has abused 0. 0 has meaning, but it is a meaning that can be abused. It ranks up there with fire in terms of inventions. We take it for granted now. 0 is being abused in this chart. Calculate the 0 used in this chart. I can demonstrate 0C in a lab with some ice cubes and water. I can make 0K almost happen in a lab with some impressive equipment. Calculating the 0 in this chart? If I hand 50 qualified people the data and say get me 0, you will get 50 different answers. If my question seems overly simple, chances are you have never processed a dataset.

Once again. If you want to learn, I am happy to help. Most of the people on the "denier" side of this discussion want to help people understand. 
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http://digg.com/2016/design-discrimination

This is what I would prefer to call Discrimination by observation. Yes the original Kodak Film didn't treat black people well. It wasn't designed to make black people look bad. It wasn't really designed to make white people look good. It was designed to capture light. The folks who decide this was a racist act are either children or people looking for a paycheck. Feeding the kids is always an understandable motive. Just keep in mind that the people who were creating the first film also were trying to feed the kids.

I had one conversation with a conspiracist who suggested that the circles found on mars are proof that there was intelligent life there. I failed to explain any of the "sciency" reason's why circles show up in photos with square pixels.

This isn't discrimination by design... It is rent seeking by the author and all for folks up in arms. The overly white tech world is not that way because they are discriminating against non white non male entries. It is because twenty years ago when the learning started to get into tech, the people complaining about being excluded WERE NOT part of the nerd herd. You can get a job by going to Learning Tree. You cannot get 20 years of experience interacting with the logic of code and the illogic of management by taking a 4 week course.

I teach kids how to tie clove hitches. The word likely has no meaning to anyone who has not been a boy scout (lots of exceptions, but even a lot of boy scouts have likely forgotten the clove hitch). There is a right way to do a clove hitch and a wrong way to do a clove hitch and there are a thousand other ways of not doing a clove hitch. I can teach someone to do it the right way. I can show them how the wrong way is wrong. I can explain till I am blue in the face why the wrong way is wrong. I can tell them why the right way is right. I can get them to do it the right way. Until they make the leap to wanting to understand why there is a difference, the best I can assess is whether they got it right or wrong and tell them.

The author is correct that there is some discrimination going on. There is inherent bias in a non diverse tech sector employment. That bias cannot be fixed overnight. It can't be fixed in a month or a year. It will take at least a generation, if not two to make it happen. Stories like this actually make the bias exist longer. The female nerds have to flock to STEM without actually going down the STEM path. There is a huge communication gap between men and women. There has always been that gap. That gap is bigger in the stem world. There is no doubt about it. The men can't close the gap though. They can make it easier, but only just barely. If they make it too much easier, then the females are not being treated equally. That just makes the bias even worse...

The many ways design decisions treat people unequally.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/28/magazine/letter-of-recommendation-safety-razors.html?_r=0

Everything this guys says is absolutely correct. Except...

There are parts of the "utopia" that don't ever quite work. I have made 5 blade fusion cartridges last 3 years. The chart at the end of the page becomes completely different if you are replacing cartridges every three years. I am not saying it is optimal use of resources.

The Astra Blade path is quite likely the "optimal" method. My methods were pretty much optimal though also. I shaved twice a week. I got haircuts 3 to 4 times a year. 1 package of Q-Tips (which I use entirely against recommended safety practices) lasts 10 years. A tube of toothpaste lasts longer than I expect. An Amway guy tried to tell me Amways toothpaste was better because you only needed a tiny little pea of a glob of paste. That is all the toothpaste you need from any brand. The toothbrush is as important or more so than the paste. The paste helps, but the toothbrush is the agitation...

A toothbrush all by itself will help keep your teeth clean... Mostly... Toothpaste makes it a much more enjoyable experience...


How did marketers convince people that masculinity meant never being around sharp objects?
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http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/radioactive-cold-war-military-base-will-soon-emerge-greenlands-melting-ice-180960036/?no-ist

I suffer from a bad case of "WTF"...

Not quite stated in the article. The original camp was built 30 ft down, yet somehow it is covered by 115 ft of snow and ice.

Just a couple of years after it was built, it was determined that the glacier was moving too fast and would crush the buried base quickly.... It was decommissioned in 1966 having been evacuated in 1965....

I am biased in my view on these things. Most of that bias comes from having believed too many things in the past and having too many managers above me who seemed oblivious to the basic math... 
They thought the frozen earth would keep it safely hidden. They were wrong
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http://digg.com/video/baseball-behind-the-back-catch

Is this something you drill for? I don't think you drill directly for it. I think the drill for this comes from playing games with the ball when you aren't directly in a drill. Behind the back, under the legs, non catching, flipping, slipping, sliding a ball from player to player. All of those flow into "feeling" the ball.

Although there was likely a conscious understanding of where the players were on the field, there was also an unconscious understanding on the part of the pitcher to throw it to first. The catch was reactionary. The throw to first was reactionary. Both were also skill...

If you played enough baseball, you can laugh with me sympathetically. If you played enough of any sport, you are likely able to laugh with me parasympathetically. If you have gotten to the point of feeling an action rather than executing an action, you can get there through extended sympathy. There is a chance though that you can only use empathy no matter what your experience level because you never got to the "feeling" stage of the game.


It's a good thing that Rangers pitcher didn't get down on himself for allowing that clean-looking line driver, because this behind-the-back grab is way more badass than any strike out could ever be.
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https://tech.slashdot.org/story/16/09/14/2242216/a-teenage-hacker-figured-out-how-to-get-free-data-on-his-phone

I am guilty of having created an algorithm like this. I wanted to have "open" pages and "secure" pages. Open pages have to exist for a website because users come to the site with no identity. I have to let them at least see the login page.

My first iteration put in a list of "open" pages.

$open = [ '/users/login', '/users/register', ...]

Then I compared that list to the incoming URI request, if it matched using strpos, I let it through.

One day, someone does something that just happens to have one of the those open words in it. HFS!!!!! WHAT A BLOODY MORON I AM! ...

I fixed that little glitch. It is nice to know that I am not the only Moron in the universe. 
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Jacob Ajit is 17 and he just hacked his way to getting free phone data, presumably so that he can do whatever it is that teens do online these days without alerting his parents with overage fees. According to a Medium post Ajit posted on Wednesda...
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iPhone 6s shows up. I try to turn it on and it won't. I plug it into the computer and let it charge. Apple logo pops up after 5 minute or so, triggers itunes and photos to start up, then shuts itself up. It repeats this 20 times before I stop and try to figure out what the heck is wrong... I try different cables. I try flipping the cable. I pull out the power plug and put it into the UPS next to me and let it charge that way. It takes awhile before it gets back to a normal state.

I try to connect to iCloud and it craps out, but then I realize that maybe the wifi isn't quite right so I change back to the other connection. Finally it works.

I get a chance to restore the backup of my other phone. It won't let me. Wrong version on the new phone versus the old phone.

I have to plug it into my computer and attempt again. 6 tries later, I set up as a new phone, then update the phone to the newest operating system, then restore my backup.

I am still not quite there, but it looks like it is close. Nothing I have done so far is all that difficult. There is no way in hockey sticks that I will just hand my wife her phone and say "Set this up!"

How much money did I save Apple being able to do this all myself?

How much money did I save myself by being able to do this all myself?

The equation goes both ways. 
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There is a website connected to a bunch of other websites. My Life. I won't link to it. I haven't looked into it, but it looks like all the others are just variations of it or vice versa. I clicked on it one day and let it do its thing. When it got to the end, they wanted $14.95 a month. I said FN and clicked away. A little later I got an email. For $1, you can see your report for the next 10 days...

WTF? I am willing to spend a $1.

There was nothing of interest there except under Personal Recommendations. In the recommendations was a comment that was specific enough to tell me exactly who it was who did it. There was only 1 (that wasn't pre filled out by My Life). The comment was dated. It was defamatory. It was relatively new (6 months at a point where the defamer was 2 years out of frame). I was able to delete it. It was anonymous, but it told me a lot about the motivations of the character involved.

Because I viewed my report... I get nearly daily reminders that "Someone has viewed my report!". Guess what, I am the one viewing my report.

I still click on the damn links because I wonder if the bozo is going to post again. I can't retaliate because that would escalate the matter. I can't completely ignore it. It is sort of messed up.

If the Bozo posts again, I still won't do anything. I just sort of have to be attentive to the post existing. If it never exists again, I don't have to check over my shoulder as much as I walk around the lake. If it shows up with a newer date attached, I have to be a little more attentive. Psychopaths can't be completely ignored, except you sort of have to ignore them.

Now I am stuck with My Life emails showing up every day telling me that there might be a negative report on my background report, there might be another site exposing my information, someone might have checked my report. And I wonder if $90 a year is not unreasonable to get the notifications...

Even though the $90 is a waste.... 
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The trick to coming to terms with the man is realizing that these items influencing my credit score downward are all ignorable. There are quite likely not relevant. They are relevant to the people trying to automate the score monitoring. They are important. Except they aren't. Life sucks. Suck it dry.
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http://fusion.net/story/341420/the-maddening-world-of-false-equivalence-media-from-a-climate-reporter-who-knows/

There is false equivalence everywhere. This article is its own example. There are wackos talking about climate change. There are also solidly credentialed people who disagree with the consensus. Scientist no longer carries as much weight with me anymore. Climate Scientist has 0 weight. The problem is not that they aren't scientists, but that no one actually has all the parts that would make one a "Climate Scientist".

I have seen this false equivalence used correctly. I have also seen is used badly. I strongly suspect that this writer doesn't like trump. I sort of support the story though because appealing to rationality backfires most of the time. 
If Donald Trump is a bigot and a liar and a conspiracy theorist, then it’s only fair that the media gives the same flavor of critique to Hillary Clinton, right?
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