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Most Frightening Thing You will read today November 26, 2018

Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime.
6 comments

I’m not even kidding.

What do you get when you cross the worst aspects of social media, people’s actual lives and giant, centralized databases?
The outcomes are already playing out. Certain cities in China have been piloting the country’s social credit score system – a system that’s due to be fully up and running by 2020, according to a plan posted on the Beijing municipal government’s website on Monday (the plan is dated 18 July).

One of the many repercussions of such a system is that people get blacklisted for not paying off their debts when a court thinks they’re capable of doing so, regardless of what the debtor says.

The ID photos, names and numbers of blacklisted people are displayed on billboards throughout the city, and they’re then barred from booking flights or high-speed trains (considered “luxury” travel) and blocked from staying in hotels. By the end of May, people with bad credit in China had been blocked from booking more than 11 million flights and 4 million high-speed train trips, according to the National Development and Reform Commission.

Think of how Social Media has ruined some people’s lives.

NPR reports that the government is keeping track of all of this with the help of designated “watchers.”

These are people who keep track of goings-on in their neighborhoods. And they keep track of neighbors’ behavior and update people’s scores.

What could go wrong?

With pieces of such a vast system of surveillance already in place, it’s hard to imagine anybody can escape, and that means that the state can punish anybody it wants, with ease.

Political dissidents? Ethnic minorities? Jaywalkers? Toilet paper hoarders?

Check, check and check: vast databases, linked together, enable states to find them, name them, shame them, fine them, or to persecute them. That’s why it’s called Big Data: the oceans of data being linked together are wide and all-inclusive. The repercussions can be deep.

You need to read the whole thing:

That Black Mirror episode with the social ratings? It’s happening IRL

Net Neutrality Explained September 12, 2018

Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime, Economics.
2 comments

Get Off My Lawn March 6, 2018

Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime, Ducks.
6 comments

Dave Stuff March 2, 2018

Posted by daveintexas in Ballistics, Crime, Ducks, Entertainment, Handblogging, History, Law, Man Laws, Mufuckin Pie!, Sex, Sidebar Flag Bullshit.
15 comments

I try to use descriptive, catchy post titles.

Anyway the weather was nice last Sunday so I decided it was time to power wash the deck area and hang up some lights to make the place all cheery and shit.

Before

I know, gross right? Spider webs, bugs, leaves, dirt

After

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Much better.

I know all this stuff gets made in China (or somewhere in Asia).  Christmas lights are not particularly complex so if there was a manual I ignored it like I do complicated stuff where I really should RTFM but still won’t.

But the vendor in it’s relationship with Amazon insisted that I get this information via the following email, including a an explanation of why these lights might not be exactly the “white warmness” I might have been expecting, AND a warranty and a sincere promise to resolve any customer dissatisfaction accompanied with a plea to please not rat them out on the item page.

I realize their English is much better than my Mandarin but these things are just so fun.

First, an Important notice regarding the warm white color (as advertised)

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A friendly greeting, an interesting explanation of why the product might not be exactly what I ordered but yet “It is not wrong item sent if you receive the color difference version”

It is definitely warm white if you compare it with white version, or maybe Slublog.

Then some handy instructions for troubleshooting.

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If bulb burns out, replace bulb. It will turn on.

And then a promise to resolve any problem but please don’t bust our balls with bad remark on item page.

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They did say please and kindly so were I disappointed with the warmth of whiteness I would reach out to them before posting an irate customer thing.  Besides I never do that cause everybody looks like an asshole when they do.

Besides, I think they’re quite warm and I am satisfied.

Thank you, MZD8391 Customer Service Team!

Japan. February 28, 2018

Posted by lauraw in Art, Crime, Entertainment, Heroes, Honor, Philosophy, Sex.
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So, there’s a show about a samurai who refused to kill a cat.

Here’s a couple still promo images.

Here he’s sneaking up on the cat and probably thinking, “This has got to be the shittiest contract I’ve ever gotten.”

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But of course, they ended up the best of friends! Yay! Showing this pic to Japanese ladies makes them all turn fertile at once.

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This is the trailer.

 

In one episode, the cat got fleas and needed a bath. The samurai sings a song. You’ll like this song.

The show is called ‘Neko Zamurai’ and the cat is a bigger star than any of us will ever be.

Thank you and have a delightful day.

Drillbillies February 6, 2018

Posted by skinbad in Ballistics, Crime.
2 comments

I’ve got to link this story just so Lauraw can add a photo to her rotation. Dude went after his cousin with a Dewalt. It’s time to ban high-capacity lithium batteries.

Police: Roy man attacked cousin with drill

 

Frightening January 18, 2018

Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime, Family.
5 comments

Can you see yourself?

We are Not Immune November 17, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime, Entertainment.
7 comments

Saw this car today near Camp Geezer ™.

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How are things in your town?

 

Carnival Scam Science October 26, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime, Science.
14 comments

Have you ever won a stuffed animal for your Sweetie at the Fair?

You beat the odds.

Do you own a Car? July 31, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime, Man Laws, News.
10 comments

You might want to watch this:

https://www.prageru.com/courses/political-science/war-cars

 

Millennial International July 11, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime, Fashion, News.
9 comments

A Worthy Cause!

Critical Chicken Update April 18, 2017

Posted by skinbad in Crime, Economics, Food, Nature Shit.
12 comments

Chicken population has gone from seven to three in the last month. I think we might have stumbled on a clue a few evenings ago.