Oct 26, 2014
commented on Awful Person Defaces National Parks With Terrible Paintings
@61 @37 You're definitely missing the point. Banksy has made it very clear that he's commenting on commercial entities gross encroachment upon our environment, which is advertising and commercial media. Here's a famous early expression of his told in comic form:
All of this to say that making street art in an urban environment is categorically different from making art on the natural world. It's no longer appropriate to make cave art because (1) caves are a limited resource, and (2) we don't bloody live in caves any more, we've taken all the arable land for ourselves and grown to several billion people who could easily overwhelm the rest of the world.
Sep 30, 2014
commented on SDOT Apparently Gives a Shit About Bikers
Wow, someone has a bee in his bonnet today.
I'm a motorcyclist who supports paying for bicycle lanes so that the roads are clearer and I can deal with fewer idiot car drivers. Seriously, car drivers are the worst, thinking they can listen to music and zone out or text on their phones and check Facebook while driving without endangering others. That's childish.
Sep 26, 2014
commented on Facebook Fails to Explain Its Discriminatory and Dangerous 'Real Names' Policy
So, in order to prevent a nominal policy to prevent harassment, they're letting FB users harass drag queens into either outing themselves or shutting down their accounts.
Either a high-level manager at FB is aware of this complete contradiction of policy versus implementation, or they just don't care, and just want to appear as though they're acting in the interest of an ideal. I'm guessing that the latter is the case.
As someone in the tech world, I cannot understand why they cannot just implement a policy of verification through a secret backend channel. Sure, FB can know my name to make sure they have a handle on me in case I harass others, but I can present how I like. Harassment is wrapped up in behavior, not an identity.
Sep 9, 2014
commented on Apple Unveils Bigger iPhone and New Smartwatch
Full disclosure: I am long on AAPL (almost ten years now). There are plenty of their products I find misguided at best, and their approach to services is historically tone-deaf. But damn, do they make money.