commented on You Are a Rogue Device
Ah, the nerdy logic of someone that knows the technology. Goes something like this:
1) This specific instance is not a concern *to me*
2) Therefore, any discussion of it is stupid, you all are stupid.
The fact remains NSA does track people. SPD might not be NSA, but if they have a turnkey solution to tracking, they wont have to go get the IMEI, they can just look on their own mesh.
So it makes sense rather than to wait for the abuses to happen, to think forwardly to what could be done with applications of existing capability.
commented on The Broadway Grill Is Closing
Will the last hipster on Broadway please turn off the lights.
RIP Broadway Grill, RIP the 1990s on Broadway, RIP everything that used to be great about living here.
commented on I Hate the Airline Industry
Some of us fly for business, and the way it works is. Unless you are on 40,000 to 75,000 miles a year, they really arent that interested in what happens to your seat. We frequent fliers have all been coerced into various loyalty programs, and as a result, we get the pick of seats. My seats are reserved through American Express travel booking, using my AmEx card. This gets me preferred seats on almost every airline, or at least, confirms I can find something. Then there's the fact I'm in a couple of airlines loyalty programs as well, which gets me more "king of the dipshits" treatment like sitting up front -- which assures my carry on has room, while yours won't be anywhere near your seat or you'll have to check luggage -- and assures me I can get to the head of the cattle call and get seated, make a few last minute calls or texts while you guys are still fumbling with your loosely packed badly organized pile of dirty laundry you call carry on.
And it makes total sense for the airlines to cater to me and tell you to go eff yourself: I'm repeat business. I fly from 30 to 50 times a year. I'm not even one of the truly elite -- those are the "Gold" or "Platinum" levels .. the ones who get full access to first class bumps and the like. I'm in the "executive putz" class. Which still puts me on and gets my luggage into carry on before the tourist / infrequent flier horde.
A word about tourists. Remember all those dipshit baby boomers clogging up every single social service for the past 60 years? Guess where they are now: Retiring in droves, and taking airlines. You see it so damn much. Flights break down into business travel, then retirees, then junior business travel (hi) and then losers and students and the marginal dregs of the airline world, e.g. you all.
Or you can pay premium and fly Virgin and be treated like royalty but pay for it, or you can fly Southwest and everyone's in the same cattle call and they'll sing texan to you, but you won't get the same runaround all the "traditional airlines" do. But you better not be fat, or they'll force you to buy 2 seats.
Now get the fk out of the airport if you can't handle it, because I have meetings to get to, and its absolutely certain one of you is going to fumble your luggage, clog up TSA, start bitching in general, and do everything you can to delay my arrival someplace I need to be for work. Take Amtrak. I guess they still are a thing, maybe.
Dec 12, 2012
commented on Mayor Mike McGinn Calls for an Economic Impact Study on Coal Trains
Its kind of hard to fathom long freight trains rolling through what is planned to be a tourist district. This already happens in Edmonds, and the trains aren't slow -- 30 mph or more. Risk to life as well as an inconvenience.
The freight tracks running along the waterfront is a 100 yrs ago decision, really in many ways outdated given the mixed use / tourist use now of most of the urban waterfront.
May 2, 2012
commented on Why All the Smashy-Smashy? A Beginner's Guide to Targeted Property Destruction.
Kudos to @23 and @28 for expressing my thoughts very literately and thoughtfully. I would just add this. Black Bloc are a bunch of self-entitled little effs that deserve jail. They don't attack "corporations," they attack people's livelihoods. They don't attack "property," they attack the result of people's hard work. If you parked on 6th yesterday you got a broken car window, expense, time to repair, disruption of your life... thanks to middle class white boys who can write 3000 words of manifesto on their justification and excuse, but who are still doing very little but be zealous vigilante fucks. I wonder how many live or work downtown, probably none. As someone who has, for decades, I feel personally at risk due to these guys, way more at risk than I do from corporations. We need to reform bank laws, we need better politics. RMoney and his ilk need to be defeated. But smashing 99%'ers lives up so you can make a precious statement of rage, to me, just deserves nothing but prosecution and jail.
Apr 21, 2012
commented on Text From South Lake Union
Go easy on Alexie. 200 years ago his family was still stone age or at best had traded for some tools. We cut slack to guys whose backgrounds are only just now becoming modern.