commented on Why Is the TSA Prohibiting Passengers from Bringing Electronic Devices “Bigger Than a Cellphone” Onboard Certain Flights?
@5: It's just exacerbating the problem with trade disputes. Personally, though, I'm not too bothered by this given what kinds of crap these companies pull themselves. With airlines, UAE played hardball with Canada to get premium landing rights at the Toronto airport for its national carriers. When they couldn't get that, they imposed very harsh visa requirements on Canadian citizens for no other purpose whatsoever.
So I have a lot of sympathy for folks that suddenly need to shove expensive laptops into checked luggage, but I could give precisely zero fucks if the US and UK just decided to screw over Emirates and Etihad.
@8: At the very least, it's apples-to-pears. Health and safety regulations are important, but they can also be great trade barriers that are politically unpopular to dismantle. (Regulations on international cigarettes, for example, can be interesting and just a little hypocritical...)
commented on Why Is the TSA Banning Passengers from Bringing Electronic Devices “Bigger Than a Cellphone” Onboard Certain Flights?
@1: Actually, probably quite the reverse. These choices seem to have been made deliberately and strategically in response to... something. Restricting flights out of UAE is a big deal, and one that is likely to have some significant blowback. (Note that UAE and Saudi Arabia were kept out of the Muslim ban for a reason...)
However, with the Muslim ban being on the front burner, the government can no longer take actions like this that could actually have a rational security basis without the pall of that racist bullshit tainting it.
Frankly, I'm dreading the day when batteries are only allowed in checked luggage on any flight, and I need to trust the idiots handling my luggage won't destroy everything inside.
Aug 27, 2015
commented on At the Smoke Farm Symposium, Artist John Criscitello Talked About Tech Gentrification—and Some Tech Guys Talked Back
@35: Not only misogyny (bait??!?? are you fucking serious???) but a boatload of latent racism here. Instead of talking about broader issues of affordability and difficulties with communities of color struggling with poverty to survive amidst gentrification, you get some dumb fucker that complains that the price of his beer is too high, and whines that a popular neighborhood close to downtown has higher rents than it did 5 years ago. Sorry, but preserving some kind of fucking "authentic" Cap Hill as a hipster playground in the white part of Seattle doesn't really rank high in my list of priorities for action.
Or @31, who apparently believes that being shoved into a locker one too many times as a kid gives them the holier-than-thou right to discriminate and exclude people they don't like from a neighborhood.
Dec 6, 2012
commented on What Do You Think of the Star Trek Into Darkness Teaser Trailer?
Thought that it was Patrick Stewart doing the narration at first and did a bit of an eyeroll -- I just hope that when this unnamed dude (Khan? Gary Mitchell? Alice Eve's cuckolded boyfriend?) talks about how he's "returned", it doesn't mean that they're mining the Pit of Fanservice.