October 30, 2017

I've Seen The Future of Fake News and It's Terrifying [Warden]
— Open Blogger

Could someone type a sentence into their computer and make those words come of your mouth?

Literally? No. Could they make someone else believe you said those words through digital manipulation? Yes. The technology is already here and it's coming to consumers soon.

I recently listened to a Radiolab podcast that revealed some new audio and visual technology that is certain to make divining the truth even more difficult in a digital media landscape that's already saturated with propaganda.

Radiolab is an excellent podcast--one of my favorites--but it's produced with a left leaning worldview so that all of the nefarious possibilities stemming from this technology coming to to the producers' and hosts' minds are, of course, Trump related.

While this is an eye rolling annoyance, I do encourage you to listen to the podcast because they're dead right in their broader concerns, even while being somewhat narrow minded in the particulars.

The first bit of technology that Radiolab features is a piece of audio software still under development by Adobe. For those of you who don't play around with digital imagery, Adobe is the market leader for audio and video editing software. They are the creators of Photoshop and a handful of other complimentary programs.

Recently, they've built a program that can replicate your speech patterns and tone almost precisely so long as they're able to capture at least 40 minutes of your speech (20 minutes for sub-optimal results). According to Adobe, within these 40 minutes you will produce every phonetic combination that their algorithm needs to reproduce the entire English language in your voice. The program accomplishes this by slicing, dicing and reassembling the speech that they've capture from you.

Recently, Adobe presented this technology at a tradeshow. The results are hair raising. With the required 40 minutes of recorded speech, they can literally type whatever they want into the program and reproduce it in the speaker's own words.

Now why would anyone ever create this software? Adobe says it's to make it easier to do Hollywood voiceover work. One of the most challenging aspects to movie making is capturing good audio from the actors. Much of it often has to be re-voiced after the film is shot. This is time consuming and often noticeable, as the acoustics are always different from the original shoot.

But you can imagine how this technology might be used not only in propaganda, but also for run-of-the-mill mischief. Imagine calling someone's wife and creating an entire maliciously fake conversation from her "husband."

So maybe you're thinking, Well, that's just audio, right? I mean, the scope of deception is pretty limited.

Yeah. Now check this out. You can now digitally alter someone's face in real time using a web came and a greenscreen type mask. Yes, the deception is still detectible... for now. Imagine where we'll be in a few years.

Here's the Radiolab example from their podcast.

As I said, not quite there but close enough to see where it's going.

The most interesting thing about the Radiolab podcast was when they interviewed one of the people who are developing this technology and inquired about the greater implications of doing so.

The woman they talked to had no answer for them. She clearly hadn't thought much about it and seemed annoyed when they persisted in this direction of questioning. Her attitude was pretty much, well SOMEONE will figure it all out.

I've had a similar experience with my brother-in-law. He's literally a programming genius who dropped out of college to work for a company that develops smart home technology.

I'm constantly trying to engage him on the social and cultural implications of technological advances that I read about in the news. He consistently shrugs me off--he's considered none of it, not even privacy issues. That's not how he's wired. All he wants to do is solve the problem in front of him. The rest of it is someone else's issue.

I don't expect him to actually do anything about it, but I'm deeply bothered by his nonchalance. We're hurtling at break neck speed into uncharted territory. No generation before has experienced such a rapidly changing world, and it seems that the people pushing the boundaries never give a moment's thought to any potential negative effects or hazard of doing so.

And of course there will be downsides. How can there not be? You can't undo thousands of years of evolution and societal conditioning in a few years. We're simply not built for this.

The other day I had a conversation with my brother about drone technology, self driving cars, automated food preparation and other new inventions that are in the works. He made a comment that stuck with me. "They keep telling us this stuff will make our lives better, but it hasn't."

I think he's right. I don't see fewer life stresses, more leisure time or a richer life experience being generated from this new digital world we're in. The problem is that there doesn't seem to be any way to pause and think any of this over. We're stuck with whatever they lay on us. It's an unfortunate side effect of capitalism, globalism and the basic human failings of greed and hubris. Hopefully we can adjust.


Posted by: Open Blogger at 03:34 PM | Comments (309)
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1 Turn the television off, turn it right off........

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at October 30, 2017 03:35 PM (nUkMr)

2 Someone has to call the corgis.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon, survivor of GNAMM at October 30, 2017 03:35 PM (O848g)

3 Where will this lead? Awesome porn.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at October 30, 2017 03:36 PM (FUu/Z)

4 Could have been first, but I read the content.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon, survivor of GNAMM at October 30, 2017 03:36 PM (O848g)

5 What part of "none of what you hear and only half of what you see" didn't anyone understand?

Now it's also "None of what you see" too.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That (Back from the Dead) at October 30, 2017 03:36 PM (/P0gj)

6 Well, on the bright side, no more need for wiretaps

Posted by: Farmer Bob at October 30, 2017 03:37 PM (sqpGi)

7 Pretty soon Pres could die in office but keep going through the magic of CGI.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 03:38 PM (RrhD2)

8 There is a reason I don't skype (sp) and I have electronic cameras, ph, laptop. covered with electrical tape. No camera on TV or desktop.

Posted by: Infidel at October 30, 2017 03:39 PM (4ZKcy)

9 The only way to defeat this is to talk like Christopher Walken!!

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 03:40 PM (RrhD2)

10 "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."- Ian Malcolm.

Posted by: otho at October 30, 2017 03:40 PM (qGuLD)

11 Chain of custody on recordings is going to be much more important. I could also see, perhaps, a way of defeating this by carrying a device that emits a continuous series of sub-audible coded beeps as you speak, with the beeps being randomized in some secret way that could not be duplicated readily. So having the private key to the coding, you could play back a true recording of your words, and the beeps would decode.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon, survivor of GNAMM at October 30, 2017 03:41 PM (O848g)

12 We can do what the Amish do. We can evaluate the technology and decide if we want to let it into our lives. I can tell you now that I have no use for Amazon's Echo or Alexis. I don't want to have a smart thermostat hooked up to the internet. And we have a significant portion of the population that already doesn' believe what they see on the news.

Posted by: notsothoreau at October 30, 2017 03:41 PM (JKNZq)

13 The only waaaaaaaayyyy to defeat THIS is to talk like Christopher Walken

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 03:42 PM (RrhD2)

14 They based their technology on forty minutes of Obummer yappin' outta his farthole? Scary future, indeed. Jim Sunk New Dawn Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim[/i][/b][/s][/u] at October 30, 2017 03:42 PM (QzJWU)

15 Reminds me of Real Genius where they solve the problem only to realize they created a weapon. RadioLab took down the podcast of them explaining HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US sage. Pussies

Posted by: Patrick From Ohio at October 30, 2017 03:42 PM (dKiJG)

16 Imagine what law enforcement could do with this once it's evolved a bit. That should scare the ever living shit out of everyone.

Posted by: Insomniac - Existential Vacuum Salesman at October 30, 2017 03:42 PM (NWiLs)

17 The downside potential is dire. Do you think the Media and Leftist will hold back? Maybe this is why they worked so hard to make thoughtcrimes into hate crimes. Misusing this technology can get people fired or put in jail. This frightens me.

Posted by: NaCly Dog[/i][/b][/s] at October 30, 2017 03:42 PM (hyuyC)

18 Someday soon I'm going to tear myself away from commenting on a blog that I find educational and hilarious at the same time. Yeah probably not.

Posted by: Cannibal Bob at October 30, 2017 03:43 PM (VezBU)

19 I see that more as a wonderful opportunity for animation and game design. They're getting closer and closer to allowing people to type in dialog and have a voice come out that is good enough for play. It will make producing games massively cheaper and faster.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 30, 2017 03:43 PM (39g3+)

20 In the future (and didn't they do some of this in Blade Runner?) we'll where silhouette masking clothes and masks and also have implants to detect whether who you are speaking to is a person, a cyborg or a digital creature.

Coming to a street near you.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That (Back from the Dead) at October 30, 2017 03:43 PM (/P0gj)

21 >>>Reminds me of Real Genius where they solve the problem only to realize they created a weapon. Back when Val Kilmer could hammer a six-inch spike through a board with his penis!

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 03:44 PM (RrhD2)

22 Is anyone working on making a penis talk cause that would be funny.

Posted by: Cannibal Bob at October 30, 2017 03:44 PM (VezBU)

23 Almost time for my lunch nap, although I don't really sleep anymore.

Posted by: Country Boy at October 30, 2017 03:44 PM (9o2eo)

24 Sorry for the OT, but what is this intriguing theory JackStraw is floating about the direction of the ongoing investigation?

Posted by: Max Power at October 30, 2017 03:44 PM (q177U)

25 So in 2020 we'll beholda fully digital Hillary?

Posted by: Anna Puma at October 30, 2017 03:44 PM (iRZl4)

26 I can tell you now that I have no use for Amazon's Echo or Alexis *********88 Yeah, no way that shit is coming into my home. And the new service that lets an amazon employee into your home? Are you kidding me? Oh, and now they want to have self driving pizza deliveries. Like I'm paying a delivery fee AND THEN walking out to a vehicle in my driveway in December.

Posted by: Warden at October 30, 2017 03:44 PM (YOnlm)

27 Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 08:42 Needed more cowbell.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState[/i][/b][/s][/u] at October 30, 2017 03:45 PM (+XVlR)

28 Ugh, that is freaky.

And yeah, your BIL and that Adobe developer lady sound like the scientists in Terminator (silly, I know).

Posted by: Lizzy[/i][/s][/b] at October 30, 2017 03:45 PM (W+vEI)

29 Just because you can do a thing does not necessarily mean that you should do that thing.
On the other hand, I wouldn't mind having a replicator like on Star Trek.

Posted by: Old Blue Sith Lord [/b][/i][/s] at October 30, 2017 03:45 PM (gEvQ8)

30 What you are describing - the slowing down and considering of the path we are on - used to be the great role of religion, before it was cut loose and cast aside. Mankind, especially in the modern age, has always needed a drag on its unchecked progress. Now we have none.

Posted by: One at October 30, 2017 03:45 PM (53297)

31 Imagine what law enforcement could do with this once it's evolved a bit. That should scare the ever living shit out of everyone. Posted by: Insomniac - Existential Vacuum Salesman at October 30, 2017 08:42 PM (NWiLs) Here is the video of your friends confessions to the crime, do you want to talk to us now.

Posted by: Patrick From Ohio at October 30, 2017 03:46 PM (dKiJG)

32 First application will be ***drumroll*** Porn

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 03:46 PM (RrhD2)

33 32 Imagine what law enforcement could do with this once it's evolved a bit. That should scare the ever living shit out of everyone. Posted by: Insomniac - Existential Vacuum Salesman at October 30, 2017 08:42 PM (NWiLs) Here is the video of your friends confessions to the crime, do you want to talk to us now. Posted by: Patrick From Ohio at October 30, 2017 08:46 PM (dKiJG) Or the friend implicating you. Or your own confession.

Posted by: Insomniac - Existential Vacuum Salesman at October 30, 2017 03:46 PM (NWiLs)

34 First application will be
***drumroll***
Porn
Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 08:46 PM (RrhD2)

Weren't the cyborgs in Blade Runner, Hookers?

Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That (Back from the Dead) at October 30, 2017 03:47 PM (/P0gj)

35 The first time I had someone call in to troubleshoot the connection of their thermostat, I thought "I didn't get into this field to deal with thermostats." It's bad enough helping connect printers wirelessly. And of course, the new tech may be coming at us faster but many people can't deal with the old tech.

Posted by: notsothoreau at October 30, 2017 03:47 PM (JKNZq)

36 Sorry for the OT, but what is this intriguing theory JackStraw is floating about the direction of the ongoing investigation? Posted by: Max Power at October 30, 2017 08:44 PM (q177U) I hope he's right, but I remain skeptical.

Posted by: Country Boy at October 30, 2017 03:47 PM (9o2eo)

37 He consistently shrugs me off--he's considered none of it, not even privacy issues. That's not how he's wired. All he wants to do is solve the problem in front of him. The rest of it is someone else's issue. He's correct. Every single thing in the universe can be used for good and for bad. The better it is the worse it can be, too. This is nothing new. There are no bad technologies, just bad people.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at October 30, 2017 03:47 PM (8gDQu)

38 In polotics i think this will be a case of mutual assured destruction...it will either never be used because the other side will also have access to it, or it will muddy the waters such that nothing will be believed...

Posted by: E.T. at October 30, 2017 03:47 PM (P1GJy)

39 The book Rising Sun, come to life.

Posted by: RobM1981 at October 30, 2017 03:47 PM (VVBN7)

40 Scott Adams on live now on TuCa

Posted by: San Franpsycho at October 30, 2017 03:48 PM (EZebt)

41 Max, will let JackS speak for himself, but I think it's that the Podesta company and another one called Mercury will be swept up in the net.  Basically, that Dem and Clinton elements will be swept up.  Not sure how big that will actually be.  Unless somehow it gets to Uranium-1 deal, which might be his theory.


I see mega-scandal here (a few actually).  Not sure the Mueller investigation will be the path to addressing them. 


Fresh out of revolver food, so off to set up the press to crank out some 38spl.




Posted by: rhomboid at October 30, 2017 03:48 PM (QDnY+)

42 In 2020 everyone will be a digital surrogate looking like Kate Upton never leaving home but with a green exclamation point floating over their heads.

Posted by: Anna Puma at October 30, 2017 03:48 PM (iRZl4)

43 >>>I hope he's right, but I remain skeptical. Posted by: Country Boy at October 30, 2017 08:47 PM (9o2eo) What's his take?

Posted by: Max Power at October 30, 2017 03:48 PM (q177U)

44 >>>Weren't the cyborgs in Blade Runner, Hookers? Dude, please. The preferred terminology is basic pleasure model.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 03:48 PM (RrhD2)

45 "Augmented" reality is where it gets really interesting. Imagine living with a device that will tell you what to eat and when, based on its detection of your own minute-by-minute chemical makeup. It will know you are going to be hungry and what you will be craving before you even do. It will also know what nutrients your body is lacking or has too much of.

We thought all this time that science was going to create robots.  We will become the robots.

Posted by: Mega at October 30, 2017 03:48 PM (rv0Fo)

46 Oh, OK.

Posted by: Max Power at October 30, 2017 03:49 PM (q177U)

47 i've always wondered how stalin and hitler got away with the horror without tech. tech -propaganda on steroids.

Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 03:50 PM (FKrah)

48 >>>It will know you are going to be hungry and what you will be craving before you even do. It will also know what nutrients your body is lacking or has too much o BEEP BEEP TIME TO DRINK WATER MISTER O SPADES BEEP BOOP

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 03:50 PM (RrhD2)

49 Books, paper books, don't rat you out.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) [/b][/i][/s][/u] at October 30, 2017 03:50 PM (pNxlR)

50 I thought I would hate having a car with lane sense and Adaptive Cruise control. But damn if it's not nice to have on long drives.

Posted by: Patrick From Ohio at October 30, 2017 03:50 PM (dKiJG)

51 I am going to start talking like Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther. Or Latka on Taxi.

Posted by: Eromero at October 30, 2017 03:50 PM (zLDYs)

52 Well, you know, I have no real objection to robotic hookers but doubt they would be much fun.

Posted by: yankeefifth at October 30, 2017 03:50 PM (vuY5x)

53 Not to worry. While we're devolving into a tyrannical state

(And btw, that's why the globalists are globalists; all this shit will be easier to make legal and will make the state more powerful in a world government situation. And they believe they will be either at the controls of power or standing behind those driving. it's what it's all about. And the first country that MUST fall is the US.)

science will deteriorate to the point where we will miss an asteroid on an impact course with the Earth and we'll join the Dinosaurs in history.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That (Back from the Dead) at October 30, 2017 03:51 PM (/P0gj)

54 This has been coming down the pike ever since digital photography was invented. And yes it will make the police state that much easier to control. The future is bleak.

Posted by: StrawMan at October 30, 2017 03:51 PM (AQODf)

55 WTF another judge has stopped the ban on additional transgenders in the military. These scum really need to be put down somehow.

Posted by: Country Boy at October 30, 2017 03:51 PM (9o2eo)

56 >>Every single thing in the universe can be used for good and for bad. Kate Upton can only used for good.

Posted by: JackStraw at October 30, 2017 03:51 PM (/tuJf)

57 Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 08:42 PM (RrhD2) Early in the thread, but BSG I have to say, Winona was again the drag of Stranger Things 2.

Posted by: WOPR (Colonial Marines can't use harsh language) at October 30, 2017 03:51 PM (J70i0)

58 Pris was a basic pleasure model. Zhora was part of a kick murder squad.

Posted by: Anna Puma at October 30, 2017 03:51 PM (iRZl4)

59 You.Need.To.Get.More.Drunk.

Posted by: Max Power at October 30, 2017 03:51 PM (q177U)

60 krebs i'm thinking pony express

Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 03:52 PM (FKrah)

61 No generation before has experienced such a rapidly changing world, and it seems that the people pushing the boundaries never give a moment's thought to any potential negative effects or hazard of doing so. === Hence the truism; if it can be done, it will be done. P.S. Scott Adams commenting on this topic. "It is already happening." You can no longer believe ant images you see are not manufactured to advance an agenda.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at October 30, 2017 03:52 PM (EZebt)

62 Are the Yankees winning tonight?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at October 30, 2017 03:52 PM (SjImc)

63 >>He consistently shrugs me off--he's considered none of it, not even privacy issues.

Like the internet of things. Yeah, it's cool to control your light switches and monitor your front porch via your front port or the sitter from your smartphone, but....that means someone else will be able to, too. Maybe some legitimately, some hackers.

Controlling all your life thru your iPhone is way cool - until it breaks or is stolen and you have no wallet, no front door key, don't know anyone's phone number, can't navigate your way home, summon an Uber (because who needs a car?), etc.

Posted by: Lizzy[/i][/s][/b] at October 30, 2017 03:52 PM (W+vEI)

64 Are the sexbots in blade runner and America 3000 really that different?

Posted by: Tinfoilbaby at October 30, 2017 03:53 PM (6Ll1u)

65 yankee , must be better than strippers at least you get what you pay for- nothing lasting.

Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 03:53 PM (FKrah)

66 I hope he's right, but I remain skeptical. Posted by: Country Boy at October 30, 2017 08:47 PM (9o2eo) What's his take? Posted by: Max Power at October 30, 2017 08:48 PM (q177U) I think that it's big, YUUUUGGE, and not going away and will go in unexpected directions.

Posted by: Country Boy at October 30, 2017 03:53 PM (9o2eo)

67 Weren't the cyborgs in Blade Runner, Hookers? Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That (Back from the Dead) at October 30, 2017 08:47 PM One was.

Posted by: otho at October 30, 2017 03:53 PM (qGuLD)

68 Second or third look at the movie Looker?

Posted by: Anna Puma at October 30, 2017 03:53 PM (iRZl4)

69 I don't see fewer life stresses, more leisure time or a richer life experience being generated from this new digital world we're in. Well, there will be more leisure time, as more and more jobs are automated and replaced by computers and robots.

Posted by: rickl at October 30, 2017 03:54 PM (sdi6R)

70 As long as I can make Lindsey Graham say " I like little boys" It may be worth it.

Posted by: MAGA at October 30, 2017 03:54 PM (LnOh3)

71 Are the Yankees winning tonight?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at October 30, 2017 08:52 PM (SjImc)

Well...they're not losing!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at October 30, 2017 03:54 PM (wYseH)

72 11 Chain of custody on recordings is going to be much more important. I could also see, perhaps, a way of defeating this by carrying a device that emits a continuous series of sub-audible coded beeps as you speak, with the beeps being randomized in some secret way that could not be duplicated readily. So having the private key to the coding, you could play back a true recording of your words, and the beeps would decode. Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon, survivor of GNAMM at October 30, 2017 08:41 PM (O848g) Brilliant

Posted by: MassIdeas at October 30, 2017 03:54 PM (dwNYN)

73 Still waiting on the all silver, automated kitchens and vending machines.    Food untouched by human hands!

Posted by: Count de Monet at October 30, 2017 03:54 PM (QLvwG)

74 it seems that the people pushing the boundaries never give a moment's thought to any potential negative effects or hazard of doing so. Funny thing, that's been the standard lefty criticism of any engineering that has the least use for military purposes for at least 150 years (since Nobel and dynamite).

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at October 30, 2017 03:54 PM (eXA4G)

75 I want Sharon Apple

Posted by: Anna Puma at October 30, 2017 03:55 PM (iRZl4)

76 >>>Early in the thread, but BSG I have to say, Winona was again the drag of Stranger Things 2 It is Samwise Gamgee!!

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 03:55 PM (RrhD2)

77 Augmented" reality, they already have it so that you can read Spanish, Italian Russian etc signs that get translated into English in real time. They are already working on wearable earbuds that will translate the person talking to you.

Posted by: Patrick From Ohio at October 30, 2017 03:55 PM (dKiJG)

78 >>>Scott Adams commenting on this topic. "It is already happening." You can no longer believe ant images you see are not manufactured to advance an agenda. And the less you trust propaganda the weaker it becomes. In the future the written word will be king again, and the power you wield will be based on the soundness of your reasoning.

Posted by: Max Power at October 30, 2017 03:55 PM (q177U)

79 can imagine how this technology might be used not only in propaganda, but also for run-of-the-mill mischief. Imagine calling someone's wife and creating an entire maliciously fake conversation from their "husband." l that happens now.

Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 03:55 PM (FKrah)

80 it seems that the people pushing the boundaries never give a moment's thought to any potential negative effects or hazard of doing so. This is the thesis of Future Shock: that advances are coming so rapidly and piling on so much that people and culture do not have time to respond and learn how to use them properly -- their limits, etiquette, ideal use etc -- and society cannot keep up. Second or third look at the movie Looker? I've been calling for this for years now. Such an obvious remake.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 30, 2017 03:55 PM (39g3+)

81 How does it go? "Behold, I am become death. Destoyer of worlds,". At least Oppenheimer considered the consequences of his actions.

Posted by: Sensitive new age guy at October 30, 2017 03:56 PM (mYDmK)

82 >>>Still waiting on the all silver, automated kitchens and vending machines. Food untouched by human hands! Werewolves hardest hit.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 03:56 PM (RrhD2)

83 "Well, there will be more leisure time, as more and more jobs are automated and replaced by computers and robots." Sounds like star trektopia to me. Hopefully the holodeck won't get caught in a yoko-lena loop.

Posted by: the guy across the street at October 30, 2017 03:56 PM (sf2BM)

84 I do hope Shannon Bremen will be wearing a teddy for her new show.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at October 30, 2017 03:56 PM (IWbvi)

85 We're already seeing with law enforcement their willingness to exploit every new technology to make their lives easier without the slightest regard to privacy or rights.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 30, 2017 03:56 PM (39g3+)

86 "It's an unfortunate side effect of capitalism, globalism and the basic human failings of greed and hubris." Nothing in life comes without side effects (unintended consequences). Our unwillingness or inability to properly deal with them is the result of two failures of our educational system: 1.) The move away from a well-rounded education to highly specialized disciplines, and 2.) The dismissal of Moral Philosophy from the academy.

Posted by: Coolpapa at October 30, 2017 03:56 PM (0IXkH)

87 WTF another judge has stopped the ban on additional transgenders in the military. These scum really need to be put down somehow. Posted by: Country Boy at October 30, 2017 08:51 PM (9o2eo) We are to be ruled by people wearing black robes. It's in the Constitution somewheres.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at October 30, 2017 03:57 PM (auHtY)

88 um, yeah, i guess i'm ready to love colossus.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at October 30, 2017 03:57 PM (AxFdW)

89 Old man yells at cloud.

Posted by: Jaqen H'ghar at October 30, 2017 03:57 PM (5fSr7)

90 >>I do hope Shannon Bremen will be wearing a teddy for her new show. She just was in my mind.

Posted by: JackStraw at October 30, 2017 03:58 PM (/tuJf)

91 Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 08:50 PM (RrhD2)

LOL

Posted by: Mega at October 30, 2017 03:58 PM (rv0Fo)

92 rickl, as a city gal, i see simplify as a goal. i hope others can let loose of keeping up with the neighbors as a not to 'do ' lifestyle ' in the futrue. because it is so empty

Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 03:58 PM (FKrah)

93 43 In 2020 everyone will be a digital surrogate looking like Kate Upton never leaving home but with a green exclamation point floating over their heads. Posted by: Anna Puma at October 30, 2017 08:48 PM (iRZl4) Go on...

Posted by: San Franpsycho at October 30, 2017 03:58 PM (EZebt)

94 Could someone type a sentence into their computer and make those words come of your mouth? You're kidding, right? That was my entire job!

Posted by: Barack Hussein Obama at October 30, 2017 03:58 PM (FcR7P)

95 Two cups fake voice patterns, one cup AI, bake in a quantum computer and you've got Skynet. This is not going to end well.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at October 30, 2017 03:59 PM (hWKh7)

96 WTF another judge has stopped the ban on additional transgenders in the military. These scum really need to be put down somehow. Posted by: Country Boy at October 30, 2017 08:51 PM (9o2eo) President Trump can simply dispatch some Federal Marshalls to drag that judge out of the courthouse, and deliver him to the House of Representatives, who can hold the sonofabitch in the House Jail, pending a successful Motion of Impeachment. Let him out on bail for his Senate Trial, and give him a fair trial before returning him to his home courthouse, stripped of all title, payroll, pension and bereft of most of his Civil Rights, as befalls the average felon. I'm sure there are statutes to reinforce the Constitutional Separation of Powers, with which to charge and convict the bastard. Trump would only have to do this once! Pity, we lack the balls in both the House and Senate to carry forth such an enterprise. But I believe it would be *entirely* Constitutional for President Trump to follow exactly such a course of action. Put it on Pay Per View, and knock out some Federal Debt, too. Jim Sunk New Dawn Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim[/i][/b][/s][/u] at October 30, 2017 03:59 PM (QzJWU)

97 I've already done that! My car broke down and I called my husband. Started explaining the problem, and he started telling me how to deal with it. Then I realized that it wasn't my husband.

Posted by: notsothoreau at October 30, 2017 03:59 PM (JKNZq)

98 ... i mean, just think, the time is coming close when the problem with that technology isn't that it's manipulated by humans but that it'll be manipulated by computers alone.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at October 30, 2017 03:59 PM (AxFdW)

99 We are to be ruled by people wearing black robes. It's in the Constitution somewheres. Posted by: TheQuietMan at October 30, 2017 08:57 PM (auHtY) Well, we have always swore to uphold the federal judges edict against all their personal enemies, foreign and domestic.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at October 30, 2017 03:59 PM (IWbvi)

100 Well...they're not losing! Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at October 30, 2017 08:54 PM (wYseH) Well I'll settle for that. Hey I gotta hot foot it down to VA tomorrow night so drinks when I get back...Seems the Comfort is docking in San Juan.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at October 30, 2017 03:59 PM (SjImc)

101 Anthony Weiner 2010: I was hacked! Anthony Weiner 2060: I was hacked!

Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner at October 30, 2017 03:59 PM (tbOMB)

102 This is nothing new. There are no bad technologies, just bad people. Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at October 30, 2017 08:47 PM (8gDQu) Yes and no. The rate of change in, for lack of a better term, life control is a problem. Twenty years ago, once you left work, except for very few people, you were done for the day. Now, if you have any decent job, you better keep that cell phone handy. As Warden said, this stuff was supposed to free us but it's turned into chains. You know what you hear people say about self-driving cars? "Now I can do work while the car drives." It really is insane. Simply saying "It's always worked out before," is surface level thinking.

Posted by: WOPR (Colonial Marines can't use harsh language) at October 30, 2017 03:59 PM (J70i0)

103 Looker was so far ahead of its time, Micheal Crighton sure was a brilliant Director and Writer.

Posted by: Patrick From Ohio at October 30, 2017 03:59 PM (dKiJG)

104 Kate Upton can only used for good. Posted by: JackStraw at October 30, 2017 08:51 PM (/tuJf) yet she's got that other guys germ on her.

Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 04:00 PM (FKrah)

105 There are no bad technologies, just bad people.
Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at October 30, 2017 08:47 PM (8gDQu)

"There are, always and only, the bad people, but some of them are on opposite sides."
He waved his thin hand toward the city and walked over to the window.
"A great rolling sea of evil," he said almost proprietorially. "Shallower in some place, of course, but deeper, oh, so much deeper in others."

Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That (Back from the Dead) at October 30, 2017 04:01 PM (/P0gj)

106 Forensics will know the difference between automated speech and real speech. FFS, there are free websites that can detect photoshopping.

If the correct people want to fit you up, they can do it right now, sans tech.

Posted by: Mega at October 30, 2017 04:01 PM (rv0Fo)

107 In the year 2525 if man is still alive.

Posted by: Tinfoilbaby at October 30, 2017 04:02 PM (6Ll1u)

108 Pretty soon Pres could die in office but keep going through the magic of CGI. HA-HA-HA-HA!

Posted by: Hillary! at October 30, 2017 04:02 PM (FcR7P)

109 Grandpa, what was it like in the olden days?


Well SRX-149, we used to have to walk over to the thermostat twice a year to reset the time due to daylight savings time changes.



Gosh, grandpa, how primitive!

Posted by: Count de Monet at October 30, 2017 04:02 PM (QLvwG)

110 >>yet she's got that other guys germ on her. And he's throwing lights out in the World Series. I'll allow it.

Posted by: JackStraw at October 30, 2017 04:02 PM (/tuJf)

111 "They keep telling us this stuff will make our lives better, but it hasn't." Maybe it's because I'm old enough to see at least a minor span of technological change but I must disagree. This stuff does make our lives better, although 'better' can mean different things to different people. I was at the VA last year or so ago and this young vet was coming in for a re-fitting of his prosthetic leg since it was causing him considerable discomfort and evidently adjustments had to be made from time to time. He could run with that thing. Run. Technological advances sure made his life better. I worked at a major pharmaceutical research laboratory a few years ago, got to know several of the scientists there on at least a passing basis. One of them told me a cure (!) for certain especially lethal types of cancer will probably be available in less than ten years--in even less time if they somehow managed to streamline the process through the FDA. The polio that terrorized the public in my father's day and that crippled my aunt for life? Gone. Smallpox? Gone. Point is, we've become accustomed to miracles and wonders. Or maybe we're just not adapting well to the changes these advances bring. I don't know. I do know life is better for lots of people than it otherwise would be.

Posted by: troyriser at October 30, 2017 04:02 PM (my7fr)

112 I think that all of this is almost certainly an unmitigated mistake. Unforced error. What happens with this kind of technology, it AI is invented? Who programs "ethics" and "morality" into an AI? AI may be closer that we think. Just today, Reynolds was going on about Google and their quantum computing efforts. This singularity thing that keeps getting talked about. I don't think it's everything people think it is cracked up to be. We will be the ones being manipulated by an amplified brain, that thinks orders of magnitude faster than a human being can, and has access to almost unlimited knowledge.

Posted by: Bozo Conservative....lost in America at October 30, 2017 04:03 PM (S6Pax)

113 yet she's got that other guys germ on her. Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 09:00 PM (FKrah) What chick over 18 doesn't?

Posted by: Country Boy - 2017 GNAMM and CenTexMoMee survivor at October 30, 2017 04:03 PM (D2vc1)

114 And he's throwing lights out in the World Series. I'll allow it. Posted by: JackStraw at October 30, 2017 09:02 PM (/tuJf) And I bet he is a conservative. Trade him to the Yankees instead of the Astros and we're in the world series...sigh

Posted by: Nevergiveup at October 30, 2017 04:03 PM (SjImc)

115 There are no bad technologies, just bad people. Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at October 30, 2017 08:47 PM (8gDQu) which is why we need to do as the left Did , encourage free tech as with free expression , no bars. yet i think of eich and how easily he was smooshed

Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 04:03 PM (FKrah)

116 Well, there will be more leisure time, as more and more jobs are automated and replaced by computers and robots. I think we may have hit peak leisure time already. Any more and there won't be work for people to do to make money to pay for the items robots manufacture or services they offer.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 30, 2017 04:04 PM (39g3+)

117 Is it considered cheating if it's with a sex robot?

Posted by: Patrick From Ohio at October 30, 2017 04:04 PM (dKiJG)

118 We will become the robots. Posted by: Mega at October 30, 2017 08:48 PM (rv0Fo) Will? Bread and circuses have people lining up to become automatons.

Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner at October 30, 2017 04:05 PM (tbOMB)

119 jack, a low ba spirituallr , although i also thi

Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 04:06 PM (FKrah)

120 I have no mouth and I must scream!

Posted by: Count de Monet at October 30, 2017 04:06 PM (QLvwG)

121 The judiciary is largely a creation of Congress, so they can fix this.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at October 30, 2017 04:06 PM (BoMuO)

122 It is Samwise Gamgee!! Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 08:55 PM (RrhD2) Samwise continues to be brave and loyal. Sean Astin is a fine actor unlike the slattern Winona.

Posted by: WOPR (Colonial Marines can't use harsh language) at October 30, 2017 04:06 PM (J70i0)

123 >>> Is it considered cheating if it's with a sex robot? Giving or receiving?

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 04:07 PM (RrhD2)

124 I think we all knew this sort of thing was coming... It was only a matter of time!

Posted by: Zettai Ryoiki at October 30, 2017 04:07 PM (e9G8E)

125 ... colossus will be providing cherry 3000's, right?

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at October 30, 2017 04:07 PM (AxFdW)

126 Kurt Vonnegut's first novel was "Player Piano", published in 1950 (I think). At the time he was working in public relations at GE, and the book was an extrapolation of the predictions at the time of how labor-saving devices would improve everybody's lives. Computers and robots did all the real work and the people sat around with nothing much to do. I read it many years ago. I should probably re-read it.

Posted by: rickl at October 30, 2017 04:07 PM (sdi6R)

127 108 Forensics will know the difference between automated speech and real speech. FFS, there are free websites that can detect photoshopping. ********** Interesting you bring that up. They talked to a digital forensics expert on the podcast. He says he could catch about 80% of cleverly done fakes, but it takes a hell of a lot of man-hours to accomplish it. "A lie can get half way around the world before the truth can get its pants on."

Posted by: Warden at October 30, 2017 04:07 PM (YOnlm)

128 Eventually either Skynet, or the Butlerian Jihad.

Posted by: davidt at October 30, 2017 04:07 PM (cGz5Q)

129 119 Is it considered cheating if it's with a sex robot? Posted by: Patrick From Ohio at October 30, 2017 09:04 PM (dKiJG) Of course not.

Posted by: Cannibal at October 30, 2017 04:07 PM (VezBU)

130 yet she's got that other guys germ on her. Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 09:00 PM (FKrah) What chick over 18 doesn't? Posted by: Country Boy - 2017 GNAMM and CenTexMoMee survivor at October 30, 2017 09:03 PM (D2vc1) *sneaks off to patent self cleaning sex robots*

Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner at October 30, 2017 04:07 PM (tbOMB)

131 80 >>>Scott Adams commenting on this topic. "It is already happening." You can no longer believe ant images you see are not manufactured to advance an agenda. And the less you trust propaganda the weaker it becomes. In the future the written word will be king again, and the power you wield will be based on the soundness of your reasoning. Posted by: Max Power at October 30, 2017 08:55 PM (q177U) Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Matt. 24:35 ASV)

Posted by: Mike Pitzler at October 30, 2017 04:07 PM (fSf/G)

132 I totally screwed the pooch on that comment and deleted my nic. Gees.

Posted by: Cannibal Bob at October 30, 2017 04:08 PM (VezBU)

133 The judiciary is largely a creation of Congress, so they can fix this. Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy They won't. Just like they could fix the budget problems, but they won't. Too much money trading hands behind the scenes. "Throw the bums out" is a start, but new people will become corrupted too.

Posted by: Bozo Conservative....lost in America at October 30, 2017 04:09 PM (S6Pax)

134 123 The judiciary is largely a creation of Congress, so they can fix this. Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at October 30, 2017 09:06 PM (BoMuO) Just one fed judge in Hawaii can say "no" and make it so.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at October 30, 2017 04:09 PM (IWbvi)

135 sorry computer didn't like the low bar. i guess upton fans lol. i am also for her innocence. scribbles jack off my task for the day list . it's good. (kidding i have zip power .)

Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 04:09 PM (FKrah)

136 How come facebook and Google aren't leading the way in sexbots? Gotta keep the employees happy right?

Posted by: Tinfoilbaby at October 30, 2017 04:10 PM (6Ll1u)

137 70 Second or third look at the movie Looker? Posted by: Anna Puma at October 30, 2017 08:53 PM (iRZl4)


More and more I think Crichton was a Prophet.

Posted by: Raul's Wild Kingdom. at October 30, 2017 04:10 PM (IC7R4)

138 Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 30, 2017 09:04 PM (39g3+)

Enough robots and no need for money.

All money has ever been is a common exchange medium representing labor.

Labor will be done by machines and the only labor a human will do it that which they wish to do.

This will cause a great collapse and some will die but in the long run those left will be without want, healthy and free from any type of slavery. Whether through wages or actual chains.

Of course some more primitive areas will still rely on money as a means to apportion goods but the tech will spread quite rapidly.

Our greatest danger is that we will become bored to death. To waste away due to ennui.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That (Back from the Dead) at October 30, 2017 04:10 PM (/P0gj)

139 yet she's got that other guys germ on her. Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 09:00 PM (FKrah) What chick over 18 doesn't? Posted by: Country Boy - 2017 GNAMM and CenTexMoMee survivor at October 30, 2017 09:03 PM (D2vc1) *sneaks off to patent self cleaning sex robots* Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner at October 30, 2017 09:07 PM (tbOMB) o heck , i remeber our talk of HPV and ll you guys had a meltdown if it didn't happen to you

Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 04:11 PM (FKrah)

140 >>>Sean Astin is a fine actor unlike the slattern Winona. Sean Astin is a vegetarian lib with four daddies and ruins every movie with his mouth-breathing presence. He was out acted by Pauly Shore!!

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 04:11 PM (RrhD2)

141 scribbles jack off my task for the day list . it's good. (kidding i have zip power .) Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 09:09 PM (FKrah) NEVER scribble jack off from the list if you wanna be a good wife.

Posted by: Country Boy - 2017 GNAMM and CenTexMoMee survivor at October 30, 2017 04:11 PM (D2vc1)

142 We will be the ones being manipulated by an amplified brain, that thinks orders of magnitude faster than a human being can, and has access to almost unlimited knowledge.
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AI or not, crazy future tech or not, the real worry is always the humans behind it. I think it's fascinating that the Googs and Zucks of the world seem to very publicly want us all to be fearful of advancing tech like AI getting out of control.

No... we need to be afraid of THEM.

Posted by: Mega at October 30, 2017 04:11 PM (rv0Fo)

143 I really feel sorry for Truck Drivers, they are hell bent on replacing them with Driverless Trucks. The already can replace Pilots if they wanted too.

Posted by: Patrick From Ohio at October 30, 2017 04:11 PM (dKiJG)

144 Chain of custody on recordings is going to be much more important. I could also see, perhaps, a way of defeating this by carrying a device that emits a continuous series of sub-audible coded beeps as you speak, with the beeps being randomized in some secret way that could not be duplicated readily. So having the private key to the coding, you could play back a true recording of your words, and the beeps would decode. Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon, survivor of GNAMM at October 30, 2017 08:41 PM (O848g) Brilliant Posted by: MassIdeas Forensic tagging of video using stenographic techniques exists

Posted by: Jean at October 30, 2017 04:12 PM (9TU00)

145 Technology, especially digital tech, is indeed a double edged sword. However, there will always be those who know how to dull the blade. Sometimes the anarchists have a point.

Posted by: colfax mingo at October 30, 2017 04:13 PM (0n18S)

146 country boy, i guess i'm a country -city Hick, i take care of my own.

Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 04:13 PM (FKrah)

147 >>>We will become the robots. Posted by: Mega at October 30, 2017 08:48 PM (rv0Fo) EXACTLY. The evil robot overlords are us! Some version of humans boosted and augmented by AI to the degree that the distinction between an robot and a person will be grayer than unclosed tag on ace of spades.

Posted by: Max Power [/i] at October 30, 2017 04:13 PM (q177U)

148 Just one fed judge in Hawaii can say "no" and make it so. Posted by: Burnt Toast at October 30, 2017 09:09 PM (IWbvi)

As with the Police. All it takes is enough people saying "no we won't obey your rules".

Note, some of those people have to be in government.

The big push for Gun laws was stopped cold when enough sheriffs said they wouldn't obey the law.

(Colorado is a special case having been infested with lefties over the years)

Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That (Back from the Dead) at October 30, 2017 04:13 PM (/P0gj)

149 Man.. I could be such a bitch right now. Good thing I can actually hold myself in check. The facebook postings I'm seeing are crying out for a slap down.

Posted by: Jewells45can handle your jewels at October 30, 2017 04:13 PM (CNHr1)

150 (hopes like heck my spouse is too tired to read that comment)

Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 04:13 PM (FKrah)

151 The already can replace Pilots if they wanted too. Posted by: Patrick From Ohio at October 30, 2017 09:11 PM (dKiJG) ************ One of the downsides of automation is the lack of human expertise necessary to prevent a meltdown when it fails. They have pilots fly manually for a prescribed number of hours every year just to keep them sharp.

Posted by: Warden at October 30, 2017 04:14 PM (YOnlm)

152 How's your husband doing willow?

Posted by: JackStraw at October 30, 2017 04:14 PM (/tuJf)

153 Interesting you bring that up. They talked to a digital forensics expert on the podcast. He says he could catch about 80% of cleverly done fakes, but it takes a hell of a lot of man-hours to accomplish it.

"A lie can get half way around the world before the truth can get its pants on."

Posted by: Warden at October 30, 2017 09:07 PM (YOnlm)

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Which could be a problem, but just as the tech to create evolves, so does the tech to detect. That's the reason computer viruses haven't ground all our lives to a halt and why you don't see spam in your inbox like you used to.

I also think people will adapt to it. How many times do you see an amazing photograph these days and NOT at least wonder if its photoshopped.

Is that a good thing? I'm not saying it's a good thing. I'm saying that's the nature of our existence.

Posted by: Mega at October 30, 2017 04:16 PM (rv0Fo)

154 Geez....Hannity's opening monologue is still going....almost 20 mins. into his show.

Posted by: Tami[/i][/b][/s][/u] at October 30, 2017 04:16 PM (Enq6K)

155 I see we are out of Valu-Rite.
Would you like me to order another dozen cases?
Should I use the usual Foundation legal division credit card to pay?

Posted by: hillar's Google home device at October 30, 2017 04:16 PM (mJ8mX)

156 I agree we're in dangerous territory. I guess I've seen too many Terminator flicks, but AI seems like the most dangerous idea of them all. As for self-driving cars, the legal liability will likely keep them from hitting the road. Imagine the potential for hacking or any other gremlin-type issues and you have a recipe for endless lawsuits. "I can tell you now that I have no use for Amazon's Echo or Alexis. I don't want to have a smart thermostat hooked up to the internet. And we have a significant portion of the population that already doesn' believe what they see on the news." I agree 100% on all. I love how that recent South Park episode set off those paid-for outposts of Big Brother in people's houses. It's ironic that in addition to a totalitarian police state, the narcissism of the age has us providing the authorities the ability to track our movements and invade our privacy. Voluntarily.

Posted by: grizzledcoastie at October 30, 2017 04:16 PM (FMgad)

157 115 yet she's got that other guys germ on her. Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 09:00 PM (FKrah) What chick over 18 doesn't? Posted by: Country Boy - 2017 GNAMM and CenTexMoMee survivor at October 30, 2017 09:03 PM (D2vc1) A girl on Survivor this season said she's a virgin. Wholesome Christian girl background I think too.

Posted by: buzzion - guess my sign at October 30, 2017 04:18 PM (z/Ubi)

158 Oh, Mr. Frodo!

Posted by: Samwell "Low T" Gamgee at October 30, 2017 04:18 PM (H5knJ)

159 Our greatest danger is that we will become bored to death. To waste away due to ennui. Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That (Back from the Dead) at October 30, 2017 09:10 PM (/P0gj) Subjugating your fellow man for shits and giggles alone has been fairly constant throughout history. It will into the future too.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at October 30, 2017 04:19 PM (IWbvi)

160 I really feel sorry for Truck Drivers, they are hell bent on replacing them with Driverless Trucks. The already can replace Pilots if they wanted too. Posted by: Patrick From Ohio at October 30, 2017 09:11 PM (dKiJG) ------- There are already driverless trucks in use in Europe, Germany I think. As a pilot myself, no way in hell would my happy ass ever be on a pilotless plane. There are way too many failures that could occur that would indicate x is the problem, when experience and training tell a pilot that z is the actual problem. A machine programmed to react to problem x could rapidly turn a plane load of passengers into puree 30k feet below in a 40' smoking hole.

Posted by: Sidedraft at October 30, 2017 04:19 PM (I16G8)

161 This is why people cannot have nice things.

Posted by: Prof Chaos aka gumdrop gorilla at October 30, 2017 04:19 PM (g/2WM)

162 Hey everybody. "I can tell you now that I have no use for Amazon's Echo or Alexis." What's especially going to be great is when it overhears you... choking the chicken on a lonely night, as it were, and responds to you: "Sounds like you're wanking in the other room. Need me to help?"

Posted by: qdpsteve at October 30, 2017 04:21 PM (eMKNe)

163 Enough robots and no need for money. You've been watching too much Star Trek. Robots don't change the need for payment.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 30, 2017 04:21 PM (39g3+)

164 When I was in the hospital, there were a number of times I needed to be moved from my room to the radiology department or some other place. The hospital employed a person to load me on the stretcher and push me to my destination. I couldn't help thinking, "Well, they're talking about self-driving cars, how about self-driving stretchers?" Seriously, that would seem to be much easier than self-driving cars. There's less traffic in hospital corridors, and much lower speeds.

Posted by: rickl at October 30, 2017 04:21 PM (sdi6R)

165 164 Hey everybody. "I can tell you now that I have no use for Amazon's Echo or Alexis." What's especially going to be great is when it overhears you... choking the chicken on a lonely night, as it were, and responds to you: "Sounds like you're wanking in the other room. Need me to help?" Posted by: qdpsteve at October 30, 2017 09:21 PM (eMKNe) Ordering more Kllenex.

Posted by: buzzion - guess my sign at October 30, 2017 04:22 PM (z/Ubi)

166 What they ought to be doing is talking to the brilliant criminals in the pens. The fraud guys, the cons, the really talented thieves. Think like a grifter, like the world's best grifter. They'll use this technology, for sure.

Posted by: Les Kinetic at October 30, 2017 04:22 PM (U6f54)

167 A girl on Survivor this season said she's a virgin. Wholesome Christian girl background I think too. Posted by: buzzion - guess my sign at October 30, 2017 09:18 PM (z/Ubi) Well, she says that...

Posted by: Insomniac - Existential Vacuum Salesman at October 30, 2017 04:22 PM (NWiLs)

168 A certain portion of the scientific community simply does not think of issues other than furthering scientific knowledge. This is not a criticism of these individuals, merely an observation. I have known several engineers, and engineers simply don't think like the rest of us. It's a matter of training in most instances. They are trained to not fret over mistakes. Figure out what went wrong and move on. Don't dwell on what might have been. A lot of scientists have the same pattern of thought. During the run up to WW II, several countries' national security services were constantly driven crazy by scientists at science conventions and other such meetings. The scientists didn't give a flying fig for national security; they just wanted to exchange ideas and successes or failures. Their "country" was science, not the U.S., Germany, Great Britain, etc. Werner von Braun didn't give a hoot who was paying the bills; he just wanted to get his rockets into the air. My mother's line-up was an engineer and drove my poor sister up the wall quite frequently. She simply could not understand his apparent unconcern during my mother's final illness. She could not grasp that it wasn't that he didn't care that my mother was dying; he simply understood there was nothing he could do about it so why get into a big uproar about the whole thing. It's the same thing with your brother-in-law; all he's interested in is how to make these things. Once they are made, it's on to the next project. It's up to others to figure out how these new things will be used and their use governed.

Posted by: Deplorable lady with a deplorable basket of deplorable Ca at October 30, 2017 04:22 PM (K0i2l)

169 A girl on Survivor this season said she's a virgin. Wholesome Christian girl background I think too. Posted by: buzzion - guess my sign at October 30, 2017 09:18 PM (z/Ubi) That will work well when it comes time for human sacrifices.

Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner at October 30, 2017 04:22 PM (tbOMB)

170 Anyone watching Black Mirror on Netflix? Many different and interesting takes on this very subject. I highly recommend it.

Posted by: Warden at October 30, 2017 04:22 PM (YOnlm)

171 168 What they ought to be doing is talking to the brilliant criminals in the pens. The fraud guys, the cons, the really talented thieves. Think like a grifter, like the world's best grifter. They'll use this technology, for sure. Posted by: Les Kinetic at October 30, 2017 09:22 PM (U6f54) Like Frank Abignale.

Posted by: Insomniac - Existential Vacuum Salesman at October 30, 2017 04:22 PM (NWiLs)

172 Domo arigato, Mister Roboto

Posted by: Data at October 30, 2017 04:23 PM (IqV8l)

173 171 A girl on Survivor this season said she's a virgin. Wholesome Christian girl background I think too. Posted by: buzzion - guess my sign at October 30, 2017 09:18 PM (z/Ubi) That will work well when it comes time for human sacrifices. Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner at October 30, 2017 09:22 PM (tbOMB) Oh if you watched the show there are probably a couple other potential virgins you'd want to sacrifice before her. She's more the type you swoop in hanging from the chopper to rescue before she's tossed into the volcano.

Posted by: buzzion - guess my sign at October 30, 2017 04:23 PM (z/Ubi)

174 172 Anyone watching Black Mirror on Netflix? Many different and interesting takes on this very subject. I highly recommend it. Posted by: Warden at October 30, 2017 09:22 PM (YOnlm) It was OK. I only got about three episodes in and it just didn't hold my attention.

Posted by: Insomniac - Existential Vacuum Salesman at October 30, 2017 04:24 PM (NWiLs)

175 Fresh out of revolver food, so off to set up the press to crank out some 38spl. Posted by: rhomboid ...frowns...

Posted by: .357 mag [i] at October 30, 2017 04:24 PM (tGjfm)

176 The smart adapters or the smart luddites can win in the end. Human intelligence has to be a factor in outcomes. Compare the outcomes and life trajectories between Dem voter plantations in the inner city and in leafy suburbs near farms. One can always think up new dystopias. Making it work for all may be hard, unless we have a smarter culture of learning.

Posted by: NaCly Dog[/i][/b][/s] at October 30, 2017 04:24 PM (hyuyC)

177 Winona? Banged her. Meh.

Posted by: Beteljuice at October 30, 2017 04:24 PM (gC2IV)

178 178 The smart adapters or the smart luddites can win in the end. Human intelligence has to be a factor in outcomes. Compare the outcomes and life trajectories between Dem voter plantations in the inner city and in leafy suburbs near farms. One can always think up new dystopias. Making it work for all may be hard, unless we have a smarter culture of learning. Posted by: NaCly Dog at October 30, 2017 09:24 PM (hyuyC) Work on your archery and hand-to-hand combat skills now so you'll be ready for the Hunger Games.

Posted by: Insomniac - Existential Vacuum Salesman at October 30, 2017 04:25 PM (NWiLs)

179 I didn't make it past first episode of Black Mirror. It just seemed like torture porn with a technology veneer.

Posted by: Bear with Assymetrical Balls at October 30, 2017 04:25 PM (H5knJ)

180 179 Winona? Banged her. Meh. Posted by: Beteljuice at October 30, 2017 09:24 PM (gC2IV) Right? A RealDoll would've been more responsive.

Posted by: Christian Slater at October 30, 2017 04:26 PM (NWiLs)

181 I couldn't help thinking, "Well, they're talking about self-driving cars, how about self-driving stretchers?" Seriously, that would seem to be much easier than self-driving cars. There's less traffic in hospital corridors, and much lower speeds. Posted by: rickl at October 30, 2017 09:21 PM (sdi6R) -------- Unless such stretchers were able to monitor your functions in every detail, they would not be able to call for help if you started crashing for some health reason. They would still keeep cruising sedately to your programmed destination.

Posted by: Sidedraft at October 30, 2017 04:26 PM (I16G8)

182 Unless such stretchers were able to monitor your functions in every detail, they would not be able to call for help if you started crashing for some health reason. They would still keeep cruising sedately to your programmed destination. Posted by: Sidedraft at October 30, 2017 09:26 PM (I16G Go on...

Posted by: National Health Service at October 30, 2017 04:27 PM (NWiLs)

183 181 I didn't make it past first episode of Black Mirror. It just seemed like torture porn with a technology veneer. ********** That one was okay, but my least favorite. Maybe give it one more shot.

Posted by: Warden at October 30, 2017 04:27 PM (YOnlm)

184 "No generation before has experienced such a rapidly changing world..."

I think this is questionable. Consider Winston Churchill. He was born in 1874 and grew up in an age of horse-drawn carriages, gas lamps, and steamships. When he died in 1965, it was in a world of H-bombs, intercontinental missiles, digital computers, supersonic aircraft, and manned spaceflight. Medical care went from hack-saws and tinctures to antibiotics, vaccines, and organ transplants. Mankind's physical understanding of the Universe was completely revolutionized several times over, at all scales.

The terrible, mad ideologies of the 20th Century were in part a reaction to these dislocating changes, giving rise to war and revolution and the spilling of seas of blood.

I wonder if the remainder of my life (I'm 29) will see changes to the lot of the average man anything like as rapid or dramatic as those of Churchill's generation, but so far social media and smaller computers seem like a rounding error in comparison to that.

Posted by: Scipio Americanus at October 30, 2017 04:27 PM (vckNJ)

185 Christian Slater? Is he still alive?

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 04:28 PM (RrhD2)

186 We will overcome this evil technology at a critical time with!.... The Cobomite Maneuver!

Posted by: Jimmy "Tiberius" Kirk at October 30, 2017 04:29 PM (RWlNZ)

187 10 - That was the underlying message of most of Michael Crichton 's books: just because we can doesn't mean we should. Unfortunately, though, I think most of his readers never caught on to what he was saying; they simply skated on the surface rather than looking deeper.

Posted by: Deplorable lady with a deplorable basket of deplorable Ca at October 30, 2017 04:29 PM (K0i2l)

188 Carter Page might be a bigger dumbass than Papadopoulos.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 04:30 PM (RrhD2)

189 Tell me more about this Butlerian Jihad. It sounds quite smashing, it does.

Posted by: Woodhouse at October 30, 2017 04:30 PM (NWiLs)

190 Sean Astin is a vegetarian lib with four daddies and ruins every movie with his mouth-breathing presence. He was out acted by Pauly Shore!! Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 09:11 PM (RrhD2) How many hit movies was Winona in? Hmmm, I wonder what she had to do to get this role. I mean based on her performance........

Posted by: WOPR (Colonial Marines can't use harsh language) at October 30, 2017 04:30 PM (J70i0)

191 He consistently shrugs me off--he's considered none of it, not even privacy issues. That's not how he's wired. All he wants to do is solve the problem in front of him. The rest of it is someone else's issue.
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Some people are very narrow minded.

They can't imagine their pet idea being used against them.

In fact, they can't even imagine the negative implications of technology as a whole.

Which is strange, because many developers are geniuses.

But I suppose "technical imagination" might be different than "contextual imagination."

Posted by: SJW decoder at October 30, 2017 04:30 PM (aT+Bx)

192 How many hit movies was Winona in? Hmmm, I wonder what she had to do to get this role. I mean based on her performance........ Posted by: WOPR (Colonial Marines can't use harsh language) at October 30, 2017 09:30 PM (J70i0) Spit-roasted by the Duffer brothers?

Posted by: Insomniac - Existential Vacuum Salesman at October 30, 2017 04:31 PM (NWiLs)

193 Christian Slater? Is he still alive? Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 09:28 PM (RrhD2) Was doing voice work on Archer... might still be, I wouldn't know. So maybe that means he looks like Val Kilmer these days.

Posted by: BurtTC at October 30, 2017 04:31 PM (Pz4pT)

194 Was doing voice work on Archer... might still be, I wouldn't know. So maybe that means he looks like Val Kilmer these days. Posted by: BurtTC at October 30, 2017 09:31 PM (Pz4pT) He's in Mr. Robot.

Posted by: Insomniac - Existential Vacuum Salesman at October 30, 2017 04:31 PM (NWiLs)

195 Kurt Vonnegut's first novel was "Player Piano", published in 1950 (I think).

At the time he was working in public relations at GE, and the book was an extrapolation of the predictions at the time of how labor-saving devices would improve everybody's lives. Computers and robots did all the real work and the people sat around with nothing much to do.

I read it many years ago. I should probably re-read it.

Posted by: rickl at October 30, 2017 09:07 PM (sdi6R)


I remember those early Vonnegut books, and they were the best.  I happened to be browsing Daddy's bookcase in 1971, and picked up Slaughterhouse Five.  It sounded like a grim book, but I was desperate for something to read.  Boy, was I surprised!  I became an instant fan, and read everything he'd written up to that point.  Even went to see him at Wheaton College when he appeared there.


My all-time favorite is probably Cat's Cradle (probably read it 100 times).  I think I'll reread it - it's been ages. 


Hey rickl, shoot me an email, if you'd be so kind.  In my nick.

Posted by: Miley, the Duchess at October 30, 2017 04:32 PM (bjlHK)

196 190 Carter Page might be a bigger dumbass than Papadopoulos. Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 09:30 PM (RrhD2) ------------ :::Snicker::: Unbunch your panties.

Posted by: Creme brle dude at October 30, 2017 04:32 PM (gC2IV)

197 I need something new to watch on Netflix or Amazon. I think we've watched every series. I prefer historical dramas but I can't seem to find any more. And we're waiting for about 6 or 7 series of new seasons. Damn these shows take a long time off.

Posted by: Tami[/i][/b][/s][/u] at October 30, 2017 04:33 PM (Enq6K)

198 Kurt Vonnegut's first novel was "Player Piano", published in 1950 (I think). At the time he was working in public relations at GE, and the book was an extrapolation of the predictions at the time of how labor-saving devices would improve everybody's lives. Computers and robots did all the real work and the people sat around with nothing much to do. I read it many years ago. I should probably re-read it. Posted by: rickl at October 30, 2017 09:07 PM It's a great book. Very memorable. IIRC, one of the things in the story was how the Army ended up being a wastebasket for the unemployed, you joined, got a meager wage and were set to busywork. It became virtually welfare. They didn't dare give them weapons, let alone train them. Also the main character's job was replacing people with automation, or simply downsizing. He was a fan of the progress. Until his job was replaced with a machine. Ouch.

Posted by: otho at October 30, 2017 04:33 PM (qGuLD)

199 How many hit movies was Winona in? Hmmm, I wonder what she had to do to get this role. I mean based on her performance........ Posted by: WOPR (Colonial Marines can't use harsh language) at October 30, 2017 09:30 PM (J70i0) Two words: Ping. Pong. Balls.

Posted by: BurtTC at October 30, 2017 04:33 PM (Pz4pT)

200 I've always found Winona attractive. But like a lot of older actresses, she's gotten too skinny. I feel like Kraft Services should have given half of Astin's food to her.

Posted by: Bear with Assymetrical Balls at October 30, 2017 04:33 PM (H5knJ)

201 Encino Man acting skills ranked Brendan Fraser>Michael Deluise>Robin Tunney>Pauly Shore >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Sean (4 Dads) Astin

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 04:33 PM (RrhD2)

202 "Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?" "That's not my department," says Werner von Braun. The notion that experts have a clue about the effects of, or the best use of, the fruits of their expertise is one of the strongest superstitions of mankind.

Posted by: George LeS at October 30, 2017 04:34 PM (+TcCF)

203

"Sounds like you're wanking in the other room. Need me to help?"
Posted by: qdpsteve at October 30, 2017 09:21 PM (eMKNe)




I wish you could see my keyboard now!!

Posted by: Miley, the Duchess at October 30, 2017 04:34 PM (bjlHK)

204 There's a pretty funny comedy on Netflix called W1A -- it's about modern life at the BBC, with the BBC being the most sclerotic organization on Earth trying to adapt to modern technology. In one of the scenes, the fail-safe captioning becomes self aware and they cannot turn it off. Anyway, as always, lower the pitcher's mound, ban the shift, and get rid of replay.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at October 30, 2017 04:34 PM (oiItG)

205 :::sniffs::: I smell a Marine.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 04:34 PM (RrhD2)

206 Just like they do with currency, they just need to come up with something to authenticate the original speech or doesn't let it be altered without screwing something up. Every defense is defeated by a new offense which is then stopped by a new defense.

Posted by: Alabaster Jones at October 30, 2017 04:35 PM (2DOZq)

207 And we're waiting for about 6 or 7 series of new seasons. Damn these shows take a long time off. Tell me about it. They are off for so long I forgot what happened the previous season.

Posted by: Jewells45can handle your jewels at October 30, 2017 04:36 PM (CNHr1)

208 There are two kinds of people; those who buy stuff from Home Shopping Network, and those who don't.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at October 30, 2017 04:36 PM (4XCge)

209 Was doing voice work on Archer... might still be, I wouldn't know. So maybe that means he looks like Val Kilmer these days. Posted by: BurtTC at October 30, 2017 09:31 PM (Pz4pT) He's in AMC's Bad Robot or whatever the name of that stupid show is. He's aged well.......unlike Winona.

Posted by: WOPR (Colonial Marines can't use harsh language) at October 30, 2017 04:36 PM (J70i0)

210 >>>. I feel like Kraft Services should have given half of Astin's food to her. Why feed Astin at all? He is a vegetarian. Let him graze through the yard.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 04:37 PM (RrhD2)

211 How to know the Obummer vid is fake? Lack of stuttering is a dead giveaway.

Posted by: EyeTest at October 30, 2017 04:37 PM (5x9My)

212 Anyway, as always, lower the pitcher's mound, ban the shift, and get rid of replay. Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at October 30, 2017 09:34 PM (oiItG) ... and get rid of the automatic intentional walk.

Posted by: Duke of Righteous WTF? at October 30, 2017 04:37 PM (T71PA)

213 Indeed sir!

Posted by: Duke Lowell at October 30, 2017 04:37 PM (gC2IV)

214 196 Was doing voice work on Archer... might still be, I wouldn't know. So maybe that means he looks like Val Kilmer these days. Posted by: BurtTC at October 30, 2017 09:31 PM (Pz4pT) He's in Mr. Robot. Posted by: Insomniac - Existential Vacuum Salesman at October 30, 2017 09:31 PM (NWiLs) In the not too distant future, Mr. Robot will be in you

Posted by: josephistan at October 30, 2017 04:38 PM (ANIFC)

215 >>>He's aged well.......unlike Winona. I did not realize you swung that way.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 04:38 PM (RrhD2)

216 hey, remember the bit in woody allen's "sleeper" where his reflection in the bathroom mirror is a computer generated image of him shaving, then a woman who says get out of her mirror then her shaving? not so far off.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at October 30, 2017 04:38 PM (AxFdW)

217 Slater was great in True Romance.

Posted by: Alabaster Jones at October 30, 2017 04:38 PM (2DOZq)

218 Libs of a near year: Can you imagine what Trump can do with that technology!!!! AND Hillary is absolutely right because we all saw Paul Ryan on tape say we have to push all the grannies over the cliff to save on Medicare!!!

Posted by: Axeman at October 30, 2017 04:38 PM (2mC6G)

219 Was doing voice work on Archer... might still be, I wouldn't know. So maybe that means he looks like Val Kilmer these days. Posted by: BurtTC at October 30, 2017 09:31 PM (Pz4pT) He's in Mr. Robot. Posted by: Insomniac - Existential Vacuum Salesman at October 30, 2017 09:31 PM (NWiLs) I've never seen it. Free on Amazon Prime, so I'll check it out.

Posted by: BurtTC at October 30, 2017 04:39 PM (Pz4pT)

220 Tell me about it. They are off for so long I forgot what happened the previous season. Posted by: Jewells45can handle your jewels at October 30, 2017 09:36 PM (CNHr1) They're off for so long I forgot I was watching them. I'm gonna have to make a list of them...if I can remember.

Posted by: Tami[/i][/b][/s][/u] at October 30, 2017 04:39 PM (Enq6K)

221 I feel like Kraft Services should have given half of Astin's food to her. Posted by: Bear with Assymetrical Balls at October 30, 2017 09:33 PM (H5knJ) Yeah, he's gotten hefty. I will say it's a good second season for the show.

Posted by: WOPR (Colonial Marines can't use harsh language) at October 30, 2017 04:39 PM (J70i0)

222 ... that was funny.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at October 30, 2017 04:39 PM (AxFdW)

223 The older you get, the faster time flys. At 70 I ain't seen nothing yet. BTW, reload 38 and 357. 38 +P+ are not something to sneeze at.

Posted by: colfax mingo at October 30, 2017 04:39 PM (0n18S)

224 >>>Slater was great in True Romance. Still overshadowed by all the great talent in the flick.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 04:39 PM (RrhD2)

225 In the not too distant future, Mr. Robot will be in you . . . -- Isn't America grand?

Posted by: Shep at October 30, 2017 04:40 PM (H5knJ)

226 Kill all humans.

Posted by: Bender at October 30, 2017 04:41 PM (cGz5Q)

227 How many hit movies was Winona in? Hmmm, I wonder what she had to do to get this role. I mean based on her performance........ Posted by: WOPR (Colonial Marines can't use harsh language) at October 30, 2017 09:30 PM (J70i0) Probably had more cock in her than a chicken processing plant.

Posted by: buzzion - guess my sign at October 30, 2017 04:41 PM (z/Ubi)

228 226 >>>Slater was great in True Romance. Still overshadowed by all the great talent in the flick. Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 09:39 PM (RrhD2) He was good from start to finish. The others were great for a scene.

Posted by: Alabaster Jones at October 30, 2017 04:41 PM (2DOZq)

229 I've never seen it. Free on Amazon Prime, so I'll check it out. Posted by: BurtTC at October 30, 2017 09:39 PM (Pz4pT) Don't, it's bad. Plus, do you really want to see gay sex, not the female kind?

Posted by: WOPR (Colonial Marines can't use harsh language) at October 30, 2017 04:42 PM (J70i0)

230 Does my RAM look fat? Be honest.

Posted by: SAL 9000 at October 30, 2017 04:42 PM (oiItG)

231 :::locks Buzzion in Hamlet chicken plant:::

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 04:42 PM (RrhD2)

232 Say, is this the movie thread?

Posted by: Harvey W. at October 30, 2017 04:42 PM (Tyii7)

233 I hate doing laundry. Which is why I'd steal clothes at Sak's.

Posted by: Wiona Dryer at October 30, 2017 04:43 PM (RWlNZ)

234 Player Piano scared the crap out of me as a teen. All those machines replacing all the people, operating so efficiently, because of the skilled inventors and maintenance people . . Then i became acquainted with UAW Skilled Trades, and my worries faded away.

Posted by: 2009Refugee at October 30, 2017 04:43 PM (JyFLk)

235 Miley, thanks I think :-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at October 30, 2017 04:43 PM (eMKNe)

236 We will overcome this evil technology at a critical time with!.... The Cobomite Maneuver! Posted by: Jimmy "Tiberius" Kirk at October 30, 2017 09:29 PM (RWlNZ) --- Stop mocking me or I'LL BLOW UP MY SHIP!! I WILL!! THIS TIME, I MEAN IT!! Computer, begin ship-blowing-up-sequence A11111....

Posted by: James-Tee Kirk at October 30, 2017 04:43 PM (2mC6G)

237 I've never seen it. Free on Amazon Prime, so I'll check it out. Posted by: BurtTC at October 30, 2017 09:39 PM (Pz4pT) Don't, it's bad. Plus, do you really want to see gay sex, not the female kind? Posted by: WOPR (Colonial Marines can't use harsh language) at October 30, 2017 09:42 PM (J70i0) Oh no. I don't want that. I read the synopsis. Nothing about teh ghey. 95% rotten tomatoes score.

Posted by: BurtTC at October 30, 2017 04:44 PM (Pz4pT)

238 ... one of the nice things about "sleeper" was it showed the tech breaking down. it's maybe the only futuristic vision that does that.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at October 30, 2017 04:44 PM (AxFdW)

239 In 2020 everyone will be a digital surrogate looking like Kate Upton never leaving home but with a green exclamation point floating over their heads. Posted by: Anna Puma at October 30, 2017 08:48 PM (iRZl4) *************************** Will she have a mute button?

Posted by: Brit at October 30, 2017 04:44 PM (VeUrT)

240 The ship's dead, Jim.

Posted by: Bones at October 30, 2017 04:44 PM (Tyii7)

241 To her credit, Winona chose Heathers over Godfather 3.

Posted by: SAL 9000 at October 30, 2017 04:44 PM (oiItG)

242 I did not realize you swung that way. Posted by: Banana Splits Guy - Nostrildamus at October 30, 2017 09:38 PM (RrhD2) I'm secure in my heterosexuality and point out when a guy has aged well. Now Winona's gender might be in question.

Posted by: WOPR (Colonial Marines can't use harsh language) at October 30, 2017 04:45 PM (J70i0)

243 Paging Jehanne Butler...

Posted by: Brother Cavil, this space for rent! Call 1-800-MORON-AD for details! at October 30, 2017 04:45 PM (lLeln)

244 So Mrs. E has her deer corn all loaded up in the truck, she has her backpack loaded with bugspray, snacks, and Ruger SP101. Shes ready to go to the river. I have to work tomorrow. How many of you morons have wife units who would prepare your shooting lanes for you? Much better than any robot.

Posted by: Eromero at October 30, 2017 04:45 PM (zLDYs)

245 Sock stuck to my big toe.

Posted by: gNewt at October 30, 2017 04:46 PM (VeUrT)

246 How many of you morons have wife units who would prepare your shooting lanes for you? Much better than any robot.
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LOL.

I'm guessing a lot of men here would disagree with you re: woman vs. robot.

Posted by: SJW decoder at October 30, 2017 04:47 PM (aT+Bx)

247 How many of you morons have wife units who would prepare your shooting lanes for you? Much better than any robot. Posted by: Eromero at October 30, 2017 09:45 PM (zLDYs) *********************** Damn!

Posted by: gNewt at October 30, 2017 04:48 PM (VeUrT)

248 Yes, indeed, get rid of the intentional walk. One of my favorite memories is of Steve Yeager getting a single off an intentional walk pitch being too close.

Posted by: Charles the Simple at October 30, 2017 04:49 PM (w7U7L)

249 I really like Gregg Jarrett on Fox.

Posted by: Tami[/i][/b][/s][/u] at October 30, 2017 04:49 PM (Enq6K)

250 On the other hand, I wouldn't mind having a replicator like on Star Trek. Posted by: Old Blue Sith Lord at October 30, 2017 08:45 PM (gEvQ --- You mean *fake* Star Trek.

Posted by: James-Tee...Kirk at October 30, 2017 04:49 PM (2mC6G)

251 Oh no. I don't want that. I read the synopsis. Nothing about teh ghey. 95% rotten tomatoes score. Posted by: BurtTC at October 30, 2017 09:44 PM (Pz4pT) I don't trust any of the industry critics anymore. These shows have such big budgets that I think a lot of walking money gets spread around. Only if the shows are absolute dogs to you see the negative review. Plus, I think the show is such a niche show that it gets the positive reviews from viewers because most people have never watched it.

Posted by: WOPR (Colonial Marines can't use harsh language) at October 30, 2017 04:49 PM (J70i0)

252 "Automatic" intentional walk.

Posted by: Charles the Simple at October 30, 2017 04:50 PM (w7U7L)

253 BTW, reload 38 and 357 Posted by: colfax mingo Normal 38's are squib loads.

Posted by: .357 mag [i] at October 30, 2017 04:50 PM (tGjfm)

254 I really like Gregg Jarrett on Fox. Posted by: Tami at October 30, 2017 09:49 PM (Enq6K) --- #MeToo Dude knows what he's talking about.

Posted by: Axeman at October 30, 2017 04:50 PM (2mC6G)

255 Over at Laura Loomers Twitter feed, there's a pic from a Columbia protest banner that says "No White Supremacy" "No Pedo Bashing" and... "No Mike Cernovich."

The banner is sponsored by Antifa, The Resistance and NAMBLA.

So... pedo is cool now in college?

Wow.

Posted by: shibumi at October 30, 2017 04:50 PM (aT+Bx)

256 Hah! Allahpundit wants this whole Mueller thing shutdown! I'm thinking we need to ride this bull the full eight seconds, all the way to the buzzer, and then get off.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at October 30, 2017 04:50 PM (4XCge)

257 240 ... one of the nice things about "sleeper" was it showed the tech breaking down. it's maybe the only futuristic vision that does that. Posted by: musical jolly chimp at October 30, 2017 09:44 PM (AxFdW) By far the coolest thing about "Sleeper" was where it totally predicted that the dietary advice in the 1970s was completely 180 degrees wrong. It was intended as humor but it turned out to be the truth after all.

Posted by: rickl at October 30, 2017 04:50 PM (sdi6R)

258 Trust no one

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at October 30, 2017 04:51 PM (l9m7l)

259 I really like Gregg Jarrett on Fox. Posted by: Tami at October 30, 2017 09:49 PM (Enq6K) --- #MeToo Dude knows what he's talking about. Posted by: Axeman ************************** For years he would do the weekends, 24/7 and bored to tears. He's found his voice.

Posted by: gNewt at October 30, 2017 04:52 PM (VeUrT)

260 I SEE ALL

Posted by: Sonobi at October 30, 2017 04:53 PM (rv0Fo)

261 Well, the Kevin Spacey story just got weird(er): Instapundit links to Daily Mail story reporting that Spacey's brother says father was a nazi child rapist.

Posted by: Bear with Assymetrical Balls at October 30, 2017 04:53 PM (H5knJ)

262 So... pedo is cool now in college? Wow. Posted by: shibumi at October 30, 2017 09:50 PM (aT+Bx) There were people talking about how gays should stop "Pedo-bashing" back in the 90s over usenet. Stop bashing people with a different sexual preference than they have. They were a small group, but we've seen how these groups move the Overton window.

Posted by: Axeman at October 30, 2017 04:54 PM (2mC6G)

263 Dude knows what he's talking about. Posted by: Axeman ************************** For years he would do the weekends, 24/7 and bored to tears. He's found his voice. Posted by: gNewt at October 30, 2017 09:52 PM (VeUrT) Yeah, that was FOX's fault. He's always been very good...they've only recently realized it. I didn't watch FOX for quite a while but I find myself switching to it more often and am glad to see Gregg Jarrett on more and more shows. Although, he does have an excess of letters in his name.

Posted by: Tami[/i][/b][/s][/u] at October 30, 2017 04:55 PM (Enq6K)

264 Well, the Kevin Spacey story just got weird(er): Instapundit links to Daily Mail story reporting that Spacey's brother says father was a nazi child rapist.
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They've just re-framed it.

Spacey can't be guilty because he's a victim himself. Of a RIGHT WING Nazi Conservative Tea Party Trump Voter.

So it's all good! Uncancel Kevin's show!

Posted by: shibumi at October 30, 2017 04:55 PM (aT+Bx)

265 They don't procreate they recruit. Oh, Kevvvvvvvvvvvvin,

Posted by: gNewt at October 30, 2017 04:55 PM (VeUrT)

266 He's in AMC's Bad Robot or whatever the name of that stupid show is. He's aged well.......unlike Winona. Posted by: WOPR (Colonial Marines can't use harsh language) at October 30, 2017 09:36 PM (J70i0) I liked the first season. It was different, interesting and subversive. The second season got to be a bit of a chore.

Posted by: Insomniac - Existential Vacuum Salesman at October 30, 2017 04:56 PM (NWiLs)

267 Trust no one I have that movie on DVD. I especially like the scene where the one girl flinches at the sound of the gunshot and the other just calmly stares at the guy like she knew what was going to happen. Great movie! Then there is another bit where the one girl's eyes track the missile as it passes in front of them, while the other girl blinks and misses the whole thing.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at October 30, 2017 04:56 PM (4XCge)

268 He was good from start to finish. The others were great for a scene. Posted by: Alabaster Jones at October 30, 2017 09:41 PM Slater carried his own in True Romance. Despite the great, large cast all in top gear for that flick, Slater did a stellar job.

Posted by: otho at October 30, 2017 04:57 PM (qGuLD)

269 Hmm, not sure what ".357 mag" is on about - I assume just joshing - but the 38spl is a standard light load I use for plinking and steels matches.  It's perfect out of a Model 66/4 inch.  Actually using up my Trail Boss powder, so they're very light on recoil.  Dirty, but meh, lead, always dirty.


And .357 is not allowed for the matches, and there's no reason to use it anyway.

Posted by: rhomboid at October 30, 2017 04:57 PM (QDnY+)

270 Trust no one --- Wait! What are you trying to pull?!

Posted by: Axeman at October 30, 2017 04:58 PM (2mC6G)

271 Sleeper clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yCeFmn_e2c That is so fucking hilarious, because it is actually true.

Posted by: rickl at October 30, 2017 04:58 PM (sdi6R)

272 Trust Sonobi.

Posted by: Sonobi at October 30, 2017 04:58 PM (DMUuz)

273 Jack? the spouse? everyday is a new adventure in fear.

Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 04:58 PM (FKrah)

274 Slater carried his own in True Romance. Despite the great, large cast all in top gear for that flick, Slater did a stellar job. Posted by: otho at October 30, 2017 09:57 PM (qGuLD) --- One of my favorite Brad Pitt roles.

Posted by: Axeman at October 30, 2017 04:58 PM (2mC6G)

275 Speaking of reloading, sounds like we've got a few press-monkees here, so I'll query thus: My favorite factory .357 Magnum load is the Winchester Silvertip 145 gr. variant. Hard as hell to find, and at over $2 per shot, not a practice round, might we say? Out of my S&W Model 28, it's laser beam accurate, has very controllable recoil characteristics which allow for fast follow up shots, and it's also a very clean burning recipe of ??? inside the case. I'd like to be able to work up a near duplicate to the loading. I can accept buying premium components, as the reloads still won't be anywhere near the wallet-chewing nightmare which is the WW offering. Out in exotic-ville, I'd actually like to get an oscilloscope reading of the recoil rise-time, peak and duration factors, and even work up a home-brew round to reasonably well track the "feel" of the factory rounds. Folks, this is a very shootable .357 round, which still had good velocity, and at 145 gr., splits the difference between the lightweight screamers and 158 gr. rounds, which at .357 pressures, hit on both ends of the gun. I'm not throwing a gauntlet as a challenge, but am seriously looking to get some good, close starting points to at least be close to the right on-ramp. Thanks in advance for y'alls' hailp! Jim Sunk New Dawn Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim[/i][/b][/s][/u] at October 30, 2017 04:59 PM (QzJWU)

276 232 Does my RAM look fat? Be honest. Posted by: SAL 9000 at October 30, 2017 09:42 PM (oiItG) No, but your back end could use an upgrade.

Posted by: Bus, Master at October 30, 2017 05:00 PM (tbOMB)

277 And .357 is not allowed for the matches, and there's no reason to use it anyway. Posted by: rhomboid **************************** I read it's good for cowboy carry - pistol/rifle combo. That it was affective on deer at 50 yrds.

Posted by: gNewt at October 30, 2017 05:00 PM (VeUrT)

278 I think this technology has great possibilities.

Posted by: Amy Schumer at October 30, 2017 05:00 PM (cHbmY)

279 One of my favorite Brad Pitt roles. Posted by: Axeman at October 30, 2017 09:58 PM Yeah, Floyd! It is a small, but memorable role, like many in that flick. I loved the bit where he offers the mafia guys a hit on his bong, only to met with stone faces. Classic.

Posted by: otho at October 30, 2017 05:01 PM (qGuLD)

280 i beg G-d for mercy , I pray and beg because my spouse doesn't deserve the hell.

Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 05:01 PM (FKrah)

281 Willow The surgery did not go well? Prayers ascending for your hubby.

Posted by: NaCly Dog[/i][/b][/s] at October 30, 2017 05:03 PM (hyuyC)

282 I'm going as President for Halloween!

Posted by: Hilary Clinton at October 30, 2017 05:03 PM (SkuXa)

283 Poke : Poke The ONT won't show up if you stop commenting here and just refresh the front page. It is the exciting flow of commentary here that brings the ONT.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at October 30, 2017 05:04 PM (4XCge)

284 Sorry to hear of your troubles, willow. Wish I could help.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at October 30, 2017 05:04 PM (gC2IV)

285 John Kelly on Laura Ingraham's show.

Posted by: Tami[/i][/b][/s][/u] at October 30, 2017 05:04 PM (Enq6K)

286 >>>The woman they talked to had no answer for them. She clearly hadn't though much about it and seemed annoyed when they persisted in this direction of questioning. Her attitude was pretty much, well SOMEONE will figure it all out.<<< Reminds me of the movie Real Genius: HOPSFIELD (to Chris): I've been thinking about your laser solution. I figure you've increased the output to six megawatts. CHRIS: Yeah. HOPSFIELD: What would you use that for? MITCH: The applications are unlimited. Industrial for one. HOPSFIELD: With the gas tanks you've designed the beam would only last for forty seconds. What good is that? CHRIS: I don't care, Laslo. I graduated. MITCH: Let the engineers figure out a use for it. That's not our concern. HOPSFIELD: Maybe somebody already has a use for it, one for which it's perfectly designed. JORDAN: You mean Atherton had something in mind all along? HOPSFIELD: Looks at the facts: very high power, portable, limited firing time, unlimited range. All you'd need is a big spinning mirror and you could vaporize a human target from space. CHRIS: This is not good.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at October 30, 2017 05:04 PM (7A4qQ)

287 For a while there back in the 90s, every call I got at work started off like a Jerky Boys premise. So these things eventually die down. But yes, Uncle Freddy died.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at October 30, 2017 05:04 PM (oiItG)

288 willow, I'm sorry I seemed to have missed something. What's wrong with your hubby?!

Posted by: Tami[/i][/b][/s][/u] at October 30, 2017 05:04 PM (Enq6K)

289 What happened with your husband, willow?

Posted by: rickl at October 30, 2017 05:04 PM (sdi6R)

290 >>Jack? the spouse? everyday is a new adventure in fear. I'm very sorry to hear that. You and your husband are in my thoughts if that means anything.

Posted by: JackStraw at October 30, 2017 05:05 PM (/tuJf)

291 The notion that experts have a clue about the effects of, or the best use of, the fruits of their expertise is one of the strongest superstitions of mankind.
Posted by: George LeS at October 30, 2017 09:34 PM (+TcCF)


von Braun did not want to make war rockets, he wanted to go to Mars.  He considered the whole vengeance thing to be a waste of time.  He was arrested once by the SS for saying so openly,  and Doernberger had to get him out of their clutches in part by promising them concessions . . . which is what Himmler wanted.


Lots of people want me to run around shrieking like my hair is on fire, but let's be honest.  We don't trust the media, we don't trust  politicians, and to be honest, we all understand that if someone with power and position decides  you need to be shut up and made an example for the rest, there will be witnesses, evidence and probably signed confessions--if you don't just wind up committing suicide from remorse just before that big vacation you were going to take with your kids to celebrate that new job.

All this new technology does is lower the price of entry into the framing market.

Posted by: Kindltot at October 30, 2017 05:06 PM (X/yv5)

292 *ONT is NOOD!*

Posted by: Slapweasel, (Cold1), ([b]T[/b]) Baseball Nut [/i] [/b] [/u] [/s] at October 30, 2017 05:06 PM (Ckg4U)

293 Jeebus Warren, I thought I was on smart French military blog with all the surrender vibes. I don't know about the rest of the morons but I am whittling new shoes for Shabbat. Just in case.

Posted by: Deacon Blues at October 30, 2017 05:06 PM (dZGNV)

294 Player Piano Cat's Cradle Slaughterhouse-Five ... ... No love for Galapagos?

Posted by: FireHorse at October 30, 2017 05:06 PM (zkGZ8)

295 FireHorse No!

Posted by: NaCly Dog[/i][/b][/s] at October 30, 2017 05:07 PM (hyuyC)

296 Ever since Donald Trump came on the scene, we've seen a huge jump in manufacturing. Manufactured news Manufactured outrage Manufactured protests Manufactured violence at Trump Rallies Manufactured scandal Manufactured hate crimes Manufactured patriotism Manufactured Iran Echo Chambers Manufactured CIFUS meetings Manufactured charitable donations to the Clinton Foundation Manufactured birth certificates Manufactured FBI investigations for Hillary Manufactured email servers Manufactured dossiers Manufactured statistics in The War on Cops Manufactured FISA warrants Manufactured meetings with Russians Manufactured debate questions Manufactured nuclear weapons Manufactured "treaties" Manufactured Special Counsels Manufactured Klan rallies Manufactured campus riots Manufactured Intelligence Findings Manufactured leaks Manufactured votes and voters Manufactured Consent of the Governed Manufactured legal standards Manufactured wiretapping Manufactured polling Manufactured impeachment rationales and Manufactured collusion. "It's as easy as lying. Because it is lying."

Posted by: The Gipper Lives at October 30, 2017 05:07 PM (Ndje9)

297 ... another prescient "sleeper" bit: the neutering of men. he's reprogrammed by imagining him as a miss america winner. brilliant. following he's given a job, a robot dog "rags" and makes confession to a computer. great stuff. allen's best stuff was cowritten withy marshall brick man, like sleeper, annie hall, manhattan...

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at October 30, 2017 05:08 PM (AxFdW)

298 gNewt, I was referring only to .357's utility in steel matches, where it's not allowed because the power only means more damage to targets and more ricochet fun (and control is harder for the shooter, besides).  Lots of uses for it otherwise.  Funny you mention the revolver/lever rifle combo, as I have been mulling which caliber I'll get when I finally get a lever rifle.  .357 would mean I could do all my own loads with no additional equipment.  But 45 Colt calls to me, for some reason (and I don't have a 45LC revolver, either ...... yet).


Jim, I think many factory loads are hard to duplicate since the powders used are not those we can buy for ourselves.  But people usually can find a way to duplicate them.


I'd check out the reloading forums for SilverTip duplication loads.  And if you aren't a member, join and ask the question.  Seems there is always someone out there who knows.  The High Road is my favorite, but there are several others.


Posted by: rhomboid at October 30, 2017 05:08 PM (QDnY+)

299 Even now, one cannot blindly accept any video as evidence of anything, UFOs for example. Videos of moving images require analysis for chicanery. Perhaps there will be services that do instant analysis at very high speed. Then the question becomes checks and balances on the analyzing service.

Posted by: Meremortal at October 30, 2017 05:09 PM (3myMJ)

300 282 i beg G-d for mercy , I pray and beg because my spouse doesn't deserve the hell. Posted by: willow at October 30, 2017 10:01 PM (FKrah) Willow, I'm so sorry. This brings tears to my eyes. Your husband is so fortunate to have you.

Posted by: Prof Chaos aka gumdrop gorilla at October 30, 2017 05:10 PM (g/2WM)

301 This is television, that's all it is. It has nothing to do with people, it's to do with ratings! For fifty years, we've told them what to eat, what to drink, what to wear... for Christ's sake, Ben, don't you understand? Americans love television. They wean their kids on it. Listen. They love game shows, they love wrestling, they love sports and violence. So what do we do? We give 'em what they want*! We're number one, Ben, that's all that counts, believe me. I've been in the business for thirty years.

Posted by: Damon Killian at October 30, 2017 05:16 PM (ogZ1v)

302 "The problem is that there doesn't seem to be any way to pause and think any of this over. " Yes there is. Don't adoptnit and stop it being forced on you. I don't do: Facebook Twitter Broadcast television Fit Bit Self check out at stores Befternoff Sana result.

Posted by: Buck Doe at October 30, 2017 05:33 PM (1PQFx)

303 Laura Ingraham sucks at interviewing. To much Sean Hannity and not enough shut the fuck up and let the person talk.

Posted by: JackStraw at October 30, 2017 05:51 PM (/tuJf)

304 Laura likes her some Laura. If they had cameras at the Walmart self-checkout they'd get an eyefull.

Posted by: gNewt at October 30, 2017 05:58 PM (VeUrT)

305 'The other day I had a conversation with my brother about drone technology, self driving cars, automated food preparation and other new inventions that are in the works. He made a comment that stuck with me. "They keep telling us this stuff will make our lives better, but it hasn't."'

I don't think any of those new inventions have been introduced to or used by/for the average person.  How can we know if they'll make our lives better if they don't exist yet?

Posted by: CapitalistRoader at October 31, 2017 05:12 AM (QtFxH)

306 While Horrorwood is in re-make mode, maybe they can re-purpose the 1981 flick "Looker" ... and even digitally de-age Susan Dey to reprise her role as the targeted model.

Posted by: Maggie at October 31, 2017 05:23 AM (U7cpM)

307 Never speak if you can nod; never nod if you can wink.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at October 31, 2017 09:20 AM (QQ+il)

308 Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon everyday. It's always interesting to read through content from other authors and use a little something from their websites.

Posted by: scat fisting tube at November 01, 2017 06:05 AM (9+kpU)

309 Don't worry, Ace. North Korea will take care of the technology problem for us. A little EMP at the right altitude, and Adobe won't be recording _anyone's_ voice. But, imagine if the prosecutor in a murder trial introduced a recording of you threatening to kill the murder victim, and describing exactly how it actually had been done.

Posted by: RegT at November 05, 2017 07:25 PM (dl9ng)

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