Category Archives: Stupidity
Anti-nuclear protesters peaceful? No, not really.Posted by Javi Lavandeira in Japan,Nuclear power,Politics,Rants,Science,Society,Stupidity | July 19, 2012
Look at this video. This is how typical anti-nuclear protesters in Japan react when you try and talk to them.
So violent. How do you reason with someone like this? This is why you hear so much from anti-nuclear protesters, but you don’t hear from us pro-nuclear: anti-nuclear are many, irrational, violent and (most of them) don’t understand what they’re talking about. Because of this, pro-nuclear people feel threatened and prefer not to say anything.
Most of the song is insults, threats and yakuza-speak, but he also manages to drop a nice amount of lies (maybe just because he doesn’t understand what he’s talking about).
Let me clarify a few of them:
With technologies like solar power and other renewables, we can get all the electricity we need without nuclear power… and cheaply, too.
No. This has been discussed again and again in many places. Most of these aren’t economically viable, or just won’t work in a country like Japan that doesn’t have the resources. But hey, maybe I’m mistaken. Show me real data that proves that we can depend on the renewables, and I will happily agree with you.
More after the break.Read more ›
Bye-bye, FacebookPosted by Javi Lavandeira in Internet,Privacy,Social networks,Stupidity | June 26, 2012
Sorry, Facebook. This time you’ve crossed the line.
I read just a few moments ago in Slashdot that Facebook has replaced its users’ default email address with a facebook.com email address. I wasn’t very happy at all with Facebook before, and this, if true, would be the last straw, so I had to go and confirm it.
And yes, it is true. My profile now shows a @facebook.com email address (that I’ve never used and don’t intend to) instead of my real email address.
This is already too much. I’ve already deleted all my photo albums from my Facebook account, and over the next few days I’ll complete the process of removing as much content as possible and disabling the account. I have to write down the email address of people I want to keep in touch with, untag myself from my friends’ photos, and post a notice in my profile saying that I’m not there anymore.
I will still log in to Facebook during the next few days in order to remove all content from there, but from now on, if you want to get in touch with me, feel free to send me an email directly to my real email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crazy woman illegally uses photographer’s photo, then makes legal threatsPosted by Javi Lavandeira in Crime,Fun,Internet,Photography,Politics,Stupidity | June 10, 2012
Imagine that you’re a professional photographer: you earn money by taking photos and licensing them to customers who want to use them. One day while browsing the web you find a web site using one of your commercial photos illegally. You wonder how many people are doing the same, so you run an online search and find out that there are many, many web sites using your photo illegally.
You want these people to stop using your work. You could try and contact each of the web site owners, but you know that it’s going to be pointless because most don’t have contact information, or the contact person doesn’t have access to the web code, or they will just ignore you. You decide to send DMCA takedown notices to the companies hosting each of these web sites, so they will get in touch with their customers and ask them to remove your photo from their web sites.
As a result of the DMCA takedown requests, many of the web sites remove your photo, others offer to license it, as they should have done from the beginning. It seems to be going well.
Until a crazy psychotic person enters the scene.Read more ›
Ferrari-driving Grandpas on RampagePosted by Javi Lavandeira in Cars,Japan,Stupidity | December 8, 2011
Very fun car crash in Japan. According to the Mainichi Shinbun, several Ferraris, a Lamborghini, a few Mercedes and a Toyota Prius were involved. Total 14 vehicles. I assume the poor guy driving the Prius was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and was not part of the convoy.Read more ›