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Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Timewaster

Might & Magic Heroes Online

The free-to-play, MMO-ish offshoot of the long-running Heroes of Might & Magic franchise, MMHO offers a pretty faithful take on the iconic gameplay of the series: simple but deep turn-based strategy. It runs entirely within your browser, but does require a Uplay account.

You only get one character for free, so choose carefully. Naturally I gravitated to the necromancer with the inevitability of a fat chick returning to a buffet...



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Shields Up!

Boeing has patented a force field. For true.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Friendly Fire

Muzzies blowing up muzzies:

Last Friday, terrorists who claimed to be affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) targeted two mosques affiliated with the Shiite Houthi rebel movement which has taken over the capital of Yemen, Sanaa.

The preacher is shown saying in the video, “Our belief in Allah will increase after today. We will triumph over their deceit and their arrogance. Allah is with us…” The worshippers respond by chanting, “Death to America. Death to Israel. Curse upon the Jews. Victory to Islam. Allah Akbar. Death to America. Death to Israel. Curse upon the Jews. Victory to…”

An arrow on-screen then points to a man walking through the crowd, a bomb goes off and worshippers cry out.

You know that warm, fuzzy, perfectly centered feeling you get when you're about halfway through your first glass of whiskey, where everything seems right with the universe? I just got that... and I'm not drinking.

Mission Statement

Weird Al Yankovic's video making fun of the Buzzword Bureaucracy which dominates modern corporate America. You must have labored within the belly of the beast to see the true humor in this video. I have done so, and now I've had a bellyful of it; I will soon be leaving a 20-year career because of this sort of nonsense, departing for greener and less stratified pastures. I can tell you this beyond any doubt: corporatism is the last refuge of the mediocre.



The internet browser companies have a clever tactic for finding exploitable code in their products: they run a competition for hackers (comically referred to as "security researchers") and pay them for every exploit they demonstrate:

Another security researcher, JungHoon Lee, managed to demonstrate exploits against Chrome, IE 11 and Safari. As you can imagine, he walked away with quite a bit of money: $75,000 for the Chrome bug, $65,000 for IE and $50,000 for the Safari vulnerability. He also received two bonuses totaling $35,000.

Impressive. What would impress me more is if the FBI and Interpol were waiting at the door as he tries to make his way out of the building. He can keep the money, for the all good it will do him in jail.

What's that you say? If they do that, no one will come next year? I beg to differ; simply increase the prize values. We're dealing here with criminals. Like all criminals, they are unable to resist the lure of easy money, even when they know it's a trap. Much like animals, criminals can sometimes behave in clever fashion, but they aren't really all that smart. Whether they're hacking a web browser or holding up a liquor store, the mentality is exactly the same, and they should be treated no differently.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Shooting the Golden Goose

First the owner of Starbucks makes the biggest faux pas in the history of the brand, and now the city of Seattle is about to force a huge minimum wage hike onto restaurants. It seems economic suicide is all the rage in Seattle these days.

For an industry with a slim profit margin to start with, the wage hike could have a profound effect, even as supporters say it will benefit the economy in the long run.

The increase, up from $9.32 an hour, is set to be phased in starting April 1. The initial minimum wage will be $11 an hour. Employers with 500 or fewer workers must increase their pay to $15 an hour by January 2019. Larger employers, having 501 or more workers, have just two years to raise their worker compensation to $15.

When you add in payroll burden (insurance, taxes, unemployment, training, etc.) it's well in excess of a 100% increase in total labor costs to business owners. They'll handle it the way businesses always handle this sort of leftist nonsense: they'll raise prices, among other things...

With such a big wage hike, restaurant owners are looking for new ways to keep that profit. This means looking at raising prices, having fewer employees, using automated ordering systems, changing tipping models, and more, Anton said.

In a survey conducted in 2014 by the Washington Restaurant Association, the top four responses of what restaurants predict they would have to do were: raise prices, lay off employees, reduce employee hours or close their business entirely.

Anton predicts the Seattle restaurant industry may experiment heavily with the newer automated ordering systems as well, but it is still too early to tell what will ultimately work.

So they'll either replace the now overly-expensive low-skilled labor with robots or they'll simply demand the remaining low-skilled labor work twice as hard. That means you denizens of Seattle will soon be getting crappy service at higher prices! Win-win! Enjoy, Left-tards.

"Kill the Jews!"

While the starry-eyed dolts on the left knot their panties up over "Islamophobia," this is what's happening in reality: Muslims increasingly on the attack in Europe and Britain.

Civilization is at war with Islam and has been since its inception fourteen centuries ago. The handwringers on the left may not find that truth palatable, but it is nonetheless the truth. This is not a new war, but simply the latest battle of it. The real danger for the United States -- and by extension, Europe and Israel -- is the fact that the current occupant of the White House was raised a Muslim. St Ignatius Loyola once said "Give me the child until he is seven and I care not who has him thereafter."

The leadership of Iran has openly expressed admiration for the Nazis and promised another Holocaust, yet our White House backs them against Israel. Obama may not be a practicing Muslim, but you will know a man by his actions. Look at his actions over the past six years -- and most especially the last six weeks -- and tell me with whom his sympathies lie.

Muslims want blood in the streets: Jew blood, Christian blood, Buddhist blood... it doesn't really matter to them. That's because Islam is not a religion in the classical Western sense, but rather a way of life. It is more deeply imbedded into governance and law than even the Catholic Church at its height. To ignore that reality over a misguided interpretation of the First Amendment is dangerous -- and possibly lethal.

Any time now...


Up and Away

Downforce. It's not a group of retarded superheroes.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Jackass: The Early Years

Friday Timewaster

A dance club "DJ" simulator. Works surprisingly well, actually. Click on it to give it a whirl.



None for me, thanks

And the British think it's ridiculous that we name guys Randy...

Movin' On Up in Austin

Lieutenant Governor Patrick and Senate Republicans Take the Lead on Advancing Pro-Second Amendment Legislation in Austin

Gotta hand it to Dan Patrick; he's doing exactly what he said he'd do when he became Little Gov. Unlike career politicians and other lower forms of life, Patrick isn't afraid to use the bully power of the Lt. Governor's office to intimidate Democrats and attack them where they live. Where careerists like Boehner and McConnell will back down from a fight when it threatens their personal political futures, Patrick relishes going to the mat with Donks -- and he's proven himself quite accomplished at it.

The fact that he's inducing a collective coronary in totalitarian lefties across the entire country over this open carry/campus carry issue is just tasty icing on the big ol' Texas-sized cake of personal freedom. While I do not personally have any desire to walk around with a gun on my hip, an open carry law would go a long way towards running the anti-gunners and other hand-wringing girly-men right out of my beloved State of Texas. They seem to think it will turn the state into a warzone -- which a casual perusal of facts will prove to be the opposite of the truth. In any case, that outcome alone -- a reduced leftoid voter count -- will make it all worthwhile.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wrong Answer


Authorities have arrested nine people in connection with a gun attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunis that killed 22 people and two alleged attackers, a spokeswoman for the Tunisian presidential office told ABC News.

In New York overnight, extra police were assigned to the city's most popular museums in a direct response to the attack at the museum in Tunisia.

"I'd call this a rather loud wake-up call for major museums around the world," said Peter Herdrich, vice chairman of The Antiquities Coalition, an archaeological advocacy group.

They were targeting AMERICANS, not the damned museum itself. They're not going to come over here and start attacking our museums, you morons. There are Americans everywhere in America. You can't walk out the door without seeing one. It's a target-rich environment for people hunting Americans. Tunisia being primarily full of Tunisians, they have to go where the AMERICANS are, so they attacked the museum because it was the closest concentration of AMERICANS.


I've no doubt that Hollywood will thoroughly screw this up:

Bringing Heinlein's Lunar Revolution Home: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress As a Major Motion Picture

For those who haven't read it, the book is about a colonial revolt on a future moon colony, very loosely based on the American Revolution. Beyond doubt Hollywood will turn it from a message of constitutional libertarianism -- the basis of all of Heinlein's books as well as his personal philosophy -- into some distorted fringe-lefty garbage. The producer is a human rights activist who says of himself, "I’m a non-violence fanatic."

Yeah. That's gonna work out great.

I've been wrong about this sort of thing before, of course. The Battlestar Galactica reboot, for example, was fantastic -- although I still believe Katee Sackhoff may be the worst actress in the history of the world. I find it is best, however, to start with the assumption that anything Hollywood touches will turn to shit, then you can be pleasantly surprised on the very, very rare occasions when the opposite occurs.

Hat-tip to Jason M.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Brush Off

Ignoring the repeated warnings:

The State Department brushed off a warning from the former Saudi ambassador to Washington that the P5+1 deal being negotiated with Iran will lead to rash of uranium enrichment in the Middle East.

Prince Turki al-Faisal, who was also head of Saudi intelligence services before the 9/11 attacks, told BBC that “whatever comes out of these talks, we will want the same. So if Iran has the ability to enrich uranium to whatever level, it’s not just Saudi Arabia that’s going to ask for that,” the prince said. “The whole world will be an open door to go that route without any inhibition, and that’s my main objection to this P5+1 process.”

On CNN last night, State Department press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the remarks.

“Well, one, I don’t believe Prince Turki has a role in the Saudi government right now,” she said of the Saudi royal.

He's a PRINCE. Do you even know what that word means? They are the goddamned government of Saudi Arabia, you floundering mental gadfly. Perhaps even more importantly, as a former intelligence director and ambassador, he knows exactly what his fellow princes think about the situation. That's his purpose in life. It's very possible -- I would even say probable -- that he was speaking as an approved surrogate for the entire royal family, trying to get our attention without standing up and pounding a podium. That's how monarchies often operate -- which anyone who passed 10th grade bonehead world history should know.

But not you, Psaki. No, you're so fucking arrogant and stupid, you didn't even realize there was a hint flying through the air, much less catch it. Of course, considering who your boss is, I suppose I can't expect much; stupid people only hire those dumber than themselves.

Even among the Obama Kommie Kiddies, however, this Jen Psaki creature stands out as impressively imbecilic. A man who wields more power than she'll ever dream about tells her that her boss is about to ignite a world-wide nuclear arms race and her first reaction is snarky dismissal.

This is the end result of universal suffrage: we are ruled by the mental gutter sweepings of the Republic. Pretty, ain't it?

Union Made

Press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Alabama:

Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested the former president of the federal employees union at Birmingham's Veterans Affairs Hospital on charges she embezzled more than $132,000 from the local chapter

Of course they want card check; the more people you can bully into the racket, the bigger the graft. The essential difference between unions and the mafia is that the mobsters have better manners.