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  • NC tries to legislate against science, sea-level rise 

    SamSam Permalink
    8:00 am on 06/06/2012 |   

    "North Carolina’s General Assembly has proposed a bill that would prevent scientists from using scientific models to accurately predict what might happen to sea levels if climate change continues unabated."

    Maybe if we don't study it, it won't happen?


  • Spent - Would you be able to live on minimum wage and your last $1000? 

    SamSam Permalink
    7:14 am on 02/22/2011  

    Urban Ministries of Durham has released a great game challenging you to survive on minimum wage, and to face the decisions the poorest deal with everyday: should I take out a payday loan to pay my utilities? Should I pay …

  • 10:23 Project: World-wide demonstrations of "overdosing" on homeopathic "medicine" 

    SamSam Permalink
    11:22 am on 02/07/2011  

    James Randi and others are helping stage demonstrations world-wide highlighting the fact that homeopathic remedies are not medicines and are nothing more than plain water or sugar pills. A key portion of the events includes the speaker "overdosing" on boxes …

  • BB ads never stop loading 

    SamSam Permalink
    10:48 am on 02/03/2011  

    I know this isn't the place, but I can't find another link for this, and maybe others have the same experience.

    When I go to a BB page, the progress bar on my v. fast computer with v. fast internet …

    • SamSam 10:52 am on 02/03/2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Again, appologies for abusing the submitterator. It would be great if there were an open thread or at least an email for things like this, or other site problems (The Submitterator is super flaky on Chrome 8.0 on Mac OS X 10.6.6, for instance…)

      The main problem is that, more than once, I’ve had 5 or 6 BB pages open, all of them spinning like mad, and then Chrome reports “Oops! Something went wrong” and crashes the 5 BB pages. It’s hard for me to believe that those hundreds of files or scripts being downloaded (a tiny tiny portion of which shown here don’t have anything to do with that.

    • Rob Beschizza 11:49 am on 02/03/2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No problemo. Looking into it right now.

    • Rob Beschizza 2:53 pm on 02/03/2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Should be fixed now. It was some kind of recursion loop in the javascrript calling an ad.

    • SamSam 4:22 pm on 02/03/2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow, excellent! Yes, I can confirm it’s much better.

      I really didn’t expect that to be fixed, having seen it for weeks now I just thought it was part of your advertising model.

      Is there any chance of having a meta BB thread for this kind of thing? I actually posted about this a couple weeks ago on some other post about ads, but again it wasn’t the right place. I remember the old site had a thread without a title that was usually used for meta-BB comments.

      Anyway, thanks for the quick bugfix.

      • Antinous / Moderator 7:01 pm on 02/03/2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The Comment Policy thread is a good place to make general comments on the site. There’s also information about ad policies and a contact at the end of the Policies page.

    • sankalp 12:55 am on 02/07/2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      very good post thank u…

  • Latest evidence that data in vaccine/Autism study was completely fabricated 

    SamSam Permalink
    6:20 pm on 01/05/2011  

    The infamous article in the Lancet by Andrew Wakefield suggesting a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism -- which continues to cause a serious worldwide increase in measles cases -- has already been retracted by the journal, but this …

  • Councilman gives a brave, emotional "It gets better" speech 

    SamSam Permalink
    9:59 am on 10/15/2010  

    On Tuesday, a representative on the Fort Worth City Council gave an emotional speech on the recent suicides of bullied gay teens, and recounts his own history of being bullied. Joel Burns tells teenagers that "it gets better," no doubt …

    • OhMeadhbh 12:26 am on 10/16/2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      this is an especially apropos story for me since i grew up in ft. worth and arlington. as a queer, intersexed teen in north texas schools, things weren’t terribly rosy. i was pretty lucky though; i was mostly ignored in high school.

      the day after mr. burns shared his experiences with the ft. worth city council, i had to intercede at the bus stop in front of my house in liberal california. one of the local kids in my neighborhood was calling another one “faggot.” and if it happens here, it happens everywhere.

      when i was a kid, i took it for granted i was somehow less of a human being and deserved to be picked on and called names. since then i moved to california, met people (professional people!) who were queer and out. i’ve met the most wonderful workplace allies one could hope for and with few exceptions, my orientation has been a complete non-issue in the workplace (thank you, california!)

      but joel’s presentation makes it pretty clear there are still people who have yet to internalize the “it gets better” message. and there are still a number of people who don’t understand how viciously uncool it is to try to degrade someone for something as unimportant to them as another person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

      i love this speech because it puts a human face on the struggle for LGBT rights.

    • Kimmo 8:03 pm on 10/20/2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I love it too, but tears aren’t enough.

      It’s time to kick some bigot arse.

    • Promethean Sky 9:32 pm on 10/20/2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kicking biggot arse. Let’s set up a Youtube channel for THAT!

    • Kimmo 11:38 pm on 10/20/2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Seriously, it’s about bloody time these idiot wingnuts were put in their damn place. Like intelligent people give a fuck what these morons think the creator of the entire Universe makes of their sexuality… they should be made to keep it to themselves on pain of extreme fucking prejudice. Give them some actual basis for their persecution complex.

      The flagrant stupidity and poisonous influence of these sanctimonious arseholes needs to be loudly and persistently decried as such. Time for zero tolerance for intolerance.

  • Submitterator bugs 

    SamSam Permalink
    10:53 am on 09/28/2010  

    Not sure where else to put these:

    1) I can't submit from Chrome on my Mac. This is very repeatable, on two different Macs. When I click the "Submit" link, either at the top or the bottom bar, I get …

    • Rob Beschizza 11:52 am on 09/28/2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I can’t replicate your problem with Chrome on Mac, but we have had some similar reports and are trying to figure out what’s happening.

      Sorting’s fine: Each page has a different time sample, so stuff will fall off the popular page quicker than the most comments page.

    • SamSam 12:02 pm on 09/28/2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      To be a little more specific, since I ran out of space:

      In the “Popular/Most Votes” section, the stories currently are:

      +9: 8-bit cover…

      +9: Victory – Motorcyclist…

      +9: Victory – Motorcyclist… (odd double, the user even commented on it, and it has the same URL)

      +4: Confession Video…

      Over in the Most Comments section, the stories include:

      +15: Dollhouse with composting toilet…

      +9: I can’t tell if they’re serious

      +8: The Cartoon Crisis…

      +7: Republicans Senate office…

      +6: Tilt-Shift Photography…

      +5: Richard Dawkins’ unedited…

      +5: Stephen Fry demolishes…

      All of these ought to be above the fourth-ranked +4 comment in Most Votes.

      At first I thought the bug was that an item couldn’t be in two lists, and that they were first being sorted into the Most Comments list and being subtracted out of the main list, so Most Votes never saw them. However, that duplicate “Victory – Motorcyclist wins taping case against state police” can be seen in both lists.

      Note: I just saw your comment (as I was counting the lists): There was a submission that had racked up +9 in just one day a few days ago, and never made it to “Most Votes,” possibly because it was in “Most Comments.” That’s when I first noticed this. Unless things don’t get sorted into Most Popular if they’re older than one day, I don’t think it’s a time-frame issue.

    • SamSam 12:06 pm on 09/28/2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Re Timeframe:

      The Doll House story, with +15 in the Most Comments list, appears to have been added at 4:49 pm on Monday. There’s a submission in Most Popular with fewer votes from 3:42 pm on Monday.

      PS: Thanks for looking into this!

    • C White 6:35 pm on 09/29/2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t think posts with any negative scores (or maybe more than -1) should be displayed at all in the “popular” section.

  • Great graphs: peaple believe wealth distribution is much more equal than it is 

    SamSam Permalink
    10:37 am on 09/28/2010  

    A really good article in Slate on actual wealth inequality in America and people's perceptions of inequality. Most people think wealth is divided much more evenly than it actually is, which is one reason why many people dislike laws that …

  • The Oatmeal comic on people who won't spend $0.99 on apps 

    SamSam Permalink
    2:06 pm on 08/31/2010  

    A funny, and true, description of the many people who aren't fazed by hundreds of dollars spend on iPhones and soy lattes, but will never cough up the buck to buy a mobile app. Do apps grow on trees, like …

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