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| Tuesday, September 9 2014 |

The Fruit of Things.

So, the iPhone 6 has landed, which as fun as that is, means the end of the usual smug and annoying Samsung/Android ads on the tube. That alone is worth the $300.

I can't say I'm a fan of a larger form factor-- frankly, I wish they'd kept the 4" size in the lineup as I consider it just about perfect. But, I guess 4.7" won't necessarily kill me, and the new camera and speed bump alone make it a worthwhile acquisition. One thing that does annoy me is the protruding camera housing, as it ruins the ability for it to lay flat without a phone condom. Though, with the added image stabilization, it's sorta-worth having a wart on the back of the phone.

What is interesting is ApplePay-- we knew it was coming, though the level of integration is.. well, Apple-like. I wish they'd have made a merchant-side widget to make the whole process seamless, but I can see that gaining quite a lot of traction, and really only Apple can do it. At least properly. I wouldn't wish an Android Wallet on my worst enemy.

The Apple Watch was expected. The degree to which they seem to have hit it out of the park on a first generation release, though, is all anyone with a clue needs to know about the future heath of the company. Apple's party piece has always been thinking about all the little corner cases and gotchas that are both hard and annoying to solve-- and only Apple solves them. So while purely on an aesthetic view, the Apple Watch doesn't do a whole lot when put up a Breitling or Rolex, it does change the game so far as usable wearable technology. If you weren't keeping score, this is the first wearable computer that actual humans might want to use.

It also opens a few interesting doors in the realm of two factor authentication and many other interesting things. So, while I don't necessarily want to shell out $350 for one, I'll pretty much have to just to stay ahead of the curve on developing widgets for it.

The one more more thing surprise with U2 giving away their latest album had been hinted at, though many thought they'd be pre-loading it on iPhones. Instead they gave it away to everyone using iTunes. And as I've been waiting years for a new album from them, hey, that'll work.

All in all, I expect both of the new devices will sell in record numbers, and once again everyone who doesn't care about the hard stuff will scramble to knock off the new hotness. So the circle continues.

posted by Mr. Lion @ 15:25 EST | comments (0)

| Sunday, September 7 2014 |

A modest proposal for Sen. Sanders.

... who, surprise!, thinks we should tax the rich to pay for.. stuff.

First, Mr. Sanders, a lesson in math and economics for those who have little understanding of it. Namely you. For example, lets assume for a moment that we were to tax "the rich" at 100%, which is the socialist wet dream vile progs like you tend to circle-jerk over. That would amount to "revenues" of around $800-900 billion. Enough to run the government for something like three months. To say nothing of the deficit you claim to give a rat's ass about. It would also cause the vast majority of "the rich" to get the hell out of dodge, and by proxy, take a rather huge swath of the economy with them.

Based on that, I suggest that Mr. Sanders fuck off. Not just a normal amount of fucking off, though. No. I suggest that he pick his old, scrawny, vile prog ass up off his perch, and transport it to one of the many socialist utopias that are already far more advanced along the path to idiocy he seeks. I recommend Venezuela, Argentina or Cuba. I'm sure Mr. Sanders' blithering idiocy will be entirely welcome there among the ruling elite. The unwashed masses, probably not so much, but so goes the annals of utterly retarded utopian fucking idiocy.

posted by Mr. Lion @ 14:24 EST | comments (0)

Film Review: November Man.

This had all the makings of a good film. Brosnan as an even darker Bond, an interesting setting, a good supporting cast, and what at first glance appeared to be a decent story.

Of course, as the typical Hollywood writer has their head so far up their ass to be able to see their last meal, it joins a long list of otherwise interesting concepts, utterly ruined by cheap, circle-jerk sympathies.

It shouldn't surprise me, given that Finch and Gajdusek are about as top shelf as box wine, and Granger's There Are No Spies was hardly known for its deep characters. But still, this film is a travesty of a spy thriller. While Brosnan's usual swagger is fun to watch, the story is ruined with the "US are the bad guys" cliche that is one smelly fish.

The suckocity of this film does manage one trait: To concisely catalog everything that has been wrong with the self-reinforcing delusion that is the mentality of the average screenplay author.

posted by Mr. Lion @ 00:47 EST | comments (0)

| Wednesday, September 3 2014 |

Well duh.

Apparently people are starting to realize that the market delivers only so many idiots, even with a government thumb on the scale.

Electric car sales are not charging the marketplace. A new study by online automotive research company suggests the segment may have run out of gas.

Sales of electric drive vehicles are stuck at about 3.6% of all new car sales for 2014, Edmunds senior analyst Jessica Caldwell said.

That's below the 3.7% market share for 2013, and it's not likely to grow any before the end of the year.

And that's during an otherwise robust sales season. Total figures for August were higher than any time in the last decade.

Automakers sold about 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. in August, an increase of about 3% from August 2013, according to initial industry estimates released Wednesday.

"The whole automobile market has grown," Caldwell said. "We’re not seeing electric vehicles as part of that growth."

As I've been saying since a bunch of morons in California decided to ruin some perfectly good Lotus Elise chassis-- the market will only provide so many idiots. There are a bunch of them, millions in fact, spread throughout the usual costal cities with enough wealth to spend quite a lot on general idiocy. But you can't build nor sustain a car company on idiots alone, and with those of us with half a brain being rather fond of paying a third as much for a car that is many times faster and usable, the electric vehicle is on track to end up exactly where it did at the last turn of the century: Another warning from history.

posted by Mr. Lion @ 21:02 EST | comments (0)

| Tuesday, September 2 2014 |

Another victory for socialized medicine.

Lets say your child was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Good news! A recently developed treatment could cure him. Bad news: Bureaucrats say no. Worse news: Bureaucrats throw you in the clink when you dare disrepsect their authora-tay.

The mother of a young boy who survived brain cancer after receiving pioneering treatment in the US, says she sympathises with the parents of Aysha King.

Brett and Naghemeh King were arrested in Malaga, Spain after taking their son out of a British hospital against doctors' advice. They are currently being questioned by police, while their son is being treated in a Spanish hospital.

Ros Barnes, who took her son Alex to the US to receive proton beam therapy that was not available to him in the UK, told ITV's Daybreak that it had been difficult to go against British doctors' advice, but she had felt she was left with no alternative.

Alex Barnes has since made a full recovery and appeared alongside his mother on the programme.

Enjoy our wizard medicine while it lasts, kids.

posted by Mr. Lion @ 02:27 EST | comments (0)

| Thursday, August 28 2014 |

Film Review: Sunshine.

This is what happens when you make a film about sending idiots into space to save humanity.

I don't think I've ever seen a more interesting concept ruined so totally.

posted by Mr. Lion @ 20:00 EST | comments (0)

| Thursday, August 21 2014 |

Imagine that.

Remember back in the 80s when chlorofluorocarbons-- collectively the "stuff that makes many things work well" from spray paint to clean fire extinguishing-- were banned because... ozone, or whatever nonsense the talking heads were blithering about?

Yeah, turns out that multi-billion dollar fiasco was crap.

“We are not supposed to be seeing this at all,” said Qing Liang, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and lead author of the study. “It is now apparent there are either unidentified industrial leakages, large emissions from contaminated sites, or unknown CCl4 sources.”

Going to go out on a limb here and suggest that you morons don't know half of what you think you know about climate and naturally occurring elements within it. But that doesn't stop you fools from shrieking from the highest bell tower you can find the second you think something ought be banned.

I remember when NASA was home of the best and brightest, and when everyone there was concerned with.. you know, space travel.

posted by Mr. Lion @ 15:40 EST | comments (0)

| Sunday, August 10 2014 |

Win one for the big guys.

Today is World Lion Day. The plight of the wild lion in Africa has been getting markedly worse over the last few decades, to the point that there are now less than 20,000 of them alive in the wild. As lions have given a lot to me in both my private and professional life, I try and support some of these organizations whenever I can.

You should, too.

posted by Mr. Lion @ 16:44 EST | comments (0)

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