Unsurprisingly, the American Taxpayer took it up the wazoo for the epic fail that was Fisker.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Obama administration. The Energy Department has sold off its $192 million loan guarantee to Fisker Automotive to Chinese billionaire Richard Li for $25 million — the biggest taxpayer loss on a green loan since the failure of Solyndra.
The Energy Department will announce the “selling of the promissory note” to Hybrid Tech, which is owned by Chinese billionaire Richard Li, according to sources familiar with the sale. The DOE sold the loan to Li for $25 million after lending the financially troubled green automaker a total of $192 million since 2009.
“Once again, American taxpayers are losing out to foreign investors due to the Obama administration’s failed green energy policies. Time after time this administration has fumbled the ball with their attempts to pick winners and losers when it comes to American energy,” House Energy and Commerce Committee vice chairman Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, said in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The Safari bookmarks sidebar in 7.0 is a glaring example of things you should never, ever do. It is a massive regression from an otherwise useful function for absolutely no damn reason.
No button to close the thing, but a menu action?
Truncated file names?
No obvious way to search bookmarks?
Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.
posted by Mr. Lion @ 12:26 EST | comments (0)
The lighter dock in Mavericks sucks. Give me my dark one back. The solution to iOS7 being "too white" is not to ruin OS X in a similar fashion.
Also, the name "Mavericks" sucks. You're the company of creativity. Create harder.
Oh, and stop overwriting my custom Mail.app icon every time something touches the bloody app.
posted by Mr. Lion @ 14:06 EST | comments (0)
40 15 ways to actually be a man.
So, Instadude linked this list that boils down to 40 things every metrosexual over 30 should own. In said list, such atrocities such as considering a Honda a decent car occur. Here's a list for those of us who don't partake in hair product.
15 Things Every Real Man Should Have
Doesn't matter how old you are. You're either a man, or you're faking it.
The first five are not materialistic things. They are things that have defined men throughout history, and continue to do so despite the efforts of the feminazi movement over the last 40 years.
You either have them, or you do not. Most all men come with them from the factory, but if you can not light a cigar nor ride a motorcycle, you may want to check just to be sure.
#2: A healthy appreciation of the fairer sex.
As I'm fond of saying: Nature. You can't screw with it. Now, you may have differing tastes so far as shape, color, style or what have you. You may even be a Real Man who prefers spending his more intimate moments with other Real Men and make no apologies for it. But if your reaction to the above is: Eeewwww!, I'm sorry, but you just aren't one.
#3: A reasonable degree of physical strength and tolerance for pain.
You don't need to be a perfectly sculpted male model. In fact it's probably better if you aren't. But you'd damn sure better be able to push a non-running car up a slight incline, lift a 50 lb weight without issue, and chew your various extremities up a bit while working without calling a waaaaahmbulance.
#4: Ethics and Chivalry.
Nobody's perfect, pure or all together good. But there are things one does and does not do as a man. We open doors, we pull chairs, and we protect our families and loved ones. Without question, caveat or pause. When you shake another man's hand and give your word as bond, you do what you said you would do. Period.
It's often hard to do the right thing. It usually sucks to take responsibility for something that went south. It's not at all fun to be the first line of defense against things that go bump in the night. But, we're genetically wired to do exactly that. Real men use that simple truth rather than avoid it.
#6: A damn gun.
Doesn't have to be an M60 or a tacticool black rifle. Doesn't have to be the latest wiz-bang plastic combat handgun. But you do need something that goes bang. Why? Well, aside from the fact that no man would ask that question, consider the following: A great many men, the founders of our great nation, risked and in many cases gave all so that you could be a better man. An armed man defiant toward tyranny and able to protect your loved ones with the most amazingly useful invention in the history of the species. As it is today, many non-men have eroded that right in certain locations, but from sea to shining sea it is still possible to own something that goes bang: So do it.
#7: A good, fast, distinctive automobile.
Not everyone can afford a Ferrari nor a tricked-out classic. But as men, we can do better than a goddamn minivan, a solent-green sedan, or God forbid a flipping eco-car. We live in a day and age where a litany of unique, distinctive cars can be had for very little money, and where in excess of 400 horsepower is yours for slightly more than the average cable TV payment. A man's car says a lot about him. Hence it should not say: I don't care about driving, and hence suck at it.
#8: A good pocket knife.
Men have been turning metal into blades since we figured out how to turn metal into anything, and for good reason. They're really, really handy. To not have some kind of cutting blade on your person on a daily basis is a violation of all things manly. Doesn't need to be a Spyderco or a Benchmade, and you'll never be as awesome as Jim Bowie, but that doesn't make this simple tool any less of a moral imperative.
Even if you're the sort of man who calls in tradesmen to fix your boiler, and a mechanic to fix your car, a reasonable set of tools is still mandatory for any man. Doesn't need to be Snap-On, and if you don't pull your own wrenches, you probably don't need a plasma cutter nor a leak-down tester. However, if you can't fix a light switch, change a lock, or stop a water leak, you're doing it wrong.
#10: A Motorcycle.
Economics do not always permit every man to indulge in simple pleasures, especially when Non-Men are running the country and ruining said economy. But wherever possible, it is the simple joy of blasting through the wind with no distraction that appeals to every man, even in one's boyhood years. To ignore this primal need is a gateway to ignoring others, which no real man does when they can possibly avoid it.
#11: A safety or straight razor.
Ideally both. Safety for work days, straight for the weekends or before a dinner date. The simple skill of applying sharp steel to one's facial hair is one that is becoming increasingly rare in the age of electric contraptions and disposables with 87 made-in-china blades. They get a few days of reasonable shaving done, and the result is a shave that suggests you care not for your appearance. Anything worth doing is worth doing right.
#12: A Zippo lighter.
The Zippo is an American icon. It's also a very handy thing to have around, even if you don't smoke. The ability to quickly and easily make a fire with little concern for the wind or many other environmental considerations is something one could only dream of as little as a few hundred years ago. As with a pocket knife, a Man must always have this simple tool on his person.
#13: The ability to create.
Doesn't matter what your passion is, whether you wrought something of metal, write with your head, sing with your voice or paint. Men make stuff. They do not merely consume and bide their time until death, no. Men leave the world with something of themselves, having learned a skill or six making that possible.
#14: A reasonable collection of adult beverages.
Don't drink? Well, prance yourself on over to the juice bar then, tinkerbell. A man always has an appreciation for the craftsmanship of other men that has been in practice in refined form for over half a century.
#15: A good sense of direction and ability to navigate.
If you can't find your car at the mall, it's time to admit you've got a problem and get involved in an Orienteering program.
Ultimately, barring a few essentials, what makes a man isn't what he owns. It doesn't matter one hot damn what the thread count is of your linens. It doesn't matter if you live in a mansion or drive a thousand horsepower sports car that you built yourself. Although, that does help. What does matter is how a man presents himself, how he lives his life, and how he treats others in both public and private life. Few things will make one's legacy more significant than that.
posted by Mr. Lion @ 18:00 EST | comments (0)
That'll leave a mark.
I tend to like the Brits, I really do. Most of the time they're on the right side of history, and when we work together, we're generally capable of some pretty amazing stuff. Most of the old guard are also amusingly self-deprecating, and they tend to build nifty sports cars.
Unfortunately, Merry Old England has been in steady decline for generations, and the result is an even more vapid, ignorant, and generally useless press than we enjoy on this side of the pond.
To wit, one Henry Porter, who seems to think the world should "intervene" in the Constitutional Right of firearm ownership in the US. He justifies this by using the usual "Americans are stupid slavers" weak sauce.
First, Henry: Fuck you. Second: Really fuck you. And lastly, you would be wise to read the opinions of one Isoroku Yamamoto who said, and I paraphrase slightly: Invading the US mainland would be really, really fucking stupid.
Perhaps the most concise cataloging of the Brit left, however, comes from this dandy of a comment.
the UK is full of nutters exporting their bullshit as major source of pride expressed through their imbalanced combo of whinging victimhood and smug, though entirely baseless, superiority.
iOS 7: Better and worse.
From a functionality standpoint, iOS 7 is by far the best, most productive mobile OS ever made. Gestures, functionality, speed, interface animations, progress bars, etc-- all perfect. Love them.
However, it looks like crap. What exactly is the point of a retina display if you're going to paint the whole damn thing some shade of white on just about every screen? While I get the simplicity of the flat icons and such, it's too windows-y, and frankly too damn boring. The whole OS looks like some Web 2.0 ecommerce app that someone tossed together the second the CSS spec was published.
Whoever was responsible for removing everything remotely resembling a border around every button in the OS is a retard, there's no other way to put it.
So, works great. Looks like shit. Please fix it, Apple.
posted by Mr. Lion @ 11:25 EST | comments (0)
Autonomous cars: Shut up already.
Every few weeks, it seems, another story like this one crawls out of the woodwork, generally written by someone who studied... shall we say, not exactly nuclear physics, and hence has very little idea how such a thing would ever work. To wit:
But to hear tech futurists talk, it will be close. Driverless cars will be safer and quieter. They will fetch you to your destination, and then trundle off to park themselves. They will all but eliminate the auto accidents that kill tens of thousands every year. I believe all this. But I’m still worried about the future of driverless cars, not because they’re technically impossible, but because the liability possibilities are enormous.
Finns lead the way.