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Justice Alito’s wife vows revenge for flag controversy in secret recording
  • Absolute madness, I still don't understand why the right tried to turn a public health crisis into an issue of freedom and "owning the libs" or whatever.

    All they had to do was sell MAGA branded masks and they could have made money while protecting their followers! Hell, they could have branded the vaccine the "freedom jab" and made getting it all about "doing your part" and patriotism. Fucking nutbars.

  • Linux May Be the Best Way to Avoid the AI Nightmare
  • It's possible they did. I think Dell briefly discussed it as an option, before using it as leverage to get cheaper Windows licenses from Microsoft. The EEE PC also shipped with its own Linux distro and appropriate hardware drivers.

    This was why I said "nearly impossible" :)

  • Felon Trump Just Escalated His Most Insane Lie About Biden
  • Sentencing is determined based on character, severity of crime, and likelihood to commit another crime

    Surely he's fucked then? He commits crimes constantly and character-wise, he's the biggest douchebag in the history of America.

    Thinking of his character reminds me of something written by one of my countrymen in 2016:

    “Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?”

    "A few things spring to mind. Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed. So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

    Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever. I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility – for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman. But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is – his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

    Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers. And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.

    There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface. Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront. Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul. And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist. Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that. He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat. He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.

    And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully. That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead. There are unspoken rules to this stuff – the Queensberry rules of basic decency – and he breaks them all. He punches downwards – which a gentleman should, would, could never do – and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless – and he kicks them when they are down.

    So the fact that a significant minority – perhaps a third – of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think ‘Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:

    1. Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.
    2. You don’t need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.

    This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss.

    After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum. God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid. He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart. In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws – he would make a Trump.

    And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish: ‘My God… what… have… I… created?’ If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set." - Nate White

  • Linux May Be the Best Way to Avoid the AI Nightmare
  • Linux is close, but has some core flaws that will forever keep it out of mainstream acceptance by your average user.

    It has nothing to do with any flaws within Linux itself. The problem is and has always been that it's nearly impossible to buy a PC with any flavour of Linux pre-installed. Until that changes, Linux (on home user desktops) will never gain mainstream acceptance.

  • TRUMP GUILTY ON ALL 34 COUNTS
  • I doubt he goes to prison. People who get in trouble for this sorta thing tend to not go to prison.

    Trump's lawyer and fixer got 3 years in jail already for this crime. It was also his first offence. It would be pretty unfair to send the monkey to jail and not the organ grinder for the same crime.

    You're probably right though, Trump is clearly getting special treatment because of his proclivity to stochastic terrorism.

  • Biden campaign on Trump verdict: 'No one is above the law'
  • This is a witch hunt, fixed trial

    He was convicted by 12 New York jurors, some of which were approved by his own defence.

    You know it’s Bidens DoJ

    The DoJ is a federal organisation, they don't prosecute state crimes.

    I'm not American. How can it be that these Trump supporters are so ignorant of how their own country works?

  • Fictional alien time travellers can’t be black, insist morons
  • The show just sucks for a variety of other reasons.

    Terrible writing. It's been bloody awful for a few seasons now imo. I don't care about the race or gender of any of the actors, but you've got to give me good storylines.

  • Report: Microsoft to face antitrust case over Teams
  • Maybe it’s anticompetitive conduct by the provider (like Microsoft using its market power on Outlook/Exchange to push other services like Teams over its competition)

    That's exactly what it is. They leveraged their dominance/monopoly in one market to gain a stranglehold on another market. It's not exactly a new tactic for Microsoft either.

  • Conservative Plan Calls for Dozens of Executions if Trump Wins
  • There will be insanity if he's allowed to run at all.

    There should be no way for people to participate in a democracy they have attempted to overthrow, and these fuckers are absolutely going to try again. It will be a shitshow. I hope the US justice system comes through, but it will be a very dangerous time for America if Trump and his cronies are not prosecuted for their crimes before the next election.

  • Trump hush-money trial judge signals he may fine him again over gag order
  • It’s not worth the risk of giving the defense cause for mistrial by jumping to jail time too quickly

    He's already been fined for 9 counts of contempt of court, would prison time after that really count as "going too quickly" ?