Archive for the Sad Category

Prostitution Advocated by UGA Campus Newspaper as Way To Pay Tuition

Posted in On My Radar, Sad, Stupid on September 27, 2011 by dublab

Picture of Original ArticleUGA’s campus newspaper Red & Black recently ran a feature in its print edition titled “Student skips loans, finds a sugar daddy.”  What I assume was originally the author’s attempt at hard-hitting investigative reporting somehow ends up suggesting that young, cash-strapped female UGA students consider getting themselves a sugar daddy in order to pay for tuition.  It reads like a paid advertisement for the sugar-daddy web service – an old Billy Mays infomercial has more journalistic integrity.

If this sounds fucked up to you in any way, I encourage you to contact the good folks at the Red & Black with a letter to the editor. Or if not, you could drop the author a message (one Adina Solomon, LinkedIn profile here) letting her know what you think of her groundbreaking reporting.

 

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DRM is Filthy: Why Musicians Will Hate Windows 7

Posted in Anger, Music, Sad, Stupid, Technology on February 17, 2009 by dublab

When the beta version of Windows 7 dropped recently, nerds around the world were heard gasping in relief.  Finally, a version of Vista that works.  With features that people want.  I heard all about its improved ease of use, the marvelously easy installation process, the almost-like-magic identification of drivers for nearly every piece of hardware under the sun and the fantastic dock-like task bar.  For about 2 and a half weeks there, I REALLY WANTED to get Window 7 as soon as it came out.

But today we get the news.  Windows 7 is riddled with filthy, dirty DRM.  Specifically, a Slashdot reader recently discovered that capturing audio playing on a Windows 7 machine with said PC’s own sound card is pretty much impossible – by design.  If the sound card is playing audio, its inputs are disabled by the OS.  As if that weren’t enough, the OS seems to be very protective over the modification of installed software – this is where it gets much scarier:

Re — Photoshop: That Photoshop stopped functioning after we messed with one of its nag DLLs was not so much a surprise, but what was a surprise: Noting that Win7 allows programs like Photoshop to insert themselves stealthily into your firewall exception list. Further, that the OS allows large software vendors to penetrate your machine. Even further, that that permission is responsible for disabling of a program based on a modified DLL. And then finding that the OS even after reboot has locked you out of your own Local Settings folder; has denied you permission to move or delete the modified DLL; and refuses to allow the replacement of the Local Settings folder after it is unlocked with Unlocker to move it to the Desktop for examination (where it also denies you entry to your own folder). Setting permissions to ‘allow everyone’ was disabled!

This is disappointing news to many, including myself.  As a musician, I use the computer as a tool to make my work easier, and from that perspective, this is kind of like seeing someone try to market a paint brush without bristles – totally unacceptable, and not something that I would EVER spend money on.

So, to Microsoft: take this crap out of the operating system and I may consider purchasing Windows 7 when it comes out.  If you leave it in, I will need to continue using my XP machine until 2016 when you put out your next OS.

Sexting and America’s Moral Bankruptcy

Posted in Anger, Politics, Random, Sad on February 17, 2009 by dublab

Here’s some bullshit:  these 13-yr-old kids got caught sending pictures of their nude classmates amongst themselves from cell phone to cell phone – so the Falmouth Police Department (508 457-2527) is planning to charge them with felony child porn charges.  I’ve included the phone number so that you can call and complain – their website is dead.

CNN Video

Now when I first heard about this story, it was on a CNN video that featured some woman saying that they were planning to ruin these kids’ lives by charging them with possession and distribution of child pornography – because although the charges are probably not applicable, they wanted to “send the message that this is not acceptable behavior.”

That’s fucked up. That’s like if we decided to go ahead and take all underage kids that have sex with their peers and charge them with statuatory rape to send the message that “that is not acceptable behavior.”  Why don’t we make them all pin special patches on their shirts too?

Here’s another question – why isn’t the girl getting charged with producing child porn?  That just sends the message that girls should be loose and irresponsible and there will be no repercussions, and that the boys better stay away from nude pictures or they will be branded as child pornographers.  Clearly this isn’t about sending a message about what is or isn’t acceptable behavior – it is about perpetuating America’s puritanical right-wing positions around the ever-touchy subject of teenagers exploring human sexuality.  What these kids need is a responsible dialogue on human sexuality and the consequences of their actions, not to have their lives ruined by being convicted of producing and distributing child pornography.

America:  kids sending text messages with naked pictures of themselves is regrettable – but convicting teenagers on child porn charges just for acting like teenagers shows just how morally bankrupt this country is.   Ruining a child’s life just to send a puritanical message of repression is just PLAIN WRONG.

He dicho.

Memo to John McCain on Overhead Projectors

Posted in Politics, Sad on October 9, 2008 by dublab

The device shown above, which is able to reproduce complete images of the night sky in full color AND motion IS NOT THE SAME as an overhead projector.  If you think giving inner-city kids the chance to experience a dark, starlit sky and awaken an interest in math and the sciences classifies as pork barrel spending, you have just proved your senility as well as your ignorance.

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Infographicporn: The United States Immigration Process

Posted in On My Radar, Politics, Sad on October 1, 2008 by dublab

Reason has posted a very interesting graphic which explains the United States Immigration Process.  I quote the article to preface, since they did it so well:

Opponents of illegal immigration are fond of telling foreigners to “get in line” before coming to work in America. But what does that line actually look like, and how many years (or decades) does it take to get through?  Try it yourself!

If you like to debate/argue, please read this before ever attempting to discuss legal/illegal immigration and sorrounding issues.

Note: I’ve posted the full graphic myself for fear that the article will disappear, hopefully it won’t.

State of Georgia’s Voicemail Box Is Full When It Comes To An Innocent Man’s Execution

Posted in Anger, Atlanta, Karma, Police State, Sad on September 22, 2008 by dublab

Troy Davis is scheduled to die tomorrow – he will be executed by the State of Georgia for a murder that he claims he did not commit – no murder weapon was ever found.  Proving that the State of Georgia doesn’t care about reasonable doubt, they scheduled his execution 6 days before Troy’s Supreme Court appeal date.  I wrote the Georgia Parole Board about this recently, however this afternoon I received an e-mail with a direct phone number and thought I would call instead:

Subject: Innocent man to die tomorrow – please help and forward to all who can!

Guys I’m sorry to send out a mass message but this is really important to me. All it takes is a minute to tell the state of Georgia you oppose the execution of an INNOCENT man. For a quick summary of the case, see www.savetroydavis.net. I just called today and it was easy and painless. Here is the message from one of my fellow Amnesty International activists:

Troy’s execution date has been set for Tuesday, but there is still something you can do!

Please call 404-651-6671…
It is the direct line to the Georgia Parole Board.
You will get a live person. They will ask your name and the state you are from.
Please tell them you OPPOSE the scheduled execution of Troy–on Tuesday.

The line does not go to a live person.  It goes to voicemail.  And the mailbox is full – can’t leave any more messages.  So I say it again, the state of Georgia doesn’t give a crap about reasonable doubt.

Regardless, I will continue to call – please call too.  It could happen to you.

Update: The Supreme Court granted Troy a stay of execution 2 hours before he was scheduled to die.  Way to go, State of Georgia – epic fail.

Peg Leg Short Shorts

Posted in Music, On My Radar, Police State, Politics, Puerto Rico, Random, Sad, Technology on September 19, 2008 by dublab

Because I don’t have much time to waste on Talk Like a Pirate Day: