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    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2011
    That is beyond atrocious.

    Also. I LOVE THIS THREAD. It is exactly the thread I have been waiting for. The thread that whitechapel was destined to create. It will be informative. It will be mighty. MIGHTY.

    A 4 part article on Thailand's monarchy and political future anybody?

    Andrew MacGregor Marshall, a longtime Reuters reporter based in Thailand, resigned and forfeited his ability to enter the country in order to report on the revelations about the Thai royal family and military contained within the Wikileaks “Cablegate” dump.

    "Thailand has the world’s harshest lèse majesté law. Any insult to Bhumibol, Queen Sirikit or their son Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, is punishable by three to 15 years in jail."

    The cables reveal a toxic power struggle between elected officials, the military, and the monarchy, with the huge shadow of exiled telecommunications billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra looming over the country’s post-King Bhumibol future.

    "The impending end of his reign has sparked intense national anxiety in Thailand. King Bhumibol’s son and heir, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, has a reputation for being a cruel and corrupt womanizer. A notorious video showing a birthday party for his pet poodle Foo Foo — who holds the rank of Air Chief Marshal — has been widely circulated in Thailand; in it, the prince’s third wife, Princess Srirasmi, dressed only in a thong, eats the dog’s birthday cake off the floor while liveried servants look on."
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2011
    If you're a player of MMOs, especially of WoW, then you know about Chinese gold farmers.

    However, do you know about EvE? EvE has a history of players making major moves against each other in epic plans, sometimes taking years to pull off. The latest one?

    Two guys do a Ponzi-scheme in EvE to the tune of 1 trillion ISK (the in-game currency), which amounts to a USD amount of $50k).

    Better yet? It's completely, 100% in line with the rules of the game.
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    @Imaginarypeople That. Is. Brilliant.
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    Slender Man?
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    Become a tree after you die.

    I've actually had this idea in my head for a while and I concluded that it's the most useful utilisation of human remains, but it's interesting to see a designer's take on it.
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    • CommentAuthorKelind
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2011
    Stop wearing our brand!

    We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand
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    Just to make some Whitechapelers' lunchtime interesting, how about wax moth larvae tacos? If you're in San Francisco, this Saturday you can try some of Don Bugito's delicacies. Supposedly, the larvae will not crawl around in your mouth after you scarf the taco.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2011
    There are things I will eat.
    Larvae are not one of those things.
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    Well, Chief, if I had any doubts they're gone now: "white-hot fission of a batshit non sequitur" - yeah, you'll do.

    Also, @Imaginarypeople - that's flat out the best bit of art I've seen all year. Thanks for that post!
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2011
    With it being A-level results day for England & Wales we are likely to see many, many photos/video in the newspapers of various groups of Blonde girls jumping, either hugging each other or waving their results slips around. Well according to Financial Times education correspondant Chris Cook's blog,

    a little cadre of English private schools compete to supply attractive young women to the national press.

    Classy. Real classy.
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    Minecraft creator has solution to legal threats about the name of his new game:
    The only negative thing going on at this moment is the Scrolls trademark lawsuit nonsense, and I think I came up with the perfect solution:

    Remember that scene in Game of Thrones where Tyrion chose a trial by battle in the Eyrie? Well, let’s do that instead!
    I challenge Bethesda to a game of Quake 3. Three of our best warriors against three of your best warriors. We select one level, you select the other, we randomize the order. 20 minute matches, highest total frag count per team across both levels wins.

    If we win, you drop the lawsuit.

    If you win, we will change the name of Scrolls to something you’re fine with.

    Regardless of the outcome, we could still have a small text somewhere saying our game is not related to your game series in any way, if you wish.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2011
    @3millionyears - I wonder if Notch realises that Bethesda own ID software these days? Can probably knock up a pretty decent team from the people that made the game I'd imagine...
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    For those of us living in America, here's some cold, hard facts that you can scream at people that will possibly/maybe/hopefully prevent the inevitable just a little while longer.

    Rick Perry is from a small town... that hates him.

    Rick Perry's job-creation claims are, surprise surprise, bullshit.

    Perry is probably one of the worst current cases of backscratching lobbyists.

    21 reasons Rick Perry's Texas is a complete disaster.

    Another quick rundown of Perry's dismal record, this time from CNN.

    But he'll still carry Texas! Yep, we sure no how to pick 'em round here!
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2011

    When I have several die-hard Republican friends looking at me and saying, "If I was on fire, and the GOP primary-winner was the only fire-extinguisher around, and in order to be put out I'd have to vote for them, I'd rather burn to death." that's saying a lot.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2011

    sounds perfectly reasonable to me....
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2011
    Sadly, the only I can respond with is "I know, right?"

    *sigh* 2012 is going to be a scary year politically for the US.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2011
    It is with, no small amount of schadenfruede I assure you, that the latest twist in the whole NOW/phone hacking scandal makes things worse for Newscorp. Will this be the downfall of them? Oh hell no. But I sure can enjoy watching them squirm.
    • CommentAuthorNil
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
    Santa Cruz Police Department using experimental "predictive policing" program

    But Santa Cruz’s method is more sophisticated than most. Based on models for predicting aftershocks from earthquakes, it generates projections about which areas and windows of time are at highest risk for future crimes by analyzing and detecting patterns in years of past crime data. The projections are recalibrated daily, as new crimes occur and updated data is fed into the program.