Gus Offers His Lap #473

Rooster Teeth Podcast: Gus Offers His Lap #473

Join Gus Sorola, Gavin Free, Barbara Dunkelman, and Burnie Burns as they discuss their favorite vines, Chrissy Teigen's nightmare flight, and more! This episode brought to you by Squarespace (http://bit.ly/1SPgAL3) and Tripping (http://bit.ly/2Dne7rt)

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  • MuffinMaam Pancake

    6 hours ago

    My boyfriend is currently at the final steps of getting his privates pilot license and he wears contacts and has a heart condition. The FFA requires him to get a check up every year but his eyesight isn't an issue for him flying. I've heard you can't fly in the air force if you don't have perfect vision, but I'm not sure how accurate that is anymore. 

  • superthotty FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    gus asked the cast if they'd had barbacoa, saying it's all the cow face, but barbacoa just means barbecue, the meat could be anything

  • SummerTaco FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Barb in PUBG, yes please.

  • ZacBlakeley FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Doesn't Gus have gigabit internet? I had no idea Windows 10 could really take all your bandwidth? I just assumed it sucked having Australian internet.
    I've set a group policy in all the computers in my house so it CAN'T do that.

  • Klorix FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Totally with barb there. I <insert cussing> hate it that people don't bother to use their indicator. Believe me it's not just Austin, Texas, or the US...

  • Fnord85 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    When Burnie mentioned Face ID as your liability and how Touch ID could also be used, I just think about the fact that by law you can be forced to unlock a phone using your thumb print but you cannot be forced to type in a password (which is why you should turn off your phone in airports). 

    I wonder if this law is heresay or not, and wether it applies to other biometrics like facial recognition (seeing as airports use both fingerprints and facial recognition)

  • janas FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Barbara have you ever thought that you not being able to eat parts of animals that look like the animal itself is your subconscious telling you not to eat animals altogether?

  • xXJoggyXx FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    No one should be forced to do any form of service at all. That is just eliminating free choice to do what you want. Most of us are not built to be in the military. I did 4 years in the Royal Navy and i couldn't stand it. I left for so many reasons but one of those reason is that everyone in the military is forced to be a "robot". Your paid to do, not to ask, and to that, i say fuck you

  • NJP220 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    For about 10 years while driving, I always thought it would be fantastic if stupid driving had real consequences. Not like physical harm to them, but like busted taillights and such.

    You would be much less likely to cut someone off only to drive slowly if the victim of your stupidity could legally follow you until you stop and take a tire iron to your taillight. Because just being a real twat on the road won't always get you a ticket, but broken lights will.  

  • Pancake.Buffalo.the.Mighty

    2 weeks ago

    the origin of the wedding ring is actually pretty dark. it comes from the tribal era though the specific location is debated a lot still, but when tribes would invade rivalling villages and brought women back they would be bound and carried back to the tribes home village and kept. they would leave a length of rope around their "ring" finger (which is still debated by some as to which finger) as a reminder that they were this tribes' property now. over time it's evolved to what it is now through countless factors, though the most recent and prevalent of which is the marketing industry, but that's getting into another topic. the world was a pretty dark ass place, still is in a lot of ways but i'm glad we've moved away from those barbaric times.

  • ktgcake FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Barbara was especially on point with her jokes this ep!  barbara

  • KiRAWRa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ms. obsessed

    2 weeks ago

    It's always easy to let the stuff they say on the RT podcast slide as conjecture and hearsay.. right up until they hit your particular area of expertise. My particular area of expertise is the animal sciences scene, and this very well may have been a joke, but Barb made a quick comment about animal abuse in the zoo industry that I cannot help but address. Instead of typing up a novel I am not qualified to write here, I'd like to direct ANYONE who may have doubts or questions about the zoo industry, zoo practices, animal keeping, or animal psychology to Rachel Garner, an educator and animal science writer with professional and hands-on experience in many animal-related fields. Some articles that may be particularly topical include:

    How to Understand Zoo Enrichment:

    https://www.whyanimalsdothething.com/posts/2016/8/4/howtounderstandzoos-enrichment

    How to Understand Zoo Terminology:

    https://www.whyanimalsdothething.com/posts/2016/9/28/howtounderstandzoos-terminology

    Retire "Roadside Zoo":

    https://www.whyanimalsdothething.com/posts/2017/4/7/roadsidezoo-pt1

    Other zoo-related articles:

    https://www.whyanimalsdothething.com/zoos-aquariums-sanctuaries/


    If this kind of information strikes your fancy, there are even more articles and Q&A's about domestic pet care to breakdowns of viral animal videos on the website "Why Animals Do The Thing" for further reading :) Animal behavior, training, and biology are some of my biggest passions so of course I would encourage anyone reading to please seek accurate information from professionals in the field :)

  • Hammerhead2412 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    They’re really talking about the broom and broom handle situation. When you have a broom and you break the handle, you replace it and when the broom has been worn out you would replace the end of the broom. So after a long period of time you replace both parts of the broom. Is it a new broom or is it the old one? We as human beings our cells die and are replaced and eventually we have all new cells and there is nothing from us previously. Are we still us or a new version of us?

    • Jaune_Black_Smudge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      Ah, the Theseus' Ship Paradox. Classic. 

  • ltobrien FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Only one thing in Austin that makes me understand why you can't miss an exit here. The fucking tolls. If my exit is just before a toll exit, and there's suddenly traffic in the right lane, I make sure I find a way in. I'm not paying $2 just for a missed exit.

  • Arizona_Joe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Facebook has Gifs that start exactly when you press them so you can watch it, pause it, and have your friend press it to start it and it'll always be at the beginning.


    Burnie needs to start using Facebook for his Gifs.

  • Atomlab FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Burnie is more off his rocker every time I come back to watch RTpodcast..

  • JulianFawkes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    It is strange, the e-mail tracking thing is quite normal at my company. It is not only acceptable it is encouraged. Need some insight. Why is it such a problem? 

    • gus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Elite Staff

      2 weeks ago

      I don't think it is that big of a deal, but I used to work in a company that used Exchange and that type of feature is pretty standard.  I guess just not knowing that email senders know if you've looked at their email or not is the creepy aspect.

  • Brandonbdt FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Loved this episode, everyone seemed so upbeat. It's contagious! bowtie

  • moaibr101 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Open Source Forever

    2 weeks ago

    not using your indicator doesn't seem to be an Austin thing, every U.S city i've ever been in has been full assholes like that.  

  • honkysachmo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Noah

    2 weeks ago

    Jesus Christ theres even star wars fake news now, Mark Hamill said in 1 red carpet interview months ago "at first when Rian showed me the script I was like 'how could you do that to luke this is bonkers' but then the more I read it and digested it I started to get what he's doing and I was on board completely, and love how it turned out" thats not verbatim but thats roughly what he said, and everyone cherry picked the first half of his statement and went "SEE EVEN LUKE HATES IT" and Mark didn't go back on anything he just reiterated that sentiment. 

    • honkysachmo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Noah

      2 weeks ago

      "the military does a lot of humanitarian work too" 

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  • Jacecam32 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Jacecam

    2 weeks ago

    Oh gods! I've never wished I was watching Live more than with this podcast. Burnie Check out America's Secret Slang. You'll find out why Pig and Cow have different names when its on a plate. Gavin. Check out Adam Ruins Everything. You'll learn why we buy diamond rings. (They'll never see this T.T)

  • Flabdominal_Pains FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Re: Burnie's conversation around 12 minutes in about English having two words for animals depending on if they're alive or not, that dates back to the creation of English from Old German. Originally, England was settled by a Germanic people who spoke Old German. A short while later, the Normans from France came in and conquered England, putting themselves in nobility positions and subjugating the Germanic people, forcing them into the peasant class. At this point, you had the nobility speaking Old French and the peasantry speaking Old German, so over time the two languages blended together creating English. This is why English is a Germanic language but has such heavy Romantic influence. This also why we sometimes have two words for things, especially with food, as Burnie was saying. For instance, the word "cow" comes from the German "Kuh" (pronounced koo), but the word "beef" comes from the French "boeuf". This is because the Germanic peasantry were handling the livestock, when it was still a cow, but when it got into the hands of the French nobility, it was beef. Same thing with pigs: the German word for pig, or swine, is "schwein" but the French word for pig is "porc". This is also why big words sound "fancier", because most of them come from French, which was "the language of the nobility" at the time. The word "house" is a Germanic word, coming from "haus", whereas the word "residence" is of French origin, coming from the word "résidence".


    If anyone's interested, Tom Scott on YouTube has a ton of videos on linguistics and the origin of languages. If you search "Tom Scott language" or "Tom Scott linguistics" a bunch of videos will come up. He does a fantastic job explaining this as well as tons of other things about language.

    • aheartsugeon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sponsor

      2 weeks ago

      lol i looked back even further and apparently people before us made the statement too. I guess it's more commonly known than I thought

  • aheartsugeon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sponsor

    2 weeks ago

    This bothers me every time they bring it up. Pork vs pig and beef vs cow is rooted in English history. It isn't just some arbitrary word usage. In the immediate years following the Norman conquest of what would become England, Anglo-Saxon peasants would labor for the typically French-speaking lords. Since they would tend the livestock while they were actually 'live' stock, the animals were referred to using the Anglo-Saxon terms. However, the meat would be reserved for the Norman lords, thus the terms for the meats are derived from the French words. It was another way to subtly hold power over the smallfolk. (everytime the words were spoken, it would reinforce that the Anglo-Saxon peasants were there to work the ranges and tend to the creatures, while the Norman lords were there to enjoy the fruits of their labor)


    tl;dr Cows/pigs belonged to English speaking peasants, so the animals had English names. Pork/beef belonged to wealthy Norman lords, so the fancy meats had French names. 



    Get history'd!



    *edit*

    I know it wasn't what we would consider English that they spoke. It was a proto-English, descended from the Germanic which the Angles and Saxons spoke, bastardized by their separation from mainland Europe. Explaining that defeats the purpose of a tldr.

    • Flabdominal_Pains FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      goddammit

    • NNator FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Aw man, I came to the comments section to say this! This is why the English words for animals sprang up long before the words for the foods, and generally the difference between them can be heard in how harsh vs soft-sounding the word is (cow vs beef, chicken vs poultry). The word "pheasant" is also derived from French - probably because the nobility loved to hunt them for sport!


      It blew my mind when I learned it, and really opened my mind to how complex languages are! IT'S SO COOL!

  • PlayPodSK FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    ill get hired for updating your consoles!

  • kmunjal2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Wow. Haven't heard the vessyl mentioned in a while.

  • PlayPodSK FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    this is why i don't travel via plane unless i HAVE to. airlines are fucking assholes

    • PlayPodSK FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      i would be SO fucking irate if someone caused my flight to be turned around almost halfway through the flight.

  • PlayPodSK FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    facial recognition is the dumbest thing ever. just use your finger. such a dumb feature.

  • kmunjal2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Not a windows fan either, but those updates can be important. Often they're security patches that can be taken advantage of if not dealt with

    • moaibr101 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Open Source Forever

      2 weeks ago

      that's a fair point but I still wish Microsoft would adopt Ubuntu's updating method, I just find it a little less intrusive is all. 

  • Mike_Kruk FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Burnie, I have the Pixel 2 and love it!

  • Dimst FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    So.. you don't have to update windows 10 with PRO edition.. but if you have home, you need to update when an update rolls out. you have no choice. 

    P-P-P-P-PRO TIIIIPS

    • Aussie_Jose FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Apologies if someone's already mentioned this in a comment, but couldn't Gavin set his PC as if it has a metered connection? For Win 10 it's under Settings / Network and Internet / WiFi / Manage Known Networks / [your network name] / Properties - then set Metered Connection to "On". Not sure if there's something similar for an ethernet or non wi-fi connection, but it seems like there should be. Its long winded to find (Microsoft wouldn't want to make it easy or anything) - but this does stop all Windows updates from downloading. OK, it does mean going in when you have the time to do a manual update yourself - but at least you're back in control of the updates and when they download! Works for me anyway.

  • Andrew__A FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Andrew A

    2 weeks ago

    2018 is not off to a great start

  • hurdon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I was an oysterman at one point in my life and you definitely use them ASAP.  Raw oysters are great, so are fried.  If the shell has a hollow sound or is cracked open...do NOT eat it.

  • Gantler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    So the whole how much of a Gavin is Gavin is essentially the ship of Theseus right?

    • WiresNThings FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      I was thinking the same thing! Link for the curious.

  • M19A85T FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    ALL RIGHT

    adjective

    adjective: alright

    1. 1.

      of a satisfactory or acceptable quality.

      "the tea was all right"

    synonyms:

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    adverb

    adverb: alright

    1. 1.

      in a satisfactory manner or to a satisfactory extent; fairly well.

      "we get on all right"

      synonyms:

      satisfactorily, adequately, well enough, fairly well, fine, passably, acceptably, reasonably, unobjectionably, suitably; 

      informalOK

      "the system works all right"

    2. 2.

      used to emphasize how certain one is about something.

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    synonyms:

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      expressing or asking for assent, agreement, or acceptance.

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  • JCLegoMan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Too poor for double gold

    2 weeks ago

    In response to Barbara's understanding of being shot in the head. A gunshot wound to the head is not always fatal, it depends on a lot of factors for example what caliber the bullet is, the placement of the shot etc. Death comes from destruction of vital areas of the brain such as the brain stem but also arises from other injuries to the brain. The brain can survive a lot of damage if it's in the right area, for example Phineas Gage who had an iron rod penetrate his skull and pass straight through, destroying most of his left frontal lobe but he survived (this occurred in the mid 19th century as well). Small caliber rounds in pistols for example, do not exit the brain and stay inside the skull and cause a slow death from a build up of pressure (Abraham Lincoln for example) but can also ricochet inside the skull destroying vital areas of the brain. Another fun fact is that the brain can't feel pain, so depending on where you get shot in the head you probably won't feel pain from the actual penetration of the brain but from the destruction of nerves on the skull.


    I'm not a medical professional so some of my info might be inaccurate.

  • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Barb's reaction to the doorbell story is my reaction to 2018 so far. giphy.gif

  • Decrozi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Anime fan

    2 weeks ago

    The actual NJ Driving Ban: https://jalopnik.com/new-jersey-town-set-to-ban-drivers-who-dont-live-there-1821580916

  • WalkerTN FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Something could be All Right meaning it's not got anything wrong with it. That doesn't mean you love it or that it resonates with you in a special way.

  • WalkerTN FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Burnie with the Coneheads reference! Am I the only one to catch that/understand that?

  • Guy... FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    20:58 Gavin and the "I feel like the only people who are going to be paranoid about that are people doing dodgey shit" argument.

    Here's my comment to this from a previous podcast (sorry for the length bu this is an important subject):


    On podcast #374 at 1:39:01 Gavin admits that mass surveillance is a problem but then goes on to say that it's a lost battle and we should just surrender to it and not try to fight it - "It's only gonna get worse, and it's easier to be not paranoid now than later have to go over it. I've already come to terms with it. I get where you're coming from, it's terrifying and worrying, but in my opinion of you're not doing anything wrong then what's the worst that could happen”.

    This is a horribly defeatist message to send to anyone who's watching.


    For the “doing nothing wrong” part - who's deciding what is considered “wrong”? “Wrong” for who? If anyone in the government/police/etc. doesn't approve of what specific people are doing for any reason (even if the citizens aren't breaking any laws - for example posting comments criticizing the government/police, filing a complaint against a cop/government official, or participating in political activism*) they can just deem it “wrong” and make the life of those people a living hell until they promise to get in line and not cause any trouble to the people in power.

    [*Historical activism and progress in areas such as workers rights, women's rights, African-American civil rights, child labor laws, peace movements, etc., could have all been crushed entirely under a mass surveillance system.]

    We'll have to be careful for example, not to read articles and books or watch videos that criticize the government/corporations/banking system or we may find that our bank and cable company start raising the fees/rates, our credit score gets lowered, our family and business get audited by the IRS, or we end up on the no-fly list 'by accident'.

    People would be hesitant to go to any protest or political gathering that the government doesn't approve of, because they could get facially-recognized and put into a database of citizens that need to be under heavier scrutiny because they are now considered a disturbance.

    Another thing to consider is, for example, if you or anybody you know ever downloaded or streamed copyrighted material without paying for it. This alone could be selectively used against citizens whenever the government/police feels it's necessary.

    And like Burnie said on one of the podcasts, they're collecting all the information they can just in case they'll ever need to use it against someone.


    For the “nothing to hide” part - we all have things we wish to keep private/secure, whether it's all of our photos and videos, the places we visit, browsing/search history, personal conversations with friends/family/coworkers/doctors/lawyers/etc., passwords, bank/credit card details, purchase history, social security number, medical history, when and for how long we are out of the house, confidential business information, etc.

    And what about the people we care about? Our families, significant others, children, friends... do they not deserve privacy and security? Nobody should be able to watch them and listen to their most private moments through their webcams/phones/etc

    We all have possibly said and done things that we regret or feel embarrassed about. We all make mistakes. We all have things that happen to us throughout our lives (whether big or small) that we wish to forget and leave behind. But when every little moment is recorded and documented, then everything could come back to haunt us and there'll be nothing we can do about it.

    We'll have to be careful about searching for information and seeking help about potentially embarrassing personal issues and things we experience because it will all get recorded and could be available for anyone to exploit and use against us if they so choose.

    And there's also the privacy/security of people like political activists/political opponents, lawyers, journalists, doctors, judges, and any other profession that has private/confidential/sensitive information that people who weren't authorized shouldn't have access to. (Because they might use it maliciously for their own gain. For example, a politician or a cop that's under investigation can learn everything about the investigators/complainers and use that against them to silence them, or find out what they know and cover their tracks).


    It basically gives unlimited powers over our lives to anyone with access that system, including but not limited to people at the government (present and future) who the citizens might not agree with their views and actions, and wouldn't want them to have the absolute power to quell any citizen objection/dissent. It has what is called a “chilling effect” on citizens as it ensures that citizens wouldn't be willing to bring up criticism about the people in power for fearing the consequence of having their life ruined.

    Anybody in power will become a de-facto dictator. The government would be able to pass any law and nobody will be willing or able to do anything about it.

    That system could also be used for other things like censorship, by having an automated system that drops the Internet connection of anybody who reads an "unflattering" article about the government/corporations or searches for information that is deemed negative and harmful to profits.


    We must consider the amount of people (government workers/cops/criminals/hackers/identity thieves/etc.) who'll have/gain access (either lawfully or not) to the mass surveillance system or to one of the many backdoors that make it possible (or just buy the information), and will get to misuse it for their own interest against anyone they want. Spying/voyeuring, extorting/blackmailing, stealing, harassing. We have no idea how our 24/7 tracking and all of the information that's available on us will be used and by whom.


    Final thought. If a government started sending cops to its citizens houses so they could record and report on everything they say and do, people won't let them in, it would cause an instant revolution. If a government sent people to install cameras and microphones in its citizens homes (or to install spyware on their computers/phones/gaming consoles/etc.) so they could watch and listen to them and their families 24/7 it won't go over without a fight. The citizens would topple that overtly tyrannical government. It's only because the surveillance is done invisibly in the background, unnoticed and without interference to our daily lives, that these sort of basic human rights violations are allowed to continue.


    For more on that subject check out:

    ACLU org - “So you think you have nothing to hide...”

    TED Talk - Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

    TED Talk - Mikko Hypponen: How the NSA betrayed the world's trust — time to act

    TED Talk - Catherine Crump: The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you

    TED Talk - Hubertus Knabe: The dark secrets of a surveillance state

    OpenDemocracy net - “Mass surveillance: wrong in practice as well as principle”

    Reddit - “A guide to the arguments against NSA surveillance”

    ACLU org - “What's Wrong With Public Video Surveillance?”

    Wired com - “Why 'I Have Nothing to Hide' Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance”

    (These are just a select few, there is a lot more information out there about the risks of a mass surveillance system)

    • CrackySr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      needs a TL;DR because i definitely didn't read any of this

    • Guy... FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

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      Here's a TL;DR from Glenn Greenwald :)

      “All of the evidence highlights the implicit bargain that is offered to citizens: pose no challenge and you have nothing to worry about. Mind your own business, and support or at least tolerate what we do, and you’ll be fine. Put differently, you must refrain from provoking the authority that wields surveillance powers if you wish to be deemed free of wrongdoing. This is a deal that invites passivity, obedience, and conformity. The safest course, the way to ensure being “left alone,” is to remain quiet, unthreatening, and compliant.”

    • NNator FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      The whole point of the American constitution is to avoid tyranny - but the American constitution was written long before mass communication was a thing, let alone mass interception of communication. 


      At one point in English common law, a judge ruled against the (then-equivalent of the) police because they searched a man's house without a warrant. The judge essentially set the precedent of "Individuals can do whatever they want so long as it isn't prohibited in the law, and Government cannot do anything unless it is permitted by the law". This was HUGE, and is still basically a tenet of free societies (having evolved from monarchy, in which the Government is above the law), today. 


      It's just scary to see that principle getting eroded, if only in this area. Now, at least in the UK, the security agencies' excuse is "well the law didn't say we couldn't do it" - when really the argument should be that the law didn't say that they COULD do it. I don't like getting involved in Brexit politics, but that is one thing that I'm afraid of. Almost *every* amendment to the regulatory regime relating to spying has come about because the EU have said "your laws aren't good enough to protect people". When the EU isn't over our heads, all we've got is the European Court of Justice to hold GCHQ and MI5 back. It's sort of terrifying.

  • Poho FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

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    Less than a minute in and Barbara apologizes after the booth flubs. Still Canadian.

  • renvi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    The driving discussion was hilarious, but as someone who also doesn't drive in America, I agree with Gus and Burnie. My boyfriend drives, and I always help him find street parking, check if he's allowed to park in certain spots, etc. He's doing something nice for me by driving, the least I can do is be attentive and help when I can. Especailly because I can look at signs, etc. easier and safer, so he doesn't have to take his eyes off the road. 

  • Ranger_Gavin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Let me Guess  i take it that Barbara got the (iQ) joke

  • SummerTaco FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    If Burnie sat in Guses lap it would break the internet.

  • FAAAAIIISSHH FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    a lot of good puns and anger to start off 2018 right 

  • StrokeMyCactus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    You might still need 20/20 vision to be an Air Force pilot, but as a commercial pilot you do not. You do need a Class 1 Medical Certificate, but you are able to use corrective lenses in order to have perfect vision as a part of that. It's just noted on your license, similar to a driver's license.

  • Ryokugan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 俺はのんびりやるために生まれてきた。

    2 weeks ago

    (Around 10:00) There might be instant translators, but if it's using Google then it's not going to be great for a lot of languages. It's pretty awful with Japanese at least.

  • Ephemerality FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    To avoid package thieves San Francisco has a pretty neat setup where you can have the package delivered to a local corner store and just pick it up there. 

    • OMG_Laserguns FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

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      Yeah, we have a similar thing here in Australia called Click and Collect, a lot of the large chain stores are part of it, you can have packages delivered there rather than having to go to a post office.

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    2 weeks ago

    This new years day was bizarre, I got lost in a forest for two hours between 2am and 4am.


    I'd take hungover over that :D

  • sprite1337 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    The person taking the wrong plane can't really be blamed right?

    I mean some airports are crazy big and very easy to get lost in. 


    Sure if you can speak english you might manage (even then if you are new to flying you might get lost, but then at least you can ask). If you can't however I can see how it would be easy to get lost. 

       The people working at the airport should've payed more attention. Getting in a wrong flight shouldn't be allowed. I mean it's not like getting on the bus (even then it's quite difficult to get onto the wrong bus if your ticket has 1 direction only)

       It's very easy to just see the wrong gate-number as they just tend to appear only some minutes before boarding starts, even then they tend to only be visible some seconds, alternating with other information due to space limitations. 

    The person probably had everything rdy, was nervous saw the wrong gate number and went there. 

       Idk it just seems that the airport-personell is at fault (or at least the systems implemented to catch these type of errors). 

       I mean it was a mistake, and I'm not trying to pin this on anyone, but blaming the passenger wont really fix the problem. Neither wont blaming the airport-personell i believe. Instead the system in place should be changed.




    What I mean by system is the whole procedure from the time the passengers gets his ticket, until she is on the aeroplane. 

    -Issues that might need fixing:
    *Make it wayyy easier for the passanger to get to where she is needed to go, whether by signs, markings, airport design, guiding personell, radio call outs, or a combination of mentioned or others.


    *The airport personell probably got a lot of work => stress etc. Try reduce that. Maybe more breaks, education on time management and planing, more workers, less responsibility/Divided work equally etc


    *The technical tools such as monitors, ticket-checkers (or whatever they are called) and whatnot should be upgraded to hinder such errors to happen.


    A suggestion is to use some type of navigation system where as the passenger enters the airport connects to the navigation system implemented in the airport and on her phone writes down her flight number and some special code (on the ticket) and receive live directions to the gate or wherever she wants to go (a roller with options for shops, WC, GATE, Information should probably exist in the app). 

    This wouldn't be very hard to implement and would probably be highly obliged by the passengers.


    The benefits of such a system would probably be: 

    *If people feel more confident in where they are going they will shop more (due to more time, less stress etc) => more income for shops (better for airport).


    *Passengers are likely to return and be less frightened of the flying experience on the airport at least.


    *Less work for the crew since they don't have to run around and look for people (less stress => happier crew => less sick days => better work flow (money saved etc) )


    *And ofc errors like these will be rare (even though they already are).



    Damn became a long text, I guess I'm rly bored. ^^ 

    • WalkerTN FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      To a very small part of this post, with the ticket checkers, I definitely went to the wrong gate and tried to board the wrong plane without realizing the gate had changed. The machine made a loud, negative sounding buzz to alert the gate agent it was incorrect. Still not sure what happened in this case here.

    • sprite1337 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

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      Probably turned off the loud buzzing noise since it go annoying. Or just didn't think much about it. I can only imagine how much they have to deal with, especially while boarding. Everything has to go as planed. Seems easy to just block out all noises if they were on.


      On some of my flights they seem to barley check the tickets. Just a glance not even a machine sometimes (only when full of people and the airplane about to be late). However the airport is quite small with few departures compared to those long hauls airports. Would probably have a lot more going on... In that case the "glance" system would probably fail every time.


      Edit: Just saw a coment on this video that said the person had Tokyo as destination and both airplanes too. So that might explain some. The personell might just have glanced the ticket, saw Tokyo and cleared the boarding or something. 


      wow my comments keep getting long.