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That seems a wee bit pricey even for Uber....

Uber Customer Now "Owes" $16,000 For One Ride To Midtown

Jaime Hessel's March 28th UberX ride from her East Williamsburg apartment to Midtown East covered 6.79 miles in 35 minutes and 29 seconds, and resulted in a $12,251.49 bill. In Uber's defense, Midtown East is lovely this time of year.

. . .

Hessel's initial receipt for the ride was $56.40, which she immediately contested, claiming that the driver had unnecessarily extended the ride. She sent an e-mail to Uber Support, and Uber responded a few days later, on April 3rd. "They were really quick about it, and I was impressed," she admitted. "They said, 'We reviewed it, and you're right. He definitely took extra time that was unnecessary, we're going to credit your account $15."
Yesterday morning, Hessel still hadn't received her refund. This is probably due to the fact that the credit card on her account expired on April 1st, and she had yet to update the information. 
"I received two e-mails yesterday. One about the status of my credit saying it should be there, it's been processed. And then a second e-mail saying they are trying to charge me $16,000, but then $4,000 had already been taken care of, so I owed them $12,000. I couldn't even tell you what this was about, because I checked my credit cards and there was no charge. I e-mailed them numerous times and they kept giving me the runaround. I was furious. I mean, you can't give me an explanation?"

Full Story: (
More proof that the stock market is completely gamed....

Apparently the "Flash Crash (" of the stock market in May 2010 was perpetrated by a futures trader in the UK ( The US Justice Department alleges that he used a "dynamic layering scheme" of large-volume sell orders to confuse other buyers, hence winning big in his futures trades.

"By allegedly placing multiple, simultaneous, large-volume sell orders at different price points—a technique known as 'layering'—Sarao created the appearance of substantial supply in the market.  As part of the scheme, Sarao allegedly modified these orders frequently so that they remained close to the market price, and typically canceled the orders without executing them.

When prices fell as a result of this activity, Sarao allegedly sold futures contracts only to buy them back at a lower price. Conversely, when the market moved back upward as the market activity ceased, Sarao allegedly bought contracts only to sell them at a higher price."
Discover Seattle! / Not spam
Apr 21 15 10:04
No way this could be spam, right?
Discover Seattle! / Zazbof
Apr 19 15 11:20
All hail Zazbof.

Discover Seattle! / Hmmmmmmm
Apr 18 15 09:53
A tortoise in a dress walking through Tokyo. That is all.
Gotta love Mississippi- it's 2015 and they still think it's 1915. This poll is from 2011, but I've no doubt a similar poll taken today would yield similar results: 

"We asked voters on this poll whether they think interracial marriage should be legal or illegal- 46% of Mississippi Republicans said it should be illegal to just 40% who think it should be legal. 

For the most part there aren't any huge divides in how voters view the candidates or who they support for the nomination based on their attitudes about interracial marriage but there are a few exceptions."

That's right in 2011,  46% of Mississippi Republicans said interracial marriage should be illegal.

Discover Seattle! / iGun
Apr 14 15 05:37
Snake woman dance by Nokulunga Buthelezi
Discover Seattle! / Spendy Table
Apr 09 15 02:20
Cool, but it'll set you back about $35,000 or so.

"The Megalith Table ( A concept inspired by the space odyssey series

This monolithic design takes its inspiration from The Sentinel, a book by Arthur C. Clarke that went on to be made into the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick.

A glass table top seems to balance miraculously on top of toppling monoliths, which appear to be frozen in a permanent state of impending collapse.
via /.

With the FY2016 H-1B visa cap reached ( in the first week of April (only the USCIS ( knows how many applications were submitted by outsourcing companies ( and from Bentonville, AR (, it's no surprise that groups like Mark Zuckerberg's PAC and Steve Ballmer's Partnership for a New American Economy Action Fund are pooh-poohing Jesse Jackson's claims ( that foreign high-tech workers are taking American jobs, and promoting the idea that what's really holding back Americans from jobs is a lack of foreign tech workers with H-1B visas (

Yeah, not importing enough low-paid foreign workers is what's screwing over American workers. Right.

I mean, seriously, people- would a bunch of billionaires lie in order to make more money? Would billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Ballmer ever tell a little fib in order to make a few billion more dollars? Would they? (

This is what is happening in the US.  Companies are disqualifying American workers so that they can justify hiring foreign workers.  They claim that they can disqualify based on any reason: over qualified, requested pay too high, etc.  They don't even try to negotiate.  They come up with ridiculous requirements that are impossible to meet and then turn around and hire a foreign worker with a different set of requirements.

Immigration attorneys from Cohen & Grigsby explains how they assist employers in running classified ads with the goal of NOT finding any qualified applicants, and the steps they go through to disqualify even the most qualified Americans in order to secure green cards for H-1b workers. See what Bush and Congress really mean by a "shortage of skilled U.S. workers." Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and thousands of other companies are running fake ads in Sunday newspapers across the country each week.
If you like gambling, then you'll love Los Angeles' new parking signs because parking next to one of these is just like going to the casino. Take a look and tell me when it's okay to park, and for how long.
Discover Seattle! / Heh
Apr 05 15 09:14
Some prize tweets

Kevin Christopher Bollaer ( operated a 'revenge porn' web site. He also ran a second web site that solicited payments of $250 to $350 from people who wanted to have the photographs deleted. All in all, Bollaert made about $30,000 on that site.

In February Bollaert  was found guilty of six counts of extortion (stemming from the 2nd site) and 21 counts of identity theft. He faced a maximum of 23 years but was ultimately sentenced to 18 years in prison ( 18 year sentence has 157,680 hours in it, which (assuming a profit of $30K) works out to just under 20 cents an hour. Brilliant business plan ya got there, Kevin.

(Personally, I find an 18-year sentence for this a bit much. I mean, you can rape and/or murder someone and not get this much time. 5 years for what he did would have seemed about right to me. )

Revoke Scientology's tax exempt status (

Scientology received tax exempt status in 1993 through the use of numerous frivolous lawsuits and blackmail against government officials. Please tell the IRS to retract COS tax exempt status. They are estimated to have made billions of dollars since the illegal 1993 agreement.

The money is used to harass former members, coerce abortions, to secure their Int. base so people can't escape, child abuse, forcing members to disconnect from family who aren't Scientologist friendly, and to litigate to death anyone who opposes them. They litigated the "Cult Awareness Network" to death years ago and then bought the name. The C.A.N is now a Scientology run enterprise.

Over the years Scientology has put many government officials and politicians in their pocket. Stop this before it's too late. (
Lol, I love this. An artist took the uppermost inch of the highest mountain in England and put it on display as art:

"An entire nation's height is modified and its landscape redefined by means of a single precise action."

A lot of people in England are pretty cranked off about his "vandalism" to the mountain and aren't taking it well at all. lol (
How to Determine if Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened in Just 10 Quick Questions.

  Just pick "A" or "B" for each question.

  My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to go to a religious service of my own choosing.
B) Others are allowed to go to religious services of their own choosing.

2. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to marry the person I love legally, even though my religious community blesses my marriage.
B) Some states refuse to enforce my own particular religious beliefs on marriage on those two guys in line down at the courthouse.

3. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am being forced to use birth control.
B) I am unable to force others to not use birth control.

4. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to pray privately.
B) I am not allowed to force others to pray the prayers of my faith publicly.

5. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) Being a member of my faith means that I can be bullied without legal recourse.
B) I am no longer allowed to use my faith to bully gay kids with impunity.

6. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to purchase, read or possess religious books or material.
B) Others are allowed to have access books, movies and websites that I do not like.

7. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) My religious group is not allowed equal protection under the establishment clause.
B) My religious group is not allowed to use public funds, buildings and resources as we would like, for whatever purposes we might like.

8. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) Another religious group has been declared the official faith of my country.
B) My own religious group is not given status as the official faith of my country.

9. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) My religious community is not allowed to build a house of worship in my community.
B) A religious community I do not like wants to build a house of worship in my community.

10. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to teach my children the creation stories of our faith at home.
B) Public school science classes are teaching science.

If you answered "A" to any question, then perhaps your religious liberty is indeed at stake. You and your faith group have every right to now advocate for equal protection under the law.

If you answered "B" to any question, then not only is your religious liberty not at stake, but there is a strong chance that you are oppressing the religious liberties of others.

Lol, literally I can't even
Discover Seattle! / Amazon
Mar 27 15 02:37
via /.

Amazon has not only subjected their warehouse employees to abusive working conditions (, but now they're also making them sign an insanely broad "non-compete agreement" as a condition of employment (

Here's an excerpt from the agreement:

"During employment and for 18 months after the Separation Date, Employee will not, directly or indirectly, whether on Employee's own behalf or on behalf of any other entity (for example, as an employee, agent, partner, or consultant), engage in or support the development, manufacture, marketing, or sale of any product or service that competes or is intended to compete with any product or service sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon (or intended to be sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon in the future)."

WTF? So some disposable, hourly employee has to predict what Amazon might offer within the next year and a half, and avoid working for any company that might do something similar as Amazon?

This whole thing is utterly unenforceable, but the idea that they're telling you who you can't work for in such broad terms is unreal.

For example, notice the part that says "any product or service". That's just ridiculously broad.

Have you seen the array of things Amazon sells? Basically, they sell everything.

You can buy bubblegum ( and CNC Milling Machines ( You can buy music, movies, and Michael Kors handbags. They sell plastic bags (, violins (, and pizza ovens ( They sell Ortho Fusion Chem ( Analyzer devices ($459,000.00).

They sell tires and desks and phones and lawn food and cameras and vibrators and Tupperware and yachting caps and screwdrivers and radios and batteries and books and foam rollers and dog cages and swim vests and perfume and vacuum cleaners and toilet paper...and on and on and on.

Is there any kind of business you could actually go into that Amazon couldn't claim was somehow infringing? It's insane.

Not a joke: Feminists Ban Clapping Because it Triggers 'Anxiety'

A U.K. student feminism conference is asking attendees to refrain from clapping and use "jazz hands" instead so as to not trigger anxiety in others.

The National Union of Students (NUS) Women's Campaign announced the clapping "ban" at the West Midlands conference on Twitter Tuesday, shortly after receiving a request from the Oxford University Women's Campaign.

"@nuswomcam please can we ask people to stop clapping but do feminist jazz hands? it's triggering some peoples' anxiety. thank you!" Oxford representatives wrote ( (
Holy crap, what the hell is wrong with Indiana? And what's wrong with a$$hole Gov. Mike Pence?

Washington (CNN) Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law on Thursday a measure that allows businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of "religious freedom."

The bill has sparked an uproar among gamers and church groups that hold their conventions in Indianapolis and businesses that are threatening to pull out of the city.

Even the NCAA -- which is less than two weeks from hosting its men's basketball Final Four in Indianapolis -- was critical, saying the organization is "committed to an inclusive environment where all individuals enjoy equal access to events" as it hinted the bill could damage the city's reputation as a host of major sporting events.

Jason Collins, who last year became the first openly gay active NBA player, asked Pence in a tweet whether it is "going to be legal for someone to discriminate against me & others when we come" to the Final Four in two weeks.

Still, Pence signed it in a private ceremony in his office Thursday. In a statement explaining his decision, he pointed to President Barack Obama's health care law -- which triggered a lawsuit by Hobby Lobby to ensure the company wasn't required to cover birth control through its employees' health insurance plans. (

What a load of bullshit. Discrimination in the name of "religious freedom"? I don't think so. I suspect Indiana will pay dearly for this in the long run, and I suspect the Supreme Court will strike it down.
A Bechdel Test for programming? A thoroughly stupid and pointless idea.

via slashdot:

In order for a movie or television show to pass the Bechdel Test* (named after cartoonist and MacArthur genius Alison Bechdel), it must feature two female characters, have those two characters talk to one another, and have those characters talk to one another about something other than a man.  A lot of movies and shows don't pass. How would programming culture fare if subjected to a similar test? (

One tech firm, 18F, decided to find out after seeing a tweet from Laurie Voss, ( CTO of npm, which explained the parameters of a modified Bechdel Test. According to Voss, a project that passes the test must feature at least one function written by a woman developer, that calls a function written by another woman developer.

'The conversation started with us quickly listing the projects that passed the Bechdel coding test, but then shifted after one of our devs then raised a good point,' read 18F's blog posting on the experiment. (

'She said some of our projects had lots of female devs, but did not pass the test as defined.' For example, some custom languages don't have functions, which means a project built using those languages would fail even if written by women. (Starting to see the 'stupid' here?)

"Nonetheless, both startups and larger companies could find the modified Bechdel Test a useful tool for opening up a discussion about gender balance within engineering and development teams."

1) If you can substitute the term "white male" into your premise and suddenly find it offensive, then was actually racist/sexist all along.

2) Seriously, this is the dumbest thing ever. Just make the code work. I don't care if there were women involved in writing it or not. There are so many issues that actually matter, and this isn't one of them.

3) You won't find any real programmers (male OR female) wasting their time culling through the code base, compiling statistics, looking for some form of bigotry. Instead, he or she will call your functions if they work regardless of what you look like.

*The Bechdel test is, quite literally, a joke. It started as a joke in a cartoon (see below), and it remains a joke because it is utterly useless as a measure for anything at all. This new test, from the description above, is no better.
At his announcement that he's running for president (surprise!), here are the 35 things Ted Cruz asked the crowd to "imagine:"

   Imagine your parents when they were children.
Imagine a little girl growing up in Wilmington, Delaware during World War II
Imagine a teenage boy, not much younger than many of you here today, growing up in Cuba. Jet black hair, skinny as a rail.
Imagine for a second the hope that was in his heart as he rode that ferry boat across to Key West.
Imagine a young married couple, living together in the 1970s, neither
one of them has a personal relationship with Jesus.
Imagine another little girl living in Africa, in Kenya and Nigeria.
Imagine another teenage boy being raised in Houston.
Imagine millions of courageous conservatives, all across America, rising up together to say in unison "we demand our liberty."
Imagine instead millions of people of faith all across America coming out to the polls and voting our values.
Imagine millions of young people coming together and standing together, saying "we will stand for liberty."
Imagine instead of economic stagnation, booming economic growth.
Imagine small businesses growing and prospering.
Imagine young people coming out of school with four, five, six job offers.
Imagine innovation thriving on the Internet as government regulators.
Imagine America finally becoming energy self-sufficient as millions and millions of high-paying jobs are created.
Imagine in 2017 a new president signing legislation repealing every word of Obamacare.
Imagine health care reform that keeps government out of the way between you and your doctor and that makes health insurance personal and portable and affordable.
Imagine a simple flat tax that lets every American fill out his or her taxes on a postcard.
Imagine abolishing the IRS.
Imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures the borders.
Imagine a legal immigration system that welcomes and celebrates those who come to achieve the American dream.
Imagine a federal government that stands for the First
Amendment rights of every American.
Imagine a federal government that works to defend the sanctity of human life...
Imagine a federal government that protects the right to keep and bear arms of all law-abiding Americans.
Imagine a federal government that protected the privacy rights of every American.
Imagine repealing every word of Common Core.
Imagine embracing school choice as the civil rights issue of the next generation.
Imagine a president who stands unapologetically with the nation of Israel.
Imagine a president who says "I will honor the Constitution, and under no
circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon."
Imagine a president who says "We will stand up and defeat radical Islamic terrorism and we will call it by its name."
Imagine it's 1775, and you and I were sitting there in Richmond listening to Patrick Henry say give me liberty or give me death.
Imagine it's 1776 and we were watching the 54 signers of the Declaration of Independence stand together and pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to igniting the promise of America.
Imagine it was 1777 and we were watching General Washington as he lost battle, after battle, after battle in the freezing cold as his soldiers with no shoes were dying, fighting for freedom against the most powerful army in the world.
Imagine it's 1933 and we were listening to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt tell America at a time of crushing depression, at a time of a gathering storm abroad, that we have nothing to fear but fear itself.
Imagine it's 1979 and you and I were listening to Ronald Reagan.

Now imagine Ted Cruz shutting his mouth, because the only way Ted Cruz will ever see the inside of the White House is if he takes the tour. He is utterly unelectable by any stretch of the imagination. There just aren't enough right-wing whackos in the country to elect him, even if you emptied out all the mental institutions and bussed them directly to the polls.

Holy shit, Piranha Feeding Time:
This is the Antipodes Map (AKA Tunnel Map). It's a tool that lets you see what's on the other side of the world from any given spot on Earth.

Find where you live on the left side and zoom in. The right side shows where you'd pop out if you drilled a hole straight down through the Earth and out the other side (or vice versa). (

Sadly, nowhere I've lived seems to end up anywhere interesting on the other side of the planet. Maybe you'll have better luck. All my spots ended up in the Indian Ocean, southeast of Madagascar (more or less).
 A physicist, engineer and a statistician are out hunting. Suddenly, a deer appears 50 yards away.

The physicist does some basic ballistic calculations, assuming a vacuum, lifts his rifle to a specific angle, and shoots. The bullet lands 5 yards short.

The engineer adds a fudge factor for air resistance, lifts his rifle slightly higher, and shoots. The bullet lands 5 yards long.

The statistician yells "We got him!"
From slashdot:

"The Evolution Market, an online black market that sells everything contraband — from marijuana, heroin and ecstasy to stolen identities and malicious hacking services — appears to have vanished in the last 24 hours with little warning (

Much to the chagrin of countless merchants hawking their wares in the underground market, the curators of the project have reportedly absconded with the community's bitcoins ( — a stash that some Evolution merchants reckon is worth more than USD $12 million."

Lol, you mean the guys that operated a black market using an untraceable virtual currency turned out to be  untrustworthy and stole all the money?

There's a reason that self publishing is looked down upon...

Pounded by The Biker Rainbow Come to Life!: Gay Paranormal Romance M/M (

Synopsis: "With his hippy lover dead from a tragic rock-climbing accident, Saul is caught in an endless spiral of bong hits and munchie-filled nights on his sofa. He is haunted by that fateful day and after a midnight toke revelation, he knows that he's got to return to Indian's Claw and avenge Rico's death. What Saul doesn't anticipate though, is that Rico may still be alive... in the form of a stud rainbow that's come to life and only has eyes for the mourning hippy."

This is pretty cool, turn your handwriting into a font.

Download the template image below and print it out, then fill in the letters.  When you're done just scan it and upload it to: ( 

It'll convert the handwritten letters you filled in into a font you can use in Linux, Windows, or Apple.
From another site I manage, this came in through the contact form:

I was a member at one time cant seem to have my user name or e-mail accepted or my password

That's it. And of course they didn't bother to include an email address so we can contact them.