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Welcome to 2016

A brief look at the 2016 model year.

After much anticipation, the newest model year has finally come. It features:

  • A presidential election
  • The presidential campaign
  • Other stuff will be voted on, also mainly in November, following primaries at various times
  • A continuing El Niño
  • 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
  • A leap day in February

As you can see, 2016 has much to offer over 2015. Like a whole extra day. The year feels so less cluttered!

And we’ll have episode after episode of “Politicians Say the Darnedest Things.”

Expect more wacky weather, like flooding and temperature anomalies, as 2016 features an El Niño event that looks to be headed for the recordbooks. Buy a canoe. Hell, buy two!

Get ready to watch atheletes compete in Brazil. Will they dope? Some of them will! Alright! Will there be lots of commercial tie-ins, but not as many as Star Wars?! You bet there will be! And the opening ceremonies? Yes, there will be some opening ceremonies for you ceremony lovers.

All this, and more, coming soon to a year near you.

Worst Consensus Ever.

The concur/dissent tally from a recent US Supreme Court decision is highly fractured to the point of being utterly silly.

SOUTER, J., announced the judgment of the Court and delivered the
opinion of the Court, except as to Part III–B. STEVENS and BREYER, JJ.,
joined that opinion in full; ROBERTS, C. J., and GINSBURG, J., joined all
but Part III–B; and SCALIA, J., joined all but Parts III–B and IV. STE-
VENS, J., filed a concurring opinion. ROBERTS, C. J., and SCALIA, J., filed
opinions concurring in part. THOMAS, J., filed an opinion concurring in
the judgment. KENNEDY, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which ALITO,
J., joined. ALITO, J., filed a dissenting opinion.

pastebins in search results == bad

One thing I’ve noticed from time to time (and just now, hence this post) is pastebin entries showing up in search results.

One thing I’ve noticed from time to time (and just now, hence this post) is pastebin entries showing up in search results.

Never mind the fact that they usually expire quickly (and then only to remain in the results until the search engine does a recrawl), they shouldn’t be there at all. At least, that’s the easier solution.

The more difficult solution would require everyone who uses them to create addenda to their pastes describing what their results were. People use pastebins to show others their code/logs/etc. and usually in conjunction with a discussion or bug. Seeing a pastebin entry for a term you’re searching for means someone else probably had the same issue and may already have gotten it resolved.

But ultimately the right thing to do is for them to exclude search engines. Seeing the paste of the exact thing you search from, while reassuring that you’re not crazy, does not help.

-hobo