Watercooler 5/26/16; N.Y.C. And The 31 Genders; Trump Erotica To Be Motion Picture; State Staff Told Mums The Word Re:Hillary


New York City Will Now Fine You, If You Mis-Identify Which Of 31 Genders They Claim To Belong To

Looks like Mayor DeBlasio has been hitting Baskin Robbins too often. It’s 31 flavors of ice cream not genders. Anyway curious coincidence aside businesses in NYC can now be fined for not using the correct pronoun for people based on these 31 genders


—- NYC Government Official Publications

A few observations. Gender Blender sounds painful. Many of these are not recognized as words by my spell checker. Hijra I can’t even guess at, but it’s NYC so I guess they felt the need to import perversion domestic not being adequate.
P.S. My self identification of Bi-Polar Junction Transistor is not on the list. I am offended and so are my friends the Vacuum Tubes.

Just When You Thought New York Couldn’t Get Weirder

Turns out not only is there a Trump gay porn novel “Trump Temptation: The Billionaire and The Bellboy.“, that is a BEST SELLER ON AMAZON !!!! It’s actually being made into a movie.

The book found instant acclaim online. It became a bestseller on Amazon within 48 hours and drew over a million readers on the publishing platform, Wattpad.

“Amazon’s royalties are like $0.30 per person who reads the book, so it’s not really a get rich scheme. I was just drunk and told Twitter I’d do it, and then I was stuck doing it,” he told Fusion after his book became an online sensation.

The novella’s unexpected success has reportedly prompted a gay porn studio to try and get involved in the action.

Online publication the Daily Dot has outlined the ambitious plan to turn the best selling novella into a motion picture masterpiece as the LA comedian has teamed up with film studio NakedSword to bring the book to the silver screen.

For those who say the American dream is dead, think again. The sanctity of the American presidency on the other hand, has never been so faint.

——Heat Street

If politics wasn’t enough to make you wretch before this should cure the deficiency. On the bright side this may stop Trump once and for all.

State Dept I.T. Staff Were Told To Keep Quiet About Hillary’s Email Server As Far Back as 2010

Turns out Hillary’s personal server was known about, discussed and had excuses fabricated for it going back at least as far as 2010.

Investigators said in 2010 two IT staff members “each discussed their concerns about Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email account in separate meetings” with a top-level IT official.

They were told the director stated that the mission of the Executive Secretariat, Office of Information Resources Management “is to support the Secretary and (an official) instructed the staff never to speak of the secretary’s personal email system again.” The people involved in these discussions were not identified.

The IT staff members were told “that the secretary’s personal system had been reviewed and approved by department legal staff and that the matter was not to be discussed any further.” But the inspector general “found no evidence” that a department legal adviser reviewed or approved Clinton’s personal email system.

The report also found “no evidence that the secretary requested or obtained guidance or approval to conduct official business via a personal email account on her private server.”

—Computer World

Federal And Military IT Systems May Be More Secure Than Expected

That would be, because no one is left that remembers how to hack them.

The U.S. Defense Department is still using — after several decades — 8-inch floppy disks in a computer system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation’s nuclear forces, a jaw-dropping new report reveals. The Defense Department’s 1970s-era IBM Series/1 Computer and long-outdated floppy disks handle functions related to intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft, according to the new Government Accountability Office report.

“Federal legacy IT systems are becoming increasingly obsolete: Many use outdated software languages and hardware parts that are unsupported,” the report found. “Agencies reported using several systems that have components that are, in some cases, at least 50 years old.”


Just for reference an 8 inch floppy disk looks like this

Public Domain From Wikipedia


This is a quiz on the Affordable Care Act/Obama Care  from what looks to be 2013 or 2014. It’s a little more fun than the regular quiz fare because one of it’s answers has been rendered wrong by the passage of time. My score either 10/10 or 9/10 depending on how you count. See if you can spot the question that was made questionable by the implementation of the law.


Quick Hit

Former McDonald’s CEO Says $35,000 robot cheaper than $15/hr employees http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2016/05/24/fmr-mcdonalds-usa-ceo-35k-robots-cheaper-than-hiring-at-15-per-hour.html

Drink up That’s it for the Watercooler today. As always it’s an open thread

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