Charge

By | May 20, 2019

In my experience (and I have a whole lot of it), about 5-10% of regular users are incapable of using their laptop charger correctly the first time, and many of those are incapable of it consistently after multiple attempts and training.

I can’t explain this, but nevertheless it is true.

Docking stations are also highly confusing to users. They don’t understand that they have to plug them in. Got a call one time about a laptop on a docking station not working. First question I asked was, “Is the docking station plugged in?”

The user said, “Oh, we have to plug it in?”

I wonder where they think the power is going to come from?

High Per Delta Vee

By | May 20, 2019

Yes! I discovered this a few years ago when someone told me it was impossible to virtualize VMWare on top of Hyper-V. It is indeed possible, but because of the limitations mentioned above (no passthrough) only 32-bit VMs will run.

Don’t ask me why I was attempting to run VMWare virtualized atop Hyper-V. Uh, it was for…stuff.

Strength

By | May 20, 2019

Yes, testosterone had something to do with it, for some athletes, but that’s not nearly the whole story.

Weight training also mattered. Up until even the late 1980s, the conventional wisdom was that athletes should not weight train as it reduced their performance in their chosen sport. Thus, almost no athlete touched a weight.

As that changed, and as training techniques improved, many athletes started lifting weights in the off season and this made them much bigger and more competitive (stronger, faster, better endurance). When a few started doing it and winning because of it, most everyone else had to as well to continue to compete.

Thus, even athletes who never touch steroids are much bigger and stronger than those from the 1960s-1980s.

Taxi

By | May 19, 2019

The taxi medallion scam is exactly what is happening with student loans, and will end about as well.

A large part — perhaps the majority — of our economy is now based on grifts and scams.

Legacy

By | May 18, 2019

My partner and I were discussing today how hard it has become to have a working browser anymore. We have to scour various sites to find older add-ons (back when they worked properly) that actually allow you to customize the browser to a point where it works correctly.

One day, we both know it’ll become impossible as the browser makers don’t want you to do these things; they want to be able to herd you like lowing slaughterhouse-bound cattle to exactly the destination they want you to go.

Right now, I still have a working browser. But for how long? I’d guess another ~2 years before it’s impossible to use the internet on my own terms and I have no choice but to acquiesce.

Dead and Buried

By | May 17, 2019

Why do people care about the moral transgressions of long-dead artists? I can’t understand this modern, mostly-liberal obsession with moral purity and rectitude. Are people so concerned that everyone be exactly like them? Do they think anyone from 100 or 200 years ago will be morally acceptable, will hold every view that they do? The only reason they still like any artist is because they just don’t know enough about them.

These people (as is most of the left) are moral children, with an absurd view of the past and moral progression. I want nothing to do with any of them.

Mostly

By | May 16, 2019

I mostly agree with what the Trump admin is doing on tariffs now, though I don’t think it’ll help much.

But don’t just buy into the propaganda that tariffs are always bad. Examine who is serving you that propaganda and why. From that, some enlightenment can be had. To be perfectly frank, most of you don’t understand enough about international relations, international commerce, history, or tariffs and their uses and abuses to have any opinion on it at all.

Clock Not So Wise

By | May 16, 2019

I have no problem with left and right, but clockwise and counterclockwise…who knows? Unless I have a literal clock in front of me, I can never remember and doesn’t look like that is ever going to change.

Chomp

By | May 16, 2019

I think a lot of people have a truly fundamentally different relationship to food than I do. Reading how people “eat the pain away” or “stress eat” and I have no idea what that’s about. Food does nothing for me in that way, and I am no more likely to eat when I’m sad or stressed than when I’m not.

Food just doesn’t have any significant emotional value for me. It must be a terrible time for those where food is an emotional crux and support of their lives.

MR

By | May 16, 2019

And it’s the same with who is going to push us into war with Iran. It’ll largely be the media cheerleading it the entire way, and this will be the centrist position; the will of the people doesn’t matter at all.

AOC is treated like some kind of mega-socialist, when like Bernie she’s a standard New Deal Democrat from the 1950s, though with much less racism. Her plans are commonsense and if the republic wants to continue to exist her ideas are nearly mandatory.

Rubio represents the will of the media owners and that is why he is seen as a moderate. AOC represents the opposite so that’s why she’s viewed the way she is.