Monthly Archives: July 2014

Cop out

By | July 31, 2014

Whenever I am watching cop shows or the like and someone says, “Does the perp have any priors?” or something similar, all I can think of is, “Oh, he/she was a Bayesian. Cool.”

Practice makes not much

By | July 31, 2014

I’ve always been deeply suspicious of the “10,000 hours/practice” idea of mastery, because in my experience even if I practice for 10 times as long in something in which I have no talent or ability, like operational math, I will still perform far worse than the naturally-talented who practice much less. This seems to show… Read More »


By | July 31, 2014

When your article starts off with an obvious sophism such as this, why should I even bother to read the rest? With the disappearance of the desktop computer and the downfall of the desk phone…. The desktop computer is not disappearing. Not going anywhere. In 10 years, there will be nearly as many and used… Read More »

World has changed

By | July 31, 2014

I remember even as recently as five or six years ago, I’d eagerly await software updates, glad of the new features and increased capabilities. But gradually I’ve learned to dread software updates as these days all they do is to remove features, reduce capabilities and generally make my life worse. Now a posteriori – that… Read More »


By | July 30, 2014

I know it’s for internal politics reasons – the same reason we invaded Iraq – but I can’t really understand what exactly Israel hopes to gain long-term with the Gaza slaughter. Of course, long-term planning isn’t exactly humanity’s strong suit. As most corporations prove, even large organizations only think a quarter ahead or so. Why… Read More »

Testing testing 1… 2… jackboot

By | July 29, 2014

I recently set up a test lab of Windows Server 2012 virtual machines for something I’m working on, and I called the group policy for the notional workers “Staff Oppression” to make it seem more like a real company. Now to add the “Machine reboots unpredictably approximately every five minutes” script….


By | July 29, 2014

It bothers me that if my partner and I ever started a successful company together, I’d probably automatically get more credit than she does just because I am male. This despite the fact that we both have really different strengths and weaknesses and in many areas she’s much better, more trained and smarter than me.… Read More »

Average users

By | July 28, 2014

This article is a bit misogynistic, but does a good job of showing how interfaces like Australis are actually terrible for average users. Though it is about web interfaces, it applies to any user interface. We assume everyone knows what a save icon does. My mother used floppy disks for a few years but has… Read More »


By | July 28, 2014

It took me a bit, but I knew I recognized the beret flash and unit crest this guy is wearing. It’s that of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 82nd Airborne Division. But I knew it was a real paratrooper beret the moment I saw it; it’s folded correctly – which civilians never do,… Read More »


By | July 27, 2014

Both the left and right like to pretend that evolution never happened to humans, in various ways. That’s interesting. Mental self-protection against atavism, I guess. Note: not a defense of current terrible evo psych BS.