Nov 30

To the men

To the men arguing that more women entering the tech industry is displacing someone (and prison_artwork_barcodethe women arguing against this idea) – yes, that is true, women entering the tech industry probably does cause a displacement effect*. That someone displaced is usually male. That’s just simple economics and inarguable. More labor + roughly same number of positions == harder to get job, pay is lower.

But so what?

And I thought all you male libertarian laissez faire free market fetishists were all about that competition?


Well guess what, motherfuckers, that’s competition right there.

Get used to it or shut up about your free market idolatry. Damn.

*It is much more complicated than this, but I don’t have time for a 5,000 word post nor do I care that much.

Nov 29

Of course there is

Of course major media outlets are censoring news about Ferguson.

These are capitalist organizations we are talking about. As such, they rely on advertisers to function.

Advertisers do not like controversy and do not like alienating racists, since open racists are 30-50% of their market.

All ya’ll were the ones who decided to embrace the corporate and closed platforms of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, et. al.

Now you have nothing to complain about save your own actions. This was expected behavior. Anything else would be surprising. Corporate censorship is the default state, not some anomaly.

Use and build open platforms and this doesn’t happen.

As much as people love to hate on Richard Stallman, he was right all along.

Nov 29


It’s increasingly looking like Margaret Atwood in her MaddAddam trilogy got it right about how Beisa Oryxfuture American and world civilization will structure itself: very rich oligarchs living lives of exorbitant luxury, a very tiny “middle class” who are basically their servants, and the impoverished rabble who are seen as utterly savage, base and expendable.

Everything points this way; nothing indicates another outcome is likely. In addition, something similar to that is how most human societies have been structured throughout post-hunter-gatherer history.

Just on the basis of the tendency of regression to mean, this is a likely outcome. The reality and already underestimated effects of climate change only make this far more likely, not less.

Nov 28


Yep – this is something that gets ignored when you hear how some display tech is “enough for anyone.”

There are plenty of people that can see flicker well above 60Hz (and I am one of them), and the variance is large in humans.

I can see flicker up until about 85Hz, and sometimes up to 100Hz if I am particularly alert and the conditions are right.

Now tell me again why no one needs this or that.

That’s the whole reason back in ancient times – the late 90s – I paid thousands of dollars for a Sony monitor that could do 1280×1024 at 100Hz.

It weighed nearly 100 pounds but it was so worth it.

Nov 28

SED me

Wow, sed is so powerful it’s basically impossible to use!

Much like iptables.

You know a Linux/Unix utility is fucked when there are experts in just that utility. People more obsessed with their tools than what they get done will always be a puzzle to me.

Nov 25


Watching all the liberals mumblingly defend Obamacare like it’s some great thing is pretty embarrassing.

For them, at least.

Sorry, I just can’t get behind a complete giveaway to insurance companies no matter if it helped some people.

So now we’re stuck with it and with little chance of anything better.

Good job, I guess?

Nov 25

Through the roof

Probably in 98%+ of the cases where someone claims they were “roofied,” they weren’t.

It was just alcohol. Anyone who knows how to pour too much alcohol into a mixed drink can “roofie” someone, especially someone who is not accustomed to having 4x-10x as much alcohol in the same size drink.

Most of the symptoms that people are claiming are a result of roofies are just alcohol poisoning, and not characteristic of rohypnol or any other similar drug.

And now some people who can’t read will think I am somehow excusing the rapes that occur afterward.

I’m not.

It’s a sign of the rape culture that we live in that a woman must claim some extenuating circumstance for her rape to “count.” My contention that the rape counts no matter what. It doesn’t matter if the woman is stone sober or passed the fuck out. It counts.

I just like knowing the truth of things, despite whoever it offends. I’ve found the truth is always better than the fiction.

If some people are helped by the fiction, that’s fine. It just doesn’t help me.

Nov 25


There is no shortage of tech workers.

Some more proof of this is that recruiters nowadays often won’t even consider you if you haven’t used the exact product version number of the tech that they want to hire for.

For instance, say that you are an expert on version 5. Version 5.1 comes out, which is 99.9% identical. Recruiters will only consider you if you’ve used (or are certified) on version 5.1, not 5.0, despite the differences taking less than 30 seconds to learn.

I first started looking into and getting hired for tech jobs in the late 90s, early 2000s, and it was so much easier to get a job then – even after the web bust.

There is absolutely no shortage of tech workers anywhere in the US.