Monthly Archives: January 2015

Two bots

By | January 31, 2015

Someone said that a lot of modern EDM sounds like “two robots having sex in a dryer.” My name is quoderat, and I approve this message.


By | January 31, 2015

The Case Against DRM Needs to Be Made Now. Or rather, it should’ve been made 10 years ago or more. But no, then we were told – even by members of the tech press and many prominent geeks – that DRM was there for our own good, to “produce more content,” to “allow creators to… Read More »


By | January 31, 2015

I’ve seen nearly every one of these movies. Most of them are very bad, except Evil Dead 2 and a few others. They forget this, uh, timeless classic:


By | January 30, 2015

Even some blogs I like on Tumblr are full of some daft bullshit. So let’s extend this further: 1) No one who is not Hutu should blog/write/show images of the Rwandan genocide. Yeah, that’ll help! 2) No one who is not Armenian should mention the Armenian genocide because that’s…cultural appropriation? I’m not sure what this… Read More »


By | January 30, 2015

This whole article from 2003 is darkly hilarious in retrospect. To an amazing degree, the Baghdad-based press corps avoids writing about or filming the friendly dealings between U.S. forces here and the local population–most likely because to do so would require them to report the extravagant expressions of gratitude that accompany every such encounter. Right.… Read More »


By | January 28, 2015

I always see this photo posted on Reddit other places to “prove” that women are incompetent with firearms or just crappy in general. First of all: 1) It’s a fucking air rifle, so no real recoil. 2) Her finger is behind the trigger guard, so there’s no substantial eye damage danger even if it were… Read More »


By | January 28, 2015

I know quite a lot about virtualization, so I’d always wondered why graphics performance on a desktop/consumer PC couldn’t be “passed through” with 95% of the original performance as everything else can – so for instance you could run a hypervisor on top of Linux, and then boot up Windows and run games in that… Read More »


By | January 27, 2015

Are all cops wimps these days? Why is there ever any justification for cops shooting a teenage girl who is armed only with a knife? Shit, I’m older and slower than I once was but pretty sure I could still disarm a teenage girl with a knife without too much trouble (unless she had some… Read More »

Theory and practice

By | January 26, 2015

Weeny Western liberals like to argue that Islam is not innately oppressive. But who cares? Nothing is innately oppressive. Christianity is not innately oppressive. Yet it and its institutions have nevertheless subjugated hundreds of millions of people over the years. Western academics are afraid of Islam and are also afraid of not being seen as… Read More »


By | January 25, 2015

I’m always mystified by how quickly and completely adults forget what it was like to be a child. That was a long time ago for me, but I remember it well. Why do so many adults forget? Is the average person just that self-focused? Does me being aware that I am self-centered actually make me… Read More »