Monthly Archives: November 2015

Semper Adelis

By | November 25, 2015

Why do journalists get assigned to cover topics they know absolutely nothing about? That Adele’s album was not streamed has nothing to do with why it is or is not on the top of the charts at Pirate Bay. Not streaming it was never likely to drive that many people to pirate it. This is… Read More »

Tom Petty knew

By | November 24, 2015

The reason large-scale resettlement in Europe is a mistake is not that Syrian refugees are dangerous. Rather, it is a mistake because large-scale resettlement will require an equally large-scale commitment of resources that European governments, and European voters, are unwilling to make. And soon will be completely unable to make, with climate change, declining populations… Read More »

Circle of fable

By | November 24, 2015

What comes around once, comes around again. Admittedly, it is funny — but it’s been going around on BBSes since the 1980s. I suspect it passed around university labs before that in the 1970s. I first saw a variant of it around 1986, for reference….

Ben Carson

By | November 24, 2015

Ben Carson is a good illustration of how extremely intelligent people are often even more clueless and more worthless in areas outside their expertise than the hoi polloi, as they overestimate their competence and knowledge greatly. I call this “engineeritis” because it is most common in fields like engineering and physics, but is present in… Read More »


By | November 24, 2015

I think the only way I’d vote for Clinton is if the changed her name to Chillary Clinton, collaborated with Taylor Swift and started dropping some really hot EDM singles. Better and more constructive than what she’s going to give the world: more war, more right-wing fear and safety-net slashing, more avoiding dealing with climate… Read More »

More research

By | November 23, 2015

Someone needs to do way more research. The first IBM PC was released in 1981, not 1983. Windows 95 was not (originally) bundled with Internet Explorer. USB was not a replacement for SCSI. It was a replacement for serial and other slow buses. It later evolved. There were really no consumer PCs with built-in or… Read More »


By | November 22, 2015

Bridget Malcolm on Instagram. Can we STOP with the skinny shaming please? I am extremely fit and healthy and am not in the slightest way anorexic. I have worked hard to look like this and am proud of my body. Yep. Other than some extremes of the (gay male dominated*) fashion industry, most models are… Read More »

After the disaster

By | November 22, 2015

After Mozilla and Firefox completely dies, I will use it as a case study if I start a business on how to have the best of intentions and plenty of funding and still fail completely. I can’t think of a better one that is contemporary and where they so deftly seized defeat from the jaws… Read More »

Endless apology

By | November 21, 2015

Why are so many liberals endlessly supportive of and accepting of Obamacare’s failures? It’s designed to funnel money to insurance companies and it’s not even doing that very well, much less helping Americans. It has basically failed at everything it set out to do, other than giving some people pseudo-insurance — i.e., insurance that they… Read More »


By | November 21, 2015

I’ve been trying to convince my workplace (slowly and subtly) to adopt a strategy like this. Cheap and easy to replace. Getting away from enterprise-class hardware that is only such in name and price. In my experience, “enterprise” hardware means that you just pay much more for much less.