Monthly Archives: December 2015

The gist and the rest

By | December 31, 2015

I understand the gist — or at least the initial spring of logic — that leads to the idea that no one is allowed to have sexual and relationship preferences, but this is no different than saying, “If you won’t have sex with me and/or be in a relationship with me when I demand it,… Read More »


By | December 30, 2015

Comcast is such a terrible company that we will in the future make sure we never move to anywhere that Comcast is the only ISP, no matter the other advantages. You know you’ve failed as a company when someone feels that way about you. Though I guess they haven’t failed, since they are still making… Read More »

What will actually happen

By | December 30, 2015

If you listen to the VC that Tim Bray is discussing, you’re going to lose all your money. One of the advantages of experience — though it is overrated in many ways* — is that you see the same things happen over and over again. Back in the 90s, the “network is the computer” was… Read More »

Bags of tricks

By | December 28, 2015

I now know lots of tricks to be able to connect to an XFCE desktop from a Mac using VNC and have it be smooth like butter. That was the easy part, though. The harder part is that now with VNC, I can make it spawn a virtual desktop for each user completely separate from… Read More »


By | December 28, 2015

The best corporate name in history is “General Atomics.” That just screams “we are doing awesome, dangerous shit. Stand back. Way back.” “Industrial Light and Magic” is also pretty good.

TPP not for me

By | December 28, 2015

As I’ve noted before, the TPP is shockingly bad and destructive. First, it adds another layer of intellectual property protections, which means broader, longer and deeper limitations on access to, and use of, information. In doing so, the TPP will hurt the ability of consumers and entrepreneurs to make informed decisions, and then to act… Read More »


By | December 27, 2015

So far the only completely sensible take on the European refugee crisis is from Slavoj Žižek. Have there ever been any countries that voluntarily (rather than involuntarily) destroyed themselves by allowing nearly-unrestricted immigration from those with incompatible values? I can’t think of any instance in history. But we’re about to watch it happen. It’ll be… Read More »

Senior project from a D student

By | December 27, 2015

About Windows 10, it’s appalling how unfinished it feels. It’s sort of like a student project concept of an OS interface. It fails where it should be strong, and provides loads of things no one needs or uses. It just feels so incomplete, lacking in any polish or utility — it’s the worst of both… Read More »


By | December 27, 2015

What do we ‘know’ about investing – but can’t prove with stats? That psychology, sociology and and assiduously studying what people are thinking is just as important as any quant pseudo-math, if not more so. Economics is really just psychology and sociology translated into monetary terms, and pecuniary issues just cannot be abstracted into the… Read More »

Rey of light

By | December 26, 2015

Where’s Rey? That is just disgusting. She is the main character as the tweet points out. How can anyone think that’s a good idea to omit her, especially as there are so very many female fans of Star Wars, and already so many women and little girls cosplaying as Rey? Movie and toy company execs… Read More »