Nov 19

Deception Field

About the below, about “stealing the election,” about climate change denial, and about so many other things, I think people are actually eager to believe lies.

They do not want or care about the truth. There is actually a thrill of believing a lie that people crave, that they yearn for. It’s some sort of sickness — that if they can embrace the lie fervently enough, with enough resolve, that it cozies them up to the in group and this sub rosa knowledge of the deep untruth of their beliefs cements that bond even further.

Nov 19

DoH DoH

Fearing Drama, Mozilla Opens Public Consultation Before Worldwide Firefox DoH Rollout.

There should be drama, because DoH is absurd and user hostile — just like all of the other initiatives Mozilla her perpetrated in the past decade or so.

But I wanted to highlight this false dichotomy, of XUL vs. security. I agree that XUL needed some work, or perhaps needed to be replaced. But it’s a false choice to claim that all customization possibilities must be eliminated because XUL was showing its age.

One does not equal the other.

The truth is that Mozilla wanted to punish its users and take away control. This was the real motivation and had nothing to do with security. It’s possible to write something customizable and secure; truth is, they just did not want to.

And it cost them everything.

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers.

Nov 19

Demotic

Yes they did. Talk about stealing an election.

Nov 19

Tried and Untrue

I’m constantly just shocked by how little people know, and how little ability they have to learn relatively basic things quickly.

Like, what is your brain doing? Is it even trying?

Nov 19

Self Own Steal

The only sense in which the election was “stolen” is that the Democrats continue to be so incompetent to perform very poorly amidst an economic downturn unrivaled in most people’s lifetimes and amid an unchecked pandemic.

If you can steal from yourself, yep, they certainly did that.

Nov 19

Evildoing

It is darkly hilarious watching Obama lament things he and his administration caused directly or had the power to prevent — but did nothing. What a failure of a president. In my opinion, he is still worse than Trump because we always knew Trump was incompetent.

Obama was competent but he chose to do evil and not to prevent it.

Nov 19

Split Photon Soup

The Black Hole information loss problem is unsolved. Because it’s unsolvable.

I generally like Sabine’s work, but this isn’t even close to true. It’s unsolvable now, and maybe it always will be. But we’ve thought a lot of problems were unsolvable that we’ve since solved.

And she’s also not really right about information loss — time irreversiblity and information loss are the same thing. If a quantum process is time irreversible, then initial state information is gone forever. Is one a better phrase than the other? I don’t see why it matters much, though of course physicists prefer “time irreversibility” because that’s closer to how their equations are most commonly formatted (though it’s possible to format this in an information-theoretical way too, just not regularly done because it’s much harder and not taught that way).

I don’t understand why this is an issue. She takes Hawking radiation for granted, which has never been observed and very possibly never will be, but concludes that we cannot ever solve the time irreversibility problem of black holes? That doesn’t really make sense.