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Thursday, June 07

Geek

Daily News Stuff 7 June 2018

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Monday, March 26

World

Steven Pinker Was Jordan B. Peterson Before It Was Cool

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Thursday, March 22

World

They Nuke Horses, Don't They?

ESTABLISHING SHOT OF HORSES GALLOPING INTO THE DISTANCE

CUT TO

Zuck, standing in front of barn door, enormous brass padlock in hands: We've shut the door, and now we're locking it.

Lock: KA-CHUNK.

Zuck: We've put top men on the problem.

SLOW ZOOM OUT SHOWING MILES AND MILES OF BARN AND THOUSANDS OF DOORS

Zuck: Top. Men.

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Monday, February 19

World

Facebook Vs. Russia

This is not the narrative approved by the DNC-Media Complex so it has been alternately attacked and ignored. It does, however, appear to be true.

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Saturday, February 17

World

Shut 'Er Down Ma, She's A-Suckin' Mud


  • Spends an entire year investigating collusion with Russia in the 2016 election.

  • Indicts Russia.

🤔 😄 😆 😅 😂


In fairness, this is what the Mueller investigation was supposed to be - counter-intelligence.  But spending a year and a hundred million dollars to issue a toothless indictment against a Russian bot farm seems...  Kind of pointless.

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Monday, February 12

World

So I See America's News Media Has Been Covering Itself With Glory This Weekend

And by glory, I mean shit.

That woman is Kim Yo Jong, North Korea's Minister for Propaganda, responsible for ordering at least a hundred political executions.

When BuzzFeed has to call you out for shoddy journalism, you know you've screwed up.
(Stan is a portmanteau of stalker and fan.)

Also, I'm on my 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd suspension on Twitter right now.

Also, back to reinventing cryptocurrencies again just after I got it working the third time.

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Wednesday, August 30

World

This Week In Australian Politics

About a month ago, I noted that two Australian politicians had been found after years in parliament to have never been eligible for election because our constitution forbids anyone holding dual citizenship with another country from becoming a federal representative or senator.

The number is now seven confirmed instances and at least another eight possible cases - including the Deputy Prime Minister and the Senate opposition leader.  Labor (the opposition party right now) are sitting on documentation of citizenship status after originally promising to release it, so there are almost certainly more shoes set to drop in coming weeks.

All of which means, basically, nothing, because no-one cares about Australian politics, least of all Australians.

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Saturday, August 12

World

The End Of Google?

Call for Mr Betteridge.  Mr Betteridge to the courtesy phone please.

Unless you've been sleeping peacefully under a rock for the past week - in which case, congratulations - you'll be aware that Google fired an employee.  With over 70,000 employees under the Alphabet umbrella, this is something that must happen every day of the year, but in this case it was handled so ineptly that the resulting chaos resembled a bored teenager setting off a cherry bomb in a nest of crazy ants.

What happened was this: James Damore, a biologist working for Google in some unspecified capacity, disagreed with Google's methods for meeting its diversity quotas and wrote a memo suggesting adjustments to the company's approach.  Damore, being a nerd, evidently forgot that if Rule 1 of Corporate America is CYA, Rule 1a is Don't rock the boat.

The usual suspects leaked this internal memo to the ever-hungry outrage mobs and the mainstream media - if there is any distinction these days - and the relatively dull memo was immediately spun into a latter-day Mein Kampf.  Within a day, the CEO of Google publicly announced the firing of the suddenly inconvenient Damore.

When the CEO of a major public company has to personally address the firing of a single, fairly low-level employee, who has broken no laws nor done anything that - without the leak - anyone outside the company would have even known about, it means that the corporate structure has screwed up, badly.

And the nature and scale of the panic exhibited by Google makes it clear that engineers are no longer running the show.

And that is a huge problem for Google.

We implicitly trust engineers because we know they view the rest of humanity with benign indifference, as long as we don't gum up the works.  Engineers want to build things, and they enjoy seeing the things they build getting put to use.  An engineer-led Google could be trusted implicitly with your email, because they were far more interested in shaving another fifty milliseconds off the response time of the search box than they were in anything you could possibly be mailing back and forth, short of a solution to the Goldbach Conjecture.

The Outrage Mobs, on the other hand, don't care about building things, don't think in fact that anything should be built, but are passionately interested in what you say and what you think and what your motives are.

And if the mobs are gaining power inside Google, as they seem to be, that means there is no longer that implicit trust, that rather, we can expect sooner or later the backlash will take the step from fellow employees to customers.

Which would be utterly disastrous for Google, of course, but as I said, the mobs aren't interested in building things.

Google have so far responded with profound ineptitude to what should really have been a trivial internal problem solved by a chat with HR.  What they do next could save or doom the entire company.

If I were playing the market, I'd go long on Amazon and Microsoft right now.

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Monday, July 31

World

Frog

A very angry frog.

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Tuesday, July 18

World

Australian Politics, Ladies And Gentleman

Turns out that the Australian Greens' Scott Ludlam was ineligible to run for Senate.


It turns out that Greens deputy leader Larissa Walter was also ineligible to run for Senate.

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