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Apple Talk / Re: Introductions, part V: Don't Say We Never Warned You.
« on: January 19, 2014, 02:20:31 am »
Howdy! I've kinda been lurking for a while. How is everyone?

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Do What You Love
« on: January 19, 2014, 02:00:53 am »
If no work gets done, everyone fucking starves.

Ergo, work must be done.

Therefore it is best to do work you enjoy.

Does that serve the system?  Who cares?

Fucking Slate.

But, but, if I am not being exploited how do I become a martyr?

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Net Neutrality shut down
« on: January 15, 2014, 01:04:44 am »
Also not even all that long ago some ISP were arguing that google fiber be disallowed because google could use it as a lose leader to its other industries. Therefore the ISPs were arguing google could create a verticle integration monopoly. Then not that long later they argue against net neutrality and they no longer seem worried about fiber but instead cite it as an arguement for deregulation. Wouldn't this deregulation make google doing verticle integration more of a threat???

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Net Neutrality shut down
« on: January 15, 2014, 12:27:49 am »
We didn't really want this whole Internet thing to be a multi-way communication system anyway. One-way is more than enough. Back in my day, we didn't get to talk to each other over the teevee. We used it for getting the evening Truth and watching Beaver Knows Best, and that's it, and we got along just fine. I don't see why we'd want the Internet to be anything other than that. Too many options is bad for Freedom.

Speeds of up to 25 mbps! Oh wait you wanted to use that to upload, uh, uh, here is 6.

Or Kill Me / Re: Scare City
« on: January 07, 2014, 11:40:30 pm »
Of course scarcity isn't entirely gone. Though that's part of the problem. Our monkey minds can't handle the idea that somethings are near infinite while simultaneously other things aren't.

Then since we think it makes sense to have systems for things that are scarce we then push the same model onto things that aren't.

Apple Talk / Re: Guess what I got for Xmas?!??!?!??!!
« on: December 27, 2013, 02:11:40 am »
A beehive?

Aneristic Illusions / Re: The Velocity of $ = D$ / T
« on: December 27, 2013, 02:06:05 am »
Spending your way out of a recession is great if you would just default at the end. Can't the USA have a state seccede on the one condition that they take up all the national debt? Then that state goes bankrupt and the USA conquers the state. Presto! debt gone.

Uhhh how does that work? If the US conquered that state, they would then be responsible for its debts.
The state defaults before being conquered. Debt gone, credit rating shit. But their credit rating is not the USA's credit rating. Look, it is a great idea in theory. All it requires is that the banks don't use logic or pay attention.

As per normal the onion has done it first.,14356/

Aneristic Illusions / Re: No war with Iran? LETS FIGHT CHINA
« on: November 30, 2013, 01:32:30 am »

China has sent warplanes into its newly declared maritime air defence zone, state media reports from Beijing say.

The flights came after South Korean and Japanese flights through the zone added to the international defiance of rules Beijing says it has imposed in the East China Sea.

China's air force spokesman Shen Jinke said several fighter jets and an early warning aircraft were sent on normal air patrols in the zone. He was quoted by the state news agency Xinhua.

Shen described the flights as "a defensive measure and in line with international common practices." He said China's air force would remain on high alert and will take measures to protect the country's airspace.

Without prior notice, Beijing began demanding on Saturday that passing aircraft identify themselves and accept Chinese instructions or face consequences in an East China Sea zone that overlaps a similar air defence identification zone overseen by Japan since 1969 and initially part of one set up by the US military.

That was tested just days later by US B-52 flights - with Washington saying it made no effort to comply with China's rules, and would not do so in the future.

South Korea's military said its planes flew through the zone this week without informing China and with no apparent interference.

Japan also said its planes have continuing to fly through it after the Chinese announcement, while the Philippines, locked in an increasingly bitter dispute with Beijing over South China Sea islands, said it also was rejecting China's declaration.

Seems to me that the leaders of all these countries have decided that brinkmanship is the coolest thing in the world.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: No war with Iran? LETS FIGHT CHINA
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:37:56 pm »

China wouldn't be allowed to call in the debt. One main reason our debt is so large right now is because so many countries wouldn't think twice about lending to us for the simple fact that we always pay our debts back, with interest, on time.


Correct me if I'm wrong?

Well for one bonds are structured payments. You can't call in debt for those. The only thing you can do is choose to stop buying more which is what China has chosen to do.

Apple Talk / Re: Hire me!
« on: September 01, 2013, 05:17:26 am »
Go get 'em!

I viewed this picture on my comp using imagemagick. Got a pretty funny error output:

nicholas  Pictures: display pacman.jpg
_xgeWireToEvent: Unknown extension 131, this should never happen.
_xgeWireToEvent: Unknown extension 131, this should never happen.
_xgeWireToEvent: Unknown extension 131, this should never happen.
_xgeWireToEvent: Unknown extension 131, this should never happen.
_xgeWireToEvent: Unknown extension 131, this should never happen.
_xgeWireToEvent: Unknown extension 131, this should never happen.
_xgeWireToEvent: Unknown extension 131, this should never happen.
_xgeWireToEvent: Unknown extension 131, this should never happen.
_xgeWireToEvent: Unknown extension 131, this should never happen.

This should never happen! There must be ghosts in my comp that are now afraid.

Or Kill Me / Re: Shangri Fleeting
« on: June 03, 2013, 07:01:44 am »
Wow, it sounds like the company fell prey to the same thing many companies fall to when they grow too fast... all of a sudden employees are just a commodity to squeeze dry, corners are cut, all integrity is abandoned in favor of the bottom line. But it's a false bottom line because it's based on spreading people too thin and lying to them and depriving them of benefits, so it all collapses in the long run.

May California treat you well!

Reminds me of people saying that the real job of leaders is climate control.

Quitting jobs is more satisfying than doing them in my opinion. In an odd way you earned this quitting. good luck

Part of why the system is so durable to resistance and activism has to do with the ineffectiveness of activism. The following article does a good job of arguing that far too many activists see being an activist and making political statements as a role to be played rather than an action that some individuals choose to take. As a result the act of dissent becomes a specialized job of those who are experts at dissent (and acting like a martyr) i.e. activists and leaves the domain of the average person. A trend that is counter to the very purpose that they are espousing.

I am not sure if this is the right place to put this post. But whatever.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Pi is wrong; long live Tau!
« on: July 26, 2011, 09:30:47 pm »
I think that both are useful. Also so long as you define your terms properly its really just a matter of language and semantics. Thus I could see each being used where it is conceptually useful to do so.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Financial fuckery thread
« on: July 26, 2011, 07:14:17 pm »
The GOP are a bunch of fuckin' liars.  They don't want to raise taxes on the big corps...this has nothing to do with small business owners.  Because that's ONE loophole they can make that folks would agree with.  But their corporate sponsors and their campaign money won't let them.

"You can't tax the job creators."  They're not even CORPORATIONS anymore--they're fucking "Job Creators." 

All this when we have a hugeass unemployment rate.  So we're supposed to believe that not taxing them leads to more jobs, just like bailing out all those banks meant more people would get loans.

So much for the emperor and his invisible clothes, assholes!

Did you see his speech?  What I took from it wasn't that he was talking about tax increases (or the lack of them) on small businesses, but that he was trying to say that his experience as a small business owner informed his decision, as a politician to cut expenses.  That any sane small business owner would choose to cut expenses if they were larger than revenue.  Basically using a small business as a metaphor for government.  It's a flawed metaphor anyway, but even remaining within it his solution makes no sense.

Also, Boehner looks like a cartoon to me.

I really hate how the whole small business thing works. Small businesses are supposed to be some holy savior of the economy. And they are often claimed to be whats hurt by the taxes on the rich. As if your supposed to forget that there is such a thing as huge corporations. This shit combined with the whole "Job Creators" thing is some of the most horrendous yet effective spin ever.

They are trying to create as much sympathy for these corporations as possible. Next thing you know we are going to start personifying them... oh wait.

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