8 years ago in Blog

Collective Schadenfreude

Some people gloated about Fukushima, citing Pearl Harbour, and some people gloat about children of American soldiers who got birth defects for what their fathers were involved with in Vietnam, while some Americans gloat about the continued suffering in South Vietnam, them having been the enemy in a war and all that. Etc.

But if you think American/Vietnamese soldiers/citizens are responsible for any and all things you associate with that nation, why not go further?

Why not file it under "humans suffering for their actions" ? Hitler, Stalin, and Mao were all humans, so isn't it great that at least *some* humans, e.g. Vietnamese peasants and drafted American soldiers, finally got what was coming to them? If you already feel fine with confusing symbols ("American", "Vietnamese") and things (the actual individuals), why not go all the way?

The next time someone steals from you, don't confront them, crush a bug or kick a dog; just make some carbon-biased lifeform pay, and you're done. You could even simply hit yourself.
 8 years ago in Blog

The trouble with the rat race

Celebrate the small victories. That feeling that you’re not quite where you want to be won’t go away. The way you feel now hoping to get your first 1,000 users, you’ll feel the same way when you’ve raised $7.3 million and have 25 people working on the team. You’ll never be satisfied with your progress so take time to celebrate the milestones.

Or maybe, just maybe, stop and think for a second... ? Nah. It's already been done, and didn't sell very well.
 8 years ago in Blog

The Farmville of the Future?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panopticon

The Panopticon was intended to be cheaper than the prisons of his time, as it required fewer staff [..] According to Bentham's design, the prisoners would also be used as menial labour walking on wheels to spin looms or run a water wheel. This would decrease the cost of the prison and give a possible source of income.

Neat, huh? And then there is this mind-boggling twist:

Bentham remained bitter about the rejection of the Panopticon scheme throughout his later life, convinced that it had been thwarted by the King and an aristocratic elite. It was largely because of his sense of injustice that he developed his ideas of 'sinister interest' – that is, of the vested interests of the powerful conspiring against a wider public interest – which underpinned many of his broader arguments for reform.
 8 years ago in Blog

oh, you're just being old-fashioned

http://www.propublica.org/article/is-your-neighbor-a-democrat-obama-has-an-app-for-that

"Much of our feelings around privacy are driven by what you might call status-quo-ism," he said, so many people may feel that the app is creepy simply because it represents something new.

You could say this about anything. Let's do that!
"Much of our feelings around genocide and sterilization are driven by what you might call status-quo-ism," he said, so many people may feel that National Socialism is creepy simply because it represents something new.

(and try to keep up: no, I am not equating this app with the Nazis, I'm pointing out a Nazi sophist could have said that and it would have meant just as much; namely nothing)

Not that the repubmocrat circus isn't kind of bullshit to begin with.

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 8 years ago in Sammlungen

Zitate

Moved to extra/zitate/
 8 years ago in Blog

lack of self-awareness is one hell of a drug

Imagine if there was a room in SF where the top 5000 brains of the world came to everyday for several hours.

The value of that room is incredibly high, and its occupants would have the power to decide the pace of the world and how it should work.
 8 years ago in Collections

Favorite Demos

The demoscene is a computer art subculture that specializes in producing demos, which are non-interactive audio-visual presentations run real-time on a computer. The main goal of a demo is to show off programming, artistic, and musical skills.
 8 years ago
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Music

All made with the wonderful Renoise.
For rap and instrumentals, check out Nein MC.
 8 years ago
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Photos

 8 years ago in Blog

Standards, Choices and Doublethink

Evangelism Is War

Our mission is to establish Microsoft's platforms as the de-facto standards throughout the computer industry. Our enemies are the vendors of platforms that compete with ours; Netscape, Sun, IBM, Oracle, Lotus, etc. The field of battle is the software industry. Success is measured in shipping applications. Every line of code that is written to our standards is a small victory; every line of code that is written to any other standard, is a small defeat. Total victory, for DRG, is the universal adoption of our standards by developers, as this is an important step towards total victory for Microsoft itself: "A computer on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software".

Our weapons are psychological, economic, and political - not military. No one is forced to adopt our standards at the barrel of a gun. We can only convince, not compel. Those who adopt our standards to so as a rational decision to serve their own ends, whetever those may be. It is our job to ensure that those choosing an operating system are presented with an overwhelming abundance of evidence and reasoned argument in favor of our standards - so overwhelming that the choice of our standards seems obvious, or (ideally) that the developer is not even aware that a decision was faced, and a choice made.

We do this by understanding the barriers that might otherwise prevent a developer from adopting our standards, and removing them; by understanding the inducements that might facilitate the developer's adoption of our standards, and providing them; by understanding the arguments of our competiton, and countering them.

How one would make a "rational decision" without being aware of that is anyone's guess.