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mircea_popescu: What do you get when ego and id aren't in conflict, in fact, they team up, against a common enemy-- reality? A reality which must often be denied in order to get some id-iPal satisfaction? You get America. What do you get when you get so good at denial, that you extend it to the inevitable? You get American zombies: denial of death.
mircea_popescu: The Walking Dead is a uniquely American show, about Americans. It depicts the unconscious processes involved in death and mourning with perfect articulation, because it is founded on denying what is obvious to everyone. "No," it says, "this is different."
mircea_popescu: ha!
pete_dushenski: http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21676811-corrupt-politicians-are-churning-out-books-reduce-their-sentences-time-bad-prose << romanian ghost authors useful for more than just self-promotion. self-extrication too !
assbot: Explicit cookie consent | The Economist ... ( http://bit.ly/1GF0YdB )
mircea_popescu: heh
pete_dushenski: lol i can imagine mp writing his way out of a 300-year "death senctence" in well less than decade.
mircea_popescu: i can't really imagine mp doing much more than mocking the parole board.
pete_dushenski: colber style
mircea_popescu: well no, that doesn't work. by the time the power differential's inclined like that, the prison is a walled compound called the kremlin or something.
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pete_dushenski: 'wonko the sane' keeping the toothpick-naive masses at bay
pete_dushenski: http://www.contravex.com/2015/03/01/the-asylum-has-its-moments/ <<
assbot: The asylum has its moments. | Contravex: A blog by Pete Dushenski ... ( http://bit.ly/1GF1AQl )
pete_dushenski: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/syria/2015-10-23/lights-islamic-state << one of casual isis'ists in the audience
assbot: What Electricity Tells Us About ISIS' Rule | Foreign Affairs ... ( http://bit.ly/1GF1DeQ )
pete_dushenski: one for*
pete_dushenski: take the 'conclusions' with a grain of salt. well, probably the graphs too.
mircea_popescu: ;;ud Po-Mo
gribble: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=POMO | It is no secret that the Federal Reserve, and its now semi-daily interventions in market liquidity via POMO, is rather hell bent on creating the illusion that the ...
mircea_popescu: hm
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mircea_popescu: "I don't expect journalists or anyone else to be free of moral ambiguity, but it should be a postulate that if you choose to write those words you should not also be having sex with your daughter. Allegedly.
mircea_popescu: David Epstein, HuffPo-Mo blogger and Columbia professor of Applied Po-Mo allegedly had a sexual relationship with his 24 year old daughter. "
mircea_popescu: da fuck is a pomo
pete_dushenski: political mother ?
pete_dushenski: poor mop ?
pete_dushenski: post most ?
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mircea_popescu: no idea
pete_dushenski: "In the day of Eric Harris, we could try to console ourselves with the thought that there was nothing we could do, that no law or intervention or restrictions on guns could make a difference in the face of someone so evil. But the riot has now engulfed the boys who were once content to play with chemistry sets in the basement. The problem is not that there is an endless supply of deeply disturbed young men who
pete_dushenski: are willing to contemplate horrific acts. It’s worse. It’s that young men no longer need to be deeply disturbed to contemplate horrific acts.
pete_dushenski: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/10/19/thresholds-of-violence
assbot: How School Shootings Spread - The New Yorker ... ( http://bit.ly/1GF2oET )
pete_dushenski: this is exactly correct, even relatively middle of the road folks are seeing how shit the usa has become and are now taking matters into their own hands
pete_dushenski: disillusioned with the hopes of 'representative democracy' and disinterested in reforming a system quite obviously beyond repair, they take matters into their own hands.
pete_dushenski is stuck on repeat repeat
BingoBoingo: <mircea_popescu> da fuck is a pomo << Post Modern
mircea_popescu: o o ty
mircea_popescu: but hey, they at least "stopped bullying". and also rape!
mircea_popescu: good for them. time to get shot, for no reason, straight in the gut.
pete_dushenski: "no reason"
mircea_popescu: "But what you need to get out of these stories is how this generation and forwards will deal with guilt: externalizing it, converting it to shame, and then taking solace in the pockets of support that inevitably arise. Everyone is famous to 15 people, and that's just enough people to help you sleep at night.
mircea_popescu: It is, in effect, crowdsourcing the superego, and when that expression catches on remember where you first heard it."
mircea_popescu: incidentally, this is SO tardstalk/altcoinforum/reddit/whathaveyou it bleeds.
trinque: I was just about to quote that very line.
trinque: every bizarre you-don't-understand internet subculture ever.
mircea_popescu: aha
mircea_popescu: Now incest-- terrible, we all agree << we do not all agree.
pete_dushenski: http://investors.3m.com/news/press-release-details/2015/3M-Novec-7100-Fluid-Used-in-Worlds-Largest-Two-Phase-Immersion-Cooling-Project/default.aspx
assbot: 3M - 3M Novec 7100 Fluid Used in World’s Largest Two-Phase Immersion Cooling Project ... ( http://bit.ly/1GF44Os )
mircea_popescu: da fuck is this "we all agree" insanity device. there is NOT ONE SINGLE OUGHT "we" all agree on.,
mircea_popescu: never was.
pete_dushenski: "The world’s most powerful two-phase immersion cooling (2PIC) project, which will be deployed in a 40+ MW data center being constructed by BitFury Group, is currently underway in the Republic of Georgia."
mircea_popescu: not bad.
pete_dushenski: not quite the cooled gas immersion you'd recommended, but on the way
mircea_popescu: "That unpleasant moment when "principles" you were supporting ~strictly~ because "of the principle of the thing" and pointedly not because of the convenient manner in which they worked upon a restricted set of circumstances decide to move on to another set of circumstances and work consistently but against your (inconsistent) preference. The only thing to do is look away."
mircea_popescu: ^that happens to be the title of the next trilema article.
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pete_dushenski: http://mynationalistpony.tumblr.com/post/131843952064/full-nazi << brony nazism. it's a thing.
assbot: MY NATIONALIST PONY ... ( http://bit.ly/1GF545o )
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pete_dushenski: http://business.financialpost.com/fp-tech-desk/personal-tech/youtube-unveils-paid-subscription-service-for-ad-free-videos << or free browser plug-in, the choice is yours.
assbot: YouTube unveils paid subscription service for ad-free videos in U.S. | Financial Post ... ( http://bit.ly/1GF6kp3 )
pete_dushenski: thestringpuller http://www.contravex.com/2015/10/23/the-reason-fathers-hope-for-sons-is-because-theyre-too-dumb-to-handle-daughters/#comment-33904
assbot: The reason fathers hope for sons is because they’re too dumb to handle daughters. | Contravex: A blog by Pete Dushenski ... ( http://bit.ly/1GF6ltd )
pete_dushenski: also from the contravex comments section : "Must be hard to pretend to be so smart when all you have is a firm grasp of language."
pete_dushenski: a couple comments on jack baruth's site lit off quite the vitriolic firestorm.
pete_dushenski: quelle fun !
pete_dushenski: some more gems pointed in my direction of late:
pete_dushenski: "the point is Latin hasn’t been in common use for a long time outside of the Holy See. using a Latin phrase for which there is an exact equivalent English term is little more than the intellectual way to talk down to someone."
pete_dushenski: "I would not be surprised to find out that you work as a plant security guard for just above minimum wage, on a night shift, where you use your time reading to try to be able to impress others with your intelligence, or that you live in a basement apartment, or drive a 2o year old junker."
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pete_dushenski: "I never pushed anyone into a locker in my life, but pompous assholes like yourself make me wish we had gone to HS together."
pete_dushenski: "I didn’t realize you were one of the dudes from LMFAO. Much respect"
pete_dushenski: etc.
pete_dushenski: http://jackbaruth.com/?p=3683#comments << all this lulz (and more!) inside.
assbot: This Just In: College Kids Like Sex (And So Does Rick Pitino) | Riverside Green ... ( http://bit.ly/1GF6Vao )
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pete_dushenski: the dinner bell ringeth. a la prochaine !
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deedbot-: [Trilema] That unpleasant moment when "principles" you were supporting ~strictly~ because "of the principle of the thing" and pointedly not because of the convenient manner in which they worked upon a restricted set of circumstances decide to move on to another set of circumstances and work consistently but against your (inconsistent) preference. The only thing to do is look away. - http://trilema.com/2015/that-
mircea_popescu: quelle funne!
mircea_popescu: for the record, using the original latin phrases over their vernacular "just as good" later "equivalents" is not merely and not just talking down to some (the "intellectual" equivalent is nonsense, but let's ignore it).
mircea_popescu: they are the sign of a commitment, that is very much alligned with what v is, and with why we have the bitcoind we have, and the foundation we have, and everything else.
mircea_popescu: they are also the sigh of a disavowal, the manifestation of how we desipse the ruminants.
mircea_popescu: no, no matter how "accepted" your vernacular gets, it will NEVER supersede Latin. because it's not a "consumers have come to expect" thing. nothing is.
mircea_popescu: voting doesn't change the world.
asciilifeform: l0ltronic
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mircea_popescu: "Shame will never be enough-- when your identity is "strong" enough nothing shames you, not a sex tape or a prison term, you'll take that scarlet letter and put it on a tight tank top and wear it ironically, not to mention hotly." << he happens to be exactly rtight, by the way.
mircea_popescu: the reason we insist females be "bashful" ie, ashamed to desnude in public is that an overactive shame IMPLIES a weak personality
mircea_popescu: and we like our women the consistency of loose stool.
mircea_popescu: meanwhile a guy that's ashamed of going to football practice / army bootcamp / school in the buff is... not really a man.
mircea_popescu: which is why alley flashers are all ~marginal~ men. the device works exactly like the homeless dragging around broken ipads works. "hey, i might be refuse, but at least X!"
asciilifeform: i thought it was more of a 'sympathetic magic' (term of art re: shamanology) item
mircea_popescu: (and obvioujsly, the most enraged by the shameless hussies are the old household women. because they know that her weakness is the only prayer they got.)
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform they'd collect wallets, then.
asciilifeform: nono the 'flashers'
asciilifeform: this is 'collect wallets' for sex, no ?
mircea_popescu: i dun think so.
mircea_popescu: if it were sympathetic magic they'd be in the strip club
mircea_popescu: (with sex, unlike money, sympathetic magic works. can for instance fuck a girl's friends to fuck her.)
mircea_popescu: for that matter, the more sex you have, and the more exposed to it they be, the more likely. and so on.
asciilifeform: but there is a minimal takeoff velocity below which the magic is powerless.
mircea_popescu: like all magic
asciilifeform: by the time you can talk about 'fuck a girl's friends' you are no longer marginal nobody
mircea_popescu: in fact the most important "why did you fuck ?" answer on porn set is "well, wanted to try it out"
asciilifeform: sorta like how $ 100M can 'make money' but $1 won't, not even at 100M slower rate.
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mircea_popescu: meanwhile in korea, http://38.media.tumblr.com/59ea216b3448d34ae033dca13746ade7/tumblr_nqsgypF89E1rhw4clo1_500.gif
assbot: ... ( http://bit.ly/1NxlT1G )
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deedbot-: [BitBet Bets Bets] 2.00000000 BTC on 'No' - Bitcoin main net block size to increase before July 2016 - http://bitbet.us/bet/1217/bitcoin-main-net-block-size-to-increase-before/#b3
mircea_popescu: !up archStanton
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BingoBoingo: ;;ticker --market all
gribble: Bitstamp BTCUSD last: 288.42, vol: 17583.20245395 | BTC-E BTCUSD last: 284.359, vol: 8568.29486 | Bitfinex BTCUSD last: 289.34, vol: 14373.64520092 | CampBX BTCUSD last: 292.0, vol: 4.0 | BTCChina BTCUSD last: 296.415, vol: 50313.83700000 | Kraken BTCUSD last: 290.64001, vol: 67.51225998 | Bitcoin-Central BTCUSD last: 284.2934, vol: 67.66256403 | Volume-weighted last average: (1 more message)
BingoBoingo: ;;more
gribble: 292.603114279
BingoBoingo: Lots of variance
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BingoBoingo: lol http://qntra.net/2015/10/fbi-agent-encourages-paying-ransomware-demands/#comment-70895
assbot: FBI Agent Encourages Paying Ransomware Demands | Qntra ... ( http://bit.ly/20848Nj )
mircea_popescu: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/sonship/sonjm09.htm ☟︎
assbot: ... ( http://bit.ly/2084gfN )
mircea_popescu: "I'd also like to address my family, if you can call them that. I despise everything they stand for and I truly hate them, in a non-emotional, dispassionate and what I believe is a healthy way. The world will be a better place when they're dead--one with less hatred and intolerance." << above quoted guy's son, in his suicide note.
deedbot-: [BitBet Bets Bets] 10.00000000 BTC on 'No' - Bitcoin to top $600 before Jan 2016 - http://bitbet.us/bet/1216/bitcoin-to-top-600-before-jan-2016/#b20
deedbot-: [Contravex: A blog by Pete Dushenski » Contravex: A blog by Pete Dushenski] This is the bar for success. - http://www.contravex.com/2015/10/27/this-is-the-bar-for-success/
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deedbot-: [Trilema] On parenting - http://trilema.com/2015/on-parenting/
danielpbarron: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308819 << no surprise re: the suicide. this guy thinks MacArthur isn't a false teacher ( http://www.atruechurch.info/macarthur.html ) ☝︎☟︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 07:04:16; mircea_popescu: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/sonship/sonjm09.htm
assbot: A True Church - John MacArthur's Damning Doctrine ... ( http://bit.ly/1MgaC2y )
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jurov: !mpif
assbot: BtcAlpha.com F.MPIF Tracker estimated NAV per share: 0.00021518 B (Total: 427.52 B). Delta: -0.40 B. Last trade for F.MPIF on MPEX was at 0.00021379 BTC [+]
jurov: !t m f.mpif
assbot: [MPEX:F.MPIF] 1D: 0 / 0 / 0 (0 shares, 0 BTC), 7D: / / ( shares, BTC), 30D: 0.00021379 / 0.00021379 / 0.00021379 (250 shares, 0.05 BTC)
jurov: ;;calc 21465*1.01
gribble: 21679.65
jurov: ;;calc 21465/1.01
gribble: 21252.4752475
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jurov: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/10/elite-wealth-management/410842/?single_page=true ☟︎
assbot: How Wealthy People Protect Their Money - The Atlantic ... ( http://bit.ly/1P2BOXx )
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punkman: "I trained to become a wealth manager. That initial part of my study took two years, many thousands of dollars, and hundreds of thousands of miles of travel. Although I never practiced as a wealth manager" ☟︎
jurov: you don't understand, he is teaching, not doing
punkman: she
jurov: zher
punkman: "trained for two years, many thousands of dollars, and hundreds of thousands of miles of travel. and all I learned is something about cook islands trusts"
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jurov: by trading gossip
punkman: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/26/health/vegetarian-hot-dogs-contain-meat-clear-foods-feat/
assbot: 10% of vegetarian hot dogs contain meat, says analysis - CNN.com ... ( http://bit.ly/1H73uUS )
punkman: "also found human DNA in 2% of its hot dog samples -- and two-thirds of the vegetarian samples. " ☟︎
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assbot: [MPEX] [S.MPOE] 36750 @ 0.0005462 = 20.0729 BTC [-] {2}
kakobrekla: another way to do it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5T98YkJqM4
assbot: One Drastic Way to Evade Taxes... - YouTube ... ( http://bit.ly/1N57ITg )
punkman: related https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destruction_of_country_houses_in_20th-century_Britain
assbot: Destruction of country houses in 20th-century Britain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ... ( http://bit.ly/1k79jfF )
asciilifeform: exam-taking (tm)
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punkman: http://blog.invisiblethings.org/2015/10/27/x86_harmful.html
assbot: Intel x86 considered harmful (new paper) ... ( http://bit.ly/1N5dqof )
asciilifeform: punkman: phun phakt: intel's recent (few yrs) cpus have a countdown which cuts power in 30 min. if the me firmware doesn't execute
asciilifeform: (to prevent you from cutting it out of the bios image)
asciilifeform: otherwise the fw is rsa-signed (2048b iirc)
asciilifeform: and gotta love the crock of shit where x86 == intel
asciilifeform: there is literally 1 paragraph devoted to amd: ☟︎
asciilifeform: 'But is the situation much different on AMD-based x86 platforms? It doesn’t seem so! The problems related to boot security seem to be similar to those we discussed in this paper. And it seems AMD has an equivalent of Intel ME also, just disguised as Platform Security Processor (PSP)'
asciilifeform: this is not untrue, but there is a key difference - FOR FUCKS SAKE AMD DOESN'T FORCE IT TO BE ON !
asciilifeform: you can ignore it. ☟︎
asciilifeform: (deprive it of firmware, switch it off.)
asciilifeform: but i suppose this is when i say a bit about WHY we have these idiocies.
asciilifeform: there are at least two independent political pressures for the 'trusted' separate cpu-in-a-cpu thingies
asciilifeform: one is the microshit/palladium/fritzchip/treacherous computing (see rms essay by same name) totalitarian batshit
asciilifeform: the other is the entirely sane hunger of pretty much everyone with half a brain to escape from winblowz, or, failing that, at least not have his private keys touched by winblowz.
asciilifeform: this keeps in perfect fitting with the 'computing industry'-as-a-protection racket business model of the last 20+ yrs, where it 'solves' exclusively those problems which it, itself, creates. ☟︎☟︎
asciilifeform: and chumps beg for moar.
punkman: how's cpu-in-cpu thingies related to escape from winblowz?
asciilifeform: sane people understand enough to wish for their rsa modular exponentiations to NOT HAPPEN UNDER WINBLOWZ
asciilifeform: they will say: literally ~anywhere else please~
asciilifeform: and usg is happy to oblige, 'here have a clipperchip'
asciilifeform: it is a classical 'good-cop/bad-cop' symbiosis
asciilifeform: as for the batshit element, there is a stable of folks, working (publicly known since at the earliest 2001, but likely earlier) to 'undo the mistake' of the general-purpose computer
asciilifeform: the 'mistake' being that smart kidz can reverse-engineer, do the unanticipated, cause problems for 'their betters'
asciilifeform: they approached the problem, in classic usg style, from a dozen angles at once
asciilifeform: one approach was 'you open the box but there is nothing to be learned or modified because IT'S ALL IN TEH CLOUDZ!!11'
asciilifeform: another was 'you open the box and the gasenwagen comes ten minutes later.' this was at one point considered practical but the proliferation of cheap hardware retired it. ☟︎
asciilifeform: what's left is 'you open the box and there is a mess of 16nm tamper-resistant undocumented silicon, have fun'
asciilifeform: (incidentally, for chinese aficionados: NO WORKSTATION-GRADE CPU IS OR HAS EVER BEEN MADE in cn) ☟︎
asciilifeform: they're 100% nato.
asciilifeform: intel, amd both.
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asciilifeform: incidentally, the 'crypto chip as unprincipled exception' is long-standing policy in usg internally
asciilifeform: (they will publicly proclaim, to an audience gagging from suppressed laughter, that 'ms-win is the only certified os for top secret xyz' while at the same time being sure to carry out private key ops ONLY in mykotronx/safenet's silicon) ☟︎
asciilifeform: and this since 1991 or so !
asciilifeform: back to rutkowska's paper, for some perverse reason the irony of using mechanisms like IOMMU to somehow defend the bits in your nic from anal rogering by your gpu - at the cost of creating yet another all-seeing hitler in the box - is lost on her
asciilifeform: this is the problem with mats-style 'mitigations' thinking
asciilifeform: if you are unwilling to treat the problem as something to be abolished AS A LOGICAL CLASS - you are stuck with idiot epicycles
asciilifeform: and are part of the problem in the fullest possible sense of this phrase
asciilifeform: for n00bz, i will point out that is is possible to build a computer where, e.g., buffer overruns, is PHYSICALLY impossible
asciilifeform: ditto 'rowhammer' and related idiocies
funkenstein_: i suppose part of the problem is people saying "oh it doesn't matter I can just take that with a battery into a copper box and walk out with punch cards" ?
asciilifeform: (how to abolish 'rowhammer' ? a) don't use ddr3, why does a tetris-playing accountant need 128GB of ram?? b) use ram that is wired as a hash table, where n+1 is NOT physically adjacent or otherwise predictably distant from n. ---- BUTBUTBUT i want 128GB! but i want bust readwrite! FUCKYOU
asciilifeform: )
asciilifeform: *burst readwrite
asciilifeform: see also http://www.loper-os.org/?p=300 .
assbot: Loper OS » Going Nowhere Really Fast, or How Computers Only Come in Two Speeds. ... ( http://bit.ly/1OVhuca )
asciilifeform: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308842 << i can't wait for mircea_popescu to explain that... they aren't really lizard elites, because a distant winemaking rothchild got shot by a german once. or how the 100B isn't real money because it can't be sent to bin laden's ghost. or how i oughta shut up because they 'earned' it all and 'nobody asked you' ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 12:53:31; jurov: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/10/elite-wealth-management/410842/?single_page=true
jurov: asciilifeform: she tries to distinguish that all that wealth is not very secret, merely outside of media spotlight and tax collectors
asciilifeform: none of it is secret. merely untaxable.
jurov: should appreciable part of it move to enemy that's gonna change quickly
jurov: (not the taxability, but the spotlight of misc agencies and perhaps media)
asciilifeform: point is, aristocracy was once a thing
asciilifeform: i was sad, as a boy, reading about how lavoisier, father of modern chemistry, met the guillotine ☟︎
asciilifeform: but i would not shed a tear for ted turner in the guillotine
asciilifeform: in fact, would greatly enjoy personally operating it
asciilifeform: because none of these people are patrons of civilization. but merely arses, just like yours or mine, but parked on golden toilets.
asciilifeform: i don't see them as 'my betters'
asciilifeform: just like a hoodlum who gets the drop on you in a dark alley, cracking your skull with a lead pipe, is not 'your better' on account of it ☟︎
asciilifeform: i don't subscribe to the cosmography where the hoodlum is 'the better' and the concert violinist walking through the alley is 'a loser' because... because why, he oughtn't have such a soft skull? if he 'were anybody' he could afford a security detail? because why ? ☟︎
funkenstein_: better at cracking skulls
asciilifeform: aha
asciilifeform: we have a whole continent reserved for folks who would like to live life as skull-cracking contest - africa
asciilifeform: (and soon north america...)
jurov: it's confirmation bias
funkenstein_: orcs
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asciilifeform: i get it, mircea_popescu will tell me that 'money has to be the measure because otherwise redditors will have to count as people'
jurov: there's, say, plenty of hungarian "aristocracy" that were patrons of nothing ☟︎
asciilifeform: but i don't see how it would follow.
asciilifeform: aha and where are they now.
jurov: you don't get to read about them
asciilifeform: but overall i woudn't be surprised to learn that a few of'em are still rothchilding around somewhere.
asciilifeform: quietly enthroned on golden toilets.
jurov: nah, too stupid
jurov: their own children preferred to exile to USA and blend in there
asciilifeform: inevitable. regression to the mean makes the whole hereditary aristocrat thing inescapably retarded.
asciilifeform: on a time scale of a few centuries.
jurov: confirmation bias << i meant selection bias
funkenstein_ applauds "on parenting" ☟︎
funkenstein_: looky, bach on trilema
funkenstein_: http://imgur.com/JRFASYN <-- bach to the future
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mircea_popescu: hhhhelo
mats: it is p easy to wax poetic about the state of computing, but, folks run nix until they don't and nonetheless need to raise the cost for attackers ☟︎
mircea_popescu: word.
mircea_popescu: the stench of the room can never be an argument against the process of cleanning.
mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308827 <<< you actually know these guys/read their stuff ? ☝︎☟︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 10:40:01; danielpbarron: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308819 << no surprise re: the suicide. this guy thinks MacArthur isn't a false teacher ( http://www.atruechurch.info/macarthur.html )
mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308845 << fucking bullshit. the study to "become a wealth manager" might take years, but it takes no dollars. bowls of rice more like it, this is one of those things to be learned with colored stones. ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 13:19:00; punkman: "I trained to become a wealth manager. That initial part of my study took two years, many thousands of dollars, and hundreds of thousands of miles of travel. Although I never practiced as a wealth manager"
mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308854 << da fuck is "human DNA". sounds a lot like "american IP". ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 13:41:29; punkman: "also found human DNA in 2% of its hot dog samples -- and two-thirds of the vegetarian samples. "
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mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308872 << yet. you know as well as i do that if amd were the sales leader, it WOULD. ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 15:26:07; asciilifeform: you can ignore it.
mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308878 <<< aha. computing as a paradigm of government. ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 15:31:19; asciilifeform: this keeps in perfect fitting with the 'computing industry'-as-a-protection racket business model of the last 20+ yrs, where it 'solves' exclusively those problems which it, itself, creates.
punkman: mircea_popescu: severed fingers? sperm? tears?
mircea_popescu: fenotype is not genotype.
mircea_popescu: understand : the question of what is specifically HUMAN dna is very much open. we share a lot with other living things, and the thingsd we don't we don't all exhibit. point in case being the bullshit pseudoscience "he must have raped her because so and so substance only exists in male sperm" to be then found sure it exists in female sperm-equivalent, no problem.
mircea_popescu: but this counted as valid science for decades in hundreds of convictions. ☟︎
mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308891 << and it is, currently, the one reason china is a pisspot. ☝︎☟︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 15:38:18; asciilifeform: (incidentally, for chinese aficionados: NO WORKSTATION-GRADE CPU IS OR HAS EVER BEEN MADE in cn)
mircea_popescu: but i must say, splendid alf monograph, should be in an article. ☟︎
funkenstein_: ^
mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308896 << word. and the postmodern irony is that after all this elaborate, expensive, actual superiority, hillary uses a home mail server. ☝︎☟︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 15:42:48; asciilifeform: (they will publicly proclaim, to an audience gagging from suppressed laughter, that 'ms-win is the only certified os for top secret xyz' while at the same time being sure to carry out private key ops ONLY in mykotronx/safenet's silicon)
mircea_popescu: it's enough to drive one stack. im surprise not more usg-kgb folks go on murder rampages. i know i would.
mircea_popescu: if after going to all that fucking trouble and obtaining that much actual superiority the people for whom i supposedly did it behave like fucking teenagers i would actually go to their house and feed them their children in cooked parts.
mircea_popescu: not even explain why.
mats: I'm not sure you see how tiresome it is to rehash the discussion as follows -- 'gtfo off leaky ship already', 'am in middle of atlantic', 'so swim to island (without provisions)', 'then get on a ship without holes', 'there are none on horizon', 'getting on that ship in the first place is a problem of a logical class', 'yes, but... am here'
mircea_popescu: mats your patience is appreciated.
mircea_popescu: btw what happened to mykotronx
mircea_popescu: a safenet actually bought them. heh.
mircea_popescu: "The physical chip was designed by Mykotronx (USA) and manufactured by VLSI Technology Inc. (USA). The initial cost for an unprogrammed chip was $16 and a programmed one costed $26."
mircea_popescu: back in the days....
mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308917 << dude. "de" lavoisier was exactly the opposite of aristocracy, more in the vein of donald trump. he inherited the fortune of a ferme generale entrepreneur (tax scam the french copied from the romans - guaranteed to make one crassus-rich. sort of at-the-time equivalent of "real estate development") and married the scion of the same. ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 16:05:39; asciilifeform: i was sad, as a boy, reading about how lavoisier, father of modern chemistry, met the guillotine
mircea_popescu: phillipe equality was aristocracy. lavoisier & co were the newly rich.
mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308922 << there's a problem here. of the original set of hoodlums, meyer lansky actually survived, to die in the 80s in florida like any serious jew from beyond the pale. most memorable about him is the anecdote that when about 9 was trying to run a numbers racket with some friends, and when the older boys tried to muscle in, as older boys are supposed to, he demured. "yo ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 16:08:40; asciilifeform: just like a hoodlum who gets the drop on you in a dark alley, cracking your skull with a lead pipe, is not 'your better' on account of it
mircea_popescu: u get nottin' for nottin'", if they want money ~they better go work for him~.
mircea_popescu: some hoodlums actually are betters.
danielpbarron: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308951 << the atruechurch guy? Yes I read it, and I met him. I stayed with his family for about a week when we were in florida for the republican national convention in 2012 ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 16:37:51; mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308827 <<< you actually know these guys/read their stuff ?
mircea_popescu: o hey.
mircea_popescu: i love this chan, there's people in the know on EVERYTHING ☟︎
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mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308923 << the problem with this approach is that you also don't agree with the theory that the deer is less than the fox. fine, don't agree : the fox eats the deer nevertheless. your options are either a) to not share an environment, in which case your failures are not fit-reducing or b) to grow uniformly. ☝︎☟︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 16:09:38; asciilifeform: i don't subscribe to the cosmography where the hoodlum is 'the better' and the concert violinist walking through the alley is 'a loser' because... because why, he oughtn't have such a soft skull? if he 'were anybody' he could afford a security detail? because why ?
mircea_popescu: i happen to not think anything of the mathematician that doesn't know how his fridge works. "oh he's specialised" fuck you. "but this is how we do it here!" yeah, this is how i do you in the ass. ☟︎
mircea_popescu: "but he just wanted email to work" no, srsly, fuck you.
mircea_popescu: if not that, not this, either.
mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308932 << exquisitely well chosen example. ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 16:12:08; jurov: there's, say, plenty of hungarian "aristocracy" that were patrons of nothing
mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308943 << incredibly, i thought that was going to be a highly controversial piece that'll get my skull cracked. ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 16:20:12; *: funkenstein_ applauds "on parenting"
mircea_popescu: incidentally, alf, why didn't I get my skull cracked ? god knows i been in plenty of dark alleys.
kakobrekla: lucky.
mircea_popescu: there exists in this world a woman whose actual experience of a first date with me includes this part where she was taken to a dark alley in a completely new town, made to strip and well... no, rape didn't ensue. she jsut got a crack on the butt.
mircea_popescu: i guess i'm the avatar of luck, huh.
mircea_popescu: to put it in vernacular terms, quod times non te destructit, quod te nutrit te destructit.
mircea_popescu: "Wealth management is a profession on the defensive."
mircea_popescu: fucktarded atlantic article. "oh, reddit matters, everyone cares about us"
mircea_popescu: no, they don't.
thestringpuller: the most visible manifestation of the eternal september irl
mircea_popescu: except not irl, in some random blog nobody reads.
thestringpuller: i was more referring to how people say memes in real life, i.e: "not bad dot jpeg"; the reddit eternal september is like an infection
thestringpuller: that has become a plague
trinque: the eternal september was already out there; the whole thing was the ignorant masses raiding the internet from "out there"
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asciilifeform: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308948 << disingenuous to bring it back to 'but we gotta raise the cost for attackerz' while carefully omitting to mention that in ALL OF THESE 'mitigation' derpitudes 'attacker' invariably, INESCAPABLY really means 'attackers other than usg' ☝︎☟︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 16:35:25; mats: it is p easy to wax poetic about the state of computing, but, folks run nix until they don't and nonetheless need to raise the cost for attackers
asciilifeform: guess what, i don't give a ~flying fuck~ about 'it's more seek000re except against the folks with the master keys'
asciilifeform: it is in fact the very definition of sabotage. ☟︎
asciilifeform: 'secure'-only-against-sp4mz0rz is just another way to say 'anal rape by usg but with anaesthesia so you aren't acutely writhing in pain from it'
asciilifeform: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308965 << see the fingerprint threads in the logs as to why. ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 16:43:36; mircea_popescu: but this counted as valid science for decades in hundreds of convictions.
asciilifeform: (criminology has zero to do with scientific evidence and everything to do with adjudicated guilt and confession. just the same today as it did when folks were tried by ordeal a thousand years ago.)
asciilifeform: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308968 << whatchawaiting for, let's have the article ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 16:44:58; mircea_popescu: but i must say, splendid alf monograph, should be in an article.
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asciilifeform: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308994 << fox eats deer ?!!! ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 17:04:31; mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308923 << the problem with this approach is that you also don't agree with the theory that the deer is less than the fox. fine, don't agree : the fox eats the deer nevertheless. your options are either a) to not share an environment, in which case your failures are not fit-reducing or b) to grow uniformly.
asciilifeform: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308996 << not the same. 'know how fridge works' is still in the keeping of a life of the mind. whereas 'be impervious to ambush in dark alley' is (barring very few exceptions, philosopher-soldierieng-mircea_popescus of various strips) ~not~. ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 17:05:03; mircea_popescu: i happen to not think anything of the mathematician that doesn't know how his fridge works. "oh he's specialised" fuck you. "but this is how we do it here!" yeah, this is how i do you in the ass.
mircea_popescu: not so.
mircea_popescu: and you don't get to declare what parts of reality are irrelevant.
mircea_popescu: dark alley is life of the mind alright. the first. still the best.
mircea_popescu: and how the mind got to be mind in the first place.
asciilifeform: best ?
mircea_popescu: best.
asciilifeform: why does mircea_popescu not hang out with hoodlums instead of in theatres?
mircea_popescu: who's to say he doesn't and hasn't been ?
asciilifeform: his www. (but perhaps there is another, made of chalk and written on alley walls, which is about hoodlumming ?)
mircea_popescu: for that matter what do you think you are, tchaykowsky ?
asciilifeform: now i must know, why chaikovsky specifically
mircea_popescu: random complex name :D
mircea_popescu: but anyway, you musta been readoing a different www, half of mine's with and about whores, criminals and the insane.
mircea_popescu: (yes, tlp counts)
asciilifeform: my picture of 'alley' is very much 'the spartan speaks with his sword.'
mircea_popescu: and that is not the first & best life of the mind ?
asciilifeform: of the hindbrain.
mircea_popescu: you think ?
asciilifeform: i've nothing against the hindbrain per se. but it is not the mind. why not call arse and elbow same word also, if we do this ? ☟︎
mircea_popescu: again you do not get to say what parts of brain are irrelevant.
mircea_popescu: tel lyou what : the weird make it, the brave take it from them, and the smart take it from the brave. true in the "empire building" us west as well as in lublianka.
mircea_popescu: how come ? how could this be ?
mircea_popescu: WHY IS REALITY FRACTAL!111
asciilifeform pictures 'lublianka' as a lubyanka (kgb hq) in liubliana
mircea_popescu: "i have decided that only the upper third of the mandelbrot set is of interest. WHY DOES THE REST KEEP RECURRING WE HAD AN AGREEMENT!!1"
asciilifeform: kakobrekla ^ is there such a thing?
mircea_popescu: "kgb hq" moar like "main prison"
asciilifeform: it was never a 'main prison' in the sense of holding appreciable numbers of prisoners at one time
asciilifeform: (that'd be, e.g., butyrka)
asciilifeform: ~classiest~ prison - yes.
mircea_popescu: right.
mircea_popescu: fulla "intellectuals" and whatnot.
mircea_popescu: lyf of the minds!
asciilifeform recalls very interesting accounts of the angle that was taken when grilling such folks
asciilifeform: thing is, the existence of rampaging pseudointellectuals does not invalidate actual life-of-the-mind as a thing.
asciilifeform: any more than witch doctors in congo (or american programmerz) invalidate the fields on which they shit
mircea_popescu: the actual life of the mind as a thing is of the mind, not of a butchered brain.
mircea_popescu: hindbrain is brain.
mircea_popescu: it has its place, which you didn't give it, nor you may deny it.
asciilifeform: erdos, reportedly, could not work a can opener.
mircea_popescu: it earned it, on its own merits, as part of the whole construction's history. it's there and you honor it.
mircea_popescu: this is a shortcoming of erdos.
asciilifeform: yes.
mircea_popescu: i find it very dubious, just between you and me
mircea_popescu: that you readily see the "cpu in cpu" thing for what it is, yet you';d allow THE SAME PEOPLE do THE SAME THING to your own brain.
mircea_popescu: really alfgie, you want hindbrain escrow ?
asciilifeform also finds it dubious. such legends get blown up by biographers until the result is nothing approaching plausible
asciilifeform: whatever organ is responsible, it is entirely possible to grow up with (for whatever reason) atrophy of the 'interfacing with strangers' circuits.
asciilifeform: i'm most of the way there, personally.
trinque: asciilifeform: I run into places you've interfaced with strangers all over the net.
asciilifeform: trinque: trick is that i don't do it in real time and with meat
trinque: probably every other time I go spelunking for information on lisp machines
asciilifeform: because gotta run it all under software emulation
trinque: sure but go back x years and that's writing letters or what have you
asciilifeform: aha.
asciilifeform: no hindbrain involvement at all.
mircea_popescu: ha
mircea_popescu: ha.
mircea_popescu: you knew who else grew (for whatever reason) with a complete atrophy of the part of the brain that does "that math-y stuff"
mircea_popescu: until i beat the shit of her every time she didn't do math properly ?
mircea_popescu: oh, what, every us chick your age or younger, ever. herp.
mircea_popescu: somehow the women their mother's generation did not have this problem. it ... sprung out of the void, around 1970 or so.
asciilifeform: there was a saying, 'beat a hare enough and it will learn to light matches'
mircea_popescu: the endless wonders of the brainz!
asciilifeform: note that it is 'light matches' not 'galois algebra'
mircea_popescu: this saying is not entirely untrue.
mircea_popescu: it is, by god.
mircea_popescu points at the "driving car" discussion.
asciilifeform: but it is true, circus trainers have accomplished some amazing things
assbot: AMAZING COMPANY!
asciilifeform: i, for instance, can almost pass for a normal human being in public
asciilifeform: seals have been taught to play cymbals
asciilifeform: gorillas - tetris.
mircea_popescu: you're such a drama queen.
asciilifeform: l0l
asciilifeform: speaking of dramas, mircea_popescu will get a kick out of this l0l : https://cryptome.org/2015/10/stasi-two-docs.htm
assbot: Two Stasi Documents ... ( http://bit.ly/1ie43FP )
asciilifeform: the 2nd page in particular
asciilifeform: appears to be a catalogue of stasi poisons, and 'intravaginal' route is mentioned.
asciilifeform: (in english no less)
asciilifeform: one is left to wonder, for whom was this.
mircea_popescu: in somewhat other news, http://33.media.tumblr.com/b7c3568fec22fbd281a044e6e0857bd5/tumblr_nez8fyNDo01sqzw79o1_400.gif
assbot: ... ( http://bit.ly/1ie4fos )
phf: ben_vulpes: i don't think fmt is a horrible idea, but it (and similar packages like iterate) would've been great if they were part of the standard. as it stands they get you some elegance at the expense of being an idiosyncratic external dependency. you still have to learn format and loop, but once you do, you start thinking twice about replacing them with something marginally better.
asciilifeform: (i guess it isn't really an anglicism, but a latinism)
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform the machine type looks fake to me.
asciilifeform: aha, why so clean
asciilifeform: until you see 1988
mircea_popescu: shape's wrong, mechanical failures are wrong, the whole thing looks digital.
asciilifeform: 2nd page looks like dot-matrix. looks quite like some of the 20 y.o. printouts i have lying around.
asciilifeform: so in that respect, plausible
asciilifeform: document describes saxitoxin, a favourite of the american services
asciilifeform: (and presumably every other industrial country)
phf: ben_vulpes: i've seen fmt like tricks used all over the place to do for example date formatting, e.g. (year #\- month #\- day), but the previous sexp is compiled to either format or directly to princ's. unless your domain is text formatting, it makes little sense to have an intermediate form.
mircea_popescu: i dunno why, it's rather obvious.
mircea_popescu: and in other parenting news / alf baiting porn, http://40.media.tumblr.com/bc4b4cc1ba00b42ec6bac861aec8fb20/tumblr_nq6d29n3ZE1u57u1ko1_1280.jpg
assbot: ... ( http://bit.ly/1ie6TKT )
asciilifeform: l0l what happened here
mircea_popescu: i have nfi.
mircea_popescu: but i got an idea of a graphic novel, suddeenly : in this crapsack world in which the implementation of the "jews eating babies"/"white slavers" moral panic / fetish is actual farms to literally produce baby viande as per the modest proposal, it is discovered that ringworm infection of the abdomen in 2nd trimester females results in tastier, if very strangely diformed veal. ☟︎
asciilifeform: didntcha write that one already ?
mircea_popescu: the text follows the conflict between the progressives (hey, whatever it costs, worth doing) and the conservatives (keep your damned ringworms off our famr!)
mircea_popescu: where ?
asciilifeform: i distinctly remember a spiffy alien worm
mircea_popescu: ah yes, but that was different
mircea_popescu: anyway, dracunculiasis i mean, not ringworm.
mircea_popescu: and the debate could specifically be, that the damned bitches keep trying to claw the worm out of their bellies, thus giving themselves infections. so the upgraded farfms have to include limb restraints on top of the noirmally used neckchain to a pole thing. which costs moneys!
mircea_popescu: "maybe it's cheaper with psychiatry ? let's convince them the incredible burning is worth it ?" "waste of time, these subhuman hindbrained breeders!11" etc
mircea_popescu: could be quite good.
asciilifeform: this is not too far from what already happens in 'civilized' world.
mircea_popescu: which is the point.
mircea_popescu: or, at any rate, what makes it good.
mircea_popescu: reality is x, people always, for some reason, represent it as x+a. never as x-a. why not ? should be evenly distributed around x, neh ?
mircea_popescu: job of the artist : fix the uneven distributions of reality representation.
mircea_popescu: anyway asciilifeform http://trilema.com/2015/the-worm/ if it's what you meant deals more with fears around identity. this'd be three levels lower down the tree, more akin to societal parody.
assbot: The worm on Trilema - A blog by Mircea Popescu. ... ( http://bit.ly/1GGSXVf )
asciilifeform: ah.
asciilifeform: yes, that was the one.
mircea_popescu: there is, of course, also http://trilema.com/2011/oul-morganatic/
assbot: Oul morganatic on Trilema - A blog by Mircea Popescu. ... ( http://bit.ly/1GGT3MS )
mircea_popescu: drove the (relatively moe sheltered romanians) batshit.
mircea_popescu: in other news : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCTf5k1Q_0s
assbot: Madalina Manole - Te-am Vazut , Mi-ai Placut - YouTube ... ( http://bit.ly/1ie9TXC )
mircea_popescu: te-am vazut, mi-ai placut, ce ramine de facut ? indraznesc sa-ti vorbesc : te iubesc! daca-n ochi m-ai privit si-ai ramas indragostit nu gresesti sa-mi spui ca ma iubesti.
mircea_popescu: ie, "i've seen you, you're to my liking, what's left to do ? i dare speak to you : i love you! if you've looked me in the eye and were struck, you're not wrong to tell me you love me."
mircea_popescu: the culture powering romania. i would bet this played a part in half or more lost virginities during decades.
mircea_popescu: kiss.ro, as it were.
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mircea_popescu: here's a thought : "Quarterly, first and fourth grandquarters counterquartered, first and fourth gules, three cinquefoils ermine ; second and third argent, a lymphad with sails furled proper, flagged gules ; second and third grandquarters argent, a heart gules imperially crowned proper, on a chief azure three stars of the field."
mircea_popescu: how much does the field of computing owe to... heraldry ?
mircea_popescu: conventions in place for eleven centuries or more, and slowly evolving over that interval, read exactly like algorithmics.
asciilifeform: certainly something;
asciilifeform: at the very least, these people didn't buy into 'the implementation is the spec'
mircea_popescu: i mean just reading that thing - the strictness of the logic is empowering.
mircea_popescu: aha! EXACTLY.
mircea_popescu: it is right all through in the speciffically correct way.
asciilifeform: i assume it is why mircea_popescu's ears stood up
mircea_popescu: i've been aware of this for a while, actually, slowly digesting it.
mircea_popescu: counterquarted means somehing!
mircea_popescu: what does it mean ? it is fucking obvious to you what it means, on the basis of the text itself!
asciilifeform: they understood that if they were to simply draw the banner and say fuckit, it would devolve into soup
mircea_popescu: THIS is what a spec is ffs.
mircea_popescu: no. they understood nothing.
mircea_popescu: they drew thje banner, said fuckit, it devolved into soup and we never heard of those.
asciilifeform: aha
mircea_popescu: the reason for the succes is specifically the hindbrain. and the uninvolvement of "the life of the mind".
asciilifeform: the ~remaining~ ones - possibly - understood.
mircea_popescu: dubious, but who knows.
mircea_popescu: lord knows it went to soup (true, different flavour) once they started wit hthe "understanding"s.
asciilifeform: the bigger the motor, the bloodier the mess.
asciilifeform: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308966 << this is the chink in the armour of 'usa is irrelevant and can go straight to hell'. let's say, yes, but where do you intend to get ws cpu. ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 16:44:48; mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308891 << and it is, currently, the one reason china is a pisspot.
asciilifeform: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308970 << iirc it was to skirt 'mandatory data retention' rule, rather than 'seek00rity' ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 16:46:20; mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1308896 << word. and the postmodern irony is that after all this elaborate, expensive, actual superiority, hillary uses a home mail server.
mircea_popescu: irrelevant.
mircea_popescu: "oh, they sit on grenades because of windy, not because of cold". fuck them all the same!
asciilifeform has now ascertained beyond any doubt that his box dies when under full load. prolly thermal.
asciilifeform yes, cleans it, before anyone asks.
asciilifeform: prolly wouldn't bother to mention this if it weren't for the 'where do we get ws hardware' thread.
deedbot-: [Qntra] Judge Dismisses Charges Against Kentucky Drone Shooter - http://qntra.net/2015/10/judge-dismisses-charges-against-kentucky-drone-shooter/
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BingoBoingo: https://www.reddit.com/r/Buttcoin/comments/3qdwet/roger_the_jesus_launches_uncensored_ceo_ama/cwejyip
assbot: jstolfi comments on Roger the Jesus launches uncensored CEO AMA marathon on Bitcoin.com ...everyone except OKCoin ... ( http://bit.ly/1RzUdu0 )
BingoBoingo: ^ ver-i-lol
thestringpuller: so Mircea Popescu is a criminal now?
thestringpuller: definitely didn't get that memo
jurov mostly killed a day trying to run eulora in cling c++ interpreter...
jurov: and failed though not on cling directly, but on getting gnu ld to publicly export some symbols in .so lib :(
mircea_popescu: lol teh butthurt
mircea_popescu: nobody gave a shit about stolfi at any point, his "omaigerd threatened on the internets" attention whoring moment y compris, therefore mp is bad!
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asciilifeform: i thought that was stefanoupolis (?)
asciilifeform: or whatshisname
asciilifeform: jurov: clang ?
mircea_popescu: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com//?date=21-09-2015#1280971 ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 21-09-2015 12:12:45; assbot: davout-bc comments on /u/jstolfi goes the way of whollyhemp after death threats from scientologists ... ( http://bit.ly/1JkvIuB )
jurov: asciilifeform: in CERN they built an *interpreter* on top of it, named cling
asciilifeform: ah i recall earlier attempts at this
asciilifeform: cint
asciilifeform: https://root.cern.ch/cint
assbot: CINT | ROOT a Data analysis Framework ... ( http://bit.ly/1MqWiup )
mircea_popescu: not even a month. heh. at least the actual scammers have the decency to go away for 9ish months at a time. seems even 9 weeks is too much for the comparatively shittier decency of the university scammer set.
asciilifeform: or is this the same animal
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: afaik the university gang is still in business
jurov: asciilifeform: no, they rebuilt it with llvm
mircea_popescu: to quote professor costanza, "in my mind, the war is still going".
asciilifeform: they are laughing all the way to the bank, within half an hour's walk from where i stand
mircea_popescu: im sure in their own heads they're still actually even like, involved in things and whatnot.
asciilifeform: jurov: l0l
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: these are not businessmen, recall, they are academitards. so long as the paycheques come and the tenure nest continues to be feathered with new paperz, they are as happy as a dung beetle in his pile of shit
mircea_popescu: they have that much in common with down syndrome sufferers, it is true.
asciilifeform: if they gave half a fuck re: 'relevancy' they would have to eat their pistols in grad school even.
asciilifeform: ' Why would Bitcoin XT be subject to censorship? Simply put, this fork proposal calls for something that does not suit the agendas of the people in charge of /r/Bitcoin.' << still this?!!!
mircea_popescu: what else ?
BingoBoingo: Of course still that "Party Directive"
asciilifeform: incidentally, the number of working nodes OF WHATEVER KIND continues to fall. not only per the 'bitnodes' observatory thing, but per my own nodes' connections stats
mircea_popescu: dead horse beating. it's a speciality.
mircea_popescu: aha.
asciilifeform: went from around 60, steady state, per, to below 20 connections/each
mircea_popescu: lemme look
mircea_popescu: "connections" : 102,
mircea_popescu: you just suck.
asciilifeform: apparently!
asciilifeform: from other front,
asciilifeform: 'fseeko.c:103:4: error: #error "Please port gnulib fseeko.c to your platform! Look at the code in fpurge.c, then report this to bug-gnulib." #error "Please port gnulib fseeko.c to your platform! Look at the code in fpurge.c, then report this to bug-gnulib."'
mircea_popescu: but this aside, yes it's going lower.
asciilifeform: ^ buildroot-with-userland-on-arm7
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asciilifeform: it doesn't like musl much.
mircea_popescu: incidentally, the story of england's country estates is so much lolz. so hitler won the war, and as a result by 1955 they were destroying the "national heritage" at the rate of a site a week.
mircea_popescu: pray tell what'd the gestapo have done ? better ? doubtful.
asciilifeform: tarver wrote about this, i recall
mircea_popescu: not in the atlantic, i'd wager.
asciilifeform: nope.
mircea_popescu: well i only read the atlantic so it never happened.
asciilifeform: l0lz
mircea_popescu: mwhahaha
asciilifeform is astonishingly astonished at the number of packages which fall into dust under musl
asciilifeform: civilized, decent, irreplaceable ones, like midnight commander
asciilifeform: and at the same time these VERMIN mutter about 'you shouldn't write in nonstandard c, because of my gcc patches..'
asciilifeform: and the gravestone on top of it all:
asciilifeform: sysvinit.
asciilifeform: (all of my previous buildroots involved busybox and didn't need sysv init)
asciilifeform: this was an attempt to set up an ACTUAL WORKSTATION on top of musl.
asciilifeform: y'know, the kind where it is possible to install programs later.
asciilifeform: and do things such as init scripts
asciilifeform: apparently this is a no-go.
mircea_popescu: i dun believe this is what they wanted musl to be for.
asciilifeform: IT WAS SUPPOSED TO REPLACE GLIBC
asciilifeform: for everything.
mircea_popescu: well yes.
mircea_popescu: for "everything".
asciilifeform: and ~would~ if there weren't an ocean of vermin
mircea_popescu: heh.
mircea_popescu: infestation can't be wished away.
asciilifeform: my flamethrower only has so much petrol.
asciilifeform: and a spout only so-wide.
jurov: gotta start sustaining oneself on bugs
jurov: !up King_Rex
trinque: having reached the end of the latest ballas dissection, the thing has a familiar format I was a little surprised to see given the others from him I've read.
trinque: even him mentioning the guitar fits
trinque: "the powers that be are out to make you a cog for their machine, maaaan"
mircea_popescu: what format is that ?
asciilifeform: trinque: just about all of his articles have this flavour
asciilifeform: e.g., the 'capitalism where you give all of the capital to somebody else' one
mircea_popescu: and i gotta say i love the leverage, i take an hour to write one of these 5k word atrocities, it ruins the day/week of numerous people.
mircea_popescu: go me!
trinque: he's revealing some sinister mechanism that's all around us
trinque: if you'd just see, you too could solo on the stratocaster and be free
trinque: don't let them stomp out your unique flower or whatever it is
trinque: I could hear the same shit from some stoner I know
trinque: "she is really raising them to be what the WSJ considers China to be: a pool of highly skilled labor that someone else will profit from."
asciilifeform: btw i went to school with these people.
asciilifeform: most of'em were not, ftr, chinese.
asciilifeform: (or east asian at all)
asciilifeform: they are insufferable.
mircea_popescu: do tell ?
asciilifeform: not much to tell. more or less the caricature depicted by the source tlp quoted, made flesh
asciilifeform: machines purpose-built for playing the college roulette
mircea_popescu: a.
asciilifeform: 'what do you like to read about when not studying?' 'what's 'like' ?'
asciilifeform: (american might answer: 'what's 'read' ?')
trinque: their obedience doesn't seem to be the problem; more that there's nothing good out there to obey
asciilifeform: it therefore ~is~ a problem.
mircea_popescu: not so.
mircea_popescu: if you can't make even one person worth following, how the hell would you make this entire aspirational 14% be each and every one worthy of following (for themselves) ?
mircea_popescu: you chafe at my broomstick, now propose treestick ?
mircea_popescu: at least the broomstick fits.
asciilifeform: i think i'm missing a step here
asciilifeform: what's an aspirational-14%
mircea_popescu: lemme set it out :
asciilifeform: and why does it need 'make every one worthy of following'
asciilifeform confused
mircea_popescu: he says : this hundred appears nutty, but this seems more because they have no one to follow than a flaw in themselves.
mircea_popescu: you say : thus therefore, the fact that there aren't 100 people to follow, so each of these 100 could follow one of those 100 (ie, the same one) is then the problem.
mircea_popescu: well wtf sense does this make ? you don't have one so aim to fix it by having 100 ?
asciilifeform: there is such a thing as having an internal compass, if you will
mircea_popescu: no, there isn't.
asciilifeform: i.e. being perfectly capable of 'following' dead people, on dead trees
mircea_popescu: a compass is a compass. if you shove it up your ass it will be "internal"
trinque: I know this chick who ended up an IP lawyer because hell, the money said go there.
mircea_popescu: but otherwise, a compass is just a compass.
trinque: actually I know two such chicks
asciilifeform: from the old pre-braindamage graham...:
asciilifeform: 'A friend of mine who is a quite successful doctor complains constantly about her job. When people applying to medical school ask her for advice, she wants to shake them and yell "Don't do it!" (But she never does.) How did she get into this fix? In high school she already wanted to be a doctor. And she is so ambitious and determined that she overcame every obstacle along the way-- including, unfortunately, not liking it.'
trinque: she wanted to do that in high school because the world somebody set up had "doctor" in a cool place
trinque: whether that's good or bad is another question I think
deedbot-: [Qntra] IRS Declares Cryptome Charity 2 Days After Key Revocation - http://qntra.net/2015/10/irs-declares-cryptome-charity-2-days-after-key-revocation/
mircea_popescu: iiiinteresting.
mircea_popescu: they stole it haven't they
BingoBoingo: Seems so
asciilifeform: why would they advertise that they stole it ?
asciilifeform: and why would it advertise being stolen.
BingoBoingo: SO peoSo people ask those questions
asciilifeform: i suppose.
BingoBoingo: It's the post modern way to steal
asciilifeform: and it isn't as if anybody will even notice the drop in the quality of the output
asciilifeform: not like there ever were REAL damaging-to-usg leaks on the net.
asciilifeform: and certainly not on cryptome.
asciilifeform: it was always a kind of 'soft porn'.
mircea_popescu: heh.
asciilifeform: (i'm still waiting for, e.g., ANYTHING from nsa crytologic directorate, etc.)
mircea_popescu: apparently teh dept of depting feels it needs more voices.
mircea_popescu: good for em for figuring it out. in truth, they do.
asciilifeform: incidentally, there is not, afaik, presently, a thing similar to cryptome
mircea_popescu: publicly ?
asciilifeform: well yes.
mircea_popescu: fuck the public, it belongs to huffpo.
asciilifeform: as cryptome is/was.
mircea_popescu: providing public services is not merely a waste ☟︎☟︎
mircea_popescu: it is the essence of evil.
asciilifeform: how about public disservices ?
asciilifeform: e.g., phuctor.
asciilifeform: that was, as i understood at least, the intent of cryptome et al.
mircea_popescu: it both perpetuates the jwz "i only want to" class and it creates the "i know nothing and have some oppinions" class of stolfi/swanson/etc.
mircea_popescu: it's a bad idea.
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform i think you've well seen what the results of public access to phuctor were.
mircea_popescu: publick knowbetterism, unadorned, and naught else.
asciilifeform: i'd agree wholeheartedly with mircea_popescu on all of this, but presently i'm on the wrong side of a door.
mircea_popescu: but for the grace of alfie....
asciilifeform: y'know, the one that has 'public'.
mircea_popescu: you're turning into a modern version of the immaculate conceiver over there, you know ?
mircea_popescu: noobs will pray to you.
asciilifeform: l0lz
asciilifeform: but i can't help but agree with the general principle. 'public' is largely vermin. and if mircea_popescu decides to open a meatspace lubyanka and make an old-fashioned entirely nonpublic intelligence-gathering corps, he ought to wake us all up.
mircea_popescu: to quote myself, "Bitcoin suddenly opened the gate. It is a poisonous offering. You are grossly unequipped to interact straight with the refuse of Western society. Accepting investors with fortunes under a million dollars or whatever the limit was placed for US citizens may make sense. Accepting investors with fortunes under any arbitrary value and simultaneously wits under any arbitrary threshold is not a sound busine
mircea_popescu: ss plan but a strategic mistake."
mircea_popescu: i am not intending to "save" the mass from it's "opressive" government/landlords/what have you anymore than i intend to run around farms in rural england "freeing" the cows.
asciilifeform: kgb wasn't operating to 'save the cows' either, iirc.
mircea_popescu: the stable solution here is that the socialists get the crowd and wash their head with it, all i want is the well put together teenage sluts and the fewq and far between whose heads work.
mircea_popescu: that's barely 1%
mircea_popescu: the rest - not only they can keep, i'd even pay them to keep.
mircea_popescu: anything up to what it'd cost me to butcher them and drain the blood and guts.
asciilifeform: at any rate, i personally live on planet public.
asciilifeform: yes, i FUCKING HATE it
asciilifeform: but i just checked the mailbox, there is no letter from sultan inviting me to move away.
mircea_popescu: wake you all up ? intel's been a thing for years.
asciilifeform has nfi how mircea_popescu runs his meatspace ops, with whom, etc.
mircea_popescu: and why would you ?!
asciilifeform: we haven't even met the folks behind mircea_popescucoin.
asciilifeform: aha.
asciilifeform: hence 'not a bug'
asciilifeform: (does mircea_popescu know the ancient expression? 'this is not a bug - it is a feature')
mircea_popescu: yes yes.
mircea_popescu: in "stuff i'm reading now" news, http://trilema.com/2011/tigancusa-si-strainul/
assbot: Tigancusa si strainul on Trilema - A blog by Mircea Popescu. ... ( http://bit.ly/1ieF19E )
asciilifeform: incidentally how is mircea_popescucoin doing ?
mircea_popescu: what is that ?
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assbot: [HAVELOCK] [BTR] 1716 @ 0.00067533 = 1.1589 BTC [+] {4}
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: the thing you had made, prior to therealbitcoin
mircea_popescu: uh ?!
mircea_popescu: you mean the altcoin thing ?
asciilifeform: nono
asciilifeform: the thing that had no name
asciilifeform: what you had on the original node we synced from.
asciilifeform: iirc it was compatible with 0.6.something.
mircea_popescu: oh that. poorly.
asciilifeform: wedged ?
mircea_popescu: a, no. just, not really being actively worked on.
pete_dushenski: ;;ticker
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: if it is no longer in use on the battlefield, consider sharing it. might be of some use re: therealbitcoin.
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mircea_popescu: i suspect it'll go the way of the minuteman
mircea_popescu: "still in use!11"
asciilifeform: i confess that not learning about mircea_popescucoin's db locks fix until ~after~ therealbitcoinw wedged to death was not fun.
mircea_popescu: your ideas of fun!
asciilifeform: i can't have been the only one who wondered 'how many other bug fixes is this fella sitting on without knowing about it'
pete_dushenski: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1309343 << sewage disposal is... a waste ? ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 21:46:36; mircea_popescu: providing public services is not merely a waste
mircea_popescu: lol
pete_dushenski: wasn't even trying to be funny !
pete_dushenski: clean water is a public service, after all
pete_dushenski: flushing toilets idem
BingoBoingo: Doesn't have to be fore everybody
kakobrekla: ba logs also
mircea_popescu: yes yes im inconsistent.
BingoBoingo: Inconsistency is a strategic necessity
pete_dushenski: speaking of health and inconsistency, alberta's new ndp gov (hyper-unionistas) just released its 2015 budget today : $19.7 billion for health care, $7.6 billion for k-12 education, and $5.7 billion for post-secondary out of a total $50 billion budget
mircea_popescu: what's the rest go for, defense ?!
pete_dushenski: 11% on university... because everyone deserves to be reprimanded for microaggression
pete_dushenski: mircea_popescu lol good q, lemme look
BingoBoingo: <pete_dushenski> 11% on university... because everyone deserves to be reprimanded for microaggression because what they need to do is macro-aggression
pete_dushenski: eh nothing exciting : $4 bn for 'human services' and $11 bn for 'other ministries' (agri, natives, tourism, energy). also ~$1 bn for debt servicing and ~$1 bn for 'disasters'
pete_dushenski: 'Status of Women. Consolidated expense is budgeted at $1 .4 million in 2015-16 . A province-wide dialogue around the formation of this new ministry is underway .' << mkay
pete_dushenski: right after ex-pm harper gutted all those women's studies programs. sheesh. back and forth, these guys.
pete_dushenski: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=14-10-2015#1298801 ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 14-10-2015 18:23:13; mircea_popescu: "I know they're billing it as a stand for women's rights, but that would be more convincing if they weren't also selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, hadn't shuttered 75 percent of the country's Status of Women offices, and weren't shrugging off the more than 1,200 Indigenous women who have been missing or murdered in Canada since 1980."
pete_dushenski: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com//?date=21-10-2015#1304851 << someone's doing well by translating trilema eh ☝︎☟︎
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mircea_popescu: guy prolly uses that address for everythinfg
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thestringpuller: http://www.coindesk.com/visa-docusign-car-lease-proof-of-concept-bitcoin/ << what's with these finance companies wanting to spam the blockchain?
pete_dushenski: thestringpuller if you were in their shoes, what would you do differently ?
thestringpuller: i would invest in deedbot prolly
VariaVarietatis: asciilifeform: help me out?
VariaVarietatis: with my situation
thestringpuller: pete_dushenski: from what this article tells me, they basically built a thing for docusign to hash physical contracts to the blockchain
trinque: fancy that. how innovative
thestringpuller: have no idea what this provides other than more visibility for auditing, but dunno...seems...moot...empty
thestringpuller: in this context at least
trinque: as for investing in deedbot I don't see the angle
pete_dushenski: trinque buying you groceries !
pete_dushenski: millions of dollars worth of kraft singles and cheese puffs
mircea_popescu: http://thelastpsychiatrist.com/2011/01/are_law_schools_lying_to_their.html << this is pretty good.
assbot: The Last Psychiatrist: Are Law Schools Lying To Their Applicants? ... ( http://bit.ly/1k7Zcag )
trinque gags, kraft is forbidden
mircea_popescu: Which brings us to the first point, the main point: law schools are lying. Despite the fact that "JDs face the grimmest job market in decades" the schools are somehow reporting to prosepctive applicants that, e.g., "93% of grads are working" and "the median starting salary of graduates in the private sector is $160,000."
mircea_popescu: How do they do this? "Enron-type accounting standards..."says a law professor. "Every time I look at this data, I feel dirty."
mircea_popescu: A law grad, for instance, counts as "employed after nine months" even if he or she has a job that doesn't require a law degree. Waiting tables at Applebee's? You're employed.
mircea_popescu:
pete_dushenski: trinque not to mention the gold-plated tank to pick up said groceries and drop them off at your house
mircea_popescu: The schools do this because the schools are extremely profitable businesses: high cost, low margin.
pete_dushenski: trinque but free !
trinque: pete_dushenski: consider it a small investment of my own
mircea_popescu: "They fake it because that pointless data gets handed over to the illusionists at US News along with other pointless data (expenditure per student, library facilities, max bench press) to generate a single overall ranking, which is just the kind of simplistic, pseudoscience objectivity that students, parents, and schools demand.
mircea_popescu: A quick word on the US News rankings. 25% of the ranking comes from a "peer quality assessment" in which schools rate each other. So, say you are Clemson Law School. What should you do? "Rate all other programs below average." And, of course, do what University of Wisconsin did: give the highest score only to itself and one other school that you're not really competing against. You can also bring up that "alumni
mircea_popescu: donations" factor by calling alumni and asking them to donate $5, and whoever doesn't donate label as deceased."
mircea_popescu: all of this is ACTUALLY going on. and has been. for years, decades.
pete_dushenski: mircea_popescu same gig with med schools, particularly in uk and caribbean
trinque: pete_dushenski: as for the dust it churns through, I'm sure at some point I'll have it announce when the tank is low so that the gentlemen here can refill it
mircea_popescu: aha./
mircea_popescu: "A ranking, like the "percent employed", is an example of information bias. You think you know something, but you don't. If Fordham is #21, is that different than saying it is #29? Or saying it is in the second decile? It's a deliberately obfuscated precision that you can't act on. That level of "certainty" does not inform your decisions."
mircea_popescu: specifically. "precision that you can't act upon". could be the "web analytics" business as well.
pete_dushenski: the difference between web analytics and law degree is that the latter at leaves you with a useful mental framework once it's burned your bucks
pete_dushenski: at least leaves*
mircea_popescu: does not.
mircea_popescu: leaves the same hole anything made by ustards leaves.
mircea_popescu: "See? Grade inflation. We already know about the problem of grade inflation in colleges; the LSAT was supposed to help offset this by offering a standardization. Now the ABA wants to do away with the LSAT requirement. Fine. But the result of all this is you can't really be sure how you compare to other applicants, so instead you demand objectivity in the schools' rankings as a proxy to guess where you might belon
mircea_popescu: g. "I think I belong in a top tier school..." How do you know? The analogy is you have no idea what kind of a man you are and thus what kind of a woman would be right for you, so you just harass the girls that other people think are the best. Then if you don't get her you're angry at the girl ("these bitches just want jocks and legacy applicants"); and if you get her you're surprised to find that three years with
mircea_popescu: her has left you unfulfilled."
mircea_popescu: that hole. relationships, business arrangements, political arrangements, scientific models, all of it the same exact hole left behind. "this is where nothing used to be".
mircea_popescu: "And once they're in law school, there is more grade inflation and even retroactive adding of .333 to everybody's GPA. And now law school graduates are surprised to find they're unemployed. Law students had no real measure of their status as an applicant; no reliable descriptor of what kind of a school they went to (short of branding); and no reliable measure of their performance there. "What do you mean I can't g
mircea_popescu: et hired?" They think to themselves, "amn't I bright? Hard working? Fluent in legal theory?" And the employers respond, "how the hell would we know that?""
mircea_popescu: fucking hell. when i was that age i knew exactly where i could go. EVERYWHERE. and so did they.
mircea_popescu: given three kids ahead of you and three kids behind you you could ALWAYS pick at least two of each kind.
pete_dushenski: imo the mental framework that a (canadian/uk) legal degree provides is that i) there are always loopholes to exploit, ii) you can debate anything, iii) don't ask a question unless you know the answer.
pete_dushenski: if you can take these 3 points away from law school, and some connections, you'll be better for it.
mircea_popescu: allow me to refer to the source material in my response.
mircea_popescu: "WHEN Mr. Wallerstein started at Thomas Jefferson, he was in no mood for austerity. He borrowed so much that before the start of his first semester he nearly put a down payment on a $350,000 two-bedroom, two-bath condo, figuring that the investment would earn a profit by the time he graduated. ...Mr. Wallerstein rented a spacious apartment. He also spent a month studying in the South of France and a month in Prague --
mircea_popescu: all on borrowed money. There were cost-of-living loans, and tuition of about $33,000 a year. Later came a $15,000 loan to cover months of studying for the bar.
mircea_popescu:
mircea_popescu: He lives with his fiancee who is "unperturbed by his dizzying collection of i.o.u.'s." She doesn't want him to get a corporate law job because (take a sip first): "we like hanging out together." Carly, another unemployed law graduate explains, "I guess I kind of assumed that someone would hook me up with something." I'm sure she felt she deserved it."
mircea_popescu: ok ?
mircea_popescu: sure, my hos regularly get two bedroom, two bathroom apts, provided a) they're good at what they do and b) live in pairs or triples.
mircea_popescu: who the fuck does this schmuck think he is ?
pete_dushenski: so the skools let raving idjits in and suckered them for everything the banks were dumb enough to loan them
mircea_popescu: he "likes to hang out" ? bring me the largest pike.
mircea_popescu: MR. WALLERSTEIN, for his part, is not complaining. Once you throw in the intangibles of having a J.D., he says, he is one of law schools' satisfied customers.
mircea_popescu: "It's a prestige thing," he says. "I'm an attorney. All of my friends see me as a person they look up to."
pete_dushenski: because corporate lawyers work 80 hours a week and sop up their tears with $500k - $1.5 mn a year.
mircea_popescu: douchy needs better friends.
pete_dushenski: and more starving
mircea_popescu: pete_dushenski this is where i go "had he spent the 350k on bitcoin in 2011, he'd have a little over 500k-1.5mn a year now"
mircea_popescu: it's a... prestige thing.
pete_dushenski: 50k btc isn't prestige enough. mkay.
mircea_popescu: "They understand I'm in a lot of debt, but I've done something they feel they could never do and the respect and admiration is important." [my edit: he isn't actually practicing law.]"
mircea_popescu: who the fuck could never do that!
pete_dushenski: i want that ignonimy
mircea_popescu: everyone in argentina is a lawyer btw. im telling you, this country is the logical conclusion of that country.
pete_dushenski: ignominy* (of 50k coins)
mircea_popescu: Unless, somehow, the debt just goes away. Another of Mr. Wallerstein's techniques for remaining cool in a serious financial pickle: believe that the pickle might somehow disappear.
mircea_popescu: "Bank bailouts, company bailouts -- I don't know, we're the generation of bailouts," he says in a hallway during a break from his Peak Discovery job. "And like, this debt of mine is just sort of, it's a little illusory. I feel like at some point, I'll negotiate it away, or they won't collect it."
mircea_popescu: He gives a slight shrug and a smile as he heads back to work. "It could be worse," he says. "It's not like they can put me jail."
mircea_popescu: right ?
mircea_popescu: someone should go into fucking middle east to be blown to bits by really angry men, to protect this pasty ass' dumbass notions of reality. this is worth doing.
pete_dushenski: except arg doesn't have huge inflows of productive immigrants that usistan does. so ima bet on a different fate, similarity in lawyer pestilence aside.
mircea_popescu: of course it does. chinese.
pete_dushenski: oh ?
mircea_popescu: myeah.
mircea_popescu: every productive anything is held by the azns.
mircea_popescu: sound familiar ?
mircea_popescu: when i want to deal, i talk to old chinese women.
pete_dushenski: like every accounting office here, like every teller at every bank here, yes.
mircea_popescu: i have yet to have met any argentine in any sort of position of power or relevancy of any kind whatsoever.
mircea_popescu: i ocasionally encounter derps living the delusions of the foregoing, who i threaten and they go away.
mircea_popescu: funyn thing being that they seem blisfully unaware of this.
pete_dushenski: http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=27-10-2015#1309020 << heh. that mats... ☝︎
assbot: Logged on 27-10-2015 18:14:25; asciilifeform: it is in fact the very definition of sabotage.
mircea_popescu: "Let's take all this at face value. Is he entitled? Delusional? I don't doubt for a moment he sincerely believes he is a lawyer, because lawyer for him isn't a profession or even a job, it's a label, a code word for a kind of intellectualism he wants for himself. As long as "all of my friends see me as..." it was well worth the cost. He didn't study to become an attorney, he bought a back-up identity." << exactly
mircea_popescu: this. they thing "oh, patria si buitres no", "soberania" blablabla. then talk football and peronismo. and don't matter. and it's ok, because THEIR FRIENDS see them as people.
pete_dushenski: goldfish v. shark : round mcixxx