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Net Neutrality

It's a bizarre world when so called free speech advocates are pushing for FCC regulation of net neutrality. There is a point that it won't stop there, but if they wanted other regulation they could do it anyway. What the point should be in opposition is that net neutrality is a bad idea and our lives are better without it.

Capitalism and Open Source

As programmers using talent to improve for the masses the world there are some great allies: entrepreneurs. Being self-employed and having a small fan base of customers from weirder parts of my life has taught me something. My time is not best spent with stupid people and stupid problems.

AGW is self-referential

Among those who do not agree with the conclusions drawn by the proponents of AGW is an assumption of conspiracy. I myself do not agree with AGW. I don't really know either way what the climate is going to be in fifty or one hundred years. I also don't consider the concept of global climate to be valid, weather is a local phenomenon. I am thus skeptical of predictions far into the future based off limited measurement of a very complex physical system.

A Response to Slander

A response to slander, to nobody in particular, since this is a discussion I refuse to have. The response the liar would have to this would just kill me inside, I don't want it to happen and yet it already has a little...

"Why do you speak of what you don't even know yet? You should be asking questions. With everything else, you are the open minded pretentious sponge ready to absorb anything. Considering that what really makes you so oppositional to those ideas in particular?

Murphy's Large Hadron Collider

I am not a physics person, I know a little, and I know where to find much if I ever did want to start learning and using physics. I am however slightly above a novice with logic. I've learned from Objectivism that the analytic-synthetic dichotomy is false. I like to get creative with logic, and with that I can deduce some interesting things.

Restrained Protoplasm

I just commented on this anti-piracy "crusade" the Australian government wants to go on. Though, it isn't a crusade but cowardice.

The fact is the Australian government doesn't want to ruffle any feathers by arresting pirates. Instead they're going to treat us all as if we can't help ourselves, like they do with drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. They are going to impose censorship on the Internet to stop piracy. This is because they like so many people in Australian culture do not believe in personal responsibility.

Memes are for Monkeys

There is an advantage to being a conceptual being. As humans we have concepts that subsume types of entities in reality. Monkeys do not have this, they have short expressions for very specific things. As conceptual beings humans are contextual beings, we have to use context to specify specific things. For example a monkey if it could recognize my website might just go "scraah," and for another it might go "eeek." As humans we have to know what a website is, how to use it, and how to specify which website of the many websites it is.


I posted something on Facebook about the gay pride and other similar movements. I thought I should share it here.

Saying you are proud of your sexuality is silly. You have a sexuality on mere consequence of being alive. Contentment should be enough. Pride in it is basically thinking you've made an effort to have genitals. You have not made an effort to have genitals, so shut up. Nobody cares about your pride in things you have no control over. I am proud of my work, I am proud of how I've been able to use my genitals in my life.

Palpitating Slavery

So I've heard that you can get unpaid interns just to make coffee now, so I got some for SECUSRVR. It is my one man business, it isn't doing well at the moment. I decided to get five such interns, and I assure you they are making coffee all the time. I now have to drink a gallon of coffee every hour.

The compassion of bean counters

I learned about a month ago that here in Australia smoking related deaths reduce healthcare and aged care liabilities by almost $30 billion. There is a lot of one-sided talk about the costs of smoking on the socialized health system. What is ignored is how much less dead people cost. Yet they tax smoking arguing it is expensive. Such arguments are dropping the context, if government accounts are to be considered in full smoking reduces liabilities significantly.


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