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The AK-47

There is this cool soviet murder weapon, the AK47. The economics of it fascinate me, I've just figured it out from what is known about the gun. Its construction involves less factors of production, basically meaning shorter production lines. Yet it is a very reliable and effective weapon, easy to maintain. It is regarded by many throughout the world as a brilliant invention in simplicity and improvised cleverness under terrible conditions.

Sustainability and Action

I am writing here about the concept sustainability, focusing on flaws in the progressive version. I start however like I often do with a story from my life. Sustainability is a concept that for a long time that I had forsaken after eventually finding it unusable. The story is about how that happened.

I'm Supersexual

There are lot of names for different sexual orientations these days. Regardless of the orientation it is considered a part of their nature they cannot change. Homosexuals claim they are born that way, which they assume from never having heterosexual feelings. It is a jungle of sexual preferences out there, and they are a popular attack on reason itself.

Altruism vs Benevolence

A philosophy means every person in the entire Universe is included. A philosophy of self-interest involves the self-interest of everyone. It's not Ayn Rand's psycho rationalizations from an anti-social mood it is Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. It is about finding principles that work in the entire Universe, it is philosophy!

Positivity and Realism

So Tony "Mr Positive" Abbott is saying we all might live until one hundred and fifty. As a geek who reads a bit about improvement in medical technology I say things like this. The left however are right that it is blatant speculation. I've given numbers such as 160 for a future life expectancy but I do it in the context of being my usual hyperbole.

Hacking Computers and Context

I love being a hacker, if only for the philosophy of tolerance set out by Eric S Raymond on his writings about the culture. We don't bicker, we always use reason. We don't get stuck on things. We don't take things personally, unless it is related to hacking. Socially merit and even tenure on certain projects says a lot about ones values.

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.


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