Science Is Discriminatory

17 02 2018

Mountain View, California

NLRB finds no prob with the Goolag axing Damore.

Not a surprise to me, because the way the narrative has read to me, and the Damore saga was one of those things that broke during my involuntary sojourn, so I had to catch up on it later, I always thought he had a much better chance in state court, where he’s also contesting it, because California’s relevant laws are different enough from Federal laws in ways that are advantageous to him.

Also remember that Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO, (eminently qualified for that job because she once rented garage space to valley upstarts Larry Page and Sergey Brin), great feminist crusader that she is, openly stated that she agitated for Damore’s firing because his recitation of long established social science hurt her kids’ feelings.  Another ironic subtext is that Sue is absolutely opposed to genetic determinism, while Sue’s sister is the founder and CEO of 23-and-Me.

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O’Keefe Pw3ns Jack

11 01 2018

San Francisco

Top of Drudge now, it is, so it’s worldwide.

What is it going to take for Dubourg’s admins to disown @Jack?





Apple Fanboys Notice Things, Too

26 12 2017

Cupertino, California

I’m just so incredulous that a large tech firm would clandestinely goose and degrade its older products to boost sales of its new products.

Not for one minute am I buying this.

Because, next thing you know, they’ll be telling us that Microsoft mucks around with older versions of Windows using Windows Update to cause mysterious glitches or performance problems or stability problems at a time when they’ve got a brand new version out to market.





Sadistic Ole Me

26 12 2017

Tokyo

You’ve heard of gym rats?  Well this one is a gym bot.

It even sweats.

Just to show you what a sadistic dick I can be sometimes, I’d tell it to hit the showers.





Net Neutral

26 11 2017

Your Blogmeister’s Secret Hideout

In most cases, special interests hooked to some sort of economic factor that wants something either of substance or essence out of the political process will make sure they play both sides, write checks to both major political parties, so they can’t lose no matter who wins.

Sometimes, because of some combination of oversight and circumstance, a given special interest will attach itself to only one of the two parties, and in reaction, its rival special interest will run to the other party.

The textbook example of that is insurance versus trial lawyer.  I don’t know the entire history of the political mechanics of the matter, but I can deduce that at some point in the past, either the insurance industry figured the Republican Party was a good marriage, or the trial lawyer industry thought the Democrat Party was a good marriage.  Whichever one happened first, the other one reacted by marrying into the other party.  Each then proceeded to bastardize influence their party’s major governing ideology for their own ends, and to weaponize it against their rival special interest in the other party.  This is why insurance money is a big factor in conservative think tanks and trial lawyer money in liberal ones.

The end result is that we all live in the middle of the free fire zone between them.

After thinking about the question of net neutrality, I think the same kind of thing has happened.

My raw instincts have always made me look sideways at either the utopian or dystopian arguments coming from both sides of that debate.  Now I know my raw instincts served me well.

I’ll make it simple:

Infrastructure = Republican = conservative = anti-n/n

Versus

Creators = Democrat = liberal = pro-n/n

This means the n/n matter is nothing more than mendacious ISPs and mendacious social media nodes firing at each other across our boughs, after having done what insurance and trial lawyers did before then, latching onto one political party and influencing its prime governing ideology.

Which means when it comes to the politics of net neutrality, I’m going to engage in just that:  Neutrality.  Just like I’m neutral on the insurance vs trial lawyer wars.  For much the same reason you don’t intervene when two rabid pit bulls are fighting each other.  Really now, who wants to pick sides in Charter versus Mark Zuckerberg?

I will say that if one gets the impression that the Alt-Right tends to side implicitly with infrastructure over creators, or does so as a consequence of our disdain toward creators, it’s because all our censorship problems have come from creators and none from infrastructure.  To show you how hypocritical the creators can be, in the last week and a half, when I call up Disqus to make comments on AR and a few other places, I see they put a red banner across the top imploring you to agitate for net neutrality, “to save the open web.”  This the same Disqus which, I see during my involuntary sojourn, bounced out Hunter Wallace and RooshV, and I wonder how much longer they’ll let AR use it.  In spite of that, I think the only reason all our problems in this stead are creator-side instead of ISP-side is that it’s far easier for creators to censor us than it is for ISPs — I think if ISPs could, ISPs would.  Which is yet another reason why I’m going to remain neutral.





My Unique Take on the Crazyauntization of YouTube Videos (“Limited State” aka Quarantining)

14 11 2017

Oakton, Virginia

I figured out the time of day a long time ago, in fact, long before YouTube was even twinkles in the eyes of Messrs. Karim, Chen and Hurley.

As I heard one quack after another after another parade on and off the Art Bell and then George Noory show, proclaiming that everything they were telling us about space goobers kidnapping people, beaming them up into their flying saucers, shoving probes up their asses, and then darting off to Fezelinigiblauten-9, were things the government doesn’t want us to know, I was like: On 500+ radio stations, every one of them has an FCC license? How does that work? Meanwhile, at the same time I thought of that, I realized that if Jared Taylor could be seen or heard on FCC-licensed terrestrial broadcast media more times per year than he could count on one of his hands, we were all lucky.

Therefore, it was absolutely no surprise to me when I saw, during my involuntary sojourn, that one of the very first videos that the Googitburo/Goolag quarantined as part of its new video-cum-crazy-aunt-in-the-basement scheme (“Limited State” aka quarantining) wasn’t a 45-minute pseudoscientific marathon about how the Earth is flat, but a Jared Taylor video.

Most of the time, self-proclaimed anti-establishmentarians, especially the ones that get a suspiciously high level of non-negative official publicity, are nothing more than useful idiot dummy loads (*) for TPTB. Just for his unperson status, it’s easy to see that Jared Taylor really is telling us what they don’t want us to know.

All that having been said, resist the temptation to take this too ideologically-personally.  The energy and heat source behind Limited State isn’t contempt for the Alt-Right, per se, but corporatism, pandering to corporate advertising accounts.  Ever since Limited State got up and running, a lot of leftist videos have been crazyaunted, and what they have in common is that they’re populist and anti-corporate in editorial bent.  The Googitburo/Goolag has a direct incentive to keep big ad accounts in the fold, and those run quicker than Usain Bolt from a steroid test away from anything that’s sociopolitically controversial.  As time goes on, the only kind of videos on YouTube will be mindless fluff, and if sociopolitical commentary is allowed to exist, it will be of the sort that is within the tight Overton window of corporate-friendly neoliberalism-neoconservatism.

BONUS OBSERVATION

Very late breaking, but I can also throw you a unique take on Hawley suing the Goolag.  Hawley has just manufactured a very creative political hammer to use against Claire next year.  For non-locals, the newly minted Missouri Attorney General, Josh Hawley, the only corporeal individual I voted “for” (and the vote really wasn’t so much “for” him as it was “against” other people and things) other than Trump last year, is just about 100% certain to be Claire McCaskill’s opponent next year in the U.S. Senate election.

(*) – Fellow hams will know what I mean by that.

 





Defining Vision, Revisited

16 07 2017

Seattle

Long and short:  MSFT is going to add muscle to 802.11af, aka White Spaces, aka WhiteFi.

As you can read here, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is opposed.  But they don’t have any good technical grounds for their opposition, because television broadcasting today is entirely digital, and even transmission on an otherwise vacant channel “next door” to one used for a DTV signal will create zero interference to the reception of the DTV signal, even if it was another DTV signal.  It’s just that people who have spectrum are militant about wanting to keep it without having to share it.

The only reason we have HDTV/DTV today was this self same NAB militancy.  In the 1998 book Defining Vision, the late Joel Brinkley, David Brinkley’s son, demonstrated that when the idea to sub-let blank TV channels for first responder and public safety uses, the NAB, in a cynical search for a counter-argument, cynically latched onto HDTV as something they supposedly wanted to do, and needed all their spectrum to do, as someone pointed out the much more advanced state of HDTV development in Japan at the time, and we’re talking circa 1987.  The problem is that the political reaction to this cynical trial balloon was that everyone was outraged that the Japanese were well ahead of us in yet another thing, and these were the years when we actually thought Tokyo would be ruling the world by now.  The political snowball that started rolling after that actually did lead to both high definition and digitally transmitted over-the-air television.  The irony is that what we got was compatible with first responder and public service uses of white spaces even in analog voice modes without interfering with TV, and the only reason that didn’t actually happen is because, in the wait, trunking technology rolled out, which allowed for much more efficient use of the existing public service spectrum allotments.  Also, in between time, the Japanese economic train vastly slowed down.

So now, we’re back to square one, with rural broadband being the thing which wants to use white spaces, and the NAB is all out of excuses.