Three Times is Enemy Action

Three Times is Enemy Action

I’ve mentioned before – that old rule about “once is coincidence” also applies to large systems of any sort. Even if you have thousands of computers running, if three of them develop the same misbehavior, it’s not a fluke, there’s something wrong with the system. A bug, or something else overlooked, but not simply “oh an edge case”. In case you’re wondering, this applies in part to yesterday’s post. Sure, we’ll never get rid of evil, but when you’re talking about orders of magnitude of difference in outcomes by population demographic, something is indeed different enough to cause such disparate Read more »

But Most of Them Are Fine!

But Most of Them Are Fine!

This is not rhetoric – most of the people who use a line like “but most Muslims/etc. are decent normal people” aren’t going to be swayed by dialectic. Instead, this is to provide a foundation for understanding why, despite most people of a demographic being perfectly fine, a scant handful can still screw it up for everyone else, and render the entire demographic effectively suspect. File this under “why we can’t have nice things.” Recently, we’ve seen the rank hypocrisy of naming the asshole in Canada a totem of the “incel movement” and calling them all terrorists, while of course, “not Read more »