I’ve mostly kept my discussion of gun issues in the last week restricted to twitter and social media, but had a few thoughts I wanted to get down. First, I’m going to be breaking this up, instead of dealing with one large and thorough mega-post like Larry Correia’s epic post. Second, there are several assumptions I’ll be making, axioms, if you will. The first of these is that we all have a natural right to self-defense. That this right can be oppressed – a government, a person, etc. can take active measures to prevent you from exercising that right, but Read more »
I’ve posted before on why I believe that Apple, despite some ongoing technical inertia from their glory days, is slipping. I’ve also said that it’s not like any of their windows based competitors are actually “getting better”, for the most part. Take Microsoft. … What, you thought I’d follow with the obvious “please”? For most people, including myself, the fall creator’s update has been smooth. For others, including one guy I’ve helped, not so much. Brand new computer, mid to high end Lenovo workstation with solid state drives. Nothing installed except print drivers , MS Office, and one niche app Read more »
Have a good weekend, guys.
Not content to sit on their laurels re: the Galactic Civilization series, Stardock also has rights to the Star Control franchise (though that is being somewhat contested) and is testing out features of their upcoming Star Control: Origins: There are 69 known moons of Jupiter. Jupiter is the first planet we’re sending Star Control’s prototype ship to visit. Powered by the Darius Robotics Emdrive MK I, the prototype can get from Star Control command to Jupiter in a matter of days, rather than months. It is ironic that the prototype is powered by a drive made by Darius Robotics, given Read more »
OK, so you’ve read Larry Correia’s bit on setting up a kitchen for dirt cheap, complete with fisking of idiots, and you’ve gotten yourself a good knife and cutting board (look, most food prep requires cutting, not everything requires spatulas, serving spoons, cookie sheets, or even skillets…). So… while I strongly recommend getting a crock pot down the road, and garlic presses, sturdy spatulas, good stirring and cooking spoons, and cast iron skillets are also all good down the road (hint, you don’t need full, expensive sets….), there’s a few other non-obvious things that should be upgraded when you get Read more »
Well, the first of Vox Day’s “Voxiversity” videos is out, on immigration and war. Predictably, within 25 minutes of being posted, the video was marked down. It apparently hadn’t actually violated standards, because despite already supposedly being “reviewed” it was allowed to stay up, but it was in twitter jail. Demonetized is the least of it. You can’t search for it. You can’t comment on it. You can’t share it via the usual share link. You can’t even save it to a playlist or “watch later” You have to hand the links around. Fortunately, there are alternatives. So far there Read more »
As always, take care, enjoy the weekend.
Eric Raymond had posted a link to an article on how the Israelis had stopped school shootings – arming teachers. What was interesting was one of the first responses to that: RP Maybe Israel has better qualified teachers then? In the US public school system, where teachers can’t even do anything about bullying among students (instead they do their own part of bullying causing the high uprise of mental health issues that no other country has), arming the teachers is likely gonna make it even worse. No, I don’t want a depressed teacher (they all are) to kill my children Read more »
Not sure if it will end up postable. Hard to top what Larry and Mike Z put out. Or Eric, for that matter. Go read it, especially the commentary. The anti-gun types are oddly more restrained there than usual. I know, I agree with Vox that the current bowtie “conservative” set will fold like cooked spaghetti. Ditto the AR15.com crowd that got its panties in a bunch over the 16 points because they didn’t understand universal omni nationalism includes saying, yes, it’s OK to be white, and for white people to have a future alongside jews, blacks, etc. But once Read more »
Over the last few days there’s been an interesting set of posts over at Brad Wardell’s blog and forums for Stardock related to their space 4x game, Galactic Civilizations III. The first that caught my eye was a discussion on why performance sucked on certain map sizes. One of the biggest challenges we have faced in developing Galactic Civilizations III has been map sizes and the memory they require. On a number of occasions, we have tried to reduce the the largest map sizes down to improve performance and shrink memory requirements. And each time we have attempted to do Read more »