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  • The mirror universe gets your product, too.

    AI personal assistants sound great, until you look at the user journeys for the evil personas – spammers; phishers; identity thieves; various fraudsters, hucksters, and grifters; organized crime; corrupt officials; zealots of various beliefs; bureaucrats in totalitarian regimes, etc. When the efficiencies gained by a technology are hard to get, understand, or use, they tend…

  • No Peace

    If you are angry at “the government” but live in a representative democracy, where you are able to participate in free and fair elections, then you are the government that you are angry at. Either you’ve made bad choices and are now being forced to live with them, or you’ve neglected your responsibilities and are…

  • The destruction of money

    Money is a created thing. We create it by issuing loans or by authorizing government expenditures in fiat currencies. But what happens then? If we can only create money, how does money not become worthless over time? Obviously, we must also destroy money. The destruction of money happens in two ways. First, a lender can…

  • Only the problems that matter

    The way I see it, survival of humanity has, since the middle of the 20th century, been reduced to three tiers of problems to solve. Tier 1 problem: how to harness solar, lunar, and geologic energy sources and convert them to electricity. Tier 2 problem: how to distribute electricity and use it for transportation. Tier…

  • Ahead of its time

    Today I learned that in 1983 I could have downloaded games into my Atari 2600 using a modem, stored them in ROM and played them off-line. In 1983. And that the company that offered that service only offered it because their original idea to allow you to download music over a modem to listen to…

  • Functionally Infinite

    “Functionally infinite” is an incredibly powerful way to tilt the field. IPv6 give you functionally infinite address space. Sovereign Currency gives you functionally infinite money. Functionally infinite electricity reshapes civilization as we know it. etc. Where is the source of functionally infinity in your problem space?

  • Autocracy isn’t socialism

    FWIW, all the people who say they are against socialism because they’ve lived under communism and their lives were hard or ruined, suffered because they lived under totalitarian autocracies. If they want to make a nuanced argument about how socialism _leads_ to totalitarian autocracies I’m receptive to unpacking that argument, just not while they are…

  • Just one thing: Suffrage

    If you want a single thing to use to understand the current status of the great experiment that is the United States of America, one needs only to look at who is allowed to vote. In the beginning, voting was neither and inalienable right nor a privilege bestowed from power, being instead the consequence of…

  • The Web is what is wrong with the Internet

    HTTP is fantastic. HTTP is also a scourge. It is fantastic in the sense that what is does well, it does exceedingly well. But when it gets used to do those things it doesn’t do well it sows the seeds of doom. Want to move hypertext between computers? Good on you. Want to move things…

  • Postel’s Triangle

    Postel’s Triangle is the name for the idea that Domain Names, Certificates for those Domain Names, and the IP address allocations of the servers for those Domain Names that have the Certificates are a single information object that ought to be administered, configured, and propagated as a whole because doing that is the prerequisite for…