Monthly Archives: February 2012

Reader Mail – 02/12/2012 To 02/18/2012

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The flamewar regarding node.js continues. Dave Winer cited my post on node.js. The traffic spike crushed my Linode. I'm going to fix the settings. If necessary, I'll put in some caching.

When I check on my PC, I'm up to #2 in Google for 'real free market' (without quotes). I am somewhat disappointed that "node.js sucks" is my most popular post. That wasn't my intention. I went on an interview where they were using node.js. I performed my due diligence, and concluded that it was a hype-based POS like Rails. It reminded me a lot of that Rails disaster I once encountered. My analysis was right. It's February and they don't have a working website yet.

Billy commented on node.js Is VB6 - Does node.js Suck?.
Decent article and you make some good points -- thanks for posting. I am weighing the pros and cons of Node myself and like to hear both sides of the story. But I must say you have a huge superiority complex. Harvard MBA retards? Parasites/Psychopaths? From this article *you* are the psychopath type that I've worked with that thinks everything they touch is gold, and who won't work on anyone else's code unless you get to refactor it so its in your own image. It's no wonder you were/are job hunting :)

It's February now (4 months later) and they still don't have a working website. My analysis, "They were retards!", was correct. I know that I could have done it by myself in a month with LAMP.

Of course, "Those specific people were retards!" does not prove "Everyone who uses node.js is a retard!" I gave plenty of other reasons. PHP/LAMP or ASP.NET are superior to node.js. If it were my website, it'd be 100% PHP/LAMP, as is this website. My current job is a Microsoft/.NET shop, which is also a reasonable choice.

My projects at my new job have a greater complexity than their simple website. I've done both maintenance on other people's garbage, and complete rewrites. At my new job, I'm rewriting old VB6 in VB.NET, but I don't have the freedom to fix the design flaws in their database, making it a combination of both garbage/maintenance and new code.

From the viewpoint of an evil person, someone honest and intelligent is evil. I have the opposite viewpoint, correctly identifying evil as evil. I totally understand that an evil person would say that I'm evil. At that point, all we can do is call each other names. I don't expect to convince an evil person. The target audience for my blog is the "abused productive" person trying to understand, and not evil people.

Yes, it is that black-and-white. Some people are just plain evil. Don't make excuses for them. It's painfully obvious to me now that I'm mostly unplugged from The Matrix.

I can try to find a situation where I'm not working for evil and not supporting evil people. Given the nature of the State, that's practically impossible.

I do have a new job. It's pretty lame, although I am getting some .NET experience. I expect that I should move on in another year or two. Ideally, I should start my own business (on-the-books or agorist-style), but that isn't easy.

I'd like to find a way for the intelligent "abused productive" people to organize and avoid the evil people. If they do that, they should be incredibly productive. That's one of the benefits of agorism.

In the present, most intelligent-but-abused people struggle to get by. They are manipulated into thinking it's their own fault, due to the evil people controlling them (directly and indirectly).

Pedro Teixeira commented on node.js Is VB6 - Does node.js Suck?.

What a bunch of disinformed BS.

And another thing: just because your company did not succeed in implementing something in Rails doesn't mean Rails suck. It means that the team you worked with sucks. I know of many many Rails projects that were successful.

I'd never give you a job.

Flavor of the Day – Rob Fahrni commented on node.js Is VB6 - Does node.js Suck?.

[...] Real Free Market: “Clueless people get obsessed with languages and frameworks. No matter what language and framework you use, you have to write your application code. If you use a fancy framework, then you have to write framework-compliant code in addition to your program’s code. With node.js, you’re fiddling around with callback functions and manually managing timing, instead of letting Apache and the OS do it for you.” [...]

Christopher commented on Ron Paul's Competing Currencies Proposal - A Simple Way To Reintroduce Gold And Silver As Money.
No, you dont chop them up and more than you chop up a quarter when you need a dime.

Here is a link for 1/10 oz Silver:

You can buy 1/10, 1/4, 1/2 and 1 oz rounds right now. Why couldnt the US mint produice them?

That is interesting. They do have slightly better prices than APMEX. It depends on the quantity purchased. I'll have to research them more.

I haven't made any PM metal purchases myself (yet). I'm researching. I expect to buy some in the near future.

Christopher commented on Ron Paul's Competing Currencies Proposal - A Simple Way To Reintroduce Gold And Silver As Money.

I have bought some 1/4 and some 1/10 silver rounds.

There is something cool about holding concreate assets instead of a promisary note backed by lies.

I read one guy who was amazed when he bought some gold and silver rounds (i.e. real money). It's an amazingly different feeling, compared to paper. He was depressed to realize how much our civilization has fallen. We once had real money (gold and silver), and now we have paper.

I should start shifting my investments away from paper into physical gold/silver/platinum.

commented on Intellectual Property Tax.
Actually, property tax is the thing that is invalid.

I find it hypocritical for a blogger to say intellectual property doesn't exist, when it generates income for him/her.

Your site has value b/c of the intellectual property you publish.

All taxation is theft. That includes property tax.

Intellectual property is a type of tax.

Actually, my blog generates zero income for me.

Some spam blogs copy my content, without citing a link back. Why aren't you reading it there instead of here? I'm not really concerned about the possible loss due to people copying my content.

My site has value because people will keep coming back here for new content. Some spam blogs don't copy over the formatting. Most spam blogs don't copy comments. Realistically, I'm not losing regular readers due to people copying my stuff. They're just trying to exploit defects in Google's search engine.

I'm still a net loser due to copyright, even I did make decent income for my blog. For example, if I wanted to make my own Superman cartoon, that's illegal, because of intellectual property law. Every song and story from the 20th century is copyrighted and owned by some corporation. That severely restricts the type of stories I could tell, if I wanted to get into the independent filmmaker business.

It's funny to listen to some of the hoops people have to jump through, when shooting a film. Basically, every shot needs to be cleared. You need to get approval for everything. For example, if there's a poster in the background, you have to get permission from the poster copyright owner. If there's a McDonald's in the background, you have to get permission from them to show it. The net effect is a tax on filmmaking. A multi million dollar film can afford it, but not the guy self-publishing on a thin budget.

It's even worse than that. Suppose I wrote my own song, but it sort of sounded like a copyrighted song. I still could be sued for copyright infringement.

The net effect of copyright law is a huge regressive tax on small independent filmmakers and independent artists.

Unless you're already a superstar promoted by the mainstream media, you don't benefit from intellectual property. Unless you're already on the mainstream media gravy train, "intellectual property" restricts your opportunities more than it enables them.

For another example, even if I did have a complete copy of my employer's software, I still wouldn't be able to steal their customers. My employer would sue me if I tried that, but I still wouldn't be able to steal their customers, even if it was legal for me to try.

For another example, I download old no-longer-marketable out-of-print games. Those games have a market value of close to zero. It's illegal, but it really isn't hurting anyone. Even if I hunted down a copy and bought a legal copy, it'd benefit some collector instead of the people who actually wrote the game. For the few that are still being sold, a purchase would benefit some the CEO of some large corporation, and not the people who actually wrote it.

The correct answer is that "intellectual property" is not a valid form of property. Even though I have a blog and my job is writing software, I still say that copying isn't stealing.

That's a common State lie. "Intellectual property benefits everyone!" No, it primarily benefits the insiders at large corporations, who own almost all the copyrights. Copyright also benefits the State-approved artists, who have the benefit of the State media cartel promoting their work. Everyone else is a net loser due to "intellectual property".

Esse commented on Intellectual Property Tax.

This would be a great way to ensure valuable ideas are kept secret and never disclosed.

I was mostly referring to copyrights and trademarks, which are currently unlimited. A copyright or trademark is useless if you never publish it at all.

That's pro-State trolling, "Without intellectual property law, nobody would invent anything, nobody would make art, nobody would make anything."

Anonymous Coward commented on Intellectual Property Tax.

>For example, if there’s a poster in the background, you have to get permission from

>the poster copyright owner.

I did read about copyright law (probably case law) a few years ago. I think that sort of thing is legal though and should only be cleared if you are being extra-cautious.

A shot of a poster that is only a small part of the overall frame in the background for a very limited amount of time, should fall under fair use.

It may be legal under "fair use". However, a media corporation with lots of assets won't risk a lawsuit.

If you don't clear every background image, no mainstream media corporation will publish your work. Even if something should be "fair use", a media corporation will demand a license for every image. Effectively, it's illegal to not clear every image.

It's a regressive tax on small filmmakers. It's expensive to get a fee for every background image, or make sure that the location has nothing un-approved.

Anonymous Coward commented on Fraudclosure Scandal - Banks Settle For Minus $500 Billion.
Excellent article. Thank you.

Anomymous Coward commented on Android Brightness Auto-Detect Bug.
I had a lot of grief with brightness settings over the years. Partly my own stupidity, the unfriendliness of my monitor/lack of a concise manual and bad video card drivers.

I have a new video card now and figured out the monitor and so everything is nice now.

The slimy evil clown David Cameron is letting Andrew Lansley pillage the National Health Service in the UK. Nice Mr Cameron is keeping his poster promise of keeping the NHS budget the same - just the money will be going to other people!!!!

A nice music video summarizes the situation.

SomeoneSane commented on Whitney Houston Drug Coverup.
I smell a Michael Jackson type investigation, and another doctor being hung out to dry... ;)

That's a new development since I wrote that post. The fnord is "It's one bad doctor. It's a isolated bad apple." rather than "There's a systematic problem of prescription drug abuse in the USA."

Anonymous Coward commented on I Got Slashdotted By Dave Winer!.
>If you throw enough labor at a lousy plan, you may get something that works.

A friend of mine says that as well. He used to work for some lousy companies where the manager was an idiot. Maybe they could get something to work a bit in 5 years rather than working perfectly in 2 months!

commented on I Got Slashdotted By Dave Winer!.

FSK, it is nice to see that you're still going strong. You are one of my favorite contrarians. Your new site seems pretty cool. How do you feel about Ron Paul? Some folks like him and some think that he's just controlled opposition. Any thoughts?

There were some recent flamewars on this subject.

"Ron Paul's Competing Currencies Proposal"

Someone got angry when I said that Ron Paul was my favorite candidate, but had no realistic chance of winning.

Ron Paul may be both. He might really be trying to do the right thing. He's challenging the Federal Reserve and IRS and the fact that the State is way too big.

Ron Paul is a useful idiot, because he says "We need a government. We just need to keep it small." rather than "All taxation is theft! No matter what checks and balances you have, the government monopoly degenerates into a massive extortion racket." Also, Ron Paul says "The Constitution is a wonderful document! If only politicians respected it!" rather than "The Constitution is not a valid contract!"

Here's an interesting tidbit. Ron Paul's brother is an accountant, Wayne Paul. Wayne Paul advised political prisoner/martyr Richard Simkanin! Was that honest advice? Was it intentionally bad advice, ensuring Simkanin would be misled and easy-to-convict? Some policemen go deep undercover in various anti-government groups. They may promote stupid tax-resistance strategies (file a zero return even though you got a 1099 or W2), instead of effective strategies (work off-the-books for cash, don't use State banks, and don't declare all your income).

Anonymoujs Coward commented on Steve Jobs' FBI File.
Isn't the Apple operating system based on BSD with their own user interface over it?

Anonymoujs Coward commented on Steve Jobs' FBI File.

If FSK was a real man, he would disavow Windoze and start using FreeBSD!

commented on Steve Jobs' FBI File.

I think the word you're looking for is Pathocracy, which is what we live in. Psychopaths have controlled the world for a very long time - maybe forever?

It is getting worse. As the State gets bigger, psychopaths get more control.

There was some freedom in the USA around 1776-1787. It's been steadily going downhill since then.

For example, the National Bank Act, Santa Clara County Supreme Court decision (corporate personhood), Federal Reserve, IRS, NDAA, etc. are all ways that psychopaths claim more power.

Regarding OS, I'm mostly Windows-independent. I use OpenOffice instead of MS Office. My blog is 100% ubuntu/LAMP. I use web-based mail. I rewrote all my VS C++ code in PHP.

Windows is still useful for some stuff. Most games don't have a Linux port. I've been considering making a USB Linux boot, and experimenting.

commented on Jeremy Lin, MSG, And Time-Warner.
You don't need to download. Streaming is technically still legal (supposedly). Just find your favorite TV shows online to stream for free. Of course, you'll need to be willing to sacrifice picture quality, and you'll be at the mercy of the streaming site's speed, which can be rather slow at times. I think HULU or Netflix have decent deals where you pay a monthly fee and get access to all of their material in hi def. Those companies have some good stuff, and you can hook the comp. up to the TV and watch it on there if you want.

Why would I pay for Hulu or Netflix for something DRM-crippled, when I get it free via BitTorrent?

Hulu is unwatchable on my slow connection. It doesn't buffer properly.

Anonymous Coward commented on 32GB Micro SD Card.
> However, it’s USB 2.0 and not 3.0

You poor thing! You are really slumming it with only USB 2.0!!!

Just how much data do you have and how fast do you need it backed up?

I've recently purchased a new external hard disk that was only USB 2.0. However it was very noticeably faster than my other external hard disk, because it had a higher rotational speed.

Backing up was a joy. It was completed much faster.

It's mostly torrents and retrogaming. I figure I should download what I can now, before more copyright crackdowns happen.

If I have a fast external HD, I can seed directly from the external HD.

I Didn’t Get Paid For My Sick Day!

I took a sick day on Friday Feb 10.  My employer deducted a day of salary!  I’m pretty sure I get sick time and vacation time.  I’ve already worked enough days in 2012 to accrue at least one prorated day.

It can’t be a mistake.  They had to manually enter it into the payroll system.  What a bunch of cheap bastards.  They’re already way underpaying me.  I guess it’s time to start sending out resumes.

32GB Micro SD Card

My droid 3 has a maximum SD card capacity of 32GB. When I got the phone, the 32GB micro SD cards were more than 2x the price of a 16GB card. I got a 16GB card.

I looked at current prices. Now, the 32GB micro SD cards are only 30%-50% more than the 16GB ones, and the same price I paid 6 months ago.

There’s no need for me to upgrade. I still have spare room, and probably should clean up and delete some stuff. When my contract expires in mid-2013, I’ll probably be getting a 64GB or 128GB memory card! Moore’s law is nice!  Computers are one of the least-regulated areas of the economy, enabling rapid progress.

I got a 3TB Seagate external HD in August 2011. However, it’s USB 2.0 and not 3.0. My new PC has a USB 3.0 port. Sometime in the next 6-18 months, 5TB drives should start becoming common. That’s when I’ll upgrade.

Jeremy Lin, MSG, And Time-Warner

This story is interesting. The NY Knicks have a new star player, Jeremy Lin. The Knicks picked him up off waivers. Everyone else got injured, he got a chance to play, and he’s doing very well.

I saw a bunch of articles comparing Jeremy Lin to Tim Tebow. Some editor must have asked for stories on that subject. It’s really no comparison at all, in addition to the difference between football and basketball. The Broncos wasted a 1st round pick on Tim Tebow. The Knicks picked up Jeremy Lin for free off waivers, paying him the 2nd-year minimum salary. (According to this, the Knicks should be able to re-sign Lin for the mid-level exemption next year.) The Broncos had to totally change their offense for Tim Tebow; there’s a reason NFL teams don’t run an option offense. The Knicks are using a standard NBA offense, although it is a Lin-friendly offense.

There is a dispute between MSG and Time-Warner. MSG demanded a 53% fee increase. Time-Warner refused. Now, Time-Warner customers don’t get MSG.

One amusing conspiracy theory is “The Jeremy Lin hype was started to make Time-Warner look bad.” That’s just a coincidence. Also, you can still watch the Knicks when they’re on ESPN or TNT. Lin’s big game vs. the Lakers was on ESPN. The Knicks are on ABC on Sunday.  The Knicks were scheduled to be on ESPN tonight, but ESPN switched games!  (They had to decide a month ago.)  All the playoff games will be on EPSN/ABC/TNT/TBS. Many people don’t take the NBA seriously until the playoffs start.

I’ve mentioned this subject before. Once a year or more frequently, there’s a fee dispute between a cable corporation and a channel provider. This leads to the channel being blocked for some customers.

The real problem is that Time-Warner has a State-granted monopoly. It’s illegal for me to lay my own wires and compete with them.

One standard way to abuse a monopoly is “bundled pricing”. You bundle stuff people want with stuff people don’t want. That maximizes profit. People are forced to pay for stuff they don’t want to get stuff they do want.

The cable monopoly only offers bundled pricing. I have to pick a package of channels, to get the ones I want. I only watch fewer than 10 channels regularly, but I’m forced to pay for all of them. I’d rather pay $2-$5 each for the specific channels I want, than get price gouged.

For example, I hardly ever watch ESPN, but it’s a huge chunk of my cable bill. I pay Time-Warner for the over-the-air CBS/NBC/FOX/ABC signal. I’d rather not pay the cable fee for those channels, and just use a rabbit ears.

It’s a supreme ripoff, that you pay for cable *AND* are still force-fed commercials. It’s double-dipping, to charge me for the channel and also make money via commercials. Only the “premium” channels are commercial free. I was really disgusted, when I found out that you pay for cable TV *AND* still get commercials. (I like my Magnavox 515h HDD DVR, for convenient commercial-skipping.)

The cable monopoly has always resisted unbundled pricing or a-la-carte pricing. The excuse they give is “It’s hard for us to do it! We’re so incompetent that we can’t upgrade our network!” That is nonsense. They refuse to offer unbundled pricing, because bundled pricing maximizes the economic rent from their monopoly.

Maybe I should get an Internet-only package, and then “illegally download” the shows I want. If I do get an “Internet-only” package, my only options are Time-Warner or Verizon. (The other vendors subsist by reselling spare capacity on the big boys’ network. You still pay a tax to Time-Warner or Verizon if you use them.) They want to bundle the TV service with it, charging me only a little more for TV+Internet compared to Internet only.

Another trick that media corporations use is “Each channel has one good show, and then 23 hours of filler.” For example, Comedy Central has South Park, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report, but almost everything else isn’t worth watching. For another example, on the Cartoon Network, I watch Robot Chicken, Bleach, and occasionally something else. For another example, MSG has the Knicks and Rangers during the winter, but complete garbage during the summer. If Time-Warner holds out until after the basketball regular season ends, then MSG has no leverage until the fall.

It’d be nice if I could just pay for the specific channels or specific shows that I want. In that respect, an “illegal download” is more convenient than buying something legally. (Also, an “illegal download” already has the commercials removed.) I could pay for Internet only, and then join a BitTorrent tracker that archives all TV shows. For shows that are available legally, it almost always comes DRM-crippled, making the “illegal download” superior in every way.

Also with an “illegal download”, I don’t have to set my DVR. If I forget or miss a show, I can catch up later.  Also, with an “illegal download”, I can cache the download in my queue.  For “legal” downloads, it’s usually DRM-crippled, forcing you to watch it in a tiny window and the player doesn’t support buffering.

Time-Warner couldn’t stand up to a “big player”, like NBC/Universal, or Fox. MSG only offers one channel. Time-Warner can afford to drop a small vendor that only offers one channel. The big boys have greater immunity. Also, there’s a quid pro quo among the conglomerates. Comcast/NBC/Universal and Time-Warner may mutually agree to carry each other’s channels for a reasonable fee. Any dispute between two “big boys” would be mutually-assured-destruction, waking up some slaves to corruption in the media cartel. Only small channels can be dropped, like MSG or the Food Network.

Suppose I start an independent TV/filmmaker business. Even if I found other people willing to supply enough content for a 24×7 channel, I’d be shut out. I wouldn’t be able to get the media cartel to carry my channel, even for free (much less for a monopoly-exploiting bundled fee). If Time-Warner wants to start a lousy new channel, they can easily do it, bundling it with the stuff they already sell (i.e. NY1). If I wanted to try and start my own cable TV channel, I’m effectively shut out.

For example, why did Conan O’Brien move to TBS? Why didn’t he start his own channel? He’s still an employee/cog, and not an owner.

The dispute between Time-Warner and MSG is another example of an abusive State monopoly. Time-Warner says “Those greedy MSG executives are demanding too much money!” The MSG executives say “Those greedy Time-Warner executives are refusing to pay us a fair price.” Neither side says “It’s wrong, for the State to give Time-Warner an exclusive territorial monopoly, for selling cable service. It should be legal for Comcast or Cablevision or anyone to lay cable in the same area, and compete for customers.” or “There should be unbundled pricing.  Let every customer pick which channels they want.”

State insiders like to parcel out the economy into monopolies. In a competitive market, there’s little room for corruption, because a corrupt business will be crushed by competition. In a monopolistic market, the graft and corruption opportunities are maximized. In NYC, the State gave Time-Warner, Cablevision, and Comcast exclusive territorial monopolies. You only have one choice, based on where you live. Most slaves will get angry at Time-Warner. The problem was 100% caused by the State, by giving Time-Warner a monopoly.

The correct solution to the MSG vs. Time-Warnet dispute is “Time-Warner should not get an exclusive territorial monopoly.” Another reasonable solution is unbundled pricing. Customers should be allowed to pick and choose the individual channels they want. However, Time-Warner has a monopoly. They will always use some of their stolen-via-monopoly loot to lobby against reform. In this manner, monopolies maximize the, opportunity for corruption.

Steve Jobs’ FBI File

This story was interesting. In 1991, Steve Jobs was interviewed for a high-ranking position in the Bush administration. As part of the process, there was an FBI background check. After Jobs’ death, part of the file was released.

There was one widely-cited excerpt. I can’t believe that nobody read that and said “WTF? Seriously?” All the “journalists” cited that quote without commmenting on how evil it was.

“He concluded by saying that although he does not consider [Jobs] to be a personal friend, he believed [Jobs] has what it takes to assume a high political position within the government, which in his opinion, honesty and integrity are not prerequisites to assume such a position,” reported the FBI agent who conducted the interview.

Are you kidding me? Honesty and integrity are not required for State leadership positions? People wonder why the system is falling apart?  (I’m not sure if that comment was serious or a joke.  They did hire Steve Jobs, and Steve Jobs probably was a psychopath, so it was a true statement.)

How can an FBI agent write that with a straight face? How can anyone report that story and not say “Wait a minute! The FBI background check process doesn’t screen out evil people?”

In fact, the recruitment process for State leaders *ACTIVELY FAVORS* psychopaths. I read that some investment banks do a psychological profile on hires. They actively screen for the Madoff personality type.

The recruitment process actively filters out honest and intelligent people. Suppose that there was an honest and intelligent State leader. He’s also partially resistant to being manipulated by evil people. Most of the other leaders are psychopaths. They will correctly identify the honest person as a threat. They will conspire to ruin him. The lone intelligent person has no chance against highly coordinated evil people. This leads to the lie “Honest and intelligent people don’t make good leaders.”, because anyone honest is ruined by the conspiracy of psychopaths.

One honest and intelligent person has no chance against a group of psychopaths. The opposite is not true. One psychopath can do tremendous damage, when surrounded by intelligent-but-weak people. He’ll knock off the most intelligent people first, one at a time. He’ll ruin one person while sucking up to everyone else. He’ll hire and promote other evil people, to give himself a buffer and teammates. Almost everyone lacks the ability to identify psychopaths, enabling them to do tremendous damage. That’s one big “benefit” of pro-State brainwashing.

Some state leaders are not psychopaths. They are intelligent, but emotionally weak. They are easy for psychopaths to control. They are trying to do the right thing but failing, because evil people are controlling them.

That would be the ultimate irony. Maybe the FBI already has the capacity to identify evil people? Instead of filtering them out, they actively recruit them as State leaders! That certainly would explain a lot.

It’s pretty obvious what happened. Psychopaths control the State. They made sure that the rules said “It’s OK if evil people are the leaders. In fact, evil people make the best leaders.” The workers said “Most of the leaders are evil. It must be true. It’s OK to be evil and be a leader.”

I’m mostly convinced that Steve Jobs had the parasitic/psychopathic personality type. However, he did channel it into relatively productive stuff with Apple. (However, I never really saw the attraction of Macs/iPhones/iPads.)

Here is an story that indicates “Steve Jobs was a psychopath.”  Steve Jobs partnered with Steve Wozniak. They took a job, agreeing to split the proceeds 50-50. Steve Jobs did sales and Wozniak did the engineering (i.e. the real work). Steve Jobs lied to Wozniak about the fee for the job, cheating Wozniak out of part of his fee. Only an evil person would cheat his partner out of his share of a fee. (Also, that’s a stupid idea. If the other person finds out, he should never work with you again. If you underpay someone, he is less likely to want to work for you.)

Steve Wozniak still did well partnering with Jobs. His share of Apple was worth more than any other job he could have had. Wozniak got a lot of money, but Jobs wound up controlling Apple. If you have the “abused productive” personality type, you need to partner with a parasite or psychopath to get anything done. That’s why the model for startup success is “two co-founders, one does sales (high emotional intelligence) and the other builds the product (high logical intelligence)”. It’s the recipe for failure, when the sales co-founder has high logical intelligence, and the one building the product has high emotional intelligence. Someone with high logical intelligence and no technical ability is guaranteed to hire an evil faker to implement his product for him, leading to certain failure.

Steve Jobs also got a valuable skill from Wozniak. Steve Jobs probably learned to tell the difference between a great engineer and an average/mediocre one. By itself, that would explain Apple’s success, and why Apple may be SOL without Jobs. Almost all parasitic/psychopathic managers can’t tell the difference between a great engineer and a great liar. Actually, great liars outperform great engineers. Without Steve Jobs picking engineers, Apple may be in trouble.

Just because someone has the psychopathic personality type, doesn’t automatically mean they commit crimes. Steve Jobs did make some nice products at Apple. Given a corrupt system and given that nearly everyone is insane, someone with evil tendencies will always be the leader. With a really free market and a fair system, even better products would have been invented. Unfortunately, I can’t prove that.

I didn’t like that Steve Jobs FBI file excerpt. “Steve Jobs is dishonest and unethical. That’s OK. Honesty and integrity are not required for State leadership positions.” Someone wrote that as a serious statement?

This idea may be more important than “Taxation is theft!” Evil people can emotionally manipulate and control others. The victim has no idea what’s happening. If I could wave a magic wand and get rid of all the evil leaders, things would really get better. That isn’t realistic. Complete collapse is more likely.

That’s why the system is falling apart. Most of the leaders are criminally insane. Nobody sees that as a problem. In fact, many people say “These evil people are the best leaders!”

I Got Slashdotted By Dave Winer!

Dave Winer cited my post on node.js. Apparently, he’s relatively famous.

My Linode had so much traffic, that it generated an “excessive disk usage warning”. I’ll check my logs. I have a 100% text site, but didn’t install the caching plugins. The Linode should have been able to handle it.  The size of the Apache log was 4x my daily average.

I couldn’t tell if he was serious (“FSK has some valid criticisms of node.js.”) or hostile (“FSK is a fruitcake, for saying that node.js sucks!”). However, this post shows that he may have a clue.  On the other hand, some of the followup comments on his Twitter feed, show that he may be a fruitcake.  (“FSK’s criticism of node.js is invalid, because he didn’t enable caching on his WordPress blog.”)  I figured that I’d enable caching when/if I need it.  I’ll have to look at my Apache logs.  Maybe I set a record, even compared to my old Blogger blog.

It looks like I did have a problem.  I ran out of memory.  I’ll try to see how much traffic was dropped.  I have to reboot.  Apparently, it’s still messed up.

People cite the original post but not my followup after the 2nd interview.

Here’s a tip for blogging and SEO. A post on “X sucks!” does well, especially when X really does suck.

It is interesting to note the polarity of opinion. Some people are very angry, that I criticized node.js. Some people agree with my concerns, such as this guy. It isn’t random. It’s the good vs. evil conflict. If you’re intelligent, you’ll understand my points. If you’re evil, you get hostile. If you evaluate Rails and node.js solely based on hype/emotions, they are awesome. My analysis contradicts the pro-State brainwashing, and the result is hostility.

A sucky language with good hype can be very popular. That’s the nature of the Matrix. Some projects in Rails or node.js may even succeed. They may have done even better with a proper language/framework. If you throw enough labor at a lousy plan, you may get something that works. That doesn’t prove it was a good plan.

People don’t get angry at random nonsense. People get angry at forbidden truths. People get angry at things that challenge their pro-State brainwashing. Notice the extreme hostility in some of the comments on my node.js post. That isn’t evidence that I’m wrong. That indicates that it’s an important subject.

Whitney Houston Drug Coverup

This story was interesting. Whitney Houston died. The cause of death was a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol.

Do you see the important missing details?

TMZ also reported that the family was told by coroner officials that Houston did not die from drowning but rather from what appears to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol.

Cops reportedly found Valium, Xanax, lorazepam and another medications in Houston’s room when she was found dead Saturday.

Exactly what prescription drugs was Whitney Houston taking? “Other prescription drugs” and “other medications”?  Why not disclose the details?  It’s a coverup, to protect the interests of pharmaceutical corporations. Only Xanax and Valium were mentioned by name, because they’re already on the “list of prescription drugs people sometimes abuse”.

Also, by mentioning Xanax and Valium but not other drugs, that reinforces the fact that State thugs sometimes crack down on people who abuse these drugs.

Also, it isn’t important to just know what drugs were in Whitney Houston’s blood when she died.  Partial blame goes to any drugs she took in the past 6 months.  When you stop taking a drug, there’s withdrawal. Whitney Houston may have been affected by a drug she stopped taking more than a week before she died.

By this point, investigators have talked to Whitney Houston’s doctor. There is no excuse for not publicly disclosing all the prescription drugs she took in the months leading to her death.  This is being censored, to protect the profits of the medical corporations that manufacture these drugs.

Drug corporation CEOs spend a lot of money on marketing.  One of the things they buy is that the mainstream media buries negative stories.

Most people will think “Whitney Houston was taking drug X when she died. I’m taking drug X. Therefore, I should stop taking drug X.” Whether that’s a valid reaction or not, anyone taking drug X has a right to know.

Prescription drugs lead to a cycle of escalating addiction. Drug A has a negative side-effect. Therefore, you take drug B. Drug B has negative side-effect, so you start taking drug C. Most psychiatrists and doctors will start prescribing more and more drugs, rather than saying “WTF? This is too many drugs!”

Every drug has side-effects. That is a common State propaganda trick. “Drugs are 100% beneficial with no serious negative side-effects.”  For my first psychiatrist, when I complained about negative side-effects of the drugs, he was brainwashed to interpret that as a symptom of my illness.  Now, I know he was wrong, because the negative side-effects went away when I stopped taking them.

That’s one evil of the State medical cartel. They promote symptom-suppressing drugs, at the expense of other treatments. If someone is taking a drug, that’s a steady income stream. The drug corporation keeps moving product. The doctor is reduced to a drug dealer, writing prescription refills. The patient is forced to keep visiting the doctor, to get the refill.  That maximizes the profits for the doctor.  He does a quick evaluation of the patient, writes a prescription refill, and the patient is forced to come back again in a month for another refill.

Most people won’t refuse to take harmful drugs like I did. Most people will follow their doctor’s advice, and take more drugs to cover up the negative side effects of drugs they’re already taking.

Another interesting omission is “Who was Whitney Houston’s doctor?” I’m not saying he should get the full Conrad Murray treatment. He does have some responsibility. The worst probable outcome for Whitney Houston’s doctor is a malpractice claim, which is paid by the insurance corporation (and every doctor/patient, via higher malpractice rates) and not the doctor himself.

Why is the media cartel protecting the anonymity of Whitney Houston’s doctor? Why is the media cartel protecting the drug corporations? Why not disclose exactly which drugs Whitney Houston was taking?  Why not disclose exactly what drugs were prescribed, in the months leading to her death?

Reader Mail – 02/05/2012 To 02/11/2012

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Justin commented on About FSK.
FSK what is your opinion of stock market historical testing. I've found ways to keep the generated strategies from being tuned to the data set, but they still don't seem to work that well.

It is a complete and total waste of time.

If you're trying high-frequency-trading, it's a waste of time if you don't have the perk that big banks get. Your orders move the market. A back-test doesn't cover that.

If you're a long-term investor, the stock market underperforms gold. You're wasting your time.

Look at it this way. Suppose there was some magic way to make profit trading stocks. Then, why doesn't everyone trade stocks all day? Why would anyone ever bother getting a real job, when you can make money trading stocks?

That's a State lie. "A clever investor can profit trading stocks." That is false.

Ariel commented on About FSK.

Megaupload and the Effectiveness of State Violence

Just made translation to spanish to post it on FB, really liked it and is worths 2 b shared, if u desagree i 'll remove it. reply to mail

I don't mind if you repost my work. All I ask is for a link back to the original. Even if you don't, I'm not going to send a "takedown notice".

"Super Bowl Trademark Foolishness" was cited by lots of spam blogs.

Justin commented on Apple Subsidizes Banksters.
Why wouldn't a small company just refuse the leveraged buy out? There is an upper limit on what they can offer.

It applies to small public corporations. The hedge fund starts buying shares and makes a tender offer.

By "small" public corporation, I mean a market capitalization of $25B or less.

Also, if a small public corporation refuses a buyout offer, there may be personal liability for the directors.

For a privately-owned corporation, then yes, the owners can refuse. However, those businesses tend to be so small that they aren't worth the hassle. A hedge fund isn't going to waste time on a small privately-owned corporation with few employees.

Anomyous Coward commented on Intellectual Property Tax.
OK this comment is very off-topic, but I read an article in the Daily Mail today that is so shocking I just felt I had to pass it on to FSK.


It seems a woman formed a company that is mainly funded by taxpayers' money. Its purpose to to get unemployed families back into work. The company has failed in its purpose.

Yet the head of the company has got a 8.6 million Pounds Sterling dividend payment for herself!!!!!!!

That 8.6 million pounds came from taxpayers.

As we know here on this blog, taxpayers don't voluntarily give money out of the kindness of their hearts, but rather if they don't pay it they get carted off to prison by police thugs i.e. tax is money extracted by implicit threat of violence.

Wouldn't it be better if there was less tax and people give money voluntarily to good causes?

No one that has to work hard for money would give it to this clown of a woman!

Anonymous 2274 commented on Sick Day - No Post.
Hope you feel better! Looking forward to the next post.

Android Brightness Auto-Detect Bug

My Android phone has a “feature” that the screen automatically adjusts the brightness.  That leads to the phone randomly dimming and getting brighter.  Overall, the screen was too light.

I disabled that feature, and set the brightness to a fixed level.  It’s much better now.