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Elliot Temple on July 23, 2018

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Anonymous at 3:06 PM on January 14, 2019 | #11624 | reply | quote

I agree with DF. Awful branding change. Slack sucks anyway tho. https://daringfireball.net/linked/2019/01/16/slack-bland-new-logo

Anonymous at 4:19 PM on January 16, 2019 | #11627 | reply | quote

Psychiatry and the medicalization of everyday life, example #892348: https://outline.com/wv22RX

Anonymous at 10:00 PM on January 16, 2019 | #11628 | reply | quote

alot of the times when i say "good luck" to someone, i pause and try to think of a phrase that means "i think you are able to put effort into doing what you are doing, and with skill and your own hard work, succeed" but theres nothing like that in a short phrase thats like "good luck", i wonder why. and if there is a phrase like that, plz tell me.

Anonymous at 1:08 PM on January 17, 2019 | #11630 | reply | quote

Daniel Eran Dilger explains Apple's Harmony of Interests With Its Customers


>Apple and the planned anti-obsolescence of iPhones

>So, everything The Verge opened with was straight up false. But it kept going, claiming falsely that Tim Cook's letter to investors "can be summed up as 'too many good phones already out there.'"

>False again, that's strike three. That's the opposite of the statements Apple has been broadcasting for some time now. And it's just not true at all, if you define truth as being supported by significant, observable facts.

>Apple has devoted significant time at its last few media events from WWDC to Brooklyn outlining that its installed base of satisfied users is not the fearsome negative that analysts keep depicting it as. Instead, Apple views this as entirely desirable and actually works to make sure that existing iPhones remain usable and in operation for as long as possible. It's been doing this via iOS upgrades that have long supported iPhones for four years or more in an industry that can't manage to deliver Android updates for even 18 months.

>Five years ago, the Verge balked at the high price of iPhone 5s and offered recommendations for rival phones that aren't even supported today

>Apple's articulation of its "planned anti-obsolescence" blew peoples' minds because it's completely opposed to the cynically-cliche idea that Apple is working to sabotage existing devices with fatty iOS releases and battery shenanigans that make older phones feel like they need to be replaced, just to sell more iPhones.

>If that's the case, why has Apple been supporting five-year-old iPhones with every iOS release? In fact, a major driver of iOS 12 involved work to make it more efficient on older iPhones.

>Apple isn't having problems selling new iPhones the way that GoPro ran into with its cameras--facing a relatively small addressable market that grew content with the one action camera they bought for quite a long time.

>If Apple had the GoPro problem, it wouldn't be able to be introducing ever more expensive new models! Apple has been selling over 200 million iPhones every year since 2015, even as its product portfolio has trended higher into more expensive models. That means Apple is regularly upgrading a large percentage of its installed base.

>For Apple, the more existing iPhones it can keep in active use, the larger the addressable market it can count on to buy upgrades each year. Counterintuitively, rather than making its older phones break early, Apple wants to keep them working, so that even refurbished trade-ins and hand-me-downs keep serving someone with a potential to upgrade to a new iPhone someday in the future.

>Existing iPhone users are far less likely to leave iOS because Apple keeps working to make its platform an attractive place to stay. Unlike Android, Apple is cultivating a rich ecosystem, not just the barest compatibility API for running shared software across the device outputs of various Chinese factories.

Anonymous at 1:13 PM on January 17, 2019 | #11631 | reply | quote


> The Ever Changing Indictment

> Now, twenty-two years later, we address, once again, the question of the intellectual and the marketplace.

> This does not argue the futility of the question, however, but rather its central importance. In a sense, the Mont Pèlerin Society was founded to deal with the problem of the modern intellectual’s antipathy to capitalism and the harmful consequences of that antipathy. Most of us here have now lived long enough to understand the truth of Schumpeter’s assertion that “capitalism stands its trial before judges who have the sentence of death in their pockets.” The only thing that changes, Schumpeter wrote, are the particulars (1950: 144). That ever-changing indictment is presented, over and over again, by the intellectuals.

> In earlier times, they indicted capitalism for the immiseration of the proletariat, inevitable depressions, and the disappearance of the middle classes. Then, a little later, it was for imperialism and inevitable wars among the imperialist (capitalist) powers.

> In more recent decades, the indictment again changed, as earlier accusations became too obviously untenable.

> Capitalism was charged with being unable to compete with socialist societies in technological progress (Sputnik); with promoting automation, leading to catastrophic permanent unemployment; both with creating the consumer society and its piggish affluence and with proving incapable of extending such piggishness to the underclass; with “neo-colonialism”; with oppressing women and racial minorities; with spawning a meretricious popular culture; and with destroying the earth itself.5 As George Stigler remarked: “A constant stream of new criticism — such as the problem of homeless families — is being invented, discovered, or heavily advertised.”6 The question remains: what is at the root of this ever-changing, never-ending indictment? What accounts for the intellectuals’ unremitting hostility to the market economy?

> To throw light on these questions, we must go beyond the specific accusations themselves. Israel Kirzner writes (1992: 96):

>> Whatever the stated specific denunciations of capitalism, whatever the errors in economic analysis which are implicit in these denunciations, a thorough understanding of the anti-capitalist mentality cannot avoid ultimately coming to grips with the deep-seated prejudices and ingrained habits of thought which are, both consciously and unconsciously, responsible for the antipathy shown to the market system.

Anonymous at 2:38 PM on January 17, 2019 | #11632 | reply | quote

I use "good luck". Rand used "good premises". I don't think it's worth replacing. I got plenty of other changes/reforms that are higher priority.

I would avoid using "good luck" with a person I considered superstitious (I don't want someone to take it the wrong way).

curi at 3:51 PM on January 17, 2019 | #11633 | reply | quote

Good or bad?

Capitalism needs it's checks and balances. If lobbying was weeded out of government then it would be a system that would work much better for everyone - not just the ultra rich.

That being said, some people (me and half the world) wouldn't have been able to start a business, in my case a fitness business, without being somewhat capitalistic. Entrepreneurial spirit drives innovation and purpose.

[URL removed by curi, I think this is a spam comment but it did say something about capitalism so I left the rest.]

Personal trainer lady at 12:26 PM on January 18, 2019 | #11634 | reply | quote

Evil tweet.

Anonymous at 10:06 AM on January 19, 2019 | #11636 | reply | quote

curi at 10:43 AM on January 19, 2019 | #11637 | reply | quote

Anonymous at 11:02 AM on January 19, 2019 | #11638 | reply | quote

Discussion and learning *methodology* is the primary determinant of success. But people hate and avoid talking about methodology.

curi at 12:51 PM on January 19, 2019 | #11640 | reply | quote

Anonymous at 1:18 PM on January 19, 2019 | #11641 | reply | quote

It's so sad how DD has fallen so far. His thinking quality has gotten super unreliable. This tweet is dumb. People see that something is sabotaging error correction in a systematic way. There is, as DD says, some underlying thing, the "whatever is sabotaging error correction". So then what do people do? They *name it*. They call it something. What do they call it? A bias. And they try to figure out what type of bias it is, what its properties are, etc.

I disagree with a lots of ideas people have about what biases exist, how they function, what causes them, etc. No doubt DD does too. But that's just the specifics. The concept of bias – something causing systematic error – is fine and it's usually way better to use the standard term than call it a "whatever".

Anonymous at 1:25 PM on January 19, 2019 | #11642 | reply | quote

Anonymous at 1:39 PM on January 19, 2019 | #11643 | reply | quote

Early pieces of Yes or No Philosophy in KP. Opposed by LT, who is promoting this anti-Popper sentiment to an audience primarily of ppl who think of her and they as Popperian. Very gross.

Anonymous at 1:57 PM on January 19, 2019 | #11644 | reply | quote

what the fuck?

Anonymous at 2:00 PM on January 19, 2019 | #11645 | reply | quote

Steven Pinker got his status via competition with other intellectuals. What was the nature of the competition? Did they compete to have the best ideas, or to impress ppl better? In other words, is the public open to manipulation and if so is manipulation more effective than having a good idea? ez question…

Steven Pinker outcompeted other intellectuals at sounding smart to second-handed ppl and pulling their puppet strings. His high status position is an indication he's one of the worst and most corrupt intellectuals, not one of the better ones.

The same logic applies to many other people.

Anonymous at 4:13 PM on January 19, 2019 | #11646 | reply | quote

Ayn Rand "...if we wanted to save the world from communism its not necessary to go to war, all would one have to do is stop helping them economically, stop building bridges to them which have supported them for 50 years now. that country will collapse of its own evil if the semi free world did not constantly help them" from "Ayn Rand's First Appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, 1967" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBmViYDlrjU at 20:03. are there examples of free countries helping communist countries? i have not heard of communist countries being helped before, execpt for the USSR being helped during ww2 to fight the axis

Anonymous at 8:15 PM on January 19, 2019 | #11649 | reply | quote

#11649 yes. did you try looking it up?

Anonymous at 8:21 PM on January 19, 2019 | #11650 | reply | quote

#11650 nope. would be pretty easy to do tho, will try that now.

Anonymous at 9:47 PM on January 19, 2019 | #11651 | reply | quote

szasz on suicide

Thomas Szasz video on suicide:


oh my god it's turpentine at 1:44 AM on January 20, 2019 | #11653 | reply | quote

Anonymous at 2:03 PM on January 20, 2019 | #11657 | reply | quote

Anonymous at 8:09 PM on January 20, 2019 | #11670 | reply | quote

Sweden: Half of women in early 20’s feel unsafe, government ramps up “anti-hate” policing


Anonymous at 10:44 AM on January 21, 2019 | #11673 | reply | quote

it’s kinda amazing the media keeps cherrypicking examples they think they can win for rape and racism cases, then losing anyway. the white men keep turning out to be reasonable... #convingtoncatholic

Anonymous at 5:51 PM on January 21, 2019 | #11678 | reply | quote

#11678 the media just lies about stuff after the fact so getting stuff wrong isn't a big problem for them. six months from now the "Smirking White MAGA Teens incident" will be part of the Narrative forever

Anonymous at 6:00 PM on January 21, 2019 | #11679 | reply | quote

Scumbag Ben Shapiro:


> Ben Shapiro, Who Rushed to Share Condemnation Of Covington Students, Slams CNN For Doing The Same

He was also awful in the past:


Anonymous at 9:58 PM on January 21, 2019 | #11680 | reply | quote

I've been streaming Vindictus at https://www.twitch.tv/curi42

curi at 10:07 PM on January 21, 2019 | #11681 | reply | quote

What do you think?

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