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Cobb
LOS ANGELES, CA
Combat Epistemologist
Interests: gaming, bourbon, gadgets, big data, hapkido, game theory, theology, political & analytic philosophy, computer augmented decision support, spycraft, creole cuisine, asian jazz fusion, bbq, electronica, historical fiction, beef cattle, fast cars, and anything that fits into a 19 inch rack.
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I think the effect of Black cultural nationalism and multiculturalism have given entirely too much credit to the reality of 'black culture' and all subcultures within the American context. I think rather ethnics are merely being ethnics, that being the difference between ethnics and mainstreamers. The mainstream American culture is one that is pluralist by default, and multiculturalism is painting it white as if the WASP elite ie Rockefeller Republicans were still controlling it all from the Harvard Club, Palm Beach and the Bohemian Grove. Hugh Hefner was the last American cultural giant. fwiw. So I disagree about the Status and Mating market, and black communities being ruled by women. Black communities of 'that sort' are merely dissolute and their disfunction is their distance from the mainstream. To put it any other way is like saying there actually *is* a Kurdistan within Turkey with its own constitution. No such animal. Black women have about zero control of the black church, of black sports, of black business. In short I don't think they are doing anything more special than any women anywhere else, and they're not organized independently into any sort of institution. Black women are simply women without men in power, and I think we like to give American women with any margin of power some kudos and benefit of doubts, but are they any more stable on their own without the welfare state? Maybe when they were birthing babies at home 75 years ago, but not today. I'm not trying to jump on black women's case. I simply don't believe these non-mainstream subcultures are anywhere nearly as deterministic as people make them out to be.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Civil Rights Overreach at Cobb
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It's not about breaking the cryptography; that essentially cannot be done. It's about finding ways around it. LastID as proposed in the novel is mostly carried out by embedded systems that will be, in their own way, secure like the iPhones the FBI couldn't break re: San Bernardino terrorists. In regards to the way I am building circles now personally, I'm not important enough for any entity powerful enough to crack me to pay any mind. But I will be highly invulnerable to spammers, and corporations, to a predictable degree beyond what most IT professionals are today with the exception of Shmoos and DefConners and their lot. That is sufficient for me. But the larger point is to get my ideas about circles of trust out there and perhaps attract some attention. One of the features, for example, would be a deadman switch facility. I think that should be the next thing I map out. I've seen a couple out there and I don't particularly like either one. So maybe I'll spec one out.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Circles of Trust at Cobb
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The blockchain would be useful if I wanted an auditable record of my circle transactions, but that's not a central mechanism the circles themselves. I could imagine that the Secretary of a group would keep that record, but circles themselves should have no central point of control, I think. Even if you were the zero of a group it only amounts to social privileges outside of the circle system. Having an audit of group adds and deletes is only marginally useful as far as I can see right now. Still, it does make sense for all of the C5 retail and commercial transactions to be in some kind of blockchain. The problem is, right now, that public distributed blockchains don't have enough power for the number of transactions in today's world. So I think a lot would go C5Z, which would be untracked.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Circles of Trust at Cobb
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So I've decided to get hard. This means I'm hardening the security around all the stuff that I do. I have decided that the only way forward for me it to start getting into my own circles of trust. I... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cobb
So I've decided to get hard. This means I'm hardening the security around all the stuff that I do. I have decided that the only way forward for me it to start getting into my own circles of trust. I... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cubegeek
I have heard it said that India made a great mistake in its acceptance of democracy in that it did exactly what LKY was arguing against. And Pakistan is even worse. The eclipse of the WASP American model can be considered a tragedy in that now the elite are not responsible to a commonly accepted upper class standard. There could be no clearer result than the relative triumph of Trump. Trump is the ass end of the unleashed 1%; we would have been marginally better off with Don King. Same body, different face. At least Don King has a sense of humor and is likable. The excesses of multiculturalism have practically erased the ideal of a common culture. The good news is that it now has nowhere to go, except the extremes joked about by reactionary conservatives, recognition of bisexual animals, et al. But there once was a time in America when Sidney Poitier and Duke Ellington were standard bearers in our E Pluribus Unum ideals. That realm of cultural discipline is rising, I think, in my children's generation. They don't have the luxury of a fat juicy economy and they are quite aware of the consequences of choices. Unfortuntatley many of them are only thinking of choice of food, drugs and clothing. They are not a separatist culture, so much as they are a squeamish one. But they are also linearly aligned with us, my gerenartion. So I am sanguine that extended family and social organizations will rise in significance. When the welfare state breaks, there will be hell to pay, but there will be new networks of strength.
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2016 on Civil Rights Overreach at Cobb
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Q. What was the most significant tactical error committed by the civil rights activists, and why? Clearly, the problem of racism remains despite the tremendous efforts made by the civil rights activists. What are some of the things that the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Cobb
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This being my technical blog, I feel yet again as I have been not communicating to a class of readers that I should. So it is with that healthy sense of paranoia that I add the SECPAR category to this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Cubegeek
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I've been hearing a lot of talk about how racist candidate Trump is. Here's the thing. Nobody seems to have a specific concern about Trump actually using some government agency to undo what anti-racism Obama did. It's all just ass-kissing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Cobb
This week, amongst all of the noisome volume slurking along the information superhighwayz, I extracted just enough to turn my stomach against Donald Trump. He's been dancing around the nuclear options. It reminds me of the broke virgin pretending to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at Cobb
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I just put together a quick casual video covering five questions about trends in markets and customers that we're seeing. It's nice to see that our experience is exactly dovetailing with theresearch put out by Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant . Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Cubegeek
I get my Kindle in the pocket. Nice.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2016 on My Cargo Cult at Cobb
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I've been told that cargo shorts are out. Sometimes we get annoyed out here in California that New Yorkers are truly disturbed and misled, but I have come to understand how Gotham's residents are presided over by a clique of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Cobb
XRepublic is over here: http://www.mdcbowen.org/p5/xrstatic/index.htm
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2016 on Supercomputer Blues at Cubegeek
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from the archives October 2005 I named the big one Potter and the little one Hagid. We're running benchmarks from Snape. Potter is a temperamental one, doesn't like my 32bit text editor and won't synch IDs from my database to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Cubegeek
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Doc speaks in an open letter to Pops. Time to speak up. To keep nation from dissolving into civil unrest, I think it is imperative that people of good conscience stand up and loudly counter violent voices stirring for race... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Cobb
When they're not (ab)used by sociologists and political pollsters and people who live on government subsidies. The statistics I use to monitor the performance of my software are accurate. The statistics my customer uses to make sure their planes don't fall out of the sky are accurate.
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Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self: in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which one's nakedness can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Cobb
You try to bite lines, but rhymes are mine Youse a sucker MC in a pair of Calvin Klein Comin from the wackest, part of town Tryin to rap up but you can't get down You don't even know your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Cobb
Eli was not a prophet. He was a soldier. His duty was to his mission, but that mission was not to evangelize or gather a following. He did not want company, but he took pity. He was a courier, a messenger, a means to an end. A sojourner in truth, with the blessing of his faith, but a traveler nonetheless. I think Eli had great faith in his mission, surely he had to succeed or die trying. Did he risk both for the life of the girl? Probably so. Because he didn't have a map. He didn't seem knowledgeable but only faithful that somewhere West there was an outpost of civilization, somewhere his message would be received in the proper spirit. He realized, I think, that the lessons of his message were expressed in his will and demeanor. So he could stare down the bald man who might have shot him, and perhaps he figured out that might be all he could be, the silent martyr. Having fulfilled his mission, I can't see it otherwise than that Eli would share his warrior's way with his young charge and with the Alcatraz monastery. Thus he could die happy. But I think he never took it upon himself to be a priest.
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2016 on A Libertarian Stoic Principle Explained at Cobb
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Eli was a man in possession of a sacred truth, which lying dormant in his mind he was singularly unable to share with anyone and effect change. He was a monk without a monastery.
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2016 on A Libertarian Stoic Principle Explained at Cobb
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One of the most frustrating things about being a race man is that most of America is primarily educated and convinced about comparative racial statistics based upon a theory of proportional representation. It is a fallacious line of thinking that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Cobb
People have been telling me today about a guy named Tim Scott who has presented some confession in the context of all the deadly lynch mobs roaming America looking for black flesh to char under the color of authority. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Cobb
That history was a narrative invented by the first generation of blacks to establish Black Studies in American universities. But people who don't know it are under no obligation to believe it. Everybody has a theory. I'm avoiding theory.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2016 on Obligatory Seriousness on Dallas Snipers at Cobb
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The Guild of Alcatraz in what Eli was seeking. It survived the holocaust. It wasn't the government, it wasn't the random tyrant. It had nothing to do with the prior government. It wasn't a church.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2016 on A Libertarian Stoic Principle Explained at Cobb
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