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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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All the boffins are trying to scientifically explain something that doesn't require much explanation. People who can't stay alive must die.
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I am deeply under the influence of A. Solzhenitsyn. Just like Americans forget the WW2's Eastern Front, we forget how government education is actually practiced in China and in the Soviet Union. These are the hundreds of millions that have been essentially politically educated by the government, and then starved. How do you educate a peasant? You make him a Soviet. Americans are complete and total victims of Walmart. 100 years ago Americans knew how to provide for themselves. Now they have been educated out of that into a false sense of security that everyone who gets an [expensive] college education can and will get a well-paying bourgie job. It's simply not sustainable. The US will either revert back to a 1950s standard of living, exploit the shit out of the rest of the planet or collapse. It's not that the 1% are corrupt, it's that the 99% are completely dependent on the 1% not being corrupt AND that the 1% have made a good deal with the rest of the world to provide Americans with the basics we are too stupid to provide for ourselves. Everybody can't have a white collar job. Period. America has given up its blue collar and agricultural skills in a 100% leap of faith in the global system. Why are Americans afraid of Chinese and Mexicans? Because they are doing the work that Americans used to be able to do with minimum government interference. America has outsourced its middle class. It's very clear to me, for example, that women who need very expensive hospitals in which to bear children are much more vulnerable than women who don't. Don't you see the helmets on all the kids with bikes?
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Vanity Fair published a whole bunch of statistics about blacks and police. So people think they are doing a lot of thinking about the subject. So here is my simple question. Can you identify racial bias? I don't want to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cobb
Q: Are conservatives aware most things they want to conserve were at one time things liberals promoted and a previous generation of conservative opposed? A: Like most conversations in the public sphere this is one that is only informed by... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cobb
Interesting. What's interesting to me is how well modern authorities has established an aristocracy of ease. This is a recurring theme for me which has to do with the hegemony of modern life. Liberty, which we all take for granted, or expect as the defense of human rights is tied to the apparatus of legislation. Legislation in 'support' of liberty thus establishes minimum requirements for the defense of 'human rights'. That is to say that to run afoul of regulation becomes a crime against humanity. In this, the state becomes an agency which monopolizes the use of force, but also those definitions of 'free man'. People accept this as the only social contract that exists. It isn't the Marxist approriation of property which is such the great crime, but the appropriation of the definition of a citizen, which flies away from the individual into the arms of a policed state. Whether or not Marxists violate property rights, they have appropriated man's ability to define himself away from the system itself. The panic over Brexit is the same sense of loss by technocrats of the definition of a proper arrangement between the 'global economy' and the individual, whose path through it they have predefined. And yet the fundamental alienation of people to themselves is being lost. Everyone moves to the city to become X collar workers, and the infrastructure of civilization is more and more subject to regulatory capture. This is why banking defies gravity, it is why everything modern seems to defy gravity. They are literally inhuman. It has become about systems and man's relation to systems. The System is the World. There is thus a scientific and professional and disciplined aristocracy who will claim that individuals will not be able to survive the collapse of any logical system they build. And when the people turn away and the system is in danger of collapse, they echo their siren call "Do Not Try This At Home". And who should know better, the person who built the home or the one who rents to own it? Why the engineer of course. And only an uncivilized person would live anyplace not engineered.
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2016 on How Phil Agre Was Wrong About Conservatism at Cobb
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Q: What books can I read to change my life? A: Well if you have a daughter, then I highly recommend “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters” It will give you words for things you know in your gut to be true,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Cobb
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My initial thoughts were 'This is the end of the nation-state as we know it'. When Colin Powell argued against that position, saying that rogue actors make nation-states even more important than ever, I held that initial thought in abeyance.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at Cobb
I have noticed several things about myself, and given that I have not been given a biographer, it is necessary for me to do so. Unfortunately through a series of random events shaping my life in that particular way I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at Cobb
I would depend partly upon a level of obscurity. Which is to say, I would announce the existence of myself in outer circles, but reveal myself another way on inner circles. The trick there is essentially a whitelist. So you would have to be in the circle, then communicate with the outer door which is public, I would then forward only whitelisted accounts to the obscure channel. So you could DDOS my public door (which lives at Google) but you wouldn't know my alternate channel which is obscure. So someone who knew my alternate channel would have to spill the beans. There's a point at which, depending on how paranoid I decide to be, I create my own trusted intermediaries for each person on the whitelist. So I would only accept double wrapped presents. My deadman notification would be generated by my own trusted intermediary. It would be a hell of a hack to find it if I made it work against a particular timed pattern. Hmmm.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2016 on Circles of Trust at Cobb
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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 Aug 27, 2016 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 Aug 26, 2016 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 Aug 26, 2016 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 Aug 25, 2016 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 Aug 25, 2016 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