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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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It occurs to me that AWS is way ahead of this game because they've already figured out how to bill for Lambda. It might be very hard to do this where every microservice charges a different rate and pays a different devteam.
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A couple weeks ago, something profound occurred to me about enterprise software. I realized that when it is priced by server or by processor, that it's a ripoff. When it is priced by data usage, it's a bargain. You are... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cubegeek
COINTELPRO It's probably the most famous classified operation of the US Security agencies known to man. At the moment the details are hazy to me, though known to be sinister and sneaky. Of course that's what intelligence services do. So... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cubegeek
http://www.overcomingbias.com/2016/12/this-ai-boom-will-also-bust.html Tolja
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Headcounts at Cubegeek
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"An honest public servant can't become rich in politics." - Harry Truman So I asked a rhetorical question several years ago about the perfect President. The matter surrounded the perfection of intellectual and social attractiveness of a candidacy as contrasted... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Cobb
Sheila Bair is my guidepost, along with Zingales through all of the subprime mess. Bair correctly notes that banking has become outsized in the economy as a percentage of revenue of GDP. I think that's about to change, depending upon... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Cobb
The Boohab was performance art. http://mdcbowen.org/p2/bf/ Boohab's Factotum is a phrase I haven't spoken in at least 10 years. The Old School was definitely me and something I wrestled with a lot. The Core Values are still the same, but I don't feel the need to evangelize. If Obama had turned out to be a different President, I might have given politics a second chance. Now I tend to look at American politics like I look at hiphop. To quote Lauren Hill, "I used to love him, now I don't". There is an aspect of Cobb that was always written as a work in progress for a peek at my own thinking's evolution. Now I think I do that a bit better. I don't follow currents so much as I look at the implications of worldviews in conflict. If this Stoic perspective works out, then I can jump meta and do worldviews in conflict directly. For now I'm doing it from the perspective of a traveler who has had to put on different suits of armor over time. Yes I am perfecting that armor, but I still lament all the changes I have had to go through just to keep a smile on my face. Over the past five years, the Peasant Theory and the Martial Education have helped me understand more of the infrastructure of the world and what doesn't change at the heart of things. And yet I find myself amazed at the extent to which American opinion is so very fluid and contingent. I'm not sure I know exactly what to do with that.
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This will be the first time I am trying to articulate something I find to be deeply profound. Thus, future selves, try to understand the spirit in which it is given. The provocation is probably first with the Moldbug Reactionaries,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Cobb
I believe there are many tens of thousands of us who have come to this sort of recognition and have begun down a road of antifragility. It is my intent to establish networks of trust among us and that these networks will provide a new backbone of communicating for the purposes of friendship & society, news & education, commerce & entrepreneurial collaboration. A new Pony Express. I don't expect to be alone or prepping for some total calamity. Niall Ferguson's documentation of the Rothschilds in Europe helped me to understand that smart money will see bad times ahead and panic will not be necessary. This is just a matter of crafting umbrellas to weather the storm.
Toggle Commented Nov 21, 2016 on Books for the American Man at Cobb
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The Conservative Brotherhood lasted a good 4 or 5 years I guess. I started my blog 'Cobb' in '02 having retired from another project called Vision Circle. Vision Circle was my last attempt at advancing a Progressive anti-racist black partisan... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Cobb
Glad I can help. The interesting thing about stoicism is that I kind of stumbled onto it because I was halfway there in my attitude and outlook anyway. It was more of something that I now gave a name to but sort of already knew. When i was going to meetups, the guys there pointed me to Epictetus and I realized that it was their personalities that made it as boring as you think it would be. Then I listened to a podcast or two on Seneca and that was it. I got it. But here's the thing. I have been aiming towards a martial education for myself for the past 4 or 5 years. So I went to the citizens police academy, the community emergency response training and I got into the FBI citizens academy. I basically asked myself serious questions about the zombie apocalypse. What degree of deprivation could I face? So I was asking about a fascist America 8 years ago. That's part of what got me understanding the futility that voters are feeling right now. And it makes perfect sense once you start thinking about what one would do to prepare for war, on how obviously helpless most people would feel if their slogans and tweets and votes didn't change the world. Duh. How about you learn how the electric grid works? Now the sillies want to abolish the electoral college. Day late. Dollar short. Lack of preparation. Too much wishful thinking for positive change. The solution for me is stoicism. Knowing with reasonable certainty what can go wrong. Also the other half of this is risk management. So really the best books I could possibly recommend are by Nassim Taleb. It helps you to look at and understand the downside of every situation. What matters is that you do that ahead of time.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2016 on Books for the American Man at Cobb
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The American middle class has front row seats to antics of a disconnected elite who rule over their society in irreplaceable ways. Social media is overrun with that which is genuinely better and genuinely reactionary trash, but the format of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Cobb
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmdxYTyrI-E
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2016 on Obligatory Seriousness on Election 2016 at Cobb
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I think Trump is a thin-skinned bastard. He reminds me of a Chinese mafioso. But let's extend the mafia metaphor. You can probably bet your life that all the concrete in the Empire State Building was provided by the Mafia. But that's not the point. The point is that it got built and it was the right thing to build. So when you want to attack corruption, you need to think about what is the right thing to build and what is going to get it built? I think Trump will be way better with 'shovel ready' projects than Obama, but let's see what he builds. I fully expect him to piss off the wrong people and piss off the right people. But I don't know what problems he's going to solve, except maybe to shine some very fierce light on inside politics. He had better get a good press secretary, that's all I can say. Again, I don't care at all about the man's personality. I don't require very much at all, nor do I expect very much at all from domestic politics. For me it's all about the Great Game, and the fact that Trump is a pugilistic antagonist might be what we can use for a few years, but he's got all the subtlety of a stuck pig, and I think he's going to get played. I can see some very ballsy characters sticking around to advise him and that may be all the nation needs, but the fact of the matter is that Obama got played by Russia, and the only way to avoid that is to keep the sharpest folks on your team. Let's see who on earth will stand up to be on his team, and if he can actually take advise well. Trump's Chief of Staff. Who? Before we know that, we don't know jack. The election is over.
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2016 on Obligatory Seriousness on Election 2016 at Cobb
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"How many programmers does it take to change a lightbulb?" "None. That's a hardware problem" -- old joke What a lovely thing is work. Putting your brain to somebody else's business and being paid to do so is the desire... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Cubegeek
"How many programmers does it take to change a lightbulb?" "None. That's a hardware problem" -- old joke What a lovely thing is work. Putting your brain to somebody else's business and being paid to do so is the desire... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Cobb
As much as people love to freak out about machine learning, AI and data science, sometimes all we really need is a good, reliable accurate count. Computers are actually pretty damned good at 52 Pickup. So these days in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Cubegeek
I've been abusing history lately because I don't have the luxury of spending time with people who think like me. So I've been hunting among authors and books for stories that give me some feeling of what it's like to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Cobb
I first heard of Consul sitting over a wooden table in New Orleans three summers ago. I understood about 27.5% of what was being said, but the fact that it was said with such excitement was clearly impressive. I know... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Cubegeek
So my first idea about blockchain is that you open up applications at the lowest level, or perhaps at agreed-upon aggregations, and spew it out for on-chain or off-chain management. My interest in blockchain is primarily about attaching proper off-chain... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at Cubegeek
Some business prophet once said that 'The medium is the message'. I'm not quite sure I believed him. For decades even. I was all about the content. What a person knew was more important than the way they came to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at Cubegeek
The point which needs concession is that if Bitcoin weren't worth money, its infrastructure wouldn't be built so well. The warning is that just because a currency is metric, as opposed to Imperial, doesn't make it superior. All Bitcoin can... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Cubegeek
At Full360, we have developed a best practice around our design of greenfield and re-engineered DW applications. The following is a high level guide to how we accomplish this in Vertica. Vertica optimization is something we have pursued with vigor... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at Cubegeek
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Q: Why do judges and prosecutors push back against data-driven decisionmaking? A: I would hope that they do so for the same reasons I would do so as a professional with over 25 years of building data-driven business systems. People... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at Cobb
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The wildly anticipated videogame No Man's Sky is a failure. It's greatest feature is its greatest failure. It promises that its universe is procedurally generated. That means the developers didn't actually draw all of the heads on all of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at Cobb