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#12

I think we went astray when we gave courts the ability to deal economic punishment. Courts have two methods of punishing people, but they are measured differently. Time and Money. I think one should be enough or that they should be measured and treated comparatively.

If the punishment in time can be shortened due to people not having much time or being sick, why should economic punishment not be treated similarly. Currently it is not economic punishment is delivered at the rate of the economic damage without regard for the defendants wealth.

Food for thought, someone commits a crime, receives a comparatively harsh economic punishment but no time, wins the lottery the next day.

#11

RIP eco

Umberto Eco on operating systems and religion, in 1994: 

The fact is that the world is divided between users of the Macintosh computer and users of MS-DOS compatible computers. I am firmly of the opinion that the Macintosh is Catholic and that DOS is Protestant.

Indeed, the Macintosh is counterreformist and has been influenced by the "ratio studiorum" of the Jesuits. It is cheerful, friendly, conciliatory, it tells the faithful how they must proceed step by step to reach - if not the Kingdom of Heaven - the moment in which their document is printed. It is catechistic: the essence of revelation is dealt with via simple formulae and sumptuous icons. Everyone has a right to salvation. 

DOS is Protestant, or even Calvinistic. It allows free interpretation of scripture, demands difficult personal decisions, imposes a subtle hermeneutics upon the user, and takes for granted the idea that not all can reach salvation. To make the system work you need to interpret the program yourself: a long way from the baroque community of revelers, the user is closed within the loneliness of his own inner torment. 

You may object that, with the passage to Windows, the DOS universe has come to resemble more closely the counterreformist tolerance of the Macintosh. It's true: Windows represents an Anglican-style schism, big ceremonies in the cathedral, but there is always the possibility of a return to DOS to change things in accordance with bizarre decisions..... 

And machine code, which lies beneath both systems (or environments, if you prefer)? Ah, that is to do with the Old Testament, and is Talmudic and cabalistic.

#10

Going to Lisabon, preperations ned to be made.

#9

Deleted my facebook account. Logged in 4 times 2015. 2016 is twitter and email.

#8

I complained about banks before. Se #4, but this takes the cake

#7

You are not your brain,
You are a story your brain tells itself

[click the link, how do you know you do not want to]

#6
Went to copenhagen for new years eve, despite the many problems of 2015 from ebola, pervasive surveillance to widespread corruption, some bits of it were fun [see below]. However, I hope, 2016 will be better. If not, you better at the very least donate to doctors without borders and wikipedia.

 

#5

Overheard in in Korea:
American: People who are bothered by other peoples opinions are the worst; I wonder if the irony was apparent

Also this: Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former chief of staff was quoted as saying:  > You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before. At least he's honest about his political opportunism.

 

#4

You have to love the banks, why fix something when we can offload the responsibility onto our customers? I mean we could fix the bankcards on an infrastructure level. Instead we focus on swipe pay and making the stealing easier and offload security on the customers. This is not something new.

https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/research/security/banking/nopin/oakland10chipbroken.pdf

http://www.wired.com/2015/10/x-ray-scans-expose-an-ingenious-chip-and-pin-card-hack/

#3

Went to Korea

 

Food was not my thing, some things were ok, but the food was a dark shadow and in general it was a nightmare.

#2

Went to spain

#1

Went to Paris, Eifel tower


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