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As I mentioned earlier, Richard Stallman is an extreme example of the computer nerd personality type, and also a heroic architect of the not-for-profit software movement. Now Stallman has been MeTooed, but not for anything he did, but for defending another genius, Marvin Minsky.

The cadre who went after Stallman is Selam Gano. From Inside Higher Ed:

Selam Gano, a robotics engineering MIT graduate, arguably set Stallman’s departure in motion last week when she published a post on Medium called “Remove Richard Stallman and Everyone Else Horrible in Tech.”

… Gano wrote that there are “so many things wrong” with Stallman’s email that she didn’t know where to begin.

Not surprisingly, Selam Gano is really fascinated by her hair:

Selam Gano ’18

My hair type is 3B (according to the naturally curly hair quiz, which I highly recommend: https://www.naturallycurly.com/quiz). Many people have multiple hair types on their head, so I’d say mine has kinda both 3B and 3C curls. My hair is medium-porosity, which is to say, it fairly easily accepts moisture and can keep it in for a couple days before I need to thoroughly condition my hair again. Low porosity hair typically has a tighter cuticle, and tends to be difficult to moisturize–some people find that conditioner only penetrates their hair strands with the aid of heat, such as shower steam, or they might use a heated conditioning cap.

My hair strands are also relatively thick, and my hair is quite dark in color–many people, when you look closely, have more visibly brown hair rather than almost-black. I think this comes from the Asian side of my family lol.

My routine uses almost exclusively TGIN (Thank God It’s Natural) products (though I’m in China right now, and so I’ve kinda just been using whatever I can find if I run out of something)

Normal day:

lightly wet hair throughout with spray bottle or fingers

apply TGIN Green Tea Super Moist Leave-In Conditioner

do some mild finger-detangling

(sometimes) apply hair oil, I usually use argan oil from ogx

My hair and my scalp (and my skin in general) is typically dry, so I wash my hair about every 3 days, and I shampoo maybe once a week. I also deep condition my hair

Wash day:

(if a shampoo day) shampoo using TGIN moisture rich sulfate-free shampoo

Condition with TGIN Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner

Thoroughly finger-detangle

deep-condition with TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask for 3-5 minutes/rest of shower (it should probably be longer but I am lazy). I rinse out maybe half the conditioner and leave the rest of the product in.

T-shirt dry–which is where I wrap my hair in a T-shirt and just let the T-shirt absorb the water for a while.

Apply leave-in and hair oil if needed

Extras:

If you have dandruff or a particularly itchy/dry scalp, I’d look into scalp scalers and scalp oils. A scalp scaler is really just a chemical exfoliator (your scalp is just skin, after all), so I use the same one I use for my face–The Ordinary 7% glycolic acid toner. Any AHA or BHA (alpha- or beta-hydroxy acid) should work fine. Aesop makes a fancy rinse-out scalp oil, you could probably use rosehip oil and be fine.

Tips:

I always finger detangle my hair. I rarely use a comb now. I don’t know where in the Culture Norms brushing your hair got linked to hygiene(?) but like, it’s just hair, for curly people especially, as long as all the knots you can feel are out, it’s fine. I occasionally will go through with a large-toothed comb to just really detangle everything, but I never use brushes or fine-toothed combs anymore–frizz and damage 😛

The important thing when drying your hair is to NEVER do that thing where you aggressively try and dry all the parts of your head by rubbing the towel all over the place (even if you have straight hair). Recipe for frizz and damage. Just wrap your hair and let the cloth absorb the water, it’s not the end of the world if it’s not completely dry (in my case that is greatly preferred actually). I typically use a T-shirt because the fibers aren’t as rough and it won’t catch on your curls, but if I’m lazy/traveling/clothes are scarce for some reason, a towel is fine too. I air-dry my hair after that, but if you want to use a blow-dryer I’d recommend using a diffuser, with low heat.

This is already too long so here’s my hair (and face):

And finally (shameless plug) here is an introspective blog post I wrote on Medium about hair.

 
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  1. Art Deco says:

    No bimbette ‘took down’ Stallman. The man did not have a regular faculty position at MIT and by some accounts received no salary. He either elected to leave in disgust or someone in a gatekeeper position insisted he formally resign. Dingbats don’t make this happen. Smarmy bureaucratic microbes do. And our problem is that the board of trustees consists of smarmy bureaucratic microbes as well. Nearly everywhere.

  2. Paul says:

    Selam Gano should be more concerned about the shape of her chin than about her hair.

    • Replies: @jamie b.
  3. This is just so perfect for our times. Neoliberalism’s version of Mao’s Red Guards take time out from their purges to fuss with their hair and push products. How darkly comical it all is. She should be an Instagram micro-celebrity who promotes “sponcon” (aka sponsored content) while she helps smash our inheritance.

    Orwell’s Animal Farm had a silly a frivolous female pony who eventually ran away from the revolutionary farm because she missed all the ribbons, brushing and attention the farmer gave. If Orwell were writing today, he’d have to come up with another animal to describe the Selam Gano type. He’d have to depict a pack of frivolous, vain and pampered attack dogs who successfully keep the farm animals from ever rebelling.

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    , @El Dato
  4. I think we can be confident that anyone who can devote that much thought to her hair is going to make enormous advances in robotics engineering once she puts her mind to it!

    • Agree: Aft
    • LOL: Autochthon, TWS
  5. Anon[395] • Disclaimer says:

    Cliff notes – “My hair is like steel wool. It feels and looks like crap”.

    • LOL: Kylie
  6. BillGates says:

    Richard Stallman was, and is, a software socialist. While billed as a genius, in fact he simply harnessed the idealism of socialists and libertarian incel nerds in the software development “community” to donate their work for free for various opensource projects, most of which found their way onto Githum, which we bought for $7.5BB, thereby making Github’s founders wealthy.

    Screw Richard Stallman.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @El Dato
  7. I just switched over to the CBC website and found a promo for this documentary taking up the top two-thirds of my screen:

    SHORT DOCS
    Nancy’s Workshop

    DESCRIPTION
    One Sunday a month, Nancy Falaise closes the doors of her Montreal hair salon to lead an intimate workshop for young girls of colour struggling with their curly hair.

    https://gem.cbc.ca/media/short-docs/season-1/episode-99/38e815a-011907b9229

    Our super smart managerial class chose to push these girls to the top of the stack and this is what they come up with.

  8. Stallman shilled for Epstein despite all the evidence, most likely out of tribal/jewish loyalty. She’s no hero and this is NOT a case of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Both people in this story are shitty.

    • Replies: @Nachum
    , @Anonymous
    , @El Dato
  9. Altai says:

    My parents never understood why I would get so upset when strangers on the street in Ethiopia would yell “China, China!” or when, just a month ago in Nanjing, some creepy guy asked, “Are you African? African-American?” I responded, “不是!我在南京长大!” I denied a part of myself because I hate the feeling of not belonging.

    In the place where I was born and raised for 20 years, I also feel alien. I have spent 20 years denying parts of myself to make it simpler for others to understand who I am.

    Yes, you have BPD, get therapy. 80,000 years of history won’t change if you just write enough Medium posts.

    • Replies: @Aft
  10. My routine: Normal day … Wash day … Extras … etc.

    Seems like a lot of work! Compared to her, I keep it simple:

    In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I’ll put on an ice pack. After I remove the ice pack, I use a deep pore cleansing lotion. In the shower, I use a water activated gel cleanser. Then a honey almond body scrub. And on the face, an exfoliating gel scrub. Then I apply an herb mint facial mask, which I leave on for ten minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an astringent with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion.

    [MORE]

  11. Dr. X says:

    “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a ̶b̶o̶o̶t̶ high heel stomping on the human face, forever.”

  12. A 2013 blog post by Greg Cochran:

    Nongqawuse

    https://westhunt.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/nongqawuse/

    First line: “Just in case you might be thinking that the United States is the craziest country that has ever existed, I thought I would mention the Xhosa famine.”

    Greg goes on to describe the Xhosa famine, along with a slightly less extreme example of lunacy on the part of the Portuguese.

    Greg’s conclusion: “So relax. We’re not Number One in the funny farm of nations.
    Not yet.”

    But we’re working on it.

  13. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    I prefer this version for some reason:

  14. Anonymous[358] • Disclaimer says:

    She’s Ethiopian (or Eritrean) and Chinese. She’s currently working at Triton Systems in Chelmsford, MA. I would peg her as primarily black. A black mix, but black. As Ann Coulter would say, “Our future is gonna be great!”

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/selam-gano-089895ba

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @BB753
    , @Herzog
  15. Perhaps not so off topic:

    LATE NIGHT WITH LILLY SINGH….And Lilly stated the very obvious in her opening monologue….

    Lilly Singh:”Hey White Guys….THE GREAT REPLACEMENT IS REAL…AND NONWHITE IMMIGRANTS ARE STEALING YOUR JOBS…..HA…..HA….HA!!!”……….Direct quote from Lilly’s opening monologue on NBC…..

    White Working Class Males are now being taunted on National TV by a street shitting SIHK from the TOILETS OF THE PUNJAB….

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  16. Here’s a cracking piece by the Joyce to her Beckett: You’re Going To Love My Balls

  17. “Remove Richard Stallman and Everyone Else Horrible in Tech.”….and let Me whip my hair and do the job:

  18. Altai says:

    I found myself surrounding myself with other foreigners too, in particular, African international students, who understand a similar “trauma” of being a black person in China.

    I take some Zambian friends to Hai Di Lao, a famous hot pot chain, and they laugh, saying only their Chinese friends take them to places like this — but I am Chinese, I remind them, I just also happen to be Ethiopian, and American. This is one of those places that few foreigners frequent. We enjoy dinner as a couple at another table spends their whole evening staring at us.

    I keep asking myself why, now that we’ve “succeeded”, we don’t move back. There is nothing like your own country and your own people. I do not have any “one” of my own, but my parents do. I know my father contemplates returning to Ethiopia, but my mother doesn’t wish to return to Shanghai. It’s so different now, she says.

    I keep meeting mixed people that I don’t actually get along with all that well — that is to say, I have rarely become very close friends with another person who identifies as mixed. This is often because mixed people share a very limited set of experiences — we understand what it’s like to feel lonely in a sharply categorized world, but it ends there. It’s always nice to come together once in a while with someone else who understands, but we do not necessarily share the same cultures or experiences, and we certainly may not have similar or compatible personalities. I meet one person who is Beninese and Slovakian, and talks about the struggle of Slovakians denying him his identity based on his skin color. But he has no attachment to Benin or the African continent, though he laments this. At the same time, he feels the same homelessness that I do, trying to overcome it by traveling many places and seeing if one sticks. “I want to go to South Africa — I’ve heard there’s the most mixed people in the world there.” I also want to go to South Africa some day, but not for this reason.

    I look back at what is behind me — opium wars and tea merchants, kingdoms and coffee farmers. Hard work and ambitious dreams, that keep coming up among us, generation after generation, despite defeat or difficulty, again and again.

    I look down at my hands — what has produced them? What did God see fit to bring together, to bring them here. And what might they, in turn, produce.

    I look out of my window; I look up at the sky; I look straight ahead. Where am I meant to go. What am I meant to do.

    I sketch a portrait of myself, an unfinished outline, uncertain of how to fill in what remains.

    I like how she admits “There is nothing like your own country and your own people. I do not have any “one” of my own, but my parents do.” but dedicates her life to making sure no white ethnicity is ever allowed to have this. Her BPD means she can’t just accept this like many other people of mixed ethnicity, she needs the whole of society to be changed so she can feel ‘accepted’. (She thinks, but she also mentions having nothing in common with other people on the basis of being ‘mixed’)

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @AnotherDad
  19. Years ago, after the bar exam here got hard, I was mentoring a new Black lawyer at the office. I mention the test because she was (and is) smart.

    She would change her hair all the time, sometimes day by day. And talk about it, but I mostly blocked it out. She was pretty good and picked things up fairly fast.

    A big part of what we do is disability/injury. Completely out of left field one day, while we were discussing a case of a guy with probably job related cancer that damaged his kidneys, she tells me that he needs to start taking alka seltzer. I thought she was making a race quip (the victim was Black). She wasn’t.

    A month or two later she was talking with the other new Black woman lawyer at the office prior to a big meeting. They were going to some big church group assembly in Detroit on the weekend, and were discussing getting all their older relatives down there to get the blessing water to cure them. They honestly thought blessed water and OTC meds and copper can cure people.

    Looking back the hair thing should have been a warning to me. I ended up feeling like I wasted a lot of time trying to explain the law and system to her.

  20. Sean says:

    My hair strands are also relatively thick, and my hair is quite dark in color–many people, when you look closely, have more visibly brown hair rather than almost-black. I think this comes from the Asian side of my family lol.

    ‘My hair is black hair that is actually black, bitches!’

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @Lurker
  21. Bugg says:

    What is it really necessary to post that hair dissertation? Makes me think of the 6th grade science projects of baking soda lava volcanoes.Anyone that self-involved who would put such nonsense on the internet about themselves needs to be quiet for a while.

  22. El Dato says:

    Normal day:

    lightly wet hair throughout with spray bottle or fingers; apply TGIN Green Tea Super Moist Leave-In Conditioner

    Special day:

    Throroughly remove from premises faculty members who are horrible

    The emotion when you are actually a Vulcan …

    Two current MIT students, Ben Oberlin [Afro-American] and Vincent Anioke [Nigerian], recently wrote two beautiful posts on the MIT Admissions Blog about the feelings of Black people throughout the United States [how do they know?]. I finally read both of their stories after weeks of struggling to avoid the news and opinion editorials, and thought to myself, It’s time.

    But, as I lay in bed attempting to type a draft of this essay on my phone, I realized . . . I couldn’t do it.

    I just couldn’t.

    CHILL THE HELL OUT.

    Are all blacks and semi-blacks angry all the time and rooting for ETERNAL PHILANDRO CASTILE and of the opinion that everything is about THE ME? Should these people consider that they are still a bit on the young side and reduce the level of angry blogging (and that the textbook has a few inches left to work through)? I dunno. Possibly. In the old times, one could ignore all this stuff because the only way the angry ones could reach you were through flyers and protest marches.

    M. Anioke writes:

    Time after time I have to come to face the fact that I am still not on equal ground to those that are around me. Time after time I have to face the fact that even after I leave MIT, I will be black first and whatever else second , if at all. Time after time I have to be aware of the fact that very few of my peers will ever understand a day in my life [pro-tip: that’s the case for anyone]. Yet time after time I will do everything I can to fight for equality for my race. So next time a comment comes up saying “Racism is dead, they are angry over perceived slights.”, remember this post. Remember a little bit of what it is like in the life of a black person.

    LESS DRAMA PLEASE. Life is not like a JJ ABRAMS STAR TREK MOVIE.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
    , @Nachum
  23. @Art Deco

    Stallman resigned from Free Software Foundation board and presidency too.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  24. mmack says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    And here I was thinking my beauty routine of Irish Spring soap, Suave shampoo, Barbasol shaving cream and a Bic razor was too intense.

  25. But enough about other things, let’s talk about me! This young woman is every bit as bat shit crazy as Stallman, just in a different way.

  26. @Harry Baldwin

    Maybe she’s working on this:

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @TWS
    , @bored identity
    , @Not Raul
  27. bjondo says:

    These M & F robotics/AI engineers geniuses
    should all be removed to a place
    where their genius can be contained, neutralized –
    an island resort like Guantanamo or zoo cages.

    They seem intent on improving life
    by having the employed replaced
    and life turned into something meaningless.

    Screw ’em all: Minsky, Stallman, miss hair, ilk.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  28. Pericles says:

    Lol, that’s a lot of information about her hair and it’s just part one of a series.

    One question though … does she mind if we touch it?

    • LOL: ben tillman
  29. El Dato says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Great Asian Artist Masamume Shirow (at least before he discovered Photoshoppe) found a good reason to justify hair on military robots back in the 80s:

    This is the “Mario(nette)-66” if I remember correctly.

    “Always remember, a machine is just a machine!”

  30. El Dato says:
    @Sean

    No-one can come close to the vengeful spirit of really long, really smooth, really black east asian hair.

    “Sararyman: Doomed”

  31. Aft says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    As Michelle Obama says, “they are not that smart”. Even in STEM fields, I have to agree.
    There is nothing I have seen a man in tech do that a woman could not. What’s more, the woman would probably be less egotistical and more team-oriented about it.

    The woman (or supposed woman) who couldn’t pass her bar exam the first time thinks the engineers who gave us modern civilization and technology aren’t that smart. No matter how high her testosterone may be, Michelle couldn’t pass a single semester at MIT.

    And what did egotistical and not the most team oriented ever get us, besides iEverything….

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    , @sayless
  32. Forget about the hair, girlfriend. I want to know her grooming tips for her tentacles, claws, mandibles, and feelers. How do you handle a Bad Hideous Wings Day, sistah?

  33. Aft says:

    Her online post:

    of what institutions should do going forward, how we can sustainably purge and rebuild.
    1. Richard Stallman has problematic opinions.

    There’s that word again.

    //

    I even started emailing reporters — local and national, news sites, newspapers, radio stations. I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

    Hopefully every employer out there is smart enough to stear clear of this troublemaker. A few hours a day on her hair and the rest of the time spent contemplating how to “purge and rebuild” doesn’t leave a lot of time for engineering.

  34. Well, the quote Gano wrote is…right. That’s what I’ve been saying all the time.

    “ . . . but, if we could modify our genes so we could look or do anything, don’t you think everyone would just want to be white?” — MIT Biology Student

  35. we need more affirmative action Negress Asians

  36. Hhsiii says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Ha. I use a $1 bottle of suave. And contrary to her advice dry by rubbing with a towel. Brush about 5 strokes all in all, part left to right.

    Takes about a minute and no thought at all. Every now and then I forget if I washed my hair or not.

    55 years old, no bald spot and no gray hair, just a few stray white hairs if you look closely, which I don’t.

  37. Aft says:

    Stillman: We can imagine many scenarios, but the most plausible scenario is thatshe presented herself to him as entirely willing. Assuming she was
    being coerced by Epstein, he would have had every reason to tell herto conceal that from most of his associates

    Hair engineer: …and then he says that an enslaved child could, somehow, be “entirely willing”.

    Not as good at reading as she may be math.

    In my mind I look at all these people, a crowd that is gathered. And in my mind, I stand up and I scream at them. I would put my hands around their shoulders and shake sense into all of them, individually, if I had enough time and enough hands

    She also seems to have a master plan to assault via shaking all the men in tech she seems “problematic”. Perhaps that was her original motivation for this whole robotics engineer thing….

    https://medium.com/@selamie/remove-richard-stallman-fec6ec210794

    • Replies: @Aft
    , @Jack D
    , @Autochthon
    , @Nachum
  38. Lurker says:
    @Sean

    I think this comes from the Asian side of my family lol.

    That entirely redundant “lol” there, after a statement which is totally lacking in humour, is a curse of the Current Year.

    • LOL: Hail
  39. Aft says:
    @Aft

    At least Richard Stallman is not accused of raping anyone. But is that our highest standard? The standard that this prestigious institution holds itself to? If this is what MIT wants to defend; if this is what MIT wants to stand for, then, yes, burn it to the ground.

    So someone sent an email she’s not mature enough to handle (or quite able to fully understand) and she immediately leaps to “burn it to the ground”

    And in closing:

    I don’t regret a thing. ✌🏽

    The new emoji for “I’m (part) black and female so I’m entitled to throw an absolute fit about how I want to commit mass assault and arson over a legalistic quibbling over terms in an email… Look at who has the privilege now whitey!”

  40. Ibound1 says:

    I very much doubt Richard Stallman would be accepted as a student at MIT today. He would be one more very weird white American guy to Admissions. He might not be admitted anywhere. In Israel or China they would at least put him in some kind computer hacking army unit.

    And in his place America would get the author of this:

    “What good are resume reviews if you’ll only get hired because you’re a “hot mixed girl”?

    That’s a quote.

    Do you think Richard Stallman ever worried, even once, about resume reviews?

  41. neir says:

    Stallman would have supported #metoo like most democrats, so why should anyone feel sympathy for him?

    • Replies: @Anon
  42. Bimbette? Not hardly.

    Bimbo/bimbette has always meant a pretty but not very bright woman who does not hold to terribly high standards of sexual morality.

    This woman is not pretty. She may be a skank, dingbat, or harridan, but she’s no bimbo/bimbette.

    Has anyone ever before heard of a non-white woman being described as a bimbo?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  43. To a large extent this is yet another example of the left eating its own. If liberal straight white men can’t see the handwriting on the wall, they’re hopeless. It’s in flashing neon lights.

    Stallman is not married and has no children. He’s passionately encouraged others to join him in genetic suicide. If the next generation is dominated by mental mediocrities like Selam Gano, he has no right to complain.

    Lastly, it’s frustrating how wealthy conservatives pour billions of dollars every year into liberal universities instead of creating their own institutions. Conservatives could have a meaningful slice of academia if we had just a little foresight and determination.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  44. Altai says:
    @Lurker

    It’s a tick that denotes her being uncomfortable yet obsessed with her mixed ancestry. She wants it to mean nothing because then she wouldn’t feel uncomfortable not being anything. Yet it does mean a lot and has always meant a lot as she was forced to confront when she lived in both her parents homelands and America.

  45. Jack D says:

    Human race crosses are kind of like hybrid dog breeds (e.g. the labradoodle), in that they combine the characteristics of the parent races in ways that are sometimes felicitous and sometimes not, like the hypothetical Einstein- Marilyn Monroe offspring who might have her father’s brains and her mother’s looks or might have the opposite. I am not talking about just physical appearance but also about mental characteristics and by mental characteristics I mean not just intelligence (which, boringly, tends to be just more or less the average of the parental IQs) but personality characteristics.

    So here we have (what I think is) some kind of Asian-Black cross. When this goes well you get, for example, Tiger Woods, who combines the physical strength and coordination of the black with the mental focus of the Asian. When this goes poorly, you get Selam, who combines the self centeredness of the black female with the analytical abilities of the Asian, so that she is able (and willing) to develop elaborate, ritualized hair care routines and write 3 pages essays about the care and texture (type 3B!) of her hair.

    If I had to predict the nature of the future Chavez or Mugabe who will someday unleash the apocalypse on America as these men did on their own homelands, he is going to be some sort of bad cross like that – he is going to be an Obama gone bad (not just a little bad like Obama but REALLY bad). He (or she) is going to combine the brutality and violence of the African with the intelligence and organizational abilities of the white or the Asian.

  46. Clyde says:

    First time I have seen these photos of this evil little witch. This is what she is, a witch. Consumed by jealousy of her white superiors like Stallman. But from the photo I saw a few days ago the first thing that hit me was her huge hairdo. No surprise she is pontificating today about her hair, which white girls/women don’t do nearly as much (pontificate) as the blacks and browns. Whites don’t have to because straight manageable hair is the best and all the off-whites wish they had it. Along with white skin of course.

    I am pissed because little witch here robbed spergy Stallman of two slots he fit in perfectly for years. Lefties and multiKulties are stupid clones. So non-creative so, so dull, so envious they try and rob others of their achievements and hard earned, through hard work glory.

  47. @Buzz Mohawk

    ” Richard Stallman was a bad dude. And he ran a bunch of bad boys…”

    • Replies: @Kronos
  48. Kylie says:

    So bimbette=the usual mixed female with features like melted candle wax and hair like a Brillo pad who’s decided it’s everyone else’s fault (but mostly white people’s) that she’s so unattractive.

  49. SFG says:
    @Jack D

    I wouldn’t make too much of combining the stereotypes to reflect a new one. It enables you to tell fun stories about your heritage (“Italian fire and Irish gab!”), but that’s it.

    Stereotypes reflect group averages, nothing more. Hybrid offspring will have an average intermediate between the groups. Breeding Jews and Asians could create a hybrid with great spatial and verbal abilities, but most of the time you’ll just get vaguely-smart, vaguely-neurotic kids who do well in school (particularly given that the parents for that particular mix tend to meet at prestigious schools).

    Selam probably picked up enough math genes (which are more common in Asians, yes) to get into MIT (albeit under AA), but the self-centeredness is seen quite commonly among everyone. The particular form it took reflects the fact that women have a particular avenue to exploit that which men do not right now.

    As for genocide, full-blooded Africans have shown themselves pretty competent at that, as have full-blooded Europeans. Humans are made to fight wars with other family groups.

  50. @Harry Baldwin

    Maybe she’ll mesh her two disciplines and become the world’s first robolovedoll billionairess! Her post-June Cleaver feminasty attitude fuels her potential market. An initial pubic offering, if you will. The first hairstyle could be called the Stepford Wave.

    Plus, tangentially, there’s this: https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/why-are-so-many-tier-1-college-girls-turning-soft-prostitution

  51. keypusher says:

    OT: In the spirit of All Emmett Till, All The Time, an Atlantic story on how UT used standardized testing to restrict the number of blacks admitted in the 1950s.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/how-ut-used-standardized-testing-to-slow-integration/597814/

  52. SFG says:
    @Kylie

    I always thought it was an odd term, given that the original (‘bimbo’) referred to a female and ‘-ette’ usually refers to a female version of something that’s usually or originally male. But slang moves in mysterious ways.

  53. Clyde says:

    fwiw… The name Salem comes up as Ethiopian. My guess, she is an Ethiopian x East Asian cross. Ignore the Gano in her name. Her middle name Jie looks NE Asian. Jie is North Chinese? Korean?

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  54. @SFG

    Let’s not forget that Asians have been quite good at genocide as well. Genghis Khan, Tojo and Mao to name a few. Pol Pot wiped out about 1/2-1/3 of his own people. Idiot.

  55. Jack D says:
    @Art Deco

    There is another name for smarmy bureaucratic microbes who are nearly everywhere: humans. Frail, flawed humans. Greedy selfish humans who are more concerned with saving their own asses than with matters of principle. Cowardly humans who know that if they resist the Selams of the world, they will put themselves in the crosshairs as well. WHY are you defending the wrecker Stallman so vigorously? Perhaps there is something in your own background that we should look into as well?

    There is also another kind of human – the brave heroic individual who is willing to risk it all. The man who will stand in front of the tanks and miraculously the tank column will stop and not just roll over him. But such individuals are one in a million.

    Look at the Cultural Revolution (not our current one but the one in China in the ’60s – the one that set them back decades and from which, in some respects they may never recover, just as Europe has never really recovered from WWI). The Red Guards did not act alone – they were given impetus and endorsement by Mao. The bureaucrats who threw their subordinates overboard could have (hypothetically) said no and tried to protect their colleagues but they were cowards and thought that any effort to defend them (as Stallman tried to defend his dead friend Minsky) would have only gotten themselves purged too, or at least they thought so and weren’t going to test this. Now if EVERYONE had been brave and presented a united front, perhaps the Red Guards could have been resisted (Zhou Enlai prevented the Red Guards from destroying the priceless treasures of the Forbidden City). But the tactic of the Revolution is divide and conquer. As Alinsky said, “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

    So we know that Selam is just a mindless Red Guard, waving her Little Red Book. Her Little Red Book contains hair care tips and is even more idiotic than the original – proving Marx’s maxim that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. And we know that Stallman is just a victim who (with luck) will someday be posthumously rehabilitated. And we know that the smarmy bureaucratic microbes of MIT and the Free Software Foundation are the same cowards that populate the bureaucracies of the world everywhere and in all eras. But who is our Mao, who is sending children like Selam off on this crusade?

  56. To be fair to her, I too am interested in what sort of hair a black/Asian hybrid would have. It seems that it is the typical Asian texture yet still curly, which I would not have anticipated.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  57. @SFG

    Seems like it ought to be bimba for a woman and bimbo for a man. What’s the origin?

    Or maybe we should push for the gender-neutral [email protected] or bimbx?

    • Replies: @istevefan
  58. @Art Deco

    No bimbette ‘took down’ Stallman. … Smarmy bureaucratic microbes do.

    I dunno. Did Princip start World War I?

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
  59. @Kylie

    … the usual mixed female with features like melted candle wax and hair like a Brillo pad who’s decided it’s everyone else’s fault (but mostly white people’s) that she’s so unattractive.

    She looks like a female version of how Hiro Protagonist is described as looking in Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash.

    Maybe she’s also a swordswoman?

  60. @Jack D

    Well, I would say we don’t have a Mao, but we have a lot of wannabe Maos.

  61. Wow. What a self-absorbed freak.

  62. Most days I really feel as if I’m living in a Douglas Adams novel. Everything is so exquisitely absurd.

  63. If Stallman was not redpilled before last week, he is now.

    Someday there will be a saying: “Never redpill a genius”.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @neir
  64. Dumbo says:
    @SFG

    Well, “bimbo” comes from the Italian “bimbo” which means “little boy” (“bimba” would be a little girl), so I don’t know how this started. And in “bimbette”, this “ette” termination seems to come originally from French and is both female and a diminutive, so yes, slang has mysterious ways.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Philadelphian
  65. Admit it, Sailer, you paid her to write this.

  66. I think she has very pretty hair.

    A shame it’s forced to drape around that woefully plain face. SAD!

  67. Jack D says:
    @SFG

    Do you know who denies stereotypes? Leftist blank slaters. Mention any stereotype and they will scream like stuck pigs. Yes, it’s true that stereotypes reflect group averages and may not apply to individuals. That’s why I am able to point to a number of African-American mathematicians who are just as brilliant as von Neumann, such as ….uh I’ll get back to you – can’t think of one right now. Or a number of Jewish cornerbacks such as uh – I’ll have to get back to you on that one as well.

    Humans are complicated and unpredictable and hybrids even more so – maybe one roll of the dice gets you Italian fire with Irish gab but the next roll gets you Irish fire with Italian gab. But this doesn’t mean that it’s not possible to gain any clues about people from their race and/or racial mix. Do you think it’s just a pure coincidence that she writes in this way when most 100% black women just scream “Don’t touch my hair!”? Could the Gentle Giant Michael Brown just as well been a white guy? Could Andrew Chang just as well be black or Muhammed Ali Asian? Stereotypes gain their power from being true – if I say “Boy, that Henry is muscular and athletic, just like all the other Vietnamese boys”, it draws a blank because we don’t know any muscular and athletic Vietnamese.

  68. karsten says:

    Nothing could be more emblematic of the cultural sickness that is killing the Western world than seeing a legitimate genius (for that’s what he is) taken down by a worthless, shallow POS such as this. Ersatz-religious dogma with its boot on the neck of merit; or, if you prefer, (and likely more pertinently,) the rising tide triumphant over the people against which they harbor such virulent resentment.

    • Agree: jim jones
  69. dvorak says:

    I hope Selam finds her sinecure.

    Once Sarkeesian found her sinecure, she shut the hell up. (Likely because she silently doing untold evil through her sinecure, but at least the silence is golden).

  70. BB753 says:

    “My hair type is 3B (according to the naturally curly hair quiz, which I highly recommend: https://www.naturallycurly.com/quiz”

    Come the Cultural Revolution and the bad hair/good hair purges of 2033, this hair scale will be used to punish the people with good hair. Anybody 3A or less will be in trouble!

  71. Anonymous[376] • Disclaimer says:
    @SFG

    The particular form it took reflects the fact that women have a particular avenue to exploit that which men do not right now.

    What avenue is that?

    • Replies: @Laugh Track
  72. Pericles says:
    @Kylie

    So bimbette=the usual mixed female with features like melted candle wax

    Bimbx.

  73. JimB says:

    MIT undergraduates Rona Wang and Selam Gano have been honored with 2018 Isabelle de Courtivron Prizes. The prizes recognize student writing on topics related to immigrant, diaspora, bicultural, bilingual, and/or multi-racial experiences.

    Elite colleges are fabricating social justice Frankensteins like Selam Gano through affirmative action admissions policies and participation awards.

  74. Anonymous[376] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lurker

    I think this comes from the Asian side of my family lol.

    What does “Asian” mean, anyways, and what is her “other side”?

  75. if I say “Boy, that Henry is muscular and athletic, just like all the other Vietnamese boys”, it draws a blank because we don’t know any muscular and athletic Vietnamese.

    As an Eagles fan(I presume?) you should be familiar with athletic , muscular Cowboys linebacker Dat Nguyen. After him I draw a blank though.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  76. Kirt says:

    All this hair obsession reminds me of a controversy in Brazil a couple of decades ago. A singer/comedian came out with a song called “Look at her hair”, the first couple of lines of which were

    “Veja, veja, veja os cabelos dela
    Parece bom-bril de ariar panela.”

    “Look, look, look at her hair
    It looks like steel wool for scouring a pan.”

    The singer was accused by the woke of racism and he claimed it was a tribute to his mulata wife, who said she liked the song. I think it’s time for someone to write and record a good English language version.

  77. Young woman of (half) Chinese descent demands unpersoning of professor expressing bad thoughts? Vaguely familiar…

    https://www.thoughtco.com/who-were-chinas-red-guards-195412

    “The Red Guards also publicly humiliated teachers, monks, former landowners or anyone else suspected of being “counter-revolutionary.” Suspected “rightists” would be publically humiliated — sometimes by being paraded through the streets of their town with mocking placards hung around their necks. In time, the public shaming grew increasingly violent and thousands of people were killed outright with more committed suicide as a result of their ordeal.”

    • Replies: @Ibound1
  78. @Jack D

    To quote Solzhenitsyn:
    “What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, polkers, or whatever else was at hand?”

    The Maos and Stalins know that their Red Guards will NOT meet such resistance. The only time I can recall is 1989, in East Germany.

  79. @Art Deco

    Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people”:

    First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.

    Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.

    The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization. It will write the rules, and control promotions within the organization.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  80. @Art Deco

    Yeah. I don’t know anything about Stallman’s field but I’d guess his production of insightful contributions has waned due to his age and so he’s now at least as much liability. I don’t think he’s been asked to leave because of this incident but because of his defense of actual pedophilia and his other behavior towards women, which is just inviting scandal even it’s not really objectionable from our perspective. Gano just brought public attention to him and MIT at the wrong time.

    Incidentally, she doesn’t say it outright but the thrust of the blog post she says is about her hair is that she can’t blend in in China. So, I’m guessing her primary hair issue is annoyance at being half-black. As she said in another place, when she got into MIT some people told her it was AA. Nobody can ever give her back what she lost through that.

    As a girl, she wore an Ethiopian cross. I doubt she wears it anymore.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  81. @Jack D

    I think that we’re near the end of a process — third or fourth generation revolutionaries trying to make the revolution work long after they’ve lost the ability and circumstances have changed.

    So our Mao analog is gone (rather as Lenin and Stalin went in the USSR). In our case, I think the Mao was Franklin D. Roosevelt, and that he was applying the lessons of Wilson’s administration — namely, you can do anything during a war, but you’d better have a good PR program to go with it (which Wilson did). JFK would be the N. Khrushchev analog, LBJ Khrushchev’s successors (who tried to continue NK’s reforms in a more rational way, and were completely defeated), and the rest of the Presidents people who simply continued the system making cosmetic changes. Obama would be the equivalent of the hard line Stalinists that Gorbachev defeated, and Trump would be a variant on Gorbachev — a believer in the underlying political system that is trying to make it do what it claimed to do. One hopes that Trump produces a more viable system than Gorbachev produced.

    Counterinsurgency.

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
  82. Ibound1 says:

    Maybe, on second thought, this whole thing should be looked at as Jewish men giving up their positions in America to new, more favored, minorities. Minsky and Stallman are Out. Chinese Ethiopian women are In. Go with the flow. All of America can be turned into a giant Larry David episode. Better that than a Fellini movie I guess.

  83. RMS is an interesting character. The most obvious narrative to describe the arc of his life would be “he was a brilliant computer scientist who was held back by his very atypical personality.”

    I actually think it’s the opposite–everything he accomplished was due to his, to use an imprecise term, weirdness. While he was obviously an extremely skilled programmer most of his work was, intentionally, derivative of stuff K&R (and others) had done at Bell Labs long before.

    If he were every bit as intelligent, but had a more ‘normal’ personality, and had wanted a wife and two kids and a nice house in the suburbs he would have worked at Borland making Turbo C++, would have done a great job, but would not be a household name. But he didn’t want the wife and two kids and the nice house in the suburbs, and even if he had wanted them he probably couldn’t have had them. Instead what was important to him was to be a sort of moral compass for software, a priestly lawgiver.

    I think the world is probably full of extremely intelligent people who could make major intellectual contributions, but don’t, because they get sucked into administrative roles, family obligations, etc., and thus it is left to the misfits with extra time on their hands to make these advances. As an aside, this is part of the reason I find feminism infuriating, because now those neurotypical men have yet another thing on their plate–now they have to change half the diapers, and have even less time for doing the pioneering work that (empirically) it appears only men are capable of doing.

    • Agree: El Dato
  84. Anon[429] • Disclaimer says:

    She looks mixed black/Asian. That sort of combination usually results in dire offspring. Take the hyper-aggressiveness of the female black and combine it with Asian Dragon Lady, and you get the worst kind of woman in the world. She’s utterly vicious and narcissistic, and has just enough smarts to cause a lot of trouble.

  85. peterike says:

    Speaking of racial pandering, in the new film version of the tedious book “The Goldfinch,” the saintly Hobie character, described once as “pink-cheeked” in the book, is being played by this guy:

    Because we all know that kindly, saintly men can only be black.

    • Replies: @Kronos
  86. Anon[429] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Actually, the average black woman on Youtube goes into as much detail about her hair as the subject of Steve’s post does. If you think I’m joking, go take a look at that site. The elaborate fuss black women put into their hair boggles the mind. They’re all over Youtube with almost-dissertations about their hair.

  87. Kylie says:
    @SFG

    I think the fact that “bimbo” ends an “o”, which makes it masculine in some languages (e.g., Spanish), is what caused the addition of the feminine “ette”.

    The use of “morph” from “metamorphosis” as a verb to mean “change” drives me nuts. Females don’t morph into bimbettes; if anything, they meta into something different (but equally unattractive).

  88. Kronos says:
    @Art Deco

    Could it be part of a corporatist plot to stop free-source software?

    • Replies: @Lugash
    , @Unladen Swallow
  89. El Dato says:
    @Jack D

    But who is our Mao, who is sending children like Selam off on this crusade?

    They are doing it themselves.

    An autocatalytic tree. Growing.

  90. Spartan says:

    The Medium piece she links to at the end doesn’t mention hair at all. It’s a 1,250 word “dear diary” entry about how she’s alienated from everyone and everything. It’s not her fault, but that doesn’t change anything. These people, particularly the women, are prone to this type of binary swing:

    “It’s strange to feel like an anomaly. On good days I feel important, like I have a unique ability do anything anywhere in the world. On bad days, I feel homeless and shunned.”

    She’ll always be a gadfly. She has to go back.

    • Replies: @Nicholas Stix
  91. El Dato says:
    @Jack D

    Old “East Coast Messy” AI guy Minsky should have explored this avenue in “The Society of Mind”

    https://www.amazon.com/Society-Mind-Marvin-Minsky/dp/0671657135

  92. Kronos says:
    @SFG

    “Selam probably picked up enough math genes (which are more common in Asians, yes) to get into MIT (albeit under AA), but the self-centeredness is seen quite commonly among everyone.”

    Any idea what she listed her race as in the MIT application? MIT is “supposed” to be more merit based than say AA Harvard.

    • Replies: @Rex Little
  93. Abe says:

    The somewhat smarter brand of liberal intellectual (say, Peter Beinart, or Matt Yglesias) realize that if their end-game of gerrymandering the nation through swamping America with millions of non-white voters is achieved, it will not necessarily mean the death of the Republican Party, just that what passes for the Republican Party will inevitably have shifted well to the left of what is currently considered mainstream among Democrats (especially on economic issues) and they are A-OK with that heads-I-win/tails-you-lose sort of scenario.

    Well, the contemptible behavior of our elites in the face of MeToo in particular and SJWism in general has lately made me feel like- BRING IT ON! Conservatives are naturally hierarchical and accept great disparities in wealth and status, but ONLY if the holders of such great wealth and status are in some sense deemed worthy of it.

    Jerry Jones, owner of what is sometimes cited as the most valuable sports franchise on the planet, kneels reverently hand-in-hand with his sports-opera stars in support of BLM, all the while relying on white police officers to protect himself, his home, his wife’s candy a$$ modern art museum in downtown Dallas. He could easily afford to throw $1 million to former police officer Darren Wilson, whose career and livelihood were destroyed by a cabal of spiteful mulattoes once they learned they could not even frame him on trumped up Federal charges for the crime of defending his life while white. NOT WORTHY.

    Jeff Bezos, Larry Page & Sergei Brin, Mark Zuckerberg- all benefited mightily from the open source ecosystem Stallman inspired, allowing them to pay essentially nothing for the key software running their businesses. Any of them could easily declare they will not give MIT one cent unless the school apologizes to Stallman and restores him to his former position. But the cowards won’t. NOT WORTHY.

    • Replies: @Kronos
  94. SFG says:
    @Jack D

    Actually, I don’t disagree with any of that, and outliers show the truth of stereotypes. My point was more that her behavior, while obnoxious and hurtful, is well within the norm of females of most races in The Current Year.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  95. Her hair is so awful. She could wash it twice a day with Palmolive, dry it on high heat and pretty much look the same.

    Where do you find these people?

  96. Jack D says:
    @SFG

    It enables you to tell fun stories about your heritage (“Italian fire and Irish gab!”)

    That part is absolute true. For example, in my own case, I combine the cheapness and intelligence of the Ashkenazi Jew with the intelligence and cheapness of the Ashkenazi Jew. Had this fortuitous coupling of races, which was only possible in America and every other country where Jews have lived for the last 2,000 years, turned out differently, I might have been intelligent and cheap rather than cheap and intelligent.

  97. Is it un-PC to say she’s adorable in an exotic way? I prefer her nerdette look with the glasses.

    • Replies: @karsten
    , @Known Fact
  98. anon[335] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Stereotypes gain their power from being true – if I say “Boy, that Henry is muscular and athletic, just like all the other Vietnamese boys”, it draws a blank because we don’t know any muscular and athletic Vietnamese.

    My son is a muscular and athletic Vietnamese. There are a few, not many, Vietnamese in professional baseball and football, which require muscles and athelticism.
    Stereotypes are indeed common sense recognition of group averages often born out by statistics. Granted.
    Individuals can occur from one end to the other on the bell curve, so we can have very weak and very strong individuals within every group. Granted.
    The bell curve looks most different for groups on the extreme left and right tails, so that very smart blacks are an extremely rare occurrence, and very quick cornerback-quality whites are an extremely rare occurrence. Granted.
    The issue is over the right ethical response to these facts. You have an ethical duty to judge every individual as you find them. I want my son to be judged for what he is as an individual, not as a “typical” something or other of some group or other. I don’t want a recruiter to ignore his very apparent muscles because a stereotype says Vietnamese can’t have muscles.
    If we are judging groups, not individuals, then we should pay attention to group averages. If you are recruiting for the NFL it may not be a good use of your travel budget to go look for prospects in Vietnam.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  99. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Yep, first thing I thought of.

    Luckily for Stallman the only weapons Gano wields are rhetorical (though obviously still very dangerous).

  100. Mr. Anon says:

    According to her Linkedin profile, this newest member of the malliacracy is:

    Passionate about using engineering for a positive impact on the world.

    And she works for this company:

    http://www.tritonsys.com/

    If you look at this company’s products and R&D portfolio, they appear to be a minor player in the vast Military-Intelligence-Law-Enforcement-Industrial-Complex.

    Little Ms. Woke works for a company that helps the Pentagon kill brown people and which hopes to branch out into helping the DEA arrest black-bodies. How’s that for a positive impact on the World?

    But at least it pays her enough to purchase a wide array of hair-care products.

    • LOL: Bubba
    • Replies: @Ibound1
  101. Jack D says:
    @SFG

    I disagree with you here. The current hair texture obsession seems to be a black thang – all these laws being passed forbidding hair style discrimination, etc. – it’s all being driven by blacks.

    2nd Selam’s desire to categorize her hair and place it in a hierarchy ( type 3G!) is a mainly Asian thing – blacks take a more emotional approach to their hair (Don’t touch it, whitey!). I remember visiting the Forbidden City and they had a display of the porcelain upon which the concubines of the Emperor used to eat. Each rank and subrank of concubine (and there were many*) had its own color and pattern of dinnerware. I can only imagine the furor that would have erupted if a royal concubine had eaten from the wrong color plate.

    *these varied over time but for example during the Song dynasty there were 7 ranks and up to 18 sub-ranks of concubine within each rank. Apparently the ranking system was 2 levels deep just like the system of hair textures. Instead of having Level 3B hair, Selam might have been a Level 3B concubine which was better than being a 3C but not as good as a 2F. Except that they didn’t use letters and numbers. For example, the 3rd rank in some dynasties was called 儀; yí and concubines of the yi rank were divided up into:

    (淑儀; shū yí)
    (德儀; dé yí)
    (賢儀; xián yí)
    (順儀; shùn yí)
    (婉儀; wǎn yí)
    (芳儀; fāng yí)

    Etc.

    Nothing this elaborate could have ever existed in an African culture. Most sub-Saharan languages used to quit counting after 3 – the counting system was 1, 2, 3, many.

    European societies also had several degrees of royalty but nothing quite so elaborate. There were dukes but not 18 sub-types of duke.

  102. L Woods says:
    @SimpleSong

    I think the world is probably full of extremely intelligent people who could make major intellectual contributions, but don’t, because they get sucked into administrative roles, family obligations, etc.,

    This is why, contra that other post, mere potential sans demonstrated achievement does matter.

  103. Art Deco says:
    @Jack D

    There is another name for smarmy bureaucratic microbes who are nearly everywhere: humans. Frail, flawed humans.

    A statement which pre-supposes that frail, flawed humans express that in precisely the same way, year in and year out. And that institutions do not have cycles of improvement and decay.

    • Replies: @Olorin
  104. Art Deco says:
    @Jack D

    Mention any stereotype and they will scream like stuck pigs.

    No they won’t. They’re pleased to traffick in them (and with considerable malice) when its people on their list of bogies. See, for example, commentary on Brett Kavanaugh.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  105. El Dato says:
    @Jack D

    But what about the handwringing reflex?

  106. El Dato says:
    @Jack D

    That sounds complex but isn’t this something that occurs in a cancerous court system just before everyone gets rogered by barbarians, a revolt by a general or a breakdown in food distribution?

    Apocryphally, the completely impractical and imaginary classification from a nonexistent book by Jorge Luis Borges:

    These ambiguities, redundancies and deficiencies remind us of those which doctor Franz Kuhn attributes to a certain Chinese encyclopaedia entitled ‘Celestial Empire of benevolent Knowledge’. In its remote pages it is written that the animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies.

    Luckily these days we have machine learning algorithms like C4.5 statistical classifier.

  107. Gee, thanks to my White Male Privilege, I really do have it so much better than minority chicks:

    1. Water hair;
    2. Apply Shampoo & Lather;
    3. Rinse;
    4. Repeat 2 & 3 once, then goto 5;
    5. Towel dry;
    6. Brush as desired;
    7. Go about the rest of my day not giving a rat’s ass about my porosity, kinks, curls, colour, oils, conditioners, and detangling, because I have a real job where they value me despite my hair.

  108. @Jack D

    …we don’t know any muscular and athletic Vietnamese.

    Say what you will, but they made a pretty good account of themselves as 3rd world grunts defying a whole lot of mechanized firepower.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @Aft
  109. Jack D says:
    @Art Deco

    Well of course, all bets are off when it comes to heterosexual white men – criticizing their sexual proclivities, trafficking in stereotypes, deeming them to be a sort of 2nd class citizen, discrimination against them in educational and job opportunities, accusing them of heinous crimes without proof, holding them collectively responsible for the acts of others of their kind, etc. All sorts of things that would not be tolerated for one second wrt any other group are A-OK when it comes to ciswhite men. This is only fair – ciswhite men have been treating others this way for the last 2,000 years, so the others get to treat ciswhites this way for the next 2,000. After that, we can talk about treating everyone fairly again.

    • Replies: @Charon
  110. @Jack D

    European societies also had several degrees of royalty but nothing quite so elaborate. There were dukes but not 18 sub-types of duke.

    Interesting that although Europeans largely or wholly developed numerous classification systems, e.g. taxonomy, orders of petroleum derivatives and steel, the passion rarely extended in commensurate detail to classification of de jure or de facto social relations.

  111. @Lurker

    The “lol” here means “despite the fact that I’m talking about heredity and Asia, please please for the sake of God don’t think I believe in crimethink like the existence of races”.

  112. Kylie says:
    @Jack D

    Apparently blacks are also on board with this hierarchy of hair texture. Someone who goes by “Busy Being Black” calls this child model with “messy” hair a “beautiful Black girl with 4C hair”.

    It’s not messy, it’s ugly. Blacks do not have attractive hair. Period.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7491499/H-M-comes-fire-new-ad-features-young-Black-model-messy-hair.html

  113. Jafo says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    I literally chuckled out loud. Well done.

  114. Not Raul says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Now I know what DARPA has been working on: a 50 million Dollar robot to give recruits crappy buzz cuts. Now, each Army barber can be replaced by three engineers, an engineering manager, and a robot. Progress!

    This is gonna be great when we blunder into war with Iran, and/or Russia, and/or China.

  115. anon[282] • Disclaimer says:
    @SFG

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen the term. My take is:

    Bimbo combines two traits: female + manifest lack of intelligence. The more salient factor being the 2nd part– some chick is a complete airhead.

    Bimboette, modifies where the stress is. This MIT girl isn’t truly dumb, she’s Taleb’s intellectual, yet idiot– but is so in a particularly female manner.

  116. Stogumber says:

    German blogger Hadmut Danisch has documented a general trend and would see the Stallman case as merely the last example of this trend:
    Feminists first infiltrate IT (in particular Open Source) communities. They then polemize against “meritocracy” as a means of male supremacy and at last expel the “founding fathers” and discourage the productive core of the coworkers. In consequence the community is ruined (or, at best, sold).
    One of the last cases Danisch documented is the case of Linus Torvalds of Linux, probably in his personality somewhat comparable to Stallman.
    Cf. https://www.danisch.de/blog/2018/09/18/mehr-zur-torvalds-linux-und-toxischen-codes-of-conducts/

  117. anon[282] • Disclaimer says:
    @Kylie

    The black hair thing seems to have started transitioning to men as well.

    link

    A lot of people don’t understand, but I feel with black people, our hair is everything. Our hair is power. Growing my hair out, it felt like I was gaining my strength but also becoming more mature. I began to leave that revenge side behind.
    -Derrick Rose, NBA player

    The NBA subreddit has a lot of SJW types. Lots of downvotes for anyone saying this hair infatuation was stupid. His “revenge” comment was interpreted to mean leaving his injury demons behind.

  118. that woman is more Negress than Asian–guarantee you in 10 years she’ll be a major porker

  119. Anon 2 says:
    @Jack D

    Re: Intelligence and cheapness of the Ashkenazi Jew

    Jack, you forgot about humility. Few ethnic groups are as humble as
    the Ashkenazi Jews

  120. Not Raul says:

    I don’t understand why some people on this thread are calling her unattractive. She’s cute.

    And what’s so awful about curly hair?

    Nicole Kidman’s hair used to be almost as curly as Selam’s.

    Personally, I generally don’t like Afros (personal taste, not a value judgement); but Selam definitely doesn’t have hair that is Afro curly. Her hair looks great.

    Sometimes, some West African ancestry looks good. Rashida Jones looks adorable.

    It should be possible to disagree with some of what a woman says without calling her ugly. Don’t turn a disagreement into a gay cat fight.

    • Agree: Triumph104
  121. bjondo says:
    @Kylie

    Tough.

    As a rule, suppose I agree.

    Cultured in Madison Ave America.

    But many whites have not-attractive hair.

    Maybe way more unattractive than attractive.

    A few personalities:

    Howard Stern, Einstein, Neils Bohr, Robert Plant, Dersh,
    Larry Stooge, Woody Allen, Bob Zimmerman,
    Roseanne, Andre Giant, C.K. Louis,
    Carrot Top, most of my neighbors.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  122. @Jack D

    The three-billion-base-pair DNA of each parent divides random into approximately forty contiguous blocks which are rejoined to create a new mixed version. So many individual features of each parent appear in the child, like part-scrambled sections of jigsaw puzzles.

  123. @Jack D

    Funny you say that the evil leader of the reconstruction in birth of a nation is mulatto.

  124. … my hair is quite dark in color

    Does anyone else find this usage annoying? Dark “in color” as opposed to what?

    • Agree: Laurence Whelk
    • Replies: @Laurence Whelk
  125. Anonymous[201] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: When it’s OK to blame immigrants for a country’s problems: when they’re white, Anglo-Saxons immigrants from England.

    Note: this article is from The Grauniad, where not long ago Arnold Toynbee’s granddaughter could be seen dancing on the graves of old dead people because they voted for Brexit. Always a humane bunch, those leftists.

  126. @SFG

    Bimbo is the name of a Mexican bakery, which normally wouldn’t cause an issue except that they now own some American bakeries such as Entenmann’s, Sara Lee, and Thomas. We pronounce it BEEM-bo, however.

  127. The bimbette Selam Gano would be a good catch for John Derbyshire’s Chinese son. She’s half-Chinese.

  128. Maybe the worst example of the POC obsession with hair (and my apologies in advance):

    And by the way, if you ever want a good illustration of “regression towards the mean”, just look at Will Smith and his kids.

  129. countenance says: • Website

    How to tell the left doesn’t really care about science:

    Because it facilitated the cancellation of one of our time’s most prominent computer scientists because some hair obsessed mystery meat bimbo had her feelings hurt.

    • Replies: @Dtbb
  130. Pontius says:
    @Jack D

    Just wait till they roll out 5G.

  131. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    What do you think of Huey Lewis and the News?

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  132. @Kylie

    I don’t see what’s wrong with admitting blacks don’t have attractive hair.

    They have great teeth!

    • Replies: @Charon
  133. anon[286] • Disclaimer says:

    She should be invited to join Crosby, Stills & Nash on stage for the next reunion concert.

    • Replies: @restless94110
  134. Kronos says:
    @Abe

    But there’s a political opportunity cost. They’re more concerned about economic protectionists/socialists gaining power. The SJW/BLM/MeToo people are corporatist stooges meant to safeguard against economic nationalism. Financial/Tech Billionaires inject money into those non-profit philanthropic organizations. Remember, SJWs fight to get a seat at the corporate board (Hillary Clinton as a Walmart board member.)

  135. Tim says:

    I don’t care what people say about her hair, I just want to touch it.

  136. Anonymous[442] • Disclaimer says:
    @SFG

    “-ette” can serve as a diminutive with no logical feminine implication (“Wonkette” as the idiotic exemplar of this). I think Steve was meaning she’s a fledgling who is on the track to attainment of full bimbosity

  137. still think the coming diversity won’t affect science and technology?

    “The population might become mostly vibrant, but the universities, especially the science and engineering and medicine departments, will hardly be affected and will function just fine.”

    yeah, no. this is easy to see, and i’m not sure why some dissident rightists and futurists think otherwise.

    the smartest guy in the department in any university in the nation, will be required to conform to what any random affirmative action undergraduate major thinks. that the faculty will increasingly be organized around the principle of a vibrant society, will only make it worse – they won’t back the geniuses. they’ll back the random undergraduates who will go on to contribute nothing in the field.

  138. Joe Sweet says:

    C’mon Steve! I come here for a break from my wife’s chitter chatter.

  139. bomag says:
    @Jack D

    And we know that the smarmy bureaucratic microbes of MIT and the Free Software Foundation are the same cowards that populate the bureaucracies of the world everywhere and in all eras.

    Generally agree here, but I’ll add that there are plenty of true believers in the bureaucracy: if they crush the Stallmans of the world while elevating women; trans; POC; etc, then a new, better era will be ushered in.

    The accumulating evidence is not in their favor, but doctors bled people for a long time while the outcomes suggested otherwise.

    • Replies: @Charon
  140. Olorin says:
    @Art Deco

    This.

    The cycle of decay in US institutions that we have the dubious honor of witnessing is a phenomenon that, while resembling other civilizational plummets in some particulars at the same time is unique.

    Unmated mixed race females obsessing in “hair care industry” ad agency lingo to a global audience about the filamentous proteins exuded by their scalp follicles, as a way of preening about their MIT robotics degree and attacking men smarter than they is tmk unprecedented in the annals of doom.

    IMO “bimbette” is far too polite a term for this sort of creature. And I’ve never been a big fan of Stallman or MIT/Media Lab.

    On the other hand, hair brained women command an outsized say in how the wallets of men smarter than they get drained. From an evolutionary perspective it appears to work for them. Instinctively.

    It’s a kind of street or jungle smarts that oversocialized SJW academics never could perceive as they at first hastened to construct and later doubled down on the pseudoreligion of melanin and yoni worship, so closely related to the golem of jewish victimization.

    Ofc what really irks her is that she despises the men who’d succumb to her inborn gaming, and the men she wants never would. Like those famous accomplished old white male geeks. That’s what this all boils down to. An admixture less of race than of power and resentment…and primitive confusion.

  141. Anon7 says:
    @Jack D

    Watch this chilling 4 minute video on this man who participated in the Cultural Revolution in China. If chills don’t run down your back at the similarities (yes, Steve, even the treatment of incorrect hair styles), then you aren’t paying attention to the news.

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=sXAOTjNheVg

    The Red Guard movement was initiated by a group of middle school students who caught Mao’s eye.

    Here is a group of present-day middle schoolers.

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=itAu7Uw0sn8

  142. Dtbb says:
    @countenance

    I was going to use agree button but I lost my privileges.

  143. @SimpleSong

    While he was obviously an extremely skilled programmer most of his work was, intentionally, derivative of stuff K&R (and others) had done at Bell Labs long before.

    Sounds about right. The purpose of the Gnu project was to provide free versions of the workhorses every programmer relies on — a C compiler, a text editor, etc. Provide the same functionality as the non-free version, just write it from scratch to avoid copyright problems. Hence gcc, gnu emacs, gdb, gmake, flex, bison, and so forth.

    This was by no means a trivial task, and there are always implementation details that can be handled in better or worse ways. But writing the first compiler was a far greater accomplishment than writing gcc.

    Maybe Stallman wowed his colleagues by coding exceptionally fast and/or accurately. I just don’t know.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  144. Dennis Dale says: • Website
    @Art Deco

    You’re right. Nothing happened at all. Back to sleep. Let’s talk about movies! I swear, some people just want the world to be boring.

    Yes, the administrators pull the trigger, but the fact all someone has to do is start a campaign with a shitty little Medium post to force their hand suggests the students have an undue amount of power themselves.

    Remember this woman

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/obituary-nie-yuanzi-1921-2019

    On May 25, 1966, Nie Yuanzi, a party activist and philosophy administrator at Peking University, and six other party functionaries authored and put up a “big-character poster” (called a dazibao) on campus denouncing the university’s administration as furthering the aims of the bourgeoisie.

    Mao seized on the message and ordered it to be read over the national broadcast and reprinted in the People’s Daily. In the coming weeks and months, Mao sought to purge dissent and purify the ideological foundation of China into his cult of personality. Leveraging Nie’s message into a broader call to rebellion, Mao used his Red Guard, a group of militant radicals mostly composed of students, to dismantle higher education and reshape art and literature to support his aims of control.

    For f–‘s sake.

    • Agree: Jack D
  145. Daniel H says:
    @Jack D

    like the hypothetical Einstein- Marilyn Monroe offspring who might have her father’s brains and her mother’s looks or might have the opposite.

    If you google around you can probably find comments by some of Marilyn Monroe’s contemporaries the the effect that they found Marilyn to be a very intelligent woman. I think that it was the director Billy Wilder (William Wyler?) who stated that Marilyn Monroe was the most intelligent woman he ever met. Marilyn was no bimbo, though she did ham it up at times.

    • Agree: sayless
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  146. Even money that she doesn’t know the difference between an UP DO and a DO LOOP.

  147. JimB says:

    she is able (and willing) to develop elaborate, ritualized hair care routines and write 3 pages essays about the care and texture (type 3B!) of her hair.

    Montaigne, she ain’t. I didn’t really gain any insight into human hair by reading about her personal hair care routine. Her writing sounds like pages torn from a lab notebook.

  148. Jack D says:
    @International Jew

    It’s true for example, that Unix had a text editor but it was called TECO and it was horrible. Nothing like a modern text editor. You can’t imagine how painful it was to edit even the simplest text in TECO.

    Stallman recognized that and wrote Emacs which is infinitely better – like the difference between a Ferrari and a Model T or the Wright Flyer and a 747. So GNU Emacs is not just a free text editor that provides the same functionality as the non-free version. Not even close. You are really selling Stallman’s contribution way short. That is like something Selam might say.

    If Emacs was the only thing that Stallman ever did, that alone would stand as a major accomplishment but he did a lot more. “Free software” was an ideological movement and not just a technological one. Even if Stallman couldn’t write a single line of code, that would be another major accomplishment.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Donkey Hotay
  149. Charon says:
    @Jack D

    So you blame it all on Jesus Christ, huh?
    Surprise surprise.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  150. Hail says: • Website

    the Asian side of my family lol.

    Is it telling that she uses the term “Asian” instead of the nationality-group her (mother?) belongs to?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  151. Charon says:
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Hair color and teeth color are genetically linked. Red-haired people have the yellowest teeth, and black-haired people have the whitest teeth.

    • Replies: @res
  152. Hail says: • Website

    Here is what Selam Gano lists on her CV for ‘Languages’:

    English (Native), Mandarin Chinese (Fluent), Amharic (Basic)

    Ethiopian-Chinese?

    Let me further guess — Parents academics or the like; raised in America but led a somewhat jet-setting youth; parents pressured little mixed Selam (born circa 1996) to study Mandarin by at latest the late-2000s (by then getting trendy)?

    _________

    Sure enough, here she is confirming the Ethiopian-Chinese origin:

    Alien in America
    Sifting through Questions. Searching for Answers.
    by Selam Gano MIT ’18 | Medium.com

    Sep 21, 2016

    Rachel Dolezal tried to pass for something that she is not. My whole life, I have simply been trying to pass for who I am. […]

    My parents never understood why I would get so upset when strangers on the street in Ethiopia would yell “China, China!” or when, just a month ago in Nanjing, some creepy guy asked, “Are you African? African-American?” I responded, “不是!我在南京长大!” I denied a part of myself because I hate the feeling of not belonging.

    In the place where I was born and raised for 20 years, I also feel alien. I have spent 20 years denying parts of myself to make it simpler for others to understand who I am.

    You feel like an alien.

    And you can’t focus. So today in the Media Lab, instead of all that work you were worried about finishing, you spend your first hour writing a rambly rant about Black lives and Black bodies and mixed lives and mixed bodies and how everyone is really the same, but everyone is really not, and everyone is mixed (and everyone is originally Ethiopian), and then you delete the entire thing.
    And so, I try not to think about it. I focus on other things…

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Lurker
  153. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    I’m astonished no one has went with “Stallman” as ‘stall man” in the Seinfeld sense. I’d bet anything Stallman is a stall man, but no, wouldn’t care to research it.

    in the comments one YT viewer already did:

    Matt Siemann
    7 years ago
    best double take of all time

    Antithesis
    7 years ago
    Always been a Richard Stallman.

    ExpertDude13
    8 years ago
    Kramer’s look at 0:05 is classic!

    And that was way before the current brouhaha made Stallman a sleb to anyone but us computer nerds.

    • Replies: @SFG
  154. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    OT:

    D’s new bio attaches her to The Art World:

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/nadjasayej/2019/09/22/debbie-harrys-new-memoir-traces-her-ties-to-the-art-world

    Steve’s review will be interesting. The more he wants a new MacBook the more interesting.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  155. Jack D says:
    @Hail

    Selam has the classic conflict of the mulatto – she feels Chinese on the inside but when she looks in the mirror she sees a Negress. This is enough drive anyone crazy – imagine that you looked in the mirror tomorrow and you saw a Negro staring back at you. Obama had the same problem. Since you can’t make the Negro in the mirror go away without killing yourself, the only solution is to BECOME the Negro that you see and restore the wholeness of your soul. Of course real blacks won’t automatically accept your blackness (they recognize that you ain’t a real sista – maybe more real than Dolezal but still not fully real) so you have to try extra hard and outnegro the Negroes, especially in front of white people who may not know about or care about the difference between a Negro and a semi-Negro.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @Hail
    , @Johann Ricke
  156. SFG says:
    @Anonymous

    Wonder if it could become a meme?

    His name is Richard Stallman.

    HIS NAME IS RICHARD STALLMAN!

  157. @Pat Kittle

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dat_Nguyen

    Dat Nguyen was a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys. I watched a college game in the late 1990s in which he pretty much singlehandedly shut down a vaunted UCLA offense with 22 tackles.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @I Have Scinde
  158. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Emacs is not just a text editor but a whole world unto itself with a Lisp interpreter and a host of features: it was originally designed for the LispM environment, not Unix.

    The odd key combinations used are probably a major contributor to Stallman’s having to substantially throttle back his programming because his fingers were basically crippled form overuse and odd contortions. That’s especially true because the original LispM environment had a very extensive and specialized keyboard layout and Unix workstations and PCs are much different.

    Few people really use emacs any more but for those who do it is their world of enchantment so to speak.

    ere are a a few really good books available for learning Emacs. In addition to these, you’ll find that many Linux and Unix books also contain a chapter or two about Emacs (and vi).

    Learning GNU Emacs

    Authors: Debra Cameron, Bill Rosenblatt, Eric S. Raymond

    Publisher: O’Reilly & Associates – http://www.ora.com/

    Commentary: This is probably the best book to start with. After you’ve read the HOWTO and looked through the FAQ this book serves as a comprehensive and very approachable tutorial.

    Writing GNU Emacs Extensions

    Author: Bob Glickstein

    Publisher: O’Reilly & Associates – http://www.ora.com/

    Commentary: After you’ve used Emacs for a while and have decided that you’d like to try writing your own mode or maybe try out some advanced customization, this is the book for you. While it doesn’t attempt to teach Lisp, it does contain a brief introduction to the language.

    Programming in Emacs Lisp: An Introduction

    Author: Robert J. Chassell

    From the README file:

    This is an elementary introduction to programming in Emacs Lisp for people who are not programmers, and who are not necessarily interested in programming, but who do want to customize or extend their computing environment.

    You can retrieve the manual in its entirety via anonymous FTP from the GNU FTP server: ftp://prep.ai.mit.edu/gnu/emacs/.

    Commentary: This a good introductory manual for Emacs Lisp–even if you’re not a heavy-duty programmer.

    The GNU Emacs Lisp Reference Manual

    Author: Richard Stallman

    Publisher: The Free Software Foundation – http://www.fsf.org/

    You can retrieve the manual in its entirety via anonymous FTP from the GNU FTP server: ftp://prep.ai.mit.edu/gnu/emacs/.

    Commentary: This is the definitive guide to the Emacs Lisp programming language.

  159. Anon[403] • Disclaimer says:

    Ultimately, her problem is that, despite the belief among the young, not all mixed race children end up super attractive. She thought mixed race kids were supposed to look like Zoe Kravitz, Chrissy Teigen or Rashida Jones, not a nerdy Asian- faced girl with kinky hair.

    “Some babies grow in a peculiar way
    It changed, it grew, and everybody knew
    Semi-mojo
    Who’s this kinky so-and-so?”

  160. Not surprisingly, Selam Gano is really fascinated by her hair

    Selam Gano = A salon gem.

  161. @anon

    Tommy Pham is a part black part Vietnamese guy who is a fine baseball player for Tampa Bay:

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/phamth01.shtml

    It’s not too uncommon for American professional jocks to be part East Asian on their mother’s side, like 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich. One of the last two whites to play cornerback in the NFL was half Thai.

  162. Anon[202] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    It’s true for example, that Unix had a text editor but it was called TECO and it was horrible. Nothing like a modern text editor. You can’t imagine how painful it was to edit even the simplest text in TECO.

    Not even wrong.



    (changing subject)

    Anyway EMACs as written by Stallman was as the name suggests originally a set of TECO macros. By making the UI customizable through a LISP interpreter Emacs became a fairly decent environment.

    As usual the Cult of Stallman has pretty much pushed out of the way all the other guys like Guy Steele who had any connection with the project.

    It’s kind of ironic that for someone supposedly so socially inept Stallman’s largest contributions have been as a social leader.

  163. bjondo says:

    Another insane genius we don’t need.
    Calling Guantanamo.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/07/bill-gates-funded-solar-geoengineering-could-help-stop-global-warming.html

    Bill, called chem trails for last 25+ years

  164. Ano says:

    Selam…
    Sorry, I’m not too hot on American history, but is she named after those famous witch-trials I’ve heard about?

    I wonder if Ms Gano has considered engineering a robot which forces men to lie down before putting heavy stones on their chests in order to extract a confession of practising sexism.

  165. bjondo says:

    Also,
    Bill has unattractive,wimpy hair.

  166. I’m a dog doing calculus when it comes to women’s hair. Long ago, an ex GF, with soft straight becky-hair, changed styles – from simple mid back long to medium length with some sort of bob. I was not impressed at the change, but expressed enthusiasm because GF.

    My sister, who had known my GF longer than I had, stopped over for some reason. My GF, who was in the bathroom, yelled for sis to cover her eyes “for a surprise look”. I whispered to my sister “New hair”.

    My sister is a bit quirky with strong passions, a cat lady who likes to target shoot. My GF didn’t help things by primping for a full 2 minutes in front of blinded sis. When the reveal came, sis let out a cry / shriek with eyes bugged out. I couldn’t hold my laughing. GF expression went from expectant support to frowny sad to tearing up in 10 seconds. She collapsed on the couch inconsolable.

    Sis and GF patched things up in about 10 minutes of talking about ‘accepting change’ and agreeding jointly that I was a huge jerk for laughing. I apologized and kinda agreed, but I was still in the doghouse for a week.

  167. Ibound1 says:
    @Mr. Anon

    That company has an awful lot of government contracts. https://www.sbir.gov/sbc/triton-systems-inc.

    Stallman seemed to be very upset by the surveillance state.
    Maybe it was simple revenge.

  168. @Counterinsurgency

    I think that we’re near the end of a process — third or fourth generation revolutionaries trying to make the revolution work long after they’ve lost the ability and circumstances have changed.

    I agree with this. Selam Gano is the political equivalent of a photocopy of a photocopy of a 68er.

    • Replies: @Hail
  169. Lugash says:
    @Kronos

    No. Getting rid of rms was a pure SJW move. Corporations may latch on for woke-cred but they’re plenty happy with free software. Stallman did fight a losing battle over corporations locking down free software in hardware/firmware/microcode, but that’s long in the past.

  170. karsten says:
    @Fidelios Automata

    Is it un-PC to say she’s adorable in an exotic way? I prefer her nerdette look with the glasses.

    🤮

  171. Hail says: • Website
    @Jack D

    Since you can’t make the Negro in the mirror go away…the only solution is to BECOME the Negro that you see

    It also helps on college applications.

    (I am sure Selam Gano is smart, but there should be no doubt she got many extra admissions ‘points’ by being able to declare herself Black.)

    ___________

    As of 2016, the middle of her time at MIT, enrolled undergraduates at the School of Engineering were:

    – 6% Black or African American (was Selam Gano counted here?)
    – 17% Hispanic
    – 25% Asian
    – 36% White
    – 9% International
    – 6% Two or More Races (or was Selam Gano counted here? Obv. not under ‘Asian’)
    – 2% Unknown
    – 0% American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander

    The above demographic split is with a fairly aggressive affirmative action policy for the favored races.

    MIT overall appears to have a 6% Black Undergad quota going back many years to at least 1980, according to Ron Unz’ college demographic tool (the numbers there are somewhat different from the ones reported on the MIT website; the above is just for the School of Engineering Undegrads) and also a 25% Asian quota dating to the mid 2000s; revised down from the previous, <30% Asian quota of the early 1990s to mid 2000s.

    Here are School of Engineering graduate students (which Selam Gano [b.1996] was not) enrolled as of 2016:

    – 1% Black or African American
    – 4% Hispanic
    – 13% Asian
    – 29% White
    – 43% International [!]
    – 2% Two or More Races
    – 8% Unknown
    – 0% American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander

    • Replies: @Kronos
    , @Jack D
    , @Anon
  172. anon[346] • Disclaimer says:
    @Doktor Jeep

    If Stallman was not redpilled before last week, he is now.

    Doubt it. He’s an autistic Boomer.

  173. Anon[202] • Disclaimer says:
    @neir

    Justice is justice. When people we don’t like get screwed over it’s still wrong.

    That said, I’m not sure Stallman is actually getting screwed over here, because I’m not sure what exactly MIT was getting out of him in the first place other than star power, and, frankly, I don’t see what of any real importance he is actually losing.

    • Replies: @415 reasons
  174. @Clyde

    In her other article she says she’s Ethiopian.

  175. But only after Derb does his famous… Half Talk.

  176. @40 Acres and a Kardashian

    Has anyone ever before heard of a non-white woman being described as a bimbo?

    Check out Merrie Spaeth’s site. She has a novel use for the term.

    E.g., classic Bidenisms, “Poor kids are just as bright and talented, as white kids,” and “I want to be clear, I’m not going nuts.”

    Or Jeffrey Epstein: “I’m not a sexual predator. I’m an ‘offender’ … It’s the difference between a murderer and a person who steals a bagel.”

    https://spaethcom.com/article/bimbo-nominees-for-september-2019/Bimbo

    https://spaethcom.com/article/bimbo-nominees-for-august-2019/Bimbo

  177. neir says:
    @Doktor Jeep

    Stallman’s a socialist who supports feminism, so he deserve what he gets

  178. Dr. X says:
    @Art Deco

    Our Mao is human nature itself. This dynamic of purging people who are different from the herd is as old as the execution of Socrates by the Athenian jury.

    Freedom of thought and freedom of speech and the freedom to be different are not natural. They need to be consciously maintained or they will decay and we will revert to our natural state, the herd/mob.

    • Replies: @L Woods
  179. @Charon

    Salcasm metel need adjusting chop chop

    • Replies: @Charon
  180. G. Poulin says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  181. neir says:
    @Jack D

    Stallman should be forced to wear a dunce hat and forced to sit through struggle sessions until he confess his white patriarchal crimes

  182. res says:
    @Charon

    Interesting. Do you have a reference for that? I was able to find one for tooth/skin/eye color, but not for hair.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6300124/

  183. istevefan says:
    @Daniel Williams

    According to Seinfeld, a male bimbo is a mimbo

  184. Art Deco says:
    @Candide III

    Again, he either left of his own volition or crapsters insisted he resign. Your problem is crapsters, not this self-centered dingbat. Were she an evangelical making a complaint about some obnoxious atheist rant he’d offered, she’d be ignored.

  185. @Cagey Beast

    Funny, I’d already forgotten I posted this. I guess Orwell was right about memory holes too.

  186. Hail says: • Website
    @Altai

    I like how she admits “There is nothing like your own country and your own people. I do not have any “one” of my own, but my parents do.” but dedicates her life to making sure no white ethnicity is ever allowed to have this. Her BPD means she can’t just accept this like many other people of mixed ethnicity, she needs the whole of society to be changed so she can feel ‘accepted’.

    The Politically-Tragic Mulatto.

    While there are many 100%-European-Christian people of a politically similar, general type. I would argue people of majorly mixed-race backgrounds (including extreme cases like Ethiopian-Chinese; including when the mixing is done with ‘good”/innocent intentions) are an order of magnitude more likely to end up this way. Another diff.: A teenage White-Christian dabbling in SJW/anti-White politics tends to grow out of it.

  187. Hail says: • Website
    @Cagey Beast

    Selam Gano is the political equivalent of a photocopy of a photocopy of a 68er.

    It’d be interesting to hear how her Ethiopian father and Chinese mother met, and what they were/are like.

    How ironic would it not be, if Selam Gano’s Chinese grandparents (possibly born in or about the 1940s, going on her b.1996 status) were Red Guards.

  188. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @BillGates

    Richard Stallman was, and is, a software socialist. While billed as a genius, in fact he simply harnessed the idealism of socialists and libertarian incel nerds in the software development “community” to donate their work for free for various opensource projects, most of which found their way onto Githum, which we bought for $7.5BB, thereby making Github’s founders wealthy.

    The man is a genius, whether one like his beliefs or not.

    AFAIK he never pulled a gun and made anyone release one byte of code for free. You are free to license your code as you like, GNU license, BSD license, shareware, fee for license to use, lock it as firmware in hardware or require a dongle, whatever you like. All those models have pluses and minuses.

    You can go to work for Microsoft, Adobe, Apple, whoever. Or you can hang out your own shingle.

    But, a lot of people have made money by writing free software, by supporting it, selling manuals for it, using it as a resume, whatever. I’m sure Torvalds is doing much better financially than if he had went to work for some shrinkwrap software company or for Google, Nexis Lexis, Bloomberg, whoever.

    • Agree: Autochthon, Aft
  189. @Daniel Williams

    Does anyone else find this usage annoying? Dark “in color” as opposed to what?

    It’s like saying “spicy in flavor” or “cold in temperature”. Basketball Americans and Wahmuns seem to subscribe to the “the more words the smarter (looking)” school of prose. Basketball Wahmuns of Academia are the worst. Except for Michael Eric Dyson – he’s the reigning champ. … a tale
    told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  190. @Art Deco

    ‘No bimbette ‘took down’ Stallman…”

    Hey. We’re trying to talk about the hair. Do you mind?

    • Replies: @Kronos
    , @Fred G.
  191. MarkinLA says:
    @Aft

    There is nothing I have seen a man in tech do that a woman could not.

    Yes, it’s true but the operative word is “could”. Yes a woman could do it. However, they haven’t yet.

  192. Kronos says:
    @Hail

    “– 43% International [!]“

    Any bets on the international racial backgrounds?

  193. Kronos says:
    @Colin Wright

    It’s a hairy business over all.

  194. @Steve Sailer

    If I recall correctly, UCLA still won that game to become “Texas State Champions” (defeating UT, A&M, and Houston that year).

  195. Stereotypes gain their power from being true.

    There’s some slippery slope right there, Tdzak:

    “Now, is there any sacred historical exceptionalism to this rule?”
    ( in Ali G’s voice)

  196. eden's says:

    She’s in China right now? Anyone else smell a foreign hit? If I was them I’d be making use of the metoo witchhunt to knock out some influencial hackers and further converge critical infrastructure.

  197. sayless says:
    @Aft

    Well, Michelle sets the standard, don’t you know. Haven’t you read her thesis?

  198. @El Dato

    No, today it’s become more like the final episode of the original series, with the nutjob female scientist insane with resentment

  199. FFS.

    Ya know how these professional black chicks all claim they have stories about whites asking to touch their hair, and how much it hurt them?

    I now officially call b.s. on that. It’s an urban legend made up of projection.

    Can you imagine any sane white American who has been alive past 1970 in America and subjected to all the propaganda about blacks ever doing that?

    I mean, on its face it doesn’t pass the smell test. Normal people don’t ask such a question to anyone, and given how blacks have become defacto idols, its almsot ridiculous that whites would risk doing so.

    My bet is this: this is a giant urban legend blacks have convinced themselves of of whites because black women are just so obsessed with their kinky hair that they assume those evil Beckys are as well. White girls aren’t, but black women assume they are—basic projection— and thus these urban legends spread like wildfire. A great mix — the black woman gets to be a racism victim and yet gets to call attention to what she thinks about most, her hair.

    Likely if anyone has asked such a bizarre question, it’s either a little child, a crazy homeless guy, some non-white FOB, or (the most likely culprits of all) light-skinned black girls with good hair who are trying to put down their darker, kinkier-haired sisters.

    Is there any documented proof of this “can I touch your hair” nonsense having been done by a sane American white woman to any black woman past 1970?

  200. @Anonymous

    The particular form it took reflects the fact that women have a particular avenue to exploit that which men do not right now.

    What avenue is that?

    Beaver Street, I believe.

  201. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    I think she is exactly 1/2 black and 1/2 Chinese but like most mulattoes, you perceive her as primarily black. This is (in part) what is driving her crazy though she might have BPD with or without the racial shtick. But it’s not helping, that’s for sure. Her mother should have listened to her parents and married a Chinese guy. Although ironically, marrying a Negro greatly improved her daughter’s chances of getting into MIT.

  202. Jack D says:
    @Lawyer Guy

    I mention the test because she was (and is) smart

    A lot of black people come off sounding smarter than their actual IQs because they have a certain verbal facility. Mohammed Ali had a tested IQ of 78. A white person with a tested IQ of 78 is borderline retarded and you can usually perceive this in many different ways – it affects not only their test taking ability but their speech, even their gait and coordination. But a black with an IQ of 78 is only a few points below the average black and can appear to have normal intelligence unless you test them in a formal setting.

    • Replies: @Anon
  203. J.Ross says:
    @War for Blair Mountain

    It has been the pattern that they say “we’re not doing X, you’re nuts if you think you’re seeing X, and there’s no examples you can point to of anybody even saying X,” and then immediately thereafter they shout “WE ARE SO TOTALLY DOING X AND THAT’S A GOOD THING!”

  204. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @istevefan

    “Himbo” is a more common usage.

  205. baythoven says:

    So now it’s bimbx. That’s a new one for me. But I would like to address that other word: latinx. There seems to be some confusion as to how it is pronounced. The correct pronunciation is in line with…”sphinx”, “jinx”, “stinks”, “chinks”, etc.

    • Replies: @baythoven
  206. @kaganovitch

    Danny Graves — Vietnamese-born to a Viet woman and an American serviceman — was a solid pitcher for the Reds 20 years ago.

  207. Jack D says:
    @Aft

    Imagine that instead of a cocktail shaker, Ms. Roboto has her claws around whitey’s throat. Take that you sexist pig! Of course you’d have to paint her black.

  208. Anon[202] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Muhammad Ali/Cassius Clay was obviously not retarded, so this is a case of the test not being a particularly useful tool.

    All measuring tools have limits and will output gibberish at some point.

    • Agree: Triumph104, Bliss
    • Replies: @Wrong
  209. L Woods says:
    @Dr. X

    I don’t know. I hear a lot around here that breaking from the herd makes one a “sperg,” and as such, a self-evident inferior who by all rights must accept his lowly place in the universe. After all, “spergs:”
    1. tell the truth
    2. are highly intelligent
    3. have created the modern world
    4. don’t “fit in” (!!!)
    5. displease women and MBAs

    They must be bad.

  210. @Aft

    Ironically, for all that he is condemned as a socially inept fool, Stallman evinces a much keener understanding of the thinking of teenaged females than his attackers (here and elsewhere) are capable of….

  211. @Laurence Whelk

    The hacks who craft the BS on the back of wine bottles often lean on this formulation … “Ruby red in color, rich and generous in flavor, smoothly supple in texture, blah blah ….” Never just, “Tastes like grapes and gets you drunk”

  212. @bjondo

    Robert Plant was the original Golden God.

    Piss off.

  213. Marty says:
    @Lawyer Guy

    I hear Comp is the bottom of the barrel in law, and doesn’t pay anything. Is that why you hired two black associates?

  214. I just perused her “Alien in America” essay. She admits to occasionally being the center of high drama in her family. Her mother was noted chasing her down the street in public when she was a teen. She wouldn’t say why, or where her father was. Probably for good reason.

    In any case, she’s neurotic at best, and suffers from some kind of hysteric pathology at worst. On top of this psychological shit sundae, she has tied her individual worth to her ethnicity, which is mixed African/Chinese. A guaranteed strategy to keep her a self-perpetuating emotional basket case until she passes away.

    I wonder if this isn’t all an unconscious ruse she’s concocted to veil the notion that she just isn’t enough on her own. It’s much easier to admit ultimate failure if some people in power are secretly against you. Far more lucrative, too.

    I kind of feel sorry for that poor girl. All the shitbags who are going to exploit her, and she’ll believe she’s doing just great, as she cries herself to sleep.

    • Agree: Hail
    • Replies: @JimB
  215. binkyxz3 says:

    Einstein never fretted about his hair. Just sayin’.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  216. baythoven says:
    @baythoven

    And please note also that the accent falls on the second syllable. It’s not as we say “latin.” It’s “la-TINX.”

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  217. Kronos says:
    @peterike

    Well, almost…

    Can’t we just pretend everyone thought (including Cosby himself) he was a real medical doctor? That he specialized in sleep disorders and prescribed insomnia medication.

  218. @binkyxz3

    Einstein never fretted about his hair. Just sayin’.

    But he did come up with “discrete wave packets”, so there’s that. Got him his Nobel, too.

    Unfortunately for salons, these weren’t permanent wave packets.

  219. Nachum says:
    @Aft

    Old joke: Supermarket in Cambridge, sign says “Ten items or less”; guy has eleven. “That’s either a Harvard student who can’t count, or an MIT student who can’t read.”

  220. El Dato says:
    @BillGates

    Richard Stallman was, and is, a software socialist. While billed as a genius, in fact he simply harnessed the idealism of socialists and libertarian incel nerds in the software development “community” to donate their work for free for various opensource projects

    Which is excellent. We need MORE software socialism.

    Because no-one in the capitalist “community” could be arsed to put together a single sellable system with a good pricepoint pleasing to hackers to counterbalance the utter shit and farting the consumer’s face from of the House of Microsoft.

    The big ones were caught up in a “My Unix, MINE! ALL MINE!!” fight with idiotic strategy, competing consortia and pricing to the point Unix died on the vine in the early 90s. The WinNT came (based on DEC VMS actually) and that was it.

    Hell, AT&T first realization that it had let the hallowed source code of the first version slip to the universities in the 70s was to slap a copyright on it.

    Nooses are too good for management sharks.

  221. @Anon

    His unpersoning includes being unceremoniously booted from the Free Software Foundation which he founded 30+ years ago and which he probably considers one of the main contributions of his career.

  222. Nachum says:
    @Thulean Friend

    I’m going to take a not-so-wild guess that Stallman has no Jewish identity or identification at all.

    • Replies: @neir
  223. JimB says:
    @Bang Pow Woop

    I kind of feel sorry for that poor girl. All the shitbags who are going to exploit her, and she’ll believe she’s doing just great, as she cries herself to sleep.

    She is a NPC (Negro Plus Chinese) in technology.

  224. Nachum says:
    @El Dato

    And to write a piece of this length, which presumably would need references, sources, and so on (you are destroying a human being, you know), she can’t be bothered to get out of bed and use a full-size keyboard. Remarkable.

  225. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @El Dato

    DEC VMS was actually a pretty good, if somewhat large, OS and environment and if DEC had sold the MicroVAX/VAXstation pizza boxes at a price point that competed with Windows PCs they could have had the business market to themselves. DEC just priced themselves out of the market with the PDP-11, the MicroVAX/VAXstation, and the Alpha. Never did get the idea you had to get out in front of the competition. That was largely Kenneth Olson’s fault. He was not capable of understanding the micro vendors would do to him exactly what he did to IBM.

    IBM survived because the big iron in the dino pen was the only thing that could handle the transaction processing load of the credit card and financial industry. (And still is.) DEC had no irreplaceable technology. They had the PDP-10 Tenex/Twenex systems but sold them as a really big mini rather than as a true mainframe, and when either the 10 or the 11/VAX had to be made into a microprocessor they went with the 32 bit VAX rather than the 36 bit, nine bit byte PDP-10.

    The legacy of the PDP-10: IPv4 addresses are in”octets” rather than “bytes” notionally. An octet is n eight bit byte which is the same, right? Well, back then there were just enough Tenex/Twenex types they bitched because in their world a byte meant nine bits, a word 18, a long word 36. The old LispMs were 36 bit and the later Ivory was 40….

    Motorola was about as bad with their 68000 architecture. They kept it expensive as long as possible and lost their big opportunity when IBM selected the 8088/8086 instead of the 68000. This after they’d lost the 8 bit market when the 6502 undercut the 6800 processor. The 68000 was killed when their major users all went to the short instruction set processors-but they all picked different ones. The 88000 was never a player and Motorola processors were relegated to the low margin embedded and high margin but very low volume mil-spec worlds.

    Intel and Microsoft were not swifter than the average bear. They were just sifter than the next guy down and the bear ate the other guys instead.

  226. Duke84 says:

    I have absolutely no desire to touch her hair.

  227. @Altai

    Five points:

    1) Absence of argument.

    … Gano wrote that there are “so many things wrong” with Stallman’s email that she didn’t know where to begin.

    Pathetic. If there are “so many things” just nail your top three or four. What this really means is she’s angry, but can’t actually make any coherent logical argument.

    I can always give you my arguments for why i think something is bogus, or why i think it should be done another way. I may be wrong. But i can give you my arguments. I’m a guy.

    Of course more pathetic than this garbage from her, is that American society–0ur institutions–are actually paying attention to the logic free emoting of females like her.

    2) She will never do any real technical tech.
    Odds are something like 100 to 1 that she’ll never do more than the tiniest smidgen of actual technical work.

    Even amongst the women who get STEM degrees and enter a STEM career, most of them–assuming they even start with it–will in a few years decide the actual technical work is boring and will either drop out or find a way over to the more people oriented side of things. They’ll talk to customers, or coordinate, or manage or document or do business, but rarely continue to actually be engineers figuring out the X’s and O’s. (One of my nieces just transitioned this summer. And she’ll be excellent at her managerial and customer facing role.) Nothing wrong with this. Lots of those jobs need doing. (Although i’d argue there’s more of them then there should be.) But it’s just a thing. Women rarely actually like–and stay with–the actual technical work. They enjoy people more than things. (As nature intended.)

    Give this girl’s personality, i think her chances of staying on the technical side, much less actually making any technical contribution are basically zero.

    3) Better off knocked up.
    I think one of the problems with the modern world, certainly one of the problems behind a lot of what we see around us today, is that young women aren’t “designed” to not have babies. And it shows. (We used to confine this problem in convents–a superior system.)

    4) Obsessed with being mixed.
    This girl is absolutely obsessed with–and has decided she’s a “victim” of–being mixed.

    This has largely been encouraged and enabled by the dominant minoritarian ideology. So in fairness she is a “victim” of that. But it is her choice.

    She could have chosen to just be an American girl and get on with life. And given the sex skew in STEM, all she had to do to have a reasonable and happy life path is be pleasant, don’t get fat and she would find some earnest young man ready to devote his life to paying for (exotic!) her and her children.

    5) One of the most privileged people on this planet.
    She seems utterly oblivious to the fact, that all American institutions (like MIT) are itching to swing open their doors and roll out the red carpet for her. Opportunities will be dropped in her lap that would only come to white or Asian guys by virture of demonstrated excellence. With any real talent and drive she can easily have a successful and remunerative career.

    She’s essentially Amercian royalty. Yet she thinks she’s oppressed!

    • Agree: El Dato
  228. @SFG

    Your comment that “humans are made to fight wars with other family groups” is exactly right.

    Camodia’s Khmer Rouge terror is a great example of that. Pol Pot killed off roughly 21% of his fellow countrymen. One of his primary goals was to de-urbanize the country and certainly he killed plenty of his fellow ethnic Khmer (roughly 19%).

    But a secondary goal was to exterminate the roughly 10% of Cambodia made up of non-Khmer ethnic minorities. Roughly 44% of the non-Khmer ethnic minorities (e.g. Chinese, Cham, et al) were exterminated.

    With humans, genocide seems to be a constant.

  229. El Dato says:
    @Cagey Beast

    MiniSponCon … something Orwell missed!!

    • LOL: Cagey Beast
  230. Anonymous[417] • Disclaimer says:
    @Thulean Friend

    Stallman shilled for Epstein despite all the evidence

    What evidence?

  231. @Spartan

    “She’ll always be a gadfly. She has to go back.”

    Hey, watch your mouth! Socrates was a gadfly; this female is more like a fruit fly.

    • LOL: Hail
  232. Anonymous[417] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lawyer Guy

    Looking back the hair thing should have been a warning to me. I ended up feeling like I wasted a lot of time trying to explain the law and system to her.

    You just wrote above this that she was smart and picked things up fast. What gives?

  233. Aft says:
    @Altai

    The girl walking around with huge hair she spends hours on and running multiple blogs, plus mass mailing the media over some freak-out she had, aka whose whole life is structured around LOOK AT ME!!! wonders why people respond and say hi…

  234. Anonymous[417] • Disclaimer says:
    @Morris Applebaum IV

    Stallman is not married and has no children. He’s passionately encouraged others to join him in genetic suicide.

    When did he do that?

    • Replies: @Triumph104
  235. Anonymous[417] • Disclaimer says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    I don’t think he’s been asked to leave because of this incident but because of his defense of actual pedophilia

    Where has Stallman defended “actual pedophilia”?

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  236. Aft says:
    @Pat Kittle

    That probably has more to do with brains than brawn:

    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
    , @Anonymous
  237. Anonymous[212] • Disclaimer says:

    Legally Nappy

  238. Anonymous[876] • Disclaimer says:
    @Daniel H

    Did she really think the president was going to dump his wife and marry her?

  239. Charon says:
    @bomag

    true believers in the bureaucracy: if they crush the Stallmans of the world while elevating women; trans; POC; etc, then a new, better era will be ushered in.

    That’s the mock-idealism they advertise. But if you really look at what they do and especially at how they do it, you may recognize that their real goal is simply to do as much damage as possible to the people they resent.

    Elevating themselves and their friends is just a fringe benefit. They are not motivated by principle; they are motivated by hatred. And this hatred, they blame upon anyone but themselves.

  240. Charon says:
    @kaganovitch

    O Physician, hear thyserf!

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  241. @Daniel Williams

    Of course he didn’t (the little swine).

    What should have been no more than a local military action to chastise the war-mongering Serbs was started by Austria-Hungary with German support.
    A generalised Continental war was started by Russia (to come to the rescue of the Serbs) and France (to avenge 1871).
    A World War, that which destroyed our civilisation, was started by perfidious Albion, to avert German hegemony in Europe.
    Fat lot of good it did them (or any of us).

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  242. BB753 says:
    @Anonymous

    If I met her on the street, I’d assume she was Indonesian or Filipina.

    • Replies: @Hail
  243. El Dato says:
    @Thulean Friend

    Wikipedia says:

    “Stallman was born March 16, 1953, in New York City, to a family of Jewish heritage.”

    but I still would like to see some kind of proof for this piece of dank Streicherian accusation:

    Stallman shilled for Epstein despite all the evidence, most likely out of tribal/jewish loyalty.

    …because he didn’t “shill for Epstein” at all. If anything, he shilled for Minsky.

  244. @Lawyer Guy

    How did she work out as a lawyer?

    • Replies: @Lawyer Guy
  245. El Dato says:
    @TomSchmidt

    There should be an Damascus-Steel Law of Bureaucracy whereby the now chummy & chonkers bureaucracy creates a hollowed-out structure which can then be taken over easily by outside forces who just “want it more”.

  246. El Dato says:
    @bored identity

    These people are mental.

    The Internet for the masses was a mistake.

  247. @Anonymous

    This is an effing BS response from anyone with Google and half a brain, but maybe you’re an idiot, so, for example, here is Stallman admitting it:

    https://stallman.org/archives/2019-jul-oct.html#14_September_2019_(Sex_between_an_adult_and_a_child_is_wrong)

  248. El Dato says:
    @Anonymous

    DEC VMS was actually a pretty good, if somewhat large, OS and environment and if DEC had sold the MicroVAX/VAXstation pizza boxes at a price point that competed with Windows PCs they could have had the business market to themselves.

    Hell yeah.

    It’s a long and varied history and I haven’t even read all of it. Too long to discuss now.

    (The turning point was probably when the IBM+Microsoft collaboration couldn’t get OS/2 out (to say nothing of Presentation Manager) because it’s IBM, and Microsoft just pulled a fast one by sort-of hacking multitasking into Windows, destroying an OS/2 selling point. Hardware-wise IBM’s decided to greed-kill its anointed follow-up to the PC, the PS/2, by keeping the architecture “licensed”. That was the end of that. At some point Linux arrived on the scene and became a minor sensation, completely unforeseen, thanks in large parts to the GNU tools and Unix lore that existed at that point (thanks BSD!!!))

    Let’s just say that without “software communism”, you would probably not have an Internet but a few jealously garded walled gardens and for-sale software would overall be even shitter and pricier than it already is (because it’ss not just about the product but also the possibility for new entrants to play around and inspect existing software on the cheap). Security-wise, your PC would be a roach wonderland. In this reality, the permanent danger posed by the landmines of the completely unnecessary and greed-and-attorney-powered “software patents” (a contradiction in two words) is enough to make one’s hair stand on end. As I say, nooses are too good…

    • Replies: @anon
  249. Anonymous[327] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hail

    Is it telling that she uses the term “Asian” instead of the nationality-group her (mother?) belongs to?

    Yes, it is.

  250. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    Given their cost structure and volumes, there was never any chance that a machine running proprietary VAX hardware was ever going to be price competitive with Sun and SG workstations, let alone commodity Wintel hardware/software. It just wasn’t possible. Cutting prices in this way would have just bled them dry even faster.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  251. Anonymous[327] • Disclaimer says:
    @baythoven

    Is it pronounced like “tin” or like “teen”?

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  252. Thirdtwin says:

    Somebody may have dropped this into the thread already. If so, please forgive me…

    “Why Ivanka Trump’s new haircut should make us very afraid”

    By Arwa Mahdawi

    “It is hard to keep up with the volume of news these days. However, that is no excuse for me missing what may prove to be the biggest story of the year: Ivanka Trump getting a haircut.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/18/why-ivanka-trumps-new-haircut-should-make-us-very-afraid

  253. @Charon

    Apologies, we plofessionar hasbala types always ell on side of Antisemitism.

    • Agree: Charon
  254. Jack D says:
    @El Dato

    The “natural state” of software (and of anything that exists in digital form) is that it wants to be freely copy-able, especially in a world of high speed data transmission. It is unlike a toaster or even a physical book in that my possession of it doesn’t deprive you of your use of it. Seeing software as a physical product that comes in a box and therefore your users as shoplifters unless they have bought the box is the wrong way to look at it. Even when software was delivered on floppy disks it was STILL the wrong way to look at it. The only way its natural state can be altered is either with kludgy copy protection, which never works or else by having a government enforced terror regime. While the latter may succeed to some extent, it causes customers to hate the producers – this is not the relationship that you really want to have with your customers.

    With software (and nowadays with music) the smarter producers have realized that instead of trying to lock up their inherently unlockable product, they should stop fighting nature and find an economic model based upon their customers love for their product instead of their hatred for all the barbed wire that they have wrapped it in. Instead of selling CDs with hidden copy protection and suing their customers, you go on a concert tour and sell T-shirts. Instead of selling the software itself you sell support for it. Maybe your customer is a big corporate user and they want you to write custom features for them. It turns out that you don’t have to threaten your fans with imprisonment to get them to open their wallets.

    Stallman is not opposed to people making money. Although he himself has no real interest in it, he understands that other people do and that it is necessary that programmers and people who support software be compensated for their work. Big corporations and bean counters can be their own worst enemies because they lack the vision thing and only see the next quarter’s profits. “If we can’t charge a huge license fee for each machine running Unix, how will we make money?” So you do and you end up with 5 large organizations running Unix. Stallman had the vision thing – “If you build it, they will come.” And you end up with millions running GNU. Visionaries have to be a little insane because anyone sane says what they are doing is crazy, not possible, etc. It’s only in retrospect that you realize that the visionary was right all along.

    • Agree: El Dato
  255. Wrong says:
    @Anon

    Jensen himself had already noticed that there were more funny-looking white children than black children at the low-IQ range. There are obviously structural brain differences between blacks and non-blacks, which the standard IQ test cannot account for, but you can infer their existence by noticing patterns such as the abovementioned.

    Muhammad Ali wasn’t retarded in the clinical sense, but were he not a boxer, he wouldn’t have been able to do anything else other than manual work (or rapping, had he been born 30 years later).

    • Agree: Jack D
    • Replies: @Art Deco
  256. @Jack D

    “1,2,3,many” explains the enormous scientific contributions from the Dindu peoples.

  257. El Dato says:

    Meanwhile, MIT Media Lab again in the news for the wrong reasons.

    (Why does MIT Media Lab even exist? It seems like a generator of TED talks)

    (Hey what happened to “One Laptop Per Child”?)

    MIT lab’s visionary ‘food computer’ project may be ‘selling fantasy’ to millennials and donors

    Imagine a world where every family can grow fresh vegetables in a sealed high-tech box … that is the vision of Caleb Harper, head of the Open Agricultural Initiative at the Media Lab ran by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as described by himself in numerous public speeches and media appearances. The box, or “food computer” as he prefers to call it, will be made from parts readily available on Amazon, the technology open source and easily hackable, and the exterior fully customizable to express the owner’s individuality.

    Ticks all the modern faddish “maker” boxes, including “order from Amazon”, including the Elizabeth Holmes alert box.

    Sadly, reality lurks:

    … Plants shown in photos, and to potential donors given a tour of the lab, were bought elsewhere and placed in the boxes so as to appear as if they grew there, and some of the statements made by Harper were exaggerated or simply not true. At least that’s what some people familiar with his work told the media.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  258. @Anonymous

    I’m sure you know more than I do about this subject, but I’ll just say that I went from hating computers, to being quite fascinated with them, when my school switched my department from Vax to Unix.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  259. @Jack D

    Not quite right; TECO was the “Tape Editor and COrecctor” for PDP-series machines…it was originally written by Dan Murphy at MIT in the early ‘60s.

    TECO is programmable in a certain sense, and a “program” for TECO, say to add line numbers to all the lines in your document would be called a “macro”. Emacs is of course a collection of TECO “Editor MACroS”. EMACS, as written by Stallman first showed up on the MIT ITSS “incompatible time-sharing system” which was running on a PDP-6. ITSS, which was a project of the AI Lab (which was run by Minsky), was “incompatible” with to OS on the main campus computer, the IBM 7094 running “CTSS” or “compatible time sharing system”.

    The CTSS text editor was named QED, was as grotty as TECO, and acquired regular-expression support courtesy of the Bell Labs Unix guys.

    The original port of EMACS to a Unix system is generally held to be James Gosling’s GOSMACS; Gosling much more famously responsible for the Java language at Sun Microsystems.

  260. Anonymous[294] • Disclaimer says:
    @International Jew

    I’m sure you know more than I do about this subject, but I’ll just say that I went from hating computers, to being quite fascinated with them, when my school switched my department from Vax to Unix.

    It sounds as if you had little to no background in computers to start with. How did you manage to learn what you know now? Did you ever take any computer science courses? Most of the discussion in this thread is incomprehensible to me.

    • Replies: @SimpleSong
  261. Jack D says:
    @Dumbo

    In Italian-American theater in Manhattan, circa 1919, they shorten bambino to “bimbo” to mean a stupid man. Of course it has a masculine ending and would not be used to apply to a woman in Italian. But somehow the word makes the jump to genderless English in Tin Pan Alley and Variety (still in Manhattan and also part of the theater world – not a long journey) and by 1920 it is being used to refer to women of both questionable intelligence and virtue (and sometimes still also to men). It then fades out until being revived in the 1980s, at which point it refers only to women.

    As for bimbette, I think this was not an attempt at feminization but rather diminution only since in English bimbos were already female by this point. Bimbette signifies a “junior bimbo” or a young bimbo.

    • Agree: BB753
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  262. Ibound1 says:
    @AnotherDad

    Agree. Note that her “Alien in America” essay contains these lines:

    “But, as I lay in bed attempting to type a draft of this essay on my phone, I realized . . . I couldn’t do it.
    I just couldn’t.”

    I sense a pattern here. Of course I didn’t go to MIT so perhaps my pattern discerning skills aren’t up to snuff

    She also writes – and this is as an undergrad that certain questions (regarding her place in the universe) are more

    “unsolvable than all of the projects and research questions that have captured my attention over the years.”

    More unsolvable than all of those ? All of them? So what are the lists of the questions she’s solved?

    • Replies: @anon
  263. anon[210] • Disclaimer says:
    @El Dato

    For a few years the PDP-11 was available in kit form from Heathkit.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heathkit_H11

  264. peterike says:

    Oh yeah, speaking of validating hateful stereotypes…

    In Germany, Jewish funds help keep Mediterranean migrant rescue missions afloat

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-germany-jewish-funds-help-keep-mediterranean-migrant-rescue-missions-afloat/

    Huh. This can’t be true.

  265. Ibound1 says:
    @Laurence Whelk

    Is that Greta Thunberg in the braids?

    • Replies: @Laurence Whelk
  266. @Anonymous

    “Lateenx” might be overdoing it a bit, like you’re trying to prove you’re authentically Latin or at least down with their struggle (e.g. white chicks covering the immigration issue for NPR). Note how actors portraying Latinos on cheesy US TV dramas pompously proclaim stilted lines such as, “I must go and fight with my peee-pul!”

  267. @El Dato

    Veggies in a sealed box — Schrodinger’s Carrot?

  268. @Anonymous

    Working on computers as a hobby has sorta become the new version of working on a car in your garage. I’m certainly not a CS person, any more than my dad was an automotive engineer, but I do find it an enjoyable hobby in my retirement. What I would do would be to get an old laptop that you have that you don’t really use anymore for whatever reason and are considering giving to goodwill. Or pick up an old laptop at goodwill. Then download a user friendly version of linux like Ubuntu or Mint. Erase the old hard drive and overwrite it with the new operating system. Voila! You are now a Unix systems administrator with a network consisting of one computer, and you have nothing to lose if you screw something up.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Clyde
  269. Art Deco says:
    @Wrong

    he wouldn’t have been able to do anything else other than manual work

    When Ali was at the age where he would have been at the midpoint of an ordinary man’s working life, just shy of 50% of the working population was classified as performing manual labor. What’s interesting about Ali is that he had a great deal of humor and spoken verbal agility, but his test scores suggested someone who would be niched to work at the lowest skill levels (kitchen employee, janitor, parking lot attendant, skycap). (I’d check the biographical literature to see if he might have contrived to lower his scores on the tests given by Selective Service).

  270. @Fidelios Automata

    But that is by far and away her most appealing photo. Her only appealing photo. The funny thing is, look her up on Google Images and there are now as many photos of Stallman as of her.

  271. Kyle says:
    @Jack D

    The duchesses were not concubines.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  272. Bimbx…

    Bambx Meets Godzillx, fifty years on:

  273. anon[312] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ibound1

    “unsolvable than all of the projects and research questions that have captured my attention over the years.”

    Insecure solipsistic girl-child @MIT never heard of this?

    https://infogalactic.com/info/Halting_problem

    lol

  274. Anonymous[876] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Bimbo the Clown was an early animated cartoon character IIRC.

    • Replies: @res
  275. @Aft

    East Asian brainpower played a big part all right.

    So did humping munitions in backpacks & digging tunnels with hand tools, while dodging twice as many bombs as all sides dropped in WWII.

    Ho Chi Minh Trail Before and Now Photos:
    — ( https://www.exploreindochina.com/blog/14-ho-chi-minh-trail-before-and-now-photos )

    • Replies: @Jack D
  276. One of the reasons I dismiss the idea of the Thousand Year SJW Reich is because not only do the Woke go around alienating/demonizing their soldier/security caste, but they also seem to delight into antagonizing 140+ IQ types that make modern society function. At least the Chinese seem to grok that it doesn’t hurt to encourage these types with pretty girls (cheerleader coders). Meanwhile Western society would happily level Caltech and MIT to the ground, ban miniature wargaming and Hearts of Iron if it meant the preservation of female hypergamy for one more year.

    How many degrees of separation between Stallman and Ted K? Can a room full of Salem’s write competing code if Stallman released some version of Stuxnet to fry US infrastructure?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @J.Ross
  277. @Kronos

    That would be closing the barn door after the horses all ran out at this point, open source software is pretty much everywhere. I don’t think large companies care at this point if the grandfather of open source is deplatformed or not.

    • Replies: @Kronos
  278. Jack D says:
    @SimpleSong

    One thing I would add to that is to make sure that the computer in question has at least reasonably modern specifications for its processor and memory. Linux, especially lightweight versions like Lubuntu, requires less processing power and memory than Windows but it is not capable of working miracles and turing a 10 year old netbook with an Atom processor and 1GB of RAM into anything that you would actually want to use. If you are buying a laptop with no operating system and no HDD (off lease corporate machines – there are boatloads of these on ebay) you can get a powerful machine (e.g. i5 processor, 8gb RAM) for as little as $100. There’s no reason to run ancient hardware. Anyone who has not replaced their spinning drive with an SSD should do so in any case – nothing speeds up older hardware more. SSDs have become very cheap, starting at under $30.

    The other thing I would add is that it is not necessary to erase your existing OS in order to experiment with Linux. If you just want to tip your toes in the water there are “Live CDs” which allow you to boot directly from them without any installation and without disturbing your existing OS.

    It is also possible, if you have the space on your drive, to create a Linux partition and to “dual boot” so that you can choose whether to boot Linux or Windows each time that you power up. However, this is not for the faint hearted – you should have a full backup (which you should have anyway) and be prepared for there to be a point where the machine is not willing to boot windows (or boot at all) and you will be cursing the day that you got this crazy idea in your head. Don’t worry, your data is all there and you’ll get it to boot again eventually.

    Or to install Linux as a “virtual machine”. Or to add another physical drive (even in a laptop there may be an unused mSATA slot or you can replace the CD drive, which no one ever uses anymore, with a hard drive caddy).

    • Agree: Cagey Beast
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Jim Don Bob
  279. Jack D says:
    @Pat Kittle

    So did having a Communist government that was indifferent to human life and willing to put a million of their youth into the meat grinder (out of a population of 25M – the equivalent US loss would have been 10M dead. There’s no way you can impose those kind of losses on the population except in a dictatorship.

    But yes, the Americans went in thinking that they were going to be fighting a bunch of disorganized “gooks” and instead they were up against well organized, battle hardened troops who had the home field advantage.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Johann Ricke
  280. Anonymous[254] • Disclaimer says:
    @Aft

    I don’t see any pattern here. High IQs in the north and the south.

  281. Anonymous[254] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Thank you, Jack. I must say I do not have the background to decipher much of this though. Have you ever taken a CS class? Would you recommend one?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @res
  282. Jack D says:
    @Jack Henson

    the idea of the Thousand Year SJW Reich

    The Thousand Year Reich only lasted 12 because they were efficient maximalists who drank their own Kool-Aid. To a German, a thing worth doing is worth doing well. This provoked such an equal and opposite counter-reaction that they were either going to prevail or be crushed – there was no intermediate outcome possible.

    Selam OTOH can barely get out of bed. If she and her kind every ended up really running things, they’d run them into the ground in a way that would make Robert Mugabe seem like a Prussian in comparison. But I don’t think that’s really going to happen. In the Cultural Revolution girls like Selam were free to go after people who were threats to Mao’s power. But if she were to speak a word against Mao himself or against the Gang of Four or any of his inner circle, they would have been on her like white on rice. And note that in China in the end the pragmatists and not the Cultural Revolutionaries ended up in charge.

    The reason things go irrevocably south in places like Cuba, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, etc. is that there’s a very thin team of elites to begin with – once they get swept away in the first wave of the Revolution there’s no comeback – it’s clownworld forever more. But the sane and competent people of the US field a much bigger team. The SJW snipers can pick a few stragglers off but let’s see what happens if they really try going after core players (especially Dems). Leftists should be screaming about Liz Warren and her fake Indian shtick (can you imagine if Trump tried this) but not a word.

  283. J.Ross says:
    @Jack Henson

    Every revolution from France to Iran through all the commies starts by eliminating everybody who knows how to actually do anything. Often they then hurriedly bring them back because fighting neighbors turns out to be harder than the speechifyers promised. The closest comparison to this would be Mao’s cultural revolution, which grievously injured China, but did not put a scratch on China’s government or Mao’s memory.
    And while we can foresee how this cannibalism will devastate our future (more than anything else, by intimidating the contributors of tomorrow from even trying), at present the material damage it does is not comparable to any given episode of the Cultural Revolution.
    And also: what pushback is there? This was a success for them, Trump won’t even tweet about it, and no normie is going to comprehend Stallman’s significance or feel his loss.
    We move closer to civil war, the ones bringing us there are the lefties, and the reason they are still headed that way is the total lack of opposition to them from authorities.

  284. J.Ross says:
    @Anonymous

    This isn’t helpful but you’ll get the hang of it: just about every computer textbook is online and YouTube has a million completely free lecture series. Now, some of those are worthless or not a good fit, so you still have to sort through them. Then there’s always the help forums for a specific problem others have encountered. Sorting through the material is a part of learning this, inconvenient at first, rapid and useful after some practice.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  285. @Kent Nationalist

    “I too am interested in what sort of hair a black/Asian hybrid would have”

    The daughter of a black female/dot Indian male couple I met had wonderful long dark straight Indian hair and was a very striking girl.

    I think Salem Guano is a more descriptive name btw.

  286. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    We probably shouldn’t have been there in the first place but had we fought it as a war, we’d have won before the antiwar movement could really spool up.

    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
    , @MarkinLA
  287. res says:
    @Anonymous

    This looks like it might be worth a look (but I have not taken it): https://online.stanford.edu/courses/soe-ycscs101-sp-computer-science-101

    Here is a more detailed look at some of the things Jack D talked about: https://www.lifewire.com/beginners-guide-to-linux-4090233

    Jack gave some good advice. In particular the idea of getting an expendable (one you don’t depend on) laptop and upgrading to an SSD.

    And if you can, try to find someone local you can talk to about this stuff and who can offer a hand when you have problems. Problems tend to be much easier to debug in person.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Anonymous
  288. @anon

    Crosby has alienated the rest of the group so much that they won’t talk to him any longer. So maybe she could be his replacement.

    Meanwhile David goes on to new glory with his band and his son’s band.

  289. @Jim Don Bob

    Pretty good. She switched over to a more political area of the law, trying to be slightly cagey here, and got a big boost for being there when a crop of the 80s Black lawyers doing it retired.

  290. Well hair is a big thing for them. See this tweet. It’s all about the braids!

    • Replies: @Kent Nationalist
  291. @Jack D

    Or to install Linux as a “virtual machine”.

    Google Virtual Box. There are tons of pre-built OSs available.

    Or do what the pros do – spend $149 on a copy of Vmware workstation. http://www.vmware.com.

    Jack is right about using modern hardware and an SSD. There are tons of good laptops on ebay for $200.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  292. Anonymous[254] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross

    Thank you.

  293. Anonymous[254] • Disclaimer says:
    @res

    Thank you!!

    Do you feel it is worthwhile knowledge to obtain? What can one do with it?

    • Replies: @res
  294. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Well, their whole model of being a low volume high profit business vendor of computational power was in trouble. I remember in 1980, hanging out at the Northwest Plaza Mall in STL County, DEC actually had a retail store there. But if they figured out or you admitted you were not a business buyer they’d basically throw you out. They had the DEC Rainbow and a “Pro” machine that ran the LSI-11 and terminals hooked to a Vax and a PDP-10 remotely but they would not let you play with them.

    If they had went for the volume and quit perpetrating customer control tactics that worked in the short term but drove people away in the longer term, they might have made it and maybe not, but by pursuing their path as long as they did they gave up their crown jewel Alpha for a pittance to Intel, who they beat in a lawsuit(!) then sold out to Compaq. Which in turn became part of hp around the Broad Restructuring and the whole thing went to dust.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  295. Hail says: • Website
    @BB753

    A case of one’s mind searching forcing things into familiar-ground boxes:

    – Mongoloid + Australoid: Common in SE Asia.
    – Mongoloid + northeastern Negrid: Not common anywhere; this look will look exotic almost anywhere on the planet; possibly excluding Madagascar.

    Suggestion for Selam Gano: If you are worried about not racially fitting in, something closer to your phenotype probably fits best in Madagascar.

    (See picture of Madagascar girls.)

  296. @Anonymous

    We probably shouldn’t have been there in the first place but had we fought it as a war, we’d have won before the antiwar movement could really spool up.

    We’ve heard that reasoning applied to other targeted countries — how much chaos must we dispense before we call it “victory” and go home — when the Terrorist Theocracy of Eretz Yisrael is our only real enemy?

  297. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @res

    I used to encourage people to buy or scrounge several expendable computers but the space and time demands get huge. Now I’d spend $35 and buy a Raspberry Pi. It almost exactly emulates the power of a completely maxed out SPARCstation-20 of 1998, the price was $35K.

    • Replies: @res
  298. Herzog says:
    @Anonymous

    Her name ist completely Ethiopian: Selam is trans-ethnic, trans-lingual, and even trans-religious in Ethiopia, Gano is Oromo (in Ethiopia they would write it Gannoo).

  299. @El Dato

    Which is excellent. We need MORE software socialism.

    If you want to provide the fruits of your hard-won successes for free have at it. But that has nothing to do with socialism. OTOH if you don’t mind murdering millions of innocent people, the socialism is what statisticians call a “best fit” for you.

    Do keep in mind that you too will be murdered. But hey, if you get to hang a few managers before you are drawn and quartered, it will be worth it, right El Dato?

  300. @AnotherDad

    She’s essentially Amercian royalty. Yet she thinks she’s oppressed!

    She’s American royalty because she thinks she’s oppressed.

    That’s the world we live in.

    • Agree: Hail
  301. Clyde says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    Jack is right about using modern hardware and an SSD. There are tons of good laptops on ebay for $200.

    Just got a 15.6″ Dell Inspiron laptop used on ebay. $300 total. The model is 5575 with AMD Ryzen with a 256GB NVME drive which reads/writes faster than SSD drives by say 4x. Conventional SSDs are passe. Next desktop I put together will have motherboard with an NVME slot which is fairly common these days. NVME has “Such good responses” as the old Cream tune went. SWLABR. Amusingly enough, NVME drives cost about the same as regular SSD drives.

    “You’ve got that pure feel, such good responses” – Cream

    NVME M.2 is a miniaturized SSD drive. As large as a memory stick and much faster than “full size” SSDs you are thinking of.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    , @Jack D
    , @Jim Don Bob
  302. Clyde says:
    @Clyde

    Display 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080)
    Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
    CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Mobile Processor
    GPU Integrated Radeon Vega8 Graphics
    RAM 8GB –

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  303. Clyde says:
    @SimpleSong

    Do you know what the flu.x program (app) is? Let me know when Mint Linux implements it fully. Last time I tried Mint it was pathetic, Is there a good Linux (or Chrome or Firefox) program for getting tunes and podcasts off YouTube in MP3 form? Windows has this.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  304. @Kronos

    MIT is “supposed” to be more merit based than say AA Harvard.

    When I was at MIT in the late 60s, around 10% of the undergraduates were women. Now it’s almost half (46% a year ago). If that isn’t AA I don’t know what is.

    • Replies: @res
  305. res says:
    @Anonymous

    Do you feel it is worthwhile knowledge to obtain? What can one do with it?

    That’s a hard question to answer. Maybe some others will try, but here are some thoughts.

    If you have an affinity for the subject I would say it is worth it. And that basic course might be worthwhile just to determine that. If you REALLY have an affinity then whatever you are particularly good at might be worth pursuing professionally (e.g. programming, sysadmin, hardware, tool maven).

    But for most of us it’s probably better to focus on things like:
    – Better understanding the world we live in and being able to cope with it. Just having the confidence to deal with your own basic computer issues is worthwhile. Much of that is just confidence and an ability to learn from the experiences of others on the internet. Combined with some basic knowledge and troubleshooting skills.
    – Being able to use your tools better. For example, for someone who uses Word and Excel basic programming ability can enable more powerful capabilities.
    – Learning a different style of thinking and problem solving. Computers are merciless in enforcing clear thinking and programming can be good for developing some of those skills.

    Perhaps try that online Stanford CS 101 course and see what you enjoy and what you are good at. Then spend some time thinking about what interests you have and how computers might help you accomplish them. For example, Sabermetrics can be a fun way to learn about databases. https://www.edx.org/course/sabermetrics-101-introduction-to-baseball-analytics-2

    Setting up a laptop like Jack D described is worthwhile in the same sense learning to work on cars is (at least when cars were a bit more home mechanic accessible, less now IMHO). Being able to learn on a machine that isn’t your primary (i.e. if it breaks there is no major inconvenience) is helpful.

  306. res says:
    @Anonymous

    How do you feel about that solution compared to a cheap laptop like we have been discussing? The built in keyboard, display, and battery seem like pretty big advantages. And a compact (say ~14″) laptop isn’t that big.

    I keep meaning to get a Raspberry Pi to play with, but have not come up with a good enough use case to make it worth the trouble. What do you use yours for?

    It almost exactly emulates the power of a completely maxed out SPARCstation-20 of 1998, the price was $35K.

    It’s sad we are no longer on the massive performance improvement curve we had when both Dennard scaling and Moore’s Law were in full flower.

    How would you compare that SPARCstation-20 to Linux/FreeBSD running on much less expensive PC hardware of that time?

  307. res says:
    @Rex Little

    The changes from around 1970 to 1990 were dramatic.
    http://web.mit.edu/fnl/volume/264/numbers.html

    Women as a Percentage of Total Undergraduates, Graduate Students, and Faculty:
    Academic Years 1901-2014

    • Replies: @Hail
  308. Kronos says:
    @Unladen Swallow

    It seemed like a long time to hold a grudge.

  309. vhrm says:
    @Art Deco

    The relevant administrator who pushed Stallman out is likely MIT’s president
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Rafael_Reif

    L. Rafael Reif

    I don’t know how he is overall but he’s been genuflecting on the SJW issues for over a decade. He set up some Taskforce on inequality, appointed some provosts of diversity. He sends occasional updates about how hiring more women and NAM engineering and science professors is super important and “we need to do better”…

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  310. Jack D says:
    @Clyde

    http://jonls.dk/redshift/

    https://www.mediahuman.com/repository.html

    Generally speaking there is a Linux equivalent to just about every Windows app or feature.

    • Replies: @donvonburg
    , @Clyde
  311. @Jack D

    But yes, the Americans went in thinking that they were going to be fighting a bunch of disorganized “gooks” and instead they were up against well organized, battle hardened troops who had the home field advantage.

    That home field advantage did nothing for the Vietnamese when they fought an Oriental army using Oriental rules.

    https://www.quora.com/If-guerrilla-warfare-is-so-hard-to-beat-why-didnt-more-countries-militaries-revert-to-guerilla-tactics-when-they-were-on-the-verge-of-defeat/answer/Yifeng-Huang-8?
    http://www.historynet.com/war-of-the-dragons-the-sino-vietnamese-war-1979.htm

    An estimated 100,000 Vietnamese civilian dead in 6 weeks of war. The Chinese withdrew because that was a condition of the Soviets not jumping in with both feet. But the other reason was China’s ostensible alliance with the West against the Soviets – a collaboration that would have been short-lived if China had revealed its expansive territorial ambitions at that very moment.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  312. @Ibound1

    Is that Greta Thunberg in the braids?

    Her spiritual forbearer.

  313. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @res

    I keep meaning to get a Raspberry Pi to play with, but have not come up with a good enough use case to make it worth the trouble. What do you use yours for?

    I’ve got a couple of older ones but I haven’t done much with them, one was a gift for Christmas and one was given me by a friend when his kid joined the military and they cleaned out his junkpile of a room. I’m aggressively downsizing now but the Pi’s are small enough I just leave them where they are.

    I was hoping that Sibelius would release the 1.0 version for RISC OS for that OS on the Pi, but they haven’t. The other thing I was going to do was put one into an Apple II with the adapter board, but I’ve given my Apple II stuff to a good home now when I started downsizing.

    How would you compare that SPARCstation-20 to Linux/FreeBSD running on much less expensive PC hardware of that time?

    When it was current, way way better. But PC hardware had eclipsed it around the time of 9/11 or so. By then the old pizza box SPARCstations were obsolete and Sun was selling a larger , but much cheaper box. They fell out of favor and then Oracle bought Sun and that was all she wrote: we only heard about Scott McNealy when his son became a semi-big golfer.

    The last workstation that could beat Intel was the DEC Alpha, but those fizzed out when the hoped for transition to RISC that Microsoft promised for Win NT did not happen. Microsoft was willing, but the application vendors refused to make Alpha native common shrinkwrap software, and DEC itself was in a state of failing. Meanwhile, the workstation business that was left, such as it was, pinned its hopes on Itanic, which turned out to be a trainwreck too. HP owned both its own internal HP3000 and HP9000 lines and DEC’s VMS and Unix businesses and would up euthanizing the HP3000 and seeing both the DEC Unix and HP’s HP-UX businesses drown.

  314. Lurker says:
    @Hail

    Her real beef should be with China/Chinese.

  315. @res

    If a cheap general-purpose computer is what you want, a Raspberry Pi is not such a hot choice because by itself it’s incomplete. You’ll need a keyboard, mouse and monitor, cables and/or wireless dongles, a power source for the RPi, and (ideally) a $10 lucite case for it. In the end, you’ll have spent $200 on a system you can’t conveniently move from place to place, that has the computing power of a smartphone.

    What RPi’s are good for, is for all kinds of things other than as a general purpose computer! I.e., in roles as a standalone controller of some kind.

    I have one, attached to the side of my ancient laser printer, that makes that printer available to any other computer on my home Wifi network. Newer printers have that functionality built in. And of course if the functionality alone was what I wanted, I would have just bought a new printer. The only way to justify this RPi project was that it was fun.

    I have another RPi attached to my ancient MIDI keyboard. The RPi records, plays back, manipulates and modifies what I play. Again, nothing I couldn’t buy ready-made. Just fun.

    I think by now you’ve picked up that an RPi can be loads of fun, but as a beginner’s introduction to computing it’s not your best choice.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  316. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @International Jew

    You are going to have to buy a keyboard, mouse and monitor for any system anyway and if you can’t scrounge or mooch one, most cities have “surplus exchange” joints that sell donations of this stuff cheap used from corporate donations. Most computer buffs and gamers have several old keyboards and mice that came with systems they’ll give you or sell cheap to get them out of the house.

    Where the RPi comes in, besides as an embedded controller, is the guy that has a desktop PC already but he doen’t want to screw up the setup on that. So he can take the KVM off that and use it with the Pi and put it back easily. All he needs is the Pi and a good 5 volt USB power adapter.

    In most reasonably affluent suburbs getting up at 4 am on trash day and driving around until you see a computer in the trash will net you a few of them for an hour or two of driving around and a few bucks in gas, but most will need work, you’ll have to take them apart, deal with baby poop nd rotten food and whatnot on them maybe from being in the trash with dipers and food waste. Yecch.

    Yes you can buy a decent laptop for cheap on ebay, Amazon or the local thrift store, too. But if you are not experienced tearing into laptops is a pain in the ass. A new RPi is clean, fast, and impossible to really hork except on purpose.

    Or get the Official Super deluxe Kit:

    https://www.amazon.com/Raspberry-Pi-Starter-Kit-official/dp/B01MTJW9TM/

    • Replies: @nier
    , @jim jones
  317. RMS wrote back to me and said he’s not giving up his mission of promoting Free Software. He urged me to continue to pressure the Free Software Foundation to remain true to the principles he established for it – and I urge others to do so, too. Richard supported me during a tough phase of my own career in Silicon Valley and his free expression, like his effective advocacy of the valuable software we would not otherwise be free to use, must not be silenced

    • Replies: @Jack D
  318. @Jack D

    Selam has the classic conflict of the mulatto – she feels Chinese on the inside but when she looks in the mirror she sees a Negress. This is enough drive anyone crazy – imagine that you looked in the mirror tomorrow and you saw a Negro staring back at you.

    She does look really Oriental, though. But at first glance, you’d think one of the darker Southeast Asian ethnics, with a perm. In fact, without the black hair, Tiger Woods wouldn’t look out of place in Thailand. Given the occasional Southeast Asian with significant Melanesian admixture, it’s not that big a stretch.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @Jack D
  319. @Jack D

    Yes, but generally they lack user interface elegance and are never popular either on Linux/FreeBSD nor on Windows.
    GIMP vs Photoshop , the various office/word processing programs vs MS office/Word, Mozilla Thunderbird vs Outlook.

    When I had some business issues and had to get a “day job” to keep my repair business afloat in around 2009, I worked for an HVAC distributor which is one of the very few businesses that does use Linux desktops for production. Most of the employees at the level I was working were either housewives hastily trained or old HVAC guys physically no longer capable of doing the work.

    Since we only had to use two or three apps this actually worked well. We took calls via a USB headset and a telephony app and straightened out orders, answered light tech questions, handled credit apps, what have you. The owner’s son was a CS doctoral candidate and a big nerd and he had set all this up.

    Pay wasn’t much but the owners paid for lunch pretty much every day-the family owned a couple of restaurants-good coffee was free too, and the kicker-up until the city outlawed it they were one of the last places you could smoke at on the job. One room was for nonsmokers and the other was ventilated by a huge fan. I did it for about six months and gained about fifteen pounds.

    When I left I asked the kid why they used Linux since everything we did was easily doable on Windows and everyone already knew Windows. He told me the truth: as long as the business had all its records and workflow dependent on Linux, no other companies were interested in buying the place and his dad was afraid that one of the HVAC distributors would go to the bank and get them to pull their financing to force them to sell to someone like Johnstone or Dey. They paid their bills, but not as promptly as they should sometimes, so the old man might have been rightly concerned.

    After I left, I fixed some ethnic instruments like tamburitzas and oud-like things for them and they still drop food by my shop once in a blue moon.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  320. @Johann Ricke

    One of Obama’s Indonesian step-uncle said little Barry Soetoro looked like an Indonesian from an island near New Guinea.

  321. @Cloudswrest

    I detect a little jealously in this woman.

  322. Anon[385] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    essays about the care and texture (type 3B!) of her hair

    The Oprah hair texture scale is known and memorized by all black women, down to IQ 55. YouTube has seven million “my hair is __ on the hair texture scale” videos.

  323. nier says:
    @Anonymous

    a used lenovo thinkpad cost only $300

  324. Jack D says:
    @donvonburg

    Cool story. Were the owners “ethnic”? Most people want to make their businesses more salable, not less, so this is sort of a lesson in what not to do. It sounds to me like the nerdy son had a lot to do with this.

    Unless you have some special reason to be using Linux, the average home user/small business is probably better off with Windows for their desktop machines. It’s true that many consumer oriented Linux apps are 2nd rate imitations of Windows apps but for anything geeky they are better – for example Gparted is the gold standard for disk partitioning tools (but the REAL geeks work directly from the command line – no pretty shells for them).

    • Replies: @donvonburg
  325. Jack D says:
    @Johann Ricke

    Mindy Kaling’s (100% S. Asian) brother shaved his head in order to pass as black and get into med school. Once you were deprived of the hair texture clue, his appearance was close enough to pass for African-American.

  326. jim jones says:
    @Anonymous

    Probably all old keyboards will be PS2 rather than USB

  327. Jack D says:
    @Clyde

    Most newer (post 2015) laptops have an M.2 slot and some of those slots are NVME compatible and some aren’t – you have to do your homework. There’s no reason that an SSD has to come in a little square metal box since it’s really more like a memory stick than a “drive”. The box is just a waste of space. NVME is just a different (faster) interface so the cost of the stick type SSD behind it is little different than a SATA SSD. For a Linux setup the 5575 might present driver problems with its off brand processor and 3D graphics and NVME drive – there are Linux drivers for most stuff but not every exotic combination.

    For a desktop you can get an NVME adapter that fits in a spare PCIe slot for under $15 but whether your BIOS supports booting from that is another question. If it’s an older machine the answer is probably no and you lose much of the advantage of an SSD if you can’t boot from it. If you switch an older desktop from an HDD to an SSD the boot up time goes from “all day” to “a few seconds”.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  328. Jack D says:
    @Fran Macadam

    Here’s a prediction – from now on the mission of the Free Software Foundation will be to promote social justice and equal access to software by women and minorities. Software isn’t really “free” until all people have access to it. The dearth of female, black and Latino programmers shows that the Foundation hasn’t really been doing its job, because if they were, their proportions in the programming community would equal or even exceed their share of the broader population. Making software “free” in a way that largely benefits privileged white men only increases the inequality in our society – we’d all be better off sitting in the dark than having monsters like Stallman leading these efforts.

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
  329. Anonymous[612] • Disclaimer says:
    @res

    I used to have a Raspberry Pi connected to a 2 TB USB drive running as a BitTorrent client. It ran continuously for about 3 years. I finally shut it down because I had run out of things to download.

  330. Anonymous[612] • Disclaimer says:
    @Johann Ricke

    That’s what the Germans did in Russia. Resistance activity = destroy the nearest village in retaliation.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  331. Hail says: • Website
    @res

    I’d suggest the opening up of the huge gender gap, there, between Undergraduates and Graduates, is possible evidence for an affirmative action system being set in place.

    (There is also a significant Undergrad./Graduate racial gap, as shown here.)

    The opening up of a substantial gap appears to date to the early 1980s. By the late 1980s, it is substantial. So if we had to peg down a guess, the critical period in the change in policy towards affirmative action for undergraduate women at MIT was — the late 1970s.

  332. Clyde says:
    @Jack D

    redshift is only 20% as good as flu.x ______ at least on the Linux Mint edition I loaded onto an SSD two years ago.

  333. MarkinLA says:
    @bjondo

    Remember the theory behind outsourcing, the dullard jobs would go and the knowledge jobs would stay. Those losing their jobs would get another one as a brain science or robotics researcher, or so said the morons at business schools and university economics departments. If it had panned out that way then automation would just be an extension.

    With our system of money changing hands to create work for people, that will not happen. Nobody is completely useless. However, his contribution may be far less than what someone else is willing to pay for it. We need a system where people still try to make a contribution to get what they need to live but without the necessary need for a profit to drive it – such as a huge extremely wasteful program to end childhood cancer.

    The problem is human laziness. A large portion of the people (we now call them government employees) would soon realize that no matter how little they did, they would still survive. They would quickly stop working at all. There was that old cartoon where the office worker one day spends 10 minutes extra in the restroom and nobody notices. So the next day he spends 20 and still nobody notices. Soon he spends all day there. The last pane is him getting his 30 year retirement party.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  334. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    And that’s why the Germans won the war. Oh, no wait, they didn’t. The Germans could have had millions of Russian prisoners working in their war industries and some even fighting for them because they hated Bolshevism but instead they insisted on starving them to death due to their insane racial ideology.

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
    , @SFG
  335. @Jack D

    The dearth of female, black and Latino programmers shows that the Foundation hasn’t really been doing its job, because if they were, their proportions in the programming community would equal or even exceed their share of the broader population.

    That’s the ticket. Our free software is too perfect. We need to insert diverse elements into the mix, so it crashes as often and is as open to new influences (in the form of otherxware, because malware sounds intolerant) as its commercial counterpart.

  336. MarkinLA says:
    @Anonymous

    We were there because of our need to pretend SEATO was real. The goal was to bring the North back to the bargaining table and get something useful to us out of it. Destroying the North would not have achieved those goals.

  337. @Jack D

    And that’s why the Germans won the war. Oh, no wait, they didn’t. The Germans could have had millions of Russian prisoners working in their war industries and some even fighting for them because they hated Bolshevism but instead they insisted on starving them to death due to their insane racial ideology.

    The German thing made no sense. Whereas the Chinese thing did. Germany was in Russia to stay. Decades of Bolshevik rule had created a significant disgruntled population. The average Soviet citizen was way poorer than the average German. Germany could have offered the average Soviet citizen a leg up, to say nothing of the numerous disgruntled minorities who had suffered greatly under Soviet rule, including Jews, Ukrainians, et al. It could have acted as a normal empire – vicious to rebels and generous to those who switched allegiances. Instead, it was genocidal to all within its newly-acquired Eastern realm.

    China’s invasion of Vietnam was very different. From the beginning, it was a short term venture, designed to (1) shore up its genocidal ally, the Khmer Rouge, which had engineered the Year Zero massacres under the tutelage of Chinese Red Guards, (2) assure the West that it was a reliable Cold War ally and (3) keep the PLA occupied during the initial shaky period after Deng Xiaoping staged a coup against Mao’s designated successor, Hua Guofeng. It was understood that the consequence of staying in Lang Son and/or annexing it could mean a Soviet raid/invasion of North China where the two Communist giants’ best-equipped units faced each other like sumo wrestlers angling for a better hold.

  338. MarkinLA says:
    @Anonymous

    UCLA developed a distributed operating system for VAXs that gave the multiple VAXs the power of a maniframe of the time. That might have kept them going IF it had been successful. I interviewed there but the job seem to be as a clean-up boy and not somebody with real responsibility. Thankfully, I didn’t work there as they didn’t last long.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LOCUS_(operating_system)

  339. Clyde says:
    @Jack D

    Right you are that a laptop having an M.2 slot does not guarantee it can handle an NVME drive. It might only be able to handle an SSD drive in that M.2 slot. A miniaturized SSD drive that moves no faster than a conventional SSD drive. This miniaturized SSD drive is same form factor as NVME drive. The 256GB NVME boot drive in my Dell Inspiron 5575 does not move at the full NVME speeds that it can. This is how it looks so far. I think Dell throttles it for heat (thermal) reasons.
    An NVME drive in a desktop computer can have a full heat sink mounted onto NVME so it can move at the full NVME speeds it is capable of.
    I like this motherboard >>> https://asrock.com/MB/AMD/B450M-HDV%20R4.0/index.asp#Overview
    A great inexpensive CPU the cool kids like >>>>> https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?id=3183

    But still, this NVME in my Dell Inspiron 5575 moves very fast and 3 or 4 times faster than the SSD drive in my desktop. So I very pleased with it. Boot time is 10-12 seconds to the Windows Ten lock screen.
    This NVME reads at 1360 mbs
    writes at 929 mbs (just tested it)

  340. Jack D says:
    @Kyle

    European kings didn’t have 18 degrees of mistress either.

  341. Jack D says:
    @Hail

    6% Black or African American (was Selam Gano counted here?)

    Hell, yes, she was. There are very few places at MIT for low IQ blacks to hide – no Studies Dept. where you can BS your way thru and everyone has to take the STEM oriented core curriculum in their Freshman year (although there are certain tricks that they use to get the AA admits through it). So while the SAT scores for blacks are lower, they can’t be THAT much lower or they’d never make it to graduation (that’s why they only try for 6% vs. Harvard’s 15%). Therefore, MOST of the blacks at MIT are Selam type half (or less) blacks, either recent crosses or from the paper bag test passing traditional American or Caribbean black elite, with maybe a few high IQ Igbos thrown in. American slave descendant blacks like Moochelle are rare because most can’t handle the math.

    MIT has affirmative action for females – they are apparently shooting for a 45% female class in recent years, but since male and female SAT scores are not that far apart they don’t have to spot the females all that many points as compared with racial AA which requires a BIG thumb on the scale.

  342. Anon[333] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hail

    Since you can’t make the Negro in the mirror go away…the only solution is to BECOME the Negro that you see

    Hmm, rabid anti-hamitism much?

    I wonder if those Negros in the mirror have horns, too?

  343. SFG says:
    @Jack D

    Not to mention all the various other ethnicities oppressed by Stalin who initially welcomed the Germans as liberators and got a nasty surprise. Hitler only had to be better than Stalin, and managed to fail to clear even that low bar.

    The thing is that imperialism and racism (in the pre-1960 sense) are actually a bad mix–you have to give the people you’re conquering some stake in the empire so they’ll support you over the next guy to try to take the land.

    SciAm, back when they made a little more sense, had a chart of the longevity of the world’s great empires. The Nazis came in dead last.

  344. Anonymous[612] • Disclaimer says:

    Hitler’s whole military career was based on avoiding the ‘mistakes’ of WWI, even when they weren’t actually mistakes.

    His policy towards Russia is a case in point. By any reasonable standard, Germany’s Eastern policy in that war was a spectacular success. A hostile government was overthrown (the Tsar) and a friendly one installed in its place (the Bolsheviks), which gladly ceded territory to Germany in return for peace.

    To Hitler this policy was a mistake because Bolshevik Russia soon turned out to be just as threatening to Germany as Tsarist Russia, but with World Communism instead of Pan Slavism as its conquering ideology.

    The ‘logical’ conclusion Hitler drew from this was that Germany’s problems with Russia weren’t ideological but national and racial. It wasn’t enough to change the Russian government, the Russian state itself had to be destroyed. Hitler wanted a final solution to the Russian problem. He wasn’t content with just toppling Stalin because in his mind that would just be repeating the error of the previous war.

  345. @Dumbo

    Bimbo originally (early 20th century) was a derogatory reference to a man. Remember Nicholson’s line in Chinatown (the barbershop scene): “Barney, who is this bimbo? Is he a regular customer or what?”)

    How it metamorphosed into a female context I have no idea.

  346. lambda x says:

    Maybe there’s a noob-lock on comments? Just doing this one to update info and seem less like a robot.

  347. Fred G. says:
    @Colin Wright

    Haha…. I remember the infamous Sanjaya who parlayed a long haired androgynous look into fifteen minutes of fame on American Idol. He managed to drive Simon Cowell crazy by surviving round after round. Once he came out with a hair-do called a “pony-hawk” which consisted of a series of pony tails running down the middle of his head.

    Finally he lost. For his “swan song” he sang, “Let’s give them something to talk about.” He ad-libbed: “Let’s give them something to talk about … other than hair!!!”

    I learned something important about metanarratives from that.

  348. Anonymous[346] • Disclaimer says:
    @MarkinLA

    With our system of money changing hands to create work for people

    What are the mechanics of this?

    we need a system where people still try to make a contribution to get what they need to live but without the necessary need for a profit to drive it – such as a huge extremely wasteful program to end childhood cancer.

    What do you mean by this?

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  349. anon[344] • Disclaimer says:

    What are the mechanics of this?

    Why do you ask?

  350. @Jack D

    They had an interesting story. Mom and pop, or now grandma and grandpa, came over from the country then known as Yugoslavia, but they were of differing ethnies, one Catholic and the other Orthodox. These two ethines-I want to say Serbian and Croatian, but I’m not sure, everyone there hates the others, especially the one next door-were kept from killing each other by Tito. They correctly figured Tito would not be immortal and decided to get out. They joined a small sect marginally “Christian” based in the US and got permission to come here with their two small kids to attend the sect’s training program. Normally getting out of Yugoslavia, like any communist country, was very tough, unless you were in the nomenklatura or they wanted to get rid of you. The government was officially atheist, but both Catholic and Orthodox leaders had pull and they got their travel papers approved on the idea that they might not come back, and both sides would be rid of people trying to promote heresy and trouble.

    And they didn’t come back. They got work papers here through the local congressman who was prevailed on by the sect, and had two more kids over here, anchor babies as it were. But they worked hard and never took a dime in government money, indeed they paid good money in taxes.

    They bought a restaurant and when the refrigeration broke down, learned to fix refrigerators and air conditioning. How they got into the HVAC parts business I have no idea. But they were good at it and did well, and wound up running several restaurants too.

    They did sell the business and retired a couple of years ago but they still are in the restaurant industry and have a folk dancing thing that plays old folks’ homes and whatnot. The buyers of the business bought it mostly to shut it down and for the inventory.

  351. MarkinLA says:
    @Anonymous

    What are the mechanics of this?

    It is simple, nothing gets done if people don’t get paid. There is a lot of work that COULD be done but it isn’t worth it based on the cost. I would love to have somebody rehab my house for 1000 dollars but nobody will take the job. I don’t have (or want to spend it anyway) the 30,000 dollars a contrator wants, no matter how crappy my house is. That is the state of most work.

    What do you mean by this?

    We have had big national programs that produced results nowhere near what the private sector would pay for them. They basically existed by living off the fat of the land. At present we have far too many people that need work and too little fat available to put them to work such that we don’t care if they are successful or not or their success doesn’t lead to an increase in wealth for the average guy. Society has to be reoriented so those projects are started and continued. Money in the traditional sense can’t be the driver since just printing it and hiring people to work on projects that produce nothing of value (or at least of value within any resonable period of time) will just lead to inflation of some other effect that will make the money worthless in the end.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  352. lambda x says:

    The original article may have been hagiographic, but the reactions here are overly dismissive.

    The C compiler Stallman wrote was a Promethean moment. Before that point, you had to pay the machine vendor for the compiler. I was working in the industry at the time Stallman took aim at the Sun C compiler, stretched the bowstring, and shot it in the heart. RMS’s compiler contained a retargetable code generator written in a form of embedded LISP called RTL (embedding LISP was Stallman’s secret weapon, the technique that allowed both gcc and emacs to rise to a new level above the commercial alternatives, which never caught up–see Paul Graham on this point).

    It was not long before my colleagues, programmers, were refusing to use vendor compilers: GCC was better, faster, quicker to adopt standards, more configurable in terms of language dialect and error reporting than any vendor compiler. Occasionally–very occasionally–someone could point to some trick the Intel C compiler could do that GCC could not…but this was never sufficient to justify the cost of paying the vendor for the compiler. Programmers fought against alternatives to GCC, because maintaining forks in the code for various compilers is toil (i.e., not a rewarding use of engineering talent)

    When Stallman wrote GCC, he gored the matador and not the cape (to borrow a phrase from Moldbug). He provoked a preference cascade among the programming community at large. He broke the control machine vendors maintained over the use of their machines, permanently. This is his achievement.

    It is what made open source possible: it was simultaneously the one thing needful to bootstrap a free software ecosystem while being at the same time a convincing demonstration of what open source software could be: state of the art, a sword in the hand, better than the crap the enterprises were offering.

    Trump should give RMS the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He would probably not accept it, but it’s a cool daydream.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @Jack D
  353. Jack D says:

    The Serbians are Orthodox and write their language in Cyrillic script and the Croatians are Catholic and use the Roman alphabet. This language used to be called Serbo-Croatian but now everyone insists that they are two (actually 4 because the Bosnian and Montenegran language are also said to exist) different languages even though it is frickin’ obvious that they are the same language with very slight dialectical differences. This would be like Canadians insisting that they are speaking “Canadian” and not English.

    Tito did a really good job at keeping a lid on ethnic tensions given that the Serbs and the Croatians had been murderous toward each other during WWII (Croats favored the Nazis). Part of this was that there were a lot of intermarriages between the (now supposedly non-existent) “former” religious and ethnic groups. But after Tito died, it all came right back to the surface and they took up where they had left off in 1945.

    This was exacerbated by a huge financial crisis – on paper the Yugoslav economy had experienced remarkable growth. Tito had borrowed from abroad to finance the construction of factories that were supposed to produce export quality goods such as the fine Yugo automobile. But a lot of this was based on phony statistics. The reality was that Yugoslavia was still a socialist economy and by definition was mismanaged. The cars had shitty quality and after a brief sales spurt (the bargain price was attractive) they couldn’t give them away. When times were good, everyone could play along with this brotherhood crap but once people lost their jobs and the government safety net also proved to be full of holes, everyone started thinking in terms of looking out for #1.

  354. Jack D says:
    @MarkinLA

    The crazy thing is that the government already prints money like crazy and yet there is no inflation. How is that possible?

  355. Jack D says:
    @lambda x

    This is what the people who say that Stallman “just” wrote gcc or (helped with) emacs are missing. It’s not so much the stuff that he wrote (although that in itself is more impressive than some are willing to admit) but that he (intentionally) broke the proprietary model. Stallman kicked off a parallel alternate universe where everyone could see and modify the source code (with the proviso that your modifications couldn’t be proprietary either). While this never really came to dominate the world of consumer software, in certain fields (that are very important to the modern world) this model proved to be much more effective than the proprietary model. It’s not that Stallman singlehandedly built this entire universe without any help from others (nor has he ever claimed to), it’s that he was the man who kicked it all off. Once that ball began rolling and gained momentum, it would have continued anyway. But if he had been hit by a bus before it all started, it may have all turned out differently.

  356. @Clyde

    “You’ve got that pure feel, such good responses” – Cream

  357. @Clyde

    I write this on a Dell M6800, a gaming laptop that was originally $3500. It has the M2 256M “disk” plus two other drive bays -and- a dvd drive. 16 gigs of memory, 2 gigs of video memory, 17-4170MQ, 2.50ghz, 8 cores, 2.25 terrabytes of storage, external wired mouse, IBM Model M keyboard, and two exteranl 23″ monitors.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  358. @vhrm

    Wow. Born in Venezuela. Who better to lead us?

    Weren’t there any black handicapped trannies available during the search?

  359. Clyde says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    Very nice setup!!! Does laptop have two HDMI outlets for the two 23″ external monitors? AND thanks for The Cream SWLABR video.
    I always use external mouse with my laptops. The one I use is M325 by Logitech. Buy them on eBay. Small but not too small, good enough to use Every day.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  360. @Clyde

    The machine has an HDMI port, a VGA port, and a Display port which I don’t use.

    I do a lot of text processing – reading and writing thousands of files on an SSD. This processing would take 5 – 10 times as long on a spinning physical hard disk.

    Putting an SSD into an old machine is the cheapest thing you can do to improve performance, since almost all regular use is I/O bound.

  361. Clyde says:

    The machine has an HDMI port, a VGA port, and a Display port which I don’t use.
    Putting an SSD into an old machine is the cheapest thing you can do to improve performance,

    Seems to me your external displays are plugged into the VGA and HDMI. My desktop has a 512GB SSD. My laptop uses a 256GB NVME type of SSD which moves at least three times faster than the desktop’s conventional SSD. No DVD player but has a 1TB slowwwww 5400RPM hard drive for storage. But of course the Windows 10 OS is loaded into the 256GB NVME drive, so laptop moves very fast.

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