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Friday, October 19. 2018
The left has a pantheon of go-to authorities for this and that that I find amusing. In any setting where real work is performed, these dangerous intellectuals would be getting everyone else coffee, and getting the coffee order wrong, too. They'd be unable to give you correct change for their encore. The media takes the easy out, every time, by selecting someone from this Mount Rushmore of lamebrain notoriety to opine on the issues of the day, be it Krugman, or Bill Nye, or the knucklehead with the vendetta against Pluto, I forget his name. You know all their names if you watch TV. They once asked Krugman, the king of this empire of ill-formed opinion, what he thought of the internet. That's an accurate quote from the guy.
It's a ridiculous opinion, which is his stock in trade, I gather. It gets floated endlessly across the internet, and I saw it all over the place this week while looking for Maggie's Farm links. This opinion held him up to ridicule so badly that he got internet fellow travelers like the Snopes dissemblers to explain that he was just joking, or stirring the pot, or performing a thought experiment that the uncool couldn't grok. In short, he admitted he was wrong, without admitting he was wrong, of course.
Look, I'm not arguing that Paul Krugman isn't a rantipole, addlepated, intellectually stunted jerkwad hack, or that his mother doesn't dress him funny. I'll leave that to others. What I'm saying is that it's funny that he disowned this comment, because it's the only time he was on the right track with his opinions. The quote gets posted on the internet as prima facie evidence that Krugman is a fool, as if no further exposition is necessary. That's because the average internaut has no idea how profoundly the fax machine, and technology like it, changed the economy.
Posting this little quote is a form of begging the question. No, we don't all know reflexively that fax machines never mattered much, and the internet is everything. I stood in front of a teletype machine taking orders in the past, and slit open envelopes with mail orders from Fortune 500 purchasing agents, so believe you me, I know that fax machines transformed business. Many businesses in many parts of the world still use fax machines today as a primary form of business communication.
Google stole the Yellow Pages, Facebook stole magazine ads, Craigslist took over newspaper classifieds, Amazon got the Sears catalog, and Shopify is just a bunch of Fingerhut catalogs. Most other internet businesses are just unintentional Ponzi schemes who haven't run out of seed money or IPO cash yet. The fax machine soldiers on in the corner. So I say Krugman was almost right, for once in his life, and then immediately disowned his own comment, keeping his batting average at a thousand.
On to the links!
A charming story, but no, it doesn't make you the Queen. The guy you handed the sword to, however...
Millennials will go to any lengths to avoid admitting that they're wrong about anything, including cubicles, which were a fine way to balance privacy and office camaraderie.
I'm not sure if I'll trust this to replace streetlights until Paul Krugman weighs in.
What is it with these phlegmatic Finns? What is it with these female writers and parentheses?
There are parentheses inside of other parentheses in this article. What is it with these male writers always trying to one-up the girls? Oh, and that balance sheet is a mess, so I bet Krugman would love it.
Paul Krugman's head will explode while trying to explain this news while still blaming both Donald Trump and Brexit for all the world's ills.
Maybe abject discrimination against males of the species can produce another Ginni Rometty!
As usual, women, minorities, and Paul Krugman hardest hit.
Well, everyone at the FBI and the CIA is too busy ghostwriting articles at the New York Times to get any work done, so they had to sub it out.
Please notice that Fermi followers never circle back to question their begged question: If aliens are so likely... Says who?
That's funny. The internet shopping experience that replaced mail order catalogs lets advertisers discriminate by age, sex, and race when they decide who will see their ads. In order to promote racial equality, I demand that we immediately replace internet shopping with mail order catalogs and fax machine ordering. Who's with me? Besides Krugman, I mean.
Now fax in your comments, and have a great Friday!
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"How the Finnish Survive Without Small Talk"
By disco dancing of course!
Maybe Paul Krugman should take advantage of the Internet and join them:
So I say Krugman was almost right, for once in his life, and then immediately disowned his own comment..
I think you're taking a view of the internet that is far too web-centric.
File transfer protocol (and by extension, the ability to download documents, etc from the Web) is a game changer on the level of faxing. A telex/fax produces a paper copy of information, essentially a faster delivery of a letter. That has advantages but FTP provides the additional ability to download editable documents, software, and various other media (audio/video files). That capability is disrupting the entire broadcast media industry (cable and over the air), as well as music and other forms of entertainment.
The reason people point and laugh at that comment, and why Krugman had to disown it, is because people do recognize instinctively that both faster communication, and faster delivery of multiple forms of media, are fundamentally changing how we relate to each other.
China will add more artificial satellites then claim an extended Vertical Boundary of Sovereign Territory...........
"discriminate by age, sex, and race... In order to promote racial equality".
This is becoming very problematic for everyone. A few months ago I went into a walk in clinic and I got a woman doctor. OK, I thought, is she a affirmative action doctor or did she actually get there through her effort and ability. Ditto when I get a minority doctor or a doctor who recently came to this country and probably attended schools in questionable countries. Yes I am aware of the irony that I discriminate but 50 years ago I didn't! Now I feel I must because our system has flooded critical occupations with incompetent people based on race and not on ability. School teachers who cannot spell or do math and have never read history BUT they are the correct minority. How does that hel your children or minority children? When does this end?
How can the client for a product named Palantir remain "mysterious"? It's clearly Sauron.
About Jane, Inc.": The excellent book "Games Mother Never Taught You" pointed out decades ago that women in business tend to assume that people will acknowledge the quality of their job performance and automatically compensate them fairly. When they propose reforms, it is to bring the workplace closer to this imaginary ideal. Women tend to be uncomfortable with the idea of proposing a new idea and fighting to get it recognized, just as they dislike figuring out what dollar value they're contributing to the organization and letting the boss know that if they aren't compensated for it they'll be taking it somewhere else. They gravitate to jobs where there is at least a notionally public and mandatory pay scale associated with training and experience metrics rather than tied to the bottom line. They rarely even notice whether they're a profit center or a cost center, insisting that both roles are equally valuable and should be compensated similarly.
So having angels set up venture capital systems for women on the same basis sounds great. If only it were likely to produce good enough results to motivate people to keep contributing the venture capital voluntarily! But if not, they'll just try to get Congress to mandate it.
I had pretty much ignored Paul Krugman as a credentialed blowhard until I read Iowahawk's critique of a Krugman column, wherein a Nobel Prize-winning economist reveals that he is unaware of a numerical quirk called Simpson's Paradox. Now I ignore Krugman as a credential blowhard dumbass.
"Why have humans never found aliens?"
We better hope aliens never find us because it would be worse than when Hernán Cortés discovered the Aztecs by a factor of ten.
Can you say 'How to serve man?'...I thought you could.
It's always possible they might find us cute and then just make us pets rather than eat us. But I doubt it, too much upkeep and we make a mess everywhere we go.
Ah, another opportunity for me to write "Paullie (The Beard) Krugman" and make fun of him. Thank you , Roger!
Well, the internet changed the outcome of the 2016 election (just for one example see Christiane Amanpour's speech to fellow journalists about how "Donald Trump used Twitter to make an end run around us to the American people") - and the Trump administration's economic policies are having a pretty big economic effect. So there's that.
The fax machine soldiers on in the corner.
I used a fax machine to deliver a document this month. I had requested an e-mail address, but hadn't gotten it. I saw a fax as more likely to reach the party than snail mail. At least with a fax, I had written confirmation the fax had reached that telephone number.
The cost of a fax from a FedEx office has gone up considerably, but it was still cheaper than registered mail.
re I pulled a 1,500-year-old sword out of a lake
Why can't I ever find cool stuff like that?
For the same reasons that you're not winning this weekend's lottery.
Advertisers targeting their messages by age, sex, and race is in NO way discrimination but is, instead, valid and appropriate business practice. For example, targeting only toddlers for baby doll ads is not age discrimination and targeting those over 40 years old with those ads would be wasteful.
Those of us who work in the offices of attorneys and accountants still use fax machines regularly. They're a simpler, faster, and more secure way to deliver signed documents than any substitute the Internet has produced.
The first FAX machine I ever saw was in 1965. It used a "pen" to "print" the page. It would make a couple hundred passes from left to right on the paper and a lever and magnet would push the pen down where ever it was supposed to be darkened/printed. Took a minute or two per page. Where I worked at the time my job was to fix the computer and some other electronic equipment. When these early "FAX" machines malfunctioned they would bring them to us to fix. They were so simple even though I had no manual and had never seen one I could fix them.
We have been sending electromagnetic waves into space for less than 2 centuries. Earth appeared uninteresting prior to that.
We have been scanning the heavens for electromagnetic radiation for less than a century. The only signals we could expect are from less than 100 light year away.
Timing is everything when searching for aliens. Personally, I have more pressing issues to worry about.
when Sears was a mail order company, up until they dropped the catalog, they were able to turn around an order in 24 hours from time of receipt of order to mail out, sadly they dropped the mail order 1 year before Bezos stated Amazon, timing is everything, if Sears could have seen what Amazon was up to and still had their fulfillment centers up and running they could have blown Amazons doors off with very little investment, Bezos never would have gotten beyond books . Sadly Sears wen the bricks and mortar route.
Timing is EVERYTHING