The Search For A Better Browser

Browsers and I have a long and somewhat-inimical relationship.  Here is what I want in a browser: Fast.  The browser should load faster than Netscape 4 did.  This means you, Firefox. Secure.  I want to turn off Javascript by default and turn it on when necessary.  Firefox has NoScript, which is great for that.  Chrome…

Post-War Presidents, A Counter-List

So, our resident Penguatroll listed the presidencies in rank order from Truman on.  Here's my list. 12. Barack Obama.  We've still got two years left, but you can fill out a 16-seed bracket with legitimate scandals.  He's a complete joke when it comes to foreign policy.  Quick:  name someplace with which the US has better relations…

Contra Penguatroll: The Spike In Tuition

This started out as a comment on yesterday's blog post, but I've been terrible lately about posting, so I'm turning this into a full-blown post. Reasons for tuition going up: 1) Greater demand. Tony is spot-on here; when American culture has gotten to the point where you _must_ go to a four-year university to "find yourself"…

Too Rich To Bribe

Steve Sailer questions the idea of finding people too rich to bribe.  I tend to agree and sum it up with a classic Mr. Burns quotation: Homer: Mr. Burns, you're the richest man in the world. You own everything!Mr. Burns: Ah yes, but I'd give it all up for just a little bit more. The fundamental problem…

Wage Suppression

Steve Sailer has been posting a lot lately about wage suppression, especially in software development and tech recruiters.  The special agreement hiring policy doesn't quite say what Sailer's saying, though---the collusion involves managers, not engineers. On the other side of things, where I think Sailer's argument is much stronger, we're getting our annual "We've got to…

Cronies All Around

Warren Buffet, crony.  The return on investment of buying government officials must be higher than the market rate of return. Cronyism is a market.  Where there is demand, there will be supply.  Too bad for the environmentalists that they sell out for so little.

Obamacare Notes

I've been hanging on to a few for a while, but they're pretty solid.Obamacare is the law of the land, which means we have to follow it...except when it harms Democrats' chances of election.  I don't necessarily mind this; I just want the exceptions to be permanent, across the board exceptions.  In other words, President…

Global Not-So-Warming

It appears that there's been a 17-year pause in global warming, meaning that current temperature measurements are outside the IPCC climate models' 95% confidence bound.  In fact, as Judith Curry's paper notes, based on data that we've collected, only 2% of climate model simulations would potentially fit the data.  This is all despite CO2 levels…