@arm Meh. I’ve only listened to his audiobooks on Spotify, but that may not have been worth the time spent.

Related: what did my dad even do before he had a smartphone, from which to read random headlines into the room while everyone else tried to not listen?

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Boomers are the pioneers of anti-social usages of technology. Want to discover anti-patterns lurking within your product and your visions of its usage? Observe boomers using your prototypes.

@bradley “Don’t feed your floating points after midnight. Or else.”

It's too early to say how I feel about it. Part of me is very much in favor of Accelerando, but goddamn, we haven't been doing well as a society with just text and video on screens.

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Bought my first pair of in-ear headphones. The pairing story has been surprisingly seamless, and the noise-cancelling toggle works quite well. It's another step toward this world where we dip in and out of meatspace at a whim, now using another of the five senses.

botox boosted

Me: money is fake

Them: yeah it's just paper that we ascribe value to

Me: no it's faker than that. Only 3 percent of USD exists as physical currency. The rest is just bank credit.

Them: right, so money is just numbers in bank accounts that the government creates from nothing

Me: no, it's faker than that. Most money is bank credit, created by private banks. Not the government, not the Fed, banks like Chase or Bank of America. They take zero dollars and turn that into a loan and debt. They decide who gets new money. Capitalists decide where new money is created and who it goes to. If the government paid back all government debt, there would be no more treasury bonds, and then if everybody paid off all their private debt, there would be no more money.

Them: wow, so most money is just credit corresponding to debt, and there's just a small amount of money they borrow from the federal reserve that was created by the government.

Me: no, it's faker than that. Since 2020 reserve requirements were abolished. Banks don't need to legally keep any money on hand or borrow money from the federal reserve or each other at all. They can just pay interest on every dollar they create to the federal reserve without borrowing from the Fed at all.

Them: oh. So money is REALLY fake.

Me: yeah. so if the government just paid off all of our student debt it wouldn't affect the money supply at all. It would do nothing to the economy other than release a huge debt burden. So let's do that.

What’s the opposite of Carmack-levels of motivation? Because that’s me at work lately.

@arm It’s really just a training ground for making bots that can do our bidding on the open internet.

This happens to some degree already, when phone battery levels start to dip. But, it’s opaque, and I’m not sure if app developers are able to handle those cases in their application code.

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This idea has definitely *not* been inspired by parenting.

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Battle royale game where instead of playing yourself, you pit a bot you’ve trained against other players’ bots.

An OS designed for solar-powered computers
The available instruction set changes based on available power levels
Fuck off from work in the middle of the day to play those fancy video games

@arm I sometimes aspire to be good enough at something esoteric to get away with shit like this.

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