Posts tagged ‘definitions’

having learned silence,

how shall i learn to speak?

…for that matter; do i want to?

April 14, 2015 at 6:15 pm Leave a comment

On Good And Evil

The article was on spam (and suchlike; more focussed, to my undiscerning eye, on annoyances than on “actual” crime).  I think my comment (assuming it’s left) is germane:  it was third.  The judgement of good and evil is a bit more chancy than the determination of cause.  “It’s all in the eye”, so to speak.

–Glenn

August 21, 2008 at 1:35 pm Leave a comment

Ownership: Reality, Concept, and Law

In point of fact you legally own very little.  I haven’t seen many modern cases; I can’t recall offhand where it was that I saw them last.  It was common in the days of the railroad, when the railroad required access.  What it boiled down to was that you’d better take the price offered, or it would fall.  Ownership of land is actually only valid for a given period of time, that I believe now varies from state to state; right of way (for the government or its use) unquestionably supercedes any claim to ownership.  The Constitution, by the way, came very close to requiring that one have title to land in order to have citizenship, which makes all this even more complicated.  This does hale back to the British and property rights vis a vis wants and needs of the government.

 

Funds in a bank account are pretty available to outside, legal entities at this point.  If they can manage to associate a certain checking account number with a certain individual, collection agencies can in some cases simply proceed to obtain monies owed, although commercial entities cannot access bank accounts whose primary source of income is Social Security.

 

You’d better think about calling 911, too, incidentally.  I don’t actually belong to that class of individual any more (mainly because I have Social Security income; in the eyes of the law, because of income level and source of income–a primarily seasonal company–I was quite questionable, very clean record irregardless)–the ones, that is, who generally do have something illegal going on.  I gather that crystal meth is more popular today than I had guessed.  People who work for seasonal companies tend not to have drug tests (or so, at least, the police believe), q.e.d. although rather weak in my opinion.  Maybe I’m prejudiced.

 

Anyway; that was how I became a criminal over an epileptic seizure, understand? appearance.  I’ve known of people who called 911 who let the police into their house and ended up visiting prison.  By the way, just don’t let the police into your house without a warrant.  You can’t make a good impression on them, and odds are if they ask for entrance they’re looking for evidence of something.  Unfortunately, that’s what it’s come to.  It isn’t like it was in my youth, or even as I recall ten or twenty years ago, when you might actually be friends with the local police.  Everyone is breaking the law somehow.  And realize you look wrong to someone.

 

Nah.  I’m not paranoid.  Not at all.

–Glenn

July 3, 2008 at 1:18 am Leave a comment

Changing Responses to the Environment

The first note I want to make–again–is that using an absolute, linear system (the order of which is self-contained, rather an important note) to describe a relative, non-linear one is at best risky.  This article is about changing fuel prices impacting the definitions of livability in the suburbs, from heating to paying for transportation to where one’s job is.

 

There is no social norm, even in the given instant.  To attempt to derive causation from statistics isn’t dangerous, it’s fatal.  I’ll expound on this further, I’m sure, since I occasionally already have, just not here.

 

The single point I want to make here is this; modern writers of news stories (for a variety of reasons) tend to pursue a single explanation.  That’s about as reasonable as saying that the only reason for what you ate last night is that you’re (for instance) a “single white American”.  Define single, white and American in the first place.  Then start about motivational impact points during the day, from realizations (basically, looking at something from another perspective; this is generally caused by someone else’s observation) to ads to things seen as preserving one’s identity.  It’s really rare that there’s a single cause.

 

A single point that the writer ignores or misses entirely is the inflation of prices in the suburbs.  Inflation based on desirability is subject to major fluctuations.  Services, then, based on desirability are extremely vulnerable.

–Glenn

June 28, 2008 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

Computers and users; definitions

Dealing with my wife’s old computer has made me realize again that there are points at which most people are relatively ignorant, most especially including (dare I say it) programmers.  Specifically, the average “end-user” is pretty well ignorant of most of the issues involved with computing except for the current catchwords.  The concepts that are associated with these cool words are generally relatively vague.  The programmer is entirely ignorant of the average home user, mostly because of insulation.  Most start out with some understanding.

 

“OEM” has come to mean one thing in the computer world, basically.  It’s an Operating System (OS) which only works on the computer it came with.  Dells, HPs and the like have OEMs.  There are also often OEM copies of things like Adobe=”trialware”=”shareware”=crapware, or something that’s limited in some way.  Usually it’s limited as to how many times you can use it, so you have to remove it from your system, and it leaves little bits and fragments along the way, from uninstall.exe programs to text files to dll’s/dynamic linked libraries.  The dll’s just contain various kinds of information.  …Libraries.

 

This means that if the motherboard or CPU in your Dell fail, you can’t just use your old copy of Windows.  It won’t work.  There’s a piece of hardware in there that has to stick up its little hand at the right time and say it’s Dell, or it just won’t work.  More or less. 

 

Now if it’s just the hard drive, and you still have your copy of Windows, because it’s on cd, you get a cd and install Windows.  If it’s a Northgate and the OS was on a partition of the hard drive (call a partition a virtual hard drive and you’ll more or less get the picture) things aren’t perfect.  I was just reflecting on the fact that I don’t actually know that the motherboard hasn’t eaten it, either.  But much less likely than the hard drive in the first place.

 

Most motherboards take up the functions of things like graphics cards and such that used to be separate entities in the old days five years ago.  You’ll generally have Ethernet; if you do get a separate graphics or audio card you actually bypass the existent functions on the motherboard (you also substantially improve performance by the nature of things, because you’re paring down CPU functions a bit).  Generally you can’t use the old Dell or whatever box (the thing the actual computer goes into) because a standard motherboard won’t fit somehow.  It also may be tricky figuring out actual wattages and things of the sort, important considerations when laying out a power supply for the interior functions.

 

Building your  own computer is much easier than you’d think.  This is where I want to go into user types briefly and then just stop.  This should be a bit different take than you’ve generally seen on this kind of stuff, so maybe it’s a little less intimidating.  Overdoing it isn’t particularly cool, either, though.

 

With users you have generally the standard user and the power user, with the latter being almost exclusively gamers.  Graphics uses a lot of computing power, but only when done in realtime.  Fractals are maybe the best demonstration.  Naturally, editing of videos and the like will eat a lot of resources and is entirely out of the realm of this discussion, because you’ve actually gone right to programs-for-pay with the price tag for “decent” starting at a couple of grand.  The ordinary user outside a company isn’t going to touch a computer’s capabilities–remember, watching a DVD is watching a DVD, no matter whether a computer or a “DVD player”. 

 

The point is that there isn’t any great merit in being a “power user” or a “gamer”.  A few things won’t run on standard equipment, and that’s all.  As far as word processors, editing photos, and that sort of thing standard equipment does just fine or the equipment is flawed.

 

The ordinary business user uses…about a tenth of what the ordinary home user does.  It’s inexecusable to have unnecessary input ports on a machine whose sole function is formatted data entry.  There should be communication with an authorized gateway, and nothing else.  For that matter, entry into the box should be physically keyed and there are several methods of doing it.  Keep in mind that physical, keyed connection to the gateway somehow can also prevent someone just unplugging the computer and walking away, which has been done.  (Random memory of actual places I’ve worked.  If you ask the obvious question, I actually don’t know why I never did.  Risk factor was somewhere near zero.)

 

Enough for now.

 

–Glenn

June 27, 2008 at 2:46 pm 4 comments

About Modal Philosophy

According to it itself, those who master its precepts are likely to become wealthy.  My question is concerning motivations.

 

Why do I write?

–so that I can I appreciate the following silence better.

–to become more entwined in definitions.

–to outline the structures and separations I’ve unknowingly accepted, the ones that transform or even govern my every perception.  It is thus some of these mysterious definitions are founded.  What can be said it seems is quite certainly at least partially a lie.  How sad to think that:  I hope I’m wrong.  I hope that one does equal one, that the cracked egg is the same thing as the whole egg in the carton–because if it doesn’t then the whole edifice of Reality may come toppling down at any moment.  But I fear.  I fear greatly; for one sign of great danger is when the people see the images made of things rather than the things themselves, and that time has come.

 

Truth, that is, isn’t something we seek modernly.  We run from it.

–Glenn

June 4, 2008 at 10:52 pm Leave a comment