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From the biography of Paul Samuelson (Founder of Modern Economics: Paul A. Samuelson: Volume 1: Becoming Samuelson, 1915-1948):

'... he ascribed his intelligence to genetics: "I began as an out-and-out believer in heredity. My brothers and I were smart kids. My cousins all weighed in above the average." He was congenitally smart and made no secret of it, at one point noting in the early 1950s he was prescribed some medication that dulled his mind, giving him for the first time insight into "how the other half lives."'

From the comments to http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2017/01/founder-modern-economics-paul-samuelson.html:

'Paul Samuelson stated in the 1961 edition of his famous economics textbook that USSR GNP was half that of the U.S. but was growing faster... and would exceed the U.S. as early as 1984 or perhaps as late as 1997. By the 1980 edition, Samuelson slipped those dates to 2002/2012, but stuck firmly to his "brilliant" economic analysis of the Soviet economy. Samuelson kept predicting Soviet economic dominance up until 1989.'

My copy of Economics doesn't have the chapter about the Soviets! Had I found it there, I would have never bothered to read Samuelson.

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Landing Antonio Nariño Airport (Columbia), at 1,814 m elevation.

Opens a Youtube page

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Коли мені стає сумно, я вмикаю

Не знаю чому, але оця пісенька завжди cheers me up. Якщо вірити гооглу, лірикс пісеньки був 100%-й тролінг, на який повелися багацько тодішніх лівих довбойобів.

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Franklin P. Adams, 1881

The rich man has his motor-car,
His country and his town estate.
He smokes a 50¢ cigar
And jeers [0] at Fate.

He frivols through the livelong day,
He knows not Poverty, her pinch.
His lot seems light, his heart seems gay;
He has a cinch. [1]

Yet though my lamp burns low and dim,
Though I must slave for livelihood--
Think you that I would change with him?
You bet I would!


[0] to jeer -- to laugh at someone in a way that shows disrespect
[1] cinch -- any undertaking that is easy to do
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Я пам'ятаю, як у '14 випадково натрапив у LJ на кацапське падло, яке лускалось він гордощів за іхтамнєтов, котрі використовували китайські квадрокоптери і пластикові стаканчики від IKEA, щоб крадькома (їх же там нема) скидати гранати на наших солдат. Досі здригаюся від тієї мерзоти "кто нє успєл, тот апаздал".

Зараз знаходять такі ж самі винаходи у ISIS. Цікаво, хто кого навчає.

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Найраніший відомий текст--чистовий автограф у "Малій книжці", до якої Шевченко переніс вірш під #5 у другому зшитку за 1849 рік.
 
Нащо мені женитися?
Нащо мені братись?
Будуть з мене, молодого,
Козаки сміятись.
 
Оженився, вони скажуть,
Голодний і голий,
Занапастив, нерозумний,
Молодую волю.
 
Воно й правда. Що ж діяти?
Навчіть мене, люде,
Іти хіба до вас в найми?
Чи до ладу буде?
 
Ні, не буду чужі воли
Пасти, заганяти;
Не буду я в чужій хаті
Тещу поважати.
 
А буду я красоватись
В голубім жупані
На конику вороному
Перед козаками.
 
Найду собі чорнобривку
В степу при долині —
Високую могилоньку
На тій Україні.
 
На весілля товариство
Вийде погуляти
Та винесе самопали,
Викотить гармату.
 
Як понесуть товариша
В новую світлицю,
Загомонять самопали,
Гукнуть гаківниці.
 
Як положать отамана
В новій хаті спати,
Заголосить, як та мати,
Голосна гармата.
 
Гукатиме, кричатиме
Не одну годину.
І рознесе тую славу
По всій Україні.
 
1849. Над Аралом.
 
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Ось що я писав півроку тому у Фасебооку:

So I have a "technical" blog, that (if you trust Blogger stats data) for the past few years have been visited mainly by Russians (70% of the whole traffic). The "Russian" traffic is mostly organic, w/ referrals like google.ru or yandex.ru.

For the last several years I've stopped posting in Russian completely, but the Russians are still voluntary consuming the texts about FreeBSD & other outdated/unmaintained staff. What's the easiest way to make those readers feel uncomfortable? How to repel & irritate them?

Blogger doesn't provide any method for blocking the visitors for us, but we can add a bit of custom JavaScript to its templates. That JS could, for example, use freegeoip to get a country code, & inject (in a case of a match) an undismissable popup that says "Fuck you."

The popup виглядає ось так:

За минулий час російській трафік гепнувся до 6%, але на жаль його абсолютна зміна впала на вкрай незначну величину.

Що ще більш сумно, що я отримав лише 1го кацапського гнівного листа і 3 жалібних "я нє поддєрживаю тєкущий рєжим, но счітаю нє справедлівим Вашє атнашеніє ка всєм расійскім пользавателям інтєрнета". (Btw, він так і написав "не справедливым"; зрозуміти, як писати частку "нє", разом чи окремо, то є beyond capabilities of any modern Russian male.) Я збережу їх приватність, бо принаймні, ті люди не намагалися мене образити.

Найкраще стисле вираження думки російського народу прийшло в кінці минулого року:

Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:00:03 +0300
From: Матросов Василий <losk14@yandex.ru>
To: XXXXXX@gmail.com
Subject: Письмо от читателя
X-Mailer: Yamail [ http://yandex.ru ] 5.0
Message-Id: <3104741483124403@web7m.yandex.ru>

Войны закончатся, политики подружатся (они и не ссорились), а такие
как ты захлебнутся собственным дерьмом.

Цей чемний екземпляр--погроміст, що має профайл на stackoverflow. Saint Petersburg, Russia, гагага!

Що я зробив неправильно, при написанні крипта, так обрав geo провайдера. freegeoip блокується по замовченню фільтрами ublock origin, а так як the blog in question--умовно технічний, більшість відвідувачів, напевно використовують якийсь блокувальник реклами. ipinfo нарешті дозволив робити CORS requests, тому я сьогодні оновив той скрипт і маю надію, що нова версія буде працювати трохи краще, ггг.

*потирає руки*

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До речі, отак граціозно падаючи на льоду, можна легко зламати собі ротаційний манжет плеча (дуже хуйова травма, якщо не пощастить з лікарем).

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Що мені чомусь нагадало старий анекдот:

The magician gets a job on a cruise ship. And he soon realises that he doesn't have to come up w/ a new set of tricks every week. Because what? There is a different audience every week: people get off the boat, 3000 more people get on.

Except the captain has a parrot & the parrot sits there through all of his shows & the parrot pretty soon learns all the tricks. And being a parrot & a troublemaker the parrot starts yelling out staff. In the middle of the trick the parrot says "IT'S UNDER THE TABLE!" or "IT'S IN HIS OTHER HAND!", so pretty soon the poor guy is devastated: he's ruined--he is gonna come up w/ all new tricks.

On a way back to port, the ship hits something (not an iceberg, because it's a cruise ship; unless you go to Alaska which would be stupid).

The ship hits something & goes down. The parrot & the magician find themselves clinging to the last little bit of debris. The magician is on one side, holding on, the parrot on the other side. Hours go by & they're just starring on each other.

Finally, the parrot says "OK, I give up. Where is the ship?"

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Nearly every company I've worked for eventually brings in the Atlassian bullshit despite my protest.

It usually begins with hiring some project manager who likes Atlassian and forces the hire of an Atlassian shill to configure Atlassian products full time, but it never becomes any good.

They pry us off our existing issue tracker and wiki (github, trac) and force us to use that awful content-editable-based wiki that destroys the document differently in every browser, then tell us not to use Chrome because clearly Chrome is the problem. Witch-hunts begin about who screwed up the wiki formatting. Everything breaks if you press the back button. And then inevitably somebody forgot to give somebody permission for something and now everyone with permission is out of town so nothing can be done.



(via HN)

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I used to drive taxis in London 25 years ago. Whenever someone jumped in and said they were in a rush, I would just rev more and take corners harder to throw em round a bit, while really going no quicker. The sensation of speed was usually enough for a tip.

(via reddit)

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(Steve Johnson is the author of lint & yacc.)

Date: Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:20:55 -0800
From: Steve Johnson <scj-nwtwud4k+p9bdgjk7y7tuq@public.gmane.org>
Newsgroups: gmane.org.unix-heritage.general
Subject: Re: What sparked lint? [Was: Unix stories]
X-Mailer: Atmail 7.5.3
Message-ID: <730228a04039dc983eaed5f78a3d817ea80e79bd@webmail.yaccman.com>

[...] At the time Lint first appeared, I had two
young children at home.  This was in the era of cloth diapers, and we
were doing a LOT of wash.  One day, as I was cleaning out the lint
trap in our dryer, I realized that the program I was writing was
performing a similar function, and the name was born.  Since then, I
have written a number of Lint-like programs -- I'm proudest of the one
I did when working for the MathWorks.  It was integrated into the
MATLAB editor, and could give nearly instant feedback when you typed
in faulty code.
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Larry McVoy:

"the GPL was hated inside of Sun, it was considered a virus. The idea that you used a tiny bit of GPLed code and then everything else is GPLed was viewed as highway robbery."
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Отримав листа від одного магазину, де раніше часто закуплявся різним комп'ютерним мотлохом. Лист, звичайно, хутірською говіркою, схожою на поламану російську, ніби текст дали написати 7'річній дитині з затримками розвитку; але то таке. (Ніби якісь інші істоти працюють в українському рітейлі.)
 
Зміст листа: парадуйтє блізкіх на раждєство!
 
Я спочатку подумав, що вони їбанулися, або в них впав smart_host чи шо і їх mta сумлінно накопичував пошту, аж поки його не прорвало після нового року.
 
А згодом пригадав, що совєтські люди святкують релігійні свята за якимось календарем майя.
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Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:19:08 -0500
From: Doug McIlroy <doug-bjgkzyaamjvekzp4s/tgzg@public.gmane.org>
Newsgroups: gmane.org.unix-heritage.general
Subject: Re: Mac OS X is Unix
User-Agent: Heirloom mailx 12.5 7/5/10
Message-ID: <201701032019.v03KJ8oq028944@tahoe.cs.Dartmouth.EDU>

> keeping the code I work on portable between Linux and the Mac requires
> more than a bit of ‘ifdef’ hell.

Curmudgeonly comment: I bristle at the coupling of "ifdef" and "portable".
Ifdefs that adjust code for different systems are prima facie
evidence of NON-portability. I'll buy "configurable" as a descriptor
for such ifdef'ed code, but not "portable".

And, while I am venting about ifdef:
As a matter of sytle, ifdefs are global constructs. Yet they often
have local effects like an if statement. Why do we almost always write

#ifdef LINUX
        linux code
#else
        default unix code
#endif

instead of the much cleaner

        if(LINUX)
                linux code
        else
                default unix code

In early days the latter would have cluttered precious memory
with unfreachable code, but now we have optimizing compilers
that will excise the useless branch just as effectively as cpp.

Much as the trait of overeating has been ascribed to our
hunter ancestors' need to eat fully when nature provided,
so overuse of ifdef echos coding practices tuned to
the capabilities of bygone computing systems.

"Ifdef hell" is a fitting image for what has to be one of
Unix's least felicitous contributions to computing. Down
with ifdef!
Doug
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Larry McVoy (the CEO of BitMover, the company that makes BitKeeper):

"I'd be 100% OK with BitKeeper not winning if Git was at parity or better than BitKeeper, but that's not the case. It's trivial to do a BK to Git exporter, it's really hard to do the other direction, Git records far less information.

It's pretty much what I predicted back in the early 2000's. If you don't leave space for commercial companies to make money and pay people to try and reach for the better answer, you're gonna get mediocre answers. And here we are."

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Був вчора вдень біла Квадрату на Небесній Борщагівці (не питайте мене, що я там забув). Припаркувався трохи подалі навпроти, повертаюся через 20 хв.: ззаду підперла порожня (і без водія) мор-шрутка, з переду--подряпаний ланос. З кожної сторони ~30 см. Поки вирулив--проклянув всіх, особливо приємного свята побажавши дуднівшим мені CB та AI.
 
В Кишені у черзі на касу бачив дівчину з якимсь дешевим тортом, зверху якого лежали капці. Сподіваюсь, це не був новорічний подарунок коханому, ггг.
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The table ends with 2016-08-08 for I haven't finished yet The History of England by David Hume--it's a huuuuge book (or actually a 6 volume set); currently I'm at 71%, it's the reign of Charles I, the year is 1628. I should finish the last volume before the end of February.

Name Rating Attention Usefulness Finished
Jake Halpern. Bad Paper98102016-01-15
Jane Austen. Lady Susan1010102016-01-24
Samuel Rawson Gardiner. Oliver Cromwell108102016-03-09
Dave Barry. Claw Your Way to the Top910102016-03-14
Jane Austen. Northanger Abbey7782016-04-05
Robert Grant Watson. Spanish and Portuguese South America during the Colonial Period; Vol. 11010102016-04-21
Joseph Fisher. Landholding in England98102016-04-27
Jane Austen. Persuasion89102016-05-01
William Hickling Prescott. The History of the Conquest of Mexico109102016-06-02
Scott Adams. How to fail at almost everything and still win big7882016-06-13
Robert Grant Watson. Spanish and Portuguese South America during the Colonial Period; Vol. 2109102016-06-30
William Hickling Prescott. The History of the Conquest of Peru1010102016-07-20
Dale Carnegie. How to win friends and influence people4872016-07-26
John Abbott. Peter Stuyvesant, the Last Dutch Governor of New Amsterdam99102016-08-08

Hello

Dec. 30th, 2016 15:37
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(w/ the Boston accent) How are you doing?

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