atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4830: The Dunning-Kruger effect in action!

The Dunning-Kruger effect. Short form: someone who doesn't know what he's doing does not have the experience required to accurately evaluate his skill level.

I mention this because Obama thinks he's a pretty good President.

It would be funny if it weren't so tragic. For us, not him.

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I'm going to go out on a limb here and say if your safe has a USB port on the outside and is running any variant of Windows, it's not very safe. Especially the "USB port" part. Holy crap.

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Prescription drugs are priced according to a person's ability to pay. In any other industry that's illegal.

Take my industry, for example. If I were to charge Joe Sixpack $50 to install a hard drive in his computer, but charged Doctor Filet Mignon $500, I could go to jail for that.

That's business as usual in the medical industry. Denninger describes it thus, emphasis removed:
So let's put this sort of thing into a context that's easier for you to understand.

You walk into a grocery store. You get to the checkout counter and present your basket of groceries. The checkstand operator asks you to swipe your card first, before ringing them up, and the store's computer checks both your available credit line and bank balance.

It then decides what the basket of groceries on the belt is "worth" to you and what you can afford, setting a multiplier that results, if you happen to have a lot of money (or credit) in a price that is 10x as much as the person behind you pays.

Oh, and to keep you from figuring it out the checkstand doesn't display any prices either; you find out how much your card was hit for your groceries only after you leave the store.
Yeah, when you get a bill from your "grocery insurance" company telling you what they're going to cover, and telling you that your deductible has not yet been satisfied, so you're on the stick for the entirety of the outrageous bill.


Denninger blockquoted an article about drug prices, and I thought this quote was the salient one:
While drug company representatives initially tried to cast the outrageous prices as recouping their research and development costs they quickly back pedaled into admitting the drugs are priced on "value"--what they are "worth" for the patient’s health. Needless to say such valuations come pretty close to the definition of extortion--or offers you "can’t refuse."
Yeah, that sounds about right. "Hey, if someone will die without Nevadie-erol, we can charge $50,000 per pill and people will demand we sell it to them!"

And as the title of Denninger's piece suggest, it's time to start throwing people in jail over this stuff.

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As usual, a public school "anti-bullying conference" is actually focused on teaching teenagers about analingus and lesbian pegging.

Isn't it strange how, any time homosexuals start talking to kids, the discussion inevitably includes "frank" discussions of sexual technique? The "anti-bullying conference" was reportedly rather low on anti-bullying stuff, but it did include a drag queen, a dress made of condoms, and a discussion on how girls could sew fake testicles into their panties in order to look more like boys. Oh, and information on how to locate orgies on the Internet.

The person in charge of this travesty says that the parents who object to their kids being subjected to this homosexual recruitment attempt are "disgusting". I suppose if you have absolutely no understanding of the meaning of the word, you might look at it that way.

Vox Day says:
I suspect that the eventual backlash against the rainbow fascists in the West is going to make ISIS look merciful. Remember, the historical pendulum ALWAYS swings back sooner or later. Once it becomes clear that acceptance of homosexuality necessarily requires the acceptance of widespread child molestation, there will be no mercy. There is a very good reason homosexuality was historically categorized among the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; it is a mental disorder that typically stems from childhood abuse of one form or another.
The pendulum does swing back, sooner or later. It's not going to be pretty when it does, because people will remember things like this.

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The caption for the ninth picture-- That's Arse Technica for you, though. "A printer port RGB video port I'll never find a cable for," says the caption. It's a 23-pin D-sub connector. Let's have a gander at the Internet, shall we?

After three minutes I found this one which adapts the Amiga's RGB connector to VGA. And the very first result of my search was this:

...which is a very simple circuit that a sufficiently able guy could employ to make the appropriate adaptor.

The only caveat here is that the monitor you use must be able to handle a 15 kHz scan rate. The Amiga was, after all, built with 1980s technology. Otherwise, the hard part is finding the D-23 connector. This is a circuit that uses a single 7408 IC (quad AND gate IC) that costs about $1 from a place like Fry's.


Having looked at some of the hardware hacks done by guys on their C-64s and such, I think this one counts as "easy" even if you have to take a Dremel to a D-25 and cut it down to a D-23. WTF.

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...I am procrastinating. It's very hot outside today, and I have work that needs doing...outside. *sigh*

I recently learned, via this article, that Europeans disdain the American love of air conditioning. That I didn't know of this phenomenon does not mean that I was surprised upon learning of it; it struck me as something exactly typical of how Europe perceives us.

But the thing that struck me about this is the difference in climate: where typical high temperatures in summer in Germany might be around 75°, here in the Fungal Vale they average about fifteen degrees higher. I wasn't aware that there was that much of a difference.

...and that is why we use AC so much when our European counterparts do not. It's f-ing hot outside, damn it, which is why we use the AC.

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But complaining about the heat will not get my chores done.

I do, in fact, have a story to write, so I may work on that one for a while before going outside. Give the noontide heat a chance to dissipate a little bit before I start.

Yeah, and if my grandmother had wheels....

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