“Authoritarian systems are generally cynical, conservative, and kleptocratic, operating within the limits that their brute power allows, and usually incidentally yielding a private sphere for citizens to live within. Totalitarian systems by contrast have a mandate, a popular vision- their leaders tend to rely on some concomitant concept of legitimacy, they act as ‘puppets of the national will’. Their understanding of the national purview is total- there is not private sphere, the entire system must be rebuilt to the New Vision.”
“That means it’s more and more important to spend time in the foxhole before making strategic decisions. Because, it’s only after you’ve spent some time in the foxhole that you’ll have the understanding to put together a grand strategy.”
“There was always a subtle level of class warfare in each Columbo. The killers were usually rich, powerful, and openly disdainful of this blue-collar bumbler who just wouldn’t go away. To watch each of them slowly come to realize, in horror and desperation, that Columbo was smarter than they had ever imagined was pure joy.”
“how many rentless bummers of police procedurals have you endured where the super-sleuth’s eagle eyes are constantly flashing above his expensive, attractive peacoat? Where is he getting the money for all those expensive peacoats? Why is he constantly being invited to ducal receptions and international cocktail parties?”
“If you will pardon the colloquialism, it is the Cumberbitches who are holding down the Columbros.”
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“The product model accentuates buyer risk: if the product works as advertised, the customer is on the hook to extract the promised benefits from it. But in the services model, that risk shifts to the vendor” if customers don’t get the promised benefit, they cease to subscribe.”
“"self-XSS" (the thing this malfeature is purportedly protecting people from) is a made-up concept. It’s basically "don’t run your own scripts to interfere with our site, and we’ll use scary-sounding security words in an attempt to discourage you from doing it." I don’t believe for a second this is about helping the user - more likely is that FB and Netflix want to prevent users running scripts that add features or do functions they find inconvenient, like exporting your address book or movie rating info.”
‘when you see the amazing sight’
after ‘wanderer above the sea of fog’ by caspar david friedrich, 1818
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A+ work here, everyone.