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Everything posted by DavidV

  1. In 2003, I founded Objectivism Online as a community for Objectivism. Now in 2012, I am founding the Free Capitalist Network (freecapitalists.org) to provide services for free-market intellectuals and entrepreneurs. The first service I am providing is free blog hosting - YourBlog.FreeCapitalists.Org Check it out here: FreeCapitalists.org
  2. The forum software has been updated. Let me know if you find any issues.
  3. "Our very real medical crisis has been the product of massive government intervention, state and federal, throughout the century; in particular, an artificial boosting of demand coupled with an artificial restriction of supply. The result has been accelerating high prices and deterioration of patient care. And next, socialized medicine could easily bring us to the vaunted medical status of the Soviet Union: everyone has the right to free medical care, but there is, in effect, no medicine and...

  4. On my way to Moscow via Aeroflot. Very glad they upgraded from Antonov to Boeing since my last flight in 1990.

  5. Laptop bags in China advertise that they are "TSA-friendly." Of course there is no TSA in China nor any other group of thugs banning fluids, removing laptops, forcing you to strip, or groping travelers. But the whole world has to put up with TSA's security theatre because so many people travel through the Amerikan militarized zone.

  6. Dinner tonight was Sarah's coconut cabbage fish head soup with lychee for desert.

  7. I'm going to Instanbul, Turkey June 10-16. Any suggestions for interesting things to do while there?

  8. That is wrong. The proper function of a judicial system is to provide restitution for harms. Even if all people were perfectly moral and perfectly rational, there would still be disagreements about contracts and tort claims (accidental damages.)
  9. "The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all." — H. L. Mencken

  10. "There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently. We still have to prove our worth anew each day: we have to prove that we are as good today as we were yesterday. But when we have a valid alibi for not achieving anything we are fixed, so to speak, for life." --Eric Hoffer

  11. "Generals gathered in their masses Just like witches at black masses Evil minds that plot destruction Sorcerers of death's construction In the fields the bodies burning As the war machine keeps turning Death and hatred to mankind Poisoning their brainwashed minds Oh lord yeah! Politicians hide themselves away They only started the war Why should they go out to fight? They leave that role to the poor Time will tell on their power minds Making war just for fun Treating people just like pawns...

  12. As far as I can tell, my router cannot handle multiple PPTP connections behind the NAT. Anyone know which firmware does?

  13. Any border "secure" enough to keep people out will inevitably be used to keep them in.

  14. In the West, smoking has been so marginalized and excluded from the circles I normally participate in that I almost forgot it existed. But in China 63% of Chinese men smoke cigarettes. I think most people know it's harmful, but they do it anyway. It's crazy that people consider it acceptable to be addicted to a deadly drug which they must consume every hour or go insane from withdrawal.

  15. With Entity Framework Code-First Migrations, I can add/update a property in a class file, run my unit tests, and my database schema gets automatically updated to reflect my code changes. It's pretty awesome.

  16. I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. -Frank Herbert

  17. "Lacking an external focus, the mind turns inward on itself and creates problems to solve, even if the problems are undefined or unimportant. If you find a focus, an ambitious goal that seems impossible and forces you to grow, these doubts disappear." --Timothy Ferriss

  18. Just installed a USB 3.0 ExpressCard in Sarah's laptop. Under $10. Kind of jealous that I can't do that for my MacBook.

  19. FYI: You can reach me via my Google Voice number: 214-659-1775 thanks to Talkatone, which allows me to have a working USA phone number in China.

  20. "Accept the fact that you are not omniscient, but playing a zombie will not give you omniscience—that your mind is fallible, but becoming mindless will not make you infallible—that an error made on your own is safer than ten truths accepted on faith, because the first leaves you the means to correct it, but the second destroys your capacity to distinguish truth from error." - Ayn Rand

  21. Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke. — Will Rogers (1879-1935)

  22. "Programmers have a tendency to want to model every possible business reality, rather than the specific one that the business requires. ... When we create a domain model that isn’t constrained to match the domain being modeled, we miss the opportunity to gain any real insight in the business processes. And in the future, we end up representing changes in business processes as awkward corner cases in our elegant but overly-abstract metaworld. Constraints are not limitations. They are insights...

  23. "I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves." – Harriet Tubman

  24. Perhaps my greatest achievement ever: pushed for a critical business system to be designed with modern web standards and therefore to require IE8 or above. Bugged IT for over a year until all 5000 pc's were upgraded from IE6 to IE8. Finally, blocked IE6 users from using the system at all, so they have to upgrade even if they want to use it from home. And did this in China, which has half of the world's IE6 users.

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