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She Can Haz IMF

The new head of the IMF:

A divorced mother of two, she likes to trumpet womanhood as an asset in the world of finance.

"I think we inject less libido," she said during an October interview with Christiane Amanpour on ABC's This Week. "And less testosterone into the equation. ... It helps in the sense that we don't necessarily project our egos into cutting a deal."

I've studied economics, mathematics and history and not once did it occur to me that the modern financial woes of the world somehow stemmed from too much testosterone.

Anyway, glad to know that that problem is no longer an issue.

Link via The Thinking Housewife.

Rejected Money

NPR via Greg Mankiw:

On today's Planet Money, we visit an underground vault that's full of money nobody wants.

The money — bags and bags of dollar coins — is the result of a 2005 law that requires the U.S. Mint to print a series of coins bearing the likeness of each U.S. president.

Politicians have way too much time on their hands if they are making such dumb laws.

The Rise of Thunderbolt


This morning Apple finally announced availability of its first Thunderbolt cable alongside Promise's Pegasus external RAID solution. We've previewed the Pegasus in the past but today we received a shipping model of the 6-bay 12TB.

That's nice but way too expensive. The price for the simple cable is atrocious. $50 for a mere two meters!

Not-So-Solid SSD

Anand Lal Shimpi:

Let's start with the elephant in the room. There's a percentage of OCZ Vertex 3/Agility 3 customers that have a recurring stuttering/instability issue. The problem primarily manifests itself as regular BSODs under Windows 7 although OCZ tells me that the issue is cross platform and has been seen on a MacBook Pro running OS X as well.

How many customers are affected? OCZ claims it's less than two thirds of a percent of all Vertex 3/Agility 3 drives sold. OCZ came up with this figure by looking at the total number of tech support enquiries as well as forum posts about the problem and dividing that number by the total number of drives sold through to customers. I tend to believe OCZ's data here given that I've tested eight SF-2281 drives and haven't been able to duplicate the issue on a single drive/configuration thus far.

Well that sucks. A few people are having a problem with this expensive bit of technology but nobody knows exactly what's causing the problem. Ergo, it can't be fixed.

I was thinking of upgrading from my Vertex 120GB to a Vertex 3 240GB drive. But after reading a lot of horror stories I'm now reluctant. There seems to be an incompatibility issue with the new SSD and the overall system of those who are affected. So, going back to a store and exchanging the drive won't solve the problem!

The new solid state disk from OCZ kicks butt but needs to be more reliable given its huge price premium. I'll wait for the next generation tech that'll likely debut in 2012.

Diverse Differences

Code Monkey:

I doubt most libertarians would agree with the feminists who argue that gender is nothing more than a social construct created to control women. Most gender-specific behaviors reflect real aspects of human nature which most rational people simply taken for granted. Yet why is it so hard to accept that national boundaries represent something meaningful within human nature?

What I find infuriating is when open border types support their position by using diversity as an argument while simultaneously stating that we are all the same; which, of course, means that opposing immigration is racist!

Those Crazy Japanese!

The Sega Toylet:

Equipped with an infrared sensor to identify when a person is approaching the urinal, the LCD screen prepares the system and allows the user to choose one of four games. Measure the power of your stream in games such as "Graffiti Eraser", where your goal is to eliminate graffiti with your stream or "The Northern Wind, the Sun and Me" where the strength of your stream determines the strength of a gust of wind blowing the dress off of a woman.

I can see it now. Boys all over the world holding piss off contests.

I wonder: Who would win this game in a Japan vs. America piss off?

The Future of America?

Vox Popoli:

Where VDH and other nominal social conservatives go wrong is to imagine that this has anything to do with illegal immigration. It has to do with the ethnic and racial makeup of the country. As we have seen everywhere from Atlanta and Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, a society can not only survive, but thrive, with a small dash of vibrancy. A country that is 90 European, 5 percent African, and 5 percent Hispanic might well benefit from the additional heterodoxy provided by the minorities, while a country that is 40 percent European, 20 percent African, and 40 percent Hispanic is going to be riven by a constant battle for government spoils of the sort that distracts the elites of most of the nations in the third world.

Race and Culture Matter

Frontpage Mag:

Moynihan knew exactly where this was leading as far back as 1966: ”From the wild Irish slums of the 19th-century Eastern seaboard, to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles,” he wrote, ”there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: a community that allows large numbers of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future–that community asks for and gets chaos. Crime, violence, unrest, disorder…are not only to be expected, they are very near to inevitable. And they are richly deserved.”

Link via Eternity Road.

Welcome to Jihadistan

The Pakistani state is not our friend:

Fazle-ur-Rahman Khalil heads Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen, a terrorist group closely aligned with al-Qaida and a signatory to bin Laden's anti-U.S. fatwa in 1998. Khalil has also dispatched fighters to India, Afghanistan, Somalia, Chechnya and Bosnia, was a confidante of bin Laden and hung out with 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Pakistani authorities are clearly aware of Khalil's whereabouts. But they leave him alone, just as they tolerate other Kashmiri militant groups nurtured by the military and its intelligence agency to use against India.

The US should cut off the funds. They shouldn't be sending money abroad anyway with their mushrooming debt obligations.

Link via Jihad Watch.


Meredith F. Small:

How competent are 4-year-olds? They are competent enough to work. By “work,” I don’t mean on the factory line, or forced labor of any kind. Instead, I mean tasks that are, by any cultural standard, age-appropriate.

Look outside Western culture and watch children, even very small children, as they gather firewood, weed gardens, haul water, tend livestock, care for younger children and run errands. And no one complains because they are mostly outside and usually with other children.

Furthermore, child labour laws in the US set the minimum working age at 16. What exactly is wrong about a 13-year-old working at Walmart for a few hours during the weekend? I think too many conjure up an image of an oppressed, miserable child slaving away for 12 hours a day making not a penny more than minimum wage when "child labour" is mentioned.

I would have not mind working a little when I was young -- around 10-14 years of age. The problem was that I lived in Saudi Arabia. Only my dad could work in that foreign land. After hearing my complaints, my father offered me a small deal: wash the car, wax the car, then wipe off the wax; all under the blazing sun in the brutal Arabian heat.

My wage? $1.33. It would take me two hours to complete the work. I sure did understand the value of money a lot more after that.


The Thinking Housewife:

THE EUROPEAN UNION’S executive body urged Germany last week to discourage women from being full-time mothers. With Europe’s demographic crisis, more women should work, a report on the German economy stated.

Ignore your nature and strength; be an office drone! How exactly this will reverse the demographic decline is a mystery.

Life is Beautiful

Egyptian imam: "When I want a sex slave, I just go to the market and choose the woman I like and purchase her".

Of course, his words were taken out of context!

Here's more from a different Islamic country. The first comment there:

Such is the savage and evil Islam and Nazi Arabic Imperialism - that will go on producing such evil but typical human beings like this Kuwaiti woman politician, who is calling for the legitimization of SEXUAL-SLAVERY of her fellow women/girls! I feel so sick reading this!

What's Happening in America


At 6 a.m. Tuesday, Wright said he woke up to what he thought was a S.W.A.T team breaking down his door. As Wright came downstairs in his boxer shorts, he said the officers barged through his front door.

Wright said an officer grabbed him by the neck and led him outside on his front lawn.

Why did the government use the SWAT team?

The federal search warrant is sealed by the courts, but the copy given to Wright said the Department of Education and its Office of the Inspector General are investigating the Wrights for financial aid fraud.


Karl Denninger:

The government certainly has the right to go get a search warrant if they're investigating fraud.  But this sort of "let's call SWAT any time we have to serve a warrant" crap is over the line of reasonable force and in the case at hand it appears that the person they were seeking does not even live at the house.

Pricey NAND and Slow Light


The P320h is Micron's first PCIe SSD as well as its first in-house controller design. You'll remember from our C300/C400/m4 reviews that Micron typically buys its controllers from Marvell and simply does firmware development in house.

Alright. What about price?

Pricing is unknown at this point, although Micron pointed out that it is expecting cost to be somewhere south of $16 per GB (at $16/GB that would be $5600 for the 350GB board and $11,200 for the 700GB board).

Holy Schnikes!

A different story:

Intel just emailed me to clarify a point from its Ivy Bridge presentation on Tuesday. While USB 3.0 will finally be integrated into the chipset, Thunderbolt will not.

That's funny. Intel named the new interface Thunderbolt but it's taking years to roll it out. It'll likely hit mainstream around fall 2013.

D-Day + 67 Years

It was one of those rare occasions in history when Western Europe was being targeted from the outside.

Via Instapundit comes this link:

We remember that date for history exams that we take in school. Fortunately for me, I get to meet people that took part in it. In my own family, I had a distant relation that was wounded coming ashore at Omaha Beach. I have linked to this video before, but I think it’s really worth watching.