The slow death of Goliath

The beginning of the end for Google:

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies, creating a firestorm across Silicon Valley.

James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” A Google representative didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

Google has unambiguously confirmed that they value The Narrative more than reality. They'll lose a lot of competent and non-insane talent which will lead to their eventual decline. Such is the curse of SJWs.

Vox Day:

It was inevitable, because SJWs always double down, but the irony of Pichai Sundararajan, a high-caste Tamil Brahmin, firing an employee for expressing his belief in biological inequality, is practically off the charts.

The New Untouchables: Those who see reality and utter the truth.

Glenn Reynolds:

Old Google: We hire the smartest people we can get! New Google: We hire the smartest people we can get to parrot SJW twaddle!

And note that one guy, by triggering internal SJW craziness, has done more PR harm to Google than has been done since its inception. It’s like an autoimmune disease.

Feminism is cancer. Social Justice is AIDS.

SJWs Always Lie

The Left has to deny biological reality. The modern West has the richest and most opulent class of people in human history. Women have never been more free. Almost all their environmental constraints have been vanquished. Yet, they are still colossally unequal.

Why? Because women choose to be. Because they value comfort. Once they've acquired a sufficient amount of it, they don't put in extra work hours. This is why you don't see a female version of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk. Women don't possess the obsessive drive to work 80-hour-weeks to build an empire. An exceptionally smart woman who could make hundreds of millions of dollars a year is okay with a few hundreds of thousands. Instead of understanding these choices, the Left cries about phantom oppression.


By The Heads of Medusa! The Supreme Dark Lord does inspire fear.

The Nikon D850

I wrote this a couple of days ago regarding the upcoming Nikon D850:

If it is as good as that, then the price is going to be pretty high. With that level of performance, I don't see it being under $3,999.

Thom Hogan wrote this yesterday:

What Nikon seems to be doing is making it more all-around by fleshing out little things like more resolution, faster operation, etc. But don't expect the price to stay at the D810's level. I'll be very surprised if the D850 is less than US$3999.

My reaction:


Nikon released their D800 in 2012 at a stunning price of $2,999. Now, they'll likely release the next-generation model for $3,999. They underpriced it five years ago and now it'll be beyond many consumers who're looking for an upgrade.

For Canadians, the new beast will be at least $5,000 + tax! For those in Ontario, it'll be about $5,700 total. Hmm, what's the going rate for one kidney ...

A monster for the 100th year

A rumored spec for the upcoming D850 is that it will do 10 fps. How!?

The raw files from a Nikon D800 are usually around 38MB each. Assuming similar size, a raw file from the D850 will be 50MB. So, this camera will be able to push 500MB/s? I would be quite shocked if it did.

If it is as good as that, then the price is going to be pretty high. With that level of performance, I don't see it being under $3,999. Damn.

Flying is hard

Two pilots have been suspended from duty after their aircraft, carrying 99 passengers, nearly ran out of fuel because they forgot to retract the landing gear after take-off.


An unidentified source told the Times of India that the “brand new Airbus A320”, one of the most fuel efficient aircraft in existence, had struggled to climb after take-off, prompting the pilots to settle on an altitude of 24,000 feet as opposed to a usual cruising height of 35,000 feet.

Wait, isn't there a switch with indicating lights for the landing gear? What kind of pilot doesn't bother to check that?

The source, who made a point of saying that both pilots were women, said it flew like this at 230 knots - as opposed to around 500 knots - for about an hour-and-a-half, while the extended landing gear dragged heavily on the aircraft.

Two women? Perhaps, it was that time of the month ...

100 years and D850

Nikon celebrates its 100 years today. They took this occasion to announce that they are working on the successor to their super-high resolution D810.

The Nikon D850 is coming. It'll probably be released in time for Christmas. Unfortunately two big questions remain officially unanswered: megapixels and price?

The rumors suggest 46MP at $3,500. It has been five years since Nikon upped the pixel count. I'm hoping for a bigger jump from their current 36MP beast.

EPYC value

Intel likes its fat margins. If they can't compete with performance, then they'll use FUD.

The slide at the 10 minute mark is stunning. Intel compared their $2,200 CPU to an artificially underclocked $420 AMD CPU to showcase the superiority of their product!

This would be like comparing a $100,000 car to a $18,000 Honda with slashed tires and then crowing about how your expensive car is so much better because it's faster when going from point A to point B.

If you're interested in buying a new PC or building a new one, then an AMD processor will provide the most bang for the buck. This means that most people should not be buying an Intel system today. Of course, that's why Intel is so scared.

Team Blue is very blue

In a presentation slide, Intel alleges that AMD’s EPYC server processors are actually repurposed desktop products comprising parts that have merely been “glued together.” They claim that this design results in “inconsistent performance” and additionally accuse AMD of having a poor track record and being an inconsistent supplier.

Intel's butthurt because they can't charge premium prices like they've done for a decade. This is going to be painful especially when ThreadRipper comes out next month.

100 years of glass

The Nikon D810 replacement is rumored to be announced on July 25 - on the exact day of Nikon's 100th anniversary.

Hmm. I've also read that there will be a surprise with respect to the sensor. Right now, 46 megapixels is expected at a price point higher than $3,500. Could it be higher than 46MP? Could it be mirrorless!? Or, perhaps, there could be another camera with such specs? We'll find out soon enough.

The end of women?

Masayuki Ozaki bounced back when the spark went out of his marriage — by starting a new romance with a rubber sex doll he swears is the love of his life.

Just wait till technology makes dolls which are capable of producing babies. #TheFutureIsMale

Senji Nakajima, 62, who enjoys tenderly bathing his rubber girlfriend Saori, has framed photos of her on his wall and even takes her skiing and surfing.

The following was predictable:

He said: “My son accepts it, my daughter can’t.”

Yup. Her gender is losing power and becoming obsolete. Of course, she can't accept it. Most women oppose prostitution for the same reasons.

AMD on the move

Intel is finally going to face some heat after a decade of domination:

AMD also announced its Threadripper CPUs for the high-end desktop segment. These 16-core/32-thread processors will debut this summer, but the company didn't provide any further details. Pricing will play an important role, but frankly, 16 cores is plenty exciting. Intel's 10-core/20-thread i7-6950X Broadwell-E weighs in at $1,700, and considering AMD's Ryzen pricing history, we can expect a much lower price point than that to get more cores.

Software firms have to be able to take advantage of the cores for this to be a success. I've noticed that with multi-core processors that sell for over $300, the performance delta is simply too minuscule.

Online sharia

Yesterday, Facebook restricted and then shut down the public pages of Ex-Muslims of North America (24k followers) and Atheist Republic (1,6 million followers) –groups that advocate secularism and provide support to “apostates” (people who leave Islam and who often face persecution).

The Zuck is perfectly okay with sanitizing content to appease Muslims:

In the meantime, as Heat Street reported, in March Facebook kowtowed to officials in Pakistan and removed “blasphemous” content insulting Islam within the country. In this instance, Facebook had no problem with censoring freedom of speech on its platform.

Twitter and Facebook are sowing the seeds of their own destruction. The Alt-Tech will, in due time, overtake them.

Sanitizing the past

Return of Kings: The Digitization Of Classic Books May Lead To A Dangerous Form Of Censorship.

Let us assume, for the sake of argument, that they actually do what they say they will do. Suppose they do scan or digitize entire libraries. What then? Will it not be far, far easier for systems of authority to control or manipulate access to historical information? How can we be sure that the University of California will not one day decide to prevent access to all works written before 1950 as being “offensive” or not in tune with political correctness? You may laugh at this, or call me an alarmist, but I am not so sure. When it comes to our precious cultural heritage, we cannot place our faith in the same institutions that have been betraying that same heritage for the past forty years.

What's the most incredible novel written by Agatha Christie?

It's original title: Ten Little Niggers. Oops.

New title: Ten Little Indians. Uh oh.

Newer title: Ten Little Soldiers. What?

Modern title: And Then There Were None.

Christie was very blunt in her writing. For example, her descriptions and opinions of Jews were considered uncouth. So, her words within the novel were modified to fit present-day sensibilities. I know this because I've listened to part of an audiobook and then soon read the book to realize that her writing in the novel was altered.

The insidious part is that I would have been utterly ignorant of this fact if I had only read the book. One can assume that many other books of the past have been distorted without us even being aware of it. Of course, with digital-only books, it would be almost effortless to mold history.

The new king

Nikon Rumors: New set of rumored Nikon D820 camera specifications.

It has been four years since Nikon bumped up the MP with the epic D800. Though, this time the jump is mild; from 36MP to 46MP. It'll likely rock the focusing system from the D5 which should make it the DSLR camera of the year.

The big question now is price. My guess would be a significant jump from the MSRP of a D800. So, $3,600. I would be shocked if it's cheaper than $3,300.

Counter-Strike master

I used to play CS many years ago. It was rough at first. My first game I got 1 kill and died ... 17 times. Eventually, I managed to bring that ratio up to 3:1.

Once, there was a random server on which the ping was incredibly low and the opposition was predictable and mediocre. Each round was a massacre. They started crying "cheater" and "haxor". It was amusing. A few minutes later, the admin banned me from the server! There were conflicting emotions: annoyance and pride.

But this is on a totally different level:

Only one tiny 'flaw': buy a defuse kit!

In the Antarctic

With the on-going discussion about the future of Nikon, let’s not forget that the current cameras and lenses are great tools. I surely hope Nikon gets back on the right track, and in the meantime I spend my time out in the field with my fantastic Nikon gear, you should too! Anyhow, long story short.

Over the past three years I have been to Antarctica two times. One time as a photography tourist, on board the smallest vessel operating in Antarctica, and one time as an expedition guide and photographer, on board the biggest vessel operating in Antarctica.

In some of the harshest climates, one finds beautiful creatures.

Nikon in decline

A rude end to a hundred years:

I warned way back in 2011 that the push in the consumer models was a distraction that was going to slam you against the wall at the end of the straightaway. And now that the concussion you received is starting to fade, you appear to be abandoning that type of car.

We’ll see the results in Nikon financials tomorrow, though they’ve already warned of an extraordinary loss. Here’s the thing, though: there’s nothing in anything Nikon has announced that will tell us the pain is over. Nikon is about to become a smaller company. Possibly far smaller.

Nikon's top cameras -- D5, D500, D810 -- are superb. The rest of their line up? It's a mess. Also, the quality control in the last decade has been dismal.

I haven’t been impressed with Nikon’s product management for at least six years, maybe more. There’s no “core philosophy” to what Nikon is doing. It’s all about cost management, for the most part. Yes, you have to manage costs, but that’s a lot easier to do if you produce the right products.

If Nikon had any sense, then they would hire Thom Hogan to be an advisor to the CEO to implement changes and make products that customers want.

Diminishing power gains

Almost ten year ago, I read about an amazing HD video -- a trailer about Terminator 2. Nearly 100MB per 1 minute of video. I downloaded it and started to play it.

It was all choppy and the audio and video was out of sync. I made sure that the latest media players were installed but it didn't help. Then, to my shock, I figured out that my CPU was too slow! It simply couldn't play such videos regardless of what software I used. 

At the time, my computer wasn't even two years old! Yet, it had reached its limit. My computer today is almost five years old and I still don't see any major reason to upgrade.

Overpriced and overdone

Vox Day:

It is rather ironic that the company whose fortune was made by its superior user interface is now heading downhill due to the worst UI experience in technology. But that's the way of the world; it turns out that Steve Jobs was irreplaceable after all.

Apple's main concern is now keeping people imprisoned in its walled garden, not luring them in any longer.

When Apple released an $800 accessory (iWatch) to the iPhone, I knew then that it was running on fumes. They'll still make billions of dollars of profit going forward but that staggering run from 2002 onward won't be repeated.

Oh, and I loath their walled garden. I've never bought an Apple product for that reason.

Google protects us from gruesome truth

The truth is unsettling, hurtful and deeply, truly racist:

Under the guise of tackling “fake news,” Google is removing search results that pertain to crime statistics that show black people commit more crimes, despite the fact that this is widely documented to be true.

An article in the Guardian entitled Google ‘must review its search rankings because of rightwing manipulation’ details how “leading academics” are pressuring Google to artificially edit its search algorithm to prevent certain subjects from appearing at the top of its search rankings.

In response, the piece notes that Google has removed search results that suggest “black people commit more crimes”. Negative results about the religion of Islam were also removed.

Vox Day:

This dedication to falsehood and deception will only make it all the easier to disrupt them when the time comes.

The myth of equality

First world "problems":

Why can't Silicon Valley solve its diversity problem? Maybe it's the same reason the coal mining industry can't solve its 99.9% male problem and why nine out of ten registered nurses are female. I think we need to just start forcing people into careers they don't want to satisfy the pie chart people.

Also, nobody mentions the structurally racist NBA that is 75% black. Where are you SJWs?


What really matters:

Among young adults, emojis have even become a distinct and separate language, far removed from the limiting constraints of letters that some just can’t be bothered to type out.

However, as wonderful and beneficial as emojis have become in our communication with one another, they don’t always lend themselves to the diversity and beautiful cultural variety that exists in the real world — this has started to change.

It was a more than a year ago that Apple added different skin tones to its emoji app, an important add-on that that allowed those who use emojis in their texts to represent themselves in a more accurate manner.

Oh, I laughed out loud so much at this image:

Sharia emoji

I like this die-versity. I'm looking forward to these emojis:

  1. Bacha baazi.
  2. Guy killing a dog.
  3. Acid-burned face.
  4. A woman holding a child's head.
  5. An exquisite, floating, black garbage bag.

All in the name of cultural variety, of course.

Building a nightmare

I buy the components for my computer and then build the whole system. One time, after putting everything together, the system wouldn't boot. After about twenty minutes, I realized that the SATA cable to the hard drive wasn't properly plugged in. 

The unfortunate mistakes mentioned here were more costly.

“This took place when I was about 22 I think which would be roughly 13 years ago. I can't remember the CPU socket type of model but it was a top of the line intel. I was building a new PC and based on the recommendation of my brother, who was great with PCs, I ordered some arctic silver along with my gear. He had sent me the Newegg link. Unfortunately, I never reviewed the one he chose. So after I got the parts and was building it, for some reason I had to remove the CPU. Well, it wouldn't come off. Turns out he had unknowingly picked out the adhesive cement version of the arctic silver.


Window 8 annoys

Windows 8 and its flaws:

The Windows 8 UI is completely flat in what used to be called the "Metro" style and is now called the "Modern UI." There's no pseudo-3D or lighting model to cast subtle shadows that indicate what's clickable (because it looks raised above the rest) or where you can type (because it looks indented below the page surface).

I haven't used the new OS but I've noticed this glaring flaw of Windows 8 in review videos. When users open a screen, everything looks flat and similar; it's impossible to see what is clickable and what is not.

I usually have to do some of my work at home. I prefer doing that on my desktop PC. The screen real estate is such a nice luxury. Unfortunately, Microsoft redesigned Windows for tablets and sacrificed the advantages inherent with large monitors.

The situation is much worse on regular PCs, particularly for knowledge workers doing productivity tasks in the office. This used to be Microsoft's core audience, and it has now thrown the old customer base under the bus by designing an operating system that removes a powerful PC's benefits in order to work better on smaller devices.

Why did Microsoft even have to subtract the ability to open and view multiple windows at once? They could have given the users the option of using the classic (Windows 7) way of dealing with windows.