contrarianism   387

« earlier    

Interview with Donald Knuth | Interview with Donald Knuth | InformIT
Andrew Binstock and Donald Knuth converse on the success of open source, the problem with multicore architecture, the disappointing lack of interest in literate programming, the menace of reusable code, and that urban legend about winning a programming contest with a single compilation.
nibble  interview  giants  expert-experience  programming  cs  software  contrarianism  carmack  oss  prediction  trends  linux  concurrency  desktop  comparison  checking  debugging  stories  engineering  hmm  idk  algorithms  books  debate  flux-stasis  duplication  parsimony  best-practices  writing  documentation  latex  intricacy  structure  hardware  caching  workflow  editors  composition-decomposition  coupling-cohesion  exposition  technical-writing  thinking 
5 days ago by nhaliday
Do you use source control for your database items? - Stack Overflow
Top 2 answers contradict each other but both agree that you should at least version the schema and other scripts.

My impression is that the guy linked in the accepted answer is arguing for a minority practice.
q-n-a  stackex  programming  engineering  dbs  vcs  gotchas  hmm  idk  init  nitty-gritty  debate  contrarianism  best-practices  rhetoric  links  advice 
28 days ago by nhaliday
Measuring fitness heritability: Life history traits versus morphological traits in humans - Gavrus‐Ion - 2017 - American Journal of Physical Anthropology - Wiley Online Library
Traditional interpretation of Fisher's Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection is that life history traits (LHT), which are closely related with fitness, show lower heritabilities, whereas morphological traits (MT) are less related with fitness and they are expected to show higher heritabilities.


LHT heritabilities ranged from 2.3 to 34% for the whole sample, with men showing higher heritabilities (4–45%) than women (0‐23.7%). Overall, MT presented higher heritability values than most of LHT, ranging from 0 to 40.5% in craniofacial indices, and from 13.8 to 32.4% in craniofacial angles. LHT showed considerable additive genetic variance values, similar to MT, but also high environmental variance values, and most of them presenting a higher evolutionary potential than MT.
study  biodet  behavioral-gen  population-genetics  hmm  contrarianism  levers  inference  variance-components  fertility  life-history  demographics  embodied  prediction  contradiction  empirical  sib-study 
28 days ago by nhaliday
Preventing the Collapse of Civilization [video] | Hacker News
- Jonathan Blow

NB: DevGAMM is a game industry conference

- loss of technological knowledge (Antikythera mechanism, aqueducts, etc.)
- hardware driving most gains, not software
- software's actually less robust, often poorly designed and overengineered these days
- *list of bugs he's encountered recently*:
- knowledge of trivia becomes more than general, deep knowledge
- does at least acknowledge value of DRY, reusing code, abstraction saving dev time
hn  commentary  video  presentation  techtariat  carmack  pragmatic  contrarianism  pessimism  sv  tech  unix  rhetoric  critique  programming  engineering  pls  worrydream  software  hardware  performance  robust  trends  multiplicative  roots  impact  comparison  history  iron-age  the-classics  mediterranean  conquest-empire  gibbon  technology  the-world-is-just-atoms  flux-stasis  increase-decrease  games  graphics  hmm  idk  systems  os  abstraction  intricacy  worse-is-better/the-right-thing  compilers  build-packaging  microsoft  osx  apple  reflection  assembly  c(pp)  expert-experience  things  knowledge  detail-architecture  thick-thin  trivia  info-dynamics  caching  frameworks  generalization  systematic-ad-hoc  universalism-particularism  analytical-holistic  structure  tainter  libraries  tradeoffs  prepping  threat-modeling  network-structure  writing  risk  local-global  trade  composition-decomposition  coupling-cohesion  parsimony  civilization  complex-systems  system-design  multi  error  list  debugging 
4 weeks ago by nhaliday
its-not-software - steveyegge2
You don't work in the software industry.


So what's the software industry, and how do we differ from it?

Well, the software industry is what you learn about in school, and it's what you probably did at your previous company. The software industry produces software that runs on customers' machines — that is, software intended to run on a machine over which you have no control.

So it includes pretty much everything that Microsoft does: Windows and every application you download for it, including your browser.

It also includes everything that runs in the browser, including Flash applications, Java applets, and plug-ins like Adobe's Acrobat Reader. Their deployment model is a little different from the "classic" deployment models, but it's still software that you package up and release to some unknown client box.



Our industry is so different from the software industry, and it's so important to draw a clear distinction, that it needs a new name. I'll call it Servware for now, lacking anything better. Hardware, firmware, software, servware. It fits well enough.

Servware is stuff that lives on your own servers. I call it "stuff" advisedly, since it's more than just software; it includes configuration, monitoring systems, data, documentation, and everything else you've got there, all acting in concert to produce some observable user experience on the other side of a network connection.
techtariat  sv  tech  rhetoric  essay  software  saas  devops  engineering  programming  contrarianism  list  top-n  best-practices  applicability-prereqs  desktop  flux-stasis  homo-hetero  trends  games  thinking  checklists  dbs  models  communication  tutorial  wiki  integration-extension  frameworks  api  whole-partial-many  metrics  retrofit  c(pp)  pls  code-dive  planning  working-stiff  composition-decomposition  libraries  conceptual-vocab  amazon 
5 weeks ago by nhaliday
The Architect as Totalitarian: Le Corbusier’s baleful influence | City Journal
Le Corbusier was to architecture what Pol Pot was to social reform. In one sense, he had less excuse for his activities than Pol Pot: for unlike the Cambodian, he possessed great talent, even genius. Unfortunately, he turned his gifts to destructive ends, and it is no coincidence that he willingly served both Stalin and Vichy.
news  org:mag  right-wing  albion  gnon  isteveish  architecture  essay  rhetoric  critique  contrarianism  communism  comparison  aphorism  modernity  authoritarianism  universalism-particularism  europe  gallic  history  mostly-modern  urban-rural  revolution  art  culture 
8 weeks ago by nhaliday
Links 3/19: Linkguini | Slate Star Codex
How did the descendants of the Mayan Indians end up in the Eastern Orthodox Church?

Does Parental Quality Matter? Study using three sources of parental variation that are mostly immune to genetic confounding find that “the strong parent-child correlation in education is largely causal”. For example, “the parent-child correlation in education is stronger with the parent that spends more time with the child”.

Before and after pictures of tech leaders like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Sergey Brin suggest they’re taking supplemental testosterone. And though it may help them keep looking young, Palladium points out that there might be other effects from having some of our most powerful businessmen on a hormone that increases risk-taking and ambition. They ask whether the new availability of testosterone supplements is prolonging Silicon Valley businessmen’s “brash entrepreneur” phase well past the point where they would normally become mature respectable elders. But it also hints at an almost opposite take: average testosterone levels have been falling for decades, so at this point these businessmen would be the only “normal” (by 1950s standards) men out there, and everyone else would be unprecedently risk-averse and boring. Paging Peter Thiel and everyone else who takes about how things “just worked better” in Eisenhower’s day.

China’s SesameCredit social monitoring system, widely portrayed as dystopian, has an 80% approval rate in China (vs. 19% neutral and 1% disapproval). The researchers admit that although all data is confidential and they are not affiliated with the Chinese government, their participants might not believe that confidently enough to answer honestly.

I know how much you guys love attacking EAs for “pathological altruism” or whatever terms you’re using nowadays, so here’s an article where rationalist community member John Beshir describes his experience getting malaria on purpose to help researchers test a vaccine.

Some evidence against the theory that missing fathers cause earlier menarche.

John Nerst of EverythingStudies’ political compass.
ratty  yvain  ssc  links  multi  biodet  behavioral-gen  regularizer  causation  contrarianism  education  correlation  parenting  developmental  direct-indirect  time  religion  christianity  eastern-europe  russia  latin-america  other-xtian  endocrine  trends  malaise  stagnation  thiel  barons  tech  sv  business  rot  zeitgeist  outcome-risk  critique  environmental-effects  poll  china  asia  authoritarianism  alt-inst  sentiment  policy  n-factor  individualism-collectivism  pro-rata  technocracy  managerial-state  civil-liberty  effective-altruism  subculture  wtf  disease  parasites-microbiome  patho-altruism  self-interest  lol  africa  experiment  medicine  expression-survival  things  dimensionality  degrees-of-freedom  sex  composition-decomposition  analytical-holistic  systematic-ad-hoc  coordination  alignment  cooperate-defect  politics  coalitions  ideology  left-wing  right-wing  summary  exit-voice  redistribution  randy-ayndy  welfare-state 
march 2019 by nhaliday
not a contrarian | sara hendren
"From this series of questions to Zadie Smith [ ] comes Teju Cole’s question:

Cole: You must be under some pressure to be agreeable, to agree with the right opinions. But I notice that you think through things, rather than just agreeing to them. How do you defend that space of independent thought?

Smith: I don’t think of myself as a contrarian. I’m useless at confrontation. But I also can’t stand dogma, lazy ideas, catchphrases, group-think, illogic, pathos disguised as logos, shoutiness, ad hominem attacks, bombast, liberal piety, conservative pomposity, ideologues, essentialists, technocrats, preachers, fanatics, cheerleaders or bullies. Like everybody, I am often guilty of some version of all of the above, but I do think the job of writing is to at least try and minimise that sort of thing as much as you can."
zadiesmith  tejucole  sarahendren  2018  confrontation  opinions  pressure  contrarians  contrarianism  thinking  dogma  laziness  catchphrases  groupthink  logic  pathos  logos  adhominenattacks  pomposity  ideology  essntialism  technocrats  preachers  preaching  fanaticism  cheerleading  bullying  writing  howwewrote  howwwethink 
november 2018 by robertogreco
The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race
There are at least three sets of reasons to explain the findings that agriculture was bad for health. First, hunter-gatherers enjoyed a varied diet, while early fanners obtained most of their food from one or a few starchy crops. The farmers gained cheap calories at the cost of poor nutrition, (today just three high-carbohydrate plants -- wheat, rice, and corn -- provide the bulk of the calories consumed by the human species, yet each one is deficient in certain vitamins or amino acids essential to life.) Second, because of dependence on a limited number of crops, farmers ran the risk of starvation if one crop failed. Finally, the mere fact that agriculture encouraged people to clump together in crowded societies, many of which then carried on trade with other crowded societies, led to the spread of parasites and infectious disease. (Some archaeologists think it was the crowding, rather than agriculture, that promoted disease, but this is a chicken-and-egg argument, because crowding encourages agriculture and vice versa.) Epidemics couldn't take hold when populations were scattered in small bands that constantly shifted camp. Tuberculosis and diarrheal disease had to await the rise of farming, measles and bubonic plague the appearnce of large cities.

Besides malnutrition, starvation, and epidemic diseases, farming helped bring another curse upon humanity: deep class divisions. Hunter-gatherers have little or no stored food, and no concentrated food sources, like an orchard or a herd of cows: they live off the wild plants and animals they obtain each day. Therefore, there can be no kings, no class of social parasites who grow fat on food seized from others. Only in a farming population could a healthy, non-producing elite set itself above the disease-ridden masses. Skeletons from Greek tombs at Mycenae c. 1500 B. C. suggest that royals enjoyed a better diet than commoners, since the royal skeletons were two or three inches taller and had better teeth (on the average, one instead of six cavities or missing teeth). Among Chilean mummies from c. A. D. 1000, the elite were distinguished not only by ornaments and gold hair clips but also by a fourfold lower rate of bone lesions caused by disease.
psychology  contrarianism  history 
july 2018 by anaximander
Why I Don't Love Gödel, Escher, Bach
In this passage, Hofstadter openly admits to exactly the charge I’m bringing: that his inclusion of Zen is all about clichéd aesthetics (“Eastern spice”) and not at all about any of its substance—in this case, because he apparently doesn’t seem to think it has any!

What Hofstadter doesn’t admit to, but what I would argue, is that the whole book does this with almost every non-mathematical topic it tackles. His explanations of mathematics-adjacent topics do have substance and are often reasonably well-explained, but every time he branches out, he doesn’t seem to realize that he’s regurgitating shallow, half-misunderstood cliché: his discussions of modern art and music are, as I mentioned before, deeply lacking in this regard, but he name-checks plenty of artists, musicians, and writers with a high school understanding of who they were and what they did, preferring to pepper the text with photos of wacky paintings, drawing he made of letters that are made up of other letters, and tales of half-understood kōans. They’re all spice: his “casserole” is a few insubstantial layers of food underneath inch-thick layers of spices.

This also presents a problem with the entire underlying program of the book: it’s supposed to present examples of a common important idea—self-reference—resurfacing throughout various disparate areas, including mathematics and computation and art and music, but while this idea is well-motivated in the parts about mathematics and computation, but because most of the other topics the book tackles end up being just shallow aesthetics, then the “deep connections” there can only be present in shallow aesthetic ways. This was, for me, the ultimate breakdown of the promise of the book, as the grand unifying theme—the titular “eternal golden braid” of self-referential structures across domains—was only capable of unifying a few problem domains, as the rest of those connections were pretty but ultimately insubstantial.
contrarianism  programmer_mentality  book_review 
july 2018 by anaximander

« earlier    

related tags

#metoo  2015  2016-election  2016  2018  absolute-relative  abstraction  academia  acemoglu  acmtariat  adhominenattacks  advertising  advice  africa  age-generation  age-of-discovery  aging  agriculture  ai-control  ai  albion  algorithms  alien-character  alignment  allodium  alt-inst  altruism  amazon  analogy  analysis  analytical-holistic  anglo  anglosphere  announcement  anomie  anthropology  antidemos  antiquity  antiscience  aphorism  api  apple  applicability-prereqs  arbitrage  archaeology  archaics  architecture  aristos  arms  art  article  asia  assembly  assimilation  atmosphere  atoms  attaq  attention  audio  authoritarianism  automation  autor  axioms  backup  barons  behavioral-gen  being-right  benevolence  best-practices  bestpractices  better-explained  biases  big-peeps  big-picture  big-yud  bio  biodet  biomechanics  biophysical-econ  bitcoin  blockchain  blog  book_review  books  bootstraps  bostrom  bounded-cognition  bret-victor  britain  broad-econ  build-packaging  bullying  business-models  business  c(pp)  caching  california  caltech  canada  canon  capital  capitalism  career  carmack  catchphrases  causation  censorship  charity  chart  checking  checklists  cheerleading  chicago  china  christianity  christopher-lasch  civic  civil-liberty  civilization  cjones-like  class-warfare  class  clever-rats  climate-change  clinton  cliometrics  coalitions  cocktail  code-dive  cog-psych  cohesion  cold-war  collaboration  coming-apart  commentary  comments  communication  communism  community  comparison  compensation  competition  compilers  complex-systems  composition-decomposition  computation  concept  conceptual-vocab  concurrency  confluence  confounding  confrontation  confucian  conquest-empire  contradiction  contrarians  convergence  convexity-curvature  cooperate-defect  coordination  core-rats  corporation  correlation  corruption  cost-benefit  cost-disease  counter-revolution  counterfactual  coupling-cohesion  courage  cracker-econ  creative  crime  criminal-justice  criminology  critique  crooked  crux  crypto  cryptocurrency  cs  cultural-dynamics  culture-war  culture  curiosity  current-events  curvature  cycles  cynicism-idealism  d-lang  dan-luu  danluu  dark-arts  darwinian  data  dbs  death  debate  debt  debugging  decentralized  decision-theory  deep-learning  deep-materialism  defense  definite-planning  degrees-of-freedom  democracy  demographic-transition  demographics  dennett  density  dental  dependence-independence  descriptive  design  desktop  detail-architecture  deterrence  developing-world  developmental  devops  diet  dignity  dimensionality  direct-indirect  dirty-hands  discovery  discrimination  discussion  disease  distributed  distribution  divergence  diversity  documentation  dogma  domestication  dominant-minority  douthatish  dropbox  drugs  duplication  duty  dysgenics  early-modern  eastern-europe  econ-metrics  econ-productivity  econometrics  economics  econotariat  eden-heaven  eden  editors  education  eea  effective-altruism  efficiency  egalitarianism-hierarchy  ego-depletion  egt  elections  electromag  elegance  elite  embodied-cognition  embodied-pack  embodied  emergent  emotion  empirical  ems  endo-exo  endocrine  endogenous-exogenous  endurance  energy-resources  engineering  enlightenment-renaissance-restoration-reformation  entrepreneurialism  environment  environmental-effects  envy  epidemiology  epistemic  equilibrium  ergo  eric-kaufmann  error  essay  essence-existence  essntialism  estimate  ethanol  ethics  ethnocentrism  ethnography  eu  europe  evidence-based  evidence  evolution  evopsych  existence  exit-voice  exocortex  expansionism  experiment  expert-experience  explanans  explanation  exploratory  exposition  expression-survival  externalities  extrema  facebook  failure  fanaticism  faq  farmers-and-foragers  fertility  feudal  fiction  field-study  finance  fitness  fitsci  flexibility  flux-stasis  food  foreign-policy  formal-values  forms-instances  frameworks  free-riding  frontier  fungibility-liquidity  futurism  gallic  games  garett-jones  gavisti  gedanken  gender-diff  gender  gene-flow  generalization  genetics  geography  geometry  geopolitics  germanic  giants  gibbon  gilens-page  gnon  gnosis-logos  gnxp  google  gotchas  government  graphics  gravity  great-powers  gregory-clark  group-level  groupthink  growth-econ  gt-101  guilt-shame  gwern  hackernews  hanson  happy-sad  hard-tech  hardware  hashing  hate_speech  health  healthcare  heavy-industry  heterodox  hi-order-bits  hidden-motives  high-variance  higher-ed  history  hive-mind  hmm  hn  homo-hetero  honor  houellebecq  howwewrote  howwwethink  hsu  human-bean  human-capital  humanity  humility  hypocrisy  ideas  identity-politics  ideology  idk  iidness  illusion  impact  impetus  incentives  increase-decrease  india  individualism-collectivism  industrial-org  industrial-revolution  inequality  inference  info-dynamics  info-foraging  infrastructure  inhibition  init  innovation  input-output  insight  instinct  institutions  integration-extension  intel  intelligence  interdisciplinary  interests  internet  intervention  interview  intricacy  intuition  iq  iran  iraq-syria  iron-age  is-ought  islam  israel  isteveish  iteration-recursion  japan  journos-pundits  judaism  justice  keyboard  knowledge  korea  krugman  kumbaya-kult  labor  language  large-factor  latex  latin-america  law  laziness  leadership  learning  lectures  left-wing  legacy  legibility  lens  lesswrong  letters  levers  leviathan  lexical  libraries  life-history  limits  links  linux  list  literature  lived-experience  local-global  logic  logos  lol  long-short-run  long-term  longevity  longform  longitudinal  machine-learning  macro  madisonian  magnitude  malaise  male-variability  malthus  management  managerial-state  manifolds  map-territory  marginal-rev  marginal  market-failure  market-power  markets  martial  math  mathtariat  meaningness  measure  mechanics  media  medicine  medieval  mediterranean  memory-management  mena  meta-analysis  meta:prediction  meta:reading  meta:research  meta:science  meta:war  metabolic  metabuch  metameta  methodology  metrics  michael-nielsen  micro  microfoundations  microsoft  migrant-crisis  migration  military  mindful  minimum-viable  miri-cfar  mobile  mobility  model-organism  models  modernity  mokyr-allen-mccloskey  moloch  moments  monetary-fiscal  money  morality  mostly-modern  multi  multiplicative  murray  music  musk  mutation  mystic  myth  n-factor  narrative  nascent-state  nationalism-globalism  natural-experiment  nature  near-far  neocons  network-structure  neuro-nitgrit  neuro  neurons  new-religion  news  nibble  nihil  nitty-gritty  nl-and-so-can-you  no-go  noahpinion  noblesse-oblige  nonlinearity  north-weingast-like  novelty  nuclear  null-result  number  nutrition  nyc  obama  obesity  occident  oceans  old-anglo  open-closed  opinions  opioids  optimate  optimism  optimization  order-disorder  org:anglo  org:biz  org:bleg  org:bv  org:data  org:davos  org:econlib  org:edu  org:foreign  org:gov  org:health  org:junk  org:lite  org:mag  org:mat  org:med  org:nat  org:ngo  org:popup  org:rec  org:sci  org:theos  organization  organizing  orient  orwellian  os  oscillation  oss  osx  other-xtian  outcome-risk  overflow  oxbridge  p2p  paganism  paleocon  parasites-microbiome  parenting  parsimony  path-dependence  patho-altruism  pathos  patience  pdf  peace-violence  people  performance  personality  pessimism  philosophy  physics  piketty  pinker  piracy  planning  play  plots  pls  poast  polanyi-marx  polarization  policy  polis  polisci  political-econ  politics  poll  pomposity  pop-diff  pop-structure  popsci  population-genetics  population  populism  postmortem  postrat  power  pragmatic  pre-2013  pre-ww2  preachers  preaching  prediction  prejudice  prepping  preprint  presentation  pressure  primitivism  prioritizing  priors-posteriors  pro-rata  productivity  profile  programmer_mentality  programming  progression  propaganda  property-rights  proposal  protestant-catholic  protocol  pseudoe  psychiatry  psychology  psychometrics  public-goodish  public-health  publishing  putnam-like  q-n-a  quality  quantitative-qualitative  quantum-info  quantum  questions  quiz  quotes  race  randy-ayndy  ranking  rationality  ratty  realness  realpolitik  reason  recent-selection  recommendations  recruiting  redistribution  reference  reflection  regularizer  regulation  religion  rent-seeking  replication  research  responsibility  retention  retrofit  review  revolution  rhetoric  right-wing  rigor  rigorous-crypto  risk  ritual  robust  rock  roots  rot  running  russia  s-factor  s:*  saas  sapiens  sarahendren  scale  schelling  scholar  science  scitariat  search  selection  self-interest  sentiment  sex  sexuality  shift  shipping  sib-study  signal-noise  simulation  singularity  sinosphere  skunkworks  sky  slides  smoothness  soccer  social-capital  social-choice  social-norms  social-psych  social-science  social-structure  social  sociality  society  sociology  socs-and-mops  software  space  speaking  spearhead  speculation  speed  speedometer  spock  sports  ssc  stackex  stagnation  stamina  startups  statesmen  status  stereotypes  stories  strategy  straussian  stream  street-fighting  stress  structure  study  studying  stylized-facts  subculture  success  sulla  summary  supply-demand  survey  sv  synthesis  system-design  systematic-ad-hoc  systems  szabo  tactics  tails  tainter  taubes-guyenet  taxes  tcs  tcstariat  teaching  tech  technical-writing  technocracy  technocrats  technology  techtariat  tejucole  telos-atelos  temperance  terrorism  tetlock  texas  the-bones  the-classics  the-founding  the-great-west-whale  the-monster  the-south  the-trenches  the-watchers  the-west  the-world-is-just-atoms  theory-practice  theos  thick-thin  thiel  things  thinking  threat-modeling  thucydides  thurston  time-preference  time-series  time-use  time  tip-of-tongue  tocqueville  todo  top-n  traces  track-record  trade  tradeoffs  tradition  transportation  trees  trends  tribalism  trivia  trump  trust  truth  tumblr  turchin  tutorial  tv  twitter  twitterthread  unaffiliated  uncertainty  unintended-consequences  universalism-particularism  unix  urban-rural  urban  us-them  usa  vaclav-smil  values  vampire-squid  variance-components  vcs  venture  video  virginia-dc  virtu  visual-understanding  visualization  visuo  volo-avolo  war  water  waves  wealth-of-nations  wealth  welfare-state  west-hunter  westminster  whiggish-hegelian  white-paper  whole-partial-many  wiki  wild-ideas  winner-take-all  wire-guided  wisdom  within-group  wonkish  workflow  working-stiff  world-war  world  worrydream  worse-is-better/the-right-thing  writing  wtf  wut  yc  yvain  zadiesmith  zeitgeist  zero-positive-sum  🌞  🎓  🎩  🔬  🖥 

Copy this bookmark: