Bailout Fail

I’m happy to see the Bailout didn’t pass.

Heck, I’m happy to see stocks tumbling. I’m thinking about pulling cash out of money market and putting some into stocks today.

Just not, you know, banking stocks.

UPDATE: Crud. Stocks were down 715 points half an hour ago, and now they’re already back up to being only 550ish points down. Well, crude oil dropped something like $10/barrel, so gas prices will go down. That’s nice.

UPDATE UPDATE: Oh. Well. Down 777 points in the end — the biggest drop ever, though not in the top 10 of all percentage drops.

Bale out of the Bailout

I got through all of 15 minutes of the debates before I had to turn it off. My word — BOTH candidates want the bailout?

Let these institutions fail. They are not "vital" to the American people, as I heard one candidate say. The services they provide sure are nice, but others will step in to take these failures’ places. That’s how free markets work!

And did you hear Obama talking about protecting homeowners in danger of foreclosure? WHY ARE YOU PROTECTING THEM? First, if you got a loan you couldn’t afford based on the assumption that home values would just magically go up forever, you were unwise. Why should the wise have to help pay for the foolish? Second, FORECLOSURE ISN’T THE END OF THE WORLD! It happens! You cry for a while, then you pick up the pieces and move on with your life.

A free economy will see ups and downs. That’s the nature of freedom — people can choose wisely or poorly, and help or hurt themselves as they so choose.

Grr. Bailout. I’ll just take my portion as a check, please. What’s that, about $11,000 for me and my family? Yeah. Thanks.

Actually, can I get that in Euros?

A note about my title: Those spellings are technically okay.

Robot Apocalypse Watch, Volume 11

When I first started watching for the robot apocalypse, or robocalypse as I like to call it in this sentence, I really didn’t think I would be able to consistently fuel my paranoia.

I was mistaken.

They… they built a robot that is controlled by the brain cells of a rat. I think the point they wanted to make is that man’s own hubris knows no bounds, and will surely lead to the end of the world.

Linux Users, Rejoice!


OS Market share 2008

Sorry, folks. Just because you almost doubled your market share in one year doesn’t mean you’re going to keep seeing this trend. The iPhone more than quadrupled theirs — know why? Because they have money to market with. Open source software will never compete with the folks that have money, whether or not they’re superior.

If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door. But there’ll still be a nice superhighway leading to the older, name-brand mousetraps.

Finally Sold the Mac

  The shame will likely forever haunt me: I tried to switch to Mac, and failed. 
  I’m not sure, but I believe that’s a first. Nobody I know has ever switched back, and nobody I know knows anybody who has switched back. Could I really be the first Mac-failure? Possibly. I haven’t found any support groups yet, so maybe I’m alone… alone but for the constant company of my deep, dark shame.
  On the bright side, at least I’m not using the idiotic Mac anymore.
  I’ve previously posted about the problems I had with my Mac. They were many-fold. It was really a combination of the hardware accessories (Mighty Mouse is the worst piece of hardware since… hmm… I’m gonna go with space shuttle Challenger’s O-rings*) and with Leopard.
  But now I’m free.  Right now I’m posting this from a cruddy laptop on which I installed Ubuntu, which isn’t exactly the best OS in the world, either, but at least it’s usable.
  And, shortly, I shall be more fully redeemed — my NEW computer is coming from this coming week.  It’ll be beautiful. It’ll be fast. It’ll run XP. It’ll mean I recouped $1400 from the Mac. (Though there’s still a hefty loss.)
  And perhaps ironically, my first task will be to restore all the backup data I have saved… using the hard drive on my iPod.

* Too soon? Perhaps, as long as there are people alive who knew people on the shuttle.  But a Titanic or Hindenberg reference seemed too cliche, so I went with the O-ring. Maybe that was a mistake.**

** It certainly was for Challenger.