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I remember right-wing Kulturkämpfern (e.g., fundie pseudointellectual Francis Schaeffer) inveighing against "Last year at Marienbad". Admittedly, that isn't much of a distinction, since such people are pretty much equal-opportunity inveighers against the modern world. Still, it made me wonder if I should see the film, and now that you've reminded me of it, I think I'll try to do so.
"the fiction that the superstructure of our investment sector serves any useful economic purpose": But my dear Pareene, it *does* serve an eminently useful economic purpose - to Sorkin and the people he writes about. It seems unlikely most of these people could even get jobs, let alone get rich, outside the "investment sector". It isn't as though they have any socially useful skills like farming, medicine, constructing buildings, or even (I realize this is stretching things) programming computers (what I do for a living).
Taste me! Taste me!
(The Bobs, "Please let me be your third-world country")
@Tim W.: Yes, of course, so you use encryption, including things like the Secure Remote Password protocol to enable symmetric encryption without key exchange, thus defeating man-in-the-middle attacks. Different threats call for different tactics. Wiretap orders can be mitigated by locating in a relatively privacy-friendly country. Illicit eavesdropping can be mitigated by encrypting. The better services will do both and more besides.
@Tim W.: Blanket wiretap orders, like the one that precipitated the shutdown of Lavabit, are probably possible anywhere but less likely in some countries than others. This is presumably why Silent Circle, for example, is now placing servers in Switzerland, which has unusually strong privacy laws and is less likely than most to lie down and roll over when Uncle Sam comes calling. It's not a panacea, of course - there are no panaceas in this regard - but it may be helpful.
"It's really not the kids that are psychologically troubled, who are on the margins or the fringes of the school's social life. It's the kids right in the middle, at the heart of things...well-liked popular kids who are engaging in these behaviors.": But of course. They're run-of-the-mill, well adjusted young conformists. Most of them will grow up to be run-of-the-mill bourgeois strivers and "moderate" voters - you know, reliable maintainers of the hellish status quo. Same as it ever was. Plus ça change...
In view of your appreciation of both Sriracha and bears, I hope you're acquainted with this:
I've seen this in person, hanging on a wall at a Vietnamese restaurant, and it is magnificent.
These people are absolutely clueless about the value of money, which is to buy freedom from the need to pay the slightest attention to The Big Noise, of which "Silicon Valley" is one conspicuous component.
I'll be submitting this observation to The American Journal of No Fucking Shit.
It isn't just that your dog *knows* how you feel, it's that your dog *cares* how you feel. Your cat may also know, but it may well not care. After all, you exist for its comfort and amusement, not the other way around, however comforting and amusing you may find it.
If by "use tags" you mean "be amused by them", then yes, some of us do still use the tags you so lovingly craft.