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philtor @philtor Beaverton, OR

Gardener, geek, frugalist, programmer, maker, learner. HAM radio: KG7ULQ

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Joined Twitter 5/5/08

The Great Men theory of history has made it easy to abdicate collective responsibility. And it needs to go.
Retweeted by philtorSomeone mentioned survivor bias on my feed. This is one of my favorite examples.
Retweeted by philtor @markgross grew your own?Very good take on the Trump-Taiwan call: So, why can't you call Taiwan?
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Retweeted by philtorApparently we've exported Salt&Straw to LA. Have fun waiting in the drive thru line Angelinos.*box of corn flakes returns home for winter break after first semester at Bard*
Retweeted by philtor @wfaler in the 1930s Depression, it was the exporting countries that suffered most. US back then, China now. @wfaler China needs US to buy their stuff. If they dump our debt it'll hurt them at least as much. Mutual assured economic destruction.Meaning if China wanted to dump US debt there's no way they could do it such that they wouldn't lose a lot of money.To paraphrase Keynes: when you owe the bank $1B you've got a problem. When you owe $1T, the bank (China) has a problem. @Patrickesque in the 1930's depression exporting nations (like the US) were hurt much more than importers.
@Patrickesque and yes, I agree he's a moron, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day. @Patrickesque yeah and they're not going to dump them because they need US to buy their stuff. Mutual assured economic destruction.Taiwan Relations Act obligates US to sell arms to Taiwan and to intervene if attacked by PRC. But we have to pretend Taiwan doesn't exist.Nixon 1960: 49.55% Gore 2000: 48.38% Kerry 2004: 48.26% Ford 1976: 48.01% Romney 2012: 47.15% Trump 2016: 46.17%
Retweeted by philtorSign on a Copenhagen street. This statement from President Eisenhower would now be controversial in the US. #Resist
Retweeted by philtor the bible has an opinion on trolls. Proverbs 26:18-19
Retweeted by philtorIBM has a long tradition of creating registries. BuckleScript is Cool: 80 lines of OCaml -> 900 bytes gzipped JS -> 3 times faster than immutablejs:
Retweeted by philtor @AlanJayNY China is much more like the US was during the 30's - they'll get hit worse than we would from a global depression. @AlanJayNY And they go down with us. They need US to buy their stuff. Mutual assured economic destruction. @gilesgoatboy I really don't care that Beijing is upset. Let'm be. They jail dissidents. @gilesgoatboy This is a rare occasion where I agree with Trump: we never should have thrown Taiwan (a democracy) under the bus. @AlanJayNY China puts dissidents like Ai Weiwei in prison. We threw Taiwan under the bus for economic reasons. @AlanJayNY I read papers. I've worked with Taiwanese and Chinese. Taiwan is a democracy, China definitely isn't. @JPBarlow We never should've thrown Taiwan under the bus for a one China policty. Taiwan is a democracy, China is not.Taiwan is a democracy, China is not.Trump probably talked to Taiwan by "accident". But this is one of the rare occasions where I agree with Trump. 1 china policy was a mistake @dysinger We threw Taiwan under the bus to have a One China policy. Let Beijing be upset.I guess I really don't care if Beijing is upset about the Taiwanese president calling Trump. We shouldn't have thro… year is 2020: our voice assistants only talk amongst themselves
Retweeted by philtora cool thing abt venture capital is that it allows unprofitable companies to last long enough to destroy important…
Retweeted by philtorWhere'd you get your PhD? Trump University?
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I looked into the incredibly shoddy @propornot report on Russian propaganda. It's scary this thing got any play:
Retweeted by philtorWithout a debate or any new law, the rights of every American -- and basic privacy of people around the world -- ha…
Retweeted by philtor#Trump Treasury Secretary's company foreclosed on 90 yo woman for a 27-cent payment error
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...Funemployment starts in a month, that could be a fun(employment) project.Would be cool to make an HDL/FPGA backend for Julia. Since Julia has macros and you can manipulate the AST this could be doable.A little more info on those F1 FPGA instances here: Looks like you're stuck using Xilinx tools - good luck with thatRE: the last retweet: I'm guessing they'll have off-the-shelf bitstreams for popular functions? Deep learning bitstreams, etc.So how are you to program these FPGAs?'s excellent healthcare system isn't propaganda — via @ConversationUS
Retweeted by philtor.@Atom_Murray with music.
Retweeted by philtorWho is Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary? Let’s dive into his resume.
Retweeted by philtor3 of 5 stars to It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis Lewis' It Cant' Happen Here is available for free download: Rise of the Global Far-Right (excellent discussion on the link between lack of economic security and racism)
The first trailer for Martin Scorsese's SILENCE is here. It's still early, but there are many perfect shots:…
Retweeted by philtorYou want meta? The premiere of a film about a mysterious building was projected on the exterior of said building.
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Retweeted by philtorAn amazing infographic on the effects of climate change on Coral reefs from @noaaocean
Retweeted by philtorAn IDOL is something that we are willing to die for & kill for & sacrifice our children for. It becomes an object o…
Retweeted by philtorWhen the dictionary needs a hug:
Retweeted by philtorTrump's treasury secretary was an executive producer for Mad Max: Fury Road. So at least he knows what we're getting ourselves into.
Retweeted by philtorI support @EFF because digital rights are human rights. Join me & get your donation matched!
@built Yeah, but do they pay by the month? @built "Learn In-Demand Machine Learning in 4 months!" @built Getch'yer gold rush tools here!Portland jazz club Jimmy Mak’s to close at year's end
Retweeted by philtorTrump loses it whenever he feels vulnerable, which is often. Must recognise reality: we have a president-elect who is mentally unbalanced.
Retweeted by philtor @znmeb yet another Portland institution closes.In addition to winning on Performance in a landslide, C++ wins on Safety if you deduct the millions of programs with Undefined Behavior.
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Blackmail? Seriously? This is a Reuters reporter saying this.
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Retweeted by philtorHow am I supposed to know if Fidel Castro is _really_ dead or if it's just fake news.
Fake news creator: "We've tried liberals. It never worked. You'll get debunked within the first 2 comments." @NPR
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I’m absolutely horrified that the FDA is willing to condone this kind of paranormal activity in breakfast cereals.
Retweeted by philtorKernza: a perennial wheat-like grain: caption needed...😞 Thank you Brother Frederick #truth
Retweeted by philtorCorrection: the president can be mired in conflicts of interest, it’s just that the law offers the public no remedy…
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Trump is a quantum mechanic, he takes all the positions on an issue simultaneously.I like how she's standing in front of Bill Gates while announcer says she basically invented software engineering. Margaret Hamilton on receiving the #MedalofFreedom today! You helped us make a 'giant leap' on moon landin…
Retweeted by philtorIn any gold rush it's the folks who sell the tools who end up making the most money. That'd be Nvidia in this case.Ran into a random person today who said he just bought an NVIDIA GPU card to play with neural nets. Feels kind'a like 1999. #MLGoldRush @inconvergent We're you a technical consultant for Arrival?