Lion of the Blogosphere

How to avoid a cyber-attack

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In case you don’t already know:

1. Use Windows 10. The big cyber-attack that the MSM is talking about takes advantage of a flaw in earlier versions of Windows. Upgrade your OS already!

2. Install the latest Windows updates as they become available. Make sure your computer is set to do this automatically. And yes, the Windows updater is buggy. If it’s not working, fix it by disabling the Windows Update Service from services, then reboot your computer, then delete everything in “C:\Windows\Software Distribution,” then set the service back on (to “Manual (Trigger Start”).

3. Use an anti-virus program! I use Avast because it’s free. I haven’t had a virus infestation, that I know of, since I started using it.

4. When you surf to strange websites, it’s advisable to use a browser where you have all plugins disabled. Buggy plugins, especially those from Adobe, have been known to allow viruses to infect your computer by just visiting a web page. (You should also turn off third-party cookies, even though I don’t think this is a source of malware infestation. But why let third parties track what you’re doing?)

5. Use the uBlock Origin adblocker to protect yourself from “malvertisements,” the most common source of malware infestation (along with phishing).

6. To avoid phishing: uBlock Origin and Avast will sometimes block phishing attacks, but you can’t count on it. You have to be aware of signs that give away fake sites from real sites, and what happens in Windows when something tries to install software (never install any software unless you know what you are installing).

A mistake that John Podesta made is that he clicked on a link to go to “Google” that came in a suspicious email. Never do that! If you are going to change your Google password, then go there by typing Google into your browser address bar, never do it from a link in an email! Same rule applies to your bank accounts, etc.

7. Make sure your email password is really secure. Never use it at any other site, and make sure it’s not something that a password-guessing program could guess.

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This post seems to be very similar to something I previously wrote.

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May 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

The Trump Russia conspiracy theory

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If Trump had a secret agreement with Putin, or other officials in the Russian government, that in exchange for hacking into Democratic emails he would do stuff to benefit Russia after he becomes President, then you’d have a good case to impeach Trump.

But that story is ludicrous and there’s absolutely no evidence for it.

That there are some people who worked for Trump who had previously had dealings with Russians is absolutely meaningless and completely non-suspicious. Russia is no longer an enemy of the United States. The Cold War ended 25 years ago. U.S. citizens are free to visit Russia and talk to Russians, just as they are free to talk to people from any other nation in the world, with the possible exception of Iran and the Islamic State.

Do liberals who are making a big deal about the Trump-Russia thing really believe that no one involved in a presidential campaign should have ever talked to anyone from another country? How would an administration ever conduct any foreign policy if no one in the administration has ever left the United States or ever talked to a foreigner?

If anyone is likely to have insufficient loyalty to the United States because he had too much contact with a foreign country, that would be Obama who spent a good part of his childhood growing up in Indonesia.

Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 for a speech he gave in Moscow. Does that mean that the Clintons are also secret Russian agents? And right-wing websites have documented additional connections between Russia and the Clintons.

On the side of who did the hacking, no one has ever presented proof that it was directed by the Russian government. As far as I can tell, because the CIA thinks that Putin doesn’t like Hillary Clinton, and because there are clues — but nothing super-definite — that the hackers are Russian, this automatically means that it was a Russian government operation.

I still consider it a likely possibility that hackers in Russia, acting independently from the Russian government, were Trump supporters because they liked him better, and they enjoyed making mischief and reading about it in the world’s newspapers.

Liberals are clearly into the Russian conspiracy because they can’t believe that Trump won the election without nefarious help. If liberals had only bothered to leave Manhattan for a day and take the ferry to Staten Island, they would have seen Trump lawn signs all over the place and realized that Trump was very popular with people who don’t live in Manhattan.

Furthermore, I don’t see much evidence that the email leak made any difference to the outcome of the election. The liberal-controlled media did a great job of ignoring it. The only people who knew much about it before the election were people who read right-wing websites, and those people were voting for Trump anyway. The announcement from Comey a week before the election, that Anthony Weiner may have had classified emails on his laptop computer, objectively had a much greater impact because it was all over the mainstream news.

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May 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Women on online dating sites aren’t that unique

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I liked this story at Wired about a math/computer guy, Chris McKinlay, whom the headline says “hacked” OKCupid to find dates.

But he didn’t hack it, he merely optimized his profile and his search methodology.

For those unaware, the unique angle that OKCupid has is that a prospective dater is encouraged to answer a lot of questions, and then OKCupid, through mysterious means (which are a lot less mysterious after reading the article), computes a match percentage to compare you with every other member on the site.

One of McKinlay’s insights is that women fall into distinct clusters of response patterns. This is hardly surprising to people who read my blog. As you know, people’s beliefs and interests are based on what other people in their peer group believe and are interested in. And thus, the bottom line is that women aren’t very unique at all (even though they like to think they’re unique), they fall into clusters of non-uniqueness within which there is a high percentage of agreement on the answers to certain questions. For example, in his age group in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, there was a religious cluster, a tattooed cluster, a mid-sized dog-owning cluster, etc.

McKinlay’s next insight is that the match percentage has a strong influence on whether a member of the opposite sex will consider you for a date (because the website strongly encourages members to believe that the match percentage is important), so he gamed the answers to his questions in order to have the highest possible average match percentage for the women in the cluster of non-uniqueness that he was pursuing.

What is OKCupid going to do about people who game the system? Probably it’s not their highest concern. Most members are too lazy to even get a proper photo, despite that fact that the OKCupid blog has had several posts about the type of photos that attract the most attention and responses. Very few people will put in the effort to follow the McKinlay system.

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May 13, 2017 at 2:12 pm

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Paying women to play Overwatch with you

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Article at Kotaku about the women who will play Overwatch with you for a relatively modest fee.

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The future of people being paid money to play videogames is almost upon us.

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May 13, 2017 at 12:41 am

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Strange

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I haven’t received any misaddressed mail for the semi-famous girl who previously lived in my apartment since I blogged about it last weekend.

It’s almost as if she read the post and was prodded to go to the USPS website and fill out the mail-forwarding form.

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May 12, 2017 at 7:15 pm

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Trump fires Comey

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Liberals on the internet believe that the reason for the firing is because Comey was getting too close to discovering the Truth of the Russia Conspiracy.

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May 9, 2017 at 7:01 pm

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Why do disbelievers in evolution read HBD blogs?

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If you’re going to believe the fairytale that the God of the Book of Genesis created man, why not believe the good fairytale that He created the races to be equal? Why believe the racist fairytale that He created blacks to be inferior to whites?

It should also be noted that God chose a Middle-Eastern Jew to be his only Son, and not a white gentile European. (The white supremacist types who converted to Asatru at least have a religion that’s consistent with their racist beliefs.)

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May 9, 2017 at 8:06 am

Posted in Biology, Religion

The salary taboo

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For Yakov, who thinks I’m “trolling” when I write that the people should know how much money other people make. This is something I wrote 11 years ago:

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In America, it’s taboo to talk about your salary.

It’s a pretty strange taboo because most of the other taboos have something to do with sex. The salary taboo seems even stronger than sex taboos. Today, you turn on HBO and see gay men kissing each other on Six Feet Under [10 years later, you see gay men doing a lot worse on Sense8], yet the characters on the show never mention what they get paid, so someone watching the show who is thinking about entering the death care industry has no idea whether it’s economically rewarding.

Because no one knows how much anyone else gets paid, this assymetry of information benefits employers. Employers know exactly what people working for them get paid, and have a pretty good idea of what people at other companies are getting paid. The salary taboo gives employers an unfair bargaining advantage over employees, and employers already have a huge bargaining advantage on account of it being a lot easier for the employer to lose an employee than vice versa.

There has been much talk about how the top 1% is getting all the benefits of the economic expansion. Maybe the salary taboo is a big part of the reason. Because no one talks about salaries, no one realizes that someone with the same job skills received a 10% raise, so they don’t know to ask for one themselves.

If people really want to stick it to The Man, they’d freely and openly tell everyone how much they earn.

Bloggers can therefore do more for equality in America than any government policy. All we have to do is start a new trend in which we tell the world exactly how much money we make. Post it in your blogs, or leave a comment here.

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May 7, 2017 at 6:31 pm

Posted in Labor Markets

Emmanuel Macron wins, Marine Le Pen loses

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As I previously predicted. But that was such an easy prediction to make.

It occurred to me that the difference between Len Pen and Trump is that Le Pen understands her political philosophy, while Trump is a bozo who just happens, because of his strange psychological makeup, to have the same values from the fifties that he grew up with, but otherwise he has no political philosophy at all, and furthermore he seems completely unaware of the details of what his TruCon staffers are doing.

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May 7, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Posted in International

When are we getting sexbots?

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In response to a commenter who calls himself “The Philosopher”:

I can certainly see computer AI becoming so powerful within the next 100 years that it can mimic a human personality. But I’m not so sure about a robot body that would look and feel perfectly human. The sex dolls I’ve seen in internet articles look creepy.

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Remember that while computer AI is subject to Moore’s Law (as long as Moore’s Law continues) and will get exponentially more powerful, the manufacture of a lifelike robot body is not subject to Moore’s Law.

20 years from now, I would not be surprised if you could have a conversation with Siri or Alexa that seems no different than talking to a real human. But I don’t think there will be lifelike robot bodies, especially considering that a lifelike robot body has no commercial use except for sexbots. Robotic-looking robots, on the other hand, will be extremely useful, and will be mass manufactured as soon as the technology is available.

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May 7, 2017 at 9:08 am

Posted in Robots

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