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21 Nov, 10 tweets, 1 min read
FAANGprep is like test prep now?
FAANGers really are like the high elves of Rivendell
Startup types = hobbits
Web3 types = dwarves
Old SV/semiconductors = Goblins
Bitcoiners = Orcs
Brand-name programmers = wizards
Influencers = gollums
Politicians = men
I have no idea how I inveigled myself into this scene. I probably map to a junior Ent or something.
If in doubt tag yourself a gollum
It’s weird when arbitrary grade levels like ‘L4’ become commonly understood lingo or meanings of terms like ‘director’ become kinda standardized so ‘this is a director level position’ has a clear meaning. Like the GS schedule talk in DC. Mark of advanced bureaucratic capture.
The utilitification of FAANG is proceeding on schedule.

Nobody ever talks about how the elves are the bureaucrats of middle earth.
I never stood a chance running this kind of gauntlet. I dumb-lucked my way through one test-prep thing at 18 and realized I didn’t stand a chance if ever getting lucky that way again, and have been crawling through the nakatomi spaces of the tech economy ever since.
I’m a senior director level shitposter on here but I have been assured I’m really like VP level despite having less than 50k followers
If you understood this joke you’ve been in tech too long

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21 Nov
Mulling a general idea of a macroeconomics of speed. Imagine an economy where nominal value of goods and services being exchanged, as well as classic transaction costs like search, negotiation, and monitoring costs are near zero. What’s left?

2 things: externalities and speed.
Both regular and crypto economy are tending that way. Supply chain issues often mean the bulk of the price of a thing is a speed premium. To a lesser extent, same with scarce services. Pay more to jump queues. Ditto faster transactions in crypto.
In both cases, the other side of the tradeoff is a major externality: emissions, which might soon be priced in.

Asymptotic condition: everything is free if you can afford to wait long enough. You only pay for speed. The floor of the price might be set by externalities cost.
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18 Nov
Is there a generalization of the law of the excluded middle, where there is a closed set of n MECE propositions and the falsification of 1 proposition, increases the likelihood of the other n-1 in some way? Eg as in Monty Hall problem?
Law of excluded middle concerns a proposition and it’s negation, so the two possibilities are logically related by negation. But in the generalization, we want to drop need this.
If there are an apple and an orange in a bag, and I take out the apple, the orange remains, but ‘apple’ is not the negation of ‘orange’.

In general, n elements that are related only by virtue of constituting a MECE set.
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17 Nov
Now super strong 2000 vibes
That they think they’ll be around another 20y is…impressive hubris.
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17 Nov
Anyone else have issues like this with the new MacBooks?
😬 is this the sort of thing that can be managed with an OS update or likely to be a design issue with the chip?
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16 Nov
Poll: What currently brewing tech boom interests you the most?
The correct answer is robotics, but I don’t expect everyone to get it yet
The metaverse is not popular
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