“Dirigisme (from the French) is an economic term designating an economy where the government exerts strong directive influence.” —
Yes, the french have a word for the government messing about with private industry.
“Many people have a false impression that the Chinese government fears the Internet. In fact it is just the opposite” —
“This is the thing about the new landscape that drives everyone crazy: you can’t see inside the cow; you can only build one, feed it music, and wait for it to poop.” —Jonathan Coulton on making money from free music on the internet.
“Think about it…what have the press done for us lately? Have they been diligently scrutinizing the emergence and workings of the surveillance state? Or have they been pursuing Madeline McCann’s parents for some crazy reason? Did it clear up the confusion about the MMR vaccine, or did it add to the panic? In other words, what exactly are we protecting by not asking for a better system of regulation?” —Apology noted. Now what? « Why, That’s Delightful!
“These jokes are frequently inaccessible to those without a mathematical bent.” —
For all those maths jokes you don’t understand and wish somebody would explain to you so that you could know why they are funny.
“Sanity tests are outmoded. We’re all sane here. Or past sanity, we’re on to the next thing.” —_why, on the crappiness of the standard “Hello, World!”.