How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial
Rightly? No, sadly and wrongly. You probably should read up on the history of Jury Nullification (start here: Jury Nullification in the United States) and you will find that it was first used to prevent convictions under the fugitive slave laws. Jury Nullification is a viable answer... but it must be applied on a per case basis. You cannot go in as a juror with the express intent of nullifying a law that you do not like. You must give the prosecution a chance to present its case.
White House Petition To Investigate Dodd For Bribery
Because the "people" investing in them wanted them to vote that way.
SOPA Goes Back To the Drawing Board, PIPA Postponed
So Congress backed out until things cool down and they can try again... whether it's by reintroducing this same stuff or by attaching it, piece by piece, as riders to other bills.
We cannot turn down the heat. If we do, we will find this legislation passed before we can do anything about it.
Microsoft Upgrading Windows Users To Latest Version of MSIE
I know there might be negative ramifications, but I'm glad to see this day arrive. The sooner IE dies, the better.
There. Fixed it for you. :)
Windows OS Coming To the Mainframe
Only one of the last 6 companies I worked for DIDN'T have a mainframe.
Not only does my current company still have a mainframe- we're doing a major software upgrade on it next year.
The mainframe never died.
Mainframe computers were designed around the idea of doing a large volume of repetitive transactions... and mainframes do that very well. If that's what you need done, a mainframe is actually quite a good choice if you can deal with the operational and maintenance costs.
Slashdot Asks: Whom Do You Want To Ask About 2012's U.S. Elections?
The government is responsible for providing for the general welfare and all these things it does directly benefit the general welfare, QED.
Wrong. The government is responsible for providing for the common defense and promoting the general welfare. The government is not responsible for providing for the general welfare.
Despite what Supreme Court rulings over the years may imply, the words "provide" and "promote" do not mean the same thing.
Dennis Ritchie, Creator of C Programming Language, Passed Away
Those of us who know better will mourn. The computer world has lost one of its greatest architects. You laid the foundation for quite possibly EVERYTHING in the modern computer world. I can only hope we will use what you gave us for good things.
Healthcare Law Appealed To Supreme Court
Having experienced what happens in a socialized, European system through what happened to my grandparents, I can tell you that you really don't want it. When they finally identified the cancer with my grandmother, they only would give her pain medication. They would not treat her with surgery, chemo, radiation, or whatnot. She died in the hospital and there was a state-mandated autopsy. When my grandfather needed anything, they gave him pain meds and sent him home... no matter how my mother or my aunt argued with the doctors. The "death panels" are quite real... though they aren't necessarily called that. They do make decisions in those systems regarding what they will and won't do based on a person's age, condition, etc.
Socialized medicine works fine for an overall healthy population that takes care of itself and doesn't have junk food shoved down its collective throat. Until you can get the corn refiners and big pharma out of their shared bed, the US will continue to be a generally unhealthy population.
The Five Levels of ISP Evil
You are aware that the same venture capitalist who helped get Paxfire off the ground is the same venture capitalist who helped get OpenDNS going. http://web.archive.org/web/20100517145950/http://minorventures.com/
The Five Levels of ISP Evil
But the software that hijacks the NXDOMAIN traffic can't do anything about DNSSEC-enabled requests. If they hijack the response, then the receiving program will know whether or not something intercepted it because the NXDOMAIN stuff is actually issued by the root DNS servers and those were signed for many TLDs. Whether or not the actual response is signed is irrelevant. They have to skip requests that have DNSSEC turned on or they won't be invisible to the end user.
The Five Levels of ISP Evil
DNSSEC will help you avoid the NXDOMAIN hijacking. Use a DNS server that has it enabled.
IT Crises vs. Vacation: Sometimes It Isn't Pretty
This is a problem with the downsizing of companies. They try to push as much work as possible onto as few people as possible, often burning out the good people because they never get any time off, are constantly on outage calls, etc., and then nobody listens to them because they've identified a myriad of problems... but fixing them would require not putting out that extra new feature so they use operations to hold things together while disregarding their importance.
Weird Al Says "Twitter Saved My Album"
I've had the opportunity to meet him at a concert when I was one of his extras. He is a good man and has a wonderful family. He treats people with respect it's difficult to not give it back to him... especially when he requests permission to do all of the spoofs even though he doesn't legally need to do so.
And I can't listen to several songs without the Weird Al spoof popping into my head either.
Best wishes to you, Weird Al!
Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B
Umm, the last update/version of the client that I found was an FC10 RPM with version number 184.108.40.206 back in January, 2010. Is that providing a client? Yes... but they barely pay any attention to it.
Probably time to start looking for an alternative...
Microsoft: No Tablets Until It's Distinctive
"If we come out with one now, we can't shed our, 'Me too!' image."
And in all honesty, it's not exactly the worst move for them either.
Berners-Lee: Web Access Is a 'Human Right'
Actually, this can frequently be done pro bono as well, in which case the lawyer or law firm is doing it at their own cost.
Posting AC - a Thing of the Past?
I get tired of people who hide behind AC thinking they can get away with harassment and forum owners who won't take control of the situation. At least this requires a court order, which means the person or group demanding the information be made available must provide a reasonable justification to the court as to why it must be done. It's not a perfect system, but it's better than saying, "You can't allow anonymous posting."
Anti-US Hacker Takes Credit For Worm
I'm always amazed at how so many people can so easily fall for something that was at best a third grade attempt. Several of my coworkers and I were unhappy, to say the least, because we all took one look at the email and said that a blind man should've been able to pick up on this. And then someone chimed in with probably what was the best comment about why this happened. He suggested that it's been many years since we've seen this kind of attack go this rampant so everyone's guard was let down such that they didn't believe these attacks happened any more.
Skipping Traditional Recruitment, Going Straight To the Source
The distrust of recruiters is well placed. I don't know how many of them I've come across who say something like, "We need someone who knows SQL databases." I've gone so far as to ask them, "Which one? You realize that SQL is a language, not a database." I usually get blank stares as a result.
We recently went through some rounds of interviews. We usually bring the candidate into a conference room with the entire team and sit with him or her for a couple of hours and ask questions and just talk. One of the candidates we brought in had a resume that looked like the interview process should've been a matter of formality and only to determine if we liked the personality or not. Instead we found that the resume was like it was shot full of steroids. The candidate said he had extensive experience with several things we used, yet when asked questions he admitted that he had used the technology once a couple of years ago for a few minutes. He was looking for a senior level position, but we weren't willing to give him anything above a junior level. He took himself out of the process. What surprised me the most was the source of the resume... the contracting firm that presented him to us... because they usually do a reasonably good pre-screening with the candidates they want to forward on.
In our interviews, we ask questions that have "one right answer" and some that have "no one right answer." In some cases, we're looking to see if you really do have the basic knowledge you say you do and in others we're also trying to determine your methodologies... how you attack problems, etc. This way of doing things only failed us once, but we weren't exactly able to predict that the guy was going to step on toes the way he did.
High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay
I worked for a Wall Street firm for a couple of years. My experience there is that the IT folks are overlooked as being an integral part of the success and failure of the company. For example, traders would be upset if their bonuses weren't equivalent to at least their annual salaries. Us IT folk, however, were lucky to see a bonus check that was equivalent to about twice our bi-weekly paychecks.
In my exit interview, I told the person straight up... we're the ones providing the traders with timely data and faster calculations so that they don't have to go back to using a stubby pencil. Start recognizing what the IT people do, because if they all decided to stop working, the traders would be stuck going back to doing their calculations with stubby pencils and would fall so far behind they'd be losing more money than they'd be generating.
Seems like my prediction finally came true.
Today, I had to do something rather difficult.
Playing funerals is not an easy job to begin with. Compound that issue with the fact that you knew the person it's for. Yes, I knew her dad too. He'll be sorely missed.
RIP, EBS. I hope I honored you appropriately.
Yep... it had to be something stupidly simple
Backups that were completing within a day were now taking 4 days.
The solution? the --block-size=n option to cpio, where the block size is n * 512 bytes.
By setting it to be the transfer rate (found via cat /proc/scsi/aic7xx/1 on this machine), it completed in about 2 hours.
You would think someone would've built the smarts into commands like cpio, tar, and dd to do some kind of calculation on best performance instead of using some tiny number that works if you're only looking to back up a single, small file.
The rampant illogic and idiocy of some people
"The tack they're taking is a particularly troubling one," [Tom] Wilson [of the Canal Alliance] said. "They're painting illegal day workers as criminals, making generalizations about a group of people."
The sheer idiocy and illogic in the above statement explains a lot about the current condition in this country. Come on, what does he think "illegal" means, "sick bird"?
Sunday I get to do something special...
OK, the guys are with the two worst teams from this past season's beginner league at the rink I normally play at, but it will be fun anyway.
Wonder if I can get my team to do something similar so we can play one of our league games there...
Tournament and trip were fun...
Oh well, maybe next year.
Let's Go Devils!
NJ Devils win the season opener at home. With all the hype about this year's number one draft pick, Sidney Crosby, another rookie ends up doing a whole lot better... Zach Parise.
It's fun... look at the Canadian media, and it's "Crosby nets point in season opener to Devils." I look on an NJ site, and I see "Devils rookie steals spotlight." He scored a goal and got an assist, vs Crosby only getting an assist.
OK, so this isn't techie stuff... but you gotta start with something.
So here I am...
Bagpipe lesson at 7... referee a hockey game at 10:40. The weekend tournament in Toronto should be fun, though. :)