Wolfling1 (1808594) writes "So, I arrived at the hotel, connected their WiFi, and promptly discovered that my feed is filtered. Web pages appear different. My immediate action was to connect the VPN back to the office, and run all my data through a (relatively) safer feed. Things return to normal.
But the question is : What to do now? Should I tell the hotel? Should I just do nothing? Should I book in for treatment because I'm being paranoid?" top
Wolfling1 (1808594) writes "Binary compatibility is a common problem when there are multiple versions of a library. This is particularly topical given the mess Microsoft made of ADO with the recent release of Win7SP1. I have some opinions about how version numbering should be used to ensure consistent interfaces, but I am curious to read/.'s opinion on how libraries should be deployed to prevent unwanted backwards/forwards compatibility issues." top
Wolfling1 (1808594) writes "At approx 2am UTC, GOES craft measured and started tracking an X2 class solar flare. Whilst this is not a particularly large or nasty flare, it is likely to cause some radio/electronic disruption when the associated geomagnetic storm strike the east coast of the US around dawn." Link to Original Source top
Wolfling1 (1808594) writes "...Israel has spun nuclear centrifuges virtually identical to Iran’s at Natanz, where Iranian scientists are struggling to enrich uranium. They say Dimona tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, a destructive program that appears to have wiped out roughly a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and helped delay, though not destroy, Tehran’s ability to make its first nuclear arms." Link to Original Source top
Wolfling1 (1808594) writes "Joe Hockey's public denunciation of Labor's controversial mandatory ISP filtering plan late yesterday was warmly welcomed by the Greens and others, but slammed by the peak Christian lobby group.
"We believe the internet filter will not work and we believe it’s flawed policy... it is not going to capture a whole lot of images and chatter that we all find offensive that are going through email.
"The ISP-based filter system does not work therefore it creates a level of assumption of trust that cannot be met by the technology," he said. "And I know it's a contentious issue."" Link to Original Source top
Wolfling1 (1808594) writes "What about a poll for iPads. a) Revolutionary awesomeness b) Must have useful c) Nice features, would like d) Double-touch is clever, but ho hum e) Its a bit overhyped f) Its hype without substance g) What's an iPad?"
Wolfling1 writes | more than 3 years ago
An interesting experience at the 'check out' today. I only had 4 items, so I made my way to the express aisles. Lo, there were two cash registers operating in '12 or less' mode. One of them was occupied by a woman who clearly had about 25 items piled up. The other, a short queue waiting. So, I queued between them. A cunning plan I thought to myself... I had finally overcome the 'stuck in the slowest queue' syndrome. Sixty seconds later, a queue of about three people had formed behind me, all patiently waiting their turns. My non-conformist behaviour had started to draw some followers (albeit mostly out of politeness I suspect).
That's when it happened. An off duty staff member joined the queue. She was not going to stand for this situation. She quickly identified me as the trouble-maker and loudly pointed out that 'we don't do it that way here'. Her uniform, and her bold behaviour gave her instant credibility, and with the flood gates opened, people began swarming around me to choose the queue that 'kind of looked to be a bit further away from where I was standing'.
Named and shamed, I took my place in one of the two queues, and quietly waited my turn.
This set me to thinking. Why do I have a problem with this? Am I just feeling a little embarassed that I was called out on my outrageous conduct? Am I annoyed that my cunning plan was foiled by this intrepid staff member? Or perhaps, it is a little more..
This staff member called me out. Why? I had established a single queue for two cash registers. I was forcing a model whereby each customer would be served in turn. People would not benefit from being able to guess the faster queue. I had hijacked the shopping-queue-lottery with my socialist attitude. An age old tradition of capitalist benefit had been usurped. Well... Larraine was not going to stand for it. She re-asserted the norm, and the crowds were pleased.
How does this bode for humanity at large. Our entire concept of liberty and capitalist freedom is based on the concept that one person can gain more than their neighbour by luck, persuasiveness, guile or the strength of their arm - so long as it doesn't break the law. And in the eyes of many folk, its OK to break the law as long as you don't get caught.
Is this what we want? Is this how we would like to be seen? When the aliens arrive and assess our viability to join the larger galactic community, what will they think of us? Humans are an intrinsically selfish and jealous species, and have established large scale economic and governmental structures to reinforce that pattern of behaviour. These behaviours are even programmed and strengthened by everyday behaviours, such as the queues at the check outs.
Perhaps I was the selfish one. I wanted the first available check-out, and I was prepared to make everyone else behind me wait purely because I was the first person to get there. All sarcasm aside, perhaps I was wrong. Capitalism is the best model we have had since humans crawled out of the swamp. Who am I to question and undermine it?
Sadly, I do not know the answers. At least now, I am no longer angry about it.