doc_strange: (Agamotto got nothing on this.)
At a time when 13% of registered voters polled showed a preference of having a giant meteor hit the Earth to having Trump or Clinton as president, the Libertarian ticket, starring former governors Johnson and Weld, hits it out of the park with a no-hype, plain-talking ad...



If they poll at 15%, they will be in the presidential debates this year. If they receive just 5% of the national vote total in the election, the Libertarian party will receive advance federal matching funds in the next presidential election, changing the election landscape.

Wurd Nurds

Jan. 22nd, 2016 09:28 am
doc_strange: (That's IT!)
Weather Underground on the winter storm just engaging the Mid-Atlantic states:

    Upwards of 2 feet of snow will be possible in the Capitol...


Which is remarkable - I wonder how much will fall outdoors?
doc_strange: (Agamotto got nothing on this.)
Yeah... Birkat Kohanim...


Wrong:



Right:


 Some got it. Some.. don't.

for the pedantic )
doc_strange: (New England 1775)
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/unlock-public-access-research-software-safety-through-dmca-and-cfaa-reform/DHzwhzLD

Unlock public access to research on software safety through DMCA and CFAA reform

"Software now runs consumer products and critical systems that we trust with our safety and security. For example, cars, medical devices, voting machines, power grids, weapons systems, and stock markets all rely on code. While responsible companies cooperate with the technical community and the public to improve the safety of code, others do not. They instead try to prevent researchers and others from sharing safety research, threatening criminal and civil actions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Chilling research puts us all at risk. Protect the public from unsafe code and help us to protect ourselves. Reform the DMCA and CFAA to unlock and encourage research about potentially dangerous safety and security weaknesses in software."

shellshock

Sep. 25th, 2014 05:39 pm
doc_strange: (Do Not Want)
Perhaps you've not heard? Bash, when handed some rotten ENV components, messes up badly and can allow someone able to set the ENV to execute arbitrary commands.

https://securityblog.redhat.com/2014/09/24/bash-specially-crafted-environment-variables-code-injection-attack/
http://www.cnet.com/news/bigger-than-heartbleed-bash-bug-could-leave-it-systems-shellshocked/

Ok. Um, WHO CALLS A SHELL WITH RANDOM ENV CRAP FROM UNTRUSTED PARTIES!?!! This is like a 1997 bug!



Just checked. The recommended practice of blowing away the environment before calling a shell goes back to Garfinkel & Spafford's 1991 seminal Practical Unix Security (or at least the 1996 2nd ed., Practical Unix & Internet Security). It's in there TWICE it is so basic.
doc_strange: (Mal... Darn - by piaresquare)
(IHNJ) I would just like to say that neither Yo-Saf-Bridge.com nor yosafbridge.com is presently taken. While yosaffbridge.com is in fact taken, that is neither how it is spelled in the shooting script, nor is there anything there but a domain holding page.

Sally forth.
doc_strange: (Percy OK)
SNL just got a major payday today. In one year, they need to have Chevy Chase guest star, do the news, and announce, "This just in: Presidente Hugo Chávez is STILL DEAD."
doc_strange: (tired)
Apple, directionless with the loss of Steve Jobs, nevertheless announces its latest innovation, its first foray in years back to its Classic(al) era.

The iClaudius is a new, pocket-sized personal computing device with amazing power. Do not be fooled by its tendency to randomly reboot, lose screen focus, and occasionally give off a raucous beep or squawk. Despite (or perhaps because of) these peculiarities, you'll come to love it, as a true companion to help you survive these difficult times. A device whose utility to you will be underestimated by your competitors, your purchase of it will ensure success despite - or perhaps because of - their incorrect assumption that you are a harmless idiot.

Book update

Nov. 7th, 2011 05:38 pm
doc_strange: (Default)
Well, Amazon replaced the book and emailed a UPS label for the return. New book arrived.

It was great. Until I got 120 more pages in, when one of the page clusters let go. Yes, same problem, just not in the first cluster.

Time to call the publisher to let them know they have a bad batch out there. The book is Anathem, mass market paperback... So, ahem, perhaps some of my flist can let the author know there is a physical printing of the book that I have to say gives the nice (in terms of the book) atmospheric feel of having to preserve an ancient folio while reading it.

I have paperbacks from the 1960s and much older hardbacks... all of which manage to "hold it together" - kind of sad that a modern paperback is more ephemeral than an ebook.
doc_strange: (autofail)
Well, I am done buying books from Amazon.

Been a customer since 1999. But if I don't 'test drive' a book before 30 days are up, I have to pay to return it for an exchange. Doesn't matter what the problem is. Could be missing 50 pages. Pages could fall out on opening it. 30 days.

Any sane bookstore would realize the 1:1 replacement request is because the book is damaged. Amazon doesn't even have a place to click for that. Just warnings and policy pages.

Done.

ETA: The insane customer support people somewhere in S. Asia on their old customer support line inform me they will do a one-time replacement (after calling me the name of a friend about 12 times, who must have once bought me something off my wish list) but that if it happens again I will have to pay. Translation: If I want to order a lot of books from someone, go elsewhere. Got it! Thanks!

I will be closing all accounts with them in the morning. "This one time, only." That is garbage.

Lee's march

Sep. 5th, 2011 10:04 am
doc_strange: (sheeple)
Does anyone else find it a little ironic in tables-turned terms that Lee is making a slow march of destruction to the northeast?
doc_strange: (What's in the box?)
As part of the Auditing Standards Board’s efforts to converge U.S. and international standards, SAS no. 70 is being divided into parts and replaced by two new standards. The changes also place the standards in areas that better reflect the nature of the subject matter and the work performed.

SAS 70 out, SSAE 16 in:
http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/Issues/2010/Aug/20103009.htm

SSAE 16 is effective for service auditor’s reports for periods ending on or after June 15, 2011. So long SAS 70. Don't let the door hit you in the... er... SAS!
doc_strange: (tBoR)
...for a mashup of The Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps" and MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This".

Audio artists, get cracking!

(I mean... where is the "TSA Edition" of: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjP6QAobG24)
doc_strange: (Default)
Well, looks like the independent retailers laboring under the BP brand are thinking of rebranding. They're talking a return to Amoco.

But I'm thinking truth in advertising. I suggest:

Gulf Oil.

Gourmudgeon

Aug. 5th, 2010 01:22 pm
doc_strange: (Savoir Faire!)
In conversation about gourmet vs. gourmand, a term came to me yesterday:

gourmudgeon - One who enjoys the process of criticizing fine cuisine.
doc_strange: (Default)
Simple. Brilliant. LEGO®.

http://righteousit.wordpress.com/2010/06/27/practical-visual-three-dimensional-pedagogy-for-internet-protocol-packet-header-control-fields/

Hal Pomeranz totally wins (except for the "TM" thing; but we all know IT folks and intellectual property law don't mix ;-)).
doc_strange: (Default)
Today, the US Supreme Court held, in an 8-1 decision, that the construction, wording, and passage of the 14th Amendment had nothing to do with protecting freed slaves from legal and extra-legal oppression by reactionary whites in the post bellum South. In particular, the eight majority Justices shrugged off any notion that the phrase, "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States" has, or was intended to have, any referent contained in the Bill of Rights.

The only Justice supporting the argument that "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States" was intended as a bullwark against states curtailing rights that even the federal government could not abridge, is the sole member of the Court descended from the very freed African-American slaves such a principle would have been intended to protect.
doc_strange: (Default)
A lot of constitutional (state and federal) discourse is carried out on the question of government over-reaching the powers granted to it. But powers are not the only things in there. The powers have purposes. There are also functions that are spelled-out requirements of the chartered government.

What happens when government abdicates adequate performance of those functions explicitly spelled out as its duty?

Worse, what happens when it abdicates adequate performance of those duties to better spend its money on ancillary functions many consider essential to those dependent on them?

Such a question is on the front burner in NH right now.

http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100415/OPINION/4150318
Lawmakers who want to see why the courts can't sustain further cuts should walk the courthouse halls. They will see angry, anxious, tearful and frightened people hoping to have their problem addressed so they can get on with their life. They will find families in crisis. People who can afford a lawyer huddle in an alcove or at a table and confer in whispers. In divorce cases, at least one party will not have a lawyer 70 percent of the time, even though custody of a child or ownership of a home is at stake.

I think you can guess my position on this - but I will spell it out: I think impeachment would not be too much of a stretch. Thank goodness we still vote on governor and legislators every 2 years (which this same set of slobs is looking to change, by the by).

Some services may be "essential" to the recipients of same, but such things must be spelled out in that giant piece of paper under which we charter and regularly recharter the government. (Indeed, in NH, it is vastly easier to amend the state constitution than it is for the USA to do so, and it has been done on a regular basis.) Some, spelled-out-since-inception functions are there as requirements because they are essential to the very fabric of society. That the law have teeth (and not "oh, they can use 'mediation as an alternative,'" which is like saying anyone is allowed to steal, but only half) is the backbone of a "society of laws and not men." I'll also just go ahead and cut off the strawman argument that the lawyers don't need more money: This is about those who need access to justice. The more efficient the court system, the better funded it is, the less money the lawyers make, the less cases cost, the more that cases get won by the just and not settled to avoid the cost of legal representation, and ultimately the better society gets. Nuisance suits and SLAPPs are based on the cost of access to justice.

The adequacy of the court system has been an essential item in western law since at least the Magna Carta. (No really, look it up - people talked about overthrowing the King over stunts like this.) Ultimately, it is all that backs anyone's access to justice - and to the rest of the functions and services of the government. If the idea is that we can trust government to do its job without the courts, or that people can just get along or mediate, or that the courts should be ranked no higher than one or another of those other services and functions of government, it shows a terrible disregard for the rule of law and not men.
doc_strange: (autofail)
Two little self-important jackasses have brought to mind today this article:

http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2010/03/01/0956797610363538.full

It's longish, so I will summarize: Many people who believe themselves to be acting in a morally/socially superior manner effectively "bank" that superior capital and "spend" it to act in less moral ways in other areas. That is, without putting it so, many people seem to feel they ought to be able to "get away with" behavior we would never tolerate from someone else, because they are good and moral people. I am sure we can all think of examples. (Now, please, also think of one who isn't the opposite of you politically, ok?) My take: Being a good and moral person means making the right choices as often as you can; not banking up for spending down on the karma.

Anyhow, I think it helps explain how these two people could think for a second that they could possibly "get away with" these "humorous" and "ironic" comments:

Amanda Palmer thinks that Lady Gaga isn't edgy, isn't - you know - ironic, and so she gives her moralizing (superior, and therefore gets to get away with saying this) opinion on edgy irony:
"ironic product placement is only ok if you take no money & beyond that give all the income to something ironic. like the Klan

LJ user [livejournal.com profile] sparkymonster tears that one apart rather neatly.

Then let's go to NH state representative Nick Levasseur, who apparently does not like anime.

"anime is a prime example of why two nukes just wasn't enough..."

I mean, wow, he really doesn't like anime at all, and by the way, it's all Japan's fault, see. Oh wait, that was supposed to be IRONIC. (let's review [livejournal.com profile] sparkymonster's comment on irony).

Yeah. Now Levasseur apologizes, saying, "This comment is a disappointment not only to the people of our state, whom it has been my privilege to serve, but also to my own beliefs and moral code."

No, it's not a "disappointment" to his moral code. It is an example of it. It's an example of a) what kind of person he actually is behind the facade, and b) of a sense of moral superiority brought on by moralizing - by moral capital banking. He was not caught out in some stretched attempt to paint him using the wrong word, he was caught out saying something so over-the-top wrongheaded he might as well have said (to use an offense to my ancestry) that Elie Wiesel's books should be burned in an oven, 'cause he just can't stand them. The real irony is that he goes on with this sort of behavior either thinking he is moral person, or at least hoping others will think so. Massbackwards has been storing up Nick's little "ironies" for a while. Have a look.
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