You can bet the folks at the NSA (and NRO, etc.) are not too pleased that one of their favorites is gone public.
73 posts • joined 27 Nov 2007
Not to worry
For a time, I too, was worried about self-important self-appointed zealots working feverishly to rectify a problem they didn't fully (or nearly) understand with un-tested methods and unknowable consequences for the entire planet.
Then I began seeing articles about CRISPR/Cas9 (gene editing for dummies -
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CRISPR/Cas_Tools) and was comforted to know this will solve all our problems well before we self-destruct the environment we inhabit.
Once these fools (humans) begin fiddling with the human genome in a substantial manner, '12 Monkeys' and 'I Am Legend' are going to look much more like prophecy than science-fiction.
But, anyway, it's a lovely day outside, isn't it?
The missing link...
Causality: (noun) - the relationship between cause and effect.
Q: Is the Earth's climate changing?
A: Always has, always will.
Q: Is the current change in Earth's climate the result of human activity?
A: Obviously. Not. Perhaps. Insufficient data for analysis?
Q: Is reducing pollution of mankind's only home desirable?
A: Not too bright, are we?
The first rule of Star Wars is...
No main characters over the age of 21 are allowed.
It was discovered this reduces the tendency of the audience to reason, follow plotlines, etc. and also improved sales of small, furry toy creatues in the cinema lobbies.
Mine's the one without the toy light-saber in the pocket...
Absolutely. I think...
The picture in this story, purportedly showing the NSA repacking a bit of Cisco kit, or kit being shipped in a Cisco box, or a box designed to look like an actual Cisco box, is very convincing.
I now firmly believe Cisco uses brown cardboard boxes to ship some of its products.
Beyond that, I wouldn't want that to be the only evidence in a case against anyone, even a creepy out-of-control government agency. Then again...
Greed is good. At making you stupid.
Perhaps the main reason for SQL Server's growth was its affordability.
Now, the same brain trust that forced TIFKAM onto a server operating system (Windows Server 2012) feels they can go head-to-head with Oracle on price. Many firms using SQL Server are in for an eye-watering surprise when they receive their next bill. Not a small increase, not a modest increase, but a jaw-dropping price increase. At least one shop I know of is working on replacing SQL Server with PostgreSQL; they simply can't afford to continue using SQL Server.
Sadly, these same geniuses (at Microsoft) didn't add value corresponding to the price increase - Hekaton, etc. are nice, albeit limited improvements, but are incremental improvements and are far from justifying the new (core-based) licensing model pricing.
Expect more defections as the new reality sinks in.
"...That’s how we learn what’s really happening in our communities and our country and our world. And that’s how we decide which values and ideas we think are best –- by questioning and debating them vigorously, by listening to all sides of an argument, and by judging for ourselves."
And then sits quietly while we are told violating our Constitution is legal. And that there's sweet FA we can do about it.
...the land of the wee, and the home of the knave!
(yes, I live here.)
A very sad day, indeed.
And yet, as bad as this decision is - and it is shockingly bad - it pales in comparison to the long-term effects of the horrific Citizens United decision.
Returning to the most recent travesty; will one of DC's finest please pull any or all the five idiot Supremes over and provide a complete and intimate understanding of what they have done? Pretty please?
The simple version
Is the planet warming? I don't know and I'm skeptical of those who say it is and those who say it isn't.
Are we (humans) affecting the climate of the planet? See above.
Does it make sense to reduce the amount of pollution we are generating?
That would be a "yes". Duh.
Silver bullet? Unlikely, but worth swatting for.
In the mean time, maybe just turn it down a little bit?
Simple enough for a non-scientist, like me, to understand.
And simple usually works. Funny that.
and now... back to the ultimate waste of time debate!
After 10+ years of using Hotmail, I'm reasonably satisfied with what it offers, especially for the price. There's just one thing that drives me mad about it, though; has anyone EVER been able to successfully receive a forgotten password reminder from...anywhere?
Simply infuriating when you just want to get on with things. :(
(Yes, I've played with all manner of filter settings, etc.)
I can picture...
Big Brother smiling and rubbing his hands together at the mere thought of all the revenue they will start extracting from US drivers;
"Dear Mr. Simpson:
Our data indicates on May 14th you drove from Chicago to St. Louis in 5 hours and 42 minutes.
However, you traveled on Interstate 57, which has a posted speed limit of 55 mph. Since you exceeded this speed at the points indicated on the attached citation/map, please remit the sum of $739.47 and we will enable your automobile for service.
If there anything else we can do to you, please let us know by speaking into the microphone of your Powder Blue 2012 Ford Simpostar.
Have a nice day."
Think this is fantasy? Think again.