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A guy between jobs hoping there's something interesting in his future.
Interests: amateur radio, encryption, paranoia, slide rules and old calculators, computers and networking, the civil rights i'm not using today.
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Both of my regular readers will be familiar with Schrödinger's Cat, a gedankenexperiment derived from the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum mechanics. (Everyone else can hit the Wikipedia article; I'll wait.) In short, there's this cat in a sealed box. There's a containier of poison in the box with it. Some quantum-derived event { causes | fails to cause } the container to open, thus { killing | not killing } the cat. People who know cats well know that the cat will be curious about the poison container long before the quantum event happens, thus dying by accidental suicide. Apparently... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at practical/impractical
Yes, these "brain dead" commenters are mere shills for whatever website they wish to promote. I may have to start moderating my comments. I don't get that many anyway. But remember, you don't have to be a zombie to be a spammer. You ask for a list of all the places I post. But you yourself have provided a link to a zombie website with some braindead text and a link to some other website that you may be promoting. Hardly fair. Tell me who you're working for first :-)
@acrwc I got a caller ID of 8 (569) 000-0007 -- must have been you! Currently my iNum is forwarded to my cell so I probably lose information, like your SIP username. I'll have to see if I can do a work around on that... Thanks for calling! :)
Spencer-- On your Typepad dashboard, click on "Settings" then "Comments." There's an option marked "Require readers to enter a randomly generated verification code" Check that on. That's it!
Believe it or not, I have hundreds of books at home that don't have any pictures at all! So I know it's not just me. There aren't a lot of programming languages that let you just embed a picture in the actual source code. Which is what this is. Not saying it's not a bad idea, but this language won't support that. I'm a very text-oriented person. I'm happy to throw in a picture if it illustrates something, but in this case, it wouldn't work. Sure, a picture is worth 1000 words. But, in fact, there are relatively few sets of 1000 words that are adequately described by a picture. I don't expect everyone will understand all of my posts. Actually, I prefer they didn't. That frees me to pick a different audience for each post. Or was your comment really just an advertisement for graphics services?
Today received two calls. One was from MTT Global's block at +883-140 and another from a landline in Moscow +7-499. I was unable to answer as I often am engaged. Alas, no message was left for either call. If you called me on the number I list, Hello! Leave a voice mail if you can. Even in Russian (speak slowly!)
People familiar with my career in "High-Tech" know that I am today a dinosaur. That is, I'm still smarter than all the whippersnappers out there cranking out the code, I just don't know what they do. Most of my perl code is of the perl4 variety. Object-oriented programming gives me the hives and, therefore, so does perl5. Nonetheless, it's hard to find a language that lets you write the following line of code: $STORY = $In . $a_location_like[$a] . $this_location[$b] . $a_young . $protagonist[$c] . $stumbles_across_a . $discovery[$d] . $which_spurs_him_into_conflict_with_an . $adversary[$e] . $with_the_help_of_an . $assistant[$f] . $and_her . $technology[$g]... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at practical/impractical
Dear Christopher, Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding intelligence programs run by the National Security Agency (NSA) that have been reported on in the media. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this important issue. Let me first say that the NSA should never be allowed access to the content of phone calls or internet communications by any US person, unless a court warrant is issued, and I will do all I can to prevent that from happening. Any provision that allows federal officials to investigate people's data must also adequately protect the individual civil liberties that are a bedrock principle of our democracy. That said, it is also important that we provide continuity and stability for our intelligence community as they work to minimize the risk of an attack on the United States. To achieve this delicate balance, it is vitally important that Congress continue to debate and devise better ways to not only protect Americans from threats of terrorism but also to safeguard individual rights and liberties. Recent news reports reference two separate intelligence programs. The first is authorized by Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act and provides for the collection of telephony metadata, such as telephone numbers dialed and the length of calls, when authorized by an order issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The second program, authorized under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, concerns the targeting of communication of non-U.S. persons located abroad for foreign intelligence purposes such as counterterrorism. In addition to these programs being authorized by law and having judicial oversight, members of the Congressional Intelligence Committees are regularly briefed on such intelligence programs. While it is important that there is judicial oversight to serve as a check on the authorities provided by FISA, I believe that there should be more transparency of this process. In the 112th Congress, I expressed my support for a proposal that would have provided greater transparency to the actions of the FISA Court by requiring the Attorney General to make publically available a declassified summary of every decision, order, or opinion of the FISA court. Unfortunately, this proposal was not allowed to be debated on the House floor. In the weeks and months ahead, please be assured that I will continue to use my role in Congress to conduct robust oversight of our intelligence programs, work to ensure our Constitutional rights are protected, and push for additional measures to improve transparency of the FISA Court. As I do so, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind. Sincerely, Adam Smith Member of Congress
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2013 on A letter to my congressman at practical/impractical
8 July 2013 Adam Smith United States House of Representatives 2264 Rayburn Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative Smith-- On the morning of July 4th, while I was putting up the flag in front of my home, I paused a moment to reflect on the state of our nation's democracy, and the state of the people's freedoms within that democracy. I immediately thought of Edward Snowden, currently a fugitive from our government, accused of divulging classified information to a foreign newspaper. It is not my intent to defend Mr. Snowden here. The unauthorized release of classified information is a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at practical/impractical
To: Netflix Investor Relations From: Me. Today I received a popunder ad for Netflix, even though my browser has the "no popup" feature engaged. I don't know how you manage this, but it doesn't matter. What does matter is that a successful, progressive company such as yours has to use popunder ads to get its message across. Do you want to be lumped in with and the other get-rich-quick spam-du-jour sites on the internet? Your use of popunder ads identifies you as a company unworthy of investing in and unworthy of being a customer of. Several million of my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2012 at practical/impractical
According to Title 5 United States Code section 6103(a) the holiday that happens on the third Monday of February is called "Washington's Birthday." Please forward all defective calendars to your elected representatives for correction and disposal. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if all "President's Day" sales were illegal. In that case, please forward any money saved to the Internal Revenue Service. Better to be safe than sorry! Speaking of being better safe, you might want to stop by your workplace today. You could get fired for taking a day off on a holiday that doesn't exist! This is really starting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at practical/impractical
Yes, it's true. Marijuana is poison. Oh, not literally. I know that marijuana has many medical benefits and I would never deny anyone who needs it the use of it. No, it's a social poison. I'm a bus driver and I'm subject to random drug testing. Marijuana stays in the system for six weeks after use and, since I never know when the drug test will occur, I need to stay away from it. Lame, yes. (Personally, I don't like it and I don't like the way it makes me feel. I'm sure I'll change my opinion when I get... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at practical/impractical
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at practical/impractical
Not to say that I hang out in a lot of bars or anything, but I get around. These seem to be the trends in BAR TV: Always play sports programming. Only sports programming. Leave the sound off. We don't need commentary, we have the other people at the bar to provide what's needed. When in Seattle, there must be soccer. In your hometown, your mileage may vary. If there is no game available, there are always reruns of classic matches, especially on the Fox Soccer Network. Failing that, we can watch Sports Recaps and Commentary on any of three... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2011 at practical/impractical
Originally posted in a completely obscure location but that doesn't mean it's not important (IMNSHO). So, reposting: CO149's Fundamental Dicta TM CO149's Fundamental Dictum Number One TM The packet has to know how to get back, too. CO149's Corollary Dictum Number 1.1 TM All the boxes on the same wire have to have the same ideas about routing. CO149's Fundamental Dictum Number Two TM The network has a middle. CO149's Illuminative Dictum Number 2.1 TM The network's middle is bigger than your middle. Senator Stevens' Fundamental Illustrative Utterance Number 2.2TM The network is not a big truck. It's a series... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2011 at practical/impractical
Currently, there are a lot of smelly, pissed-off people in Seattle's Westlake Park, and many other central plazas throughout the nation. They are protesting the state of the economy, the concentration of capital, the tax system, the war, police brutality, and each other's body odor. The media and the pundits decry the fact that these poor souls can't get it together, can't define a "narrow message," can't elect eloquent spokesmen and, apparently, can't protest in polo shirts instead of funny little hemp dreadlock containers. Well, here's one narrow message that forms a common thread throughout: Control. Adlai Stevenson, who lost... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2011 at practical/impractical
OpenVMS doesn't have a 'root' account. But that doesn't stop the little tykes from trying. Let's have a little fun! $! $! LOGIN.COM -- the impostor $! $ say :== "write sys$output" $ HEX_IPPORT = F$TRNLNM("SYS$REM_ID") $ IP_HEX = F$ELEMENT(0,":",HEX_IPPORT) $ PORT_HEX = F$ELEMENT(1,":",HEX_IPPORT) $ IP_ADDRESS = F$FAO("!UL.!UL.!UL.!UL", - F$INTEGER("%X''F$EXTRACT(0,2,IP_HEX)'"), - F$INTEGER("%X''F$EXTRACT(2,2,IP_HEX)'"), - F$INTEGER("%X''F$EXTRACT(4,2,IP_HEX)'"), - F$INTEGER("%X''F$EXTRACT(6,2,IP_HEX)'")) $ PORT_NUMBER = F$INTEGER("%X''PORT_HEX'") $! $ open/append logfile connect.log /error=10 $ write logfile f$time(), " ", IP_ADDRESS, " ", PORT_NUMBER $ close logfile $10: $ type sys$input Welcome, O Intelligent One, to my system! I'm sure you didn't really expect to get in. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at practical/impractical
Save Third Avenue for the buses and move your ass someplace else. Questions? Read this post. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2011 at practical/impractical
Editor, The Times: On June 29 and July 24, this paper came out against the proposed $20 per year congestion fee to be levied against automobile registrations. Rarely does this paper opine twice on the same subject; to do so twice in four weeks is unheard of. I get it. This paper is against the fee. In both editorials, the paper suggests that the drivers are overpaid and that county negotiators made a mistake in allowing our wages to grow so high. I am a part-time operator for King County Metro Transit. in 2010, I moved 35,000 riders from Point... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2011 at practical/impractical
I suspect that this failure exists in other languages too. It's also possible that "imperative" is not the case I'm looking for, but something completely different. Let's start with an example. I look at you and I say: "Dance." Your immediate reaction is, "" The problem is, I'm not telling you to dance this instant. I'm actually telling you to alter your lifestyle to incorporate dance from now until you die. I could be explicit, of course. I could say "Do incorporate dance into your lifestyle." But that's not really want I want to say. I just want to say,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2011 at practical/impractical
Gwyndolyn O'Shaughnessy 11/4/1992 - 7/4/2011 We return to the Universe the little patch of Stardust whom we called Gwyndolyn. Gwyndolyn was the Best Kitty Ever. She had nothing but love for her family and nothing was her fault. May she have her rest in the laps of the gods, and may she bring wonder and joy when she returns to our world. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at practical/impractical
(From my earlier archives...enjoy IF YOU DARE!) It was a stiflingly hot day, nearing 100 degrees in the shade, no breeze and humid as no one's business. All Cindy wanted to was go home, strip to her skivvies (at most) and vegetate in front of the air conditioner. Cindy was disappointed to discover that her apartment wasn't any cooler than anywhere else, but this feeling didn't really have time to develop in the face of other surprises. Not only was the air conditioning out and all the windows open, but there was a cage in the middle of the living... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2011 at practical/impractical
It's often been my comment that when I'm at a table of three, I watch the other two talk to each other. I'm an introvert, you see. (Loyal readers [which don't even include my mother, by the way] already know this.) My comment isn't entirely accurate, though. I do talk a little bit. Recently I've started constructing a mathematical expression for my relative loquaciousness. Some observations: If I'm with one person, I talk 1/3 of the time. (Ladies, are you paying attention?) If I'm with two other people, I talk 1/6 of the time. If I'm with three other people,... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2011 at practical/impractical
I'm in bars a lot. Too much, perhaps. But I get a lot of work done in bars, and I'm just going to go with what works. Except now. Now I'm going to sound bitchy. I'm going to admit that up front, Dear Readers, because I want intelligent comments. (Well, OK. I'll be happy if i get comments from non-robots. That's a bitch for a different day.) So, after over 15 years of cogitation, here is my bar music decalogue. (Look it up.) Yes, please have music. Properly used, it creates a pleasant atmosphere which will be appreciated by your... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2011 at practical/impractical
@portable keyboards: Why do you sound like a robot?