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T! S! A! T! S! A! Cheer On Security Kabuki

A New Hope and a Modest Proposal.

Made it, Ma! Top of the world!

Made it, Ma! Top of the world!

FBI Seal. Photo from Wiki Commons

Um… exactly how am I misrepresenting myself as a Federal Agent?  Maybe I’m going to walk around with this post on my phone and try to pass it off as a Federal Badge.  Honestly, if I could badge myself out of trouble with my Android linking to this pic I’m in the wrong line of work and the people I fool should be spayed and neutered. 

You can’t stop the signal .gov.

If you need examples of other seals, go here, here, here, and here.

H/T to Tam

Feeling A Wee BYTE Hateful.

So I wake up to an email from my ISP; you know… those Comcastards?  Anyway, I wake up to their lovely email telling me that I can now monitor my own usage so I don’t go over their very generous 250GB total bandwidth usage. 

I’d managed to put the BW Cap out of my mind for a long time.  But they have to go and remind me and force it under my nose by making me check it every month now.  So you digital idiots, here’s what I think about your Cap.  It, and you by extension, suck. 

You have all these commercials touting life on the internet as some sort of limitless experience with ever faster download speeds, yet, HOLD ON THERE BUCKAROO, it’s really not limitless we have to cap it.  Then you charge me exorbitant pricing because you are the only game in town and you don’t actually use that to upgrade your infrastructure.  No, you piss it away on stupid commercials and lame internet sniffer squads that scour the web looking for any adverse comments about you. 

Instead of flashy commercials with Shaq and Ben, internet thought police, and bandwidth limits, why don’t you spend some real cash on your infrastructure so my inet doesn’t go down every 5 minutes like a $10 whore when the fleet’s in.  How about updating some of that architecture and equipment?  Why not spend a little time on designing DVR’s that actually work? 

Oh, and lest we forget, this internet company has THE WORST online payment experience of ANY place I’ve ever been.  …And I pay my city water bill online.  That site was put up by a government contractor.  IT SUCKS!  Yet I’m able to pay my bill on the City’s site in about 30 seconds. 

But can I do anything about any of this?  No.  You are the only game in town.  I can’t get fast enough DSL in my area and you know that.  So you don’t care.  So I’m stuck with you for internet.  But not much longer on the others. I’m dumping your useless digital phone and probably switching to Dish/Satellite as well.  I know that does nothing for the BW Cap, but it will make me feel better that I’m not paying you as much per month.

Open Source. Hardly The Downfall Of The West.

I’m convinced I went to bed sometime in 1991, woke up in bizarre-o land, and never quite managed to get out of it.  And stories like this don’t help.

 How the hell is Open Source software a menace to all mankind? 

I don’t get it?  I use open source software everyday.  If I had a business, I’d find an open source solution at every turn I could. If I ran a government agency, I’d be trying to spend as little of the taxpayer’s money as possible and OSS is a pretty good place to start.  And let’s not forget the INSANE predatory pricing that certain software companies inflict on poorer nations at the threat of hauling them into court. 

While, yes, some OSS is started by those who naively want to keep the internet pure of that nasty money thing, I don’t think they will start hoisting digital pitchforks and shutting down traffic in online towns and villages.  I know I haven’t seen one of them while playing L4D online.  Oh wait, maybe I have… it’s a game about zombies.  Bad example.

Anyway… For some people (like me) OSS is a way to save money, it’s not a political statement.  It’s a way to have reasonable operability on my home computers and not paying ridiculous business oriented pricing or break the law by using pirated software.  

Let’s change the battle field of this argument for a moment.  Let’s say we have two bars.  Both have a Happy Hour from 3 to 6 (why is Happy Hour always more than one hour??).  One serves a loss leader of free chips and salsa and the other serves kettle corn.  Well one day a third bar opens up and serves a loss leader of a full free buffet.  You don’t have to buy anything, the owner just likes the way he cooks and is willing to take a hit.  His business model is so bad that he probably will be out of business by next week.

But a funny thing happens.  Mr. Buffet gets so many people coming in that really love his food and they don’t want it to stop so they buy his beer.  Some even donate.  Some supply the food to be cooked.  Finally others offer him jobs on the side to cook for them for large events.  His food takes off and now Mr. Buffet makes tons of cash.  So, instead of having a loss leader item, he has a loss leader BUSINESS.  The other two bars can whinge about it all they want and petition for laws and such and call it predatory pricing.  But getting laws passed is not the same as the truth being upheld.  For some, that is OSS.  And that, my friends, is good capitalism. 

For others, OSS is a passion (the above scenario and this one are NOT mutually exclusive).  For you who don’t understand, a real programmer is an artist.  They will program just as a painter will paint.  You can’t stop them.  Little apps that show up on the Google Market or The App Store for free are a programmer’s doodles, as it were.  Of course, some of these works may even be a grand labor of love between two or more programmers.  Governments and companies that seek to destroy OSS are, basically, trying to destroy an art form.  Good luck with that. 

And don’t worry about Microsoft, et al…   they will always make programs that do things that no others can do.  Or make them with an interface or setup that makes those programs accessible to people who don’t want to tweak and troubleshoot.  OSS will not tear down the walls of capitalism; it will just force companies to do business a little smarter.

H/T to Matt

Be Very Gentle With Google Chrome.

It’s very touchy.

The “i”…”PAD?” Steve, You’re Gonna Run With That?

NJT has the best analysis of the iPad *giggle*. 

Really, Steve, could no one in marketing come up with the visual of earphone cords descending from the “iPad” *giggle* area in a not so flattering way.  Not one person could see the iconic sillohetted iTunes™ image with a white set of wires “protruding” from a sensitive place to connect in the 2D image’s ears.  For Realz?

When I saw the first picture of Steve-o proudly displaying his iPhone with a glandular disorder, I honestly though it was a photochop. It looked like a gag gift monster remote you find marketed toward old people. 

I want a computer to be my computer and I want my PDA to be my PDA.  If you have to What-a-size my PDA to make it more powerful, I’ll pass.  When you can shrink-a-fy my computer to the size of my PDA with no loss in power, then maybe we will talk.

You Have To Take The Good With The Bad, Eric!

Google and China are squaring off against each other because of censorship.  So, Eric, a heavily centralized .gov is a good thing?  Or do you just want an uber-powerful Big Brother in some areas but not in others?  Is it your belief that a massive over arching central dictatorship can be good as long as it knows its place?  Meaning not to mess with you, but if it breaks a few eggs (and heads and souls) elsewhere that’s fine.  Eric… Big Government is never content to just control over its people.  It will control EVERYTHING.  Learn it well, Eric.

I hope this is an eye opener for you guys over in Googleville.  I doubt it.

How’d I Miss This?

I blame the alien mind probe.  I have to get some new tin foil. 

Anyway, I’m not sure how I overlooked this blog.  Darn good reads.  Here’s a couple of posts that should scare the bahjeebus out of you. 

I’d post a comment and tell him, “I just found your site.  Keep of the good work,” but…

Oh well… It’s moving to the regular reads section.

Lovely Spaaaaam. Wonderful Spaaaaam.

Ok… does this stuff ever really work?  Does anyone ever let these posts go up under comments unchecked?

“Just found your site.  Have bookmarked it!” –From: Little Asian Girls who want to <censored> <censored> <censored> your <censored> <censored><censored> are waiting for you! 

“Good points! I like the way you write.  Will read you more.”-From: Cure My Sweaty Palms.

“GREAT SITE!  KEEP IT UP!”—From: Get Cheap Viagra.

I have to at least give the last one props for irony. 

Has ANYONE ever let this on their site?  I mean, srsly?


The downward spiral started here.   Then the looking glass took me here.  I thought I’d found purchase here and could get out (the linked video is a hoot).  But then I found this and knew I needed help. 



Conservative, educated, understands history, distrusts government, distrusts politicians, dislikes pop-culture, and carries a firearm. In short, I'm what The Framers of The Constitution were counting on and everything your government wants you to fear most.

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