Monthly Archives: September 2014


By | September 30, 2014

I can’t agree with this. Sparring and fighting are fun. As long as both parties are involved in it consensually and it’s regulated, I don’t see the problem. The difference of course is that animals can’t consent; humans can. But this is just stupid. The only way to get good at self defense is to… Read More »


By | September 30, 2014

The conventional wisdom promulgated successfully now by Windows 8 defenders is that Windows XP was a terrible OS for the first two years after its release and was widely hated. Nice bit of historical revisionism, but I was there. Windows XP was very much appreciated and many people looked forward to it and were not… Read More »

True Identity

By | September 30, 2014

Though I think identity politics has achieved many good and even some great things, compared to the alternative of making structural systemic changes I think it is a failure. And this I don’t believe is a false dichotomy, either. Of course the Right does not support identity politics, not per se, but far prefers it… Read More »

On a phone

By | September 29, 2014

The problem with this is what can you actually DO on a phone? I’ll tell you what’s going on here. I’ve been in the business and the IT world (and have worked on both sides of the fence) for a while, so it’s pretty obvious. This guy owns a company that attempts to create and… Read More »

Fundamentally stupid

By | September 29, 2014

I’ve seen several people in the past arguing that the media company’s responses to online piracy – suing their best customers and making content harder to access –is rational. Another of those strange definitions of rationality. This article isn’t one of those types luckily, but it does go too much for the typical journalism “fair… Read More »

New Google Maps

By | September 29, 2014

I’m going to mourn when I must use the new Google Maps, when they finally  disallow using the old interface. I’ll probably still use the new version, though I’ll try to use Bing Maps and others when I don’t need Streetview data. The new GM interface is just so terrible and user-hostile. Of course, it’s… Read More »


By | September 29, 2014

Calling copyright infringement stealing is like calling killing a video game character “capital murder.” Propaganda works, folks.

It’s boring sometimes

By | September 29, 2014

If I didn’t love a lot of the work that comes with IT, there’s no way I could do it. Let’s face it, reviewing the procedure that EIGRP uses for “deciding” how to route traffic in a network is pretty boring. As is a lot of the rest of IT. I’m renewing some of my… Read More »


By | September 28, 2014

This is an excellent piece of journalism. There was a similar article a few years ago that I can’t now find, but this one is better. It’s about the doomed Air France Flight 447 and the tragic errors made by all its pilots, and about the risks of automation. I’m not a pilot and I… Read More »


By | September 27, 2014

Global warming and global climate change is real and it’s going to happen. We won’t do much to stop it. I doubt that alone will cause the extinction of humanity. No, if that were to happen in the near future it would probably have to be similar to how the dinosaurs (sans avians) went extinct… Read More »