Monthly Archives: August 2015


By | August 31, 2015

This sounds more like the results of nutritional deficiencies to me rather than caloric restriction. I know because I eat less than 1,600 calories a day every day but Saturday, and I am rarely all that hungry and do not experience any of the observed effects cited in the article. Given the diet they were… Read More »


By | August 29, 2015

Fucking hell, I keep seeing this stupid post everywhere. I believe those bottom two photos are spectacled caimans, and are one of the few (only?) crocodilians who adopt such a pose while at rest in the water. American alligators do not do this, ever. I’ve observed a lot of alligators in the wild and up… Read More »

Locking it all down

By | August 29, 2015

Right now, the FCC is considering a proposal to require manufacturers to lock down computing devices (routers, PCs, phones) to prevent modification if they have a “modular wireless radio”[1][2] or a device with an “electronic label.” That would mean no Linux, very restricted OSes and no escaping the panopticon. General purpose computing is doomed because… Read More »

Tackle block

By | August 29, 2015

Ad blockers tested for performance. The arguments for using ad blockers are numerous. Look at that. Some pages load four times faster with an ad blocker enabled, and all load vastly more quickly. So not using an ad blocker equals wasting a whole lot of time. Not to mention potential malware infestation and seeing ads,… Read More »


By | August 28, 2015

It’s funny that women aren’t “supposed” to be interested in tech and according to some people don’t belong in computing and yet nearly every single software application most people experience was built using a compiler, something invented by a woman. Literally the entire foundation of most people’s computing experience relies on something a woman came… Read More »

Middle Muddle

By | August 28, 2015

I’ve been a middle manager. It’s terrible, as the article observes. All the responsibilities but with none of the power to actually get anything done. Enforcing clueless policy bequeathed from executives who have no idea what is going on is the worst, because you have to pretend to be all for it, too, or inevitably… Read More »


By | August 28, 2015

Is this true, do men really think this? I’ve gotten a little better, but still — I almost never know, and never assume, a woman is flirting with me. Occasionally it’s happened that a few minutes after talking to a woman with a friend, he or she’ll say, “God, if that woman flirted with you… Read More »

Write said Fred

By | August 27, 2015

I don’t think I’m a genius, but writing is so easy for me that it’s effortless. Dancing in fields of word is just what I do. But I don’t want to do it for a living as there is no money in it. I could write a thousand books like Barbara Cartland, but why? What… Read More »

Updoot, Nadella got root

By | August 27, 2015

This is for those who do not read my other blog. Do not under any circumstances update Windows 7 or 8 — unless you enjoy being spied on, that is. The updates in question are KB3075249 and KB3080149. if installed, these updates are known to report your data back to Microsoft servers, without user interaction.… Read More »


By | August 27, 2015

I put 6,279 words of my writing into this, and this is what it spit out: Like all personality assessments, take with a huge grain of salt. However, I will note that psychologists see them as worthless because they don’t recognize them as tools to spur thought and self-examination, because science in general sees as… Read More »