Oct 31


You know something like IPv6 is a bad plan when in an afternoon you can design something that makes more sense and is easier to implement.

IPv6 is the perfect example of premature optimization. It was created way back in the 1990s before the truly modern internet had even appeared, and with no thoughts to backwards compatibility, upgradability or adaptability.

What’s going to happen is because people think the IPv6 space is so large that they will start encoding info in the actual address. When you do this, the possible address space of 2128 gets a hell of a lot smaller really damn fast.

Better would’ve been an address scheme that subsumed IPv4 into it and supported explicit encoding, and been perhaps a 512-bit space or larger. If IPv6 hadn’t been a perfect example of premature optimization and bad engineering, we could’ve had this and actually had some built-in security for the IoT devices we have now which weren’t even really conceived of in 1999.

Yes, yes, I know this is all impossible — now. After we’ve already settled on IPv6 and it’s all done. But if we’d just done something more intelligent, it would’ve been possible.

But too late for that, and now we have agony of the poorly-designed, difficult-to-implement crapfest that is IPv6.

Oct 30


One odd thing I thought about again as I was shopping at a lavish grocery store in a rich neighborhood recently: many of those people have high incomes, probably many of them far above my own, but are also deeply in debt.

While their earnings are high, they are in debt bondage essentially. A lawyer who makes 150K a year often has the burden of a $600,000 house with $500,000 left to pay on it — and also expensive car payments, student loan payments, etc.

Many of those people are also one or two paychecks away from ruin little different from the janitor making 20K a year.

Sure, those making 150K are inarguably in a better position — at the same time though debt means someone else effectively owns you. And the more debt you have, the more chains there are.

Surrounded by “rich” people most of whom are of likely negative net worth is emblematic of our society on all scales.

Oct 29

Net income

I live on about 30% of my net income (and about 18% of gross), not including trading and other activities which I do not count.

Not bad.

Many Americans either by poverty or lack of financial discipline and status competition live on 130% of theirs.

Money in our society alas is power, and freedom. I value that more than having a really nice house or even extremely expensive cars.

Don’t care about status competitions or the like, either. Screw the lawn. I won’t work until I drop dead, how’s that? That’s my status update.

Oct 28


What should be included with all new MacBook Pros.


I have remarkable tolerance for Apple’s premium prices, their lack of configurability in many areas and even their walled garden apporach but now they’ve just gone beyond what I can stomach.

It’s sad as I’ve been a devotee of Apple hardware and software for a while now, but I will never buy an Apple device again most likely.

With better high-DPI displays showing up and the prices dropping, and with Windows improving its support of high-DPI and mixed-DPI, my days of using Apple hardware and software are unfortunately numbered.

Oct 28

Try as I might

I can’t understand why we treat disabled people so poorly.

Sure, sociologically I can read the research, understand the transition to Taylorism, the forging of everyone into an interchangeable widget, but at a basic level it’s still incomprehensible because it’d take so little comparatively to make those people feel like full members of society and to also make society itself better.

That piece deals with conditions in Canada, but as in most things except not mostly being ridiculously cold 11 months out of the year the US is far worse.

I have disabled friends. I grew up in an area where people got disabled by workplace injuries fairly frequently. So I know most of the myths about disabled people are just that — mythical. Most people want to contribute, to be given a chance, to be valued.

It reflects poorly on our society that we are so vastly wealthy as compared to our predecessors but are willing to throw so many people in the garbage unnecessarily, people who could contribute to society in all sorts of ways if we gave them a chance.

Oct 28

What the hell

What the hell, Apple?

Looks like I will never be buying another Apple device again. They have utterly lost the plot. I don’t particularly like Windows, but as soon as I get tired of my iMac or it dies, I’ll be going back to Windows for my main machine. It handles high-DPI unfortunately better than Linux by far. (As secondary machines, I have a MacBook Pro, a Linux server, a Hyper-V server, a backup server and a dozen various virtual machines.)

Apple has no idea what they are doing any more. Just none at all.

Oct 27


The same guy who quoted a Yeats poem a few weeks at work quoted a Mary Pickford movie from 1917 earlier today (also an earlier play).


Specifically, this line:

“Here, in the forest dark and deep, I offer you eternal sleep.”

I couldn’t recall the work from which it came, but I knew it was from an old film. Had to Google it. Rare I have to Google anything anyone says.

Literate IT people are rare.

Oct 26

Surfacing, not with Sarah McClachchaglottalstoplan

It’s been a long time since I’ve cared one way or the other about any Microsoft hardware, but the Surface Studio desktop looks pretty damn cool.

Now that Microsoft is going to attempt to fix some of the issues with their high-DPI mess, maybe it’ll be an option again. (I know how to kill all the data-stealing now.)

But the biggest thing: it’s 3:2! Damn, I utterly despise 16:9.

It’d be great to have a display in a usable ratio again.

Oct 26


One thing I really like about the company I work for is that it feels like for the most part that I do not have one of Graeber’s “bullshit jobs.”

If you’ve eaten a banana or a pineapple this week, worn a work uniform, used a first aid kit, worn certain brands of shoes, gotten your car repaired, used a battery and many other things, chances are good that the company I work for (and thus me, a tiny bit) had something to do with that getting to you.

Of course it’s a very tiny bit indeed, but first company I’ve worked for where it feels like I am doing something pretty useful.

Oct 26

No more MacBooks

Also looks like I will never buy another MacBook from Apple, either. I already won’t buy any phone with no headphone jack.

To make room for that, Apple completely got rid of the function keys that’ve been at the top of Mac keyboards for years. Physical esc key? Gone.

No physical escape key means no sale. I use that about 40 times a day.

Apple, including with their latest OS release “Sierra,” seems to have just completely given up on pleasing anyone but their absolute stupidest users.

Don’t see this as a winning strategy for them with Chromebooks and other similar fare available at far cheaper prices.

Was hoping some company would step up and offer a real workstation-class OS for pro users. Looks like it’s not going to happen, though.

(And no, Linux isn’t this OS. Can’t even support high-DPI or mixed DPI correctly even now.)