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Comment Re:Because its not just a NASA facility (Score 3, Informative) 58

Was it ever determined to be incompetence of the Bush administration, or are you just spouting off?

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job"

Yes, as a matter of fact. Bush was too incompetent to know his flunky was too incompetent:

the Democratic lawmaker cited several e-mails that he said show Brown's failures. In one, as employees looked for direction and support on the ravaged Gulf Coast, Brown offered to "tweak" the federal response.

Two days after Katrina hit, Marty Bahamonde, one of the only FEMA employees in New Orleans, wrote to Brown that "the situation is past critical" and listed problems including many people near death and food and water running out at the Superdome.

Brown's entire response was: "Thanks for the update. Anything specific I need to do or tweak?" (Copies of e-mails posted by critic -- PDF)

On September 12 Brown resigned, 10 days after President Bush told him, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."

And, in case you don't scroll far enough in that article:

Brown took over FEMA in 2003 with little experience in emergency management. He joined the agency in 2001 as legal counsel to his friend, then-FEMA director Joe Allbaugh, who was Bush's 2000 campaign manager. When Allbaugh left FEMA in 2003 Brown assumed the top job.

Before joining the Bush administration, Brown spent a decade as the stewards and judges commissioner of the International Arabian Horse Association.

So, a man without proper experience failed to act and then offered to "tweak" the response, as if it was a minor thing.

So how about you stop thinking of this as a partisan issue. It really does come down to an unqualified crony of Bush failing to act, and Bush acting like it was all going according to plan.

But it is always more convenient to blame your political opponent, even if it is lazy.

Yes, yes it is. Only in this case it's you doing that.

Comment Re:Does flipping one electron now flip the other? (Score 1) 182

Alright, smartass ... I'm going to make up a thought experiment, because I really have no idea how this shit works either.

Say I have locations A and B, each with the end point of two pairs of entangled particles. Say they're 1 light year apart.

At site A, the first particle of the first pair is in a state, but you can't see it. At site B, the second particle of the first pair can be read. Site B knows the state of the first pair, site A doesn't.

If site B flipped their part of the second pair into a known state which told you the state of the first pair, hasn't that information traveled faster than light.

Because surely I can come up with some number of entangled pairs which allows me to send Morse code from site B to site A, no? Eight pairs lets me send a byte?

You may not be able to add information later, but can't you use other ones to relay information.

I never really understand this, but it seems like you can combine more than one entangled pair to construct a scenario in which you can send data faster than the speed of light.

Site B instantly knows the state of your particles in site A, and can then force other particles into states which relay that information back ... if this takes less than two years, isn't it, by definition, faster than light?

(I don't claim this is valid, and I'm not sure it is, I'm just trying to wrap my head around this)

Comment Re:What's the real problem? (Score 1) 189

You know, reading the above I have to say I think your conclusion about open source is complete crap here.

An architect who is designing and building it at the same time, and doing stupid shortcuts and hacks in the process, is going to lead to terrible results no matter your damned platform. The architect designs, the admin and IT people build and maintain. If you design is any good, they can built it. If your design is crap, they'll come back to you.

But architecting and building at the same time usually means you have a bunch of undocumented crap, shortcuts, and things you abandoned but actually are why some of your other stuff works even if you don't realize it.

This has nothing whatsoever to do with open source software or operating systems ... and it has everything to do with bad practices done by people who think they know how to do both things at the same time.

Claiming open source solves these problems is missing the actual problem .. that an architect hacking it together until it works isn't an architect, and the system you end up with is probably un-maintainable because it's full of so many kludges and workarounds as to be garbage. You separate these things so you know you actually have a viable architecture instead of a fluke.

Don't look at the specific examples and blame Windows. Look a the incredibly stupid way it was built and realize you'd be screwed no matter the platform if your "architect" it by throwing pieces at it until it works and then not knowing why it works.

That's the opposite of being an architect. It's being a complete hack with no business calling themselves an architect.

Comment Re:It's profitable (Score 3, Interesting) 220

What we really need is to put some pressure on advertising companies

No, see that implies we trust them, wish to engage with them, and want to negotiate a future in which they are an integral part of the web.

That means they've won.

Yes, installing ad blockers will put pressure on them. But let's make it perfectly clear: we don't see it as their right to track us, collect data about us, and inject themselves into the conversation.

Cut them out entirely, and leave them cut out. The 7 analytics companies on this page right now, and the dozens I see on every page I visit ... I have no intention of ever giving them access to my machine as long as I have technology to prevent it.

But not for a minute will I pretend that this is a negotiation with them. Once you install things like HTTP Switchboard, or Request Policy, or Script Safe and realize just how much shit is in the average web page, you realize that trying to find a good solution is a losing prospect.

Don't pander to corporate greed, and don't act like you will find a solution which is equitable. Because they're not interested in giving it to you, so don't get suckered into giving it to them.

Most of these ad and analytics companies are just parasites. And there's way too damned many of them to think you'll ever come out well in that conversation.

Comment No, really ... (Score 4, Insightful) 189

However they do not think that the position should have full access to the environment. It is an "architecture" position and not a "sysadmin" position is how they explained it to me. That seems insane. It is like asking someone to draw a map, without being able to actually visit the place that needs to be mapped.

The architect is the "big picture guy", he should be able to design it and explain it. But he sure as hell shouldn't be running it.

The architect is most decidedly not the sysadmin, he's there for strategic and long term planning, but not day to day stuff.

If you want to be both the architect and the admin, you'll do a piss poor job of both, and likely cause more problems than you realize. I've met a few architects who thought they should still keep their fingers on the switch, so to speak ... and as they generally made a hash of things because they didn't have the time to be good admins, and though they knew everything at all times.

An architect who thinks he's ad admin is someone who has delusions of being able to do everything, and ends up doing everything badly.

Your management is right, it's an either or thing.

If your organization is small enough you can do both, you're not really an architect. If it's large enough to need an architect, it also needs a sysadmin. It doesn't need some guy who thinks he can do both.

Comment WTF??? (Score 1) 220

Ads as an attack vector was identified in 2007 when security responders began receiving reports of malware hitting user machines as victims viewed online advertisements.

OK, then I'm afraid these 'security responders' were oblivious to the 7 or so years before that, and are therefore suspect.

Malware has been in ads since the friggin' .com era, saying they started in 2007 tells me they weren't paying attention.

Flash has been a vector for security exploits from ads as long as it has existed, as has javascript (popup window hell anybody?).

Sorry, any security researcher who forgets that ads have always been a vector for malware is a little too clueless.

Comment Re:Holey Moley (Score 1) 122

Freaked out in the "gee I'm so totally surprised by this" sense? Not even a little.

Freaked out that organizations continue to be grossly incompetent with IT and security and bear no responsibility? Absolutely.

This stuff is all around us, on a constant basis. That these guys know they've been compromised and done nothing means they are either incompetent, or so grossly underfunded there was only ever going to be one outcome.

But apparently being grossly negligent and incompetent with security isn't something which ever gets acted on. Because nobody ever seems to have any actual penalties for this kind of stuff.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 2) 440

The more likely scenario is those football fields find themselves wondering where the footballs are.

The football doesn't need to give a crap about the football fields in this scenario.

The footballs fields are just a metaphor (for a metaphor) for a sausage fest where most of the guys are wondering what they're spending that money on.

Comment And nobody is surprised ... (Score 1) 440

I'm sorry, but should we think these stats have changed from ye days or yore in chatrooms?

The sweaty fat guy pretending to be a female?

I'm sure if you had honest reporting, there's be a bunch of creepy stats ... how many people got rolled in a hotel room thinking they were gonna get some, how many people have had extortion attempts, how many people have fapped to dirty chats which was really a guy on the other end.

It's the freakin' internet, isn't the fact that a good portion of the women, especially the ones looking for sex, are actually bored guys?

I'm sure people actually were getting laid, and a woman looking for a man is probably going to succeed. But I bet a lot of guys didn't do anything but chat with other guys without realizing it.

Comment Re:A HUD is usefull... (Score 1) 394

In fairness, this was a 2004 or so model year several years ago when satnav was newfangled.

I have no idea what it costs now.

But even at $200 to update the DVD in an Audi is more than you'd pay for a good quality dedicated unit with lifetime maps. So the one built into your car isn't cost effective over its lifetime, not by a long shot.

LOL, good luck with your Ford ... won't it have Microsoft Sync these days?

Wow ... I see the monkeys are fucking with the page layouts again.

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.