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Journal Journal: Trump - a warning from the present 8

I don't believe for a second Trump believes a word he's saying.

What I am concerned about is that Trump could, very realistically, be elected because of the views he's espousing. That says something terrible about too many people at the moment, and also makes possible the frightening scenario whereby someone who believes what Trump is currently saying could be elected too.

In the mean time, Trump is also validating the opinions of many extremists.


Journal Journal: Capituation 17

Just a rather obvious observation that nobody seems willing to make. Responding to a terrorist event by banning people who are trying to escape those terrorists does not hurt the terrorists in the slightest. It's actually what they want.

And giving terrorists what they want generally doesn't stop terrorism.

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Journal Journal: Ask Slashdot: What SF Magazines do you read? 2

I'm actually looking for two things: good magazines I haven't found, and good magazines to submit science fiction stories to. I also want to know where I can find your favorite magazines; I've been getting them at the Barnes&Noble in town, but they sell out quickly. Once all they had was three copies of F&SF, and I found it to be excellent. Another time I found five titles, but I haven't seen Asimov's there, and I always liked that one.

Analog was excellent as well, as they've always been. The British Interzone was very well designed, with excellent layout and large amounts of excellent artwork, but I didn't like any of the writing. It just didn't suit my taste.

I have yet to find any decent online mags, I'm sure you guys can supply me with that.

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Journal Journal: There's a reason it's called Terrorism, not Endofcivilizationism. 30

For the next few days, weeks, months, the usual suspects will channel their fears and hatred towards both those who murdered in France two days ago, and those who disagree with them on how to tackle it. They'll whip themselves up into a hatred-filled frenzy against those who are unfortunate enough to share the same religion as the terrorists, and they'll blow the "threat" up out of all proportion.

These people are simply stupid. Don't get angry at them, ignore them. They're victims of terrorism in its purest sense - they're the people shitting their pants at what just transpired, in a way nobody in Paris, New York, or London is doing, or will do. They're weak, scared, and pathetic, and they're lashing out at everyone from ordinary Muslims to Liberals because ISIL just played them like a violin.

Tomorrow is another day. It'll be like Tuesday of last week, except there'll be 150 or so fewer people to enjoy it thanks to a group of religious extremists who represent nobody but themselves. We'll miss those who are gone, but life goes on. Dealing with those who cause such horrors involves reason and human decency. ISIL's plan involves us having neither. Their success requires we have neither.

But we're better than they are.


Journal Journal: Pale Moon

I broke down and installed Pale Moon as my default browser. For those who haven't heard of it, it's Firefox 3.x with updates.

Comments so far? Well, it seems snappy, but then most browsers do if they don't have any crud from a year's worth of browsing sessions. Compatability looks OK. Memory usage is not off the wall but not awesome either - I've suspected for a while that the out-of-control memory usage of Firefox has more to do with how Javascript is being used these days than anything Firefox itself is doing.

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Journal Journal: Link o the day:Gogo/plzma/piQM/ppsi-beer/Snwdn-tips/croc-grd

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Journal Journal: Link o the day:brain reading/ota charge/heartbeat record/gps


Journal Journal: Media bias 8

It has to be said, in defence of the whole "Lieberal media" nonsense, that the media has been telling a lot of lies about Ben Carson recently, albeit most of which sourced from his autobiography.

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Journal Journal: Where's my fridge?? 24

I plan to buy a house next spring, so I'll almost certainly need a new refrigerator. There's a problem: they don't make the fridge I want, and never have. I can't figure out why.
        Refrigerators today are quite different than antique ones, using a different coolent because of the ozone layer, better insulation, the use of rare earth magnets in the motors, and other improvements.
        But they're still incredibly wasteful.
        The fridge I want has two vents outside, much like dryer vents but insulated. There is an electronic outside thermometer, one in the refrigerator, and one inside the freezer.
        When the temperature outside is above seventy fareignheight, the heat taken from the fridge is vented outside, so the air conditioner doesn't have to work harder to cool the hot air refrigerators let out inside the house.
        Under seventy the air is vented into, rather than outside, the house. If the heat is on, it doesn't work as hard.
        But most of all is winter. It's ludicrous that we pump the heat from our freezers with a lot of energy expenditure, while freezing air is right outside that could come in the intake hose and freeze and cool your food. At freezing, this fridge doesn't need the compressor at all and compressors take a lot of energy to operate.
        I don't know why nobody is selling those things.


Journal Journal: No President Lessig 3

So Larry's dropped out of the race. This is because the Democratic Party are totally unfair, because they said someone needs to have more than 1% of the vote for a slightly more sustained period of time than Lessig could manage.

In other words, the Democratic Party didn't want to waste anyone's time with clear no-hopers who were only running to use their debates and a convention as a platform.

I'm with the Democratic Party on this, for two reasons. One is I agree with them. The other is quite simply that tech does not currently deserve a place in polite society when it comes to discussing the major social issues of our time.

If we're still throwing tantrums in 2015 because we can't call Anita Sarkeesian the C-word on a Go language mailing list, then as an industry we need some deep introspection, and we need to ask ourselves why the hell such a small band of lucky, privileged, individuals as ourselves (we're overpaid for work we love, be honest) are fundamentally incapable of dealing with people less fortunate than ourselves.

Lessig is the only Democratic Party candidate worthy of having his speeches interrupted by BLM. That's how terrible we are.

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Journal Journal: Chronicle: Ramble: sqlplus, shortcuts, batch file, & env var

So, git (bash) uses the environment variable http_proxy. No problem, i set it as a system variable and it works great. But sqlplus is having issues with it, though i have no idea why it wants a proxy. No problem, set it back. Hmm... I have a bunch of sqlplus start menu shortcuts that SET NLS_LANG=.US8PC437 to allow history. Maybe i can just add http_proxy to the line.

No good, the line length is too large! Okay, batch file. Makes more sense anyway as i have 4 shortcuts (used to be 8) that do the same thing but with different connect strings. $ nope, it's % for windows batch command line variables. Add SET HTTP_PROXY=http://localhost but it doesn't work. Why not? Oh, because the local set sets local and the other variable is a system variable. Weird. It's out to get me. Change the system variable to a user variable so the local set overrides it. Boom, it works.

That took waaaay too long to figure out. Regardless, i now have a batch file:

SET HTTP_PROXY=http://localhost
"C:\Program Files\Oracle\instantclient\sqlplus.exe" user/pass@(DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=TCP)(

executed by

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /q /c "C:\Program Files\Oracle\instantclient\connect.bat" sub.dom sid

As a side note, setting LOCAL (Windows version of TWO_TASK) didn't work. Though, i may have just been mixed up when i tried it.

Unfortunately, it echoes the SET statements when it opens the shortcuts. Oh, /q takes care of it, so C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c /q... Nope. after /c its treated as a literal. Have to put /q before /c. Keyboard is awesome in Windows, but they still make it hard in the details.

Totally insecure but majorly convenient. Especially because when i'm forced to change my password, i now only need to update it in one place.

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Journal Journal: Chronicle: Water pitcher and Walmart 3

Well, the water fountain here started having black dots in the water. I thought my Styrofoam cup simply got moldy or something, so i would go buy another for 15 cents. Until someone else mentioned to me he saw them as well, and i reported the problem. They've been looking into it, but are perplexed as to the problem as how to test an intermittent issue.

So, i started going downstairs for water. Maintenance told me the entire building uses all the same water and the fountain does not use a filter. But, i haven't had the issue near the cafeteria. But, i end up drinking less because i'm too lazy to go downstairs. Get a pitcher, right? But it'd look silly carrying the pitcher upstairs, every day. So, get a fancy pitcher. Maybe. Wait, i know, i can get a water filter!

Brita, right? Searching shows Brita doesn't do much, especially when compared to Pur. But if i get a water pitcher, others will want, so i figured i would get the 18 cup version. showed it for under $20 and available in the store. So, i went to the store, but it wasn't i the housewares aisle. Being a man, i couldn't just ask for help, so i downloaded the Walmart app and searched for it. Wow, it's there, and in aisle L10 in hardware. Why hardware? More expensive though. Wait, Walmart has aisle numbers? Oh, there's faucets, there's filters, oh, hardware and plumbing are related. Look, there's small placards with aisle numbers on them. Who knew?

I see only the smaller sizes, and lots of open boxes. I asked, the guy who works the aisle said they don't carry that size, never have, and the online site is incorrect all the time about what they have. Why are the boxes open, people steal filters. Some pitchers were opened with the filter stolen. Wow. I knew but now i saw it. Really?

I went home, i searched, pitcher is closer to $30. Ebay is no different, though there's someone selling a new pitcher without a filter. Hmm... I put the 18 cup in my cart and then deleted it. I'm waiting. This morning i searched for it from the office before signing in. Sure enough, back to under $20. Put it in my cart and signed in, and got the cheaper price.

To get over $50 (for free shipping) i bought other items i didn't see at the store (anymore.) Sun dried tomatoes, Julianne cut, in oil. Goes great on sandwiches. (And i don't like tomatoes, just the flavor, usually.) And some peperoni. The Bell View hot and sweet cucumber slices seem to have slipped off their shelf and website. I guess its time to shift to another brand, much like i did when the same happened to the hot and sweet pepper rings. I wanted both, and the prices were good, so it works.


Journal Journal: Bye Biden 1

I don't think it's a coincidence that Biden's announced he'll not be running immediately after two polls suggesting that the pundits, not the loudest Internet critics, were apparently right about who "won" last week's debate. As I've said, I think Biden was solely hanging around to handle the chance Clinton would lose to Sanders. That... doesn't appear to be happening.

Maybe it's too early to tell, but I really don't buy a Sanders victory. Although I'm tempted to get the HD DVD journal entry out just to use its awesome power to upset the status quo.


No that would be wrong. With great power comes great responsibility. If it were important that Sanders win, I would consider it. But it is not. Sorry Berniphiles, but we need something better than the Democrats answer to Ron Effing Paul.

How many Bavarian Illuminati does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Three: one to screw it in, and one to confuse the issue.