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Journal Journal: Conservatism in every place and time is founded on deception 20

What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong with It?

Philip E. Agre
August 2004

Liberals in the United States have been losing political debates to conservatives for a quarter century. In order to start winning again, liberals must answer two simple questions: what is conservatism, and what is wrong with it? As it happens, the answers to these questions are also simple:

Comment Re:which could impact patient care (Score 2, Interesting) 329

Yes, it could.

1. Most hospitals are operating at a loss, thus do not have money to maintain a strong infrastructure. Meaning that website could be on the same pipe as the rest of the organization.

2. The web sites now offer more services to patients and other providers. Such as logging in and able to send their Medical Records, Book and Appointment, or securely send a message to your doctor.

3. If you kill the Router (That devices that will need to direct you to the website) as the device wouldn't expect that type of load, it causes problems with other places it is trying to work with. As the software will often need to talk to other locations. For example Lab work is often done at different locations then sent over to your Dr. for review. If the network goes down the Dr. may not get the results.

In short you do not know how things are connected, and could be combined with other things that you don't expect.

To say, It is only a website doesn't mean DDoS the site will not cause other problems.

Comment Re:That is why social Hacking is Bad MmmKaa. (Score 2) 329

So you are expecting every small company to afford a large network infrastructure. A lot of the services you enjoy a rather a cheap price, is due to these data centers.
The customers who were not hosted didn't go down... However because they ran the software on a PC under the desk, they had 2x the total outages and often lasted for hours, due to poor infrastructure.

I do blame the "hackers", as they were the ones who went on purpose to damage a computer network. They said to themselves "Self, I am going to do something today that will negatively effect someone else".

Comment Re:If you're just beaming it down to earth anyways (Score 1) 230

First. You can put the satellite so it will always be facing the sun... However, you will need a strip of power receivers that strips across the world. otherwise you will get a large block of rock call the Earth getting in the way of beaming the energy. You may be able to store it then blast it out every day. However energy needs of the world require longer spread out energy. That is why we don't power stuff by lighting.

Second. When you beam the energy back, that energy is going to go threw clouds and weather, perhaps fry a bird or two. So a lot of that energy gained will be loss.

Third. The military isn't really a model of effective energy. They will sacrifice a lot of power efficiency if it gives them a tactical advantage.

Comment That is why social Hacking is Bad MmmKaa. (Score 5, Insightful) 329

I've worked in healthcare.
The company I worked for had their services hosted for at a data center. That Data Center also hosted some Banks.
Groups like anonymous think they are performing some social disobedience by DDoS the banks, Also DDoS the actual Data center. While it took a few minutes for the network to switch over there were a few hundred doctors who couldn't access their software, for that time.

XKCD described these attacks like vandalizing a bill board. But it is more like vandalizing a bill board by shooting a gun at it, and not knowing who or what is behind it.

Comment Re:I do find it odd though (Score 1) 3

after 30 years of warning every bloody CS student

And yet, in this industry, I've dealt with "programmers" with music degrees, English degrees, etc.

Plus, a CS degree is not required to contribute to Open Source. It's a double-edged sword -- "Anyone can contribute to Open Source" means sometimes, people who are grossly unqualified will contribute.

I've been coding, designing, and managing developers for over 20 years. I have not once been bitten in my own code by a buffer overflow. I have, however, fixed a lot of them in other people's code.

C / C++ is one of the most popular languages for a reason -- it's an extremely powerful tool.

C# / Java are not as powerful, because I, as a developer, can not "run on the iron" -- I can't hand code some assembler to eek out a little more performance.

... and that custom assembler I wrote led to a 20 million dollar increase to the companies bottom line over 4 years, as we didn't have to buy a dedicated daughter card -- I was able to do it in software fast enough.

C# and Java have their place. But to blame Heartbleed on C/C++ is completely stupid.

Comment Re:But they already bill me (Score 1) 167

But how does that relate to your temperature in your home.
You may be using 10% more just because you have a couple extra PCs running all the time.

But if your home uses 10% more energy per other homes considering changes in temperature. That could mean that you may get some sort of deal on insulation, or weatherizing your home. Perhaps they may charge you more because you run the AC with the windows open.

Comment Re:What is one specific LIE by Marx? (Score 1) 41

Very good. Marx was a man who struggled with the notion of a moral order - inspired by a motivation of righteousness - and constrained at the same time by intellectual barrier to conceiving of God.

He wished fervently that mankind could stop enslaving and indenturing each other. Economics and politics were the means he though this could be cooperatively corrected. That was his great error. The soul must be weaned of the world and attachments of the self, then goodness proceeds in works and effects.

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