Sunday May 1st, 2016

I'm not sure whether that's an

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I'm not sure whether that's an unfortunate line wrap, or a brilliant one

Crashed a bit through the base

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Crashed a bit through the base, mangled lots of brass, but so far good on this run... 2:21 remaining

Friday April 29th, 2016

Zootopia & sexual culture

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Whore Next Door: The Zoo Story.

I've heard that Zootopia is amazing and I should go see it, but Charlene and I saw the trailer with the DMV scene, and it left us totally flat. I've read a few other things on how it tackles racial issues that make it sound slightly more interesting, but Siouxsie's take on it makes me more intrigued.

New economy and sex

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I think I linked this in the past few weeks, but if I haven't, you should read Eric Weinstein, director of Thiel Capital: Anthropic Capitalism And The New Gimmick Economy.

The anthropic viewpoint on such heuristics, more common in physics than economics, would lead us to ask “Is society now focused on market capitalism because it is a fundamental theory, or because we have just lived through the era in which it was possible due to remarkable coincidences?”

Jumping off from this, Wherefor the sexual economy? - Elf M. Sternberg :

So, sex. There's a reason we talk about bars as "meat markets," and when we discuss the questions of marriage and family we use the phrase "the sexual economy." The question is, does Weinstein's observation have any impact on getting laid?

Hillary Clinton: hawk?

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Thursday April 28th, 2016

spanking harmful

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Posting this somewhat for the content, but mostly because: Holy crap! This is the first time I've seen a popular site acknowledge the press release from which the article was rewritten! Hallefreakinlujah! We need to make citing sources something we demand from our media outlets, congratulations and major kudos to Science Daily for taking this step!

Science Daily: Risks of harm from spanking confirmed by analysis of 5 decades of research.

Taken from UT News: Risks of Harm from Spanking Confirmed by Analysis of Five Decades of Research

The study, published in this month’s Journal of Family Psychology, looks at five decades of research involving over 160,000 children. The researchers say it is the most complete analysis to date of the outcomes associated with spanking, and more specific to the effects of spanking alone than previous papers, which included other types of physical punishment in their analyses.

“Our analysis focuses on what most Americans would recognize as spanking and not on potentially abusive behaviors,” says Elizabeth Gershoff, an associate professor of human development and family sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. “We found that spanking was associated with unintended detrimental outcomes and was not associated with more immediate or long-term compliance, which are parents’ intended outcomes when they discipline their children.”

On Afghanistan and Higher Education Funding

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I was reading the latest missive from Fucking Inappropriate, Somewhere in Afghanistan; 29.SEPT.12, and thinking that if we just, for on week, skipped the foreign affairs section of the newspaper and read writing from people who were actually there, what we demanded of our politicians would be so different.

Then slightly later that day, I made some comment about administrative costs and the cost of college, and was schooled:

both of which (and many more), make very strong cases that state universities are costing more because we're funding them less. But, I asked myself, how could that be? I mean the New York Times says that the cost is due to administrative overhead:

Even more strikingly, an analysis by a professor at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, found that, while the total number of full-time faculty members in the C.S.U. system grew from 11,614 to 12,019 between 1975 and 2008, the total number of administrators grew from 3,800 to 12,183 — a 221 percent increase.

And then I started reading the article more carefully. Seeing what it wasn't saying, things like:

  • How are state and federal dollars increasing relative to attendance?
  • Per a conversation with another friend in education, are those "administrators" really low-level administrative assistances, other reclassified work, or possibly really ways to provide additional jobs to students?

And I realized: Oh, wait: The New York Times. Of the infamous lifestyle articles that are so fun to mock. The paper that parroted unchallenged the propaganda that threw us into the Iraq war. The paper that real journalists decided to not include in The Panama Papers release. Of course they're just republishing some think tank lobbying organizations' agenda.

And then I made the connection between that style of news and what we get for foreign policy reporting. And I realized that while the NYT may be a good example of pretty egregious, it's a continuum.

I don't know how to fix media, but I suspect we can start by, just a few times a week, reading the thoughts of people on the ground and skipping the articles that are poorly rewritten press releases of some think tank with an agenda.

Wednesday April 27th, 2016

When order tracking has shown your

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When order tracking has shown your package in Green River Wyoming for the last 3 days... #Iwantmyinstantgratificationnow

FBI admits to lying about hair analysis

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FBI admits overstating hair analysis for the prosecution over decades.

Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.

Remember, these are the folks who want your crypto backdoors.

curl | bash

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Detecting the use of "curl | bash" server side.

In case you expect that users will be checking to see if you're sending malicious payloads before they pipe it to bash.

The awesomest action movie ever

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Holy crap: This movie can totally get funded: Reverse Spy Flick

Viruses OTD

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German nuclear plant infected with computer viruses, operator says.

A nuclear power plant in Germany has been found to be infected with computer viruses, but they appear not to have posed a threat to the facility's operations because it is isolated from the Internet, the station's operator said on Tuesday.

Thereby demonstrating a severe lack of understanding the difference between the problem in this particular case vs systemic failure:

The other gem from this article:

As an example, Hypponen said he had recently spoken to a European aircraft maker that said it cleans the cockpits of its planes every week of malware designed for Android phones. The malware spread to the planes only because factory employees were charging their phones with the USB port in the cockpit.

It further goes on to say that this wasn't a threat to the aircraft, but could pass on the virus to other phones plugged into the charger. Which says two things:

  1. What's it doing in the cockpit? Is this part of the in-flight entertainment system?
  2. Watch carefully what you charge your phone off of.

Okay, three things:

  1. You're still taking off your shoes at the TSA checkpoint. Just sayin'.

From the LotSS podcast

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From the LotSS podcast: "The internet lets us flesh out our closets so they feel kind of like home."

Tuesday April 26th, 2016

Nothing But Light

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Nothing But Light. Photographer Anastasia Kuba says:

“Nothing But Light” explores concepts of boundaries,vulnerability, and consent. We all experience the world through our bodies. The body is the easiest target for disrespect, worship, objectification, shame, neglect, control, and attachment. The violation of a person’s dignity often begins with disrespect of their body, and restoration of control begins with the acknowledgment that a person’s body matters and inherently deserves respect. We crave to be seen and accepted, but opening up, we lose control over the consequences.

Very interesting set of nudes.

Via This NSFW Photo Series Is Allowing People to Love Their Bodies Again

Two squares tonight at the Vallejo

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Two squares tonight at the Vallejo Pioneers. Harder to keep track of all those people...

Monday April 25th, 2016

Competence Porn

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Charlie Jane Anders: The Moment When Science Fiction Split off From Competence Porn:

But at some point, including scientists as heroes became a bit of a taboo in science fiction, with the notable exception of Walter Bishop in Fringe. (And in the U.K., Doctor Who is a holdout.) We're only allowed to explore new science or strange ideas if our hero is an "everyman" who has no clue what's going on.

FBI warns farmers

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Diesel cars

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Revealed: nearly all new diesel cars exceed official pollution limits. 97% of diesel automobiles emit more NOx than they're supposed to in real world driving.

Surprisingly, the tiny number of models that did not exceed the standard were mostly Volkswagens...

Yes, season 5 episode 1 of Silicon Valley, dude left to work for my web site... #flutterbY

Yeah, we may have a cat toy problem

Sunday April 24th, 2016

So the 15 cat toy didn't really have

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So the $15 cat toy didn't really have enough weight. I guess we could have screwed out to a board, but...

few tweaks to work out

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A few tweaks to work out, but I think we can do something with this

Playing with brass engraving on the CNC

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Playing with brass engraving on the CNC router

Saturday April 23rd, 2016

Guessing this is a bunker left over

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Guessing this is a bunker left over from the attempts to contain Novato and keep it from infecting surrounding towns

What you can't see in this picture is

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What you can't see in this picture is the wonderful sound of burbling flowing water

Fewer flowers on Mt Burdell than I

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Fewer flowers on Mt Burdell than I expected

Hiking up Mt Burdell just north of

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Hiking up Mt Burdell just north of Novato. Spectacular day!

Friday April 22nd, 2016

Marriage thought of the day

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RT Common White Girl ‏@CommonWhiteGrls:

marriage is kinda weird though because it’s like ‘i love you, lets get the law involved so you can’t leave”

On supporting Bernie

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A rant I left in the Facebook comments to a friend who posted

So I've been a conditional Sanders supporter: I'll consider voting for him as long as I think he can't really win, because I think that'd be disastrous for the 2020 Presidential elections. With that background, I see a few flaws in Giordano's argument:

  1. The whole HRC (Human Rights Campaign) mismanagement of the Prop 8 situation here in California shows that you need radicals to shift the Overton window. We don't get change by trying to "pass". Dismissing a group as "overwhelmingly defined by a history of failed activist ventures" is dismissing the broadening of possibilities very valuable work that those activists provide.
  2. Worse than dismissing the people who are opening up possibilities, he's dismissing the people who keep trying. Yeah, you can win. If you play their game to their goals.
  3. I also know enough people of color who are Bernie supporters that I'm not totally buying the "rural white male crossover are the only supporters Bernie's got" narrative.

Now I do totally agree with him that "The idea that there is some super woke majority out there waiting to lay siege to the palace is an overwhelmingly white delusion." But it's hella useful to leverage that delusion. Sanders is gonna be the top Democrat on the Budget Committee. Leverage that with the base of crossover voters he's attracted, voters who might otherwise have abstained or vote Republican in November, and suddenly he's playing a different game.

And if he drops out now, he loses the mindshare of those people. If he runs through, he may end up coming out of this with a decent sized political block.

So, yes, it's great that people want to be all "ra ra Hillary". I'll vote for her come November because reproductive freedoms trump everything, and no Republican is going to do better on the policy issues I disagree with her over (1st Amendment issues, cryptography and law enforcement issues, foreign policy). But let's be playing the long game here.

Dying thoughts OTD

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A Protocol For Dying, in a last blog post, a dying person lays out the dues and don'ts of dying and talking with the terminally ill.

After two decades, the conversation that changed EVERYTHING, in which Susan Kitchens' family starts talking and puts together a different conclusion about the deaths of a set of grandparents.

Judge spends 24 hours in jail

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Mensch: Concerned about veteran with PTSD, judge orders him to jail and serves the time with him:

Serna had been charged with driving while intoxicated. He was sentenced to the 24-hour jail stint after admitting to Olivera that he didn’t tell the truth about his latest urinalysis test.

Olivera saw Serna trembling when he turned himself in to serve the sentence, and that’s when Olivera decided to serve the time with him.

Eternal September part II

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RT Dave Polaschek ‏@DavePolaschek:

Best description of the IoT heard lately: “The eternal September has come to your toaster.” // @internetofshit

Bay area: Charlene is having trouble finding a wet suit that fits. Where's the dive sho with a relatively large inventory to try on?

So that unreasoned gibbering about

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So that unreasoned gibbering about "OMG! A drone (ie: model aircraft) struck a BA airliner!!1!". Yeah: plastic bag.

View from Helen Putnam park

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View from Helen Putnam park

Bagheera is unamused by your shenanigans

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Bagheera is unamused by your shenanigans

Thursday April 21st, 2016

Okay, Systemd/Centos7: I've disabled ntpdate and timesyncd and have no '*ntp*' processes, but something is still setting the time. WTF?

FBI & NSA surveillance data can be used for any purpose

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And the slippery slope went vertical: Public advocate: FBI’s use of PRISM surveillance data is unconstitutional:

The judge noted that there was no statutory requirement that all activities involving PRISM data serve “solely a foreign intelligence requirement.” He said that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which covers PRISM, “expressly requires” that the government permit the retention of data that is evidence of a crime regardless of whether it relates to foreign intelligence or national security.

Plagiarism and the editorial process

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SmartyKat Hot Pursuit is a winner

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The SmartyKat Hot Pursuit is a winner...

Yep. This is basically why my politics have shifted over the years

OH: "if i ever have to interview anyone again i hope to just do the replicant test totally dead pan"

8020 extrusions plus some wheels and

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8020 extrusions plus some wheels and hinges and chains and pedals = awesome kids trike/scooter/bike thing: