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September 20th, 2007 (05:54 pm)

How smart are you? - Are you dumb?

I'm glad my magic ability of only reading a couple random words out of questions allows me to still make the correct split second decision. Now if only I had actually read all of each problem back when I took the SATs Diva wouldn't have that damnable 10 point lead to hold over my head (eh, but verbal scores are useless anyway; It's all about the math).

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On a bright note

September 5th, 2007 (09:03 am)

Happy 27th Birthday Meta_Diva. I love you! Sorry I am away today, I wish I could be there. I'm also sorry as a birthday present I am bringing uncertain employment futures. If it is any condolence, it wasn't my first choice of presents, but they were out of millionaire cake jobs.

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So the mormons must hate this

August 4th, 2007 (05:27 am)

September Dawn, a movie inspired by the Mountain Meadows Massacre, in which mormons gunned down 120 men, women, and children.

Unrelated, its 5:30 in the morning on Saturday and I am at work. Weee!

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Arg, need a break

July 18th, 2007 (06:30 pm)

Life is a bit stressful. For those who have read Meta Diva's recent post, some of that could be understandable, though I tend to be far more concerned with the random abdominal masses that really should not be present than random accusations without merit. That said, I have been pretty bitingly caustic to one of the people making random accusations on the Legacies forums which might be a sign that said accusations bother me, or might be a sign that his tone on the forums deserved said caustic responses and that more and more I understand why he got his ass banned from Mortal Tears, even if Papa Smurf and I are not ones to arbitrarily ban someone from our game. Whatever the reasons, I have little patience for his normal bullshit right now, but recognizing that should reign back a bit on my responses.

We have a move coming up that I am not at all prepared for. We might need to delay that move a bit depending on when Diva has her surgery (which she WILL get before we leave. I don't want it to wait any longer than it absolutely has to). Work is stressful as hell, and the fact that I missed the past two days to attend to Diva (which I don't begrudge) doesn't help. So I am taking a break to post some random nonsense.

• So Islamic Creationists have put forth a lot of resources to send out a very well made anti-evolution book. This is concerning because the islamic world is already horribly scientifically close minded, and resentful of their scientific disparity when compared to the west (a correllation... I wonder). Such a book, framing evolution as a corrupting western idea, is only going to encourage such a disparity. a choice quote from one of the scientists commenting on it though:

“just astounded at its size and production values and equally astonished at what a load of crap it is."

• Sort of on the topic, a review of "Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why" which among other things calls the bible the first wikipedia, an amusing comparison. The review makes the book sound really interesting though.

• I realize it makes me a huge loser, but I actually want the Transformers Movie Ultimate Bumblebee figure.

• On the subject of robots, this is a really cool photo set

• Also from that website, some amazing pictures of glasses being broken, mid-break. This photo set is really spiffy.

• I tend to hate these stupid cat pictures, so that should testify how utterly necessary I felt the need to distract myself today actually is:

Your Score: Serious Cat

35% Affectionate, 42% Excitable, 53% Hungry

Hungry for knowledge in any internet forum, you demand decorum. Any off-topic remarks, absurd statements, or tomfoolery on the interweb is deeply frowned upon by you. Truth has no room for drollery.

Link: The Which Lolcat Are You? Test written by GumOtaku on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

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A brief pause for an even greater moment of dorky-nes

July 3rd, 2007 (01:31 pm)

The 7 most useless transformers ever. Ok, I take exception with soundwave. He was, in fact, the coolest season 1 decepticon because:
1) who would expect a tape deck could be menacing, outside of playing polka music. Clearly is the most deceptive of the decepticons.
2) who thought casset tapes could be a threat (really, CDs have a much greater damage potential), until one turns into a wolf and eats your face. Soundwave could launch several face-eating casset tapes at people.
3) Dude, he is competing against the likes of starscream, need I say more.

The rest on the list are fucking worthless though.

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This is funny

June 14th, 2007 (03:45 pm)

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Sad Day!

June 13th, 2007 (07:38 pm)

Don Herbert, aka Mr. Wizard, passed away yesterday at the age of 89. For almost 40 years he worked to make science approachable and fun for both kids and adults. His influence shaped and educated the minds of Americans like few ever have, and the lack of someone of his talents in our present day society is sorely apparent. Bravo Mr. Wizard, you arguably have had more impact on the everyday society than the NSF ever has and for successfully bringing understanding to a willfully ignorant society I applaud you. Individuals of your caliber and talent are sorely needed today, and should they step forward you will most certainly be the example from which they present themselves.

A comment from the article where I read this sad news:
"Mr. Wizard took over for Mr. Rogers when I got to a certain age. Mr. Rogers had sweaters, Mr. Wizard had fire. Sorry Mr. Rogers, you lose. "

~El Chupageek

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What... the ... fuck!

May 26th, 2007 (01:18 pm)

Your Score: John Wayne

You scored 57% Tough, 4% Roguish, 19% Friendly, and 19% Charming!

You, my friend, are a man's man, the original true grit, one tough talking, swaggering son of a bitch. You're not a bad guy, on the contrary, you're the ultimate good guy, but you're one tough character, rough and tumble, ready for anything. You call the shots and go your own way, and if some screwy dame is willing to accept your terms, that's just fine by you. Otherwise, you'll just hit the open trail and stay true to yourself. You stand up for what you believe and can handle any situation, usually by rushing into the thick of the action. You're not polished and you're not overly warm, but you're a straight shooter and a real stand up guy. Co-stars include Lauren Bacall and Maureen O'Hara, tough broads who can take care of themselves.

Find out what kind of classic dame you'd make by taking the Classic Dames Test.

Link: The Classic Leading Man Test written by gidgetgoes on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

God damnit, I don't even like horses. And a man's man? By definition being a computer geek I barely qualify for any gender.

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Why mac zealots piss me off

May 25th, 2007 (03:48 pm)

So my employer is no big secret, and I will be happy to defend it when it is warranted. I will also acknowledge when they make a misstep. I happen to the security expert for my orgnization now, so I have some pretty good insight into what the security practices are there. I happen to know they lead the industry.

Which is why the mac ads where some cockpuppet indy looking dork talks about how The Steve personally used his divinity to wipe out any security problems on the Mac to be so fuck off annoying, since their security practices suck. Want Proof?

Some great lines from the article

Although Thursday's update pushed Apple's year-to-date patch total to over 100, there was a bright side: It included fixes for fewer flaws than last month (25) and the month before (45).

Apple on Thursday unveiled the year's fifth major security update for Mac OS X to patch 17 vulnerabilities, but fewer than one-third of them could lead to hackers injecting their own code into a compromised system.

So only 5 vulnerabilities this month can lead to a full system compromise.... this month. I mean, at least Apple is getting better (or just opting not to fix as many bugs), but customers would have a conniption if Vista had 100 security vulnerabilities patched in 5 months. In the past 5 months for the Mac there have been 43 vulnerabilities that will allow the arbitrary execution of code on a system, and a further ten that allow privledged code ellivation. What that tells me is that if people wanted to, they could VERY easily write viruses to completely own the mac. I'm willing to bet a lot of people believe the hype about Apple and aren't great about keeping their system up to date.

Now let's look at Vista. Since Vista was released there have been THREE critical vulnerabilites, total. Not for the month of May, but ever. For the month of May, here are the security vulnerabilities
• MS07-023 - addresses a vulnerability in Microsoft Office (KB934233)
• MS07-024 - addresses a vulnerability in Microsoft Office (KB934232)
• MS07-025 - addresses a vulnerability in Microsoft Office (KB934873)
• MS07-027 - addresses a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows (KB931768)
• MS07-028 - addresses a vulnerability in CAPICOM (KB931906)

Incidentally, the three office vulnerabilites are not present if the user is running office 2007, which is reasonably likely if they are running vista (and at least as much an upgrade over office 2003 as vista is over xp). Almost no consumer class user will need the patch for Capicom. So as a Vista user running Office 2007, I had exactly one patch to download this month. As opposed to 17.

Yep, OS X really is the more secure OS. Fucking wankers.

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Falwell is dead follow up

May 24th, 2007 (03:26 pm)

So some folks went and protested Falwell's funeral, which seems prefectly acceptable since his movement protested Mr. Roger's funeral, and as a response apparently some of Falwell's supporters intended to bomb the protestors. Great to know Falwell's greatest accomplishment was to get folks to confuse Leveticus and Christ. I can see how they could be so easily confused, one was a sociopath who thought you should be preemptively sent to hell for damn near anything (incidentally Leveticus, who is quoted so often when speaking out against homosexuals, actually had more damning words for people who eat Pork. I don't see pig farmers being lynched though), the other had some odd notions of acceptance, understanding, tolerance, and loving thy enemy (it drives them nuts!). With two such similar mentalities, how can retarded nutjobs really be expected to differentiate between the two.

So previously I had thought Falwell had done something to improve the world, and all it took was for him to die, but apparently I was wrong. He never did anything good at any point in his life. Man, why couldn't he have added some of the Shaker's mentality to his movement (specifically, it is a sin to have sex, EVER, even when married). In a couple generations we would have nothing to worry about then.

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Forgot to mention last week

May 22nd, 2007 (04:01 pm)

Jerry Falwell is finally fucking dead. The world is a better place without him.

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Why the greed of the oil companies is a good thing

May 20th, 2007 (04:40 pm)

There was recently a protest against the price of gas in the hopes that the price would drop and I was known to make some cynical comments about it. Now the thing is, I hate the oil industry. I hate that they get a huge subsidy from the US government while pulling in record profits from price fixing. I hate that they intentionally lock out competting technologies by buying up applicable patents and blocking development, and by lobbying politicians to give them an undeserved market edge. I would love to see some french revolution style justice delivered upon them. I did not make the cynical comments about the boycott because I was unsympathetic.

That said, as much as I hate the oil companies, I think ultimately the current gas prices are a good thing. Fossil fuel is bad. It is environmentally bad and it has created a horrible socio-political climate throughout the world. High gas prices will cause people to seek alternitives. It will cause companies to produce more effecient engines and to seek different means of producing energy. Social responsibility will never motivate a civilization to set aside fossil fuels, nor will fear of rising tides or unstable weather associated with global warming, but no force on earth has more power to motivate people than greed. People don't like spending $3.50 a gallon. People want to spend $1.50 or less a gallon. They will seek other means if necessary to achieve a comparable price.

It isn't just individuals though. Fuel costs of that magnitude affect other industries. Other industries also don't want to experience forceful sodomy from the oil companies (even if the oil companies have a surpluss of petroleum jelly for use in the act), and so other industries are pushing for alternitives.

Thus we have Toyota announcing that by 2020 they will not have a single vehicle in their lineup that utilizes traditional combustion. At the very least they will all be hybrids, which right now are not actually better for the environment (that whole exsive quantity of heavy metal batteries being at least as bad as burning some carbon) but with the advent of capbats (lightweigh, solid state capacitors using carbon nano-tubes that hold more charge per cubic inch than any competting battery technology, and recharge nearly instantly) that will change. We have the American car companies pouring billions into hydrogen fuel source research (most notably GM and Chrysler) to break the reliance on oil. We have the german car companies pushing more and more for high efficiency biodiesal (still carbon based, but they produce less carbon emissions per mile than traditional vehicles).

Then we have industry, who is interested in reducing overall energy costs as well. In Dubai a sky scrapper is being built that requires absolutely no external energy source (well, it converts external wind and solar energy, but it doesn't have power lines running to it). Both the Google and Microsoft campuses in california are being outfitted with their own solar arrays. In general wind, solar, and tidal power are becoming more and more viable, and companies are more than happy to promote them.

Finally, politicians, who do so love the oil industry, love being re-elected more, and are starting to realize their constituents don't like politicians seen as big oil friendly. High oil prices will eventually cause a shift in the US policy in general, based simply on the greed of the politicians.

So, the short term greed of the oil industry is going to meet the long term greed of everyone else, and if momentum keeps building, it is going to cause a society wide shift from reliance on oil. It isn't a short term change, it isn't going to happen over night, but one thing I can always be optimistic about is the motivating effects of greed. The greed of society will change the society. Lets hear it for $5 a gallon!

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I'm a PC

May 17th, 2007 (06:49 pm)

I dislike Apple for the same reason I dislike any falsely arrogant entity. Its annoying to listen to someone blather about how great they are, when really they sorta smoke herpies filed cock pipe. In the case of Apple their designs look decent enough, but suffer severly from form over functionality syndrome. The first thing any design should consider is usablity and that is the last thing on Apple's plate (hence why the STILL don't ship a multi-button mouse by default. They have bowed down and finally ship one as an add-on because everyone was going out and buying MS Mice).

Their stupid fucking I'm a PC and I'm a mac commercials piss me off, because in reality the Mac is a MUCH easier machine to compromise. In a two year stretch Microsoft accrued 157 critical vulnerabilities in Windows XP, Server 2003, Office 2003, Exchange 2005, Sql Server 2007, WIndows Media Player and IE, COMBINED. Apple accrued 209 in OS X, Safari, and Quicktime. The average time to patch for an Apple security bug is 49 days. For Microsoft it is 19, which is less than any other competitor (Mozilla is 23 days, Redhat is 31) according to the last numbers I saw.

So yesterday Apple had an spoofed internal email sent to all of its employees informing them that the iPhone was going to be delayed until October and the next version of OS X is being delayed until next year (so far they haven't been). This got leaked to the press, and Apple lost $4 billion off their market cap. The kicker, it would not have happened at all if they were running Exchange, since exchange actually does verification of source on internal emails.

Looks like John Hodgeman was correct in investing in Microsoft rather than Apple. Now excuse me while I go buy a Zune and a Tmobile Dash. Stores 4 times as much music, is a better phone, and the two combined cost $100 less than the iPhone will.

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ironically tired

May 2nd, 2007 (05:51 pm)

What Flavour Are You? Buzz buzz, I am Coffee flavoured.Buzz buzz, I am Coffee flavoured.

I am popular in the workplace, even though I am often bitter. I am energetic to the point of being frenetic; buzz buzz, out of my way. I tend to overwork myself and need periods of recovery time. What Flavour Are You?

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One of my new favorite quotes

March 22nd, 2007 (03:29 pm)

"The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer science professionals. We cause accidents. "
Nathaniel Borenstein

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Unicorn vs. Narwhal

March 12th, 2007 (01:04 pm)

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two posts in one day

March 6th, 2007 (11:38 am)

So apparently vampire hunters staked the corpse of Slobodan Milosevic. If that isn't crazy enough:

Slobodan Milosevic's daughter-in-law Milica Gajic said she planned to sue the vampire hunters and accused the police of failing to protect the grave properly.

So, uh, police are supposed to protect dead people now?

~El Chupageek

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God Damnit

March 6th, 2007 (06:54 am)

So Creationists have their own Wiki, which is fine, the glory of free speach is that anyone can tell the world how ignorant they are (though I would prefer that people refrain from convincing others that ignorance is bitchin'). What pisses me off is that you can't just register as a contributer to the website, apparently because it has been defaced a bit. Nah, really. The average computer geek is more apt to be an athiest and have enough time to antagonize a creationist wiki. Who would have thought.

This bums me out because I was hoping to post to the site, give them an ol' case of the eye for an eye that Moses or some other Neolithic Hippy espoused. Now, I wasn't going to be overt about it. I was going to subtly start creating farse articles, the first being my so called "Evil Duck paradox".

As I don't have that outlet, allow me to write my faux creationist evil duck paradox

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Obviously I still need to further proof read the article and provide various citations to the Bible, which will be difficult as I have never even been to church. If someone wishes to track down the appropriate citations I would be appreciative.

~El Chupageek

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Our society is fucked up

November 7th, 2006 (02:17 pm)

There are fires ravaging part of the country, our neck of the woods is in a state of emergency, the balance of power in our government can potentially shift with dramatic effect, and the top story on google news right now is that Britney Spears files for divorce.  I dare say our society is beyond saving.

~El Chupageek

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October 8th, 2006 (06:14 pm)

So I am at work on a Sunday, yet again. Work was supposed to slow down once we finished the last project but instead we jumped right back to another project that is a HUGE mess. Literally everything that could possibly go wrong has. All of the code had basically become broken and obsolete in the past 6 months we haven't worked on it (since there have been a wealth of teams still working on it in those six months, making changes, and invariably something ends up breaking us) and on top of that our source code archive ended up getting fubar, so we have to fix all of the code. However, in the intervening six months all of the tools that we use to connect to devices and remotely run and debug code broke and no one bothered to fix them which was sort of a big deal. I finally hacked the tools together to work the beginning of the week, but came in today to find my connection the device terminated. 7 hours later I finally get the remote tools working again. I should have been fixing breaks in the code the entire time but never got around to it since I was dealing with this shit. Yeah for me. We are so behind schedule; we were supposed to be done with everything friday and we haven't even got to the point where our code actually runs correctly.

We have executives breathing down our necks despite the fact that a) they are the fuckers that pulled us off the project for six months to work on another project b) they fully recognize other teams have fucked us without so much as buying us a nice dinner first and c)that we are hideously under staffed (a projection of the manpower needed for our team is 19 people, we have 6 total) and don't have the head count allowance to hire more full time employees. We can hire contractors but a random hint, they don't have a full time job for a reason. I interviewed 8 people last week; every one of them worthless. Seriously, they couldn't even code simple problems.

So yeah, I spent my sunday working and didn't even make a damn bit of progress. I did spend a lot of time sitting on my ass watching things build or install. Thus, have some quiz results:

Which Programming Language are You?

You are 64% white and nerdy.
How White and Nerdy Are You?

Though to be fair, I a computer geek really isn't a nerd. For one, you would be hard pressed to find a computer geek who wears a shirt that can accomidate a pocket protector.

Unrelated, the song Code Monkey really speaks to me. Specifically "Code Monkey think maybe manager want to write god damned login page himself' and "This job “fulfilling in creative way” Such a load of crap". If you like it go to Jonathan Coulton's web page and check out some of his other music and maybe buy some of it.

~El Chupageek

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