.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}
Timmerov's Blog
Sunday, February 28, 2016
  360
clear 360 circles
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016
  dear trump
i am not gonna pay for that fucking wall.
 
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
  apple v fbi 2
some developments since yesterday's post. first, freedom to tinker has a really nice write up. they illustrate what's likely to happen using the luggage locks the tsa suggested people use. which are now completely useless as a security device. the second development is it's been revealed that it's not just one phone. there are at least a dozen phones the fbi wants this master key for. i say at least because we have secret courts. that issue secret warrants. with gag orders. so apple would not be able to say anything about them. not even confirm or deny them. so the fbi could on one hand say, "it's just one phone". when really there are 100s or 1000s of phones to be unlocked. and they'd be perfectly safe in that lie. cause gag order. from secret courts.
 
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
  apple v fbi
wow. there's no good answer here. on one hand i'd kinda like to have the information on that phone. on the other hand, i don't want to make it any easier for people to get the information on my phone. the fbi is technically correct when they say they're not asking for a master key. on the other hand, apple is absolutely correct in saying that once this technique is used once, all sorts of government actors could compel them to use it. so for all practical purposes, it IS a master key. from a security point of view, there is no difference between a good guy with a legitimate tool and a bad guy with a nefarious tool. these two scenarios are exactly the same. so what do we do? i think it might come down to a legal technicality. ie if apple has a master key, the government can certainly compel them to use it. but this master key doesn't exist. can the government compel apple to create one? the government can certainly bribe apple to create one. if the government can compel apple to do this thing, what else can it compel people and companies to do? what are the limits? can the government compel me to jump on a grenade? i'm thinking nope. and it can't compel me to create a tool that could be used by bad guys. nor apple neither.
 
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
  originalism
according to the original authors... prince charming encounters beauty sleeping in the woods. rapes her. leaves. she bears his twins. he brings her to his castle. they murder his wife. get married. perhaps we shouldn't be too hasty to blindly embrace originalism.
 
Monday, February 15, 2016
  scalia
the good news is scalia is no longer on the supreme court. the mitigating news is that he died. celebrating a person's death is sometimes proper. but scalia wasn't that kinda of monster. he brought two phrases to the lexicon. the first is originalism. which is claimed to mean to interpret the constitution the way the founding father's intended. it's noble and proper in concept. it's also bullshit. scalia was an originalist when it suited his ideology. otherwise his brand of originalism was more accurately an original and novel interpretation of the constitution. which brings me to the second phrase he added to the lexicon: jiggery-pokery. which means by cromulence, to torture and twist logical thinking to achieve the desired result. and befitting his stereotype, he bombastically accused others of his very own sins. i am glad that he is gone from power. i am not glad that he is gone from this earth.
 
Sunday, February 14, 2016
  modesty drones
if you're going to dance ballet naked, you might want to invest in some modesty drones. wait for it. regrettably, not safe for work. but only technically.
 
Friday, February 12, 2016
  speed limits
we have those fancy dancy radar enabled speed limit signs in our area. they're usually pretty okay. but lately they've taken to some odd behavior. like flashing your speed when it's below the speed limit. like speed limit 35. your speed 33. on off on off on off. that's weird enough. but then they flash red. slow down! slow down! slow down! your speed 33. speed limit 35. wtf? bad idea. very bad idea. it's training me to ignore the speed limit signs.
 
Saturday, February 06, 2016
  bacon!
i started playing ddo during the beta. that was 10 years ago. sheehs. where the time go? anywho, work was stressful for numerous factors. i ended up needing time to hit things. better to do it in an imaginary world, eh? over the summer, i ran my party of 6 up to level 20 by farming xp from an easy saga. like i said. i didn't need a challenge. i just needed to hit things. the same things. over and over and over and over. call it ocd. call it therapy. but remember this - i didn't hit anyone in real life. so there's that. anywho, i recently pushed my guild up to level 40. and bought a bigger airship. this one has 3 bacon. which is more than the old airship had. also has twice as many rooms for guild buffs. including a state room. woo hooty! i'm unblocked at work. so i don't know when i'll be able to farm the tokens i need to reincarnate my party as first levels. err... second level characters. cause i've banked enough xp tokens from the daily dice. mmm... bacon.
 
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
  zika
the biggest challenge facing human civilization right now is overpopulation. i'm willing to believe the zika virus causes birth defects. but if not... man. someone's a genius. make people afraid to have babies. cause they're gonna be 'tards. heh. wish i had thought of it.
 
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
  needs
the difference between needs and wants is one of the conversations i had with my kids when they were little. you want a cookie. you do not need a cookie. unfortunately apparently not everyone gets that conversation. we use slack at work. and slack is very clear. it NEEDS my permission to send me notifications. no. slack wants my permission to send notifications. it doesn't need it. alerting me every fucking day that it needs my permission is irritating. and is not going to get it permission. it will however get me to stop using the product.
 
Monday, February 01, 2016
  anonyfuncs
so i taught myself c++11 between coding gigs last year. c++11 added anonymous lambda functions. pretty much don't ever want to use em. cause if you want to program in lisp then frikken go program in lisp. sheehs. so anywho, we have this standard interview question. and every so often the question comes up, how do we improve our interview process? cause either 1) it sucks, or 2) every candidate who's not currently employed sucks. anywho, take home exams are inevitably suggested. so i turned in my response to the standard question as if it were a take home test. i used a lambda function. and a template. and wrote unit tests.
 
most every day i wander the corridors of my mind and open a door at random.

blogs of friends
bad astronomy
freedom to tinker
joe's

web comics
casey&andy (complete)
cheshire crossing (complete)
indexed
order of the stick
smbc
xkcd

comics
dilbert
doonesbury (sunday only)
foxtrot (sunday only)
frazz
wizard of id

defunct
azriel's
bob's
byron's
caitlan's
cool science facts (idle)
exploding unicorn
flyingvan
phil's
ratface's
rob's
some ex-intern's
tina's
hyperbole and a half

archives
July 2003 / August 2003 / September 2003 / October 2003 / November 2003 / December 2003 / January 2004 / February 2004 / March 2004 / April 2004 / May 2004 / June 2004 / July 2004 / August 2004 / September 2004 / October 2004 / November 2004 / December 2004 / January 2005 / February 2005 / March 2005 / April 2005 / May 2005 / June 2005 / July 2005 / August 2005 / September 2005 / October 2005 / November 2005 / December 2005 / January 2006 / February 2006 / March 2006 / April 2006 / May 2006 / June 2006 / July 2006 / August 2006 / September 2006 / October 2006 / November 2006 / December 2006 / January 2007 / February 2007 / March 2007 / April 2007 / May 2007 / June 2007 / July 2007 / August 2007 / September 2007 / October 2007 / November 2007 / December 2007 / January 2008 / February 2008 / March 2008 / April 2008 / May 2008 / June 2008 / July 2008 / August 2008 / September 2008 / October 2008 / November 2008 / December 2008 / January 2009 / February 2009 / March 2009 / April 2009 / May 2009 / June 2009 / July 2009 / August 2009 / September 2009 / October 2009 / November 2009 / December 2009 / January 2010 / February 2010 / March 2010 / April 2010 / May 2010 / June 2010 / July 2010 / August 2010 / September 2010 / October 2010 / November 2010 / December 2010 / January 2011 / February 2011 / March 2011 / April 2011 / May 2011 / June 2011 / July 2011 / August 2011 / September 2011 / October 2011 / November 2011 / December 2011 / January 2012 / February 2012 / March 2012 / April 2012 / May 2012 / June 2012 / July 2012 / August 2012 / September 2012 / October 2012 / November 2012 / December 2012 / January 2013 / February 2013 / March 2013 / April 2013 / May 2013 / June 2013 / July 2013 / August 2013 / September 2013 / October 2013 / November 2013 / December 2013 / January 2014 / February 2014 / March 2014 / April 2014 / May 2014 / June 2014 / July 2014 / August 2014 / September 2014 / October 2014 / November 2014 / December 2014 / January 2015 / February 2015 / March 2015 / April 2015 / May 2015 / June 2015 / July 2015 / August 2015 / September 2015 / October 2015 / November 2015 / December 2015 / January 2016 / February 2016 / March 2016 / April 2016 / May 2016 / June 2016 / July 2016 / August 2016 / September 2016 / October 2016 / November 2016 / December 2016 / January 2017 / February 2017 / March 2017 / May 2017 / September 2017 /


Powered by Blogger