Saturday, December 29, 2007
It really doesn't matter if they're supposed to be "Fair and Balanced." We already knew that they weren't. It only matters that they're being fair and balanced in their own minds when looking at the other stations like CNN. If you're the opposite of another entity, doesn't mean that you're any better than that entity.
Republicans and Democrats are different sides of the same coin. They're not really the yin to the other's yang. They're about consolidating power and doing what is best for their own power base.
After the Republican loss you would think that they would understand that America doesn't like where they're going. It's going to happen with the upcoming Va Senate race when they put forward Jim Gilmore as their candidate. Gilmore will be hammered by Mark Warner. Warner basically had to step in to fix the budget mess that Gilmore got us into.
Republicans don't really seem to have any fiscal control. Democrats might want to spend money, but at least they understand that they have pay for it in some manner. Republicans seem to want to spend and spend, but want to defer payment.
I love the following quote from this article:
The Finance Committee's top Republican, Charles Grassley of Iowa, said it was time for Democrats to abandon their "PayGo obsession," referring to the "pay-as-you-go" principle that tax cuts or spending increases should be paid for so as not to add to the federal deficit. With the "clean" AMT bill, "the Senate Democratic leadership seems to realize that the AMT should not be offset," he said.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Of course management isn't going into the store to sell things. It sounds like they're trying to make themselves more appealing as an acquisition target. Keep management around and someone will come along and buy. Why would you buy them unless it's for the property and maybe the brand? CompUSA is out of the picture now. Best Buy will probably rule the retail electronics business.
Friday, December 14, 2007
There's even a group called Mother's Against Knives.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
The copyright forbids redistribution. It's at the bottom of the first page.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
If Roubini's forecasts are to be believed, it probably will.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Why would you do that? This upload section has it's own form with a few fields and an attach file button. I cannot do the upload from there. I have to either reboot, startup VMware, or use my wife's laptop. I'm in Linux 100% of the time on my primary laptop.
I don't know if the problem is because of the developers or SharePoint, but I don't care. I've heard enough bad things about SharePoint that I would never willingly use it unless it was for work. Alfresco seems to be a better alternative, plus it's OpenSource.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Perhaps AMD and their vendors can purchase some intel wireless cards to bundle with their laptops. By buying an Intel Centrino laptop, I know that usually there's an Intel wireless card in the laptop.
If you didn't see it, AMD/ATI has released specs for the 2D portion of one of their graphics chipsets. We'll wait to see what happens with the 3D specs. The link will take you to X Org's website.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The ad is in this month's Linux Journal to which I subscribe. I hadn't even noticed it. I don't normally read the table of contents because I usually flip through the whole thing.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Wow, it sounds like the peer review process didn't really work.
NASA has now silently released corrected figures, and the changes are truly astounding. The warmest year on record is now 1934. 1998 (long trumpeted by the media as record-breaking) moves to second place. 1921 takes third. In fact, 5 of the 10 warmest years on record now all occur before World War II. Anthony Watts has put the new data in chart form, along with a more detailed summary of the events.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Here are the steps that I used to setup the connection. The assumption is that your logged in to your system as a userr and gnome is running.
You'll need the filename.pcf file, typically located in c:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\profiles
In Fedora, as root do:
yum install vpnc NetworkManagervpnc rdesktop
If NetworkManger is already running restart it.
service NetworkManager restart
If you don't have NetworkManager started do the following:
service NetworkManager start
service NetworkManagerDispatcher start
You should have a NetworkManager icon in the sys tray.
Left click VPN Connections->Configure VPN
Click Add in the VPN Connections box.
There should be a Create VPN Connection box.
Choose Compatible Cisco VPN client.
Click the "Import Save Configuration box "
You may get an error about TCP tunneling not being supported. I've gotten the same error and the connection still works.
In the Override username enter your username.
In the Optional tab, enter your domain name.
Click Forward, Apply, Close
Your connection should be setup now.
Left click the NetworkManager choose VPN Connections.
Choose the connection that you just started
Enter your password.
Enter the Group Password
The group password is typically encrypted in the pcf file on the line encGroupPwd. This password can be decrypted. The instructions for this are located here.
Update: Removed duplicate sentences.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
Warrant Issued For Verizon's Arrest
Verizon lost in small claims court for not correcting erroneous information on a man's credit report. He sued and won. They didn't take it seriously either.
Customer sends bailiffs in to seize bank's computers
In this case a man sued the bank of Scotland, won and they didn't take it seriously. He went to bank with bailiffs to take equipment including a cash drawer.
Update: Fixed formatting
Friday, July 27, 2007
I want to be able to boot the eSATA enclosure when using USB. Since most of the kernels that come with a distribution don't support booting from USB, I had to make some changes. Using this website as a guide I was able to setup the CentOS update kernel.
This was the only command that I had to was:
mkinitrd --preload=ehci-hcd --preload=usb-storage --preload=scsi_mod --preload=sd_mod /boot/usbinitrd.img 2.6.9-1.667smp
Make sure that you modify it for your kernel version.
The difference in speed between eSATA and USB is really evident here. The timed buffered disk reads are:
I recommend that you setup the usbinitrd image while you're still connected to the eSATA connection, otherwise you may have to use the rescue CD to perform the operations described by the external website.
Also, I have USB 2.0 ports on my laptop and the enclosure supports USB 2.0. I would imagine that a USB 1.1 port is very much slower. See the comments sections.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
- Eclipse Platform runtime
- Eclipse CDT runtime
- MinGW toolchain: binutils, gcc, g++, gdb
- MinGW runtime libraries: mingw-runtime, w32api
- Simple Directmedia Layer library, better known as SDL
- MSYS GNU command line environment
- Sun's redistributable Java Runtime Environment
Friday, June 29, 2007
- Senator Jim Webb (D) - Would not provide
- Senator John Warner (D) - No Response
- District 9 Boucher (D) - No Response
Monday, June 04, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Almost all of the articles about have the term "very likely" when talking about our carbon footprint causing the warming. It's not definite. Our understanding of the earth's systems are not complete, but people are trying. Newton's laws are flawed, but they worked just enough. Later, they were refined by scientists like Einstein. Global Warming will be understood eventually and what causes it may not be what we think it is now.
Please don't misunderstand me. I don't want to breath exhaust everyday. I think that it's a good thing to clean up our ways. It is wrong to use lies and half truths to change people's behavior.
Sunspot Activity reaches 1,000 year high
Upcoming sunspot activity peak news:
Thursday, April 05, 2007
It's interesting how they throw this in the following commentary:
"On Earth, carbon dioxide traps infrared radiation which can affect global climate. This a phenomenon is known as the greenhouse effect. Fossil fuel emissions add to the problem."
I wonder if the Nature article made that claim.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
The quote is from Thomas Jefferson. It sums up balancing act of intellectual property and how silly it really is to consider thoughts and ideas as property to be owned and horded. Algorithms, business processes, DNA, and other such things cannot be owned. Once there out there everyone knows them. Media (music, films,etc) is just as bad. Musicians and filmmakers don't create in a vacuum. Look at the number of re-makes.
Here's the quote as I got it from SlimDevices:
He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property. Society may give an exclusive right to the profits arising from them, as an encouragement to men to pursue ideas which may produce utility, but this may or may not be done, according to the will and convenience of the society, without claim or complaint from any body.
—Thomas Jefferson, letter to Isaac McPherson, 1813
Monday, March 12, 2007
Here's a quote:
Numerous surveys, including surveys conducted by the same compensation consulting firms that frequently advise on and advocate pay-for-performance systems, provide evidence of widespread dissatisfaction. For instance, a 2004 Watson Wyatt study of employee attitudes and opinions found that only 30% of U.S. workers believed that their company's performance management program did what it was intended to do -- improve performance. That's because fewer than 40% of people felt that the systems generated clear goals or provided honest feedback, while almost 40% believed their performance was inaccurately evaluated and about the same number said they did not understand the measures used to assess their performance. A 2004 Hewitt survey of some 350 companies reported that more than 80 percent of the organizations believed their pay-for-performance programs were at best partly successful or were not successful at all at accomplishing their goals.
Monday, February 12, 2007
An experiment that hints we are wrong on climate change
Good quotes from the article:
"Disdain for the sun goes with a failure by the self-appointed greenhouse experts to keep up with inconvenient discoveries about how the solar variations control the climate. The sun’s brightness may change too little to account for the big swings in the climate. But more than 10 years have passed since Henrik Svensmark in Copenhagen first pointed out a much more powerful mechanism.
"He saw from compilations of weather satellite data that cloudiness varies according to how many atomic particles are coming in from exploded stars. More cosmic rays, more clouds. The sun’s magnetic field bats away many of the cosmic rays, and its intensification during the 20th century meant fewer cosmic rays, fewer clouds, and a warmer world. On the other hand the Little Ice Age was chilly because the lazy sun let in more cosmic rays, leaving the world cloudier and gloomier. "
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Here are some of the more interesting quotes from the Global Warming Story:
"Sadly, my experience is that universities are the most dogmatic and oppressive places in our society. This becomes progressively worse as they receive more and more funding from governments that demand a particular viewpoint."
"I was greatly influenced several years ago by Aaron Wildavsky's book "Yes, but is it true?" The author taught political science at a New York University and realized how science was being influenced by and apparently misused by politics. He gave his graduate students an assignment to pursue the science behind a policy generated by a highly publicised environmental concern. To his and their surprise they found there was little scientific evidence, consensus and justification for the policy. You only realize the extent to which Wildavsky's findings occur when you ask the question he posed. Wildavsky's students did it in the safety of academia and with the excuse that it was an assignment. I have learned it is a difficult question to ask in the real world, however I firmly believe it is the most important question to ask if we are to advance in the right direction."
Thursday, February 01, 2007
I had the opportunity to watch an interview with the John Mueller, author of Overblown, that has his own opinions about how "overblown" the whole terrorist situation really is. Here are a few other links that might be useful CATO Podcast with Mueller and " The Overblown Terror Threat and Islamophobia".
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
You should probably use https://gmail.google.com/gmail. This way you get the little icon when you bookmark the site in firefox.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
If you're using an HP all in one printer like the OfficeJet 7310 or 7410, you may need to remove the hex number and put in the IP address. This does not fix scanning problems for the limited user either. Here's a link that describes the issue.
The OfficeJet 7310 works well with Linux.