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The Flatliner

The re-org happened while our Big Manager was away on a long vacation, and though he’d prepared for his absence (we didn’t lose anyone important, and we kept our desks and chairs and cubicals and we still had paychecks), it … Continue reading

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Jury Duty

Annnd . . . I’m off to do jury duty again. I don’t know exactly what I’m going to be doing over the next few weeks, since that totally depends on how many jaywalkers need to be sent to the … Continue reading

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RIP Jerry Pournelle

We’ve lost another big name in SF. I liked Jerry Pournelle’s collaborations with Larry Niven a great deal. The Mote in God’s Eye is (in my opinion) the best piece of hard SF to come out of the 70s. [Screws … Continue reading

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When the little hand is on the two, and the big hand…

Two thirty in the morning is the witching hour of technology. If you are a firmware engineer working on a product that has some kind of online periodic update system, at some point you will have a conversation with your … Continue reading

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RIP George Michael

WTF, 2016. I mean, what the . . . God damnit. FYYFF. Okay, just fuck off now. Go away 2016, we don’t want you any more.

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oh my god

what have they done?

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RIP Henry SF Cooper

I should keep track of my favorite authors better. Henry SF Cooper, author of Apollo on the Moon, Thirteen: The Flight that Failed and the majestic The Evening Star (which is about how the Magellan probe team debugged OS race … Continue reading

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Too many zeros

Srly, Microsoft? LinkedIn for $26B? These things never end well. Remember Dynamics? And Nokia? This is worse. Somebody needs to take the checkbook away from the team at Microsoft that comes up with these merger ideas. Put them off in … Continue reading

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Dianne Feinstein should resign

Here’s a nice opinion piece. By the Christian Science Monitor, no less. I concur. Dianne Feinstein has a history of getting policy around cryptography and security utterly and disastrously wrong. She backed the regressive ITAR regulations banning export of strong … Continue reading

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Attending a modern political debate

Don’t use pine for your sign handle. Instead, find some good ash or hickory, the kind they use to turn out good quality baseball bats and axe handles. For the sign itself, a thicker gauge of sheet steel is best. … Continue reading

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