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Documentation is for the weak

I spent several hours reading some “documentation” today for a certain component of an enterprise product. Actually what I was doing was a repeated loop of the following: Go to a page with a promising-looking title (e.g., The Fuckwidget Survival … Continue reading

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Author Jim Harrison, RIP

“Habit is what destroys art.” —Jim Harrison. Harrison died yesterday at the age of 78. https://t.co/qe0Mx0e2ud pic.twitter.com/H2wRRSk4Tm — The Paris Review (@parisreview) March 27, 2016 One of my favorite authors. I don’t quite have all his books, but it’s close.

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No brainer

“If I didn’t do that, I oughta be fired,” Comey [current director of the FBI] told the panel during his live testimony. [He was talking about asking the courts for crypto backdoor powers, when Congress has explicitly considered and then … Continue reading

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Precedence

Thought experiment: The US Government definitely has the technical ability to take an older iPhone, decap the chips in it and extract whatever keys they need. This capability is just too juicy for a government agency to have left undeveloped. … Continue reading

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The Force Awakens [spoiler-free]

A friend of mine remarks, “Worth waiting 32 years for.” Shame we had to wait that long for the 4th movie, though. Ultimately they’ll make more money by having done a good movie than by selling plushies of things, or cups … Continue reading

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SCOTUS on secret courts

Now that we’re no longer under the Big Thumb of bulk surveillance [1] it’s a good time to reflect on the legal mumbo-jumbo being used to justify it. Wait. That was used. That’s all in the past now, and I’m happy … Continue reading

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Not an Asus fan

Dear Asus, Please put less shitty chipset fans on your rather expensive motherboards. It’d be nice if these things lasted more than about a year. /signed/ a customer who was replacing a shrieking fan at 5AM this morning, bodging in … Continue reading

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It’s called fdisk because…

In days of yore — “When was Yore, Daddy?” “It was the age before we had terabyte hard drives. Really, it was before we had any hard drives at all.” “Is that old, Daddy?” “You bet your sweet bippy, it … Continue reading

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Oh, yes they can

Oracle, oh Oracle Oh have you seen Oracle Oracle’s EULA lately? Don’t reverse that buggy code Lest you make poor Maddi ‘splode… (… you can learn a lot, from Oracle!) — after Groucho Marx link to discussion on HN  

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Fresh Oz

New Ozric Tentacles! (yay)  

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