The last hurrah of the Bushwhack Administration is upon us. The Bailout is such an epic bit of bullshit as to make me believe that we need a few more years of Republicans to finish the rape and pillage of America, turning the sports stadiums across the country into soup kitchens, converting golf courses into homeless shelters, and demonstrating that Black Holes are located on Wall Street.
Driftglass presents The Large Badloan Collider
Rands is one of my favorite spots on the interwebs. Things like this:
Asking for the impossible is an advanced management technique and it’s one that is particularly abhorrent to engineers. They are very clear on what is and isn’t possible because they’re responsible for building and measuring all the possible. When you ask an engineer to do the impossible, they often laugh in your face not only because they think it’s an absurd, irrational request, they also have the data to prove it.
I live in south phoenix, on the wrong side of the tracks, under three Sky Harbor Airport landing patterns, in the land that developers have forgotten, or as the city fathers like to say City Center South. I like it. Not a lot of bullshit, and the neighbors are just about as crazy as I. Everybody has dogs. You cannot walk around here without everybody being able to mark your passage by the barking as you stroll.
I live in an 800 square foot cinder block house, which limits the possibilities for remodeling. All of the interior walls are cinder block. Not entirely as I have added 400 square feet on the back and enclosed another 360 square feet by enclosing the carport. My house runs east to west along its length, and as I add to it, the core gets dark. So I need some light and do not want to add any more windows.
So now I have bubbles. This is a glass block called Seascape.
WordPress uses Askimet as a spam fighting tool. Works pretty good. In your Discussion Settings you can list IP addresses as spam.
This is the WordPress version of Lipstick on a Pig. The spam still shows up and must be deleted manually.
Here is what I would like to have happen. When spam arrives with the blacklisted IP addresses, I would like it to be forwarded to the CAN SPAM folks and bounce it right back to where it came from so that I do not see it, nor do I have to deal with it.
Ideally, after say 100 bounces and forwards, removing the DNS for the IP’s in question, might wake up the network administrators and get them to close off these holes.
I mentioned a couple of months ago, Health Net of California was under investigation for improperly canceling policies to almost a thousand policy holders in California under the use of Rescission, which is a tool used by insurance companies to cancel your ass when your health is less important than their bottom line.
According to the California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, Health Net has settled for around 25 million dollars. This article over at CNN Money has these tidbits
The news is that potential payments will bring this figure in lower than stated. The bad news is that Poizner left the rescission door open.
The really bad news:
Policy in one hand, crap in the other.
In another smoke and mirrors announcement from the Googleplex is the new alleged privacy enhancement. Google said it would keep IP addresses on its server logs for 9 months before anonymizing them, down from the 18 months it currently stores it.
To get a clear idea of what this really means Chris Soghoian deconstructs it.
Long Story Short
Cookies are and have been the major privacy problem since the beginning of browsing. What started out as an enhancement “blah, Welcome Back Kotter!” has evolved into the date rape gang bang of the electronic age. Fully 99.999995 of websites you visit set at least one cookie, and in some cases dozens. This information gets sold to anybody with a checkbook and a PR stalker mentality.
Recycle, Reuse, Reduce. Noble stirring words for a planet on the brink of the latest castastrophe. And fodder for PR sausage machines.
I don’t know which annoys me more, the quacking of companies who offer you green guilt free products, or the folks who describe them.
Google’s entry into the Browser Battle is just that, another entry. It will not enlarge your penis, make your breasts perkier, bring whirled peas, or cause the heat death of the universe. It does however bitchslap Microsoft right between the Active X controls.
Accessing information especially Public information has always seemed to me to be a obvious use for the web. Since a large part of my time is spent remodeling and building things, building codes are useful things to have available. If you have ever tried to navigate Building Departments attempting to get a permit, or god forbid, information, you know what I mean.