Tuesday, March 3, 2015

You've got that wrong

There's an old saying - Crime Doesn't Pay.

The hell it doesn't - it pays really well.  It pays so well the government participates heavily, sadly they're doing it wrong - no wait - it isn't the government that doing it wrong, it's individuals within the government that are doing it and they're doing it right - they're getting the benefits while you pay the price.

(H/T) Bayou Renaissance Man and Taxicab Depressions

Just go read the Taxicab post.   If it doesn't piss you off, then you deserve what we're all getting - Royally Screwed but a bunch of Elitist Crooks with delusions of Aristocracy.

Seriously - write to your congress critters and demand that the Un-Justice Department return the money - with interest and then they need to fire everyone.

The Third Amendment

I followed a link from Shall Not Be Questioned - this USA today article.  I was shocked, really.  Dumbfounded.  I've gone back and read it again, looking for the usual But! and I can't find it.  How the hell did this slip though the mass media filters?

I've come to expect nothing but lip service to the constitution from the media.  The first amendment only applies to ProgThink, the second is so out of date it should be abolished, the fourth doesn't mean what it says - you know the usual kind of government expansionist crap.   Yet, here we have someone arguing in USA today that the Third Amendment should actually be applied to electronic eavesdropping by the government.   I'm in favor of it - they've castrated the Forth Amendment so badly that it's observed more often in the breach.  I can see the argument, then again I can see the counter argument, given the way things are today, I don't have much hope for a return to sanity.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Major Corporations are Hacking your brand new computer

This sadly falls under the tag of "I'm not surprised".  Well, I'm not surprised it happened, I'm a bit surprised it was Lenovo.  It seems that Lenovo started shipping laptops with Superfish preinstalled.  What Superfish does is a classic man in the middle attack, and it gathers all your information - and essentially makes it public, if you happen to be silly enough to use it on a public wifi.  (Which a LOT of people do)

Read the above article to get more information.  

What does this mean?  If you bought a Lenovo in the last 6 months it means all "your passwords are belong to us."  At this point I wouldn't touch Lenovo with a 100' pole, which is sad because they made pretty good hardware and does a fine job running linux - The issue is that I'm not about to support a company that even considered thinking  this might be a good idea.  I HATE bloatware but it's one of those things you just sort of have to live with unless you build your machine from scratch - which is difficult to do with laptops.  Virtually any computer you buy today will come with bloatware, some benign like Netflix, or the Kindle App, some malware - and now some like Superfish - pure evil.  I mean spying on which web sites you access is bad, but spying on your supposed SSL encrypted connection to your bank - that is evil, and possibly criminal.

Samsung got caught spying on their Smart TV buyers so, if you think this will be an isolated event you're not paying attention.  There's a fair chance that it wasn't just Lenovo that started shipping Superfish - and if that name isn't Truth in Advertising I'm not sure what would be - maybe  WeStealYourData.   I can't decided if the programmers at Superfish are just a bunch of amateurs with delusions of adequacy or if they're stupid crooks. Those are really the only two options for what they did.  A smart crook would have not made all your data public thus doing a better job of hiding the fact that they were stealing all your data - it takes a special kind of stupid to pull shit like this.  A professional would have understood the risks involved and assuming they weren't also crooks would have declined to even create this piece of gǒushǐ*  

Fortunately we're seeing some movement in the games industry that should make Linux a much more widely accepted platform with the announced introduction of GLNext (more info here).

If enough of the game-devs move off of DirectX to this next version of OpenGL (GLNext) we might start seeing some serious support for drivers thus making Linux perhaps the best gaming platform available - light, fast, open, free.    At which point, perhaps Microsoft won't be able to force the majority of their users (gamers) into upgrades by making the next version of DirectX incompatible with previous versions of windows.  - You'll be able to get light weight installs of the OS, free apps that cover all the basics - there will only be a few reasons to use Windows at all, and the only compelling reasons to use Mac OS will be their excellent but stupidly expensive laptops for the likes of Photoshop, CAD software, and other vertical applications.

* Firefly Mandarin  - Crap or Shit. Go-Sa

Friday, September 12, 2014

So maybe we are at war

Much like all the other flip-flopping around by this administration, it appears that some of them think we might be at war.

Okay great,  at least this time we have the advantage of actually having a "declared STATE" as an enemy rather than a bunch of rabble hiding out (being supported by) countries we are technically not at war with - sure most of that current state is at the moment what used to be Iraq, and maybe a little bit of Syria but it's a non-moving target - for the moment.  

The ideal situation for the U.S. would be if ALL of the jihadist immigrated to the Caliphate so we could just wipe them out without having to chase them all over the damn globe.

Yeah that sounds harsh - especially from someone who (mostly) believes in the nonaggression principle.  Yet, they declared war on us, not the other way around.  Yes I know a case can be made for us using coercion to affect changes to their countries - probably a really good case, and I'm not sure we have the luxury of falling back on the claim of selfdefense.   History, if man kind doesn't reach the point were we can drop historical grudges then we might as well give up the claim to civilization and just make war the primary pastime of everyone.

Yes one could argue that, that won't happen, and you'd be right, but can we at least pretend to try?  I think it might fall in that area of "Fake it until you Make it"  - probably wishful thinking. I do that sometimes.

So for the time being - we have an actual war with an actual physical state, might be the biggest mistake the Jihadists have made so far.

We're Not At War

I keep thinking about the administrations claims emanating around Obama's speech - what a sad affair that was - and I find it difficult to reconcile.

It's not an unusual state for me, trying to reconcile what appears to be either criminal negligence or massive stupidity in people who shouldn't be capable of either but obviously are.  Take John Kerry's statement that we are not at war with ISIS.

When a militant group who have proven both the will and the ability to assault an entire country (granted not a great military force but still) says (and I paraphrase) "We will fly our flag over your nations capital"   That sounds like a declaration of war to me.  Because it IS a declaration of war.  So, can you not be at war with someone who is at war with you?  Sure if you just surrender - and that's not going to happen - we're a long way from that point despite the gutless progressive apologists.

Regardless of what our Secretary of State thinks about "war" being the wrong terminology - we are at war.   I don't like it, but my not liking doesn't change reality anymore than it does for anyone else, so suck it up people.

Now why are they saying Not-At-War?

There are a few options - It could be (but it's not) a simple statement of fact - We're not at war with ISIS, we're at war with ISLAM or ISIL - which are not necessarily the exact same thing.   We all know that's not what he meant thought.

It could be that he means we haven't made an official declaration of war - which is sort of true, but also just a dodge.

More likely he's saying we're not at war because the administration REALLY does not want to be in another war.   I don't think that's it either.  I think parts of the administration have been searching for another war for us to get into since we started pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan. War is big business - much bigger than oil when you consider the banks gains for war profiteering.

He could be just toting the line (which seems likely) and Obama so tired of it all that he personally doesn't give a damn what his masters want anymore, he just wants to play golf.  Or it could have to do with his unending support of ISLAM.   If you look back over his various quotes, time and time again he has supported Islam going so far as to say (in two separate instances) that:

“Islam has always been part of America”
“Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation”

Both of which are patently false, although the second is much closer to the truth than the first.  There is a significant part of the populace that are not Christians, but that group is out numbered by Christians and those who don't profess any religious preference.  

It's his undying oft repeated support of Islam and his off repeated claim that America is the problem, that I think is at the heart of it.  He doesn't want to be at war with islam because he supports and believes in islam.  Until recently I mostly discounted the accusations that he was an Islamist but it's become so difficult to support that position that I have abandoned it.  Originally I thought it was just his desire to "Transform" America into is Alinskyist  vision that he was just using Islam as a wedge, and I suppose that might still be true, but I no longer believe it. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Just a thought

In light of the stern and forceful stance, of the present administration, to external threats (non-preceived). And tomorrow being the anniversary of the beginning of the "war on terror"  that we've been told is all but done, except no one told the terrorist.  And the assorted claims by the JV team in Iraq.   I thought I might offer a suggestion to folks living/working in Manhattan - it might be a good day for a vacation in the countryside.

Because - event though it's not a day we celebrate, it is a day the Islamic world does celebrate - usually by blowing up something that doesn't belong to them.

Be careful - and Don't Forget.

Free speech under attack by "a symbol and embodiment of that ideal"

You know what - I'm just going to let Ken over at Popehat explain it.  He does so with his usually eloquent yet direct style.  It's a master work of fisking.  

Nice job Mr. White!

Yet, how could we expect any less from that Bastion of liberal fascism.

The University is, today, a symbol and embodiment of thought control, authoritarian over site, indoctrination, and a good way to fleece kids of their future income.  Beyond that - you might get laid but it may very well land you in prison because any sort of sex on campus, that doesn't involve signed and witnessed consent for each separate activity, has become rape.