Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Friday, 2017.12.15
A "critic" is a man who creates nothing and thereby feels qualified to judge the
work of creative men. There is logic in this; he is unbiased - he hates all
creative people equally.

		Robert Heinlein, "Time Enough For Love"

2008.06.30

Who’s Boat Is This, Anyway?

“Running your own blog” is a relative phrase. For most bloggers, the meaning doesn’t go beyond authoring the posts and monitoring the comments. Having the password to the admin page constitutes “running their own blog.” But if you’re hosting your blog with some vendor, such as blogspot or wordpress, that’s a bit like renting a cabin on a cruse ship and feeling like it’s your boat to command. If the crew decides they don’t like you, they just might lock you in your cabin. Perhaps even throw you overboard.

This looks to be what is happening to several pro-Hillary, anti-Obama blogs over at Google’s blogspot. Assuming some other explanation doesn’t emerge from these suspicious coincidences, it’s another showing of Google’s increasingly obvious political bias. Their anti-American bend has long been on display since they acquired YouTube – jihadist and US soldier snuff videos a-plenty, pro-American videos…not so much.

Stories such as this serve as a reminder as to why I accept the extra work required to run the server on which this blog is hosted. It’s my boat. And if some pouty elitists with a leash to a Google Goon get tied up in knots over the content, best they can do is sail on by…or break the law.

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2008.07.01

More on this from the New York Times which, oddly, has this in the “Technology” section.

2008.06.29

Lily Of The Day

2008.06.28

Paper Wars

Turns out Eric Scheie and I are fighting the same battle today. My efforts are far more modest than Eric’s, involving one puny schredder and a few garbage bags. Still, there is a lot of paper I HAVE to keep, mostly related to Janet’s psychotherapy practice. Stuff I can’t distroy for a few years yet due to some rather vague legal reason. Ack. Nonetheless, I toss what I can.

What’s interesting about the battle in Eric’s trench is he apperently gets far mor junk mail than I. He quotes from these folks:

“The amount of paper junk mail sent each year in the USA is staggering — some 4 million tons, nearly half of which is never opened.”

The most staggering thing about that statistic, assuming it’s true, is that of those 4 million tons, over half of it actually is opened.

Who are these people?

2008.06.27

Mythological Facts In Dispute

I’m not a believer in astrology, in the sense that I find it at all useful for solving problems. But it is entertaining and kinda fun. Stumbled upon this entry in Wikipedia this morning, actually captures the essence:

It’s the “factual accuracy” that is disputed. I’ve been wanting to ask an astrologist what happened to the art when Pluto was downgraded? Or what about the other planets that were discovered in the galaxy. And arn’t they neglecting the influence of other large objects moving about in vacuums like astroids and Michael Moore?

I’m just askin’…

2008.06.25

Blog Haiku #27

Brilliant rays shine
Summer solstice marks the shift
Cold wind bites my cheek

2008.06.20

Blog Haiku #26

Fierce and ferocious,
The sky pummels a thirsty road.
Flowers bloom with thanks.

2008.06.19

Thursday Afternoon Yellow Flower

I honestly don’t know what kind of flower this is, but is sure is bright and cheerful. Enjoy…

2008.06.18

Wednesday Evening Rose

2008.06.17

Tuesday Afternoon Yarrow

2008.06.12

Moon Over Manhattan

Times Square, actually.

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2008.06.15

The moon is in the upper left part of the image. That bright object in the upper right is a street light…or a UFO, I wasn’t really paying attention.

2008.06.11

Dear New York Times, Go Out Of Business Already

In the New York Times: Unlike Others, U.S. Defends Freedom to Offend in Speech

Damn straight, Gray Lady…er…Lady of Deathly Pallor. And also unlike others, we’re the stronger, freer nation.

“A couple of years ago, a Canadian magazine published an article arguing that the rise of Islam threatened Western values. The article’s tone was mocking and biting, but it said nothing that conservative magazines and blogs in the United States do not say every day without fear of legal reprisal.”

Just the conservatives? The setting on Adam Liptak’s nanny firewall is clearly blocking the hate dripping and oozing from such sites as HuffPo, Daily KOS and even Barack Obama’s official web site. In either case, such things are not said “without fear or legal reprisal”, rather they are said under the protection of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Some prominent legal scholars say the United States should reconsider its position on hate speech.

“It is not clear to me that the Europeans are mistaken,” Jeremy Waldron, a legal philosopher, wrote in The New York Review of Books last month, “when they say that a liberal democracy must take affirmative responsibility for protecting the atmosphere of mutual respect against certain forms of vicious attack.”

Yes, visibility from the ever elevating Ivory Tower must be a challenge these days, Professor. “Affirmative responsibility?” What the hell is that? Makes as much sense as “negative responsibility.” Is this how legal philosophers talk amongst themselves whilst sipping brandy and smoking Virginia Slims on the balcony?

Professor Waldron was reviewing “Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment” by Anthony Lewis, the former New York Times columnist. Mr. Lewis has been critical of efforts to use the law to limit hate speech.

But even Mr. Lewis, a liberal, wrote in his book that he was inclined to relax some of the most stringent First Amendment protections “in an age when words have inspired acts of mass murder and terrorism.” In particular, he called for a re-examination of the Supreme Court’s insistence that there is only one justification for making incitement a criminal offense: the likelihood of imminent violence.

The map is not the territory, guys. The word is not the thing. If an artist can understand this, maybe you professorial philosophy types should switch to smoking pipes.

Laws that attempt to eliminate words which supposedly “inspired acts of mass murder and terrorism” are unenforceable and subject the vast majority of the population to the tyranny of the select few who “define” such words. It’s what’s happening in Canada.

The State jargon of despots such as Hussein, Stalin, Hitler and Mao was the politically correct language of their respective States and times. You won’t eliminate mass murder and terrorism by controlling speech. It’s more probable you will help pave the way toward the next set of global atrocities.

Harvey A. Silverglate, a civil liberties lawyer in Cambridge, Mass., disagreed. “When times are tough,” he said, “there seems to be a tendency to say there is too much freedom.”

“Free speech matters because it works,” Mr. Silverglate continued. Scrutiny and debate are more effective ways of combating hate speech than censorship, he said, and all the more so in the post-Sept. 11 era.

“The world didn’t suffer because too many people read ‘Mein Kampf,’ ” Mr. Silverglate said.

Indeed.

2008.06.10

Secure A Country And An Obama Good Night’s Beauty Sleep

Charles Johnson has been shooting security fish in a barrel over at Barack Obama’s official campaign web site. He has a valid point. Obama’s web site isn’t just some hobby site…it’s the official site for a candidate to the Presidency of the United States of America. It would be embarrassing if it were a hobby site. Instead, it’s a little disturbing. A bit like John Edwards’ lack of ability to vet the bloggers he hired as part of his campaign.

Well, good news! Obama’s minions have noticed they need help and have put out the call: Secure a Website and an Obama Victory

Well, seeing how so many other things have been disappearing, Nacht und Nebel like, over at Obama’s web site, I’ve taken the liberty and freedom to repost the job opening:

Secure a Website and an Obama Victory

Obama for America is looking for a network security expert who wants to play a key role in a historic political campaign and help elect Barack Obama as the next President of the United States.
In this role, you will be responsible for:

* Analyzing the network architecture for the My.BarackObama website
* Leading an overhaul of existing security systems and architecture, including policy, firewall, VPN, and networking equipment
* Developing a strategy for responding to hack attempts, DDoS attacks, and other potential threats
* Establishing and managing the security posture of the online campaign My.BarackObama

You must have:

* 3+ years experience in security field or as a security specialist
* A deep understanding of LAMP development processes and best practices Current knowledge of the state of the Internet security landscape
* Proven history of security policy development and implementation
* Proven experience implementing security solutions in clustered, loadbalanced web hosting environments
* Experience with both free and commercial firewall and VPN products
* 3+ years experience maintaining UNIX/Linux systems
* Project plan development and implementation
* Knowledge of routing, switching, and VPN technologies
* Experience configuring networking equipment, including routers, switches, and firewalls
* A willingness to respond off-hours to high urgency security situations

Special consideration given to candidates who have:

* Experience with LAMP applications
* Current security certification (SANS/CISSP, etc.)
* Policy enforcement, auditing, and penetration testing experience
* Knowledge of current e-commerce regulation and requirements (PCI, etc.)
* Understanding of two-factor authentication methods

Unfortunately, this looks to be a boilerplate job application. Given the lax security over at Chez Obama, the Java Zen Table, Chair and Counter Espionage team uncovered this job posting, apparently meant for sometime in the future:

Secure a Country and an Obama Good Night’s Beauty Sleep

Obama for America is looking for a Homeland Security Czar who wants to play at keepin’ stuff from blowin’ up and stuff. It’s a key role in a historic political regime and will help elect Barack Obama as the permanent President of the United States of Arabia.

In this role, you will be responsible for:

* Frowning meaningfully over the network architecture for the My.BarackObama website
* Changing the oil in existing security systems and architecture, including policy, firewall, VPN, networking equipment and other techie sounding things
* Praying for a strategy for responding to hack attempts, DDoS attacks, and other potential threats
* Projecting a managerial and secure posture while online at My.BarackObama
* Picking up the debris left over from bomb blasts and such

You must have:

* 3+ weeks experience in security field, security specialist or a home security company
* A deep understanding of how a lamp works
* Current knowledge of all 60 states in the USA and ability to recognize a secure landscape
* Proven history of things historical
* Proven experience working with a team known for it’s ability to operate as a load balanced cluster ****
* Experience with working for free
* 3+ years experience maintaining eunuchs systems
* Experience with project plan development and implementation and development and implementation and development and implementation and development and implementation
* Knowledge of back stabbing, blaming, non-apology apologizing, bait and switching and herbal remedies
* A willingness to look fabulous at all hours while responding to high urgency security situations

Special consideration given to candidates who have:

* Experience with lamps and lamp shades (English and metric)
* Current vaccinations and immunizations
* Policy “enforcement”, “auditing”, and “penetration testing” experience…RrrooOOoowww
* Knowledge of what the “e” in e-commerce means
* Understanding of two-faced authentication methods
* Their own uniform

Well, good luck with that, Mr. Obama.

2008.06.06

Friday Evening Rose

First of the season…

2008.06.04

Where Is The Monkey?

The only primates to be found were those crawling all over the streets at the foot of this majestic building.

2008.06.03

Rules Strictly Enforced…

…except when they’re not.


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