Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thanks to Rickl for these links

Here and here.

  • Unelected agencies are making laws contrary to our founders intent.
  • Every personal activity is subject to the commerce clause.
  • Agencies then have judicial power to penalize with guilty until you bankrupt yourself proving your innocents.
  • They wave laws for friends thus weaponizing those laws against political enemies.
  • It's worse than the article implies with citizens raped and paid off with taxpayer money to keep quiet about it.
...all branches of government conspired over more than a century to turn the Constitution that the Framers wrote in 1787, plus the Bill of Rights that James Madison shepherded through the first Congress in 1789 and the Fourteenth Amendment ratified in 1868, into something their authors would neither recognize nor endorse.
  • the bedrock constitutional principle was simply to ensure that America does not “convert a limited into an unlimited Govt.”
  • Madison’s nightmare has become America’s everyday reality.
  • “The practice of creating independent regulatory commissions, who perform administrative work in addition to judicial work,” Roosevelt himself admitted, “threatens to develop a ‘fourth branch’ of Government for which there is no sanction in the Constitution.”
The solution? If any of these agencies are a good idea they should only exist at the state level. At the federal level they deprive citizens of the vote. At the state level citizens can vote with their feet. This is why we have states. Otherwise we could eliminate states from being a maker of laws.

Being lectured by the boss...

...for being too nice to the customer. In most companies programmers don't interact with customers; they have other people to do that (unless the programmer is the company.) Instead they have customer representatives if a long term service is being provided or just salesman otherwise. When I was a kid working in NYC, we had a customer in Ohio. I flew out there to install a system I wrote (in dBase II multi-user. Never heard of it? That's because we were a test site and the product was never released to the public. DOS 3.1 was the problem, not handling semaphores correctly. We worked around that problem.) Anyway one night the controller asked me, "can you write a liability analysis report." Being a bit of a smartass (a common issue with younger, and some older, programmers) I responded, "Sure. What's a liability analysis report?" I was just a dumb 20 y.o. after all.

He told me and I wrote it. Then I nurse-maided the printer all night while dBase churned it out (about ten hours.) When I got back to NYC I rewrote it in Bascom which produced the same report in less than half an hour. So then I got chewed out by my boss. Why?

"Ken, we could charge them for that report and you just gave it to them for free."

They did offer me a job and even tried to marry me off to one of their office girls. Where are those offers now I ask? Instead they hired some blowhard that claimed he could do better for them than some 20 y.o. kid. His first act was to hire me as a consultant so I flew back to Ohio to explain to this jerk what I had done. This guy had no idea how client/server systems worked. Ethernet itself was a new idea with major companies (3Com and others) jockying at the time to get their standards established.

Another time I talked with Mondo, a really nice fat Mexican (hey, you know the stereotype and this guy fit it.) He was our customer's fleet manager (he and an old PC were the entire department.) He asked me if there was anyway to get a DOT report required by the government. "Sure. What's in a DOT report." Now I was an older and wiser smartass! He told me and I wrote it with the flexibility to meet all our customers customized requirements. I worked with our DB manager for the DB upgrades required (no freebee this time.) That report became the first thing our salesman showed to potential new customers and significantly increased our sales from that time forward. I wasn't supposed to talk directly with customers. We paid the big guys to do that. BTW, I was a programmer, not a tech. support guy, so when Mondo asked for help with another problem I told him he needed to get a newer computer. He got his boss to buy him one and the problem went away.

One engineering boss once called me uranium, "extremely valuable but hard to control." He told me to translate all of my estimates from weeks to double months. So instead of telling his boss I could get a job done in two weeks (giving myself padding even) I had to say four months. Then that boss let me do pretty much anything else I wanted to investigate (we had lots of hundred thousand to million dollar toys to play with industrial machines to study.)

I was the definition of self motivated and self initiative (the FAA once gave me an award saying that right before they restructured the department.) I even got a thanks but no thanks letter from the human resources department two weeks after I got another job. I learned early to bypass personnel and go directly to the guy that needed me, usually for a job they'd never even mentioned to personnel.

That company owned a Canadian gold mine and made a limited number of these six inch beryllium oxide souvenir rulers with real gold markings. I was the only person not from corporate that got one. It later got broken during my travels.

PCS and NextPOS were also good stories where I got a chance to do some amazing things working directly with customers (our distributors in the case of NextPOS which evolved into a much bigger company and changed their name.)

I've seen a lot and learned a lot, but never had a lot of self interest. I just wanted to understand things and help others. Now that I'm old and decrepit, those amazing days are over. But still... I'm not dead yet (Close maybe, but still wheezing... and I never smoked in my life. I refuse to wear a 'portable' defibrillator. Both my feet are wrapped in bandages three times a week. Every month the eye doctor pokes my eyeballs with needles. I do have a housekeeper and nurse that visits several times a week. I still drive... I ignore the screams and bumps. What? Dad drives in slow motion and Mom should.)

Three things drop me to the floor if I over exert myself (like walking three feet.) My blood pressure drops from over 200 to unmeasurably low. My sugar level has been good, but can also render me unconscious. I forget the third??? Usually this seems to happen at Walmart's for some reason?

I'm the nice guy that finishes last. Often astonishing some that just have to let me know. I've spent a lifetime politely listening to people explain things to me I'd learned in more depth 30 years before.

I gave up a full scholarship at Harvey Mudd because I was destroying the lives of 60 A student Asians (who thanks to me and the curve were now C and D students.) Later I found out I would have been just a year behind my high school buddy Paul, that went there.

Life. Where did these last [almost] six decades go?

Once you've chosen an investment

When is the best time to make it? Without delay. You invest for the payoff. Any delay that isn't justified is a delay in the payoff. What justifies a delay? Not other investments. That's an issue before you choose an investment, not after. So what then? Due diligence (an appraisal to evaluate potential.)

What people see when they look at a thing differs with each person. If other people don't see what you do it can be difficult to get them to see it. When I look at mars I see it's future. I see development. But that only happens if other people with the resources see it as well. I'm nobody.

Others do see it. Perhaps not exactly as I do, but that's par for the course. Because they do, it will happen someday in some way. It could easily be the wrong way. People are self centered which is only natural. As a result, their vision reflects their way. But any vision that includes other people has to consider they each have their own differing visions. Why do people that can't plan their own lives think it perfectly ok to plan the lives of others?

I look at mars and see private ownership by millions of colonists. I see a developed world where individual freedom is allowed to flourish. Apparently this is a fantasy because everybody else's vision, if it includes mars at all, is of a prison world with one fascist dictator calling all the shots.

They don't see it that way of course. To them, central planning is just how it must be done and it's just silly to think otherwise. We now live in a time of soft sell fascism. Take care of yourself. They certainly plan to take care of you.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Got nuthin' done today

As far as coding; otherwise it was a pretty busy day.

I might get a little work in by midnight... I just don't want to see the sunrise before I sleep. It happens too often.

googling Rodian belly dancer

They look so much alike!

Last week.

Other thoughts (of a simpler time.)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

My evil plan is working!

I made a lot of coding progress today after figuring out a SQLite error I was having. I feel good!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Rodian trivia

Did you know that Rodians had suction cups on the tips of their fingers? I played one in a band of good guys in a starwars RPG when I was a kid. First thing I did was steal all the money from the other members of my gang and bought our wookie a bowcaster. Wookie's are famously loyal and I thought of this as a good life insurance policy. Unfortunately, I died later in the game when I got between the wookie and an insane Jedi we rescued from a thousand year sleep in corbonite. This remembrance came after reading this.

What about warp speed? I was wondering about time. Doesn't FTL travel suggest arriving before you left? Time slows to zero at light speed and reverses at faster than light.

Erdogan's Purge


What about our 1500 people at Incirlik air base?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Now I remember...

...why I haven't made pea soup for over 3 decades. I'm shopping. I see a can of pea soup. I love pea soup. But I'm a cheapskate and I think, "Why pay the price of a can when bulk dry split peas cost so much less?" Because the companies that make canned pea soup have nuclear rocket scientist that know the exact incantation to get soup from a pea. Me I'm thinking, "Ya boil 'em in water. How hard can it be?"

First thing is they swell. I have just one cooking pot. I pour an entire bag of peas into the pot and add what should be enough water...

Now I go back to this coding problem I'm having. I'm trying to do trig functions on integers. It's not happening. I'm getting very strange results. Yes, I'm using radians as cos() and sin() require. I'm passing those double values. Never had a problem doing this in VB, but now I'm using a much less familiar language.

It isn't enough water. In order to make pea soup you have to boil them at low heat for about a generation, adding water every five second and still you will burn them. The peas themselves are not edible until you have reduced them to their constituent atoms. I may have to buy a new pot!

To be charitable, this debugger is Satan's spawn. Usable only if your goal is to get less work done. I haven't figured out how to set break points or even if I can. The docs are... not wonderful; so I'm googling for answers. There is no immediate mode where you type in an expression and out pops an answer. Even an internet browser can do that... which doesn't help much if my code doesn't work.

The peas smell good cooking.

I can't seem to be able to print results on a form. I have to add a graphic panel and send print to that instead... fine.

It's my housekeepers fault. She hid my Rotini somewhere. I'm out of sauce except this canned stuff they use to torture only the most evil criminal masterminds. The peas have been sitting in the cupboards for months. That's why they're there, they keep.

They are now, after some hours, turning into mush. This is good. That's what's suppose to happen. now if I can unmush my trig code...

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Linux series...


How to Defeat Terrorism

Via Rand.

The obvious...

  • "The enemy is not radical Islam..."
    • “Be nice to us or we’ll kill more of you.”
  • Self-regulated ghettoes [within our country] have to be opened up and rigorously policed.
  • All mosques, which are effectively command centers, must be stringently investigated...
  • Every imam in the country should be thoroughly vetted...
  • Jihadi suspects clearly and unequivocally known to law enforcement agencies should not be so readily allowed.
  • [Those] who leave the country to fight alongside terrorist entities must not be repatriated, even if they are passport-holding citizens.
  • Muslim organizations with ties to terror-sponsoring organizations or that lobby for Sharia or for cultural and political influence must be disbanded and outlawed.
  • Islamic immigration must be drastically curtailed if not completely stopped. Muslim immigration must be thoroughly vetted.
Islam is at war with everyone else. There is no 'sunset clause' in their war. First we need to win the war with our own apologists for Islam. We win. They lose. Nothing else is acceptable.

We don't need to become a police state to do this. We do need officials, elected or not, to respect law and order and the citizens that support them. Those supporting Islam have chosen not to be citizens of this country, but instead citizens of a country intent on our destruction.

Update: What a treaty with Islam gets you. Via Peter.

When they call you an Islamaphobe.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

What's the deal with Turkey?

I met my ex-wife in Istanbul January 2001 according to the visa in my old passport. Actually we met on the internet about a year earlier. She's a Russian-American now working in Sacramento for the state of California. At the moment she's visiting her mother and family in Crimea.

People are people pretty much anywhere. I met a lot of very friendly Turks (most working near the low budget hotel I could afford to stay at) just a stone's throw away from the Hagia Sophia. Especially at one restaurant where I got to know the owner pretty well. I wasn't there to talk politics but we did touch on the subject.

I also came across some dangerous people, but none that I couldn't deal with. Istanbul is a tourist city and they like American tourist money. Actually they like tourist money regardless of what part of the world it comes from... but they don't like Russians.

I have no knowledge of the factors in the recent coup attempt. Turkey is in a very strategically important geography as it has been throughout history. At one time they had a massive chain stretching between Asia and Europe to prevent sea passage during the days of cannon and castles.

They are in NATO, but are not entirely loyal to it. It's a good place for spies to trade secrets... except they really don't like Russians.

The people like Americans, but it's government is not it's people. We can say that about America itself these days. Laura Ingraham pointed out the problem when she called out the media to 'do it's job.'

Now we have to worry about the security of our military secrets. What about our people at Incirlik Air Base?