Archive for the 'Miscellaneous' Category

What To Do.

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

I was corresponding with a friend recently about what one can do to help repair the damage. This is what I came up with: 1. Support independent journalists, and encourage others to do the same. What we most need during the next four years is a lot of people digging around and uncovering stuff. Facts […]

Five-Day Forecast: Cloudy With an 80% Chance of Faked Kompromat

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Update 2017-01-19: After I wrote this post, I read Thomas B. Edsall’s excellent What Does Vladimir Putin See In Donald Trump? in the New York Times, and realized that faked kompromat against credible politicians who oppose Trump is even more likely than against Trump himself. So, er, watch out for that too. I can’t even […]

Back from the Brink: Un-Trumping America.

Friday, November 25th, 2016

I’m not going to be a perfectionist about anti-Trump posts — it’s more important just to get them out there. What we need right now is a lot of people being very visible about the fact that they’re not on board with this kind of politics, and being visible about it frequently throughout his presidency. It all […]

Semi-optimistic thoughts after the election.

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Quick reaction post — I haven’t edited this much, just jotted it down and put it out there: It looks like a lot of voters apparently didn’t see Trump the same way I do. This post is not for them. It’s for the folks who voted against Trump and are disappointed now. It’s also partly a followup […]

Rants.org now has a comments policy.

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

This blog now has a Comments Policy. Comments welcome?

Starbucks buys their TLS certs on fiscal year boundaries?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

This screenshot is from just after agreeing to the Terms of Service for the Google/Starbucks free wifi at the Starbucks at Bryn Mawr and Winthrop in Chicago. My best guess at an explanation is that Starbucks buys their TLS certificates on fiscal year boundaries, but then they’re very busy around the end of the fiscal […]

Trusties and Suspies: Knowing Your Place in the New U.S.A.

Friday, June 24th, 2016

I wish I had time to write a better post about this, but it’s more important to write about it soon than well: Something very bad is happening in this country, and legislators — of all kinds, but especially in the Democratic Party — are not only not stopping it, they’re actively encouraging it. We’re gradually dividing ourselves, step […]

Obligatory Post Opposing Donald Trump.

Monday, June 20th, 2016

After reading Scott Aaronson’s “Daddy, why didn’t you blog about Trump?” post and Terence Tao’s “It ought to be common knowledge that Donald Trump is not fit for the presidency of the United States of America” — relax, Tao is not indulging in liberal tribalism but rather is using a technical definition of “common knowledge” in a […]

Starbucks in China Displays Their Wi-Fi Terms of Service Only as a PNG Image File.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Apparently, Starbucks in China doesn’t want you to save a copy of the wi-fi Terms of Service you agree to — it’s available only as a PNG image file, embedded in a vertically scrollable cell in an HTML table layout: You can’t copy the text to your clipboard, or save it somewhere (say, for comparing with later […]

Commenting on ITAPS’s comments on the Federal Source Code Policy.

Friday, April 29th, 2016

My response to ITAPS’s comments on the Federal Source Code Policy is posted here.