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Time to find a new job
Nov 17th, 2017 by Ken Hagler

My contract with Integrity Digital Solutions ended today. It was originally a six month contract, although it ended up running for just short of a year.

Quote of the Day
Oct 6th, 2017 by Ken Hagler

Do you know what stupid is? Stupid is continually telling a large portion of the population that they’re the cause of all social problems, you hate them, they’re Literally Hitler and you wish them dead. And then telling them oh by the way, please give up your guns.

Ace of Spades HQ

Not a good start
Oct 3rd, 2017 by Ken Hagler

I watched the first three episodes of Star Trek: Discovery. I had been skeptical after seeing the advertisements for it, as it appeared to be Star Trek in name only, with no thought to continuity. On the other hand, it had Michelle Yeoh as the captain, and she’s certainly a better choice than the last two.

After watching it, my impression that it only gives lip service to being Star Trek was correct (it’s more like the awful recent movies), and Michelle Yeoh’s character was killed off at the end of the second episode. I am not impressed.

Quote of the Day
Aug 22nd, 2017 by Ken Hagler

You know you’re living some semblance of a free life when you have to stop and look up the spelling of “committee.”

Joel Simon

A very large difference in ease
Jun 19th, 2017 by Ken Hagler

Simple Web Development with Xojo. Do you find it frustrating to create web apps? HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and AJAX can be challenging, and frameworks such as Node, React, Ruby on Rails, ASP.NET, PHP and Java are often overwhelming for those just beginning web development.

There is a simpler solution: Xojo. Using a single programming language and a single IDE, you can go from zero to a working web app in an amazingly short amount of time with Xojo. [Xojo Blog]

In my experience the difference in complexity is enormous. Not long ago I was assigned to write a GWT composite widget containing over a dozen other widgets. To be sure I understood the written spec, I first created a working prototype of the widget as a Xojo container control so that I could show it my boss and confirm that I understood what he wanted. Once he had confirmed it, I implemented the same UI using GWT. The Xojo version took an hour and had a dozen lines of code. The same UI in GWT took a week and 150 lines of code.

Quote of the Day
Feb 21st, 2017 by Ken Hagler

Private property ownership has nothing even remotely to do with political borders. Property lines are determined nonaggressively, they are subject to market forces, owners are strictly limited in what they can do by considerations of proportionality and equal liberty (if you smoke in my house or trespass on my lawn I have a right to throw you off my property; I don’t have a right to lock you in a cage or throw you out of the country). They are wildly different in scope and powers granted and processes by which they are established, enforced, divided and reallocated. One is a spatial expression of individual liberty and the other is a collective assault upon it. Equating the two is sophistry on a par with “Banks are a good place to put your money. The Mississippi River has two banks. Therefore, the side of the Mississippi River is a good place to leave your money.”

Rad Geek

A very temporary improvement
Jan 23rd, 2017 by Ken Hagler

Drone Strike in Yemen Likely First of Trump Administration. . A second strike on Friday, Donald Trump’s first day in the Oval Office, killed three alleged militants, according to the Associated Press, which reported that Yemeni government officials (who often feed U.S. intelligence information on targets) attributed the strikes to the U.S. [Hit & Run]

When Trump took office it was the first time in sixteen years that a President wasn’t already a war criminal at his inauguration. Trump didn’t even make it a day before changing that.

Some unsurprising news
Jan 20th, 2017 by Ken Hagler

Already on probation, Symantec issues more illegit HTTPS certificates [Ars Technica]

As someone who worked for Symantec for sixteen years, I am completely unsurprised by this. Symantec liked to boast of being a security company, but that’s never been anything but an advertising slogan. They’ve never really made any serious effort to be remotely secure.

I’ve moved
Dec 28th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Last weekend I moved to a new apartment. I’d gotten fed up with the terrible management at the last apartment complex, so I left as soon as my lease expired. The new place is about the same size, also has Google Fiber, and has an even better view–I can see Town Lake from my desk.

It’s amazing how cowardly Americans have become
Dec 18th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

4 Schools Go into Lockdown, Call Cops on Man with an Umbrella. It’s a gun! No, it’s a sword!

Whatever it was, two different people spotted a man carrying it near Poly High in Riverside, California. They saw something, and said something. As a result four local schools went into lockdown mode yesterday.

Police hunted for the menacing maniac and finally, according to The Press Enterprise, “a campus supervisor at Poly spotted a man who matched the description given by both callers.”

The weapon he was carrying?

An umbrella.

The lockdowns were lifted, but the threat continues: Rain is in the forecast. [Hit & Run]

That was the high school where I was an inmate in the 1980s. I took ROTC while I was there, which involved about a hundred students marching around with bolt-action rifles (albeit rifles which had been rendered incapable of firing) at least one day a week. No lockdowns were involved.

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