Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Useless Fucking Liar

Promised to have all legislation available for public review 5 days before signing. Number of times that's happened? Zero.

Will not reveal the visitor/guest list for the White House. Hey sucko- that's OUR FUCKING PROPERTY. Publish the list you sneaky fucking charlatan.

Still two wars. Still no healthcare. What was all that shit about "change"? I'm so Goddamned sick of this prick.

Aside- Has it occurred to anyone else that the Iranians are more "American" than we are? We have a suspect election, and people yawn and keep eating chicken nuggets. There, they have a suspect election and they riot for days until they get what they want. I don't want to live there, but it's refreshing to see SOME culture that respects the vote.


Friday, June 12, 2009

Why I Think I Might Be Japanese, Part IV

I especially recommend the bit that begins at about 2:10, but then, I'm a perv.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Troubling IT Oriented Development

This man was named KT Ligesh and he lived in Bangalore India, where he created software and owned a company called LXLabs. Among other things, his company made a product that enabled VPS'es- that's "virtual private servers". Without getting too geeky, it was a platform primarily for hosting websites. It was well regarded, and his business had been doing quite well.

Then some hackers found a vulnerability in the code he created and were able to destroy something like 100,000 websites. Totally gone. There are businesses that use the software to manage hosted websites- tens of thousands of websites, and they are sort of up a creek now, but that's looking comparatively like small potatoes.

You see, KT Ligesh was found dead yesterday. He hanged himself.

Now, things are not as 'cause and effect' as this may appear. He had apparently been unable to reconcile the suicide of his mother and sister, and had been drinking heavily. However, I think it's safe to say that he was certainly troubled by the security breach that has caused so much pain and anger among the web hosts and their customers.

Here's the odd follow up / twist- while there are 24 known serious bugs in the software he created, the means by which the hackers did all this damage was probably unrelated to any of them. According to this site the baddies had previously compromised the systems and had been recording passwords and (they say) credit card data. Is their account credible? Could they be spinning this tragedy to ameliorate their guilt? Who knows?

The bottom line is that (to my awareness) this is the first time that a malicious action has caused (my interpretation) the death of an IT colleague. It gives me pause. I take pride in my work, but it's not my life. I hope the same is true for all the rest of us in the wire trenches.

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Sunday, June 07, 2009

Post-Racial My Ass

Can someone please explain to me how it is that Willie Nelson is free to get high and sell biodiesel, we're encouraging businesses to move to the Cayman Islands to avoid paying taxes, and via TARP funding, we're throwing fantastic amounts of good money after bad, and Wesley Snipes is in jail? Seriously, what the fuck? He didn't pay his taxes. Neither did Timothy fucking Geithner and he's the secretary of the goddamned treasury.

Oh- I get it. Snipes is black. How dare he?

I'm so sick of this idiotic fucking culture.


Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Once In A Great While

I have my ipod play randomly throughout the day at work, and I can focus on my work for the most part with the music as a background- except when Seal's debut album comes on. Like whichever Seinfeld character that was that got hypnotized by the Eagles song Witchy Woman, I sort of zone out. And seriously- for a debut album, this thing is insanely good. The musical qualities, and the production qualities are way beyond what anyone would expect from a new artist. It's entirely possible that he peaked right out of the gate, and must (with his supermodel wife) accept his decline into mediocracy.

And why doesn't this happen more often? Deep Forest is the same way- one good release and then crap.