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“COPY!”

USA Today: Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency’

Interesting thought, after seeing that USA Today has taken their first stance in a presidential debate which is kind of a big deal since it’s been printed for 34 years now.

For all of the people chest thumping that “The media is out to get Trump” has it every occurred to the same people that the most presidential thing that POTUS has to do is influence people without having to resort to threatens and violence? Meaning that if the entire media pool of the US is against your candidate that it means that he was *unable* to gain any influence from them.

FWIW, if the media went the other way, I would change “chest thumping” to “lamenting”, “Trump” to “Clinton”, and “he” to “she” but still be asking the same question. IMHO, if you can’t get *any* sway in the mainstream media before you get elected, it’s a pretty clear sign you shouldn’t be elected.

RDC, DPI, and You

I recently became the proud owner of a Lenovo Yoga X1. This replaced my generation Lenovo X1 Carbon, which is only being retired because of some wonky video connections on the mini-DP port. Fine box otherwise even after three years.

One of the new features of the Yoga X1 – and there have been a bunch I didn’t even know about, like the Wacom-based pen! – is the extremely high resolution display at 2560×1440. While I love the concept of having so many lines of resolution, the laptop still have a 14″-or so screen, which means you almost have to start messing around with the font size, aka DPI. Being able to change the DPI value has been in Windows for a while, like I think Windows 95 or maybe even Windows 3.1. For decades I’ve left it alone. You see, for DPI to be useful, applications have to support it. In more modern applications – think .NET 2.0 and newer – this Just Works but for older apps it’s one of those things developers were supposed to do but almost never bothered with. Like bidi text or help systems.

With modern boxes with uber-big resolutions, keeping the DPI at 100% is nearly impossible. I’ve run 1920×1080 on a 15″ display with DPI set to 100% but trying to do 2560×1440 on a 14″ display isn’t going to work. The worst part of this is how the DPI changes have been impacting my Remote Desktop Connections.
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Life Lesson #7452: Fancy Fridays

After living on the west coast for almost 12 years, I’m always shocked at how shocked I feel when I see someone in a suit, even when walking around downtown Seattle. Maybe it has changed over the last decade but the east coast I remember has always had the terms “business attire” and “business casual” in their HR manuals for workers. Especially as you approach the financial centers of New York, Boston, and D.C. The almighty tie on a person immediately declared that person to be “respected and in power” of a job.

Long story short, I’ve always called bullshit on this thought process.
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That Cooking Smell…

BetaNews: iOS 9.3 is more stable than Android 6.0 Marshmallow

*sigh*

I hate articles like this. Especially because I can’t tell if it was written as click bait or if it’s just a cooked-data fanboy piece or because they just don’t understand Testing and Quality.

Sadly, I think it’s a strong statement on the author’s ignorance of Quality. Sure, they have charts and numbers and are pointing fingers, but they’re missing the point: not all bugs are created equal. Some bugs are edge cases. Some bugs are rough patches of code. Some bugs block a critical mainstream use cases. Some bugs crash the app and/or device. Can you guess which one is more important or which has the biggest impact, which thereby lowers the Quality of the product?

Here’s a Quality test: if you run Marshmallow run long enough, an application crashes, which forces its crash rate to increase. If you run iOS 9.3, you may or may not be able to successfully click on a hyperlink in any application, but there’s no crash.

Technically, sure, iOS 9.3 is more stable. However, who gives a shit about stability when the damned OS blocks a mainline, mainstream scenario?! Really?!

Honestly, it’s saying that the most stable car you can drive is one without an engine.

I really, really hope this cooked bit of data was for fanboys and click bait.

Feel The Burn!

Honestly, I still think of this as a tag line for an STD or UTI medication.

With the Democratic caucus recently completed in WA state – and the Republican primary at least five weeks away – repeat visitors to my blog and Facebook page have likely been surprised that there hasn’t been as much commentary on the Presidential hopefuls as there have been in past years.

In truth, the field on both sides of the aisle have left me mostly speechless.
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Is it Alive or is it Memorex?

The Telegraph: Microsoft deletes ‘teen girl’ AI after it became a Hitler-loving sex robot within 24 hours […] “Tay” went from “humans are super cool” to full nazi in < 24 hrs and I’m not at all concerned about the future of AI

Call me a bit cynical, but how do you know this is a problem with the AI and not what could happen to a human if you take away all responsibilty, social graces, honor, and morality?

Given how the 2016 primaries are running, worry about the humans that have turned into this – the AI can be shut down, rebooted and debugged.

Objects May Be Closer Than They Appear

betanews.com: Online gamers hit by sexist, racist and homophobic abuse

…and? Anyone that’s looked at any collating reports from Tweets across America have seen this same conclusion. Over and over and over again.

Make no mistake – I don’t doubt the data or report. For over three decades, insulting people online has been far easier than not – culminating in the formalized John Gabriel theory – and now that social media has gone mainstream, it’s a superset of the online chat room, Usenet, or even BBS communities that used to be ripe for insults.

That’s why I don’t understand why this is news, meaning that it’s called out that this is happening to online games – it’s just one slice of the whole digital community.

Inland Resource Center, San Bernardino, CA

For all of the people screaming about Muslim this and that, keep in mind that religious people have been killing other people over religious differences since there was a religion. Catholics were getting killed and killing others over religious differences years before before Islam even began. And during that time, keep in mind that not every Catholic was killing or condoned killing – you can’t judge an entire group of people by the actions of a few. Bad apples, spoiled barrel, blah blah blah: however sad it is, this is not a new phenomenon so please keep your outrage focused on the people responsible and not the overall religion.

For all of the people screaming against laws the restrict guns, keep in mind that there were a lot of guns on the scene in CA none of them came from the victims in the Resource Center. Even though everyone in the building had the Constitutional right to own a gun and use a gun, no one had them with them. And why on earth would they? Can you imagine someone bringing their gun with them to an annual seminar at work? Simple fact: you cannot carry a gun with you 24/7 and even if you could, it is impossible to maintain concentration enough to carrying it safely, which means you shouldn’t.

For all of the people screaming for stronger gun control laws, keep in mind that there is no way to keep all guns off of this planet, much less out of this country, and CA has already some of the strongest laws in the nation, yet here we are. Simple fact: the NRA is right in that guns aren’t killing people but the people holding them are. For all of your plans and shouts to BAN BAN BAN you are exclusively targeting one part of the problem and it’s not going to solve everything if it even helps anything. People screwed up enough to open fire on a room of people can just as easily show up with a gas can and a match. While I personally believe the Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms for the explicit purpose of forming a militia in defense of the nation, rather than everyone having the right to own a closet of guns, up to now our courts have said otherwise. Until Numero Dos is either clarified or overwritten by a new amendment, the current interpretation is that people can own whatever they want provided they meet the requirements of their state knowing full well that they can drive arms to wherever they want.

For all of the people that think they are right and the “other side” is wrong, keep in mind that you need to shut up right now, since there is no single fix for this problem. It will take a combination of ideas and the only way to enable that combination is to consider multiple options. If you are screaming your point of view so loudly that you are unable or unwilling to consider that there is another point of view or possible solution, not only are you are very likely wrong but you are very likely more concerned with being right and not fixing a God damned thing.

Just some things to keep in mind while you unless your angst on Facebook and post your virtual bumpstickers to Twitter.

Starbucks Red

CNN: Starbucks responds to holiday cup controversy

I picked up my last Pumpkin Spice latte of the season yesterday and it was in a red cup. I thought to myself “Yep, it’s after Halloween.” In the back of my mind I also noticed it was just red which made me think of all of the travel mugs and real cups from ‘bux this year, which opted for a plain colored dot in place of the mermaid – made me think that the train was continuing.

Over the 24 hours, however, other people looked at the same cup and have proclaimed that Starbucks hates Jesus and/or Christmas.

My first reaction: what the fuck is wrong with you people that is a new story of any way shape or form?

Second reaction: please boycott – it will mean fewer people in my coffee lines.

Third reaction: are you telling me that you love Starbucks so much that you find a little bit of God in your cup?

Ultimate reaction: as a shareholder of SBUX, thank you all for the free press and the religious implications that the Messiah is found in coffee beans.

Baby Amnesia

MSN.com: Baby’s day care death blamed on popular napping practice

The all up cause here is unknown, except for the fact that the kid was asleep in a car seat, something that “The Journal of Pediatrics declared an official danger just a few months ago.”

Totally sucks – completely agree – and maybe this new advice is akin to the firm crib mattress and no blanket and no pillows advice every new parent gets, to avoid SIDS. What I find funny is this quote from the article: To minimize this life-threatening risk, it’s as simple as waking your baby up and moving him to his crib when you get home from day care or the grocery store. You can also share this information with grandparents and childcare providers to make sure everyone caring for your infant is on the same page.

The author simply hasn’t had a baby in two or more years. No parent – and I mean no parent – in the early days of their infant months ever has anything like “as simple as waking your baby up” cross their mind. Ever. Anything that involves their infant sleeping is planned to let the infant sleep for as long as possible. No, no, no – this author is far, far away from the sleep deprivation that comes with year one to suggest you ever awake an infant so the kid can sleep [allegedly] safer. Remember that it wasn’t that long ago that the “solid” advice was sleeping an infant on hir stomach.

I remember the infant years clearly and I believe that I probably have let infant Kyle hug a half empty bag-o-glass if he fell asleep next to one rather than wake him up for plausible safety.