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they could only sell better if they called the new operating system “Mac OS XP 10.6”
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An attack on the man in the middle.
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Pattern #4,323,984: The Creek

The Creek Pattern involves leaving a space for running water at the bottom vertex between two hills, mountains, or other high land formations. [...]

Quoted from Page 12,642,120, “Design Patterns in Reality”, by God, God Books Inc.

(This will only be understood to software developers that are fans of the “patterns” book series)
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http://xkcd.com/c153.html -- Take the bitstring down, flip it, and reverse it.


http://xkcd.com/c177.html -- Alice/Bob/Eve humor


I’m just linking to these so that I can refer to them by tag in the future. These are two great strips... if you are a crypto geek. (Though I think [livejournal.com profile] geeksdoitbetter will like the first one).

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WNJN, while covering the Marriage Equality lawsuit, accidentally mentioned that Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D) (Assistant Majority Leader) is gay. Ooops.

Well, he’s ok with it, didn’t deny it, and is now our newest and only openly gay assemblyman.

Looking at his web site, I think we should have been able to figure this out a long time ago. Bills sponsored by Reed Gusciora include...
  • A894: Make it easier for youth to get AIDS/HIV treatment
  • A901: Require comprehensive sex ed in all school districts
  • A525: A bill to establish a stamp celebrating bears
  • A896: Save beautiful victorian homes
  • A903: Something about giving people crabs
  • A999: A Bill to make New Jersey more FAAAAAABULOUS!
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One of the highlights of any Libertarian’s rhetoric is to point out that there is a tax on your phone bill from so long ago that nobody knows what it does any more. One of the taxes on DSL lines was recently eliminated and Verizon and Bell South both tried to introduce a new “fee” that would cost the same amount. The FCC today smacked them down for doing that as being unfair.

Unfair?

UNFAIR?

Hey, buddy! Ever hear of the FREE MARKET??? Sure, when Government taxes us it’s bad, but when Corporate America wants to charge us just to make a profit it isn’t for YOU to decide they can’t do it. It’s up to the FREE MARKET.

BellSouth had argued, initially, that it needed its $2.97-per-month fee to cover regulatory costs associated with DSL. The problem with that argument? DSL is an unregulated service.
SO?

SO, MUTHA FUKKAH??? You got a problem with FREE MARKETS?

They should be allowed to charge this. If people don’t like it, I’m sure they’ll stop using thar interwebs. Then the companies will stop charging the fee. Or, if consumers agree to pay it, obviously they WANT to pay it. It’s worth while to pay $3/month to make sure that the cost of non-existant regulatory costs are covered. What would be wrong with that?

So I assume that the Libertarian party is outraged by this FCC Fascist Fallacy and is planning parades, demonstrations, pickets, and all sorts of letter writing campaigns.

WHY DOES THE THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATION COMMISSION HATE AMERICA?

Fuck it, man. I’m so pissed about this I’m not going to wait. I’m driving down to D.C. right now. I’ve got crayons and big sheets of white cardboard, I’ve got my bullhorn. I’m a freakin’ one-man protest machine. I’m gonna spread the Libertarian message, man! Down with Government interference of the free market!

I’m asking everyone within the sound of this blog to do the same. That, plus I’m asking everyone to send an extra $3 with your next internet bill to show your support! We won’t let Verizon be beaten down by those fucking fcc facists!

LIBERTARIANS UNITE!

FIRST THEY PREVENTED VERIZON FROM RIPPING OFF CUSTOMERS, BUT I SAID NOTHING BECAUSE I WAS NOT A MEGABILLION DOLLAR TELECOM.
THEN THEY CAME FOR THE POLLUTERS, BUT I SAID NOTHING BECAUSE I DON’T OWN A CHEMICAL FACTORY.
THEN THEY CAME FOR THE DRUG USERS, BUT I SAID NOTHING BECAUSE MY DADDY OWNS STOCK IN MERCK.
THEN THEY CAME FOR THE KKK, BUT I SAID NOTHING BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW ANY BLACK PEOPLE.
THEN THEY CAME FOR ME, AND I DIDN’T ASK ANYONE TO HELP ME BECAUSE I BELIEVE ‘EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF’ FUCK YOU I HAVE ENOUGH FRIENDS!
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Saturday night [livejournal.com profile] quietchris and I went to see The Devil Wears Prada (IMDB, Wikipedia). I have to say it was THE BEST MOVIE EVER.

The line for popcorn went pretty quickly. The woman at the ice cream counter wasn’t “confused” by such a big order (2 items... usually well past her limit but not this time).

Things were looking good. But they only got better.

We found perfect seats. Right at eye-level to the screen and directly in the middle. The problem, however, was that the row in front of us was a mother flanked by an 8 year old and a 6 year old. I whispered to [livejournal.com profile] quietchris that these kids were way too young to understand this film and were going to be talking, squirming, and being a total distraction.

But then 5 minutes into the movie, the mom realized this wasn’t a movie that kids would enjoy AND LEFT.

THEY LEFT! WITHOUT BEING SHOUTED AT! THEY LEFT ON THEIR OWN BEFORE THERE WAS EVEN A PROBLEM!

Then I realized nobody was talking on the phone, text messaging people, or yelling at the film.

About half way through the film a baby started crying and within seconds the mother quieted the baby and it was quiet for the rest of the movie! Awesome!

Man! This was the best movie I’d seen in years! I might even go see it again.

In conclusion, I highly recommend The Devil Wears Prada. Excellent movie!
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I can't believe the slowness of the people at the food counter. This is completely unacceptable.

...wait... let me start this review over.

Superman Returns was a disappointment. The audio was completely screwed up for the first fifteen minutes. It sounded like the left audio channel was occasionally going at the wrong speed while the right channel was fine. Then once that was fixed there were new problems with the audio. In particular, whoever mixed the audio seemed to have two babies in the mixing booth while he was working on the film and their crying bleed onto the soundtrack. And his cell phone kept going off. Oh wait, that may have just been the audience in MY theater.

...let me start this review over...

Superman Returns is Pixar's best production yet. You could hardly tell that the entire film was computer generated. In a daring risk, the director decided to make an entire film about the lead-up to Superman returning. I guess he'll return in the sequel. Meanwhile the film was about talking cars who...

...wait... let me start his review over...

Ok, here we go. Superman Returns. I was freakin' appalled. With all the advances in computer animation in the last 25 years why weren't we able to have Christopher Reeve playing Superman? He's the only real Superman (except his dad, George Reeves, who played the one on TV). Sure, I know Christopher Reeve is technically dead, but so is Danny Devito and he keeps making appearances all over. Heck, Devito's got a new TV show on TBS! But seriously, what's my real problem with the new guy playing Superman? He's sooo straight! This movie should have been called SuperHeterosexualMan. Bring back Gay Superman! I mean Christopher Reeves wasn't just cute in the old Superman movies, he was clean-cut-cute-gay-gay-1970's-porn-gay-cute! I mean, in the 1980's if you were too embarrassed to go into a video store and rent a gay porn flick you could just rent Superman, Superman II: Deathtrap, Superman III: Monsignor, or any of his other films where he plays a super-hot-cute-gayboy-sexy-sexy-awesome-hotness. Did I mention he was teh hot cuteness!?!?!?!!!11!!one!!11!!

Now this new guy is ok, but he's not Gay Superman. I had to actually pay attention to the plot. Which seemed to be about some guy that could fly and didn't like green rocks. Or bald guys. Or something. Nice tights.

Meh.

Thorofare

Apr. 21st, 2006 07:51 pm
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There is a town named Thorofare in New Jersey? I bet everyone just walks all over them.
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http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n303411

Dear Apple, here are some comments I have:

"Prevents a potential issue in which Mac OS X might stop responding when trying to log in as a FileVault-protected user if the protected Home image file has been damaged or moved" -- Thanks. This is probably fixing the problem that crashed my computer and corrupted my NetInfo database to the point where I had to do a full reinstall. 2 weeks too late, bastards.

"If you are bound to a directory system which enforces password expiration, ... your keychain password will automatically be updated as well." -- So I paid $6,000 to your Enterprise group to have OpenDirectory set up and it never got completed because of this bug. Your engineer installed a third-party freeware app that eased the problem but became a usability nightmare. "Will Apple support this utility?" No. "Will Apple include this utility in the next release of OS X?" No. "Will Apple fix the fundamental problem so a utility isn't required?" We're not allowed to say. "Enterprise Support" at all other companies means that once a bug is scheduled to be fixed in a particular release they'll tell you. Instead, Apple continues their policy that "Enterprise Support means you pay us a lot of money and we do nothing."

"Resolves potential issues that could occur when using automatic proxy configuration (PAC) files." -- I hope this is the problem that I run into about every other day.

"Disk Utility's repair permissions feature will no longer report "We are using special permissions for..." messages." -- And did you hunt down and kill the developer that created this message? What does the code look like, /* Spew random error messages that almost make sense but only if computers used tri-nary instead of binary. */"

"Resolves an issue that could cause Help Viewer to sometimes display a blank window." -- I thought it was just emulating the "blank look" stare that I get from your phone support people anytime I ask a question that can't be solved by rebooting.

"Terminal windows will no longer fail to open when using the /bin/zsh shell." -- I thought you were just discouraging people with bad taste.

"Addresses an issue for Microsoft Word 2004 in which Word would display a "Word cannot complete the operation because too many files are open" alert message when autosaving a document to a network-based home directory." -- I used to have a user that got this error constantly. I quit that company 5 months ago and the user was laid off last week. A dollar short and a day late.

And now the grand finale!!!

"Makes Mac OS X aware of United States Daylight Savings Time (DST) changes enacted by the Energy Policy Act of 2005." Oh your motherfuckers rolled out a fix for this the WEEK AFTER the first time this was needed! Fucking brilliant!

Oh sweet jesus I'm laughing so hard it hurts! Make it stop! Make it stop!
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The Organic Consumers Association wants you to have a fair-trade, organic Valintine's Day!

http://www.organicconsumers.org/valentines/slammed.htm

(But what impressed me the most is that they didn't shy away from making the obvious joke of accidentally saying... well, you'll have to watch it for yourself.)
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ljtourist for pointing this out to me:

http://www.chrisharding.net/animation/shoebox/

Now if someone could make the equivalent about the software development process, I'd pay real money for it.

Nature

Feb. 5th, 2006 11:52 am
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When the whipperwill is singing in the forest
When the gentle brook is murmuring a tune
When the mockingbirds are singing in the wildwood
When a lonely wolf is howling at the moon
When the leaves of the old oak tree start a rustling
And the waterfall makes sounds like woman's tears
When the whole world is filled with Mother Nature's noises
That's the time to stuff cotton in your ears.






Rowlf the Dog (The Muppet Show)
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“Like a progress bar / that’s gone too far
crack your skull / with a crow bar,
compress you to tar / gzip I rap with logica android
and with vitimin C / I’ll make your method return void.
I’ll hack this shit / and I prefer the back door
whether it’s a Sunblade server / or a two Portuguese whore”

MC++’s song “End of File”
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a ziggy strip
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From Superosity.com:

2006? OKAY.
January 1, 2006
Happy new year. Here’s hoping 2006 is better than 2005. And also, that aliens land on the White House lawn and shake the President’s hand. That would be AWESOME.
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i18n ?

l10n ?

Maybe I should call myself Tom L8i.

:-)

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