Archive for February, 2012

Facebook is rethinking the way online storage works

Posted: February 24, 2012 by chad98036 in Uncategorized

Interesting article at Wired about the Facebook Open Compute Project and how they are rethinking the requirements for online storage.

The project began with Facebook’s data center and server designs. But it has since expanded to various other sub-projects, and the contributors include more than just web companies. Rackspace contributes, but so does financial giant Goldman Sachs.

Rackspace is leading an effort to build a "virtual I/O" protocol, which would allow companies to physically separate various parts of today’s servers. You could have your CPUs in one enclosure, for instance, your memory in another, and your network cards in a third. This would let you, say, upgrade your CPUs without touching other parts of the traditional system. "DRAM doesn’t [change] as fast as CPUs," Frankovsky says. "Wouldn’t it be cool if you could actually disaggregate the CPUs from the DRAM complex?"

With a sister project, project members are also working to create a new rack design that can accommodate this sort of re-imagined server infrastructure. A traditional server rack houses several individual machines, each with its own chassis. But the Open Rack project seeks to do away with the server chassis entirely and turn the rack into the chassis.

All I can say is all this rethinking better not interrupt my access to my online porn collection.


Posted: February 23, 2012 by aliceaitch in FAIL, Fun with Elections, Geektasticity, Government FAIL

Paper ballots FTW.

Responding to a call by Washington, D.C., election officials for outsiders with no previous access to test system security, Halderman and his students penetrated the pilot system within 48 hours of it going online. Their successful attack went undetected for another 36 hours, they say, despite the fact that they left a calling card in the form of having the vote confirmation screen to play the University of Michigan fight song after 15 seconds. Even then, the detection didn’t occur because D.C. officials spotted anomalies in intrusion detection system logs, or even stumbled on the fight song itself, but because someone on a mailing list monitored by the city asked, “does anyone know what tune they play for successful voters?”

RTWFA to experience the full horror – the revealing of secret ballots, the ability to forge ballots, and the capability to vote using someone else’s credentials are just a few of the ways this voting system was swiss-cheesey.  I think there’s a good chance Washington, DC could recoup some of the development costs, though, by selling the package to unions – secret ballots would no longer be an issue.

Mr Obama’s proposal is better than what America already has, but not by much. His well-intentioned goal of broadening the tax base is betrayed by the preferences he insists on maintaining for manufacturing and “green” energy whose economic merits have been questioned, even by former members of his own administration. By maintaining many of the current tax breaks but apportioning them more variably, the tax code would become more complex rather than less so.

Mr Obama’s reform should bolster the case for manufacturing at home, but not by much. Alex Brill of the American Enterprise Institute dryly notes America’s top rate would go from the OECD’s highest to third-highest (once Japan enacts a planned cut); its effective rate would still be above the international average.

Pretty much says it all I think.


Quick Reminder: Chuck Adkins is an Asshat

Posted: February 23, 2012 by doubleplusundead in Random Crap

The latest compilation of Chucktard’s Greatest Hits, and I’ll add a screencap of him making a vague threat to Stace McCain on Twitter,

Yeah, he promises.  Probably one of the rare promises Chucktard can keep, unless he picked up some POS Jennings or Raven at some point.  But I really fucking doubt it.

BTW, if anyone out there is looking Chucktard now offers hosting services under KJVHosting.

I dunno, when I think hosting services, I think of people who make violent threats, violate people’s privacy by posting their personal information, engage in relentlessly harassing behavior over minor disagreements, been unemployed for nearly a decade, trying to trick people into giving him money, saying vile shit to you after suffering a personal tragedy, engaging in racist and anti-Semitic outbursts when angered, and of course being affiliated with a neo-Nazi message board.  Yeah, sign me up for that!

You’re welcome for that mental image.

In case anyone doubted KJVHosting is Chucktard’s project.  Professional, huh?

Okay, leaving you with that mental image with no brain bleach is just cruel, so here’s some good stuff,

One of my favorite cars ever, a ’36 Packard Super Eight Phaeton.

Yay! Tax Reform

Posted: February 22, 2012 by chad98036 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — President Obama will ask Congress to scrub the corporate tax code of dozens of loopholes and subsidies to reduce the top rate to 28 percent, down from 35 percent, while giving preferences to manufacturers that would set their maximum effective rate at 25 percent, a senior administration official said on Tuesday.

Oop’s there is an Alternative Minimum Tax.

Mr. Obama also would establish a minimum tax on multinational corporations’ foreign earnings, the official said, to discourage “accounting games to shift profits abroad” or actual relocation of production overseas.

We have all seen how well that has worked on an individual basis.  maybe that part should be rethought. 


The rest of the article is just fanboyism.  “Obama is truly the friend of the working man” and such.  No kids chanting MMM MMM MMM but I am sure on the CBS news that will be a subliminal overtone.

I just remembered this

Posted: February 22, 2012 by doubleplusundead in Random Crap

Don’t ask me why.

Over-regulated America Part Deux

Posted: February 21, 2012 by chad98036 in Uncategorized

Following up from last week.  In this article the Economist looks (briefly) at why it is so hard to reform regulation. 

The conclusion – Congress is full of morons who are scared of pimento farmers.  I’m not sure that the two are directly related but it does indicate that I, as a full fledged moron who lives in fear of pimento farmers rising up to kill me, should be in congress.

Besides the whole pimento farmer thing the article reinforced the point I was making about this election really being about who will best implement some sort of regulatory reform.  In a year when the Obama administration is “reducing regulation” they have proposed 194 new ones.  In contrast, the Arch-liberal George W. Bush administration proposed 141 in it’s first 3 years in office.  Probably still too many, although I would be a lot of them revolved around War on Terror activities, but quite a difference in numbers.

In a second (third if you count the one I posted last week) article the way the costs and benefits of regulations are calculated is examined.  Short answer, not honestly:

The minutiae of how regulators calculate benefits may seem arcane, but matters a lot. When businesses complain that Mr Obama has burdened them with costly new rules, his advisers respond that those costs are more than justified by even higher benefits. His Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which vets the red tape spewing out of the federal apparatus, reckons the “net benefit” of the rules passed in 2009-10 is greater than in the first two years of the administrations of either George Bush junior or Bill Clinton.

But those calculations have been criticised for resting on assumptions that yield higher benefits and lower costs. One of these assumptions is the generous use of ancillary benefits, or “co-benefits”, such as reductions in fine particles as a result of a rule targeting mercury.

If reducing fine particles is so beneficial, it would surely be more transparent and efficient to target them directly. As it happens, federal standards for fine-particle concentrations already exist. But the EPA routinely claims additional benefits from reducing those concentrations well below levels the current law considers safe. That is dubious: a lack of data makes it much harder to know the effects of such low concentrations.

So by claiming benefits from over-regulating already regulated particles the benefits of a regulation is artificially inflated while cost is artificially deflated.  This is not the only example of regulatory dishonesty provided.  (To be fair the article notes that the Bush administration was accused of similar chicanery in reverse, but I am with Ace, I think, in that I would rather err in favor of personal choice and freedom)

Just ask these guys.

And here is a link-heavy WUWT update on the case as well.

Oh, and to those who did the deed:

Fuck you, legal style.

Cartels in NEPA?

Posted: February 19, 2012 by doubleplusundead in WTF Is Wrong With PA

Holy chit, hispanic kid damn near took off a black kid’s hand with a machete in Wilkes-Barre.  These are young high schoolers.  Yikes.

My Mom is the Bravest Woman on the Planet.

Posted: February 18, 2012 by It's Vintage, Duh in Uncategorized

Just sayin’.