Archive for February, 2012

Also girlflirting.

You’re welcome.

Yep, that’s the word from the Center for American Progress:

 

Ridiculous? Sure.  The problem is that otherwise smart people are believing this.

H.L. Mencken:

[T]he intelligent, like the unintelligent, are responsive to propaganda…

 

And by “otherwise smart”, I mean two of my friends who happen to be math professors. Yeah, you read that right — not just one, but two math PhDs shared this on their facebook pages. Not medieval French literature. Not womyn’s studies.  Math.

Now, just off the top of  my head, I can think of a few big problems with this video.  First, they’re only looking at the latest recession cycle, and not comparing it to other cycles, where we all know the comparison is not flattering.  Second, they’re using GDP as an absolute rather than as %growth or annualized %growth by quarter.  When you look at GDP growth, it’s more clear that Obama’s policies created a “thud” rather than a bang.  Third, they’re ignoring the other contemporaneous massive interventions like TARP, various Fed and Treasury programs on the order of a couple hundred billion, and the Fed’s extremely aggressive monetary loosening.  Fourth, the causal link from stimulus to economic improvement doesn’t even exist, at least not for the immediate impact that they’re implying. By the end of the second quarter of 2009 only about 8% of the stimulus had been spent.  It took them until about June of 2010 to spend half of it, and by June of 2011 they had still only spent 83% of it. (Those dates being when I randomly chose to check in on the stimulus and take screen-caps of recovery.gov.)

How many quarters of GDP growth and jobs numbers were “worse than expected”, to the point where economic expectations were almost a free-standing punchline?

I could probably go on, but I know I’m preaching to the choir here.  Further debunkery is left as an exercise for the reader.  Now back to the video, and its purpose.

People who are otherwise smart, and who still have their jobs, are going to see some modest growth figures for the economy and say, “yeah sure”.  The video is allows otherwise smart people to continue to believe what they want to believe, which is that Obama is doing okay, and that they didn’t make a mistake when they voted for him in 2008.  It’s intellectual cover.

See, those smart guys made some graphs, and everything is cool.

In completely unrelated news, I’m hearing anecdotal evidence of ammunition shortages this year.  If the polls don’t improve after the GOP convention, I think you’re going to see a rehash of 2008-2009 for guns and ammo sales/shortages.

Exactly

Posted: February 25, 2012 by veeshir in PEBKAC, Random Crap

We’ve all seen the headline,

Richard Dawkins: I can’t be sure God does not exist

As the resident atheist I feel I should comment.

That’s exactly correct. If you’re an honest atheist you have to admit you can’t be sure about the existence of a god. If you say there is no god, you’re just replacing faith in a god with faith in no god.

Many American atheists aren’t really atheists, they just hate Judeo-Christians and have replaced their parents’ faith with leftism, which is a particularly intolerant version of Dark Ages Catholicism, complete with saints, hypocritical clergy, heretics and self-scourging. You can tell that they just hate Jews and Christians by how they treat Israel, America and Muslim nations. Israel and America try to defend themselves and they’re The Debil!/Mama Boucher, people in Muslim countries go on a murderous rampage because someone burned a book and it’s America’s fault.

Good for Dawkins for saying something intelligent, even if I still think he’s an asshole.

H/T all the news aggregators.

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.

Oops

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.

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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.