Mon 08 June 2020
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Fri 17 April 2020
Email disclaimers are stupid and they make your company look stupid.
The only email disclaimer that seems to have any legal effect whatsoever is when a lawyer says "This email does not create a client confidentiality relationship." All others are completely bogus. The lawyer one is almost bogus, since it …
Thu 12 March 2020
Who do you trust? And do you trust them indefinitely far into the future?
If you have specific reasons to believe you will be targetted by an interested, competent, resourceful attacker: you need serious information security measures, which will be painful and potentially expensive in both time and money. I …
Sat 22 February 2020
Sun 26 January 2020
Sun 29 December 2019
As of version 27, forked-daapd works well enough for my purposes.
forked-daapd is an audio streaming server and webclient for same; it offers compatibility with:
- iTunes and Rhythmbox clients
- AirPlay speakers, including Shairport
- MPD clients
- any mp3 stream client, like VLC
- Roku Soundbridge
Of these, you can no longer …
Thu 19 December 2019
The scientific method goes boing.
- Form a question.
- Observe evidence.
- Form hypotheses.
- Create experiments.
- Observe results.
- Compare hypotheses.
- Be critical.
The scientific method runs off the rails in step 2 and explodes into uncertainty in step 3. It turns out that observing evidence is rarely easy or straightforward: it's a …
Wed 27 November 2019
Fri 08 November 2019
A lot of annoying irrelevant interview questions are Fermi questions. (Enrico Fermi was a famous nuclear physicist.) A Fermi question is one where there's some real answer that you could get by carrying out an arduous and possibly ridiculous procedure, but making a good guess and showing your work will …
Tue 05 November 2019
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Tue 29 October 2019
Sun 06 October 2019
Centralized facilities are easier to manage. Centralized facilities are easier to control.
Distributed facilities are harder to manage, harder to control.
Centralized facilities need expensive, difficult redundancies to maintain function during a partial outage. Distributed facilities need coordination.
Centralized is cheaper than distributed if you don't pay for the things …