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Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 24 2012

Relative Importance in IT survey

James Hall is asking IT professionals to take a short survey to collect some information on relative importance of various aspects of your position. It is a purely anonymous survey, and is comprised of four properties within which you must allot ten points to represent how big a slice of your responsibilities each property represents. …

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Apr 24 2012

S E Cupp is wrong about so many things… this time, equality

You folks might remember S. E. Cupp as FOX News’ token atheist, who claims to be godless but “doesn’t hate God”. You might remember her as Sarah Cupp, who I’m guessing doesn’t like to be called Sarah because she bears more than a passing resemblance to Sarah Palin both in politics and in appearance. Now, …

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Apr 23 2012

CISPA marches onward with precious little fanfare or opposition

What happens when the government wants to fire a salvo in the copyright war that will, as a function of its broadside, accidentally break the foundation of the internet? Everyone gets upset, from the common folk to the mass media — because, see, everyone uses the internet. Thus, SOPA and PIPA died. What happens when …

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Apr 23 2012

Canada’s new dinosaur quarter

dino-coin

So, every once in a while, we Canadians do something kinda awesome. I know, I usually only cover Canada’s monumental fuck-ups under Harper, but I need to give props for the little niceties included in efforts like our current revamp of our monetary system — including new polymer notes and the elimination of the penny. …

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Apr 22 2012

Fischer: “Capitalism is based on Jesus’ teachings”

I had no idea the prosperity gospel was based on anything but wishful thinking. Bryan Fischer teaches me otherwise! See, in Mark, Jesus said that his death SERVED humanity, ergo the capitalist principle of “the customer is always right!” Or something. Of course, he also said “sell all your possessions and buy a sword”, but …

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Apr 22 2012

Richard Carrier is my new favorite Bible scholar.

For a very long time, I had considered Bart Ehrman to be the foremost Bible scholar, especially as pertains the question of an historical Jesus. I thought Ehrman’s position, that it’s impossible to separate the historical man from the mythological parts, and therefore completely unnecessary, to be the most nuanced and all-encompassing position to take. …

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Apr 20 2012

Stop CISPA. NOW. It goes to vote MONDAY.

Here’s an infographic that explains succinctly why this matters. Facebook supports this bill, and has evidently been stripping links to information about CISPA from people’s messages. Total internet surveillance, without legal recourse. Facebook and other big tech companies are supporting giving information to the government without warrants, so that when they cooperate with the government …

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Apr 19 2012

Meet the new internet power grab, same as the old one.

Ladies and gentlemen, I cordially introduce you to the new Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, sponsored by Mike Rogers (R-MI). I suspect that in name and in deed, it will remind you a great deal of SOPA and PIPA, the two bills we barely defeated by shutting down half the internet in …

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Apr 18 2012

Megaman 2 – Wily Stage 1

Okay, I’m stupid busy right now, so here’s some filler. This is my current ringtone on my work phone! Yes, I know, I should get some awesome rock cover instead, but nothing says old skool like NES chiptune.

Apr 17 2012

The new coder culture: “Brogrammers”

A few days ago, Neil McAllister of Fatal Exception covered the age and gender disparity in the software development world, and it sounds strikingly similar to stories about the science research world, video gaming communities, the various atheist communities online, and hell, even the “Brony” community. Apparently, a sort of generalized culture has emerged within …

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