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Pale Blue Dot / 蒼白的小藍點

by on Sep.29, 2013, under Musings

pale blue dotThat Pale Blue dot is Earth captured by Cassini from 851 million miles away beneath the rings of Saturn. Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

 

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RE: Alleged N,N & R Involvement in PRISM Program

by on Jun.08, 2013, under Uncategorized

All seeing eye

All seeing eye (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear N,N & R consulting users,

You may be aware of reports alleging that N,N & R consulting and several other Internet companies have joined a secret U.S. government program called PRISM to give the National Security Agency direct access to our servers. We would like to respond to the press reports, and give you the facts.

N,N & R consulting is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers. We have never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking for information or metadata in bulk, like the one Verizon reportedly received. We hadn’t even heard of PRISM before yesterday.

When governments ask N,N & R consulting for data, we review each request carefully to make sure they always follow the correct processes and all applicable laws, and then only provide the information if is required by law. We will continue fighting aggressively to keep your information safe and secure. Any suggestion that N,N & R consulting is disclosing information about our users’ Internet activity on such a scale is completely false.

We strongly encourage all governments to be much more transparent about all programs aimed at keeping the public safe. It’s the only way to protect everyone’s civil liberties and create the safe and free society we all want over the long term. We here at N,N & R consulting understand that the U.S. and other governments need to take action to protect their citizens’ safety—including sometimes by using surveillance. But the level of secrecy around the current legal procedures undermines the freedoms we all cherish.

* This is generated  from http://colingourlay.github.io/deny-prism/.  and done as joke

 

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I give up on pandas

by on Nov.10, 2012, under Musings

All pandas are bunch of cunts. I’m done with pandas, and i will tell you why. every fucking living creature loves pandas, the panda doesn’t have a natural predator on the planet, and they are dying out cause they are fucking dicks.

I say fuck`em, let them die out. The pandas don’f fuck each other therefore they don’t have babies, therefore we have no fucking pandas. let’s loose the fucking pandas. and it is not like we tried. we humans put panda’s in cages together to try and help them fuck. we go “There’s a panda. Go fuck the panda” and they just look at each other. you put any other animals in a cage and with in a week they will be fucking like well animals

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“Only the Sith deal in absolutes”

by on Oct.26, 2012, under Uncategorized

It is one of those rare nights that i am stuck at home with nothing to do (touch wood) so i thought i would watch some star wars  to get some geek cred back.  Since i been told  that i have lost touch with my inner geek in so many words And also to get into the mood since i am going as a storm trooper for the Halloween party

There is point in episode three when Obi wan tells Anikin “Only the Sith deal in absolutes”. If you think about it this is a broken statement as the statement itself is a absolute. and makes the whole pramise of jadi does not deal with absolute moot. Now if you like me spend some unhealthy amount of  time thinking about it it make sense.

You see The Sith deal in absolutes, but do no recognize they exist. They think everything is a grey area, but act as if there is only good and evil with no gray area.

Jedi believe in absolutes, but do not deal in them. They acknowledge the existence of absolutes, but act always in an area where there is another option/solution other than good or evil. They try to see a peaceful third option, essentially.

 

Anakin was dealing in absolutes without recognizing the possibility of a third option.

 

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EXADATA Fiasco

by on Sep.19, 2012, under Musings, News

I just read on the news that Maldives polices service have taken owner ship of a brand spanking new Oracle Exadata. This is such a wast of public funds when the government is at best struggling at worst unable to provide basic public services to the people.  Since i am some what familiar with oracle products and pricing and being a numbers guy i did some back of envelop calculations.
For a minimum config

 

Item US$
Oracle Exadata x2-2 quarter rack 330000
Exadata Storage Server X2-2 55000
Annual Support 76000

from the picture in the news article  it actually looks like it is a full rack which would be:

Item US$
Oracle Exadata x2-2 full rack 1100000
Exadata Storage Server X2-2 55000
Annual Support 210000

Implementation of the system would be between 70,000 – 150,000 on the low side

Also knowing how oracle operate they probably convinced them to buy ODI and Golden Gate too which run around 6,000 US$ per core. I will let the reader decide how much that will be on a modern server grade  processor with 2x 8 cores.

Their is absolutely no legitimate reason why police would need this kind of hardware to serve 350,000 people. Any DBA who cannot design and optimize data bases with biggest table holding about 350,000 rows (assuming 1 record per citizen) on hardware that is 1/5 of the price of a Exadata solution  needs to be taken out the back, shot stabbed and crucified and his head hung on city gates as a warning to other DBA’s of his incompetence .
Another big question is why did not the experts at NCIT not advice police and stop the police from spending this money ?
Of course all of this is assuming that database is required for legitimate police work. Now if they are tracking every phone call, sms, email (highly doubt full), and URL’s (i am looking at you ROL/Focus ), yes i agree they will require hardware like this.  But if that is the case they are going beyond serve and protect and invading privacy.
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