Monthly Archives: December 2010

Futility of Traffic Tickets and the Internet

The majority of traffic tickets given in Toronto are exercises in futility and taxation.  Toronto has made a name for itself as the city with the most speed traps in North America.  The majority of these aren’t out to protect … Continue reading

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Server downtime: Eventually We will not Require Hardware

I’m not being entirely glib and I’m not talking about cloud computing.  I’m not the first person to have said this, but I have repeated it often: The end goal of the software engineer is to eliminate the requirement for … Continue reading

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Who’s Right? My Copyright Rant

Being a mathematician at heart, I tend to return to first principles to resolve an issue.  To talk about the modern mess that is copyright and/or intellectual property, we’re going to consider the purveyors of this mess: corporations.  Why is … Continue reading

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Voldemort is not Creepy

This post started as a dinner table conversation.  I don’t find Voldemort creepy.  He’s ugly, evil, maniacal, and nasty, but just not creepy.  My wife argued that he’s creepy because he has no nose.  This point actually stemmed from my … Continue reading

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United Gamers Alliance: Friendly Multiplayer Games

If you read the UGA homepage, you’ll quickly note that they’re something of the anti-clan.  There are an amazing number of new multiplayer co-op games coming out.  We’re all familiar with Left 4 Dead and Borderlands (both favorites of mine).  … Continue reading

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Writing to be Read by Google: Selling Out?

I was working on several of my many drafts today and I realized that a significant portion of my time is spent thinking about my audience… and by audience, I don’t mean the nice people who end up reading my … Continue reading

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Spam free crap, really?

I get the economics of spam.  I commonly configure FreeBSD systems to route packets or serve as VoIP switches.  One computer programmed to examine and route billions of tiny little packets each day.  Routing billions of packets or 100’s of … Continue reading

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My Wikileaks Mirror Experience

Wikileaks has been in and out of the news for a few years now.  It has had a few major successes over the years, but nothing has generated the press and the notice from governments as the release of the … Continue reading

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Review: Tropico 3

Steam can be a nasty habbit… or at least a damnable temptation.  They have these sales, you see.  Good sales.  Good games for as little as $2.50 or $5.  This leads me to have a large heap of games in … Continue reading

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My first dollar (fifty)

I had a nice Christmas Eve with my parents and one of my sisters at her house.  Nice dinner, nice conversation… all around pleasant.  I was showing off my blog… fishing for complements.  I even broke out Clones (see my … Continue reading

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