Posted December 18th, 2013 @ 02:45pm by Erik J. Barzeski
The NSA: An Inside View reminds me of the conversations I've had with my wife about liberties, storing emails, etc.
She has said "They can keep and read all my emails, I don't care. I'm not doing anything wrong and I'm boring." I'm more on the side of don't talk to the police (though not to AJM's level in the comments). I'm more on the side of NOT having my privacy and liberties "softened" over time, because the more things erode, the more the eroded state becomes the new starting point for further erosion of rights and liberties.
But this all exists on some large greyscale slider of sorts. I'm obviously fine with some enforcement of scans at airports, but think that the TSA has gone way too far in several instances. Others would put the point at which they think they've had enough at a different point than me.
Is the government going to find anything even if they - on the incredibly rare chance that they do - look at my emails and stuff? No. But do they deserve to be given the chance? I'm still leaning towards "no."
Posted December 17th, 2013 @ 02:26pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 16th, 2013 @ 01:08pm by Erik J. Barzeski
It looks like nobody at Drobo anticipated (or cares about) the change to labels in Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks).
This is the installer disk image for Drobo Dashboard. 😛
Posted December 15th, 2013 @ 09:04am by Erik J. Barzeski
If you get the chance, please check out my project on Indiegogo. "Lowest Score Wins" is… well, I may as well just copy what it says:
"Lowest Score Wins" (or "LSW") is a first-of-its kind book that will lower your score the very next time you play.
Lots of books promise to make you better… What makes LSW different?
Golf books have traditionally fallen into one of several categories: some purport to help you with the mental game, some will try to assist you with your golf swing, or your short game. These books, though helpful, often fail to help you lower your score… not today, not tomorrow, not next year.
By combining our rich statistical analysis, simple techniques, and gameplan building blocks, LSW will help you build your own Lowest Score Gameplan to shave strokes off your score quickly. We will show you specifically what to do and what pitfalls to avoid every time you play golf. We will show you techniques to quickly improve your game without overhauling your swing. We'll examine statistics - of the game's best, average, and poorest players - and show you how to take advantage of the skills you already possess.
Posted December 14th, 2013 @ 11:08am by Erik J. Barzeski
12/14/13 1:47:37.026 PM mDNSResponder: mDNSPlatformTCPSocket: socket error 0 errno 49 (Can't assign requested address)
12/14/13 1:47:37.026 PM mDNSResponder: MakeTCPConn: unable to create TCP socket
And in CURL:
curl: (7) Failed to connect to 188.8.131.52: Can't assign requested address
Essentially all HTTP requests fail (pings still work).
The solution seems to be a variant of:
sudo ifconfig en0 down
sudo route flush
sudo ifconfig en0 up
Saves me from having to reboot, at least.
P.S. I have no idea what causes this issue. It's occurred twice in the last few months, though.
Posted December 13th, 2013 @ 07:01pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I've been using Touch ID since I got an iPhone 5s in mid-October. Generally speaking, I like it, and I find it faster than the old swipe-and-passcode method, but I've felt compelled to reteach it my fingerprints twice already. I know this sounds impossible, but its recognition of my prints seems to decay with time.
When I first started using TouchID, I was annoyed as heck with it. I re-programmed my thumb about six times over the first month.
Then I realized that I was probably just not programming the right part of my thumb. The next time I re-programmed my phone, I set it down and picked it up quickly. I pulled it from my pocket. I programmed TouchID the same way I use TouchID. I found that I typically touch far closer to my first knuckle when I use my phone than the first six times I programmed TouchID.
I've noticed no "decay" since this sixth time. I noticed decay the first six times because, gradually, I'd revert to the way I grab my phone and move away from remembering how I'd programmed it.
Posted December 12th, 2013 @ 06:57pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Behind Apple's mutiny against its court-ordered ebooks monitor - Fortune Features
Not in the way that you might think, either:
The more eye-catching of Apple's claims were its accusations that Bromwich was already insisting on meeting every member of Apple's executive team and board, including former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Jr., and the company's legendary product designer, Sir Jonathan Ive -- neither of whom had anything to do with antitrust compliance issues, according to Apple (AAPL). In addition, the papers noted, Bromwich was demanding that Apple pay a 15% "administrative fee" to his consulting firm on top of his $1,100 hourly rate and the $1,025 hourly fee of antitrust lawyer Bernard Nigro, who was appointed to assist him because of Bromwich's lack of antitrust experience. (Nigro heads the antitrust group at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where Bromwich was a partner from 1999 to 2010.)
It was, rather, Apple's last claim -- accusing Bromwich of simultaneously playing a quasi-prosecutorial role and yet answering directly to the judge -- which may be the most significant. It signals that Apple is taking aim not just at Bromwich, but also at U.S. District Judge Denise Cote herself.
Posted December 11th, 2013 @ 06:45pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Android may have the market share lead, but iOS is still where it's at:
iOS-based devices drove more than $543 million dollars in online sales, with iPad taking a 77 percent share. Android-based devices were responsible for $148 million in online sales, a 4.9 percent share of mobile driven online sales.
Posted December 10th, 2013 @ 06:33pm by Erik J. Barzeski
29 Dumb Things Finance People Say:
1. "They don't have any debt except for a mortgage and student loans."
OK. And I'm vegan except for bacon-wrapped steak.
3. "Earnings missed estimates."
No. Earnings don't miss estimates; estimates miss earnings. No one ever says "the weather missed estimates." They blame the weatherman for getting it wrong. Finance is the only industry where people blame their poor forecasting skills on reality.
Not on the list: "What kind of monthly payment are you looking for?"
Posted December 9th, 2013 @ 06:20pm by Erik J. Barzeski
How Square moves Cash is a simple article. Nothing I didn't know already, but only takes a minute to read.
I've been on PayPal for a LONG time, and I use a combination of PayPal and Square when a customer wants to pay me (often a golf student).
Posted December 8th, 2013 @ 06:01pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Everything fits on the screen at one time, too!
Posted December 7th, 2013 @ 05:11pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Major league baseball's schedule affects the lives of millions of Americans. For 25 years, the masterminds behind the massive undertaking were The Stephensons. A husband and wife duo working with a computer, a pencil and a great deal of cooperation.
ESPN has a great video on the husband-wife team that have crafted MLB's schedule for 25 years.
At about 0:40 in you'll hear this:
In ten years you can generate more possible schedule solutions than there are atoms in the universe.
Posted December 6th, 2013 @ 04:32pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I hadn't ever thought about it, but apparently concussions are common in baseball among catchers (foul tips can be especially dangerous). In fact, concussions are causing arguably the best catcher in baseball to try out first base.
Posted December 5th, 2013 @ 04:10pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 4th, 2013 @ 02:26pm by Erik J. Barzeski
That's pretty nifty. And an effective way to get rid of ants, too.
There's more at anthillart.com.