Busy day for me, so it’s up to y’all.
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Busy day for me, so it’s up to y’all.
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I Heart Breitbartbees
I wonder when Mitch McConnell will finally admit to the world his massive man-crush on Keith Ellison. His desperate cries for his better’s attention are becoming pathetic. I don’t happen to swing that way, but Congressman Ellison is quite the handsome fellow.
Paul in KY
Our Senatortise is happily married to evil hellspawn Elaine Chao, I’ll have you know.
Contribution: Giving up coffee to balance the books: how many lattes to financial freedom?
@Paul in KY: Define “happily”.
Been cooking coffee and a pork shoulder. I think I’ll make slaw.
New wrinkle the the healthcare roll out. Yearly caps on out of pocket expenses for policyholders have been delayed because insurance companies could not get the necessary computer programs up and running in four years.
@jeffreyw: Cooking coffee? Does that mean to imply it’s mixed up integrally with the pork or do you just drink it really really strong. I could be intrigued in both directions. Slaw, I’ve got covered.
@jeffreyw: The fig gravy was killer but the fresh ginger gave me fits in my sleep!
Paul in KY
@Poopyman: Umm, let me think…
He gets to say he is ‘married’ (to a live girl) & she stays connected to the Washington DC Republican social/power circuit.
Looking like the NSA has erected a major barrier to US companies in and entering the $131 billion/year (estimate) Cloud Computing market. Companies in the EU are legally forbidden to release the kind of information the NSA, et. al., routinely grabs, so there goes $34 billion/year, which is more than enough for SAP to learn the business and jump to dominance.
IBM must be spitting nails.
@Mino: WTF? I have a yearly cap on out of pocket expenses, and my insurance policy was issued in 2001.
@Anoniminous: Companies in the EU are legally forbidden. Notice they say nothing of “Companies in the EU are forbidden to use cloud companies that release information to the NSA.”
Also, what kind of information is the NSA getting from cloud computing companies?
Tearing my remaining hair out in a committee hearing in Sacto on water conservation.
@RaflW: Your policy may continue that behavior at the underwriter’s discretion for 2014. Then the regulations will kick in…hopefully.
@Belafon: I should also add that I’m pretty sure IBM has a pretty good presence in Europe. I doubt it’s too worried about following one set of laws there and another set here.
My two greatest fears about cloud computing:
1. Sudden company shutdown, whether business based or based upon the seizure of servers due to criminal activity, thereby depriving me of access to necessary data for either a lengthy period of time or forever.
2. Haxx0rs getting in and destroying my shit, that concern accelerated and heightened when just about any employee of the cloud company leaves under less than wonderful circumstances.
Never have figured out how outsourcing storage was such a brilliant idea.
I don’t get the freak out.
There are expected teething pains in getting Obamacare implemented. The government’s already said they won’t bother with parts of the law, like requiring businesses to issue 1099’s for every damn thing they hire someone to do.
Obamacare Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum plans are all high deductible plans, with co-insurance after the annual deductible is met.
I think Bronze plans have 60% co-insurance and Platinum plans are 90% co-insurance.
The plans that are coming out will not be like traditional insurance plans, where the insurance paid the first dollar after a $20 co-pay.
Insurance pricing seems like it will vary between states as some states try to do the best things for their citizens under Obamacare, while others try to make its implementation as hard as possible. Trying to determine anything about the cost to consumer under Obamacare right now will be difficult to gauge, because it’s all speculation.
If you can get a bronze plan with a $2,000 deductible and 60% co-insurance up to say a $10,000 annual maximum or whatever insurance rolls out, it’s still better than being on the hook for a $100,000 hospital bill.
The two biggest things that will drive people to opt for insurance instead of the penalty will be the premium support and no rejection for pre-existing conditions.
Obamacare was never intended to turn us into a Scandinavian socialist paradise in one fell swoop. It was meant to make things better within the current healthcare system, which it does even without this being fully implemented.
For the rest of us, who have employer based coverage, there won’t be any major changes unless the employer makes a major change.
Also, too insurance companies have to be more transparent about what they will cover, so you won’t get plans that will deny you coverage when you get sick.
My new proprietary market-killing widget design?
Who gives a fuck? The issue is trust. Fuck it, burn it to a CD and put in the safe. Sorry, cloud computing.
Villago Delenda Est
Probably some benefit for the short term bottom line…the only bottom line the MBA trained middle management type concerns itself with.
@kdaug: a cd?
Hey, speaking of, there’s a bunch of geniuses here. Anyone use Blu Ray for data storage?
US companies that do business in the EU are currently required to follow the EU’s compliance rules. We get training on that every other year here at the Giant Evil (Multinational) Corporation. So it will probably mostly affect small companies that aren’t already complying with EU rules.
Mobile computing. Once people wanted to access the same data on their desktop, laptop, and iPhone, the cloud became inevitable.
I don’t keep much in the cloud because I have the same worries you do, but it’s definitely been annoying sometimes to realize that an email I want is on my desktop and I can’t access it because I’m at Starbucks with my iPhone.
With so many workers mobile, “the cloud” is the New Server.
It combines “remote” and “backup” in a way people don’t have to understand because the right app or program just does it for them. Trust me, people never think about backing up. EVER.
It implements cheap workstations, like the Chromebook I’m typing this on. It could get run over by a truck and I just pick up another $200 keyboard/flatscreen combo and pick up where I left off.
don’t vote for cory booker if you live in NJ, please.
@raven: Or a granite tablet.
You get two chisels, see, one shaped like a zero, the other shaped like a one.
Point stands, though. The issue is trust.
(Neg on Blu Ray. Why? Shouldn’t be an issue. A burn software query?)
People have outsourced storage for a long time. Safe deposit boxes at banks are outsourced storage. If the bank gets taken over by the FDIC, whatever is in your safe deposit box is no longer available to you. It’s part of the settlement with the bank.
And then there are the ever-mushrooming storage units for all the crap we supposedly need but can’t fit into our houses.
I’m puzzled why the giant leap of faith implied here gets ignored by most people. Do they really trust a big computing company (or a small, new one) to take all of their bits, move them somewhere undefined and keep them safe and accessible forever? Or are they just not thinking about that.
I was in corporate IT for 13 years. We put our backups on tape and stored them in a different time zone under lock and key.
@kdaug: And hardware. I have toast 11 but no blu ray burner.
Someone is not getting the memos. TEH DEFICIT is worstest crisis EVAR!!! Therefore Granny needs to eat cat food!
(Warning: Hufflepuff link)
There’s a difference between cloud storage and cloud processing. I can definitely see the advantages of cloud processing, especially if there are some fairly standardized platforms (e.g. I can get my favorite flavor of Linux from more than one vendor). The worst you’d lose in the event of a company shutting down is whatever was in the queue at the time of the failure. I’m not as easily sold on cloud storage. I can see some uses- serving public documents, encrypted backups, etc.- but I agree that it only makes sense as your primary medium if you trust the cloud provider more than your own IT department.
@raven: Looks good! I can’t even taste the figs while looking at it. Well done, sir, well done!
Cloud storage is fine by me. I store essential files locally anyhow.
What I’ve never understood is all the push for cloud applications. Oh I can understand the appeal in theory. You don’t have to worry about the specs for your computer being able to run the newest game/word processor/graphic design program. You just remotely connect to a server and live stream it.
But in the world is that going to be technically or economically feasible? The bandwidth requirements would be enormous, and the server farms to run these things would have to be orders of magnitude more powerful than they are right now. Even supposing that ever happens, how is that ever going to be economically competitive? I don’t understand how any company can ever make a business out of such a model.
I broke down and accepted an iPhone for work specifically because I can get my personal and work email accounts on it. I travel 5 days (or more) a week and need at least 3 ways to access corporate data.
We use secure servers for email and a docs database. Laptop + VPN = office on the road.
And I back up my devices to an external HDD that’s kept physically separate from them. No cloud, decent security.
All of the servers will be in four locations, generating tremendous heat which will be used to create tornados to run vortex generators that will spare us from the need to build new power plants as long as the tornados behave.
@scav: Coffee beans come to me all the way from Costa Rica, but they travel and keep best when green. Cooking makes those green beans suitable for making coffee to drink. The pork does well with just a minimal rub of salt and spices, none of which are coffee. I got the slaw right here.
I’m not as easily sold on cloud storage. I can see some uses- serving public documents, encrypted backups, etc.- but I agree that it only makes sense as your primary medium if you trust the cloud provider more than your own IT department.
Ja. The big selling point is convenience so you don’t have to maintain storage, but in practice you still have to maintain storage, so you’re dumping data from your storage unit to someone else’s storage unit and hoping it doesn’t go poof one day. (With the added problem that anybody, black hats, NSA, FBI, FSB, the Chinese, cloud company admins, random people hitting a bug or pit bulls will wind up pwning your data.) It’s a large niche product for companies with lots of stuff that can be duped quickly.
@Belafon: I doubt it’s too worried about following one set of laws there and another set here.
The problem stems from the fact that being based in the US might result in their being required to cough up data from everything they own everywhere else in the world. In practice, this won’t prevent IBM/whatever from operating in the EU – it will mean that lots of people in the EU won’t trust IBM (correctly) and will use other providers.
[‘That is not happy making for people pimping the miracles of the cloud.’]
@Yatsuno: It doesn’t matter, Glenn Hubbard is still fear mongering about the debt.
@Mnemosyne: Encrypt the data. My not-very-secure cloud data is encrypted with a built in system in my S3 client that’s good enough to keep Amazon from casually snooping it. My more secure data is PGP’ed. My really secure data (i.e., the keys for the above PGP) is on a CD-ROM in a safe.
@raven: I burned a few hundred gigabytes of photos but found it to be a bother. I keep everything on hard drives in multiple locations these days Real time folder sync between a pair of Synology NAS servers, an automatic backup to a raid array everynight, and I also keep iterations on several other machines and external drives that are updated with SyncToy on a “when I think about it” schedule.
@schrodinger’s cat: Did he play 2nd for the Braves?
What do you use for roasting? I have a Gene Cafe, and I like it.
@jeffreyw: the department of redundancy department. . .
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@schrodinger’s cat: Via Krugthulu, google did a poll, 47% think the deficit has increased “a lot” since 2010, less than 20% think it’s gone down.
I’d like to know what percentage of that 47% (heh) could actually define “the deficit” without clues from a poll question.
@raven: I have no idea what you just said. Who are the Braves? some sports team? I is clueless about sports.
The Russian Minister of the Interior says the country’s anti-gay laws will be applied at the winter Olympics, contradicting assurances from the IOC that the Russians had told them the laws will not be applied. Meanwhile the IOC is threatening sanctions against athletes who make any statements of protest during the games. This is not going to end well.
@replicnt6: I put up a post about it when I first bought it. With a bonus Bitsy pic!
@jeffreyw: Aah, green beans, so what I’ve seen called roasting. Do you do yours in a corn popper or ??? Once added strong coffee to a beef stew as the liquid on a whim (no wine and the spices didn’t seem robust enough). Turned out well, but I was less sure about pork. And that is a nicely different slaw, I suddenly want to add sesame oil and some sort of ricey noodle. Or is the whole point a more traditional light vinaigrette not getting in the way of things?
@scav: Is Homer behaving this morning, or is he being a bad kitteh?
This is what Obama said in his press confererence last Friday:
And who is selecting that “independent group” that will “maintain the trust of the people”? None other that James “lying ack of shit” Clapper.
Clapper lied to Congress, yet Obama selects him to pick a panel to report on maintaining the trust of the people. Obama’s a good guy and all that, but what the fuck is he up to here?
@schrodinger’s cat: Glen
James E. Powell
It’s not about the debt or the deficit. Those are just code words for giving free money to [insert racist epithet] and other undeserving moochers.
Deja news: Obama wins Ohio, Republicans try to make voting harder
By Laura Conaway
Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:35 PM EDT
The last time Ohio Republicans tried to make voting harder, they ended up having to repeal their own bill. That 2011 measure, HB 194, would’ve cut early voting days by half. State voters forced a referendum to overturn the law, and Ohio Republicans decided to take it off the books themselves rather than place it before voters in 2012. In repealing HB 194, lawmakers left in place a new ban on early voting for the weekend before the election, only to have a court order the state to put those days back.
So that went well, right? Last week the folks at Plunderbund noted that an Ohio lawmaker is now working on a bill to cut early voting days in half and final weekend voting, again. In an August 5 memo seeking co-sponsors, Representative John Becker (R), wrote, “This bill would reduce the length of time for absent voting from 35 days before Election Day to 17 days; limiting early voting to two weeks prior to the election concluding on the Friday before the election.”
It appears that Becker has company.
The Toledo Blade reports that the old repealed HB 194 is making a comeback, only not as a single measure:
@raven: I had a home made NAS (a FreeNAS device) that blew a motherboard. I had all the data on two external hard drives. I’m a believer in multiple redundant backup copies on different machine devices that all have copies of my copies copies to multiple hard drives with redundancy and hot spares that have spares themselves.
@schrodinger’s cat: I assume this is an errant click as I’ve no Homer to report on. I can nevertheless contribute that the squeaky gerbil I’m feeding is experimenting with drumming techniques and media, hasn’t chewed on me to the point of blood in days and shared some timothy hay nicely with a teeny rescued bunny down the street. Cat has decided to yowl at odd moments to remind me I am NOT the right person but otherwise continues friendly if increasingly needy and accusing. Frogs are Frogs — still eating.
Dead ender alert! https://twitter.com/Green_Footballs/status/367335506503163905/photo/1
Good news for rand p.
@scav: I use rice vinegar and have often added a wee dram of the sesame oil, sometimes the hot version, although Mrs J hates it when I do that.
Another Holocene Human
@scav: No wonder all those restaurants went under after the Big Crash. Massive new openings of chain restaurants with new housing developments with only 3% sector growth over four years? Ouch.
@gene108: From the NY Times…..”The limit on out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles and co-payments, was not supposed to exceed $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for a family. But under a little-noticed ruling, federal officials have granted a one-year grace period to some insurers, allowing them to set higher limits, or no limit at all on some costs, in 2014.
The grace period has been outlined on the Labor Department’s Web site since February, but was obscured in a maze of legal and bureaucratic language that went largely unnoticed. When asked in recent days about the language — which appeared as an answer to one of 137 “frequently asked questions about Affordable Care Act implementation” — department officials confirmed the policy.”
If you have an acute illness, you might win. Chronic or normal usage, you have pricey insurance you may not be able to access, especially as regards high drug costs. There won’t be any federal subsidies for out of pocket, guys.
@schrodinger’s cat: If Homer is with scav he is being a very bad kitteh, indeed. Mrs J assures me that Homer is still here and the Feliway refills are starting to alleviate his manic behaviors. He is merely obnoxious at the moment.
Never put anything in the cloud for which you don’t have a physical backup within arm’s length.
I use Wuala to give me access on my home computer to work-related stuff that is stored on my work computer. The work computer is backed up twice, once to a physical hard drive in my office and once to a USB drive that resides on my keychain.
Putting my 2.6Tb music library in the cloud is just out of the question; it’s too expensive. It’s backed up to a physical hard drive in the home office, and the original CDs and vinyl are in storage.
After a 16 year gap, new music from Toad the Wet Sprocket.
Apparently you missed the recent reports that virtually every major Western intelligence service is engaged in the same sort of hoovering up of information as the NSA.
@jeffreyw: My mistake, typing while eating lunch!
@scav: I meant to click on jeffreyw’s comment. You should share pics of your critters, they sound like they keep you on your toes.
@James E. Powell: I think Wall Street wants to get its paws on the Social Security funds.
Villago Delenda Est
@James E. Powell:
As opposed to giving money to deserving moochers, aka banksters.
@jeffreyw: Everyone should believe in something, I believe I’ll go fishing. . .
This is an interesting question in a different way. Cloud data tends to get replicated all around the world through one mechanism or another. So how does an EU company protect their data from a US warrant while still delivering that data to the US? Seems like more of a problem for EU companies than for US ones – how many of them are willing to write off the US market entirely?
@Another Holocene Human: Worse, remember a fair number of those developments were built for phantom demand — lots of school districts overbuilt assuming actual people with kids were going to show up in structures built to flip. Vapor owners eat even less than 3% growth.
The Moar You Know
@raven: Fuck no.
Any burnable optical disk can suffer from catastrophic failure at any time. I have discs from ten years ago that work fine. I have discs burned two weeks ago that are unrecoverable. You just don’t know. Can’t have that kind of uncertainty with my backups. Raid 0+1 is where it’s at if you can afford four hard drives. 1+0 if speed is a factor and you can live with a little bit less redundancy.
@ranchandsyrup: More info plz. As a former water lawyer, I love this stuff. (How’s the Bay Delta planning process going.)
My Samoyed pup’s ears are up – and I documented the process. (Not paying a whole lot of attention to politics just lately…)
@The Moar You Know: I is convinced!
@replicnt6: I’ve never decided whether home-roasting was worth it, but there’s a cafe I used to hang out at in Tarrytown, NY with a big roaster in the middle, and man did that place smell good on roasting days.
Commercial time sharing goes back to the mid-sixties. Same shit, different name.
Not Adding Much To The Community
@Villago Delenda Est: “Never have figured out how outsourcing storage was such a brilliant idea.”
Cloud computing is about more than storage; it’s cloud -computing-; processes are running on the network, most likely on virtualized hardware, and then returning the results, the final data “product” back to the customer.
@JoyceH: I choose to SQUEEEEE!!!
Again, from what I have gathered about the plans going up on exchanges* there will be mostly high deductible plans. The days of copays are ending. Obamacare’s “Cadillac tax” is pushing this along, as well as the rise in health care costs.
Even with the 6k annual max you would still have out of pocket costs for drugs, labs,etc. till you hit the deductible. After that there is co-insurance till the annual limit.
I do not know what annual out if pocket max will be offered in 2014 and how much it will deviate from 6k for a single. It is not an insurmountable deal breaker.
As long as preventive care is still free, you get premium support and insurance has to pay claims, this is still a net win because of Obamacare.
*unless you are on the exchanges the impact of Obamacare for most folks may not even be noticeable; it is the impact on exchanges that is being debated.
The Moar You Know
@burnspbesq: A century wouldn’t have been long enough.
Damn, TBogg is hanging it up – I am going to miss him, even if it was often the cause of spit coffee all over my monitor….
AB 1266 was signed by the governor:
Some states move backward, others forward…
I missed the earlier thread about cats in cat trees. Mine use the much-worn one I have all the time.
Jack in the cat tree
I’d show you more but I’m out of links. The only one who doesn’t use it is Angus, as his legs are on the short side for effective climbing.
Does your dog bite? In Swiss.
@The Moar You Know:
Haters gotta hate.
I’m sure every band you listen to would get a similar reaction from some people, possibly including me.
@JoyceH: He is full of win and awesome. Thanks for sharing.
Talking to people in the business in the EU, it’s as much – if not more – about perception, rather than reality. They have gotten more RFIs and RFPs in the past month than in the first quarter of 2013.
@burnspbesq: They’re playing down in SD at Humphrey’s by the bay on 8/24.
2.6TB of music? I thought my 61 GB music from over 400 albums was big…
After a couple of HDD failures, I’ve learned my lesson and have a continuous physical backup as well as personal archives for photos plus a handful of thumbdrives for a few critical items. Backups paid for themselves when my Windows install went south and I had to reinstall everything. Reminds me that I need to burn a few DVDs of photo archives.
@JoyceH: He is precious. Made me smile.
So sweet. I love it.
Found a cool article that seems relevant to your interests…
About 4,500 albums, and lots of hi-res downloads and vinyl rips. At 192/24, a typical album is 4-5 gigs.
I just saw this at BoingBoing about a chain that is underselling Walmart while treating its employees quite well.
Maybe my dream of seeing Walmart driven out of existence will one day come true…
I don’t care so much about the individual discipline per se, but as someone suffering with extreme student loan burden for a higher ed degree I have always appreciated LGM’s crusade to end the egregious abuses of law students. So, with that in mind, this is how you smack one guy around on the internet:
@The Moar You Know:
raid 0 is useless. lose one, you lose it all. sure, speed is better on a striped volume but you’d best have a good backup system at hand.
now raid 5 +1 is nifty shit.
J R in WV
At work (before I retired) the DBA did a backup every night to optical disk, and it went out in the internal mail to a branch office about 1800 feet higher and 80 miles SE of the HQ facility. There it (they were) was kept in a fireproof cabinet.
We never actually had to recover from a remote dataset, but they were where a dam burst or tornado wouldn’t kill us off.
Personally, I have several external hard-drives and multiple workstations that share copies of the music and photos. I will confess that the catalog for my serious collection has gone astray… so sad. Someday I’ll redo that work, but no hurry.
But putting core information on someone else’s storage is just stupid. Illegal too, in many cases.