Category Archives: DumbA**

White Out

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You can’t make this up. At San Fransisco State University (ah San Fran, that bastion of conservative staunchness) all Black Dorms are now the thing. Yeah, imagine the WASP contingency trying that. They claim that anyone can live in the Dorms. But they want a Afro themed “safe space” Maybe they need to chug over to mamby pamby land.

Maybe the entire delegation of Bubbas need to apply for a room. As usual the comments on the attached article are the best part.

San Fran CBS

Daily Caller’s Take

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Netfraks

No Sir I Don’t Like It

Monday I received an Email from Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix. He announced that Netflix was going to split into two separate companies. Netflix being the streaming company and Qwikster being the DVD company. While he says the price will be the same, there will be two separate bills. And this includes two separate websites. Good god man, leave it alone. What about the needs of the customer? That’s what is missing here. Two separate lists? Many, many films that are not available to stream have to be on your DVD list. I don’t want to have two separate lists on distinct sites to update and cross-reference. Streaming and DVD service may be two different services for Netflix but for the customer, they are largely one in the same — access to films. If I can stream it, great, but if not, send me the DVD. Until all the films are available to stream , this doesn’t make sense. The new pricing structure was dumb, this is dumber. At last count on the Netflix blog there are about 25,000 negative posts. Maybe Netflix will see how they pissed off/on their customers and do a 180. I don’t need a DVD company or a streaming company. I need a movie company. With so much of the internet and companies touting integration this move seems like Netflix is taking a giant step backwards. This is like  if Amazon removed the 1-click buying button.

FromReedHastings Explanation

Cloudy With a Chance of Rain

cloudyI read what has to be the dumbest thing today. Apparently last year the White House released a policy called Cloud First. Requiring government agencies to move their services to the cloud. Concerns arise security is taking a back seat.

Clouds?

“Cloud” is another term for the Internet. Cloud computing means having every piece of data you need for every aspect of your life at your fingertips and ready for use. Cloud computing gives IT departments a way to increase capacity or add capabilities on the fly without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel, or licensing new software. Cloud computing encompasses any subscription-based or pay-per-use service that, in real time over the Internet. The Obama administration set a target to spend roughly $20 billion, more than a quarter of the total estimated federal information technology budget, to move systems across the government into the cloud.

I’ll Take Some of That

Realize that somewhere someone actually has servers that store information. It’s just that the government wants to farm this out to third party sources. I can’t think of anything riskier than letting Google, Microsoft, Dell or HP store sensitive government information. But that’s exactly some of the companies that are lining up to get a chunk of the money pie. In fact Google has already sued the Government Services Administration because they claim the bidding process favors Microsoft. Salesforce.com, a California company, boasts it now sells cloud-computing services to half of all Cabinet-level agencies. Amazon, that’s right the same people that you buy MP3s and Android apps, has a D.C. services division for it’s Web Services. And last year the GSA migrated its email to Google. That’s right, Gmail is storing all the government buying processes.

Now Hold On There

Some agencies, like Defense, State and National Institutes of Health, are showing hesitation. They worry about ever growing cyber attacks. It seems ridiculous to move sensitive military data to servers not under their direct control. What’s the accountability when sensitive systems get hacked? Loss of contract? Gee that’s harsh, we’ll let you rebid next fiscal year. And did the Social Security Administration ask you for your permission to store your personal data off site? I think this needs to be rethought a bit. I can see the cloud companies sell or lease equipment and infrastructure, but accountability needs to remain with the agencies at hand. What the Heck is a Cloud? High Stakes Worries

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There’s no way

I can let this slide. Two days ago the Santa Fe police department released building surveillance footage of a New Mexico state trooper vigorously interviewing a female suspect on the hood of a car. He is in full service uniform. Although I can imagine the battle rattle ‘his service belt. A Chihuahua is seen witnessing the act.

Trend or Stupid

I don’t think this is indicative of any trend or a sign of society gone astray. It’s simply a case of a stupid decision. Nothing new, people have been making dumb choices forever. This matter is under Internal Affairs investigation. While it may not violate any laws, it does show the department in a bad light and may violate morality rules. Police have to always worry about the appearance of public perception. Hey, I don’t begrudge him getting a little on the side. Just take off the uniform. Most modern departments have core value and standards of conduct rules. It’s just too bad for this guy that this went national. Just slap a reprimand, a week off without pay, and let him learn from his mistakes.