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Rationalizing O… May 17, 2012

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Rationalizing Our Approach To Safety In Space.

Here’s the link to his project.  Hope he gets the funding.  It sounds worthwhile.

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Links for Selection Sunday March 15, 2009

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Go Terps!

Better control of Safari through Saft.  We’ll see what happens with Safari 4.0.

I need to start researching Wikis for the SEVIS II working groups.

The case for due diligence in research.  In particular, around climate research and the public availability of data and code used to perform analysis.

How Harding fought off the Depression of 1920-22.  And it wasn’t through massive government expansion.

Privacy settings everyone should use in Facebook.

Normblog:  One-eyed in Gaza.  Once again, all of the international outrage has been reserved for Israel in its attempts to defend itself.

Reason magazine on Liberaltarianism.  As I stated in a comment on VodkaPundit–why the hell should Libertarians be trying to tie themselves to either of the big parties?  They’re both corrupt to the core.  “Sleeping with lepers only makes your penis fall off.”  I think that’s one of my funniest lines ever.  But that’s just me.

Steve McIntyre, at Climate Audit, has some choice words over the use of principal components in the temperature analysis of the Antarctic.  I can’t say I have a real deep understanding of the concepts, but it seems to be related to eigenvalues (and eigenvectors), and the attempt to create “virtual” representatives of larger datasets.  Here’s a long article on Principal Component Analysis, which is a huge deal in statistics and analysis.  I need to read it.  Here’s a book written by one of the big minds in the field.

The risk analysis formula that destroyed Wall Street.  There’s an old adage–“if everyone else is doing it, you’d better start running in the opposite direction.”  A definite truth for the current crisis.  Everyone started using this formula to analyze their level of risk regarding the derivatives that were ubiquitous in the markets.  Which pretty much made them all subject to any gaps or flaws that existed.

Boyd on Strategy.

Bloggingheads TV on the Stimulus.

Latest Link Collection April 28, 2008

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Haven’t had a chance to really write the last few days.  Maybe tonight.  In the meantime, here’s a new link collection:

  • An argument made by the Heritage Foundation saying that the tax rate cuts in 1997 sent the economy into overdrive.  Interesting timing, as I heard Krugman on Bloomberg Radio a few days ago arguing that the tax hikes of ’93 were a counter argument to the Laffer Curve.  Heritage is saying that the tax rate hikes, in fact, were non-evidentiary of either slowing down or picking up the economy in that time frame, as we were coming out of a recession, and moving really according to what one would expect.  However, the tax rate cuts put through by the Republican Congress in ’97 were rocket fuel for the economy, and we saw a massive increase in collected taxes as a result.  Pretty interesting reading, and a positive argument for Laffer economic theory.  RTWT.
  • Wikipedia entry on Literate Programming, as originally proposed by Knuth.  I don’t think this is really anything revolutionary (especially since Knuth originally came up with the concept in 1981!).  I think this is the ideal any legitimate programmer would strive towards.  But that may just be me.
  • FusionIQRank.  Supposed to have a pretty solid track record of stock advise.
  • Hmm.  That’s it.  Haven’t been collecting as much lately.  Have to work on that….

Cloverfield – on DVD 4.22.08 April 20, 2008

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2 days until Cloverfield comes out on DVD. I’m hoping there is an extended DVD with lots of extras. I want to see what kind of backstory Abrams is willing to fess up to.

Cloverfield – on DVD 4.22.08

Oh yeah, that democracy March 18, 2006

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From Best of the Web, a nice set of quotes that pretty much sums up the Left’s selective amnesia about Bush’s many justifications for invading Iraq, made before the actual invasion, not after the fact. Even better, it’s all brought to us by the New York Times:

“President Bush sketched an expansive vision last night of what he expects to accomplish by a war in Iraq. Instead of focusing on eliminating weapons of mass destruction, or reducing the threat of terror to the United States, Mr. Bush talked about establishing a ‘free and peaceful Iraq’ that would serve as a ‘dramatic and inspiring example’ to the entire Arab and Muslim world, provide a stabilizing influence in the Middle East and even help end the Arab-Israeli conflict.”–editorial, New York Times, Feb. 27, 2003

“One prominent neoconservative, Francis Fukuyama, asserts in a new book that the administration embraced democracy as a cornerstone of its policy only after the failure to find unconventional weapons in Iraq. The issue was seized upon to justify the war in retrospect, and then expanded for other countries, he says.”–New York Times, March 17, 2006

An argument I’ve had with many “left-of-center” anti-Bushies has been over this very thing. They absolutely insist that Bush never, ever, ever, ever, in a million gazillion years, said that promoting democracy was part of the justification of the invasion. Never, never, never! Bush Lied!!!!

Like I said: selective amnesia.

McAfee Screws the Pooch March 14, 2006

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Gotta love this. McAfee updated their DAT files on Friday, and it caused some “problems”. It identified hundreds of programs as viruses (or virus infected–I’m not sure which), resulting in their deletion.

I had a run-in with this lovely problem yesterday. One of our company websites is hosted in Miami (we’re in Columbia, MD), and the hosting company uses McAfee. We have a batch program that runs off of that server every morning, and yesterday morning, it was indicating an error. Of course, Windows error messages are less than useful, so we spent some time crunching around the server, trying to figure out what the hell happened. In a flash of inspiration, I checked the McAfee logs. Sure enough, about 30 different programs were removed, including a DLL used during the batch process. And it tried to remove SQL Server! That would have really screwed us!

Had to run a recovery off of our backup system, which took about 4 hours, all told. My boss was suitably impressed that I had figured it out. Heh! Slashdot comes through!

News Flash: Bonds Used Steroids! March 7, 2006

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Fox News (among many others) has the scoop on a new book coming out by a couple of Bay Area reporters:

NEW YORK — Barry Bonds used a vast array of performance-enhancing drugs, including steroids and human growth hormone, for at least five seasons beginning in 1998, according to a book written by two San Francisco Chronicle reporters.

Gee.  Really?

If the records are that complete, and apparently BALCO kept extensive records, then it seems like the asterisk after Bonds’ name in any record book is pretty much a given.

Damn.  Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy….

The Secret In-N-Out Burger Menu March 1, 2006

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Secret Menu

“3-by-3” = three meat patties and three slices of cheese.

“4-by-4” = four meat patties and four slices of cheese.

“2-by-4” = two meat patties and four slices of cheese.

our Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? February 14, 2006

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You scored as SG-1 (Stargate). You are versatile and diverse in your thinking. You have an open mind to that which seems highly unlikely and accept it with a bit of humor. Now if only aliens would stop trying to take over your body.

SG-1 (Stargate)
100%
Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)
94%
Moya (Farscape)
94%
Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)
88%
Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)
81%
Serenity (Firefly)
81%
Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)
75%
Enterprise D (Star Trek)
75%
Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)
56%
FBI’s X-Files Division (The X-Files)
56%
Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)
50%
Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)
50%

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Damn Yankees February 10, 2006

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Damn Yankees
I always knew those Yankee fans were a little over-the-top….