The next few weeks will probably be a bit lighter in terms of content than our non-existent reader base might expect. The reason is that I am getting ready to move to Durham, North Carolina into a new house. This will be my first home, having lived in an apartment for the past several years, and I am looking forward to it. Unfortunately, this means taking the time to do all kinds of home-related things, and that reduces the amount of time I have available to yell at people on the Internet. On the plus side, I’ll finally have a lawn that I can tell people to get off of.
May 31, 2013
May 30, 2013
Next Saturday (June 8th), I will be giving a presentation at SQL Saturday #217 in Columbus, Ohio. The title is What’s In YOUR DB Wallet? and here is the abstract:
When you have one SQL Server instance to maintain, you can give that instance plenty of TLC. When you have a hundred instances, many things which worked before simply will not scale, potentially leaving your databases in peril. The next step (after justifiable panic) is to give yourself a force multiplier to help you keep your sanity on the job–specifically, an administrative database. This session will give you an idea of what kinds of tools should go into an administrative database, as well as how to use this to collect important metrics for reporting and auditing. Audience participation from more advanced database administrators is encouraged: we want to find out what’s in YOUR DB wallet.
May 29, 2013
Vermont is suing a patent troll. Good on them; I hope they win.
May 28, 2013
Peer-reviewed science proves that there is a correlation between manliness and conservatism among men. No word on whether the amygdala is involved in any way, other than cowering in fear of conservatives’ manliness.
May 27, 2013
It’s an hbdchick linkfest.
Although when I agree with Andrew Sullivan, I have to degrade my priors just a bit…
May 26, 2013
- The IRS corruption scandal is going to federal courts.
- Avik Roy argues that, in order to reduce IRS power, eliminate two Obamacare mandates which strengthen the IRS considerably. I’m all for that.
- Shocking: Obamacare has yet another case of unintended consequences.
- We must have a Five Generation immigration plan. As usual, read Sailer and ignore the comments.
May 25, 2013
He knows nuzzing. Nuzzing!
Presumably, nobody put this information up on the teleprompter, so that would explain everything.
- Another government needs to get its act together. People who think that government can fix the problem of data breaches through legislation need to pay attention to just how porous government systems are.
- Interesting malware. It’s intermittent, low-harm, and mostly exists to serve up ad revenue for the malware authors.
- Hint to Saudis: Moxie Marlinspike isn’t the guy you want to talk to if you want to spy on your citizens. Unfortunately, that article also includes a rather short-sighted response from WhatsApp, whatever that is—I just know that, based on their response, I won’t be using their service.
May 24, 2013
May 23, 2013
If this is right (and it sounds like there might be some legal questions about it), Obamacare just introduced anti-insurance: extremely basic coverage for minor things, but no coverage at all for catastrophic care. Catastrophic care is the reason insurance exists in a private market (as opposed to a government market, in which we’re coerced into buying “insurance”), so this is a hollow mockery of health insurance.