The Book Went MEAP MEAP MEAP

I loved SQL Server MVP Deep Dives.  Collecting dozens of short essays from the best SQL Server people was a brilliant idea, and the result was so good that I keep the book on my nightstand.  Manning is now coming out with Volume 2 (apparently in murkier waters), with some new faces, including Jen McCown,…

A Horrible/Horribly Funny Joke

The joke of the day.  It was the joke of the day last week, too. One thing I miss about the academic world is that there are fewer people to whom I can tell these awful jokes and get the appropriate response.  Our resident Penguatroll threatened to kill me after I let loose a string…

Shana Tova

As another new year begins at 36 Chambers, I look back, realize that we've been doing this for 5 years now, and I still suck at this game...  So here's to five more years of sucking and last-minute posts to make sure that I have something most every day of the week.  And that our…

McCarthy On Ponzi Schemes

Andy McCarthy makes some excellent points regarding Ponzi schemes.  Ponzi schemes are fraud, regardless of whether a particular governmental body agrees.  And if you believe that Social Security is, in fact, a Ponzi scheme, you should also believe that it should be demolished.  We are too late to prosecute its principal architects, but at least…

Three Political Notes

1) Herman Cain won a Florida straw poll, his first win in this election cycle.  This is certainly an interesting cycle on the Republican side.  I have my beefs with every one of the primary candidates, and wish I could mold a super-candidate from the main contenders. 2) Paco rants regarding class warfare.  As a wise man…

Are the Browns for real? Maybe, but I doubt it

For the first time this year, I'm actually glad I don't have access to the Browns. A 1 point victory? A QB that actually performed well during the two minute drill? These remind me of the Browns of another era. (Well, not directly, since I'm not old enough to remember the Kardiac Kids.) 15 yard…

Buffalo Is For Real(?)

After Buffalo won their first game, I said it was National Jump to Conclusions Week.  After Buffalo won their second game, I figured it was just a fluke.  Last week, I was chatting with a co-worker and said that the first real test will be if the Bills come within 6 points of the Patriots.…

The Week In Hacks

This was an interesting week in hacks.  We had: Core Security Technologies.  Whoops. Fox Sports, which was hit by a SQL injection vulnerability.  On the plus side, there was a good image of Ryan Fitzpatrick. Mitsubishi.  They're not sure if there were any information leaks, but it was their Heavy Industries division, and more specifically,…