Tuesday Technical

The first bit of news today is that Bill Gates is about to get a colonscopy from the divorce courts. Vox Day comments on the separation.

Also, in other news, apparently Bill Gates finally realized that gay marriage was cramping his lifestyle. They have some tough choices to make, though, regarding who gets to keep the altar to Moloch, who keeps the high priesthood of Belial, and who retains the keys to the underground dungeon where the sex slaves and blood donors are kept.

Microsoft is evil. Apple is also evil, but is more likely to destroy your data than sell it. To be fair, Microsoft Word used to be very good at shredding data, and Office 365 is quite good at disconnecting you from the server at inconvenient times. My first Linux systems were built in the late 1990s after a thesis was destroyed by office 97 on Windows 95. I could never afford to be a mac fanboy — that was for the trust fund kids in the private schools. So I used Red Hat Linux, then KRUD (Kevin’s Red Update Distribution), then fedora or ubuntu, and finally I went gentoo then arch and manjaro. A twenty year evolution.

Now that the bastards are openly evil, we have to deal with it. Which hard is.

Spam and Shysters.

Because of job reasons, I have two (2) phones and both phone numbers are in the public domain. I have had a number of phone calls from different places — most recently Boston, where there is no reply. Those numbers are now blocked. It used to be that you could pick these calls by the phone codes, but this is no longer the case: people link what looks like a legitimate number to a false one.

This is in addition to the usual scam texts. I have spent considerable time telling family that the big corporations in NZ don’t send you threatening texts or emails. They use the post and lawyers for that. The nastiest scam I’ve seen this week is someone hacking into Apple calendar and spamming it. That was “take your phone to the company now so they fix it. I don’t have the time. ”

At times like these I am tempted to let my inner BOFH out.

The average number of user calls – refreshingly low over the period of lockdown (a time that I like to refer to as “the break”) – have escalated exponentially now that staff are heading back to the office.
There’s even a queue outside Mission Control!
I’m partly to blame for the “assistance backlog” as I did lose my phone over the side of a bridge during a lockdown walk. Then I accidentally dropped the replacement down a storm grate, and the third phone had some battery issue which looked a lot like it’d been put in a 1,200W inverter microwave on high for 25 minutes. But actually, it was only 20. So now the PFY and I are dealing with six-plus months of secluded user insanity.

Well, yeah. Your email filter can only handle so much. To be fair, protonmail is pretty good at getting rid of the spams, scams and such and locking them away from my suspicious fingertips. Use it for the good stuff.

Gmail is for commercial stuff. You don’t want the pizza company having your private email address. The problem then is Gmail gets its revenge by sending ads for things you don’t want, need, or even belong to the demographic group that gets such products.

And assume that every email in your work email addresses IS discoverable and WILL be discussed in a court of law.

Semiconductor access.

It appears that there are many companies are having problems with getting stuff made because they can’t get parts. I’ve talked about Pine64 before, but this now includes camera makers. From Thom Hogan.

It’s quiet time in the camera industry. Besides the usual Japanese holidays and the quarter-ending business results quiet period, we have semiconductor shortages, the pandemic, and still somewhat weak demand in play.

Interestingly, Warren Buffet had something to say about this a day or so ago.

Warren Buffett is seeing inflation among Berkshire Hathaway’s collection of businesses as the economic recovery from the Covid pandemic kicks into high gear.
“We are seeing very substantial inflation,” the Berkshire chairman and CEO said at the conglomerate’s annual shareholder meeting Saturday. “It’s very interesting. We are raising prices. People are raising prices to us and it’s being accepted.”
“We’ve got nine homebuilders in addition to our manufacture housing and operation, which is the largest in the country. So we really do a lot of housing. The costs are just up, up, up. Steel costs, you know, just every day they’re going up,” the legendary investor added.
Berkshire Hathaway owns one of the nation’s largest homebuilders Clayton Homes, along with companies such as Benjamin Moore paints and Shaw flooring.

As Peter Grant said, monitor your grocery bills. You don’t need a new camera or that extension. You do need to eat.

The Woke Death Spiral.

You should have been off twitter long before the neocons and Roger Ebert (I repeat myself) tell you that it is time to leave.

And facebook will be next.

Twitter’s stock fell 15 percent last week apparently because they’re not getting sufficient numbers of new users to please the market. People are not as intrigued as they used to be with an allegedly open social media platform that’s not really open, in fact is something of a dictatorship…
So now is the time—there may never be a better—for all good men and women to leave Twitter—no excuses.

Smarter companies are getting rid of the people who spent time playing Stasi instead of working. Basecamp is the most recent example of getting the woke to self-purge because they are not allowed to let their facism terrorize their workmates. In Basecamp this started by getting rid of a list of funny names, but then went dark. A third left, and that third had self identified as woke.

A third of the company joined a diversity initiative behind the volunteer, and two employees who had contributed to the list of funny names asked why there had never been an “internal reckoning” over it. They apologized for their involvement and included a link to something called the “pyramid of hate” from the Anti-Defamation League.
The pyramid lists “non-inclusive language, microaggressions” at the bottom and “genocide” at the top, saying, “If people or institutions treat behaviors on the lower levels as being acceptable or ‘normal,’ it results in the behaviors at the next level becoming more accepted.”
Basecamp chief technology officer and co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson, the father of the popular web development framework Ruby on Rails, condemned the list of funny names but found the invocation of genocide to be an example of “catastrophizing” that had the effect of shutting down rational conversation.
When one employee continued to push this line of logic, Hansson pointed out that that employee, himself, had participated in discussions making fun of customers’ names. “You are the person you are complaining about,” he thought, Newton reported.
Soon after, Fried, who along with Hansson has long been recognized as an expert on cultivating productive workplace culture, said the company was making changes to make sure there was “no forgetting what we do here.”
There would be “no more societal and political discussions” on official company channels, he said, calling it “a major distraction. It saps our energy, and redirects our dialog towards dark places.”
On Twitter, John Breen, whose bio describes him as “He/Him. ADHD. Software developer. Queer. High Maintenance,” tallied the exodus in a thread that began, “Let’s keep track of the folks who are leaving @Basecamp and do what we can to find them a new home where they’re allowed to exist without being told they’re divisive:”

As I said, self identified. As people to avoid. Anyone who does that in their .sig file — be far, far away.

Tom Knighton comments:

Now, to be fair, I’d always said that companies who refused to balk wouldn’t see people leave. This suggests that I might be wrong, especially after the company banned political speech in the workplace entirely, and then a third of their workforce quit.
However, I’m still not sure it’s really going to be a loss.
For one thing, a lot of people are going to be thrilled to work with them after this.
Of course, some are arguing that the only reason to implement a policy like this is to protect Nazis, but the truth is a lot of people don’t want anything to do with political discussions, especially at work. I mean, I don’t mind, but talking politics is my job. It’s not most people’s, though, and they’re really not interested in it.
They’re going to seek out companies like this and consider that as a fringe benefit, something that will offset a lower salary or lack of benefits they might command elsewhere.
I don’t blame them, either.

As the Didact says, build your own tools, and Vox Day reminds us, keep in clean, keep it based.

And political officers have no place at work, paid or unpaid.

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General Lee Lurking
General Lee Lurking
8 months ago

@Jonathan A possible explanation for lack of pre-nup: for all her faults, Melinda Gates is Catholic. If she and Bill followed Church teaching on marriage, that presumes divorce is not an option.

Which means no pre-nups (written in such a manner that assumes divorce will happen); otherwise that is grounds for a future annullment in the eyes of the Church.

Last edited 8 months ago by General Lee Lurking
8 months ago

I will be interested to see the pushback against Wokism. Is Basecamp the public start to a new wave, or is it an outlier? Time will tell…

As for Gates, the surprise is that his marriage lasted this long… and I’m SHOCKED that he did not make a pre nup part of his planning.