Government Responds to “The Interview” Cyber-Attack?

So corporate America was attacked, specifically Sony, again. In general I seem to recall another attack against Sony regarding credit card numbers not too long ago. Everyone thought they would have tightened their security, but not me. I know that corporations only ever do the bare minimum about anything. Anyway, Sony decided not to release the new Seth Rogen film “The Interview” because it, and theaters were warned by North Korea not to do so, were cyber-attacked, etc. but isn’t it Sony’s responsibility to actually put some of their huge amount of money into real cyber security. Aren’t corporations usually bending our government, and our citizens over as often as possible to drain our resources and money as quickly as possible, essentially to fuck us as much as possible? So why would we take care of a threat that Sony should take care of themselves? They definitely have more resources than North Korea in many ways. Don’t kid yourselves, they do. They are one of the biggest multi-national corporations ever. Oh yeah, because the US Government is the total bitch of large corporations and we really have a corporate run government. Guess I forgot about that part for a second. Oh and Sony was a total bitch for pulling the film. Guess that shows that American corporations don’t have our values like freedom, and value free speech, and are therefore not really American. So why are we committing US military resources to attack North Korea over this again? Sony is like it’s own fascist country itself. Just like Apple, etc., etc.

GM Offers Mobile Wi-Fi, How About They Start By Building A Decent Car Instead?

GM, a name that used to be great, but then became synonymous with building cars that suck as hard as possible, with the only exceptions being some of the items in their line of gas guzzling tanks. So what are they doing about it, are they kicking their R&D into overdrive, like Ford, and actually getting better? Nope, they’re giving you a feature that has already available in a more convenient, slightly different way, from cell phone providers for years now. Mobile Wi-Fi in your car. Let me ask you this. Would you rather get where you’re going, say in a Honda, and carry a Wi-Fi card from Verizon, or be broken down in your GM and be able to use the Wi-Fi until your car battery dies? Example text, “Hey guys, writing to you from my broken down GM AGAIN, using the built in Wi-Fi, perhaps the only decent thing on this car. Should have bought a Honda and just carried a Wi-Fi card I guess. HaHa, joke’s on me for trusting GM I guess. OMG THIS GM SUX!!! #FuckYouGM” When is GM going to realize that if they want to have a real chance of surviving they need to start building a decent small car and sell it for way less than a Honda for  a while, until they rebuild consumer confidence? Plus Tesla has open sourced their information, so every serious car company should be releasing a good electric car soon. Even if gas prices have fallen. You have to ask yourself, how did they fall so suddenly? Was OPEC lying to us all of these years about production cost, etc.? The answer is yes, corporations lie to you all of the time, and everyone else associated with them too.

Apple OSX 10.6 Can’t Copy Home Folders to External Hard Drive for Backup

So maybe, like me, you’ve realized that Apple computers at best aren’t any better than the competition and you just want to backup your files to an external hard drive and get something that’s both cheaper and better (which isn’t hard to do). You create a separate admin account, and log into it so you can copy the folder that you want, but the Crapple keeps telling you that it can’t copy the files (error code 0), and asking you to authenticate, but then never presents you with an authentication window. Crapple support tells you to use Time Machine, but then you realize that you can’t fully restore to anything but another Crapple with Time Machine, so it’s not a real backup. Even Apple Support has told me that “it’s not a real backup.” Which is funny because when you buy your computer, etc. they sell it as the best, easiest to use backup feature EVER! Hardly the first time they’ve been full of shit. Anyway, here’s what to do. The underlying problem here is that FAT doesn’t support file sizes larger than 4GB, so this won’t work if you are in that boat, but smaller stuff can be copied using this method. SOme have had luck using Microsoft’s native file system, NTFS, which is only sort of supported in OSX 10.6, meaning it can read NTFS drives, but many still recommend against read/write NTFS wit this OS version. In the end, the real solution is not to use computers made by companies that have no interest in making it easy to have free, universally accessible backups.

0. Hookup your external FAT hard drive. (Yeah, this is an old Filesystem that could easily be replaced by a better open FS like EXT4, but then Crapple, Sony, Nintendo and Microshaft would have to fully support EXT4). So you’re probably using FAT.

1. Create another admin user to log in as (If you haven’t already)

2. Navigate to the Users folder and open it.

3. Find the folder with the user name you want to backup.

4. Right Click on it and choose Get Info, or Command + i (aka Apple + i)

5. Use the disclosure triangle next to Sharing & Permissions to show Permissions

6. Click the lock and authenticate to unlock it

7. Click the Plus symbol and Add the Administrator Group, and give it read and write permissions. (Security minded folks, probably not most Apple users, may just add the admin you’re using to copy the files with.)

8. Close the lock.

9. Copy your home folder to your external hard drive.

Warnings: Your proprietary Crapple Applications live in the Applications folder. So you won’t have them by backing up your home folder, just your files that live there. Since alot of your documents can’t be read by anything but Crapple Applications on a Crapple computer you probably can’t run them on anything else anyway. So, you may want to take your Pages documents, for example, and save them in another more universal format like RTF or even as a Word Document or PDF. Security minded folks will notice that giving permissions to anyone else creates a potential security problem. You may want to remove the access given above after you copy your files. It depends on your situation.

PS3 You Tube App (Years Later It Still Sucks)

Ok, so this is definitely a first world problem. After years of being available on the PS3 the YouTube app. for it still does not do things like remember searches. Still it is amazing to have access to the content on YouTube on my PS3. So why am I upset about it’s simple to work around short-comings? Well, because you have 3, well technically 2, of the largest corporations to ever exist, meaning largest entities in the world to exist, that don’t seem to give a shit about it working correctly. Sony and YouTube (owned by Google). It should be a matter of pride that their apps work correctly on all platforms, but Sony released the PS4 so they don’t give a shit and YouTube probably just doesn’t consider it a big enough market. With stupid work-arounds like using your laptop or phone to control YouTube on your PS3 they probably consider it fine, but how dumb is it to have to control your one super powerful computer (aka your PS3) with another computer (aka your phone, laptop, etc.) when your PS3 is more than powerful enough to handle YouTube on its own, especailly when the problem is just that Sony and YouTube are too lazy to fix the PS3 app?  Again, it shows us that in our current era big corporations don’t really care about releasing quality products. Just good enough products. The age of giving a shit about quality is long over, and this is just another example of it.

IPhone 6 (“The IPhone Galaxy”), Way Behind the Competition

So the IPhone 6 finally has a large screen, but wait hasn’t almost every other company been doing that for quite some time now? It also still sucks at multi-tasking, and there are many other phones out there that don’t. So…. I guess that’s all there is to say. Apple is again selling you an inferior product and acting like it’s cutting edge. Still, if you know that and you still like it then I guess whatever, knock yourself out and get one. Perhaps you can call it by the name Apple should be using for it. The IPhone Galaxy.

 

Apple Still Sucks At Everything, But Especially Enterprise Computing

So what has Apple’s contribution to computing really been lately? Sure, during the XP age they gave us a much better OS on slightly better hardware, then a better OS on the same hardware as any other mid-grade or better PC, while Microsoft and the big PC manufactures were having slap fights about who really should have secured XP, by the way it’s your own responsibility to secure your own computer but MS could have done more and should have done more for what they charge for their OS, but now Apple is just behind. Instead of being innovative lately they have just gone to court with everyone freezing the smartwatch market, stopping better tablet and phone companies from steamrolling over them just because they, god forbid, make better products than Apple, and the list goes on. In general, all they do now is disrupt forward progress. Showing again that Capitalism is good in short bursts, but after a while Mega-Corps like Apple just halt progress, removing the only arguably good thing about Capitalism, which is direct competition.

The following is an older story about how bad they suck at enterprise computing too that I meant to post a while ago but never got around to. I have had to buy lots of computers for companies over the years, and never did I have a company so stuck up about taking money from a well established, well financed organization as I did when I tried to buy two servers from Crapple (Apple). They confused our name with another company, did not tell us what was going on for weeks, and could not correct the issue for 2 months because of internal bureaucracy. I won’t disclose the amounts, but this was for two tower server with RAID cards. In the same period of time Dell got us 2 other servers, that were way better from a cost comparison standpoint with dual power supplies, and are still running well by the way (knock on wood), and approved us for several times the amount as Apple the same day we spoke with them. On top of that, after we went from OS 10.6 to 10.7, with a direct healthy upgrade, 10.7 had a lot of problem with the Open Directory transfer. We paid for support from Apple, but I did not speak with any technician that knew more than I did about it, and they abruptly ended the calls many times tell me “best of luck.” Fuck you asshole, I paid for proprietary support and hardware so I wouldn’t have issues in the first place, and now that we have a problem, you’re telling me to Google it and best of luck. I did all of those things before calling them btw, because proprietary phone support is almost always useless, except in the Open Source world, because of actual competition for support. This was back in the early days of their software only OS releases, so re-installing took forever over our network too. They of course did not have a simple method to rapidly re-install an OS, like a DVD, in the box. Also, what the hell with the whole anti- Blu Ray shit with Apple. Apple has been telling us what we want instead of giving us what we want for a long time now. Regardless of their personal beliefs, if I pay that much for a system it better have an optical drive in there capable of reading any current standard and most of the old ones including crazy shit like the bacteria types off of my chest hair pre-insalled. Also, it better be the fucking Honda of optical drives in  there too, meaning cutting edge and dependable, oh and made somewhere with a decent quality of life like Japan or the US. Anyway, their support sucks for enterprise, their OS sucks, their distribution sucks, their pricing sucks, and now their expand-ability  has gone from sucks to unacceptably bad. Hey Apple, why don’t you take those thunderbolt break-out boxes and cram them up your ass? I want to put stuff inside of my server, to god forbid, improve performance and save space. Anyway, I’ll just purchase real servers, for less money, from a better company, that cost less and are still expandable. They will almost all have Linux on them at this point. Seriously, how is Apple still in business? I know, I know, like Harley, they build shit but have a cult following of people that just don’t know any better.

Making A Star Ship (aka USS Enterprise) Out of a Wagon

So I’m making an Enterprise, from the series #StarTrek TOS, out of a wagon for the most serious and dire of reasons. Fun!!! Anyway, here are some photos and the directions so far. I’ll update this as I finish it. My directions are a use at your own risk thing. I am not a professional woodworker.

Steps so far:

1. Find a bucket with a big lid (about 5 gallon bucket should do)

2. Remove the lid and trace a circle on 1/8 inch or smaller project board. I used Douglas Fir board, but just make sure it’s thin so you can cut it with a scroll saw later.

3. Cut 3 1×2’s into 19″ strips and then cut two 45 degree angles on each one.

4. Cut two portions of a two by 4 to the length of the inside of your wagon. This allows for a pressure fit system that lets you reuse the wagon later.

5. Cut a small piece of 2×4 at a 45 degree angle and mount one of the 1×2 strips onto it along with the saucer at the back of the saucer. Place one of the 2×4’s behind it to hold it in place.

6. Mount the other 19″ pieces to the other 2×4 in the back of the wagon. (Your Nacell Pylons)

Bucket For Saucer Template Top of Bucket for Saucer Template Saucer Tracing from Bucket Top Circle Cut with Scroll Saw About One-Third Done

Thoughts On Israel Commiting Genocide

So, I know that half the reason we forcibly helped setup Israel after WWII was to have a strategic launching pad to use for conflicts in the Middle-East. Before I go into this, I’m one of those guys that in general, thinks that religion has done more bad than good in the world. It also doesn’t help that radical Jews are in very high positions in our government and still force our hand in these matters, arming Israel to the teeth over the last few decades and persecuting the Palestinian people. Historically arming any religiously radical nation in a bad idea. They tend to eventually attack those that simply don’t agree with their religious views. The Christians in the US attacked Iraq for a second time (come on now, do you really think the Bush administration would have attacked Iraq if it was full of Christians, Russia recently did almost the same thing in the Ukraine that Saddam did with Kuwait years ago but we kind of just let the whole Ukraine thing go). Now the Jews in Israel with Palestine, Al-Qaeda with us, and the list goes on. Anyway, Israel re-payed the favor for the weapons and billions of dollars we’ve given them, not to mention training and many other things, by refusing to help us in the last Gulf conflict. Which is actually pretty hilarious since we shouldn’t have been in Iraq in the first place, yet we still send Israel 3 billion dollars a year in foreign aid just for their cities. I would think that if they have enough money to wage war, and commit genocide they are probably past the point of needing foreign aid. So now that history is repeating itself with the Israeli’s acting like Nazi’s this time, and Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinian people, can we at least stop sending them foreign aid and help out cities in countries that don’t receive aid in general? Like I don’t know, a city called Detroit in a country I heard about called America? Anyway, my thoughts on the matter. I’m sure taking any stance against Israel will be spun as anti-semitic, and someone will remind me that they are a democracy and people have religious freedom there, but if that’s true then why are they attacking the Palestinians. Do they just want their land? Do they not view them as people? Is this another example of religious government gone too far? Does what happened, as unacceptable as it was, in the WWII era absolve Israel of all future wrong doing for the rest of time?   

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Is Awful

Finally, I am playing through a title that everyone told me I had to play through as a Zelda fan. It was, “so amazing” and “I can’t believe you have a Wii and haven’ played this” and blah, blah, fucking blah. The title is Skyward Sword on the Wii. I know I am late to this, but I was excited to check out the newest title in this line up. In general, just like most of the Nintendo titles, it showcases the best of what Nintendo has to offer. Except this time. This time I have no option but to use a shitty combat system that makes me swing the controller, balance with it, etc. and is very inaccurate and frustrating at best. The idea is cool, but the hardware on the Wii just isn’t up to snuff to make this a good experience. I find myself even more frustrated with this adventure than The Adventures of Link on original NES and there is no other solution or escape for this pile of garbage. There is no, plug your Gambecube controller in and don’t deal with this bullshit solution, like there should be for such sloppy play control. No, you get to suffer through falling to your death over and over again because of shitty play control, not attacking when you know you swung the shitty Wii controller, or not attacking in the way you intended to, etc. Also, the story isn’t that compelling either. Fuck this game! I love Nintendo products and games in general, but this one is fucking awful. Shame on Nintendo for putting this out in this condition, and putting a stain on their otherwise good name. What a fucking awful game.

John Boehner Must Have Nothing Better To Do, So He’s Making Things Up… Again

Love or hate Barack Obama a lawsuit against him, or any entity associated with him, is crazy when your premise is the Affordable Health Care act, because love or hate that act, it was put into law by a vote involving more entities than just the office of the president. In fact, the current law is a poor example of what Barack Obama himself hoped to achieve in health care reform before he was elected to his first term. So, no matter how you feel about it, it took the involvement of many thousands of people for the act to end up becoming a law and even if you want to hold the people at the highest levels responsible you have to hold the House and the Senate responsible before the President himself. Also, we have a process for that. You can bring a new bill before Congress that gets rid of or alters the old bill. It’s called removal of the old bill or an amendment of the old bill. We have this legal framework in place to make sure that the majority of Americans are represented most of the time. I know it’s kind of a joke with special interest lobbying going on but bear with me. It tries to make sure that laws are not just removed when they inconvenience the very wealthy, a special interest group, or any other group that may abuse their authority (aka the very wealthy Republicans that don’t want to raise your minimum wage and give you the dignity of health care even though inflation has taken place, the cost of energy has sky rocketed, and you work 30 hours a week or more, something most of them are not familiar with.) Still, this is what they do lately when they’re told no, make up reasons to sue the President. Remember the last time they tried something like this, during the Clinton administration? Something about shutting the whole country down because the President might be getting his dick wet with an intern. Something about trying to impeach him over that even though there were more important things going on. Something about distracting the Commander in Chief of the most powerful military in the world for a few months for blowing the occasional load in places he maybe shouldn’t have. Anyway, has anyone else realized that the Republican party is already dead, and is just being animated by the money that is associated with it? It’s kind of like a zombie party hyped up on H that just won’t go gracefully into the night but instead tries to eat the brains of all of the politically minded people around it. Anyway, John Boehner, your lawsuit is bullshit, we have more important problems, please stop ruining our country with your selfish, special interest driven, temper tantrums. Wait I’ll put it in terms Zombie Republicans can understand, Wahhhhh, brains, Wahhh, Cocaine, wahhhhhh, exploit workers makes more money, no health care for non-believers. To hell with Constitution, me want exploit more workers, wahhhhh!!!

Since high ranking Republicans are so wealthy in general that they don’t have anything better, or useful to do I have come up with a list of suggested hobbies they might consider so that they might become more productive members of our society. I’ve narrowed it down to 10.

10. Walking through a plate glass window.

9. Walking themselves and their associates off of a tall building and allowing their remains to fill a giant cross on the ground directly below. It’s about as actually Christian as anything else they do anyway.

8. Being eaten by polar bears. Sorry bears, I know it’ll be gross, but sometimes you have to take one for the team. Besides, they owe you one with all of the environmental damage they are totally for all of the time. Republicans are like, “fuck you polar bears” so I think it’s time that the bears are like “fuck you Republicans.” The bears should feel free to have hate sex with the Republicans before eating them, if they so choose.

7. Standing on an active train track until a train hits you.

6. Seppuku, never mind this is for honorable people. Let’s just say that the less honorable equivalent would be acceptable.

5. Using their money to build a rocket that will shoot them, and the CEOs of investment (and most other banks) into the sun. It should be equipped with a heat shielded communications array so we can hear their screams and laugh up until the last second over drinks.

4. Starvation through malnutrition.

3. Hurricane Katrina reenactment. Basically, we recreate the conditions present during and in the first days and weeks after Hurricane Katrina, and give them proportionately the same level of governmental support that the residents of New Orleans enjoyed.

2. Hunting with Dick Cheney. Need I say more?

1. Crocheting, which makes most that participate insane and suicidal in general.