Archive for September, 2005

Is FedEx truck killing my Wifi?

September 30, 2005

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Switching Station
Switching Station,
originally uploaded by maciakl.

At work, we have 2 access points sitting side by side. We have our own setup with a trusty (but rusty) gargantuan linksys switch and a crappy sonicwall. The guys who share the office space with us have watchguard firewall for their super duper vpn garbage. For over 6 months we were happily chugging along without interfering each other.

Few weeks ago we suddenly started having very strange issues. Every day, at around 10 am the Wifi in the office would suddenly choke and die. For about 10-20 minutes you couldn’t even see the SSID. And then it would come back by itself. At first I figured the Access Point was shot. Fortunately I had a brand new spare lying around. We’ve been planning to swap it out for few months now but I didn’t want to do this during work hours because of the productivity issues.

But that did not help. The new AP would die every day at around the same time, exactly like the old one did. Today I talked to one of the guys that use the second AP. It turns out that they are getting knocked off at around the same time every day too! Now this proves that I’m not loosing my mind – this is not just me, this is the whole office.

Today we got hit slightly earlier – at 9:30. So the guy popped out of his lair and we started mucking around with AP’s. We plugged them in, unplugged them, switched around power supplies, changed positions, reset their settings and etc… Nothing helped. Only thing I can come up with is – there has to be something going on in this building, or around it at 10 am every day that fucks up the Wifi!

The guy then pops his head out the window and says: “There’s a FedEx truck right below us”. I’m thinking “no way” but hey, let’s see what happens. So we both are sitting there watching the mail drone running in and out of the truck delivering packages. As soon as the truck pulls out and drives away, I hear the girls in the office squealing with joy – a sure sign that Wifi just came back up and they can print and use their email again.

Is it a coincidence? Or does FedEx have some industrial strength Wifi AP mounted in the truck? I did a quick google but I can’t find anything except stories about Kinkos providing Wifi services, and some bullshit about Bluetooth bar code readers. It seems that we are the only ones experiencing this issue right now. So we constructed a plan. On Monday I’m in school but I’ll have someone here camp out in front of the window and stalk the FedEx guy – and then compare our downtime with the time of the FedEx visit. If it turns out that these times are the same, I’m going to hunt down the delivery guy on Tuesday and personally ask him what kind of shit dos he keep in his truck…

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Why does Copyright Protection deny common sense?

September 28, 2005

Every single software and hardware business in the world follows the mantra below:

  1. Increase Functionality
  2. Decrease Price
  3. Make sure the customer is happy
  4. Profit!

But if you are involved in making DRM products or other copyright protection scheme, your mantra is slightly different:

  1. Decrease Functionality
  2. Increase Price
  3. ???
  4. Profit

Usually ??? is interpreted either as “sue the customer”, or as “kiss up to the entertainment industry” or something similar.

My question is how come no one calls bullshit on this? Why do people eat this up, and keep buying DRM infested garbage? For example look at this piece of crap. They sound like this is the best thing since sliced bread. It is not! What is it? It is a flash memory, that does less than a generic flash memory and probably costs twice as much. And I should buy it because…?

My friend desperately wants to install the new Vista build. I think this is a mistake because this is a beta build and it will be buggy as hell. But more importantly, Vista is an OS designed to do less than WinXP while it is distracting you with memory hugging eyecandy. I don’t care about Vista and I don’t get where’s all this hype coming from.

oh, it’s gonna gave transparent windows. Whoopty freakin do! I had that under KDE a year ago – big deal. You will have to buy a new monitor to see them on Vista though! What was that? You have a laptop? I guess you’re fucked then, aren’t you?

I’m used to Microsoft telling everyone to bend over. It’s ok – it’s annoying but we got used to it. Same with the entertainment industry. But with vista, they are not just telling us to bend over! Vista is a vicious gangbang with no lube, and you are the one who has to pay for the dinner and hotel room!

Teaching CS the Old School Way

September 28, 2005

I think overhead projectors should be mercifully gutted, de-bublb’ed and put out on the curb for morning garbage pickup. I seriously see no use for an old school overhead slides in a classroom today. Why would I want to screw around with flimsy black & white transparent slides when I can scan any image I want in full color, throw it on the network, or onto a flash stick that fits in my pocket?

We have working SmartBoards in almost every Richardson Hall classroom. This means that I can draw on any image, powerpoint slide or document I want – and half of the time, I’ll be able to save these drawings along with that document. Copying a file takes seconds – copying a set of transparency slides takes… Minutes? Hours? I never did it, but I’m pretty sure your average xerox box is going to choke on those plastic sheets. So you need to find a machine that does transparency, figure out who has the code for it, listen to half an hour lecture titled “if you break it I will hunt you down and kill your dog!” and etc… Who needs that?

And yet, there we are every Tuesday evening jotting down notes from crusty old transparency slides in our Image Processing class. Yup, it is an imaging class – and half of the time we can’t really tell the difference between the “before” and “after” picture because the transparency can only display 4 shades of grayness: black, gray, dirty and transparent.

I noticed that people generally suck at taking notes. In my opinion note taking is writing down bare-bones essentials. Apparently, no one has figured that out though. I was looking left and right and everyone was taking down notes word by word from the transparency. So for example the following sentence:

Histogram equalization, often used in medical research and image processing aims to improve the quality of an image by balancing out the distribution of gray levels.

Will look like so in my notes:

Histo-Equal = improve quality -> balance distr. of gray lvl. Use: med. research

It’s not pretty, but it is functional and I can make sense of it later on. Taking down notes verbatim is a good recepie for carpal tunnel πŸ˜›

One excuse for using the old school transparency was that when you post slides online, students are not taking notes these days. I say, good for them. I find note taking to be distracting. I think learning should always be about understanding the subject and getting the big picture. Of course, if you don’t take notes you might miss some of the nitty-gritty details. But it’s not like you can’t look them up later. I like to think that if you get the gist of the problem, you can easily figure out the details. If you only know details, but you do not understand the underlying logic – you are in trouble.

But then again, that’s just my opinion.

Earthlink Sux

September 27, 2005

Here is a mini rant, because I’m to tired to complain for a long time. Earthlink fucking sux! Apparently the wireless dept. and the dialup dept. do not communicate at all. Yet, they are able to cancel and/or reactivate each other’s accounts. Here is the story in a nutshell:

  1. My company had ~50 dialup accounts with earthlink for field employees + 1 blackberry for boss.
  2. We canceled all dialup accounts because earthlink == expensive
  3. Earthlink dialup dept. canceled blackberry account because it was under the same customer number.
  4. I called to re-activate blackberry. They did it. They also reactivated ~50 dialup accounts along with it.
  5. I called in to cancel them again… We got credit on the account.
  6. Blackberry stopped working because the company which maintained the towers went out of business. We were forced to upgrade to a new model.
  7. Instead of upgrading the old account they created a brand new one. No one bothered to cancel the old blackberry account.
  8. We did a pin-swap on the blackberries (whatever that means) because the tech thought it was necessary.
  9. When we got billed for 2 blackberries we called back. They canceled the old account and credited the new one.
  10. Somehow the ~50 dialup accounts got reactivated under the old customer number.
  11. I called in, got them canceled and got our account credited (again).
  12. I’m waiting for the blackberry to stop working again… I’m willing to bet money that they will fuck this up again.

Boss is pissed, and I’m about ready to kill someone. Oh, and guess what – after fucking around with new accounts for two weeks, someone at Earthlink finally told me that we were entitled to a free no-hassle upgrade, without any fee. Of course the guy who I talked to about the tower issue was swearing up and down that the only thing they can offer me is a $99 blackberry + $25 activation thing. Great!

If that’s not enough, here’s some more goodies: transferring the phone number from Verizon to the new blackberry took them over a month. They had to re-start the process 5 times. First time Verizon blocked the transfer because they called the wrong person (bosses wife who didn’t know about anything) to verify the transfer. Second time the Earthlink phone drone simply did not bother to press submit on the request so the case was dead for few days till my next call. Third time they submitted it but the paperwork got stuck somewhere between earthlink and Verizon and they couldn’t figure out what happened to it or who was handling it. They decided to resubmit with high priority. Fourth time I called I found out that the last phone drone made a typo in the last name and Verizon told them to suck it πŸ˜› Fifth time around the transfer went through…

Earthlink sux. If you are planning to get use their service, please reconsider. I virtually spent last few weeks on the phone with them. I’m not making this stuff up…

Pegasus: Bad Leadership

September 24, 2005

Spoilage below – you have been warned.

Here is what I can say about yesterday’s episode of Galactica: disturbing. Poor Sharon almost got raped :O I must say I actually cheered when Helo and Chief stormed the interrogation crew. I think the bald guy deserved to have his head smashed against the wall. How dares he to put hands on poor little Sharon. And she is pregnant for god’s sake! Disturbing!

Personally I think every single Pegasus crew member is an asshole. I don’t think it’s their fault though. I think they are simply acting out because of the strict discipline aboard that ship. Here is what I think:

What is the difference between a good leader and a bad leader? A good leader leads by example, a bad one leads by discipline and fear. Adama is a good leader, Ms. Admiral is a shitty one. How old is she anyway? 30 something maybe? She doesn’t look really experienced. She either is some kind of golden child, military genius or she was installed at this high rank due to her connections high up. She probably came from some rich family, and she got her own battlestar straight out of military school. And then her daddy made some phone calls, she schmoozed with the right crowd and she became admiral before hitting 30. She probably has very little real battle experience.

Now I might be wrong, but if I came to this conclusion, then probably 80% of the Pegasus crew did to. Even if she is a great military strategists, being an attractive woman does not help her in the authority area. Her crew simply does not respect her. Adama is a born leader – and he looks the part. Admiral whatshername looks like a stuck up floozie.

To make up for the lack of natural leadership qualities she uses crazy discipline to keep the soldiers in line. Apparently she even executed an officer on the spot for insubordination. Obviously such a thing is not good for the crew morale. You could see that when these soldiers were partying on Galactica. They were like animals who were just released from their leashes.

Adama always had to account for the civilian government, and the public opinion. Even if he didn’t always agree with them, in the end he had to make some compromises to keep the fleet from breaking up, and prevent armed conflict within the fleet. He always had civilians counter-balancing the military rule. They provided the much needed reality check for the officers and commanders leading the fleet.

Pegasus had no such thing. They were a battleship, with an insecure, power crazy commander, and an intelligence office who likes to rape the subjects of his interrogations. They had no booze, no downtime and if they were disobedient they got executed via angry head shot. This is what happens when you leave military to itself without popper leadership in place. With a good, experienced commander in charge Pegasus could have been ok. But crazy Ms. Admiral simply brought out the worst in the soldiers under her command.

I think Adama is the man! Screw the bitch! Is she crazy enough to open fire on Galactica with the whole civilian fleet watching? I think if it came to open combat, Galactica has an edge. First, they have more experienced commander in charge. Second, they have the fleet behind them. Sure, most of these ships are unarmed – but few can probably do some damage.

I can’t wait to see how this will turn out. The bitch is crazy, but I don’t think her crew will not fight against the newly found survivors. I think she will be facing a mutiny on her ship. But that’s just my guess…

Ubuntu Firefox Package is totally fux0r3d!

September 23, 2005

Holy Crap! I have bad flashback to my Knoppix install days when you had to pray to the machine spitits before typing apt-get upgrade. Knoppix is essentially house of cards, when running from CD is works like magic, but the HD installs are temperamental. Every update means pain.

Today I experience the same creeping pain after trying to upgrade my Kubuntu:


Preparing to replace mozilla-firefox 1.0.6-1ubuntu1~5.04ubp1 (using .../mozilla-firefox_1.0.7-0ubuntu0.1_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement mozilla-firefox ...
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/mozilla-firefox_1.0.7-0ubuntu0.1_i386.deb (--unpack):
trying to overwrite `/var/lib/mozilla-firefox/extensions.d/00classic', which is also in package firefox
dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)

What in the hell does that mean? WTF? WTF? WTF? This is stupid!

And guess what – after this error firefox doesn’t work anymore. It just refuses start.

I’m about ready to kill someone at this point.

It seems that I have two packages here: firefox and mozilla-firefox. Apparently the first somehow interrupts the second one. So I decided to remove it:


root@inuyasha:~ # apt-get remove firefox
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
mozilla-firefox
Suggested packages:
mozilla-firefox-gnome-support latex-xft-fonts xprt-xprintorg
The following packages will be REMOVED:
firefox
The following packages will be upgraded:
mozilla-firefox
1 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B/8802kB of archives.
After unpacking 672kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y

Preconfiguring packages ...
(Reading database ... 88735 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace mozilla-firefox 1.0.6-1ubuntu1~5.04ubp1 (using .../mozilla-firefox_1.0.7-0ubuntu0.1_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement mozilla-firefox ...
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/mozilla-firefox_1.0.7-0ubuntu0.1_i386.deb (--unpack):
trying to overwrite `/var/lib/mozilla-firefox/extensions.d/00classic', which is also in package firefox
dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
Errors were encountered while processing:
/var/cache/apt/archives/mozilla-firefox_1.0.7-0ubuntu0.1_i386.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Uh, oh! Machine Spirit of my laptop is mad at me it seems. This is not going to work. Apt for some reason wants to upgrade and then remove – which is exactly the opposite from what I want to do…

This 00classic file seems to be causing all the trouble so let’s try doing something to it:


root@inuyasha:~ # cd /var/lib/mozilla-firefox/extensions.d/
root@inuyasha:/var/lib/mozilla-firefox/extensions.d # mv 00classic 00classic.bak
root@inuyasha:/var/lib/mozilla-firefox/extensions.d # apt-get install mozilla-firefox
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Suggested packages:
mozilla-firefox-gnome-support latex-xft-fonts xprt-xprintorg
The following packages will be upgraded:
mozilla-firefox
1 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B/8802kB of archives.
After unpacking 24.6MB of additional disk space will be used.

Preconfiguring packages ...
(Reading database ... 88735 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace mozilla-firefox 1.0.6-1ubuntu1~5.04ubp1 (using .../mozilla-firefox_1.0.7-0ubuntu0.1_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement mozilla-firefox ...
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/mozilla-firefox_1.0.7-0ubuntu0.1_i386.deb (--unpack):
trying to overwrite `/var/lib/mozilla-firefox/extensions.d/00classic', which is also in package firefox
dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
Errors were encountered while processing:
/var/cache/apt/archives/mozilla-firefox_1.0.7-0ubuntu0.1_i386.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Same message. Damn! Removing the stupid file from extensions.d did not help either.

I’m out of ideas, so it’s time to google… But of course Firefox doesn’t work… Aaaaagh! And just look at this:


root@inuyasha:/var/lib/mozilla-firefox/extensions.d # ps -ax | grep fire
Warning: bad ps syntax, perhaps a bogus '-'? See http://procps.sf.net/faq.html
15605 ? Sl 0:01 /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/firefox-bin -a firefox
15721 pts/2 S+ 0:00 grep fire

There is a dead firefox process hiding in the background. Yet, killing it does not do anything. Next time I try to start firefox the same process respawns and dies. Crap! Thank god KDE has a built in browser πŸ™‚

After a quick google I discovered that I was not alone with this problem. Basically this crap hit the whole Ubuntu community. Someone in the package dept. really fucked up on the newest Firefox release.

Anyways, after browsing that discussion for a bit, I decided to risk my extensions and remove firefox completely (some people indicated that this worked for them).


root@inuyasha:/var/lib/mozilla-firefox/extensions.d # apt-get remove mozilla-firefox
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
firefox mozilla-firefox
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B of archives.
After unpacking 25.4MB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
(Reading database ... 88734 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing firefox ...
Removing mozilla-firefox ...
root@inuyasha:/var/lib/mozilla-firefox/extensions.d # apt-get install mozilla-firefox
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Suggested packages:
mozilla-firefox-gnome-support latex-xft-fonts xprt-xprintorg
The following NEW packages will be installed:
mozilla-firefox
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B/8802kB of archives.
After unpacking 24.7MB of additional disk space will be used.

Preconfiguring packages ...
Selecting previously deselected package mozilla-firefox.
(Reading database ... 88274 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking mozilla-firefox (from .../mozilla-firefox_1.0.7-0ubuntu0.1_i386.deb) ...
Setting up mozilla-firefox (1.0.7-0ubuntu0.1) ...
Updating mozilla-firefox chrome registry...done.

Wohoo! It works! I was also able to retain all my settings, extensions and themes! This is awesome. I feel much better now.

Now there remains only one other problem:


root@inuyasha:/var/lib/mozilla-firefox # apt-get upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
The following packages will be upgraded:
linux-image-2.6.10-5-386
1 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B/15.6MB of archives.
After unpacking 0B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y

Preconfiguring packages ...
(Reading database ... 88733 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace linux-image-2.6.10-5-386 2.6.10-34.4 (using .../linux-image-2.6.10-5-386_2.6.10-34.5_i386.deb) ...
The directory /lib/modules/2.6.10-5-386 still exists. Continuing as directed.
Unpacking replacement linux-image-2.6.10-5-386 ...
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/linux-image-2.6.10-5-386_2.6.10-34.5_i386.deb (--unpack):
trying to overwrite `/lib/modules/2.6.10-5-386/kernel/drivers/net/ndiswrapper/ndiswrapper.ko', which is also in package ndiswrapper-modules-2.6.10-5-386
dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
Searching for GRUB installation directory ... found: /boot/grub .
Testing for an existing GRUB menu.list file... found: /boot/grub/menu.lst .
Searching for splash image... none found, skipping...
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.10-5-386
Found kernel: /boot/memtest86+.bin
Updating /boot/grub/menu.lst ... done

Errors were encountered while processing:
/var/cache/apt/archives/linux-image-2.6.10-5-386_2.6.10-34.5_i386.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Something tells me that I will have to remove the fucking ndiswrapper package, recompile and reinstall it again. 😦 I hate this. I’m not even touching it today…

Digital File Check is Mallware

September 22, 2005

I think the music greed mongers are going a little bit to far these days. If you want to get pissed off check out the boingboing article about DigitalFileCheck or go straight to the IFPI press release.

These guys apparently decided to release a tool which will remove any P2P applications, and clean “illegal” files from your computer. It’s kinda like having Microsoft releasing “firefox removal kit” – but these guys can get away with it by pretending to uphold copyright. Personally I think this is ridiculous. I think any P2P companies on their target list should immediately sue IFPI.

If they are targeting Bit-Torrent applications I think Bram Cohen should be suing the shit out of them right now. I think people should just download this crappy mallware for kicks, name their home recording after popular songs and movies, wait for them to be indexed and deleted as illegal, and then sue these assholes for destroying their property.

I wonder how is software decides which of the shared files are legal and which are not? What if you are sharing the independent movie you made in college? What if you are sharing the video documentary from your trip? What if you share public domain or creative commons works? How can this software distinguish a fresh rip of a newly released song from the recording of your 10 year old niece singing that same song?

I think it’s time to show music industry how it feels to be on the receiving end of massive barrage of frivolous litigation. Hey, if Spyware companies can sue Spyware removal firms, P2P businesses should have no problem constructing a case against IFPI.

This makes me sick… And I just know that RIAA will be coming out with their own app shortly. After all they really do go out of their way to upkeep their image of rabid, insane, child suing hatemongers. They will not let IFPI outdo them in the “who can be a bigger asshole to his own customers and get away with it” contest.

The Machine Spirit Never Sleeps

September 21, 2005

I ordered a brand new desktop for my little brother on Monday. A brand spanking new 3 GHz of raw power, 512 MB or ram and a hefty 160 GB HD. I made sure it had a decent ATI Radeon graphics card and a nice soundblaster to play nice with his huge subwoofer he bought some time ago. Poor dude was struggling with his junky 800 MHz dumpster box for a while now. I think I’m more excited than him about this, but he does seem to be happy that he will be able to play all the new games, and have a WinXP on board. Before he was happily using win98.

The new box should be shipping in by the end of the week if we are lucky. Funny thing is that the win98 box seems to have figured out what we were doing and got jealous. Yesterday it decided to have a spectacular crash, and even more spectacular barrage of errors after rebooting. The machine spirits are not to be messed with – I tell you! They know when you are sleeping, they know when you’re awake.. Oh, wait.. No, that’s santa. But santa is a robot, so I guess this works out.

How do you apease a machine spirit btw? Do you need to sacrifice a goat? Or a virgin? Or a goat virgin? We consulted the Adeptus Mechanicus scrolls but we couldn’t find anything conclusive.

As far as I can tell, the OS is shot to shit. Multiple system files were corrupted or missing, the registry hive was clusterfucked, and most of the device drivers were gone. I was stumped. It actually looked as if something plowed right through the system. He shouldn’t be that easily pwn3d though – he was behind the NAT and had ZoneAlarm working. But then again it’s win98 and he is not one of the people who bothers downloading windows updates and such. Just in case someone else owns that box I cranked up my firewall to filter packets from the LAN also.

After much rebooting, and even more cursing I decided to just reinstall. Something is gloriously fucked at a very low level – some dll files magically vanished. Even after re-installing the network card I can’t get it to go out beyond the router. I can’t even ping the router! But I can ping my desktop from his machine, which is bizarre. I do get an IP, and the gateway and subnet seem to be correct. But win98 just doesn’t acknowledge the outside world.

He is going to salvage what he can today, and after I get home we will start the reinstalification πŸ™‚ But then again, I’m beginning to wonder if it’s worth it. The new machine should come in by Friday (hopefully). On the drive to work I got an idea. Basically all he needs to survive the day is the internet access (mainly and facebook and myspace) and some word processing capability for homeworks. He could probably survive few days just working of a Knoppix CD. His disk is a FAT32 so he could easily read and write to, and from it giving him a network enabled, un-corruptible workstation. It might be a tad slow but hey – he is used to a 800 MHz speed – reading from the CD will only be a small annoyance πŸ™‚

I offered to give him my Knoppix CD but he has no clue how to boot it. I’m going to burn the brand spanking new version right now, and see if he likes it when I get home today. I’ll boot it up for him and just tell him not to reboot the machine (not that he would need that with linux). And I would love to expose that little ignoramus to linux on some meaningful level πŸ™‚ If I could actually have him using it for a day or two, I think he could really appreciate it’s versality and usefulness.

And I really don’t feel like installing any OS when I get home today. I’ll be there after 9pm. I don’t envision starting this thing before 11. Hunting for fucking drivers at 3am is really not my idea of fun. I’d much rather put him on Knop for one evening, and then work on it tomorrow or on Friday. Maybe he will agree to this plan. I guess it all depends how linuxo-phobic he really is.

1984 in 2005

September 20, 2005

Students for Orwellian Society is probably one of the funniest, and most brilliant politically charged satires I have seen lately. The examples they bring up are so funny, and yet so true that it chills me to the core. We already are halfway into a 1984 mentality with government recalling reference materials from libraries due to “national security” and newspapers mysteriously censoring their own online archives, and removing politically charged articles.

But they forgot to mention such excellent examples of doublespeak/doublethink as Clear Skies Initiative (which essentially relaxes the anti-pollution regulations set forth by the Clean Air Act) or the Patriot Act. I’m not sure what patriotism has to do with stripping civil liberties from law abiding citizens but hey, if you are against Patriot Act you must not be very patriotic, right? If this is not a prime example of applied doublespeak, I don’t know what is πŸ™‚

I think I’m going to hang the “War is Peace” poster over my desk πŸ™‚

I have a thesis! Access Point must die!

September 19, 2005

Well, it seems that I’m back on track with the thesis work. I went from databases to distributed hyperspectral image analysis but hey, it sounds interesting.

Now I just need to figure out what to do about my PHD plans. The question is, should I be going nuts about this right now, or should I take it easy? I mean, if I miss some deadlines I can hallways take a semester/year off and then go back. I guess I’ll need to figure this out soon…

Not today though. To tired. Long day ahead tomorrow… I’m planning to take the sledgehammer to our access point at work, because it is pissing me off. Why the hell does that thing only starts dropping connection when I’m not in the office? I just love when people call me every ten minutes just to tell me the wireless is down… Or up… Or down again.

Yes Mr. Linksys Access Point, your fate is sealed. Tomorrow you will meet Mr. Garbage Can and Mr. Stomping Shoe (not necessarily in that order).