Monday, March 31, 2008
More Dell Hell
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Too Expensive to Fail, While Another Canary Dies
The V-22 Osprey's engines are wearing out too soon. The likely culprit is that the air filters aren't removing enough sand and dirt to prevent the compressor blades from wearing out.
Bats in the Northeastern United States are dying and no one knows why. They are flying out of their caves in the dead of winter. They are dying. Maybe they are doing it to save their cave mates. Maybe they don't know why they fly to their deaths. First, the frogs started dying, then the honeybees. Are bats the next canary, the next indicator, of some unseen danger or environmental change? We need bees to pollinate crops. We need bats to eat the insects that eat our crops.
The price of wheat has gone up tenfold due to a global crop failure. Corn is up because ADM is turning it into wasteful biofuel. The price of beef will increase because the price of feed has gone up.
For the first time in U.S. history, the government is bailing out an investment bank and the "shadow banking" industry. An industry set up to evade regulation. If they receive government aid, should they also accept government regulation? What will the taxpayers receive from their charity? Likely nothing. If it's wrong to bail out the borrowers, then why are we bailing out the lenders?
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
The Tragedy of the Commons
The Tragedy of the Commons
When the Fake Becomes Real
Labels: reality perception
The Seductive Delusion of Armed Force as an Extension of Foreign Policy
Andrew Bracevich, an International Relations professor at BU, argues that American politicians, and perhaps most Americans themselves, have become seduced by American militarism as an extension of American foreign policy. He believes this to be a reaction to the turmoil of the Sixties and Vietnam, as well as a doctrine established by President Jimmy Carter to protect American oil interests in the Middle East. Carter reluctantly set the ball rolling, and he wanted Americans to become energy independent and free from the Middle East quagmire. Americans didn't want a debate and we liked cheap oil, so we elected Reagan rather than Carter, and we've been protecting our interests in the Middle East ever since and subsidizing oil prices through military intervention. If people will recall, even Clinton intervened in other countries militarily. This also explains why the Democrats have not challenged American foreign policy and started pulling troops out of Iraq. Here's another reason, jobs/pork. Unfortunately, for Bracevich, American foreign policy has become much more personal. He buried his 27 year old son last year who was killed serving in Iraq. Bracevich serves us by reminding us of the Prussian military genius and visionary Carl von Clauswitz's dictum that war is an extension of politics.
Bracevich may be a visionary in his own right. I wonder if he is the Samuel Huntington or Clauswitz of his generation. His warnings of the danger of going down this path may prove prophetic. William Fallon, the current Centcom Chief, has resigned. He opposed getting into a war with Iran. It appears that the neocons never liked his appointment in the first place. The cynic in me says that oil will likely hit $150-200 per barrel before Bush is out of office. He's got to protect his Sunni friends from the big bad Persians, and Cheney has to protect Halliburton. It doesn't matter that the divisions and problems within Iraq are internal rather than external. The four groups vying for power in Iraq don't wish to share power. They don't want to be or emulate Americans. They are different from Persians who do wish to emulate Americans, but now they can't, because of a restrictive religious oligarchy.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
F-117 to be Retired
Labels: F-117 retirement
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
MBR Rootkit and Other Interesting Toys
Cult of the Dead Cow released their Goolag scanner last week. I haven't played with it personally. It sounds and looks neat, but I can't afford to download CDC software and hope that they didn't install a backdoor or some such. Perhaps later when I have a virtual XP machine reconfigured.
Core Security found a way for a VMware guest operating system to break out using the shared folder between the host OS and the guest OS. Oops! It appears VMware has known about it for a while now. Never a dull day in IT Security.
Labels: IT Security
Monday, March 03, 2008
Labels: fear mongering budget tightening