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Scoble, Alex Scoble

Scoble, Alex Scoble

Gamer, home theater enthusiast, IT Security professional ex-CISSP, lover of cats, married to the always wonderful and compassionate (and passionate) Cassie.
Heh, for everyone who watched Gravity and wanted to know how realistic it is, here's a great review from a former NASA astronaut http://www.forbes.com/sites... (Contains spoilers for those who haven't seen the movie)
http://www.theatlantic.com/educati... 1. Because they aren't respected 2. They aren't paid a wage that is requisite with their level of responsibility, education, skills and dedication 3. These days they have very little say in how to actually do their jobs 4...feel free to add your reasons
My first real github repo https://github.com/ITBlogg... Still a work in progress, but it's already managing splunk on CentOS quite nicely I also contributed to my first github repo https://github.com/wcooley... (and yeah, you'll need that to get my splunkmgr class working)
https://www.facebook.com/RobertS... My brother is absolutely right on this one. The Tea Party extremists are seriously hurting this country and for what?
Random comment to that post: "Obama, being a community organizer, did not run the federal budget process according to law, like a chief executive would, but instead purposely took us to the brink to ram his gross overspending through. His punitive shutdown is insubordination all too familiar to people who have ever tried to control expenses." FFS, really? Really? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The monied class, Wall Street and the Banksters will find out soon if Ted Cruz or Elizabeth Warren is a better Senator for Wall Street. Post shutdown I'm 60-40 that we are going to default. The Tea Parties last battle will be ruinous for all of us - WarLord
When your schtick is based on being extreme your only option is to become more and more extreme. This will be difficult to top. - Todd Hoff
Today's AP poll find more than 4 in 10 Republicans polled identify with and support the Tea Party. That is a significant number. Don't approach them like they are a small group of radicals. They may be a minority in Congress, but they still have broad support. - Eric - It's My Thing
Considering, though, that only 22% of Americans self-identify unequivocally as Republican, 40% of 22% is a very small minority keeping the rest of us hostage. Even if you include all the people who lean Republican, that's still only 40% of 41%. http://www.gallup.com/poll... - Victor Ganata
I think Lessig calls this the tyranny of the minority. - Todd Hoff
This is pretty much the factional scenario Madison was trying to avoid. Ah well, it worked for a couple of centuries, at least. - Victor Ganata
I'm sorry, Eric, but when your political stance makes a federal default ok, you are an extremist. Period. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
http://www.slate.com/article... Teach for America is doing serious harm to the students that can least afford it.
You know, when long time supporters of charter schools like Ravich wake up and realize the damage these schools are doing, that something stinks about the corporatization of our education system. I hope that all of those like Michelle Rhee and her supporters soon come to understand how much damage they are doing. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
What is up with getting hiccups twice in a night?
Didiaphragm - Johnny from iPhone
Johnny, say what? - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Hiccups are from the diaphragm. Di (2) diaphragm. - Johnny from iPhone
I hate you. (sarcasm) - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I can only imagine what goes through your head when you think about the fact that dubstep has gone pop (or that pop has gone dubstep).
Doesn't bother me. Same thing happened with big beat in the mid 90s. Hell, even The Fall have had their music in car commercials. - Akiva
Yeah, I think it's funny that the stuff I was listening to 9 months ago on Slacker is on the top 40 station that Cassie listens to... - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Zedd's Clarity is all over the place right now. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
It was all over the place a year ago, too. Spectrum was a hit of the summer last year. - NOT THE CRICKET
https://plus.google.com/1148737... The rebuild of our front porch/deck is finally done. It's not perfect, but good enough for government work.
Happy birthday, dude!
Happy Birthday! - NOT THE CRICKET
Happy Birthday! - Stephen Mack
I'm so glad that Microsoft finally got rid of their hokey points system for their Xbox Live store and went to real dollar amounts instead.
As a person who doesn't have $USD, I'll wait to pass judgement. We tend to get screwed on deals like this. - Johnny from iPhone
Actually, a points system is usually designed to attempt to disguise the screwing you are getting by making it more difficult to know exactly how much you are really paying for things. - April Russo
Johnny, the amount you are charged is in your native currency. Should be no getting screwed. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I think that the Discovery Channel "reality" TV show "Gold Rush" is a great example of white privilege all around.
A large problem with economics is that most economic systems assume that players are generally rational. Anyone with half a brain, working eyes and the ability to observe the goings on of the corporate world will recognize that most of the players are definitely not rational.
BBC News - Q&A: Fukushima leak problems - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
LogicMonitor's mantra is, "if it is not defined in Puppet code and stored in our Git repository, it should not exist in our infrastructure." That is such an awesome mission statement.
http://www.newrepublic.com/article... The dirty little secret that conservatives hate to admit to. That much of what we think of as the modern economy was born out of government funded research and development.
The government can only spend money and not make it you say? I guess people who say that have conveniently ignored just about everything that's happened in high tech over the last 50 years. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Yeah, the two major industries of the Bay Area would probably not have taken off if not for state and federal funding. - Victor Ganata
I'd say the top three that shaped Silicon Valley...biotech, IT and defense would not have happened if not for government spending. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Not to mention all of the ancillary industries like VC and legal services. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
One great thing about git is that it allows you to see who made a mistake. One bad thing about git is that it allows people to see when you made a mistake.
This is big news for Puppet in their bid to offer better support for Windows http://geekswithblogs.net/robz... (they hired the creator of Chocolatey Nuget)
Will you be at PuppetConf later this week? - Brian Johns
Nope, unfortunately. Traveling for that sort of thing is very much out of the question in my current job unless I pay for it and I can't afford that. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Understood. - Brian Johns
Are you going? - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I am. I'm based in the South Bay so the only real cost is the ticket, which I got work to pay for. I haven't been to a professional conference in a decade, so I'm looking forward to this. I would have preferred to go to Giga Om's "Structure" conference, but I'll take what I can get. - Brian Johns
We're deploying puppet slowly, so I've got a lot to learn. - Brian Johns
Brian, same here in regards to deployment. - imabonehead
Really? Replacing the old deployment structure? I kinda liked it :) - Jonathan Disher
Jonathan: We're changing things VERY slowly. Let's see - How can I emphasize how slowly we're changing things... - Brian Johns
I'm not stepping on that landmine thread. Nope, I'm not.
If it's between my lower extremities and friendfeed, I'll choose my extremities every time. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Yep, so selfish. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Landmine thread? Where? - Steven Perez
I'd prefer to be unspecific and practice good landmine avoidance technique. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
lest it transmute into a heat-seeking missile? - Big Joe Silence
But you're stepping into the pacu thread, right? - Spidra Webster
LOL, avoid a landmine and step directly into the mouth of a nut biting fish? Yeah, that sounds like fun for the weekend. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Out with it. *sharpens axe just in case* - Mo Kargas
I just gotta say that Danny Trejo is a total and complete badass. #machete
I prefer Beecher's oh wait shit sorry - Akiva
ROFLMAO! - Scoble, Alex Scoble
My other bro is hilarious https://plus.google.com/1015201...
i like how you say "other bro" so we all know you aren't talking about Robert. ;) - holly #ravingfangirl
"I know you know that I’m not telling the truth I know you know they just don’t have any proof Embrace the deception, learn how to bend Your worst inhibitions tend to psych you out in the end" Such a catchy theme song for an entertaining show.
The more people expect you to fail, the easier it is to be seen as a success. #obamacare
The converse is also true. Just look at Apple. They've been at both ends of the spectrum in the last 15 years. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I bet you that Eric never checks this site http://climate.nasa.gov/evidenc... before posting his anti-climate change "news" and "facts"
I think that we live at a time when we can no longer make believe that places like Seaworld are morally acceptable. Keeping intelligent entities captive for our enjoyment is not an ethical enterprise.
Let's say there was an intelligent alien species that scooped up a bunch of humans to put in their version of a zoo. And through the zoo these aliens learned that humans we're good creatures and should not be destroyed. Is this OK? - Todd Hoff
Yup. It's basically slavery. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
No, Todd, it's not ok. You don't need to hold creatures in captivity to understand their nature. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
How about to care enough about them not to kill them? - Todd Hoff
we destroy their habitat perhaps we owe a debt to preserve the remnants of the herd #americanbuffalo - WarLord
Where do you draw the line in terms of "intelligence"? - Heather
Creatures that approach us in terms of intelligence. In most cases, it's pretty obvious what I'm talking about. We generally treat cows better than we treat whales and dolphins and there's something inherently wrong with that. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I don't think it is obvious. We are constantly learning about animal intelligence because we come from a very narrow understanding of what it means to be intelligent and how to measure intelligence in species that don't resemble humans very much. I'm huge on animal welfare, I think there are many archaic practices and laws that need to catch the hell up with what we know. But talking about intelligence, captivity, and ethics can get into animals rights territory when it's done in a generic way. - Heather
I think it is very obvious and that the number of animal species that we currently know of that would meet fairly rigorous criteria of intelligence is very low. Less than 100. We are already starting to change how we treat the higher intelligence primates, but we are still pretty barbaric when it comes to treatment of whales and dolphins. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Which criteria? - Heather
I don't manage the criteria of what makes something intelligent. Scientists do. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Scoble, Alex Scoble
If your concern with this posting is that it's only concerning intelligent seafaring mammals, sorry, but I saw Blackfish on Friday and that's what sparked this thread. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
The zoo is sufficiently big that it doesn't matter. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
My concern is that I took your original post to mean that "intelligent" animals should not be in captivity. The problem is that even in your link there is no set determination for intelligent and that such a blanket statement can be applied very liberally. I don't know what your point was if it wasn't something along the lines of releasing all intelligent animals from captivity. - Heather
This isn't complicated stuff. Seaworld is exploiting intelligent mammals for profit, human as well as cetaceans. This shouldn't be allowed. Period. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I'm talking about your generic second sentence in the OP. I know about the Seaworld stuff and I agree that it's not right. That doesn't mean that I agree with the notion of not keeping animals in captivity though. Also, I think there are things you can only learn about animals by interacting with them, and interaction in captivity is drastically easier to develop methods of testing. I think change on a massive scale is needed, but we don't really move forward just by shutting down Seaworld. - Heather
For a large group of people (maybe most people) Sea World is the perhaps only place they have ever close up seen a marine mammal, it may very well be the first time they thought about non human intelligence That's an opportunity - WarLord
I'm with ya.. "Down with the Big Brother House!" - Me
There's a huge difference between "animals in captivity" and keeping animals that we know to be intelligent that are used to swimming across huge swaths of sea locked in pens that are completely inadequate, taking baby whales from their mothers, when we know these creatures to be extremely social, generally accepting of violent behaviors just because a whale's sperm is worth too much, lying to the public about whale facts, lying to employees about how dangerous the whales are when in captivity, etc. etc. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
There's simply no humane and ethical argument that can be made for keeping Seaworld open. It's a business. Not a research institute. There's a huge difference between that and a municipal zoo that has much different goals and where they generally try to provide animals with a comfortable living space. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
And sorry, but you aren't going to gain scientifically valid data by locking up a group of animals and keeping them in close proximity for long periods of time when they don't live like that in the wild. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
There's nothing wrong with any of my statements. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I reread the OP and I thought of strip clubs... #mybad - WarLord
Disney makes a movie about a dude and his Native American friend and they cast a white dude to play the Native American...in the 21st century...and the movie is a colossal bomb. Yeah, who, outside of the Disney studio didn't see that one coming?
Isn't Depp partially Native American? - Colette
He says so, though no clear lineage for proof, and wrong nationality. I still find it kind of dumb that so many people bitched about this, though. I don't have the confirmed lineage, but I have significant (in combination) portions of Cherokee, Shawnee, and a little Blackfoot. Most American Caucasians I know do have some portion, but not necessarily significant enough to be confirmed or considered part of the tribe. - NOT THE CRICKET
The Depp as Native American thing is in dispute last I heard. Thought truth be told the movie has multiple fatal flaws even if Jay Silverheels grandson would have played Tonto A billion dollar re-do of a 50's TV western.... #aintexactlymoviemagic - WarLord
Casting issues aside, I'm going to wager a crappy script can't be overcome by the most talented of actors. - Derrick
at a certain point you can't paper over the issues by just blowing up another train... And by my count it was at least three movies going on, none of which was satisfactorily resolved Awesome special effects though like the best train set evah! - WarLord
+1 WarLord. The movie didn't fail because the casting wasn't race accurate, the movie failed because it was a horrible movie. - Derrick
The movie failed because the demand for a Lone Ranger franchise was low. See: Disney's John Carter. The casting issue, while noteworthy, wasn't an issue with the public. - Johnny from iPhone
That too. See also, Wild Wild West. I don't know if contemporary audiences are interested in Westerns. - Derrick
Wild Wild West was awesome. It had everything a pre-teen could want. - NOT THE CRICKET
It very well may have; it was also a box office disaster. - Derrick
*tosses childhood to the corner* *sheds tear* - NOT THE CRICKET
haha, there there, James. - Derrick
I'd pay to see a modern remake of "the Searchers" - WarLord
I'd like to see a Western with mostly female leads and see how they do that. I'd also like to see more unusual Westerns like "1000 Pieces of Gold". I think something of the quality and approach of Deadwood could do well in the box office now. And "Unforgiven" did well in what feels like the not so long ago past in my old middle-aged mind. - Spidra Webster
One of the reasons I left film behind in terms of a career aspiration was because the business had changed (and continues to change) so much. Unforgiven is awesome. Made in '92? Movies now have a very different business dynamic. I don't know if there are execs in place who have the same heart and so much money is on the line in terms of production. Also, movies are now seemingly made for folks much younger than me; I just don't know if studios want to take chances. And it's sad. - Derrick
Not now. It's to shakey an economy to take risks. It's all remakes and sequels. - Johnny from iPhone
And comic books. - Derrick
And cheap Blair Witch knockoffs - Johnny from iPhone
and if you're going to redo a 50's TV western how about "Have Gun Will Travel." instead.... - WarLord
Yeah, I can't say that the movie flopped because of the choice to cast Depp in the sidekick role, but karma sure is a bitch. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
It was just one stupid choice in an obvious line of stupid choices, including the choice to even make the movie. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
When "creativity" becomes which TV show you decide to copy to build a "franchise" the entire Industry is in trouble. Of course let's not forget the entire Star Trek franchise is based on a failed 60's TV show... - WarLord
John Carter and Lone Ranger done even competently would have resulted in the beloved franchises so ,prized.. Who cares about "pirates' after all - WarLord
Well, failed is relative. It's not like Trek got cancelled midway in their first season :D I think there's a market for decent Westerns. I mean, "True Grit" did fairly well even though it was a remake and it had a young woman as the protagonist. (Of course, it didn't cost $250 million to make, either.) - Victor Ganata
Agreed, True Grit didn't cost what *marketing* The Lone Ranger cost. - Derrick
I became curious about how True Grit did versus The Lone Ranger. True Grit's budget was $35 million, and made more than $252 million (per http://www.the-numbers.com/movies...). The Lone Ranger's budget was $275 million, and so far it's made $175.5 million (per http://www.the-numbers.com/movies...). So, yeah, ouch. (Note that the budget numbers used here typically don't include marketing costs.) - Stephen Mack
Django did ok at the box office, completely different type of western, though. - Joe
Remaking a movie is a lot safer than trying to convert a 30 minute TV show into a long form movie. While the Simpsons Movie did ok, it wasn't the greatest movie. You can see where the conversion struggled. - Johnny
The irony of the present discussion, NBC axed Star Trek after 2 seasons over "low ratings" then relented for one more... I have no memory of it, but undoubtedly they replaced ST with a Western because nobody was Interested in watching Science Fiction on TV... #themorethingschange - WarLord
Warlord--to be fair, I've seen pirates more times in theatres than I should probably admit. It's one of my favorite disney film franchises... - Colette
Bruce Schneier gets to the heart of the matter of the recent revelations of US government spying on its citizens. That our system works because of trust and once that trust has been undermined, it's very difficult to get it back. http://www.schneier.com/blog...
Who rode 30 miles on his birthday and loved it? This guy. http://www.mapmyride.com/workout...
*snort-laugh* - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
I was on my bike, pedaling under my own power. But you knew that. - Scoble, Alex Scoble from iPhone
Gesundheit. :) - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I am very glad that the I-5 interstate bridge upgrade project is now dead in the water. I don't think it was a good design, is too expensive, would have done nothing to solve the problems of traffic congestion drivers currently face crossing to and from Washington and Oregon and would have likely made the river less usable to ships.
You're back, Alex! - Spidra Webster
Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes! I really appreciate it. Sure makes getting older a little bit easier.
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