Been a while

My last post was 2014/12/20. Wow! Some of the top commented posts here are technical in nature, so I might try converting this over to a techy blog related to my work. Or maybe not. Either way I’ll probably purge some of the old content in the process since my views have changed over the years so a lot of the crap here doesn’t really apply anymore. We’ll see.


“Obama is in no way abusing his power as president in anything he’s doing here.”

I agree. Our Cuban policy is a relic left over from containment, which is no longer relevant. Case and point, our second largest trading partner is China, so our position toward Cuba is totally hypocritical. Time for a change. Also, glad to see Rand Paul came out with support for the move.


The benefit to the merchants is clear: They would save the swipe fees they pay to the credit card companies now, which average about two percent of the cost of transactions.

Wouldn’t consumers benefit as well from reduced transaction costs? A service that cuts out Visa, Mastercard, and Amex, sounds like a step forward to me assuming they address privacy and data security as well. In the newer systems, apparently Apple and Google add an additional transaction fee, which kicks back to Apple and Google respectively. As far as security and privacy go, I trust my bank better than I do a company like Apple, which clearly has a thing to two to learn about data security and privacy.


Snowden Backlash

It’s the institutions that need to demonstrate respect for the public they allegedly serve. If Snowden or any other American is skeptical of institutional power, it is not due to any personal failing on their part. The lack of respect is a direct outgrowth of the bad behavior of the nation’s institutions, behavior that has undermined Americans’ trust in them.


SimCity is buggy!

I was pretty excited about this release, but the game as it currently stands is so riddled with bugs it’s practically unplayable. I’ve had multiple cities go down as a result of the dreaded “your city is not processing correctly” error, I’ve had one city simply disappear off the server it was supposed to be saved on, and last night I lost a city after it went nuclear despite a high education level for all the workers. The potential here is great, but this game is currently not worth the effort since you are pretty much guaranteed to lose your work after a few days of playing.

Maybe in six months once they work out all the bugs, but currently I just don’t feel like playing knowing something will eventually go wrong and I’ll have to start over.