Stephen Michael Kellat alpacaherder@identi.ca

AdmiraltyHouse

Amateur Radio Operator (General Class). Basic Trained ICS Staffer. Lapsed Podcaster. GS-8 Bureaucrat. Occasional Domestic Missionary. Information Specialist.

  • Fine, Fine, Fine...

    2018-10-13T20:32:27Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Yeah, I'm setting up on Liberapay here: https://liberapay.com/smkellat/donate


    I don't have the profile completely set up yet.


    We just had a couple of tremendous setbacks at work that are frankly shocking. People were furiously writing resignation letters and working on retirement papers Friday. Unfortunately I don't have a financial cushion to fall back on that easily.


    I'll explain more later.

  • Recently Located Madness

    2018-10-13T15:42:43Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    From the Zotero database:


    Alhilal, A., Braud, T., & Hui, P. (2018). Future Architecture of the Interplanetary Internet. Retrieved from https://arxiv.org/abs/1810.01093

    Baldwin, R. (2018). RETRACTED ARTICLE: Who are they to judge? Overcoming anthropometry through fat bodybuilding. Fat Studies, 0(0), 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1080/21604851.2018.1453622

    Caldwell, J. A., Knapik, J. J., & Lieberman, H. R. (2017). Trends and factors associated with insomnia and sleep apnea in all United States military service members from 2005 to 2014. Journal of Sleep Research, 26(5), 665–670. https://doi.org/10.1111/jsr.12543

    Coddling and “safetyism” sets iGen up for failure. (2018, October 3). [MP3]. Jesse Mulligan, 1-4 PM. Radio New Zealand. Retrieved from https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2018665204/greg-lukianoff-why-coddling-harms-the-young

    Courtiol, A., Picq, S., Godelle, B., Raymond, M., & Ferdy, J.-B. (2010). From Preferred to Actual Mate Characteristics: The Case of Human Body Shape. PLOS ONE, 5(9), e13010. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0013010

    Crossley, K. L., Cornelissen, P. L., & Tovée, M. J. (2012). What Is an Attractive Body? Using an Interactive 3D Program to Create the Ideal Body for You and Your Partner. PLOS ONE, 7(11), e50601. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0050601

    Crowe, J. (2018, October 3). Academics Expose ‘Grievance Studies’ Field by Submitting Hoax Papers to Journals. Retrieved October 4, 2018, from https://www.nationalreview.com/news/academics-expose-grievance-studies-field-by-submitting-hoax-papers-to-journals/

    Dougherty, M. B. (2018, January 23). Anthony Kennedy Can’t Be Allowed to Die. Retrieved October 5, 2018, from https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/01/anthony-kennedy-swing-vote-supreme-court-we-need-him-alive/

    Elgabli, A., Felemban, M., & Aggarwal, V. (2018). GroupCast: Preference-Aware Cooperative Video Streaming with Scalable Video Coding. Retrieved from https://arxiv.org/abs/1809.10998

    Fletcher, A. C., & Mura, C. (2018). Ten Simple Rules for Using a Raspberry Pi. ArXiv:1810.00027 [Cs]. Retrieved from http://arxiv.org/abs/1810.00027

    Ford, A. T., & Herrera, H. (2018). ‘Prescribing’ psychotropic medication to our rivers and estuaries. BJPsych Bulletin, 1–4. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjb.2018.72

    Karami, A., & Collins, M. (2018). What do the US West Coast Public Libraries Post on Twitter? Retrieved from https://arxiv.org/abs/1808.06021

    Laufer, C., & Schwabe, D. (2018). A Framework to Support the Trust Process in News and Social Media. ArXiv:1810.00132 [Cs]. Retrieved from http://arxiv.org/abs/1810.00132

    McCain, R. S. (2018, October 3). Hitler, the ‘Intersectional’ Führer. Retrieved October 4, 2018, from http://theothermccain.com/2018/10/03/hitler-the-intersectional-fuhrer/

    McKew, M. (2018, October 3). Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America. Wired. Retrieved from https://www.wired.com/story/information-terrorists-trying-to-reshape-america/

    Pluckrose, H., Lindsay, J. A., & Boghossian, P. (2018, October 3). Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship. Retrieved October 6, 2018, from https://areomagazine.com/2018/10/02/academic-grievance-studies-and-the-corruption-of-scholarship/

    Simkins, J. D. (2018, October 3). A staggering number of troops are fat and tired, report says. Retrieved October 5, 2018, from https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2018/10/03/a-staggering-number-of-troops-are-fat-and-tired-report-says/

    Simpson, J. (2018, October 3). Kavanaugh Allegations Are Psychological Terrorism. It’s Time They End. Retrieved October 5, 2018, from http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/03/kavanaugh-allegations-psychological-terrorism-time-end/

    Smith, K. (2018, October 4). The Battle of Brett Kavanaugh and the Joker’s Two Boats. Retrieved October 5, 2018, from https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/brett-kavanaugh-hearings-fight-recalls-jokers-two-boats/

    Snow, S. (2018, January 26). War without the internet? Commandant says Marines need to revive old-style comms. Retrieved October 13, 2018, from https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2018/01/25/marines-need-to-master-comms-basics-to-win-a-fight-with-china-or-russia-commandant-says/

    Stewart, D. (2018, October 11). Trump and the End of Smugness. Retrieved October 12, 2018, from https://warontherocks.com/2018/10/trump-and-the-end-of-smugness/

    Walsh, M. (2018, October 4). The Great Cultural Revolution, American-Style. Retrieved October 4, 2018, from https://pjmedia.com/trending/the-great-cultural-revolution-american-style/

    Yair, O., & Miodownik, D. (2014). Youth bulge and civil war: Why a country’s share of young adults explains only non-ethnic wars: Conflict Management and Peace Science. https://doi.org/10.1177/0738894214544613

  • Posted this over in that soon-to-be-demolished place

    2018-10-11T01:57:51Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    I posted in another realm:


    Alan Pope mentioned here various places you can find him off Google+ -- https://plus.google.com/u/1/+AlanPope/posts/JioNrUPc15j


    Until a few moments ago, I frankly forgot I had a working login on this monstrosity. Alan gave a list of links where he could be best found online. I'll follow suit with these:


    Website maintained via LaTeXML: http://erielookingproductions.info

    Blog maintained via Pelican: http://skellat.freeshell.org/blog

    Pump.io: https://identi.ca/alpacaherder/

    Telegram: https://t.me/smkellat

    Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/smkellat

    Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~skellat

    LibraryThing: https://www.librarything.com/profile/alpacaherder

    Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/shameraider/

    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/shameraider



    If you haven't figured out how to utilize RSS, I would suggest doing so. I might be more places online but I might not be able to openly acknowledge those. That's the wacky, wild world we live in right now where I essential have crosshairs trained on me as a member of the civil service.

  • I hate days like today

    2018-10-04T03:41:34Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    I got accused by a caller of being in league with the Devil.


    Again.


    I reduced another caller to tears without even trying. The poor Gen-Y female college student found out the hard way that Uncle Stupid wants his money and that breaking down in tears doesn't make debt simply disappear. Convenient, easy to afford payment plans were on afford but she hung up on me instead.


    Again.


    The new hotness? The frakking conspiracy theorists over the Presidential Alert message sent to cell phones. People are only just now starting to think "The Government" is listening to their calls? If you're making an open call on the public-switched telephone network, you should generally assume one or more intelligence agencies will be creating a nice backup copy of the call that you'll never be able to reach.


    The question is where the breaking point is...and how close am I getting to it.

    clacke@libranet.de ❌ likes this.

  • Archiving Recent Citations In Secondary Spot

    2018-09-26T02:15:55Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Bate, Alex. “Build a Raspberry Pi Pocket Projector...How Awesome Is That?!” Raspberry Pi (blog), September 7, 2018. https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/build-raspberry-pi-pocket-projector/.

    ———. “PiPod: The Raspberry Pi Zero Portable Music Player.” Raspberry Pi (blog), August 29, 2018. https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/pipod-pi-zero-music-player/.

    Bernal, Rafael. “Puerto Rico Governor Asks Trump to Consider Statehood.” TheHill, September 19, 2018. https://thehill.com/latino/407494-puerto-rico-governor-asks-trump-to-consider-statehood.

    Bonnan-White, Jess, Jason Shulman, and Abigail Bielecke. “Snow Tweets: Emergency Information Dissemination in a US County During 2014 Winter Storms.” PLOS Currents Disasters, December 22, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1371/currents.dis.100a212f4973b612e2c896e4cdc91a36.

    Bresnahan, John, and Burgess Everett. “Pelosi vs. McConnell Could Dominate Congress in 2019.” POLITICO, September 5, 2018. https://politi.co/2NqTi7b.

    Brody, Jane E. “Trim and Fit? You May Still Have Heart Disease.” The New York Times, September 25, 2018, sec. Well. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/24/well/live/heart-disease-healthy-jane-brody-brother.html.

    Calderone, Michael, and Jason Schwartz. “With Anonymous Op-Ed, It’s Times vs. Times.” POLITICO, September 5, 2018. https://politi.co/2Q6hWIx.

    Capps, Randy, Julia Gelatt, Jennifer Van Hook, and Michael Fix. “Commentary on ‘The Number of Undocumented Immigrants in the United States: Estimates Based on Demographic Modeling with Data from 1990-2016.’” PLOS ONE 13, no. 9 (September 21, 2018): e0204199. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0204199.

    Crowe, Jack. “Google Employees Considered Changing Search Algorithm to Fight Travel Ban.” National Review (blog), September 21, 2018. https://www.nationalreview.com/news/google-employees-considered-changing-search-algorithm-to-fight-travel-ban/.

    Evich, Helena Bottemiller. “Perdue Dismisses 25th Amendment Chatter.” POLITICO, September 7, 2018. https://politi.co/2MaEfth.

    Fazel-Zarandi, Mohammad M., Jonathan S. Feinstein, and Edward H. Kaplan. “The Number of Undocumented Immigrants in the United States: Estimates Based on Demographic Modeling with Data from 1990 to 2016.” PLOS ONE 13, no. 9 (September 21, 2018): e0201193. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0201193.

    Ferris, Sarah. “Congress Dares Trump to Shut down the Government in New Spending Deal.” POLITICO, September 13, 2018. https://politi.co/2x9Gxo2.

    “Florence’s Fierce Winds Knock out All NOAA Weather Radio Transmitters in Eastern North Carolina.” Accuweather, September 14, 2018. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/florences-fierce-winds-knock-out-all-noaa-weather-radio-transmitters-in-eastern-north-carolina/70006062.

    Glauberman, Gary, and Kristine Qureshi. “Exploratory Qualitative Study of Fire Preparedness Among High-Rise Building Residents.” PLOS Currents Disasters, August 31, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1371/currents.dis.aa27444baa486dc3d5b3fa7c28009b22.

    Greenberg, David. “The End of Neutrality.” POLITICO Magazine, September 5, 2018. https://politi.co/2Qa0jHZ.

    Hanson, Victor Davis. “Are We on the Verge of Civil War?” National Review (blog), September 21, 2018. https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/09/american-divide-culture-politicization-polarization/.

    Heriot, Gail L. “The Politics of Admissions in California.” SSRN Scholarly Paper. Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network, June 3, 2001. https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=3174776.

    ———. “Want to Be a Doctor? A Scientist? An Engineer? An Affirmative Action Leg Up May Hurt Your Chances.” SSRN Scholarly Paper. Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network, 2010. https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=3112683.

    Hesson, Ted. “The Man Behind Trump’s ‘Invisible Wall.’” POLITICO Magazine, September 20, 2018. https://politi.co/2PT7zqI.

    Hesson, Ted, Nancy Cook, Helena Bottemiller Evich, and Rew Restuccia. “Immigrants May Be Denied Green Cards If They’ve Received Benefits.” POLITICO, September 23, 2018. https://politi.co/2NzpYMw.

    Hutson, Jevan, Jessie G. Taft, Solon Barocas, and Karen Levy. “Debiasing Desire: Addressing Bias & Discrimination on Intimate Platforms.” ArXiv:1809.01563 [Cs], September 5, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1145/3274342.

    “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” The New York Times, September 7, 2018, sec. Opinion. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/opinion/trump-white-house-anonymous-resistance.html.

    Lejeune, Tristan. “Michael Moore: ‘We May Not Get to 2020.’” Text. TheHill, September 18, 2018. https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/407181-michael-moore-we-may-not-get-to-2020.

    Levine, J., M. Weiss, D. D. Davis, D. W. Allan, and D. B. Sullivan. “The NIST Automated Computer Time Service.” Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology 94, no. 5 (1989): 311–21. https://doi.org/10.6028/jres.094.029.

    Levinson, Sanford V. “The Constitution Needs a Reboot.” POLITICO Magazine, September 5, 2018. https://politi.co/2MPhMXV.

    Lombardi, Michael A., and D. Wayne Hanson. “The GOES Time Code Service, 1974–2004: A Retrospective.” Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology 110, no. 2 (2005): 79–96. https://doi.org/10.6028/jres.110.008.

    Lombardi, Michael A, and Glenn K Nelson. “WWVB: A Half Century of Delivering Accurate Frequency and Time by Radio.” Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology 119 (March 12, 2014): 25–54. https://doi.org/10.6028/jres.119.004.

    Lombardi, Michael A., Andrew N. Novick, J. Mauricio Lopez R, Francisco Jimenez, Eduardo de Carlos Lopez, Jean-Simon Boulanger, Raymond Pelletier, et al. “The SIM Time Network.” Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology 116, no. 2 (2011): 557–72. https://doi.org/10.6028/jres.116.005.

    Lombardi, Michael A, Andrew N Novick, and Victor S Zhang. “A Low-Cost Time Transfer Receiver for Contributions to Coordinated Universal Time.” Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology 119 (November 6, 2014): 583–601. https://doi.org/10.6028/jres.119.024.

    López, J. M., and M. A. Lombardi. “TIMEKEEPING IN THE AMERICAS.” Revista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica 46 (2015): 1–6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4786942/.

    Macchi, Victoria. “Refugee Advocates Lobby US Congress.” VOA, September 5, 2018. https://www.voanews.com/a/refugee-advocates-lobby-us-congress/4559836.html.

    McArdle, Mairead. “Yale Study: Twice as Many Undocumented Immigrants as Previously Thought in U.S.” National Review (blog), September 21, 2018. https://www.nationalreview.com/news/immigration-study-finds-nearly-twice-as-many-undocumented/.

    Mekouar, Dora. “A US Space Force Might Fly, But Forget About Battling Klingons – All About America.” VOA, September 5, 2018. https://blogs.voanews.com/all-about-america/2018/09/05/a-us-space-force-might-fly-but-forget-about-battling-aliens/.

    Noah, Timothy. “White House Disputes Wage Stagnation.” POLITICO, September 5, 2018. https://politi.co/2M1b3Fk.

    Pashler, Hal, and Gail L. Heriot. “Perceptions of Newsworthiness Are Contaminated by a Political Usefulness Bias.” SSRN Scholarly Paper. Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network, August 3, 2018. https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=3225878.

    Richardson, Thomas, Gemma Hayward, Kevin Blanchard, and Virginia Murray. “An Evaluation of Global Hazard Communication with Ethical Considerations.” PLOS Currents Disasters, August 7, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1371/currents.dis.47581b109e865f7b64d831f86a7fd7f4.

    Savage, Luiza Ch. “U.S. Official: Canadian Marijuana Users, Workers and Investors Risk Lifetime Border Ban.” POLITICO, September 13, 2018. https://politi.co/2xbi0yK.

    Sciancalepore, Savio, and Roberto Di Pietro. “SOS - Securing Open Skies.” ArXiv:1809.09026 [Cs], September 24, 2018. http://arxiv.org/abs/1809.09026.

    Scola, Nancy, and Cristiano Lima. “Sessions Talking to State AGs on Tech’s Alleged Threats to Free Speech.” POLITICO, September 5, 2018. https://politi.co/2MO97Ff.

    Shu, Kai, Deepak Mahudeswaran, Suhang Wang, Dongwon Lee, and Huan Liu. “FakeNewsNet: A Data Repository with News Content, Social Context and Dynamic Information for Studying Fake News on Social Media.” ArXiv:1809.01286 [Cs], September 4, 2018. http://arxiv.org/abs/1809.01286.

    Siders, David. “‘This Is the First Wave of an Invasion.’” POLITICO, September 5, 2018. https://politi.co/2Qb944D.

    Teusner, Ralf, Kai-Adrian Rollmann, and Jan Renz. “Taking Informed Action on Student Activity in MOOCs.” Proceedings of the Fourth (2017) ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale - L@S ’17, 2017, 149–52. https://doi.org/10.1145/3051457.3053971.

    Thomas. “FCC Audio Programming Inquiry: Implications for HF Broadcasting.” The SWLing Post (blog), September 8, 2018. https://swling.com/blog/2018/09/fcc-audio-programming-inquiry/.

    Torres, Diego. “Spain’s Venezuela Paradox.” POLITICO, September 24, 2018. https://www.politico.eu/article/spain-venezuelan-pedro-sanchez-nicolas-maduro-albert-rivera-pablo-iglesias-podemos-paradox/.

    Vaidhyanathan, Siva. “Now We Know Tech Won’t Save Us.” POLITICO Magazine, September 5, 2018. https://politi.co/2MKQMJj.

    Witherspoon, Thomas. “Radio World: ‘Who’s Got the Biggest, Meanest AM Flamethrower?’” The SWLing Post (blog), September 16, 2018. https://swling.com/blog/2018/09/radio-world-whos-got-the-biggest-meanest-am-flamethrower/.

    Yao, Jian, Judah Levine, and Marc Weiss. “Toward Continuous GPS Carrier-Phase Time Transfer: Eliminating the Time Discontinuity at an Anomaly.” Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology 120 (November 17, 2015): 280–92. https://doi.org/10.6028/jres.120.017.

    York, Byron. “7 Points on the Anonymous New York Times ‘resistance’ Op-Ed.” Washington Examiner, September 6, 2018. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/7-points-on-the-anonymous-new-york-times-resistance-op-ed.

  • This has a funny component that is related to my job...

    2018-09-23T04:16:43Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    As seen online:


    Hesson, T., Cook, N., Evich, H. B., & Restuccia, R. (2018, September 23). Immigrants may be denied green cards if they’ve received benefits. Retrieved September 23, 2018, from https://politi.co/2NzpYMw


    Now, bear in mind the article mentions that the Earned Income Tax Credit isn't included in the scope of the rule. It cannot be. No mere regulation issued by the US Department of Homeland Security or any of its operating components can surmount the requirements of 26 USC 6103. Otherwise we'd get into the absolutely hilarious farce of IRS Criminal Investigations Division quite correctly arresting agents/officers of Homeland Security for violating black letter law.


    You see, tax information in the United States is protected more harshly than state secrets that fall under "Nationally Classified Information". That whole regime of Confidential/Secret/Top Secret all stems from presidential authority and is regulated by executive order. It all operates under delegation from POTUS which is why POTUS technically doesn't have to listen to anybody if he wants to declassify something. That whole regime can be modified by the flick of a pen in the hand of Donald John Trump.


    Tax information is guarded by statutory regime with penalties for unauthorized disclosure with penalties akin to divulging state secrets. The President cannot by his own authority release a tax return to anybody. A written order from the President for releasing a tax return requires countersignature by the chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways & Means Committee before being passed through the Secretary of the Treasury to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue who then has to figure out what poor soul gets stuck following the order. A verbal order is legally invalid.


    All of that argle bargle has to be put forward for me to then state that, frankly, an Act of Congress would be required to authorize data matching between IRS and Homeland Security for Homeland Security to take the receipt of the Earned Income Tax Credit into account for permanent residence determinations. Otherwise Homeland has to dump court-ordered warrants on a certain IRS directorate and those warrants aren't obtainable in bulk. Journalism School teaches you how to write but not much about how the world around you works.


    That being said, there is a growing group of line staff at work that frankly wants the Earned Income Tax Credit outright abolished. The Congressional Research Service has some economic comments about the credit. Frankly it is becoming a nightmare to administer and creates fundamental unfairness in the agency as the IRS becomes schizophrenic as being both a tax collector as well as welfare administrator. Some of us prefer sticking to being just tax collectors.

  • Yeah, My Family Requires I Use It

    2018-09-21T04:42:51Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    I don't like the algorithms of Facebook. They try to determine who I am. They're very, very wrong.

  • Anybody Willing To Take A Refugee?

    2018-09-21T03:25:54Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Can cook, can clean, can be married off to one of your daughters, may be under a horrendous cloud of suspicion for still being a civil servant...

    How's your Spanish? xD

    JanKusanagi at 2018-09-21T11:52:14Z

    » JanKusanagi:

    “How's your Spanish? xD”

    Non-existent

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2018-09-21T20:02:46Z

  • I don't like simply remarking about just one article...

    2018-09-20T03:40:46Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Here's the citation for this dumpster fire:


    Bernal, Rafael. “Puerto Rico Governor Asks Trump to Consider Statehood.” TheHill, September 19, 2018. https://thehill.com/latino/407494-puerto-rico-governor-asks-trump-to-consider-statehood.


    There are so, so many things wrong with this. The territorial governor claims that he has a mandate for statehood with less voter turnout than there was for the Brexit referendum. 72% of Britons purportedly voted on Brexit. Statehood for Puerto Rico barely got 23% turning out to vote. I don't care how lopsided that rump was in voting for statehood the vote was not legitimate in the eyes of any mainland authority.


    Puerto Rico is also a bankrupt kleptocracy. FEMA had to request special authority to intervene and take action in Puerto Rico that it has never asked for in any of the 50 states let alone the other territories. That authority just didn't happen to be in FEMA's charter to begin with and the grant was limited to Puerto Rico alone. Under the PROMESA law, an oversight panel continues to try to get the territorial government solvent. The territorial government resists any such measures which according to PROMESA also means it cannot have any request for statehood be considered at this time.


    Congress is made of two chambers. The House of Representatives is made up of representatives of people from the states apportioned by population. Non-voting delegates are seated as a courtesy for each of the territories. The Senate represents states and each state has two senators. Currently the path to statehood is blocked for Puerto Rico unless it makes some deep reforms.


    The United States gained Puerto Rico as a war prize in the Spanish-American War of 1898. We could, in theory, give up Puerto Rico like we gave up Cuba which was also a war prize from that same war. Since the territorial government in the US Virgin Islands is facing corruption charges too, a cute plan would be to make an offer to the government of the United Kingdom relative to Brexit to pick up Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to add to its Caribbean dependencies portfolio of lands ruled by the Crown. Puerto Rico and the entire Virgin Islands are located nearby each other after all. Giving up the EU to pick up more of the Caribbean basin as an Atlantic power wouldn't be a bad deal if suggested to the President as a way to take a couple problems off his hands. USVI already drives on the "correct" side of the road for Britons too.


    The territorial dependency closest to being able to assume statehood would be Guam probably. Can you find Guam on a map? I can...



  • Meanwhile on the second antenna

    2018-09-18T04:12:29Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    "But digital is perfect!" my father frequently exclaims sarcastically...

    McClane likes this.

    Indeed, not every new thing is better just for the sake of being newer =)

    JanKusanagi at 2018-09-18T11:55:30Z

  • Still not there yet

    2018-09-18T04:09:12Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Well, I almost had decent reception of WSEE-DT 35.1 out of Erie, Pennsylvania. The multiple buildings to the reception array are complicating matters. The antennae plus the HDHomeRun Duo boxes are in the detached garage. I'm in the house. There is a wireless network repeater trying to bridge the gap but isn't doing a good job.


    No, I'm not going to run a PVC pipe with ethernet between the two buildings. The cost in signal repeaters for that length of cable alone would be cost-prohibitive. I'm going to just have to put a MythTV box on the network segment in the garage and not worry about live or real-time reception.

  • Just Say No

    2018-09-16T23:29:04Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers


    Are there any server farms in the Carolinas?

  • Here's one to amuse Dr. Sekula

    2018-09-16T03:58:30Z via Dianara To: Public, Stephen Sekula CC: Followers

    For the sake of @Stephen Sekula I imagine these recent additions to my Zotero database might be amusing:


    Levine, J., Weiss, M., Davis, D. D., Allan, D. W., & Sullivan, D. B. (1989). The NIST Automated Computer Time Service. Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 94(5), 311–321. https://doi.org/10.6028/jres.094.029

    Lombardi, M. A., & Hanson, D. W. (2005). The GOES Time Code Service, 1974–2004: A Retrospective. Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 110(2), 79–96. https://doi.org/10.6028/jres.110.008

    Lombardi, M. A., & Nelson, G. K. (2014). WWVB: A Half Century of Delivering Accurate Frequency and Time by Radio. Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 119, 25–54. https://doi.org/10.6028/jres.119.004

    Lombardi, M. A., Novick, A. N., Lopez R, J. M., Jimenez, F., de Carlos Lopez, E., Boulanger, J.-S., … Gittens, A. (2011). The SIM Time Network. Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 116(2), 557–572. https://doi.org/10.6028/jres.116.005

    Lombardi, M. A., Novick, A. N., & Zhang, V. S. (2014). A Low-Cost Time Transfer Receiver for Contributions to Coordinated Universal Time. Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 119, 583–601. https://doi.org/10.6028/jres.119.024

    Yao, J., Levine, J., & Weiss, M. (2015). Toward Continuous GPS Carrier-Phase Time Transfer: Eliminating the Time Discontinuity at an Anomaly. Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 120, 280–292. https://doi.org/10.6028/jres.120.017


    Time is a strange thing to worry about. I used to be on a strange snail mail list in older times originating from NIST Boulder relative to Coordinated Universal Time. When it comes to communications, proper timing is important. Before I ever knew about things like NTP let alone NTPsec, I knew about WWVB and its shortwave radio mates WWV/WWVH.

  • And then there were none...

    2018-09-04T03:28:40Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    My last living grandparent died today. He went out alone and angry. He was Grandma's second husband and he disowned Mom and all his other stepchildren (as well as their progeny) from his marriage to Grandma about a year or two after Grandma died.


    Turning to the affairs of the living among people where I'm not disowned, my birthday is coming up on September 9th. My family is still boggled by thils illustrative wishlist on Amazon. Thankfully I couldn't find a vuvuzela to add to it!

    dw, dw shared this.

  • Clock Is Running

    2018-09-02T03:45:08Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    I don't like this: https://timeanddate.com/s/3ndu

  • As A Rule of Thumb...

    2018-08-31T03:08:22Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    When you call the guy at the IRS appointment scheduling hotline to schedule an appointment at the IRS face-to-face office since they're all appointment-only, telling the operator that your issue is "deeply personal" and that "you refuse to give any information over the phone" yet still demand an appointment is not a good idea. You don't endear yourself to the operator. You won't get the appointment. You'll likely get referred as a possible domestic terror threat.


    Or you just wind up with me hanging up on you. Truly, truly, I say unto you that when we book appointments we have to have some clue as to what is going on so the face-to-face rep can at least prepare. If they can't prepare, they have the right to reject the appointment. They decided that they were having No More Surprises in the office and that those of us staffing the phone lines were to be the gatekeepers.

  • Testing Over The Air Reception

    2018-08-20T03:50:09Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Now if I can just figure out how to keep a MythTV box with proper environmental controls (i.e. cooling) in that physical network segment near the antennae this may yet work.

  • Thought For The Day

    2018-08-15T01:27:09Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Journalism School in the USA teaches you how to write and pretty much nothing else especially if it is structured on the Columbia model. For all this chatter about Non-Disclosure Agreements in the White House, there are several standard ones across the federal government here. They're related to...classified information! Yes, people sign those all the time when they have access to classified information. If you work at the White House, classified information flows rather freely. And yes, they all have "Fight Club" provisions in them that you're not to acknowledge that you even have the security clearance in the first place let alone that you've signed the NDA!


    In my job, there is no classified information. The only restricted information I deal with is protected instead by statute (26 USC 6103) which combined with another two sections provide penalties to send me straight to jail (26 USC 7213A) as well as well as civil damages (26 USC 7431) for unauthorized access. Every system I use at work has log-on warnings about those statutes, audit trails in effect, and that I'm being watched at all times. Unauthorized disclosure gets into even nastier statutes and criminal penalties. That's why most failures at work either lead to outright dismissal or jail time. Getting a suspension without pay for any length of time is highly unusual.


    I am disgusted by our ignorant news media.



  • So my birthday is coming up

    2018-08-13T15:17:04Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    My family wanted ideas of what I wanted for my birthday. This simplest listing function I could find was at Amazon still. I put the list here: http://a.co/6NhRkhK


    You may be surprised (or not) at what you see.

    So congratulations are coming up! =)

    JanKusanagi at 2018-08-16T04:13:34Z

  • Kinda Frightening

    2018-08-11T04:02:35Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    We almost lost the enterprise WAN at work today. Considering that. An extremely prominent bureau of one of the oldest departments of the United States Government almost had its enterprise WAN outright collapse today. We have record spending on "social welfare" yet the civilian machinery of government is decaying.


    Considering that it is the bureau that collects 93% of the gross revenue that had its WAN almost completely collapse today, this simply amuses me. We can do better. Apparently nobody in Congress understands what is going on and thinks we're doing absolutely fabulous.


    Wankers.