Saturday, May 07, 2016

Why I think there will always be a hard copy of data

CDs.  DVDs.  Paper.  Some form of holding on to data that can't be wiped out with a magnet or by a hacker.  Or by Apple.

What Amber explained was exactly what I’d feared: through the Apple Music subscription, which I had, Apple now deletes files from its users’ computers. When I signed up for Apple Music, iTunes evaluated my massive collection of Mp3s and WAV files, scanned Apple’s database for what it considered matches, then removed the original files from my internal hard drive. REMOVED them. Deleted. If Apple Music saw a file it didn’t recognize—which came up often, since I’m a freelance composer and have many music files that I created myself—it would then download it to Apple’s database, delete it from my hard drive, and serve it back to me when I wanted to listen, just like it would with my other music files it had deleted.

If I were a composer, I wouldn't use Apple Music one bit.  But, getting back to my point, an EMP can't wipe out my CDs.  Not that I think I'm going to get hit by an EMP, but the point stands; short of a house fire, my CDs are still going to be usable so long as I have the hardware capable of using them.  Everything degrades over time, but I was listening to some tapes my dad had stored since....  oh, since cassette tapes first came out, and they're still good on average.  CDs don't have the storage problems tapes have.  The biggest problem with CDs right now is the fact that all of the "re-mastered" crap out there is just the same songs with every channel bumped up to max, and it sounds like crap.  Because it's designed to be played at max volume in a nightclub.

I always try to have a hard copy back up.  Because digital files are too easily destroyed, hacked, damaged, etc.  Yes, they're easy to use.  But don't trust them to hold important information.  "OMG DAVE BUT THE CLOUD IS SO AWESOME!" Yep.  That's what hackers think too.  It's awesome.  Go ahead and put your social security number out there.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Even Obama knows the press only exists to give him a rim-job

Yeah, they know it all right.

In an astounding New York Times piece by David Samuels, senior White House officials gleefully confess they use friendly reporters and nonprofits as public-relations tools in the selling of President Obama’s foreign policy — and can do it almost at will because these tools are ignorant, will believe what they’re told, will essentially take dictation and are happy to be used just to get the information necessary for a tweet or two.

Feel free to read it all.  It's basically confirmation of what we already know - the press today would happily spend it's time under the president's desk sucking him off and just writing down whatever he said rather than doing any actual reporting of actual real news.

Is that rude and crude?  You bed.  The media's love affair with Obama is compete, total and overwhelming.  They have shrines to him in their bedrooms, where they masturbate with non-GMO, animal-friendly, biodegradable Astroglide to pictures of their Governmental God, their Socialist Savior, their Marxist Messiah, their Communist Christ, Obama, the Teleprompter Jesus.

They worship him totally without question, and they regurgitate anything he says as the Gospel Truth, because to them he is their god and they are his evangelists.

That's why I don't listen to TV news.  That's why I read every news report with a jaundiced eye.  Because I'm not actually reading the news, I'm reading the sexual fantasies of an Obama-worshipping acolyte, and you have to search for the actual facts through the fan-boi squeeing and sexual fantasies.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

I love the rain

It's part of why I enjoyed Seattle so much, despite the batshit-crazy locals.  And we've been having plenty of rain here in central VA.  It's been awesome to listen to at night.

But I'd like to ride my motorcycle some time as well.  Could we balance it out please?

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Well, we're getting a liberal New York Democrat as President

We just don't know if it's Hillary or Donald.

I'd like to thank the GOP leadership for being such unbelievable traitorous backstabbing shitweasels that Donald J. Trump was even a possibility.  Trump is the natural outgrowth of a group of voters who have been insulted and betrayed year after year after year after year after year.

The sheer joy of the Trump supporters over the dumpster fire of the GOP is palpable.  The GOP is right now a fright train loaded with gasoline and sewage set alight and driven face-first into a steel block at the end of the track.  And it's all entirely of their own doing.

Pardon me, I'm going to check out the various third parties out there.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Just gonna stick this right there

So that Trump supporters can see what they're supporting:

Look, I know that there's a lot of different things that attract folks to Trump.  But he's a Democrat, folks.  Always has been.  Now, if you're voting for Trump to punish the GOP, I can at least understand that.  But you can't claim that he's a conservative.  He's not.  He's putting on an act, and if you dig back a couple of years you can see what he really thinks.

Is that statement above what you want to see coming from a guy who would be the GOP nominee?

Monday, May 02, 2016

The US Navy is spread too thin?

It ain't just the Navy, hoss.  The article goes on to detail just how thin the Navy is spread, and I don't disagree with the conclusion.  But every branch of our military is spread too thin right now.  If we had to deal with multiple theaters (say, North Korea and Iran at the same time) as well as meet our current obligations, it would take every single Soldier in the Active Duty, Reserve and Guard.

Every.  Single.  One.

I can lay blame for this all over Washington D.C.  I've said most of it before.  But it's just something to keep in mind.

The Mrs. fully believes that before I die, my military retirement (if it comes) will be cut off at some point, because the government is more concerned about paying off the Free Shit Army than they are about actually fulfilling their honest-to-god obligations.