Nov. 2nd, 2015

solarbird: (korra-excited)

Dotted Maple

Bigger at Flickr, as usual.

I hope everybody had a fun Halloween! The air here smells of snow – there’s none at our altitude, but it’s started falling in the mountains, and even in the passes, and it smells wonderful.

I love this time of year, I really do.

Even if it turns out that no, I haven’t fixed the Safari problem that keeps me from being able to do things like edit comments and dates and sometimes keeps me from scheduling posts. Nothing works, and when it does work, it doesn’t work for long – it just won’t stay fixed.

Moving bookmarks across browsers is such a pain in the ass. Oh well.

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solarbird: (banzai institute)

Huh, that's neat. The wireless hub adds about 3ms to ping times, given the same number of wired routers/switches involved. (Wireless is an extra, third stage for those tests.)

All pings are against an idle Mac backup server. Middle numbers are wired from a really old, like, 1995ish, Pentium Linux box; top is from a 2011 Macbook Pro where I started poking at it; slightly improved numbers in the bottom column are a redo from a location with better wifi signal strength. Better signal did help, but not as much as I expected.

Initial Wireless - 2011 MacBook Pro (Low Signal)

Wired connection from 1995 Pentium

Second Wireless - 2011 MacBook Pro (Improved Signal)
solarbird: (Lecturing)
The article is called, "Mike Huckabee wants to sell poor criminals into indentured servitude," and it's caused a little bit of an uproar and a lot of angry denials on the GOP side of things. This is particularly relevant because Jan Mickelson is considered an important radio talk host in Iowa, where the first round of delegates are selected.

Having sat through the relevant interviews, I want to say a couple of things:

1) Jan Mickelson is indeed the radio host who absolutely advocated slavery before. Specifically, he wants "illegals" to become property of the state in those words, so keep in mind that he's got a history of advocating actual slavery. And:

2) Mike Huckabee, despite what The Blaze said in their article attempting to cover for Mr. Huckabee (wherein they accused people talking about this of spreading a "horrific lie"), was absolutely not laughing off Mr. Mickelson's assertion that criminals should be made indentured servants. Mr. Mickelson has decided that prison is a "pagan" institution and concept, and is essentially trying to make slaves - or indentured servants, which is technically different but functionally not that much - out of people convicted of crimes. He really seems to be into the whole slavery thing, which I find quite disturbing.

Now, Mr. Huckabee did not use those "indentured servitude" words as Mr. Mickelson's did. He's not stupid enough to do that; he's a politician with a career, after all. But he was entirely supportive of the concepts.

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