Thursday, August 02, 2012

You like apples? How about these apples?

I love how the Left trots out the "Well if you hate 'X', then why are you 'Y' at 'Z'?" whenever they want to trot out their belief that it's hypocritical to support one business over another. The latest row is over Chick-fil-A and Dan Cathy's stand on supporting Same Sex Marriage. The Left is now trotting out the "Well if you (did|bought|used) (product X), when you went to Chick-fil-A, then you supported a company that supports SSM.

So I thought that I'd turn this around on them. Who is the most reviled person by the Left right now? Mitt Romney. What company did he run? Bain Capital. I think you see where this is going...

So Lefties: If you hate Bain Capital and Mitt Romney so much, I hope you never purchase goods and services from the following companies:

HD Supply
Air Medical Group Holdings
Hero Investments
AMC Entertainment
Applied Systems
Ideal Standard
International Market Centers
Bloomin' Brands
JinSheng International
Bombardier Recreational Products
Lilliput Kidswear
Brakes Group
MEI Group
Bright Horizons
Broder Bros., Co.
Burlington Coat Factory
Physio Control
China Fire and Security Group, Inc.
Securitas Direct
Clear Channel Communications
Sensata Technologies
Sinomedia Holding Limited
CRC Health Group
Cumulus Media
D&M Holdings
McIntosh Laboratory
Digital Networks North America
Rio (digital audio players)
Creative Technical Network (CTN)
Boston Acoustics
D&M Professional
Denon DJ
Snell Acoustics
D&M Premium Sound Solutions
Allen & Heath
The Speaker Company
Domino's Pizza
Dunkin' Brands (Dunkin' Donuts, Baskin Robbins)
EPOCH Holdings
The Weather Channel
Toys "R" Us
Guitar Center
Warner Chilcott
Gymboree China

Accelecare Wound Centers
AppAssure Software
Archer Technologies 
Bluestem Brands
Boston Heart Diagnostics
Bright Horizons
Brontes Technologies
BTI Systems 
Color Labs 
DNA Games 
dynaTrace software 
E5 Systems 
EDGAR Online 
Eschelon Telecom 
Experian Corporation 
EyeTel Imaging 
Formation Systems
Gartner Group 
Integrated Circuit Systems
Invoke Solutions 
Jostens Learning 
Jott Networks 
Kiva Systems 
Liberty Dialysis 
Linkable Networks 
MAXM Systems 
M|C Communications 
Network Intelligence 
Nomis Solutions 
PGOA Media 
Precision Therapeutics 
Rave Mobile Safety 
Regulatory DataCorp 
Rent The Runway 
SingleClick Systems 
Skyhook Wireless 
Soleil Securities 
Tennis Channel 
The Corner Pharmacy
The Learning Company 
The Princeton Review 
The Receivables Exchange 
Thor Technologies 
Total Attorneys 
Wharton Econometrics 
Work 'N Gear 
Zero Turnaround
The Sports Authority
Burger King
Warner Music Group

So I'm going to simply point my finger at the Left and say in the immortal words of Nelson Muntz, "HA HA."

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Some asshole named Stephen D. Foster at posted a a list of things not to do if you hate taxes. I'll go over the 102 items one at a time:
So, you’re a Republican that hates taxes? Well, since you do not like taxes or government, please kindly do the following.

1. Do not use Medicare
2. Do not use Social Security
If I wasn't forced to pay, and could invest my own money for my retirement, I would. I'd rather put money into an IRA that I know will grow, and that nobody else can get to instead of the Ponzi scheme known as Social Security and the failure known as Medicare.
3. Do not become a member of the US military, who are paid with tax dollars.
4. Do not ask the National Guard to help you after a disaster.
The military is one of the only things authorized by Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.
5. Do not call 911 when you get hurt.
6. Do not call the police to stop intruders in your home.
7. Do not summon the fire department to save your burning home.
911 is paid for by a mandatory fee (not a tax) on all telephone bills. If "911" wasn't there, you'd be dialing the 7-digit number to get police, fire, or EMS. Regarding police, they aren't responsible for stopping intruders. There's case law on that. They're responsible for investigating crime. There are 5 times as many volunteer firefighters in the US as there are paid firefighters. Those volunteer companies don't get any funding from taxes. They hold Bake Sales, Pancake Breakfasts, and other fundraisers for what they need.
8. Do not drive on any paved road, highway, and interstate or drive on any bridge.
Post roads in the Constitution, supported by Excise Taxes.
9. Do not use public restrooms.
10. Do not send your kids to public schools.
I don't. Both suck.
11. Do not put your trash out for city garbage collectors.
Not a tax, a fee.
12. Do not live in areas with clean air.
13. Do not drink clean water.
I don't have clean air, even though we spend millions of dollars a year for state and local air boards.
What about people that have their own wells? They don't pay the government for clean water.
14. Do not visit National Parks.
The government should be out of the land business.
15. Do not visit public museums, zoos, and monuments.
Even at public museums, zoos, and monuments, you still have to pay admission, so I'm STILL paying for it.
16. Do not eat or use FDA inspected food and medicines.
The FDA is a scam to waste tax money. There have been plenty of good drugs not allowed by the FDA, and plenty of bad drugs approved.
17. Do not bring your kids to public playgrounds.
18. Do not walk or run on sidewalks.
19. Do not use public recreational facilities such as basketball and tennis courts.
What about people that live in areas without these, such as outside of cities? I think most of these are nothing but a waste of money.
20. Do not seek shelter facilities or food in soup kitchens when you are homeless and hungry.
None of the homeless shelters or CHARITIES in my area receive government funding, mainly because they're faith-based, and we all know how Liberals hate anything faith-based.
21. Do not apply for educational or job training assistance when you lose your job.
22. Do not apply for food stamps when you can’t feed your children.
Another waste of money that should be taken care of by charitable organizations and not the government.
23. Do not use the judiciary system for any reason.
24. Do not ask for an attorney when you are arrested and do not ask for one to be assigned to you by the court.
25. Do not apply for any Pell Grants.
Public funding of education has resulted in a negative cost to benefit curve. The costs keep going up, and the quality keeps going down.
26. Do not use cures that were discovered by labs using federal dollars.
If there was profit in it, then private funding would flow freely.
27. Do not fly on federally regulated airplanes.
If the FAA and TSA were out of airline regulation, it would be more technologically advanced, and you wouldn't have to be strip-searched everytime you wanted to go from one point to another by air.
28. Do not use any product that can trace its development back to NASA.
The government was never really in the Space business. They were just the prime contractor, with thousands of subcontractors that actually did the job and made thngs happen.
29. Do not watch the weather provided by the National Weather Service.
30. Do not listen to severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service.
31. Do not listen to tsunami, hurricane, or earthquake alert systems.
There are enough private companies that forecast the weather that NOAA has become superfluous. NOAA doesn't provide weather that you watch, either.
32. Do not apply for federal housing.
HUD is the first agency that I would get rid of, were I to become president. Federal housing=substandard housing.
33. Do not use the internet, which was developed by the military.
100% bullshit. MIT, UCLA, and Stanford had everything to do with it, and the military, nothing. Look up BB&N.
34. Do not swim in clean rivers.
See #12/13
35. Do not allow your child to eat school lunches or breakfasts.
What's the matter with your child taking a lunch to school?
36. Do not ask for FEMA assistance when everything you own gets wiped out by disaster.
That's what insurance is for. If you don't have insurance, it's your own fault.
37. Do not ask the military to defend your life and home in the event of a foreign invasion.
See #3/4
38. Do not use your cell phone or home telephone.
Both developed entirely by private companies without government assistance. The Government forces its way in by adding taxes and fees in that shouldn't be there.
39. Do not buy firearms that wouldn’t have been developed without the support of the US Government and military. That includes most of them.
100% bullshit. They were ALL developed by private individuals, THEN the government became interested in them.
40. Do not eat USDA inspected produce and meat.
Billions of dollars going through APHIS and USDA, and people still get sick and die from tainted produce and meat.
41. Do not apply for government grants to start your own business.
Most businesses were started without any government assistance. Two words: Solyndra and Fisker.
42. Do not apply to win a government contract.
Unless it's to support Constitutional functions.
43. Do not buy any vehicle that has been inspected by government safety agencies.
Were cars really that unsafe before 1966?
44. Do not buy any product that is protected from poisons, toxins, etc…by the Consumer Protection Agency.
There isn't an agency by that name. Besides, were products that unsafe before 1972?
45. Do not save your money in a bank that is FDIC insured.
The banks pay for the FDIC insurance, not consumers.
46. Do not use Veterans benefits or military health care.
47. Do not use the G.I. Bill to go to college.
See #3/4
48. Do not apply for unemployment benefits.
See #1/2 - I'm forced to pay Unemployment Insurance.
49. Do not use any electricity from companies regulated by the Department of Energy.
The Department of Energy was formed to reduce the US dependence on foreign oil. They've not only expanded their purview, but they've failed at their original mission.
50. Do not live in homes that are built to code.
Some homes are built without any kind of inspection, and do better than homes built "to code". "Code" is the bare minimum. Building/plumbing/electrical codes are all developed by non-government industry organizations. (ICBO, IAPMO, and NFPA respectively)
51. Do not run for public office. Politicians are paid with taxpayer dollars.
Originally, politicians weren't paid. They shouldn't be paid at all.
52. Do not ask for help from the FBI, S.W.A.T, the bomb squad, Homeland Security, State troopers, etc…
See #5/6/7
53. Do not apply for any government job whatsoever as all state and federal employees are paid with tax dollars.
Non sequitur.
54. Do not use public libraries.
What's wrong with buying books, music or movies?
55. Do not use the US Postal Service.
56. Do not visit the National Archives.
57. Do not visit Presidential Libraries.
Which are all privately funded.
58. Do not use airports that are secured by the federal government.
59. Do not apply for loans from any bank that is FDIC insured.
See #45
60. Do not ask the government to help you clean up after a tornado.
See #36
61. Do not ask the Department of Agriculture to provide a subsidy to help you run your farm. 62. Do not take walks in National Forests.
See #14. Government shouldn't be giving ANY money to farmers for ANYTHING.
63. Do not ask for taxpayer dollars for your oil company.
64. Do not ask the federal government to bail your company out during recessions.
Oil companies don't get taxpayer dollars. See #41.
65. Do not seek medical care from places that use federal dollars.
If Medicare and Medicaid weren't shoved down the throats of hospitals, they wouldn't.
66. Do not use Medicaid.
67. Do not use WIC.
See #1/2, #21/22, and above.
68. Do not use electricity generated by Hoover Dam.
69. Do not use electricity or any service provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
I don't.
70. Do not ask the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild levees when they break.
None of the levees where I am were built by ACE.
71. Do not let the Coast Guard save you from drowning when your boat capsizes at sea.
It's not the Coast Guard's job to save you from yourself.
72. Do not ask the government to help evacuate you when all hell breaks loose in the country you are in.
It is the job of the government to protect its citizens.
73. Do not visit historic landmarks.
74. Do not visit fisheries.
75. Do not expect to see animals that are federally protected because of the Endangered Species List.
Government shouldn't be involved in any of the above.
76. Do not expect plows to clear roads of snow and ice so your kids can go to school and so you can get to work.
If you don't have a vehicle that can get you to school or work in that kind of weather, MOVE!
77. Do not hunt or camp on federal land.
See #14
78. Do not work anywhere that has a safe workplace because of government regulations.
79. Do not use public transportation.
80. Do not drink water from public water fountains.
I don't.
81. Do not whine when someone copies your work and sells it as their own. Government enforces copyright laws.
82. Do not expect to own your home, car, or boat. Government organizes and keeps all titles.
Government doesn't "keep all titles". It registers deeds and vehicle registrations for a fee.
83. Do not expect convicted felons to remain off the streets.
Just kill them all. That solves the problem.
84. Do not eat in restaurants that are regulated by food quality and safety standards.
See #40
85. Do not seek help from the US Embassy if you need assistance in a foreign nation.
86. Do not apply for a passport to travel outside of the United States.
See #72
87. Do not apply for a patent when you invent something.
88. Do not adopt a child through your local, state, or federal governments.
Government shouldn't be in the adoption business. There are horror stories about children being stolen by CPS and adopted out through kangaroo courts.
89.Do not use elevators that have been inspected by federal or state safety regulators.
See #50 and #78
90. Do not use any resource that was discovered by the USGS.
USGS doesn't prospect.
91. Do not ask for energy assistance from the government.
See #49
92. Do not move to any other developed nation, because the taxes are much higher.
Not really. There are plenty of countries where the taxes are lower and the standard of living is much better.
93. Do not go to a beach that is kept clean by the state.
The state doesn't keep most beaches clean. The ones that it does are State Parks, and those require an entrance fee.
94. Do not use money printed by the US Treasury.
95. Do not complain when millions more illegal immigrants cross the border because there are no more border patrol agents.
Both are Constitutional functions.
96. Do not attend a state university.
Why not? Tuition is the cost of going to a state university.
97. Do not see any doctor that is licensed through the state.
Occupational licenses are a scheme to make the state money through fees.
98. Do not use any water from municipal water systems.
If I could drill my own well, I would, but I pay a fee for the water that I use.
99. Do not complain when diseases and viruses, that were once fought around the globe by the US government and CDC, reach your house.
Most vaccines are commercially developed and produced.
100. Do not work for any company that is required to pay its workers a livable wage, provide them sick days, vacation days, and benefits.
Non sequitur
101. Do not expect to be able to vote on election days. Government provides voting booths, election day officials, and voting machines which are paid for with taxes.
Constitutional requirement
102. Do not ride trains. The railroad was built with government financial assistance.
This one is 101% bullshit. All railroads are privately owned, and were privately built. The government has nothing to do with them. The government only got involved in rail transportation in 1976. Before that, the rail companies took care of it themselves.

This is why Liberals are complete fucking idiots. They understand nothing of how government and the economy actually work. That's why we have such a fucked up economy and government under Obama.

Friday, March 02, 2012

When does 20 = 42? (nerd alert)

When it's the amount of spectrum that's changing hands in the 700MHz D-Block/T-Band swap.

Congress passed, and Obama signed a bill allocating the 10MHz D-block to Public Safety in exchange for giving back the 470-512 TV Band that is allocated to LMR users in 13 metro areas. Okay, I'll admit that the whole T-band isn't in use across all 13 MSAs, but in many, like LA, it's close. In the Los Angeles MSA, they have 3 channels, or 18 MHz, 6 of which is specifically for Public Safety. The same thing for New York City. Miami, Houston and DFW have a single channel, and the others have 2 channels. The allocations are split up between PS and the Industrial/Business pool unless they're NOT specifically allocated to PS.

So here's my WTF moment: How are they going to cram all of the public safety users that are currently using their own radio systems onto a system that is using half the spectrum, and a system that isn't even on the drawing board, in only 10 years?

Here's some other random thoughts about why the band swap is a HORRIBLE idea:
  • Where are all of the non-PS incumbents going to go when the systems that they are currently on become illegal to use because their licenses have been "vacated".
  • What about all of the money that's already been spent on the development of radio systems in the T-Band, such as the LARICS project that the Channel 16 PS allocation was specifically set aside for?
  • What about all of the radios that are currently out on the street, in service, that would not normally see a replacement cycle until well past the 10 years?
  • What about the costs associated with essentially duplicating the current infrastructure, plus adding another 100% to 500% of equipment, depending on terrain and coverage, because the LASO deputy or the FDNY firefighter can't talk back to dispatch or the IC.

I'll post more in the future about this critical issue.

Some thoughts from around the web:

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Warning: Nerdy Post

I'm a gadget whore. I love gadgets. I have 3 GPS devices and a laptop with GPS built in. I have 6 laptops, 3 of which I use on a regular basis. I have an iPad, and iPod (3 actually), and my current phone is an Android after having had Blackberries for the last 7 years. I have dozens of two-way radios of my own (lots for sale), and access to hundreds more in a pinch. I have wired and wireless headphones and headsets. I have a Bluetooth speakermic in the car to comply with California law.

I've got computer certifications like crazy, and I've had FCC licenses for more than 3/4 of my life.

So I'm pretty qualified to comment on what works and what doesn't when it comes to communications devices from both a consumer and techie standpoint.

Here's my take on the iPhone 5:
Ignore all the pundits out there that want all the changes. Remember this: Make it better, stronger, faster.

  • Increase the resolution on the screen. The Retina Display is fantastic, but if you can do better, than DO IT!
  • Make the battery life longer. I don't like having to keep a charging cable with me if I want more than 8 hours of life out of my Android.
  • Make the battery replaceable. People don't want to have to ship the unit back just to swap out a battery.

Stronger & Faster:

  • Make sure that all the 4G bands are included. This includes LTE and HSPA+. I don't like being left out because I'm not an AT&T, Verizon or Sprint customer, and all they have is 3G. My 4G HTC Sensation is faster than an iPhone 4, which only has 3G. 
  • Quad-Core Processor. The new Android devices are shipping with Quad-Core processors, so the iPhone 4S's Dual Core processor is behind the curve.
  • Make the iPhone more attractive to the Enterprise. The main reason that I had a Blackberry is because of the push email and the real keyboard. The main reason that I got rid of the BB is the lack of apps and the tiny screen. Both the iTunes Store and Android Market have thousands of apps, and the screen size on the iPhone and Android are at least 2x the BB's size, and 4x the resolution. All they need now is real push email. A real keyboard isn't all that necessary, as long as the buttons on the screen are big enough. 

What to leave alone:

  • Don't change the form factor. People have already bought cases and other accessories for their iPhone 4 series. They don't like spending another wad of money on the same thing over again, especially in this economy.

Hopefully, we'll see the iPhone 5 this year. I expect it to be released around October in order to take advantage of the holiday selling season.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Hi, I'm Smokey, and I'm a Brony.

I might as well admit it. I'm a Brony. Before you go and call me something you might regret, realize that I'm a huge fan of The Powerpuff Girls, SpongeBob Squarepants, and the animated stuff coming out of Williams Street. If you know me IRL, you know that I'm not what people think bronies might be. I haven't gone full cosplay, but I do have almost all the shows DVR'd, I have a MLP:FIM ringtone on my phone, and I wander through Equestria Daily and My Little Brony on a daily basis.

If you're a fan of the old school Warner Brothers cartoons, and vegged out watching the cartoons every Saturday morning, you'll enjoy MLP:FIM. The episodes actually have a point, and aren't there just to sell toys. There's enough pop culture sprinkled through to keep you guessing what's next.

That is all.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Virtual theft is a crime, too.

"This is a virtual crime case that involved real violence used to obtain
virtual goods.  The victim was beaten and threatened with a (real)
knife, with the defendants demanding he hand over a virtual mask and a
virtual amulet within the online game Runescape.  So at the very least,
this was a case of criminal assault.  The only issue was whether the
crime amounted to theft, which hinged on whether or not the virtual
items could be classified, under Dutch law, as goods."

We've got a lot of ankle biters customers that play RS on the public machines. There haven't been any incidents of physical violence related to any MMO games in the System, but kids will be kids, and I can see that happening outside the buildings, such as at school or their usual "hangouts".

My thoughts: When virtual items are able to be bought and sold using real cash, the prime example being eBay, then virtual items should be treated the same as tangible goods.