Friday, 2 December 2011

In Just Two Months ...

In just two months the US Congress has managed to completely gut the last remaining shreds of the Constitution, the European Commission has taken over the "management" of two modern democraciesAngela Merkel has almost singlehandedly destroyed the bond market of the strongest economy in Europe, one of the most productive in the world, and Salon still cannot provide two pieces of simple web technology that have been standard fare - even on free sites - for a decade; Preview and Edit.

Somebody, somewhere, is seriously taking the Michael.

Oh, and in just 7 days ...


  1. Signs of the Times -- Salon's top left featured article is complaining that there are too many polls ranking American cities ... whaaaaa! The internets are filled with trivial bullshit!!! who knew!!!

    how fucking desperate-for-content is that ... worse than the endless bitching about whatever the New York Times considers a "trend" ...

    Oh and the first person stories continue to be banal to the point of engendering disbelief ... they MUST be graduates of Cary's workshop.

    Oh, and at least on my browser IE9, the bottom half of the front page is missing more often than not.

    I have yet to figure out the mystery of why -- about 1/2 of the time -- the red "read comments" button merely redisplays the screen without comments -- usually relieved by closing out Salon altogether and starting over. If anyone is counting these clicks as meaningful, think again Jocko, click counts are grossly exaggerated, engineers that way.

    That's-all-folks ...

  2. thelastnamechosen11 December 2011 at 22:00

    Of madmen, lanterns and midnight…

    To give an idea of how pervasive google's tracking has become--

    Every site linked on Glenn's Blogroll, except the following five, want to run javascript from one or more of googles web properties. That makes 42 of 47 websites. That's 89% (I'm pretty sure).

    And I'm not talking about the Chamber of Commerce Blogroll, and I don't think Glenn picked these sites to link to because they are serving up javascript from google.

    We are silently being surrounded.

    Websites that did not serve javascript from a google owned property.
    -advertising/tracking network used.

  3. Actually, as of today, December 12, there are no comments on a thread that says it has 601. I tried twice this morning. Seriously? I mean I know that when a major transition from one system to another happens, a few days are going to be rocky, but we are now talking months . This is just bizarre. And inexcusable. --Morning's Minion

  4. Letters has been going off and on all morning... oh and Salon has somehow managed to stall FreeCell again.

    It appears that Letters was down most of last night ... whether for some upgrade or just "out of order" I don't know. Glenn's letters were down for several hours this morning early, came back up, and now are down again. However, the Taxi story's letters were down much longer, came back up, and are now down again ...

    I think they are "doing something" ... as usual, without any acknowledgement, and making their site unbelieveably annoying and time-consuming to navigate. Fucking inconsiderate! and unprofessional! and self-defeating ... stoopid, too. grrrr.

  5. Alrighty, then. Today, going to Salon's main page is not causing my browser to crash. Yay. But I don't know if the comments are loading because trying to actually, y'know, READ any articles gives me a message which reads,"Sorry, this instance isn't correctly configured. Salon Error #830". (The wording of this message looks a bit like it was written by a foreign 3rd-grader unfamiliar with English, but I can tell that someone is trying to communicate something.) In any case, I certainly can't tell if the comments sections are working.

    I have never seen a professional website with so many problems. One might almost think that David Talbott is purposefully sabotaging his little vanity-press magazine in order to have a nice hefty business loss to write off on his tax return. Hmmmm.

  6. thelastnamechosen27 December 2011 at 04:54

    Selectric Dreams


    When considering the argument that Manning is not a whistleblower because he did not review each document before release.

    Information can be classified in bulk. No one has to read it, much less somehow determine if someone will die because this information will remain purposefully hidden.

    On the other side--

    For some reason, information can only be revealed to the civilian population after exhaustively researching every word of every page to ensure no possible direct, indirect, or direct-indirect causation that may cause bodily harm (or personal embarrassment) to a person aligned with US interests.

    We have created a situation where information collected and/or produced by computers/robots is automatically classified, but a human must be used to make a decision about release. This is a race that can't be won.

    How many person lifetimes does it take to read through a 2TB log file and determine that it is safe to release?

    If you are going to allow information collected and produced by computers to be classified without a human actually reading anything, then you have already accepted one of two things--

    - 99.999999% of all classified information will never ever be released--EVER!

    - 99.999999% of all classified information that is released will never be read by a human.

    The idea that a whistle blower, or the government has to read every word they release might have made sense in a bygone day of smoky rooms, secretaries, and typewriters, but today we have computers.

    Think about information collected by computer. Let's assume the government is ONLY saving the email header information of every US based email sent and received. How many person lifetimes would it take to prepare one day's traffic for release? This is a race that cannot be won.

    So the argument is not that it is wrong to release information that no one has read and sanitized, but it is wrong for anyone but the President to release information that no one has read and sanitized. And all of a sudden the argument is back to square one. President Good--Not President Bad.

    Understand that 99.999999% of all information classified by the government will never be read by a human. Stop thinking file cabinets and start thinking file servers, people just might think you're getting old.

  7. Good point. Before becoming a useless middle manager I was trained as a network engineer. The design of economically viable networks is a challenge, in part, because you can stuff one hell of a lot more data down the pipe than you can make intelligent decisions about at the far end.

    Since modern routers "look" deep into the multi-layered structure of each packet, and then apply a long list of rules to each layer, in order to determine where that packet ends up, there is simply no way to do "intelligent" routing at wire speed. During the CPU cycles you use to make that decision, a million more packets are arriving.

    Similarly, there is no way any human (or bunch of humans) can keep up with the Internet.

    Perhaps this looming complete loss of control is what is pushing the emotional buttons of the control freak obsessives in our governments? Perhaps it explains, to some degree, the desperate stupidities in their attempts to hold back the tide of information overload?