Agricultural Applications of Nanotechnology

Giraldo et al (2019) have examined the potential use of nanotechnology in plants to improve crop yields and increase the stability and resilience of the world’s food supply. The underlying concept involves the application of embedded or “wearable” smart plant sensors that could provide feedback on environmental changes and pathogen-related stresses in real time. This Read More …

Another Microsoft Cloud Server Compromised

A vpnMentor research team discovered a massive data breach of a Microsoft Cloud Server, potentially impacting 65% of all U.S. households. The database contained information on household member names, ages, income levels, and marital status. Although Microsoft has purportedly shutdown the server and notified their client, it has declined to notify the public of the Read More …

Another Reason to Dump Social Media

If the corrosive toxicity, dystopian censorship, or living in an information bubble of no utility were not enough, how about the banning of non obscene common words devoid of context? Jack Dorsey, sovereign lord of Twatter has issued a command that henceforth, the word “Honk” violates “community standards“ – no shit. To clarify, “Honk” has Read More …

Postgres 9.x+ on CentOS 7

Overview The default version of Postgres in the official repo for RHEL/CentOS 7 is version 9.2.x.  Many applications like Atlassian Confluence/Jira no longer support version <9.4.  This tutorial describes how to setup the official Postgres repo. and installed your desired version. Download and Install Repository Download the latest version of the pgdg repo for CentOS/RHEL Read More …

It’s Time for Congress to Curtail Section 230 Protections for Tech Giants

User content is now routinely removed and edited by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram, et al, and it is increasingly evident they are doing so strictly along ideological lines. Moreover, users are routinely censored or banned for “hate speech” and other “terms of service” violations for simply expressing non-defamatory views void of obscenity or other non-1A Read More …

Another Epic Cloud Fail

On June 2nd Google Cloud services experienced a “major outage” of heretofore, unknown origin. The result? People with Nest thermostats couldn’t control the temperature in their houses. Others with “smart locks” or networked garage door openers couldn’t get into their own homes. Social media and other data storage and sharing apps went into lock-down – Read More …

Salesforce: More Reasons to Distrust the “Cloud” aka Someone Else’s Server

Increasing numbers of businesses and individuals are flocking to “turnkey” cloud-based solutions – lured by their rich features, user friendliness, and ease of deployment. But there is a very dark side to abdicating one’s information management and physical hosting to the control of private third party data vendors. Cloud-based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) giant Salesforce Read More …

R.I.P Grumpy Cat

It has been announced that Grumpy Cat (aka Tardar Sauce), queen of Internet memes and an inspiration to my inner curmudgeon, passed away at the tender age of 7 due to complications related to a urinary tract infection. Grumpy Cat’s owners stated in part: “Some days are grumpier than others… We are unimaginably heartbroken to Read More …

Improved Globus Endpoint Setup

Overview Several aspects of my previous article on a “Quick Globus Endpoint Setup” are now deprecated. Thus, the following quick procedure has been tested on CentOS/RHEL 7.x with success. PLEASE NOTE: It is important to install “yum-plugin-priorities” so that the myproxy-server compatible setup/version is installed to work in-concert with Globus. If you install myproxy-server from Read More …