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 …

Electric vehicles emit more CO2 than diesel

Well color me shocked (OK, not really)! A new German study shows what should have been common sense – that the power plants that supply energy for recharging electric vehicles, means that electric cars are NOT “green”. Moreover, the emissions generated in the manufacturing process for EV batteries must be added to our CO2 output, Read More …

Data Science Illustrates the Failure of Progressive Social Policies

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” So with that thought in mind, I present the “Shit Map” of San Francisco, California The “Shit Map” is designed to allow residents of the Bay Area to self-report sightings of human feces in places where it should not be (e.g. a sidewalk say). In addition to graphically Read More …

Blaise Pascal: Thoughts on Misery, Awareness, and God

Pascal’s work “Pensées” is widely regarded as a work of Christian Apologetics designed to make the case for the belief in God. Pascal on misery, entertainment, diversion and delusion: Misery.–The only thing which consoles us for our miseries is diversion, and yet this is the greatest of our miseries. For it is this which principally Read More …

Autonomous Driving Easy Hack

As I’ve written previously, autonomous driving systems are decidedly not ready for prime time, and in fact, represent a clear danger to road safety. While many people have focused on hacks of the onboard infotainment system, the primary hazard is presented by tricking onboard sensors. I’ve talked about GPS spoofing as one technique, but security Read More …

Moving a Gitlab Repo

If you want to move a repository from one Gitlab instance to one on another server, the following works well (make sure you create an empty repo on the new Gitlab instance, and make sure the name is different): git clone git@my.gitlab-server.com/someRepo.git someRepocd someRepogit remote add someRepo2 git@my.other-gitlab.com/someRepo2.gitgit push someRepo2 mastergit remote set-url someRepo2 git@my.other-gitlab.com/someRepo2.git Read More …