Obama’s Birth Certificate

I haven’t written anything on the blog in a while, so it’s probably time.  This comes from Facebook comments (what doesn’t these days).  Social networking is fun!  I’ve paraphrased and added emphasis below because, hey, this is my blog, after all.  So, let’s visit that Obama birth certificate issue One More Time…

Silly Scala Tricks

One of the things I have in my Scala startup file is the following. def show[T](implicit thetype:scala.reflect.Manifest[T]) { thetype.erasure.getMethods() foreach println } def help(x:AnyRef) { x.getClass().getMethods() foreach println } These silly little functions are useful – at least, to me. Now when I can’t remember the name of a method I can type something like

Eight Character Passwords

How long are your passwords?  Let’s say eight characters is the length.  How many possibilities are there?  Well, you can use any single-byte printable character (though I once used an escape key in an RS/6000 password; it worked, but isn’t a good idea everywhere), and any length from one to eight.

And Another Thing That Bugs Me About Java…

Just a short note on an item that bugs me about Java.  In C++, I tend to use exactly three kinds of method parameters. A const reference.  I don’t want to copy it, but I promise not to modify it, either. A reference.  I might modify it. A copy.  I might modify my local copy,

Prayer In Schools. Again.

Well, it had to happen eventually, and boom, it happened. A friend invited me to become a “fan” of Prayer in School. I’m a “fan” of an almost random collection of things, including Legos, Joe Satriani, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. One more couldn’t hurt, right?

Obama May Speak To Your Children

Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer says Obama’s school speech uses taxpayer dollars (i.e., your dollars) to indoctrinate your children. As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama’s socialist ideology. Source: CNN Really. Do you support compulsory government-funded education? Okay, there’s no point in

Exit Van Jones

Gone. Unsurprising, really. Was Van Jones a truther? Well, he signed the petition, and I don’t think he can point to any public statement where he repudiated the truthers until recently… and then very weakly. He says he was the victim of a “vicious smear campaign.” Sure, I’ll grant that. So? He’s a politician and

Stacy’s Dumb Idea of the Day: Baby Steps

How about passing simple legislation that is straightforward? We could do each of these – but not in one bill! Allow purchasing health insurance from out-of-state vendors. That is, “crossing state lines” to buy insurance. This is currently illegal. Allow and encourage the formation of health insurance alliances that pool many small businesses or even

The Public Option… Again

I’ve seen the “public option” compared to the Post Office (by the President), and I just saw it compared to public colleges by Sen. Schumer (D-NY).

The Public Option

In order for the market to reduce the cost to you, you need two things. You need to have a choice. You need to be the one paying the bill. If you lack either of these, you will be, in essence, ignored by the market, almost as if you were a non-participant.