Monthly Archives:December 2010

This isn’t just for OSu but ANY NCAA team.

Some Ohio State players who took illegal benefits will have to miss five games in 2011, but they will be allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl.

Now that makes sense. Not to me exactly. But somewhere there is a guy who mumbles a lot and whose desk they keep moving around like Milton Waddams in “Office Space” who was assigned this case and decided that “the student-athletes did not receive adequate rules education during the time period the violations occurred.”

I’m sure he even has a red stapler that he cherishes.

The violations weren’t of the SMU death penalty variety -– selling memorabilia and receiving discounted services -– but if the NCAA believes that the student-athletes involved didn’t know they weren’t supposed to do what they did, then the NCAA needs to be investigated by another governing body with psychiatric credentials and put on probation for all of 2011 and maybe beyond.

via Trash Talk: 7-9 Seahawks in playoffs? Awesome! – Sports- NBC Sports.

The fridge gets his final shot at the terps admin after they unceremoniously boot the fridge:

New Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson announced last week that Friedgen was being dismissed, effective after the bowl game, with the school buying out the final year of the 63-year-old coachs contract for $2 million. Friedgen said preparing for the game was like “a slow death.” He found it hard to hold back his emotions and was concerned that his players wouldnt be focused.He neednt have worried. Running back DaRel Scott 13 carries, 200 yards spoke for his teammates when he said they were determined to “make sure coach Friedgen went out with a bang.”Then, his eyes dry for a moment, Friedgen fired a cannon himself near the end of his news conference when asked: “How good is the Maryland coaching job?””I can tell you this — its not an easy job,” he answered. “Theres a lot of things that really have to change to help it reach its potential. And, to be honest with you, I dont know if the university is willing to do that. Youve kind of got to know that going in. … What happens to a lot of coaches who come to Maryland, they think its like every other place, and after their third year they realize it isnt, and theyre stuck.”People are concerned about my legacy, and my legacy is what it is — 75-50 … I gave it the best I had for 10 years, and obviously thats not good enough right now, and thats what hurts. … I leave the job a lot better than when I got it, so if someone else can come in and do better, my hats off to them.”

via Maryland wins Military Bowl in Friedgens finale – College football- NBC Sports.

At Least in Internet Fees.  don’t think that Comcast, Verizon, or anyone else can give you 10 megabits at 50/month and be profitable.  They can’t.  I am expecting a new model in pricing much like you do on water or electricity.  You pay for every bit of data.  You already pay per gallon of water..twice.  You pay for each kilowatt hour of electricity.  Europe already has per bit billing.  I would fully expect that to come here.  Tale a close look at the filings of Comcast, ATT, and Verizon.  they are drowning in debt.  They aren’t going to be able to flat pricing much longer.  Either they are going to have to lower their speeds coming to us or significantly raise the flat rates or go to a metered billing system.

I just did my annual update to the Linux Counter Project which is located at counter.li.org.  Once i finished my updates I was quote shocked at what I found.  Out of all the machines I manage in one form or another(at least server wise) more than 90% are Linux boxes.  Some of my clients have two Linux servers.  Desktops are overwhelmingly Windows however.  Out of 13 servers 10 of them run Linux.  That’s quite amazing when you think of it.  I did not have any agenda when doing this..i simply chose what i felt was the best tool for the job.  Of those 10 Linux boxes there’s 4 dedicated firewalls, 1 web hosting server, three file servers, and one dedicated mailserver.  The distributions represented are Astaro(1), Untangle(3), Debian(2), Centos(1)(running the Zimbra Groupware Suite), SME(1), and Zentyal(2), of former e-box fame.  That’s an amazing variety that I was quite surprised to see presented.  Going about my daily business it’s easy to not really realize your layouts sometimes until you do an independent audit like this and then have it stare back at you..:)

YouTube – 1weatheraction’s Channel.

The following is a list of behaviors, actions or interests that the federal government, via centralized threat fusion centers that collate such information, considers to be potential signs of terrorism under the MIAC Report.

– Displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian parties

– Supporting Congressman Ron Paul

– Supporting former presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin

– Supporting former Congressman Bob Barr

– Opposing the implementation of a North American Union

– Owning gold bullion

– Displaying historical U.S. flags

– Opposing abortion

– Talking about the documentary Zeitgeist

According to an earlier document issued by the Joint Terrorism Task Force (page 1 – page 2), the following behaviors, actions or interests are also signs of terrorism.

– Being interested in animal rights

– Being a “lone individual”

– Making numerous references to the U.S. Constitution

– Defending the U.S. Constitution

– Claiming driving is a right, not a privilege

– Refusing to identify yourself to an authority figure

– Attempting to monitor the actions of police

via You Are A Terrorist.

Wireless carriers openly considering charging per service (update: audio) — Engadget.

Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.

Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer winters – which scientists are attributing to global climate change – produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.

The first two months of 2000 were virtually free of significant snowfall in much of lowland Britain, and December brought only moderate snowfall in the South-east. It is the continuation of a trend that has been increasingly visible in the past 15 years: in the south of England, for instance, from 1970 to 1995 snow and sleet fell for an average of 3.7 days, while from 1988 to 1995 the average was 0.7 days. London’s last substantial snowfall was in February 1991.

Global warming, the heating of the atmosphere by increased amounts of industrial gases, is now accepted as a reality by the international community. Average temperatures in Britain were nearly 0.6°C higher in the Nineties than in 1960-90, and it is estimated that they will increase by 0.2C every decade over the coming century. Eight of the 10 hottest years on record occurred in the Nineties.

via Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past – Environment – The Independent.

So we want to covert corruption of more layers of gov’t and bureaucratic red tape?  hrmm..how well has that worked for Montgomery county.  How about PG county?  Take a look at those two..and the answer is clear.  The current commissioners form gives the PEOPLE and important check on our county officials that must remain.

Readers with long memories may recall my Frederick News-Post columns, years before TheTentacle.com was born, I preached the commissioners’ form was obsolete; it harkened back to the period of farmers/tenant when everybody had direct access to government.

via TheTentacle.com.

EPIC’s lawsuit argues that the body scanners violate the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits “unreasonable” searches, as well as the Privacy Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, referencing religious laws about modesty.

The group points to a further document (PDF) it has obtained from DHS showing that the machines used by the department’s TSA are not only able to record and store naked body images, but that they are mandated to do so.

The TSA has admitted that this is the case, but claims that it is for training and testing purposes only, maintaining that the body scanners used at airports cannot “store, print or transmit images”.

This was confirmed in a letter sent to Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security,  at approximately the same time the government initially claimed the machines are safe and cannot save images. In fact, this ability is a government requirement.

“TSA requires AIT machines to have the capability to retain and export imagines (sic) only for testing, training, and evaluation purposes,” states a Homeland Security letter dated February 24, 2010 and signed by Gale D. Rossides, Acting Administrator.

The machines indeed store and transmit images. According to Rossides, however, this ability is limited to engineers, training contractors, and “Z” level users. “Z” level users are described as select lab personnel from the TSA’s Office of Security Technology.

The images are apparently also sent to the TSA’s Threat Mitigation Lab.

via TSA Lies Again Over Capture, Storage Of Body Scanner Images.

A SWAC PDF specifically mentions “treason” in an exhaustive list of crimes and misdeeds that will result in the federal government denying a person the right to earn a living.The TWIC Disclosure and Certification form states the following: “I acknowledge that if TSA or other law enforcement agencies determine that I pose an imminent threat to national security or transportation security, my employer may be notified.”The TSA no-fly list contains thousands of names, including journalists and political activists. If the government determines you hold the wrong political beliefs, according to the TWIC document, your employer will be told and you may lose your job and the ability to provide for your family.The TWIC application also mentions “treason” and “sedition” as a criteria to put an end to an individual’s employment.Sedition is defined as overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by officialdom to tend toward insurrection against the establishment. The Sedition Act of 1918 forbids the use of “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the United States government, its flag, or its armed forces. The Sedition Act was updated on October 26, 2001, when Congress signed the USA Patriot Act into law. In the mid 70s, the Church Committee discovered that the government had carried out an aggressive campaign for decades to neutralize – as FBI director Hoover characterized it – political activity the establishment considered a threat to its monopoly on power.

via DHS Implementing No Work List: Citizens Must Get Government Approval to Work in Private Sector Jobs.

YouTube – Big Chopsticks.

THis is too cool!!!!

OpenKinect

via YouTube – OpenKinect – Keyboard Anywhere.

It’s called lake effect and we have a band that is setup over brunswick.  If you first type in 21716 into the address bar sot he screen centers on Brunwick then zoom out..you’ll see where this is coming from.  I’m thinking we’ll see light snow all night long.  There’s one thing to really be careful about this snow…it’s very dry powder..almost like graphite..  This means traction is going to be nearly zero..drove on this stuff as if it’s ice..otherwise it’ll jump up and bite you in the rear.

Folks are going back and forth over what this is.  As a person who has watched more than a few missile launches from aboard ship..this is a middle.  Where it’s from..now that’s one to debate.  This is no jet.  Just in case this gets pulled form youtube I have it available here.

YouTube – Missile, Jet or Something Else?.

Had a bit of a burp there…:) Glad i got it fixed..:)

If you find you can’t surf on your Comcast connection they are having intermittent issues with their DNS server.  DNS is the server that translates www.hotmail.com to the actual ip address.  when those have issue you can’t surf.  Comcast DNS is having issues again…which is the multiple outage they ahve suffered over the past couple of weeks.  If you are not a business customer i would suggest using opendns.

Let’s get the Comcast hating blinders off.

The Real Story Behind the Comcast-Level 3 Battle: Tech News «.

hit this link and click listen.

Others are building on this read this reddit thread.

Google Translate Can Beatbox Too!.

This dude lived a block from me.  I saw him walking down the street one day and i figured he was new in town.  I had no other details about him though.  I feel sorry for his girlfriend and while the little infant is in heaven I hope her mother has a good church family.  Full credit for the reporting goes to the Frederick News Post.

The man charged with murder in the death of his 2-month-old daughter Sunday in Brunswick was convicted of child endangerment in a similar case in 2006 when he was living in Roxbury, N.J., according to news reports at the time.

Jason August Zirinsky pleaded guilty to charges that he failed to seek medical attention for his then-newborn daughter when she had broken bones in 2004. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

Zirinsky said at the time that the broken bone occurred when he grabbed the child to prevent her from falling off a bed. The infant was also found to have a broken rib and a broken bone in her leg, but Zirinsky admitted only to injuring her arm.

During a bail hearing Tuesday, during which he successfully argued that Zirinsky should remain held without bail, Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith called the earlier conviction “eerily similar.”

Smith said the seriousness of the crime, along with Zirinsky’s record, was sufficient reason to deny bail. He also cited previous convictions for assault, theft and drug possession.

“The brutality of it I won’t go into, but there were multiple traumas that caused this infant’s death,” Smith said.

Smith also said Zirinsky was planning on leaving the state. He said there was a moving truck at the house when police arrived Sunday morning in response to a call about the child.

Zirinsky, appearing on closed circuit television from the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, said he did not pose a flight risk and asked that Ambrose grant him bail. He said the reason for the moving truck is that he had been evicted from the house.

“I’ve never run from any case,” Zirinsky said. “I’d like bail so I can make arrangements for my daughter and be with my family in this time of tragedy.”

Ambrose said little as she denied Zirinsky’s request.

According to charging documents filed by the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office, Lexi Regina Zirinsky had bruises all over her body when police and emergency medical responders arrived at the house on West Potomac Street at about 7 a.m. Sunday.

Further examination of the child in the ambulance also revealed a bite mark on her thigh. Doctors at the state medical examiner’s office found more bite marks in various stages of healing, as well as cuts on various parts of the body, according to police charging documents. Beneath the bruises, the doctors discovered hemorrhaging in several places as well as broken ribs, documents note.

Zirinsky told police investigators the bruises likely were the result of his being too rough with the child while burping her, which he said he no longer did, as well as from her bumping her head into objects, according to documents.

But Dr. Carol Allan of the state medical examiner’s office said the child’s injuries were the result of “chronic child abuse” and were not consistent with Zirinsky’s explanations.

According to the documents, Zirinsky’s half sister, Nicole Synnot-Breeden, who lived at the residence, told investigators she had seen Zirinsky treating the child roughly, picking her up by the head in one instance, and had contemplated turning him in to authorities because of the frequent bruising.

Smith said his office is awaiting the results of further tests from the medical examiner.

Zirinsky has requested a preliminary hearing. No trial date has been set.

Staff writer Pam Rigaux contributed to this report.

via Brunswick man arrested in child’s death also charged in 2004 – The Frederick News-Post Online.