I must say that I am a little amazed at this.  A federal judge has ruled that the Healthcare reform act is void because the individual mandate is unconstitutional.

This is pretty amazing, I think that when they passed the Act, they must have left out the severability clause (which is a crappy clause anyways as it says if any one part of an act is unconstitutional, it doesn’t effect any other portion).

Apparently, it was the fault of the mall that some woman who was texting and walking fell into a fountain at a mall.  The woman has threatened to sue the mall where the incident took place because after she fell into a fountain and walked away, she wasn’t chased down by mall security for falling into the fountain.  Of course if they had approached her, she would have sued for harassment.

Over 14 years ago, I remember playing online games (there were several different versions), the games would store information in some database and keep track of where I was. About 8 years ago, someone got a patent on this idea, now a company is suing game companies, since no one has challenged the patent for 8 years.

Of course, the lawyers love that people are suing people for infringing on ideas that were in wide usage before someone got a patent, for the rest of us it raises costs, and stifles innovation.

Whether this is true or not, I found several sites that had reported that John Parsons Wheeler 3rd (the son of Col. John Parsons Wheeler Jr. (desc.) who also was working for a defense contractor) has been found in a dumpster dead.  It’s been reported that the John Parsons Wheeler 3rd had been a lawyer, an officer in the U.S. military (which anyone should be able to get his DD-214 now since he is dead, God rest his soul), had served in 3 presidential administrations (that is more than anyone but George H. Bush), built the Vietnam Vet Wall, and was last the assistant Secretary of the Air Force would gather some type of news coverage.  After all her was an arguably decorated U.S. Military officer who had been in 3 presidential administrations, and yet there are no real leads.

Unless you put credence in what former Forbes business reporter Benjamin Fulford says in his video interview and discussion with David Rockefeller if you did believe what Mr. Fulford says, things like this are going to happen more and more.  Watch the video, unlike normal television, you don’t have to pay to watch it, and you can watch it relatively unedited (I would say that there was some addition footage added, but I can’t say want might have been deleted).  If you want to see what is really going on, you might as well see what Mr. Rockefeller has to say.

You also find about George Soros while you are at it.  I don’t claim to know anything more than what these two people have to say directly from their mouths, not what someone else says they say.  But if you give credence to Mr. Fulford, who was able to sit down with a camera crew and interview David Rockefeller with Mr. Rockefeller’s full knowledge and consent, lots of people are going to die quickly if things don’t change.

An interesting thing I noticed is that over time, Firefox (at least 3.6.13 and earlier) has a bad habit of gradually increasing the use of some thing called GDI objects (Graphical Device Interface).  These are basically anything that you can see on the screen.  Now while I was able in the past to set the maximum handles to 16,384 (which seems to have worked okay) now that I am using Windows 7 Professional 64 bit, it seems that as soon as the “default” limit of 10,000 is hit, Firefox dies.

Now this isn’t a big deal, as the rest of the system is fine, and I can restart Firefox and all my tabs are where they were and the GDI usage is down to about 2000 with the SAME TABS open.  This is why I believe that there is a serious GDI leak in Firefox.   Unfortunately I doubt it will be fixed.  Of course the restarting Firefox option is available, but really shouldn’t Firefox be able to deal with this issue, since this seems to be serious instability point.  Now I thought it was because I used to have 100+ tabs open so I’ve been gradually scaling back on the number of tabs that I had open, and now it’s perfectly clear that Firefox has a GDI leak.

The challenge is figuring out how to fix it though.

While it seems that it’s inconclusive whether there really is global warming or not, it seems that an analysis of the ice core data shows that 2010 might rank as the 9,099th warmest year in the last 10,500 years.  If you didn’t think the whole global warming thing wasn’t a scam (for instance selling people new boilers that don’t work in cold weather and only last 5 years instead of 20),  then maybe you should do something unusual, and start thinking for yourself.

While I am still working with IE 9, as the other versions of IE are being exploited (i.e. hacked) on a regular basis, I have to say that it’s performance on the standard JavaScript Benchmark is very poor (218) compared to Opera 11 (419) and Google Chrome (665) , it was better than Firefox 3.6 which for some reason scored a 165.

Also IE 9 seems to not work well with the WordPress editor, and the GPU rendering seems to be flaky.

But heck, it’s from Microsoft, so that makes it great :)

I recently downloaded Internet Explorer 9, unfortunately it doesn’t work for me, and it doesn’t uninstall.  So I have to roll back my system.

In other words, another Microsoft wonder.

It seems that Yahoo is down.  Since Yahoo didn’t want to provide people with alternative methods of getting email (like Google does) that means that people who use Yahoo email can’t get their email.  Of course, I never liked Yahoo’s email policies, and maybe now people will realize why the Yahoo email policies are just bad.

Probably not though.

Mentioning that Julian Assange (the head of Wikileaks) might have collaborated with Israeli government officials is tantamount to “Anti-Semitism”.  The fact that Israel only appears in 77 documents released by Wikileaks makes it seem like the United States doesn’t really care about Israel if you want to believe that Wikileaks did not cull the documents.  Because even hinting that Julian Assange might have filtered the documents to shape the discussion one way or another would be “Anti-Semitic”.

It seems that there is a lot of disinformation about Ireland, and to some extent Iceland (which doesn’t need a bailout for reasons I will explain).  While Ireland has a strong economy (link) with savings rate of 12.3% and industrial output up by 12%, the country is in crisis.  The reason is that the corrupt Fianna Fail party is selling out Ireland to the banksters, unlike Iceland which told the banksters, too bad, you gambled, you lost.

So while the corrupt government of Ireland (which pays the Prime Minister more than twice what Barrack Obama makes as President of the United States) sells out the people of Ireland, Iceland is exiting it’s recession. The Guardian Reports:

Iceland’s president Olafur R Grímsson said: “The difference is that in Iceland we allowed the banks to fail. These were private banks and we didn’t pump money into them in order to keep them going; the state did not shoulder the responsibility of the failed private banks.”

The answer is clear, stop bailing out the banks and improvising the people.  Unfortunately most people are duped into believing that it’s better for the people to starve than for the corrupt banks to take responsibility for their own greed.  As long as the banksters can get free money and shift the risks onto the poor and downtrodden with the complicity of the corrupt governments, people are going to be sold into a perpetual serfdom.

Lately I’ve been seeing in the news is how the evil Republicans are not willing to approve a new STARTtreaty with Russia that they were not consulted on, or included in the discussions of.  To be clear according to the Constitution, Article VI, Section 1, Clause 2 (also known as the Supremacy Clause):

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding

Think about this, a treaty is on the same level as the Constitution for legal purposes, and yet when congress does it’s job, and refuses to pass a new SUPREME law of the land, they are harangued for now bowing down and licking the hand of the great leader.  To be perfectly clear, I am against almost all of these complex treaties, as I support the words of George Washington:

The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.

I think that we would be better served by getting our own house in order, reducing military spending, and bringing the banksters in line, instead our fearless leader wants to saddle Americans with more complex agreements that we should just shut up and accept.  Sadly many people will fall for the propaganda that passes for news and think the world will end if Russia and the U.S. enter into what is a essentially a meaningless gesture for arms control (since we seem to be heading towards a conflict with North Korea, rather than Russia these days).

I have a friend from Finland who firmly believes that weather is getting warmer in Finland, I don’t have enough data to dispute that since I can’t read Finnish, but Norway right next door so to speak, has already (and it’s not even winter yet!) measured the coldest temperature of the last 140 years on the American holiday of Thanksgiving (article in Norwegian, but can be translated via Google Translate).  Now I have to ask, maybe the media frenzy about a coming ice age in the 1970s had just as much as the predictions about the coming global warming disasters.

I think the real problem might be general pollution, unfortunately we are more worried about Carbon Dioxide, which helps trees grow, than real pollution.  Which only shows the gullibility of the general population.  Let’s deal with real problems, rather than try to eliminate Carbon Dioxide, which will only happen when all life as we know it is gone.

According to a recent study (which built on other studies from the past), it seems that it might be that the best thing to reverse aging is to increase the levels of an enzyme called telomarase.   Back in 2008, the Washington Post had an articleabout a study where researchers at the University of California were able to find a 29% increase in telomarase levels by making lifestyle changes, the article states:

The changes included eating a diet with only 10 percent of calories from fat, low in refined sugars, and rich in whole foods, fruit and vegetables. They supplemented their diet with vitamins and fish oil and did moderate aerobic exercise, stress management, relaxation techniques, and breathing exercises.

Of course, there will probably be a big market selling telomeraseenzymes and there seems to be some that say there are Telomerase inhibitors such as Resveratrol, Green Tea, Garlic and Melatonin.  It seems that true anti-aging will require a balance between Telemerase and other components in a way that is not clear.  According to a study published in Trends in Biotechnology (pdf), “Telomerase activity has been found in ~85–90% of all human tumors but not in adjacent normal cells”.  Another study from the same group published in the Journal of Gerontology in 2007 (pdf), states:

The  knocking  out  of  telomerase  in  the  mouse  causes dramatic shortening of telomere length across generations, premature  aging,  and  diminished  life  span  in  late  generations (13–15). However, the information gained from these models may be only partially applicable to humans due to the following reasons. During extrauterine life, mice demonstrate  considerable  telomerase  activity  in  most  somatic tissues,  while  humans  and  macaques  have  only  modest telomerase activity, which is restricted to specific somatic tissues,  for  example,  the  alimentary  tract,  thymus,  and endometrium (26–29). In addition, rodents have a short life span  and  most  have  relatively  long  telomeres

In other words, you might be better off with positive lifestyle changes, than running out and spending money on one new anti-aging supplement or another.

If you are shipping this Christmas you might want to read this article from Popular Mechanics, where they put sensors in packages and then shipped them via UPS, USPS, and FedEx.  Apparently if you mark your package “fragile” or “this side up” you are asking for abuse.  UPS did the best job of not tipping over packages, and USPS did the least “position changes”, unfortunately FedEx is probably not the best way to ship from the limited tests that Popular Mechanics did.

If it isn’t enough that Americans have accepted  war profitter Chertoff’s demands that we submit to his naked scanning machines run by stalkers,  child molestors and pedophiles (read this story about how TSA took a woman’s three year old son away for a special private patdown),  it seems that the Department of Homeland Security can now shutdown web sites without a court order or any hearing.  They just allege that some copyright violation has occured (could be a picture, or some words), and POOF your web site is replaced by:

Siezed by Homeland Security

Siezed by Homeland Security

 Even people who are for strict enforcement of copyright laws are upset (see this article),   after all it seems strange that we allow unfetered access to the United States to people who come here to kill Americans (see the recent Portland Bomber who was born in Somalia, but became a U.S. citizen, even though he had written articles about Jihad).  Of course what most Americans don’t know is that the people who travel under other than American papers in the United States are routinely given a pass by TSA, I strongly encourage people to use foreign papers for U.S. travel whenever possible, because frankly the U.S. government cares more about the rights of foreign persons than U.S. citizens.

Well, it wasn’t a total disaster for the “Dimocrat” party as the people who keep saying that Hilary Clinton is the real 44th president, because of fraud in the 2008 election.  It looks like Rand Paul will a Senator from Kentucky, while his father, two time presidential candidate, was re-elected in Texas with 79% of the vote. Both of them are medical doctors, and both have campaigned for a smaller federal government.  Rand Paul who was constantly dogged about what he did in college with a consenting female 30 years ago, won with only 56% of the vote, despite the negative media coverage of him.

In other words, the voters are waking up to the fact that they are being lied to.  The sad thing is that that is only two real constitutionalists in the whole bunch as far as I can see, the rest are politicians, which means that the moderate democrats can work with moderate republicans to essentially avoid having to make a decision, forcing external forces to make a decision for America.

However the democrats went from 57 Senators to 51, and the Republicans went from 40 to 46, there are three independent Senators, but they tend to vote with the democrats.  In Alaska the candidate “None of the Above”, or what is more often called the write in ballots have beaten all the preselected candidates.

The House of Representatives is now 231 (r) and 167 (d).  Now I would believe they were really serious about reform if the House would draft Congressman Ron Paul as Speaker of the House.  That would by the equivalent of a nuclear bomb for the establishment.   I don’t think the republican party is serious about the whole tea party thing, unless they are willing to put Dr. Ron Paul in as Speaker of the House.

President Obama is taking the “let them eat cake” theme to a whole new level.  While other parts of the economy are tighting their belts, Obama is taking a trip to India and staying at exclusive resorts at a cost of $200 million a DAY!  Maybe that’s a misprint, or the article was incorrect, but it’s in line with the Obama style, tell everyone else how to live, so he can rule us all from on high.

After that article about free software, here is some software that is allegedly free, however it has been based on code that the same company that is suing Google for using their free software.  It’s called LibreOffice, ans it looks pretty good for people who don’t want use Microsoft Office (remember to read all software licenses clearly, because if you breach any of the terms of the software license you can be sued at some random point in the future).

Now, I am sure many lawyers will say that you can’t be sued indefinitely, but it seems like that at times, and people can sue you multiple times for flimsy reasons.

In any case, for the struggling students I highly recommend LibreOffice as way to write papers, do some basic charting, etc.

What I recommend is that if you send your files to anyone else export it as a PDF, I wish the people who use Microsoft products would do the same thing, but Microsoft doesn’t make it easy to create pdfs in it’s products. PDF files are the prefered method of passing documents around that are readonly and retain their print characteristics.  Remember children, save your documents as PDF’s or your teacher will use you as an example of why LibreOffice is bad, in a grant request to get money for new software and hardware for the school, but leave the students having to buy copies of Microsoft Office.

I will admit it, I love “free” software.  After all there is so much software out there, you should be able to find some software that works reasonably well for a reasonable price.   Now with all software, you have to get some support from time to time, so it makes sense to get some software with a strong community of users behind it, so that if it doesn’t work well, you have some support.  Or if you are going to be a beta site, work with a company that answers it’s emails.

 So it is with some concern that I see that Oracle (a large computer company) is suing Google over copyrights regarding a programming language that was allegedly free and open software (Java).

That said, I was never a fan of Java (the programming language), because I didn’t understand the weird way that Sun (now wholly owned by Oracle, which makes database systems) licensed the source code, while it was “open source” under the gnu public license, Oracle claims that the code was improperly used by Google in the free and open source Android operating system.

Actually the Android operating system is really a Linux system with almost everything else running in highly optimized open source pseudo-Java virtual machine.  I say pseudo-Java because the code that was being run was not technically Java, but something else.  This was to avoid infringing on other vague patents that people had about the optimizations of code for use on various devices that could be construed to include all phones.

So the problem is, if Google can be sued for giving away software that it developed based on other open source and allegedly “free” software, can anyone use any “free” software? Because if Google loses Oracle’s lawsuit against Google, than everyone can be sued if they ever used any “free” software, because if Google can’t figure out how to use allegedly open source software to work against the API’s for to make a compatible alternative free system, than I don’t know who can.

And that is something we should all wonder, if Google can’t give away software for free, that it developed based on publicly published, free specifications, under a license that was allegedly free, because somewhere along the supply chain there is some piece of code that might be similar to other publicly published code, than who really owns the software you develop?

The funny part about this whole thing is the C++ programmers who had eschewed Java are  now justified, as Java is, a single company’s programming language that is not really unencumbered, as it has been from the beginning.