Rants, Raves, and Rhetoric v4

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  • Data is full of bias

    Stumbled on an article about the job market will demand data skills because of A.I. A big part of that is that it will rely on good, quality data, which will require people who can ensure that the systems are fed that. Specifically this caught my eye: “Data underpins all of the large language models.…

  • AI black box magic

    Reading an email about C3 AI being developed to locate extremists. This nugget to start put me off. Siebel: This is the first time we’ve done things in computer science that weren’t a mathematical certainty, other than random number generators. Everything else we’ve done in computer science, up until this day, has been deterministic. Every…

  • Government shutdowns and cybersecurity

    Watching the United States government hash out a budget and looming shutdown, I worry about the blackhat hackers exploiting it. Not enough of those protecting us from these threats are essential workers. Agencies I depend upon, like CISA, furlough 80% of their workforce, leaving whitehats in the dark about what they’ve detected. Their research feeds…

  • Power of anticipation

    As a teenager, my father worked for the City of Valdosta in building permits. People would ask me, hoping I had overheard him, about the businesses they hoped would soon come there. One restaurant in particular stood out as the crowd favorite. Which isn’t surprising because going to the one in Tallahassee, I invariably saw…

  • Resolution progress 2022 : Q2

    Read 12 30 50 books. I have finished 23, which is well above the 50% pace at 76.7%. Updating the goal to include 20 more books, so now 50. Will count audiobooks. Not counting kids books. Add 12 read to the kid at least 20 times. 3 of these. Only at 25% pace, need to…

  • Resolutions 2022

    Read 12 books. Not counting kids books. Will count audiobooks. Add 12 read to the kid at least 20 times. Lose 25 pounds. Need to regain some muscle too.

  • Thoroughness

    There was a routine SSL certificate renewal. Vendor sends us a CSR. We send the certificate. They applied the certificate. Naturally, wanting to make sure the issue was resolved, I tried to go to the website and check the certificate was in fact updated. I clicked on the link to the website and got nothing.…

  • A solution to US government shutdowns

    How about if the US government shuts down for lack of a budget, then for that month, no one gets any tax breaks. Also, there are no subsidies. That means mortgage holders lose that month. Corporations actually have to pay their taxes. Farmers and oil drillers don’t get their subsidies. That would shift a lot…

  • Old enough to drink

    My first blog post from 21 years ago.