Saturday, May 23, 2020

I will note that for this weather

a tactical kilt is quite comfortable.

Saturday night

Data in.  Enjoy

Kiss that boot on your neck, comrade,

the Party will reward you.
Kuo has argued that the Chinese Communist Party's rigorous domestic censorship of unflattering facts and information about the regime has, at times, saved lives and that some cultures, including present-day China, are not ready for what is widely recognized as a core human right: the freedom of association. 

"I would love to say that Chinese society has reached the point where we should have the right to free assembly," Kuo told iTnews, an Australian digital outlet, in 2010. "But in reality, today assembly in China can have violent consequences. … Perhaps, and I hate to say this, some cultures aren't ready for free assembly."
Translation: "The Party does not approve of this, therefore it is Bad."

Friday, May 22, 2020

Friday night, etc.

Data here.  Look.  Me out of semi-clever introductions.

tab clearing

The NYeffingTimes wants either the cops or commissars enforcing "This is how you must live" rules.  But they don't like the results.

Crap like this is why either get rid of qualified immunity, or restrict it to what it was supposed to cover.
Also, reason some idiot in black robes need a trip to a dunking stool.

The numbers have been padded, and a bunch of politicians need to be dealt with.  Harshly.

Well, so much else about this mess has been based on garbage, so why not 'social distancing'?

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

We'll see what comes next, but at least this bastard

won't be running the BATFEIEIO.

Was able to hit the range yesterday*

and do some shooting.  More on that later when I've got time to type.

I need to do a bunch of casting, when there's enough time free.

I need to get some paint and do some touching up.

Etc., etc., and right now I've got to do some grocery shopping.

*Have family moving, and a friend who pretty well is family going through very trying time, so it was really nice to get out.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Scene from the range

"Yes, we have 9mm ammo.  No, you can only buy one box per day.  Because we're trying to make sure as many people as possible can get some.  No, I can't sell you a case as 'one box'."  Etc.

We've run out of some ammo off & on, happily getting a little in(most of the time) before long.  Sales overall have been on the 'two weeks before Christmas' level still; it's enough to make Watts & Bloomberg and the other clowns cry.

More on that bastard Ferguson & Co.

In a tweet sent in late March, Ferguson—then still one of the leading voices within the U.K.’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), tasked with handling the coronavirus crisis—stated that the model was implemented in “thousands of lines of undocumented” code written in C, a widely used and high-performing computing language. He refused to publish the original source code, and Imperial College has refused a Freedom of Information Act request for the original source, alleging that the public interest is not sufficiently compelling.

As Ferguson himself admits, the code was written 13 years ago, to model an influenza pandemic. This raises multiple questions: other than Ferguson’s reputation, what did the British government have at its disposal to assess the model and its implementation? How was the model validated, and what safeguards were implemented to ensure that it was correctly applied? The recent release of an improved version of the source code does not paint a favorable picture. The code is a tangled mess of undocumented steps, with no discernible overall structure. Even experienced developers would have to make a serious effort to understand it.
I would think that 'Your model was used to wreck the economy of several countries and scare hell out of millions of people' was a pretty damned good public interest.  They probably would, too, if they weren't trying to hide their screwups.

Short version: Ferguson's an idiot, his code and model are garbage,

and he and his team need to pay for what they've caused with it.
The model, credited with forcing the Government to make a U-turn and introduce a nationwide lockdown, is a “buggy mess that looks more like a bowl of angel hair pasta than a finely tuned piece of programming”, says David Richards, co-founder of British data technology company WANdisco.

“In our commercial reality, we would fire anyone for developing code like this and any business that relied on it to produce software for sale would likely go bust."