Sagacious Himself — brevity in circumlocution: never blague — suffering genius

February 28, 2013

delightful wrenching

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sagacious Himself @ 4:56 pm

the only thing Mr. Lieberman’s book is good for is for learning how people who are under the influence of this kind of books might interpret your body language, so that you will know to avoid body language that can get interpreted negatively. Consciously bringing your body language into accordance with the Holy Books of Pop Psychology seems indeed to be easier than making all those wannabe-psychologists out there realize that they should stop blindly relying on those over-simplistic books and instead make some effort to learn to know the other person how he really is.

amazon ASIN:0312204280


another entertaining review entitled: 100,000,000 dead people can’t be wrong

For those who still believe in dialectical materialism, consider these two terms individually:

Materialism is an incoherent, self-refuting philosophy. If everything is matter in motion, then the human being must be a machine, or less, a random collection of organic molecules. How can the person who asserts that he is a randomly-created machine know that this assertion is true? A random, chaotic bag of chemicals must be subject to error, by definition and reason. Materialism undercuts itself. Moreover, how can materialism explain consciousness? If everthing is matter, what is contemplating matter? Matter cannot contemplate. Mind cannot be reduced to matter. (i.e., how can the concept of infinity be represented by a finite number of brain cells?) St. Thomas Aquinas regarded materialism as a very primitive philosophy.

Historicism/dialectic is equally problematic. If truth is completely subject to history (or the Hegelian dialectic), then the idea that “truth is subject to history (or the Hegelian dialectic)” must also be an idea that is subject to history (or the Hegelian dialectic). Therefore absolute truth cannot be completely subject to history or Hegel’s dialectic. But we know that absolute truth exists because we can assert it’s existence without contradiction, and because any attempt to refute the existence of absolute truth will be self-contradictory, as Aristotle proved in his argument with Gorgias the Sophist 2500 years ago. Unfortunately, nobody told Marx. Absolute truth exists, we can know absolute truth exists with certainty, and we can be certain that Marxism ain’t it.

As for Marx himself, historian Paul Johnson paints a rather unflattering portrait. The economic genius “never set foot in a mill, factory, mine or other industrial workplace in the whole of his life.” He lived off of his inheritences, his wife’s family’s hand-outs, and Engel’s largesse. The man who complained about malevolent capitalists let his family live in squalor.

And how did Marx’s mad, incoherent, “scientific” philosophy work in practice? One need only look at the historical record. But the effects of his insanity are felt to this day. Consider these goals from the Communist Manifesto:

1.Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes. 2.A heavy progressive or graduated income tax. 3.Abolition of all right of inheritance. 4.Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels. 5.Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly. 6.Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State. 7.Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan. 8.Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture. 9.Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country. 10.Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c., &c.

Marx will live on as long as there are State Universities.



February 21, 2013

UFD vid pid via lsusb & hwinfo

Filed under: 170914 — Sagacious Himself @ 9:46 am


05dc:a440 Lexar Media, Inc. JumpDrive Lightning [2gigs, boot:joy]

Device: ID 05dc:a440 Lexar Media, Inc. JumpDrive Lightning
Device Descriptor:
bLength                18
bDescriptorType         1
bcdUSB               2.00
bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
bDeviceSubClass         0
bDeviceProtocol         0
bMaxPacketSize0        64
idVendor           0x05dc Lexar Media, Inc.
idProduct          0xa440 JumpDrive Lightning
bcdDevice           30.00
iManufacturer           1 Lexar Media
iProduct                2 JD Lightning
iSerial                 3 55500005555000055555
bNumConfigurations      1
Configuration Descriptor:
bLength                 9
bDescriptorType         2
wTotalLength           32
bNumInterfaces          1
bConfigurationValue     1
iConfiguration          0
bmAttributes         0x80
(Bus Powered)
MaxPower              500mA
Interface Descriptor:
bLength                 9
bDescriptorType         4
bInterfaceNumber        0
bAlternateSetting       0
bNumEndpoints           2
bInterfaceClass         8 Mass Storage
bInterfaceSubClass      6 SCSI
bInterfaceProtocol     80 Bulk-Only
iInterface              0
Endpoint Descriptor:
bLength                 7
bDescriptorType         5
bEndpointAddress     0x81  EP 1 IN
bmAttributes            2
Transfer Type            Bulk
Synch Type               None
Usage Type               Data
wMaxPacketSize     0x0200  1x 512 bytes
bInterval             255
Endpoint Descriptor:
bLength                 7
bDescriptorType         5
bEndpointAddress     0x02  EP 2 OUT
bmAttributes            2
Transfer Type            Bulk
Synch Type               None
Usage Type               Data
wMaxPacketSize     0x0200  1x 512 bytes
bInterval             255
Device Qualifier (for other device speed):
bLength                10
bDescriptorType         6
bcdUSB               2.00
bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
bDeviceSubClass         0
bDeviceProtocol         0
bMaxPacketSize0        64
bNumConfigurations      1
Device Status:     0x0000
(Bus Powered)

February 15, 2013

three axis accelerometer to provide inexpensive drawing tablets tilt functionality?

Filed under: 170914,bookmarkified — Sagacious Himself @ 1:41 pm

Not everyone can justify purchasing high end Wacom for doodling, or worse storing on a shelf.  Inexpensive drawing tablets rarely (never?) provide tilt information from the stylus.

enter whitepaper on 3D accelerometer (feb2013)


February 9, 2013

verizon wireless tollfree number leased from AT&T? terminates in ATT error code T039L “please contact ATT business service”

Filed under: CIO,phreak — Sagacious Himself @ 11:59 pm

Too humorous.. will upload WAV capture

oh, yes, I auto-record ALL calls to any Customer Servivce (IP PBX); it’s much harder to claim “no such assurances were made” when confronted with the recording [uploaded to the interweb].

GOV robocall blocking challenge?  expose signaling to the called party or called party’s system to better defend against spoofing.

Most of the lessons dealing with email spam apply fabulously well analogously to phone or texting (sms,sip,xmpp): whitelist, blacklist, greylist, IVR tarpitting, PBX RBL, SPF [signaling], reverse lookup call frequency, PBX DCC, razor, SA, challenge/response, rx jitter, gap signal proc, honey pot, etc

phone abuse persists in the dark like spam.  Shed upon it the light of reason in  social communion like the Glory of God and it will be vaporised

Sure this works best for [IP] PBX but mobile LTE IMS is more akin to VoIP than PSTN.  It is overdue for the mobile carrier to expose more subsystem to client manipulation.  Signaling in PSTN or otherwise need not be the exclusive province of RBOC or ILEC!

because the contest rules bar disparaging the government I won’t bother to enter.  a good system should be publicly disclosed; relying on obscurity is not s _ c _ r _ _ y.

S_g_cio_s Himself

February 8, 2013

combine Spore and Open Source 3D Printing: evolve objects then print, endless forms

Filed under: printing 3D additive — Sagacious Himself @ 2:44 am
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Internet + subgenius = spiffy

internet + genius (subgenius) = marvelous

Ultimaker components evolve not too dissimilarly


jpeg is an abomination this millenium alongside mp3:  cease employing them

[NTS: must forge new categories trees]


apparently google, who doesn’t like me much already, deems it appropriate to punish me for others content scraping me retaining my backlink to root.


February 5, 2013

RPi fraught USB reader, SDcards

Filed under: Raspberry Pi,SDHC — Sagacious Himself @ 7:01 pm
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Alcor Micro

$6 iogear GFR209A, corded 12 in 1 USB reader, ASIN:B004QHPYT0

Some ubuntu boxes see- and use it, others pretend it has become existentially challenged.

USB3 devices in USB2 consistently appear to function at USB2 max which makes sense given lazy corporations and foolhardy management which is why to buy USB3 flash USB (UFD)


__Fun with SDcards

$14 transcend TS8GSDHC10U1E, 8gig class10 UHS1, claim 85/22 MB/sASIN:B006LFVJW6 [1]

$14 “sandisk” SDSDX-008G-X46, 8gig Class10 UHS1, claim 30/30 MB/sASIN:B007M54DYA [2]

Raspberry Pi initially didn’t care for the Transcend 8gig ‘fast’ (a brand ordinary I would avoid) Class 10 UHS-1 TS8GSDHC10U1E  claims 85/22 MB/s.  ‘Seems’ about as fast as the sandisk 8gig equivalent.

When I didn’t bother with a partition table or partitioning (for one partition) and formatted partitionless Raspberry Pi tolerated (recognized) its existence.  Having OpenElec and DarkElec sporadically freeze was a bit tiresome especially Vizio cold booting so transcend provides an Xbian alternative (no such freezes yet).  With more patience I’ll try creative NFS openelec. (yes, all shares are NFS, no media SMB here)

The Transcend 2 gig TS2GSDC I bought for an OOOLLD camera I haven’t tried feeding RPi.  $4.99 ASIN:B000FGNM6I

no RPi issues gut feeling clone.  Had a ‘great’ time with amazon CS trying to find the correct ASIN for the retail part: their FFP/retail selector would only add ‘FF’P to the cart.  Sandisk says they don’t package for amazon which means a lunkhead opens the static sensitive bits to repackage (or a robot with lazy maintenance/programmer).  I routinely receive non-electronics pick-robot packaged like fine china but delicate electronics with nothing more than a packing slip inside a skin tight box.   fabulous!  I can return until they do it right.. how much double-shipping loss is amazon willing to absorb before ‘someone’ steps in to correct glaring errors?  I miss the foldable sandisk combo USB plugs.  The 512meg version I have is only suited for BerryBoot

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