Flash sites: You’ve been beaten by the anticompetitive stick

I’m no fan of Apple’s exclusion of Flash content from the iPhone OS.   But I acknowledge and accept that it exists, and that Apple customers represent an important and growing market share.  There are some valid technical merits to the exclusion of Flash.    You do use up more CPU power to play a video that is being resized from one resolution to another.  The video controls of most flash video players are designed with mice in mind, not fingertips.

At the same time I’m amazed by the entirely broken state of the internet at this moment when using an Apple iPhone OS device:
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Death on the perimeter: to catch a predator

The dangers that lurk in Frontier have struck too close to home.  Yesterday I discovered a partially devoured deer carcase not much more than 300 feet outside of my front door.

 

 

At my home there are no fences to protect us from the frontier.   Continue reading Death on the perimeter: to catch a predator

Encounter recalled

Time to walk the dogs tonight, Like a bullet from a gun Tess the unleashed beagle shot out the door and ran out into the wild. Not far behind was Ruffles my Roomate’s Cocker Spaniel, and Lupin my Neighbor’s Husky/Wolf.

Tess ran up the hill to her prime hunting grounds, a network of critter-tunnels who she has been mapping and excavating.  I thought that Lupin decided to turn around and go back home.   Tess, Ruffles and I went up the mountain, which I was recently appointed mayor of on foursquare after proposing to my fiance.
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What soluitions to Illegal Immigration?

This is to the opponents of Illegal Immigration; to those who complain about the burden they place on the United States. To anybody who advocates anything other than a clear path to citizenship for the 12 million illegal immigrants and their families living here.   I’m going to list various ‘solutions’ which I consider unacceptable.  Just let me know which ones you disagree with:

a) dramatically expanding law enforcement of the prison industrial complex to accommodate roundup and detention of all illegal immigrants.

b) Mass deportation of all illegal immigrants.

c) Revoking citizenships of illegal immigrant children so they can be deported too .

d) Take the citizen children as wards of the state and put them in foster care.

e) Create camps for the citizen children who don’t fit in the state foster care program.

f) Termination of all social welfare programs for Hispanics & others.

g) Forced-sterilization of welfare recipients and other poverty stricken segments of the population.

h) Make it a crime for any citizen to have contact with an illegal immigrant, or for any sort of business transaction to be performed with an illegal: whether its picking up day a day laborer, a doctor providing medical care, a land owner renting or leasing property, or a grocery or restaurant providing food… No papers == La migra.

i) Let them become citizens if they pass some sort of intelligence / desirability test, otherwise deport.

j) Build a giant, impenetrable wall between us and Mexico and the US, that puts Berlin, Israel, Korea, and China to shame.

k) Deploy a vast sensor network and military forces to occupy the border.

How far do you want to go?   How much money do you want to spend ‘fixing’ this ‘problem’?