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So giving Crusader Kings 2 a shot and while it's know EU4, it probably took me 100 or 2 hours to get into EU4.

So far my main annoyances are the interface (not as refined as EU4) and I'm not quite sure I understand what I'm doing other than waiting all the time.

What caused me to post though is the stupid Jew bias the game has.  One of the options you can do is "expel the Jews" which I did but then over the decades I keep taking a hit to all my technology because "Jews are smart and you kicked them out" .. I mean seriously WTF!!!

#jews  
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I'm a huge fan of these but only if they tweak the law so either men can also unilaterally do this OR it requires paternal consent also ... which I think it exactly nowhere even in Europe.

#indiana  
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RIP man.
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Looking to spend training money today and usually I get one conference a year (in theory, nobody told me I had this "benefit" until this year and only because I questioned "Hey boss, how come you got the government to pay for training in NYC even though it was available local and it magically corresponded to the same time your freshman daughter was starting NYU" ... :) :/   ... anyways I used to be a pretty prolific conference goer in the past but towards the end (why I stopped going) was starting to get super disillusioned as they all were either:

1: Aimed at lowest common denominator (i..e wannabe hackers, kids new to the field, sales and marketing people) [thinking of you Defcon, Notacon, Rubicon, Usenix Security Symposium)   

2: Glorified vendors sales events or training boot camps in disguise (thinking any SANS, ISC, ISACA, Blackhat, Shakacon, etc. events)

3: Blue Sky aimed at PhD and graduate program folk, researchers, etc (thinking ACM, IEEE,  lots of Federal/Private joint conferences [i.e. NSA + DARPA + Intel lets say]).  I also include any conference where the majority of fucking talks or presenters are from universities or government labs. 

4: C Level / Senior events [let's have lots of industry leader CIO's, 2 star admirals, and Federal Agency CIO's get together and make political speeches pimping themselves masquerading as sessions]

5: Regardless all are very Linux or Programming heavy though 90% of the real world is Windows or enterprise point + click applications.

I remember the biggest disappointment I ever had which exemplifies this USENIX LISA (large installation system administrators) and all the talks were either "How to use cfengine to manage 2000 identical 1U servers in my data center" or "This is how I use a perl script to modify my RAID5 controller" or even worse "How to use WSUS") ... look dude when I read "large fucking installation system admin" I hear "Hey I'm the senior fucking system admin at a organization with 3000+ workstations spread out around various branch offices around the world and this is how we effectively do shit like patch and configuration management on a workstation in Africa over ISDN even though the local manager doesn't support us and the local IT support constantly root the box and undoes everything we do because he can and doens't like us" or "This is how to provide support and meet our HIPAA goals even though the director is a doctor and refuses to let us encrypt his travel laptop even though he stores patient info on it" .. you know the real fucking world and daily god damn grind of actual system administration is a non academic or research environment.

End of the day all these are mostly just an excuse (IMHO) for free travel (i.e. don't even go to the conference, just get your company to pay for it), subsidized alcohol (i.e. go drink with random ppl you met bored at conference while on per diem), etc.  Really the only value is maybe, IF YOU ARE LUCKY, random hallway conversations or you run into somebody you knew from long ago ... even more rarely you might even have one good session in the whole damn event.

So what I'm curious is anybody know an actual security (or hell even a system admin) conference aimed at the folk that actually do the work day in and day out, i.e. O&M; not engineering, not researchers, not academia.  Like "Hey a lot of us have to fucking deal with PCI DSS and asshole managers that refuse to supervise so this is how we engineered around it" or "Let's look at Tivoli v. SCCM v. shit loads of other tools and how much it pisses off users" or even better shit like "In a 24x7 environment what sort of user nagging, popups, reboots, etc is most effective without pissing off management so much they fire you"  ... i.e. real fucking conferences where, instead of papers, etc similar folk  can get together and talk about the real world and compare various approaches, successes, failures, etc.  Sure it's not cool or sexy but fuck it would be useful even if nothing but bitch sessions so you know you aren't the only one.

#usenix   #sans   #conferences  
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I give this rant 8/10. ;-)
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While I disagree with the veto, props to the GOP for making him actually issue his THIRD FUCKING VETO EVER and even props to Obama for actually doing one.  It also goes to show how hyper-partisan he is given he has issued 33% of his veto's in just three months of the opposition party holding power.
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Yes it's politics but I love shit like this :)

#clinton   #hillaryclinton  
Hillary Clinton portrays herself as a champion of women in the workforce, but women working for her in the U.S. Senate were paid 72 cents for each dollar paid to men, according to a Washington Free Be
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That's some fucked up shit.  Does the #UK not have statutes of limitations?  

One nugget .. "Judge McCreath said he assessed the seriousness of the offences by current guidelines, but he was limited to the maximum sentences that were available at the time the offences were committed, when "the sentencing climate was less severe"."

I wonder if the US has that also or if it's always based on current guidelines.  I also wonder how that works (using the UK example):

- Pot illegal in 1980
- Pot legalized in 1990
- I admit to smoke pot in 1982

Do I get arrested and punished because it was illegal at the time of the crime?

Also I'm not buying ""You did all of them real and lasting damage and you did so for no other reason than to obtain sexual gratification for yourself of a wholly improper kind," he said." .... I don't think I've ever read a study where that was found to be true in the vast majority of cases.
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Don't you know that despite a complete lack of any actual evidence that consensual (can't consent cuz we say so) sex is such a heinous crime that normal legal principles like prohibitions on ex post facto crimes, questions of jurisdiction, making use of one's brain, and criminal intent do not apply?

God had better watch out. You know he knocked up that underage girl 2000 years ago....
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BTW one thing I despise about Chromium based browsers (Chrome and Opera) is they use the IE proxy settings .. pisses me off to no end I can't setup proxy settings per browser.

It also pisses me off all the apps (like Steam, Eve, etc) which do the same shit

#chrome   #opera   #ie  

+Opera +Google Chrome +Steam 
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Protocols abound. See below from the chromium man page  

     --proxy-server=host:port
              Specify the HTTP/SOCKS4/SOCKS5 proxy server to use for requests.  This overrides any  environment
              variables  or  settings  picked  via the options dialog.  An individual proxy server is specified
              using the format:

                [<proxy-scheme>://]<proxy-host>[:<proxy-port>]

              Where <proxy-scheme> is the protocol of the proxy server, and is one of:

                "http", "socks", "socks4", "socks5".

              If the <proxy-scheme> is omitted, it defaults to "http". Also note that "socks" is equivalent  to
              "socks5".

              Examples:

                --proxy-server="foopy:99"
                    Use the HTTP proxy "foopy:99" to load all URLs.

                --proxy-server="socks://foobar:1080"
                    Use the SOCKS v5 proxy "foobar:1080" to load all URLs.

                --proxy-server="socks4://foobar:1080"
                    Use the SOCKS v4 proxy "foobar:1080" to load all URLs.

                --proxy-server="socks5://foobar:66"
                    Use the SOCKS v5 proxy "foobar:66" to load all URLs.

              It  is also possible to specify a separate proxy server for different URL types, by prefixing the
              proxy server specifier with a URL specifier:

              Example:

                --proxy-server="https=proxy1:80;http=socks4://baz:1080"
                    Load https://* URLs using the HTTP proxy "proxy1:80". And load http://*
                    URLs using the SOCKS v4 proxy "baz:1080".
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I'm prob the last person earth who uses this other than the maintainers but for those of you who use I2P AND TOR AND FREENET AND OTHER_PRIVATE_STUFF AND run a local host proxy (i.e. not running it on your router) still the best damn product out there and still annoyed Tor dumped it years ago.

#privoxy   #tor   #i2p   #tor  
Privoxy helps users to protect their privacy.
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Ummm no Senator Reid .. at best the President has the authority on how to prioritize the deportation of people and can by that fact ensure they never deported as Congress never fully funds 100% deportation BUT intentionally gaming the system for political reasons is different than straight out ignoring the law or abusing authority, i.e. he doesn't have the right to NOT deport somebody if funding was there.

#harryreid  
“The President has the right to determine who is to be deported” when it comes to illegal aliens currently living in the United States, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) stated during debate on the Department o
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+Robin Roberts Stalk? No way. Do you think I don't like you or something? Just saw you and thought I would give you something to read because I know we are both interested in it. The Smithsonian's email and Exxonmobil money is now visible and I am gleefully grinning and wish to share. OK I was trolling you just a bit. ;-)
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Good read and echo's many of my existing thoughts on the subject

#russia   #ukraine  
At last, a balanced assessment of the Ukrainian conflict – the problems go far beyond Vladimir Putin, writes Jonathan Steele
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That's sad because the biggest threat to America is the Center.

#dhs  
A new Department of Homeland Security intelligence assessment circulated this month focuses on the threat of right-wing sovereign citizen extremist groups in the U.S. Some law enforcement groups say the threat is equal to, and occasionally greater than, the threat from Islamic extremist groups.
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Shhhh what you think they are, the Department of Mideast Security?  Get their name right, it's the Department of Homeland including Central American Security 
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Let me start this off with I've been to this place a couple times and, food wise, it's one of the better Korean joints on Oahu. The bibimbap, bulgogi, and the soups are awesome. The decor isn't anything to write home about but it's better than most Korean joints here and both comfortable and private. My main gripe here is service and price. Dinner is way overpriced (about $30 a person) though lunch is pretty affordable. Service-wise it's very abrupt and Korean oriented, i.e. haole's are expected to know what they want and questions are near impossible (given most of the staff barely speaks understandable English); they are also extremely abrupt and prone to ignoring you MID SENTENCE to chat with their girlfriends. That being said I put up with it all as the food was pretty solid but I'm done after today; never again. Today was the second time in my life a waitress actually ran out to the parking lot and beat on my door window because I gave a less than expected (8% instead of expected 18%) tip even though she didn't do a damn thing the entire hour I was there other than bring the food, ignore my wife, start texiting her friends mid-sentence in an order, and make under-her-breath snorts and comments about the food we ordered. For example my daughter wanted some Oolang tee and she said, as she was writing it down, "Oolang not for kids, why the order that" in that just perceptible but deniable passive aggressive tone. So basically food good, price about 25% to much, and service COMPLETE CRAP (even for an Asian joint)
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Going to have to give this place three stars. Went here last week with the family and definitely falls in the OK category. The decor and location are OK as is the food but way overpriced and BYOB always annoys me (though I understand the difficulties in getting liquor licenses in Honolulu). Wife got the chicken tikka masala while I got the pilau basamti rice and we were both extremely disappointed. Neither was very rich in the flavor we expected (both of us having lived in Doha and Dubai with lots of authentic Nepalese and India cooking; I also having a Nepalese uncle) and the spice (heat) left much to be desired. Basically tasted on par with the indian fast food joints you stumble across occasionally in malls as opposed to a proper Indian restaurant or even frozen dinners. One shining point was the garlic naan which truly was awesome though not sure worth going just for it. The main downside TBH was the price; was priced way above what it should have been given the quality and would only even consider going again if the prices dropped about 33% and even that's pushing it. If I'm getting television dinner quality, I'm expecting television dinner pricing.
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Ate here a couple times and never reviewed. Not going to say much as not overly impressed with the menu as a whole but definitely impressed by the miso soup which is hard to say given miso soup in my experience is pretty uniformly bland everywhere around the world. The miso here is in a league of it's own and I have no idea why or how, it's just amazing. I make it a point to stop by and get it every time I drive through Kailua, highly recommend.
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reviewed 10 months ago
Had heard amazing stuff about this place from around town so decided to bring an out of town coworker and her new husband by for happy hour. Highly highly disappointed and will not return. Ordered the slew of appetizers and all were effectively sub par overpriced fried bar food with the only item barely worth a damn being the quail egg bruschette. The tap beer selection was all hipster mainline (i.e. overpriced swill) and the mixed drinks weak, unflavorful, and pricey. To top this off the service was slow, unresponsive, and pretentious. Spent about $200 for 4 of us and walked away stone cold sober, angry, and still hungry.
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Friend of mine at work got me hooked on this place and try to hit it once or twice a week. If you are looking for tex-mex or authentic Mexican this isn't it but if you just want a solid Americanized burrito place with high quality ingredients this place hits the spot, easily my favorite burrito joint in Hawaii. To top it off tried the breakfast burrito here about two weeks ago and hands down the best breakfast burrito on island that I have tried. Price is reasonable and only real compliant is lack of free parking (though that is a standard problem in Honolulu) and I wish they actually had a "hot" salsa. Their hot taste great (as do most of their homemade salsa's) but regardless of how they are labeled you ain't getting anything stronger than a mild.
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Stopped by before the Great Rubber Ducky race on the recommendation of a local foodie I know and going to give it an OK. On the bright side the decor is awesome, the pork was the best soup pork I have had in ramen in Hawaii (thick and tender, truly delicious), and the price was reasonable. On the downside the service was insanely slow (spent fifteen minutes standing there waiting to be seated while I stared at three empty tables ... didn't even see the staff, they were hiding out back or something), the ramen broth itself nothing special (though not bad to be honest), and the appetizers so so. They also suffer from that standard Asian problem in Hawaii where the food comes out as they make it as opposed to all together and/or in some sort of order that makes sense to westerners (i.e. I got my appetizer after my main course as I was getting up to leave and already had the check. My wife got her food five minutes before me) but I have gotten use to that here in Hawaii. Overall it's an OK place and probably rates the third best ramen joint I have had in Honolulu; worth stopping by if you are in the area and don't have a car. If I didn't have to wait more than five minutes in line with the place was half empty I probably would have given it four stars but I did. It also doesn't help the best ramen I've had in Hawaii about two miles east of here and I've never had to wait more than five minutes there.
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Not much to say other than the best poke I have had on island hands down and affordable to boit. Never would have thought to stop by a liquor store for it but coworker stated was a hidden gem. Highly recommend, try to hit weekly.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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