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Robert Quattlebaum (darco)
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My home-brew, PIV-based physical access control system is coming along nicely. 
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+Robert Quattlebaum I also have some stuff for you guys as well.  I don't know if Nehal has sent it yet or intends to do it in person.  Whatever the case, we should anyway try to meet up after I get back from New York.
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If you think the CDC is going to keep an eye out, think again.
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Bad news for NATO. But then again, lots of countries aren't living up to their NATO commitments anyway (like military spending). For the life of me I don't understand why NATO allows countries which don't fulfill their commitments to remain members of NATO. 
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Probably because they can only spend, spend, spend!! And the US/UK is the only to sell, sell, sell!!!

Inner wars...
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Last week I asked about which access points that everyone recommended. I ended up settling on the Engenius EAP600. Now I'm looking for some IP security cameras!

Must be at least 720p resolution, support infrared illumination, have an ethernet port, and be suitable for outdoor installation. Must also support either standard MPEG4 or H.264 and RTSP. I won't be using WiFi, so WiFi is not required.

Nice-to-haves include IPv6 support, Integrated PoE (either active or passive), motion detection, and integrated infrared.

I'm leaning toward using Ubiquiti cameras and getting that nifty Network Video Recorder appliance to manage the cameras.

Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT) provides a variety of high-end wireless networking products that utilize our innovative and ground-breaking wireless technology.
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Woa! Those are awesome! Thanks for the post.  Finally this stuff is becoming reasonable price wise. 

Now I have to figure out how to get some cat5 to the places I need it. 
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Just finished what should be my final home repair job on my old house on York street: Mending the north fence that we share with our neighbor.

Backstory: We had a honeysuckle bush on our side of the fence that effectively destroyed that section of the fence—something I hadn't noticed until after we sold the house! Since it wasn't disclosed, and it's a shared fence, and the damaged was caused by a plant on our property, I felt like it was my responsibility to fix things before the new owner moved in. After hiring a contractor to remove the bush (which took two days of work!), I inspected the fence and decided that this was something I could repair myself.

Repairing the damage involved almost completely rebuilding that section of the fence. I re-used the boards that were serviceable, but needed to replace a significant amount of rotten timber, hence the new boards. The repaired section is significantly stronger than the rest of the fence, which now feels a bit flimsy in comparison.

And now it's done. Phew! I forgot how fun it is to work on things like this.

In the process of fixing the fence, I got to know our neighbors a little better. It turns out that we had the most awesome neighbors ever. They gave me fresh-squeezed lemonade and home-made macaroons while I worked! Javeen even drove out to grab another plank from Home Depot when I realized I was short just one plank, saving me a trip. I do hope the new owner gets to know them better than we did, because they seem to be great people.
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Yes, they underestimated how long it would take. Ended up charging me the max quote, which by my estimate was actually a good deal, given how much time they spend on it. It was a tricky job because the stumps were huge and there was a fence around it which made removal tricky.
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I've seen this image quite a bit in graphics processing literature, but had no idea that it came from the centerfold of a 1970's Playboy magazine.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. The image itself is appropriately cropped, but my gut feeling is that people are upset about the origin, not the cropped content. But CS researchers love tradition, and for better or worse this photo has become a part of that... But it sure doesn't sound good that it came from a Playboy.
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+Robert Quattlebaum Then I'd wager we've encountered very different arms of the modern feminist movement.  My interactions with them lately are those who fall within the feminist arm of the atheist community (along with that whole Atheism+ business), and the denizens of the Anita Sarkeesian crowd within the gaming community/industry.  By and large, these two groups are pretty much identical.  They have this all but immutable rule of limiting themselves to the most shallow of analyses and saying that alone is all the information needed to prove everything they have to say.  That's pretty much what I was alluding to.  These are the sorts of people who would look at the Lenna picture and say that the fact that it is a cropped Playboy centerfold image is proof positive that CS is awash in misogyny and is deeply imbued with prejudices that women aren't fit for the field.  "What kind of message does it send when academia itself is willing to let smut that objectifies women be a benchmark?"  Press for evidence that prejudices within CS are prevalent or pervasive motivations behind anything?  "Well, it is absolutely obvious since there are fewer women in CS than men!"...  and that proves it without need for further discussion.  Press for more detail or actual data to show that said culture actually exists or that a picture like this one is in any way meaningful?  "You wouldn't ask for such stuff if it was a white male telling you all this!  You're just refusing to take me seriously because I'm a woman!"  If this sounds like an exaggeration, the sad reality is that I've had this same conversation almost verbatim on other topics.  And the mere mention of demanding any level of intellectual rigor merits an accusation that I'm a misogynist myself.  Tell them that they haven't really outlined the causal chain between the target of their ire and the end effect, and all I get is that "I'm in total denial about the prevalence of The Patriarchy(tm)!"

It's true that no reasonable person would suggest that the bar be lowered for women entering STEM fields simply for the sake of diversity, but the problem is that I'm running across fewer and fewer reasonable people in this movement as of late.  These are the same people who thought up that whole "Ban Bossy" idea and think no deeper than a single facet of reality shapes everything and it can all be blamed on men hating women.  As if forcing people to do something actually helps.  Many times, I do hear the argument that the only way to get things in order is to enforce a quota system, and you could never convince these people that doing so would undermine the field.  In their minds, if there are more women in the field, all things are automatically better by definition.

I have had arguments with people who have drunk the Sarkeesian Kool-aid who claim that the "proof" that the game industry actively undermines the career prospects of women in the industry is the fact that there isn't already gender parity.  I have mentioned, for instance, that it wasn't that long ago that a career in the gaming industry was not seen by society at large in any way as a respectable line of work, and it was more or less seen as an infantile loser party...  Now if women were seeking to demonstrate competence and career success, do you really think they'd do so by seeking work in an industry that until recently had a widely negative reputation?  Moreover, in a mobile age, casual gaming has become the bigger weapon, and this is attracting a wider market than ever, and now women are much more involved in games than ever.  The reality is that women have never even tried until recently for reasons such as that.  And the argument always went "They'd try if they didn't think you'd push them out."  I defied them to show me examples of women in the industry who actually said that the industry itself (and not internet trolls) and the people they worked with actually made it hard on them.  I don't find any.  There are plenty of people who had hard roads getting to where they are, but there's nothing unusual about that.  Nothing to suggest that women have had it harder than others.  Look at Japan, which has had a widespread and much more "traditional" gaming culture a lot longer than the U.S. has, and you'll see that the game industry there doesn't have quite the gender disparity...  but it's not as if that happened overnight, either.  When I point that out, all I get is "it would happen a lot quicker if there weren't so many barriers to women getting into the industry."  Usually, if I ask such people to identify what those barriers actually are, they'll either mention internet forum trolls or scream "Fuck you."

I worked with dozens of women in my years in the game industry.  Crystal had several, for that matter...  and I've never seen or heard an incidence of one of them feeling uncomfortable in their time there.  Moreover, everyone viewed them as competent colleagues, and the primary reason for that is because there's a certain level of competence they had to have to even hold onto their job.  I've only had one job in gaming where I had the power to hire and fire employees, and indeed, the only employee I ever fired was a female engineer.  If I were to mention that to the crop of feminists I've met, I guarantee I'd get an accusation of being a member of The Patriarchy or the Male Supremacist League out to marginalize women in gaming...  not under any circumstances would any of them dare to ask the question "was there a valid reason to fire her?" and instead declare by fiat that the only reason I fired her was because she was a woman.  As it so happens, the reality is that this woman was competent and filled an important knowledge gap in our engineering dept at the time...  but she also had a habit of bringing her personal problems into the workplace and that led to frequent disruptions and awkward moments...  but never mind that...  she was a woman!  and I'm a wannabe WASP who is out to destroy the futures of all women!  Never mind that I still gave her recommendations for other jobs.

Likewise, I look back, for instance, at Jade Raymond -- when she was hocking the first Assassin's Creed, a lot of criticism was leveled at the fact that Ubisoft took advantage of the fact that she's an attractive woman to sell the product.  Whether Ubi viewed it that way or not, that is a criticism for them more so than her, but the Internet is a field made up almost exclusively of moronic assholes and cat videos.  There was even a pretty darn offensive comic put out which depicted her giving blowjobs to random people to convince them to preorder Assassin's Creed (as if that was her actual job).  Now, that's the sort of thing that at the face of it, should make any feminist seethe with rage...  but her own response to it was that she never really felt there was a problem...  and in her own words, she was "too busy trying to make good games" and had "no time for bitching and complaining."  That, to me, is a real feminist.  Equal opportunity and rights to seek out those opportunities are things worth fighting for.  Yes, there was a time when women had to fight hard for the right to even be allowed to try, but that time is not today.  Once those doors are open, the rest is up to the individual.  Rather than bitch and moan about the patriarchy and play the eternal victim, argue by poisoning the well, and just exercise enormous intellectual dishonesty screaming and crying until you get your way...  just actually take some time to prove that you're worthy of respect rather than demand it as if it's owed to you.  If society at large is telling you "girls can't do math," then it's not as if we're in an age where the laws prevent you from being allowed to show that you're better than that.  Yeah, it's hard...  and if it's any harder for you, then good!  That only means more chance to prove you're tougher.  That's the kind of feminism I tend to favor.
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"The Falcon 9’s first stage continued firing for a few seconds as the upper stage broke apart, spilling a cloud of propellant vapors around the launcher. The U.S. Air Force, which is in charge of public safety at the Cape Canaveral launch range, said safety officers issued destruct commands after the rocket’s mid-air break-up."

So the big explosion at the end was the self destruct. The lower stage looked pretty much intact up until that point.
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+Robert Quattlebaum Two things.

First, I don't need a reason to not advocate for something, I need a reason to advocate for something.  I do not advocate for most things.  That would take a lot of work.

That said, I do have a problem with it, and it's not that it is telling kids that girls are lesser.  My problem with it is that it's not true, in that it is implying he is not acting like a boy.  Of course he is acting like a boy.  He is a boy, and he is acting that way. QED.
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For my new house, I'm going to be using all new WiFi access points. Any recommendations? Note that these are going to be used as access points, not routers. Ideally they would be able to support at least two SSIDs: one for an isolated guest network, and one for a secure private network. Having dual radios for simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz is preferred. Also the ability to lower the transmit power would be great, too.

Any suggestions?
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I've been using Ubiquiti UniFis, both .11n and .11ac. The later is a bit power hungry, but fast. The .11n is a better deal in most cases. 
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    Embedded Platform Connectivity Engineer, 2013 - present
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    Display Systems Engineer, 2007 - 2013
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My full name is Robert S. Quattlebaum.

I live in San Jose, California. I grew up in a small city in south Georgia called Valdosta.

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