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Verizon FiOS internet gone kaput in Hatfield PA. Bah humbug.

This is fun.  I was trying out new Chrome extensions to give me a weather icon on the browser and discovered that Chrome thinks my geolocation is in Apex, NC.  Wat?  Firefox also thinks I'm in Apex, but Internet Explorer 11 thinks I'm pretty close, about 2 miles away from my actual location.  Chrome on my Nexus 5 nails my location exactly (not surprising since it has a GPS in it).

The call to navigator.geolocation.getCurrentPosition returns radically different results; Chrome and Firefox get very wrong data and IE gets almost correct data.

I thought it was Chrome caching data badly until I saw Firefox return the same erroneous location.  It must have to do with the data each browser is providing to the google geolocation api in the background, but I don't know how to debug that.

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The Republicans were right: the United States does face an existential threat. They were just pointing in the wrong direction.

It seems like the Republicans have chosen to dispense with any nod to decorum and respond to Scalia's death with a game theoretic posture: they will not confirm any nomination the President sends to the Senate, no matter what. Okay, then, from a pure partisan game theory perspective, it seems like President Obama's move has to be this: accept that he can't get anyone confirmed and nominate someone who is unquestionably qualified and unquestionably liberal. Someone who doesn't demur to stare decisis and refuse to comment on cases that may come before the Court, but is willing to say, outright, that Citizens United should be overturned. In other words, someone to electrify the Democratic base, to turn the 2016 presidential and congressional campaigns into proxy Supreme Court campaigns.

This isn't how it's supposed to work. And, most likely, it's not how it will work this time, either. If past is prologue, Obama will once again hope that this time will be different, that Lucy will hold the ball and Charlie Brown will get to make that kick; he'll select a compromise candidate, maybe even a conservative jurist, maybe a "caretaker" of some sort. And, once again, he'll see that the response from Republicans is indistinguishable from the response if he hadn't made any attempt at compromise at all. He'll see all the downside and none of the upside. Again.

For Obama, what course of action is ethical, what is moral, what is political, what is best for the country's citizens, and what has the best chance to prevent a constitutional crisis? Each question leads to different answers. For the Republicans, they could realign all those questions into harmony simply by allowing normal business to resume, to stop obstructing for game theoretic advantage alone. But for years now they haven't, and they've baldly declared their intention to continue the blind obstruction. I do not think I'm overreacting when I say that tonight, for the first time in my life, I'm honestly afraid that the government of the United States might face an existential crisis—from within.

I just got the most involved phishing scam phone call I've received to date.

Someone from "Legal Processing" said this was a courtesy call to inform me a federal arrest warrant would be served on me tomorrow out of "Ford Bend County" on charges of bank fraud. They gave me a phone number, 215-358-4538, for "State Arbitration and Law", supposedly a law firm, that will work with me to clear up any and all legal liability I might have on this so-called warrant.

Yeah. Right.

Hmmm. My AMD-based server at home coughed this up in the logs this morning:

Dec 31 08:19:55 kodiak kernel: [Hardware Error]: MC4 Error (node 0): L3 cache tag error.
Dec 31 08:19:55 kodiak kernel: [Hardware Error]: Error Status: Corrected error, no action required.
Dec 31 08:19:55 kodiak kernel: [Hardware Error]: CPU:0 (15:2:0) MC4_STATUS[-|CE|MiscV|-|AddrV|-|Poison|CECC]: 0x9c11c8f0001d018b
Dec 31 08:19:55 kodiak kernel: [Hardware Error]: MC4_ADDR: 0x000000000100a080
Dec 31 08:19:55 kodiak kernel: [Hardware Error]: cache level: L3/GEN, tx: GEN, mem-tx: SNP

Seems like an L3 cache error of some sort. No evidence of any other problems in the logs. Wonder if a cosmic ray got it. :-)

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Oh yum!!!!
Mac n cheeseburger. Too far or just the beginning???

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Steps: 4,111.  Way down, but expected since I was traveling home from the conference. Got up, packed, checked out, went back to Hands-On Labs and completed three more steps towards the Solutions Architect – Associate badge. :-)  Went back to my hotel,…

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Steps: 17,018!  (~ 8.3 miles!) New high count.  Mostly due to repeated trips between Treasure Island and the Venetian. The keynote address focused on IoT, the Internet of Things, and how AWS is building services to enable developers to write applications,…

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My first Google Hangouts spam.  Blah.  Thought I recognized the name, but nope.

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Steps: 11,520 or approximately 5.6 miles. Less than yesterday, but not bad. I attended several sessions today. These notes are mostly to help me put in a pin in things I need to think more about. The keynote address was a whirlwind of new services from…
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