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Theodore Ts'o

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Quote from Linus:

“And yes, a large part of this may be that I no longer feel like I can trust "init" to do the sane thing. You all presumably know why.”


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Getting ready for four baptisms at church this morning, with one of the Godparents participating remotely using Google Hangouts.

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How many times have I said it? "Impeach Trump" is a trap. The Democrats are being set-up! If they fall for it, they will prove themselves the stupidest twits ever. Ryan will say: "if you democrats lead the charge and do the heavy lifting, we'll supply JUST enough GOP defectors to get the bill of impeachment passed, agreed?"

Imbeciles. In a shot, the goppers will get rid of their embarrassment, get Pence (OMG far worse than Trump), who will appoint Ryan VP... and all of Trump's supporters will be enraged to a war footing against democrats. The disaster that is looming for the GOP, in 2018, will turn into their greatest victory.

The dems must say: "No way. Trump is YOUR problem. Get the entire GOP House to vote impeachment and (maybe) we might provide a few votes."

Better yet, face it - Trump is more an embarrassment than a deadly danger. Now, with the entire civil service, Intelligence Community and Officer Corps alerted to the craziness, he is in many ways already neutralized. The Dems and the sane Republicans (the few, the not-so-brave?) should concentrate on some pieces of neutralizing legislation.

1) Give the Joint Chiefs authority -- if unanimous -- to passively delay execution of presidential orders to perform acts of violence or combat for up to a week, giving them time enough to put their misgivings before a select congressional committee. This will only diminish Commander in Chief authority in extremely dubious conditions.

2) Put half of all presidential contingency and operating funds out of reach, unless the president agrees to give control over his appointments calendar, one afternoon a week, to the other party. I've proposed this before. Trump will be different if he hears other voices from outside his handlers' carefully erected bubble! (Recall how he was in love with Obama for a week, after meeting him, in the White House?) This one thing could draw him far enough into the light so that he at least won't be an existential danger...

... and did I remind you to say the words "President Pence" over and over again, letting your imagination go wild? That fellow ACTIVELY prays for armageddon! He will fill the White house with dominionists (look it up.) Please. Trump chose him as impeachment insurance and you had better believe he knew what he was doing.

3) Pass funding for a Fact Checking Institute. Bipartisan. You will get enough Republican defectors to pass this one thing. Do it.

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United's "beat and drag" policy also applies to first class passengers.....

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Snort: "AWS S3 is not suffering an outage and has never, ever suffered an outage, PERIOD"

"To be clear, this is not an outage. It is an extreme vetting of packets coming into our data centers."

Spicer is the new Baghdad Bob, apparently.

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I don't know about you, but the recent, somewhat interesting.... excitement in Washington, D.C. has inspired me to learn more about public policy matters. Here are three of the best talks that I've found.

The first is by Robert Reich, who was Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, and who also worked for Robert Bork (the former Supreme Court Justice nominee) in the Ford Administration. The title of the talk[1] was Preparing Our Economy for the Impact of Automation & AI, but it's a very thoughtful discussion about how we got to the Trump presidency (interesting factoid: all of the districts that voted for Trump had a net decrease in median income in the past 5-10 years, so it's not because people are racist or nativist; people really are hurting out there, and it's only very minimally due to globalism and trade, but more due to technology, automation, and the "gig" economy.)


The other two talks are by Michael Hayden, who served as the director of NSA and CIA during the Clinton and Bush administrations. Terrorism and Islam's Civil War: Whither the Threat?[2] is a really good examination of how complicated things are in the Middle East and the Arab Spring, in far more detail than is usually covered in the news. The other is a talk[3] he gave at the Stephens Institute of Technology, and it covers a more global view of the "plate tectonics" which are driving issues around the world.


Anyway, for those people who might be getting depressed or stressed out about what's been showing up on the nightly news, this might be a much more informative and thoughtful alternative. The talks are mostly not about politics, but about public policy, and in a way that transcends the whole Republican versus Democratic rhetoric.

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Just when you think flying hadn't already sunk to the level of taking a Greyhoud bus....

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"Evolving Ext4 for Shingled Disks" by Aghayev, Ts'o, Gibson, and Desnoyers was accepted by the FAST 2017 conference!

An initial set of patches are in the unstable portion of the ext4 patch queue and I hope to get the polished them into shape for upstream merging in the next few months.
I'm really enjoying working with a graduate student at CMU who has been working on implementing an SMR-friendly journal for ext4. It's almost, but not quite enough to wonder if I would have enjoyed an Academic career. Fortunately, having read +Matt Welsh's musings about what it's like to grub for research dollars, I think I'm much happier working with a grad student (or maybe two, who knows) as a hobby. :-)

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In Scalzi's words: "I’m a well-off straight white man, which means of all the segments of the population, the Trump years will likely punish me the least.... I can’t say the same for my friends and loved ones who are women or minorities or LGTBQ or who struggle financially to make ends meet, or some combination of all of those. I wish I could say to them that it’ll be fine and that they’ll be able to ride out the next four (or, God forbid, eight) years, but I can’t."

This is what privilege looks like. To all those who who aren't so privileged, take care of yourself. I'm not sure what I can do to be a good ally, but I pray that I can be shown how do what I can. For now, I'll try to keep the faith that Love trumps fear and hate.... eventually.
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