Apparently she also "was" a racist. Was. Riiiight.
This is one for the DUH! files.
If you actually know anything about anything that the SJWs get bent out of shape about, look at the claims they make that fall within your area of expertise. Do they have any connection to reality? Are these the statements of a person who is not mentally ill?
Of course not. And it's not just lefty SJWs, of course. From frat-house gang rapes to satanic daycare centers to peasants being turned into newts, there's never been a shortage of madfolk to make outrageous claims. The mad tales that serve the interests of the current rulers are taken seriously (at least for public consumption).
And so we hang the old woman who gave young Nellie the evil eye, and the Church inherits her cottage and lands. And, in these more civilized days, tech companies buy indulgences for not having the approved ethnic and gender balance, and then treat themselves with a course of leeches.
Went with my parents on Sunday to visit relatives in the unfamiliar territory of Sonoma.
Setting off from Palo Alto in my father's Prius - an earlyish (2004 or so) NHW20, with fancy built-in nav system - I was in the navigator's seat, on account of being the one most likely to be able to operate the car's nav system. And, of course, I had my Magic Elf Box to fall back on.
After some poking, I managed to get the address punched in. It promptly told us to head for 101; my father, meanwhile, was making for 280. I got tired of being told to turn around, and found the "suspend navigation" button.
A few blocks later, as we headed west down Oregon Expressway, I noticed that the nav display had us several miles south, in Mountain View, near Rengstorff Avenue.
By the time we reached 280, the nav system was firmly convinced that we were in Boulder Creek, going cross-country through the redwoods in the general vicinity of 9.
I couldn't find any button for "please reassess our location and report back when you have a clue."
Somewhere around Hillsborough it came to its senses. When I noticed that the map display now matched the surroundings, I re-enabled navigation, and it worked OK the rest of the trip.
I finally broke down and ordered one: the 6-pin legless flavor (minimal footprint), with a 0.1" socket on the other end of the cable.
I'd actually designed the 10-pin footprint into a couple of boards over a year ago, but never needed to use them; those MCUs actually get programmed using the serial-port bootloader, and I just included the JTAG option in case it might be needed eventually.
Welll... now I'm designing yet another dense gadget with an AVR, and, while I did have some other options (use an inconvenient high-density header or FFC connector; preprogram the chips using a very expensive QFN socket unique to that footprint; have the chips preprogrammed with the Arduino bootloader by a supplier), it seemed time to go the magic plug route.
Ordering directly from Tag-Connect seems to be the cheapest approach, even though they haven't made any deals for bargain shipping. While I was at it, I ordered a couple of the clips, which I probably will be using at some point.
Anyway: cable ordered; "connector" designed into new gadget. The gadget itself won't be going out to fab for a few days yet, and that'll be a 2-week turn, so figure early February before I'm actually doing anything with it. Probably have a report then.
So there I was, having a much-needed little afternoon nap...
Scurry toward phone.
(Brief burst of music-on-hold.)
(Annoyed now) Hello?!?!
Hello. I am with the Windows Technical Department, calling you about your computer.
You. Are. A. Fraud. (Click!)
The correct response, had I been properly awake, would have been to feign a half-asleep level of awareness, lead the guy on, get some sort of contact information, and pass it along to the FBI.
Not that they'd do anything about it, but, y'know, interstate wire fraud, unauthorized access to computers, conspiracy to commit such offenses...? I could sworn there useta be laws agin that.
Update: Yup, seems the gummint agency that ends up getting these complaints is the FTC. It does nothing, except for once in a while pursuing a civil case that temporarily disrupts one of these operations. Actual law-enforcement agencies don't deal with individual cases of fraud and such, apparently as a matter of policy.
Consider a skunk with little horns. Mephitistopheles?
Did Pepé Le Pew ever meet Ma'am'selle Hepzibah?
Would a big tribble, the color of Admiral Kirk's hairpiece and equipped with ear-warming flaps, be an Ushatner? (And if it leaked a controlled amount of heat from head to ambient via a thermoelectric module, it could squirrel away energy to be emitted as a "coo" whenever enough was stored! Or... hm. External thermoelectric module with one side exposed and the other insulated. Cools down outdoors, then generates coo-power as it warms up indoors!)
Two other random-but-somewhat-serious ideas showed up this morning; one relates to a currently-dormant project for a client and appears to be not immediately useful (but worth filing away), and the other is utterly pointless but might become a product anyway, because fun-fun-silly-willy, and anyway it's sometimes worth putting a few days and a hundred bucks or so into R&D just to see if something will sell.
Well, that and a cold, which fortunately was one of the short ones; had me quite useless Friday through Sunday, but I'm almost back to normal today.
Anyhoo: current project for the toaster company is returning to life. There's a moderate bit of high-priority follow-on work for the Italian job, and there'll likely be a bit more beyond that. (The gadget will be going into production! Soon!) Other business remains dormant, but could revive at some point.
(And there's the fixture-repair job; I haven't found the Necromancer yet.)
And I spent a fair bit of my useless time in front of the computer anyway, designing a cool module to piggyback a smallish FPGA and a bunch of analog stuff atop one of the Freescale FRDM eval boards, for reasons I choose not to mention at this point.
A problem with the FRDM boards arises: they have weedy little 3.3V regulators, which may become an issue, 'cause the simple approach to this puppy will try to suck near half an Amp when the ADC is enabled. Powering the FPGA with a linear, probably OK; powering the high-speed ADC, not so much... but that's exactly the part for which I want a linear regulator. Oh, well. Maybe a tiny high-frequency switcher and lots of filterin'. Got to look at the practicalities of stepping 3.3V (or maybe 5V) down to 1.8V these days. And I need to generate some negative voltage anyway.
So, as usual, lots of stuff, some of it even for money.
And I just ordered a copy of Haddock HatchetTurbot Ax. Ugh. Even at a substantial discount, ugh. With the 15th coming up, I gotta review my guesstimated tax payments from last year (which might have been a reason to buy the software last year and get the numbers poked in extra early, but it's not like I would actually have gotten around to that).
The whole "everybody claim to be Charlie for 15 minutes" thing reminds me of Dean Ing's story, "Very Proper Charlies."
In the story, it was the terrorist (every terrorist) who was Charlie. With a cartoon depiction worthy of a Charlie Hebdo cover.
Mock them, deny their identity, pretend that their attacks failed utterly (and humiliatingly).
Still seems like a pretty cool idea.
Instead... well, look just how effective these attacks really are.
The mainstream press seems to have adopted a strict policy of never publishing anything that's in any way offensive to any group whatsoever. Except that, in practice, there's plenty of grossly offensive material expressing bigotry against, e.g., businessmen, Christians, the Tea Party, and many other groups outside the urban Democrat identity group. In short, it's perfectly fine to offend any group that isn't represented among your friends and that won't burn your offices down nor call you a racist.
(Take a moment to ponder the depictions of NRA members in the mainstream press. Now tell me: if the editors who decide to publish these things really believed them, would they be publishing them, when they so carefully censor anything that might possibly be offensive to actual terrorists?)
Meanwhile, as the ruling elite carefully makes excuses for terrorists, an alarming number of loudmouths are proclaiming that all Muslims are at war with us, and that, in order to survive, we must wage ruthless war against all of them.
I don't know about you, but to me the notion of going full Dalek on a significant fraction of humanity, for the offense of not renouncing the faith of their ancestors, is utterly repugnant.
(The crazy isn't limited to comment sections; it's coming to the attention of at least some portions of the public. Yesterday I spotted a Sikh wearing a baseball cap, something I hadn't seen since '02.)
C'mon, guys. We all know people who identify with religions that they don't follow all that fervently. The Christian for whom church is a social club; the Jew who can find fins and scales on a lobster; the Hindu who wears leather; the Linux user who has a Windows VM for running Word. They're... kind of the majority, aren't they?
So how are "Muslims" a monolithic group, all fanatical about every last word of the Koran? Yeah, so maybe the Koran says they have to be, but isn't that one of the easiest aspects to let slide?
As so many have noted these past several years - recently and notably, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi - Islam desperately needs a reformation in order to avoid a vastly destructive clash of cultures.
(Note that, in the absence of "leadership", ordinary Muslims can get along with others just fine. It's those leaders you have to watch out for.)
That reformation becomes all the more difficult if Western Civilization has announced its intention to eradicate Islam. It gives the radicals an external enemy. Well, we're already their external enemy, but proving them right about that seems counterproductive.
No, I don't have a solution to the big problem. But: actual terrorist groups need clobberin'. Incitement to terrorism should be treated as such, and not allowed to hide behind freedom of religion (any religion, and any flavor of terrorism). Distributed threats require distributed defense (when seconds count, the police are only minutes away, but the intended victims are already on the scene). And: ordinary people, of whatever faith (or of none, for that matter), must enjoy equal protection of the laws, and have the confidence to report criminal threats.
This last point is problematic with regard to two groups: ghetto-dwellers and immigrants.
Somehow, our society has come to tolerate the existence of ghettos where police don't go and the rule of law doesn't apply. There are black ghettos, Muslim ghettos, and rich-white-people gated ghettos. (There's even a Swedish ghetto not too far from here, but that's boring.) Within these enclaves, the strong rule as they please, and there's no protection for the weak or merely ordinary. When the ruthless have taken control, much of the population can be coerced into lawless conduct, against the outside world if that be the rulers' whim.
And, immigrants: Surely we've all heard the phrase, "Ve know you haff relatives living in Europe!" Whether it's the Nazis, the Mafia, or ISIS, a vast criminal enterprise with a stronghold where a lot of immigrants to your country have relatives has a lot of leverage, and your government can't do much to protect those relatives in the Old Country.
So, again: I don't have answers. It's a tangled knot of difficult problems, and anyone offering One Big Answer is a crackpot. This web of problems will require a web of partial, imperfect solutions... as does nearly everything in life.
But let's try to leave genocide off the table, shall we?