North Carolina is anticipating Hurricane Florence

September 10, 2018: Hurricane Florence is already a Category 4 Hurricane and it's not forecast to be anywhere near land for a couple more days. Our city and county governments here in eastern North Carolina are calling for voluntary and mandatory evacuations (mandatory for those in low-lying coastal areas and those in substandard housing such […]

Never Do This: How Not To Give A Single Board GNU/Linux PC A Static-y IP Address

This method isn't limited to single board computers (such as the Olinuxino Lime2 from Olimex, which inspired this kludgy effort); it would also work on a laptop whose wifi got a random IP address on connect, for example. Or any machine running Debian GNU/Linux or a Debian derivative. Or any networked Unix(like) system with rc.something, […]

AMD Ryzen: From Buggy to Bountiful

Requested information for SR #{ticketno:[8200766680]} Service Request: {ticketno:[8200799002]} --------------- Introduction --------------- Below is a video showing a Ryzen 7 1700X PC with Debian GNU/Linux running the ryzen-test program from -- complete with video feed showing the CPU and case cooling at work. Ryzen-test is a very mild stress test consisting of compiling GCC, which […]

An explanation of why Software Patents are not like other patents

Patents exist in our society to strike a balance between the good of the few and the good of the many. The U.S. Constitution puts it this way: "The Congress shall have Power To...promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their […]

CNN Invokes "Think of the Children" and Bad Math to Fan Flames of "Opioid Epidemic."

On March 5, CNN posted a story to their news website breathlessly trumpeting a "study says" headline (excerpts below): OPIOID OVERDOSE AMONG CHILDREN NEARLY DOUBLES, STUDY SAYS The number of children admitted to hospitals for opioid overdose has nearly doubled since 2004, according to a new study. The study, which published Monday in the journal […]