Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Wodka When I was a child

I can remember when I was a wee kx59 listening on the AM car radio to the news reports on the trip down to Galveston about the leeegal ranglings over legalizing that  "EVIIIIL" liquor by the drink.
In the early sixties, you had to bring your own bottle to the pool hall or "lounge". The proprietors were prohibited from serving you anything other than the "set ups".

Our local Vietnamese boat person small business owner and success story, owner of the closest liquor store to the BAR Corp. Hq. pitched a Vodka to the Lovely Belle that we had not heard of before.

Belle, ascribing to the scientific axiom that sample size will defeat margin of error, uhm,  bought a rather LARGE bottle.

This evening I have sampled the test specimen and give it two thumbs up.

I am a big fan of Tito's, distilled in Austin.

Space City Vodka happens to be distilled in my home county*.  It is very good, and very smooth Vodka.

*I'm going to have to find out if they give tours....and free samples.  I'm pretty sure I could drive that far home.

All Your Security aRe OuRs

Kaspersky*, the computer security folks, have unearthed "The Equation Group".  This group is apparently so good at writing malware that it cannot be erased by reformatting the hard drive.

I'm posting this mostly to give the ever 'puter security savey Borepatch a heads up so he can 'splain what this truly means to highly educated and licensed rednecks like me.

After reading the article, plan "A" for the BAR Corp HQ infrastructure is to store the family vacay pics on an off network storage device, buy some spare hard drives and keep the Ubuntu install USB drive handy.

All dumbassery** aside, the Equation Group periodically filters down spy tools to lesser mortals like the guys that created Stuxnet.  Stuxnet was no kiddy script. This was the malware used to disrupt the Iranian Iranian Nuclear program.  Eventually, this is going to get down to flannel shirt and stretch pants wearing parent's basement living malcontent-ed hackers.

There was some quote attributed to the Rothschilds long ago, something to the effect of, "give me control of your currency, and I will control your country."

That has been trumped. "Currency" has been replaced, for the most part, by numbers in computers.  If you have control over the correct computers, and need more money, just add a few zeros to the balance.

Ah, I remember the internet. I really enjoyed it. Between these Equation folks and the FCC deciding they need total control over the internet, fax machines and paper are looking pretty good again.

* Kaspersky Lab and their virus and malware proteciton software is highly spoken of by the outsource IT folks I've used over the years.  However, Kaspersky is Ruski.  Edward Snowden, of NSA whistleblower fame, is currently in Russia.  The bit trail of this "discovery" is pointing towards the NSA.

** I learned that word from my Uncle Jay.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Well, it certainly wasn't me

There's a 67% chance someone will win the power ball jackpot tonight.
Posted yesterday 2/11/15

Interesting site I ran across this evening. I just love statistics and  graphs and charts and data 'n stuff.
Fermentation Infermation rools!

Turns out 3 someones won the $546 million jackpot.

On occasion, I will buy a lotto or powerball ticket*. I don't have any magic numbers I pick so for me to win would require a double lightning strike.  One, I'd have to randomly buy a ticket. Two, the quick pick numbers would have to match the numbers that come up, against a bazillion odds.

I'm not greedy. $546 million isn't necessary. If I could net 2 or 3 million, I'd be good to go.

*I've decided there are no gambling neurons in my brain whatsoever. I've been to Monte Carlo, Las Vegas, and a cheesy Indian reservation casino and gambling bores me to tears.  Apparently the vicarious thrill pro sports neurons are normally in close proximity to the gambling neurons as well, as I could give a shit about pro sports. Period.
College sports...nope not there either.