Are we going to keep overlooking the obvious?

Q. What do you call a system of government in which one person is granted power to make immediate and sweeping changes that adversely affect life, business, travel, and well-being for large groups of its population?

A. A dictatorship.

While the ability for a U.S. president to issue executive orders bypassing the normal legislative processes has existed for a very long time, it has never before been used by a President to play fascist dictator…. Until now.

This capability needs to be reviewed and amended right the fuck now— unfortunately, with the latest Executive Order as of today, it’s possible there will be nobody left to do this.

Now I’m guessing this is also a death sentence to the EPA, effectively, turning its responsibilities over to the states. Get ready to have Florida’s water resources entirely managed by Big Sugar’s paid cronies with no oversight.

You might want to keep a few cases of bottled water in the closet.

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR REORGANIZING THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Purpose.  This order is intended to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the executive branch by directing the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Director) to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies (as defined in section 551(1) of title 5, United States Code), components of agencies, and agency programs.

Sec. 2.  Proposed Plan to Improve the Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Accountability of Federal Agencies, Including, as Appropriate, to Eliminate or Reorganize Unnecessary or Redundant Federal Agencies.  (a)  Within 180 days of the date of this order, the head of each agency shall submit to the Director a proposed plan to reorganize the agency, if appropriate, in order to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of that agency.

(b)  The Director shall publish a notice in the Federal Register inviting the public to suggest improvements in the organization and functioning of the executive branch and shall consider the suggestions when formulating the proposed plan described in subsection (c) of this section.

(c)  Within 180 days after the closing date for the submission of suggestions pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the Director shall submit to the President a proposed plan to reorganize the executive branch in order to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of agencies.  The proposed plan shall include, as appropriate, recommendations to eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of agencies, and agency programs, and to merge functions.  The proposed plan shall include recommendations for any legislation or administrative measures necessary to achieve the proposed reorganization.

(d)  In developing the proposed plan described in subsection (c) of this section, the Director shall consider, in addition to any other relevant factors:

(i)    whether some or all of the functions of an agency, a component, or a program are appropriate for the Federal Government or would be better left to State or local governments or to the private sector through free enterprise;

(ii)   whether some or all of the functions of an agency, a component, or a program are redundant, including with those of another agency, component, or program;

(iii)  whether certain administrative capabilities necessary for operating an agency, a component, or a program are redundant with those of another agency, component, or program;

(iv)   whether the costs of continuing to operate an agency, a component, or a program are justified by the public benefits it provides; and

(v)    the costs of shutting down or merging agencies, components, or programs, including the costs of addressing the equities of affected agency staff.

(e) In developing the proposed plan described in subsection (c) of this section, the Director shall consult with the head of each agency and, consistent with applicable law, with persons or entities outside the Federal Government with relevant expertise in organizational structure and management. 

Sec. 3.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
    March 13, 2017.

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HackerBoxes

Just got my first package from HackerBoxes and I’d originally planned to make an unboxing video but that just wasn’t gonna happen unfortunately–

So I’ll spill the secrets of what was inside…

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Waaait up is that

Is that…. A PENGUIN?

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Clearly I have made a very good decision here.

Holy moly I love this already.

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This is the “Cellular Metal” box. Next to the breadboard is a small GSM(?) cellular modem. I haven’t looked up the info just yet. The black cable is a u.fl to SMA pigtail to connect it to the small antenna. There’s also a SIM card.

A pack of breadboard jumpers and components are present, as well as an Arduino compatible board, a USB to TTL level serial adapter, an Atmega328 (as used on the Arduino) and an ATTiny.

The card, meanwhile, does double duty. Flip it over and…

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Pinouts!

This is just as cool as the business cards from Marlin P. Jones Associates that have an electronics color code/resistor code guide on the back.

Soon I shall be looking at their online documentation to see what possibilities are in store for all this.

And…. Finding a suitably awesome spot to put that penguin in. I mean— it’s Tux with “Hack The Planet” written on it—!!!!! Soooo perfect.

Fone Kompany Phunnies?

We’ve been having massive problems with telecom outages today and may have an insight into the cause….

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Sploosh!! It was literally zip tied and attached with “mule tape” to the big blue sewer line.

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Remains of fiberoptic cables.

Uhhhhhhhhh

Welcome to South Florida. Beeeeeyotch! ¡De Pinga!

Like fingernails on a chalkboard at + several dBm.

From the MOTOTRBO mailing list. Names omitted to protect the innocent.

While I understand the meaning of RSSI in the WiFi world, I am curious if  a LOW (i.e. -60 DBm) means a better signal being received from the  DMR repeater I am connect to, or is a -106 DBm a better signal.

While I think this might sound like a remedial question, I am trying to get clarification.

Appreciate any information you can provide

The first reply:

LOWER IS BETTER

And the light clicks on

-106 is lower than -60. Are you guys sure you’re explaining yourselves well?

Such is just basic number theory.

(Negative numbers) Weaker signal <- 0dBm -> Stronger signal (Positive)
The 0dBm point is the reference – one milliwatt. Numbers below or above are that many dB above or below one milliwatt. In the case of receivers, the signal strength is usually very well below one milliwatt. In the case of transmitter output power, it is often above. In either case a higher number is a better receive signal, and -60 is higher than -106.

It always just bothers me when I see this as someone who thinks a growing absolute value of a negative number in this field will be chasing their tail FOREVER trying to figure out reception problems. 😉

WTF happened on February 6?

I was searching for a previous post and found that some of the earliest posts on this blog had shit links stuffed in them for sports jerseys. This was about at the same time when I had that one post get defaced…

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Dallas? Sallad.

The content isn’t lost but I’ll have to roll it back manually.

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I know what posts were affected too now, since each edit somehow generated a nonsense comment email.

I only slightly detest the spam mafia.

Pssst, hey guys, back to business

I always loved that Eye On Miami never seemed to forget that we have a little traffic problem down here and that our leaders needed to be reminded about it and reminded to please act in the public interest….

But then this horrible orange thing happened and they got distracted by that and we don’t have our trains yet…

Aaaaand tonight, this happened.

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This is the fastest route home that Waze could give me.

The beginning is in North Bay Village. The end is in Hallandale. They are about 15 miles apart.

Unfortunately there were simply no usable routes remaining and the first thing it found was US 41, State Road 29, and Alligator Alley.

Hey, at least I got to see two panthers at one point while going through Big Cypress….

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at least I'm not merely pissing into the wind here
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