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So, you got a daughter

By Fjodor on May. 4, 2015.

Almost 17 months ago, my wife gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Ada.

Even in this country, which has strict laws about gun ownership, one of the ways to own a gun is to be a registered hunter, and the saying goes that when you get a daughter, you should get a gun permit.

Well, then… I got my hunter’s license at age 17 (a bit late), and was lucky enough to get my hands on a beautiful Simson-Suhl shotgun that fits my stance perfectly, before they started producing and selling in the new, Western, market. At that time, I was very much interested in practicing the moves of procreation, but slightly less in actually becoming a parent – even if I could have procured a prospective mother of any offspring.

I shall spare you the details of my wanton youthfulness, but as alluded to, I am now both a husband and a father, which leads me to this:

Fathers of all ages: If you have so little faith in your own ability to raise your girls that you resort to threats of gun violence, then I understand the underlying love, but abhor your need to demolish any possibility actual bonding.

I, for one, pledge to strive for trusting the results of my bringing up of my daughter, instead of reaching for the gun racket!

Om lægelatin eller mangel på samme

By Fjodor on Sep. 15, 2013.

Jeg tager en hel del medicin hver dag.

Den nøjagtige dosis blev fastlagt af de kompetente medarbejdere ved Lokalpsykiatricenter Århus C, der gennem mange flytninger nu hedder noget i stil med Den Ambulante Psykoseenhed eller noget i den dur.

I forbindelse med bemeldte omlægning rejste der sig det spørgsmål, om det stadig var relevant, at jeg var tilknyttet centeret, og jeg er enig i deres vurdering af, at jeg fungerer tilstrækkeligt godt til, at jeg blot skal bede min egen praktiserende læge om at udskrive recepter i forhold til det påskrevne.

Min personlige læge har for nylig opsagt sin egen stilling, og jeg er dermed blevet overdraget til en ung, kvindelig læge, der har overtaget hans engagement i klinikken.

Som udgangspunkt har jeg intet at udsætte pÃ¥ min nye læge – tværtimod iværksatte hun et antal undersøgelser, der normalt er en god idé i forhold til det medicin, som jeg tager – men jeg studsede over et af hendes forslag, nemlig at der skulle foretages et “hjertekardiogram”. For den informeret vidende er det jo ikke svært at gætte sig til, at der er tale om et elektrokardiogram, EKG, men jeg spurgte dog til, hvorfor hun ikke blot havde sagt det.

Svaret var vist noget i stil med, at alle skulle have muligheden for at vide, at det havde noget at gøre med hjertet, og det er jo svært at argumentere imod antagelser om pøblens manglende kundskaber. Nuvel, jeg lod det fare…

Her kunne det have sluttet, men min kæreste blev for nylig inviteret til at deltage i et medicinsk forsøg, hvilket jeg bÃ¥de støtter, og er stolt ved, at hun selv har besluttet sig for at deltage i, men en del af screeningen af potentielle deltagere involverer et EKG, som den udførende lægestuderende ogsÃ¥ referede til som et “hjertekardiogram”. Der er god information om forsøget, der virker bÃ¥de vigtigt og gennemtænkt, men ordet blev brugt…

NÃ¥r jeg bliver præsenteret for ordet “hjertekardiogram” af en læge, sÃ¥ giver det mig, pÃ¥ samme tid, følgende to tanker:

1) Lægen antager, at jeg ikke forstår noget som helst af korrekte beskrivelser, og

2) Lægen er aldeles ligeglad med, at han eller hun så bruger et meningsløst ord i stedet for et ord, som faktisk *har* mening, men som patienten ikke antages at kunne forstå.

Jeg er opmærksom pÃ¥, at der er sket en bevægelse hen imod at gøre lægers forklaringer overfor patienter mere “bredt” forstÃ¥elige, men det er min personlige holdning, at det ikke fordres ved at opfinde nonsensord, og vil hermed foreslÃ¥, at hvis lægen ikke har tiltro til, at patienten vil forstÃ¥ ordet “elektrokardiogram”, bruger danificeringen “hjertefunktionsbillede” frem for nonsensordet “hjertekardiogram”…

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Doing something regarding ACTA

By Fjodor on Jan. 29, 2012.

I sent four nearly identical mails today, one each to MEPs Bendt Bendtsen, Anne E. Jensen, Morten Løkkegaard, and Jens Rohde at their respective europarl.europa.eu email addresses.

I chose these four, since they are listed as the 4 Danish MEPs who voted against certain amendments to ACTA (mentioned by Marietje Schaake on Reddit) in 2010 according to votewatch.eu here (please adjust the search criteria to match those relevant to you).

Below is the text of the mail to Bendt Bendtsen, wherein I identify myself as a Danish Conservative voter (the three others are from an allied party, where I identify my political stance with are more general term), but also as a somewhat tech savvy internet user, thus wanting an explanation for the past negative vote, clarification on their current stance on ACTA ratification, and offering assistance in understanding (and hopefully, eventually, agreeing with) the huge public opposition. If I get the time later, I will translate into English in the comments – if someone else wants to do so for me, they shall be most welcome 😉

Subject: Tidligere afstemning om ændringer til ACTA

Kære Hr. Bendtsen,

I henhold til http://www.votewatch.eu/cx_vote_details.php?id_act=1189&euro_vot_valoare=-&euro_vot_rol_euro_grup=&euro_vot_rol_euro_tara=&vers=2&order_by=euro_parlamentar_nume&order=ASC&last_order_by=euro_parlamentar_nume&limit=0&offset=0&nextorder=ASC&euro_tara_id=17&euro_grup_id=&euro_vot_valoare=-&euro_vot_rol_euro_grup= ser jeg, at De stemte imod ændringsforslag til ACTA d. 24.11.2010.

Som konservativ vælger, men også som moderne internetbruger med omfattende teknologisk viden, vil jeg gerne udbede mig en forklaring på dette, samt sikre mig, at De ikke er fejlinformeret, såfremt De påregner at stemme for at ratificere ACTA i sin nuværende form.

Skulle dette være tilfældet, står jeg gerne til rådighed med henblik på at påvise, hvorfor ACTA i sin nuværende form, som den forholder sig til spørgsmål af elektronisk karakter, er aldeles uacceptabel, samt hvorfor dens udfærdigelse og ratificering har været, er og vil være et groft uanstændigt anslag mod både demokratiske grundprincipper og basale frihedsrettigheder.

Alvorligst,

Sune Mølgaard
Risskov, Ã…rhus

N.B.: Being in a hurry, I opened the message body of the mail to Anne E. Jensen with “Kære Hr. Bendtsen,”, instead of personalising the opening to her. I sent a follow-up email apologising for this, but requesting her answer none the less.

Microsoft getting nostalgic?

By Fjodor on Sep. 10, 2009.

If the reader remembers the days of Windows 95 and NT, she should also remember the teardrop attacks.

It would appear that some brave MS programmer pined for those days of remote BSODs, and thus has reintroduced this beloved feature in the SMB2 protocol driver in Vista and Windows 7.

Kudos!

Now, where did that file go?

By Fjodor on Jul. 20, 2007.

Hal Licino did an interesting experiment, suggesting that Hotmail loses an indecently high number of mails containing attachments. Worth noting, he did the experiment with paid for accounts, not the free ones, even though the numbers would be outrageous even if that was the case.

Lost any mails in transfer lately? Using Hotmail? Go sue someone!

Testing vista for 30 days -> data loss and instability

By Fjodor on Apr. 5, 2007.

HardOCP.com writer Brian Boyko took Vista for a spin, using it exclusively on his home machine for 30 days, resulting in 30 Days with Windows Vista.

It is a lengthy piece, seems unbiased, and he even puts in a nice little disclaimer, stating that he is by no means an MS-basher. It could be hard to tell, though, from what he has to say about Vista.

The only mildly interested readers should at least read the conclusion (reachable from the article front page).

When the Blue Screen of Death may be just that

By Fjodor on Feb. 26, 2007.

I will probably never be heard touting the security and reliability of Windows. Never have, can’t see it happening anytime soon. It would seem however, that the UK’s Royal Navy is more easily impressed.

Cue Windows 2000 for Warships… Am I the only one who remember the case of Windows 2000 and LAX not mixing well?

UAC (still) not a security boundary

By Fjodor on Feb. 26, 2007.

Once again, a UAC vulnerability has been found. And once again, MS fails to see it as a problem…

Speak up or shut up

By Fjodor on Feb. 26, 2007.

Known to most, Mr. Steve Ballmer has repeated ad nauseam his claims that Linux infringes on MS intellectual property. And contrasting his claims has been the utter reluctance to name even one case in which it is true.

Sometimes someone has to call “enough”, and thus has come forward this open letter, urging MS to either identify problem areas or stop spreading unfounded FUD.

I call it most welcome, however the outcome may be.

Microsoft “lost” evidence in Burst vs. Microsoft

By Fjodor on Feb. 17, 2007.

Remember the “Burst vs. Microsoft” case?

At some point in time, Microsoft were ordered to deliver copies of email correspondence relating to Burst, but told the court it would be infeasible. The order was none the less repeated, but before said emails were delivered, the case was settled. Robert X. Cringely covered the case, and he recently received an email from a contractor involved in backup procedures within Microsoft.

The following timeline seems to cover the problem of the email correspondence:

  • Microsoft is ordered to hand over the emails.
  • Microsoft informs the court that this would be infeasible
  • None the less, Microsoft instructs their contractors to gather backups from the specified period, and store them at a given location
  • The court repeats it’s orders
  • The backup contractors discover that the previously gathered tapes are “mysteriously missing”, and are held responsible by Microsoft
  • The case is settled out of court without Microsoft producing the emails

How very convenient, and how very sad.

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